Scouts honor Memorial Day by retiring flags

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Flag ceremony

Boy Scout Troop 633 carried out its Memorial Day tradition of honoring those who have served under the U.S. flag by retiring worn and tattered flags in a solemn ceremony Monday evening at Lake Calero. About two dozen people looked on as pairs of scouts unfolded and placed each flag into the fire at the water's edge while piper Chuck Jamison played traditional bagpipe songs. Click photo to see larger image. Read more » about Scouts honor Memorial Day by retiring flags

Finding the summer in a chilly Saturday

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Spray park

Nobody figured on a gray, chilly day for Saturday’s season opening of the Summerfest Spray Park, but that’s what it was. Good thing the park serves kids, who didn’t seem to mind the cold shower. Rancho Murieta Association directors and staff cooked hotdogs, made snow cones and served cotton candy. Also on Saturday, there was a bake sale to benefit a local family, a library fundraiser and a drop-off event for hazardous waste. Click the photo to see a slide show from all the events. Read more » about Finding the summer in a chilly Saturday

Girl Scouts reuniting lost pets and owners

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Girl Scout Juniors Troop 2691 presented a pet microchip scanner to Security Chief Greg Remson at the Community Services District offices Tuesday afternoon and marked a milestone in their Girl Scout careers. The scanner will help Security officers reunite lost pets and owners. Fundraising for the $300 scanner was part of an effort to help animals that earned, from left, Hannah Milton, Allison Myers, Brooke Hanson, Grace Himmelmann, Chloe Garcia and Jenna Rau the Bronze Award, the highest honor for Juniors, the Scout level for grades 4-5. Troop leaders Ellie Hanson and Stephanie Milton presided over the presentation at the CSD. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Girl Scouts reuniting lost pets and owners

Braiding a garland of spring

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Sunday afternoon seems like the right time for a Maypole dance. Pamela Haines led the Rancho Murieta gathering on this May 1, as she has for more than 20 years. She tapped on a drumhead to provide rhythm as the participants circled the pole, over and under each other’s ribbons, producing a beautiful red, white and blue braid. Haines presented the braided ribbon to participant Chloe Hardt, 5, a first-timer who won it in a drawing. Haines said she thought it was Rancho Murieta’s best Maypole braid ever. Click the photos for larger images.

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Annual maypole event is 5 p.m. Sunday

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MaypoleThe annual maypole event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club takes place 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn area across from the North Gate Gazebo. This is a whimsical event for the community's young and young at heart. It's also an exercise in cooperation since most of the participants are young and inexperienced at this old-fashioned ritual. It takes about half an hour for participants to "dance" around the pole to create a colorful woven ribbon garland and all participants are eligible for the drawing to take the garland home.  If there are more than 12 participants for the 12 ribbons, participants can double up or trade off holding the ribbon. Read more » about Annual maypole event is 5 p.m. Sunday

A new dance, under the (black) lights

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Black-light dance

It was time to glow Saturday evening at Cosumnes River Elementary School as the PTA staged its first mother-son dance. True to advance billing, this was not your traditional dance. For one thing, there were no wallflowers. Well, not among the boys anyway. Inspired by black lights, neon and non-stop music, for quite a while the boys dominated the dance floor with high-energy hip-hop moves while their moms looked on or danced in satellite groups. The activity level stayed high with air hockey, ping pong, Twister and other games. (Click the photo for a larger image.) Read more » about A new dance, under the (black) lights

Youthful anglers learn to work the lake

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Fishing Day

Red square Photo gallery: 29 shots of kids and fish

Rain didn’t keep 130 young anglers from the Kiwanis Club’s 15th annual Kids’ Fishing Day Sunday. They knew the fish would be biting at Lake Clementia, which was stocked with 700 pounds of trout for the occasion. Fishing Club volunteers like Bob Rohland weighed and cleaned the fish -- that’s the day's fifth catch for seasoned angler Ellyn Welton, 11. A free hot dog lunch prepared and served by Rancho Murieta Kiwanis Club and Key Club volunteers followed a morning of fishing. Fishing Day is co-sponsored by the Fishing Club, Plaza Foods, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Fisherman's Warehouse. Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel led lessons on the importance of maintaining a good habitat for fish, fishing ethics and casting. Read more » about Youthful anglers learn to work the lake

Kids Fishing Day is coming April 10

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Fishing DayThe Kiwanis Club holds its 15th annual Kids' Fishing Day Sunday, April 10, at Lake Clementia. The free event is open to children 5 through 12 who live in the Rancho Murieta, Sloughhouse and Wilton communities. Attendance is limited to the first 120 who sign up. Read more » about Kids Fishing Day is coming April 10

Annual Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

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The annual Easter egg hunt and picnic takes place Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stonehouse Park. The event features visits with the Easter Bunny, a demonstration by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department Canine Unit, crafts, musical entertainment, a petting zoo and, of course, egg hunts.

The egg hunt for preschoolers ages 2-4 will be at 11:40, grades K and 1 at noon and grades 2 and 3 at 12:20 p.m. The canine demonstration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased for activities that include a visit to the petting zoo, crafts, balloon art and cookie decorating.  Face artists will be on hand, and homemade baked goods and cotton candy will be available for purchase. The egg hunts are free. Read more » about Annual Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

It's a beautiful day for a ball game

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Opening day

Red square Photo gallery: 98 shots from the parade and ceremonies

It was a week late, but the weather delay was worth it. Cosumnes River Little League celebrated its opening day under a flawless blue sky Saturday. After a parade to Stonehouse Park, more than 300 young baseball and softball players in bright, new uniforms assembled on the field. Boy Scout Troop 633 raised the flag and Gracie Cann sang the national anthem, CRLL President Blake Carmichael introduced the 33 teams, and two former players who are now Pleasant Grove High School graduating seniors were awarded $1,000 scholarships as local aviators flew overhead in a salute. Davis Elgin received the Christopher Walters Scholarship and Lauren Posey received the Christina Rodness Scholarship. River Cats mascot Dinger circulated as the first pitches were thrown out by Sid Williams of Summerfest and scholarship winner Posey. Then everyone headed off for hot dogs and an afternoon of playing ball. Read more » about It's a beautiful day for a ball game


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