ETC kicks off 2012 season

ETC event

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Entertainment, Theatre & Culture kicked off its 2012 season with a gathering Sunday afternoon at the Country Club. Hundreds of Murietans stopped by to sample hors d'oeuvres, desserts and wines offered by area restaurants and wineries. Banners for the season's shows hung overhead. You can learn more about the season and the all-volunteer ETC here. (The shows start in a month!)

Casino Corral offers a night of fun and games

Casino Corral

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Once again, Casino Corral was a crowd-pleasin', good-eatin' night of fun for a good cause. The annual event, which drew hundreds Saturday night to the Murieta Equestrian Center, benefits youth programs in the area. Participants got to enjoy dinner, gaming, music and silent auctions. It's staged by the Rancho Murieta Kiwanis and Optimist clubs.

Winding ribbons around the maypole


A crowd gathered at the North Gate Tuesday afternoon to watch more than a dozen children weave bright ribbons around the maypole. Pamela Haines led the annual spring celebration and 4-year-old Lily Herrera was the winner of the ribbon garland she helped to create.

Walking in gardens on a Sunday in spring

Garden Tour

The Rancho Murieta Women's Club celebrated spring with a garden tour Sunday afternoon. The garden of Brenda and Dale Rutherford on De La Cruz Drive was one of six gardens the Bouquets and Butterflies tour showcased on the North and South. Visitors were invited to stay a while to enjoy refreshments and view the work of local artists at each home. Click through to see a slide show and read more about the gardens and the work of the artists. Read more »

Maypole event will take place Tuesday

The annual Maypole event takes place 5 p.m. Tuesday on the grass next to the North Gate, and everyone is invited to attend this whimsical springtime ritual. Read more »

A sunny afternoon for a Tea Party

Tea Party show

More than 50 people were on hand for the Friday noon start of the NorCal Tea Party Patriots California Revolution Rise Up presentation on the baseball field behind the Country Store. The show, which has been touring the state, featured speakers, music and a comic. The stop was sponsored by the River Valley Tea Party Patriots.

Catching Disco Fever and helping a neighbor


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Event organizer Natachia Taylor, wearing a ‘70s wig, brought guest of honor Doreen Ntale to the stage at Saturday night’s Disco Fever fundraiser at the Country Club. Natale, who is fighting a rare form of cancer, thanked the attendees for their help and kindness. The dance, one in a series of fundraisers being held to help the Ntale family, drew about 200 people, and they channeled the era with platform shoes, outlandish hair and music that can’t possibly be 35 years old.

Happy Easter, Rancho Murieta!

Easter Egg Hunt

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The annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt took over Stonehouse Park Saturday afternoon with pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, fingerprinting, a police dog, bake sale, barbecue, and three fields of Easter eggs for hundreds of children to scoop up. Aidie Smith, 4, got a good view of the fields before the hunt began, thanks to a boost from dad Logan. The hunts occurred almost simultaneously because of confusion over which field opened first, and there were plenty of eggs to go around, thanks to Rancho Murieta Moms Group volunteers who stuffed thousands of plastic eggs with treats.

The sun shines on Kids' Fishing Day

Fishing Day

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It was delayed a week by rain, but the sun came out Sunday for Kiwanis Kids’ Fishing Day at Lake Clementia.  Five-year-old Katarina Hartmann was one of about 100 children trying out their fishing skills. Her catch was signed in by George Fleming of the Rancho Murieta Fishing Club, then weighed and cleaned by other club members. The trout weighed a hefty two pounds, three ounces, and contenders for first-place honors weighed well over three pounds.  Kids' Fishing Day is an annual event co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the Fishing Club and the California Department of Fish and Game. Trout are planted in the lake to give fledgling anglers the opportunity to  catch a prize-winning fish and win fishing gear. The event concluded with a free barbecue lunch for the children and their families, hosted by Plaza Foods.

Sipping and nibbling for a cure

Taste and Bites

Taste & Bites Two, a wine-tasting event presented by Cutting for a Cure, was held Saturday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. The event benefited the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, which will be held in July at Stonehouse Park.

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