Spray park will open for season on Friday

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Spray parkWe’ll see how the weather cooperates, but the Rancho Murieta Association will open the community spray park at Riverview Park Friday (when the weather forecast calls for a chance of rain and a high around 70). But by Monday, Memorial Day, the forecast calls for a high of 93. Here's the park's schedule and hours. Read more » Read more » about Spray park will open for season on Friday

Looking for the ice cream truck? Here it is

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The Optimist Club has arranged for an ice cream truck to make its way around Rancho Murieta Saturday, starting on the South (see map of planned route), then stopping at Murieta Plaza and the North Gazebo, before completing its route on the North (see map). Here's a real-time look at the truck's location. You can zoom in, if needed, by using the plus sign in the lower right of the map. Read more » about Looking for the ice cream truck? Here it is

Looking for the ice cream truck? Here it is

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The Optimist Club has arranged for an ice cream truck to make its way around Rancho Murieta Saturday, starting on the South (see map of planned route), then stopping at Murieta Plaza and the North Gazebo, before completing its route on the North (see map). Here's a real-time look at the truck's location. You can zoom in, if needed, by using the plus sign in the lower right of the map. Read more » about Looking for the ice cream truck? Here it is

Music, ice cream and bikes this weekend

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Down Range music festival

It was a beautiful, bright and breezy Saturday for the first Down Range music festival to benefit veterans. It was held at the Murieta Inn and Spa. Attendees got to hear a wide range of music and a chance to sip wine, beer or a drink. (Click photo for larger image.)

It’s another big weekend for events. If you like ice cream or music, or you have a child who could learn about safety at a Bike Rodeo, take a look. Read more » Read more » about Music, ice cream and bikes this weekend

The quickest event in all of sports

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Amgen tour

The Amgen Tour of California zipped past Rancho Murieta Thursday afternoon, briefly delighting a crowd of Murietans at the South Gate intersection who had arrived on foot, in golf carts and by bike. As the race drew near, the crowd included some inadvertent spectators – motorists stopped on Murieta South Parkway to keep Jackson Road clear for the cyclists. Waiting wasn’t an issue for the children in the crowd, who thrilled to the sight of police patrol cars and motorcycles. One little girl asked her mother if it was a motorcycle and bicycle race. An advance vehicle prepared spectators for the brevity of the event by greeting everyone and encouraging them to say “whoosh.” And that pretty much described the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sight of a hundred-plus cyclists flying by. Did you get a photo? Please share it at editor@ranchomurieta.com and we'll be happy to publish it. There's another photo here, so... Read more » Read more » about The quickest event in all of sports

'FreeRock' show entertains Gazebo crowd

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FreeRock

Howlin' Alan BandThe second "FreeRock" concert of the summer drew a nice crowd to the Gazebo Saturday afternoon – more than 50 people before the Howlin' Alan Band had completed its first set, and more people were still settling in under the Gazebo cover or pulling their carts into the parking lot. That first set featured numbers by the Beatles, Creedence, Bob Seger, Randy Newman and Warren Zevon. (Now there's an eclectic set list.) The next FreeRock show is June 23. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about 'FreeRock' show entertains Gazebo crowd

'FreeRock' returns to Gazebo on Saturday

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Howlin' Alan will head up a four-piece band at the second "FreeRock" concert, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gazebo. The band will perform music by the Moody Blues, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dire Straits, the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen and more. The show is free; just bring a chair or blanket to the Gazebo, which is next to the North Gate. If you're curious, you can see a 2014 video of Howlin' Alan's band here. There's a video about the first "FreeRock" show here. Read more » about 'FreeRock' returns to Gazebo on Saturday

ETC's season off to very promising start

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ETC opener

Photo gallery: 41 shots from the event

The people from Entertainment, Theatre & Culture were busy at Sunday afternoon’s season-opening party, held at the Country Club. Attendance, they estimated, was double last year’s turnout. There were nibbles of all kinds, raffle drawings, an opportunity to taste wines and beer (and an otherworldly mandarin orange juice) and, most important of all, a chance to get your tickets to the new ETC season or to volunteer to help the organization, which is operated entirely by volunteers. You can learn all about ETC’s season – and ETC – by clicking here. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about ETC's season off to very promising start

Video: First Cars and Coffee draws 66 cars

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Rancho Murieta's first Cars and Coffee took place Saturday morning in the Country Club's lower parking lot. The event, which is being tried every first Saturday this summer, drew 66 cars. Read more » about Video: First Cars and Coffee draws 66 cars

A weekend for biking, food and fun

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This weekend brings another string of events to Rancho Murieta and the area. On Saturday, you can have fun (and food and music) at a baseball fundraiser at Lake Clementia. On Sunday, you can ride a bike on Scott Road and get a peek at the new season for Entertainment, Theatre & Culture. Read more » Read more » about A weekend for biking, food and fun

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