Hollywood Revisited Comes to Menifee, January 14, 2012

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Early Residents of Menifee Honored at Historical Assocation Meeting

At a recent Menifee Valley Historical Association meeting, Paul Wright and his family were honored as early residents of Menifee Valley. Edward and Christine Wright came to the valley about 1932 with their young son, Paul. Deborah Chaussee, Paul's daughter, read a description of life in Menifee Valley written by her grandmother, Christine. On display at the meeting were several beautiful quilts and crafts made by Christine.

Photo: seated: Paul and Betty Wright. Standing L to R: Roger Chaussee, Deborah Chaussee,
Brenda Wright, and grandson Roger Paul Chaussee.

The mission of MVHA is to identify, preserve and promote the historical legacy of the Menifee Valley, to promote respect for its past, and to educate the public about its historical significance. The association meets the third Saturday of every month at Haun Center, 31850 Haun Rd in Menifee from 9:30 to noon. Membership is open to anyone who shares its goals.

Contact: Linda Denver, (951) 505-1374

Phi Theta Kappa Group at MSJC Hosts Toy/Food Drive

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The holiday season is upon us once again, and this year especially many people in our community need your help. The Beta Delta Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Mt. San Jacinto College is holding its Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive until Thursday, December 15th. They are collecting holiday gifts as well as food for MSJC students, employees, and local residents in need.

During the food and toy drive there will be boxes on campus in the locations listed below, where the chapter will be collecting non-perishable food items, gifts for young adults, toys for children of all ages, and food and toys for family pets. The goal is to provide families in need with all of the gifts and food items needed for a joyful holiday meal and celebration. Additionally, this year Phi Theta Kappa is also giving you a chance to adopt a child using the tags on the trees attached to our donation boxes. Take the time to make a young person’s holiday season a bit brighter!

The chapter has also collaborated with youth at the local juvenile hall to brighten up the college. These youth have taken the time to decorate the donation boxes around campus through a partnership with the F.A.C.E. (Full Art Comprehensive Education) outreach program.

Here are the locations for the carious donation boxes located on each MSJC campus.

1. ASB/Phi Theta Kappa Office (inside the cafeteria)
2. Office of Instruction
3. Learning Resource Center

1. Office of Instruction
2. Learning Resource Center
3. Bookstore
4. Cafe

1. Main Office Space

This is just one of many ways you can give back to the community this holiday season. Please help those in need as well as helping the local community college in their endeavors.

If you have any questions about the Holiday Food and Toy Drive, please contact the Phi Theta Kappa office by phone at 951-487-3276 or email our Phi Theta Kappa President Amy Bartel at abartel815@student.msjc.edu, SJC Faculty Advisor Christina Yamanaka at cyamanaka@msjc.edu, or MVC Faculty Advisor Nick Reeves at nreeves@msjc.edu.

Menifee Pageant Girls Crowned in Diamond Valley Area Competition

Bringing the pageant life to the Inland Empire and giving Menifee some well deserved representation, the Inland California Scholarship Pageant crowned Miss Diamond Valley and her court back in October at. The new queens were carefully chosen through a series of events to represent the Diamond Valley area for the ensuing year. This annual pageant is conducted by Southwest California Pageants and is open to girls and unmarried women up to the age of 21 who reside in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

This year’s pageant was held at the Act One Community Theater in Temecula on Saturday, October 8th. The evening pageant began with an opening dance number performed by the outgoing 2011 Inland California Court and contestants. The current contestants participated in a sportswear and evening gown competition, followed by an on-stage question and answer session. These events, as well as the personal interviews conducted earlier in the day, determined who would be selected as queens for the ensuing year.

After tallying up the points, the lucky winners were finally chosen. Katie Pape of Lake Elsinore was crowned Miss Diamond Valley, while joining her on the Inland California Court for 2012 were: Teen Miss Isabel Donadio of Menifee, Jr. Teen Miss Molly O’Neal of Lake Elsinore, and Pre-Teen Miss Jayme Banda of Menifee.

Earlier in the day, the children’s pageant crowned an additional 6 queens, including: Junior Miss Emily Neels of Temecula, Little Miss Kenya Melgar of Menifee, Pixie Miss Natalie Spradlin of Menifee, Petite Miss Nelly Gomez of Menifee, and Toddler Miss Miley Meza of Lake Elsinore.

Pictured from left to right back row are: Teen Miss Isabel Donadio, Miss Katie Pape, Jr. Teen Miss Molly O’Neal, and Pre-Teen Miss Jayme Banda.
Front row: Junior Miss Emily Neels and Little Miss Kenya Melgar.

Each of these girls have taken pride in being awarded the crown and sash, and have already attended several community events proudly sporting their titles. During their reign, the new queens will be attending numerous community functions, Chamber of Commerce events, grand openings, parades and many philanthropic and charitable functions.

For more information regarding this or upcoming pageants, or to schedule an appearance by Miss Diamond Valley and her court, please contact Anne Bowman at 951-541-9163.

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Anna D'Geami to Photograph Inner Goddesses in Menifee, December 14

anna dgeamiAnna D’Geami, the owner of “The Face Of A Modern Goddess”, will be in Menifee, Wednesday, December 14, 2011, as a guest of the Menifee/Murrieta chapter of National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).

D'Geami specializes in a unique photographic quest to capture the "Divine Feminine" living inside each woman, as a celebration of their inner beauty. She will be on hand to photograph attendees at the event and make holiday cards with fun quotes that can be send out from her website.

In addition, MASSAGE ENVY, which will be opening an outlet in Menifee, will be present with massage chairs to put attendees at ease and make them feel more like real goddesses.

A gift exchange of $10.00, not mandatory, will be conducted.

Cost of the meeting is $10.00 for NAFE members, $15.00 for non-members.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 11:30am.

Place: Boston Billie's Banquet Room, 2680 Cherry Hills Blvd, Menifee, CA 92586

For more information or to RSVP, contact Robbie Motter 888-244-4420 or email rmotter@aol.com.

Inaugural Tree Lighting Event at Menifee City Hall Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The City of Menifee invites the community to come enjoy the Inaugural Tree Lighting Event at Menifee City Hall on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 5 pm. The event will benefit the Spark of Love Toy Drive and the Menifee Community Cupboard.

The Inaugural Event, which has been designed to raise awareness of those in need in Menifee, will feature the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to City Hall to assist Mayor Wallace Edgerton in lighting the first Christmas tree at City Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera to get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of City Hall.

The City will be accepting non-perishable/canned food items to stock the shelves of the Menifee Community Cupboard and collecting new, unwrapped toys for the “Spark of Love” Toy Drive. A Children’s Choir, sponsored by the Arts Council Menifee, will perform to get those in attendance in the holiday spirit.

christmas tree lighting ceremony
The event will be staged on Haun Road directly out in front of Menifee City Hall, located at 29714 Haun Road. Hot drinks and light snacks will be provided. As a safety precaution, a portion of Haun Road will be closed to through traffic beginning at 4 pm. Parking will be available around the New Hub Circle and in adjacent parking lots near the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Menifee and its supportive partner, the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, is excited to produce this Inaugural event for the Menifee community.

For more event information, please contact Kathy Bennett, 951.672.6777, or Rob Johnson, rjohnson@cityofmenifee.us.

After an Accident

brian walker menifeeAs an insurance agent, I often receive a call about an accident immediately after it happens. I picture my client standing in the middle of the road with a smoking car and fluid leaking from the point of impact. If you have lived in California for a long period of time, you probably have seen a bad accident or two. However, most accidents occur in parking lots and thankfully, involve low speeds.

People always ask me, what do I do after an accident? If the accident is an emergency call 911 and avoid moving an injured person. This may seriously complicate the injury. Do your best to warn other drivers, turn on hazard lights, set flares or signal with a flashlight or flag. When everyone is safe, exchange information starting with insurance documentation. Make sure to get the license plate number from the vehicles involved and the names of any drivers, passengers and witnesses. Double check the other party’s driver’s license to make sure it is valid and the picture matches the person.

Be careful what you say, do not admit responsibility. Investigation may show that you were not responsible. When appropriate, report the accident to the proper authorities. Your insurance company may do this for you if/when you make a claim with your carrier.

Some things to remember to write down: time of accident, location and cross streets. Road conditions are very important in some situations including weather or construction. Look for traffic signs or signals and street lights and report if you think the other party is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Call the police immediately if you feel threatened in any way, as some people get very upset. If the police arrive, get the officer’s name, badge number and phone number so you can follow up with them later and possibly give a report.

As an insured driver, it would be in your best interest to take photos of the accident, from a safe spot, with your cell phone. Most people have cell phones now, and all the data possible for your insurance agent will only help in the long run. Often times, accident victims don't even realize that they are not at fault, but further evidence can proof that to be the case. Even a photo of the other driver's insurance information and drivers license, as well as both vehicles and the area, can help. Take as many helpful photos as you can from a safe distance, perhaps even of skid marks, damaged property, and driving conditions.

Remember, accidents happen. They are unfortunate events but chances are that sooner or later, your drive will be interrupted by one. Know what to do; stay calm, collect important data, say as little as possible. These are vital steps in helping the healing process, for both you and your vehicle.

Brian Walker is a Farmers Insurance agent in Menifee. Contact him at 27070 Sun City Blvd, Menifee, CA 92586, (951) 672-3476, or visit online: http://www.farmersagent.com/bwalker4

Top Year-End Investment Tips

jeremy taylor menifeeJust what you need, right? One more time-consuming task to be taken care of between now and the end of the year. But taking a little time out from the holiday chores to make some strategic saving and investing decisions before December 31 can affect not only your long-term ability to meet your financial goals but also the amount of taxes you'll owe next April.

Look at the forest, not just the trees

The first step in your year-end investment planning process should be a review of your overall portfolio. That review can tell you whether you need to rebalance. If one type of investment has done well--for example, large-cap stocks--it might now represent a greater percentage of your portfolio than you originally intended. To rebalance, you would sell some of that asset class and use that money to buy other types of investments to bring your overall allocation back to an appropriate balance. Your overall review should also help you decide whether that rebalancing should be done before or after December 31 for tax reasons.

Also, make sure your asset allocation is still appropriate for your time horizon and goals. You might consider being a bit more aggressive if you're not meeting your financial targets, or more conservative if you're getting closer to retirement. If you want greater diversification, you might consider adding an asset class that tends to react to market conditions differently than your existing investments do. Or you might look into an investment that you have avoided in the past because of its high valuation if it's now selling at a more attractive price. Diversification and asset allocation don't guarantee a profit or insure against a possible loss, of course, but they're worth reviewing at least once a year.

Know when to hold 'em

When contemplating a change in your portfolio, don't forget to consider how long you've owned each investment. Assets held for a year or less generate short-term capital gains, which are taxed as ordinary income. Depending on your tax bracket, that rate could be much higher. Long-term capital gains on the sale of assets held for more than a year are taxed at lower rates: 15% for most investors, 0% (through tax year 2012) for anyone in the lowest tax bracket. (Long-term gains on collectibles are different; those are taxed at 28%, and special rules apply to certain property held for five years or more.) Those rates are currently scheduled to change in 2013, increasing to 20% for most investors and 10% for those in the lowest tax bracket.

Your holding period can also affect the treatment of qualified stock dividends, which currently are taxed at the more favorable long-term capital gains rates. (You must have held the stock at least 61 days within the 121-day period that starts 60 days before the stock's ex-dividend date; preferred stock must be held for 91 days within a 181-day window. The lower rate also depends on when and whether your shares were hedged or optioned.) However, as of 2013, dividends are once again scheduled to be taxed at ordinary income rates.

Make lemonade from lemons

Now is the time to consider the tax consequences of any capital gains or losses you've experienced this year. Though tax considerations shouldn't be the primary driver of your investing decisions, there are steps you can take before the end of the year to minimize any tax impact of your investing decisions.

If you have realized capital gains from selling securities at a profit (congratulations!) and you have no tax losses carried forward from previous years, you can sell losing positions to avoid being taxed on some or all of those gains. Any losses over and above the amount of your gains can be used to offset up to $3,000 of ordinary income ($1,500 for a married person filing separately) or carried forward to reduce your taxes in future years. Selling losing positions for the tax benefit they will provide next April is a common financial practice known as "harvesting your losses."

Example: You sold stock in ABC company this year for $2,500 more than you paid when you bought it four years ago. You decide to sell the XYZ stock that you bought six years ago because it seems unlikely to regain the $20,000 you paid for it. You sell your XYZ shares at a $7,000 loss. You offset your $2,500 capital gain, offset $3,000 of ordinary income tax this year, and carry forward the remaining $1,500 to be applied in future tax years.

Time any trades appropriately

If you're selling to harvest losses in a stock or mutual fund and intend to repurchase the same security, make sure you wait at least 31 days before buying it again. Otherwise, the trade is considered a "wash sale," and the tax loss will be disallowed. The wash sale rule also applies if you buy an option on the stock, sell it short, or buy it through your spouse within 30 days before or after the sale.

If you have unrealized losses that you want to capture but still believe in a specific investment, there are a couple of strategies you might think about. If you want to sell but don't want to be out of the market for even a short period, you could sell your position at a loss, then buy a similar exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in the same asset class or industry. Or you could double your holdings, then sell your original shares at a loss after 31 days. You'd end up with the same position, but would have captured the tax loss.

If you're buying a mutual fund in a taxable account, find out when it will distribute any dividends or capital gains. Consider delaying your purchase until after that date, which often is near year-end. If you buy just before the distribution, you'll owe taxes this year on that money, even if your own shares haven't appreciated. And if you plan to sell a fund anyway, you may minimize taxes by selling before the distribution date.

Know where to hold 'em

Think about which investments make sense to hold in a tax-advantaged account and which might be better for taxable accounts. For example, it's generally not a good idea to hold tax-free investments, such as municipal bonds, in a tax-deferred account (e.g., a 401(k), IRA, or SEP). Doing so provides no additional tax advantage to compensate you for tax-free investments' typically lower returns.

Similarly, if you have mutual funds that trade actively and therefore generate a lot of short-term capital gains, it may make sense to hold them in a tax-advantaged account to defer taxes on those gains, which can occur even if the fund itself has a loss. Finally, when deciding where to hold specific investments, keep in mind that distributions from a tax-deferred retirement plan don't qualify for the lower tax rate on capital gains and dividends.

Be selective about selling shares

If you own a stock, fund, or ETF and decide to unload some shares, you may be able to maximize your tax advantage. For a mutual fund, the most common way to calculate cost basis is to use the average cost per share. However, you can also request that specific shares be sold--for example, those bought at a certain price. Which shares you choose depends on whether you want to book capital losses to offset gains, or keep gains to a minimum to reduce the tax bite. (This only applies to shares held in a taxable account.) Be aware that you must use the same method when you sell the rest of those shares.

Example: You have invested periodically in a stock for five years, paying various prices, and now want to sell some shares. To minimize the capital gains tax you'll pay on them, you could decide to sell the least profitable shares, perhaps those that were only slightly lower when purchased. Or if you wanted losses to offset capital gains, you could specify shares bought above the current price.

Jeremy Taylor CRPC®, is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., CA Insurance License #0E42039. Contact Jeremy at:

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
29826 Haun Rd, Suite 206
Menifee, CA 92586.

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

E-mail: jeremy.i.taylor@ampf.com
Website: www.ameripriseadvisors.com/jeremy.i.taylor

Know Your Risk Or You May Unknowingly Suffer Big Losses

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

In this segment, we look at the lack of education, diversification, and discipline with investors. It’s a sad story for some investors.

You must know your risk measurements. Investors that don’t know their risk, end up chasing performance and taking too much risk. Then, they are surprised when their net worth drops by 40%, 50%, or more in a severe recession. Add to that, the shenanigans from the financial industry with the exorbitant fees in many 401k plans and mutual funds.

Check out this analysis of a 60 Minutes segment and you will learn another reason investor coaching is so important! This is why we are dedicated to continue to provide you with ongoing educational videos and coaching classes. You will never be abandoned by us.

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/

Sherry Durado's Sun City 'Christmas House' Brightens Spirits, Supports Charity

sherry duradoThe exterior of houses throughout the Menifee area are sparkling to life with colorful lights and decorations this week. But if you want to see inside the real "Christmas House," stop by Sherry Durado's place.

For about the last 15 years, Durado has opened her house to public tours on the first two weekends of December. The reason? Every Christmas season, she transforms her modest one-story home into a holiday winter wonderland.

Beginning this Saturday, residents can take walking tours through Durado's home on Carmel Road in Sun City. The next two Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., folks can stroll through nine rooms decorated from floor to ceiling with elaborate Christmas displays.

The $5 donation to tour the Durado house goes to a local charity each year. This year, that charity is Menifee/Sun City Concern, Inc., which will use the funds in its outreach programs to seniors and disabled residents in the area.

"I always let some kind of philanthropic organization benefit from this," said Durado, who started the tradition with a similar display in her two-story house in Big Bear years ago. "Last year it was the Cancer Society. A lot of money was raised."

Durado's collection, built over the years with loving care, includes 10 large artificial Christmas trees, each decorated with a different theme. There's a Victorian tree, a music-themed tree, a Raggedy Ann tree, a Disney tree, and much more. Visitors will see animated Santas, a collection of nutcracker figurines, and many miniature scenes featuring skaters, a holiday roller coaster and a carousel.

There's even a miniature Christmas tree in the bathtub.

"This house is very conducive to being a Christmas house because it's so compact," said Durado, who decorates virtually every square inch of the house. Each year she receives help in decorating from a local high school student performing community service.

In addition to the public tours Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, the Christmas House will host two private parties later in the month -- one for the Lavender Rose Tea Society and another for the Red Hat Tea Society.

"If you don't think you want Christmas, come over here," said Myrna Cina, a longtime friend of Durado and member of the Red Hat Society. "You'll want to go home and fix up your house. Coming here just makes you feel good."

Admission tickets are available at the door. Children should be closely supervised by their parents because the decorations are delicate and cannot be touched.

Christmas Home Tour

28653 Carmel Road, Sun City

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets available at the door

$5 donation benefits Menifee/Sun City Concern, Inc.

Information: (951) 679-2374

Sun City K9 Adoptable Pet of the Week

As we unwind from Thanksgiving, the residual feeling of thankfulness continues to surround our hearts. Should the sentiment strike you to give a home to a homeless pet, Sun City K9 Adoptions and Menifee 24/7 offer to you the perfect little pal.

Adoptable pet of the week, Frodo.

Pet of the week
Name: Frodo

Breed: Chihuahua

Age: 4 years

Gender: Male, neutered

pet of the week
Pet of the week
pet of the week
Temperament: Frodo is extremely sweet and gentle. He is very quiet and rarely barks making him the perfect house pet. He loves other dogs and children and would love nothing more than to join your family.

Frodo’s Story: A woman who lives in Murrieta relinquished him to Sun City K9. He has lived at Sun City K9 since September 7th.

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

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

The Holidays Have Arrived At PJ's Toy Box

Remember PJ’s Toy Box is more than a toy store. They are your place to go for holiday dresses, suit jackets, and so much more. Don’t let this season stress your wallet. Shop at PJs Toy Box a consignment boutique specializing in children’s clothing, toys, strollers, etc. You never know what treasure you will find, at up to 70% off retail prices.

Grandparents and Great Grandparents will also enjoy shopping at PJ’s. They often have multiple grandchildren and enjoy the guilty-free shopping experience because they can afford to buy toys and clothes for all their little grandkids without breaking the budget.

PJ’s Toy Box is located at 26900 Newport Rd, #106, Menifee. Store hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday Noon to 6:00 PM. The phone number is #951-679-4999. Check them out on Facebook, as they post pictures of new items almost daily. What a fun way to save money.

Not a Moment Past Midnight, Black Friday Begins

Through consideration of Black Fridays’ past, it would appear that each successive year, the day after Thanksgiving madness starts a little earlier than the last.

Friday, November 25, 2011 will claim the spot in history for earliest opening with mainstream stores right here in Menifee waiting no longer than one minute past Thanksgiving day to start the shopping.

Most major stores in Menifee Countryside Marketplace will open their doors precisely at 12:00 a.m. Friday morning. If you can call it morning yet?

With tummies still full from over feasting, consumers anxious to start their holiday shopping can waste no time in getting to it.

With that being said, we might suggest a Thursday night “nap” to rest up for Friday’s festivities. A stop at Starbucks might not hurt either.

In speaking with Kohl’s manager Mike, he was pleased to ensure that Kohl’s will be offering numerous unique customer incentives, some which have never been used before. For the first time ever, customers will receive $15 for every $50 spent.

Over five hundred special early bird items will be value priced across all departments from 12 am until 1 am. As with most stores, Friday marks the official start to extended holiday hours. From Friday, November 25 through Christmas Kohl’s will be open until midnight each night.

Some helpful insight to the Menifee Marketplace madness:

12:00 a.m.
Best Buy
Game Stop

5:00 a.m

6:00 a.m.
T.J. Maxx

7:00 a.m.
Famous Footwear

8:00 a.m.
Payless Shoe Source

Here we have Menifee Marketplace’s convenient shopping center map, in case you’d care to pre-route your plan of Black Friday attack.

Barn Dance Brings in Canned Food for the Cupboard

Saturday’s Community Barn Dance and Food Drive proved to be a boot stomping, swing your partner, all-out uplifting occasion. Over seventy Menifee residents made it out to the Wheatfield Park Community Center in support of the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.

Shortly after 7 p.m. the festivities were already well under way. Bill and Colleen Ackerman, who looked every bit ready to barn dance the night away in their matching plaid ensembles, hosted the evening.

Bill, in full dance instructor mode complete with hands free microphone headset, lead each dance with step-by-step instructions interjecting little bits of folk dance history along the way.

Community barn dance
Community barn dance
Community barn dance
Everyone enthusiastically packed the linoleum (dance) floor, attempting to navigate through the first line dance steps by means of a unison grape vine. The lively music added to an already animated crowd, who showed admirable determination through out each and every dance number.

The soundtrack ranged from timeless favorites including Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, to classic country songs and folk melodies. Participants of all ages clapped along with the beat, clearly enjoying the atmosphere and good company.

Community Barn DancePerhaps the most successful outcome of the evening, however, was the bag upon plastic grocery bag of donated canned food. While the event was free to the public, attendees were asked to donate non-perishable food items in place of a ticket price.

While people may have come for the fun and dancing, the overflowing donation bin showed the caring side of community support. In total the Cupboard added 350 pounds of food and $70 cash donation to their community cupboard.

The very grateful Community Cupboard carted away an entire van full of enough donations to help stock their supply for the impending holiday season.

Thanksgiving indeed.

Community barn dance

Join the Menifee Chapter of TEAM Referral Network to Expand Your Business

Hey Menifee, are you looking to expand your business? If so, don’t hire a sales team, join one! And join the newly forming Menifee Chapter of TEAM Referral Network on Tuesdays at 11:30 am weekly.

TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) is an exclusive networking group dedicated to helping small to medium-sized businesses grow using Relationship Marketing. They are actively looking for key businesses to visit their group and take advantage of what they have to offer.

An example of businesses they are looking for to join their group include a Chiropractor, Attorney, Banker, Dentist, Hair Salon, Interior Design, Payroll Services, Skincare/Cosmetics, Printer, Accountant, Promotional Products, Travel, Web Design, Carpet Cleaner, and Computer Service businesses.

Relationship marketing is a better, smarter way of doing business. If referrals are an important part of your marketing, the Menifee Chapter of TEAM Referral Network is the perfect opportunity for you to endorse.

Please remember to bring business cards, fliers and any other materials to represent your business. You will have an opportunity to give a one-minute commercial about your business and fill out an application before your competition does!

If you know of other local business professionals that would be interested in networking with the Menifee Chapter of TEAM, please invite them as well!

This event will be taking place at Menifee Coworking Connection located at 27070 Sun City Blvd. You can contact Terilee Harrison Director, TEAM Referral Network by Email at terilee@teamreferralnetwork.com or by phone at 909-576-3007. You can also check out the program website and let them know if they should save a seat for you.

Menifee rancher, veteran Lynn Mattocks continues to ride tall in the saddle

lynn mattoxAs a boy growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Lynn Mattocks knew only one thing.

"It was all cattle ranches and cowboys," recalled Mattocks, relaxing in the den of his ranch house in Menifee. "I was always around the cowboys. I decided that's what I wanted to be; those are your heroes."

It didn't take him long to recognize the bond shared by cowboys and members of the military, however. That became evident when the U.S. entered World War II.

"When that happened, all the cowboys hung up their saddles and went off to war," said Mattocks. "They still had rodeos in the area, but they were used as fund-raisers for the war effort.

"Then I went to the theater and saw a newsreel where the Marines raised the flag at Iwo Jima. I said, 'I've got to be one of those.' "

If anyone truly exemplifies both the spirit of the American cowboy and the war hero, it's Lynn Mattocks.

Mattocks, 76, has devoted his life to both professions. A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Marines who served three tours in Vietnam, the Menifee rancher also was a champion rodeo cowboy in both the military and professional circuits.

lynn mattoxToday, Mattocks continues his efforts both to preserve the legacy of the American cowboy and to pay tribute to military veterans. He enjoys speaking to students about the history of the Menifee Valley, serves on the Riverside County Trails Committee, and participates in many military memorial celebrations.

On Nov. 11, Mattocks rode with the color guard of the Marine Corps League in the Murrieta Veterans Day parade. Residents and visitors of all ages, from veterans to small children, cheered as military personnel -- both retired and active -- traveled down Washington Street in the historic downtown section of Murrieta.

Whether he's giving horseback riding lessons on his ranch off Menifee Road or working to gain recognition for U.S. veterans, Mattocks stands much larger than his 5-foot-4 frame in the community. He truly cares about his country and his community, and he lets people know it.

"I like to participate in the parades," said Mattocks, who rides in the Murrieta Veterans Day Parade every year and was once its grand marshall. "It's an educational experience for the people. I also like to go to the schools and let the kids know about the history. It's not taught enough in our schools."

Mattocks has plenty to tell. As a member of the Marines' First Counter-intelligence Team, he played a key role in the U.S. battle against the Viet Cong. In June of 1964, he was the first Marine sent into Vietnam with a specific mission to gain intelligence in the mounting war effort.

"For a young sergeant at the time, I couldn't believe I was put in that position," Mattocks recalled.

He was wounded in action twice and is a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Retired from a military career in 1986, Mattocks returned to the Menifee area, to which he had first come while working as an extra in western films in 1959.

lynn mattoxAfter living and working on the Harrison ranch for many years, Mattocks in 1988 purchased a ranch house on the former Wickerd Ranch, just north of Scott Road and west of Menifee Road. He lives there he lives with his wife Sue, surrounded by a stable of horses and the many Western and military artifacts and awards he has collected over the years.

As always, he is involved with multiple projects. One is the effort to place a memorial near the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., in honor of Sgt. Reckless, a war horse that is buried at Camp Pendleton. Bought off a racetrack in Seoul, South Korea, Reckless was used to carry ammunition from supply stations to the front lines. On a single day during the Battle for Outpost Vegas in 1953, she made 51 trips to the firing sites, carrying a total of 386 rounds of ammunition on her back.

Reckless was officially promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, a rank never before or since bestowed upon an animal.

"In 1958, when she returned to the U.S., I was the one who took her to parades," Mattocks said proudly.

Another of Mattocks' passions is the preservation of hiking and riding trails in Riverside County. As a member of the trails committee, he works with the Bureau of Land Management regarding land use and the proper designation of trails for public use.

"We ensure the preservation of the existing trails and we're working on expanding the trail system," Mattocks said. "We want to make sure development in the area doesn't cut them off."

Mattocks also is coordinator of the area's emergency animal rescue efforts. Using his extensive knowledge of the area and his experience with animals, Mattocks works with local ranchers to evacuate animals to safe areas during fires and other natural disasters.

"There's not a better kind of people than the rural ranchers here," he said.

To those ranchers, the feeling is mutual.

Lynn Mattocks points out some of the saddles and other Western gear on display in the front room of his
ranch house in Menifee.

Chamber of Commerce Invites You to Their Holiday Mixer

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Menifee citizens are welcome to join the Chamber Holiday Mixer being held at the Kay Ceniceros Community Center on December 7th at 5:30 p.m. This event is free to Chamber members and $10 for non members who wish to bring their staff and join in on the holiday festivities.

There will also be a bottle auction, so be sure to bring a raffle item to promote your business.

Be sure to join in on this event to meet your fellow business associates and celebrate in the largest mixer of the year!

You can find out more on the Menifee Valley Chamber’s website here, or reach them by phone at 951-672-1991.

The Kay Ceniceros Senior Center is located at 29995 Evans Road in Menifee. You can also find out more about the Center’s Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser and how you can help brighten the holidays for their members here.

Royal American Financial Advisors Donates Food & Money to Menifee Valley Community Cupboard

Royal American Financial Advisors and its customers donated food and money from its recent "Where's the Optimism Casino Night" to benefit Menifee Valley Community Cupboard...

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/

Annual Christmas program set for Dec. 1-3 in Menifee

The seventh annual Community Christmas Celebration begins a three-day run, Dec. 1, at the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Entitled “Unto Us A Son Is Given,” the event includes two nightly musical presentations with video support on each of the three evenings. Additionally there will be a “live” Nativity, plus various rooms decorated with miniature Nativity scenes on loan from individuals throughout the community.

The performance schedule features youth choirs only on Thursday, Dec. 1 with programs at 7 and 8 p.m; on Friday, a special Spanish choir will perform at 7 p.m. followed by a second in English at 8 p.m.; and on Saturday evening, programs (in English) will commence at 7 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.

This year’s Christmas Celebration, presented in partnership St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 4 p.m. on Saturday. There is no charge and refreshments will be provided.

The Menifee chapel is located at 29725 Bradley Road (on the corner of Lazy Creek and Bradley, north of Newport Road.)

For more information go to www.menifeechristmascelebration.com.

Importance of having Household Inventory Records

brian walker menifeeIf you had a burglary or fire in your home tomorrow, you wouldn’t want to rely on just your memory when filing a claim. The items you use every day may come to mind quickly, but what about that set of silverware used only on special occasions?

An inventory of your household goods, in both words and pictures, is essential to getting all the benefits from your insurance policy.

Compiling a list of possessions can provide you and your insurance agent with a base for determining whether your homeowner coverage is sufficient. You may need to fill in the gaps or eliminate costly overlaps. Getting the full benefit of your insurance coverage is important if and when a claim may happen.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer or camera person to do an inventory of your possessions. Start by photographing or videotaping each room, wall by wall, floor to ceiling. Then take close-up shots of the valuables in each room. When you finish each room, go on to the closets, attic, garage and storage sheds. When you’re finished, write basic information on the back of the photos or include this information in the audio portion of your videotape.

Review your photo/video inventory every two to three years. Note changes in your possessions such as a new TV or couch you have reupholstered. Delete items you no longer own. Sales receipts help prove ownership and for recent purchases, they also establish the value of an article. Insurance companies do not expect customers to keep receipts for everything, but major purchases should be documented.

Secure your records in a safe place. Do not keep all of your inventory records at home! The inventory itself could be destroyed in case of fire or other household damage. Consider such locations as a safe-deposit box or the home of a relative. Safeguarding the value of your home and its contents may require investing a little time and money, but should you ever suffer a loss, you’ll have all the documentation you need to file and back up your claim quickly and easily.

Brian Walker is a Farmers Insurance agent in Menifee. Contact him at 27070 Sun City Blvd, Menifee, CA 92586, (951) 672-3476, or visit online: http://www.farmersagent.com/bwalker4

Sunday Success for Animal Friends of the Valleys

Animal Friends of the Valley

Sunday was a special day for Animal Friends of the Valleys, as they gave a go at adding Sunday adoption hours to their availability.

When asked the reasoning behind trying out a Sunday option, executive director Willa Bagwell plainly stated, “We wanted to see how successful it would be.” Then she added with a smile, “Today was very successful, we’ll be here the third Sunday of every month as planned.”

Over a mere four hour stint from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Friends of the Valleys adopted out nine dogs and cats to new homes. An 86-year-old resident took advantage of November’s senior pet month program and took home one lucky five-year-old cat named Daisy, for free.

Hopeful canines peered through glass windows, as pet seekers perused the neatly kept rooms one row at a time.

Adoption costs are only $60 for most pets with the option to have them spayed or neutered before you take them home.

With nine newly homed animals, and several more on hold, Animal Friends of the Valleys will continue to host "Paws on Sunday" adoption hours every third Sunday of the month.

Animal Friends of the Valleys
33751 Mission Trail
Wildomar, CA 92595

Open: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
3rd Sunday of each month, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce Offers Santa Sponsorships

Among all the fundraisers and charities that spring up around the holidays, the Menifee Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique way for you to contribute your efforts to those in need.

This year, the Chamber is offering seven different categories of sponsorship opportunities for participants. These categories range from the Santa Sponsor to a Goodie Bag Sponsor, with countless titles in between.

This is the perfect opportunity to not only help the community, but also to bring advertisement to your local business and network with others it the community.

If you are interested in participating in this event with your business, please contact the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, located at 29683 New Hub Drive #C.

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Menifee Excitedly Welcomes Miguel's Jr. Restaurant

miguels jr grand openingIt was an exciting day for Menifee residents when Miguel’s Jr. finally opened their tenth location to the public. After months of anxiously awaiting its arrival, watching the Marketplace parking lot as construction of a much-anticipated new dining establishment progressed, the time had at last come.

On Thursday, November 17, 2011 at precisely 10:45 a.m. to a crowd of approving city officials and patrons, it became official. With the help of an oversized pair of celebratory scissors, original founder and owner, Mike Vasquez formally cut the red ribbon.

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Menifee Chamber of Commerce CEO, Dorothy Wolons, officiated the ceremony to just over forty onlookers including the Vasquez family, law enforcement officers, local business owners, and city representatives.

John Denver gave a few opening remarks including an anecdote stating that should all of Menifee’s residents want to sit down at a restaurant to eat, only half of the population would be able to do so at any one given time.

Thus, the city is more than excited to welcome a new sit down eatery particularly one, at the summation of Denver, “Combining quality food, reasonable prices, and an outstanding looking building.”

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Mike and Mary Vasquez proudly stood by as their youngest son, and company President, Javier Vasquez gave a speech of humble gratitude and promise. Thanking the city of Menifee for choosing Miguel’s Jr. over other vying options, they vowed to give back to the community from day one.

Beginning with a generous 15% of Wednesday’s daily proceeds going directly to the Community Cupboard, Miguel’s wasted no time in living up to their word. Javier concluded on an assuring note, emphasizing that as a family and a company, “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Menifee.”

Director of Marketing, Stephen Rezner, wrapped up the ceremony stating that it wasn’t necessarily a matter of selecting Menifee for their next location, but rather that “Menifee chose us.” With that being said, “We are happy to be here, and we are here for you.”

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Upon entering their beautiful building the first thing noticed is the strikingly festive color palette. Amusement immediately follows as you take in the humorously witty decorative prints occupying the walls.

Beyond the vibrant ambiance, we delve into the heart of Miguel’s concept and the foundation for their sustained success, their home-style Mexican food. Which brings us face to face with the warm and welcoming Mary Vasquez, who admits with a knowing smile that each and every recipe is a carefully preserved family tradition.

miguels jrEach menu item originated from a family recipe and has been passed down from generation to generation. Mary is the head chef of the entire operation, and can usually be found cooking and mingling with guests at one of Miguel’s full service restaurants.

She recounts the stretch in which she spent three months perfecting her carnitas recipe, trying and tasting for days until it was finally family approved. Using only fresh, authentic ingredients the quality of each plate is never compromised.

Patrons and employees alike were all smiles on Wednesday as orders were fulfilled and fresh made food was enjoyed with anonymous satisfaction.

Every bit the family business, you can feel (and taste) the love and care the Vasquez family has put into each aspect of the Miguel’s enterprise. The very essence of casual family dining, Menifee is glad to welcome Miguel’s Jr.

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Miguel’s Jr.
30362 Haun Road

Menifee, CA 92584

(951) 679-5299