Summerfest opens in a rush of color and fun


Red square Photo gallery: 80 photos of Friday night at Summerfest

On Friday night, every age seemed to be the right age to fall under the spell of the Summerfest carnival. Parents and grandparents escorted wide-eyed little ones through sights and sounds that transformed Stonehouse Park into a kaleidoscope of crowds and neon colors. Older children enjoying a taste of independence met up with friends to go on rides and win prizes on the midway, while groups of teenagers moved with the fluidity of water from one attraction to another. The carnival continues Saturday, when gates open at noon.

Summerfest gala and carnival are this week


The annual Summerfest celebration kicks off this week with a reservations-only Wine and Food Gala at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Email for tickets, to reserve a table, and for more information. Reservations are limited to adults age 21 and over. The carnival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, when Stonehouse Park is transformed into a neon-lighted midway with games, rides, food, and live music by Wonder Bread 5. Read more »

Feasting on ribs to help a neighbor

Caryn Ribbs

Red square Photo gallery: 57 photos of the people and the ribs

Pan of ribsAny day is a good day for ribs, but Saturday was especially so -- warm enough to make the beer taste good and just breezy enough to keep the delicious smoky smells moving.  The aptly named Caryn Ribbs was one of hundreds who sampled ribs prepared by contestants in Rancho Murieta’s first rib cook-off and tasting event Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. The River Valley Rib Festival featured live music, a beer and wine garden and more. The festival was organized by volunteers to benefit Don Nehasil, a longtime neighbor who is recovering from life-threatening injuries suffered in a boating accident. 

ETC offers doubleheader tribute show

Stevie Nicks tribute

Johnny Cash tributeRed square Photo gallery: 77 photos of the audience and the performers

Entertainment, Theatre & Culture delivered a doubleheader tribute show at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night to an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds. Bella Donna personified the "Leather and Lace" allure of Stevie Nicks as a solo performer as well as a member of Fleetwood Mac with rock hits from the '70s and '80s. A Johnny Cash tribute show featured James Garner capturing the spirit and sound of the Man in Black's music, along with anecdotes about the origins of iconic songs like  "Ring of Fire" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Information about ETC and its summer concert series is available here.

Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks tributes at lake

Johnny Cash - Stevie Nicks

Johnny Cash and Stevie Nicks will be honored in shows Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater.  Inside there's a video peek at the shows.

There will be something for every music fan onstage Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with tributes to Johnny Cash and Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.  The evening is staged by Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, a group of Rancho Murieta volunteers who’ve been offering summer shows in the community for a decade. Read more »

RM Relay for Life raises more than $100,000

Relay for Life

Red square Photo gallery: 20 shots of the closing ceremony and participants

The 24-hour American Cancer Society Relay for Life concluded Sunday morning with a last lap around the track at Stonehouse Park after event co-chairs Tamara Willeford and Bonnie Burberry recognized teams and individuals for their fundraising efforts and announced that the event raised $102,393.89.  The "All Hands on Deck to Fight Cancer" banner with the outlines of participants' hands looped the track too. It was Rancho Murieta's fifth Relay for Life. The top fundraising team was ART Inc. with more than $32,000. In the individual category, Bonnie Burberry took first place by raising almost $4,000, and Clara Hunt took top honors among participants under 16 years of age by raising more than $2,000. Read more »

A night of screaming guitars and big hits

Platinum Rock Stars

Red square Photo gallery: 55 shots of the audience and the show

Even before they broke into Grand Funk Railroad's  "We're an American Band," the Platinum Rockstars made it clear at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night that they're in the grand rock-and-roll tradition of screaming guitars and larger-than-life stage personalities. And the crowd of about 800 attending the latest Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer concert loved it. From a mashup of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever," to stand-alone hits by Boston, Styx, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Van Halen, Bon Jovi and other '70s and '80s greats, it was a concert designed to get the biggest bang out of a summer holiday weekend. Before the concert began, ETC awarded a $1,000 scholarship to essay contest winner Chloé Carillo, a graduating high school senior. More information about the ETC summer concert season is here.

Summerfest seeks volunteers for event

Summerfest is recruiting volunteers for the Aug. 23-24 annual carnival. Volunteers earn $10 per hour, which is donated in their name to the non-profit organization of their choice -- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches, lacrosse and soccer clubs, the American Cancer Society and so on. Read more »

Definitely hot fun in the summertime


This July 4 was a great day to take a running slide down a wet, cool, slippery track.

It was a July 4 to remember.  The usual great things were there in surplus -- dozens of red, white and blue carts, cooling dips at Lake Clementia, family barbecues.  And there were some unusual things too -- a sprinkle of rain to start the day and a heat record before the day was done. Read more »

Get ready for a night of lakeside arena rock

The Platinum Rockstars show, coming Saturday night to Lake Clementia Amphitheater, offers re-creations of some of the greatest arena rock acts, including Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Van Halen -- all in one show.

This show treats rock music lovers to accurate renditions of the greatest hits of these bands and crowd-pleasing musical mashups. Read more »

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