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The annual Casino Corral Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament is coming up Saturday, May 18, at the Murieta Equestrian Center. Casino Corral is one of the Kiwanis and Optimist clubs' major community fundraising events, with all proceeds going to support youth activities and programs in the greater Rancho Murieta, Sloughhouse and Wilton communities. Read more »

A night of laughs at the Country Club

Jack Gallagher

TV and club comic Jack Gallagher returned to the Country Club Friday night for a show staged by the club and Entertainment, Theatre & Culture. Gallagher got big laughs from the crowd of 250 with stories about yard sales, having a teenage son, sports, family, aging and other topics that found the mark. Opening the show was Laura Rosenberg, a Sloughhouse native who won special approval from the crowd with references to Murieta's July 4 and buying a wedding dress at Costco.

An evening of wine and horses

Celebrating Wine  & Horses, an event sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Northern California, takes place at the Murieta Equestrian Center April 18 to 23. Everyone is invited to enjoy the show, and a tasting event will be held April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets for the tasting are $10. There will be a free event with pizza and bounce houses for the kids. Information is available at the association's web site,

A busy day for little egg hunters

Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday was a big day for the little ones as the Kiwanis Club staged Rancho Murieta’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stonehouse Park.  There were enough activities to wear anyone out -- a sheriff’s Canine Unit show, a petting zoo, face painting, cookie decorating, quality time with the Easter Bunny and, of course, all those eggs to scoop up and put in the basket.  Hundreds of kids, parents and grandparents were there.

Bus trip to hockey game on March 9

If you need a taste of ice hockey before winter is done, the Rancho Murieta Association is planning a bus trip to see the Stockton Thunder Saturday, March 9.  They're playing the Las Vegas Wranglers.  The bus leaves at 5:30 p.m. from the North Gazebo.  Ticket cost of $35 includes game ticket, bus and a sandwich. Call RMA at 354-3500 to reserve your seat.

ETC gets ready for a summer of hits

ETC season

The 2013 season of ETC entertainment runs from Motown to hard rock to classic rock.

Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, which has been staging summertime shows in Rancho Murieta since 2002, is back with a schedule of tributes to music legends this summer at Lake Clementia Amphitheater.  And ETC has announced a springtime show for April 12, when comic Jack Gallagher returns to the Country Club. Read more »

Winterfest poker tourney takes place Feb. 9

The first Murieta Winterfest, a poker tournament to benefit Summerfest, will be held Feb. 9 at the Rancho Murieta Association Building.  Organizers say the $100 entry fee includes great food, drinks and prizes.  For information or to register, call (916) 206-9327 or email

He knows if you've been bad or good...


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Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Frank and Marianna Hashorva) made the annual trek to the North Gazebo Friday evening to visit with scores of children and light the community Christmas tree. Stacia Delucchi brought 4-year-old Emily and Chase, almost 2, to see Santa, with varying results. Santa provided all the children with candy canes, and festivities included holiday songs, cookies and refreshments. The free event was sponsored by the Optimist Club.

'Il Diavolo' stops by the Italian Festival

Italian Festival

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Every dog has its day, even one dressed as a little devil, and on Sunday afternoon a parade of costumed pooches opened the fourth annual Mangia! Mangia! Italian Festival at Lake Clementia Park. Then it was on to all the people activities -- wine tasting, Bada Bada Bingo, a spaghetti sauce cook-off, a limoncello contest, a bocce ball tournament and more -- topped off by an al fresco dinner. In addition to celebrating the Italian lifestyle, the festival benefits St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Loaves and Fishes and the Sacramento Life Center.  Don't miss the gallery with dozens of photos of the fun.

Music, brews, fun and food by the lake

Blues and Brews

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The Kiwanis Club Blues & Brews festival Saturday evening brought crowds of party-goers to Lake Clementia Amphitheater for locally produced wines, beers, food and crowd-pleasing entertainment by the Department of Rock. Plaza Foods came up with the idea for the festival almost a decade ago, and the Kiwanis Club took the reins this year. A Kiwanis representative said the event, which filled up after dark, sold the greatest number of tickets in its history. Greg Nelson chaired the event.

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