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

Joining hands for a new baseball season

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Rancho Murieta Little League opening day

Photo gallery (93 photos from the day)

The T-ball Hurricanes were joined by Tigers, Cowboys and a real live goat at Stonehouse Park Saturday for Cosumnes River Little League opening day. Rob Winter, league president, welcomed two dozen uniformed teams and thanked the volunteers who make CRLL a reality, singling out Blake Carmichael for his years of support as a manager, board member and league president. Carmichael received a memorial brick and also threw out the first pitch. Josie Viegas, a Pleasant Grove High School senior and former CRLL player, received this year’s Christina Rodness Scholarship. CRLL youth coach Jack Gignilliat was announced as the recipient of the Christopher Walters Scholarship. The scholarships honor Rancho Murieta children whose memories are enshrined on plaques at the park. Boy Scout Troop 633 raised the flag and local pilots timed a fly-by to the last strains of the national anthem, and the opening ceremony concluded with the crowd singing “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” Next up was a hot dog lunch prepared and served by Kiwanis Club volunteers before an afternoon of playing ball. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Joining hands for a new baseball season

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

A bridge on the road to adulthood

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Cub Scouts

NeckerchiefFriday night these five boys crossed the bridge from Webelos Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in a ceremony at Cosumnes River Elementary School.  Cub Scout Pack 633 den leader Jason Tumlinson led the ceremony for his den members, from left, Garth Colyer, Ryder Winter, Charlie Kessen, Ty Tumlinson and Alexander Hoberg. After literally walking across a small bridge, the former Webelos Scouts were greeted on the other side by Boy Scouts of Troop 633, who helped the five into their new neckerchiefs, right. There’s a photo of the five boys and their parents on the next page. (Click for larger images)  Read more » Read more » about A bridge on the road to adulthood

Your neighbors: Happy 50th, Stan and Letty!

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Vivaldi anniversary

On this day 50 years ago, Murietans Stan and Letty Vivaldi were wed. This stop-the-presses appearance is an anniversary surprise, so we can't share a current photo of them. They have two children, Mike, who lives in Rancho Murieta, and Brian, who lives in Bothell, Washington. Here's Mike's message to his parents: "Congratulations on 50 years of marriage from all of your family and friends! You two are a happy, loving, fantastic couple whom we are proud to call mom and dad. Love, Mike and Lanie." (Click for larger image) Read more » about Your neighbors: Happy 50th, Stan and Letty!

'It's Just Dinner' and a chance to meet people

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It's Just DinnerLast Saturday night, with a pouring rain outside and a crackling fire inside, 15 people gathered at the Country Club’s 19th Hole. The gathering was casual and low-key, and judging by the easy chatter you wouldn’t have guessed most of the people were meeting for the first time. The gathering’s name: It’s Just Dinner. The Country Club’s idea is to offer a monthly dinner for singles. Read more » Read more » about 'It's Just Dinner' and a chance to meet people

Taking in the vastness of the universe

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Orion nebula

This is the famous Orion Nebula as captured the other night from the Murieta North backyard of David Scharlach. On a dark, clear night, you can see this nebula with your naked eye, but it’s only a fuzzy patch of light in the string of stars below Orion’s belt. This photo is the result of David’s 4-inch refractor telescope being put to work with a 40-minute exposure on his camera. “I am really pleased with how this came out,” he writes. (Well, yeah!)  If astronomy or astrophotography is a semi-serious interest, David would like to hear from you about setting up a local star party once the weather warms up. He’s at (Click for larger image) Read more » about Taking in the vastness of the universe

ACE will be playing for higher stakes

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Golf family

The Estrada Donnalley family is helping 8-year-old Alexander pursue his golf ambitions. From left are Isabella, 10, and dad Carlos Estrada and mom Allison Donnalley, along with Alexander. There's chips and salsa in it for you. (Click for larger image)

Alexander Estrada, who’s 8, can drive the golf ball 150 yards. His favorite pros go by single names: Rory. Tiger. Bubba. And being a child of this century, Alexander has a YouTube channel where he offers homemade golf instructional videos. Alexander’s initials are A-C-E, and some friends call him ACE, so he opens the videos with a confident and media-wise, “Hey, everyone – ACE here, back with another YouTube video....” Read more » Read more » about ACE will be playing for higher stakes

Cancer outreach program begins Jan. 22

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A six-week cancer outreach program for the community will begin Jan. 22 at the Murieta Inn and Spa. The sessions, called HOPE, will offer a non-denominational, faith-based weekly program open to cancer patients and survivors, their caregivers and anyone affected by cancer. The leaders of HOPE are cancer survivors who will be available for questions and discussion. The meetings begin at 6:45 with 15 minutes of socializing and snacks and wrap up after about an hour. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call (916) 833-0903 or (916) 806-5277. Read more » about Cancer outreach program begins Jan. 22

2018: Looking back, with much gratitude

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Eagle, coming in hot

Neighbor Paul Anderson shares this as his favorite Rancho Murieta wildlife photo of 2018, and who are we to argue? It's one of Murieta's bald eagles, "coming in hot," as he says. Paul captured this photo in October at Lake Clementia. (Click for larger image)

Happy new year! owes new-year thanks to the sponsors who bring you this website – who get their own thanks below – and to all of you who visit the site. Special thanks go to the Murietans who take the time to call us (354-3916) or email ( when something happens. For 19 years, we’ve relied on you to alert us to news, and thankfully you’ve never stopped. Sometimes you even take photos and share them. That’s what we’ll look at today. Read more »

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