Resolution Run takes place Sunday morning

Resolution Run, a 5K run-walk to mark the new year, will begin 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Gazebo.  The event supports the summertime Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.  A note from event organizers says: “Crawl, scoot, ride to a strong finish.  Motivate your family and friends to join you and bring in a healthy 2014 with lots of fun.”  Donations will be accepted and prizes will be awarded.

Sitting down for a heart-to-heart with The Man

Santa Brunch

Red square Gallery: 33 photos from the Santa Brunch

The annual Rancho Murieta Country Club Santa Brunch is a time to dress up in holiday finery, dine elegantly and create Christmas memories.  At Sunday's event, three generations of this family enjoyed the traditional visit with Santa -- grandparents Herman and Carole Kramer, parents Jenni and Matt Niello and their children, Ryan, 8, and Caroline, 5.

Donate a coat, get a chili dinner Friday

The Coat Dinner, an annual charitable event where the price of admission is a gently used and clean coat, takes place Friday at the social hall of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Gloves, mittens, knit hats, warm scarves and sleeping bags are also accepted.

The no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. and dinner follows at 7 p.m. Dinner consists of homemade chili, salad, corn bread, dessert and coffee. All items benefit Loaves and Fishes and the Union Gospel Mission homeless outreach and support programs.

Goodbye turkey, hello Santa Claus!

Santa and crowd

Red square Photo gallery: 30 photos of Santa and the crowd

Right on schedule, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrived at the Gazebo Friday evening in a fire truck with flashing red lights for the traditional start of the holiday season in Rancho Murieta.  They were welcomed by a crowd who'd spent the wait enjoying holiday songs sung by a trio of young carolers and cookies and hot chocolate served by Optimist Club volunteers. In short order, Santa lighted the big tree at the North entrance and decorations across the highway on Gazebo Hill and then settled in to visit with the boys and girls as parents and grandparents captured memories on cell phones and cameras.

Working off the turkey (in advance)

Turkey Trot

The turnout for the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot was the best yet, and the 5K run, with a new route, raised more than $1,200 for the Fisher House Foundation, according to event organizer Deb Craig, who shared this photo.  She adds, "Huge thank yous to Charlotte Dubey (who started and is responsible for this whole thing every year), Stacy Garza, Heather Davis and Stacy Reece (who mapped out the new course!) and Monica McAuliffe."  Deb adds something you already know: "We live in the best community!"

Holiday events (and Santa!) start Friday


The arrival of Santa -- coming Friday -- marks the start of the season. (2012 file photo)

The Holiday Tree Lighting at the Gazebo starts the season's festivities Friday. Music and party events and the annual holiday lights contest follow. Event information is available here. Read more »

Hundreds come out for Art & Wine Festival

Art & Wine

Red square Photo gallery: 11 photos from the event

The holiday shopping season got underway as hundreds of people turned out for Sunday’s Art & Wine Festival at the Country Club.  Three dozen vendors offered baskets, sculptures, paintings, wine, jewelry and more.  Camellia Symphony musicians performed at mid-afternoon as participants visited the vendor booths.

Fiber Art Show is Saturday at Villas clubhouse

The Rancho Murieta Fiber Art Group invites the community to attend its free Fiber Art Show Saturday at the Villas clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features quilts, embroidery, cross stitch, clothing and demonstrations. Handcrafted items will be offered for sale and a raffle will be held.

Blues & Brews spotlights music, food and drink

Blues and Brews

Red square Photo gallery: 36 photos from the event

The annual Blues & Brews festival was celebrated at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday evening with beer and wine tasting, local home brewers, balloon raffles, and music by Darin Sexton & Highway 49. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, Rancho Murieta Association and Plaza Foods. Proceeds benefit community projects.

Blues & Brews happens Saturday at Clementia

The annual Blues & Brews festival takes place Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater from 6 to 10 p.m. This year's event features beer and wine tasting, local home brewers, music by Darin Sexton & Highway 49 with special guest Stephany Rae, and a balloon raffle. Read more »

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