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

Events coming up this weekend

Trash ‘n’ Treasure at Murieta Village, the first ETC concert of the season at Lake Clementia, and free Young Eagles flights at the airport are on the calendar for this weekend. Read more »

Summer arrives Saturday night in RM

Petty Theft and Timeless Wonder

Tributes to Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder will kick off ETC's 2014 concert season.

Yes, the weather forecast says we will have summer temperatures this week, but we've got a happier sign of the season.  Entertainment, Theatre & Culture's first show of 2014 is Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Read more »

Midday at the oasis at Trash 'n' Treasure

Trash 'n' Treasure

Bargain hunters could find everything from knick-knacks to greenery Saturday morning at the community-size yard sale held at Cosumnes River Elementary School. The annual Trash ‘n’ Treasure event is sponsored by the Cosumnes River PTA, and it’s a fundraiser for other organizations as well. The River Valley Garden Club sells plants to fund its activities while providing a colorful oasis for shoppers.

Events coming up this weekend

Trash ‘n’ Treasure, the opening of the new spray park and the Country Club Home & Garden Show are all on the calendar for this weekend. Read more »

The Rat Pack stops for lunch in Murieta

Rat Pack

The Rancho Murieta Women’s Club combined fun with a sense of purpose at its Country Club luncheon Wednesday. The crowd of close to 200 was entertained by the Dean-O-Holics, a Rat Pack tribute group that performed songs made famous by Frank Sinatra (“My Way”), Dean Martin (“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”), Sammy Davis Jr. (“Mr. Bojangles”), Marilyn Monroe (“I Wanna Be Loved by You”), Bobby Darin (“Mack the Knife”) and Cab Calloway (“Minnie the Moocher”). Before the performance, the club received the Blood Drive of the Year award from BloodSource, which conducts the community blood drive the club holds four times a year. The club also honored the members who founded the drive. Read more »

Betting on a good time at Casino Corral

Casino Corral

Red square Photo gallery: 24 shots from the event

Casino Corral, the western-style community fundraiser sponsored by the Optimist and Kiwanis clubs, took over the Murieta Equestrian Center Saturday night for an evening that included dinner, dancing to live music, casino style gambling and poker, and tables of auction items. Proceeds from the annual event benefit area youth activities and community programs.

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