An evening of fun and music in the Village

Village music

Lew Parkinson and Carol Hyde were cutting a rug at Murieta Village's music potluck Tuesday night. Organizers hired Dennis and Hank, a pianist and tenor saxophonist who play Friday nights at the Ione Hotel, and invited the community to come by for music. More than 60 people showed up, many of them with potluck dishes, and chatted around tables, poured drinks for each other, danced and sang along with songs like "Moon River," "Hello, Dolly," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Bye Bye Blackbird." (Click photo for larger image.)

RMA, CSD boards meet this week

The Rancho Murieta Association and Community Services District boards hold their regular monthly meetings this week. Here's a quick rundown of the meetings and the full agendas. Read more »

Garrett Fong earns rank of Eagle Scout

Eagle ceremony

Fong familyRancho Murieta’s bumper crop of Eagle Scouts continued Monday night as Garrett Fong was awarded the rank of Eagle in a ceremony at Rancho Murieta Community Church. That's Troop 633 Scoutmaster Brian Correia, left, speaking of the qualities of Garrett, who's flanked by his mother, Karen, and father, Kenton, the assistant scoutmaster. Almost 100 people were on hand for the ceremony and refreshments afterwards. There was a slide show of Garrett’s years in scouting, in which, as Correia pointed out to laughter, you could see Garrett getting taller and his father getting grayer. In addition to hugs and thanks for his parents, Garrett thanked scout mentors all the way back to his Cub Scouts days, his Future Farmers of America advisor and the men who helped him with welding work for his Eagle project. For that project, Garrett, who’s 17, designed and built four permanent recycling bins to be placed in community parks. He’s an incoming senior at Pleasant Grove High this fall and he hopes to pursue higher education in animal sciences. (Click photos for larger images.)

Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

Baby quailIn our big world, it wasn’t much of a crisis or much of a rescue, which probably means it isn’t much of a story. But a handful of Murietans helped rescue a bunch of baby quail from a storm drain late Monday afternoon. Read more »

The joy of making, and sharing, music


Musicians at the first OpenJam were, from left, Maisen Claiborne, Ryan Fong, Rylan O'Keefe, Michael Campbell, Tom Bagley and Etienne Ozorak. (Click photo for larger image.)

Whether performing or listening, music is best enjoyed in groups, as Rancho Murieta discovered Sunday afternoon. The inaugural OpenJam concert at the Gazebo brought together a handful of people who’d never met before. They said hello, sat down and made music. Read more »


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