With dozens of elves beneath the tree

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Reimers

ElvesLittle did Julie Reimers know how it would end up when she bought her first two elves 25 years ago. Now she has 55 elves – the entire Zim’s Elves Themselves collection – around the Christmas tree she decorates with her husband, Tom Reimers, on Abierto Drive. Her collection started in the pre-internet days, when shopping for collectibles was much tougher. Now the elves ring the tree and fill a tabletop and the floor next to the tree. After Christmas, the elves return to their boxes in a closet, awaiting another December. Do you have a family holiday decorating tradition or a remarkable display? Let us know at editor@ranchomurieta.com. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about With dozens of elves beneath the tree

Video: Homes all dressed up for the holidays

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Take seven homes dressed in their Christmas best and the scene was set for this year’s Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour. The festivities began Friday morning with breakfast at the Country Club, where the Murieta Voices serenaded club members and their guests with songs of the season. Then tour-goers fanned out across the community to see how club members transform their homes for the holidays with treasured collections and loads of imagination. Here are the homes that provided the wow factor for this year’s tour. Read more »

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Christmas for kids who won't have one

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Toys

The start of the toy drive for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire. Yes, you can make a contribution. (Click photo for larger image)

The collection of Christmas toys for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire is well under way. The Women’s Golf Club gathered this array at the group’s lunch at the Country Club Tuesday. If you’re interested in helping to make a Christmas for these kids, here’s how. Read more » Read more » about Christmas for kids who won't have one

Getting into the spirit of the holidays

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Trying to tap into the spirit of the holidays? You can make the season better for children homeless after the Paradise fire. Or you can ease your holiday stress with a few local shopping tips. Read more » Read more » about Getting into the spirit of the holidays

Thank you, Murieta, for Macey's success

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Macey Casagrande

Macey Casagrande did it again, collecting 735 coats – plus hats, scarves, gloves and dog jackets – and delivering them to the homeless early Saturday in Sacramento. There were a dozen people waiting in the pre-dawn darkness when Macey and her father, Sean, and mother, Tammi (below), plus family friends started unloading the items on North A Street, north of downtown. By 9:30, everything was gone. This was the 12-year-old’s third year doing this. The first year, she collected 126 coats; last year she got 575. She blew past this year’s goal, 600 coats. (Photos by Justin Hayduk; click for larger images)

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Working with horses at Paradise fire scene

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Stalls

TrailerMurieta Equestrian Center owner Carol Anderson Ward and the West Coast Equine Foundation have dispatched a trailer with equipment and crew to build 60 portable stalls for injured horses evacuated from the Camp Fire area. The stalls will be built at the Butte County Fair Grounds in Gridley, the groups announced Monday. The two organizations are working with the Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners, which has dispatched its new emergency response trailer to Gridley, so it can serve as a veterinary base. The trailer will be sent to future emergencies as needed. Also participating in the effort is the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Working with horses at Paradise fire scene

Organizing help for fire victims

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Paradise donations

“A couple of duffel bags?” Jerry Kays asked Friday afternoon, stopping on Colina Lane with a donation for the Paradise fire victims. “Let’s put them in our luggage department,” joked Tony Avampato, right, who spent the week gathering and sorting donations from Murietans. He collected a wide variety and an impressive pile of items – and many prized gift cards – before loading a truck Friday evening and sending it north, wrapping up his drive. He says thank you. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Organizing help for fire victims

Last chance for donation to fire victims

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The local collection of items for Paradise fire victims will wrap up Friday, and the list of items being requested has narrowed. Volunteers in the fire area say they’ve received a mountain of clothing, so that’s no longer needed. Here’s what is needed and how you can contribute. Read more » Read more » about Last chance for donation to fire victims

Your chance to help Paradise fire victims

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Neighbor Tony Avampato, who volunteered last year to haul Murieta donations to the Santa Rosa fire victims, is stepping up again, this time to help the people who’ve lost everything in Paradise. Read more » Read more » about Your chance to help Paradise fire victims

Honoring those who stood for America

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day→ Photo gallery from the event (nine photos)

For the fourth year, Rancho Murieta honored its vets Monday morning with coffee and donuts at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. More than a hundred people came out. Kids outside greeted arriving vets with flags large and small, and teens handed out poppies and Veterans Day cards hand-made by kids. Except for the Coast Guard, every branch of service was represented in the crowd. There were no speeches, just a nice group rendition of "God Bless America." At 96, Art Murphy of Carmichael was the oldest vet. Murphy, an Army private who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, attended with his Murietan daughter, Marcia Quinn. The day was hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by RanchoMurieta.com, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Honoring those who stood for America

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