Happy to spend time with Santa and Mrs. C.

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Santa Brunch

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Some came running, others needed a little coaxing and a few were content to peek around the corner as Santa and Mrs. Claus presided over their annual holiday brunch Sunday at the Country Club. Multiple generations of families vied for a picture with the merry couple and scores of children used the opportunity to tell Santa exactly what they want. (“A car!” said a surprised Santa in response to one moppet.) Omelets, salmon, roast beef and other delectables made it a feast, but frosted Santa cookies captivated the little ones. Another memory in the books. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about Happy to spend time with Santa and Mrs. C.

Video: Homes all dressed up for the holidays

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Take seven homes dressed in their Christmas best and the scene was set for this year’s Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour. The festivities began Friday morning with breakfast at the Country Club, where the Murieta Voices serenaded club members and their guests with songs of the season. Then tour-goers fanned out across the community to see how club members transform their homes for the holidays with treasured collections and loads of imagination. Here are the homes that provided the wow factor for this year’s tour. Read more »

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Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

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Holiday sale

A cornucopia of craft and gift items greeted shoppers at the Optimist Club’s second annual Holiday Frolic Craft Boutique held Sunday at the Country Club. Vendors offered handmade wreaths, fashion items, jewelry, wood clocks, cutting boards, gourd creations, quilts, table linens and more. All it took was a tour of the brightly decorated Murieta Room to find that special item. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

Getting into the spirit of the holidays

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Trying to tap into the spirit of the holidays? You can make the season better for children homeless after the Paradise fire. Or you can ease your holiday stress with a few local shopping tips. Read more » Read more » about Getting into the spirit of the holidays

Thank you, Murieta, for Macey's success

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Macey Casagrande

Macey Casagrande did it again, collecting 735 coats – plus hats, scarves, gloves and dog jackets – and delivering them to the homeless early Saturday in Sacramento. There were a dozen people waiting in the pre-dawn darkness when Macey and her father, Sean, and mother, Tammi (below), plus family friends started unloading the items on North A Street, north of downtown. By 9:30, everything was gone. This was the 12-year-old’s third year doing this. The first year, she collected 126 coats; last year she got 575. She blew past this year’s goal, 600 coats. (Photos by Justin Hayduk; click for larger images)

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The clouds part, and in walks ... Santa!

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Marshmallows

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Toasted marshmallows, cookies, cocoa, candy canes and Santa! Friday was a big night at Stonehouse Park. Thanks to the Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Department, event organizers were prepared for whatever Mother Nature had in store. Twin fire pits kept the chill away and a huge tent sheltered Santa and Mrs. Claus as they visited with children and the Murieta Dance Company performed a trio of numbers from its upcoming holiday show. Santa alighted from a fire truck to start the holiday season by lighting the decorations. The rain relented for this annual Optimist Club event, which seems only fitting. S’more kits were provided by the Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about The clouds part, and in walks ... Santa!

Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

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SantaThe community Christmas tree lighting starts 5:45 p.m. Friday at Stonehouse Park, and Santa Claus arrives at 6 to get the season under way. Organizers say the event will go on rain or shine, and there will be tents to provide shelter if needed. There will be performances by Murieta Dance Company, s'mores from Rancho Murieta Community Church, and warm refreshments, cookies and holiday cheer. It's sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

A nice morning to trot for the turkey

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Turkey Trot

DonationsAfter Wednesday night's rain, who expected weather so nice for the community's eighth annual Turkey Trot? The Thanksgiving morning event – a 5K run or walk around the community – drew about as large a crowd as the race has seen, in the neighborhood of a hundred participants. It's a casual thing among friends, and the only prizes were pies (chocolate pecan and pumpkin, which looked very good). The run raised $877 in cash and checks and two $25 gift cards for the Paradise fire victims. This year's trot almost didn't happen, and organizers Erin and Eric Dubey and Deborah Craig thanked the Optimist Club, and Melinda Martel in particular, for providing the insurance that allowed it to take place. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about A nice morning to trot for the turkey

Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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After some uncertainty, the community's annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day after all. The run, which starts at the Gazebo parking lot at 8:30 a.m., will benefit victims of the Camp Fire. Cash and gift card donations are welcome. This year's run – which happens rain or shine – was made possible at the last minute by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and Melinda Martel. Read more » about Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

A tree sprouts on the RMA lawn

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Christmas tree

Rancho Murieta Association workers Vince Carrillo, left, and Mark Kitchener were midway through assembling a keynote holiday decoration on the RMA Building's lawn Monday afternoon. The job will be completed Tuesday, they said, and the Christmas tree will be lighted when the community's other holiday lights go on, later this week. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about A tree sprouts on the RMA lawn

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