Map of 2017 RMA holiday lights winners

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Here's a map of the homes honored as having 2017's best holiday lights by the Rancho Murieta Association. Zoom in or out on the map by using the plus and minus signs at the lower left.

Here are the addresses marked on the map:

NORTH

  • 6232 Puerto Drive
  • 6275 Puerto Drive (11 Park)
  • 14812 Guadalupe Drive
  • 14925 Trinidad Drive (1 Park)
  • 7000 Pera Drive
  • 6801 Brisa Lane
  • 15022 Guadalupe Drive (1 Park)
  • 15022 Anillo Way
  • 6538 Via Sereno
  • 6458 Via del Cerrito
  • 6310 Camino de Lago

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A Santa with connections to history

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Santa and Adam Reese

Santa and kidsWe know Santa and his helpers come in all sizes, colors and ages, but Rancho Murieta had one of Santa’s oldest helpers Sunday when former Village resident Danny Mander returned to work his Santa magic. He’s 100 years old. Santa stopped at the Rancho Murieta Association Building and played the keyboard, chatted with the kids (that’s Adam Reese, 7, above) and did the lap thing (that’s 3-year-old Jack McGinity and his 6-year-old sister, Shelby, at right). We’re pretty sure ours was the only Santa’s helper who worked as Winston Churchill’s bodyguard during World War II. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about A Santa with connections to history

SOLOS throws a holiday open house

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SOLOS party

Jazz filled the Local Bean at dinnertime Wednesday as Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces (SOLOS) held a holiday open house. In addition to group sign-ups, SOLOS members spoke with newcomers about the group. There were door prizes, wine and an array of nibbles. Music was provided by Robert Eberhard of the Symposium Jazz Ensemble. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about SOLOS throws a holiday open house

A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

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Santa Brunch

Photo gallery: 25 photos of Santa and people at the brunch

An elegant brunch and the chance to visit with Santa made for family memories and photos at the Country Club Sunday. Melody Deleon, 4, and her grandmother, Caryn Ribbs, were among the many families who visited buffet tables offering everything from custom-made omelets to frosted Christmas cookies before heading to a brightly decorated North Pole outpost to see Santa Claus. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

Crafts show brings holiday flavor to the Villas

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Holiday crafts

April Mattice presided over a table full of holiday decorations priced for every pocketbook Saturday at the Optimist Club’s Holiday Frolic Craft Boutique. Vendors at the Villas Clubhouse offered tables of handmade gift items ranging from painted boxes to knit hats, vintage holiday collectibles and new decorations, plus the opportunity to win a Christmas tree decorated with money. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Crafts show brings holiday flavor to the Villas

A show and a Murieta holiday homecoming

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Marcia Cope-Hart and Haleyann Hart

Photo gallery: 24 photos of the show and attendees

The Women’s Club holiday luncheon at the Country Club Wednesday was a homecoming celebration for entertainers Marcia Cope-Hart and daughter Haleyann Hart. After sharing the gift of music and adding show-biz glamour to Rancho Murieta for years, the family moved to Las Vegas for a Marcia theater role when Haleyann was 8. Now a sophomore at UCLA, Haleyann told the audience she still considers Rancho Murieta the place where she grew up and her “home-home.” Dad Steve Hart, who helped found Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, videotaped Wednesday’s performance as proud grandparents and longtime residents Ted and Dixie Hart looked on. Cope-Hart dedicated the song “Friendly Persuasion” to the couple in honor of their 67th wedding anniversary, and Haleyann performed a tap dance in their honor. A duet to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” opened the hour-long show. Numbers ranged from Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” to a parody of “Makin’ Whoopee,” Cope-Hart’s homage to Burger King. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A show and a Murieta holiday homecoming

Help yourself, help others to happy holidays

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WreathIn the holiday spirit yet? Here are a few things that will help get you there. Read more » Read more » about Help yourself, help others to happy holidays

A girl who's full of the holiday spirit

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Macey's coats

For the second year, Murietan Macey Casagrande collected jackets and distributed them to the homeless in Sacramento on Thanksgiving weekend. The 11-year-old set up shop Saturday at Loaves and Fishes, with almost 600 coats and jackets hanging neatly for the needy to try on and take, many more coats than she had last year. Her parents, Sean and Tammi Casagrande, were there to help out. Also on hand was “Good Day Sacramento,” and you can see the show’s video here. Photo by Justin Hayduk. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A girl who's full of the holiday spirit

Giving Rudolph's nose a good squeeze

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Rudolph

Photo gallery: 36 photos of your neighbors and Santa

Hundreds gathered at Stonehouse Park Friday night to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the traditional visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and lighting of the community tree. As a special treat, Murieta Dance Company performers dazzled with Christmas numbers, and there were cookies and refreshments for all to enjoy. For year-old Hawk Sumner, a highlight of the celebration was Rudolph’s red nose, a delight he shared with his mother, Marissa, and dad, Chris Sumner. The Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association sponsored the event. (Click photo for a larger image.) Read more » about Giving Rudolph's nose a good squeeze

It's the traditional run for the turkey

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Turkey Trot

Cousin EddiePhoto gallery: 15 photos of neighbors who were there

If you didn't get out and actually run in the Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot, maybe at least looking at photos will burn some of the holiday calories. More than 100 runners took off from the North Gazebo in the 8 a.m. chill and ran the same 5K course used for the July 4 Fun Run. The seventh annual event was to benefit Fisher House foundation. The run is casual fun, so much so that Carl Gaither, channeling "Cousin Eddie," right, risked spilling his beer and coffee as he made his way around the course. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about It's the traditional run for the turkey

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