Enjoy Beer and Wine Tastings Every Week at BevMo in Menifee

When you feel like going wine tasting, and you live in the Inland Empire, the first place you might think to head to is Temecula. From Old Town wine bars to the expanses of wine country there is no shortage of vino there. But did you know you really don’t need to go any further than Newport Road for a quality tasting?

Situated in Menifee Countryside Marketplace is a store you just might have heard about that happens to specialize in all things relating to beer, wine, and spirits. This beverage haven could be none other than the all too familiar neighborhood BevMo!.

BevMo beer and wine tasting

BevMo beer and wine tasting

Every Friday and Saturday, without fail, this munificent BevMo! offers an in-store beer and wine tasting open to the general public. No reservations are needed for your weekend to start off right with $1 beer tastings from 5 to 7 pm, stop in for a sip or stay for the whole event. Over the course of two hours a trained BevMo! member will take you through six one-ounce pours of different beers, educating you about each as you drink along.

Each week offers a brand new selection of brews, so attending consecutive weeks is encouraged. The featured tastes typically showcase selections that are either currently on sale or new to the store. For only $1 for the entire tasting, it’s pretty much pre-happy hour made in beer heaven. The best part is that when you leave, you can pick up your favorites from the evening in full bottle form right there in the store. Talk about convenient.

BevMo beer and wine tasting

BevMo beer and wine tasting

The wine tastings are just as spectacular and they happen every Saturday afternoon from 12 until 3 pm. A trained BevMo! wine connoisseur will teach you about each of six wines from varying regions and price points. At only $2 for the entire tasting of six one-ounce pours, this is the most affordable wine tasting ever. Whether you like red or white, or something in between, you only drink was you desire.

BevMo! is stocked with not only every alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage you can think of, but also a wide variety of salty (and sweet) snacks and gourmet meets and cheeses so you can keep the party going even after you leave the tasting. Each tasting also includes a complimentary bite of some sort from their selection.

BevMo beer and wine tasting

Next time you’re thirsty, or simply in search of a fun weekend to-do, check out the BevMo! tastings.

30428 Haun Rd. 

Menifee, CA 92584

Hot Country Night Raises Nearly $20,000 for Canine Support Teams

On August 14, 2011, Canine Support Teams, Inc. held their first annual “HOT COUNTRY NIGHT…benefiting those who have served our Country”, an event to raise money for their PAWZ for Wounded Veterans Program. Canine Support Teams, located at 26500 Scott Road, Menifee, CA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for those with disabilities. The PAWZ for Wounded Veterans Program provides specially trained assistance dogs to those servicemen and women who have served in the armed forces and have returned with disabling injuries. The dogs are provided at no cost to the recipient.

The event was held at the Wooden Nickel Ranch, 25690 Holland Road, Menifee, CA 92584 on Sunday, August 14, 2011 from 4pm to 8pm. The venue location was graciously donated by City of Menifee Councilmember, Tom Fuhrman.

Nancy Hudson, Vice President & Project Chair of the De Luz Women’s Club stated, “This event was fabulous! It really brought home to me what this program, the PAWZ for Wounded Veterans Program, is really all about. I think you all have done a fabulous job to raise funds for this very, very worthy cause. I’ve had so much fun tonight! Good job!”

More than 180 people came out to enjoy a great barbeque, music by The Silverados, dancing, raffle, silent auction prizes and face painting. Event Coordinator, Donna Willis’ goal was to raise $20,000 and states that the event revenue was just short of that goal.

Two wounded veterans, Doug Allmen and Leo Ochoa spoke about their service related disabilities and how their assistance dog provided by Canine Support Teams has changed their lives. The service dog demonstration by Sheri Peek and her dog “Bindy” was a great hit and focused on what these dogs are trained to do for their disabled partner.

Canine Support Teams extends special thanks to the following sponsors: City of Menifee Councilmember, Tom Fuhrman, The De Luz Women’s Club, Riverside Kennel Club, Brent Martini, Petco Foundation, Dogtopia, Sparkletts Water, Black Market Brewing Company, Hansen’s/Monster Energy, Pat & Oscar’s Restaurant, Southwest Airlines, Long’s Automotive, Gail Williams Century 21 Real Estate, Rick and Virginia Winter, Greystone Marketing and Phoenix Marketing Services. They also thank all the businesses and private individuals who donated raffle and silent auction items. These items came to an approximate value of $8,000.

Canine Support Teams currently has approximately 15 wounded veterans waiting for a trained assistance dog. With the average cost of $15,000 to train one of these dogs, CST must constantly seek funding. To learn more, visit www.caninesupportteams.org.

Perris Union High School District begins election transition

The Perris Union High School District is taking its first step towards a new election process that will provide better opportunity for minority representation on its Board of Trustees.

A letter from Board President Eric Kroencke was emailed to community members last week announcing that the district will be switching from at-large to trustee area elections.

Included in his message was a schedule of public hearings that will provide information about the transition and solicit input from voters within the district as new boundaries are drawn.

Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at each of Perris’s four feeder districts:

  • Sept. 14, Romoland School District Board Room in Homeland at 25900 Leon Road.

  • Oct. 5, Perris Union High School District Board Room in Perris at 155 East Fourth Street.

  • Oct. 24, Nuview Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room in Nuevo at 29680 Lakeview Avenue.

  • Nov. 9, Menifee Union School District Board Room in Menifee at 30205 Menifee Road.

The change from at-large to trustee area elections is being made to align with the California Voting Rights Act and to strengthen the minority vote for the board’s next election in 2012.

The board’s current election method makes it difficult for an ethnic minority to be elected because it requires the candidate to secure votes from the city as a whole. Trustee area elections will divide the district into four regions where voters will select a candidate within their designated boundaries. Perris and Menifee will have two trustees each, while Romoland and Nuevo will be combined to have one representative.

The board is set to adopt a trustee area plan by the end of this year and would like the public to be involved every step of the way. Contact Linda Quattlebaum at linda.quattlebaum@puhsd.org or by phone at (951) 943-6369, ext. 126 to stay up-to-date with the districting process.

Most Portfolio Managers Shun Their Own Funds

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

In "Most Portfolio Managers Shun Their Own Funds", Mark Matson shows that most money managers do not even invest one dime in the funds they manage. To us it’s not surprising, because we wouldn’t invest in their funds either. Rest assured we eat our own cooking at Royal American and 100% of our retirement money is invested in the funds, portfolios, and allocations we recommend. If your money manager does not invest in his recommendations, then fire them and invest with someone that does.

Continue to learn, stay diversified according to your risk tolerance, stay disciplined, and rebalance. Education is your best defense against imprudent investing. Invest intelligently!

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: http://www.myinvestmentcoach.com/

Revival Christian Fellowship to Host High School Girls Conference

Revival Christian Fellowship in Menifee is hosting a high school girls conference dubbed "Turning Point", on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Candace Cameron Bure, of the 80's sitcom, Full House, will be the keynote speaker...

For more information, visit online at: http://www.revival.tv/turningpoint/

Large Crowd Assembles For LLL Reptile Show At Sun City Library

Sun City Library is commonly recognized as an extremely effective source of productive, social activities made available to the Menifee community. All throughout Summer, Sun City Library provided an arrangement of 108 programs for locals of all ages to take part in. On Thursday, August 25th, Sun City Library presented volunteers from LLL Reptiles to put on a Reptile Show for families to enjoy.

An astounding crowd of over 100 individuals composed of children with their families joined together in Sun City Library's Community Room to watch a presentation of various cold blooded critters. Under the supervision of two reptile handlers with LLL Reptiles, children were able to touch and get a close up of various reptiles such as lizards and leopard geckos. Many of the children portrayed great excitement and thrill with each reptile they got to see and even hold.

With a crowd overflowing the library's Community Room, Sun City Library's program coordinator, Ashley made great effort to monitor the crowd and made sure everyone had the opportunity to participate.

reptile showAshley also explained that not many libraries provide as many programs for the public like Sun City Library offers. In growing up and participating in many events throughout her childhood, Ashley's reasons to coordinate these programs are to engage the community in constructive activities provided at no cost.

"With the way the economy has been, there just aren't enough free programs out there for kids to participate in," Ashley stated. "We want to provide these programs so that families don't have to pay to participate and they can have fun and get involved."

Due to the large amount of families that attended the Reptile Show, the two volunteers with LLL Reptiles kindly donated an additional amount of time to have another presentation for those who didn't get an opportunity to participate in the first presentation.

With events like the LLL Reptile Show, Sun City Library plays a large role in keeping the Menifee Community occupied. With the Summer program already at an end, Sun City Library is now in the preparation of creating a Fall program. These programs will be made available at no cost to the public for all to enjoy.

reptile show

For more information on Sun City Library go to:

2nd Annual Team Mayvis Golf Tournament, Saturday October 8, 2011

Hospice of the Valleys Holds Workshop August 30th At Sun City Library

Hospice of the Valleys will be holding a "Hospice Basics: Meet Your Hospice Team" workshop at Sun City Library on August 30th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Dr. Lynn Euzenas, Spiritual Care Supervisor and Tracey Rose, Community Liaidon Coordinater will be presenting and answering questions.

For more information or to RSVP call Hospice of the Valleys: (951) 200-7800
or visit their website: http://www.hospiceofthevalleys.org/

Menifee Valley Athletic Club to Host Luau on Tuesday, August 30

MVAC is having a Member Appreciation night. Non-members welcome as well. Food, Music, Festivities...

Visit Menifee Valley Athletic Club online at: http://www.mvacelite.com or call them at: 951-246-3530.

A Difference Today Hosts Dancing & Karaoke Night on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month

A Difference Today hosts a night of dancing and karaoke at the local restaurant, Boston Billies on the 2nd and 4th of the month, including this Friday, August 26th. Doors open at 5:00 pm with a cover charge of $5.00 per person. A portion of the proceeds go to the Women Against Child Trafficking Charity. Grab your dancing shoes and prepare your singing voice for Karaoke DJ's Tom & Lindy of Abbondanza Entertainment Karaoke DJ's! Boston Billies will be open for appetizers, drinks, and dinner.

Community service is all part of the job for Ivette Taylor

Ameriprise Financier Ivette Taylor gives back to the
community through the Lake Menifee Women's Club,
the Women's Interest Network, and more.
Menifee resident and Ameriprise Financial Advisor Ivette Taylor has always considered community service as being a part of her business. As an advisor, her job is to help clients manage their assets and maintain a successful retirement through proper financial planning.

Even though her career keeps her busy, she still finds time to give back. “As business owners, my husband and I were fortunate to find a wonderful Client Service Manager, Kamala Davis, who not only coordinates all our client meetings, but also makes sure that the schedule gives me time to volunteer,” Ivette explained. “My mind operates on appointments, so volunteering becomes another commitment, and when I have an appointment, I keep it.”

Volunteering is an act Ivette has been doing throughout most of her career, which began in 2005. Part of her goodwill is geared towards women’s interests. “To me it’s really important to promote and uplift women and our goals,” she said.

Last year Ivette became the Inland Empire leader for the Ameriprise Women’s Interest Network (WIN). “It’s women in the industry coming together for their community,” she explained. They have a national day of service that takes place on Nov. 18.

Aside from WIN, Ivette hosts annual luncheons for her female clients. “I take my successful female clientele to lunch as part of my service model within my practice,” she said.

Each luncheon has a theme, and this year’s was “Keeping Your Body Fit and Your Purse Fat.” Ivette invited a cardiologist and a representative for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” to discuss women’s heart health. “I brought in a cardiologist to talk about this because more women die of heart disease than anything else,” she said.

Outside of her career Ivette serves as treasurer for the Lake Menifee Women’s Club. “Through this role as club treasurer, I’ve been able to marry my profession as a financial advisor with my service work,” she said. “It was a good fit.”

She joined the local women’s club in 2009 in order to give back to the city that became her home three years ago. “I wanted to be able to do some charity and volunteer work,” she said. Ivette has been treasurer since January of this year.

The women’s club is a nonprofit organization where women team up to help out their community. They help put on Menifee’s Annual Independence Day Celebration and make charitable donations each year, such as student scholarships, contributions to breast cancer foundations, support for local families in need of help with their medical expenses, and more. “It means a lot to me that the club has a mission of serving its community and promoting the interests of women,” said Ivette.

One of her goals this year is to expand the club membership. “If we continue to grow we can do larger scale events and give more,” she said.

Ivette and her husband are also members of the Menifee Chamber of Commerce, a place where they get to promote their work and learn about the city’s many services. “I think people should utilize their resources here,” she said. “I want women to know that I am a local resource to help them with their financial matters.”

Ivette said she plans on remaining in Menifee and is eager to see the city mature. “To have any kind of role in growing the city is fantastic for me,” she said.

Ameriprise Financial is located on 29826 Haun Road, Ste. 206 in the Haun Professional Building. For more information call (951) 679-2222.

Visit www.lakemenifeewomensclub.org to learn more about the Lake Menifee Women’s Club.

Author Janie Lancaster Moves to Menifee, Writes a New Book, And Is Aiming to Help Change the World

When attending a book signing you expect to meet an author, review the featured book, and walk away with a signed copy. Which is the precise situation I too anticipated as I made my way to the Sun City Library for Janie Lancaster’s signing of her most recent picture book entitled Edwina Beena's Polka Dot Day.

What I had not expected was the incredible woman I was about to meet. Equal parts author and living saint this woman not only writes thought provoking prose, she’s also on a mission to help change the lives of as many people as she can possibly reach.

Her story is deep and complex. It doesn’t start out all polka dots and book signings. In fact this very signing could easily have passed for the preview to a thriller movie. One in which the protagonist witnesses murder, endures abuse, and survives to write about it. But it’s not a movie, it’s Janie’s life.

In experiencing a succession of innumerable cruelties and living to talk and write about it, she has begun to use her story to help other victims. After eight years of research she has reached a place of understanding, of knowing what it takes to keep going when you don’t feel like living anymore. She displays her own vulnerability in a heartfelt effort to bring renewed hope to those who have lost their way.

To say she had a traumatic childhood would be a gross understatement, howevever Janie dealt with her past through writing, what turned out to be, a fictional autobiography entitled Julie and The Lost Fairy Tale. In doing so she recognized the healing power of expressing your emotions through writing and thus began her mission of helping teens through tough times with her next two books including Emily, Out Of My Mother's Darkness and When Silence Reigns, Helping Yourself Through Creative and Therapeutic Writing.

Perhaps the most surprising part of her journey leading to where she stands today, is that she is self published and intends to remain this way. Saying that, “In maintaining control of her work, she has the freedom to help more people and to do so exactly as she envisions.”

Her first success was never recognized by a publisher but rather through a newspaper. The Covington News featured her first novel, Julie and The Lost Fairy Tale, as a serial book, printing one article per week for fifteen weeks. Newspapers In Education, a organization aimed at integrating printed newspapers into the teaching curriculum as a classroom tool, immediately supported the serial book and has spurred Janie’s success to where it is today.

Being published in over fifty newspapers nationwide including New Jersey's state wide publication, The Union Tribune, she says she is just getting started. She has recently made her work available via iBooks to the general public. And continues to work with teachers to create lesson plans that go along with each of her books so they can be used educationally in the classroom.

The main mission behind her most recent book, Edwina Beena's Polka Dot Day, is to reach chronically ill children by giving them not just a book but an experience. Together Janie and her husband personally gift wrap the books in polka dot paper and then package them with a magnifying glass, stickers, and other little goodies aimed at putting a smile on every child’s face. These books are then generously gifted to children’s hospitals and foster children around the area.

While the project is still in its infancy, she has big plans to distribute her book of hope nationwide. With big dreams, and an amazingly compassionate heart Janie is using her writing talents to bring happiness to the world one child at a time.

As I left the library, signed book in hand, I felt touched by her story and even more so by her mission. This woman is a symbol of perseverance and truly an inspiration to know.

For more information please visit: www.janielancaster.com

It's Never the Right Time to Gamble

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

"It's Never the Right Time to Gamble", takes a look at imprudent investing, which can destroy your health, your outlook, your mental state, and investment decisions that create confidence and peace of mind for the long term. Learn about the "investor's dilemma" that traps investors in a vicious circle of imprudent investing. Some investors have learned to become a victim. Don't be one of them...

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: http://www.myinvestmentcoach.com/

Rocky Horror Picture Show - 2 nights only!

Temeku Discount Cinemas is presenting its annual Rocky Horror Picture Show tonight and tomorrow night at 10:00 pm...they expect a full house of over 200 movie-goers each night. Price is just $5 per person and costumes are encouraged!

PAWZ For Wounded Veterans Impacts The Lives Of Many

The heartfelt experiences endured through canine companionship have made a strong impact on the lives of many, especially to those connected with the PAWZ For Wounded Veterans program.

On the evening of Sunday, August 14th, PAWZ for Wounded Veterans held a "Hot Country Night" themed fundraiser at Wooden Nickel Ranch to raise money for disabled veterans in need of service dogs.

After discovering the statistics of common impairing illnesses in veterans in need of assistance, the Canine Support Teams organization developed the PAWZ For Wounded Veterans program to aid disabled veterans with the companionship and help of service dogs for the past 3 years.

On Sunday, a mass of 160 supporters of PAWZ For Wounded Veterans accumulated in the country-like setting of Tom Fuhrman's Wooden Nickel Ranch. Fuhrman was ordinarily known for hosting Civil War re-enactments annually at his ranch to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. In having great respect for those who served in the military, Fuhrman donated the use of his facilities to contribute to the cause while demonstrating veteran appreciation and honor in another way.

The inviting aroma of hamburgers, hotdogs, breadsticks, baked beans and potato salad filled the air. Also provided were Monsters Energy Drinks, tea, water, and chips. All food and refreshments were included with the cost of entry. The cheerful country music performed live by The Silverados created a high-spirited environment everyone could dance to. A massive selection of raffle prizes were donated to the event for a silent raffle held towards the end of the evening. All proceeds went in favor of the 15 veterans in need of service dogs. The price for an advanced, trained service dog is about $15,000.

Chief Executive Office of Canine Support Teams, Carol Roquemore went center-stage to say a couple words about PAWZ For Wounded Veterans. As an experienced service dog owner, she strongly emphasized how service dog companionship can drastically change a person's life and even save a life.

"You would be amazed by the stories we hear from people who use our service dogs," Carol boldly stated with her yellow Labrador Retriever by her side.

In multiple ways, Canine Support Teams and PAWZ For Wounded Veterans have embarked in helping many different people who are in need of general guidance. The organization trains their dogs through both the California Institution For Women and Youth At Risk programs. Canine Support Teams consider the dog training to be a productive and effective learning experience for both programs.

"Engaging the women and youth of these programs in dog training has been a really great experience for them. They learn the value of patience and teamwork," said Donna Willis, Senior Instructor of Canine Support Teams, "A dog is a person's companion. They are good for people emotionally."

Donna Willis and Carol Roquemore concluded the celebration with a sentimental declaration of gratitude and deep appreciation for everyone who donated their time and money. The organization's hopes and determination to help veterans in need is what guides PAWZ For Wounded Veterans to coordinate fundraising events such as Hot Country Night. With all the hard work put into arranging the event, PAWZ For Wounded Veterans successfully raised a total of $6,000.

For more information on PAWZ For Wounded Veterans or to donate to the cause go to:


John Denver Named Menifee's Vice Mayor

john denverJohn Denver was voted in as the city's newest Vice Mayor.

The vote was made unanimous by city council members earlier this evening.

Denver takes over for Fred Twyman, who served as the previous Vice Mayor until his death last June. Prior to Fred Twyman, Darcy Kuenzi served as the Mayor Pro Tem.

Tom Fuhrman made the original motion to nominate Denver into the position saying, "I hope there is a little bit of Fred Twyman in him to represent this city."

City Appoints Committee to Draw New District Boundaries

In what has already proven to have been the most controversial topic in Menifee politics over the city's short lifetime, the districting issue may heat up even more.

Last night, the city council took a step towards redrawing the district boundaries based on 2010 federal census data. Currently, the city is drawn up into four city council member districts, plus a mayor voted at large.

They voted to appoint a committee of five members, to be chaired by Ann Pica, who will create a series of three possible district maps. Those maps will be reviewed by National Demographics Corporation, a contractor with expertise in developing council member districts, for compliance with state and federal requirements. NDC will then present the city council with one or more maps, and the council will vote which map to adopt.

Appointed to the committee were...

  • Grant Yoders, a resident of Sun City, appointed by Tom Fuhrman

  • George Rackstraw, a resident of Romoland, appointed by Darcy Kuenzi

  • Joe Daugherty, a resident of rural Menifee, appointed by John Denver

  • Ann Pica, a resident of Sun City, appointed by Wallace Edgerton

Sue Kristjansson, who took her seat on the city council only two weeks ago, was originally informed she wasn't going to be allowed to appoint someone to the committee, and therefore didn't have anyone in mind. Edgerton had actually offered to appoint a second person of his own.

However, John Denver suggested that Kristjansson be given 48 hours to come up with an appointee, to which certain members of the audience groaned in disapproval. Tom Furhman stepped in and verified that the committee would not actually be able to meet until the beginning of September and therefore Kristjansson would have plenty of time to name an appointee. Edgerton therefore conceded and gave Kristjansson time to name someone.

Thus far, the four appointees gives Sun City a strong representation, with no representation at all coming from the developed areas of Menifee.

The committee will be able to determine city council district boundaries, which can have the effect of reshaping the political power base across the entire city.

Paloma Valley High School Beat Out Temecula & Murrieta Schools

Brian Morris, principal of Paloma Valley High School offers his monthly Principal's Message for August, 2011...

Principal's Message, August 12, 2011

Good morning Wildcats

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year. It is exciting to see our students on campus and the staff is looking forward to another terrific year.

First, I’d like to share that the freshmen class that just started with us is the strongest academic class that we have ever seen at Paloma Valley. Bell Mountain, Menifee Valley Middle and Hans Christiansen are proving to be strong middle schools that are providing our 9th graders with the skills necessary to handle the rigorous classes we offer here at Paloma. All of us are looking with optimism to see how our 9th graders are going to take Paloma Valley to an even higher level of excellence.

Speaking of excellence, this past school year was the strongest academic showing in the history of Paloma Valley. As a school, we met the federal Annual Yearly Progress goal and far surpassed the state Academic Performance Index goal. For the first time in history, Paloma has moved into the elite ranks of California high schools by becoming an “800” high school. Students, last year, your API increased a remarkable 20 points from 799 to 819. For the first time in history, a school in the Perris Union High School District has scored higher than a school in Temecula or Murrieta.

Based on early indicators, we believe we have scored higher than 3 of the 6 high schools in the Temecula and Murrieta school districts. Students, you scored so high last year that we met all the qualifications for being recognized as a California Distinguished School. We won’t actually receive the award this year because the state is choosing to only recognize elementary schools this year.

With success comes rewards. Our school’s CST incentive trip will be to Magic Mountain and will be held on Friday, October 14th. We have posted the qualifications matrix on the school’s website so you can determine whether or not you qualify for the trip to Magic Mountain.

Seniors, I promised that if the API for the junior class exceeded “800,” then every senior in the class would be allowed to leave campus for lunch so long as their parent signed the “parent consent form.” We have recently learned that this year’s seniors scored an incredible, 809 on the API which means that every senior can leave campus each day to go to lunch. Your English teachers will have the off campus forms for you to have signed by your parents. Please remember that your principal likes grilled onions on his “double double burger” and I prefer my fries, animal style.

Congratulations to all of our students & staff for the hard work in making the gains we’ve made. This year we will only get better.

Brian Morris
Principal, Paloma Valley

Cherry Hills Farmers Market, Success on a Friday

On any given Friday from the hours of 9 am until 1 pm you will find a wide array of energetic vendors eager to retail their locally grown fruit, freshly baked bread, or other signature specialty. Cherry Hills Certified Farmers Market boasts over fifty five vendor booths offering everything from farm fresh produce to hand crafted goods.

Introduced last summer to the Sun City Shopping Center, this seedling of a farmer’s market grew from an initial count of merely thirteen booths to over quadruple in size in just one year. In addition to the fantastic vendors, the market manager attributes its success to selecting a favorable day, a Friday.

As the fall and subsequent holiday season approaches the farmers market is moving in to their historically “busy” season. Crafters pull out all the stops in creating gift worthy items and certified farmers continue to put forward seasonally delicious provisions in anticipation of this increased customer traffic.

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

cherry hills farmers market

Located in the Sun City Shopping Center behind the library.

Cherry Hills Farmers Market
26834 Cherry Hills Blvd
Sun City, CA 92586

Every Friday year round, 9 am – 1 pm

Investor Coaching Session Scheduled for Saturday, August 20 in Menifee

Royal American Financial Advisors has scheduled an investor coaching session for this Saturday, August 20. Here is their announcement...

To All Royal American Investors and Guests,

We have scheduled our next Investor Coaching Session, and a timely one at that. If you are like many other people, you may be feeling disoriented, confused, or maybe even scared about how to deal with current market conditions. You are not alone.

Join us for an early dinner and some wisdom for investors at the Conference Center.
27192 Newport Rd., Suite 4 – Menifee, CA 92584
Saturday – August 20th
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Join us and other investors and share your questions, concerns, and wisdom. There will be both seasoned investors and rookie investors in the room. Learn from the wisdom of the crowd. Getting together as a group is powerful and insightful.

When market turbulence becomes headline news for weeks at a time, investors want answers and solutions. If you don’t stay informed about your portfolio, the extensive media coverage and doomsday commentaries can shake the resolve of the most seasoned investor. You don't need more speculation and advice from media pundits. What you need is solid strategy and a definitive plan for your portfolio, and to get together with a group of other investors to get powerful insights and wisdom about investing.

At this Investor Coaching Session:
  • We will go over our current portfolios with our clients and show you the diversification.

  • We will review how to measure the risk in your portfolio so you know what to expect.

  • We will show you how to keep your emotions from ruining your lifetime potential returns.

  • We will go over a history of the markets and “What happens after the market correction?”

  • We will go over the questions you should be asking.

  • We will show you what you should be doing in volatile markets.

  • Learn how many advisors and brokers do the wrong things for their investors and how that can be costly to you.

  • We will show you what we are doing with our own retirement money….we practice what we teach!

  • And of course, we will answer questions from the group.

The best defense you have against down markets is a decisive and prudent investment strategy. This may be the single most important thing you can do to guard against poor and costly investing decisions.

If you have other important people in your life who are feeling discouraged, or confused about investing, you are welcome to bring them along to this Investor Coaching Session. The material we will cover will help anyone who is concerned and needs reassurance and a prudent strategy. If you would like to bring guests, please contact our office right away for reservations.

Call Kara and register today – (951) 679-2065, or register online @ www.myinvestmentcoach.com.

Continue to learn, stay diversified according to your risk tolerance, stay disciplined, and rebalance. Education is your best defense against imprudent investing. Invest intelligently!

North Golf Course in Sun City renovates its pro shop and clubhouse

North Golf Course Head Starter Tom Crayton picks
out a shirt for a customer at the newly redone
pro shop.
The North Golf Course pro shop in Sun City has finally gotten out of the rough. After switching management earlier this year, the store has been renovated to bring it up to par with the rest of the course.

“It didn’t look like it does now six months ago,” said Jaime Sanchez-Martin, the head golf professional at the course. “It’s been completely turned around.”

The pro shop was remodeled by the new general manager of North Golf Course, Jim Spooner. He applied his degree in golf management to tailor the store to better fit the clientele.

“Jim took out the high end merchandise and brought in products more suitable for the community and local golfers,” said North Golf Course Head Starter Tom Crayton, who runs the shop.

Spooner rearranged the store as he restocked it. “When I came in here, there was nothing on the walls,” he said. “What you see in here now, I put everything in there.”

He also put in a new checkout counter and a second cash register. “That was a big deal,” said Crayton. “It helps getting people out of the pro shop and onto the course.”

North Golf Course Pro Shop now offers almost everything a golfer would need, at lower prices. “We absolutely have a lot more sales now,” said Crayton.

Shoppers will find products ranging from sunglasses, towels and gloves to sweat resistance shirts, shoes, and golf bags at the pro shop. There are also demo clubs available for golfers to try out on the course’s18-hole stretch before they consider purchasing.

The store also has a variety of hats including caps, straw hats and visors. “The women’s membership wanted visors,” said Spooner. “I brought in 36, and the first day they were here we sold 10 within an hour.”

Along with selling golf necessities, the pro shop offers seasonal specials that keep customers coming back. “The clientele here is great,” said Crayton. “A lot of the same people come in, so I get to know them.”

Crayton was also the project manager for the refurbishment of the North Golf Course Clubhouse that was vandalized by an arsonist last February. “There was so much smoke damage, we had to redo everything,” explained Crayton.

The renovation was completed in several phases and included a new roof, lights, fans, doors and patio overhang. The walls were repainted, the restrooms were remodeled, and a high definition television and sound system were added.

North Golf Course continues to make improvements. A practice facility for beginners was put in, and management would also like to add a lake to the course sometime in the future.

North Golf Course is located at 26660 McCall Blvd. For more information, or to learn about their summer special, visit www.northgolfcourse.net or call (951) 679-5111.

Carol Sullivan Enters the Race for Menifee Union School Board

carol sullivanCarol Sullivan has entered the race for Menifee Union School District Board of Trustees, going up against Bob O'Donnell, Rita Peters, and Scott Mann.

Sullivan posted a note on her Facebook page last evening...

I have also entered the race for Menifee Union School District. The waste of money to extend the terms of two incombents is unreal. We need to provide the best education for our students not waste the money on elections. I intend to see that our children have the best education that we can provide. Thank

Sullivan is currently President of Menifee Sun City Concern, a member of Menifee Rotary Club, and sits on the City of Menifee's General Plan Advisory Committee. She had run bids for city council in 2010 and 2008.

Patricia Cahill officially entered the race as well. Cahill is a counselor at Hans Christensen Middle School, where she runs their SAFE program.

Menifee Valley Community Cupboard Thanks Residents for a Successful Food Drive

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New York's Upper Crust Pizza: Secret Recipes Deliver Sensational Tastes

Nestled in Menifee Countryside Marketplace just off Newport Road you will find a perfect little pizza place, reminiscent of the traditional New York pizzeria complete with visible brick pizza oven. Appropriately named New York’s Upper Crust Pizza, this pizza place is everything you desire in a restaurant.

The first thing you will notice upon entering Upper Crust is the lively atmosphere and the incredible aroma of marinara meets melted mozzarella. What you don’t yet know is that every single one of Upper Crust’s carefully sourced ingredients used in crafting each authentic Italian dish was specifically selected with your taste buds in mind. Daily deliveries bring farm fresh produce, fresh cuts of never frozen meat, and whole blocks of cheese to stock their kitchen so that they may offer you a healthy, yet truly delectable dining experience.

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In addition to the quality of the ingredients, each and every recipe (while well kept to secrecy) is authentic in nature straight from the New York kitchen of two Brooklyn born and raised Sicilian Americans. Each recipe has been tried and tasted to perfection before being introduced, only twenty years ago, to the lucky West Coast in the form of eight exclusive NY Upper Crust locations.

Menifee is home to the sole Inland Empire location, where loyal patrons are literally eating it up. Coming from miles around to get their pizza fix, customers can’t seem to get enough of this genuine east coast experience. Menifee resident, Shelia Carrico, put it best saying, “It’s good quality pizza, and the service is great. We just keep coming back for more.” You will find this to be true, once you’ve tasted the pizza from Upper Crust, nowhere else will even compare.

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Aside from their expertly constructed pizza creations, you of course have the option to build your own pizza as well. The menu has an excellent variety and extensive options beyond traditional pizzas. For your convenient consumption Upper Crust is available for dine in, order ahead, or local delivery.

While the mouthwatering menu will spark your appetite, it is the methodical construction of each secret Italian recipe that will mesmerize your senses from the moment you order until the pizza finally touches down on your table.

The dough is made, you guessed it, fresh every day and is hand stretched to optimum crust consistency. Pizzas are offered with traditional New York style thin crust, Sicilian deep-dish crust, or indulgently stuffed, depending on your preference.

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Wholesome vine ripe tomatoes come together each morning at the hands of an expertly trained chef to bring about a brand new batch of homemade marinara sauce. Spiced and seasoned to absolute perfection, this sauce is good enough to eat by itself with a spoon. Finally, the toppings are added in accordance with one of ten gourmet pizza menu suggestions, or stuffed inside the dough to create what can only be described as a pinwheel of pizza.

Slice by slice we were fortunate enough to taste test some of Upper Crust’s fan favorite items, and in anonymous agreement it was decided that this eatery is not only downright delicious but the absolute best Italian establishment around. In summation the food is skillfully seasoned and simply bursting with flavor.

The thin crust is soft and fluffy with the right amount of structure to accommodate the toppings. On the other hand, the deep-dish crust provides a satisfying crunch to accompany the generous amount of homemade sausage, fresh veggies, sauce, and cheese.

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If marinara isn’t your sauce of choice, the White Pizza comes highly recommended as the ultimate cheese lovers delight. Fresh ricotta acts as the sauce and adds an incredible amount of smooth flavor to every bite.

The talented chefs successfully pack each culinary creation with genuine New York flavor without the notorious New York attitude. They want you to stay a while, eat, and really enjoy your meal. In true Sicilian tradition, the food evokes a sense of comfort and warmth. Each bite envelops your taste buds and takes them right back to Nonna’s* welcoming kitchen table. As nearly every Italian grandmother would say, eating should be an event, and at NY’s Upper Crust in Menifee it most certainly is.

*Nonna- the Sicilian word for grandmother

New York's Upper Crust Pizza
30076 Haun Rd., Suite 220
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 301-8600

Monday thru Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

Karaoke Every Thursday Night at The Beer Hunter

Thursday nights have come to life at The Beer Hunter with the start of Karaoke Nights.

Just as Thursday night football finished up, James Genes, who runs Day & Night, a mobile DJ service here in Menifee, got the late night rockin' as he passed the microphone to one singer after another.

To make the first Karaoke Night at The Beer Hunter more interesting, the restaurant issued a "best singer" contest, offering a $50.00 gift certificate. About twenty people competed, belting out renditions of such melodies as "The Piano Man", "Heaven", "Ring of Fire", "Ice Cream Man, "Hey Jude", "Love Is A Battlefield", "Dreams", "Pour Some Sugar", among others.

James Genes kept the folks singing by passing out Mardi Gras beads to anyone who sang. "I've been doing karaoke for 26 years, and so far the night's going great", says Genes. "All it takes is to get some people singing to encourage other people to sing."

By the evening's end, Bill Gillette, the manager at The Beer Hunter, selected three finalists for the contest. The crowd cheered on their favorite and picked out Erica as the winner.

Karaoke will continue every Thursday night, from 9:00pm to close, at The Beer Hunter.

Call The Beer Hunter at (951) 301-4700.

Scott Mann Candidate Statement for Menifee Union School Board

The following was written by Scott Mann, a candidate for School Board Trustee, Menifee Union School District...

scott mann menifeeI have decided to jump in this race because these two incumbents, Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters, have TWICE voted to extend their terms of office. The first time, 2004, was to align the school board elections to the Presidential Election Cycle to “improve voter turnout”.....going from odd year to even year elections. The second time, 2009, was to “save the district money”.....going BACK from even year to odd year elections.

The current Board, in which Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters are members, approved the term extension on December 8, 2009 by a vote of 3-2....hardly a mandate from the dais. The justification to extend terms a second time was to “save money”. Well guess what.....IT COST MORE MONEY. Changing election cycles AGAIN cost the Menifee School District over $16,000 to simply notify voters of the change. So, over a two fiscal year view, their decision actually cost more to the taxpayers by selfishly extending their terms of office. Like many other public entities across America, they simply “kicked the can down the road”.

Kudos go out to Mr. Bowman and Mr. Freeman for seeing through this waste and casting dissenting votes. Mr. Ulibarri, who sided with Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters, said that he felt the economy is going to improve in the near future which would make it easier for the district to absorb the election costs in 2011. He is quoted in The Californian as saying “We’ll have a better idea of where we’re at the following year.” That was in December of 2009. Here we are in August of 2011. Has the economy improved Mr. Ulibarri? Have revenues from Sacramento magically appeared? Have more cuts been made to education? We all know the answer to these questions. As a private businessman, a realtor, Mr. “U” should have voted “no” on this initiative put forward by Ms. Peters.

Ms. Peters, the main proponent of the change, said after a board meeting (11/29/09) that she is not looking to avoid having to campaign in 2010. “The reason that we are doing this is mainly cost savings for the district,” Peters said. “I’d like to see us put (money) in the classrooms.” (Ref: The Californian, November 24, 2009, “Trustees to consider election change”). The 2008 election cost the district $65,821. If you add the cost of “notifying” voters of yet another election cycle change, estimated to be $16,370 (or .50 cents to notify all 32,741 registered voters in Menifee), to the cost of a regular election, you have increased the cost of the election by 24.8%! ($65,821 plus $16,370 = $82,191 cost to tax payers over two fiscal years). Folks, there is a basic concept in economics called “Total Cost of Ownership”, or TCO. These incumbents increased the TCO to our School District. Ms. Peters, rather than putting money in the classrooms as noted above, took money from the classrooms by her initiative and vote!

This is not fiscally prudent. This is not good public policy. This is not being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Having lived in Menifee for 22 years, all three of my children were educated in Menifee schools. I believe in high academic standards, staff performance and fiscal accountability in public education. I will work hard to ensure that our school district continues to exceed academic standards and that every dollar benefits our children’s education.

Education is our economic future and through education we will be competitive in the global economy. My leadership and business experiences in the private sector and school business management experience in public education qualify me to provide responsive leadership as a member of your Governing Board.

As a former business employee of the Menifee Union School District, I know full well the fiscal challenges that the district has managed over the last four years. I believe we can improve upon the district’s financial position while delivering high quality education to the taxpayers of Menifee.

Mr. O’Donnell and Ms. Peters have served on this Board admirably most of the time. However, their public policy votes to extend their own terms for the reasons they publicly gave are, to me, unforgiveable.

Thanks for listening. Please feel free to share this with other Menifee taxpayers.

Warm regards,

Scott Mann
Candidate for the Menifee School Board