A bridge on the road to adulthood

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Cub Scouts

NeckerchiefFriday night these five boys crossed the bridge from Webelos Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in a ceremony at Cosumnes River Elementary School.  Cub Scout Pack 633 den leader Jason Tumlinson led the ceremony for his den members, from left, Garth Colyer, Ryder Winter, Charlie Kessen, Ty Tumlinson and Alexander Hoberg. After literally walking across a small bridge, the former Webelos Scouts were greeted on the other side by Boy Scouts of Troop 633, who helped the five into their new neckerchiefs, right. There’s a photo of the five boys and their parents on the next page. (Click for larger images)  Read more » Read more » about A bridge on the road to adulthood

Your neighbors: Happy 50th, Stan and Letty!

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Vivaldi anniversary

On this day 50 years ago, Murietans Stan and Letty Vivaldi were wed. This stop-the-presses appearance is an anniversary surprise, so we can't share a current photo of them. They have two children, Mike, who lives in Rancho Murieta, and Brian, who lives in Bothell, Washington. Here's Mike's message to his parents: "Congratulations on 50 years of marriage from all of your family and friends! You two are a happy, loving, fantastic couple whom we are proud to call mom and dad. Love, Mike and Lanie." (Click for larger image) Read more » about Your neighbors: Happy 50th, Stan and Letty!

'It's Just Dinner' and a chance to meet people

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It's Just DinnerLast Saturday night, with a pouring rain outside and a crackling fire inside, 15 people gathered at the Country Club’s 19th Hole. The gathering was casual and low-key, and judging by the easy chatter you wouldn’t have guessed most of the people were meeting for the first time. The gathering’s name: It’s Just Dinner. The Country Club’s idea is to offer a monthly dinner for singles. Read more » Read more » about 'It's Just Dinner' and a chance to meet people

Taking in the vastness of the universe

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Orion nebula

This is the famous Orion Nebula as captured the other night from the Murieta North backyard of David Scharlach. On a dark, clear night, you can see this nebula with your naked eye, but it’s only a fuzzy patch of light in the string of stars below Orion’s belt. This photo is the result of David’s 4-inch refractor telescope being put to work with a 40-minute exposure on his camera. “I am really pleased with how this came out,” he writes. (Well, yeah!)  If astronomy or astrophotography is a semi-serious interest, David would like to hear from you about setting up a local star party once the weather warms up. He’s at davidlaw1@sbcglobal.net. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Taking in the vastness of the universe

ACE will be playing for higher stakes

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Golf family

The Estrada Donnalley family is helping 8-year-old Alexander pursue his golf ambitions. From left are Isabella, 10, and dad Carlos Estrada and mom Allison Donnalley, along with Alexander. There's chips and salsa in it for you. (Click for larger image)

Alexander Estrada, who’s 8, can drive the golf ball 150 yards. His favorite pros go by single names: Rory. Tiger. Bubba. And being a child of this century, Alexander has a YouTube channel where he offers homemade golf instructional videos. Alexander’s initials are A-C-E, and some friends call him ACE, so he opens the videos with a confident and media-wise, “Hey, everyone – ACE here, back with another YouTube video....” Read more » Read more » about ACE will be playing for higher stakes

Cancer outreach program begins Jan. 22

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A six-week cancer outreach program for the community will begin Jan. 22 at the Murieta Inn and Spa. The sessions, called HOPE, will offer a non-denominational, faith-based weekly program open to cancer patients and survivors, their caregivers and anyone affected by cancer. The leaders of HOPE are cancer survivors who will be available for questions and discussion. The meetings begin at 6:45 with 15 minutes of socializing and snacks and wrap up after about an hour. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call (916) 833-0903 or (916) 806-5277. Read more » about Cancer outreach program begins Jan. 22

2018: Looking back, with much gratitude

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Eagle, coming in hot

Neighbor Paul Anderson shares this as his favorite Rancho Murieta wildlife photo of 2018, and who are we to argue? It's one of Murieta's bald eagles, "coming in hot," as he says. Paul captured this photo in October at Lake Clementia. (Click for larger image)

Happy new year! RanchoMurieta.com owes new-year thanks to the sponsors who bring you this website – who get their own thanks below – and to all of you who visit the site. Special thanks go to the Murietans who take the time to call us (354-3916) or email (editor@ranchomurieta.com) when something happens. For 19 years, we’ve relied on you to alert us to news, and thankfully you’ve never stopped. Sometimes you even take photos and share them. That’s what we’ll look at today. Read more »


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Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

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Here's a video look at the home Christmas lights honored this year by the Rancho Murieta Association. The video is two songs covering 19 homes. If you want to see a list of the homes and a map to do your own tour, which we recommend, you'll find that here. Read more » about Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

Your neighbors: A holiday reading tradition

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Christmas reading

Wanting to share love and holiday cheer with friends and family, for 22 Christmas Eves Bob and Bridget Gransee have held an afternoon open house. There's music, food and drinks and the reading of a holiday story. This year, Bob read "Snowmen at Christmas," assisted by Karsyn Duval, an 11-year-old neighbor who turned the book's pages so everyone could enjoy the illustrations. There were 50 or 60 people on hand. You can see some of them in the panoramic photo below. (Click for larger images)

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The best holiday lights (with a map)

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Holiday lights

Santa, along with RMA Director Stephanie Bianchi, center, presented the 2018 Holiday Lights awards to winners – here, the Posey family. (Click for larger image)

Photos of many of the winning families(10 photos)

A bumper crop of Rancho Murieta Association Holiday Lights contest winners received lawn signs designating their decorated homes as the best and the brightest at Tuesday’s RMA meeting. Santa Claus got the presentation off to a merry start with a few ho-ho-hos, and then handed out candy canes and congratulations as Director Stephanie Bianchi announced winners and presented signs while the audience applauded its approval. Read more » Read more » about The best holiday lights (with a map)

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