High Hopes Held for Upcoming MSJC Play

Mt San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Passengers, a raucous comedy by award winning TV and Film writer Sam Bobrick. The Director for Passengers is also no stranger to the limelight: she is Riverside born and Broadway and London’s West End award winning actress, Shezwae Powell.

Moving to the Inland Empire after spending 20 years performing in London, Powell decided to take her acting experiences and turn them into a teaching career. “At this point in my life I prefer directing,” she admits. “Acting takes a lot more energy and concentration. 8 shows a week is HARD, it takes a lot out of you. Directing takes more of a mental energy that uses the brain instead of the body as well.”

Passengers is made up of eight vignettes that take place in a bus station, containing stories that range from touching to hilarious and hit all points between. Powell sums up the plot as one that shows us “love in a lot of different formats. Looking for love, losing love, re-finding love, and valuing the life we are given. Making sure we are making them most of each moment. It’s really a lot of laughs.”

Wanting something she would have fun working on, Powell not only hand selected this production, but the superb cast and crew as well.

MSJC student Joe Caldwell, who was heavily involved in the tv/film and video industry before returning to school, now has the privilege of working behind the scenes and watching this production grow.

“When she asked me if I would be interested in helping with this production, my answer was a quick ‘yes’,” he explains. “Being an assistant to Ms. Powell, I have been able to see how a show is cast and how the actors progress. I get to see how costumes, sets, and props come together, all those things that an audience member never even thinks about.”

Harlan Wilson, a retired Captain from the San Francisco Police Department, is another cast member who has returned to school and discovered their love for theater. “I know that I am not the polished type of actor to get involved in a major career in the theater,” Wilson admits. “As I am 70 now, my involvement with the theater is more for just fun. I enjoy role playing and I find that I am not uncomfortable on the stage."

Cast and crew alike have high expectation for this production and appreciate the support and attendance from the community. “There’ll be a lot of experience and heart on our stage and audiences should really have a good time and a good laugh,” Powell enlightens.

6 performances will be held from April 19th- 29th . To make reservations, please call 951- 639 – 5790.

Thurs April 19th – Sat April 21st at 7:30pm
Fri April 27th – Sat April 28th at 7:30pm
Sun April 29th at 2:00pm

All seats are $10 ($9 with valid SGA sticker)
Menifee Lab Theatre (200 building)

For more information contact Shezwae Powell at spowell@msjc.edu or on 951-522-8634.

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Sun City K9 is having the most awesome year adopting out all of their rescued animals! Pets are finding forever homes left and right thanks to the compassion from the community. Thank you all the kindhearted families you gave someone a new home, from all of the furry friends at SCK9.

Adoptable pet of the week, Brady.

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Name: Brady

Age: under 1 year

Breed: Terrier/ Jack Russell mix

Gender: Male, neutered

Temperament: This little guy is quite the character. Friendly and just full of energy he loves to play with people, children, and other pets. He is very smart and eager to learn, which makes him easily trainable.

He is housebroken, but like all animals, will need a little time to adjust to your new home before he is 100% trained. He really is a good-natured pup who is looking for someone to love him forever.

Brady’s story: Brady was a stray, brought in to the shelter all the way from Chino. The family that found him specifically travelled the distance to Sun City K9 to ensure Brady would be safe and taken care of until he finds a new home.

Come meet Brady at Petco in Countryside Marketplace this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. He will be hanging out with his friends from SCK9 between 9:30 – 2:30 on Saturday and from 10:00 – 2:30 on Sunday.

Petco Menifee
30464 Haun Road
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 246-7722
Website: www.petco.com

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
Website: www.sck9adoptions.org

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

Former Perris High Standout Kevin Young, Kansas Teammates Ready for Final Four

kevin youngAfter the University of Kansas defeated North Carolina on Sunday to advance to the Final Four this weekend, Perris resident Alicia Morales sent a text message to her son Kevin Young, a junior forward for the Jayhawks.

"I told him I'm very proud of him, but don't call me because I'll just cry," Morales said. "It's been a very emotional time."

In the spring of 2010, Young left Loyola Marymount after two seasons as a starter, sitting out the next season while earning his AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College. Young appeared headed for San Diego State until he was recruited by Kansas coaches, who had noticed him playing for the Puerto Rico U19 Team in 2009.

Photo / Kansas Journal World

Last fall, Young joined the Jayhawks with high hopes for the upcoming season. But the former All-CIF standout at Perris High School had no idea just how far that wild ride would take him.

On Saturday, Young and his Kansas teammates will play Ohio State in one of the country's premier sports events -- the Final Four. Following the early game between Kentucky and Louisville, Kansas (31-6) will face Ohio State in the New Orleans Superdome. The game will be televised beginning at approximately 5:49 p.m. Pacific time.

"I was worried at first about Kevin going to a whole new program," said Morales, who is Puerto Rican. "I just told him to be patient, go hard in practice, and if something happens, they'll call you in.

"Right now, I'm on Cloud Nine. I grew up here in Perris. I'm hearing from a lot of people here about this. You should see my Facebook page."

There will certainly be a lot of local residents rooting for Young, who isn't a starter for Kansas but has played a key role off the bench, especially in the second half of the season.

Young contributed key scoring off the bench in Kansas' Sweet 16 victory over North Carolina State, then came up with strong rebounding in the win over North Carolina in the Elite Eight. He has been steadily improving since a Dec. 10 Jayhawks victory in which he scored a season-high 14 points with four rebounds.

The opponent that day? The same Ohio State team Young and the Jayhawks will face on Saturday.

"I've probably improved most on my defense," Young recently told the Kansas Journal World. "At the beginning of the year, I didn't play real good defense. Throughout the year, I've been trying to improve on it a lot. I'm just trying to take in everything they (coaches) say about how to guard their guards or their bigs when they get switched."

Young receives high praise from teammate Tyshawn Taylor, a starting guard and the team's second leading scorer at 16.7 points per game.

"KY's good, man," Taylor said in an interview with the Kansas Journal World. "There are so many things he can do. He has so many intangibles, as coach calls them. He can rebound, he can pass the ball. He's not a bad shooter when he gets his feet set. I love playing with him because his intensity is always high, no matter what he's doing. It's hard to match his energy because he's going 100 miles an hour, nonstop."

Even when he's not in the game, Young is visible to everyone in the arena. He often is the first one off the bench to celebrate a Kansas basket, waving his arms and shouting words of support to his teammates.

Young says the whole experience of March Madness is something he'll never forget.

"Playing in the tournament is a lot more fun than watching it," he said. "I didn't expect all this, all the media attention in the locker room. This is new. It's fun."

Arts Council Menifee and The Beer Hunter

Arts Council Menifee is getting more support all the time, from area citizens, organizations and businesses.  For example The Beer Hunter (in the Countryside Marketplace) has a terrific Give Back program.  Just tell your server to have the "points" go to the Arts Council and every four months they'll make a corresponding-size donation to ACM.

Tom Hopkins Business Building Workshop Scheduled for April 11th

Nothing Can Keep Kim Goble From Helping Animals

A city would cease to exist without the dedicated people who tirelessly contribute to its well-being. These hard working self-starters find a need within the community and then spend their efforts filing the void.

Kim Goble has always been an advocate for animals. In 2005 she saw an opportunity to really make a difference for the people and animals of Sun City and Menifee and so began her devotion to Sun City K9 Adoptions.

Joseph Rundle, Kim Rundle-Goble, Crystal Aleman, Kelli Whitman & Naomi Borel-Magee

Elizabeth Martin opened Sun City K9 Adoptions several years prior in 2003 and was nearly running the shelter herself. Shortly after Kim met Elizabeth, she injured herself and was to be out of commission for quite some time.

Not knowing what else to do, Kim immediately moved with her husband, Glen, into a trailer on the SCK9 property and picked up right where Elizabeth left off; cleaning, caring, and running the entire rescue.

Elizabeth’s recovery took over a year, and by that time Kim and Glen were fully immersed in Sun City K9. With a career in construction, Glen went to work building and upgrading kennels, constructing overhangs, and creating shelter for the animals.

Kim looks back with a laugh and says, “I stepped in to help and just never left.” Since then Kim and Elizabeth have developed a deep friendship. Already incredibly involved, in 2008 Kim officially became director of the rescue.

Kim says, “Elizabeth needed someone with the same interest in animals, and together we built Sun City K9 up to what it is now. We became best friends and have stuck with each other ever since. There have been a lot of laughs, a lot of tears, and of course, a lot of animals.”

After many years of service to the animals and her community, in 2009 Kim was diagnosed with cancer.

Kim & husband Glen Goble

In between radiation treatments she continued her duties at SCK9 without hardly skipping a beat, and for a year, she was foreseeably in a state of remission. One year later the cancer was back and she began fighting yet again; only this time the cancer had metastasized.

While she currently battles a stage-4 diagnosis under hospice care at Braswell's Convalescent Hospital in Yucaipa, she refuses to quit working. She may not be able to walk any longer, but as she puts it, “My arms and my brain still work just fine.”

When she’s not hosting visitors and well-wishers in her hospital room, Kim stays busy in bed making calls and drafting donation and fundraising letters for SCK9. It would seem not even cancer can suppress her passion to help homeless animals.

Her colleague and friend Pamala Hall praises her saying, “She’s the hardest working and most dedicated rescuer I have ever known. She does it solely for the animals. True selfless people liker her, are few and far between.”

While those closest to Kim are devastated by her diagnosis she continues to maintain a positive front. She admits, “I don’t know what’s going to happen from here,” but either way she refuses to let her health dictate her life.

Although Kim is away, Sun City K9 continues to offer their same complimentary service to the entire Menifee Valley in the very capable hands of many wonderful people.

By the same vision Elizabeth and Kim had over 7 years ago, to this day SCK9 functions as a no kill rescue; never turning away animals and operating entirely by the grace of donations and volunteers.

Kim comments, “ We survive solely on funding from the public, no government funding at all. When we falter, the community just picks us right back up and keeps us going. There are a lot of good people in Menifee.”

So while she may not be physically at the rescue these days, she is still very much involved and intends to stay that way until she is no longer able. Her commitment to animals will simply not waver.

To contribute, volunteer, or donate to Sun City K9 Adoptions please visit their website at www.sck9adoptions.org, or call (951) 679-6444.

Fore the Animals 6th Annual Golf Tournament

Animal Friends of the Valleys is hosting their 6th annual Fore The Animals golf tournament on April 20, 2012.

The entry fees go towards helping the animals. For $350 per foursome your fee will groom seven severely matted animals so they can look their best again. Or for $100 per person your fee will spay or neuter one 60-pound pet.

Entry includes: Cart, practice balls, lunch, and entry into all contests and drawings including: hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

RSVP by April 6, 2012 to save your spot. To register as a player or for sponsorship information, call (951) 471-8344.

The Golf Club at Rancho California
39500 Robert Trent Parkway
Murrieta, CA 92563

Registration starts, 7:30 AM.
Shotgun start, 8:30 AM.
For more information, visit: www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.com.

"Tell Me Dolls" Provide a Safe Haven for Secrets

For Nicole Farrell staying positive and keeping busy is simply every day common practice. She has always been active and incredibly involved with her community.

The month of March has been dedicated to supporting the local non-profit organization, Women Against Child Trafficking, as a whole. In delving into their efforts we find the remarkable individuals that make the operation possible, Nicole Farrell is one such person.

In 2007 Nicole moved to Menifee with her husband, John, to rest and recuperate from a severe back injury. One year later in 2008 life decided to slow her down again with a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy surgery.

It seemed she was regaining some semblance of health until September 2009 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor needing immediate radiation and surgery. Over the past two years, Nicole has undergone eight serious surgeries.

Despite her experience with multiple health struggles Nicole responds by saying, “I feel so lucky that this is all I have to deal with, the outcome could have been much worse.” Positivity must be her middle name.

tell me dolls
Not one to lay idle, Nicole began looking for productive hobbies to occupy her time during long car rides to San Diego for treatment and while waiting in doctor’s offices for radiation. So, she took up knitting.

She found knitting to be very therapeutic and healing. Her sister sent her a pattern for a knitted doll, and although she had only knit straight stitches so far, she began to figure out the doll.

While researching patterns Nicole came across handmade “tell me dolls” and had the sudden idea to knit them for the local non-profit group, Women Against Child Trafficking, to add to their dignity bags.

As a member of GFWC Menifee Woman's Club Nicole immediately thought to reach out to the President of the organization, Robbie Motter. With the support of her friends and fellow club members from the Woman's Club and Woman Against Child Trafficking, together they were able to set her idea into motion.

“Tell Me Dolls” are soft knitted dolls specifically made with no mouths. The idea is that children and teens dealing with trauma can find comfort in this doll, as well as a safe place to store all their secrets and talk through their ordeal.

Women Against Child Trafficking helps children who are recovering from abduction and abuse and provides them with dignity bags full of personal items, hygiene products, and now, their very own tell me doll.

tell me dolls
Finding a renewed way to be involved again has opened up Nicole’s life. “These dolls will bring joy and comfort to young children,” she says, “Every stitch on every doll is a labor of love.”

She carries her knitting with her wherever she goes and has begun asking prominent individuals in the community to contribute a stitch.

The most ironic participant perhaps, happened in her pre-op appointment when she asked her surgeon if he would add a stitch to the doll.

To see this prestigious doctor stitching with yarn and needles instead of sanitized instruments and microscopic thread was just the humorous antidote needed in such a serious setting.

Through her trials she maintains an optimistic outlook and continues to look for new ways to make people smile.

Although she doesn't do it for the glory, since starting this knitting venture back in November her dolls have already won multiple awards. They have earned her two nominations for the Daily Point of Light award and the NAWBO-IE Trailblazer Award, and yet, she continues to knit for the cause not for recognition.

When asked how she stays so positive, Nicole humbly says, "I thank my family and friends for their continued support, for their prayers, and their cheering."

It's a network of people helping people, and that is essentially what makes our community go round.

tell me dolls
If you are interested in helping make a difference, Nicole has patterns for both knitted and crocheted dolls. Please contact her at nicolefarrell123@hotmail.com.

GFWC Menifee Woman's Club
Contact: President, Robbie Motter
(951) 679-8048 // rmotter@aol.com
Website: http://gfwc-menifeewomansclub.com

Woman Against Child Trafficking
Contact: Darlene Tarnoski
(951) 440-6330 // adifference@live.com
Website: http://womenagainstchildtrafficking.org

Spring Break Ideas From Painted Earth

Perris High Graduates Make Their Mark With Kansas in NCAA Tournaments

Photo / Lawrence Journal World
Kevin Young (40) and Kansas will play North Carolina next.

March Madness has been a real success story for the University of Kansas basketball teams, with help from two local products.

Kevin Young, a 6-foot-8 junior forward out of Perris High School, will join his Jayhawks teammates for Sunday's Elite Eight game against North Carolina in the NCAA Div. I men's tournament. The West Regional final begins at 2 p.m. and will be televised on TBS.

Aishah Sutherland, a 6-foot-2 senior forward also from Perris High, finished her college career on Saturday with 19 points and eight rebounds in the Kansas women's 84-73 loss to Tennessee in a Sweet Sixteen game.

Young is averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Kansas men's team, which has a 30-6 record and is seeded No. 2 heading into Sunday's game against top-seeded North Carolina (32-5). He came off the bench Friday night to score five points, including two baskets in a key stretch of the first half in which the Jayhawks outscored North Carolina State 20-4 en route to a 60-57 victory.

Although he is not a starter, Young has played a key role off the bench for Kansas. His value to the team has increased steadily ever since a Dec. 11 game in which he scored 14 points with four rebounds to lead the Jayhawks to a 78-67 victory over Ohio State, then ranked No. 2 in the nation.

"Kevin Young was just fabulous," Kansas coach Bill Self said after that game. "He really bailed us out. That's the Kevin Young we thought we recruited."

This is Young's first year with Kansas. He played two years at Loyola Marymount before sitting out last season.

At Perris High, Young led his team to a 25-7 record and into the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals.

On the women's side, Sutherland was a starter all season for Kansas. She averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 rebounds this season. She has been a standout all four years for the Jayhawks since graduating from Perris High, where she led her team to back-to-back Sunbelt League titles and won All-CIF honors.

Sutherland's role increased after teammate Carolyn Davis went down with an injury earlier in the season.

"When she did go down, everyone had to step up," Sutherland said at the time.

Photo / Lawrence Journal World

Ridgemoor Elementary School fourth grade class is truly a family affair

susan rood menifee
The fourth grade students in Room 14 at Ridgemoor Elementary School have the best of both worlds -- or perhaps we should say both generations.

When they ask a question of "Miss Rood," the response comes from a substitute teacher who has become much more than that to her students. And when they address "Mrs. Rood," they look lovingly at the substitute's mother, their teacher for the first six months of the school year.

It's a labor of love that all involved will likely remember for the rest of their lives.

Susan Rood was about three months into a new school year with her fourth grade students when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November. As she started to miss class to begin her treatment program, Susan started to worry about the long-term effect her absence would have on her students.

"As a teacher, it's one of your worst nightmares -- having to leave your classroom in the hands of someone else in the middle of the school year," Susan said.

Her response was to approach officials of the Menifee Union School District with an interesting request: Bring in her daughter, 22-year-old Ashlee Rood, to take over her the class.

Ashlee, who graduated with a teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo last June, was completing her student teaching in San Luis Obispo. Raised in Menifee, she had attended fourth grade in the same room where her mother now taught. Ashlee had dreams of someday returning home to teach, but she had no idea how soon that time would come.

"This is the district I grew up in and I had a great experience here," Ashlee said. "When the opportunity came, I was ready to go. I was afraid of a lull following graduation because there aren't a lot of teaching jobs. I wasn't sure how much I would be called as a substitute."

Both Susan and Ashlee got their wish when Ashlee was hired as a substitute in the Menifee district. She began teaching Susan's class whenever Susan was absent. Since February, she has been the students' full-time teacher.

Midge James, who has been principal of Ridgemoor Elementary since the days when Ashlee was a student there, has high praise for both mother and daughter.

"Susan is a hard act to follow," James said. "Having Ashlee here to take her mother's place has made the transition seamless. Ashlee has been around educators all her life and knows what expectations her mother has for classroom management, for rigor of student work and for students' adherence to self-discipline and citizenship.

"Ashlee seems to have a natural ability to connect with students; she is mature and makes decisions like a veteran teacher. Yes, excellent teaching has been modeled for her all of her life, but one has to take the responsibility to own the talent and make it their own. Ashlee Rood is one of those people."

Susan Rood, who is preparing for her fourth round of chemotherapy, attends class occasionally, when she is strong enough to do so. Eventually, she explained to the students why Ashlee was taking over her class.

"The C word is frightening," Susan said. "I didn't tell the students about my cancer in the beginning. I broke my back a couple years ago, so when I had to miss class, I told them I had to have my back checked. Some of the kids had lost loved ones to cancer, and I was sensitive to how they would handle it.

"After about three months, the children began to catch on. I asked the parents what they thought I should tell them. We decided it was best to be honest and open with them."

The day Susan announced her condition to the students, she spent the entire class session talking about cancer and its treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation. The response, she says, was heartwarming.

"The students were so open and accepting of this," Susan said. "They said, 'Mrs. Rood, we knew it was something else.' "

Susan plans to finish her treatments by mid-summer and hopes to return full-time to her classroom next school year. Ashlee will continue in the district's substitute teacher pool and hope for a permanent position.

"I'd love to have my own class here," Ashlee said. "I grew up helping my mom in her classroom. I sat in this same room in the fourth grade. It's been fun seeing my first grade, fifth grade, and third grade teachers, who are still here. We still have the same principal."

No matter what happens, the students in room 14 are being well taken care of this spring.

susan rood menifee

Sun City Library Poetry Group to Present "Framed Visions", Sunday, March 25

sun city library poetry group

Miller Jones Mortuary Hosts Business Mixer, Wednesday, April 4

miller jones mortuary mixer

Kona Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner, Tuesday, April 3

kona beer pairing dinner

Menifee Community Barn Dance, Scheduled for Saturday, April 14

menifee barn dance

Painted Earth Celebrates by Giving Back

This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of Painted Earth's Menifee location. To celebrate this landmark they are hosting a special event and food drive all weekend long.

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Patrons are asked to bring in three canned food items to benefit the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. In return for their generosity, those who donate will receive a free studio fee to paint. In honor of the 2-year anniversary, 4-inch tiles available to paint will be sold for only $2.

Come on out and help celebrate the success of a local business. Painted Earth will also be providing refreshments and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Celebration and Food Drive:

Saturday, March 24, 2012
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday, March 25, 2012
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

30010 Haun Rd, #240
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 679-6800
Website: www.paintedearthpottery.com

Goetz Road Bridge Opens in Menifee

After much construction and anticipation, the Goetz Road Bridge is finally open to through traffic. While cones and construction equipment still crowd the surrounding area, the actual bridge is at least open and making things much easier for area residents.

Goetz Road
Previously, Goetz Road stopped short of Newport. The newly opened bridge now connects Canyon Lake and Quail Valley directly to Newport Road as it turns into Railroad Canyon Road, making for a much more direct and convenient route.

Adoptable Pet of the Week

In honor of National Puppy day today we have the tiniest little puppy available for adoption. Most of the pets that come to Sun City K9 are older in age, so we can bet this six-month-old sweetheart won’t be available for very long.

Adoptable pet of the week, Penny.

pet of the week
Name: Penny

Breed: Yorkshire terrier & Pomeranian mix

Age: 6 months

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: Penny is an absolute sweetheart. At only 6 months old she is full of puppy energy and loves to cuddle. She adores people, other dogs, and even cats. She is extremely playful and loving, and very smart too.

Penny’s story: Penny was relinquished to Sun City K9 Adoptions by her elderly owner because she could no longer care for her. Puppy’s need great amounts of attention and care and her owner could not physically handle Penny.

Penny will be at Petco in Countryside Marketplace this weekend along with some of her other friends from SCK9. Sun City K9 hosts pet adoptions every week at Petco, on Saturday from 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM.

Remember when adopting pets from any rescue, it will take a little bit of time for them to adjust to their new environment. Be patient and give them enough time to familiarize themselves with your home and to learn what you expect of them.

Dogs are people pleasers by nature; they want to make their owners happy. If you show your new pet kindness while teaching them where to potty, eat, sleep, and play they will become an integrated part of your family.

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

What’s Going on With The 215 Widening?

Lisa DaSilva of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) was able to explain the progress of several projects currently underway along the I-215 freeway, so we’re all up to speed.

I-215 South Project
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The first stretch of construction extends from Scott Road to Murrieta Hot Springs on the I-215 freeway. The project is currently at 60% completion, with a little more than three miles of road effectively widened including an additional lane and a new shoulder in both directions.

Improved drainage, electrical connections, and adjusted freeway grade are currently underway along the remaining miles. Crews will continue to pave the new lanes, repair existing lanes, and build a median lane barrier.

Since the project's start one year ago, in April 2011, they have been able to stay on schedule and targeted budget. The expected completion is estimated for late summer of 2012.

This 6-mile section of construction created about 594 jobs, providing a boost to the local economy. The total cost came in around $33 million with approximately 33% funding coming from prop 1B, 61% from state funding, and the remaining funding from sales tax revenue.

Together RCTC and Caltrans have worked to ensure safety throughout construction by reducing the speed limit to 55 mph in cone zones and scheduling lane closure only when necessary and at nighttime when possible.

74/215 Interchange in Perris

This project reconstructed and modified the existing interchange at the 74 and 215 in Perris including a new overcrossing and five new signals.

Construction began in 2010 and the interchange was reopened 4 ½ months ahead of schedule and on budget. Completion is expected this year, 2012.

I-215 Central Project

The project will widen the freeway, constructing an additional lane in each direction from Scott Road to Nuevo Road. This 12.5-mile stretch of construction will create over 1,900 jobs.

The I-215 central project is in the final design stages, construction is set to begin late 2012 or early 2013 and completion is expected for late 2015.

The estimated cost for the central project is $143 million. $49.2 million has already been allocated by RCTC toward the total project cost, additional funding will be provided by Measure A, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

To fund the aforementioned projects, the RCTC is seeking $57 million from the prop 1B reserve and state monies will fund $120 million.

After the completion residents and commuters alike can expect to enjoy fewer delays, better freeway operation and flow, reduced idling and therefore gasoline consumption, and enhance air quality.

215 projects

For more information please visit www.i215project.info, where you may sign up for email alerts regarding traffic conditions and road closures. Follow RCTC on Twitter for up to the minute traffic news and updates, www.twitter.com/RCTC.

Elevate Fitness Studio, Elevate's Working Out

Since opening their doors to Menifee in November 2011, Elevate Fitness Studio has been encouraging fitness and healthy living through specialized training techniques.

Owner, Paul David, has a degree in Exercise Physiology and a 19-year background in health club management and personal training. Despite his experience with large chain facilities, David wanted Elevate to focus more on the individual, making sure each and every person receives the attentive training they need to succeed.

elevate fitness studio
Their all-inclusive approach to training covers three main aspects of understanding, necessary to achieving each person’s exclusive goal, beginning with their highly qualified staff. The first and most important element to successful training is, or course, the trainer.

As a specialized training studio, Elevate prefers their coaches hold a degree in an Allied health field as well as maintain nationally recognized certifications. Elevate’s entire staff attends weekly training each Monday to guarantee their clients are getting the most advanced and effective instruction possible.

Elevate’s second pillar of utmost importance is to help people separate fact from fiction when it comes to health and fitness. David emphasizes how overwhelmed with information the general public tends to be. So his focus is to look at what is the most effective program for each client right now.

A certified trainer creates a custom program specifically tailored to each unique situation, to help individuals achieve their fitness goals on a specialized basis.

elevate fitness studio
The final element to a successful outcome is diet and nutrition. Each client receives completely customized recommendations in terms of how to eat, what and when to eat, in order to reach the results they want.

What is evident in the Elevate plan, as opposed to generic workouts and diets set by most mainstream trainers, is that they really care about each client’s outcome. You leave feeling educated as well as fit.

Should you miss a class for vacation, your trainer will even provide you with a travel workout so you can maintain progress while away.

Because of the expertise of their trainers, Elevate is able to cater to all fitness levels. From teaching beginners what to wear to a workout, to helping advanced athletes to train hard, they are able to tailor a program for every need.

They offer individual one on one workouts, small group classes of up to four participants, and large group organized workouts of up to ten people. The small groups are optimum for encouraging continued success and motivation.

In addition to helping people individually, David is incredibly involved in the community as well. As President of the Rotary Club, and a member of both the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club and the MSJC Foundation Board, he makes it his mission to serve on a daily basis.

In helping people reach their goals, David poses the question to his clients, “What is the best use of your time, right now?” More often than not the answer is, “I don’t know.” That’s where Elevate steps in to design a program, based on a thorough personal evaluation, of what will work for them.

David says, “We take more of a functional approach to optimizing your health.” How can you, a busy individual, most efficiently and effectively use your time and energy to feel good inside and out? Elevate will help you figure that out.

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

Website: goelevatefitness.com
Email: info@goelevatefitness.com

Favorite Five: Walk the Dog

The first glimpses of spring have begun popping up everywhere and it suddenly feels acceptable to spend way too much time outside. For dog owners this welcoming weather means many more walks and outdoor play with our four legged friends.

We thought we’d scope out some pup friendly places for you and your canine to enjoy. This week’s favorite five places to walk the dog.

favorite five dog walks

Sunrise Park: Beautiful walking path

Sunrise Park has a beautiful gravel walking path complete with complimentary doggy bags. There is also a large sunken grassy area enclosed by a fence that is fun for leashed pets.

Perks: Doggy bag dispensers, manicured path

Location: Heritage Park Drive & Lindenberger Road
Contact: Valley Wide (951) 672-6744
Hours of Operation: 6:00am to 10:00pm
Website Link

E.L. Pete Peterson Dog Park: Big and little dog play areas

Nobody likes it when their little pup gets bullied. This dog park is especially cool because there are separate fenced off areas, one for little dogs and one for bigger dogs. So dogs of all sizes can play off leash in peace.

Perks: Off leash ok, doggy bag dispensers, water bowls, benches for sitting while your dogs play

Location: 29621 Park City Avenue (at Murrieta Road)
Contact: City of Menifee (951) 672-6777
Hours of Operation: 6:00am to 10:00pm
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Aldergate Dog Park: Huge play area

Aldergate dogpark provides a huge fenced in grassy area for off leash dog play. Perfect for playing fetch and exercising those energetic pups.

Perks: Off leash ok, doggy bag dispenser, water bowls, lots of space, chairs for sitting while your dogs play

Location: 28688 Aldergate Road (at Menifee Road)
Contact: Valley Wide (951) 672-6744
Hours of Operation: 6:00am to 10:00pm
Website Link

Path at Newport: Paved and convenient

The paved path that winds through the Paloma Wash adjacent to Haun and Newport Road is a good quick walk for you and your pups. The approximately two mile paved path is conveniently located in the heart of Menifee and offers a safe place to walk leashed pets.

Perks: Paved, convenient

Location: Entrance on Newport Road, West of Haun.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Trails off McCall: Scenic hike

The trails that meander through the hills just off of McCall Road make for a great hike with your dogs, particularly at sunrise or sunset. The paths span the hills every which way, so it’s a choose your own adventure type of hike.

There are no doggy bag dispensers so be sure to bring your own.

Perks: View of the city, dirt paths

Location: Off of McCall, at the top of Antelope Road
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Menifee Lakes: Residents only

While Menifee Lakes is only open to it’s residents, a lot of those residents don’t know that you’re allowed to walk you dog around the lake too. The beautiful 35-acre lake is surrounded by 2 miles of paved pathways, perfect for a scenic walk with your furry friend.

Perks: Private, paved, scenic, security

Location: Entrances throughout the Menifee Lakes community
Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Menifee Rotary Teams With Habitat for Humanity

The Rotary Club’s long-standing nationwide mission has been to serve their respective communities. Across the globe 34,000 Rotary clubs are working toward a better world, and more simply, a better tomorrow for their neighbors.

The Rotary Club of Menifee joined forces with the Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity and has recently begun working on one of several home revitalization projects right here in Menifee.

rotary club and habitat for humanity Pictured left to right: Greg Padilla, Cameron Blaze, Stu Blaze, Dawn Prather, Tom Yuzer, Linda Denver

When the team completes changes to this particular two story, three-bedroom house, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Tammy Marine says, “It will be like a brand-new home when the family moves in.”

Rotary club members volunteered their time to cut down plants, trees, and over grown foliage in and around the home’s yard. Within just a few hours, they had not only cleared the yard but also worked to tear out carpeting throughout the entire house.

“We were so surprised at how much the Rotarians accomplished in only a few hours. We thought we were going to run out of things for them to do,” Marine added.

This is the ninth of seventeen homes purchased by Habitat for Humanity, using Housing and Urban Development Funds, to receive revitalization thus making the residence livable once again.

Those interested in volunteering their time to Habitat for Humanity should contact (951) 296-3362 for upcoming project dates in the Menifee area.

Several Upcoming MSJC Events to Showcase Student and Staff Talents

It is a busy month at MSJC, as students and staff alike prepare to showcase their talents for the public in several upcoming events. Each of these performances provides the perfect opportunity to gather the family for a night full of entertainment and fun for all while helping support members of our community.

College Musical

The Mt. San Jacinto College Theatre Arts Department presents the “Little Shop of Horrors,” a college musical about a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.

This performance will take place on several nights: March 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30pm and March 25 and April 1at 2:30pm, in the San Jacinto Campus Theatre, located at 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, 92583.

General Admission: $12
Senior: $10
Students: $8

Contact the Theatre Box Office at 951-487-3790 for more information.

Choreography Showcase

This event provides choreographers with the opportunity to showcase their works-in-progress. Discussion and feedback follow this informal, artist-friendly performance.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Menifee Valley Campus Lab Theatre
28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, CA 92584

All showings are free and no reservations will be taken for this event.

For more information contact Lori Torok at 951-639-5630 or ltorok@msjc.edu

Menifee Music Faculty Showcase

The eighth annual evening of music event will successfully showcase the diverse talent of the Menifee Valley Campus' outstanding music faculty.

This is a onetime event that is surely not to be missed!

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Menifee Valley Campus Lab Theatre, Room 207
28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, CA 92584

Tickets: All seats $10
Contact the box office at 951-639-5790

For more information contact Jeremy Brown, Assistant Professor of Music, at 951-639-5665 or jebrown@msjc.edu.

Registration Open for Menifee Valley Flyers Spring Fun Fly, Set for April 28

The Menifee Valley Flyers, a local organization promoting radio controlled model aviation, recently announced registration information for its Tenth Annual Spring Fun Fly.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 28 at the Menifee Valley Flyers Airfield, located at the top of a hill overlooking Menifee Road near Simpson Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and flying at 9 a.m. All Academy of Model Aviation pilots are eligible to participate for a $10 entry fee.

The general public is invited to come and watch the action. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will take place.

Ray Gould, the organization's president, said the group has nearly 100 members and is reaching out to young flyers through various youth programs. Some pilots of these radio controlled planes and helicopters are as young as 6.

Throughout the year, group members serve as instructors for those interested in flying model aircraft. Practice and competitions take place at the group's airfield, which includes a 350-foot runway and six pilot stations.

Prizes will be awarded for excellence in various flying techniques.

For more information about the organization and this event, visit the Menifee Valley Flyers website.

Linda Denver Protests Possible Decrease in State Funding for CTE (ROP) programs

linda denverA retired educator and Menifee community activist has voiced her opposition to proposed changes in the state budget that could negatively affect high school career educational programs.

Linda Denver, wife of Menifee Mayor John Denver, recently sent out a plea for local support of her efforts to oppose the consolidation of "categorical" programs into a single general fund available to K-12 school districts. In a recent email sent to some Menifee residents, Denver urged others to join her in sending letters of protest to local legislators.

An email sent to Menifee 24/7 included a copy of a letter dated Feb. 29 and addressed to State Assembly Member Paul Cook of the 65th District. In the letter, Denver expresses opposition "to the Governor's proposal to eliminate Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs) and other Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at the state level, and to consolidate the dedicated funding for ROCPs into a discretionary allocation that would be redistributed throughout the state."

CTE programs, previously known as ROP, are operated by school districts to provide career training not taught in the traditional classroom setting. Training in these specialized programs help students prepare for the work force by developing skills in areas such as computer technology, retail sales and agricultural sciences.

Denver's letter refers to a portion of Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Under the heading "greater flexibility and accountability" of K-12 school funding, the state budget proposal reads, in part:

...the Budget proposes a weighted pupil funding formula that
will provide significant and permanent additional flexibility to local districts by consolidating the vast majority of categorical programs (excluding federally required programs such as special education) and revenue limit funding into a single source of funding.

Matt Knox, director of the Assembly 65th District, confirmed that the proposal would increase the flexibility of school districts in determining how to spend state funds, in part by eliminating many separate funding categories such as the fund designated for CTE programs.

"This is something a lot of districts are complaining about -- that there's not a lot of discretion allowed on what they can and can't fund," Knox said.

Denver believes that even though school district administrators would have more freedom to distribute the funds the way they see fit, many would decide that in this era of tight budgets, career technical education programs would be among the first things cut.

"They are proposing to include categorical funds under the whole general fund umbrella," Denver said. "Districts emphasize basic academics such as math and science because kids need to know how to read and write, but that alone doesn't help them learn how to apply those skills to a career path.

"It's very possible that districts might emphasize funding intended to produce higher test scores without continuing to provide career technical education. It's likely those funds will diminish."

According to information provided by the Perris Union High School District, the district is offering 39 CTE courses this semester. The student count for enrollment in those courses is 2,581. The most popular courses this semester include plant and animal science (318 students enrolled), agricultural biology (294), computer applications (291) and agricultural earth and physical sciences (194).

Dian Martin, teacher on assignment to coordinate the district's state and federal funding for programs, said she believes that even if the proposal is included in the final state budget, CTE programs in the PUHSD will not be in danger of elimination.

"We don't anticipate that happening in our district," she said. "Our focus remains providing students with an array of educational opportunities. I believe districts would still be able to support existing programs and start new programs statewide, but obviously those are district decisions."

Martin said her belief stems in part from the fact the PUHSD also receives federal funding from programs such as the Perkins Act, which allocates federal funds for vocational-technical education programs.

Denver isn't willing to gamble that most districts will decide to retain state funding for CTE programs.

"If I were in the district, I would like to have that kind of control, too," she said. "But you have to remember that the goal is to get kids to go to college.

"When I was a teacher, I wanted to make my credential relevant to the students by helping them develop career skills. Now, if I'm an English teacher, I have to make sure that XYZ is taught so it shows on the state test scores."

Adoptable Pet of the Week

These past few weeks have been extremely successful for Sun City K9 Adoptions. Thanks to the support and compassion from the community, dogs are finding new forever homes in no time at all. So fast in fact, that Friday's pet of the week was adopted before we could even post about him the next day!

There are always animals in need of new homes, so for today we have the cutest little Chihuahua who is just looking to be loved. This month seems to be Chihuahua month at Sun City K9, with lots of new pups coming in.

Adoptable pet of the week, Mija.

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Name: Mija

Breed: Chihuahua

Age: 1 year, possibly a little younger

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: Mija is very shy. He has had a rough first year of life and is hesitant around new people. Once she becomes familiar she quickly warms up and loves to cuddle on a friendly lap. She gets along well with other dogs and is teeny enough to make the perfect little companion for another dog.

Mija's story: Mija was found with her big brother, Mijo, who was adopted on Friday. They were scared and wandering around the streets of Perris. Since coming to Sun City K9 she has adjusted well, but is now missing her recently adopted brother.

pet of the week

Sun City K9 Adoptions is located on Murrieta Road and stays open 7 days a week for your convenience. Come by to meet and play with adorable adoptable pups. There are dogs of all sizes and ages each in need of forever, loving, homes so you are sure to find one that will fit with your family's specifications.

Sun City K9 Adoptions
26510 Murrieta Road
Sun City, CA 92586
Website: www.sck9adoptions.org

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

North Golf Course Reaches Out to the Youth Through their 2nd Annual Jr. Golf Tournament

As the youth in the City of Menifee continues to grow, it has been a top priority for North Golf Course instructor and professional golfer, Jaime Sanchez, to create events that involve golfers of the younger generation.

Saturday, March 10th marked the commencement of North Golf Course's 2nd Annual Jr. Golf Tournament where Jaime Sanchez coordinated groups of kids ranging from ages 6 to 16 to participate in this two day competition. Because of an increasing demand for youth-friendly activities, North Golf Course's 2nd Annual Jr. Golf Tournament successfully resulted in a significant increase of participants compared to last year.

On the first day of the tournament, participants ages 6-12 golfed a total of nine holes and the remaining participants ages 13-16 golfed the full eighteen holes. Each player's points were accounted for, but no placement will be made until the second day of the tournament. The second day of the tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 31st. Due to Jaime Sanchez's professional golf reputation and North Golf Course's involvement with the youth, some tournament participants traveled from as far as Santa Barbara to attend such an event. Each participating golfer received a goody bag and pizza lunch for attending.

North Golf Course offers tournaments throughout the months of March, April, and May to prepare the youth for Golf Camp coming up in the summer. These tournaments are designed to teach children golf etiquette and other concepts they can utilize in the real world such as communication and teamwork skills. One participant, Kyle, age 13, indicated, "It requires so much patience and focus. That's what I love about it. It's not like any other sport."

Many of the kids conveyed much appreciation in engaging themselves in the 2nd Annual Jr. Golf Tournament. "Teamwork and having fun is what it's all about," Antonio, age 9, declared.

As many organizations are discovering new ways to reach out to the youth of the community, Jaime Sanchez expressed much pride in pioneering a junior golf program at North Golf Course. "It's about the community coming together to see kids develop," he stated. "I want the kids to get out and learn something. I want them to be something. Kids need to be assured that they are a part of something and they can learn that here. Golf is universal."

Jaime Sanchez poses with some of his youth program participants on the green

North Golf Course invites the community to support the youth of the 2nd Annual Jr. Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 31st at North Golf Course, 26660 McCall Blvd, Sun City, CA. Placements will be made and prizes will be handed out.

For more information contact:
North Golf Course
(951) 679-9668

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

happy st patricks day

In case you missed it, check out our list of things to do for St. Patty's day in Menifee.

Menifee's Got Talent Auditions Scheduled for March 23 & 24

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St. Patrick's Day In Menifee

That big green holiday is coming up quick, so we thought we’d bestow you with some early luck and show you where to find St. Patrick’s Day fun right here in Menifee.

Since holidays usually revolve around food and fun, we found a good range of places serving up Irish fare and green beer.

Breakfast Club of Menifee

Start your morning off with breakfast and a special Irish Mint Mocha from the Breakfast Club of Menifee. They serve breakfast all day and are open until 2:00 PM, so feel free to sleep in, they’ll wait for you.

breakfast club of menifee

30076 Haun Road, Suite 200
Menifee, CA
(951) 301-9800

Monday-Friday, 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Website: www.breakfastclubofmenifee.com

Beer Hunter

Of course it wouldn’t be proper to celebrate St. Patty’s day without the traditional green beer. Lucky for you, the Beer Hunter is serving $3.00 green beer all day Saturday, March 17th.

They will also be featuring classic entrée combinations including: Corned beef and cabbage, Guinness lamb stew, and Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake to sweetly finish the meal.

30080 Haun Road, Suite 350
Menifee, CA 92586

Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 AM -11:30 PM
Friday-Saturday, 11:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Website: www.thebeerhunter.net

Painted Earth

Come on out for some festive fun for the whole family at Painted Earth’s Family Paint Night. Wear green to get ½ off your studio fee on Saturday, March 17th from 5 PM to 10 PM. Complimentary snacks provided!

Call ahead to reserve a table, 951-679-6800.

30010 Haun Road, #240
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 679-6800

Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Website: www.paintedearthpottery.com


Friday, March 16, 2012 BevMo is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day preview celebration. Enjoy a special tasting of St. Pats appropriate brews, including: Boddington's Pub Ale, Wexford Irish Cream Ale, Guinness Black Lager, and Smithwick's.

Snacks will also be provided.

30428 Haun Rd.
Menifee, CA 92584

Website: www.bevmo.com


The Ponderosa is always a party place, but on Saturday they will add corned beef and cabbage to their menu mix. Live entertainment by Night Shift will be playing hard all night, so come on down for food, drinks, and fun.

27126 Shadel Road

Menifee CA., 92586
(951) 679-7008

Saturday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Website: www.ponderosabarandgrill.com

Bob’s Pitstop

Bob’s Pitstop is celebrating St. Paddy's Day Friday and Saturday, mind as well party twice. $2.00 domestic green beer, $4.50 pints of Guinness and Smithwicks, $5.00 Irish Car Bombs, and of course, corned beef and cabbage will join the menu for $8.75.

26900 Newport Road
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 679-0869

Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Website: www.pitstoppubmenifee.com

Giovanni’s Menifee

Pizza party for St. Pat’s at Giovanni’s. Enjoy Irish music, traditional Irish specials including: Irish stew, Irish bacon and potato pasta, and magic green beer.

26900 Newport Road, Suite 112
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 672.8080

Open daily, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Website: www.giovannismenifee.net

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BJ’s Restaurant Menifee Location Confirmed

Last night’s Planning Commission meeting at City Hall confirmed that, yes indeed, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will soon be added to Menifee’s growing list of family favorite eateries.

Despite the nearly empty council chambers, one Sun City resident in attendance, Grant Yoders, was compelled to offer his two cents urging the commission, “I highly recommend passing the plan with a unanimous vote.”

That’s just what they did. The Tuesday night undisputed approval from the Planning Commission was all that was needed to give BJ’s the final go ahead. Community Development Director Carmen Cave actualized the decision saying, “This is the last stop.”

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Lisa Gordon from the Planning Department gave an informational presentation specifying the final details of the BJ’s Restaurant location.

BJ’s Menifee location will be situated in the Menifee Countryside Marketplace
South of Newport and East of Haun Road. Just off the parking lot traffic circle, next to Payless Shoe Source, lies the vacant graded lot that will soon be home to the chain’s new location.

The outward aesthetics and design features were conceptualized in congruence with the existing Countryside Marketplace look and feel. Everything from the color palette to the agrarian murals is consistent with the current Marketplace appeal.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is a chain of family eateries most well known for their deep-dish pizza and pizookies (dessert pizzas made from a selection of cookie dough flavors and topped with ice cream).

What makes BJ’s particularly unique is that since 1996 they have been brewing their own beer in house, they are the only restaurants around that can boast such a feat. Their specially handcrafted beer is available for consumption at each location as well as for take home purchase.

In addition to a full menu offering high-quality food, the BJ's atmosphere strives to offer a welcoming, caring, dependable, high-energy and fun casual restaurant. There mission states, "We never forget that each person has a choice in where to dine and we feel privileged each time you choose BJ’s. We are glad you are here."

Menifee is glad to welcome such an all around quality restaurant to the city, we're glad you are here too.

According to BJ’s Director of Property Development, Joan Leguay, BJ’s is expecting to have their grading permit by the end of the month of March and then they’re ready to start digging.

Leguay expressed BJ’s appreciation for the support from Menifee and the Planning Commission saying, “ We are glad to be here, and excited to get started.”

If all goes as planned the construction should break ground by early April, with an expected grand opening to take place in October 2012. Closer to the open date BJ’s will begin hiring 200 hundred local employees from the surrounding area.

City Planning Commissioner, Bill Zimmerman, concluded the discussion by saying, “We are excited and we welcome you. Now start digging.”

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Website: www.bjsbrewhouse.com

Nonprofit of the month: Women Against Child Trafficking

For the March nonprofit of the month we are featuring the Women Against Child Trafficking organization. This group is incredibly active in the community and continually working to raise awareness for their under recognized cause.

Their mission is dedicated to the safety and well being of children who have been victims of human trafficking.

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What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is essentially a modern day form of slavery, in which young teens ages 12 to 15 are being kidnapped and sold.

The hardest part to believe is that these horrific crimes are happening daily right in Riverside County. According to the U.S. Department of Justice an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked each year, with the number continuing to grow.

Human trafficking is a $33 billion-a-year industry, rivaling drug and arms trafficking for the most profitable criminal enterprise.

How did WACT start? Current Program Director, Darlene Tarnoski, learned about human trafficking and subsequently how little help there is for the young victims after they are recovered and immediately got involved.

What WACT does: Women Against Child Trafficking provides many important services with their primary goal being to help youth in crisis, who are ultimately the victims of child trafficking, to recover from their ordeal.

Through donations this non-profit is able to offer weekly support to youth shelters that house the victims after they have been recovered and work to place them in safe and rehabilitating environments.

What else is being done? WACT works with many organizations to raise public awareness and support concerning human trafficking. They also collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI providing support and resources, and act as a member on the Riverside County Against Human Trafficking.

The organization voices, “If we can stop the people who are exploiting the children and raise awareness to young teens, we can make a big difference.”

How you can help: Donations are always needed to create Dignity Bags for the victims. Each kit includes clothing, toiletries, bottled water, sustenance, and a “tell-me-doll” for comfort.

The involvement of WACT in national and local networking groups has made people more aware and on the lookout for victims and predators. They have effectively integrated networking into spreading awareness and collecting donations all for the sake of innocent victims.

Women Against Child Trafficking (WACT)
Contact: Darlene Tarnoski, Program Director
Phone: (951) 440-6330
Email: aDifference@live.com
Website: www.WomenAgainstChildTrafficking.org

MSJC Employees Win State Wide Technology Award

Four Mt. San Jacinto College representatives will accept a state wide award on March 18 for the college’s technology practices.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will award its annual Technology Awards for exemplary technology practices during a ceremony scheduled for March 18, 2012 at the Hilton Doubletree in Ontario. MSJC’s Patricia James, Dean of Instruction, Library and Technology & Distance Education; Belinda Heiden-Scott, Associate Professor, Office Technology, Business Education Department, Distance Education Coordinator; Micah Orloff, Educational Project Coordinator; and Anna Stirling, Academy Coordinator, will be present to accept the award.

The four will also make a presentation the following day during a conference of the California Community Colleges Chief Information Services Officers' Association at the Hilton. The presentation’s theme provides a glimpse of the work MSJC did that resulted in earning the Technology Award.

Today there are over 150 faculty teaching approximately 400 online and hybrid course sections per semester, 300 participants in the Academy, every course section (face-to-face, hybrid and online) has a Blackboard course shell available, and all of the classrooms either have installed “smart” capability or access to mobile units. The MSJC model has been commended in recent accreditation reports and, over the years, adopted by other colleges. The key to its success is the low cost, peer presenters, collaborative funding efforts and consistency. The outcome of implementing the Academy has been to increase the technical knowledge of the college’s faculty, staff and administration, and it has produced a return on investment with the efficiency of college purchased software.

For more information, please visit the TechEdge website here or call Patricia James at 951 639 5440.

Green Ball Golf Tournament To Be Held This Friday, March 16th

Chambers of Commerce Recognize March Students of the Month

The student of the month program was originated over ten years ago to honor and encourage those students making a real effort to excel in both their school and community. Over that time the community, in turn, has really stepped up to support this endeavor.

While Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce host the luncheon, local businesses are also incredibly generous donating all sorts of goodies to gift each of the four handpicked high school seniors every month. Teachers and staff select a nominee from hundreds of talented students at each of their respective schools.

Paloma Valley High School film students were on hand at the celebratory luncheon to capture the memorable event. They will take the footage and create a keepsake DVD for each of the student's families.

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Each nominated student displays exemplary character, integrity, a love of learning, the ability to persevere, service to their community, and a committed effort to making a difference on their high school campus. This month’s honorary students are:

-Kathleen Rose Brosterhous, from Paloma Valley High School
-Christina M Estrada, from Perris High School
-Jorge Alberto Gallejos, from Heritage High School
-Joselin Guadalupe Rios, from Perris Lake High School

Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District, Jonathon Greenberg, proudly opened up the March 7th Student of the Month luncheon emphasizing what an unbelievable honor such a recognition really is. Each student was presented with multiple certificates of recognition signed and presented by the city, state, and even federal dignitaries.

Greenberg said, “Part of becoming an adult is understanding you did not do it alone,” and each student went on to acknowledge just that with a short speech. Before announcing the first student he stood at the podium, tissue box in hand, preparing the audience for touching stories of perseverance, struggle, and ultimately, success.

students of the month
Paloma Valley High School’s student of the month Kathleen Rose Broserhous was the first to make her acceptance speech, explaining how she climbed to where she is today and her plans going forward. Even at her young age she knowingly states, “I commit my future to the service of others.”

Kathleen’s NJROTC instructor, Master Sergeant Frank Puebla, described her as a natural leader, able to take the task at hand to the next level, saying “She is the best of the best.”

Perris High School’s student of the month Christina M. Estrada is among the brightest students at her school, boasting an above perfect GPA of 4.233. At only fifth in her class of 504 students, her principal, Lynne Sheffield, proclaims Christina “a hidden jewel.”

Christina shared that one of the things she will take with her from her high school experience is that aside from getting good grades, it was really about being a part of things and being involved.

Heritage High School’s student of the month Jorge Alberto Gallegos has maintained a 4.0 GPA and continues to lead his peers by excellent example. According to his ASB advisor, Renee Garcia, not once had he let his hearing disability deter him from achieving his goals.

It is this perseverance and determination that has brought Jorge to where he is today, and will continue to ensure his success throughout life. He expressed his gratitude for all of the support he has received from his friends and family, and how they have taught him to never give up.

Perris Lake High School’s student of the month Joselin Guadalupe Rios has overcome some tremendous challenges to be able to stand as proudly smiling as she does today. Perris Lake Principal Dr. Narciso Iglesias compares her to the little choo choo that could, and will, achieve her goals and dreams.

There was a point when Joselin was overcome with depression, feeling lost and suicidal, it took the love and support of her mother and brother to help her recover. In receiving help from others she has discovered her passion for helping others and plans to pursue just such a profession.

As the school year comes to a close, past students of the month are eligible and are encouraged to apply for an even higher honor, student of year.

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.

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Pictured left to right; Mike Castillejos, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Dorothy Wolons, CEO/President, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Pro Tem Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee; Christina M. Estrada, Perris High School; Jorge Alberto Gallegos, Heritage High School; Joselin Guadalupe Rios, Perris Lake High School; Kathleen Rose Brosterhous, Paloma Valley High School; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; Councilman Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris; and Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District.

Rotary Club Inducts Stu Blaze

Menifee resident and owner of Breakfast Club of Menifee, Stu Blaze, has always been interested in community involvement. That’s specifically why he opened a family favorite restaurant in the first place.

In addition to feeding people comfort food classics seven days a week, he some how finds time to be otherwise involved in the community as well. Because of his ongoing participation Stu was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Menifee as an active member.

It is Stu’s evident love for Menifee that makes his efforts in the community especially notable. For 31 years his career in the food service industry has allowed him to, quite literally, serve people on a daily basis.

His success landed him as Director of Operations for thirteen Denny’s restaurants in the San Diego area, until very recently when he finally decided to hang up his corporate hat. His energies are now solely focused on the Breakfast Club of Menifee as well as the Menifee community.

He joined the Rotary Club because of his desire to serve his community through a strong, active organization. Rotary International is a service club with over 1.2 million members whose ideal goal is "Service Above Self."

It is safe to say Stu Blaze exceeds this mission each and every day.

Rotary Club of Menifee
Meetings held every Thursday at 11:45 AM
Menifee Lakes Country Club
29875 Menifee Lakes Drive
Menifee, CA 92584

Menifee Valley Historical Association Meeting Open to Area Residents

The Menifee Valley Historical Association will holds its next regular meeting on Saturday, March 17 beginning at 9:30 a.m and the public is invited to attend.

This group includes long-time residents of the area with vast knowledge of Menifee's history to share with others. Newcomers to the area are also urged to attend, participate and help preserve the legacy of the Menifee Valley.

Memberships are available, but visitors are also welcome at any meeting. Saturday's program includes a history of the Antelope--Menifee Home Department and Rural Center. Other historical documents will also be on display.

The meeting will take place at the community center located at 31850 Haun Road, just north of Garbani Road.

Massage Envy Offering $10 Off Facials To Menifee 24/7 Readers

Massage Envy at Countryside Marketplace has only been open a short while, yet they’re already anxious to give back to Menifee. For the month of March Massage Envy’s Menifee location is generously offering $10 off facial services to Menifee 24/7 readers.

To enjoy the $10 off offer, simply mention Menifee 24/7 when booking and/or paying for your services and you’re all set to go. Tell all your friends too.

Massage Envy offers four signature healthy skin facials for your rejuvenating pleasure. Each facial will revitalize your skin using Murad’s line of skin care products, leaving your face feeling radiate and brand new.

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Sensitive skin: This gentle facial is formulated to specifically target and soothe persistent redness, and dry, tight skin. Providing gentle exfoliation to minimize inflammation, hydrate sensitive areas, and ultimately strengthen your skin’s barrier.

Anti-aging: This time fighting facial uses Murad’s Durian Cell Reform to help reverse the visible signs of aging. Providing maximum exfoliation this treatment minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, accelerates improvement in overall skin appearance, and encourages cell renewal.

Environmental shield vitamin c: This preventative facial is formulated to treat everyday environmental damage using Murad’s patented Skin Repair System. The powerful complex helps prevent skin damage cause by pollution, sun, and stress by infusing antioxidant protection to restore elasticity and firmness.

Clarifying enzyme acne: This clarifying facial caters to teens and adults with problem skin. Formulated to heal blemishes, prevent future breakouts, and restore balance to your skin all while reducing shine, sensitivity, and dryness.

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Your one-hour facial takes place in a peaceful private suite, relaxing music quietly plays in the background while the tranquil setting helps you enjoy your treatment to its fullest.

Each facial includes an upper body massage focusing on the hands, neck, shoulders, and décolletage.

At the completion of your service your esthetician will recommend a 3 step at home regimen, including coordinating products, suitable for your skin. The three steps focus on cleansing and toning, treatment and repair, and finally moisturizing and protection.

All facials are performed by knowledgeable state licensed and certified estheticians who will explain your treatment to you step by step as they go along.

To ensure you are receiving the most up to date advanced care, the entire Massage Envy team goes through an education workshop every 90 days personally facilitated by Murad experts.

Massage Envy welcomes walk-ins but suggests calling for an appointment to ensure you have no wait. Let’s face it, your skin deserves the very best.

Massage Envy Menifee
30134 Haun Road Suite 430 

Menifee, CA 92584 

(951) 821-3222
Website: www.massageenvy.com

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM