Sun City K9 Adoptions Hosts Fundraising Barbecue

Sun City K9 Adoptions presents their fundraising barbecue, A Night Under the Stars.

Set for Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, dinner will begin at 5:00 PM. The evening festivities are set to include a DJ, 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes, games, and hay rides.

Wooden Nickel Ranch
25690 Holland Road
Menifee, CA

Ticket Prices: Adults $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door; children 13-18 years $10.00; children ages 12 and under $5.00.

Sun City K9 exists solely on donations and fundraisers, join them for a night of fun and help support animal adoptions. Reservations must be received by September 10th, please make checks payable to: SUN CITY K-9 ADOPTIONS.

Payment may be mailed to: 26510 Murrieta Road, Sun City, CA 92586

For further information call Claudia: 951-679-3597 Gail at 951-672-0265 or
Marcia 951-246-8515.

Services Set for Lifelong Menifee Resident Mike Bouris, 61

A memorial service will be held on Monday for lifelong Menifee resident Mike Bouris, who died Wednesday of cancer at the age of 61.

Bouris and his late father, Herk, were pioneer farmers in the area. Mike, a third generation Menifee Valley resident, ran the Bouris Ranch after Herk died in 2004. Although the family's farming business scaled back in recent years, Mike was active in collecting and displaying antique tractors and farm vehicles of all kinds. Many are on display at the Bouris Ranch, where Mike's mother Betty still lives.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Canyon Lake Community Church, 30515 Railroad Canyon Road in Canyon Lake. Guests are welcome to gather afterward at the Bouris Ranch, 33751 Zeiders Road in Menifee, for lunch and stories of Mike's life.

There will also be a viewing Sunday from 3-7 p.m. at Evans-Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Drive in Sun City.

Heritage, Paloma Valley Set for Road Games Tonight

Heritage High School and Paloma Valley High will both be on the road tonight for their second football games of the season.

Heritage plays a 7 p.m. game at Rancho Verde, last year's CIF-SS Central Division champion, in Moreno Valley. The Patriots won their season opener last week, 32-6 at San Jacinto, while Rancho Verde was upset at home by Elsinore, 46-42.

Paloma Valley hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Sultana High School of Hesperia. The Wildcats will try to build on the momentum of their 54-6 victory over San Bernardino last week. Sultana will be playing its first game of the season.

Heritage will rely on a high-powered offense led by its new starting quarterback, Mat Bradshaw, who threw for a touchdown in the season opener and directed a running attack led by Jamal Morrow (11 carries, 150 yards, 1 TD). Another key player tonight will be Darius Allensworth, who caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown last week.

In Hesperia, Paloma Valley will look to continue the offensive firepower it displayed last week at home. Leading the way once again will be quarterback Brent Boehm, who passed for 175 yards and five touchdowns, and running back David Solis, who ran for 96 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver and defensive back Marcus Page is questionable because of an ankle injury.

Walker Physical Therapy Hosts Health Seminar Sept. 24

Moms Run This Town Menifee Chapter & Running Club

The idea of Moms Run This Town is for local mommas to collectively help motivate, encourage, inspire, and support each other to get out there and run. Menifee’s chapter was started by nine-year running veteran and mother of three Michelle Walsh and six-year running momma Laurel Blackburn.

Founding club members Laurel Blackburn & Michelle Walsh

Over the course of three short months, through persistent encouragement, together they have grown the Menifee club to over 120 members. While not all 120 partake in each outing, a portion thereof meets several times a week to run and exercise together, and a couple times each month to socialize and interact with new members.

The group consists of all running levels, from beginner to experienced runners. Walsh says many friendships and running partners have formed through the group.

“You find others who are at your own pace and have the same goals and then you work on those goals together,” she said.

This network of moms of all ages with children of all ages has created a support system of inspiration to keep one another moving both physically and mentally.

The most popular run is the Wednesday night one- to three-mile run around Heritage Lake in Menifee. As the sun begins to set and the air is finally cool enough to exercise outdoors, 10 to 15 members gather at the Heritage Lakes Clubhouse for a lively run/jog/walk around the lake.

Happy kiddos and happy moms enjoy an evening run around Heritage Lake.

Tuesdays are proclaimed stroller runs, where you will find toddlers strapped into baby-joggers and determined moms working on something akin to endurance training.

Saturdays generally elicit a smaller group for the eight- to 10-mile runs and are often used for support by those training for marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons. There are also occasional trail runs for the rugged mom.

While founding member Walsh proclaims herself an “adamant motivator,” there is no obligation to attend and every member is encouraged to go at her own pace throughout the entirety of each meet-up. She can run for as far as she wishes; the underlying idea is that they are doing it together and pushing each other when necessary.

“It’s kind of my passion to encourage, motivate, and help people see they can do it," Walsh said. "Moms come in and don’t think they can even run a mile, so to help them through that first mile is rewarding.”

One young mom Walsh motivated through her very first mile several months ago is now training for her first-half marathon and Michelle couldn’t be prouder. To go from “I can’t go any further” at half a mile to “Let’s keep going” at mile 8 is quite the accomplishment, and one that would not have been completed without the support of another mom.

Join the movement at their group Facebook page, or contact Laurel at

Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Members at Reception

The Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed several recent new members Wednesday night in a reception at Brian Walker Farmers Insurance.

New members were given the opportunity to talk to the group about their business and to network with current members. All members of the Chamber of Commerce are listed in the business directory of the organization's website.

Membership in the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce provides many benefits for businesses in the areas. For more information, visit the group's website or call 951-672-1991.

Football Season is Here, and The Beer Hunter is Ready

Football season is here, and The Beer Hunter is the place to be to watch all the action while enjoying the best in food and beverages.

Menifee's sports pub and grill has a spacious seating area equipped with 32 flat screen TVs, enabling football fans to watch any NFL game they would like, as well as top college games. The atmosphere is festive, especially when patrons show up wearing teams jerseys to cheer on their favorite team.

Various food and drink specials make fans' football experience an especially enjoyable one. In addition to the 36 beers on draft and a variety of other beverages from the bar, The Beer Hunter now has a special breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

Items on the breakfast menu will be served from the special 9 a.m. opening until 11:30 a.m. One of the top items is "pigs in a bunk bed" -- three layers of pancakes stacked with three pieces of cranberry-sage pork sausage and four pieces of apple-smoked bacon. This is served with two eggs and crispy breakfast potatoes.

The Beer Hunter Breakfast Sandwich includes three scrambled eggs topped with apple-smoked bacon and American cheese on sourdough bread. Breakfast nachos are served with cranberry-sage pork sausage, scrambled eggs, grilled bell peppers ,pico de gallo and pepper jack cheese sauce. A variety of omelets and other items -- including a kid's breakfast -- are on the special menu.

In order to allow fans to enjoy every minute of every football game as well as the breakfast specials, The Beer Hunter will open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, Happy Hour pricing will be effect during Monday and Thursday night football games.

In addition to the weekend breakfast menu, customers can enjoy The Beer Hunter's entire menu all hours, every day of the week. For appetizers, try the nachos, buffalo wings, fried zucchini, potato skins, quesadilla and much more. Also featured are a wide variety of burgers, including the classic Beer Hunter Burger and Texas BBQ Burger.

Steaks, sandwiches, soups and salads add to the delicious menu of food items.

The Beer Hunter
30080 Haun Road
Menifee, CA 92586

Chamber of Commerce New Member Reception is Tonight

You're invited tonight, even if you aren't a Chamber member. Come and find out what the Chamber of Commerce is all about and meet local business professionals!

Massage Envy Partners with the Arthritis Foundation

Did you know that arthritis strikes one in five adults and 300,000 children making it the nation’s leading cause of disability? Massage Envy Spa Menifee is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation for a one day event to raise money and awareness for this debilitating disease.

Massage Envy Spa Menifee is encouraging residents to de‐stress and donate on September 19 during Healing Hands for Arthritis. $10 from every one‐hour massage or facial session during this one‐day event will be donated directly to the Arthritis Foundation. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa Menifee will give, a free upgrade for every $10 donation, ½ off an upgrade for every $5 donation and a chance to win a 90 minute massage session for every $1 donated.

So what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today for Sept. 19th and be part of Massage Envy Spa Menifee and the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis.

Massage Envy
30134 Haun Road, Suite 430
Menifee, CA
(951) 821-3222
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Artist, Author Mike Miller to Appear at Arts Council Gallery

Award-winning artist and children's book author Mike Miller will display his work at the Arts Council Menifee art gallery Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Road.

In addition to his other works, Miller will display illustrations from his popular series, "The Adventures of Tomas the Tortoise." Miller will sign any books purchased that day and will be available to answer questions. More information on him is available at

Artwork by at least 14 other local artists will also be on display. Refreshments will be served and there will be a free prize drawing.

The event will last from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 951-290-ART1.

Menifee Dental Group Provides Free Service on 'Smile Day'

Menifee area residents got some helpful health assistance recently when Menifee Dental Group and Orthodontics provided free dental care on a day designated "Smile Generation Serve Day."

Dr. David James, associate dentist at the practice, and staff members worked all day on Aug. 11 to provide pro-bono treatment to community members who would not otherwise have access to dental care. An estimated $15,000 of treatment and services was donated during this community outreach event.

Nearly 200 dental offices in the Smile Generation system around the country participated in this event. Patients at Menifee Dental Group and Orthodontics were selected through local non-profit community service organizations serving people at the poverty level.

The Smile Generation is committed to partnering with its network of dental offices to ensure that community needs are being met and to making a difference in the lives of others.

"Smile Generation Serve Day is a day for giving back to the community," said Dr. James. "Having access to dental care is critical for a person's overall health. When you see the work that you do brings a smile to a patient's face, it is so rewarding and you are reminded how important it is to give back to those in the community that may not have access to dental care."

Santa Rosa Academy Breaks Ground on New School Site

Santa Rosa Academy board members celebrate Monday as school principal and Executive Director Laura Badillo turns over the first shovel of dirt at the site of the new school on Haun Road.

It started almost eight years ago, with registration taking place in a Starbucks and the first classes held in a garage.

Santa Rosa Academy has come a long way since then. On Monday, groundbreaking was held for a 25-acre facility that will include 67,000 square feet of buildings for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Bulldozers have already begun grading the ground at the site of the new school, located on the west side of Haun Road, across from Lowe's and the south end of Countryside Marketplace. Santa Rosa board members and other officials gathered there Monday to celebrate something that is the result of years of hard work.

"It's been a tough, long road, but looking at all this, it's wonderful," said Laura Badillo, principal and executive director of Santa Rosa Academy, as she looked out on the large construction site.

Menifee's charter school, which began as the dream of some concerned parents, has moved locations as its enrollment has grown over the years. Currently, high school and middle school students attend a facility on La Piedra Road, adjacent to Bell Mountain Middle School. Elementary school students attend the former Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Road. Many students also are home schooled, and the waiting list to get into the full-time program has grown to more than 1,100.

The new facility, which officials hope will be ready by the start of next school year, will accommodate about 1,500 students -- 350 more than the current facilities can handle.

According to Brad Burke of Competitive Edge Development, designer and builder of the project, the school will include classroom buildings, an administration building, a library and an athletic complex featuring full-size baseball and football/soccer fields and outdoor basketball courts. A second phase will include a gym and theater. Santa Rosa already competes in CIF sports and will continue to add teams once the new facilities are completed.

"We're not a part of the Menifee school district, but the district has to approve us," Badillo said. "A lot of charter schools operate out of three counties; we wanted this to have a home base for this community.

"Some of these parents have been with us from the very beginning. They wanted to put together an alternative to overcrowded schools and they stuck with us. Everyone is very excited."

The project is funded through a $24 million private bond. La Piedra Road, which currently is only a traffic signal at that point with an eastbound entrance to the marketplace, will be extended west, leading to the school and beyond until it connects with Sherman Road. Land also is being graded along Haun Road north of the school site to prepare for further development not yet announced by the city or the developer, Regent Properties.

Construction crews clear the land for the new Santa Rosa Academy.

Elevate Fitness Studio Hosts Menifee Valley Chamber Mixer on September 5th

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For more information call The Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce at 951.672.1991

EMWD Honored With 'Excellence in Procurement' Award

Eastern Municipal Water District was recently awarded the "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2012" from the National Purchasing Institute. EMWD also received the award in 2003, 2007, and 2010.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award is given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement, particularly in the innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. EMWD scored 135 points out of 140 total points possible.

EMWD is one of only 40 government agencies in California and one of only 29 special districts in the United States to receive the award.

Aug. 28 Planning Commission Meeting is Canceled

The City of Menifee Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28, has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items.

The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

City Candidates to Speak at Valley Democratic Meeting Sept. 13

Menifee city candidates Wallace Edgerton, Greg August, Carol Sullivan, John Francis Smith and Nick Martin will address attendees of the Menifee/Perris Valley Democratic Club’s meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Smith is seeking the mayor’s seat. August, Sullivan and Martin are running for the District 1 seat, while Edgerton is seeking to represent District 3. There will be a question and answer session after the candidates finish speaking. Pizza and drinks will be available at the close of this meeting.

Menifee/Perris Valley Democratic Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Provident Bank Community Room, located at 27010 Sun City Blvd. This venue is accessible to persons with disabilities. The public is welcome.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food package/can for the Menifee Valley Cupboard.

'A Day of Wine and Chocolate' Scheduled for Sept. 30

Sponsorships are now available to help support 'A Day of Wine and Chocolate,' an annual event to raise funds for the nonprofit organization Hospice of the Valleys.

This year's event will be held from 4-8 p.m. at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula Wine Country. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastes of restaurant fare, wines and local brews, and all kinds of sweets. Live music and a silent auction are also on the schedule.

Hospice of the Valleys, which cares for terminally ill patients in Southwest Riverside County, will benefit from all funds generated from the event. The role of sponsors in supporting this effort is crucial.

Sponsorships are available at four levels, ranging from $500 to $5,000. Auction donations are also accepted.

For more information, call Gina O'Bryant at 951-200-7800.

Sponsorships Available for Menifee Mayor's Ball Sept. 29

The Rotary Club of Menifee has opportunities for businesses or individuals interested in becoming a sponsor for the Fifth Annual Mayor's Ball, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Marion V. Ashley Community Center.

Four sponsorship levels are available. They include:

Mount Fuji ($2,000): Two tables of 10 with name displayed on tables; name and logo listed on invitations and logo on front of the program with full-page ad; sponsorship plaque presented by the major and Rotary president; group photo.

Oragami ($1,000): Table of 10 with name on table; half-page ad in the program; verbal recognition during the evening; choose to sponsor either decorations or photographer.

The Golden Hall ($500): Four dinners and name on a table; business card ad in the program; verbal recognition during the evening.

Cherry Blossoms ($200): Name on a table; recognition in a program; dinner for two.

Sponsorships are also available for live and silent auction gifts. Sponsors will get their name on the gift, verbal recognition and name in the program.

Theme for the event is "An Evening in Tokyo." The black tie optional program will run from 6-10 p.m. Cost for individual tickets is $60 per individual, $110 for a couple and $200 for a group of four.

Deadline for applications for sponsorships is Sept. 21. For more information, call 951-672-1731 or contact Ruth Bol at Mail sponsor form and check to Rotary Club of Menifee, P.O. Box 57, Menifee CA 92586.

Allensworth Stars in Heritage's 32-6 Win Over San Jacinto

Heritage High School opened a season of high expectations with a bang Friday night, scoring a 32-6 victory over San Jacinto at Hemet High.

The Patriots, who played in the CIF finals last fall, got rolling late in the first half. They scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the half and took control for good when senior Darius Allensworth returned the second-half opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD and a 28-6 lead.

Limihai Hifo scored on a 9-yard run for a 14-6 lead late in the second quarter. Following a fumble recovery by the Patriots' McKinley Grant, quarterback Mat Bradshaw passed 24 yards to Allensworth for the score and a 21-6 halftime lead.

"Darius is very explosive, and he made some great plays," said Coach Kraig Broach.

Broach said the team made some of the errors typical of a season opener, but that overall he was pleased with the Patriots' effort.

"The kids played fast and ran to the football," he said. "I'm very happy with their effort. We just need to have them do a better job of playing assignment football. I'm glad we got through it, but there are some things we need to clean up in a hurry."

Broach was also pleased with the play of his new starting quarterback. Bradshaw completed 4 of 8 passes for one touchdown and generally handled the offense well throughout the game.

"He was very solid, especially for someone who had never played quarterback before," Broach said about Bradshaw. "He handled himself well and showed confidence in what he had to do."

Jamal Morrow carried 9 times for 146 yards for Heritage, which plays at Rancho Verde next Friday. Menifee 24/7 will be at the game to provide a first-hand report.

Paloma Valley Cruises Past San Bernardino in Opener, 54-6

David Solis drags a defender across the goal line for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Paloma Valley High School's high-powered offense was too much for an outmanned San Bernardino team Friday night, resulting in a 54-6 Wildcats victory at home in their football season opener.

Paloma Valley rolled up 467 yards total offense, even while playing reserves for much of the second half. The Wildcats defense was solid as well, limiting San Bernardino to 36 yards rushing for the entire game. PV led 40-0 at halftime and cruised to victory.

Junior quarterback Brent Boehm and his wide receivers had no problem penetrating the San Bernardino defense with their passing attack. Boehm completed 12 of 22 passes for 175 yards and five touchdowns. Two of them were caught by Marcus Page, who had 99 yards in receptions and two interceptions on defense.

The Wildcats scored on each of their first four possessions and led 33-0 early in the second quarter.

"In a game like this, you struggle with how to play it out the right way," said Paloma Valley coach Bert Esposito. "You try to get in as many guys as you can and still maintain your momentum."

Esposito was pleased with the play of his offensive and defensive starters, including running back David Solis, who rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown even though he was nursing a slight injury.

"We almost held David out tonight, but he got in some good playing time and he looked good," Esposito said. "Brent struggled a little with his accuracy and was throwing off his back foot a bit, but overall the guys played well."

The 2012 Paloma Valley High varsity football team runs onto the field for its season opener.

Higher Learning Preschool of Menifee Now Enrolling

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Arts Council Menifee is forming a Visual Arts Advisory and Support Committee.  It is seeking people to include.  Menifee-area painters and fine art photographers are invited to bring a sample of their artwork to a special meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday 8/30 in the Community Room at Sun City Library (26892 Cherry Hills Blvd).
The Support Committee will be developing opportunities for exhibiting and selling artwork, planning workshops and art competitions, and shaping the direction of art in the community. 

ACM’s Visual Arts Division currently exhibits artwork in US Bank and in two rooms at ACM's Art Gallery within the Kay Ceniceros Center at Evans and Newport Roads. 

Pool Leagues, Tournaments Are Heating Up at Pitstop Pub

Ready for a game of pool? Head on over to the Pitstop Pub, a great place to rack 'em up while enjoying good food, beverages and entertainment.

Bar patrons have fun playing the game on one of the pub's five Diamond Predators pool tables -- the same kind of tournament tables used in Las Vegas. They often get pretty competitive, too.

Pitstop Pub sponsors pool leagues Monday through Thursday, when the tables are active with patrons who enjoy the fun and socialization of the game on a regular basis. Players have another opportunity to compete on Saturdays, when an open tournament is held.

"You've got to drive into Orange County to find a league set-up like this," said John Geer, owner of Pitstop Pub. "Come in on Saturday and check out the action. We've even had the five-time wheelchair world champion play here."

While awaiting their turn at the pool table, patrons can enjoy a variety of sports events on the pub's 14 TV screens, including four new 55-inch LED screens. With football season open us, Pitstop Pub is a popular place to watch a game.

Other entertainment includes open mic night on Tuesday, karaoke on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and live bands on Friday nights. All this takes place in a space that has been increased from 1,600 square feet to 3,200 square feet.

The addition of new kitchen equipment has enabled the pub to increase its menu. Pizza is now served in addition to the usual food specials, which includes burgers; $1 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays; hot wings; and fish and chips. Drink specials are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

A variety of hard liquor is available in addition to many varieties of beer and wine.

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

Heritage Football Team Opens Season Tonight vs. San Jacinto

It has been less than nine months since the Heritage High School football team played in the CIF Southern Section Eastern Conference championship game, losing a 24-17 decision to Fontana.

It might as well have been a decade ago. To Coach Kraig Broach and his players, 2011 is ancient history. The Patriots are not trying to ride on the coattails of last season's players. They will make or break this season on their own merits.

"Last year was for last year's seniors," Broach said about the team's 12-2 record and appearance in the CIF finals. "This is a whole new year. You can't draw on past history and you can't look too far ahead. We have to focus on what we need to do now."

First up on the Patriots' to-do list is their season opener against San Jacinto High School tonight at Hemet High. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Heritage, now playing in the CIF Central Division and fourth in the preseason rankings, returns six starters on offense and seven on defense. Top players include senior running back and defensive back Jamal Morrow (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), last year's Sunbelt League Player of the Year, and senior defensive back and wide receiver Darius Allensworth (5-11, 175), who recently committed to play at Cal next year.

The offensive line is effectively manned by Nick Avne (5-9, 215), Levi Davison (5-10, 205) and Moises Valdivia (6-1, 270). Returning all-league linebacker Limihai Hifo (5-10, 205) will play a key role on defense.

Even with all this experience returning, a key to the Patriots' success will be the ability of senior Mat Bradshaw to step into the starting quarterback position. He played wide receiver and defensive back last season.

"His strength is his overall intelligence," Broach said. "He has a great understanding of the offense. We put a lot of verbiage on our quarterback and he needs to relay that to the rest of the offense."

The strength of the offense lies in the running game. With Morrow leading the way, the Patriots will try to control the ball on the ground. Even so, it will be up to the defense to give the offense the ball often enough to do so.

"The defense is still in the growing stages," Broach said. "We're not the biggest team, but our overall team speed is good. The kids run to the football."

Heritage's first home game will take place Sept. 7 vs. Beaumont.

First Taste of Menifee Event Scheduled for Oct. 13

The City of Menifee's annual birthday bash on Oct. 13 will have some added flavor this year.

To help celebrate the fourth birthday of the city, Menifee officials have teamed with a local businessman to create the Taste of Menifee, being described as a "one-day food extravaganza" featuring the area's best eateries.

Following the format used in many cities, the Taste of Menifee will feature local restaurants and "mom and pop" food businesses, offering guests a taste of their food products. Vendors will set up in tents in the Mt. San Jacinto College parking lot, offering bite-size tastes in exchange for "taste" tickets purchased at the event -- 5 tickets for $5.

This event will run from 4-7 p.m. as part of the day-long birthday celebration, which includes musical performances on stage, a kids' zone and the Menifee Motor Madness Car Show.

"This basically came out of brainstorming between Rob Johnson (director of community improvement and outreach) and myself," said Bill Gould of Full Value Entertainment. "I've wanted to do this for a while, and with the big birthday celebration, we thought it was the perfect time."

Gould is making 20 spots available for food vendors. Panera Bread, which opened this week, was the first to commit to a food booth. Several others have made oral commitments, Gould said. Local restaurants and food vendors are urged to apply for a spot in Taste of Menifee by visiting its website,

"We're looking for brick and mortar style businesses in Menifee proper, or a local owner of a food vendor," Gould said. "We're also looking for some mom and pop operations. We have various affordable options for them. Each booth will have two or three signature items for people to taste."

Paloma Valley High Football Team Set for Friday's Opener

Led by an experienced defensive unit and a potentially explosive offense, the Paloma Valley High School football team will open the 2012 season Friday night at home against San Bernardino High.

Nine starters return on defense for the Wildcats, headed by senior middle linebacker Richard Krottmayer. Although certainly not big by football standards at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Krottmayer anchors a defense that stands much taller than its physical numbers indicate.

With a defensive front including tackles Charlie Wallace (5-8, 190) and Jason Von Moos (5-10, 195) and Krottmayer behind them, Paloma Valley has a formidable defense that is deceivingly effective.

That's a big reason Coach Bert Esposito is excited about the Wildcats, whose 2-9 record last year is deceiving because four games were forfeited due to an ineligible player.

"Krottmayer is not tremendously huge, but he's solid," Esposito said. "Then people look at our defensive tackles and say, 'Are you serious?' They may be undersized, but they're very good. Up front, we're tougher than nails."

Although the Wildcats should be favored in Friday's 7 p.m. game against a San Bernardino team that was 0-10 last year, Esposito knows the team must fulfill its potential this year to compete against the likes of CIF finalist and crosstown rival Heritage, Elsinore and Temescal Canyon in the Sunbelt League.

In addition to the defense, Esposito will call on a high-powered spread offense that returns six starters, including junior quarterback Brent Boehm. Taking over the starter's role early last season, Boehm finished with 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns passing.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost two top wide receivers -- Anthony Johnston and Patrick Santhavisouk -- to graduation. Esposito has high hopes for juniors C.J. Parker and R.J. Benz as replacements capable of maintaining the Paloma Valley tradition of moving the ball through the air.

When the Wildcats run the ball, they usually hand it to David Solis, a 5-10, 180-pound senior who rushed for 441 yards and 8 touchdowns last year even though he played much of the season with a high ankle sprain.

Friday night's game is Middle School Night. Students from Menifee area middle schools showing student ID will be admitted free.

Check Menifee 24/7 Saturday morning for a recap of the opening game.

Tomorrow: A preview of Heritage High School's football season.

Jet Ski Racing Returns to Lake Perris on Saturday

Habitat for Humanity Sponsors Holiday Art Contest

Inland Valley residents with a creative flair are invited to enter their artwork in Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley's annual holiday ornament contest.

Contestants must submit their artwork on a small to medium-sized canvas, preferably 5 x 7 inches or smaller, featuring the theme "Home for the Holidays." Each entry will be displayed in some way -- the Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley website, holiday card and/or Christmas Tree Lane event at the Promenade Temecula.

"We chose 'Home for the Holidays' as the inspiration for the contest to tie into our mission to improve living conditions for families in our community," said Tammy Marine, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley.

The grand prize winner will have his or her work prominently displayed during the Christmas Tree Lane event. The runner-up will be featured on the Habitat holiday card.

Entries must be submitted by Sept. 21. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to Habitat for Humanity headquarters, 41615 Winchester Road, Temecula 92591. For more information, email or all 951-296-3362.

Registration for Soap Box Derby Ends Sept. 1

Time is running out to register for the Soap Box Derby, scheduled for Sept. 8 in Menifee. This event is sponsored by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District. Competition will take place in four divisions.

Jaime Sanchez Sets Menifee Junior Golf Tournament for Sept. 8

Jaime Sanchez, golf pro at North Course in Menifee, has spent much of the last two summers helping youngsters develop skills they didn't know they had. In the long run, he figures, they will be prepared to succeed with much more than just a golf club.

Sanchez's second summer golf camp provided opportunities for more than 105 local youths to learn about the game, building self-confidence and social skills at the same time. Rather than sitting in front of a video game all summer, these youngsters impressed Sanchez and other adult golfers with their ability to get out and do something special.

"I had a vision one night to teach kids to play the game that has meant so much to me in the years of my life," said Sanchez. "These kids needed to know that they had a place to come to learn, have fun and play the game of golf."

On Saturday, Sept. 8, many of those young golfers will show off their skills in a competitive yet fun atmosphere when they compete in a tournament at North Course to celebrate the end of their summer season. More than 45 youth golfers are entered in three different divisions. Sanchez expects close to 200 parents, friends and golf enthusiasts to come out and support the kids at this event.

"In this Olympic year, the spirit of true competition has touched the hearts of these future athletes," said Sanchez, who will represent Peru in the 2016 Olympics.

Sanchez said he is committed to providing ongoing opportunities for young people to learn and play the sport of golf. Thanks to many businesses and individuals who contribute to the program through sponsorships, he is able to provide financial assistance for those who need it.

Registration for the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. at North Course, 26660 McCall Blvd. Tee time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. There will be a VIP section for dignitaries and special invited guests.

For more information, call North Course at 951-679-5111.

Can You Help Provide Rides for Students in These Areas?

The Menifee Rides program -- a cooperative effort between Menifee parents and other residents to help transport students to school -- has some specific needs for drivers in a few of our areas.

If you drive your child to and or/from one of these schools and have an extra seat in your car, please leave a comment here or send an email to Even if you simply live one of the areas listed and could provide a ride to and/or from school for a child who needs it, we would appreciate your help.

The ideal situation would be to coordinate more carpools involving parents who already drive their children to school and have room to take another student in exchange for a day off now and then. This is what Menifee Rides is designed for -- to help facilitate the process for those who don't have access to a school bus.

Here are our immediate needs for drivers:

Paloma Valley High School: Student lives near Murrieta Road and Ridgemoor Road.

Paloma Valley High School: Student lives near Scott Road and Menifee Road. (p.m. drop-off only)

Menifee Valley Middle School: Student lives near Bradley Road and La Piedra Road.

Heritage High School: One student lives near Menifee Road and Newport Road. Another student lives near Heritage Lake Drive and Rushing Water.

Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary: Student lives between Holland Road and Craig Ave. (p.m. drop-off only)

Chester Morrison Elementary: Student lives near Bradley Road and La Piedra Road. (p.m. drop-off only).

Mesa View Elementary: Student needs p.m. drop-off only.

If you can fill one of these needs, please let us know. If you have an urgent need for a ride for your child, contact us. Just remember, we can only provide as many rides as we have drivers for.

If you are attending a Back to School Night tonight, please share this information with others. Thank you.

Free Admission For Middle School Students to Paloma Valley's High School Football Game This Friday

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Panera Bread Celebrates Menifee Opening With Ribbon Cutting

The City of Menifee welcomed a major dining attraction to the community Monday when Panera Bread celebrated its ribbon cutting in the Countryside Marketplace on Haun Road.

Welcomed by Mayor John Denver, Economic Development Director Jeff Wyman, other city and Chamber of Commerce officials and a Sherrifs Department mounted posse, Panera opened the doors to its bakery-cafe for a VIP tour and luncheon for local dignataries.

Panera will be open to the public beginning Tuesday. Its hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Featuring a complete menu of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, cafe sandwiches, salads, panani and bakery goods, this facility also is one of only two Panera establishments with drive-through service.

"I don't think any community is more excited about a Panera coming to town than we are," Wyman said. "This is one of the forward moving items in our community; we have many others. It's an exciting time for our city."

This is a homecoming of sorts for Tony Rolland, joint ventures partner for Panera, LLC. After opening Panera cafes throughout the U.S., Rolland moved to the Menifee Valley seven years ago. He and his daughter Shannon, who was part of the Sherrifs mounted guard Monday, used to search for stray horses in the hills east of town.

"This is our back yard," Rolland said. "Seven years ago, I was fortunate enough to come back to L.A., and here we are today."

Andre Gittens, general manager of the Menifee Panera cafe, cut the ribbon outside the front door while being joined by city officials and Chamber of Commerce members. Inside, Gittens and Rolland showed off the cafe's attractive facility and quality menu of healthy fresh foods.

All Panera bakery products are made with salt, flour, yeast and water only, Rolland explained. No preservatives are used. All items are cooked fresh each morning. At the end of each business day, surplus food will be picked up by the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard for distribution to needy families in the area. The Cupboard is an agency of Second Harvest Food Bank, with which Panera is connected nationally through the Feeding America program.

According to Rolland, Panera is a "no-tip" cafe. Instead of tips, customers are invited to leave a donation in a cash box by the register. Donations collected will be matched dollar for dollar by Panera and given to Feeding America.

Arts Council Menifee Displays Its Expanding Programs

Authors Al Mozingo (center) and Robert Duchin (right) talk to guests at the literary table Sunday.
Arts Council Menifee used a different venue to showcase its expanding collection of talented local artists, sponsoring its second open house Sunday at the Marion Ashley Community Center.

The Arts Council, which regularly displays paintings of local artists in its gallery inside the Kay Ceniceros Center, showed guests Sunday how much the group has grown in the last two years. In addition to a fine arts display, local authors displayed recently published books, local musician Richard Lee performed on the guitar, and council board members described plans for new programs in performing arts and dance.

A Theater Arts committee, headed by board member Linda Denver, was formed last month and already is reaching out to performing arts teachers at Heritage and Paloma Valley high schools.

"We recently had a reception for arts teachers at the high school level," said Dawn Prather, Arts Council president. "We would even like to involve the elementary schools. We're very fortunate in this area that Heritage and Paloma Valley have very active performing arts programs."

The Council will sponsor a Children's Summer Arts Institute next year and has plans to involve 800 local children in its programs. In addition, a meeting will be held Sept. 27 at Sun City Library for those interested in joining the council's new dance program.

"We hope to teach dance classes and maybe have dancers come to these events to perform," said Judy Hyneman, Arts Council treasurer. "Wouldn't it be fun to have a flash mob at something like this?"

At the council's literary display, local authors Robert Duchin and Al Mozingo offered copies of their books for sale and interacted with guests. Duchin's book, "Not Enough of Her," is a self-published book that grew out of the memoirs of his wife Susan, who died a year and a half ago after 47 years of marriage.

"I originally did this as a legacy for our children," Duchin said. "I don't intend to make even my investment back. I just want to share the story with others. It's about grieving, my memories and stories, letters we shared ... it's a love story."

Duchin's book is available for purchase at, and

Mozingo's book, "Getting to Agape: Lessons in Love," is a Christian-based book exploring God's love for his children. It was created over the course of 20 years from items kept in a notebook by Mozingo, a youth minister and Director of Christian Initiative for his church. It is available at

Arts Council Menifee's next event is an art gallery reception Sept. 9 at Kay Ceniceros Center. For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed for Work Day at Oak Grove at the Ranch

Oak Grove Center for Education, Treatment & The Arts will host a volunteer work day at its Perris school, known as Oak Grove at the Ranch, Saturday at 10 a.m. The nonprofit organization recently purchased an existing building in Perris and is renovating it for the special needs children the organization serves.

Families and individuals are invited to join members of Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley and Oak Grove as they paint, clean and prepare the facility for the 2012-2013 school year.

In addition, local celebrity Erik Turner, founder and former guitarist for the band Warrant, will be in attendance with his own family, working as volunteers. Turner hopes to teach his son the benefits of giving back.

Oak Grove at the Ranch is located at 1251 North A Street in Perris.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Opens in Menifee

A large crowd gathers outside the entrance to BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Countryside Marketplace Friday.
City officials, Chamber of Commerce members and residents celebrated one of Menifee's most significant business openings in recent years during ribbon cutting ceremonies for BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse on Friday.

A large crowd gathered outside the front doors of BJ's alongside Haun Road at Countryside Marketplace to celebrate the opening. After the introduction of local dignitaries and BJ's management staff, patrons were allowed inside to tour the restaurant and enjoy the first meals served.

The general public can enjoy BJ's hospitality beginning Monday, when the Grand Opening is scheduled.

"A year ago, I stood on an empty lot here, thinking of the possibilities," said Menifee Economic Development Director Jeff Wyman, who first approached BJ's about coming to the city. "Everyone at the city is very excited about this. The residents have been asking for more nice restaurants, and this is just one of the amenities that have come here.

"The opening of BJ's will have a huge impact on the city and its economy. It has added a lot of jobs and will generate additional sales tax to help improve essential services such as the Sheriffs Department, Fire Department, streets and roads."

Known for its deep dish pizza, "pizzokie" desserts and wide selection of handcrafted beers, BJ's has grown from its original location in Santa Ana in 1978 to a network of restaurants in California, Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Florida. The local BJ's will employ more than 200 workers.

"We had a great pool of interviewees to work with," said Steve Novotny, general manger of BJ's. "Everyone we've hired has been great. They've been working hard and training for almost six weeks."

The BJ's opening is just half of a big week for the Menifee business community and fans of good food. On Monday, Panera Bread will celebrate its grand opening just across the parking lot.

"What this does is show the level of interest there is in our business community," Menifee Mayor John Denver said. "This is further proof we can handle a number of people in our eating establishments. It also shows the quality of restaurants we're attracting."

BJ's Restaurant and Brewery
30208 Haun Road, Menifee

Jeff Wyman, Menifee's economic development director, congratulates BJ's General Manager Steve Novotny and staff.
Patrons get their first look at the inside of the new BJ's Restaurant, which opens to the general public on Monday.

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Roxy

Today's sweet dog was adopted a while ago from Sun City K9 and is now back, available once again for adoption. She is already accustomed to being a family house dog and would like to find a forever home as soon as possible.

Adoptable pet of the week, Roxy.

Name: Roxy

Age: 1 year & 7 months

Breed: Lab/ pit bull mix

Gender: Female, spayed

Roxy's Story: Roxy was, and still is, a wonderful family pet. She was adopted as a puppy from Sun City K9 Adoptions by a loving family. Unfortunately she was recently relinquished back to the shelter because her owner was not strong enough to handle Roxy's strength and her new baby.

Adopted when she was small, she has now grown into a full size and very strong dog. So while Roxy does not have behavioral issues, she is simply a big and powerful dog who needs an assertive owner.

Temperament: At almost two years old, she is just growing out of her puppy years and is really turning into an obedient adult dog. She is house trained and also obedience trained. She will sit on command and listens to general cues.

She is not leash trained and pulls when being walked, hence the reason she was brought back. With some authoritative training she can be taught not to pull and can be manageable by anyone, she just needs some guidance to learn.

She is about full size now and is a pretty large dog. She gets along well with other dogs both big and small. Since she lived in a home with children and babies she is well socialized with all ages of people and little ones.

Roxy will be an excellent addition to the right home. Come meet her today!

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

Menifee Cyclist Receives Serious Injuries When Struck by Car

Menifee Police are urging bicycle riders to follow all safety rules and laws following an accident Thursday afternoon in which a 14-year-old boy on a bike was struck by a car.

The accident occurred at 3:11 p.m. at the intersection of Newport Road and Antelope Road. According to police, the cyclist was able to get up under his own power and wait at the side of the road for medical assistance. He suffered serious injuries, but none are life-threatening. He is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

According to police, the cyclist was a Menifee resident. He was crossing the intersection against a red light when struck by the vechicle. The driver, an adult from Lake Elsinore, was not injured. Police said it appears the cyclist had a helmet available, but he was not wearing it at the time of the accident.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident, the report stated. Neither one saw the other before the collision, according to police.

The Menifee Police Department would like to remind all cyclists to wear helmets at all times while riding bicycles. There is additional vehicle traffic and bike riders on the streets now that school is back in session, and caution is urged for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have further information is asked to call Officer Greg Berry of the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at 951-210-1000.

BJ's Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Friday, 11 a.m.

One of the most highly anticipated business openings of the last year will become reality this Friday, Aug. 17, when BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse holds its ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.

Menifee's newest restaurant is located at 30208 Haun Road in the Countryside Marketplace. City and Chamber of Commerce officials will be hand to celebrate the opening of BJ's, which is a signficant addition to Menifee's selection of dining establishments.

Founded in 1978 in Santa Ana, BJ's has since opened restaurants across the U.S. Continuing to serve its trademark deep-dish pizza, BJ's also offers a wide variety of handcrafted beer. The restaurant is also famous for its pizookies -- dessert pizzas made from a selection of cookie dough flavors and topped with ice cream.

The public is invited to participate in the celebration. The restaurant will open for business on Monday, Aug. 20.

Provecho Grill Gives Back

Provecho Grill is one of our favorite local establishments for many reasons, one of which is the generous way in which they have given back to Menifee since the first day they opened their doors.

To say owner and executive chef, Rosie O’Connor, is humble would be an understatement. She charitably gives and has always done so with her heart because she truly cares, the thought of publishing a story about her goodwill was something she resisted.

But at the end of each day it is because of you, her loyal customers, and the continued patronage of the community that affords Rosie and Provecho the opportunity to give back. So it is with humble gratitude that Provecho reluctantly shares some of the ways they make Menifee a better place.

From the first time we met Rosie she was adamant about her desire to be involved and to help grow our community. Her excitement and passion for community service is evident in the emotional way she shares some of her projects.

“This work is meaningful to me, it touches my heart,” she says, “We (at Provecho) are so thankful to this community for embracing us. And we feel so lucky to be here.”

Aside from serving up authentic cuisine seven days a week to the public, Provecho Grill aims to make a positive difference in the lives of people in their community through community service and donations.

This past weekend Provecho cooked up an abundance of summer squash, enchilada casserole with ancho chilies, and all of the fixings to help Faithful Servants feed the homeless through their program Helping People in Need.

Rosie and her staff made each tray of donated food with love and care, and shared “We want them to eat well. Food lets you escape to somewhere else for a little while, it transports your senses and takes you away and that’s what we hope to offer.”

Over the summer Provecho has donated hundreds of lunches to the Junior Golf Program to feed it’s hungry participants. They have donated raffle prizes to Sun City Concern, and are always looking for more ways to give.

Despite the somewhat large population, Menifee maintains the comfort and love of a small town feel to which Rosie relates, “You feel like you matter. What you do, it matters.”

Provecho Grill also offers fundraising opportunities for sports teams, schools, and organizations. Please contact Provecho for more information.

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

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Website: Provecho Grill
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It's Back to School Time for Students Throughout Menifee

Cars dropping off students at Menifee Valley Middle School make their way through the parking lot Thursday.
Nearly 9,000 students attending nine elementary schools and three middle schools returned to campus Thursday, the first day of the academic year in the Menifee Union School District.

An increased number of cars and pedestrians maneuvered through streets surrounding local schools as parents and students struggled to adjust to a school year in which district budget shortages have resulted in a reduction of school bus service. Paloma Valley and Heritage high schools opened a day earlier, on Wednesday.

Herk Bouris Elementary School, the newest elementary school in the district, opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday. Although it is located just across the Lake Elsinore border, Herk Bouris serves Menifee students living in the southwest part of town.