This July 4 is a day deserving of applause

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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 »

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

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.

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

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 »

A conga line from the ocean to Clementia

Conga line

Photo gallery of the crowd and the show (56 photos)

A large crowd infused with the good-time spirit of Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys took over the dance floor at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night with a conga line, followed by some “Twist and Shout” and “Barefootin’” action. The Landsharks Band, known for its interactive performances, delivered a show that generated the fervor of a revival meeting as part of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture's summer concert series. The holiday celebration began with “Margaritaville,” and included “Barbara Ann,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Surfing USA,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Tequila,” “ Kokomo,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and more. A salute to the armed forces and a flyover preceded the performance. Click photo for larger image.

Country Club sale is threatened by union fee

The agreement to sell Rancho Murieta Country Club to a Southern California golf executive, which expired at 5 p.m. Friday, got a two-week extension at the last minute. But that was not good news. Read more »

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