This July 4 is a day deserving of applause

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Spectators clap for the Blood Drive's appearance in the parade. (Click photos for larger images)

We didn’t see any forbidden water battles on the parade route, but we did see lots of people having a good time throughout Rancho Murieta’s July 4 celebration. From the Fun Run in the early morning to the fireworks 14 hours later (was that the best finale ever?), it was a July 4 many will remember fondly. We have the whole day covered – and nearly 300 photos too. Read more » Read more » about This July 4 is a day deserving of applause

Yankee Doodle Dandy ... born on the 4th of July

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Rowland Jones, a Murietan for 40 years, is something of a Yankee Doodle Dandy. For the last five years, Maria Ngo of Prima Spa & Wellness Center in Murieta Plaza has given Jones a special birthday treat – all 10 fingers and all 10 toes decked out for his birthday, which is the Fourth of July. This year is Jones' 81st. While you were decorating your cart Monday afternoon, he was at Prima Spa getting his own decorations. Read more » about Yankee Doodle Dandy ... born on the 4th of July

An eye-opener to start July 4 (and help others)

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Drinks tent

The tent before it opens for business and the crowd arrives. (Photo by Justin Hayduk)

For the sixth year, your neighbors will brighten the community’s July 4 parade with a drinks tent to raise money to help others. This year they’ll help a neighbor who battles an extreme, debilitating form of Lyme disease. Read more » Read more » about An eye-opener to start July 4 (and help others)

Everything you need for a great July 4

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The parade down Murieta Parkway is one of the best parts of the day.

Without a doubt, July 4 is the biggest day on Rancho Murieta’s calendar. It’s noisy, with summer food, lots of sun, patriotism, family events, a great fireworks show and the biggest parade for miles around. Here’s your schedule and everything you need to know to enjoy the day with your family. Read more » Read more » about Everything you need for a great July 4

Sign up your vintage car for July 4 parade

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If you want your vintage car to be part of the community’s July 4 parade, you need to fill out the attached form and get it to the Rancho Murieta Association by 5 p.m. June 30. (Golf carts don't need to be registered.) Read more » Read more » about Sign up your vintage car for July 4 parade

Retiring U.S. flags, honoring U.S. lives

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Flag retirement

FlagsIn what has become a Memorial Day tradition, Boy Scout Troop 633 retired tattered and worn U.S. flags Monday evening before a small, respectful crowd at Lake Calero. Piper Chuck Jamison accompanied the scouts with bagpipe airs as they unfurled each flag and committed it to the flames. This year 75 flags were collected in the community for the solemn retirement rite. The 12th annual ceremony began with a tribute to those who have served their country. Then scouts told the group that the flag is a symbol of the freedom and ideals the United States has fought for in wars and battles where the flag has flown.​ Click photos for larger images. Read more » about Retiring U.S. flags, honoring U.S. lives

From France to Murieta, a time to remember

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After years of searching, connecting a World War II soldier's death to a family in Rancho Murieta.

Carol Valladao remembers her Uncle Dick as more fun than her other uncles. She was an 8-year-old, and he was a handsome high school football player, closer to her age than the other uncles. “He was playful, a lot of fun,” she recalls decades later in her Rancho Murieta living room. “Uncle Dick was a tease.”

Richard “Dick” Conway graduated from Leeds High School in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1943 and joined the Army that summer. It was the middle of World War II, and lots of boys went straight from high school into the service. His first stop was basic training, then he came home for a 10-day leave at Christmas. After that, he shipped out for Europe.

Carol Valladao remembers the family being told the following October that Uncle Dick was missing in action in France. Then, she remembers, the family was told that Pfc. Richard J. Conway, 180th Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, had died in action. He was 19 years old.

Today, Carol Valladao remembers her Uncle Dick Conway, dead 73 years and buried an ocean away. Does anyone else remember? On this Memorial Day, a day of remembrance, it turns out the answer is yes. Read more » Read more » about From France to Murieta, a time to remember

Hundreds attend Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

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Red square See 67 photos from all the Easter Egg Hunt activities

The Sacramento SPCA’s booth was a hit at Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt at Stonehouse Park. Why? Easter doggies available for adoption! This one, named Zelda, found a home Saturday. When the hundreds of kids weren’t asking if they could please-please-please take a dog home, they were eating cotton candy, playing with balloon art, walking through a petting zoo and, of course, chasing Easter eggs. The Kiwanis Club, sponsor of the event, provided 6,000 eggs for three egg hunts, divided by age, and the eggs disappeared into Easter baskets in about 12 seconds. Click photo for larger image Read more » about Hundreds attend Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt coming up Saturday

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Easter Egg HuntThe Kiwanis Club's annual family picnic and Easter egg hunt takes place Saturday at Stonehouse Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a fire equipment display, SPCA animals, entertainment by the Murieta Dance Company, and a sheriff's canine demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase for activities that include crafts, cookie decorating, a petting farm, glitter tattoos and balloon art. The egg hunts begin at 11:40 a.m. Here's the schedule: Read more » about Easter Egg Hunt coming up Saturday

Candy for your family and the troops

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It’s the holiday season, so you’ll find the Kiwanis selling See’s Candies around Rancho Murieta. It's a quick answer for a holiday or hostess gift. Read more » about Candy for your family and the troops

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