July 4 -- the Rancho Murieta way

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 Snow cone

It didn't near July 4 records, but temperatures at Wednesday's carnival were warm enough to require the occasional snow cone -- in colors only a kid could love.

Red square Inside -- links to more than 400 photos from July 4 events
Red square See some of your photos from July 4

Rancho Murieta shared another small-town Fourth of July with lots of visitors Wednesday. The traditions that give the Murieta holiday its spark also reflect the character of the community -- the 5K run was started by a resident decades ago, the pancake breakfast is prepared by volunteers, and the parade features decorated (what else?) golf carts. The Boy Scouts have a going concern preparing and selling snow cones at the carnival, and all ages are welcome to join the party at the Gazebo before the fireworks. And how many small towns have a fireworks display to cap the day's festivities? This one does. Read more » about July 4 -- the Rancho Murieta way

Some of your photos from July 4

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 Here are the July 4 photos you shared on Wednesday:

Getting ready

From Jason Park: "Getting ready for the parade!"


Ticket

From Judy Prenez: "Above, Officer Frank Reyes writes citation to a very unhappy Jonathan Lommasson. But below, Mr. Lommasson seemed to be in a better mood when he won First Prize in the Boys' Most Fun Division."

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Cleaning up for the July 4 carnival

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Cleanup

There wasn’t a goose in sight at Lake Clementia Tuesday morning as Rancho Murieta Association maintenance workers prepared for Wednesday’s July 4 festivities. New and old sand was being groomed on the beach, and picnic areas were being spruced up. Maintenance Manager Rod Hart said a propane cannon has been successful as part of an effort to discourage the hundreds of geese that have made a home there. Tents were already up for the holiday carnival. Read more » about Cleaning up for the July 4 carnival

What you need to know for July 4

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Rancho Murieta's July 4 starts with the first pancake at 7 a.m. and ends with the last fireworks explosion 15 hours later. If you’re a regular or a first-timer, here’s what you need to know about the day, Rancho Murieta's biggest holiday. Read more » about What you need to know for July 4

Scouts retire flags to mark Memorial Day

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Happy Easter, Rancho Murieta!

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Happy New Year, Rancho Murieta!

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New Year's Eve

Red square Photo gallery: 34 photos from the Country Club's New Year's Eve party

2012 was greeted on dance floors all over the world. In Rancho Murieta, Country Club revelers were inspired by the old-school tunes of Todd Morgan and the Emblems. Check out the photo gallery. Read more » about Happy New Year, Rancho Murieta!

Christmas tree curbside pick-up

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Curbside Christmas tree pick-up is now underway. California Waste Recovery Systems is picking up trees through Jan. 12 as part of trash collection for the community. Residents should place the tree at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular service day for collection. Call 354-4154 with questions. Read more » about Christmas tree curbside pick-up

There's no place like home for the holidays

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Chavez and GreyHome for the holidays has a special meaning for two Rancho Murieta families this year.  Army 1st Lt. Christopher Chavez traveled from his home in Ft. Riley, Kansas, after a year-long tour of duty in Iraq to spend Christmas with parents Larry and Glenda Chavez.  Ed and Arlene Wallace welcomed the return of  their daughter, Terri, and her husband, Darwin Dick, to the community after a five-year absence. Their grandson, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tucker Grey, arrived home on leave from the submarine California in time for New Year's. Read more » about There's no place like home for the holidays

RMA honors holiday lights winners, extends committee for community center

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Red square Map and musical slide show of best holiday lights

The December meeting of the Rancho Murieta Association board of directors started on a seasonal note with the announcement of the winners of the holiday lights contest. The throng of winners came forward to receive placards for their lawns, as well as the board's congratulations and thanks, and then Tuesday's meeting became all business, with updates on the community center project, cable TV costs, and a discussion about partnering with the Country Club for water. Read more » about RMA honors holiday lights winners, extends committee for community center

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