The place to plan a wedding


Customers mingled with vendors and models dressed in bridal finery at the Bridal Expo Sunday afternoon at the Country Club.  All facets of the bridal industry were represented at the show, and the gowns were designed by local designers.

July 4 -- the Rancho Murieta way

 Snow cone

It didn't near July 4 records, but temperatures at Wednesday's carnival were warm enough to require the occasional snow cone -- in colors only a kid could love.

Red square Inside -- links to more than 400 photos from July 4 events
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Rancho Murieta shared another small-town Fourth of July with lots of visitors Wednesday. The traditions that give the Murieta holiday its spark also reflect the character of the community -- the 5K run was started by a resident decades ago, the pancake breakfast is prepared by volunteers, and the parade features decorated (what else?) golf carts. The Boy Scouts have a going concern preparing and selling snow cones at the carnival, and all ages are welcome to join the party at the Gazebo before the fireworks. And how many small towns have a fireworks display to cap the day's festivities? This one does. Read more »

Some of your photos from July 4

 Here are the July 4 photos you shared on Wednesday:

Getting ready

From Jason Park: "Getting ready for the parade!"


From Judy Prenez: "Above, Officer Frank Reyes writes citation to a very unhappy Jonathan Lommasson. But below, Mr. Lommasson seemed to be in a better mood when he won First Prize in the Boys' Most Fun Division."

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Cleaning up for the July 4 carnival


There wasn’t a goose in sight at Lake Clementia Tuesday morning as Rancho Murieta Association maintenance workers prepared for Wednesday’s July 4 festivities. New and old sand was being groomed on the beach, and picnic areas were being spruced up. Maintenance Manager Rod Hart said a propane cannon has been successful as part of an effort to discourage the hundreds of geese that have made a home there. Tents were already up for the holiday carnival. Read more »

A night for margaritas and cheeseburgers

Garratt Wilkin

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More than 1,000 people took a trip to Margaritaville Saturday night as Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads celebrated the music and laid-back spirit of Jimmy Buffett at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. The latest concert in the Entertainment, Theatre and Culture summer series packed the dance floor as Wilkin and a half dozen Parrothead musicians performed hits that included "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" and "Come Monday." The SkippinBrook acoustic duo performed pop favorites to begin the evening's entertainment, and the Country Club set up an open-air pop-up restaurant before the show to serve (what else?) margaritas and cheeseburgers. See the ETC schedule of concerts here.

You can drive your cart to Margaritaville

Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads

Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads are all about Jimmy Buffett's music. Read on to learn more about the band and see a video.

You should expect flip-flops and balmy tropical breezes on the shores of Lake Clementia June 30, when Garratt Wilkin and the Parrotheads bring their Jimmy Buffett tribute show to Rancho Murieta. Read more »

Martinis & Bikinis is canceled

The Martinis & Bikinis event, planned for today at Lake Clementia, has been canceled.  The event was to be a fundraiser for a Relay for Life team, Cutting for a Cure.  Event organizers say it may be rescheduled. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event takes place at Stonehouse Park July 28-29.

ETC kicks off new season with Journey tribute


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An audience of about 900 enjoyed a moonlit evening of dancing and occasionally singing along to Journey hits like “Any Way You Want It," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Lights” as the Entertainment, Theatre & Culture for Rancho Murieta concert season began Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with  Evolution, the Ultimate Tribute to Journey.  Early in the show, the group performed a guitar version of the national anthem, a la Jimi Hendrix, that featured an American flag and dramatic smoke display. There's more about ETC's upcoming concerts here.

Finding Trash 'n' Treasure at a new location

Trash 'n' Treasure

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Trash ‘n’ Treasure, the annual garage-sale fundraiser, moved down the road this year to the campus of Cosumnes River Elementary School, and Saturday morning’s turnout looked like quite a success.  Eleven-year-old Parker Faeth, above, was one of the customers, buying cherry tomato and bell pepper plants from Sue Sheridan of the River Valley Garden Club.  Instead of the leafy, meandering experience of past years at Murieta Plaza, the new venue allows straight-ahead rows of shopping.  Trash ‘n’ Treasure benefits the CRES PTA. There was a string of booths dedicated to raising funds for Murietan Doreen Ntale, who is battling cancer. Even with all the on-site parking, cars lined Jackson Road in mid-morning.  Also Saturday morning, Murieta Village held its own garage-sale event, right.

Martinis & Bikinis coming June 9

It's good fun for a good cause when Martinis & Bikinis II returns to Lake Clementia June 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A $25 donation to the American Cancer Society is the price of admission and includes two martinis, finger foods, music and a door prize drawing, so bring a chair and stay for the party. The event is sponsored by Relay for Life Rancho Murieta Team Cutting for a Cure. Ticket and information can be obtained at Murieta Salon, 354-2260.

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