Saturday morning for cookies and caregivers

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Cookie sales

The Girl Scouts did a booming cookie business Saturday morning at Murieta Plaza, with sales stands spread all over the lot. Outside Ace Hardware, from left, Daisy Scouts Sarah Myers, Emily Buckman and Molly Eathorne were guided by Junior Girl Scout Allison Myers. The Daisy Scouts are from Troop 2677; Allison is from Troop 2691. The girls did well helping customers, keeping the counter full and making change.


Facilitator Julie Interrante led three dozen participants through a workshop for caregivers Saturday morning at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. The session, "Life in the Midst of Caregiving," addressed the emotional, spiritual and physical costs of caring for others and offered caregivers ways to deal with these pressures. The free session was sponsored by Rotary and a number of businesses. Read more » about Saturday morning for cookies and caregivers

'Daisy's Dream' dances onto CRES stage

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The Murieta Dance Company staged “Daisy’s Dream” Saturday evening at Cosumnes River Elementary School. The two-year-old dance company, aligned with Murieta Health Club, has about two dozen Rancho Murieta students ranging in age from 2½ to 14. This is its third holiday musical under dance instructor Doreen Zimmermann. All profits go to CRES’ arts and music program. Saturday night’s lead performer was Ava Doran; the role will be performed Sunday by Brooke Albee when the show is repeated at 2 p.m.

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Sharing with children who aren't as fortunate

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Pack 633

MessageFriday night, the boys of Cub Scout Pack 633 renewed an annual tradition, boxing up holiday presents for poor children in other countries. First they constructed the shoebox-sized gift boxes, puzzling over the process as much as any parent on Christmas Eve, then they went down a line and selected toiletries, school supplies, candy and toys and put together boxes for boys and girls. (One mother, looking at the box her son put together, was heard telling him, "That's not a box for a girl!") Then the boys wrote notes to the recipients, sometimes with the help of dad or mom. Read more » about Sharing with children who aren't as fortunate

Free youth flights Sunday at RM Airport

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Weather permitting, boys and girls 8 to 17 years old are eligible for a free Young Eagles flight Sunday at Rancho Murieta Airport, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. To fly, you must pre-register by sending an email, with your name and age, to

Flights begin at 9, if it’s clear enough.

From Kimberly Sanders Smith, EAA 1476 president: “It's supposed to rain in the morning. There should be a break mid-morning that will allow dry flying. More important is the visibility, which needs to be at least three miles with more than 1,000-foot ceiling. Forecast looks pretty good, but all flights are subject to weather, FAA minimums, and each pilot's personal minimums for safety.” Read more » about Free youth flights Sunday at RM Airport

On Zancada Court, it's Halloween showtime!

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Zancada Halloween

Some Murietans trick out their yards for Halloween, and some have mechanical decorations, but D.J. and Nancy Martin of Zancada Court have the decorated yard, the mechanicals and, when they hoist the garage door, a full-blown, automated Halloween show for the kids. D.J. Martin said he built and fine-tuned the show over 15 years in the other places where they’ve lived, in Northern California and North Carolina. He constructed it out of salvaged electronics and mechanical pieces ("with some dumpster diving,” he adds). The Martins moved to Murieta South 11 months ago, so this is their first Halloween here. If you attend their show, which will run every 20 minutes Saturday night, you’ll have a chance to contribute to the Bastian family medical fund. A neighbor posted about this in the Forums and included a video link, so check that out. Read more » about On Zancada Court, it's Halloween showtime!

Sunset joins in the autumn celebration

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Red square Gallery: 45 photos from the Harvest Festival

Colorful costumes rivaled Friday's spectacular sunset as Cosumnes River Elementary School held its Fall Harvest Festival. Hundreds of children took part in the annual event, which featured a costume contest, games, treats and a haunted house tour. Read more » about Sunset joins in the autumn celebration

Music Mike entertains the kids

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Skip to My Lou

Red square Gallery: 15 photos of the fun and the crowd

Music Mike

At a Music Mike show, some things are certain: The kids in the audience will play their tummy drums. They’ll sing about a dog named B-I-N-G-O. They’ll be part of a conga line. And they’ll have a great time. Music Mike, sponsored by the Kiwanis, has been an annual visitor to Rancho Murieta for more than a decade. About 250 people – kids, parents and grandparents – attended Sunday afternoon’s show at Lake Clementia. The kids sang, danced (very slow and very fast), played maracas, marched, skipped and jumped. Music Mike got big crowd reactions when he offered to play a love song (“Ewwwwwwwwwwww!”), when he asked two boys if they talk about girlfriends (guilty laughter and “Ewwwwwwwwwwww!”), and when he asked if boys buy underwear at Target (shocked denial and “Noooooooooooooo!”). An entertainer needs to know his audience, especially when they’re 3 to 9 years old, and Music Mike certainly knows his. Read more » about Music Mike entertains the kids

Spray park is expected to reopen next week

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The Summerfest Spray Park is expected to reopen Monday, the Rancho Murieta Association said Friday afternoon. A valve that needs to be replaced is due to be delivered Monday, and the park will be reopened ASAP, the RMA said.

The park, which opened last year, has had repeated technical issues.

The park, in Riverview Park on the South, keeps these operations of operation:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 2 to 7 p.m.
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Spray park is closed once again

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Problems have once again closed the spray park at Riverview Park, the Rancho Murieta Association announced late Tuesday afternoon. They're trying to get it fixed and back open, the RMA said, but no time estimate for its return was available. Read more » about Spray park is closed once again

RMA revises spray park hours of operation

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Responding to member suggestions, the Rancho Murieta Association has modified the hours of operation for the Summerfest Spray Park for the remainder of the season. While the park will remain open the same five hours a day, the hours now run from mid-morning to early evening, depending on the day of the week.

Here's the announcement the RMA issued Friday:

New Spray Park Hours Announced

The spray park hours will be modified beginning Monday, Aug. 10, through Aug. 31, 2015.  
The Recreation Committee met with residents who had concerns with the hours of operation for the spray park. 

In an effort to accommodate more residents’ schedules, the committee approved the following schedule: Read more » about RMA revises spray park hours of operation


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