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Hundreds attend Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter Dog

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The Sacramento SPCA’s booth was a hit at Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt at Stonehouse Park. Why? Easter doggies available for adoption! This one, named Zelda, found a home Saturday. When the hundreds of kids weren’t asking if they could please-please-please take a dog home, they were eating cotton candy, playing with balloon art, walking through a petting zoo and, of course, chasing Easter eggs. The Kiwanis Club, sponsor of the event, provided 6,000 eggs for three egg hunts, divided by age, and the eggs disappeared into Easter baskets in about 12 seconds. Click photo for larger image Read more » about Hundreds attend Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt coming up Saturday

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Easter Egg HuntThe Kiwanis Club's annual family picnic and Easter egg hunt takes place Saturday at Stonehouse Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a fire equipment display, SPCA animals, entertainment by the Murieta Dance Company, and a sheriff's canine demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase for activities that include crafts, cookie decorating, a petting farm, glitter tattoos and balloon art. The egg hunts begin at 11:40 a.m. Here's the schedule: Read more >> Read more » about Easter Egg Hunt coming up Saturday

Candy for your family and the troops

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It’s the holiday season, so you’ll find the Kiwanis selling See’s Candies around Rancho Murieta. It's a quick answer for a holiday or hostess gift. Read more » about Candy for your family and the troops

Even with Santa, you can't be too careful

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Santa Brunch

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Five-year-old Kai Gran was more cautious than most, deciding to check out Santa and Mrs. Claus before stepping up and confiding his Christmas wish list at Sunday's Santa Brunch at the Country Club. The North Pole visitors chatted with children, parents took photos, and everyone enjoyed a holiday brunch. You can see Kai with his best friend Blake Wertzer, 5, and Blake's dad, Bryan, as they waited to see Santa. That photo is part of the gallery collection of 25 photos. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Even with Santa, you can't be too careful

A holiday parade, on four wheels or two

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Village cart parade

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With his bike decorated and lighted, Lawry Yerby was a worthy participant in Saturday's Murieta Village Christmas cart parade. More than a dozen decorated carts took part, broadcasting holiday music and looping their way up and down Village streets at sundown, led by Santa and parade organizers Zoe Lasater and Espe Walker, who handed out candy canes. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about A holiday parade, on four wheels or two

Murieta girl helps with coats for homeless

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Macey Casagrande

Murietan Macey Casagrande faces the TV camera at the site of her coats giveaway for homeless people. Photo by Justin Hayduk. Click for larger image.

It started during last year’s holidays, when Macey Casagrande was shopping downtown with her mother and saw homeless people. She wanted to do something to help, and Saturday morning she did just that. Read more » about Murieta girl helps with coats for homeless

Santa Claus is coming to town? He's here!

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Santa in town

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A happy crowd braved the chilly night air for the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at Stonehouse Park Plaza Friday. The festivities began after Santa (also known as Tony Avampato) arrived by fire truck to light the tree and visit with children while parents took photos. The Optimist Club, sponsor of the free event, provided candy canes, cookies and hot chocolate for everybody. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Santa Claus is coming to town? He's here!

Turkey Trot warms up the morning

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Turkey Trot

It was a frosty morning for the sixth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, but Jen McNamara, left, and Laurel Condon made the most of it with their turkey headgear. About a hundred adults and kids took part in the run. This year's race was lengthened to a bit more than three miles, according to organizer Charlotte Dubey.  The run, which benefits the Fisher House Foundation, offered special thanks this year to Summerfest, which provided insurance coverage. The run started and ended at the Gazebo. At the finish line, awaiting the male and female winners, were homemade holiday pies. Click the image below to see a panorama of the participants as they await the start.

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Looking in on Santa and Mrs. Claus

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This will be the first Christmas in a decade that Frank and Marianna Hashorva won't be pulling on bright red clothing and delighting children as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Frank is recovering nicely from heart surgery but won't be able to star in Friday night's Santa welcome and the other stops he usually makes — the Country Club's Christmas brunch, the Learning Center's holiday celebration and other gatherings, from here to the Mather V.A. medical center. Read more » about Looking in on Santa and Mrs. Claus

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