Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

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Music Mike

Photo gallery (35 shots of the show and the audience)

Music Mike charmed children, parents and grandparents with a music- and and dance-filled performance at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Sunday afternoon. The merry adventure began with dozens of children singing along to time-honored favorites like “Bingo” and “Ring Around the Rosie,” then took a madcap turn with a version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” that featured crawling like snakes, hopping like rabbits and flying like birds.  After “hotdog rolls” down the slopes of the amphitheater, marching with maracas, lots of singing, a geometry lesson with colorful scarves, and some spirited dancing with the folks, it was time to go home, and every child received a lollipop compliments of Music Mike. The Kiwanis Club, which has made the free annual event part of growing up in Rancho Murieta, said about 170 attended the show. Click for larger image. Read more » about Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

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.

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

Little League 'Fall Ball' registration is open

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Registration for Cosumnes River Little League’s "Fall Ball" is open. The program will offer eight two-hour training sessions on Sundays starting Sept. 9. The cost is $75 per player. This year’s program will include instruction by former Oakland A’s player Lance Blankenship. You can register at CRLL’s website. Read more » about Little League 'Fall Ball' registration is open

Getting ready for a new sports field

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Summerfest Field

Summerfest monumentThe new sports field at Stonehouse Park took another step toward reality Wednesday when the naming monument was placed on Escuela Drive. The Rancho Murieta Association says the field, which should open in mid-September, cost $70,163. Summerfest, the annual weekend carnival (coming Sept. 7-8), donated $68,000, of which $49,700 went to the field and $18,300 went to light the dog park. A dedication ceremony is being scheduled. Read more » about Getting ready for a new sports field

Spray park hours for rest of the summer

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With summer settling in, it's a good time to share the Summerfest Spray Park's hours for the rest of the summer, as announced Monday by the Rancho Murieta Association:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: noon to 6 p.m.

The spray park is located at Riverside Park on Reynosa Drive in Murieta South. Click here for a map of community facilities. Read more » about Spray park hours for rest of the summer

Special spray park hours for holiday week

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Spray parkThe Rancho Murieta Association announced special spray park hours coming up in the next week: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (when it's supposed to be hot), and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Summerfest Spray Park is at Riverview Park on the South. Where is that? We have a map of community facilities here. Read more » about Special spray park hours for holiday week

Troop 633 fundraising car wash Saturday

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Boy Scout Troop 633 will hold a fundraising "Car Wash for Camp" Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the RMA Building parking lot. They'll accept your donation for their car-washing services. Read more » about Troop 633 fundraising car wash Saturday

Garrett Fong earns rank of Eagle Scout

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Eagle ceremony

Fong familyRancho Murieta’s bumper crop of Eagle Scouts continued Monday night as Garrett Fong was awarded the rank of Eagle in a ceremony at Rancho Murieta Community Church. That's Troop 633 Scoutmaster Brian Correia, left, speaking of the qualities of Garrett, who's flanked by his mother, Karen, and father, Kenton, the assistant scoutmaster. Almost 100 people were on hand for the ceremony and refreshments afterwards. There was a slide show of Garrett’s years in scouting, in which, as Correia pointed out to laughter, you could see Garrett getting taller and his father getting grayer. In addition to hugs and thanks for his parents, Garrett thanked scout mentors all the way back to his Cub Scouts days, his Future Farmers of America advisor and the men who helped him with welding work for his Eagle project. For that project, Garrett, who’s 17, designed and built four permanent recycling bins to be placed in community parks. He’s an incoming senior at Pleasant Grove High this fall and he hopes to pursue higher education in animal sciences. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about Garrett Fong earns rank of Eagle Scout

A movie night for the whole family

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Movie Night

Photo gallery: Faces in the crowd (32 photos)

Many kids were bundled up for Saturday night's Movie Night, staged by the Rancho Murieta Association. It was a family-friendly gathering that drew between 150 and 200 people to a pleasantly brisk Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Pre-movie, the adults socialized as the kids danced and ran around, and many picnicked. The movie was "Ferdinand," an animated story of a young bull who'd rather sniff flowers than fight. Read more » Read more » about A movie night for the whole family

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