Getting together to smile and get crabby

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Crab Feed

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There were pounds and pounds of crab at the very popular Kiwanis Crab Feed, held Saturday night at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. In addition to the crustaceans, there was music, silent auctions and tables full of friendly Murietans – like Bill Gengler and April Mattice, who can be seen by clicking the "Read more >>." Serving was handled by the Kiwanis' Key Club high-schoolers. The annual event benefits the community work done by the Kiwanis. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » Read more » about Getting together to smile and get crabby

Some High Voltage for the Women's Club

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High Voltage

Forget Wednesday's gray skies and gloomy weather. High Voltage, the troupe of young performers from El Dorado Musical Theatre,  brought their own brand of sunshine to the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club luncheon at the Country Club. Playing to a packed house, the fast-paced song and dance revue featured medleys celebrating Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, as well as songs from “Hair,” “A Chorus Line” and other musicals.  After closing the show with “To Be a Hero,” the group received a standing ovation. Information about the Women’s Club is available here. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Some High Voltage for the Women's Club

Workshop Monday on flower arranging

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A workshop in Japanese flower arranging will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. Two instructors from the Sacramento chapter of Ikebana will instruct.  All materials are provided. The cost is $35, check or cash. Contact Ellison Cowles, ecowles2@gmail.com or 549-0379. This workshop is provided under the auspices of the River Valley Garden Club. Read more » about Workshop Monday on flower arranging

Blood drive will be held Jan. 22

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The Rancho Murieta Women’s Club will hold its first blood drive of the new year from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years old (minors will need parental consent) and have a photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome and child care will be available. As always, there will be prizes for donors. Read more » about Blood drive will be held Jan. 22

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

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