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

Why doesn't the club just open up to all?

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Rancho Murieta Country Club’s outgoing president spoke with the Kiwanis Club last week, offering answers to questions commonly heard about the club’s situation. If you’ve ever wondered about the club’s membership situation, the relationship between membership numbers and Murieta’s population, or why the club doesn't just open its restaurants to the public, read on. Read more » Read more » about Why doesn't the club just open up to all?

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

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

New CSD GM will address Kiwanis Thursday

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The Community Services District's new general manager, Mark Martin, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club's meeting Thursday morning. The meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m. at the Villas Clubhouse, at Murieta Parkway and Alameda Drive. A light breakfast buffet will be available. Guests are welcome. Read more » about New CSD GM will address Kiwanis Thursday

Blood drive will address past and future needs

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Blood driveWhen an event like the Las Vegas shooting occurs, there’s a rush to donate blood, which is a good thing. BloodSource, our local blood bank, reminds everyone that the key to saving lives is to have blood already on hand in time of need. You can help accomplish that by being part of a community blood drive, staged by the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club, Monday afternoon at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Read more » Read more » about Blood drive will address past and future needs

Start planning donations to Sweats for Vets

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The holidays aren’t far off, so it’s time to start thinking about Sweats for Vets, the annual collection effort headed up by Kiwanis. They’re seeking items for men and women – sweat shirts (and sweatpants and jackets), thermal underwear, sports bras, socks, warm gloves and hats, jackets, blankets and tennis shoes. Items will be donated to the Sacramento V.A. Medical Center at Mather. Drop off your donations by Dec. 10 at the Rancho Murieta Business Center.  Read more » about Start planning donations to Sweats for Vets

'Best of Murieta' for a whole year

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Buck and fuzzy rack

Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces, the neighbor group that's trying to influence development, has released a 2018 "Best of Murieta" calendar, designed to highlight some of the beauty of Rancho Murieta and to spread the SOLOS message about the need to preserve it. The calendar features the photography of Murietans Bill Gengler, Tim Leesley and Paul Anderson. Anderson took this remarkable shot. The calendar, available now, is $20 and can be ordered by sending a request to contact@solosrm.org. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about 'Best of Murieta' for a whole year

A sure sign of autumn – Blues & Brews

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Blues and Brews

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A golden autumn afternoon set the scene for the Kiwanis Club’s 14th annual Blues & Brews event at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday. The celebration featured plenty of brews for the crowd to sample (and some wines, too), plus games, raffles, food trucks and live music from an award-winning blues band, Matt Rainey & The Dippin' Sauce. The event is one of the main fundraisers for the Kiwanis Club, which provides Kids Fishing Day, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and other community activities. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A sure sign of autumn – Blues & Brews

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