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 »

Three events coming up, all for a good cause

Three events are coming up to benefit good causes. Relay for Life, which begins Saturday, benefits the American Cancer Society. Next month a helicopter golf ball drop will raise funds for Project Eliminate, a global Kiwanis campaign to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, and a Relay for Life team will hold a wine tasting event. Read on to learn more. Read more »

Huey Lewis tribute keeps holiday rocking


Red square Photo gallery: 59 shots of the crowd and the show

The holiday celebration kept on (rock and) rolling Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with SuperHuey, a tribute to Huey Lewis and the News. The latest in the Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer concert series, SuperHuey launched the feel-good hits with “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and never looked back. With audience participation part of the show, the crowd kept beach balls afloat and sang along as the seven-member group performed “The Power of Love,” “If This is It” and other hits of the 1980s and early ‘90s. The evening began with a check presentation to Shannon Westerberg, below left, the winner of this year’s $2,000 ETC scholarship. The oversized check was presented by Realtor Karen Hoberg, center, of Rancho Murieta Homes & Land, ETC title sponsor, with last year’s recipient, Chloé Carillo, assisting. The winning essay appeared in the concert program.


July 4 was a really big show

Parade girls

When the parade lined up along Murieta Parkway and De La Cruz Drive,  it wasn’t only the golf carts that sported decorations, as head gear mixed patriotism with fun for the trip down the parkway.

The July 4 celebration sets the standard for all community events, and this year’s set some records as well. The Fun Run had more runners than ever before, the parade attracted more viewers and added horses to the mix of carts, kids, and cars, and the Kiwanis Club served almost 1,000 pancake breakfasts. And the fireworks display that ends the day? That sets a record for spectacle every year as it lights up the night sky over Rancho Murieta. Thankfully, the temperature set no records. We only got to the upper 90s, far short of the record high, 109. Read more »

SuperHuey will rock the holiday weekend


Rancho Murieta's Independence Day celebration continues into the weekend with the SuperHuey band set to rock Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The second Entertainment, Theatre & Culture show of the season features the feel-good sound of Huey Lewis and the News performed by a powerhouse of seven musicians for the ultimate Huey Lewis experience. Read more »

Celebrating July 4, Rancho Murieta style


July 4 is the day when Rancho Murieta's population swells, with friends and family enjoying holiday events that start early and end late.  You can enjoy pancakes, a parade, a fun run, a carnival, dancing and fireworks.  Here's your July 4 schedule and everything you need to know to make your holiday safe and trouble-free (and good for your pets too). Read more »

ETC opens another summer at Clementia

Stevie Wonder tribute

Red square Photo gallery: 63 shots of the crowd and the show

The Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer concert series started off with a double-header tribute to rock icons Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Stevie Wonder Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. First up was Petty Theft, a band of six musicians who captured the style and spirit of Heartbreakers’ hits “I Won’t Back Down,” “An American Girl,” “Breakdown,” “Refugee” and more as the heat of the day became evening cool and the crowd on the dance floor grew. After two encores, Petty Theft left the stage and ETC gave away prizes and a gift certificate from sponsor Plaza Foods before Timeless Wonder began the second show of the night with a rousing version of “Sir Duke.” The five-member ensemble featured vocalist Steven Baldwin embodying the look and sound of Stevie Wonder at the keyboard. In addition to selections from the iconic ‘70s “Songs in the Key of Life” LP, the group performed hits that defined other decades, from the 1960s hit “My Cherie Amour” to the 1980s’ “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for the audience of about 600.

Tom Petty tribute

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