A good time and a good cause


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Put together talent, generosity and a good cause, and the result is Saturday's gala event at the Robles Grandes home of John and Susan Schneidt.  More than a hundred people enjoyed wine and canapes as they viewed artwork in the home's studio before an auction that featured the work of international artist Jorge Barboza, fine wines and golf items that included a foursome with PGA star Spencer Levin. The event was a fundraiser to benefit Julie Hildebrand, a Murieta wife and mother who is fighting cancer.

A day to hunt eggs and feed piglets

Easter Egg Hunt

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PigletThis year's Easter Egg Hunt might have been the biggest yet. There were 6,500 eggs for the hundreds of children taking part in each of the three hunts Saturday at Stonehouse Park, the bake sale and barbecue lunch sold out, and parking stretched all the way to Guadalupe Drive as parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and family, and the kids enjoyed the day despite the sometimes-overcast skies. Festivities included face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, story-telling and a very special opportunity to cuddle a piglet. The Kiwanis Club sponsored the event and organized the volunteer effort to make the day a special one.

ETC kick-off event May 15

Entertainment, Theater and Culture for Rancho Murieta holds its annual season kick-off event and membership drive Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lake Clementia. The event offers musical entertainment, wine, food, and dessert tastings. The event is free to all Rancho Murieta residents, property and business owners. Read more »

Trash 'n' Treasure coming June 4

Trash 'n' Treasure, Rancho Murieta's version of the garage sale, takes place Saturday, June 4, at the Plaza. The Cosumnes River Elementary School PTA is this year's event organizer. Spaces rent for $45. Applications for spaces are available at the Rancho Murieta Association Building.  For information, contact Joelle at

Local author offers history tour

Local author Naida West will lead a walking tour and car caravan of local historic sites April 23. The tour begins at West's home, historic Granlees Ranch, 7300 Bridge House Lane, at 9 a.m. and includes lunch at Rancho Murieta Country Club. The tour will visit locales from West's novels, which are set in the Rancho Murieta area and draw on its history. Registration is limited to 25 and the cost is $33 per person. For reservations, call (916) 985-7411.

Martinis & Bikinis on May 21 to benefit American Cancer Society

Martinis & Bikinis, an event that benefits the American Cancer Society, takes place May 21 at Lake Clementia Amphitheater from 2 to 4 p.m. The $25 cost includes two drinks and appetizers. Music will be provided by Symposium Jazz Band with Robert Eberhard. Tickets are available at Murieta Salon in the Plaza or by contacting Bonnie, 354-9931.

Fishing Day teaches kids about the one that didn't get away

Fishing Day

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Kiwanis Kids Fishing Day took place at Lake Clementia Sunday. It featured blue skies and 700 pounds of rainbow trout for young anglers to catch. After receiving instruction from members of the California Department of Fish and Game, about 140 children lined the banks of the lake to test their skill and try their luck. Angelina Tresner, 8, was one of the day's success stories, catching a 1-pound, 3-ounce trout and getting a lesson in fish-cleaning from Bob Rohland of the Fishing Club.

Murieta men take a turn as runway models

The Mother's Day Queen Mum Community Tea returns May 1 to put the "live" in live auction, as Rancho Murieta men take to the stage modeling handmade aprons. A mimosa bar, tea cakes and other delicacies, a balloon raffle and queen props add up to an afternoon of fun for a good cause. Read more »

Flag retirement ceremony May 30

Boy Scout Troop 633 will retire worn and tattered U.S. flags May 30 at Lake Calero. Since it began seven years ago, the solemn ceremony has become a Memorial Day tradition for the community. Worn and unusable flags are now being collected at the Rancho Murieta Business Center and Ace Hardware in the Plaza.

Comic has Murieta Room rocking with laughter

Jack Gallagher

Comedian Jack Gallagher, known for years of stand-up, TV and movie appearances, brought big laughs to the Murieta Room Saturday night. He entertained a full house with stories about things we’ve all experienced, like bad jobs, visiting the doctor’s office and running your head into Dolly Parton’s breasts. (OK, the last is a showbiz-only story.) The event was staged by Entertainment, Theatre & Culture and the Rancho Murieta Country Club.

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