Free Senior Scam Stopper Seminar for the Public Set for Thursday, November 17th

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Senator Bill Emerson and Assemblyman Paul Cook will be holding a FREE, public seminar titled Senior Scam Stopper scheduled for Thursday November 17th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. At no cost, join a variety of experts from departments including the California Public Utilities Commision, California Department of Insurance, Riverside County C.A.R.E., Riverside County District Attorney's Office, and the Menifee Sheriff's Department to learn how to empower yourself against scams. Lunch will be provided for individuals participating.

Location:
Kay Ciniceros Senior Center
29995 Evans Rd
Menifee, CA 92586

For more information or to RSVP, call:
(951) 680-6750




Menifee Valley Community Cupboard Food Drive for Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th

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Help support our local Menifee Valley Community Cupboard restock their shelves by attending a food drive scheduled for both Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th. Menifee Valley Community Cupboard services the area of Menifee to help support families of the community who are in need.
The food drive will be held at the Ralph's Menifee location where participants are emphasized to donate items consisting of: Turkey(frozen or $15 gift card), stuffing,gravy mix, boxed mashed potatoes, canned veggies, evaporated milk, canned cranberries, easy pumpkin pie mix, pie crust/pie crust mix, chicken broth, and canned yams.
The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard appreciates and thanks you for your support.

For more information visit:
www.mvcupboard.org
or call:
(951)301-4100




The Mutual Fund Sting

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

Survivorship bias is a game the mutual fund industry plays with investors to make you think they have superior skills. They essentially open up a bunch of funds, then keep the winners and close the losers. After they close the loser funds, the track record is wiped from history and the investing public only sees the remaining open funds, which gives the appearance of a huge percentage of excellent funds. Fortunately for us, we don't own any of the fund companies that play that game.



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/




Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer & Turkey Drive for Wednesday, November 2nd

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Menifee Valley Community Cupboard will be hosting Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce's Mixer on Wednesday, November 2nd. Here, representatives of businesses ranging from small home-based companies to incorporated companies are able to network and publicize their role in the City of Menifee. The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard will also be holding a Turkey Drive where all guests are more than welcome to bring a frozen turkey or grocery gift to help provide 500 Thanksgiving meals to Menifee families in need.

For more information visit:
Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
or call:
951.672.1991




Menifee Community Barn Dance & Food Drive held on Saturday, November 19th

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Come join the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard for a fun evening of barn dancing at Wheatfield Park Community Center on Saturday, November 19th. Bill and Colleen Ackerman will be dancing instructors for the evening where they will be demonstrating and teaching different kinds of dances including line dance, folk dance, circle mixers, partner dance, and much more.
To all attending the Menifee Community Barn Dance & Food Drive, the Community Cupboard asks everyone to bring one non-perishable food donation or a cash donation. Come and bring your dancing feet while supporting your community!

For more information visit:
Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
or call:
(951)301-4100




Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

It’s Halloween weekend so together with Sun City K9 Adoptions, Menifee 24/7 is bringing you the cutest little pumpkin (colored) pet of the week we could find.

Adoptable pet of the week, Liz.

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Name: Liz

Breed: Poodle Mix

Age: 18 months

Gender: Female

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pet of the week

Temperament: Liz is just as sweet as she is cute. Cuddly and affectionate by nature, she would make the perfect companion to other dogs and children of all ages.

Because of her difficult past, she needs lots of adoration and would love nothing more than to stay by your side indefinitely.

Liz's Story: Liz was brought to Sun City K9 in September by a gentleman who found her lost and running around the streets of Fontana. She has loved making friends and playing all day with other dogs in the kennel but would really like to find her forever home.

Sun City K9 Adoption temporarily cares for displaced canines until permanent homes are found. They are conveniently open seven days a week to serve you with any adoption needs you may have.

They can also be found every weekend hosting on site adoptions at the nearby Petco in Menifee Country Marketplace. On Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sun City K9 functions by the grace and generosity of donations and community support. They are always open to new helping hands and hearts. If you are interested in contributing in any way, donating to their upcoming fundraiser garage sale, or volunteering you can contact them seven days a week by calling 951.679.6444.

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
951.679.6444

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.




Happy Halloween from Menifee 24/7

Thank you to Baby Abby, our Happy Halloween Pumpkin!
Menifee 24/7 encourages all of our readers to post their Halloween photos on our Facebook page, to share with the community.

Visit our Menifee 24/7 Facebook Page, and post photos of children, adults, parties, trick or treating, and events, starting now through November 1, 2011. Become a Facebook Fan of Menifee 24/7, share with your friends and neighbors and invite them to share also.

Happy Halloween from Baby Abby and all of the staff of Menifee 24/7!




Live Music and Painting Displays to be Featured at Next City Council Meetings

This Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at the next city council meeting, there will be live music and an art display.

Marci Dunker, a local pianist, will perform live inside the council chamber beginning 6:20pm, just before the city council meeting. Robert Nishimuta, a member of the Oasis Art Guild, will be on hand to display his paintings.

The event is organized by the Menifee Arts Council, who plans to showcase other local artists at future city council meetings. In December, they plan to feature an MSJC guitar ensemble and carolers.

The event is free and open to the public.

City Hall
29714 Haun Rd.
Menifee, CA 92586
Ph: (951) 672-6777




City Attorney Karen Feld Resigns

Menifee city attorney Karen Feld officially offered her letter of resignation last night during a closed city council session. Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, the firm with which Feld was referred by, is ceasing its contract with the city effective November 1, 2011.

The move comes just a week after the city council announced it had successfully won litigation against the City of Perris over a parcel of land in Romoland.

No official reason was given for the termination of contract.

As for who will take over as the new city attorney, the city council voted to task Bill Rawlings, the city manager, to find an interim city attorney. The council also voted to retract its existing RFP (request for proposal) on a new attorney, and have Rawlings write a new RFP.

"Karen won three lawsuits in quick succession, which we absolutely applaud her for." said Sue Kristjansson, the city's newest councilmember.

Councilmember Darcy Kuenzi added, "I understand that Karen is looking to move on to bigger and better things, and is applying to be a judge, and will make a fabulous person on the bench".

Karen Feld announced, "I want to clarify that this resignation is the result of my firm's decision, 100%. I want to thank the staff, they have been so good, so amazing. I'm so proud of all the things we've done. I'm not leaving with any ill will, I'm not holding any grudges. Sometimes change is very good."

Feld continued, "I want to thank John Denver for how much you've done for the arts in this community. I want to thank Tom Fuhrman, I always think of him as the class clown, he's really pushing the historical Menifee. Councilmember Kristjansson, I really appreciate your business acumen, you're going to bring a good economic background to this town. And Darcy Kuenzi, I appreciate your passion and dedication to this city, you're really trying to get things done. Mayor Edgerton, I appreciate you, you're a long standing leader and pillar of this community. And all of you even though you all have disagreements that's to be expected, but its been a such pleasure working with you this year and a half, it's been an honor."




Menifee Halloween Fun Friday October 28


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This event is being held tomorrow, Friday, October 28 at Lazy Creek Park from 4 to 8pm. For more information contact The City Of Menifee by calling 951.672.6777.

***We had originally posted this event for Nov 28. That was an error. The correct date is October 28. We apologize for any confusion.




Ameriprise Financial Invites You To Dinner


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Ameriprise Financial in Menifee is dedicated to providing sound financial advice to residents in their own community. For more information visit Ameriprise Financial at 29826 Haun Rd, Ste 206 in Menifee. You can contact Jeremy Taylor by phone by calling (951) 679-2222. To learn more about Ameriprise Financial in Menifee, read about Jeremy and Ivette Taylor in a previous article on Menifee 24/7.




Tom Fuhrman, Wooden Nickel Ranch Hold onto a Bit of History

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Tom Fuhrman relaxes in front of the Broken Horn Saloon, part of the ghost town he created on his
ranch property.

Tom Fuhrman says he was a proponent of cityhood for Menifee, which was incorporated in 2008. He acknowledges the march of progress that has resulted in the vast housing developments in what was once strictly a rural area.

At the same time, Fuhrman cherishes history and wide-open spaces. That is clearly evident in his 25-acre Wooden Nickel Ranch on the rural western edge of town.

"I'm all for protecting property rights," said Furhman, who was elected to the Menifee City Council last year. "I believe in keeping the country, country and the city, city."

Furhman's sprawling ranch on a hilly stretch of land off Holland Road is considered by many to be "country" at its best. Visitors and residents alike often stop in at the Wooden Nickel to check out Furhman's western artifacts, see his herd of 45 horses, or simply sit in the shade and take in the atmosphere.

If you enjoy farm life and have at least a little cowboy in you, the Wooden Nickel Ranch is hard to pass up. Fuhrman, 67 and a retired self-employed tool and die specialist, thrives in the rustic atmosphere of the place.

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A replica mine entrance represents the mining history of the area.
Among the "attractions" on his ranch are:

-- A full-scale replica of a Western town, constructed with lumber and furnishings salvaged from the former estate of the late actor Audie Murphy, whose former property borders Furhman's.

-- An airplane hangar, relocated from Murphy's property and adorned on the roof with a giant American flag and the message "Welcome Home Troops," which is seen by military pilots on the flight path to nearby March Air Reserve Base.

-- Two 1800s era buckboard wagons, a replica mine shaft entrance, and dozens of antiques and artifacts - everything from branding irons to a plunger from a hand washing machine to a giant "spade" used to trim the blubber off whales.

-- A pavilion, built by Fuhrman and his son-in-law with local lumber, suitable for receptions, square dances and anything that seems appropriate under the wagon wheel and lantern lights.

-- A firepit, surrounded by hand-carved wooden benches, that is used by various community groups for night-time gatherings.

-- Horse stables, open fields and a scenic meadow that has been used for everything from weddings to Halloween haunts to Civil War re-enactments.

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A wagon originally used in the 1800s sits near the horse stables.
"If I'm not busy, I'll let 'em use it," Fuhrman said about his willingness not only to host any visitor who comes along, but also large community and service groups. He hosts local Boy Scout Troop 444 on Monday nights; a Narcotics Anonymous group on Tuesday nights; the Paloma Valley High School football team on Thursday nights; and a church Bible study group on Saturday morning, among other things.

"I also have a skeet range up the road," Fuhrman said. "The people come to Bible study and they want to shoot skeet. I tell them, 'You can come and shoot, but you've got to go to the Bible study first.'"

In August, the ranch hosted a Hot Country Night fundraiser for Canine Support Teams, Inc., a locally-based nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The event, featuring a barbecue, music and dancing, raised nearly $20,000.

Life hasn't been all peace and quiet on the ranch, however. In 2008, Riverside County officials put a stop to the annual Civil War re-enactments, saying Fuhrman lacked the proper conditional use permits. Others have complained about the frequent activity on the ranch and noise, both from the Wooden Nickel Ranch and previous construction on the former Murphy Ranch property, which has been delayed several times.

According to one published report in 2007, Riverside County officials at one time were considering action to prevent all public events on the ranch.

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Antique farm tools sit atop the sign that greets visitors on
Holland Road.
Through it all, Fuhrman perseveres. He continues to host many events on the ranch and says he provides use of the facility free of charge.

Fuhrman, a native of Pennsylvania, has lived on the ranch since 1993, when he acquired it after his Hemet ranch was seized through eminent domain for a metropolitan water project. He soon befriended his neighbor -- Adolpho Perez, who had managed the Audie Murphy ranch since the 1950s.

Murphy, a highly decorated World War II veteran who starred in 44 films, died in a plane crash in 1971. Perez maintained the property for decades afterward. Actor Bob Hope later bought the property, which was eventually sold to Brookfield Land Development.

Plans were made for a large housing development on the property but have been delayed several times. The development company ran into resistance from the Pechanga band of the Luiseno Indians over sacred grounds including many metates (stone-grinding surfaces), Furhman said.

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Movie posters featuring Audie Murphy grace the walls in the
Audie Murphy Hotel.
In the negotiations that followed, said Fuhrman, Brookfield Land Development donated 105 acres of the former Murphy ranch to the Pechanga Indian tribe -- the original inhabitants of the land. Dennis Chapman, president of Brookfield, also allowed Fuhrman to salvage much of the Murphy ranch belongings.

Fuhrman's 21-year-old grandson, Devin LaMon, says he's been living and working on the Wooden Nickel Ranch since he was "a little buckaroo." He and a friend did much of the construction on the horse corrals and he does a lot of the manual labor on the ranch.

"Hopefully, I can take it over one day," LaMon said.

If Fuhrman has anything to say about it, the place will always be there -- virtually untouched by the march of time. Although his job as a city councilmember involves negotiations over land development in the area, Fuhrman says that because of the adjacent land deeded to the Indian tribes, the Wooden Nickel is in no danger of being bulldozed to create new housing.

"It will never happen," he said. "The land was dedicated to them (the Indian tribes) with the stipulation it would always be open, sacred land."

Fuhrman and those who enjoy the tranquility of his property are pretty happy about that.

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A full-scale Western town is a popular attraction with visitors.


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Lindsey Rodriguez, age 6, receives a riding lesson from instructor Daltyn Hayes.


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A pavilion built from local lumber is the site of many social events.


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Military pilots see Furhman's greeting on the top of the old Audie Murphy airplane hangar.




Non-profit Pumpkin Patch Pops up off Newport Road

Just off the Newport exit between Haun and Bradley Road, under a green and white striped tent you will find row upon row of bright orange pumpkins. A seasonal pumpkin patch by any means, hay and hopeful pumpkins take over a once empty lot.

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non-profit pumpkin patch
But these festive pumpkins are particularly special in that the proceeds from each and every sale benefits a locally run non-profit program called New Life Ministries.

Their faith-based organization helps to rehabilitate affected persons through substance treatment programs.

Half of the entire crop (of pumpkins) on display at the patch actually comes from the 16-acre New Life Ranch in Hemet. The other half of these fine orange specimens is sourced from local farms and properties.

You can be sure your fall d├ęcor is not only locally sourced, but benefitting people in need. Now that sounds as good as, well, pumpkin pie.
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non-profit pumpkin patch




Kirwan Haunted Manor in Menifee a Frightful Sight

The month of October tends to send people in search of the scariest sights and frights. Whether it’s the spirit of the season or the adrenaline rush people seek, pumpkin patches and haunted houses alike seem to elicit this specific sought after excitement.
Kirwan Haunted Manor
Come all hallows weekend you need venture no further that Melvin Street in Menifee for a frightfully horror filled night. Kirwan Haunted Manor promises to shock and awe even the bravest of scare seekers.

The Kirwan family has been terrifying visitors three nights a year for twelve years now, some times attracting over 1,000 visitors in one single weekend. Thus making them the longest running family owned and operated haunted house in the Inland Empire.

Moving from their previous well-known residence in French Valley to their new one-acre property in Menifee, they have assured their fans they can expect the same spectacular display of gore as every year before.

Since moving to Menifee they have joined forces with the Temecula Valley Terror Tour, as well as with Day 31 of Murrieta, in an effort to frightfully delight Halloween thrill seekers of all ages.
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In speaking with the mind behind the madness, Kellen Kirwan, she remarked that as a holiday, “Halloween has really exploded over the past few years, it’s really just about having fun.”

As a family, the Kirwan’s have always been involved with their community. Local high school students log community service hours by helping set-up, run, and maintain this now famous haunted house.

Each year they seek to donate all of the proceeds of their haunting venture to a local non-profit charity. In years past they have generously gifted the Red Cross, senior centers, 911 relief funds, and the San Diego Children’s Hospital.

A mere $1 admission donation is suggested, which will in turn be given to a local Menifee non-profit this year.

Friday October 28th, Saturday October 29th, and Monday October 31st, Halloween night, patrons are invited to catch their terrifying display of dread any time between 7 and 10 p.m.

To be dead serious, this is one scary situation you don’t want to miss. Check it out, we dare you!

For more frightful details please visit the Kirwan Haunted Manor Facebook page.

October 28, 29, & 31
7 pm -10 pm
30909 Melvin St
Menifee 92584
Cross streets Murrieta and Holland
Near Eagle Ridge Church




Provecho Modern Mexican Grill Opens This Friday, October 28 in Sun City

provecho mexican restaurantProvecho Modern Mexican Grill opened its doors last night in Sun City to a specially invited group of VIP guests.

The new restaurant, owned by Steve Tapley, replaces the previous Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant.

Provecho, which is the Spanish equivalent to "bon appetit", will perhaps gain where Mi Casa left off, by providing exciting new dishes that no other restaurant in Menifee and Sun City currently offer.

Guests last night were treated bite sized samples of foods prepared by Provecho's very own Chef Ronnie. Ronnie previously worked for Vineyard Gourmet Catering of Temecula.

Ronnie was born to Mexican and Peruvian parents, and his creations reflect a fusion of those two culinary cultures.

Among the items on the menu is, "Pescado Frito", a plaintain crusted Mexican Sea Bass, with poblano-coconut rice, black beans and grilled nopales salsa. For an appetizer, try the "Gazpacho de Melon", a melon-based cold soup with cucumber, avocado, and Fresno red chile. The "Pork Pozole" is one of the restaurant's featured soups, with smoked pulled pork, guajillo broth, hominy, julienne cabbage, avocado, and cilantro crema.

Chef Ronnie of Provecho Modern Mexican Grill

Provecho is located inside the Sun City Shopping Center, a couple doors up from Boston Billie's, and is expected to open to the public this Friday, October 28.




The Beer Hunter Adds More Craft Beer Choices to its Menu

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Looking to boost its craft beer selection, The Beer Hunter has added several new craft beer brands and varieties to its menu.

Yesterday morning, hours before its doors opened up for lunch, servers and managers at The Beer Hunter listened to representatives from Stone Brewing Company and Craft Brewing Company explain several new beer varieties the restaurant will now be serving.

Two local breweries, Black Market Brewing of Temecula, and Craft Brewing of Lake Elsinore were recently added on tap. Four more brands, including Coronado Brewing, Avery Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, and Ommegang Brewing are now available.

Menifee sits at the northern part of a large, booming craft beer industry concentrated in San Diego County. Excitement over specialty ales has seemingly crept upward into Southwest Riverside County as coastal residents continue to move inland.

"We are consumer conscious in offering a wide variety of products that will enhance everyone's visit", Dave Hunt, General Manager of The Beer Hunter explained in regards to expanding their craft beer offerings. "We feel its a niche that's missing in Menifee, that we can offer a unique product in a unique city that can improve the outlook of the company".

Bob Thompson, co-founder of Craft Brewing Company in Lake Elsinore sees the craft brewing industry only getting bigger in Southwest Riverside County.

"Aside from Black Market Brewing and Craft Brewing, there are four more breweries waiting for licenses here in this area", Thompson said. "It won't be as big as in San Diego County, but there's going to be quite a few breweries here in Southwest Riverside County in the next ten years".

With local breweries finding themselves on tap in restaurants in Temecula and Murrieta, The Beer Hunter seems to be doing the same for beer drinkers in Menifee, supporting the local breweries in the area.

"Our stores are set out to be uniquely individual for the area they are in", Dave Hunt added. "We want to boost the local economy, use local products, use local vendors, and new local breweries in the area are going to offer us that."

Beers now available at The Beer Hunter

New beers now available at The Beer Hunter...

Friar Bob's Rasperry Wheat, Craft Brewing Company, a raspberry infused hefeweizen that retains the true flavor of a wheat beer with a touch of raspberry flavor.

Holly Belgian Pale Ale, Craft Brewing Company, a light Belgian-style ale with a bit more malt flavor than a Stella Artois.

Raven Stout, Craft Brewing Company, a full flavored, stout with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, more rich than a Guinness Stout.

Rye IPA, Black Market Brewing, an India Pale Ale comparable to other popular IPAs such as Stone IPA, but with a more roasted malt flavor, and a bit more sweet.

Bavarian Style Hefeweizen, Black Market Brewing, a classic hefeweizen but made from Bavarian yeast to create a more robust flavored wheat beer.

Brown Ale, Black Market Brewing, one of the company's biggest sellers, comparable to a Newcastle Brown Ale, but with more malt and nut flavors.

Racer 5 IPA, Bear Republic Brewing, brewed in Northern California, it's the company's flagship beer, comparable to the Stone IPA.

White Rascal, Avery Brewing, very comparable to the Blue Moon Hefeweizen or the Shock Top, but with overtones of coriander and orange peel zest.

Coronado Golden, Coronado Brewing, made in Coronado, CA, it's a light, very refreshing ale, similar to a pilsner, perfect for those who want to migrate away from Budweiser and Coors.

Ommegang BPA, Ommegang Brewery, A Belgian Pale Ale, giving off aromas of tropical fruit and citrus, it offers a light, candied malt flavor.

The Beer Hunter
30080 Haun Rd
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 301-4700

(inside Countryside Marketplace)

Hours:
Sun-Thur 11:30am - 11:30pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am - 1:30am

Visit Online: http://www.thebeerhunter.net/




Heritage High School Band Programs Now Selling Christmas Trees for a Fundraiser

Even though October is just drawing to a close, it's not too soon to plan for the holiday season. The Mighty Patriot Regiment Band and Pageantry of Heritage High School have already started a Christmas tree fundraiser in order for community members to show their support for their program and to get into the holiday spirit.

Customers have the option of buying either a fresh Noble Fir ($35) of a fresh Douglas Fir ($30), either of which will be between 5-7 feet tall. The trees will be delivered to Heritage High School and can be picked up on Saturday, November 26th. Delivery to Menifee, Romoland, Sun City, Perris, Hemet, Nuevo or Homeland is also available for a $6 gas fee.

Payments must be received (and orders in) not later than November 15. The Mighty Patriot Regiment can arrange to have students collect payments personally if it more convenint, or if you are more comfortable you can also mail payments to HHS Band, 26001 Briggs Road, Menifee, CA 92585. Please make all checks payable to "HHS Band," and be sure to write *Christmas tree fundraiser* in memo section.




For more information or to place your order online please visit the Mighty Patriot Regiment website and fill out the order form. Someone will be in contact with you to make payment arrangements.




Save the Investor, Save the World

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

This week we are back to the important principals of investing (so you know what is important and what you can ignore in the media, magazines and newspapers). In this segment you will learn about the “investor dilemma” and why most investors underperform over their lifetime. You will also learn about the devastating effects of communism, the “global dilemma” and benefits of global diversification, and much, much more. This is an important investor coaching session that every investor much watch. It is a bit longer than the videos we typically send out, but has a ton of great information in it! This is one for the archives!



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/




Golden State Paranormal Research Society Gives Presentation at Sun City Library

A local gathering of supernatural fans met at the Sun City Library on October 19th in order to share their paranormal encounters with one another. This group was led by the Golden State Paranormal Research Society, which is a group dedicated to “helping people to understand unexplainable events whether paranormal or not, and the integrity to admit when it is not.”

golden state paranormal research societyWith Halloween near approaching, the appeal of all things supernatural seems to escalate for each of us. Ghost stories are often passed around among family and friends alongside reruns of shows like Ghost Hunters and the screening of movies such as Paranormal Activity 3.

However, ghost stories prove to be much more real for people like Nick and Jessica, who are both members of the Golden State Paranormal Research Society. Nick and Jessica are merely two volunteers out of nearly 30 people “from various walks of life that love history and care about the community we live in.” Nick strongly believes that you should take shows like the aforementioned “with a grain of salt. Remember, they are after all still TV shows.”

As the spokesperson at this event, Nick began the meeting with a very informative PowerPoint presentation filled with information on the different types of paranormal activity, as well as the specific types of tools they use on their investigations. Having brought in tangible examples of tools such as the different types of cameras, voice recorders, thermometers, and EMF meters, Nick was able to thoroughly describe the uses of each device.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated part of the presentation was when Nick reached the evidence portion of the meeting. The audience was presented with numerous photographs taken by his investigation teams. Nick was careful to point out, though, that while there were several instances when he was unable to identify certain objects, a lot of times certain “orbs” and “lights” were the results of shadows and camera flashes.

The end of the presentation included audio snips taken from several different investigations. Unexplainable noises, breaths, and voices were documented, and Nick encouraged the audience members to point out these occurrences and deduce what they might mean before giving his own opinion, allowing the listeners to draw their own conclusions first.

As a member of the Golden State Paranormal Research Society since 2008, Nick admits that it is important to consider all possibilities when you think you have standing evidence of some type of paranormal activity on your property; things such as loose pipes, infestations, and a house settling cause a large portion of what people claim to be paranormal phenomena.

“The best thing you can do,” he admits, “is simply to write it down – even if that means keeping a journal in every room. When you document these different occurrences it is easier for you, or even for us, to notice specific patterns present in the incidents.”



The Golden State Paranormal Research Society is always looking for “volunteers from various walks of life that love history and care about the community they live in.” The group has embarked on countless investigations across the Inland Empire, and has even travelled as far north as Bakersfield. This volunteer organization obtains all of their research equipment with their own individual funding, and provides their investigation services to the public free of charge.

You can find out more about this program at goldenstateparanormal.com or contact the society at info@goldenstateparanormal.com once both of these sites are put back online.




Jerome Robinson Sr Scheduled to Entertain at The Beer Hunter, Saturday, October 22

jerome robinson srSaturday nights look to heat up at The Beer Hunter starting October 22 with Jerome Robinson Sr taking the mic.

Robinson, who sang with the second generation of The Platters for four years, and who also lives here in Menifee, is eager to entertain night goers from 8:30pm until close with a wide repertoire hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

"A friend of mine told me about Beer Hunter and said I should go there and check it out." Robinson explained. "I walked in and talked to the manager and they said they didn't have anything at the time. So I went back when they had karaoke, and sang."

And when Robinson sang, everyone in the restaurant quickly took notice at his smooth, golden voice that projected well into the other end of the room.

"Everyone started getting up to dance when he sang" said Bill Gillette, a manager at The Beer Hunter. "The entire restaurant was on their feet! There were so many people cheering him on and shaking his hand, that I just had to sign him up."

It was in 1967, just after high school, that Robinson got his singing career going. He had just left Vietnam and landed in San Diego, teaching for Project Headstart. "I was at a bar and a lady came out doing burlesque" Robinson recalled. "She had tassels, and when she danced some of them twirled clockwise, and others went counter clockwise, and I just laughed and laughed. A manager heard me laughing and asked me to come up to the stage. So I started singing. At the end of the night, he gave me $50.00 to a buy a tux and told me to come back."

Initially, Robinson performed as Alexander Love and shared the bill with such legends as Tom Jones, Lou Rawls, and Andy Williams.

Robinson has lived in Menifee the past six years, but lived for a long time in Las Vegas. "I came here because I wanted to be with my son, who had some health problems at the time.", Robinson said. "He was in the fire department here, and he said 'Why don't you move closer', and now he's in the Army.

Visitors to Idyllwild might have heard him singing at Joanne's on weekends. Robinson has also scheduled gigs at Gourmet Italia in Temecula.

receiptThe singer is also known for his charitable work, lending his golden voice to fundraisers throughout the area. In 2008, he was awarded the honor of "Voice of Banning" by proclamation from the Mayor.

In fact, on his opening performance at The Beer Hunter, he'll be asking customers to support the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. Simply write the word "Cupboard" on your receipt, and The Beer Hunter will donate a portion of your check to the Community Cupboard.

What: Jerome Robinson Sr, member of Second Generation Platters

When: Every Saturday night, starting October 22, 8:30pm until close

Where: The Beer Hunter, inside Countryside Marketplace

Admission: Free




Create Jewelry From Clay at Sun City Library, Thursday, October 27




City of Menifee Adopts New Council District Map

City council redistricting came to a close earlier this week after council members adopted a map outlining new boundaries to the four districts.

Existing ordinance requires the city to be divided up into four districts, with one city council member coming from each district, and a mayor being elected at-large.

When the US Census released new population data resulting from the 2010 Federal Census, the city learned it had about 10,000 more residents since the last census figures were published, hence necessitating a reexamination of district boundaries.

Last August, a Redistricting Committee of five residents were appointed by the city council to develop new boundary maps. The month, the committee submitted three maps to the city council for review. Last Tuesday, the council voted to adopt one of the maps.

Joe Daugherty, a member of the redistricting committee, as well as chairman of the incorporation committee that formed Menifee into a city three years ago, drew the winning map. The other two maps, were submitted by Chad Warren, a resident of Menifee Lakes, and Ann Pica, a resident of Sun City.

Daugherty's map won votes from council members Darcy Kuenzi, Sue Kristjansson, and John Denver. Council member Tom Furhman and Wallace Edgerton each voted for the other two maps.

Joe Daugherty's district map, was voted in by the city council.


Chad Warren's map, got one vote from Mayor Wallace Edgerton


Ann Pica's map, got one vote from Tom Fuhrman

Much of the discussion over the three maps seemed to hinge on three factors, that the districts best capture the unique communities of Menifee, the senior community of Sun City, the rural areas of Menifee, the suburban family communities, and the redevelopment areas of Menifee and Romoland. Other factors included keeping district lines drawn cleanly and noting landmarks such as mountains, salt creek, and the 215 freeway.

Several members of the public spoke out against maps drawn by Warren and Pica stating that they actually disrespect the historical community of Sun City (District 1), that it actually divides it into two. "Sun City historically went all the way out towards the hills to the west" said Ron Sullivan, a board of director with the Eastern Municipal Water District, citing his disapproval of maps by Warren and Pica.his support for Daugherty's map.

Warren's map was also a concern for others who stated it separated the Menifee Country Club area from Menifee Lakes, by drawing a boundary down Newport Rd.

Daugherty's map puts each of the four existing council members, excluding Mayor Edgerton, into their own unique district, with Kristjansson in District 1, Furhman in District in 2, Kuenzi in District 3, and Denver in District 4.

Edgerton, who resides in District 2, will be up for reelection in 2012 but cannot run in that District because its currently held by Fuhrman until 2014. Edgerton, can still run for mayor however, or can run for council by moving to another district.

At one point, Fuhrman asked council members to vote for maps based on a ranking system similar to how they voted to appoint Fred Twyman's replacement on the council, as a way to keep voting anonymous amongst the council members. "It worked very well when we elected a new council person", Furhman explained.

But other council members tended to shy away from the process that Furhman suggested. When the council used that system to appoint a new council member, it required a lot of debate on how to devise a tie-breaking system.

"Why don't we go through all of them (the three maps) and ask for votes on each one", the Edgerton countered.

"I tend to think that if we do that, everybody is going to have their cards on the table one at a time rather than playing their hand all at once.", Fuhrman answered, referring to the concern that when one council member revealed their vote, it would influence the way remaining council members might vote. "I think there's going to be a controversy doing it that way", Furhman continued.

But when none of the other council members seconded Furhman's idea, the council opted to ask each member to state their favorite map. Kuenzi started first by voting for Daugherty's map. Furhman followed by voting for Ann Pica's map. Denver voted next for Daugherty's map, and Kristjansson followed also with Daugherty's map.

At that point, with Daugherty's map getting a three vote majority, grumblings across the audience broke out followed by several attendees who got up and left the meeting, without even waiting to hear how Edgerton would vote.

Edgerton, who acknowledged that at this point his vote didn't matter, cast a vote for Chad Warren's map.




City Makes Budget Cuts in Response to State Raid of Vehicle License Fees

If all goes as planned, the City of Menifee will host fewer city council meetings, fewer planning commission meetings, possibly even a moratorium on hiring new staff, among other cuts, in an attempt to close a $3.9 million gap left by the State.

The city had actually balanced its budget last June, but was blindsided shortly thereafter when Governor Brown signed legislation allowing the State to seize $3.9 million of its vehicle license fees. That money represented about 16% of the city's total budget.

The City of Menifee had made attempts to capture that money back from the State but was unsuccessful. Finally last Tuesday, the city council adopted several budget cuts to balance out the $3.9 million in seized funds.

However, none of the cuts will have a direct impact on residents' existing quality of life. Instead, the city was able to find money to offset the $3.9 million by tightening the belt at City Hall a little tighter.

For example, scheduling one city council meeting and one planning commission meeting a month, instead of two, would add another $28,000 towards closing the gap left by the State.

The city found it could renegotiate contracts with its city attorney, its copier contract, their long-distance telephone contract, among others, and found $219,000 they could squeeze out. Even renegotiating contracts with the County Sheriff and Fire, without sacrificing service levels, the city could find additional savings at $716,000. "There was no contract too big or too small that we couldn't look at." Rawlings said.

The city also owes about $1.1 million to the County of Riverside for public services the County provided while the city was in its infancy. Currently, the city is paying $367,000 a year towards that debt. Rawlings and his staff was able to negotiate the County into deferring those payments to another five years.

They also "resized" the city's events, such as the City Birthday Event, Independence Day Celebration, effectively saving another $295,000.

The city also chose to forego plans to expand the facilities at City Hall, and eliminate additional staff training and travel.

With all the cuts, the city still found itself $514,000 short of closing the $3.9 million gap. To make up that last bit of difference, it will take money from its cash reserves.

The city had also proposed a hiring freeze to help close the gap. When the city adopted its budget last June, it had set aside money to hire as many as eight new positions, but considered putting those positions on the shelf in the mean time. However, city councilmembers felt they could actually build new revenue by filling some key positions, and opted to fund those positions through the city's cash reserves.

"I would be in favor of taking money out of the reserves", Councilmember Darcy Kuenzi said in regards to keeping the eight new positions open. "I think some of the service levels in the department are deficient, in my opinion, and they should be increased, and we need to increase the staff so that we can have an adequate level of service for code enforcement, engineering and public works departments, adding to the economic development by adding those positions."

Councilmember Sue Kristjansson added, "Regardless of the funding, when you have a very minimal staff trying to do an enormous job, morale tanks and people burn out. I want to be very judicious with the money that is spent here, but I don't want to tax our employees any more than they already are, because we might just get them to that brink."

In regards to having only one city council and planning commission meeting per month, councilmember John Denver added that the city be allowed to schedule additional meetings if the workload requires it. "If there's a need for a second planning commission meeting in a month, because they've been given another assignment, and/or if a large group of things come in, it would be placed in." Denver said.




Halloween Trunk-Or-Treat Night set for Monday, October 31st

For more information visit New Life Menifee.




Menudo Fundraiser for New Life Christian Fellowship Held On Saturday, October 29th

For more information visit New Life Menifee.




Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

Menifee 24/7 is proud to present to you this week's Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week. Together we hope to find homes and happiness for as many pets as possible.

Adoptable pet of the week, Gina.

Sun City k9 Adoptions

Name: Gina

Breed: Dachshund/basset hound mix

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Sun City K9
Sun City K9
Sun City k9
Temperament: Gina is the very definition of a family dog. At five years of age she is an exceedingly sweet natured and nurturing pet.
Her small size and loving personality makes her the perfect companion for the whole family. She is especially great with children of all ages and other dogs too.

She loves to spend her days playing inside and out. Her very favorite game just happens to be anything involving a tennis ball, preferably fetch.

Gina’s Story: Gina was relinquished to Sun City K9 by her owner back in September. Her family had a new baby who was sick and required a lot of care, in the end they didn't have the time or the resources to care for both of them.

She is used to being a part of the family and will fit right in to any loving home.

Sun City K9 Adoptions, located on Murrieta Road in Sun City, is open for adoptions seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

They also host adoptions each weekend at the nearby Petco in Menifee Country Marketplace, every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Founders, Elizabeth and Kim, are so thankful for the continued generosity and support from the community.

They are always looking for kindness, if you are interested in contributing in any way, donating to their upcoming fundraiser garage sale, or volunteering you can contact them seven days a week by calling 951.679.6444.

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
951.679.6444

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.




Coworking Connection Provides Advantages for Home Businesses

With today’s job economy at an all time low, more and more people are turning towards working from home in order to make a decent income. The home office has many advantages including low commuting costs and flexible work hours. However, for businesses that find a need to meet with their clients on a regular basis, continuous meetings at noisy coffee shops and restaurants can begin to take a toll on their budget.

Coworking Connection is a new business in Menifee that was created with just these types of businesses in mind. Providing a space free of the distractions and interruptions of a home office, Coworking Connection presents their clients with a professional environment filled with friendly staff and a sense of community. Being able to include an address on business cards creates a professional touch to individual businesses, and Coworking Connection gives them the opportunity to do just so. Working alongside other business professionals, patrons of this area are able to surround themselves with like minded people striving to help one another succeed with their businesses.

Coworking Connection provides the opportunity for these home-workers to rent out office space or meeting rooms depending on the occasion. Eight of the ten available spaces are already being rented out by local businesses such as Diamond Property Real Estate, Diamond Property Management, SRCAR, Menifee United Way, ATS So Cal and Farmers Insurance, as they have already begun to take advantage of the services provided.

Coworking Connection is located at 27070 Sun City Blvd, next to Provident Bank on the corner of Cherry Hills and Sun City Blvd. You can reach the office at (951) 309-1032 during their business hours of Monday through Friday from 9-5pm.




Star Wars Costume Party at Sun City Library, Tuesday, October 25




Free Business Seminar Scheduled For October 26th

This free, free, free event is open to the public. If you would like to learn more about social networking, using Facebook or Twitter, or finding ways to make money using the internet, contact the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce by calling 951.672.1991. Seating is limited, so reservations are required.




Coworking Connection throws Menifee K-9 specialist a bone

K-9 behavior specialist Farren Mahone and her dog, Memo.
Local K-9 behavior specialist Farren Mahone doesn’t need to use the excuse “my dog ate my paperwork” around her clients, despite the plausibility.

Instead, she has a desk at Coworking Connection in Menifee, a professional building with office space for rent, where she is able to catch up on all of the paperwork for her business.

“I have trouble doing paperwork at home, so this is an awesome solution,” said Mahone. “I’m able to have an office environment to get everything done.”

As the owner of Board-N-Behave, Mahone primarily works out of her home on her 2-acre dog farm in Menifee, or in the homes of her clients. She needs a quiet and productive space to focus on the contractual part of her work.

“There isn’t another place in the area that has office space, so I’m excited I found Coworking Connection,” she said.

Coworking Connection owner Brian Walker bought the 4,536-square-foot building a couple of months ago in Sun City when he was ready to expand his career as a Farmers Insurance Agent.

“Brian is great at helping people become successful in what they’re gifted in,” Mahone said. “He also helps me with marketing and coordinating events.”

At Coworking Connection Mahone is able to organize her filing cabinet, network with local businesses, and get the word out about her work.

“My niche is extreme reform with troubled dogs,” she said. Mahone holds group obedience classes, private sessions, and in-kennel training. Board-N-Behave also offers boarding, grooming, and pet sitting.

“I custom train dogs for the owner’s lifestyle,” she said. “A dog should be an asset, not a burden.”

For a complementary consultation, contact Mahone at (951) 775-1499 or email her at farrenmahone@boardnbehave.com. Visit www.boardnbehave.com for more information.

Coworking Connection is located at 27070 Sun City Blvd. in Menifee. For more information call (951) 309-1048.




New California State Skydiving Record Set

skydive perris 200 way meet up
This past weekend at Skydive Perris during the 200-way meet-up invitational a new state record was achieved.

Two hundred of the world's most talented skydivers simultaneously jumped from nine specially equipped air crafts to successfully set the new California State Record for largest jump configuration. The previous record was set back in 2009 by 181 women at the Jump For A Cause benefit.

Skydive Perris 200 way meet up
While Skydive Perris draws jumpers from all over the globe all year round, this particular five-day event drew a more diverse crowd, at one time, than usual.

Experienced skydivers from over thirteen countries participated, including; Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, Chili, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Norway, and Canada. Their incredible jump was nothing short of amazing, and was quite the site to see.

Skydive Perris 200 way meet up
Unsuspecting passers by stopped their vehicles on the sides of the roads surrounding Perris Airport to get out and watch as two-hundred, seemingly flying, sky divers created the most incredible display high above the ground.

Throngs of spectators watched from the airport grounds as flight after flight of jumpers took off, and minutes later leapt into mid air.

Over the course of five days, from October 12 through October 16, hundreds of jumpers took flight but the grand finale was the intended 200-way spectacular, which definitely did not disappoint.

There to capture it all on camera was a highly trained team of photographers and videographers, who themselves, have been jumping for many years as well. The head of the photography team Craig O'Brien, or OB as he's known around Skydive Perris, has made over 15,000 jumps during his 18 year jump career and is not only a professional photographer and cinematographer, but also a world champion skydiver.

Skydive Perris 200 way
Skydive Perris 200 way
Skydive Perris 200 way

It would seem not only are the jumps themselves expertly orchestrated, as can be seen in the diagrams above, but the pictorial preservation of the actual event as well. From a team of experienced professionals who know their way around a camera just as impressively as they do a parachute.

Please visit Big Way Photography for more information, or to order full size prints of the awesome images seen above.

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