The holiday shopping season is under way

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Village crafts

Forget impersonal internet shopping. A warm, holiday atmosphere prevailed inside the Murieta Village Clubhouse Saturday as shoppers braved the rain to visit the annual Village Craft Faire and Bake Sale. It was an opportunity to stroll among colorful tables of handcrafted items and talk with the local artisans who created them. The wide range of items included everything from quilts, cutting boards and hand-knit scarves to a portrait of Chuck, the cat who lived his nine lives as the Murieta Plaza mascot. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about The holiday shopping season is under way

Village Craft Faire is coming Saturday

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Craft FaireThe Murieta Village Craft Faire and Bake Sale takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Clubhouse. The annual event is a unique way to start the holiday shopping season. Crafters set up shop in the main room, and the bake sale is held in the library. This year a full house of vendors will offer handmade goods, art, jewelry, holiday items, jellies, nuts and more. A word to the wise: The homemade baked goods sell out quickly. Read more » about Village Craft Faire is coming Saturday

Horses, riders, spectators in Halloween mood

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Equestrian Halloween

The Halloween Championship Show at Murieta Equestrian Center marked its 17th year this weekend, and the Saturday night costume contest for riders and their horses brought out the Halloween spirit in everyone as different age groups competed for the grand prize of $500. The first group, age 7 and under, set the pace with a princess on a unicorn/pony, a bumblebee boy atop a flower garden, and other exotic creations. A mermaid with a tail of glowing green lights took first place honors in the group. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Horses, riders, spectators in Halloween mood

Murieta's cutest Halloween tradition

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Trick or treat

The Rancho Murieta Learning Center, which seems to care for little firefighters, superheroes, princesses and Dr. Seuss characters, took the kids around Murieta Plaza Tuesday morning, stopping at every business in their annual trick-or-treat outing. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Murieta's cutest Halloween tradition

Holiday bus trip to SF set for Dec. 6

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Union SquareThe Rancho Murieta Association's annual day-long holiday bus trip to San Francisco will be offered Dec. 6. The adults-only outing starts with the bus departure from Stonehouse Park at 9 a.m. Riders will be dropped at Macy's at Union Square, with the return to Rancho Murieta expected around 9:30 p.m. The cost is $43 per person, with no refunds possible. Call by the RMA office, 354-3500, for reservations by Nov. 22. Seating is limited. The trip is open to RMA members and guests only. Read more » about Holiday bus trip to SF set for Dec. 6

A trick-or-treat stop? We don't think so

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Halloween decorations

Maybe someone can explain, but many Murietans reacted with surprise as they passed the remains of the burned-out home at Murieta Parkway and Camino Del Lago. Somehow the home has been decorated for Halloween. On Sunday there were pumpkins and ghosts in the windows, a bit of orange and black streamers and a witch's hat hanging from the tree. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A trick-or-treat stop? We don't think so

This July 4 is a day deserving of applause

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Parade

Spectators clap for the Blood Drive's appearance in the parade. (Click photos for larger images)

We didn’t see any forbidden water battles on the parade route, but we did see lots of people having a good time throughout Rancho Murieta’s July 4 celebration. From the Fun Run in the early morning to the fireworks 14 hours later (was that the best finale ever?), it was a July 4 many will remember fondly. We have the whole day covered – and nearly 300 photos too. Read more » Read more » about This July 4 is a day deserving of applause

Yankee Doodle Dandy ... born on the 4th of July

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Rowland Jones, a Murietan for 40 years, is something of a Yankee Doodle Dandy. For the last five years, Maria Ngo of Prima Spa & Wellness Center in Murieta Plaza has given Jones a special birthday treat – all 10 fingers and all 10 toes decked out for his birthday, which is the Fourth of July. This year is Jones' 81st. While you were decorating your cart Monday afternoon, he was at Prima Spa getting his own decorations. Read more » about Yankee Doodle Dandy ... born on the 4th of July

An eye-opener to start July 4 (and help others)

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Drinks tent

The tent before it opens for business and the crowd arrives. (Photo by Justin Hayduk)

For the sixth year, your neighbors will brighten the community’s July 4 parade with a drinks tent to raise money to help others. This year they’ll help a neighbor who battles an extreme, debilitating form of Lyme disease. Read more » Read more » about An eye-opener to start July 4 (and help others)

Everything you need for a great July 4

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July 4 parade

The parade down Murieta Parkway is one of the best parts of the day.

Without a doubt, July 4 is the biggest day on Rancho Murieta’s calendar. It’s noisy, with summer food, lots of sun, patriotism, family events, a great fireworks show and the biggest parade for miles around. Here’s your schedule and everything you need to know to enjoy the day with your family. Read more » Read more » about Everything you need for a great July 4

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