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Autumn brings the biggest stretch of community events, and the next two weeks will have a handful.  Among the events coming up, starting this weekend: Pleasant Grove High's holiday bazaar (Saturday), the CRES Harvest Festival (Sunday), a Halloween haunted house, and the second "Wine, Women and Song" at St. Vincent De Paul.  But that's not all.

Saturday: Pleasant Grove High School holiday bazaar, haunted house

The Pleasant Grove High School Band Boosters host their 3rd annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Faire Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove High School multi-purpose room, 9531 Bond Road, Elk Grove. Crafters, artists, and home-based retailers will offer a variety of unique gift items. Coffee, cider and other refreshments will be available.

The band students and Booster Club will present a haunted house in the patio area behind the multi-purpose room. Special "funny, not scary" tours are available for younger children. The cost for a tour of the house is $2 per person. For information, contact Debra Vaca at 686-4926 or visit http://pghsbandboosters.org/HolidayBazaar.aspx.

Sunday: CRES Harvest Festival

The annual Cosumnes River Elementary School Harvest Festival sponsored by the PTA takes place Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Optimist Club is sponsoring free bus  service to and from the school. The first pick-up at the Plaza is 12:40 p.m. The bus will run every 20 minutes, with the last bus leaving CRES at 4:20 p.m.

The festival offers an  afternoon of old-fashioned family fun with a costume contest, the kindergarten cakewalk, pie-eating and jack-o-lantern contests, homemade apple cider and refreshments. Tickets at the door cost $5 per family. For information or to volunteer, contact Erin Howard, 354-0634, or 4_erhoward@sbcglobal.net.

Halloween: Haunted House

The RMYEA and the Optimist Club are presenting the community's first haunted house event Halloween night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A mild version of the tour is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for children up to 9 years old. A second, scarier session for kids 10 and above runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The house is located at 7500 Verona Drive, off Murieta South Parkway.  A $5 donation per child is requested. For information, call Wendy Mazzoni, 354-1076, or e-mail rudymazz@sbcglobal.net.

Nov. 6: Women's Ministry holds 'Wine, Women, and Song'

The Women's Ministry of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is sponsoring its second annual "Wine, Women, and Song" evening 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the church on Cantova Way.  The purpose of this free event is to gather women of the community together to celebrate their shared Christian faith and friendship.

The evening begins with a wine and cheese social, followed by a special message from Deacon Dennis Merino. It concludes with a vocal performance by Audrey Langstroth and other performers. Attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine or a cheese and cracker tray.  Tables for eight may be reserved.  Donations will be accepted for the Sacramento Life Center. RSVP by calling 354-1362 or e-mailing kgjones@sbcglobal.net.

Nov. 8-9: Artists' festival at the Country Club

The Murieta Artisans Holiday Festival takes place Nov. 8 and 9 at the Rancho Murieta Country Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artisans will offer photography, fine art, jewelry, pottery, handcrafted purses, and more for holiday gift-giving. A piece of work by a participating artist will be raffled off each hour to benefit Wellspring Women's Center and local food banks. The event offers entertainment, refreshments and a no-host bar.

Nov. 8: Village Bake Sale and Craft Faire

Murieta Village's annual Bake Sale and Craft Faire happens Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Murieta Village Clubhouse. Homemade baked goods and jellies, and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, crocheted items, quilts, handbags, cards, ceramics, and holiday decorations are among the many items that will be available for purchase. Free coffee and cookies will be offered at the door.

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