A first look at our new disc golf course

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A disc golf course is coming to the Greens Park in May. In this video, take a walk around the course with the designer and learn a bit about the game and plans for a league. Read more » about A first look at our new disc golf course

For an hour, Elvis was in the building

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Elvis at Women's Club lunch

Elvis at Women's Club lunchJeremy Pearce's Elvis tribute at the Women's Club lunch Wednesday took him to every corner of the Country Club's Murieta Room, delighting the crowd. He did a solid hour of Elvis songs with a Hawaiian theme – among them, "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "Little Sister," "Blue Hawaii," "Suspicious Minds," "Jailhouse Rock" and he finished with "Can't Help Falling in Love." Being Elvis, he bestowed damp scarves on a number of lucky ladies, and being an appreciative audience, they squealed (and chuckled) at his hip thrusts and wiggles. Pearce posed for photos afterwards. (Click for larger images) Read more » about For an hour, Elvis was in the building

Casino Night debut rolls a big 7

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→ Photos of Casino Night partygoers (22 photos)

There were doubters along the way, but the debut of the Rancho Murieta Association's Casino Night Saturday at the Murieta Inn and Spa had all the earmarks of a long-running hit. The vibe was casual and fun, as the crowd circulated between two rooms, entertaining itself at gaming tables and dancing as servers circulated among the crowd with hors d'oeuvres. Stephanie Bianchi, the RMA director who shepherded the event, said the attendance had topped 150 in the previous 24 hours, and there were people buying tickets at the door. By the RMA's accounting, the event operated thousands of dollars in the black. The night benefits community recreation projects. (Click for larger images)

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FreeRock shows return to Gazebo in May

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FreeRock[Concert date changed Feb. 18] The FreeRock series of free concerts will return to the Gazebo for a second year this spring and summer, starting with a show May 18. Five shows are scheduled and more are possible, the organizer said Sunday. Read more » Read more » about FreeRock shows return to Gazebo in May

ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

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ETC logoThe new-season announcement from Entertainment, Theatre & Culture always comes at the right time of year. Look outside: It’s chilly, gray, the Christmas tree is in the gutter dropping its needles ... and now, thanks to ETC, we get to think sunny, warm, summer thoughts. Read more » Read more » about ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

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Music Mike

Photo gallery (35 shots of the show and the audience)

Music Mike charmed children, parents and grandparents with a music- and and dance-filled performance at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Sunday afternoon. The merry adventure began with dozens of children singing along to time-honored favorites like “Bingo” and “Ring Around the Rosie,” then took a madcap turn with a version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” that featured crawling like snakes, hopping like rabbits and flying like birds.  After “hotdog rolls” down the slopes of the amphitheater, marching with maracas, lots of singing, a geometry lesson with colorful scarves, and some spirited dancing with the folks, it was time to go home, and every child received a lollipop compliments of Music Mike. The Kiwanis Club, which has made the free annual event part of growing up in Rancho Murieta, said about 170 attended the show. Click for larger image. Read more » about Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Music Mike

Music Mike makes dancers out of our kids.

Music Mike, who could be called our modern-day Pied Piper, make his annual visit to entertain Murieta's children 5 p.m. Sunday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. It's free, sponsored by the Kiwanis. Parents and grandparents are invited to join in the fun, so bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. Read more » about Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

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Photo gallery (52 photos from Friday night Summerfest)

Crowds, rides, neon, food, live music and fun – Summerfest is back in town. The carnival began its two-day run at Stonehouse Park Friday evening with rides on everything from flying elephants to a whimsical train for the little ones, and gravity-defying thrill rides for the big kids, plus games of skill and challenges for the adventurous that include rock climbing and bobbing inside a giant plastic bubble. The big show in our own backyard continues through Saturday, thanks to the local volunteers of Summerfest. The schedule is available here. Read more » about Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

Summerfest is coming Friday and Saturday

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SummerfestSummerfest, Rancho Murieta’s annual carnival, will take place Friday and Saturday at Stonehouse Park. Here’s the rundown of each day’s activities. Read more » Read more » about Summerfest is coming Friday and Saturday

Beatles, Stones tributes rock ETC 2018 finale

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Photo gallery (21 shots of the crowd and the show)

The last Entertainment, Theatre & Culture concert of the season brought about a thousand people to Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night for an epic battle of the bands (and a lot of dancing). The Beatles vs. Rolling Stones tribute featured alternating performances. The Beatles tribute, above, opened with “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and later traveled through time to evoke the group’s final, rooftop concert with “Get Back.” The Rolling Stones tribute, below, revived early hits like “Not Fade Away” and “The Last Time” before launching into golden era classics like “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash.” The evening concluded with both bands onstage performing a mash-up of “Day Tripper” and “Satisfaction.” The show opened with a special performance by the young dancers of the Murieta Dance Company and a thank-you to the ETC board, volunteers who stage these shows every summer. (Click photos for larger images.)

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