The season for giving

Some ideas for giving this holiday season.


Shopping for a sweet tooth in the family? Rancho Murietan Kiwanis, which helps children in Rancho Murieta, is selling See’s Candies in a variety of ways.

  • In-person sales: At the Bel Air Shopping Center (near Town & Country Real Estate) from Friday to Sunday (Nov. 26-28) noon to 5 p.m. and December weekends from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Online local sales: Go to rmkiwanis.org. There’s free local pickup or delivery.
  • Online orders for shipping: Go to https://tinyurl.com/fyxzr3cw and order for shipping throughout the nation. Deadline: Dec. 3.

Christmas Share is staged by the Rancho Murieta Community Church, 14670 Cantova Way. The needs:

  • Sacramento’s homeless. Your new or gently used coats, sleeping bags or two-person tents can be placed in the large crate in the church lobby.
  • Arab American Learning Center, 2758 Eastern Ave., Sacramento. They need cash donations to help with many refugees families from Afghanistan. Or donate a bike in any condition in the church lobby. The learning center will refurbish them so the refugees can use them as transportation to work and school.
  • The Community Church’s mission church partner in Lomas Bonitas, Mexico, is in need of cash donations. The church needs reliable transportation and hopes to raise enough money for a van. The church is also paying medical expenses for two children, ages 6 and 15, who are on oxygen, battling Covid-19.

You can make a contribution by check. Make it out to Rancho Murieta Community Church and write which charity it’s for in the memo field. You can mail to the church or drop in the offering boxes.


The Rancho Murieta Association is sponsoring a Toy and Food Drive to benefit the Elk Grove Unified School District Healthy Start program.  Wanted: Nonperishable food items or new, unwrapped toys. There’s a box located in the RMA office lobby. Through Dec. 13.


The Kiwanis Club is once again offering “Sweats for Vets” – a program that offers clothing as vets are released from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Mather. Due to the fear of covid, the Kiwanis is asking for donations of cash, checks or Walmart gift cards. Donations can be made at rmkiwanis.org, by check (make the check payable to “Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta – Sweats for Vets)” or by contributing at the RMA Building. The Kiwanis will make contributions to the hospital, which will buy the items for the vets. The Kiwanis Club address is P.O. Box 855, Rancho Murieta, CA 95683. The drive ends on Dec. 20.


Fifteenth annual Toys for Tots.  New, unwrapped toys.  Collection bins located at Ace Hardware, Town & Country Real Estate, Rancho Murieta Homes & Land, Local Bean and at the Country Club. Deadline: Dec. 22.

Welcome – RanchoMurieta.com is back

We’re starting over. After serving the community for 2000 to 2019 with a news site, we’re coming back. But this time RanchoMurieta.com will be a monthly video/photo magazine – focusing on the people and organizations that make this a better community.

We don’t plan to have any advertising on the site. No reader comments. We won’t be covering the news. (Proposed ad slogan: No news, no comments – no problem!) But we won’t waste your time and won’t make your blood boil. If you’re looking for that, there are other places to look online.

We’re interested in people and organizations who are doing right by us all. Can you guide us?

We’ve updated and expanded the Rancho Murieta history project (if you have things to offer, especially photos, please e-mail), and we offer two video features for November – a look at Paul Anderson, a professional photographer who’s renowed for his eagle and other photos) and a look at the seasons of Rancho Murieta. Also, there’s a story that we offered in our “History” section many years ago, about Loni Anderson and Lynda Carter shooting a TV series in the community in 1984.

We’re sorry to say that after several years of retaining the 19-year archival coverage of RanchoMurieta.com, it’s now gone. It was going to be expensive to update the publishing system, and the updating was really required.

We appreciate those who’ve been with us for two decades, and we hope you enjoy the new RanchoMurieta.com. As always, your thoughts and ideas are welcome. You can reach us at the same address as before: editor@ranchomurieta.com.

When we were Hollywood

An oldie-but-goodie from our “History of RM” area. In 1984, Hollywood stars Loni Anderson and Lynda Carter spent a week in Rancho Murieta filming an episode of the TV show “Partners in Crime.” With a few signs and flags, Rancho Murieta is turned into Ganders Health Spa for the show. The episode, called “Getting in Shape,” aired just before Christmas. Thanks to YouTube, we can see it again.

Do you recognize the Country Club’s front lawn, the snack shack and the tennis courts? If you just want a look, Murieta appears at 7:15 in the video and runs for a half-dozen minutes. (There are other Murieta scenes in the show.)