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

SantaGallery of photos from the evening (59 photos)

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

Vets Day celebration is Monday at RMA

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Poppy posterAll veterans, military families and friends are invited to the community's fourth annual Veteran's Day celebration on Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. The coffee, donuts and conversation are hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by RanchoMurieta.com, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. If you would like to make a card (or several) to be distributed to the vets, please drop them off in the basket at 6408 Puerto Drive by Sunday. The event contact is Erin Reed, (916) 952-8183 or aereed@me.com. Read more » about Vets Day celebration is Monday at RMA

You can help Macey help the needy

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Macey Casagrande

For the third year, Macey Casagrande is collecting coats for the homeless. She would appreciate your help. (Click for larger image.)

Macey Casagrande is a typical 12-year-old. She gets good grades at Albiani Middle School, though English class is tough. After school, she takes part in mixed martial arts and hip-hop dance classes. And every year, she collects hundreds of coats and gives them to homeless people on the streets of Sacramento. Read more » Read more » about You can help Macey help the needy

Kicking off a new holiday season

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Village crafts

Murieta Village jump-started the holiday season Saturday with its annual craft show and bake sale featuring the work of skilled local artisans and offering everything from handmade teddy bears to four-pound bags of shelled walnuts. No one could pass up the homemade treats that transformed the clubhouse library into a bakery, and many took the opportunity to not only shop, but to meet the talented people who crafted the custom cutting boards, holiday decorations, knit scarves and hats, toys and other items that filled the tables.  (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Kicking off a new holiday season

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