First entertainment event announced at hotel

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The first announced event at the Murieta Inn and Spa is a May 19 all-day music event – with jazz, country, rock and blues – to benefit the Sacramento chapter of Guitars for Vets, a nonprofit organization that helps vets struggling with physical and emotional problems. Read more » Read more » about First entertainment event announced at hotel

Birdman's shots of our feathered friends

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Eagle on Scott Road

It's good to welcome back Bill (Birdman) Gengler, who shares a note and photos: "Spotted and photographed a bald eagle on Scott Road last week.  Yes, they are still around. Then took a similar and unusual picture of a Rancho Murieta egret not swimming but also sitting on a tree top in Rancho.  For those who are concerned about the absence of rare hawks in Rancho Murieta, took photos of what I believe to be Swainson hawks hanging around the Country Club and the Equestrian Center last week. Keep your eyes on the sky for more of them.  Have a good RM year!  Birdman"

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Video: Tour the new Murieta Inn and Spa

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The Murieta Inn and Spa – more than three years in the building – will open to the public Feb. 1. In this video, owner Carol Anderson Ward shows you around and answers questions about the restaurant, spa and other facilities and why the hotel took so long to build. (Ward is the longtime Equestrian Center owner and one of the investors in the North development.) The hotel has 83 rooms and rates of $189 a night and up, depending on season, according to Mary Orlando, general manager. In the coming days, there will be traffic as the hotel is guest-tested, with invited horse-show visitors and friends and family previewing the rooms, food and other services in advance of the official opening. The hotel staff emphasizes that all of Murieta will be more than welcome once the facility is fully open, but for now they ask that you await the official opening before stopping by. Read more » about Video: Tour the new Murieta Inn and Spa

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

2017 in RM: A year of good and bad news

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Supermarket aisle - Murieta Market by Raley's

Aisles full of food returned to Rancho Murieta in 2017. (File photo)

For Rancho Murieta, 2017 was a year of fires, floods ... and potato chips. Here are the top six local stories of the year, ranked according to how many thousands of you read them. Read more » Read more » about 2017 in RM: A year of good and bad news

Here's how to help firefighter's family

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Iverson familyCal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, married with a 2-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, died last week from burns and smoke inhalation while fighting the massive Thomas fire in Ventura County. His brother, Luke, lives in Rancho Murieta.  Read more » Read more » about Here's how to help firefighter's family

A Santa with connections to history

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Santa and Adam Reese

Santa and kidsWe know Santa and his helpers come in all sizes, colors and ages, but Rancho Murieta had one of Santa’s oldest helpers Sunday when former Village resident Danny Mander returned to work his Santa magic. He’s 100 years old. Santa stopped at the Rancho Murieta Association Building and played the keyboard, chatted with the kids (that’s Adam Reese, 7, above) and did the lap thing (that’s 3-year-old Jack McGinity and his 6-year-old sister, Shelby, at right). We’re pretty sure ours was the only Santa’s helper who worked as Winston Churchill’s bodyguard during World War II. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about A Santa with connections to history

Martel is elected Country Club president

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The Country Club board elected longtime Murietan Mike Martel as 2018 club president in executive session following its open meeting Thursday night. Read more » Read more » about Martel is elected Country Club president

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

Help yourself, help others to happy holidays

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WreathIn the holiday spirit yet? Here are a few things that will help get you there. Read more » Read more » about Help yourself, help others to happy holidays


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