A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

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Santa Brunch

Photo gallery: 25 photos of Santa and people at the brunch

An elegant brunch and the chance to visit with Santa made for family memories and photos at the Country Club Sunday. Melody Deleon, 4, and her grandmother, Caryn Ribbs, were among the many families who visited buffet tables offering everything from custom-made omelets to frosted Christmas cookies before heading to a brightly decorated North Pole outpost to see Santa Claus. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

Giving Rudolph's nose a good squeeze

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Rudolph

Photo gallery: 36 photos of your neighbors and Santa

Hundreds gathered at Stonehouse Park Friday night to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the traditional visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and lighting of the community tree. As a special treat, Murieta Dance Company performers dazzled with Christmas numbers, and there were cookies and refreshments for all to enjoy. For year-old Hawk Sumner, a highlight of the celebration was Rudolph’s red nose, a delight he shared with his mother, Marissa, and dad, Chris Sumner. The Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association sponsored the event. (Click photo for a larger image.) Read more » about Giving Rudolph's nose a good squeeze

Tree lighting begins at 5:45 p.m.

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Tree lightingIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Rancho Murieta's Christmas tree lighting begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Stonehouse Park. Santa will be along at 6 to light the tree, take gift requests and pose for photos. There will be warm refreshments, cookies and holiday cheer. It’s sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about Tree lighting begins at 5:45 p.m.

Horses, riders, spectators in Halloween mood

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Equestrian Halloween

The Halloween Championship Show at Murieta Equestrian Center marked its 17th year this weekend, and the Saturday night costume contest for riders and their horses brought out the Halloween spirit in everyone as different age groups competed for the grand prize of $500. The first group, age 7 and under, set the pace with a princess on a unicorn/pony, a bumblebee boy atop a flower garden, and other exotic creations. A mermaid with a tail of glowing green lights took first place honors in the group. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Horses, riders, spectators in Halloween mood

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 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

Hands upPhoto gallery: The crowd and the rides (80 photos)

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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