Essay winner helps Optimists mark 25 years

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Optimist essay winner

In a strong, clear voice, Murietan Hailey Truong read her winning essay at Tuesday night’s meeting of  the Optimist Club of Rancho Murieta, which was marking its 25th anniversary. Hailey, 14, a freshman at Pleasant Grove High School, addressed the topic “When all the world’s problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?” She won an $800 prize, and her essay goes on to compete at the Optimist district level, where the winner receives a $2,500 college scholarship. Boy Scout Gavin Correia brought the Optimists a proposal for his Eagle Scout project – building a throne for Santa’s use at the community’s annual Christmas tree lighting. That's one of many annual events staged by the Optimists, along with a paper-shredding pickup, family bingo night, ice cream truck visit, July 4 carnival at the lake, holiday crafts fair and multiple youth sports and Eagle Scout projects. The Optimists meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Community Services District Building, across from the South Gate. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Essay winner helps Optimists mark 25 years

Easter Egg Hunt coming April 20

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The Kiwanis Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stonehouse Park. Read more » Read more » about Easter Egg Hunt coming April 20

Optimists to mark 25 years March 19

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Optimist logoYou can learn what the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club is all about 7 p.m. March 19, when the club marks its 25th anniversary in the Community Services District Building, across Jackson Road from the South Gate. Need help for your child's organization? Looking to volunteer? The Optimists hope you'll come to the meeting. They have been helping the kids of Rancho Murieta/Sloughhouse for 25 years. Read more » Read more » about Optimists to mark 25 years March 19

It was a night for getting crabby

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Kiwanis Crab Feed

Photo gallery (45 shots of people getting crabby)

It’s the Kiwanis Club’s mission to serve children, club president Chet Keil said, welcoming a capacity crowd to the club’s annual crab feed fundraiser Saturday night. But on this night, it was the kids doing the serving. Platoons of Key Club members from Pleasant Grove and Sheldon high schools and Rancho Murieta delivered all the elements of the crab feast to the tables that filled the Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church social hall. There were also silent auctions, raffles, live music and a bar staffed by the Knights of Columbus. A “wall of fame” featured posters honoring sponsors who had contributed up to $2,000, Keil said. (Click for larger image) Read more » about It was a night for getting crabby

Monday's blood drive faces an uphill climb

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Monday’s community blood drive will try to offset low turnout at blood drives nationally due to cold and flu season and the government shutdown, which forced the cancellation of drives in government buildings. Monday’s drive – from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way – will offer an additional promotion, the chance to enter a drawing for a $250 Raley’s gift card or a $250 Best Buy gift card. The drive is sponsored by the church's St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Rancho Murieta Women's Club. It's being staged by Vitalant, formerly known as BloodSource. Read more » about Monday's blood drive faces an uphill climb

After lunch, some country line dancing

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Line dance

Dance crowdThe Rancho Murieta Women's Club enjoyed a Western buffet and then did some boot scootin' Wednesday as dozens hit the dance floor to learn country line dancing. Working from the raised stage, teacher Kat Painter and two assistants walked participants through the Cupid Shuffle, the Electric Shuffle and the Alley Cat. By the end, participants had worked off their lunches and then some. Painter, who has been teaching for 22 years, will offer line dancing lessons to Country Club members in a series of four 6:30 p.m. Wednesday classes starting Jan. 30. It's $40 for the series. If you're interested – and many at lunch were – call (916) 354-3416. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about After lunch, some country line dancing

Community blood drive happens Jan. 28

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The community's next quarterly blood drive takes place noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 14673 Cantova Way. Donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health and bearing a photo I.D. Donors 16 or 17 years old must have a signed parental consent form. (There's information here.) The drive is sponsored by the church's St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Rancho Murieta Women's Club. It's being staged by Vitalant, formerly known as BloodSource. Donors will receive a 10 percent discount coupon for Buona Vita Yogurt and a chance to win a gift card from Green Acres in Folsom. Read more » about Community blood drive happens Jan. 28

ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

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ETC logoThe new-season announcement from Entertainment, Theatre & Culture always comes at the right time of year. Look outside: It’s chilly, gray, the Christmas tree is in the gutter dropping its needles ... and now, thanks to ETC, we get to think sunny, warm, summer thoughts. Read more » Read more » about ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

Video: Homes all dressed up for the holidays

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Take seven homes dressed in their Christmas best and the scene was set for this year’s Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour. The festivities began Friday morning with breakfast at the Country Club, where the Murieta Voices serenaded club members and their guests with songs of the season. Then tour-goers fanned out across the community to see how club members transform their homes for the holidays with treasured collections and loads of imagination. Here are the homes that provided the wow factor for this year’s tour. Read more »

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Christmas for kids who won't have one

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Toys

The start of the toy drive for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire. Yes, you can make a contribution. (Click photo for larger image)

The collection of Christmas toys for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire is well under way. The Women’s Golf Club gathered this array at the group’s lunch at the Country Club Tuesday. If you’re interested in helping to make a Christmas for these kids, here’s how. Read more » Read more » about Christmas for kids who won't have one

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