MSJC Cheerleader Calendar Now Available For Sale

The MSJC Cheer Squad is currently selling calendars for the upcoming academic school year as a fundraiser. The money earned will help offset the costs of uniforms, pom-poms, cheer camp, and cheerleading equipment for the squad.

The calendars will run from July 2011-July 2012, offering 13 months for only $10.

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These are full-color calendars which, when open, measure 11"x14" and include semester start, end & final exam dates as well as school & community events, depicting MSJC cheerleaders in action.

To order a calendar, call Coach Barry at (951) 240-9151 or send an email at with "calendar" in the subject line. Indicate how many calendars you want.

Menifee's Movies in the Park Schedule Is Set For This Summer

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Menifee 24/7 Food Drive Raffle Winner Announced

We at Menifee 24/7 and Menifee Valley Community Cupboard wish to extend our sincerest THANKS to the members of the community who stepped up to support the Menifee 24/7 Food Drive. The many business owners, and community members who came through with donations are truly appreciated!

The winner of of the Raffle Drawing is Brandon Steele of Menifee. Thank you Brandon for donating to the Community Cupboard!

We will be presenting Brandon with the prize package Thursday evening, June 30th, at The Beer Hunter.

For more information about the Community Cupboard, contact Sandra Aldridge at (951) 746-0295, or to learn about other ways you can help, you can visit

Contact: Sandra Aldridge
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 746-0295

GFWC Menifee Woman's Club Donates $1,000 to Hospice of the Valleys

Each year the President of the GFWC Menifee Woman's Club selects their charity of choice, Dee Wheatbread the President for the year 2010-2011 selected Hospice of the Valleys as her Presidents Project charity and recently presented Hospice of the Valleys with a $1,000.00 donation from the GFWC Menifee Woman's Club.

Hospice of the Valleys prides itself as "the recognized leader of excellence in comprehensive end-of-life care" This is an agency that does so much for the people of the community including Menifee and the GFWC Menifee Woman's Club was honored to be able to present them with these funds to further their great work in the community.

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Front row left to right, Terry Azkoul (HOV Exec Dir), Gary Kelley (Community Liaison) Carmelita Rood, GFWC Woman's Club 3rd VP, Pauline Hall, 2010-2011 1st VP

Second Row: Amy Reynolds (Development Assistant), Robbie Motter 2011-2012 Incoming GFWC Woman's Club President, Rosie Wilson (HOV Board Member), Tracey Rose (Community Liaison Coordinator), Dee Wheatbread 2010-2011 President, Lois Pace, 2010-2011 Treasurer and Kristi Necochea (Community Liaison).

The GFWC Menifee Woman's Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:00 am at Sun City Civic Hall 26601 Cherry Hills Blvd, Menifee, CA 92586. All women in the city of Menifee and local surrounding areas are invited to attend these lunch meetings. The Lunch cost is $8.50. For more information contact 2nd VP/Membership Dorothy Wolons 951-240-0219

Menifee-Based Army Staff Sgt Killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Menifee-based soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom...

Staff Sgt. Nigel D. Kelly, 26, Menifee, Calif. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

He died June 25, at Kunar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their units with small arms fire. Also killed was 1st. Lt. Dimitri A. Del Castillo, 24, of Tampa, Fla, of the same unit.

For more information, please contact 25th Infantry Division public affairs office at 808-655-6351.

Hot Country Night at Wooden Nickel Ranch, Set for Sunday, August 14

"HOT COUNTRY NIGHT" will take place Sunday, August 14, 2011 at the Wooden Nickel Ranch, 25690 Holland Road, Menifee, CA 92584 from 4pm to 8pm.

Billed as an evening of good food, good music and good times... all to benefit Canine Support Team's "PAWZ for Wounded Veterans" program. Funds raised by HOT COUNTRY NIGHT will be used to help provide assistance dogs to veterans who suffered disabling injuries while serving in the armed forces.

Canine Support Teams currently has 15 wounded veterans waiting for an assistance dog. Let's get these veterans the help they need in order to lead more productive, post-military lives.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Call 951-301-3625 between 9am and 5pm to order. In order to save postage and the possibility of paid tickets being lost in the mail. They will be placed in Will Call for you to pick up at the event.

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Survivor Mud Run Scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Storm Stadium

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Fred Twyman Touched The Lives Of Many

After the tragic loss of our beloved friend and influential citizen, Fred Twyman, so many touching words were shared at his memorial held at Paloma Valley High School's gymnasium on Friday afternoon, June 24th.

A large group of about 800 individuals composed of friends, relatives, students, coworkers, and everyone deeply effected by his passing gathered to celebrate the life of Fred Twyman. A slideshow of photographs as well as an exhibit of his witty t-shirts were displayed in his remembrance.

Twyman was widely known as an involved citizen. His dedicated participation to the community was triumphed and highly acknowledged by many. Mayor Wallace Edgerton was the first to speak about not only Twyman's influence in his life, but to the city as well. "I speak for the city. We are one today. We all feel a sense of loss." Edgerton said. Twyman's services were represented as such a compelling significance to the city. "You can't be a good man without being a good citizen, and if you're a good citizen, you're a good man. And that was Fred Twyman." said Mayor Wallace.

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Coworkers of Twyman reminisced the humorous moments they would have with their dear friend while at work. His love for sci-fi and Disney brought back many of their memories of his famous costumes he would create every Halloween. The variety of posters characterized with Star Wars quotes, World of Warcraft symbols, as well as quotes from Twyman himself decorated the gymnasium with his character.

In addition to the comical relief he brought to coworkers, Twyman had a major influence on his students. He was the head of Paloma Valley High School's "Key Club," a club where students participate in community service for the benefit of others, where his passion for helping kids and helping others truly shined. Three students in particular proceeded to described the meaningful impression that their personal encounters with Mr. Twyman had on their lives. His impact will forever stand with Paloma Valley High School.

With feelings and intentions spoken out on the of Fred Twyman's passing, many were particularly moved by the words of his daughter, Fallon, and wife, Carolyn. Fallon boldly stood in front of the podium and recited a poem she had written due to the loss of her father. Her words sincerely overtook the whole gymnasium to create much empathy to their grieving family. Carolyn, unable to speak, had her intentions written down and read out by a friend. The repetitive phrase in her speech, "I miss him so much already" expressed sadness discerned by all.

Towards the end of the memorial, a large display of markers and balloons were waiting outside for all to participate in writing a message on a balloon for Fred Twyman. It was described as "Hugs and Kisses for Fred Twyman." At the end of the ceremony, the balloons were let free in dedication to him.

Fred Twyman will forever be remembered as a wonderful father, great husband, excellent teacher, and dear friend. His passion for helping others and serving our community will never be forgotten. He genuinely imprinted the lives of many and although he is no longer with us, we celebrate his "legacy" and his "legacy" lives on.

Last Day for Menifee 24/7 Food Drive

Today is the last day for the Menifee 24/7 Food Drive, benefiting the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. All donations must be dropped off by 2pm today at the Community Cupboard, and 4pm at The Beer Hunter to have your name entered into the Raffle drawing. The winning Raffle ticket will be drawn tomorrow morning, and announced here on Menifee 24/7.

Our prize package has grown and includes gifts from Menifee FitClub, Menifee Athletic Club, Castillo Heating and Air Conditioning, Brian Walker, Farmer's Insurance Agent, The Beer Hunter, PJ's Toy Box, North Golf Course, Mediacom, Lavonne Edwards at Rock Solid Financial, and Clear Digital Media Inc., (Menifee 24/7) and is now well over a $600 Value!

Time is running out to be entered into the drawing! Please donate one bag of groceries today. For more information click on Menifee 24/7 Food Drive.

Bill Zimmerman - Looking Down The Road

Bill Zimmerman MenifeeThroughout his career, Menifee Planning Commissioner Bill Zimmerman has prepared many illustrative drawings of roads, bridges, and community plans for a civil engineering company. Recently, this visionary shared his ideas of the road that he sees Menifee traveling, and the bridge he hopes to help build to the future for our community.

"My primary hope is there will be more opportunities for communication with the public. A Town Hall meeting or public visioning workshop that welcomes public input. Commissioners enjoy hearing ideas and desires from folks, especially those from communities that we don’t actually live in. You know, people in a local place are the ones who best understand that place. They are ones with its interests most at heart, and ideally should guide the decisions that affect that place. It would be irresponsible for the Commission to pretend that we know what the people in Romoland, the Core Area, or Quail Valley communities want for their neighborhoods, because we do not live there. We should have our finger on the pulse of those unique places.”

Understanding the current needs of the residents Bill represents is crucial to him, but more over is his desire to see a future for Menifee that benefits us all.

“What attracts buyers to Menifee is affordable homes. You get more for your buck than you can in surrounding communities. But, for businesses to relocate, the owners of those businesses need to convince their families, their employees and maybe even themselves that they would want to put their business here and live in Menifee. Unfortunately, we’re not a resort community with a natural lake or other existing recreational attraction. However, things we can create and promote, such as the arts or fun and interesting civic events, can help improve quality of life and make our community more attractive".

“Attracting high-end jobs in fields such as biotechnology, telecommunications, software development, and other clean industries would be ideal. As we craft our General Plan, our planners should designate appropriate locations for corporate business parks that support these businesses. Forward thinking industries, these businesses create high paying job opportunities in industries that are in a growth pattern, rather than decline. We should also designate appropriate locations for upscale residential communities. Wouldn't it be great if CEO’s of large corporations thought of Menifee as the place to relocate their families, and industries? Doctors, lawyers, high paid professionals, who want to create jobs, who have money to spend, and want to spend it in Menifee. These individuals will be attracted by things we create to support their lifestyle.”

But all of that takes work. Traffic improvements, bridges over our freeway, regional parks, performing arts and civic activity centers help to lure affluent home buyers and jobs.

"In my opinion, an established city, a city that has really arrived, is a city that is known for its arts and culture. We become a destination when folks travel to Menifee to see a performance. It may take many years to bring these goals to fruition, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It takes a fully charged synergy, a collaboration of our service organizations, local and regional public agency funding, as well as philanthropy, but when put to work, those ideals can be accomplished in time.”

Being a member of the Arts Council Menifee, Bill looks forward to opportunities to meet many local artists, and hopes to attract many more. He also enjoys what he learns while attending the Menifee Historical Association meetings. His position as a member of the Planning Commission gives him a unique view of both sides of the fence. He understands the need to attract businesses that increase our overall socio-economic picture, while preserving Menifee's natural scenic beauty and agrarian lifestyle.

Bill started his professional career in 1984, first using his artistic skills, and later his computer, to draw master plans for local communities. An early project he worked on was the Rancho California Master Plan prior to the incorporation of the City of Temecula. In 1989, at age 25, he bought his first home, a Forecast home in Sun City, and had to camp out for three nights to be able to qualify for the next release. “Those were the days of the housing boom with lotteries and campouts. I had to go the extra mile, heck, a few extra miles to buy my first home. But camping out was actually fun, because I was only 25 years old!”

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These days, Bill has been married for 17 years, to his wife Julie, whom he describes as “the best wife in the world”. His daughter Jennifer is 15 and a sophomore at Paloma High School. With deep adoration in his eyes, Bill speaks of his family and sighs, “Truly, I’m the luckiest guy alive”. Just a regular guy, he and his family enjoy the outdoors, camping, and riding ATV’s. “We go family camping, sometimes with 50 people, 20 RV’s, all of us circled up in the sand dunes. That’s our getaway.”

Singing in a classic rock band, playing the drums and driving an off road race car, a desert style baja bug, are all of things that bring a smile to his face. With a heart that is filled with his love of family, his hope for the future for his community, and a genuineness in his purpose, Bill is truly a visionary. “I love the city that I live in and I’m very proud of it. I’m hopeful and encouraged for a bright future, anticipating good changes for all of us in the community and proud to be part of the process. I’m humbled by the position I’ve been placed in, and I’m honored to be serving the community that I love so dearly.”

Investing With Suze and Dave - Royal American Financial Advisors

Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC, based here in Menifee, brings another weekly video on investing your money.

"Investing With Suze and Dave" explores the investment advice of Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey. While some of their financial advice is good, Dave & Suze are not regulated. No one holds them accountable for their bad investment advice. But we do! Find out what not to do, and what a prudent investor should do. If you watch Dave & Suze, you must watch this video.

John Borger and Scott Buchanan of Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC provide investor education to help investors avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes, increase their potential returns, and take a more prudent approach to investing and growing their wealth.

You may contact them at (951) 679-2065, or check out their website at:

Menifee Independence Day Celebration a Big Success

For the 20th year in a row, thousands of people filled Wheatfield Park last night with their chairs, blankets, snacks taking in the grand finale of an Independence Day Celebration hosted by Lake Menifee Women's Club and the City of Menifee.

It started around 3:00pm as vendors got their booths set up, and by 5:00pm the parade got started. Folks lined up on either side of La Piedra Rd, and watched horses, kids, golf carts, trucks, and cars filled with beauty queens parade themselves along, tossing candy everywhere.

By 6:00pm, the vendor village filled to capacity as hungry festival goers stood in lines to get tacos, hot dogs, pizzas, and funnel cakes.

Just before 9:00pm, nearly every square yard of space in Wheatfield Park was claimed by someone patiently waiting for the fireworks show to started.

Sandra Aldridge, Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, Grand Marshall

VFW Post 4379, Winchester Valley

California Youth Spirit Corps

Late city councilman & teacher Fred Twyman honored in the parade

City councilmembers, John Denver (seated inside), Darcy Kuenzi (waving flag), Tom Fuhrman
(with thumb up)

Fireworks Show

See dozens more photos on our Facebook Page:

Menifee 24/7 Food Drive!

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We'll be updating you throughout the week on what's going into the $500.00 grand raffle prize. Thus far we have a $200.00 gasoline card courtesy of Menifee 24/7 and Mediacom, gifts from Menifee Valley Athletic Club, The Beer Hunter, and Menifee Fit Club.

Simply bring in a bag of non-perishable food items to one of the following locations, and have them register you into the drawing...

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
26808 Cherry Hills Blvd
(in the Sun City Shopping Center, across from Post Office)

The Beer Hunter
(inside Countryside Marketplace)

Food drive ends Monday, June 27th!


The good people at Soboba Casino contacted us and wanted to make some donations to the Raffle Prize! We received some amazing merchandise from them last night, check it out...

With donations from Menifee FitClub, Menifee Athletic Club, Castillo Heating and Air Conditioning, Brian Walker, Farmer's Insurance Agent, The Beer Hunter, PJ's Toy Box, North Golf Course, Mediacom, Lavonne Edwards at Rock Solid Financial, and Clear Digital Media Inc., (Menifee 24/7) our prize package is now well over a $600 Value!

The Community Cupboard offices are closed over the weekend, but all weekend The Beer Hunter will be accepting donations and entering participants into the drawing for the Grand Prize! Time is running out, so be sure to make your donation of a bag of groceries before Monday, June 27th, 4:00pm to be entered into this raffle!

Yummy Grub Sandwich Shop At Risk Of Closing Its Doors

yummy grub sandwichJeff Janfada works tirelessly to stack the sandwiches, grill the burgers, and make the ice cream, hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of raising a family in Southern California supported by the income of his tiny sandwich shop, Yummy Grub.

But soon the doors to his Menifee-based business could close up for good, a victim of corporate franchise marketing muscle, and an economy still struggling to recover.

"The business is just not good", he says of his 2 1/2 year old establishment. "The economy, and the big guys are eating the small guys. The businesses next door to me are going to Subway because they've saturated the city with tons of coupons."

Lunch hour is Jeff's busiest part of the day, yet business was still light, affording him enough time to explain the frustrations of keeping his sandwich shop going, including not having the funds to market his business, the poor visibility within Bradley Business Center, and having had money stolen from his cash register on separate occasions.

To make matters worse, his wife lost her job a month ago. "She used to work at Fallbrook Hospital; she has a masters in nursing." he explains. "They're trying to get rid of regulars so they don't have to pay for benefits."

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Yummy Grub, despite its small personal charm, friendly service, doesn't earn a profit, nor lose any money. "I'm only breaking even on this place", he says. "With my wife out of a job, we have no money."

Jeff offered up his latest sandwich, smoked tri-tip. "Rob McDowell from Good Shepard Lutheran Church has a smoker", he explained. "I handed him some tri-tip, and he smoked it for me." He also offered up samples of philly cheese steak, his home made Oreo Cookie ice cream, and poured me a cup of iced chai tea.

"I only use fresh ingredients." he continued. "The lettuce, the tomatoes, the avocados, the onions, I buy it all fresh and slice it myself. I even make the ice cream by hand. I used to work at Denny's 20 years ago, and nothing there is fresh. Here, everything is fresh."

At this point, Jeff doesn't know what he's going to do if he has to close up the shop. He's open to offers, either to sell the place, or to take on a partner. "I don't have a certain date for closure, but it's getting very close to that."

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You can visit Yummy Grub at...

Yummy Grub
29800 Bradley Rd, Ste 120
(inside Bradley Business Center)
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 672-6700

Mon-Sat: 8:30am - 8:30pm
Sun: 9:00am - 6:00pm

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Menifee Independence Day Event and Fireworks Set for Saturday, June 25, 2011

We've been posting about the Menifee Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show here on Menifee 24/7, but we wanted to get you the official press release from the City of Menifee...

Menifee, CA --- PRESS RELEASE --- The City of Menifee and its partners, the Lake Menifee Women’s Club and Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, invite the community to enjoy the 20th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Parade on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Wheatfield Park in Menifee from 5 PM to 9 PM.

A 5:00 PM parade down La Piedra, from Antelope to Menifee Road, will kick off the event for the 20th year. The parade has been a community tradition started by the Lake Menifee Women’s Club that allows community members, organizations and clubs to show off their community pride before enjoying the festivities at Wheatfield Park. This year’s parade Grand Marshall is Sandra Aldridge, Executive Director, Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. The City will be accepting food donations in the parking area to support keeping the shelves stocked through the summer months.

The parade will also feature the Winchester Valley Equestrian Military Flag Unit comprised of members of the Post and the Ladies Auxiliary. The unit will carry the US Flag, the MIA/POW Flag, US Army Flag, US Navy Flag, US Marine Corps Flag, US Air Force Flag, US Coast Guard Flag and pass by the newly constructed Menifee Veterans Memorial at Wheatfield Park.

The main event at Wheatfield Park will be host to over 75 vendor booths, a huge Kids Zone, DJ Scotty Faver, various food choices and a great fireworks show. The event is from 5pm – 9pm at Wheatfield Park, 29500 Menifee Road, Menifee.

Twenty years ago, the Lake Menifee Women’s Club hosted its first Independence Day Celebration and Parade in Menifee to celebrate the area and bring the group of families within the Lake Menifee development closer together. Through a partnership with the City of Menifee, the tradition continues and this City Signature Event is open to everyone to enjoy and celebrate our Independence.

The event, which has become an area draw from all parts of the Southwest Riverside County, has been strategically placed the week prior to the July 4th holiday to cater to the many who wish to celebrate in their home town before getting away for the holiday weekend elsewhere.

Last year, over 7,500 people enjoyed the craft booths, a KidZone, water jumpers, vendors, food, DJ Scotty Favor, the live performance of the “40-19’s” and of course a great fireworks show.

Menifee Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Scheduled for Saturday, June 25

Look for Menifee 24/7's very own Tina Walker, Ms. Ms. Menifee Valley Chamber, in the parade!
After the parade, look for the Kiss from a Queen for The Cupboard booth at Wheatfield Park, and make a cash donation for The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard and get a kiss! Food donations will be accepted in the parking lot by the City of Menifee for The Cupboard as well.
Be sure to stay for the fireworks at 9:00pm.

Fred Twyman Honored at City Council Meeting

fred twyman menifeeMenifee City Council members took time last night to remember their colleague on the dais with their thoughts.

The City Council meeting started off with a moment of silence for the late Fred Twyman, who passed away suddenly on June 15th. Afterwards, they spoke about the city councilman and high school teacher...

"Fred was a friend of mine for 15 years", spoke Tom Fuhrman. "He was very instrumental on the Trails Commission, and I would like to propose renaming one of the trails after him".

Wallace Edgerton, who attended the meeting via conference call from his hospital bed after lung transplant surgery, noted the letters of support he's received from residents. "But this meeting is overshadowed by the loss of a colleague and personal friends of mine, Fred Tywman".

John Denver recounted the days when he and Twyman were at odds with each other within the Perris Union High School District. "But when we were elected to the city council, he actually smiled at me and said, 'Let's talk', and we've been good friends ever since."

Members of the public took to the podium to offer their thoughts. Chuck Ruetter suggested they rename Craig Ave, which runs behind Paloma Valley High School where Twyman taught, to Fred Twyman Ave.

Anne Pica argued that the city council should have postponed this evening's council session as a sign of respect. "I thought this city council would have at least waited until the man has been placed in the ground before proceeding with business as usual", Pica addressed. "This city council would have had plenty of time to complete their duties on the budget and at the same time show the respect that Mr. Twyman deserved from his fellow council members."

Darcy Kuenzi spoke in response, "There was given great consideration for cancelling tonight's meeting. But Fred would have wanted us to do what's best for the community."

Kuenzi went on to announce that there will be a public memorial for Fred Twyman on Friday, June 24th, at 4:30pm, at the Paloma Valley High School Gym. More details can be found on Facebook at:

City Council Looks to Foster Economic Growth With New Budget

The City Council this evening adopted the 2011/12 budget proposed by City Manager Bill Rawlings by a unanimous vote.

The $31.4 million budget, which Mayor Wallace Edgerton described as "forward looking" and "very conservative", was introduced by Rawlings as designed to move Menifee towards the direction of economic growth by laying the groundwork that will attract new business.

Councilwoman Kuenzi explained, "You remember the visioning meetings we had a while back, where we discussed what we envisioned for Menifee in the future? Well, this is the first budget that actually moves us in that direction".

Rawlings spoke about the $10 to $11 million dollars of sales tax revenue that Menifee residents spends in other cities for dining and retail, and the need to keep that money here in the city. "If the city continues to grow with the housing projects that were previously approved by the County, we will add as much as 20,000 to 25,000 people. Menifee's current revenue stream does not allow us to grow our services."

The city manager went on to explain how this new budget will attract more shopping and dining to Menifee...

  • The hiring of eight new city staff, including a new Economic Development Director and a new Finance Director. The new budget will cut several contractors currently working at City Hall, and replace them with permanent employees for the same amount, or possibly less. "We won't be hiring them all at once" Rawlings explained. "We will bring them in over the course of the year, and it's possible we may not need to hire all eight positions."

  • Increased funding for the city's Economic Development Program. Last year's budget allocated $219,200, while this new budget allocates $983,993.

  • The creation of a 25% reserve balance. The budget will adopt a new resolution (which the council passed under separate vote), that requires the City maintain cash reserves equal to 25% of the General Fund, to pay for unforeseen emergencies, and repayment of loans to the county.

  • $4.3 million in new road improvement projects, including repairs and repaving on Newport Rd (between Haun Rd and Menifee Rd) as well as on Garbani Rd.

Councilman Tom Fuhrman took exception to a few points with the budget, citing the need to reexamine the City's employee retirement policy, suggesting it could stand to save more money if city swapped it out for the Social Security system that most private workers pay into.

Fuhrman also promised residents that he would make the budget "transparent", acknowledging the concerns of some residents that the city council ought to spend more time examining the budget before voting on it.

"This budget wants to hire a Business License Clerk for $48,000 a year salary, plus another $30,000 in administrative costs" Furhman explained after the meeting. "I'm not sure we can collect enough business license fees to pay for that position."

Right now, business licenses in Menifee are handled by the County of Riverside. "And the County keeps all that money!" Fuhrman continued. "In fact, I'm not even sure we need business licenses."

Fuhrman finished by saying he would do research on the new budget and air the details out to the public.

As for police and fire service, the new budget increases funds to $9.1 million and $6.9 million respectively, up from $8.9 million and $6.8 million in the previous budget.

In the end, the City Manager thanked the City Council for putting Menifee into a position of growth during a time when nearby cities are laying off staff to make ends meet.

"The decisions the City Council has made the past couple of years lead to a significant surplus that has accumulated." Rawlings explained. "And the council didn't deplete it on expenses that weren't immediately necessary".

Mayor Edgerton chimed in, "Menifee is not raising taxes. Menifee and its City Manager has given us a budget that will allow this city to grow."

Kiss from a Queen for The Cupboard

Visit the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard Booth to get a Kiss from a Queen and do your part in feeding the hungry in Menifee. We are only raising cash for The Cupboard at this booth; Food Donations will be accepted by the City of Menifee in the parking lot at Wheatfield Park during the Celebration.

Jeremy and Ivette Taylor - Relationship is Everything

“Whenever someone tells me that they have burned all their bridges, I look at them and tell them truthfully that I don’t build bridges that burn. Every bridge I have ever built to a friend’s heart has been made of stone.” ~ George White

Most business people would tell you that relationships are important to them, and in many cases, they are top priority. For Jeremy and Ivette Taylor, Financial Advisors with Ameriprise Financial in Menifee, building relationships is crucial.

“Relationship is everything! What we do here is not a single transaction. We watch the changes in the market, and we can tell you not only what the market did, but what does that mean to you and your ability to reach your goal,” Jeremy shared. “We like seeing clients meet their goals they came in with, but even more, we like showing them opportunities that they never knew existed. We are here in Menifee long term. We understand that treating clients right is the only way that is going to work.”

“In most cases, our clients are looking to secure a successful retirement and make the most of their current assets. Some are on the brink of retirement and they want to make their assets last, and still others who are in their mature years are looking to pass on a legacy. We can help with all of these. We want to help our clients remain in the driver’s seat and grow their money, live from their money and pass it on efficiently,” Ivette interjected.

These two know a little bit about building relationships that work. Jeremy and Ivette share not only their Ameriprise Financial office in Menifee, but their lives together as well. With complete professionalism, courtesy and respect, these two incredibly bright individuals have built a business together, with a common goal in mind; to serve the needs of their clients, and to help the community. While Ameriprise is a large company with a great deal of support, Jeremy and Ivette have created an office environment with a warm, close-knit feel, that welcomes clients and puts them at ease from the moment they step in the door.

One of the most important factors in their business is their assistant Kamala Davis. Kamala is the glue the holds everything together, while Jeremy and Ivette focus on their jobs as Advisors. “She helps follow up, makes appointments, organizes our business, plans and runs our calendars and our lives! The best thing is that our clients love her. We receive so many compliments from clients about Kamala, and we know what they are speaking of when they say those things. She’s awesome!”

Jeremy, Ivette and Kamala have almost a “family feeling” in their office, which helps clients realize that these folks are genuine. Jeremy’s Stepfather and two older brothers have been with Ameriprise for 30 years combined, not only inspiring Jeremy to follow into this business, but in many ways making Ameriprise a family profession. When Jeremy and Ivette met at Ameriprise, (she was also an Advisor at their corporate office) he recalls seeing her cross the lobby for the first time. He later came to learn that she was “positive, hard working, had a good attitude, and found her so amazing!” They seemed to be a perfect fit from the beginning, and eventually Ivette became part of Jeremy’s family too.

“My Mom is almost the only one in the family who is not with Ameriprise! I am sure she gets tired of us discussing work at family functions! But she’s a real trooper, and always has been.” Jeremy was raised by a single mother, as was Ivette, so they both saw their Mothers doing everything on their own. “Both of our Mom’s single-handedly raised 3 kids each,” Ivette said. “Women are built to not be risky, to value security, and to put everyone before themselves. We saw this with our own mothers. All three of those traits are fatal flaws for future financial security. One of our goals is to help mature women in a way that they can have financial security, but still increase their assets. Most women don’t want to be a burden on their children, but what they forget is that if they don’t plan now, they may become a burden in the future. We want to help with that.”

In real estate the old adage, “Location, location, location,” may ring true, but for Jeremy and Ivette, the adage has become, “Relationship, relationship, relationship!” From their dog Sasha, a Christmas gift from Jeremy to Ivette in 2008, to their commitment to one another, these two realize that life is sweeter when you cherish the ones you love. Their motto, “A referral is the highest compliment I can receive,” rings clearly in their desire to do their jobs to the best of their ability, not for their own satisfaction, but for the knowledge that they have done right by others. “We are financial planners, we are trained to help manage financial decisions, but what we specialize in is people.”

To talk to the Taylors, contact them at:

29826 Haun Rd
Ste 206
Menifee, CA 92586-6547

Phone: (951) 679-2222
Fax: (951) 679-2254


City of Menifee is Financially Strong Says City Manager

william rawlings menifee"This city is in a very, very good position." announced Bill Rawlings this afternoon in a luncheon of about 60 local business and community leaders at Menifee Lakes Country Club.

Rawlings, who is the city manager of the City of Menifee, spoke about the city's current financial state in preparation for this evening's city council session that will discuss the proposed city budget for the 2011/12 fiscal year.

The budget, totalling $31.4 million against expected revenues of $33.1 million, puts the city in a unique position of being able to save for the future, the manager explained.

"The city is financially strong. We're one of the most efficient in the region.", noted Rawlings, citing statistics that show Menifee has been able to do more with fewer city staff.

But Rawlings went into details on expanding the staff from 20 employees to 28, including the hiring of a new finance director and economic development director.

"We're going to have a to-do list." he continued. "We need parks, we need paving, we need community services. Everything we look at is based on increasing quality of life in Menifee."

But on the flip side, Rawlings noted that residents of Menifee need more choices for dining and retail. "We're losing $10 to $11 million a year in sales tax dollars due to residents going to other cities for their shopping and entertainment. Our sales tax generation is less than one-half of the next lowest city."

When asked about what kind of population size it would take for Menifee to support the quantity and quality of dining and retail establishments, Rawlings noted, "We're looking at 100,000 people."

Menifee currently sits with 68,000 residents according to the City's website.

This evening, the Menifee City Council is set to hear a presentation on the new budget at 5:30pm at Menifee City Hall.

Kay Ceniceros Center To Host A Farewell Party

kay ceniceros center farewell party

Southwest Riverside County Boxing Club's "Fight For Life" Attracts Big Crowd

menifee boxingLast Saturday afternoon, June 18th, a huge crowd of over 700 people gathered to form the biggest turn out for Southwest Riverside County Boxing Club's Annual "Fight for Life" fundraiser.

Boxers from Riverside County and areas as far as Las Vegas got together at Menifee's Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District Gym for the Riverside County Youth Amateur Boxing Championship. All profits earned from this event was donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where cancer research, medical treatments, and medical services are provided for families in need.

The Boxing Championship is annually directed by Steve Harriman, owner of Canyon Martial Arts and Southwest Riverside County Boxing Club. Harriman has long thrived in helping kids, but was mainly driven to create this event by his grandson, who at the age of ten, had a brain tumor and could not afford medical attention to get it removed. A large golf tournament fundraiser was then arranged for his grandson and with great success, enough money was raised to get his tumor removed. Inspired by this touching experience, Harriman decided he would save up money to make the "Fight for Life" Fundraiser an annual event.

southwest riverside boxing clubWith Saturday being only the third year that the Southwest Riverside County Boxing Club has made this fundraiser possible, the crowd had doubled in size from the previous years. The youth boxers made an impressive performance and fought with all their might to make the atmosphere intense and enjoyable.

Booths with jewelry, clothes, and food were arranged for attendees. With the great success this year's Championship, much joy was shared by all to be supporting such a wonderful occasion and cause.

Menifee Resident Shot by Police Officers Last Night

Last evening, at about 11:35 p.m., officers from the Menifee Police Department attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on the 28000 block of Hershey Court, in the city of Menifee. The warrant was for the arrest of twenty-seven-year-old Menifee resident, Jeremy Rodriguez.

Upon their arrival, they located Rodriguez in a stolen vehicle, which was parked outside of the residence. The officers ordered him out of the vehicle but he did not comply with the officers' orders. Rodriguez drove toward the officers in a dangerous manner, causing two officers to fire their weapons. Rodriguez was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries.

The officers immediately provided emergency medical aid at the scene and summoned Cal-Fire and the American Medical Response ambulance service. Rodriguez was transported to a nearby hospital to receive further medical treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

Investigators from the Menifee Police Department and investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Central Homicide Unit, assumed the investigation.

Per Riverside County Sheriff's Department Policy, all of the officers who were involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like to encourage anyone having information regarding the incident to contact Investigator Alfaro of the Central Homicide Unit at 760-578-2097-or Investigator Wyatt of the Menifee Police Department at 951-210-1000.

Arts Council Menifee Presented Their First Annual Arts Showcase

arts showcaseOn a hot and beautiful Saturday of June 18th, The Arts Council Menifee was more than pleased to treat residents to their 1st Annual Arts Showcase hosted inside Countryside Marketplace.

The Arts Showcase admirably paraded many forms of art and culture for people of all ages to take part in. Local Artists were able to bring their art for display and sales while The Art Council Menifee also provided entertainment from local performers treating the community with their acquired talents in singing, playing, and poetry recital.

menifee arts council The variety of arts on display ranged from extravagant water color paintings to unique three-dimensional figures. All local artists were welcomed and encouraged to participate whether they had little experience, or years of practice in any type of area of specialty.

For the past year and a half, The Arts Council Menifee has helped draw out and promote all forms of art from artists in the local community. This year's showcase was a step up from their previous appearances in MSJC's Jazz Brunch. The Council was thrilled with the turn out and hope that it only gets bigger for next year.

For more information on The Arts Council Menifee visit:

Should You Keep Your Options Open or Stay Disciplined

Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC, based here in Menifee, brings another weekly video on investing your money.

"Should You Keep Your Options Open or Stay Disciplined?", explores the behavior of investors often continuing dysfunctional behavior just in case there is something better. It's tough to stick with a prudent boring diversified portfolio. Don't chase hot sectors or investments. It's like cheating on your spouse, it might feel good for a short time, but it's wrong, and you will very likely get burned. Investors would be much better off dedicating their resources to prudent strategies, than to chasing

John Borger and Scott Buchanan of Royal American Financial Advisors, LLC provide investor education to help investors avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes, increase their potential returns, and take a more prudent approach to investing and growing their wealth.

You may contact them at (951) 679-2065, or check out their website at:

Fred Twyman Helped Menifee 24/7 Grow To Greater Heights

The first time I met Fred was at a Board of Trustees meeting at Menifee Union School District in 2007, when the trustees were beginning their discussions on the upcoming budget. The meeting hadn't yet started, when Fred pointed out to me in the audience and said, "Are you Steve from Menifee 24/7?"

I immediately felt shocked that an elected official recognized me, a community news blogger, someone that I had never personally met. It was like a validation of Menifee 24/7.

I walked up to him and answered, "Yes", and shook his hand. We talked about Menifee 24/7 and he thanked me for starting it and told me that Menifee needed a dedicated news outlet, even if it was entirely on the Internet.

That meeting would be the first of many talks I've had with him about school budgets, unification, and local government. After school board meetings or city council meetings, he'd spend several minutes with me explaining the politics of local government, be it taxes, schools, development, just so that I could write intelligently.

I found Fred to be very open to the "new media" whereas other public servants and candidates throughout Menifee and Sun City, at the time, often didn't know what to make of Menifee 24/7 or other forms of electronic reporting. I remember him being a regular listener and caller on Menifee Talk Radio, an internet-based radio station, during city-council elections of 2008.

I often think that Fred's acceptance of Internet media is what encouraged me to grow Menifee 24/7 to greater levels and offer Menifee residents an electronic outlet for their news.

I went through the photo archives on Menifee 24/7 and here are some I found of Fred Twyman...

City of Menifee Inaugural Event, October 1, 2008, Fred Twyman second to the right,

Kohl's Grand Opening Event, October 1, 2008

Twyman receiving an award from Victor Giardinelli, July 22, 2008

The first ever meeting of Menifee City Council, Kay Ceniceros Center, June 18, 2008

Menifee Independence Day Parade, June 28, 2008

Super Target Ribbon Cutting Event, October 7, 2008

Father's Day Relaxation Massages Available as Father's Day Gift

Need a gift idea for Father's Day? Menifee Valley Day Spa offers a 60-minute pure relaxation massage for $59.00...

menifee valley day spa

Contact them at: (951) 246-3530

Visit Menifee Valley Day Spa online at:

Menifee Valley Day Spa Offers Unique Father's Day Spa Special

Father's Day is this Sunday, Menifee Valley Day Spa is offering this unique spa package for men. Purchase this OM4 Complete 4-Step System and receive a free full size OM4 Encore product and specially designed leak and temperature-resistant eco-friendly travel bag, a value up to $80.00...

Visit Menifee Valley Day Spa online:

Lake Elsinore Storm's Youth Players Camp, July 13-15

Menifee Woman's Club Hosts Entertainment Extravaganza Sunday, July 24

Cystic Fibrosis Carwash Fundraiser Set for This Saturday, June 18

cystic fibrosis foundationThis Saturday, June 18, the Menifee Carwash will kick off “Wash Away CF” a fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Customers at the Menifee Carwash, located at 26825 Newport Road, can upgrade to a special customized air freshener called 65 Roses, that has a light rose fragrance, for $1 and the proceeds will benefit the CF Foundation to help fund research to find a cure for the inherited genetic disease that claims the lives of thousands of children and young adults each year.

The new air freshener is named 65 Roses after the nickname given to Cystic Fibrosis when young patients could not pronounce the disease. The car wash scent was developed by Stinger Chemicals in Texas, which underwrote the development cost and is donating a portion of the new scent’s sales to the CF Foundation.

The first 65 Roses air freshener tag features a photo of Taylor Ross, a 10 year old CF patient from Irvine who loves surfing and competing in junior MMA events.

“This is an exciting program for the CF Foundation with so many contributions from wonderful people and organizations,” said Mike Shumard, executive director of the Orange County Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We are excited to share the CF story with more people and know the small change and dollar donations will add up to a significant contribution for research to help ‘wash away CF.’”

“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause,” said Greg Meier, manager of the Menifee Carwash. “We hope the fragrance of 65 Roses reminds people of the value of each breath, which is something CF patients fight for every day.”

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. It causes chronic and debilitating lung infections that can lead to premature death. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the CF gene. About one person in this country dies from CF every day.

With the support of the CF Foundation, there have been dramatic advances in cystic fibrosis research and care. In the 1950s, children born with cystic fibrosis usually did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, the predicted median survival age has risen to more than 37 years.

Menifee Vice Mayor Fred Twyman Passes Away Last Night

fred twyman menifeeA press released issued by the County Coroner's Office this morning reports that Menifee Vice Mayor Fred Twyman passed away at 7:44pm yesterday, at Loma Linda Hospital in Murrieta.

The cause of death is unknown.

Twyman was 46 years old.

The City of Menifee and the staff at Menifee 24/7 sends its condolences to the Twyman family.

Menifee 24/7 Chicken Scene in Menifee

Name the exact location of this "Scene In Menifee" on our Facebook Page and win 4 free tickets to The Lake Elsinore Storm!

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Menifee 24/7 To Host Its First Chamber Mixer, July 6, 2011

Menifee 24/7, and its parent company, Clear Digital Media, Inc., is hosting a business mixer on July 6, 2011. The public is invited. Come on out and meet us!

Local business people can meet others to create contacts, partnerships, and do business. Food will be catered by The Beer Hunter. Drinks will be available. There will also be raffle prizes.

New Jack In The Box in Romoland Gets Put On Hold

A project to build a 2,599 st ft Jack In The Box restaurant, with accompanying 3,000 sq ft gas station and convenience store, was put on hold by the Menifee Planning Commission yesterday, citing numerous issues with the design.

The project is planned for the corner of Hwy 74 and Trumble Road, at the north-western corner of Menifee's city limits. The land was previously home to a gas station which has since been removed and now sits empty.

The owners of the property had purchased the land in 2006 and had submitted plans to the County of Riverside, but the County had not yet held any hearings on the matter. Yesterday was the first public hearing.

jack in the box romoland
The commission had first taken issue with the design's lack of a deceleration lane, a special lane where cars could pull off the main highway and slow down to enter. Traffic along Hwy 74 was cited as among the most deadliest in the nation, with commuters hurrying to get to the I-215, and with Cal-Trans currently spending resources to put in a center divider.

"We don't want someone driving down the 74 and all of sudden decide they need a Jumbo Jack, and slam their brakes", said commissioner Bill Zimmerman. Commissioner Mark Matelko agreed, "We need to plan for the future. It's like what happened with the Newport Rd bridge, when they expanded it from two lanes to four, they thought it would be sufficient, and now six years later and it's a mess again."

Don Allison, the city's chief engineer, examined the plans and noted that the owners appeared to have done the best they could by making the entrance wider than normal, to accommodate fast moving traffic. Representatives from the property owners also noted that they couldn't give up any more land for a deceleration lane as there was no room left to redesign the plans and still be in compliance with other code requirements.

Carmen Cave, Community Development Director for the City of Menifee, also added that there are hotels and restaurants planned across the street from Trumble Rd, and that this would necessitate Trumble Rd being widened and redesigned. The Commission therefore noted that the plans for Jack in the Box and the gas station did not take this into consideration, and asked the owners to redesign its Trumble Rd entrance.

Also of issue was the buildings' look and feel. The Commission noted the plans called for an industrial look, when it was understood the County was incorporating a craftsman style design in its redevelopment attempts along Hwy 74. Representatives of the owners noted that the industrial design was meant to mimic the same design that was planned for the Pacific Business Park adjacent to the property.

In the end, Planning Commission voted to continue the plans, asking the property owners to work with city staff to address traffic safety issues and then reexamine the plans at a later date.

jack in the box

Create Your Own Superhero Contest at the Sun City Library

Have you ever wanted to create your own Superhero? Well, now is your chance! The Sun City Library is hosting its first ever Create Your Own Superhero Contest. Categories include Superhero, Supervillain, and Battle Scene, and the prizes are fantastic.

The contest runs from June 14th to July 26th.

To enter, visit:

create your own superhero

This event is sponsored by I. E. Comics & Games, Ryan’s Comics, and the Friends of the Sun City Library.

Event is open to the public. The Sun City Library is located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. (cross street is Bradley). For more information, call 951-679-3534.

Brian Walker ~ Leave No Stone Unturned

Brian WalkerFrom the floor to the ceiling rises a wall of awards and accolades, the 2-time Small Business of the Year, 3-time Farmers Insurance Agent of the Year, as well as a signed, personalized photo of George and Laura Bush, behind the desk of his office. Monumental, the wall represents many of the achievements of Brian Walker, a Farmers Insurance Agent based in Menifee, but what it truly represents is that Brian hasn’t found a challenge he couldn’t tackle.

Most people who know Brian wonder how he has time to actually work. Being a Past-President of the Lions Club (which during his tenure the club attained a “Five Star” award), Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently becoming Chairman of the Board, a member of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and the Temecula Chamber of Commerce, would be more than enough for most business owners. But Brian seems to have the energy of 6 men, and is a member of the Valley Young Professionals in Temecula, a member of Business Networking International (BNI) and Toastmasters. His position as Chapter Counselor for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Cal State San Bernardino, and Treasurer for the Alumni Board are also on his list of obligations, but certainly those that he holds close to his heart for his Alma Mater. “It’s all about scheduling. . .” Brian says as he drifts off with a smile.

Recently, I sat down with Brian. “Hard work pays off. Take care of the beginning, and the end will take care of itself, and I believe it’s all a matter of being organized and efficient. My staff and I are a very good team, and I am very happy to have them, mostly because they keep me on track. When a client calls, I want them to get a call back that day, and we follow up, follow up, follow up until their concerns are met. Servicing our clients needs is the most crucial aspect to our business, and we take that seriously here.”

Jennifer Walker, Brian’s patient wife and TaeKwonDo instructor, teaches at the studio next to Brian’s office. Jennifer picks up their two children from school, Riley age 10, and Adilynn age 6, and takes them to the studio to train after school. TaeKwonDo is a family sport for the Walkers; Jennifer is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, as is Brian, hopefully soon to be a 4th Degree when he tests soon. But the family spends most of their family time engaged in the kid’s hockey. Driving to Riverside three times a week, the family enjoys the drives and the precious time together. But Brian cherishes his time in the mornings driving the children to school, as well as the time he spends playing video games with his son. Brian is looking forward to this summer, when he will be coaching his son’s basketaball team.

Independent by nature, Brian has spent most of his life setting goals and attaining them. “Now, I’m really content in the moment I’m in.” His independent nature leads him to leisure activities such as motorcycling and running, activities he can enjoy in solitary.

Brian has completed 9 marathons, and in a recent 10K came in 2nd in his age category, 10th overall. Being an Independent Contractor for Farmers Insurance is a natural step for him, as his determination and self-motivation are all he needs to be a success. “People have a hard time understanding the necessity for insurance, and it is my goal to help them protect themselves. Many hate to spend the money. But you get what you pay for in life. Pay a little now, or pay more later. I hope to help them pay as little as possible.”

Menifee is more than just a stop along the way for Brian; it is where he hopes to see his future goals come to fruition. Building a “Center of the City” for Menifee is one of his dreams. “I really love Menifee, and I plan to be here for a long, long time. I received the first Proclamation from the first Mayor of Menifee! What an honor that was. I am established here, home, family, business, and friends, and I’m happy for it. Menifee is my home.”

The Beak Squad of Menifee to Offer Parrot Seminars This Weekend

parrotThe Beak Squad of Menifee, a parrot owners club, is conducting a series of seminars in conjunction with the Parrot Education and Adoption Center (PEAC).

This Saturday, June 18...

1:00pm - "Sex & the Single Parrot"
2:15pm - "Excessive Screaming"

Location: Animal Friend's of the Valleys at 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595.

Parrots are the third most popular pet in the U.S., but their intelligence and inclination toward behavioral problems can make them a challenge to live with.

Come learn about training methods to minimize hormonal behaviors and undesirable vocalizations in companion birds.

Beer Hunter Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

This evening The Beer Hunter celebrated its first birthday with a ribbon cutting event...

beer hunter

Pictured in the middle (with super-sized scissors), is Dan Held, General Manager of Beer Hunter. Also on hand were city councilmembers John Denver and Darcy Kuenzi, as well as representatives from the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

When asked about how Beer Hunter's first year of service, Held responded that they've listened to their customers, "Our learning curve has been big. We are listening to our customers. We're coming out with a new menu in July, which also includes a vegetarian menu which our customers have asked for. We're also having great success with our catering in which we've had great response."

All this week The Beer Hunter continues its anniversary celebration, including a check presentation to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.