Raising money and helping disaster victims

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Red Cross auction

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Auctioneer David Sobon got the audience reaching for their checkbooks at Thursday night's seventh annual Country Club fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross. There were silent-auction offerings and a number of live-auction items that sounded pretty enticing – getaways to the wine country, rounds of golf on quality courses and seven nights in Hawaii to name a few. After the bidding, Sobon had the crowd writing checks once again – to the tune of more than $20,000 – as he encouraged donations to buy the Red Cross a new Emergency Response Vehicle, to be based in this area to serve disaster victims. The dinner had its solemn moments too, as Murietan Luke Iverson, on video, told them about his brother, Corey, a firefighter who died fighting one of Southern California's fires last year. (You can see Luke Iverson's speech here.) A tournament and lunch Friday wrap up the event. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Raising money and helping disaster victims

Speech about fallen firefighter

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Here is the video of Luke Iverson's speech at the Country Club's Red Cross dinner Thursday night. Iverson's speech is about his brother, Corey, a firefighter who died fighting one of Southern California massive blazes last year.

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Club pro Thames qualifies for national event

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Don ThamesDon Thames, the Country Club’s director of golf, has qualified to compete in the PGA Senior Professional National Championship to be played next month in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was one of eight qualifiers in an event held Aug. 13-14 at San Jose Country Club, finishing sixth with a 4-over-par 144. Read more » Read more » about Club pro Thames qualifies for national event

Tournament and dinner will help Red Cross

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ERVThe American Red Cross is partnered with the Country Club to hold the Drive Fore Disaster Relief dinner and golf tournament Sept. 13-14. The event will raise funds for the good work of the Red Cross, in particular to help buy a new Emergency Response Vehicle for the Red Cross in this area. Read more » Read more » about Tournament and dinner will help Red Cross

You get a second chance at pet microchipping

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Dog chipping

From left, Girl Scouts Abby Donnalley, Kaydence Farnsworth and Faith Hawkins, all 10, visit with the dogs waiting to get identity microchips Sunday afternoon at the Gazebo. Unfortunately, there was a communications breakdown with the SPCA ... and its chipping van didn't show up. After 45 minutes, with a waiting list 18 names long, and lots of dogs and one cat on hand, the Rancho Murieta Association explained the situation and said the event would be rescheduled soon. But the Girl Scouts, from Troop 1568, did well with their wishlist collection for animals: Among the items collected were dog and cat food, animal toys, a fur trimmer and a large dog crate. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about You get a second chance at pet microchipping

Bandits take trophy with 15-9 win

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Grand slam

Chris “Sauce” Ross connects for a grand-slam home run at Stonehouse Park Sunday, powering the Rancho Murieta Bandits to a 15-9 win and another Gold Country Vintage Base Ball trophy. In addition to the grand slam, Ross pitched five innings. The Bandits, 8-2 in league play, defeated the Repressa Pioneers, who had the league’s best record at 9-1. The game is played by the rules (and with the equipment) of baseball in the 1880s. Click photos for larger images.

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Marketplace will raise funds for fire victims

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Farmers marketRancho Murieta Marketplace – the Saturday-mornings market at 14670 Cantova Way – will hold a fundraiser for the Northern California fire victims Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the regular vendors and vegetables and fruits, there will be an hourly raffle, barbecue, music, fire trucks and local service organizations. You can donate by cash, credit card or check. All proceeds will go to the Northern California Wildfire Relief Fund. There's more information at the Marketplace Facebook page. Read more » about Marketplace will raise funds for fire victims

RM Bandits play for league title Sunday

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The Rancho Murieta Bandits, our local entry in the Gold Country Vintage Base Ball league, will play for the league championship 10 a.m. Sunday at Stonehouse Park, taking on the Repressa Pioneers. The Bandits have won eight consecutive league championships and five California Cup titles, which pits the Gold Country champion against the two Bay Area league champs. What’s “vintage base ball”? They play with 1880s equipment and rules. Here’s a 2013 video look at the Bandits:

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Your Neighbors: A gig at Meadowlands

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Mask

Local girl makes good: Gracie Cann, a 16-year-old Murietan, will be performing with her band, Mask, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Meadowlands. Mask, made up of students from Christian Brothers and Jesuit high schools, performs music from the likes of Sammy Hagar, Tom Petty, Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Queen and more. They’ve been performing at breweries and wineries, especially in West Sac, but this is their first gig within shouting distance of Gracie’s home. In addition to Gracie, the band’s vocalist, who’s second from right here, Mask members are Dean McCord, David Chrisman, Natalie Chrisman and Nick Adams. Read more » about Your Neighbors: A gig at Meadowlands

New to photography, but doing very well

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Paul Anderson

He is winning recognition for his work, but Paul Anderson has only been shooting photos seriously for two years. (Click photos for larger images.)

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If your summer travels take you downtown to the State Fair, keep an eye out for the photographic work of Paul Anderson, a Rancho Murieta neighbor whose work appears often here at RanchoMurieta.com. Two of his photos are being honored at the fair. Read more » Read more » about New to photography, but doing very well

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