Menifee Toastmasters To Host Free Open House & Potluck Lunch

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The Menifee chapter of Toastmasters International will be holding a "Toastmasters Visitor Day", inviting the public to their open house.

Members of Toastmasters will be bringing in free food and drink for the event.  The public is welcome to bring in their own dishes, but is not required.

"We want to raise community awareness about Toastmasters", says Tracey Rose, public relations officer for the Menifee chapter.  "We're inviting everyone in the City of Menifee to learn about our group and see what we do."

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a network of meeting locations.  The Menifee chapter is one of 13,000 around the world.

For more information on the open house and potluck, contact Tracey Rose at (951) 852-8413.

Toastmasters Visitor Day
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
12:05pm to 1:05pm

Farmers Insurance, Brian Walker
27070 Sun City Blvd
Menifee, CA 92586
(next to Provident Bank)

Menifee 24/7 Favorite 5: Daycare For Summer and Beyond

As summer vacation quickly approaches the question arises for working parents, whom do I trust to care for my children during the day?

We scouted out five reputable daycare centers in Menifee (that all have availability!) to make your stressful search a whole lot easier.

Torres Family Daycare

Marylou Torres has been providing a stable daycare environment for the past 11 years. She has raised five of her own children, and with a degree in Child Development it is safe to say she is wholeheartedly devoted to not only caring for, but teaching children too.

She excitedly states, “I help children to become enthusiastic learners by encouraging them to be active explorers, independent, and self confident,” therefore giving them a lifetime gift in a positive surrounding environment.

License #334840316

28687 Acanthus Court
Menifee, CA
(951) 672-2713
Monday – Friday, 6 AM – 6 PM

Four Ducklings Family Childcare and Pre-K

The exceptional aspect of Four Ducklings comprehensive childcare and kindergarten prep is Kelli Mallard’s elevated level of dedication to educating her little ones. They proudly offer guaranteed Kindergarten readiness and a personalized curriculum through their year round pre-k program.

Also unique to Four Ducklings in their added incentives to parents including new clients receiving their twelfth week of childcare for free, in addition to one free parent’s night out a month held on a designated Friday or Saturday.

License #334820062 (State of California)
License #031355 (County of Riverside)

Located off of Menifee Road in the Romoland/ Menifee area.

(951) 907-9011
Monday-Friday, 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Pre-k: Monday- Thursday, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Website: Four Ducklings Family Childcare

Jefferson Family Daycare

Linda Jefferson takes an almost angelic approach to her childcare services. She says, “I believe children are miracles that have been entrusted to us, therefore I offer a warm, friendly, and stimulating environment where your child can develop and maximize their God given potential.”

She knows peace of mind is priceless, and she promises to give you just that when entrusting her with your little ones.

License #334840970

Located near Scott and Briggs Road in Menifee.

(909) 556-2937
Monday- Friday, 6 AM – 6 PM

Paquet Family Daycare

Paquet Family Daycare came highly recommended to us by an adoring client who said, “Dawna Paquet is licensed and very experienced, the only place better for my kids would be my own house.”

Situated near Ridgemoor Elementary, she is centrally located and convenient for dropping off little siblings. Having raised five of her own children and loving what she does, Dawna treats every child as if they were her own, with love and respect.

License #334840754

25039 Crestpeak Court
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 522-8181
Monday- Friday, 6 AM – 5 PM (negotiable as needed)

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Daycare

Good Shepherd Lutheran Child Development Center is sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and is a non-profit corporation of the State of California.

Their purpose is to meet the needs of children aged 2 months to 6 years as they grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and artistically. Students are given the opportunity to learn from dedicated professionals, in an environment characterized by Christian love, positive reinforcement and professional excellence.

License #330911548, 334830013

(951) 672-6675
26800 Newport Road
Menifee, CA 92584

Website: Good Shepherd Lutheran School

Elevate Fitness Studio and Canyon Lake Triathlon Club Team Up

Interested in getting involved in Triathlons? Elevate Fitness Studio has partnered up with Canyon Lake Triathlon Club. Elevate Fitness Studio will be the official Training center for the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club, offering Recovery & Flexibility workouts to monthly research related to Conditioning for Triathlons.

Canyon Lake Triathlon Club offers weekly group swims, bikes and/or runs. Updates will be posted on both the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club and Elevate Fitness Studio facebook pages.

"Like" Elevate Fitness Studio's page at to get regular updates.

Located in Menifee, CA, Elevate Fitness Studio incorporates an all-inclusive approach to fitness utilizing certified professional trainers creating customized exercise plans tailored to each person's needs.  Owner, Paul David, has a degree in Exercise Physiology and a 19-year background in health club management and personal training. 

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

Wedded Bliss at Menifee Lakes Country Club

Wedding season is upon us, which means beautiful venues are booking up fast. Warm nuptial weekends should be spent outdoors in picturesque settings sipping champagne and admiring the extravagant floral arrangements.

Lucky for local residents, Menifee Lakes Country Club is open to the public for wedding ceremonies and receptions, with no membership requirements.

Their matrimony mission is to passionately make each wedding day enjoyable for the couple and their guests from the moment they step foot in the Menifee Lakes Country Club facility to the moment the last guest has left.

Their gorgeous grounds can accommodate up to 220-seated guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions, which is much larger than most venues in the area.

Couples can choose between two settings to say their vows, either in the Country Club courtyard or on the lush grassy knoll.

Unlike many venues, Menifee Lakes includes linens, glassware, china, chairs, silverware, and other often additionally charged items in all of their packages. Linens are available in cream, white, or black to match the wedding color scheme, and napkins come in almost any color the bride might desire.

Menus start at only $29 per person and can be completely customized to satisfy the happy couple.

To simplify the often-overwhelming process of selecting the menu, there are standard menu options available for the choosing ranging from fancy to home style to themed. As a complimentary courtesy the Country Club also includes the cake cutting and champagne toast in all of there reception offerings.

A hosted or non-hosted bar is available at the couple's specification, as are most all details and requirements that are dreamt up.

During high wedding season, Saturdays book up quickly, so Menifee Lakes offers their stunning venue seven days a week for your wedded convenience. Couples have the option of a morning, afternoon, or evening wedding and reception, and can add on hours to the standard four-hour time allotment if necessary.

In addition to their indoor and outdoor reception selections, their location also includes a bridal suite and room for the groom and wedding party too. So everyone can get ready, right on site.

For brides looking for a little extra help and guidance, Menifee Lakes party planning girls have an info packed blog brimming with ideas, tips, and tricks for the big day.

Menifee Lakes Wedding Coordinator, Christa Davidson says, “Our blog offers advice for brides to be, and also shows a peek at real weddings we’ve hosted. We want to show people what we do and how we do it while demonstrating real décor and ideas.”

Please contact Menifee Lakes Country Club wedding and event coordinator, Christa Davidson, for all of your inquiries and questions.

29875 Menifee Lakes Drive
Menifee, California 92584
Phone 951-672-4824 ext. 113

Website: Menifee Lakes Country Club
Facebook: Friend them here
Blog: CC Wed Blog

Poker Tournament in Menifee, Friday, June 1, Public Invited

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Menifee Veterans Memorial Day Event

The City of Menifee hosted a remembrance event in honor of the men and women who have died in military service to our country. The event was held at the City of Menifee Veterans Memorial at Wheatfield Park.

The City of Menifee Veterans Memorial

Master Sgt. Lynn Mattocks of the USMC 

Command Chief Ed Yarbrough of the US Navy

Mayor John Denver (right) with Lt. Colonel Kenneth Dickson of the USAF and 67th State Assembly Candidate

Participants placed flags around the memorial in honor of fallen soldiers

Menifee Quiz - Do You Know PJ's?

The following is a quiz, see how well you do...

Q: What has toys, clothes, and accessories for your child and is just a hop, skip, and jump away?
A: PJs Toy Box. Located at 26900 Newport Road, Menifee, PJs is conveniently located one mile West of the 215 Freeway. Call us at 951-679-4999 or check us out on Facebook. Better yet, stop by and visit with us, we are open Monday thru Saturday.

Q: What’s new at PJs?
A: Nothing…well this is actually a trick question. Most items are gently used, that is why you can and bargains as much as 70% off retail price. You will also find treasures that still have store tags!

Q: Are there any surprises at PJs?
A: The low prices and selection are the surprises. New inventory comes in daily. Look forward to a surprise each time you walk through the door. We clean and “play” with every item before offering it for sale so there are only pleasant surprises.

Q: Where can you go to feed you creative side?
A: PJs Toy Box. We offer tutu making workshops where you can master the mystery of making tutus and make new friends as well. Look for classes in quilting in the coming months.

How did you do? Want more information? Come into PJs Toy Box, we are a family operated business serving the Menifee Valley area and we look forward to helping you with your toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners needs.

PJs Toy Box
26900 Newport Rd. Suite 106
Menifee Ca 92584

Check out our Facebook page

Menifee 24/7 Favorite 5: Spring Cleaning

Although it’s been spring for quite some time, the weather is finally warm enough to convince us of such, and so the task of seasonal cleaning has officially begun.

We thought we might make your scrubbing and dusting efforts a little easier, with some of the most recommended cleaning services around.

Oasis Maids: Top to Bottom

Oasis Maids is a professional residential cleaning company serving the Menifee Valley and surrounding areas. Oasis Maids provides one-time cleanings, recurring maintenance cleanings, move in/out cleanings, and more.

Why spend your time indoors cleaning when you can be outside with your family and friends enjoying the summer fun? Let them make your home an oasis, while you go about your day.

Phone: (855) 581-0745
Website: Oasis Maids

Cort’s Pools: Pool Cleaner

Cort’s Pools has been keeping pools crystal clear for 21 years. Certified and professionally trained, this pool man provides an exceptionally unique service, which has set the standard for cleaning companies far and wide.

They ensure your pool is always clean and clear and ready for swimming. They promise to show up as scheduled, always on time, providing quality and reliability and of course, a pristine pool.

36375 Joltaire Way
Winchester, CA 92596

Phone: (951) 775-2678
Website: Cort’s Pools

Menifee Car Wash: For your Car

Menifee Car Wash offers full service car cleaning including basic wash, detailing, and even an express wash, should you find yourself in hurry but still wanting your car shiny and clean.

Check out their menu of services for all of your specific clean car needs. They also offer oil change services, which comes with a complimentary regular wash for standard vehicles.

26825 Newport Road
Menifee, CA

Phone: (951) 672-8511
Website: Menifee Car Wash

Mike’s Carpet Cleaning: For the Floor

Mike’s Carpet Cleaning offers both residential and commercial size accommodations for all of your dirtiest carpet jobs. Using their deep steam cleaning system, it deodorizes while it cleans getting out even the toughest pet stains and odors.

Mike’s superior cleaning will leave your whole house carpeting allergen free, letting you breath easy.

28610 Del Monte Drive
Sun City, CA

Phone: (951) 679-2269
Website: Mike’s Carpet Cleaning Services

All About Windows: For your Windows

All About Windows Window Cleaning offers great low prices and quality workmanship for your residential and commercial window cleaning needs. They also provide screen repair and pressure washing.

Their cleaning solution is safe and effective at removing the dirt and grime from your windows, while leaving a weather resistant gleam that brings your view to life. They’re so dedicated to your sparkly clean glass, your window washing comes with a two week rain guarantee.

26427 Arboretum Way, 2706
Murrieta, CA 92563

Phone: (951) 704-2148
Website: All About Windows Window Cleaning

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Boo

Today’s sweetheart is a young dog looking for a forever family. She is very playful and just needs someone to run and play with her.

Adoptable pet of the week, Boo.

Name: Boo

Breed: German Shepherd/ Australian Cattle dog mix

Age: 2 years

Gender: Female, spayed

Temperament: Boo is a friendly mutt mix with a whole lot of energy. She gets along well with other dogs and would do great with a family who has the time and energy to play with her.

Boo’s Story: A while back we featured Mr. Sergeant, a forgotten and neglected yard dog. Today, we have his sister, little Boo. The two shepherd mix dogs came in together and had been living haphazardly as guard dogs in someone’s yard.

Today she is much happier playing with friends and eating regular meals at Sun City K9 Adoptions. Her brother found a loving family, but this little sister is still looking for a forever home.

The Sun City K9 Adoptions fundraising garage sale kicked off yesterday and will run through Saturday May 26th. Each day from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM, stop by for some great goodies and help the shelter raise some much-needed funds.

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

Open Monday-Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch
Website: Sun City K9 Adoptions

Ken Dickson to Air New Commercial on Fox News Channel

Following is a message from Ken Dickson for State Assembly

Watch UFC 146 Dos Santos vs. Mir at Pitstop Pub

Make plans to be at the Pitstop Pub Sports Bar & Grill this Saturday May 26 for the UFC Heavyweight line up card Dos Santos vs Frank Mir. The prefights start at 6pm.

Pitstop Pub
26900 Newport Rd. Menifee, Ca 92584

For more information visit Pitstop Pub Facebook Page

School District, Menifee City Officials Honor Fred Twyman With Memorial Tree, Plaque

Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is to not stop questioning.

The quote from Albert Einstein, engraved on the memorial plaque, captured beautifully the spirit of the late Fred Twyman, who was honored by Menifee school and city officials, family and friends Wednesday afternoon.

The memory of Twyman, who died last June at the age of 46, will live on -- not only in the hearts of local citizens, but now in the center of the Paloma Valley High School campus, where he was a successful teacher and a powerful influence in the lives of his students and many others.

During a special ceremony held in front of the math building where he taught for so many years, a memorial plaque was unveiled at the base of a magnolia tree planted in Twyman's honor.

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, superintendent of the Perris Union High School District, conducted a ceremony in front of a crowd including Menifee city council members Tom Fuhrman and Wallace Edgerton. Twyman was serving as vice mayor of Menifee at the time of his death and had previously served on the Menifee Union School District Board.

"Fred was almost an iconic figure in the community," Greenberg said about Twyman, who taught in the school district for 21 years. "He was always an advocate for schools and learning.

"He wasn't afraid to challenge people in an appropriate way when he felt change was needed. People respected that about Fred."

Twyman was described as a community activist who was heavily involved in governing decisions of the school board as well as the preservation of Menifee's rural charm in its development during the early years of cityhood. Fuhrman fondly remembers the sunny afternoons when Twyman would show up at Furhman's Wooden Nickel Ranch on the edge of town to eat lunch in the shade of a pine tree and watch Fuhrman's buffalo graze in the pasture.

"Whenever Fred pulled up, the buffalo would come down to meet him," Fuhrman recalled with a smile. "Fred would walk up to the buffalo and ruffle his nose up. He'd come out there at least once a week."

The Menifee City Council is considering a plan to acquire a piece of land across Holland Road from Fuhrman's ranch to be designated as a dog park and horse staging area. Fuhrman wants to name the place Twyman Park.

"I first met Fred in 1996 when we served together on the Tri-Valley Trails Committee," Fuhrman said. "I've tried to follow all his beliefs about keeping the city rural and having slow growth."

At Paloma Valley High, Twyman started the school's Key Club, which teaches students how to give back to the community. He also was president of the school site council during the planning of the high school, to which Twyman transferred from Perris High.

D.J. Williams, Twyman's mother, said it was appropriate that a magnolia tree was planted in her son's memory. She said the Downey house where Fred was born was adorned with magnolia trees. She also remembered how concerned Fred was when school landscapers had to take out several crepe myrtle trees before the construction of the shade structure adjacent to where the Twyman memorial now stands.

Fred's brother, Jim, told the crowd of the respect he has always had for his brother.

"Fred built a lot of character in me," Jim Twyman said. "He always had his mind made up; he wanted to do things a certain way. He loved reaching out to the city of Menifee and the students of this school."

With the memorial tree in the foreground, Dr. Jonathan Greenberg addresses the crowd at the Fred
Twyman memorial at Paloma Valley High School.

Fred Twyman family members, from left: James Twyman (brother), Danny Twyman (brother), Alyssa Twyman (daughter), D.J. Williams (mom), Don Williams (stepfather), Jennifer Washington (daughter), Henry Washington (grandson), Carolyn Twyman (wife), Fallon Twyman (daughter), Frederick Twyman II (father).

Menifee-Sun City Woman's Club Award Scholarships at Final Meeting

This year's board members with their letters of gratitude
from the President of the United States
The Menifee-Sun City Woman's Club held their final meeting of this year's board yesterday at Webb Hall in Sun City. This meeting included a luncheon for the guests, along with an awards ceremony for the members. With so many woman serving as volunteers in the community, this year's board members were surprised with awards from several Senators, members of Congress, local government officials, and even a "Call to Service" award from the President of the United States.

Several local students were also lucky winners. The Woman's Club provided four different scholarships to Menifee students who they felt excelled in their field.
Allison Schlanger received a $1,000 high school level scholarship for her academic excellence and involvement. College student Aleena Acuna was awarded a $560 scholarship to help her get through the nursing program.

Allison Schlanger is awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship.
Aleena Acuna accepts her Nursing Scholarship.

Although not present for the ceremony, two other award winners were announced for their skill in the in the Crafts & Arts category. Emanuel Acosta received a $150 award for his photography, and Jessie Blanchette received $250 for her artwork.

Both students present at the ceremony were extremely grateful for their scholarships. "Every little bit helps," Aleena announced to the crowd.

To find out more about the Menifee-Sun City Woman's Club, visit their website here.

Menifee Lakes Country Club Hosts "Healthy Heart Symposium", Tuesday, June 19

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Senator Emmerson Helps Curb Fire Hydrant Thefts in Riverside County

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Yesterday, Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) announced that Senate Bills 1387 and 1045, bills that he authored seeking to curb metal theft, recently passed the State Senate with unanimous support.

Last year, more than 60 fire hydrants, some which are super hydrants each costing more than $1,000, as well as manhole covers and backflow devices, have been stolen throughout the Eastern Municipal Water District and Western Municipal Water District.

“Metal theft is still a problem throughout California as the price of metal continues to climb,” Senator Emmerson said. “Not only does it cause damage to both public and private property, it can also seriously threaten public health and safety.”

To address the metal theft epidemic, SB 1387 would prohibit a junk dealer or recycler from possessing manhole covers, backflow devices, and fire hydrants without a written certification from the agency or utility that owned the material. This would relieve junk dealers or recyclers from the responsibility of determining whether or not any of these three items were stolen since they will no longer be eligible for recycling without appropriate certification. Any junk dealer or recycler that is found unlawfully possessing any of these items without written certification would be subject to a criminal fine of up to $3,000.

In addition, current law does little to help agencies and private utilities recoup the costs associated with metal theft. To help recover costs, SB 1045 would hold a junk dealer or recycler that violates the written certification provision civilly liable for the damages incurred by the agency or utility due to metal theft, including repair and replacement costs.

“While most junk dealers and recyclers operate an honest business, these measures would hold the bad actors that violate the law accountable,” Senator Emmerson said.

Both bill proposals focus on manhole covers, backflow devices, and fire hydrants as the theft of these items can pose a public health and safety risk. For instance, due to the theft of a manhole cover, a student from Hemet was injured last year falling into a manhole in the sidewalk and ended up 15 feet down a storm drain.

In Menifee, multiple fire hydrants were stolen from an elementary school and its surrounding neighborhood, leaving the school defenseless to fire. The water district was able to replace the stolen fire hydrants, but if the district was unable to do so in a timely manner, it would have resulted in a costly school closure. In addition, the theft of backflow devices can leave the water supply vulnerable to cross-contamination. SB 1387 and SB 1045 are both sponsored by Eastern Municipal Water District.

“Metal theft creates serious public health and safety hazards and costs the public millions of dollars annually,” Joe Kuebler, Eastern Municipal Water District’s Board President, said. “We appreciate Senator Emmerson's leadership by authoring these measures.”

Both SB 1387 and SB 1045 now head to the State Assembly which is expected to pass the measures, and then eventually go on to Governor's desk.

Menifee American Youth Football Signups Scheduled for June 2 & 23

Menifee American Youth Football & Cheer is looking for players for their upcoming roster. Signups are scheduled for the following dates and places...

Saturday, June 2, 2012 10am–2pm, Arco AM/PM Newport & Bradley

Saturday, June 23,2012 10am–2pm, Ralphs Antelope & Newport

For more information, contact Scott Mull:

Visit Menifee AYF online at:

Menifee: Abstract Paintings to be Displayed at Sun City Library

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Kathryn V. Crabbe, a Temecula-based painter of abstracts, will exhibit mixed media paintings, prints and drawings from the past three years at the Sun City Library on May 27, 2012. Library hours are 12pm-3:30pm, Sunday.

Crabbe’s work spans the spectrum from printmaking to organic, abstract paintings to realistic still lives of Native American implements from the surrounding area.

In this exhibition, Crabbe will exhibit Untitled III from her 2011 series, Journey into Intimacy. Patterns and symbols are repeated and serve to evoke deep emotions and reverence for the spirituality of nature.

"I depict an inner landscape of the senses. Part dream, part yearning and part sacred symbol, the work stems from a holistic perception of the world. Emotions are spiritualized into divine patterns pre-existing in nature — the circle, a seed pod," states Crabbe.

Also on view will be a 2011 black and white pencil drawing titled Stone Basket along with several of her sketchpads and journals documenting daily sketches done live and on the spot from nature and around her property.

On display will be L2, a 2011 monoprint from her BodyPrint Healing series of drypoint intaglio prints and monoprints in which she again uses a variety of techniques and methods this time to explore transformative healing through the work.

Crabbe exhibits extensively throughout Southern California. She is a member of the Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR) and the Printmakers Network at the Riverside Art Museum (PNET) as well as a volunteer at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula. Crabbe currently has work in several shows including Art and Earth: My Art, My World at the Murrieta Public Library, Tuesday, May 1 through Saturday, June 30 and she has an additional solo exhibit at San Marcos Library from Sunday, May 6 to Tuesday, June 24, 2012.

Menifee: Local Golf Camp Teaches Life Lessons

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For Golf Pro Jaime Sanchez, golf is more than a game, it’s a chance to teach children some of life’s most important lessons; lessons in humility, accountability, honesty, and respect.

With over thirty years experience in sports and golf in particular, Jaime decided to put aside his professional clubs in exchange for something far more rewarding, the chance to change a child’s life.

His idea was to put together a golf camp for kids of all ages and all walks of life, to offer everyone a fair opportunity at an activity not readily available to every child. Thus his pioneer golf program was born and has been breathing new life back into North Golf Course in Sun City ever since its start just one year ago.

Once primarily a senior citizen community and course, Jaime’s mission has revitalized a once stale sport and opened the door for so many young athletes.

His golf instruction seeks to teach children ages 7 to 16 the fundamentals of golf and to act as a true ambassador of the game. He has also succeeded in mentoring many kids and providing them an opportunity they might not otherwise have been afforded.

While it has been an up hill battle to get the program started, Jaime knows his students will use the core values he instills in them throughout their lives. In the end, he says, “It’s not even about golf anymore, it’s about life.”

He strongly believes no child should be left behind, meaning where there is a will, he will find a way to let them play. Spending from his own pockets, and collecting sets of old clubs from garage sales and thrift stores his vision has slowly come to life.

His enthusiasm was contagious and big name sponsors, like local Sports Chalet and Adams Golf, quickly hopped on board and extended a generous hand in providing equipment and donations.

“What I’ve done is made it easy for anyone to play the game.,” Jaime explains. Finding any means necessary he has encouraged children to pick up a club and to learn about life in the process, “It’s more than just hitting the ball.”

The Golf Camp promises to teach participants the rules of the game, the etiquette involved, respect for the sport, GAPP fundamentals, and of course, the actual game of golf.

Camp is held Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM every week beginning June 5, 2012 through August 28, 2012. Camp includes lunch and snacks each day.

North Golf Course
26660 McCall Blvd
Menifee, CA
Golf pro instructor: Jaime Sanchez
(951) 639-7182

Provecho Grill’s Extra Happy Hour

As we move through the Official Hamburger month of May, uncovering Menifee’s favorite places to pick up a well-topped patty, we came across Provecho Grill’s best (un) kept secret.

While the Provecho burger is not on their actual printed menu, it is quickly becoming a secret menu favorite at this new neighborhood restaurant. Combining classic flavors with an authentic Mexican twist this infamous burger packs quite a punch.

Beginning with a grilled ¾ pound Angus patty this special creation is placed on a perfectly toasted Hawaiian bun and then topped with caramelized onions, mild pasilla peppers, queso fresco, jack & cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, and chipotle sauce.

Instead of the ordinary French fry side, this delightfully different burger is served with crispy papas bravas (Rosie’s delicious seasoned potatoes) and a spicy homemade chipotle dipping sauce. This might just be the best celebration of Hamburger month yet.

Recently acquiring their liquor license, Provecho now proudly offers a satisfying happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. What better burger accompaniment than an ice-cold beer of the week or perhaps a refreshing margarita?

Each week features a new beer on special; the week of May 21st through May 27th is offering Budweiser for only $2.00 all day any day. And Coors Light is on tap and always just $2.00 during happy hour, no matter what week you wander in.

Classic margaritas are a mere $3.00 every day during happy hour, or upgrade to a sensational strawberry margarita for only .50 cents more. The house sangria is especially made for your sipping pleasure and pairs well with one of Rosie’s signature appetizers.

Provecho Grill promises a warm welcome, the most authentic fresh meal, and the utmost of service experiences. The ever present “We’ll be back,” can be heard as consistently satisfied patrons exit their favorite restaurant.

Provecho Grill
26862 Cherry Hills Boulevard
Menifee, CA 92586
(951) 246-3200

Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Happy hour: Sunday- Thursday, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Website: Provecho Grill

Menifee: Breakdown of Candidates Campaigning for Riverside County Board of Education, Area 4 Seat

The Riverside Country Board of Education is comprised of seven members who each represent one of seven trustee areas. Voters in each respective area elect their board member to a four-year term, and these four-year terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Board.

The Board meets once a month to carry out their responsibilities, including such matters as approving the annual county office of education budget and acting as the appeal board for various district issues such as student expulsion and transfers, to name a few.

The collective goal of the Riverside County Board of Education is to provide a “collaborative organization characterized by the highest quality employees providing leadership, programs and services to school districts, schools and students countywide in order to ensure the success of all students.”

As the Riverside County Board of Education moves towards their June 5th election day, the seat representing Menifee area schools is up for appointment.

Two candidates, current Board member Bruce Dennis, and Bill Gould, are vying for the seat to represent Area 4, which includes Menifee, Hemet, Nuview, Romoland, Perris High School, Perris Elementary, Romoland, and San Jacinto school districts.

Bruce Dennis

Bruce Dennis currently holds the Area 4 Board Member position and is campaigning for reelection for the consecutive four-year term. Dennis was unanimously appointed to fill the position in June of 2011 when Betty Gibbel retired.

Family: The education arena is a parallel interest in the Dennis household. Robin Dennis, his wife of 31 years, is a retired middle school teacher and his daughter, Sarah, is an associate professor at Palomar Community College.

Current Profession: Postmaster for the United States Postal Service in Walnut, California.

Education: Dennis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Financial Management, from California State University Fullerton and a Masters in Boardsmanship from the California School Boards Association.

Community Involvement: He has held a past President position of the Rotary Club as well as Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

He has been involved with the Delegate Assembly, Policy Platform Committee, and the Small School District Committee for California School Boards Association.

Prior offices held: Dennis has 13 years experience as a member on the Nuview Union school board, of which he has been President four times. He has also held the position of Federal Government Relations Chair for the National School Boards Association.

From 2002 to 2007 Dennis was a member of the Board of Directors for Riverside County School Boards Association and in 2005 he held the title of President.

Campaign website: Bruce Dennis

William “Bill” Gould

Bill Gould has lived in Riverside County since 1989 and graduated from Murrieta Valley High School.

Family: Like Dennis, the Gould family has a vested interest in education. Bill is married to Jeney Kingsbury Gould who has worked for the Murrieta Unified School District for five years. Their daughter, Apryl Gould is an honor roll 6th grader at Hans Christensen Middle School.

Current Profession: Bill Gould is the Vice President of the family business, Full Value Property Management based in Murrieta.

Education: Gould holds a Masters in Governance from CSBA.

Community Involvement: He is a current member of the City of Menifee Trails Committee. He has been a member of Joey’s Pals non-profit organization, the Arts Council of Temecula Valley, the City of Temecula Youth Master Plan Committee, and the Helping Americas Youth of Temecula, which was a White House initiative, led by Laure Bush.

He also founded and directed the Temecula Music Fest, an annual youth oriented music event.

Prior offices held: From 2007 to 2011 Gould held a board member position at Romoland School District and is currently the President of Hans Christensen Middle School Site Council.

Campaign website: Bill Gould

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California Budget Cuts to Affect MSJC Tuition

With California cutting education spending left and right, MSJC has not been left untouched. At his State of the College Address held late last month, MSJC president Robert Schultz announced that fees would be raised to $46 per unit beginning in the Summer 2012 semester.

Although this amount is much less than other community colleges in California charge, local students are still outraged at the $10 hike in tuition.

“It starts with raising it $10, and before you know it tuition will be doubled,” states MSJC student Thomas Rayburn. “Full time students take at least 12 units per semester, so that is at least $550 they have to pay out of pocket for tuition alone. Then we have to dish out almost the same amount of money for textbooks each semester. It’s ridiculous.”

Other students are more understanding of the tuition hike. MSJC student Breanna Lauer came to this campus right out of high school to avoid the high prices she would find at a 4-year university.

“It does suck that they are raising prices," she said. "But it’s better than taking out thousands of dollars in student loans like you would have to at a bigger university.”

Despite the budget cuts, MSJC is still offering a limited amount of courses over the summer.

To read an in depth outline of the 2011-2012 adopted budget, please read more here

To read the Governor’s updated May revision of the community college budget, click here.

Second Annual Menifee Arts Showcase A Huge Success

The Arts Council of Menifee held their second annual Arts Showcase at the Countryside Marketplace this Saturday. With an afternoon full of entertainment, it was the perfect opportunity for members of the community to enjoy the beautiful day and unleash their creative side.

With one stage set up near the Beer Hunter and a second near the scenic pond, the amount of on stage entertainment was endless. The following list of performers were just a few of the highlights of the day:

Peter Thorwarth and Bill Zimmerman give a
stellar performance of Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville."
White Feather- Native American Flutist
Sable Hardin- Country Western Vocalist
Dick Sala- Musical Theater
Paul Burlson- Songs of the Old West
Bill Craig- Popular Standards
Marci Duncker- Pianist
Stephen Roper- Author
JR Reed- Classical Electric Guitar
Steady Impact- Rock Band
Heritage High School Theater Arts Department
Steve and Kat Sanders- Vocal Duo
Peter Thorwarth & Bill Zimmerman- Vocal Duo
Keewild Band
Tom Powers - Easy Listening
Full Frontal Noodity- Country Western Band
Steve Parker- Harmonica Player

The winners of the Menifee Writing Contest were able to pick up their free crispy taco courtesy of Provecho  Grill, and their winning essays were read aloud to the an applauding audience.

Several local art vendors made an appearance as well. Attendees had the chance to purchase some fantastic art pieces from local artists, or indulge in crafts set up at various booths.

The opportunity to make a glass pendant gave community members the chance
to unleash their creative side.

The Heritage High School Band and Pageantry gave a crowd inducing performance.
To learn more about the Arts Council of Menifee or to view upcoming events, please visit their website.

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Baby Bound Offers the Ultimate Ultrasound Experience

Baby Bound Ultrasound has been open less than a month, yet they’re already booking appointments daily. Which is to say, there are a lot of local momma’s-to-be.

Owner and smiling face, Rachel Brady, is a certified sonographer with an evident passion, not to mention a talent, for what she does. Opening her doors in April 2012, she provides the only above and beyond service of her kind in the area.

Baby Bound offers a unique ultrasound experience for those expecting, letting soon to be parents meet their unborn baby in high quality 3D and even 4D.

The 3D ultrasound is a medical ultrasound technique that provides a 3 dimensional image of the baby. The 4D service actually shows baby in motion, during the session mom and dad can watch as their little one moves on the big screen.

Unlike doctor’s offices and hospitals, Baby Bound delivers a spa like setting for momma to fully enjoy this relaxing bonding experience. From the beautiful art in the lobby to the soothing wall tones, Rachel left no detail untouched in the creation of her ultimate ultrasound environment.

Not only does she provide a beautiful environment, but she also offers her services to go. Her state of the arc equipment is fully portable, enabling her to perform an ultrasound in the comfort of your own home or perhaps at a gender-reveal party. Gender determination is available as early as 14 weeks.

As she peacefully walks you through your session, describing your baby’s positioning and pointing out all of their little features, momma gets to watch her baby on the flat screen TV just across the room.

Families are welcome during the session and children can play close by in the kid's corner.

Each of her packages includes a CD of images and one to eight prints on high quality photo paper, which the proud parents can take home at the end of their session. She also offers a recorded DVD of the entire experience set to sweet lullaby music.

Her Loyalty Package is an unbelievable deal available to military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and teachers as a small sign of gratitude.

In addition to her packages and al a carte menu of offerings, Baby Bound also provides prenatal massage and the sweetest little baby boutique items. Tiny bows and pretty picture frames decorate the lobby, should you wish to walk away with a few more fun things.

Rachel stands by her mission to make your ultrasound a memorable experience, as she says, “I look forward to experiencing these amazing moments with you through out your pregnancy.”

Baby Bound Ultrasound
31570 Railroad Canyon Road, Suite 102
Canyon Lake, CA 92584
(951) 265-4446
Website: Baby Bound Ultrasound