ETC gets ready for a summer of hits

ETC season

The 2013 season of ETC entertainment runs from Motown to hard rock to classic rock.

Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, which has been staging summertime shows in Rancho Murieta since 2002, is back with a schedule of tributes to music legends this summer at Lake Clementia Amphitheater.  And ETC has announced a springtime show for April 12, when comic Jack Gallagher returns to the Country Club. Read more »

Winterfest poker tourney takes place Feb. 9

The first Murieta Winterfest, a poker tournament to benefit Summerfest, will be held Feb. 9 at the Rancho Murieta Association Building.  Organizers say the $100 entry fee includes great food, drinks and prizes.  For information or to register, call (916) 206-9327 or email

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Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Frank and Marianna Hashorva) made the annual trek to the North Gazebo Friday evening to visit with scores of children and light the community Christmas tree. Stacia Delucchi brought 4-year-old Emily and Chase, almost 2, to see Santa, with varying results. Santa provided all the children with candy canes, and festivities included holiday songs, cookies and refreshments. The free event was sponsored by the Optimist Club.

'Il Diavolo' stops by the Italian Festival

Italian Festival

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Every dog has its day, even one dressed as a little devil, and on Sunday afternoon a parade of costumed pooches opened the fourth annual Mangia! Mangia! Italian Festival at Lake Clementia Park. Then it was on to all the people activities -- wine tasting, Bada Bada Bingo, a spaghetti sauce cook-off, a limoncello contest, a bocce ball tournament and more -- topped off by an al fresco dinner. In addition to celebrating the Italian lifestyle, the festival benefits St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Loaves and Fishes and the Sacramento Life Center.  Don't miss the gallery with dozens of photos of the fun.

Music, brews, fun and food by the lake

Blues and Brews

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The Kiwanis Club Blues & Brews festival Saturday evening brought crowds of party-goers to Lake Clementia Amphitheater for locally produced wines, beers, food and crowd-pleasing entertainment by the Department of Rock. Plaza Foods came up with the idea for the festival almost a decade ago, and the Kiwanis Club took the reins this year. A Kiwanis representative said the event, which filled up after dark, sold the greatest number of tickets in its history. Greg Nelson chaired the event.

Fall Trash and Treasure event canceled

The Optimist Club announced Friday that the Fall Trash and Treasure event, scheduled for Oct. 6, has been canceled due to lack of participation.

Blues & Brews coming to Clementia Saturday

The Kiwanis Club presents Blues & Brews, Rancho Murieta's version of Oktoberfest, this Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater from 6 to 10 p.m. An appearance by the five-member Department of Rock was arranged by event co-sponsor Hip Entertainment, and there will be an array of local wines for tasting as well as plenty of brews. The event is limited to adults. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets are available in the Plaza at Rancho Murieta Business Center, the Local Bean and Plaza Foods.

Music Mike has the kids up and dancing

Music Mike

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The kids are always part of the show when Music Mike comes to town, and Sunday was no exception. They skipped to my lou, worked on the railroad and, of course, did a loud, energetic "YMCA" dance for a perfect autumn afternoon of songs, dancing, music-making, gentle laughter, hugs and smiles at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. An audience of about 300 attended the free Kiwanis Club event.

Four Seasons tribute wraps up summer season

Oh What a Night!

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"Oh What a Night!" it was at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday as more than 800 attended the tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that concluded what Mike Mann, president of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, said was the volunteer group’s best-attended concert season. Before the music began, Mann thanked everyone from sponsors to board members who have made ETC a success. Then it was on to the hits -- "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You," "Let's Hang On," "Walk Like a Man” and many, many more -- for a tour de force that had the crowd singing falsetto in their golf carts as they headed home. And so ends another summer by the lake.

'Oh What a Night' wraps up ETC season

What a Night"Oh What A Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons" is Saturday night's season finale for the 2012 Entertainment, Theatre & Culture concert series. The musical revue was written, directed and choreographed to showcase the boys from Jersey and their hits -- "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You," "Let's Hang On," "Walk Like a Man" and many more. Read more »

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