Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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After some uncertainty, the community's annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day after all. The run, which starts at the Gazebo parking lot at 8:30 a.m., will benefit victims of the Camp Fire. Cash and gift card donations are welcome. This year's run – which happens rain or shine – was made possible at the last minute by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and Melinda Martel. Read more » about Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

Santa will ring in the season Friday

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SantaThe community Christmas tree lighting starts 5:45 p.m. Friday at Stonehouse Park, and Santa Claus arrives at 6 to get the season under way. There will be performances by Murieta Dance Company, s'mores from Rancho Murieta Community Church, and warm refreshments, cookies and holiday cheer. It's sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about Santa will ring in the season Friday

Honoring those who stood for America

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day→ Photo gallery from the event (nine photos)

For the fourth year, Rancho Murieta honored its vets Monday morning with coffee and donuts at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. More than a hundred people came out. Kids outside greeted arriving vets with flags large and small, and teens handed out poppies and Veterans Day cards hand-made by kids. Except for the Coast Guard, every branch of service was represented in the crowd. There were no speeches, just a nice group rendition of "God Bless America." At 96, Art Murphy of Carmichael was the oldest vet. Murphy, an Army private who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, attended with his Murietan daughter, Marcia Quinn. The day was hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by RanchoMurieta.com, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Honoring those who stood for America

Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

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Lake cleanup

The air was chilly and the shadows long as about 40 volunteers gathered at Lake Clementia Saturday morning for a lake cleanup, sponsored by the Fishing Club, Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces and the Murieta Trails Stewardship. "I hope all of you plan on getting dirty," Jay Solomon of the Fishing Club told the volunteers as they collected trash bags and debris pickers, which were donated by the Rancho Murieta Association. Solomon told them to work in pairs, take care with their footing and watch for snakes as they split up to work at Clementia, Calero and Chesbro. He had a surprise for each volunteer when the job was done – a coupon from The Backyard in Murieta Plaza for a free entree. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

Pitch in: Saturday is Lake Clean-Up Day

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Lake flowers

Here’s a chance to pitch in to help keep Rancho Murieta’s lakes beautiful. Lake Clean-Up Day is Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at Lake Clementia at 8 a.m. for assignments. Bags, gloves and litter catchers will be provided by the Rancho Murieta Association. Teens and youngsters working for community service credits are welcome. The day is sponsored by Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces (SOLOS), the Rancho Murieta Fishing Club and the Murieta Trails Stewardship. There will be coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. (File photo) Read more » about Pitch in: Saturday is Lake Clean-Up Day

Blood drive is a chance to change lives

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Graf family

Posted by Vitalant (formerly BloodSource)
Joanna and Bob Graf love being grandparents and love being part of the Rancho Murieta community. The community’s dedication to a plentiful blood supply to help all patients plus education inspires the Grafs.  Joanna will make her first platelet donation soon and Bob takes full advantage of his business connections to advocate for blood drives and encourage others to donate. Read more » about Blood drive is a chance to change lives

SOLOS enjoys fall day and celebrates 1K

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SOLOS party

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It was Oktoberfest time at Lake Clementia Saturday afternoon as Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces celebrated reaching the 1,000-member mark with music, grilled brats and socializing. The smooth sound of the New Jazz Quintet added to the mellow ambiance of the breezy fall day, and the crowd settled in to enjoy the performance after circulating through the buffet line. SOLOS, which works to influence development, estimated about 70 people attended. Click for larger image. Read more » about SOLOS enjoys fall day and celebrates 1K

Garden Club speaker is mad about the bulbs

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Bulb Guy

Bill WelchLooking a bit like a mad scientist, Bill Welch (aka Bill the Bulb Baron) brandished four-foot Amaryllis flowers still attached to their bulbs during his talk to the River Valley Garden Club Tuesday night. In truth, the only thing mad about Welch was his obsessive love for the flower bulbs that he grows and hybridizes on his farm in Moss Landing, Monterey County. His specialties: the warm-climate, fragrant Narcissus and summer- and fall-blooming Amaryllis. After wrapping up his talk, Welch told club members that his bulbs would cost less than advertised on his website if they bought them that night. Within seconds, they were picking out bulbs and getting advice before handing over their cash, check or credit card. Welch also started a buying frenzy of sorts when he reduced the price of the flowering Amaryllis still attached to their bulbs from $15 to $5 each. Many bulbs went home with members that night. The garden club’s next meeting will be Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. Jennifer Kahl from The Secret Garden will talk about gifts from the garden. Click photos for larger images. Read more » about Garden Club speaker is mad about the bulbs

Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Music Mike

Music Mike makes dancers out of our kids.

Music Mike, who could be called our modern-day Pied Piper, make his annual visit to entertain Murieta's children 5 p.m. Sunday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. It's free, sponsored by the Kiwanis. Parents and grandparents are invited to join in the fun, so bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. Read more » about Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

Opening a new field and saying thanks

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Park dedication

Alex Bauer, Rancho Murieta Association president, and Sherry Carrillo, Summerfest committee member, wield giant scissors to cut a ribbon opening the new Summerfest Sports Field Saturday morning at Stonehouse Park. Bauer thanked Summerfest for its 18-year history of supporting community improvements. Summerfest donated $68,000 to help build the field and add lights to the dog park. On hand were leaders of both groups, from left, Mike Martel, Sid Williams, Ellen Moe, Jerry Wall, Rod Metzler, Joanne Brandt, Larry Shelton, Jim Crowder, Rod Hart and Rob Brown. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Opening a new field and saying thanks

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