A big weekend: Trash and Treasure, Club party and Italian Festival

It's the best weather for the best weekend of events in Rancho Murieta. It starts Saturday with the Optimist Club's Trash and Treasure event and the Country Club's two-day 40th anniversary celebration. On Sunday, the Italian Festival takes center stage at Lake Clementia Amphitheater, as the celebration continues at the Country Club with the Pablo Cruise concert and other events. See the details here. Read more »

Club's weekend party promises fun and a few temporary changes


In addition to the fun planned for Rancho Murieta Country Club’s 40th anniversary party this weekend (celebrity skills event, tournament, lunch, dinner, tennis and a concert by Pablo Cruise), there are changes in the club’s operations and impacts on the community’s traffic Sunday.  Here’s what you need to know. Read more »

Magic made with needles and thread


The Fiber Art and Quilt Show transformed the Rancho Murieta Association Building Saturday with a colorful display of quilts, wall hangings and other items made by the Rancho Murieta Fiber Art Group. The group has about 30 members and meets monthly at the RMA Building. "The nice part is there's all levels, and everyone is willing to help. We all love show and tell," said member Barbara Keil of the work sessions.


Smartly dressed teddy bears and dolls are part of a community service project for the Salvation Army. Keil, who heads up the project, said 28 seamstresses produced 84 pieces for the Salvation Army to distribute last holiday season. "It has really caught on. I guess we're little girls at heart. It's a joy," she said. The group's public service also includes making drawstring bags for the Assistance League and quilts for a Kiwanis Club charity, and helping the Girl Scouts with a quilting project. Information about the Rancho Murieta Fiber Art Group is available here.

History and nature walk Oct. 14

Author Naida West will lead a history tour and river trail walk Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tour begins at West's ranch in Rancho Murieta and features local sites that appear in her historical novels. Lunch at the Country Club is included in the $33 per person cost. Space is limited to 25. Contact Naida West at 985-7411 or for information and reservations.

The Riviera on a Murieta runway

Fashion show

Red square Photo gallery: 74 photos of models and attendees

It was a day to see and be seen at the Country Club as Rancho Murieta Women's Club members and their guests turned out for the club's annual fashion show Wednesday. Fashion Festival De Cannes featured 20 models who strutted down the runway in everything from golf togs to evening wear.

Country Club brings Pablo Cruise back to Rancho Murieta

Pablo Cruise

Rancho Murieta Country Club's 40th anniversary celebration Oct. 8-9 includes a return visit from Pablo Cruise, who had hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s like  “Love Will Find a Way” and "Whatcha Gonna Do (When She Says Goodbye).”  There's more information about the club's weekend-long event here. Click for the rest of the story to see Pablo Cruise on video. Read more »

Of blues, brews and sailing ships

Blues and Brews

Red square Photo gallery: 66 photos of faces in the crowd

The Blues and Brews festival drew a big crowd to Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday evening to enjoy blues music, beer and wine tasting, craft booths, and food from a variety of vendors. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Plaza Foods and the Rancho Murieta Association.


Red square Photo gallery: 29 photos of yachtsmen and their families

Earlier Saturday, there was the Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta at Lake Clementia. After enjoying hot dog lunches, 30 scouts from Troop 633 made sailboats, decorated them and propelled them down a two-channel track by puffing into a straw. Gavin Correia took top racing honors, Frank Lucchetti came in second, and Nick Grovhoug placed third.

Music, fun and happy faces

Music Mike

Red square Photo gallery: 38 photos of little faces in the crowd

Scores of children sang, danced, Skipped to My Lou, hugged their parents and had a great time Sunday afternoon when Music Mike returned to Lake Clementia Amphitheater to work his magic. The free show was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Blues and Brews returns Sept. 24

Blues and Brews

Blues and Brews stretches from late afternoon until well past dark.

The eighth annual Blues and Brews Festival -- with music, food, wine, beer and art -- takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 at Lake Clementia.  It’s a fundraiser for the area’s youth. Read more »

Family Stone wraps up ETC season

Family Stone

Red square Photo gallery: 13 photos of faces in the crowd and the show

Just back from a tour of Europe and Great Britain, the Family Stone rolled into Rancho Murieta Saturday night with a celebration of rock, funk and soul that provided the grand finale for the 10th Entertainment, Theatre and Culture for Rancho Murieta concert season. Above, original Sly and the Family Stone members Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson were joined by vocalist Trina Johnson-Finn in a stellar line-up of musicians performing "Dance to the Music," "It's a Family Affair," "Everyday People," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and other of the group's classics. After concluding the show with "I Want to Take You Higher," the group returned for an encore performance of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)," and dedicated the funk anthem to Sly Stone. Read more »

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