Donate a Toy to a Child in Need

"Santa's Workshop" is the name given to The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard's efforts to enlist our community in helping to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of less fortunate children living here in Menifee.

This year's sponsors include: Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Menifee, Rotary Club of Menifee, Miller-Jones Mortuary, Cal Fire, United Way, Menifee Post, Firefighters' Spark of Love Toy Drive, & Cal Fire, and Menifee Plumbing by Falco & Sons. Also a special thanks to John & Linda Denver who play an important role each year (wink).

This is Santa's Workshop's 4th year, with last year's volunteers giving out toys to over 1,000 children. The need is even greater this year, so be sure to drop off your unwrapped toys to any one of these drop-off locations:

Brian Walker Farmer's Insurance
29800 Bradley Rd., Suite 121, Menifee, CA 92586

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
29683 New Hub Dr Ste C, Menifee, CA 92586

City of Menifee office
29714 Haun Rd. Menifee, CA 92586

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hills Blvd., Sun City, CA 92586

Christmas In Menifee

"Christmas in Menifee"
Saturday, December 05, 2009
9:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Arrival of Santa
Craft Fair & Vendors
Tree lighting Festival @ dusk
Free Admission
For Vendor Info call 951-672-1991
Mt. San Jacinto Community College - Menifee Campus
La Piedra and Antelope Roads, Menifee, CA.

Santa Clause is Coming to Town!

For over 10 years The Lake Menifee Women's Club has scheduled Santa for an early stop to meet hundreds of children here in Menifee. There will be crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Your kids are sure to have a great time.

The theme for this year's event is "A TRIP DOWN CANDY CANE LANE"

DATE: Sunday, December 6th
TIME: 3:00 -5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Menifee Community Center, 28545 La Piedra

CHAIRMAN: Debbi Manion

IF YOU KNOW about other visits from SANTA happening here in Menifee, please "Post a Comment" to this Blog and let us all know when and where.

A Note About The Lake Menifee Women's Club:

The Lake Menifee Women's Club is a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to help unite women in the Menifee Valley and cultivate activities to benefit the community. The primary source of their income is generated through the club's volunteer operation of the Snack Bar at Wheatfield Park. The proceeds raised from this wonderful group of women have brought to our community the fantastic 4th of July Event & Fireworks Show at Wheatfield Park, and visits every year from the Easter Bunny and Santa.

While being a member of The Lake Menifee Women's Club I have had a great time getting to know this fantastic group of women. Vicky Giese, Samantha McCoy, Cindy Herring, Julie Davis, Marcy Riehm, Linda Delfin, Carole Cathay, Kay Pauley, Judy McDonald and Pat Rich are just a few of the wonderful ladies whose dedication and years of hard work in this club and our community have truly inspired me.

Club meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Community Center, located at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road. Monthly meetings are varied: Speakers, Game Nights, and Work Party Nights to prepare for upcoming events.

For more information about joining The Lake Menifee Women's Club, visit their website at

Menifee Community Blood Drive


Mt.San Jacinto College

28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee
Saturday, December 5, 2009
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

10 Visits for $10 - Promo - Menifee Valley Athletic Club

Menifee Valley Athletic Club & Day Spa has a special promotional event where you can purchase 10 Visits to the club for only $10.

100% of the proceeds from this promotion is being donated to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard!

Purchase between November 16th & December 31st, 2009. (some restrictions apply)

Community Nativity Festival - December 3, 4, 5

The 6th Annual Community Christmas Program will be held December 3rd - 5th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 29725 Bradley Rd., Menifee, CA 92586.

Doors open at 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday with live musical performances each night starting at 7:00 pm. Saturday doors open at 3:00 pm. Free refreshments will be served.

Over 400 miniature Nativities (Creches) will be displayed highlighting cultures from all over the globe. The best Nativity scene of all will be the free photographs of your family dressed in periodic costumes! (Costumes will be provided).

I've attended this event several times. The hosts are all really nice, the music is wonderful and the Nativity Scenes are interesting and unique. This event is truly a great way to start the Holiday Season, so don't miss it!

December 2nd - Chamber of Commerce Christmas Mixer

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Mixer
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
To be held at:
Kay Ceniceros Senior Center
29995 Evans Road, Menifee
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Great holiday bash! You don't want to miss this one. Lots of fun. Bring a toy for Santa Workshop auction or a toy donation.
These mixers are a great way to meet and network with other business owners, so come mingle with us, and let us help you grow your business!
Check out the pictures from our Halloween Mixer:

City Council will vote tomorrow on $9,400 permit fee for "LIVE Entertainment"

I LOVE Menifee, and one of the things that I love most about Menifee is the excitement of our City's potential, a place where we can someday Live, Work AND Play. For many of us... all we do is Live here... not much Work OR Play available locally. And now the City wants to require an almost $10,000 deposit to be paid by our TWO venues who regularly offer LIVE Entertainment, Bob's Pitstop and The Ponderosa, as well as less than 1/2 dozen other venues who even have the capability to offer Live Entertainment on an irregular basis.

It is my understanding that our existing venues will be allowed up to 5 years to obtain the conditional use permit, but new businesses must pay the fee up front.

I am wondering why such a hefty fee should be charged when we are trying to encourage business growth in Menifee, especially in the Entertainment arena where we are surely lacking.

This issue will be decided tomorrow at the City Council meeting which starts at 7:00 pm. Here is a link to tomorrow night's agenda, and instructions on how to voice your opinion at the City Council meeting.,%202009%20City%20Council%20Agenda.pdf

Visit the Press Enterprise Julissa McKinnon's article here:

I, myself, am one of the "soda drinkers" referenced in Ms. McKinnon's article, that enjoys live music, and have visited both taverns to listen and dance to live music. At no time have I ever experienced "too loud" of music while inside these venues, let alone outside of them. Surely not on the Saturday night a few weeks ago when I was the youngest one, by a good many years, line dancing at the Ponderosa.

"Too loud" of music is in my car, while I'm alone, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway, and my radio is turned up real loud so that I can't hear myself sing. Now THAT would be more worthy of a $9,400 fee!