Country Club comedy show Jan. 19

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Jorge MarroquinThe Men’s Golf Club presents comic Jorge Marroquin Friday evening Jan. 19 at the club. Marroquin has made a number of TV appearances, on TBS, Showtime, MTV and many others. There’s a no-host bar at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Call Cheryl Roberts, (916) 354-3416, for reservations. Tickets for dinner and the show are $50. Read more » about Country Club comedy show Jan. 19

Here's ETC's 2018 season at Lake Clementia

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ETC logoOn a chilly, rainy January day, what could be better than imagining yourself at Lake Clementia Amphitheater on a summer evening? The sun is shining, it’s 88 degrees, the lake is beautiful, and hundreds of happy neighbors are chatting on blankets, getting ready for a great show. Got that picture? Well, start making plans – here’s ETC’s schedule for summer 2018. There's music for almost everyone. Read more » Read more » about Here's ETC's 2018 season at Lake Clementia

Classical and holiday concert Friday

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Christmas music and classical music from around the world will be offered 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Country Club. The concert will feature soprano Marielle Petricevich, violoncellist Biljana Bojovic and guests mezzo-soprano Tanja Obrenovic and pianist Maja Rajcic. Tickets, $20, will be available by cash or check at the door. To reserve seats, call or text Mary Zellem at (408) 460-5581. Beverages will be available at a no-host bar. Read more » about Classical and holiday concert Friday

A sure sign of autumn – Blues & Brews

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Blues and Brews

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A golden autumn afternoon set the scene for the Kiwanis Club’s 14th annual Blues & Brews event at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday. The celebration featured plenty of brews for the crowd to sample (and some wines, too), plus games, raffles, food trucks and live music from an award-winning blues band, Matt Rainey & The Dippin' Sauce. The event is one of the main fundraisers for the Kiwanis Club, which provides Kids Fishing Day, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and other community activities. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A sure sign of autumn – Blues & Brews

Blues & Brews offers new games and hours

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Blues & BrewsThe Kiwanis Club’s 14th Annual Blues & Brews festival, for adults 21 and over, will be held Saturday at Lake Clementia. New hours for the event are 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. The authentic blues music will be provided by Matt Rainey & The Dippin' Sauce, winner of two Sacramento Area Music Awards for Blues Band of the Year and winner of this year's International Blues Challenge Regional competition. Read more » Read more » about Blues & Brews offers new games and hours

Music Mike entertains Murieta's munchkins

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Music Mike

Photo gallery: Little smiling faces and their parents (41 photos)

Dozens of boys and girls were part of the show Sunday afternoon at Lake Clementia Amphitheater as 133 kids and parents turned out for the annual performance of children’s entertainer Music Mike, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Sing-along fun began with “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and dancing went from real fast to real slow, with the limbo added for good measure. At the end of an energetic hour, it turned out everyone won the dance competition and received a lollipop as a prize. (Click photo for a larger image.) Read more » about Music Mike entertains Murieta's munchkins

Music Mike makes his annual visit Sunday

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Music MikeMusic Mike, who has been entertaining Rancho Murieta's little ones for years, makes a return visit 5 p.m. Sunday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater, thanks to the Rancho Murieta Kiwanis. Parents and grandparents are invited to join in the fun, so bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. Read more » about Music Mike makes his annual visit Sunday

Summerfest returns to light the skies

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Summerfest ride

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There was a big orange harvest moon Friday night, but it was outshone at Stonehouse Park by the neon spectacular of Summerfest. As the annual carnival began its two-day run, crowds thronged the park to stroll the midway, snack on cotton candy and funnel cakes, and test their skill at games and their courage on the rides. There were carousel horses and miniature cars for the little kids, gravity-defying rides for the big kids, and all-time favorites like the ferris wheel and roller coaster. Aerial swings added glitz to the skyscape and emerged as a new crowd favorite. The fun continues Saturday, when gates open at noon. The schedule of events is here. Summerfest is a nonprofit organization, staffed by community volunteers, that funds scholarships and recreation projects. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Summerfest returns to light the skies

Get ready: This weekend is Summerfest

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Summerfest

Lots of carnival rides and food make for Summerfest, a Rancho Murieta tradition since 2000.

The days are getting shorter, and pretty soon carnival rides will be rising over Stonehouse Park. Yes, it’s time for Rancho Murieta’s Summerfest, coming up Friday and Saturday. Read more » Read more » about Get ready: This weekend is Summerfest

Elton John tribute wraps up ETC season

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Kenny Metcalf as Elton John

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Kenny Metcalf and his band of singers and musicians brought the music and spirit of Elton John to Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night for the last show of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture's summer series before a crowd ETC estimated at 800. The virtuoso performance channeled 1970s Elton John, from the signature platform shoes, sequined jumpsuit and eyeglasses to the keyboard mastery and vocals that produced “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Crocodile Rock” and a host of other hits. The evening began with a thank-you to this year's ETC volunteers and board members. In his encore comments, Metcalf spoke of a serious illness that nearly took his life a dozen years ago and the joy of his performances, which he was delighted to share with the crowd. Then he performed "Your Song." (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Elton John tribute wraps up ETC season

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