A movie night for the whole family

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Movie Night

Photo gallery: Faces in the crowd (32 photos)

Many kids were bundled up for Saturday night's Movie Night, staged by the Rancho Murieta Association. It was a family-friendly gathering that drew between 150 and 200 people to a pleasantly brisk Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Pre-movie, the adults socialized as the kids danced and ran around, and many picnicked. The movie was "Ferdinand," an animated story of a young bull who'd rather sniff flowers than fight. Read more » Read more » about A movie night for the whole family

Weekend fun – movie, music, water, golf

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The community has a range of smaller-scale entertainment planned for this weekend, but maybe there’s something just right for you. There will be a family movie night Saturday, an OpenJam show Sunday and extended hours for the spray park both days. They're all free. Plus, the Country Club is offering a Father's Day gathering you might enjoy. Read more » Read more » about Weekend fun – movie, music, water, golf

Remembering those who gave us our nation

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Giant flag

Retiring the 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center was a group effort. (Click photos for larger images.)

BagpipesEven without a blazing fire, it would have been hot at Lake Calero Monday evening. But Boy Scout Troop 633 had a mission. With solemn precision, the scouts retired more than 200 worn and tattered U.S. flags, consigning them to the flames as a small, respectful crowd watched from lawn chairs and golf carts, and piper Chuck Jamison played “Amazing Grace” and patriotic airs. It took the efforts of every scout and all the scout leaders to display a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center one last time before they placed it in the fire. Read more » Read more » about Remembering those who gave us our nation

Spray park will open for season on Friday

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Spray parkWe’ll see how the weather cooperates, but the Rancho Murieta Association will open the community spray park at Riverview Park Friday (when the weather forecast calls for a chance of rain and a high around 70). But by Monday, Memorial Day, the forecast calls for a high of 93. Here's the park's schedule and hours. Read more » Read more » about Spray park will open for season on Friday

Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

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Flag retirementBoy Scout Troop 633 will retire worn U.S. flags at Lake Calero on Monday, continuing what has become a Memorial Day tradition for the community. The 14th annual flag retirement begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by piper Chuck Jamison. Among the flags to be retired this year is a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center. Worn and unusable flags can be dropped off at Ace Hardware and the Business Center in Murieta Plaza. The public is invited to attend the lakeside retirement ceremony. Read more » about Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

The 2018 Maypole has all the kids it needs

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Maypole

The circling of the pole is fun, but even more so when some of the kids are dressed in finery from springtimes long ago. That was the case with Brooke Blaisdell, 11 (as well as her sister, Allie, 9). (Click for larger image.)

The 25th annual Rancho Murieta Maypole almost didn’t happen, says Pamela Haines, who puts on the annual event. “Up until two days ago, I did not plan on doing the Maypole this year,” she wrote last week. It took a call from a mom – a fan of the event – who promised to bring her children and get others to bring theirs too. Read more » Read more » about The 2018 Maypole has all the kids it needs

Maypole celebration 5 p.m. Tuesday

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MaypoleThe 25th annual Rancho Murieta Maypole will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday at the grassy area across from the Gazebo. This annual exercise in springtime whimsy requires a maypole, pretty ribbons and children to circle the maypole, weaving the ribbons into a colorful braid. Since its beginning the event has been conducted annually by longtime Murietan Pamela Haines. Read more » about Maypole celebration 5 p.m. Tuesday

Little League parade: Third time's the charm

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Parade

→ Photo gallery of paraders and viewers (80 photos)

The Cosumnes River Little League mid-season celebration began Sunday afternoon under sunny skies with a jubilant, candy-tossing parade to Stonehouse Park that set the stage for an opening ceremony twice postponed by rainy weather. After the smartly uniformed players assembled on the field and a contingent of planes from the Rancho Murieta Airport flew overhead, CRLL President Blake Carmichael thanked the volunteers who “make it possible for over 250 kids to play baseball and softball,” introduced the teams, and announced the winners of  the $1,000 league scholarships named in honor of two children in the community. Kianah Corey is the recipient of the Christina Rodness Scholarship and Jordan Remington received the Christopher Walters Scholarship. Both are graduating high school seniors and former Little Leaguers. The ceremony concluded with the national anthem, followed by Carmichael leading the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to The Ball Game.” Then it was time for a hot dog lunch. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Little League parade: Third time's the charm

Kinda scary, but it might taste good

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Fishing Day catch

Gallery of photos from Kids Fishing Day (25 photos)

Seven-year-old Tessa Coleman didn't want to stand too close to the fish she caught, though she was sure she was eating it for dinner. Kiwanis Kids Fishing Day, which happened Saturday after the rain finally stopped, is an annual event that turns Lake Clementia into a classroom so children can put into practice the fishing skills they learn from California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel and Rancho Murieta Fishing Club volunteers. The lake was stocked with 700 pounds of trout – and 1½ pounds of that total is pictured here. Kiwanis Key Club high school students prepared and served hot dog lunches to the crowd. The Fishing Club says the net holding the fish in the beach part of Lake Clementia will be kept up through the weekend, so have at it, fisherpeople. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Kinda scary, but it might taste good

Getting ready for Kids Fishing Day

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Truck stuckA truck from Calaveras Trout Farm showed up Friday morning at Lake Clementia to stock 700 pounds of trout for Saturday's Kids Fishing Day (which will go on rain or shine, according to Kiwanis, the organizer). The stocking took only two shakes of a trout's tail, but the rain pinned the truck in the lakeside mud for a half-hour. A Rancho Murieta Association backhoe rode to the rescue, getting the truck on its way. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Getting ready for Kids Fishing Day

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