Coaches Broach, Esposito Honored by Menifee Rotary Club

From left: Menifee Mayor Jon Denver, Rotary Vice President Ruth Bol, Supervisor Marion Ashley, Rotary President Carol Sullivan, Perris Union High School District Superintendent Jonathan Greenberg, Paloma Valley High coach Bert Esposito, Heritage High coach Kraig Broach.
Menifee's two high school football teams made history this year when both advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Central Division playoffs. Had they not each lost by a touchdown, Heritage and Paloma Valley would have set up a re-match of the annual Menifee Bowl, won this year by Heritage.

The Rotary Club of Menifee recently honored both of the head coaches. Perris High School Superintendent and Rotarian Jonathan Greenberg introduced Heritage Coach Kraig Broach and Paloma Valley Coach Bert Esposito. Each of them spoke briefly about this exciting season and gave credit to the players, the parents, and fans of their respective schools. Mayor John Denver congratulated both coaches on behalf of the City.

After the coach's tribute, Club President Carol Sullivan introduced Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, newly assigned to represent the Menifee area through re-districting. Ashley is a Perris native and a veteran elected official.

The Menifee Rotary Club is the leading service club in the area, and will be celebrating its 50th birthday on March 16, 2013. Regular meetings are held on Thursdays at noon at the Menifee Lakes Country Club. Questions can be directed to 800-824-6561.

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer Set for Dec. 5

Arts Council Menifee Unveils Redesigned Website

Arts Council Menifee has completed a redesign of its website, offering readers a wonderful resource to stay current about arts-related events in the area.

If readers in the greater Menifee area visit the site and type in at least their email address, it will enable ACM to keep readers informed about area performances, art events, book signings, workshops, auditions, etc.

On the website, readers will find:

-- Information about Arts Council Menifee and its various divisions.
-- The current flier with current events.
-- A link to the ACM calendar. Readers can submit items for consideration.
-- Artist of the Month.
-- An easy place to enter contact information.

Check out the Arts Council Menifee website now!

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Rufus

Name: Rufus

Breed: Maine Coon

Age: 4 years

Gender: Male, neutered

Rufus's Story: Rufus is a big, fluffy, friendly cat who appears to be a Maine Coon. Rufus weighs 14.5 pounds and his coat is beautiful gray ticked tabby. He was rescued from being left behind when his owner went into a nursing home. Rufus suffered from entropion of the left eyelid, which is a condition he was born with where his eyelid and eyelashes turned inward, causing discomfort and irritation to his eyeball. Thanks to a generous donation, Rufus was able to have the surgery necessary to correct the condition. He is now once again healthy and happy.

Temperament: Handsome Rufus is Mr. Cool, calm and mellow. He is a wonderful cat and very deserving of a good home.

Adoption Agency: Rescue and Rehome, a small private rescue located in the Quail Valley/ Menifee area and serving Southwest Riverside County. Animals are shown by appointment.

Adoption details: $50 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of neuter, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care. An adoption contract is required. Rescue and Rehome is looking for an owner who is willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to the care of this cat, which is anywhere between 15 and 20 years.

Contact: Email or call (951) 244-3215.

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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3rd Annual Menifee Christmas Dinner to Feed the Community

For the third consecutive year, the Menifee Christmas Dinner program will provide Christmas dinner to families in need, area homeless, and those who simply need a warm place to go on Christmas day. For the next month, dozens of volunteers will help collect, coordinate, plan, and ultimately put together food, gifts, and holiday cheer for hundreds of people.

The outreach was created to teach children the spirit of giving during Christmas and has grown each year in its ability to serve more and more people. Menifee Christmas Dinner provides a hot meal and gifts and activities for children on Christmas day, as well as delivered meals and gifts to local families, and also feeding the homeless.

Last year approximately 50 families received home deliveries and this year they hope to increase that number to 75. On Christmas Day, 100 meals were prepackaged for people to take home, and this year their goal is to double that number to 200. They served just over 300 hot meals on Christmas day, and this year they are aiming to feed at least 350 people.

In feeding the homeless last year, volunteers found there could have been a lot more meals delivered. This year the plan is to collect sleeping bags, both new and used, and create care packages, including toiletries and essentials to give to the homeless along with a hot holiday meal.

Last year’s primary funding came from a very generous donation of almost $3,000 from Texas Roadhouse. This year, Menifee Christmas Dinner is still looking for corporate sponsors and any large donations to help cover the cost of the frozen turkey breasts for the delivered meals.

Food and toy drives will begin this weekend and will continue weekly until Christmas. Food drives will take place every Tuesday through Thursday, starting next week, from 5 to 8 p.m. each night at the Ralph’s at Antelope and Newport as well as at the Albertson’s on Scott Road. The toy drive will start this weekend and will be held every Saturday and Sunday across from the Countryside Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How you can help: Numerous volunteer opportunities, including food and toy drives, delivering meals, serving, setting up and cleaning up. Donations including nonperishable food, prepared hot food, toys, gifts, and monetary contributions.

If you know of a family or individual in need who could benefit from any of these services, or if your own family could use some assistance, please message Menifee Christmas Dinner directly through their Facebook page, or contact the program director, Jimmy Canales, at 951-852-1668 or

Menifee Christmas Dinner
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Marion Ashley Community Center
25625 Briggs Road, Menifee

Church Hosts Ninth Annual Community Christmas Celebration

Beginning Friday, Nov. 30 and running through Sunday, Dec. 2, the Menifee Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will put on its annual Community Christmas Celebration. Program Director Frank Faldmo says, “The goal of this event is to give the community a chance to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, to really kick it off.”

The three-day event includes an impressive Nativity display, live Christmas music, performances by three choirs, refreshments, and a special Family Values recognition ceremony.

The Nativity display consists of approximately 400 different Nativities of varying sizes from all over the community, and even the world. Residents are asked to share their personal Nativity, which results in an enormous collection of set-ups, both big and small, some coming from different countries or family heirlooms, some playful or even exotic, and traditional Nativities too. Be sure not to miss the smallest Nativity, which fits inside of a walnut.

Over the course of the festivities, three choirs, consisting of church members and local residents, will perform traditional Christmas songs. The adult choir has over 70 members and it is truly a treat to hear them serenade. The youth choir is for teens age 12 to 18 and has around 50 members, and the children’s choir has 35 sweetly singing little ones. The program will also include a narration from actors of all ages telling the story of what Christmas is all about.

The Family Values Award will be presented on Saturday night to the Menifee United Church of Christ as well as foster parents Rodney and Wanda White of Lake Elsinore. This award was established to “recognize the honorable efforts of moral, upstanding community leaders who, while not members of the Church, are striving to advance standards and values that are consistent with the Church’s position on the family.”

“We always look forward to the annual Christmas Celebration, but being able to add the Family Values presentations makes the activity even more special. The United Church of Christ is celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to area seniors and families, while the Whites have gone the extra mile in their family-building efforts,” said Lesa Sobek, Menifee Stake director of public affairs.

The weekend has brought in over 2,200 people in the past and is sure to be fun and festive for the entire family. The host chapel is located at 29725 Bradley Road, Menifee, and there is no charge to attend.

Daily schedule:

Friday, Nov. 30- Doors will open at 5 p.m. for viewing the Nativity scenes, followed by a youth choir performance at 6 p.m. and a community choir performance at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1- Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the children’s choir performing at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30, prior to the final community choir performance, local Church leaders will present the Menifee Stake Family Values award.

Sunday, Dec. 2- The weekend event will commence at 5 p.m. with a special Christmas Devotional broadcast by satellite, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at 7 p.m.

"Christmas House" Open to the Public this Weekend

Sherry Durado has been collecting Christmas novelties for as long as she can remember. With over 25 different themed trees placed throughout her Sun City home and thousands of decorations filling it to the brim, Sherry is ready to once again open her home to the public.

“Every year I like to open up my home to help sponsor a different organization,” she explained. “This year I am helping the Sun City Concern, who I also helped last year.”

Sherry began decorating her home, with the help of several Paloma Valley High School students, the week before Halloween.

On December 1, 2, and 8 from 11-2:30 pm, anyone is welcome to come and check out Sherry’s well decorated home. Visitors are asked to make a donation of $5 to the Sun City Concern.

The Christmas House is located at 28653 Carmel Drive in Sun City.

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect to see at the Christmas House:

Crazy Rebels, Locally Owned Dog Boutique, Opens in Menifee

While it may not be a brick and mortar store, the recently launched Crazy Rebels online dog boutique is owned by two local residents and headquartered right here in Menifee. So who the woof are Crazy Rebels? Well, we’ll tell you.

Born of a love for their own three dogs Crazy Rebels began with a hand drawing of a dog, and then a request for a custom dog portrait, and then another request, and then another. This dog loving duo quickly fell in love with working with other dog obsessed people and, almost over night, started a business based on their canine compassion and named for their own three crazy rebels.

Crazy Rebels draws the most incredibly detailed custom dog portraits for dog owners and animal lovers around the world. Using a photograph provided by the customer, their artist uses his talent to capture the personality and unique characteristics of each dog in hand drawn form, right down to the devious twinkle in the dog’s eye.

While they are based in Menifee, they ship worldwide and seem to be on a mission to draw and outfit every single dog on earth. Their recently launched online dog boutique is open 24/7 and offers carefully crafted, quality, collars, leashes, apparel, prints, and portraits for dog’s and their humans.

Each one of their products is handcrafted in the USA and four-paw approved by their in-house team of canine contributors. Their portraits make very special gifts for dog owners. Visit for crazy cool dog gear.

Crazy Rebels
Website: Crazy Rebels
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MSJC Jazz Ensemble to Perform Works of Count Basie

The Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Jazz Ensemble will pay tribute to the music of legendary bandleader Count Basie Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the college's Menifee campus, located at 28237 La Piedra Road.

Performances will take place in the Menifee Lab Theatre, rooms 207 and 208. Guests are advised to arrive 20-30 minutes early because seating is limited. Admission is $10 ($9 with SGA sticker/card). To make reservations, call 951-639-5790.

The band is made up of students and community members. The program is part of an ongoing concert schedule.

At Christmas, Remember Benefits of Adopting an Older Pet

As animal shelters continue to exceed maximum capacity, it is a wonderful idea to adopt instead of buying from a pet shop when considering adding a pet to your family. Especially around the holidays, when pets become a top wish list want, consider an already established dog versus the time and commitment of a puppy or kitten.

Most people don’t even consider the benefits of adopting an older pet, so here are a few reasons it’s a really good idea.

Puppies and kittens are undeniably cute. But these little bundles of joy need much more attention and supervision than adult animals. Adopting an animal is a lifetime commitment many people don’t always think about when caught up in the moment. There are many wonderful dogs and cats needing rescue, not just the adorable puppies and kittens.

Most adult pets are already housetrained, making them perfect for those who do not have the time to housetrain or the energy level necessary for a younger pet. Older pets are much more calm and mature and therefore make wonderfully peaceful and pleasant companions. Older animals don’t ask for a lot; all they want is a home that provides a good quality of life to live out their remaining years.

Older pets are more convenient and less labor intensive. Older pets have already gone through the destructive phases of adolescence and just want a family to love them. Along with being housetrained, many older pets have already had previous obedience training and may know cues and commands. You can definitely teach an old dog new tricks and, in fact, older dogs have a longer attention span.

With an older pet, you know what you’re getting in terms of size, physical appearance, health, and temperament.

Good nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care are needed at all ages. If you are concerned about the older animal’s health or special needs, you can get a health report from a veterinarian, and many shelter animals come with a health overview.

There are many senior animals that are very deserving of wonderful homes of their own. Older animals appreciate love and attention and quickly learn what’s expected of them to gain and keep that love and attention. By adopting an older pet, you can make a statement about compassion and the value of all life at all ages. You can give that older pet the best years of his life while at the same time bringing a wonderful addition into your family.

Local animal shelters:

Animal Friends of the Valleys

Ramona Human Society

Rescue and Rehome

Sun City K9 Adoptions

Postal Annex in Menifee, For Holiday Packing & Shipping Needs

As the holidays quickly approach, with Black Friday come and gone and shopping now in full swing, having a reliable way to ship all your packages is essential. Family owned Postal Annex in Menifee offers two convenient (and friendly) locations to help ensure your gifts get out on time.

Not only do they offer a whole host of last minute gifts, cards, and things to make you smile, but also a fully stocked shop of every shipping supply you may possibly need. This includes boxes of every size all the way up to 30 X 30 X 30, and custom packing solutions too.

Should you need an even larger size box, Postal Annex can have one specially made and ready for you in only two days. They carry all types of tape, scotch tape for gift-wrapping and heavy-duty packing tape for shipping, decorative mailing supplies, envelopes, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts. If customers prefer not to pack themselves, Postal Annex will gladly professionally pack items.

Some helpful holiday shipping tips from the professional packers at Postal Annex:

1. When shipping items that could potentially break if dropped from a height of five feet, be sure to use plenty of packing material around your items and a big enough box.

2. If the item is valuable, be sure to purchase insurance.

3. When shipping to an apartment, it’s always recommended to get a signature.

Once your package is ready to go, Postal Annex offers ground and express shipping, both domestic and internationally via FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS. The earlier your packages ship the better, but if you must ship last minute, Dec. 22 is the latest recommended date to ensure your items arrive to their destination by Christmas.

They are open seven days a week and are ready to help you have a stress-free shipping season.

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26100 Newport Road
Menifee, CA 92584
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Sat, 9 - 4
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30141 Antelope Road
Menifee, CA 92585
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Menifee Rotary Club in Need of Additional Host Families

Valerie Poot, like many young people, dreamed of leaving home and traveling the world at a young age. Unlike most other 18-year-olds, though, Valerie did just that, as she left her home in Brussels to spend a year as a high school senior in Menifee.

Having already finished her schooling in Belgium, Valerie came to California to get the high school experience “like in the movies.” Knowing early on that she wanted to become a foreign exchange student, Valerie researched several different exchange programs before she found the Rotary Club.

“I have a friend that had gone through Rotary for her exchange, and since the organization is run by volunteers, it seemed as if they really cared for your experience, rather than just wanting your money,” Valerie explained.

Valerie Poot is staying in Menifee with Rotary Club member Paul David, owner of Elevate Fitness, and his wife Christine.
Valerie attends at least one of the weekly Rotary luncheons, held at the Menifee Country Club, each month, and is involved with the partnering Interact Club at Paloma Valley High School. As one of the 32 Rotary Exchange students in Southern California, Valerie has partaken in many meetup events around the area, from surfing to skiing to swimming.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is unique in that, instead of living with one host family for the duration of their stay, visiting students switch households three or four times during their stay. This ensures that the student is exposed to different cultures and lifestyles throughout their visit.

However, as this is the first time the Menifee Rotary Club is sponsoring a student, it is in need of more volunteer host families. Similarly, Rotary International is also willing to send a Menifee student abroad, to help build the program and provide a local student with the opportunity to develop a lifetime of friendships, to learn about a different culture and gain many other rewarding experiences.

If your family or someone you know is interested in becoming a host family for an exchange student, or travelling as an exchange student internationally, please contact Tom Yuzer, Menifee Rotary Club Youth Coordinator, at 951-679-8541.

Arts Council Menifee, Paesani to Present Artwork to Library

Fundraiser Set for Boy Whose Mother Died in Murrieta Fire

Odyssey Arts and Entertainment has scheduled a fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to create a trust and education fund for a 3-year-old boy whose mother died in a fire Oct. 31 in Murrieta.

The boy was rescued from a fire at the Waterstone Apartments on Hancock Avenue in Murrieta. His 23-year-old mother was discovered deceased in the burning building. He was treated for minor injuries and released to relatives.

To participate, one is asked to contribute a minimum of $10 and wear comfortable clothing for a day of Zumba, Hot Hula, Hip Hop and abs classes and much more. Silent auctions, food sales and other vendors will help raise money for the young boy.

For more information, contact Murrieta Police Department Traffic Investigator Jennifer Metoyer at 951-461‑6375 or or call Odyssey Arts & Entertainment at 951-239-5254 or

MSJC Hosts Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive

.The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Mt. San Jacinto College is collecting food and holiday gifts for MSJC students and employees with families that need a little extra support this holiday season.

In addition, the group is collecting coats for kids to help impoverished children that cannot afford to buy enough warm clothing for themselves. Last year over 50 families benefited from this drive, and the chapter is trying to aid at least this many families again this year as well as the additional children.

MSJC asks the community to do their part for those in need and make this holiday season one to remember. Please see the flyer above for information on how you can donate, or contact the Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at MSJC for more information about the drive.

Semifinal Losses End Standout Seasons for Heritage, Paloma

The high school football seasons for both Heritage High School and Paloma Valley ended with losses in the CIF semifinals Friday night. All in all, however, both the Patriots and Wildcats had impressive seasons.

Heritage, which lost a 13-7 decision to Kaiser, finished the season with an 11-2 record. The Patriots won the Sunbelt League championship.

Kaiser held Heritage running back Jamal Morrow to 47 yards rushing and stopped the Patriots offense twice in the Kaiser end of the field late in the game.

Paloma Valley, which lost a 35-28 heartbreaker to Rancho Verde, made a great comeback late in the season to earn an at-large playoff berth and make it all the way to the semifinals.

The Wildcats cut the deficit to a touchdown late in the game Friday night with a 23-yard TD pass from Brent Boehm to CJ Parker. Paloma Valley got the ball back with 1:16 left, but Boehm was intercepted a few plays later.

Boehm passed for 188 yards. David Solis ran for 191 yards.

Chambers of Commerce Recognize Nov. Students of the Month

Pictured left to right: Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High
School District; Pastor Ted Norton, Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; Sally Myers, Founder; Dorothy Wolons, CEO,
Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Melinda Hernandez, Perris Lake High School; Jamal Lee Morrow, Heritage High
School; Rachel Alice Schlosser, Paloma Valley High School; Alejandro Contreras Urrutia, Perris High School;
Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; Councilman Mark Yarbrough, City of Perris; and Mayor John Denver, City of Menifee.
Each month during the calendar school year, the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce collectively present local high school students with honorary Student of the Month awards. A single student from each school is nominated by their teachers and facility and then recognized at a monthly luncheon held to honor their achievement.

Students are chosen based on character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

November 2012 Students of the Month:

Paloma Valley High School: Rachel Alice Schlosser

Rachel is currently the commanding officer for Paloma’s NJROTC and oversees and leads 175 cadets. According to Master Sergeant Frank Puebla, she is an extremely noble and humble person with an innate ability to listen with empathy.

Rachel shared how thankful she was to receive such an honor. She plans to attend either Georgetown University or George Mason University to study forensic science.

Perris Lake High School: Melinda Hernandez

Principal Dr. Narciso Iglesias describes Melinda as fearless, and her teacher Martha Puente says she is genuine, respectful, and professional. She is avidly involved in ASB and journalism and prepares herself for every task she undertakes.

When she spoke, Melinda credited her father and brother for always supporting her. She shared that there was a time she didn’t believe in herself, but with their help, she has been able to overcome self-doubt and worked very hard to reach this point of recognition. She plans to attend the Art Institute to study photography and fashion.

Heritage High School: Jamal Lee Morrow

Principal Julie Zierold describes Jamal as a hard-working individual who demonstrates continued competence and humility despite his success. As Heritage’s football captain, he has already received a full-ride scholarship to Washington State University. His assistant football coach, Scott Moore, assured whatever path Jamal, pursues he will succeed.

He plans to study kiniesiology and communications at Washington State, and will continue to be involved with the Spread the Word Foundation, which helps kids who are dealing with cancer.

Perris High School: Alejandro Contreras Urrutia

Principal Dr. Lynne Sheffield shared that Alejandro was actually nominated by a number of teachers because of his involvement in so many activities. As active as he is in clubs, activities, and sports, he has also maintained an impressive 4.33 GPA while taking Advanced Placement classes.

He is currently tied for the top spot at Perris High School. He plans go attend a UC school to study mechanical and electrical engineering.

All of these students absolutely shine and their community, facility, and proud families commend them for the excellence. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, contact founder Sally Myers at 951-506-8024.

Paloma Valley, Heritage Both Home in CIF Semifinal Games

The Paloma Valley and Heritage High School football teams are both home tonight in the CIF Southern Section playoffs -- just one step away from a rematch in the championship game.

Paloma Valley plays host to Rancho Verde in one Central Division semifinal tonight at 7, while Heritage is at home against Kaiser High in the other semifinal. The winners advance to the championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Heritage, the Sunbelt League champion, is 11-1 overall after defeating Arlington 35-7 last week. The Patriots face a Kaiser team that is also 11-1, having defeated Temescal Canyon last week, 14-10.

Running back Jamal Morrow leads the Heritage offense. He has rushed for 2,049 yards and 16 touchdowns, despite being slowed by a knee injury in recent weeks. He returned strong in the second half last week against Arlington and should be a focal point of the team's attack tonight.

Quarterback Mat Bradshaw has passed for 670 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Paloma Valley, which started the season 5-0, is 9-3 overall after scoring a 56-14 victory over Colony last week. The Wildcats' opponent, Rancho Verde, also is 9-3 after holding on to beat Elsinore 42-40 last week.

Paloma Valley's leading rusher is David Solis, who has rushed for 1,635 yards and 22 touchdowns. Quarterback Brent Boehm has passed for 2,150 yards and 21 TDs.

If both Menifee teams win tonight, they will meet in an all-city championship game that will be a rematch of an Oct. 19 game played at Heritage. The Patriots won that game, 24-13.

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pets of the Week: Charlie & Fuzzy

Name: Charlie

Breed: Miniature Poodle

Age: 16 months

Gender: Male, neutered

Charlie's Temperament: Charlie is a happy and likeable young dog who just loves people. He gets along well with cats and other dogs. He is playful, affectionate, and eager to please. As a young pup, he is energetic and loves to go for walks. This cute little guy is house trained and crated trained.

Health and care: Charlie weighs only 10 pounds, has been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped. Poodles do not shed but still need to be combed and brushed a few times a week and clipped, scissored and shaped every 4-6 weeks. Charlie is a great little companion dog.

Adoption Agency: Rescue and Rehome, a small private rescue located in the Quail Valley/ Menifee area and serving Southwest Riverside County. Animals are shown by appointment.

Adoption Details: $200 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of neuter, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care. An adoption contract is required. Local adoptions only; within a 50 mile radius of Quail Valley/Menifee in Southwest Riverside County because we deliver animal to its new home.

Contact: Email or call (951) 244-3215.

Name: Fuzzy

Breed: Domestic Long Hair

Age: 8 years

Gender: Male, neutered

Fuzzy's Story: Fuzzy is one of the many wonderful adult cats that find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. The harsh reality is that it is extremely difficult to find homes for adult and older pets and many never find another home. They are overlooked because most people want a kitten or a puppy. Fuzzy and older animals do not ask for a lot. All they want is a home that provides a good quality of life to live out their remaining years.

Temperament and health: Fuzzy has already had a health exam and is quite healthy. He has also recently had his teeth cleaned, is neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. He has a great personality and is really a delightful cat.

Adoption Agency: Rescue and Rehome, a small private rescue located in the Quail Valley/ Menifee area and serving Southwest Riverside County. Animals are shown by appointment.

Adoption details: $40 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of spay, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care. An adoption contract is required. Rescue and Rehome is looking for an owner who is willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to the care of this cat, which is anywhere between 15 and 20 years.

Contact: Email or call (951) 244-3215.

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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Black Friday Retail Hours in Menifee

It seems the much anticipated Black Friday starts earlier and earlier every year. In fact, for one mega retailer, Black Friday doesn't even start on Friday but rather on Thanksgiving Day.

For those of you ready to hit the sales, here's a helpful guide to planning your spending hour by hour. We'd recommend starting with a caffeinated beverage before jumping in to buy-one-get-ones and 70 percent off madness.

Starbucks in Countryside Marketplace will stay open until midnight Thursday night and will reopen several hours later at 4 a.m.

Target takes the head start, opening at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Other opening hours:

Friday, Nov. 23 at 12 a.m. to Saturday, Nov. 24 at 12 a.m.

Best Buy
Friday, 12 a.m.

Friday, 5 a.m.

TJ Maxx
Friday, 6 a.m.

Famous Footwear

Thursday at 11:30 p.m to 3 a.m, and will then open again on Friday, 7 a.m.

Game Stop
Friday, 12 a.m.

Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday, 7 a.m.

Old Navy
Friday, 12 a.m to 11 p.m.

Friday, 12 a.m.

Sports Chalet

Friday, 7 a.m.

Boomerang Boutique
Friday, 9 .m.

Happy shopping!

Winners of Menifee 24/7 'Be Informed' Contest Announced

"Be Informed Menifee" winners, left to right: Amber Deakins, Linda Morrison, Carol Dovel.
Three Menifee 24/7 readers who subscribed to our free email daily subscription service were selected randomly this week to receive a prize package including valuable gifts from local businesses.

They were among the many readers who have signed up to receive daily emails highlighting Menifee 24/7's content. Any visitor to our web site may sign up for this email service by clicking on the "subscribe" button at the top right of the home page.

Winners of the "Be Informed Menifee" contest are Menifee residents Amber Deakins, Linda Morrison and Carol Dovel.

Deakins moved here with her young family a little less than two years ago. She said she likes the exposure Menifee 24/7 gives to the local community.

"My mother has lived here about 10 years," she said. "She was always telling me there's this website that tells you what's going on in the community. She's always forwarding the daily emails to me. Finally, I signed up myself. It's a great news source."

Morrison is a local artist whose works often are displayed by Arts Council Menifee. She has lived in the area for seven years and views Menifee 24/7 daily, both through the email and on Facebook.

Dovel, a 13-year Menifee resident, says she likes the website because "there's no newspaper here. I see things here that I can't find anywhere else."

Each winner received a prize package including:

$20 gift card to Provecho! Grill
$10 gift card to Boomerang Boutique
$25 gift card to The Beer Hunter
$50 gift card for a deep clean from Oasis Maids
$30 gift card for printing from Brian plus Amanda Photography
$25 gift card from Baby Bound 3D Ultrasound
Brunch for two from Menifee Lakes Country Club
Free one-hour Massage from Massage Envy
Two weeks free classes and a fitness and nutrition evaluation from Elevate Fitness Studio
Three months of a free mail box from Postal Annex

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all our readers who participated in the contest!

Menifee's Isabel Donadio Wins Miss Teen California Latina Title

Isabel Donadio, a 17-year-old student from Paloma Valley High School and Teen Miss City of Menifee, won the title of Miss Teen California Latina in a ceremony Nov. 18 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Pasadena hosted The Miss and Teen California Latina pageant for women of Latin descent. Fifty young women competed. The weekend-long event started with the annual Purple Carpet kick-off on Friday, Nov. 16 and continued with the Latin Connection Expo event, which featured the preliminary competitions on Saturday and ultimately the crowning of Isabel Donadio as Miss Teen California Latina 2012.

The teen pageant itself is affiliated with the Miss Latina US pageant and calls itself "A
celebration of beauty, style and cultural appreciation, emphasizing the opportunity for personal development while serving the community." Young women of Latin heritage between the ages of 13-27 competed from all areas of California in a series of competition, including personal interview, evening gown, swimwear and fashion wear.

On Saturday, the competition was narrowed down from 19 contestants to eight, then on Sunday, the final judged event narrowed the group to four girls. They were asked an impromptu question about a current issue facing the community, which was "bullying". All four girls had to think on their feet, and each came up with an excellent answer to some rather difficult queries.

Isabel's response was, "Being personally bullied myself by my peers at a young age affected
me, but I worked through it by turning it into a positive and talking to other teens."

"Being crowned Miss Teen California Latina 2012 this weekend has become one of the biggest
accomplishments of my entire life," she said. "I cannot say that I was alone on this journey, as my family, friends and my community of Menifee have been right there by my side since the beginning. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been a huge support! My reign begins today as I represent the state of California to the best of my ability as a confident Latina ready to undertake anything."

While she will enjoy this experience, she hopes to instill values which come from volunteering with her local organizations, such as The Arts Council of Menifee, Menifee Rotary Club, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Community Cupboard, Women Aginst Child Trafficking, and the Lion's Club.

The following organizations and people provided support and sponsorship in helping Isabel achieve the Miss Teen California Latina Title: Arts Council Menifee, Menifee Rotary Club, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Media Consultant Frank Tiscareno, Menifee City Mayor John Denver and wife Linda Denver, Zarka Cigar Lounge, City Bagel & Bakery, Bob and Mona Davies, John and Lucy Walund and Jerry and Gloria Evans.

Second Left Turn Lane on Westbound Newport Road Opens

Looking east on Newport Road, one can see the extension of the second left-turn lane from Newport to southbound Haun Road, leading westbound vehicles toward the Countryside Marketplace.
Construction crews opened an extended second left turn lane from westbound Newport Road toward southbound Haun Road Tuesday. The move is designed to relieve some of the congestion on Newport in time for the Black Friday shopping rush at Countryside Marketplace.

Final street surfacing will take place after the holiday weekend, but the lane is now open.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner Hosted By God's Helping Hand Ministries

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Bill Rawlings Leaves as Menifee City Manager; City Council Names Staff Member Rob Johnson Interim Replacement

The first change in Menifee city government since the Nov. 6 election was made Tuesday night -- a full two weeks before two new city council members are sworn in.

Coming out of a city council closed session lasting more than an hour, city officials announced a separation agreement under which Bill Rawlings will leave his position of city manager. Rawlings' official departure date is Nov. 30, but he was not at Tuesday night's meeting and his interim replacement has already been named.

Rob Johnson, currently serving as the city's senior manager of community improvement and outreach, was appointed by a 5-0 council vote as acting city manager, effective immediately. Johnson's future in that role will be determined by the new city council, which will be formed Dec. 4, when newly elected Mayor Scott Mann and new council member Greg August join returning council members John Denver, Tom Fuhrman and Wallace Edgerton.

Denver, the outgoing mayor, would not comment about the specifics of Rawlings' departure. Council and city staff members face a fine of $2,000 for violation of a non-disparagement agreement reached between the parties.

Although neither Denver nor Johnson would comment on whether Rawlings resigned or was fired, Denver did say Rawlings initiated the process.

In the past, three of the five city council members -- Denver, Darcy Kuenzi and Sue Kristjansson -- have been vocal in their support of Rawlings and the direction the city was taking. Even so, the council's 4-0 vote to approve the separation agreement -- with Kuenzi abstaining -- was a clear indication of the council's decision to support, in the wording of the city press release, a decision "mutually agreed is in the best interest of Mr. Rawlings and the city."

Johnson said he has not spoken to Rawlings since the decision was reached and would not speculate on Rawlings' reasons for wanting to leave.

"I love this community and I'm here to serve it," said Johnson, 43. "I'm committed to doing the best I can. I'm acting city manager beginning tomorrow, and the main goal is to keep communication with the public open."

According to the separation agreement, Rawlings will receive a severance payment of $183,667 -- the equivalent of 11 months' salary -- plus a merit payment of $9,500 representing a "satisfactory performance evaluation." He will also receive full-time employment and health benefits for up to six months and is eligible to apply for unemployment.

Rawlings had served as city manager since January of 2011. Previously, he was director of housing and redevelopment for the City of Vista. Johnson, 43, has been with the City of Menifee since September 2009. Prior to that, he worked for the cities of Corona, Murrieta and Oceanside.

Statue, Plaque Reported Stolen From Menifee Mortuary

Staff members at the Miller Jones Mortuary in Menifee discovered Monday morning that a life-sized bronze statue had been stolen from the front of the building. According to a Riverside County Sheriff's report, employees believe the theft occurred on Sunday evening.

The statue is a life-sized depiction of a child climbing a tree to touch a bird. Additionally, a large bronze plaque was stolen from the location at 26770 Murrieta Road.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding the theft is encouraged to call Investigator Guy Gilbert with the Riverside Sheriff's Department/Perris Station at 951-210-1000.

Boomerang Boutique: Your One Stop Shop For Black Friday

Boomerang Boutique in Menifee is not only conveniently located in the Antelope Shopping Center, but is also stocked with gifts, new and gently used, for everyone on your list, making it the perfect one-stop-shop for Black Friday.

They will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Black Friday, with early bird specials and deals from 9 a.m. until noon. They even offer a layaway plan, allowing to come in and shop and without spending your whole holiday budget.

Why go to the overcrowded mall to fight parking and too many people, when you can simply make one stop at Boomerang Boutique? Boomerang caters to everyone, every style, every budget with their wide range of high-end brands, designer name purses, trendy styles, well known names, and even super affordable items as well.

Offering everything from shoes and clothes to accessories and gifts, Boomerang has you got your list covered. With their 60-day consignment plan, they are able to add new stock every day so it's like a new store every time you walk in. Come join the treasure hunt at Boomerang Boutique.

While you're there, be sure to sign up for their mailing list to receive even more saving and coupons by mail. Pick up one of their loyalty cards to start stacking points and earning money off your next purchase.

Boomerang Boutique
30145 Antelope Road, Suite 105
Menifee, CA

(951) 301-3845
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Sun City Concern Receives Grant From So Cal Edison

Southern California Edison recently presented Menifee Sun City Concern a grant for its Outreach and Reassurance Program.

Raymond Hicks, public affairs regional manager for SCE, presented a check for $5,000 to President Carol “Red” Sullivan at the organization's Oct 22 Board Meeting. The Board of Directors were present and included Vice President Sean Buchanan, Secretary Gayle
Lacey, Treasurer Jack Corlett, and Directors at Large Mary Ann Wagner and Bob Mayfield.

Menifee Sun City Concern was established in the Sun City Area of Menifee in 1973 to
provide services which enable frail and disabled seniors to maintain a safe and secure
life style. The programs that are offered are funded by donations and grants. The Concern is a 501c 3 non-profit organization.

The programs offered free of charge are Information and Referral, Outreach, Registry
Desk, Telephone Reassurance Program and the Gatekeeper Programs. The service providers who are registered with The Concern have a background check before they are referred to the clients. These providers do charge for their services at a discount to seniors.

This grant will be applied to the Outreach and Reassurance Programs, which assist the seniors and disabled with services in their daily living. The Outreach Program receives referrals from families, friends, and neighbors concerning frail, at-risk seniors who are having difficulty with their daily living skills. Trained staff members are able to assess their living skills and health issues to be able to assist them.

For more information regarding Menifee Sun City Concern, visit the website or call 951-679-2374. The Concern is now located at
26842 Cherry Hills Blvd (Event Room) and 26814 Cherry Hills Blvd. (Administration

Award-Winning Photos to be Displayed at Menifee Gallery Dec. 1

In connection with Arts Council Menifee, Mom & Pop's Frame Shop and Gallery will display the works of eight award-winning photographers whose nature photos will be on display for the first time ever under one roof.

This event is free and is open to the public. It will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with photographers available to greet guests from 6-8 p.m. Mom & Pop's Frame Shop and Gallery is located at 29800 Bradley Road in Menifee.

See beautiful fine art photography from locations such as Iceland, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, and much more. Also, see one of the biggest photographs ever exhibited in the Inland Empire: One that measures an amazing 5 feet by 9 feet.

Featured photographers include Chai, Greg Duncan, Hernan Godoy, Doug Hartwick, Henry McCourt, Paul Hains, Bodhi Smith and Walter Santos.

Sun City Civic Association Presents 'Christmas With The Core'

Elevate Fitness Celebrates One Year of Serving Local Clients

Clients, employees and friends of Elevate Fitness gathered at the studio in Menifee recently to celebrate the first anniversary of the popular workout facility.

Owner Paul David welcomed guests to the downtown business, where he and staff members help Menifee residents tone their bodies, gaining strength and flexibility. Using simple devices to teach clients resistance training, the staff of Elevate Fitness has helped many people lose weight, improve their health and have a happier outlook on life.

"When I first opened Elevate, it was with the intention to create a place that would not only lift people up physically and emotionally, but also create a strong sense of community," David said. "Tonight was more than just a celebration of our one-year anniversary. To see the smiles on our clients tonight was a testimony of the encouraging and supportive community that's been established here in such a short time.

"Tonight was also an excuse to bring as many of our clients together and thanking these early adopters for their support and for trusting us with their health. I am especially grateful to be surrounded by a team of coaches that love to give, are humble and are dedicated to learning -- three qualities that cannot be taught but are required to create the environment that Elevate provides."

Guests at the anniversary party were treated to a buffet meal, musical entertainment and the opportunity to pose in a photo booth. This celebration was just the beginning of great things to come, David said.

"We're moving quickly to add services that are conducive to helping our clients further, from being the first facility in the area to offer Ultrasound Body fat testing, providing monthly seminars, launching a variety of group based classes to a Kids Club, where kids are treated like our own. ...and lots more to come," David said.

Elevate Fitness
29683 New Hub Drive
Suite D
Menifee, CA 92586
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Big Sky Neighborhood Coming Soon to Audie Murphy Ranch in Menifee

Big Sky, a brand new Brookfield Homes neighborhood will soon make its debut in the naturally majestic master-planned community of Audie Murphy Ranch in the ‘new Menifee.’ When Big Sky is unveiled, it will introduce the largest single-family detached homes currently for sale at Audie Murphy Ranch within an elevated community setting against a backdrop of century-old rock formations and distant panoramas of the San Bernardino Mountains, open space and the valley. Homebuyers who want to get connected as soon as possible are encouraged to visit to place their name on the growing interest registry to receive timely and exciting updates for Big Sky at Audie Murphy Ranch.

“Big Sky is a very special Brookfield Homes neighborhood, one that has been thoughtfully planned exclusively for buyers at Audie Murphy Ranch — it will be the only collection of its kind,” said Rocky Tracy, Vice President of Sales for Brookfield Homes. “We understand the importance of finding a home that perfectly fits one’s life and Big Sky was designed to offer homebuyers functional, beautiful interior spaces coupled with large lots that are generously sized for outdoor dining and entertaining with family and friends. The neighborhood’s architectural flexibility and its numerous customizing options will also present homeowners with the freedom to change their home as their life and styles evolve over time. Buyers who want to enjoy the benefits of a contemporary floorplan and experience a more personal connection to nature will have the opportunity to enjoy a new home in a magnificent, rural community environment, and we anticipate an enthusiastic response as Big Sky evolves in the months ahead.”

Big Sky’s one- and two-story floorplans will range from approximately 2,790 to 3,800 square feet, with 4 to 5 bedrooms and three- and four–car garages. The optional first floor living suite that is located within the house yet separated from the main living areas with a private side entrance and an optional mini-kitchenette will showcase an architectural highlight for buyers with college-age children or older relatives residing at home who want an exclusive living area of their own. Other smart spaces will include super dining rooms, super laundry rooms, outdoor rooms and abundant storage for toys, tools and sports equipment. Prices are anticipated to start from the low $300,000s.

Homebuyers who value a convenient location will appreciate Big Sky’s desirable Audie Murphy Ranch setting near the I-15 and I-215 freeways. Residents will have easy access to employment opportunities in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, while the Menifee Countryside Market and Menifee Town Center are nearby for shopping and running errands.

Audie Murphy Ranch is a new master-planned community set amidst 1,100 rolling acres of homes, parks and timeless beauty. Surrounded by magnificent trees and century-old rock formations, rugged silhouettes of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains provide a majestic backdrop to this special destination. Under development by Brookfield Residential, the master plan community provides a variety of new home neighborhoods for classic family living. Bordering an ecological preserve, Salt Creek is within the center of Audie Murphy Ranch, while miles of meandering trails and paseos link residents to community amenities. Three planned public parks including an 11-acre, future sports park will provide an abundant of recreational opportunities, including a baseball and soccer field, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic areas. There’s even a skateboard park and proposed dog park for the family pet. The private recreational center will be the centerpiece of community fun. Once completed, residents will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, children’s pool, barbecues, picnic areas, playgrounds and a 3,500 square foot recreation building for special events. Students of all ages have access to a great education under the Menifee Union School District and Perris Union High School District, as well as charter school opportunities. The community’s location near the I-15 and I-215 freeways offers convenient access to business and leisure from San Diego to San Bernardino. For more details, please visit

Brookfield Homes, a member of Brookfield Residential, is committed to being more than a homebuilder. We are a premier lifestyle provider comprised of a dedicated and knowledgeable team of professionals with the passion and in-depth experience to craft new homes and neighborhoods that speak to the aspirations of homebuyers in every stage of life. Over the years, Brookfield Homes has been consistently acknowledged as a leader in our industry with an exceptional reputation for passion, integrity and community.

Brookfield Residential, publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, is dedicated
to creating great places to live and is a leading North American land and housing company. Active in ten major markets across the United States and Canada, Brookfield draws strength from geographic diversity and affiliation with community development and homebuilding operations across the globe.

Brookfield Homes Los Angeles is independently and locally operated in the Greater
Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino/Riverside counties. Visit the corporate website at

Local LDS Church Presents Annual Christmas Program