Splashing in the sun, buying in the shade

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Spray park

Photo gallery (35 shots from the opening)

It’s official -- the fun is back for another summer. Children celebrated the opening of Summerfest Spray Park Saturday with hot dogs and otter pops, and made the most of the hot, sunny day by spending quality time with the park’s attractions. The celebration was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and Rancho Murieta Association. (The spray park, in Riverview Park on the South, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m.) Early Saturday morning, below, shoppers flocked to Murieta Village to check out what neighbors and friends were offering at the annual Trash ‘n’ Treasure event. They found vendors’ spaces chock-a-block with sports equipment, collectibles, clothing, luggage, toys, household items and furniture. (Click photos for larger images.)

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A lunch that's a win, place and show

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Women's Club lunch

Photo gallery from the lunch (34 photos)

The Rancho Murieta Women’s Club celebrated the Kentucky Derby with a luncheon at the Country Club Wednesday that featured prize-winning hats, a Southern-style menu and contemporary bluegrass music. Once Savannah Blu took the stage, it was off to the races as the musicians performed everything from the classic “Sittin' on Top of the World” to the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” (which has a Kentucky Derby reference). The appreciative audience clapped, danced in the aisles and even formed an impromptu conga line that looped around the room. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about A lunch that's a win, place and show

Remembering those who gave us our nation

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Giant flag

Retiring the 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center was a group effort. (Click photos for larger images.)

BagpipesEven without a blazing fire, it would have been hot at Lake Calero Monday evening. But Boy Scout Troop 633 had a mission. With solemn precision, the scouts retired more than 200 worn and tattered U.S. flags, consigning them to the flames as a small, respectful crowd watched from lawn chairs and golf carts, and piper Chuck Jamison played “Amazing Grace” and patriotic airs. It took the efforts of every scout and all the scout leaders to display a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center one last time before they placed it in the fire. Read more » Read more » about Remembering those who gave us our nation

Some photos from a busy weekend

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Country Club party

The Country Club's party to raise funds to re-do the Terrace Patio (which is a terrific site for parties) looked to be a big hit Sunday afternoon. There were hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music and raffles. (Click photos for larger images.)

Sometimes Rancho Murieta is a sleepy kind of place, and sometimes it's busy. This weekend it was busy. Here's a photo look at the Country Club's party, the Bike Rodeo, the Down Range music fest and the Optimist's ice cream truck. (This isn't even to mention the food trucks Sunday afternoon.) Read more » Read more » about Some photos from a busy weekend

ETC's season off to very promising start

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ETC opener

Photo gallery: 41 shots from the event

The people from Entertainment, Theatre & Culture were busy at Sunday afternoon’s season-opening party, held at the Country Club. Attendance, they estimated, was double last year’s turnout. There were nibbles of all kinds, raffle drawings, an opportunity to taste wines and beer (and an otherworldly mandarin orange juice) and, most important of all, a chance to get your tickets to the new ETC season or to volunteer to help the organization, which is operated entirely by volunteers. You can learn all about ETC’s season – and ETC – by clicking here. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about ETC's season off to very promising start

Community blood drive takes place Monday

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The Rancho Murieta Women's Club is hosting a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Donors will get a blood donor hat, a $2 gift card from Go Fore Pizza and be entered into drawings for a $200 Amazon gift card and a gift basket from the Country Club. Bring a photo ID, eat well and drink fluids before donating. Questions? Call (866) 822-5663. Read more » about Community blood drive takes place Monday

A night of hot dogs and yelling 'Bingo!'

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Bingo

First came the hot dog dinner, then came the bingo as about 75 people gathered Saturday evening at the Rancho Murieta Association Building for an Optimists family bingo night. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A night of hot dogs and yelling 'Bingo!'

Food trucks return to Stonehouse Park

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Food trucks

Dinnertime Sunday saw the return of the Summerfest food trucks to Stonehouse Park. Early-arriving diners, wearing sweaters in the beautiful spring weather, had an easy time choosing among a handful of options. The trucks will be there from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays into September. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about Food trucks return to Stonehouse Park

Kinda scary, but it might taste good

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Fishing Day catch

Gallery of photos from Kids Fishing Day (25 photos)

Seven-year-old Tessa Coleman didn't want to stand too close to the fish she caught, though she was sure she was eating it for dinner. Kiwanis Kids Fishing Day, which happened Saturday after the rain finally stopped, is an annual event that turns Lake Clementia into a classroom so children can put into practice the fishing skills they learn from California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel and Rancho Murieta Fishing Club volunteers. The lake was stocked with 700 pounds of trout – and 1½ pounds of that total is pictured here. Kiwanis Key Club high school students prepared and served hot dog lunches to the crowd. The Fishing Club says the net holding the fish in the beach part of Lake Clementia will be kept up through the weekend, so have at it, fisherpeople. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Kinda scary, but it might taste good

Getting ready for Kids Fishing Day

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Truck stuckA truck from Calaveras Trout Farm showed up Friday morning at Lake Clementia to stock 700 pounds of trout for Saturday's Kids Fishing Day (which will go on rain or shine, according to Kiwanis, the organizer). The stocking took only two shakes of a trout's tail, but the rain pinned the truck in the lakeside mud for a half-hour. A Rancho Murieta Association backhoe rode to the rescue, getting the truck on its way. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Getting ready for Kids Fishing Day

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