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! RanchoMurieta.com 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 (editor@ranchomurieta.com) 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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Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

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Here's a video look at the home Christmas lights honored this year by the Rancho Murieta Association. The video is two songs covering 19 homes. If you want to see a list of the homes and a map to do your own tour, which we recommend, you'll find that here. Read more » about Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

Your neighbors: A holiday reading tradition

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Christmas reading

Wanting to share love and holiday cheer with friends and family, for 22 Christmas Eves Bob and Bridget Gransee have held an afternoon open house. There's music, food and drinks and the reading of a holiday story. This year, Bob read "Snowmen at Christmas," assisted by Karsyn Duval, an 11-year-old neighbor who turned the book's pages so everyone could enjoy the illustrations. There were 50 or 60 people on hand. You can see some of them in the panoramic photo below. (Click for larger images)

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The best holiday lights (with a map)

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Holiday lights

Santa, along with RMA Director Stephanie Bianchi, center, presented the 2018 Holiday Lights awards to winners – here, the Posey family. (Click for larger image)

Photos of many of the winning families(10 photos)

A bumper crop of Rancho Murieta Association Holiday Lights contest winners received lawn signs designating their decorated homes as the best and the brightest at Tuesday’s RMA meeting. Santa Claus got the presentation off to a merry start with a few ho-ho-hos, and then handed out candy canes and congratulations as Director Stephanie Bianchi announced winners and presented signs while the audience applauded its approval. Read more » Read more » about The best holiday lights (with a map)

With dozens of elves beneath the tree

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Reimers

ElvesLittle did Julie Reimers know how it would end up when she bought her first two elves 25 years ago. Now she has 55 elves – the entire Zim’s Elves Themselves collection – around the Christmas tree she decorates with her husband, Tom Reimers, on Abierto Drive. Her collection started in the pre-internet days, when shopping for collectibles was much tougher. Now the elves ring the tree and fill a tabletop and the floor next to the tree. After Christmas, the elves return to their boxes in a closet, awaiting another December. Do you have a family holiday decorating tradition or a remarkable display? Let us know at editor@ranchomurieta.com. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about With dozens of elves beneath the tree

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

Getting into the spirit of the holidays

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Trying to tap into the spirit of the holidays? You can make the season better for children homeless after the Paradise fire. Or you can ease your holiday stress with a few local shopping tips. Read more » Read more » about Getting into the spirit of the holidays

Thank you, Murieta, for Macey's success

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Macey Casagrande

Macey Casagrande did it again, collecting 735 coats – plus hats, scarves, gloves and dog jackets – and delivering them to the homeless early Saturday in Sacramento. There were a dozen people waiting in the pre-dawn darkness when Macey and her father, Sean, and mother, Tammi (below), plus family friends started unloading the items on North A Street, north of downtown. By 9:30, everything was gone. This was the 12-year-old’s third year doing this. The first year, she collected 126 coats; last year she got 575. She blew past this year’s goal, 600 coats. (Photos by Justin Hayduk; click for larger images)

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