A show that brings smiles to many faces

Music Mike show

Red square Photo gallery: 30 photos of the show and parents and kids in the audience

A smiley balloon set the tone for Music Mike’s return to Lake Clementia Amphitheater Sunday afternoon. The popular children's entertainer led a happy crowd of children in singing their ABC’s, skipping to my Lou, visiting old MacDonald’s farm, and dancing real fast and real slow with parents and friends. The free concert is sponsored annually by the Kiwanis Club. This year, about 250 attended, and everyone won the dance contest.

Chicago tribute helps say goodbye to summer

Chicago Tribute Authority

Red square Photo gallery: 59 photos of the show and your friends in the audience

The Chicago Tribute Authority gave summer a send-off  to remember Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with the trademark horns and repertoire begun in the '60s by the legendary rock band Chicago. With a sliver of moon and a sky full of stars as a backdrop, the troupe of eight musicians gave virtuoso performances of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Make Me Smile,” “Questions 67 and 68,” “Saturday in the Park” and other songs that kept the dance floor crowded. The evening’s festivities began with a couple of flyovers by a patriotically decorated plane. The concert was presented by Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, which has an October show planned.

A note-perfect tribute to Chicago's music

Chicago Tribute Authority

Chicago Tribute Authority first played Lake Clementia in 2009.

Chicago Tribute Authority makes no bones about it.  The band’s performance is a spot-on tribute to the music of Chicago, a band that has been making hits for nearly a half-century.  Chicago Tribute Authority will perform 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater, closing the Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer season. Read more »

Fireworks wrap up Summerfest 2014


Red square Photo gallery: 49 photos of Saturday night at Summerfest

Saturday was the last night of the Summerfest carnival at Stonehouse Park and fireworks  added to the neon-bright amusement park rides and midway. The show took on another dimension when a grass fire erupted along Stonehouse Road across from the park during the fireworks display. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters on hand for the fireworks. The carnival is an annual event put on by Summerfest, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that benefits local charities and groups in the Rancho Murieta Community and surrounding area. Read more »

Summerfest happens this weekend


This is the week that Stonehouse Park turns into a neon-lit midway with amusement park rides that thrill and delight. Yes, Summerfest is back, starting Thursday evening with a Wine & Food Gala for its sponsors. The carnival begins Friday night, when gates open at 5 p.m. for residents and their guests to enjoy rides, games, specialty foods, and live music by Busta Groove. Read more »

Video: Sunny with a chance of golf balls

In addition to the photo coverage below, here's a video look at Saturday's Kiwanis fundraising event at Lake Clementia -- dropping 4,000+ golf balls from a helicopter to see if one ball finds the hole.

The day 4,000 golf balls fell from the sky

Ball drop

Red square Photo gallery: 38 photos of the event

It was a Saturday afternoon designed for family fun at Lake Clementia Park.  The Kiwanis Club fundraiser for Project Eliminate, a global campaign to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, featured games for the children, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, raffle prizes, refreshments, music by the Crystal Image Band, and flyovers by a shiny black helicopter that showered the amphitheater with golf balls.  The helicopter made two trips to drop 4,415 golf balls for a dramatic conclusion to the day’s festivities. Half a dozen scored a hole-in-one. Contest officials determined the ball belonging to Dianne Mattar went in first, winning her the $5,000 grand prize. Mattar said she had purchased 20 golf balls for the event because “It’s such a wonderful cause.”

Long Time brings Boston to Lake Clementia

ETC show

Red square Photo gallery: 37 photos of the crowd and the concert

Long Time, formed in 2008 to pay tribute to the band Boston, took concertgoers back to the ‘70s and ‘80s with layered guitar harmonies and strong vocals Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. For the latest show in the Entertainment, Theatre & Culture concert series, the seven musicians entertained a crowd estimated at about 650 with hits that included Boston’s “Amanda” and classic rock from Journey (“Don’t Stop Believing”) and Foreigner (“Feels Like the First Time”).

ETC show will be a jukebox of classic rock

Long Time

Long Time's show focuses on Boston but offers the best of classic rock too.

Talk about classic rock.  Saturday night’s ETC show at Lake Clementia Amphitheater will bring you the best music of Boston -- and Journey and Foreigner and Styx and Kansas and Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy and more. The show, featuring the band Long Time, begins at 8:30 p.m. Read more »

Relay for Life raises nearly $100,000

Final lap

Red square Photo gallery: 42 photos of participants and the event Saturday morning

Relay for Life teams took their last lap around the Stonehouse Park track Sunday morning after learning the 24-hour event had raised almost $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. ART Inc. was recognized as the top fundraiser among the 18 teams with $27,455, and Caleigh Cookson, a junior participant, was honored as the top individual fundraiser, raising close to $5,000. Information about the fundraiser is available on the Relay for Life web site. Read more »

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