Massage Envy Grand Opening Party

Massage Envy is having a free party on February 1st and wants to invite the public to celebrate with them! This event is being held to honor their new Menifee location as well as to host the Chamber of Commerce Mixer.

There will be vendors set up from the various sponsors to showcase their own business as well as to show their support for Massage Envy. A live DJ, music, food, beverages, and numerous prizes will be available for the attendees. Massage Envy will be offering the chance to win a 3 month gift membership to Massage Envy! If you sign up for a massage on this day, Massage Envy will take $10 off on your next visit.

This event runs from 5:30-7:30 and is a great opportunity for some free, family fun. Please visit the Massage Envy website and click on the Menifee location for more information about the event. You can also contact them by phone by calling 951-821-3222.

Favorite Five: Day Trip Ideas

January usually feels a little lackluster. While it’s the start of a fabulous new year, the deflation from all of the holiday anticipation can leave us longing for something a little more exciting.

To spice up the week, we rounded up our favorite five nearby day trips to take you some place a little less ordinary. Each full day of family fun is just under an hour and a half drive from Menifee.

Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego: Always Sunny
Approximately: 1 hour 15 minutes, 72 miles

Old Town San Diego is the perfect little place to enjoy a 70-degree day all while taking in the official Birthplace of California. Riddled with historical landmarks and educational sites, this Spanish style town is fun for the whole family. Festivals and entertainment are often present in the parks during weekend days. Don’t forget to stop in to one of the many Mexican restaurants for some authentic chips and salsa, and perhaps a refreshing adult beverage.

To Do: Learn something new.

Big Bear: Winter Wonderland
Approximately: 1 hour 30 minutes, 72 miles

We like south shore Big Bear for the perfect combination of snow, food, and outdoor fun. Just off of Big Bear Boulevard amidst snowy-topped pine trees, The Village offers a plethora of dining and shopping options. Or if you’d rather play the day away, Big Bear Snow Park invites you to try your luck at tubing down one of their freshly groomed hills. Either way, Big Bear promises big fun.

To do: Build a snowman.

Idyllwild: Peaceful and Quiet
Approximately: 1 hour, 39 miles

Idyllwild is the ideal place to escape the every day chaos of city life. Located in the San Jacinto Mountains amongst pine and cedar trees, this forest town is the perfect chance to unwind and recharge. Maintaining it’s small town appeal, the locally owned mom and pop businesses will help you leave behind the mainstream mayhem and enjoy homemade happiness. Plenty of hiking and mountain biking paths will keep your feet busy all day.

To Do: Breathe the mountain air.

Palm Desert: Unique Experience
Approximately: 1 hour 9 minutes, 65 miles

Palm Springs promises pleasantly warm weather nearly all year long. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway makes a unique day trip destination sure to entertain all ages. Transporting you up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon to 8,500 feet, the ride to the top is nothing short of spectacular. Once at the top indulge in one of the exciting snow activities, including the ideal outdoor playground, or dine at one of their dazzling restaurants.

To do: Enjoy the view.

Julian: Outdoor Enjoyment
Approximately: 1 hour 30 minutes, 76 miles

Located in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains, Julian is a quaint historic town. Dating back to the gold rush days, the town portrays good old-fashioned charm. Shops are housed in historical buildings and picnic spots are prevalent amid giant oak trees. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage, sample some famous homemade apple pie, and check out an art gallery all in the same small town.

To do: Soak up the sun.

The only problem now, is deciding which trip to take first.

Dine Out To Donate to Animal Friends of the Valleys

If there is one thing people and pets have in common, it would be that we all love to eat. So what better way to help support the less fortunate animals at the local Animal Friends of the Valleys shelter than dining out for a conscious cause?

Starting next week, two area restaurants have teamed up with Friends of the Valleys to offer patrons the chance to give back while enjoying a good meal. They’re calling it, chow down for the animals.

On select days when you dine at the specified Chili’s or Chick-fil-A restaurants, 15 percent of your total bill will benefit animals in need. By simply presenting the printable flier, each restaurant will generously donate cumulative proceeds from the day right back to Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Looks like dinner has been decided.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
24794 Madison Avenue
Murrieta, CA
Print flier below or download Printable Flier


Thursday, February 9, 2012
11:00 am- 10:30 pm
41070 California Oaks
Murrieta, CA
Print flier below or download Printable Flier


Buy A Massage Envy Gift Card for Valentine's Day

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An Affaire at the Barn Coming to Menifee

Pikin’ Chixs is at it again. Searching near (and far) for the very best unique antique and vintage vendors to set up shop at the encore Affaire at the Barn. Set for Saturday, February 11th, 2012 this daylong event promises to put forth crafty goodness and one of a kind finds available to the public right in Menifee’s Motte Country Barn.

An Affaire at the Barn
The first Affair, which took place back in October 2011, was so successful they decided to give it another go. Attracting over 300 patrons in just one day, the Chixs are ready to make next month’s event another affair to remember. With February’s occasion fast approaching, and two more dates on the calendar, Pikin’ Chixs is planning to make this year bigger and better than ever.

The one-day fair features dozens of vendors each peddling their own carefully curated collections of chic, unique, vintage, antique, and/or artisan wares.

Admission proceeds from the day will be donated to the non-profit Mini Pearls Foundation. Mini Pearls’ main mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life for children living with cancer.

Pikin’ Chixs is currently accepting vendors for all of their Affaire dates, including: February 11, June 23, and October 20. Daily rates are $75 per booth. Please contact Sharon Each or Christie Christensen for more information, at (951) 588- 5559 or

An Affaire At The Barn hosted by Pikin’ Chixs
Date: February 11. 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
Location: Motte Country Plaza
28380 State Highway 74
Menifee, CA 92585

Massage Envy Invites Public to Attend Chamber Mixer

The February Mixer for the Menifee Valley Chamber will be held at Massage Envy to celebrate their new location in the Countryside Marketplace on February 1st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. A ribbon cutting ceremony by the Chamber will take place at 6:00 PM.

This is a free community event; the public is invited to visit the new Massage Envy facility, meet community business leaders and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. A drawing will also be held during the evening for a 3 month gift membership to Massage Envy.

Sponsors for this month’s event include:

Wells Fargo
The Menifee Valley Community Food Cupboard
Texas Road House
Menifee 24/7
Premier Party & Tent Rentals
Red Robin
Heavenly Produce
La Masters
Ira’s Fitness Pro’s
KLH Promotions
Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
Miguel’s Jr.
Sweet Layers Cakes & Pastries
National Association of Female Executives
Sun City Women’s Club

Massage Envy Spa Menifee is now open. They are open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday. For more information call 951-821-3222 or visit their website.

Your Menifee Valley Chamber is leading the charge for responsible development, growth, and community involvement. For more information or to contact the Menifee Valley Chamber please visit their website here.

Successful Author Event To Become a Twice Yearly Tradition

On Saturday January twenty first Sun City Library hosted their wildly successful first annual Author's Meet and Greet Event. To the delighted surprise of many authors, the event produced a steady stream of interested patrons from beginning to end.

Local author Kay Murphy who was featuring her memoir, Tainted Legacy said, “You never know what to expect (when you come to these sort of signings), but this has been the best author event I have ever been to.”

The library was a smart venue for hosting such an author event in that it attracted a consistently pertinent crowd. Writers and readers alike enjoyed conversing with local authors who gave them insight into their published works as well as the writing and publishing process.

James Steffes and Rey Madeuno
Two war veterans were on hand to speak about their published war stories. While James Steffes's was a non-fictional account and Rey Madeuno's was a fictional integration of actual events, both men enthusiastically shared their war stories turned to books.

The Sun City Library Poetry Group shared excerpts from their soon to be released poetry compilation. Local poets Tina Walker and Pamela Wagstaff each exhibited their published works of poetry as well.

Children's authors
Several children’s authors attended, each sharing their illustrated stories for a younger audience. Rosa Dungereaux has written a four book series aimed at teaching children historical stories and fables they may not otherwise fully understand. Her books each include an art project, which Rosa has allowed teachers to reproduce and use in their classrooms.

Martin LastrapesOn the other end of the spectrum, literary horror author Martin Lastrapes featured his newly debuted novel, Inside the Outside, which has already been on the Amazon bestseller list three times. Mystery writer Bob White said of his sold out stock of Abducted, “If I had brought more, I would have sold more.”

The genres broadly ranged in topic from serious to more comedic. Of particular notice was George Gurney’s Cookbook for the Culinarily Challenged. Using humor and superfluous attention to detail, George explains to the most challenged of chefs how to make delicious recipes step by step.

Overall, the seventeen authors present described the day as "terrific". Sun City Library’s Shirley Wible assures us, “This will definitely be a twice yearly event from now on.” She hopes to develop the one-day signing into a week long festival including book readings and speakers.

George Gurney

Adoptable Pet(s) of the Week

Since Sun City K9 temporarily houses mostly dogs, we generally feature friendly pups each Friday. Today however we have not one, not even two, but three adoptable pets for the week. Two of which are pretty kitty's that really need new homes.

Adoptable pets of the week: Chleo, Meow Meow, and Siria.

Pet of the week
Name: Chleo

Breed: Domestic short hair feline

Age: 12 years

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: Chleo is an older cat who is in desperate need of a home. She is a very sweet feline with lots of love left to give.

Chleo's story: Chleo's previous owners recently lost their house and were not able to take her with them to their new residence. She now needs a place to spend her remaining years.

Pet of the week
Name: Meow Meow

Breed: Domestic short hair feline

Age: 13 years

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: This beautiful cat is very loving and docile. As an older cat, she would make a wonderful house companion.

Meow Meow's story: Meow Meow's owners also lost their house and were unable to continue caring for her. She now needs a forever home to spend the rest of her (nine) lives.

Pet of the week
Name: Siria

Breed: Shepard mix

Age: 1 year

Gender: Female, spayed

Pet of the week
Temperament: Siria is docile and timid but very sweet. At one year old she is still young and needs lots of gentle love. She takes a little while to feel comfortable with new people, but after she has warmed up she loves to play. She is good with other dogs and people.

Siria's story: Siria was found wandering the streets and was very scared and timid. It was evident by the condition of her body that she had just had puppies, so she took a little while to recover both physically and mentally.

Mommy dogs are visibly sad when they are separated from their new pups and she seemed every bit depressed and lonesome. She has since made a wonderful recovery and now needs some love and affection.

Both cats and dogs of all species, sizes, and ages are available for adoption every weekend at the Menifee Petco in the Countryside Market Place. SCK9 brings their animals for you to meet on Saturdays from 9 am until 2:30 pm and on Sundays from 10 am until 2:30 pm.

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.

Elevate Fitness Officially Begins New Core Training Class, Monday, January 30

Even though the flyer reads, January 23, Paul David, the owner of Elevate Fitness Studio, says the class officially starts January 30.

You have time to sign up, and can join in even after the 30th...

elevate fitness studio

Bell Mountain Middle School Students Donate Raised Funds to Sun City K-9 Shelter

Lauris Moxley’s Special Needs class at Bell Mountain Middle School has been working long and hard to collect recyclables during lunchtime on campus. Collecting about $20 each week in bottles and cans, Ms. Moxley’s class decided to donate $100 to the Sun City K-9 Shelter located off of Murrieta Road in Sun City.

Kim Stockton, Emily Curry, and Sharla Anderson are three members of the shelter who stopped by the classroom on January 27th in order to accept the donation from the students.

“We really appreciate all the hard work you guys have done to help support the animals,” Anderson says, addressing the room at large.

Above, the students listen enthusiastically as K-9 Staff Member Kim Stockton speaks to them about tips for caring for your pets.

Three para-professionals who work with the kids were also there to present Sun City K-9 with the donation.

“I really love the facility and the fact that it is no kill,” says Lynne Hartung, one para-professional who came up with the idea to donate the money the kids raised. “I rescued a dog awhile ago that had some extra supplies. I donated them to Sun City K-9 because I really love that facility.”

Ms. Moxley believes that the recycling program is a great opportunity for her students to be able to interact with other students on campus.

“It’s good for other students to see our group as contributing members,” she says. Ms. Moxley hopes to be able to make other students on campus more aware of their recycling program and hopes to be able to get more recycling bins placed around campus.

Para-professional Suzette Perez also agrees that the interaction between the students has been extremely positive and beneficial.

“Other students have been very supportive,” she admits. “Some kids even bring their bottles and cans to our classroom.”

Left, Andrew Phanouvong, who Ms. Moxley says was the "most enthusiastic recycler," presents Kim Stockton with their donation.
The students were able to use the remainder of their money to fund a pizza party for the class with their ASB buddies.

To learn more about the Sun City K-9 shelter, you can find more information on their website here.

Casino Night for the Cupboard is Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, January 28, at The Conference Center the Beer Hunter Casino Night will be held from 4-8pm. Community business owners have donated generously to make this event fantastic!

A Pixture has donated a Photo Booth for our guests to use during the event. With a small cash donation to the Cupboard, up to 10 guests at a time can fit into this professional photo booth and take hysterical group shots, with the photos delivered immediately.

Regis Salon in Temecula is donating a "Style Basket" valued at $200 basket with styling products and a cut and color.

Feeling Lucky Entertainment is donating a "Lucky Basket".

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce is donating a basket from "The Basket Lady".

Royal American Financial Advisors are donating brand new, useful kitchen items; a Steam Shark Mop, Professional Rice Cooker and a Countertop Convection Oven, as well as the use of The Conference Center.

4 VIP tickets to a Los Angeles Kings hockey game and a parking pass from Waste Management.

1 round of golf in The Beer Hunter Golf Tournament in March from The Beer Hunter.

"Margarita Gift Basket" from Castillo Heating and Air Conditioning.

Free Massage from Massage Envy.

Free Haircut and style from Bellezza Salon.

Free Housecleaning from Care Free Cleaning.

The Beer Hunter is providing a small feast for the event:

Sandwich station - Hand Carved Turkey on slider rolls with cranberry sauce or Mayo, BH BBQ pulled pork sandwiches topped with creamy cole slaw, served with pickles chips

Cheese Station - Wheel of Parmesan cheese served with homemade garlic crisp and grapes

Dessert station - Assorted mini treats served is baker cup's

Snacks station- Beer Hunter Granola Snacks - Home made treats perfect for the tables

Tickets will be available at the door from 3:30pm, with the event beginning promptly at 4pm. Ticket prices are $30 per person, $50 per pair. All proceeds go to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.

Come and support your local charity and have a great time doing it! For questions or information contact Tina Walker, Clear Digital Media, Inc., at 951.660.7192.

Hospice of the Valleys to Hold Free Volunteer Training, Wednesday, March 7

hospice of the valleysHospice of the Valleys is seeking hospice volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients and their families. Volunteers help with tasks such as writing letters, running errands, providing companionship, and respite for family caregivers.

Their upcoming volunteer training will be held on March 7th, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Sun City Library, located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd, Menifee, CA 92586.

If you are interested in attending the training or would like additional information, please contact Jennifer Harcarik at 951-200-7800. RSVP required.

City's Planning Commission Elects New Chairman, Seats New Member

Menifee's Planning Commission, this evening, chose a new chairman and vice-chairman to lead the five-member group through the 2012 calendar year.

Bill Zimmerman will be the new chairman with Matt Liesemeyer as the vice-chairman. Both Zimmerman and Liesemeyer have been on the Planning Commission for the past three years since Menifee became a city. Liesemeyer had previously been its chairman in commission's first year.

Zimmerman takes over the chairman position from Chris Thomas, who will remain on the commission. Liesemeyer will takes over the vice-chairman position from Bill Zimmerman.

The Planning Commission typically names a new chairman and vice-chairman each January.

Chad Warren, who had been named as the newest planning commissioner last Friday, took his oath of office this evening and was seated on the dais for tonight's planning commission meeting.

School District Wants Students To Get A Head Start on Immunizations

Menifee Union School District is now sending letters home with students asking parents to make sure they are immunized with the T-DAP (Whooping Cough, Pertussis) Booster in preparation for the next school year.

The T-DAP Booster is required for students entering the 7th through 12th grades, due to State legislation that went into effect July 1, 2011, and applies to both public and private schools.

"We want to get the word out early to parents about the T-DAP Booster, even though we're still several months away from the next school year", says Betti Cadmus, public information officer for the school district.

When the current school year started last Fall, the district managed to reach nearly a 100% compliance rate thanks to an aggressive publicity campaign. "We only had a handful of students who were not allowed to enter", Cadmus explained. "Otherwise, we did extremely well in preparing our students for class."

The district requires students entering middle school to bring written documentation of their T-DAP immunization to the School Health Office at the earliest convenience. Failure to comply will result in the student being excluded on the first day of school, until the requirement is met.

Parents should see their family physician to make sure their child is protected against Pertussis.

MSJC Starts Off Spring Semester with A Full House

January 23 marked the first day of Mt. San Jacinto College’s Spring 2012 semester. More than 15,000 students were enrolled for classes, filling nearly all of the seats in courses needed to transfer or obtain a degree.

Ninety-three percent of seats were full district wide on the first day. Of that number, nearly all of the courses students need to get into a four-year university or graduate with an associate’s degree were full. At the Temecula Education Complex, seats were 96 percent full; 93 percent of the seats were full on the Menifee Valley campus; the San Jacinto Campus was 91 percent full; 90 percent of the seats were taken on the San Gorgonio Pass Campus. These numbers make up the 15,383 students who are enrolled.

The lagging economy has resulted in a high demand for college courses across the state. While state funding for education has dropped, MSJC continues to serve more than 1,000 students above the amount for which it receives state funding.

For more information on how state budget cuts are affecting MSJC and other state community colleges, you can find the information here.

Students line up around the building in order to purchase needed textbooks.

Super Bowl Reserved Seats at The Beer Hunter

Super Bowl XLVI is Approaching! The New York Giants and the New England Patriots! Do you have your front row seat reserved?

The Beer Hunter has the best seats in town for only $10 per seat. Entire tables are available for reservations on a per seat basis. The price of the seat will be applied to your bill, so everyone wins! When was the last time that happened on Super Bowl Sunday?

Call The Beer Hunter at 951.301.4700 to reserve your seat today! Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5th, will be here before you know it. Don't let someone else get your seat!

Casino Night for The Cupboard on Saturday, January 28

The Beer Hunter Casino Night is coming up quick, with limited tickets still available. All proceeds from the event are being donated to The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, who wishes to thank the event sponsors:
The Beer Hunter
Waste Management
Royal American Financial Advisors
Feeling Lucky Entertainment
Clear Digital Media, Inc./Menifee 24/7
Menifee City Council Member Darcy Kuenzi
RE/MAX Diamond Realty
Pac Ten Partners Real Estate Development

There have been a number of wonderful Raffle Prizes provided by local business owners for the event!
4 VIP tickets to a Los Angeles Kings hockey game and a parking pass from Waste Management
1 round of golf in The Beer Hunter Golf Tournament in March from The Beer Hunter
"Margarita Gift Basket" from Castillo Heating and Air Conditioning
Free Massage from Massage Envy
Free Haircut and style from Bellezza Salon
Free Housecleaning from Care Free Cleaning
and more!

Your tickets provides you with "play money" to gamble at either the craps, blackjack or poker tables and appetizers, with beverages for sale by the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are still available by calling Tina Walker at 951.660.7192. Ticket prices are $30 per person, or $50 a pair. If you are unable to make the event, but would like to help The Community Cupboard, consider buying a pair for some friends, a good client, or as a gift to a staff member. Tickets can be purchased online by donating the ticket price to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard via PayPal and noting "Casino Tix" on your donation. Once you have purchased the tickets, contact Tina Walker to have the tickets delivered to your home or office, or have them placed on will-call.

The Beer Hunter Casino Night is being held at The Conference Center, located at 27192 Newport Road, in the Newport Commons Business Park in Menifee next Saturday, from 4-8pm..

For questions on purchasing tickets, making a raffle donation, or sponsoring the event, please contact Tina Walker, Clear Digital Media, Inc., by calling 951.660.7192.

Mt. San Jacinto College to hold 4th Annual Evening with Our Stars Gala

The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation is inviting sponsors and guests to its 4th Annual Evening with Our Stars Gala scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula.

The gala is the Foundation’s signature event to raise money for student scholarships and other endeavors that benefit students and Mt. San Jacinto College. It is open to the public.

This year’s theme, Beyond Imagination: A Celebration of the Visual Arts, will feature the artwork created by many talented MSJC students involved in a variety of disciplines ranging from digital photography to paintings to sculpture. Winners of a student art contest will be announced at the gala. The winners will receive scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 to help them reach their educational goals.

The gala is a semi-formal event. Cocktail attire is appropriate. The event promises an evening of fun while also raising funds that benefit MSJC students. It will offer an elegant buffet-style meal, live music by the MSJC Menifee Jazz Ensemble, DJ music, dancing and a silent auction.

Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship levels start at $2,500. Please call 951-487-3171 or e-mail for more information.

Buy tickets or secure a sponsorship level now by visiting the event website.

Inland Valley Wildcats Track Club to Hold Clinic on Saturday, January 28

wildcats track clubInland Valley Wildcats Track Club wants to remind families that they will be holding a clinic for kids ages 6-14, Saturday January 28, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at Paloma Valley High School.

The club is a (501c3) non profit program for youth ages 6-14 years for enhancement of attributes for next level of competition in Southern California youth Track & Field.

Their season begins Wednesday February 1 with the first meet (open meet) in mid March and association meets beginning first week in April Through May and the association, regional and national championships in June/July.

To participate, contact the Inland Valley Wildcats Track Club at (951) 345-3824, or visit them online at:

4th Annual State of the City Address Scheduled for Wednesday, February 15

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Murder Mystery Dinner Scheduled for Saturday, February 4

There will be a Murder Mystery Dinner to raise funds for the Kay Ceniceros Community Center. This is the third year that the center has held a murder mystery dinner.

The one-night only presentation is scheduled for Saturday February 4 at 6 pm, so don't miss it. Tickets are $50 individual, $90 couple. Call 951-672-9673.

The cast includes:
Tom Fuhrman: Mayor Beauregard T. Brady
John Denver: Banker Abraham Patton
Linda Overton: Dock Tricia Truhart
Judy Hyneman: Writer J.P. James
John Overton: Chief Hawk-Who-Watches
Cynthia Nemelka: Saloon Owner Cattie Adams
Mysti French: Sharpshooter Annie Elmley
Paul Wilkinson: Blacksmith Flint Flames
Brian Walker: Newspaper Editor Hannibal P. Hanks
Bettie Spatafora: School Teacher Bonnie Crockett

Director: Linda Denver

Call 951-672-9673 for tickets.

Massage Envy to Host February's Chamber Mixer

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Menifee Valley Chamber Mixer being held on Wednesday, February 1st from 5:30-7:30 pm. The mixer is being hosted by Massage Envy at their new Menifee location at 30134 Haun Road Suite #430 in the Countryside Marketplace.

The event is open to the public and will feature numerous forms of entertainment and activities such as a DJ, music, and prizes for the guests. Guests can also enter to win a 3 month gift membership to Massage Envy! If you sign up for a massage on this day, Massage Envy will take $10 off on your next visit.

Please visit the Massage Envy website and click on the Menifee location for more information about the event. You can also contact them by phone by calling 951-821-3222.

Chad Warren Named to Replace Marc Miller on Planning Commission

Councilmember Sue Kristjansson announced this afternoon that Chad Warren will be appointed to the city's Planning Commission effective today, January 20, 2012, and will take his seat at the scheduled Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Warren will replace Marc Miller.

Chad Warren has been a resident of Menifee since 2003 after moving here from the San Diego area. He is married with three children, ages 9, 6, and 5, and his wife is the owner and president of a promotional marketing firm. He's a graduate of Colorado State University where he received a degree in geology, and is currently employed as the Geology and Mining Manager for a construction materials producer in Riverside County.

Prior to this position, he worked for a geologic and geotechnical engineering firm for 9 years where he consulted on projects ranging from earthquake fault evaluations to residential developments to public works projects. Warren is a licensed Professional Geologist in California and Arizona, as well as a Certified Engineering Geologist in California.

He had originally applied for consideration as a city councilmember to replace the late Fred Twyman. He later served on the city's Redistricting Committee.

Adoptable Pet of the Week

According to the past few weeks’ posts, January appears to be the month of the adoptable poodle. The breed is super sweet by nature, the abundance of homeless poodles is simply coincidental.

Today we have another 6-month-old poodle puppy.

Adoptable pet of the week, Kingsley.

Name: Kingsley

Breed: Poodle mix

Age: 6 months

Gender: Male, neutered

Temperament: This little guy is full of sweet puppy energy. A little rambunctious at first, he is happy to run around and play all day. He gets along great with both people and other dogs and would love to find his forever home.

Kingsley’s story: Kingsley was found wandering around Menifee. He has since had a much-needed bath and brush, and is currently looking very stylish (and warm) in his little red sweater.

Be sure to save your space in the Sun City K9 golf tournament coming up next month. For more information please contact Peter Monsen at (951) 301-9928.

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

Menifee Residents Sought for Riverside County Mounted Posse

mounted posseIf you own a horse and would like to use it to help provide community service, your local mounted Sheriff's posse wants you!

Menifee residents are being sought for the Perris Troop of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Mounted Posse. The volunteer-based organization, which serves Menifee, Perris and surrounding areas, plays an important role in security and public entertainment -- but it needs more members.

Of the eight troops in the county's posse, the Perris Troop is one of the newest and smallest groups. Active for about a year and a half, Troop P has only six qualified riders and is increasingly in demand.

"Right now, we don't have anyone from Menifee," said Shannon Rolland, a media information officer for the Perris Sheriff's station and a member of Troop P. "We have a couple from Romoland. Because Menifee is a horse community, we're appealing to local residents to join us. We're trying to keep the few of us from having to do everything."

It's not that Rolland and the other troop members mind the hard work that goes into a mounted posse. They simply want to make sure they have enough members to efficiently and safely handle all the duties required of them.

In addition to riding their horses in city parades and participating in community events such as Red Ribbon Week, the members of Troop P are expanding their supplemental services to the local Sheriff's deputies. They patrolled the parking lots of Countryside Marketplace almost every weekend during the holiday season, ready to report by radio any problems to the department's motorized units.

"We were all over the place there on Black Friday," Rolland said. "We can see above the cars, which can make us even more effective than a bike patrol. It gives potential criminals something to think about when they see us riding by.

"People were really happy we were there. We also appeared at the Menifee tree lighting ceremony. A lot of people were coming over to see the horses. Some of the riders even took their horses through the In-N-Out drive-through. People thought that was cool."

Members of the mounted posse also participate in search parties, using their ability to get into rugged terrain not always accessible by patrol cars.

Sgt. Dan Lingo, the Perris Sheriff's Station's representative to Troop P and a participating member of the posse, said tasks such as search and rescue are every bit as important as showcasing the animals and educating residents about horses.

"We want people to know this is not just a touchy-feely thing," Lingo said. "We go to every parade and picnic around, but we do a lot more than that."

The mounted posse is not considered an enforcement unit. Its members are not armed, but they usually are accompanied by a sworn officer and are in close contact with Sheriff's deputies. In essence, they serve as extra eyes and ears for the Sheriff's Department while on patrol.

Their presence also helps put residents at ease with the large but friendly creatures. Even though Menifee could be considered a "horse community," many local residents have rarely or never had the opportunity to interact with the animals in this manner.

"A lot of these people are used to city living, and they haven't had the chance to actually touch a horse," Rolland said. "Then we have a lot of the older folks who love horses but haven't been around them in a while."

There are no public funds available to support these troops, so troops are responsible for raising their own funds in addition to taking care of and transporting their own horses. Having so few people involved with these tasks presents a challenge, Rolland said.

"It's a high stress environment for the horses," she said. "It gets difficult with just a few of us taking care of them. And if there's only a few horses, they get tired and grumpy. It's nice to have more riders and horses to switch out."

Posse members must be at least 18 years old, be a U.S. citizen and pass a background check. They are required to attend a certification class, have access to a suitable horse, and have use of a truck and horse trailer.

Those interested in joining the Perris Troop should call the Perris Station volunteer coordinator at (951) 210-1000. For more information, visit the website

mounte posse

Laura Roeder Joins the Team at Brian Walker, Farmers Insurance

The following is a message from Brian Walker, Farmers Insurance of Menifee...

brian walker menifeePeople spend their time on protecting their “stuff” while forgetting the most important part, their families and selves. Sudden changes in life can be unexpected; but educating people on preparation for the unthinkable will help differentiate between a terrible situation and financial ruin.

Laura Roeder has joined the office of Brian Walker; Farmers Insurance in Menifee. She is part of the Farmers Financial Services department. Mr. Walker has been in business in the Menifee/Sun City area for almost 10 years. During that time, he has become a very strong supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and other outreach programs in the area. Mr. Walker's office team is highly knowledgeable, motivated and maintains the highest level of integrity while serving their clients every day.

"I feel strongly about brining someone in that can specialize in the financial arena, I believe that Laura brings with her the same values that our team brings to the table and with her knowledge and experience in business our office will be able to service our clients successfully and with the highest of integrity. We are all very excited about Laura joining the team and have great expectations for the upcoming year 2012", Mr. Walker states.

Laura has over 20 years of experience in sales and management. Several years ago, she decided to enter financial services and earned her FINRA Series 6 and 63 securities registrations. She also has her CA life insurance license. "The most uncomfortable of conversations can be about life insurance. But thinking about benefits can also involve planning for a person’s greatest vacation of their life, retirement.”

Having been a general manager of several different businesses and also as an independent consultant, Laura has always tried to prepare her clients for what will happen, and eventually, what could happen.

Laura lives with her husband, Dennis, who is a Retired Chief Master at Arms of the U.S. Navy and their children, Nikole and D.J. with their 3 dogs, a cat and assorted fish. In their off time, Laura and Dennis enjoy Scuba Diving.

To start the conversation about life insurance and retirement planning, call Laura at 951-672-3476. Or you can email her at

Author Meet & Greet Day at Sun City Library Tomorrow

The Sun City Library is having their first Author Meet & Greet Day this Saturday, January 21st from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Meet some 17+ Menifee-based writers, authors, and poets who will have their books to view or buy (cash or checks only).

It is an Open House with time to talk to the authors about their work, backgrounds, publishing style, etc. All of the writers are more than willing to autograph their books.

The library is also presenting their monthly Artist Showcase this Sunday, January 22nd in an Open House from 12:00 - 3:30 pm. The Oasis Quilt & Sew Club will be showing eight of their members beautiful quilt works. They will also be selling tickets for a fundraiser quilt drawing.

Sun City Library
26982 Cherry Hills (corner of Cherry Hills & Bradley)
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 679-3534

City of Menifee Now Accepting Applications for Trails Committee

The City of Menifee is now taking applications to be on the newly formed Menifee Trails Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to create a map of existing horse trails, bike trails, and hiking trails throughout Menifee, to be used with the city's General Plan.

Applicants will be selected by the City Council.

The application deadline is January 31, 2012.

Obtain the application at City Hall...

29714 Haun Road
Menifee, CA 92586
Phone: (951) 672-6777

Or click the link below to download the form...

Local AYSO Seeking Sponsors

CSU San Marcos and MSJC to Sign Transfer Agreement

California State University San Marcos at Temecula (CSUSM-T) and MSJC will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase the transfer rate of MSJC students to CSUSM-T by providing a clear pathway for transfer admission to baccalaureate programs. In essence, the MOU will guarantee university admission to transfer students to increase the college-going rate within the local district and strengthen existing articulation efforts between MSJC and CSUSM-T.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Emily Cutrer, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) President Dr. Roger Schultz, and other champions for improving university accessibility for Southwest Riverside County youth will be meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 3 p.m. to enact this MOU.

CSUSM has previously signed nine other similar agreements with K-12 schools, districts, government agencies and a Native American tribe. This is the first such agreement with an institution of higher learning.

The event will be held at CSUSM-T, 43890 Margarita Road in Temecula. Please contact Margaret Lutz-Chantung, CSUSM Public Information Officer– (760) 750-4011 or Karin Marriott, MSJC Director of Public Information and Marketing– (951) 487-3060 if you have any further questions.

New Menifee Tailor Comes to Your Home or Office

menifee tailorDaniel Najera has been in the tailoring business for 45 years, altering garments of any type, from dresses, to suits, and anything else you can wear on your body.

And now he's in Menifee.

A resident since March 2011, he's been making his rounds visiting homes and offices all throughout Western Riverside County, from Corona to Temecula, from Riverside to Hemet, and all places in between.

"I do just about anything, but I specialize in hard-to-fit", says Najera, who previously ran tailoring businesses in Phoenix and Santa Barbara. "I can take something that doesn't fit, and make it fit perfectly on you, and have it finished within 48 hours."

Armed with his tool bag, he can make tight dresses fit more comfortably, baggy pants fit more snug, repair tears and broken zippers. And being that he comes to you, customers find his service very convenient.

Ask Donna Mears, a 42 year old in Murrieta who loves buying vintage clothing at thrift shops. "I found an old evening dress that was just tad too small, but it was so beautiful I had to buy it", said Mears. "Daniel was able to trim some cloth from the end and use it to widen the dress, and had it back to me the same day."

Najera is also one of the few tailors in the area who can work on leather.

"I can also order new suits and tuxedos, and have them altered to fit", he goes on to add.

Daniel Najera is available for calls between 8:00am to 8:00pm, is available on weekends too. New customers can get 20% off his normal fees.

Contact him at (951) 566-7336 or (951) 246-7938.

The Beer Hunter Casino Night Raffle Prize List Grows

The Beer Hunter Casino Night is set for Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at The Conference Room at 27192 Newport Rd, Suite 4, Menifee, in the Newport Commons building on Newport Rd.

The event will benefit Menifee Valley Community Cupboard, to feed the hungry in Menifee.

Tickets cost $30.00 per person, or $50.00 per couple. Contact Tina Walker: (951) 660-7192.

Raffle prizes for the event, thus far include....

"Margarita Gift Basket" from Castillo Heating and Air Conditioning
Free Housecleaning from Care Free Cleaning
Gift Basket From Chase Bank
Free Massage from Massage Envy
Free Haircut and style from Bellezza Salon
1 round of golf in Beer Hunter Golf Tourney in March from the Beer Hunter
4 VIP tickets to a Los Angeles Kings hockey game and a parking pass from Waste Management

If your business would like to provide a raffle prize, contact Tina Walker at (951) 660-7192.

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Favorite Five: Get Fit

We are back for another round of favorite five. Last week we shared five places to sit back and watch the game, so this week we thought we’d step it up and show you our five favorite places to get motivated and get moving.

These fierce fitness programs will help you keep those New Years resolutions going all year long.

Get Fit
Quantum Fitness: Specialized Training

29800 Bradley Road, Suite 100
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 246-7655

Quantum fitness has been helping Menifee fight fat for over eight years. As a well-established (and super affordable!) facility, the long list of returning members attests to their attentive style of training. They offer one on one customized workouts with continued consultations and even provide complimentary advice to all of their members.

Menifee FitClub: Support System

30145 Antelope Road, Suite 106
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 259-1466

Menifee FitClub stands by the straightforward mantra; Got fat? Get fit! Using this motivation, FitClub provides a friendly and fun group class environment to help you reach success. Focusing on everything from cardio, resistance, strength and core training, to muscle confusion and weight loss, let the support of others inspire you to fight the fitness frustration.

Elevate Fitness Studio: One on One Workout

29683 New Hub Drive, Suite D
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 301-4499

Maybe group fitness isn’t your thing, if you prefer a more personalized approach to working out Elevate can offer you the specialized program you need. Want to whittle your waist? Sign up for their CORE training to learn how to strengthen your middle.

Curves: Girls Only

26888 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 672-9994

Curves for women is the ultimate girls only workout experience. Get sweating without worrying who’s watching. It’s a no nonsense approach to getting fit, offering a complete fitness and diet plan to work with your individual needs. The Curves specialized workout can burn up to 500 calories in only 30 minutes for an efficient use of your energy and precious time.

Cross Fit Menifee: Advanced Fitness

29180 Springshores Drive
Menifee, CA 92585
(909) 331-6966

CrossFit Menifee is all about working hard and changing lives. Their intense workouts are designed to improve ten recognized fitness domains ranging from cardio-respiratory, endurance, and stamina, to coordination, agility, and balance. At CrossFit they are dedicated to helping the community attain a healthier lifestyle. Essentially personal training at its finest.

Time to get sweating!

Non-profit of the month: Menifee Sun City Concern

Menifee 24/7 is dedicated to providing the city of Menifee with up to the minute news and community happenings. Charitable organizations are vital to keeping our community connected and helping to spread compassion.

With that being said, another fun feature we would like to introduce to the site is non-profit of the month, highlighting those giving back and contributing to the well being of Menifee and its residents.

We start out the year with Menifee Sun City Concern. MSCC has been working to provide care and supportive resources to the community’s senior citizens and disabled for thirty-eight years. They have made it their mission to support independent living for as long as possible with an additional peace of mind for those at risk.

Serving Menifee, Sun City, and surrounding areas the organization offers five main programs each aimed at assisting the elderly in areas they have deemed necessary.

1. Information and Referral.

The first program is an information and referral system, which helps answer questions people may have concerning filling out forms, finding phone numbers, and financial services. The service locates information and then directs the individual with where and how to complete their inquiry.

2. Directory.

MSCC prescreens potential service vendors, including a full background check, and then compiles a list of approved business.

Merchants include anything that might require an individual to come out to a senior’s residence, such as: carpenters, plumbers, housekeepers, drivers, etc. MSCC then follows up with a personal phone call after the service has been completed to make sure the experience was satisfactory.

3. Outreach.

MSCC is especially aware of the living conditions and safety of seniors, as well as their continued ability to care for themselves. The outreach program evaluates the client’s home, including their medical equipment and nursing needs, and then makes recommendations to the family concerning changes and upgrades that should be made to their living environment.

4. Reassurance.

The telephone reassurance program provides a monitoring system for the elderly living on their own who are shut-ins, frail, or at risk. The system calls them three times every single day to assure they are okay.

If they do not answer after several attempts to contact them, then proper steps are taken to physically check on their well being.

5. Gate keeper.

The gatekeeper program trains employees and members of local businesses and public places to recognize signs of at-risk adults and how to report these individuals so they can receive assistance and appropriate care.

Aimed at simply making the community safer for the senior population, all services Menifee Sun City Concern provides are offered at no charge to the client. Receiving 2,300 calls each month and functioning as a nonprofit, the organization exists through contributions.

Their largest ongoing fundraiser is weekly Bingo at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center. Everyone eighteen years and older is welcome. Come on out and support the wonderful Concern cause.

What: Bingo
When: Every Wednesday, 12:30- 4:00
Where: Kay Ceniceros Community Center
29995 Evans Road
Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 679-2374

Menifee Sun City Concern relies almost entirely on the generous contributions of individuals and businesses. Donations can be made in a number of convenient ways listed here, including directly through their website via Paypal.

Menifee Sun City Concern
Kay Ceniceros Community Center
29995 Evans Road
Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 679-2374

Sun City Library’s Author Meet and Greet

Sun City Library will be hosting their first author’s meet and greet event featuring fifteen local authors on Saturday January 21st. From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm the public will have the opportunity to chat and mingle with some of Menifee’s resident authors.

Sun City Library
Experience the excitement as these writers share with you the very heart and soul of their work. Talented local author Pamela Wagstaff says, “There is nothing more exciting than holding your very first book in your hands and seeing the result of what you have created.”

Pamela will be on hand showcasing her first two published works, Beneath The Door and Paradoxes. An abstract take on poetry, Beneath The Door is inspired by the life and death of Sylvia Plath and seeks to explore the depths of inner thought and emotion. Paradoxes creatively combines black and white photography with poetry for a truly unique reading experience.

Pamela Wagstaff
Menifee 24/7’s own Tina Walker will also be featuring her book of poetry, Finding Christ Inside. Tina remarked with a grin, “Most people who know me would be shocked to know I have a serious side, so poetry really surprises them.”

However shocking poetry may be, those who know Tina can speak to her continuous support for the Community Cupboard. Her gracious pledge to donate all daily proceeds from her book sales to the Cupboard comes of little surprise, but with great appreciation nonetheless.

With no particular set speakers, the open house style schedule for the day aims at allowing people to come and go as they please. Each author will be offering his or her published work for purchase and autograph. In addition they will be discussing the art of writing, writing as a career, their book(s), and anything else fellow writers and readers may be interested in.

There is something for everyone with a broad range of authors in varying genres participating, including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. One author has even offered to give away copies of his book to those who are interested.

The Sun City Library Poetry Group will also be in attendance as they enthusiastically publish their first collaborative book in which each Poetry Group member contributed a chapter of content. Using the Flash Book Press at Grace Rowan Library in Temecula they were able to self publish and maintain their book just as they had envisioned.

Shirley Wible from the Sun City Library is excited over the momentum the author event has gained. Growing from just one author to fifteen interested parties, Shirley shares, “With all of the wide spread interest, hopefully it will become a yearly event.”

Help us spread the word (no pun intended), and support our local authors.

Chambers of Commerce Announce December's Students of the Month

The Perris Valley and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce held their Student of the Month luncheon on January 11, 2012. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen based on several criteria. Those selected are invited, alongside their families, to attend a luncheon sponsored by both Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students as they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

The California Military Institutes’ (CMI) Student of the Month is Kiyhanna Monet Gipson, an outstanding scholar and athlete who is described as a modest, determined, and brave young lady. She has received MVP in a number of sports all four years of high school. Kiyhanna thanked her family, principal, and teachers for guiding her through the last four years. Kiyhanna shared that she will be attending Penn State University to study medicine and eventually become a pediatrician.

Heritage High School principal Julie Zierold describes Nicole Williams as an outstanding leader. She is active in her community and serves as the Senior Class President, and is also involved in sports, AP and Honors classes, and community service. She is in the top 2% maintaining a 4.0 GPA with a full schedule, school activities and setting a good example for her two younger siblings. Nicole shared that one of the lessons she’s learned in high school is that it’s ok to stand out. Nicole plans to attend college and obtain her nursing degree.

Paloma Valley’s High School’s Student of the Month is Michelle Nicole Smith, who is described as the “perfect student” by Paloma Valley High School principal Brian Morris. In addition to maintaining a GPA of over 4.0, Michelle is involved in various sports, extra-curricular activities, and community service. Michelle plans to attend the University of California Riverside and enter the field of pediatric medicine. She plans to utilize her sign language skills to help with hard of hearing and deaf patients.

Perris High School Student of the Month is Sean Rene Rodriguez. History teacher Alexander Saucedo said that Sean is quite the history buff and he motivates teachers to do a better job. Sean shared that he is very thankful for his family and teachers at Perris High School, especially Mr. Saucedo. Although there were hard times on occasion, he always remembers what his grandmother taught him, to “never give up”; which happens to be Perris High School’s motto as well. Sean plans to attend college and return to Perris to teach history.

These students have each shown a commitment to excellence and hard work. The Perris and Menifee Valley Chambers of Commerce wish them the best in their endeavors. If you would like to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.

Pictured left to right are December’s Students of the Month; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; City Councilman Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee; Michelle Nicole Smith, Paloma Valley High School; Kiyhanna Monet Gipson, California Military Institute; Nicole Williams, Heritage High School; Sean Rene Rodriguez, Perris High School; City Councilman Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris; and Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris.

Sun City Civic Association Board Election Statements

Sun City Civic Association is currently running elections for their board. Ballots were mailed out on January 9 to 4,762 residents and investors, and candidates were invited to submit their comments here on Menifee 24/7. We received comments from four of the seven candidates...

Tom Thurman

tom thurmanThe New Year brings us to campaign season for the Sun City Civic Association. There are seven candidates running for four openings on the Board of Directors: two coalitions of three and me.

While serving as co-chair of the SCCA Finance Committee, I learned that there are many other qualified and experienced management companies with rates that are 30% to 80% lower than the firm we are now using. In addition, they provide services that are superior to our current management company. Given those facts, I believe we could save as much as $140,000 per year, and that we should be giving that issue our full attention.

The Sun City Civic Association is 50 years old. Buildings, walkways, pipes, roofs and machines need repair and replacement at an eye-opening rate. But we are NOT capable of making such expenditures because our reserve level is only ONE- FOURTH of what the SCCA Reserve Analyst recommends. In my opinion, this is not management, its mis-management. I have nothing against Merit. I just feel we should be getting MORE service with LESS costs.

And while we’re on the subject, I also promise to keep the membership’s best interests uppermost; to comply with our governing documents; to operate with as much transparency as the law allows; to protect our 55-plus status; to hold at least two open forums per year to LISTEN to the members; to give my loyalty for the benefit of the members, not other members of the Board; to promote long range planning; and to be open to new, more efficient, and more effective ways of caring for the Association and its members.

My endorsements include Wally Edgerton Mayor, City of Menifee, Scott Mann Governing Board, Menifee School District, Edna Rae Bogut past President, SCCA Board of Directors, Marcia Heintz past Treasurer, SCCA Board of Directors, Richard Heintz past Vice President, SCCA Board of Directors, Susan Carrreiro past Director, SCCA Board of Directors.

If your interests and values are like mine, I’d be honored to receive your vote.

Randi Hewitt

randi hewittWhy I want to become a Board Member:

First of all I would like to say that I love this community and I want to help keep it a safe, fun and a well maintained community to live in. I also want to keep it a great value for all of the residents who live here.

If elected, I will always act in the best interest of the Homeowners when:

1. Tasking the contractor to perform a function.

2. Spending funds to maintain our facilities.

3. I will Educate myself with regards to presented issues so I am informed enough to support an up or down vote.

4. I will Work with all the Board members and committees to ensure cohesiveness and continuity and transparency within the group/s.

5. I will always work toward the best possible outcome for Homeowners.

6. I will be honest and forthcoming - always working in the best interest of our community.

Here is a little of my history – get to know where I came from

I retired from the Department of the Navy. I am a Veteran with an Honorable discharge and I also served my country as a Civil Servant. I was a manager for fourteen years and some of my responsibilities were to budget for Manpower, Materials, Facilities, Support Equipment, and Technical Data development, outsourcing of technical support services and Travel. I was responsible to provide oversight for contractors performing technical services insuring that the service complied with the contracted requirements in support of the War fighter. I have a background in Aircraft Maintenance, Electrical Engineering and Acquisition Logistics.

John Corlett

john corlettIt is time once again to ELECT new Board members for Sun City Civic Association. I, John W. Corlett, will be seeking a seat on the Board. My platform is "Your future is in the seed you sow today".

I have over forty-five years of Accounting experience and I am on the Board of the Riverside Tax Consultants, I am Treasurer of the Menifee Sun City Concern and a Board member, and I am registered with the California Tax Education Counsel and the IRS.

For credentials, I have a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. During my working years I was associated with major Corporations as an Accountant, Accounting Manager and Comptroller. During my tour of duty with the U.S. Army I was assigned to the Hospital Administration at Fort Ord, as a Cost Accountant preparing Budgets, monthly Profit and Loss statements, Funding TDY's for both Military and Civilian personnel.

As former Treasurer of Sun City Civic Association, I feel mandated to cosely examine Income, Cost and Expenses, and to curtail wasteful spending. I will endeavor to increase SCCA's Reserve Fund, replace SCCA's Earthquake Insurance, work to instill confidance in SCCA Corporation management for all property owner member.

For the past three years I have been a member of the SCCA Finance Committee. The Committee has recommended numerous accounting corrections to the Board which have gone unheeded.

Upon being elected to the 2012 Board, I will endeavor to increase the Reserve Fund, reinstate Pool Monitors, encourage member involvement and activities, ADHERE to our founding documents.

On your ballot you will be asked to vote for sixteen revised By-Laws which, in the opinion of the Corporation Attorney, are deemed unnecessary as the corrections were stylistic and of no importance. That being said I urge a NO VOTE on the By-Laws.

I, John W. Corlett, solicit your support in the upcoming election in 2012.

Bob Klingenberg

bob klingenbergWhy Am I Applying:

Living in Sun City since 2004 and since 2008 have been seeing this community going downhill with reserve funds being now at 24%, lack of communication between board members and community, over spending money to a management company to do what we have been doing years before while getting deeper in debt over the years with such management company.Looking to be part of a team to bring Sun City back to its wonder days where the community members again can enjoy its retirement years without the hassle of politics.

Bob Klingenberg


Born, raised and educated in Chicago and suburbs and after graduation followed my father into the graphic arts trade where I excelled till 1987 when my company was sold and was moved out of state.Taking time off I made a decision to move to California in 1988 with my former fiancée who was a beautician and I bought into a franchise Hair Performers in Redondo Beach where I was manager, appointment maker and bookkeeper. Even though the salon being successful my fiancée was home sick for Chicago and we sold the salon in 1993 and she moved back and I stayed.Again went back to the graphic arts trade and later work for a courier company and then moved to Sun City 2004 where I went into the mold injection technology field in Temecula till company downsize in 2008 and I retired.So much time on hand took up shuffleboard and still with time available I am seeking a place on the Board of Directors to help bring Sun City back to its wonder years where the community members again can enjoy its retirement years without the hassle of politics. We need to regain control back from the management company hired by previous board members and stop paying them money to do what we were doing before and digging ourselves deeper in debt with such management company. We need to more transparent board that will protect homeowner’s rights.I am running with 3 others with like views and with one already on board will have majority to turn everything around. But re-electing now sitting board members will keep things the same for another year.

Bob Klingenberg

Animal Friends of the Valleys Foster Pet Program

If you love helping animals but can’t quite commit to a permanent adoption, consider fostering a furry friend instead. Animal Friends of the Valleys is looking for loving families to temporarily house and care for homeless pets.

Animal Friends selects an animal they feel will work well in your home based on which ones have been at the shelter the longest or are in need of extra care because of an injury or illness. AFV supplie all of the food, toys, blankets, and anything else the animal may need while in your care.

Animal Friends of the Valleys
Really all you have to do is love the little guy (or girl) until a permanent home can be found. On Saturdays the fostering family is asked to bring the foster pet to the Temecula Petco and leave them from 10 am until 3 pm for adoption day.

Sound like something you could do? Contact AFV Foster Coordinator, Lorie Natzic at (951) 471-8344 x. 216.

Some happy facts from Animal Friends of Valleys:

-Over the past three months during Iams Home For the Holidays pet adoption drive, AFV was able to exceed their goal of adopting out 600 dogs and 300 cats. In fact, 701 dogs and 348 cats found forever homes in time for the holidays.

-1,060 volunteers donated over 11,695 hours of their time last year alone.

-AFV uses 7,000 pounds of dog food and 2,800 pounds of cat food every month. The holiday food drive was able to help them meet their quota.

Animal Friends of the Valley extends a very warm thank you to the community for all of the support throughout the holiday season and all through the year!

Adoptable Pet of the Week

The year is off to a strong start for Sun City K9 with lots of dogs coming and then quickly going. Rescued animals are being re-homed at a nearly astonishing rate every single day.

Today’s little man is just 6 months new to the world and would love to start out life with a loving family.

Adoptable pet of the week, Winston.

Name: Winston

Age: 6 months

Breed: Poodle mix

Gender: Male, neutered

Temperament: This is one very (very) affectionate little poodle. He is exceedingly playful with people, children, and other pups.

He tends to be a bit of an escape artist when left alone, so a well enclosed backyard or inside the house is probably the safest place for him to be.

Winston’s story: Winston was found just roaming the streets in Sun City. The family who found him kept him for three weeks while they tried to find his family.

They put up found dog fliers all over the area to no avail, so they brought him to Sun City K9 where he spends his days playing (and trying to escape). He would make a perfect companion for an attentive family or individual.

Sun City K9 Adoptions thanks you for your continued kindness. And if the fairway is your thing, be sure to check out their golf tournament fundraiser coming up in February.

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

Decision on Proposed Tattoo Shop Delayed Due to Possible Legal Action

A large crowd of people showed up at City Hall last night eager to hear the city's Planning Commission consider an application for a tattoo parlor.

However, they walked away empty handed after it was announced the matter could not be decided that evening. The Commission chose to delay its decision after receiving some late correspondence from the applicant's attorney.

The applicant, Milton Chavez, a 31-year old tattoo artist who currently works at a shop in Oceanside, applied for a conditional use permit to open up his own shop inside the Newport Commons building, at 27174 Newport Rd in Menifee.

His attorney, Robert Moest, is the same attorney who handled a similar case in Hermosa Beach, where the city had initially banned tattoo shops. Moest took that case the US Circuit of Court of Appeals, and in October 2010, won.

The City of Menifee had initially denied Chavez' application for a tattoo shop when it was discovered the place of business would lie 913 feet away from Seventh Day Adventist Church. Existing city ordinance requires that tattoo shops be located at least 1,000 feet from churches.

Chavez then asked City Hall for a "variance", which is effectively an exception to the law. City Hall therefore referred the case to the Planning Commission, which last night postponed the hearing until the City could take Moest's letter into full consideration.

When the City measured the distance from the church to the proposed shop, it drew a straight line, as the crow flies, from church's property boundary, to the proposed tattoo shop.

But when measured by actual walking distance, according to Google Maps, by heading down Newport Rd, and then down Bradley Rd to the church, the distance appears to be well over 1,200 feet, enough to satisfy the ordinance.

Moest's letter argues...

"...and that the distance between his shop and the church, while less than 1,000 feet measured as the crow flies, is well over 1,000 feet if measured by walking or driving distance."

The letter goes on to say that if Chavez is denied the variance by the City, he will pursue legal action against the City.

The city ordinance in question, 2010-084 does not specify how the distance should be measured.

"It's common practice for cities to measure distance between property line to property line, as the crow flies", explained Carmen Cave, Planning Director for the City of Menifee. When asked if the City Council or Planning Commission could modify the ordinance to measure distance by walking/driving distance, Cave answered, "Absolutely".

Darcy Kuenzi, Menifee City Council member, seems open to the idea. "I'd be interested in revisiting the ordinance, and take a look at what we can do", she said after watching the Planning Commission hearing in the lobby last night. "But let's consider all the requirements, including the proximity to churches and schools, the health and safety, the operating hours, and see how we can make it fit in our city."

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Even though the Planning Commission chose to postpone its decision last night, people in attendance were still allowed to voice their opinions, forming a long line behind the podium.

The sentiment seemed evenly divided between those in favor, and those against.

"It's coming down to the church people and the tattoo people", said one speaker in favor of the tattoo shop. "There's a smoke shop right next to the church", he continued. "It doesn't make sense."

"Tattoos are everywhere. Kids see them everywhere." said a woman who described herself as a soccer mom. "You can't judge a book by its cover", she said while removing her sweater and exposing her arms. "I'm tattooed, and I'm a part of them."

Another woman against the tattoo shop knew of someone who once owned a shop and then sold it. "In his experience, many, many shops that he was aware of were fronts for drugs", she reported.

"That's the most ridiculous thing ever" Chavez responded after the hearing to the woman's remarks. "To just lump us? That's just disingenuous. I'm a father of three, I don't do drugs."

"There's a smoke shop next to the church", Chavez continued. "They have bongs and stuff, and do you think that's not for drugs?"

Chavez sounded confident of his chances.

"This is not going to be your average tattoo shop", he added. "It's going to be very high end, we're going to serve many well-known people in the motocross and sports industry. This is not a place that will bring drugs or crime into the city."

"We should be a business-friendly city", Council member Kuenzi continued. "There are people in Menifee who want tattoos and right now they have to spend their money in other cities. I think we should try to keep that money here."

As it stands now, the City of Menifee is taking the attorney letter into consideration before allowing the Planning Commission to make a decision. No timeframe was given.

Massage Envy in Menifee Opens their Doors to the Public

The time has finally come, Massage Envy is open for business! Opening their doors on Wednesday, January 11th at 9 am, the spa center is welcoming customers to indulge in all that their Menifee location (located near the Red Robin Restaurant in the Countryside Marketplace) has to offer.

The spa is offering a special for newcomers - $39 for the first massage, and $49 for the first session of a healthy skin facial treatment.

Next month, Massage Envy will be hosting a Chamber of Commerce mixer event in honor of their Grand Opening on February 1st from 5:30-7:30 at the Menifee location. That event will be open to the public for a $10 fee. There will be several vendors stationed at the grand opening, as well as music, entertainment and prizes for the guests. Guests can also enter to win a 3 month gift membership to Massage Envy! If you sign up for a massage on this day, Massage Envy will take $10 off on your next visit.

The "Couples Room," where the spa offers massage tables and facial areas for two, is one of the highlighted features of the Menifee location.

"We are excited to open a location in the Countryside Marketplace," says Julie, one of the long time employees of the Massage Envy corporation. "It's nice to be able to allow people to meet us in the middle and not have to drive so much further away."

She also mentions that appointments are already being booked at a rapid rate. "We will try our hardest to be able to get you in as soon as possible, if not the same day," she enthuses. "We want to be able to cater our services to your needs."

The Menifee location also provides a special discount to seniors, military, county, and city employees. Please visit the Massage Envy website for more information on their services offered, or contact their Menifee location at 951-821-3222.

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