Pera Drive's annual explosion of orange

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Pera poppies

It's another glorious spring for the Hunter family's poppies on Pera Drive. We told you the story last year about the lawn's poppy explosion, but it's worth a stop by every spring. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Pera Drive's annual explosion of orange

Happy 70th anniversary, Barbara and Ken!

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Quinn anniversary photo

Seventy years ago Wednesday, April 17, Murietans Ken and Barbara Quinn were wed. Their children share this note: "In this day and age, that's a pretty good run! After many years of living in Napa, where their three children were raised, they moved to Rancho Murieta, where they built their home and have happily resided for many years, enjoying the close friendships and the active lifestyle of the community. As they age – Ken is 91 years old and Barbara is 89 – having neighbors who look out for one another is vital. For us, their children, we are grateful for this. Our parents have set a wonderful example to us." It's signed by Karie Patching (and spouse Steve), Chris Quinn (and spouse Shannon) and Michael Quinn (and spouse Dixie). Read more » about Happy 70th anniversary, Barbara and Ken!

Is this the last time around the maypole?

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Maypole

After the event, Pamela Haines removes the braided ribbon from the maypole and gives it to a lucky participant. 2016 file photo. (Click for larger image)

Every May 1 for the last 25 years, you could find Pamela Haines in the shady field across from the North Gate. For a half-hour or so, she would beat a drum and lead children around a maypole to mark May Day in a celebration from another generation.  She’ll do it a final time this year, and unless someone steps up, that will be that – the community’s last maypole. Read more » Read more » about Is this the last time around the maypole?

5K trail run to fight cancer happens May 5

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The Fiesta for Life 5K Trail Run on Rancho Murieta’s trails will begin at 9 a.m. May 5 at Lake Clementia. (Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.) The event, which benefits Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, costs $20 if you pre-register and $25 the day of the race. You can pre-register here: https://forms.gle/QFEzWeRrqAAyXGnF9 Read more » about 5K trail run to fight cancer happens May 5

Enjoying a four-wheeled Sunday dinner

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Food trucks

The Summerfest food trucks returned to Stonehouse Park Sunday for another summer of weekly visits. The six trucks offered a wide range of foods – barbecue, ice cream, street tacos, Asian foods and more – on a beautiful afternoon and evening. Hundreds of adults chatted at tables and in a big cluster of golf carts and blankets while the kids ran around on the grass and the courts, rode scooters and kicked balls high into the sky. One of the touring passenger balloons, a rarity in the evening sky, was even spotted to the southeast. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Enjoying a four-wheeled Sunday dinner

Murieta scientists to hold first meeting

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Several scientists in Rancho Murieta have formed a group interested in the local ecology.  They will have their first meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Gazebo near Rancho Murieta’s North Gate.  You're invited to join them, ask questions, and spend time with others who are interested in our environment. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Bring a chair. For more information, contact Larry Shelton at (916) 955-9955. Read more » about Murieta scientists to hold first meeting

Packages from home for troops (and pooches)

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Donated items

Items collected at a Country Club swing dance party, and letters written by Cosumnes River Elementary kindergartners, are gathered and ready to be sent to the troops. From left are Don Thames, the club's golf pro; Jenny Williams, president of the CRES PTA; Carole Thames, the drive organizer (and Don's wife), and Ron Svien, the club's general manager.  Click "Read more" to see Carole's note about how all this happened. Read more » Read more » about Packages from home for troops (and pooches)

Essay winner helps Optimists mark 25 years

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Optimist essay winner

In a strong, clear voice, Murietan Hailey Truong read her winning essay at Tuesday night’s meeting of  the Optimist Club of Rancho Murieta, which was marking its 25th anniversary. Hailey, 14, a freshman at Pleasant Grove High School, addressed the topic “When all the world’s problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?” She won an $800 prize, and her essay goes on to compete at the Optimist district level, where the winner receives a $2,500 college scholarship. Boy Scout Gavin Correia brought the Optimists a proposal for his Eagle Scout project – building a throne for Santa’s use at the community’s annual Christmas tree lighting. That's one of many annual events staged by the Optimists, along with a paper-shredding pickup, family bingo night, ice cream truck visit, July 4 carnival at the lake, holiday crafts fair and multiple youth sports and Eagle Scout projects. The Optimists meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Services District Building, across from the South Gate. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Essay winner helps Optimists mark 25 years

Joining hands for a new baseball season

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Rancho Murieta Little League opening day

Photo gallery (93 photos from the day)

The T-ball Hurricanes were joined by Tigers, Cowboys and a real live goat at Stonehouse Park Saturday for Cosumnes River Little League opening day. Rob Winter, league president, welcomed two dozen uniformed teams and thanked the volunteers who make CRLL a reality, singling out Blake Carmichael for his years of support as a manager, board member and league president. Carmichael received a memorial brick and also threw out the first pitch. Josie Viegas, a Pleasant Grove High School senior and former CRLL player, received this year’s Christina Rodness Scholarship. CRLL youth coach Jack Gignilliat was announced as the recipient of the Christopher Walters Scholarship. The scholarships honor Rancho Murieta children whose memories are enshrined on plaques at the park. Boy Scout Troop 633 raised the flag and local pilots timed a fly-by to the last strains of the national anthem, and the opening ceremony concluded with the crowd singing “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” Next up was a hot dog lunch prepared and served by Kiwanis Club volunteers before an afternoon of playing ball. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Joining hands for a new baseball season

Optimists to mark 25 years March 19

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Optimist logoYou can learn what the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club is all about 7 p.m. March 19, when the club marks its 25th anniversary in the Community Services District Building, across Jackson Road from the South Gate. Need help for your child's organization? Looking to volunteer? The Optimists hope you'll come to the meeting. They have been helping the kids of Rancho Murieta/Sloughhouse for 25 years. Read more » Read more » about Optimists to mark 25 years March 19

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