'We Live Here' – in Rancho Murieta

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We hope you enjoy this video, which kicks off a new content category at RanchoMurieta.com called "We Live Here," capturing the best of Rancho Murieta. Please contribute. When you shoot a photo or video that fits this bill, let us know at editor@ranchomurieta.com. If the photo/video can be sent in by email, great – send it in. If it can't be handled by email, let us know that and we'll get back to you with another way to share it. To get "We Live Here" started, we've gone back through recent photos and tagged them "We Live Here." To see this collection, just click this link or the "We Live Here" tag below. The family portraits in this video were shot by Murietan Justin Hayduk. Read more » about 'We Live Here' – in Rancho Murieta

A new season, announced silently

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Autumn slips over Rancho Murieta gently, with shorter days and chilly nights and turning the leaves of one tree, then another, and another. Sunday afternoon, as sunset cast our bridge in gold, a lone tree was proof enough that a new season is on its way. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about A new season, announced silently

Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

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Summerfest

Photo gallery (52 photos from Friday night Summerfest)

Crowds, rides, neon, food, live music and fun – Summerfest is back in town. The carnival began its two-day run at Stonehouse Park Friday evening with rides on everything from flying elephants to a whimsical train for the little ones, and gravity-defying thrill rides for the big kids, plus games of skill and challenges for the adventurous that include rock climbing and bobbing inside a giant plastic bubble. The big show in our own backyard continues through Saturday, thanks to the local volunteers of Summerfest. The schedule is available here. Read more » about Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

A night of country at Lake Clementia

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ETC country show

Photo gallery: 38 shots of the crowd and the show

It seemed like much of Rancho Murieta had a cowboy hat and friends in low places Saturday night, as Entertainment, Theatre & Culture brought a night of country music to Lake Clementia Amphitheater. There were tributes to three of country's biggest stars – from left, Keith Urban (performed by Michael Thompson), Zac Brown (Elton Lammie) and Garth Brooks (Les Saint) and what looked like ETC's biggest crowd of the season. It was the singing-est, that's for sure, as the crowd helped Garth wrap up his set with a belted-out "Friends in Low Places," below. ETC's next show, Hotel California, an Eagles tribute, is Aug. 11. Learn more about it, and ETC, here. (Click photos for larger images.)

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Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

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Fireworks

The fireworks are spectacular every year. (Click photo for larger images.)

You couldn’t have asked for better weather to celebrate Independence Day in Rancho Murieta. This Fourth of July dialed back the heat to deliver a sunny day with temperatures consistent with a great round on the North Course. It was the perfect day to do a 5K run, have a pancake breakfast, watch a parade, go to a carnival, dance at sunset, and end the evening with fireworks at the front lake. And thousands of residents did just that with friends and family. We have 275 photos, scattered across Rancho Murieta's July 4, to prove it. Read more » Read more » about Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

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Eagle fishing

It was a spectacular Sunday morning on Lake Clementia for 9-year-old Jackson Haviland, who was there with his dad, Nic. As captured in this photo by neighbor Paul Anderson, Jackson had a front-row seat as one of our bald eagles did a bit of fishing. Anderson was in another boat and Nic Haviland was on a paddle board. This is one of those times when you really should click the photo to see it at larger size. Read more » about Unforgettable morning on Lake Clementia

Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

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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 » Read more » about Neighbors rescue baby birds from drain

Murieta Life: Bookmobile's weekly visits

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Bookmobile

Part of life in Rancho Murieta is the weekly visit by the Sacramento Public Library's Bookmobile. It stops in Murieta Village Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. This Wednesday was the start of the library's Summer Reading program, aimed at kids, and Lyla Haviland, 9, couldn't wait to get started. The Bookmobile, which draws nearly 100 visitors on a typical stop in Rancho Murieta (more than some brick-and-mortar libraries), will deliver the books you request. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Murieta Life: Bookmobile's weekly visits

A sunset view of Scott Road

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Sunset

Paul Anderson, neighbor and photographer, took this shot the other evening on Scott Road. "Gotta enjoy the green grass while it lasts!" he writes. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A sunset view of Scott Road

Pera's poppies brighten our spring

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Poppies

The weather killed Daffodil Hill's season this year, but who needs Daffodil Hill when we have the Pera Poppies? This explosion of orange, engineered on Pera Drive by Eleanor and Stan Hunter, is a new phenomenon. Only three years ago, the Hunters say, they removed their front lawn and went with a low-water yard, including lots of wildflowers. Eleanor gathered the seeds from her backyard poppies and concentrated the effort out front, leading to this season's glories. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Pera's poppies brighten our spring

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