Homes for the holidays

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The Christmas season went into high gear this weekend in Rancho Murieta. Five extraordinary homes provided decorating inspiration for Rancho Murieta Women's Club members and their guests on the club's holiday home tour Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, families got into the holiday spirit at the Country Club's annual Santa brunch.  See both in this slide show. Read more » about Homes for the holidays

RMA and Ace Hardware offer holiday helping hands

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This holiday season the Rancho Murieta Association is collecting toys and food for local families in need and Ace Hardware in the Plaza is recycling old holiday lights to help families who have a child with cancer. Read more » about RMA and Ace Hardware offer holiday helping hands

RMA will hold holiday lights contest

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The Rancho Murieta Association Recreation Committee is holding a holiday lights contest. To be eligible for a $50 prize, all you have to do is decorate your house and make sure the lights are on the evenings of Dec. 11-15 for judging by committee members. In addition to the 10 individual prizes, there will be two group prizes of $100 each. To qualify, groups of adjacent neighbors need to complete an entry form and return it to the RMA by Dec. 7. Read more » about RMA will hold holiday lights contest

Santa pays a visit to Rancho Murieta

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Red square Photo gallery: 45 photos from the event

With a "Ten, nine, eight ..." Santa led a countdown for the lighting of the tree at the North Gate Friday evening to begin the holiday season. After a children's chorus performed holiday songs, dozens of children bundled up in winter hats and coats visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The crowd warmed up with cookies and hot chocolate provided by the Optimist Club, the sponsor of the annual event at the Gazebo. Read more » about Santa pays a visit to Rancho Murieta

Coat dinner coming up Dec. 9

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The coat dinner at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way is an annual holiday tradition that collects clean, gently used jackets or coats, sleeping bags and blankets for Loaves and Fishes and the Union Gospel Mission to distribute to needy and homeless people. Admission to the dinner is a jacket or coat, and a sleeping bag or blanket is good for two dinners.

This year's dinner takes place Friday, Dec. 9. A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner consists of chili, corn bread, salad and dessert.

At last year's dinner, approximately 450 coats, blankets and sleeping bags were collected.

Contact Robert Mehrten, 947-1597, for information about the event. Read more » about Coat dinner coming up Dec. 9

Join your neighbors for the first Rancho Murieta Turkey Trot

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If you’re in the mood for a little run with a few friends Thanksgiving morning, you only have to go as far as the North Gazebo.  Some neighbors are staging a 5K Rancho Murieta Turkey Trot through the streets of Rancho Murieta to benefit an area food bank. Read more » about Join your neighbors for the first Rancho Murieta Turkey Trot

Getting ready for the holidays

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Village crafts

Shoppers at Murieta Village's annual Craft Faire and Bake Sale Saturday could stock up on homemade jellies, hand-knit accessories and stuffed toys, holiday decorations, greeting cards, jewelry and other unique items. Read more » about Getting ready for the holidays

Red, white, blue and kinda hot

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It's a CHP vehicle that's a good size for patrolling Rancho Murieta's July 4 parade.

Red square More than 400 photos from the day's events
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It wasn’t the hottest July 4 ever, but it sure felt like it Monday as Rancho Murieta turned out to celebrate Independence Day. That meant pancakes, a 5K run, a parade, a carnival with a watermelon-eating contest and people everywhere looking for shade. Read more » about Red, white, blue and kinda hot

Summer's here, and July 4 is next

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The weather forecast says we'll reach 100 this week, which means July 4 will be here soon.  It's the biggest day on the community's calendar, and here's your guide to what's happening. Read more » about Summer's here, and July 4 is next

Visitor passes available for Mother's Day

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Due to the high volume of guest traffic on Mother's Day weekend, pre-passes are available at the Rancho Murieta Association Office during regular business hours. The passes are similar to the passes used for the 4th of July. Pre-passing will help speed entrance through the gates and eliminate backups, especially at the North Gate. Security asks that you pick up guest passes in advance and distribute them to your guests prior to Mother's Day. Read more » about Visitor passes available for Mother's Day

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