Menifee in Pictures: Beginnings of an Apartment Complex


Construction continues on the Encanto Apartments, a 180-unit complex being built on Encanto Road just south of McCall Blvd. on the east side of Interstate 215. Completion date has not been announced, but crews are out there every day, laying foundations for the structures.

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Construction Update at The Diamond at Lake Elsinore

 As the Lake Elsinore Storm approaches its 20th season of minor league baseball, the organization is making plans for stadium renovations throughout the ballpark.

The revitalization includes improvements of parking lots, outside landscaping, stadium restrooms, the Diamond Club Restaurant and luxury suites.



“It’s always a priority to enhance the fan experience and maintain one of the finest baseball venues in Minor League Baseball,” said stadium Vice President/General Manager, Bruce Kessman. “With 70 home games, special events, graduations and more, the stadium gets plenty of year-round use. These projects will help refresh The Diamond as we celebrate our 20th season.”

All three paved parking lots adjacent to the ballpark will be seal coated and re-striped. Additionally, landscape improvements are underway. Outside of the stadium, native landscaping with a drip irrigation system improves the look and sustainability, which is a key component in the team’s long-time support of Going Green.



Restrooms throughout the stadium, including the suites and the Diamond Club, will get a facelift with new fixtures and flooring. The Diamond Club Restaurant, open to the public on game days and used throughout the calendar year for special events, will also receive kitchen upgrades.

The press box level luxury suites will undergo renovations including flooring, painting and tile work as well as installing new glass sliding doors that will improve accessibility and viewing.

"The Diamond continues to be one of the most current and influential stadiums in baseball,” said Team President Dave Oster. “We strive to be influential in the green movement and continue to make changes to improve our operation to become more self sustainable. These upgrades will also keep Storm Stadium competitive with most of the top facilities in the game. We want everyone to be proud of this beautiful ballpark we have here in Lake Elsinore."

All renovations at The Diamond are scheduled to be completed by the first week of March.

The Storm home opener is set for Thursday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. For more information, please visit the website at stormbaseball.com.




A New Client’s Experience with Oasis Maids

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Arts Council Menifee Holds Open House, Receives Grant

Raymond Hicks of Southern California Edison presents a check for $2,000 to Bill Zimmerman, vice president, and Peter Thorwarth, president of Arts Council Menifee.
Arts Council Menifee held its quarterly Open House event at the Kay Ceniceros Center in Menifee last Sunday. The event included a reception to showcase the works by local artists that are on display at the Center. Guests were also treated to poetry, book signings, and live musical and dance by local performers.

Edie Schmoll recites a poem during the Arts Council Menifee
open house.
Several paintings and books were sold. Paul Burleson sang and Edie Schmoll read several of her award-winning poems. Menifee dance students from Peace Love and Dance Studio entertained the crowd. Community members were introduced to original dancing by the girls, choreographed by Ryan Pasqualetto. They had had never before performed before an audience.

Arts Council Menifee extends its sincere thanks to Raymond Hicks, Southern California Edison Region Manager-Public Affairs for the Menifee area, for the generous grant provided to Arts Council Menifee. Support from SCE and others help the organization provide opportunities for local artists of all ages and types to showcase their talents.

Upcoming events sponsored by Arts Council Menifee include "Menifee's Got Talent," to be held April 5-7, and the "Artist Showcase," to be held May 18 at Countryside Marketplace. Please visit artscouncilmenifee.org for more information on these and other activities by the group.







Video Expert Sandra Robinson to Guest on Local Radio Show

Video expert Sandra Robinson will be on the air with Dewey and Denis this Saturday at 8 a.m. on the "Saturday Morning CEO" radio show, hosted by business executive and entrepreneur Denis Nurmela of Menifee.

You've seen her on Another World, Sunset Beach, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds, Secret Life of an American Teenager and TV movies, and as a TV host and product spokesperson.

Robinson has been coaching entertainment reporters and television hosts, and she founded Charisma on Camera to expand her clientele to professionals in any field. Her current clients include authors, life coaches, and experts in their fields who want to find their star qualities, confidence, and comfort level to establish themselves as an expert guest, successful speaker or host their own show.

Learn how Video can help you grow your business -- right when the audio-only radio station has added video technology to its broadcasts. Watch or listen live on www.SMRadio.org.

Visit Sandra's Website: http://charismaoncamera.com/




Mom & Pop's Frame Shop Gallery Hosts Bodhi Smith


Mom & Pop's Frame Shop will host an art gallery featuring local photographer Bodhi Smith this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m. in Menifee.

Smith, a Temecula-based fine art photographer, produces beautiful artwork of colorful scenery in both large and medium format, printed on both metal and acrylic. Smith will showcase all of his best impressionist photography at the gallery for the entire month of February. Saturday's event is the artist's reception and opening night for the month-long February show.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and hear the stories behind each of his gallery images. Refreshments will be served. There will be free keepsakes to take home and a free raffle of some of Smith's fine art prints.

All showcased pieces in the gallery will be available for sale (as well as smaller pieces). Smith will be present to put his signature on any purchase or keepsake.

Mom & Pop's Frame Shop and Gallery is located at 29800 Bradley Rd. (Suite 108) in Menifee. For more information, call 951-672-0236.






Crazy Rebels Dog Company Has a Whole Lot of Heart

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Elevate Fitness Studio Spells Success for Tera Perry

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Elevate Fitness Studio is not only a gym, but also a life- changing tool for people; they come to get fit and end up leaving with so much more. This is the case for nearly every personal training client. No matter the goal they set out to accomplish, Elevate trainers will help them get there.

“Attitude is everything!” says the owner and trainer of Elevate Fitness, Paul David. “We notice regardless of obstacles and what might seem like insurmountable goals to achieve, people that stay consistent and follow the program achieve the results they're looking for. Tera is a prime example of consistency and always bringing her best.”

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“Enthusiastically, every morning I ask, How am I going to better the world today? The first step that needed to be done was improving me. I needed assistance and Paul David helped immensely in achieving dreams of improvement that I hadn’t imagined possible.

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Menifee in Pictures: Sometimes, This Bird Isn't Humming




Joe Quinn enjoys sitting on the patio of his home just off the 18th green of the Menifee Lakes Country Club golf course and watching the hummingbirds gather. Yes, hummingbirds -- those quick little creatures whose wings beat up to 80 times per second. As you can see, they do sometimes perch on a branch for a quick rest. Wouldn't you?

It's hard to see the long, needlenose beak on this colorful fellow, but the photo below -- taken previously by Quinn -- shows that they really do come in for a landing once in a while.



"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.








Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Fundraiser Friday Night

The Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Celebration will take place this Friday night, Feb. 1, at Menifee Lakes Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m.

Everyone will be greeted royally and presented a mask and beads. There will be a dinner, dancing, an array of silent auction items, fun and lots of networking. Two of the dining areas are sold out, but the seating area has been expanded by taking over the bar area with additional tables.

Seating in that area is $26 per person. Space there is limited to 40 people, so those interested in attending should call Robbie Motter, chair of the event, at 951-255-9200 or call the Chamber at 951-672-1991.

The entertainers includes the talented Fleet Easton, who won the Desert Idol competition and who has performed in Las Vegas and all over the Palm Springs area. He has put together a great show of singing, dancing and more.

Robert "Hollywood" Moreno, the group's musical director, also sings and dances and can show guests some great new line dance steps. Hollywood traveled the world with "Up With People," singing and dancing. Her performs many shows across Southern California.

A guest performer will be Florence LaRue, who is coming in from Beverly Hills for the event. LaRue is the lead singer with the 5th Dimension and travels the world with them performing. She recently returned from Canada, where she performed to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 people.

Intelligent, beautiful and talented are words that are frequently used when describing LaRue, the remaining original member of the 5th Dimension. Over the course of her phenomenal career, she has produced 14 gold records, six platinum records, has won six Grammy awards and numerous other awards. She has appeared at several White House performances, Las Vegas and more. Although she continues to tour with the 5th Dimension, she is excited about a new direction her career is taken as a solo artist.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, so your attendance also helps a great cause.

Below is the flyer for the event. Remember, tickets for the bar area are only $26. You will still be able to hear all the entertainment, have a great dinner, dance and experience everything everyone else in the two other rooms will be experiencing. The entertainers do not stay in one place. They will be working the room so you will not miss out on a thing.





Menifee in Pictures: Whose Territory is This, Anyway?


Ted Davis, one of our regular contributors, had a staredown recently with a squirrel. The creature was patient enough to pose for this photo before scurrying away.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.




Police Arrest Menifee Burglary Suspect in Utah

The following is a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department:

During December 2012, the Menifee Police Department's Special Enforcement Team (SET) investigated a series of recent cat burglaries in Menifee. The SET team identified and linked the same suspect to numerous cat burglaries in Lake Elsinore and Temecula. On Dec. 12, 2012, the SET team served a search warrant at a residence in the 23000 block of Lake Drive, in the city of Menifee.

The suspect evaded capture and fled to Utah. The Special Enforcement Team was able to track the suspect to a location in Utah where local authorities took him into custody on Jan. 24, 2013. The suspect is pending extradition to California. The following individual was arrested as a result of the investigation:

Anthony Carl Napoli III, 29 years, from Temecula, for burglary.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Conwell or Deputy Mahoney, at the Perris Police Department by calling 951-210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.






Menifee in Pictures: Gotta Get 18 in Between Storms


Getting that golf game in between rain storms has been a challenge recently, but the folks were still out there the other day at Menifee Lakes Country Club. This shot looks over the putting practice green, past the 18th hole to the scenic lake on the course.

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Menifee in Pictures: The Clouds Just Keep Rolling in


The last two days of rainy weather in the Menifee area has resulted in some dark, angry skies and slick, potentially dangerous roads. Fortunately for Benjamin Adams, this stretch of Domenigoni Parkway was empty as he headed down off the hill heading westward into town Thursday.

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Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Timothea


Name: Timothea

Breed: Saint Bernard

Age: 2 years

Gender: Female, spayed

Timothea's Story: Timothea was dumped in sad condition; starving with fleas, ticks, intestinal worms and raw sores and bald patches from scratching. She had a bath and received needed medical care, including vaccinations and deworming, and is now much happier and healthier. She weighs about 80 pounds and is gaining weight, but her ideal weight should be about 100 pounds, so she's still got some eating to do.

Temperament: Timothea is a mellow, easy going young dog who is very sweet and gentle. She is a nice family dog who gets along well with other dogs and would make a wonderful addition to any home. She is crate trained, microchipped, and spayed.

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 spay, 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 rescueandrehome1@gmail.com or call (951) 244-3215.

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Menifee Chamber of Commerce Students of the Month Jan.

Pictured left to right are January’s Students of the Month; Sally Myers, Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Jerynne Noble, Heritage High School; Dominic Hays, Perris High School; Abigail Beck, Paloma Valley High School; Julie Woodruff, City of Menifee; and Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris. Not pictured, Raenalene Musni from The California Military Institute.

2013 starts off with another list of truly inspirational students of the month for January, recognized and honored by the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Teachers and staff from each surrounding high school respectively nominate a student based on their consistently exemplary display of character, integrity, love of learning, community service, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, and the difference they make on their campus.

Heritage High School: Jerynne Noble

Band Director, Dwught Asberry, pronounces Jerynne the “sunshine of the band unit.” Heritage High School Principal, Lynn Menius, describes her as organized, positive, and very effective in her school life. Jerynne shared how she has learned not to be so stressed but to instead be grateful for what she had been given and to maximize opportunities that present themselves.

Jerynne has applied to UC San Diego, UC Berkley, Stanford, and John Hopkins University with plans to major in biomedical engineering.

California Military Institute: Raenalene Musni

Principal, Rick Wallis, describes Raenalene as a model example for a recruitment poster. She is the battalion commander for all of CMI’s high school cadets and even earned the privilege to participate in the color guard for Governor Jerry Brown’s inauguration last year. As a commander and ASB president, she displays a heightened level of thoughtfulness for those around her.

Raenalene aims to inspire others to become strong leaders, and plans to attend UCLA to study international business relations.

Perris High School: Dominic Hays

Perris High School Principal, Dr. Lynne Sheffield, depicts Dominic as a smart leader. He is currently captain of the Perris High School Drumline and plays drums in the worship team at his church. He shared his appreciation for the discipline he obtained at CMI, prior to attending Perris High.

Dominic plans to attend USC and play in the Trojan Marching Band while studying music to play professionally. He hopes to be able to teach other students the art of playing while he’s at it.

Paloma Valley High School: Abigail Beck

According to Principal, Brian Morris, Abigail is the go-to person for various campus issues and at times holds herself as a mature colleague more so than a student. She is both calm, mature, and a natural leader. She shared that as ASB president she has learned a lot about working with different people and outlooks.

Abigail has to attend either Cal Poly Pomona or San Luis Obispo and is deciding between an aeronautical engineering or kinesiology major.

All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder, Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.




Arts Council Menifee Open House Set for This Sunday

Arts Council Menifee invites guests to enjoy singers, see dancers, hear poetry, meet authors and more this Sunday, Jan. 27, during an open house at Kay Ceniceros Center (Newport Road and Evans Road).

Gaze on three rooms of paintings and artistic photography by talented local artists. Mingle with some of the many talented people in this area. Learn what ACM does and look into getting involved.

Free light refreshments will be served. The event will last from 1-3 p.m.

Visit Arts Council Menifee's website at artscouncilmenifee.org to learn more about this non-profit group of volunteers. Sign up there to learn of future arts-related events in the Greater Menifee area.




Needlecraft Club to Make Presentation at Sun City Library


The Sun City Needlecraft Club will be the featured artist group at the Sun City Library on Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3:30 p.m. The event is free to the public.

On display will be heritage keepsake items such as loom-woven Scandinavian tablecloths and runners; rare traditional Naversom doilies; llama and alpaca Bolivian weavings; crocheted and tatted doilies; classic designs in plastic canvas; plus crewel and needlepoint pictures, pillows and tea cozies.

Also on display will be modern-day afghans, Nicole Farrell’s Tell-Me Dolls, and today’s trendy scarves, shawls, hats and beanies. These last items will also be available for purchase.

Members of the Needlecraft Club are pleased to have been able to make donations to a number of local nonprofits:

-- Women Against Child Trafficking, which provides shelter and other services to child victims.

-- The SAFE (Safe Alternatives for Everyone) program, aiding children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and violence.

-- Blankets for Brianna, which provides handmade blankets, gowns, caps and booties for stillborn and NICU babies.

-- The veterans at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Medical Center.

-- Power of Pink breast cancer patient support program.

-- The Alternatives to Domestic Violence women’s shelter.

Guests are invited to come by and say hello, ask how-to questions, and consider signing up for the library’s monthly knit and crochet classes. And yes, the ladies will be happy to accept your leftover yarns to use for their future donations.

Sun City Library is located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. in the Sun City section of Menifee.




Menifee in Pictures: Down by the Old Fishin' Hole


In keeping with the rural theme of Menifee, the pond and patio area between Starbucks and Chipotle in the Countryside Marketplace has the feel of a country fishing hole. It's a relaxing place for folks to sit, share a meal and enjoy the atmosphere.


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Check Out the Latest News, Opinions in Our Columns Section

Don't forget that Menifee 24/7 has other sections besides this main news feed on our blog site. They are listed on the top bar of this home page. Check them daily for updates.

Today in our columns section, you can read Michelle Walsh's latest "Menifee Mom" column, one of our most popular new features. That section also includes Editor Doug Spoon's tribute to two departed leaders of the community, Carmelita Rood and Tom Carpenter, and Bill Rhoads' latest "tips on life."

Special note: We are looking for a male, approximately between the ages of 25 and 50, to write a weekly column for us. The working theme is "a man's adventures in Menifee." We'd like to have a man's perspective on the recreational opportunities here -- hiking, horseback riding, off-roading, fishing, maybe just working on your car. In short, what would you like to brag to the other guys about or what secrets about our scenic area would you like to let them in on?

If you're interested in applying for this position, email doug.spoon@gmail.com and tell us why you're a good fit for the job. Include some writing samples if possible.

Thanks, and enjoy the columns section along with the rest of our website.




Marquez to Guest on "Saturday Morning CEO" Radio Show

Dr. Linda Marquez will be the featured guest this Saturday, Jan. 26, on the "Saturday Morning CEO" radio show, hosted by business executive and entrepreneur Denis Nurmela of Menifee.

Marquez is an author, speaker, wellness educator, nutritionist, fitness trainer, and a chiropractic doctor. What a wealth of knowledge all wrapped up in a single guest expert!

Each week on the radio show, business owners and executives are interviewed about how they are creating growth in their business and creating a balance with their personal life. The show is open to callers who have questions about starting/growing a business or how to balance personal and work life.

If you have a question for the show, you can call 747-777-6236 at any time and leave a message with your question. Questions will be chosen based on show topics and time. During live broadcast times, calls will be forwarded directly to the studio lines.

If you would like to be considered as a guest on the show, please add plus.google.com/105180939688719292080/ to your Google+ circles and email or message office@saturdaymorningceo.com to let Nurmela know that you would like to be considered as a guest caller for the show.

"Saturday Morning CEO" airs from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays on AM 1620 locally, via satellite in parts of the world and live on www.SMRadio.org. You can also watch live on www.YouTube.com/saturdaymorningceo.




Menifee in Pictures: Santa Rosa Academy Takes Shape


The framework for classrooms is going up at the new site of Santa Rosa Academy, a K-12 school in Menifee. The school is scheduled to move onto its new 24-acre site on the west side of Haun Road, across from Countryside Marketplace, by the start of next school year.

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Menifee Man Dies in Hiking Accident in Temecula Preserve

The following is a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department regarding the death Monday of a Menifee man in a hiking accident:


On Monday Jan. 21, 2013 at 3:36 p.m., officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to the area of Camino Potro and Camino Estribo near the Ecological Preserve area within the City of Temecula, on a report of a hiking accident. The reporting party stated that five adult male hikers had entered the area and traveled along the creek. During the hike, his friend had been killed by a falling boulder.

Temecula officers responded to the area and contacted four hikers at the entrance to the Ecological Preserve. One of the hikers led Cal Fire Personnel and the officers into the canyon, and after 30 minutes of hiking, they located the victim. The victim was identified as Nicholas Lovato, 23 years of age, from Menifee.

The investigation revealed the five hikers had entered the Ecological Preserve and hiked along the creek until they became fatigued and decided to rest next to a body of water. A few of the hikers began to climb a 200-foot, sheer-faced rock cliff adjacent to the body of water.

Three of the hikers were seated on a large rock outcropping approximately 30 feet above the body of water when they heard the rock begin to crack. The rock gave way, sending the victim to the ground below. The boulder broke free and subsequently fell and struck the victim. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Due to the remote location and treacherous terrain, the Riverside County Sheriff's Aviation Bureau and the Coroner's Bureau utilized a Sheriff's helicopter in order to recover the victim's remains.

No rescue personnel were injured during the incident.




Denver, Edgerton Appointed to City Manager Search Committee

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann (far left) and other city council members honor former Planning Commissioners Bill Zimmerman and Chad Warren (second and third from left) Tuesday night.
Menifee City Council members John Denver and Wallace Edgerton were appointed by Mayor Scott Mann Tuesday to an ad hoc committee to search for a new city manager.

Rob Johnson, a senior manager on the city staff, has served as interim city manager since Bill Rawlings left the position in November. Rawlings, who had years of city government experience but had not previously been a city manager, parted ways with the city after the Nov. 6 elections changed the makeup of the council.

In appointing Denver and Edgerton to the search committee, Mann said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that a priority of the committee should be to seek candidates who had served as city manager before.

Other criteria listed by Mann as guidelines for the search committee:

-- Seek candidates who understand the meaning of "speaking the truth to leadership. We do not need a city manager who is afraid to tell the council no."

-- Seek candidates who can implement the strategic vision of the council.

-- Seek candidates who can position Menifee for economic recovery.

-- Seek candidates who understand the concept of succession planning and who believe in staff development to build that succession plan.

"For our last city manager search, which I was a part of at the beginning, we contracted with a search firm, paid a consulting fee, weeded out over 70 applications, concucted interviews and the council made a selection," Mann said in making his announcement. "This time, we would like a more narrow, targeted focus. In other words, we would like to search out candidates whom we would like to consider and then potentially interview."

In other matters at Tuesday night's meeting:

-- Jonathan Smith was introduced as the new assistant director of public works and engineering.

-- Johnson announced that a previously discussed city workshop on the subject of biosolids (sludge) in Menifee would be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

-- Mann read a city proclamation honoring the community service of Carmelita Rood, a longtime Menifee resident who died Tuesday morning at age 85.

-- Chad Warren and Bill Zimmerman, who recently completed their terms as members of the Planning Commission, were given certificates of appreciation.

-- Also receiving certificates of appreciation were the members of the Menifee Trails Committee: Marty Rosen, Rick Croy, Lynn Mattocks, Bill Gould and Melodee Waldman

Mayor Scott Mann and council members honor Menifee Trails Committee members (from left) Rick Croy, Bill Gould, Lynn Mattocks, Melodee Waldman and Marty Rosen.






Longtime Menifee Resident Carmelita Rood Dies at Age 85

Update at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23: Services for Carmelita Rood will take place Monday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 27931 Murrieta Road in Menifee. Viewing will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 with a rosary at 6 p.m. that day at Miller Jones Mortuary, 26770 Murrieta Road.

Friends, community service colleagues and admirers paid tribute to Carmelita Rood, one of the most involved and well-liked people in Menifee, following news of her death Tuesday morning at age 85.

Carmelita spent nearly 35 years in community service here since she moved to Sun City with her late husband in 1978. She was a past president of the Sun City Chamber of Commerce; was a longtime member of the Sun City Woman's Club, Soroptomist International and Kiwanis Club; was a member of the National Association for Female Executives; was an active member of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church; and participated in many other community activities.

In recent years, she was most known for her presence at every Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce event, serving as official photographer and greeter of virtually every guest.

Carmelita, who had battled cancer the last few months, slipped into a coma a few days ago and passed away about 10 a.m. Tuesday at Country Villa Murrieta Health Center, where a constant stream of visitors had surrounded her beside. She received a special achievement award from the Chamber of Commerce last Thursday and was due to be honored by the Menifee City Council with a special proclamation Tuesday night.

"Carmelita is now in heaven looking down at all of us and watching out for us all," wrote Robbie Motter, one of her closest friends, in a Facebook tribute on Tuesday. "This was one beautiful woman who for 30+ years served her community and was a total friend to many.

"Even though she was sick and dying, she taped me a message from her hospital bed just 20 days ago which was beautiful and one I will always cherish. Her room every day was packed with friends as everyone loved this woman."

Dorothy Wolons, CEO of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, worked closely with Carmelita at Chamber functions and was another close friend. She said Carmelita told her both her parents died at age 86 and she wanted to make it that long as well. She died six days short of her 86th birthday.

"She was my right hand and my left hand," Wolons said. "She was a voice of concern, of direction in the community.

"When when she laid in her hospital bed, she was more concerned with how everyone else was doing. Robbie and I were in awe. She kept telling us, "Take care of yourself.

"She was a landmark person -- an icon -- in this town."

Mike Castillejos, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, recalled Carmelita's outgoing nature and commitment to making every visitor to a public event feel welcome.

"At the mixers, she wouldn't let anybody stand alone," he said. "She was a friend to everyone."




Menifee, Lake Elsinore Join to Celebrate Holland Road Project

Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee (third from left) and Menifee Mayor Scott Mann join other city officials in the ribbon cutting for the newly paved Holland Road Tuesday.
City officials from Menifee and Lake Elsinore gathered Tuesday afternoon at the side of a rural road that has become somewhat of a famous spot in recent months.

Joined by several other dignitaries, Menifee Mayor Scott Mann and Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially announce the opening of a freshly paved stretch of Holland Road on the border of both cities.

The narrow, hilly section of Holland Road between Murrieta Road to the east and the new Herk Bouris Elementary School on the west was a bumpy dirt roadway until just over a week ago, when crews from developer Pardee Homes paved the road just in time for the re-opening of the school after the holidays.

Tuesday's ceremony signaled a major accomplishment in an issue that involved two city governments, parents who complained about a difficult driving route to the school, and complex legal issues involving local land owners.

"This is a good example of the results you can have when city governments work in partnership," Magee told a small crowd gathered at the site. "This was a potential problem (Menifee City Councilman) Tom Fuhrman foresaw years ago, and with the opening of the new school, it came to pass. Something had to be done, and this is a testament to good neighbor politics and the work of Pardee Homes."

Fuhrman, whose Wooden Nickel Ranch property includes a small section of the road, had warned since last summer of the dangers of leaving the road as is when traffic increased during the school year. The narrow width of the road and lack of pedestrian access remains a problem, but for now, the improvements have been well received.

"This is a big step, but it's just a temporary fix," Mann said. "There are steps in place to move forward and put in curbs and gutters ... This is a good example of what happens when city staffs work together -- both past and present -- to get something important done."

Mike Taylor of Pardee Homes, whose company built the school and adjacent homes on the Lake Elsinore side of the border, said he considered this a landmark day for those who will use the improved road.

"I'd like to thank both city councils and mayors for coming together to help make this happen," Taylor said. "The real winners are the kids and parents who drive this road every day.

"When they sold us the school site, I gave them my word we would work day and night to get the road paved. This is a big day for all of us."







Menifee in Pictures: Just Out Horsin' Around


The presence of a photographer at the edge of a horse corral on Menifee Road drew the interest of several occupants Tuesday afternoon. One horse in particular seemed to take the lead, staring down the stranger until he finally left.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.




Baby Bound Ultrasound: Wonderful Experience For Mommy-To-Be

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However, when she first found out she was pregnant, her first experience with an ultrasound at the doctor’s office was not a favorable one. She was very uncomfortable throughout the procedure and made to feel criticized by the ultrasound technician. Wanting a much more relaxed environment and overall experience, she went in search of a private ultrasound clinic and found Baby Bound Ultrasound. Rachel’s office was a 180-degree turn from Reynolds initial encounter.

Her first visit was at five weeks and she has been back consistently throughout her pregnancy to watch her little one grow. From the first visit, Rachel explained the procedure as she went along, pointing out baby’s features on the 42-inch flat screen TV and really taking her time.

“She is so thorough, I can now spot my baby on the screen before Rachel even points him out. I was amazed at how much we could see with the 3D ultrasound,” Reynolds explained.

At 14 weeks, to a room full of family any friends, the Reynolds went in for gender determination and confirmed that they were indeed expecting a baby boy.

“Rachel makes everyone feel at home and ensures everyone is having a comfortable experience,” Reynolds shares. The actual ultrasound studio is very zen, from the soothing décor to the cozy room; the experience is almost part spa.

Over the course of 27 weeks, the couple has been able to watch their baby grow from visit to visit, each time clearly seeing the changes in position, non diagnostic measurements, growth, and even his estimated weight.

“At 28 weeks, we could see all the facial features of our baby,” she said.

Rachel takes multiple pictures throughout the ultrasound, and after each session, the couple goes home with a printed picture as well as a CD of all the pictures taken.

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Provecho Grill Celebrates One Year of Service in Menifee


A packed house helped owner Rosie O'Connor (center) celebrate the first anniversary of Provecho Grill in Menifee Monday night.

The Mexican restaurant, located in the Sun City Shopping Center, is a popular dining and social spot in town. Monday night's festivities included meal specials, a live band and Folklorico dancers, and a blackjack table.







Menifee Family Fares Well at Marines Beach Challenge


Menifee resident Kelly Maxwell and her sons Tony and Kaden had a fun and successful experience competing in the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation Beach Challenge Saturday.

Kelly, who has been training with Menifee Fitclub in preparation for the event, finished fourth among women and 12th overall in the 5K Marine challenge. Tony and Kaden each placed second in their age brackets of the "devil pups" challenge, in which youngsters competed in a variety of strength and skill events.

The mission of the Newport Beach 1/1 Foundation as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization is to provide community and financial support to the men and families of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines both during overseas deployments and when training for the next deployment. Many members of Kelly's family are military veterans.

Events for adults included a run wearing a heavy backpack; crawls under barbed wire while wearing a backpack; a "grenade" toss; sandbag carry; tire flip; and other feats of strength.








Phil Paule Named Board President of Water District

Eastern Municipal Water District Director Philip E. Paule was selected to his first term as Board President on Jan. 16 in a unanimous vote among his peers.

Paule has served on EMWD’s Board of Directors since 2007 and was reelected in 2011. His term runs through 2015. He has most recently served as Board Vice President.

"I am both honored and humbled to begin my term as Board President," Paule said. "I am proud of the direction our Board has taken the District and I look forward to working closely with my fellow Directors to ensure that the District continues to be recognized as an industry leader."

Paule is the representative for Division 1, which includes the northern portion of Murrieta, the southwest portion of Moreno Valley, the northern portion of Perris and the unincorporated communities of French Valley, Winchester, Domenigoni Valley, Diamond Valley, Homeland, Juniper Flats, Nuevo, Lakeview, Gilman Hot Springs and Green Acres.

Paule serves as Chief of Staff for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. He lives in French Valley with his wife and two sons. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino.

Paule takes over the role of Board President from Division 2 representative Joseph J. Kuebler, who has served as Board President since 2011.

Director Randy A. Record was selected the Board’s new Vice President. Record represents Division 3, which includes Hemet, San Jacinto, Valle Vista, Little Valley, Cactus Valley, Soboba Hot Springs and Garner Valley.




Provecho Grill Celebrates Their 1st Anniversary Tonight

 
 
 
Help Provecho celebrate their first year of success on Monday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended for this special anniversary event.

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Menifee in Pictures: Ducks Out for a Swim


Ted Davis went down by the water in the Menifee Lakes community to get this shot of some Mallard ducks. Many Menifee residents enjoy walks around the lakes in our planned communities.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.




Sun City Concern Ribbon Cutting Set for Tuesday, Jan. 22





City Manager Search Committee to be Appointed Tuesday

Menifee Mayor Scott Mann is scheduled to announce the appointment of an ad hoc committee to search for a new city manager when the city council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The council's regular meeting was pushed back a week from the original Jan. 15 date because some council members were in Sacramento for a conference.

Two council members will make up the committee to find a replacement for Bill Rawlings, who left the position in November following a change in the council makeup. Rob Johnson, senior manager of community improvement and outreach, has served as interim city manager since then.




Bol Supports Comanche Tribe at Native Nations Inaugural Ball

Dr. Ruth Bol poses with Dr. David Smith (left), second president of the Society of American Indian Dentists; and Dr. George Blue Spruce, founder of the organization.
On Monday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will celebrate the inauguration of the President of the United States with a formal Native Nations Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. Business professionals from all over the United States will be in attendance at the Ball to commemorate the historic Inauguration, among them Dr. Ruth Bol of The Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee.

Bol currently serves as President of The Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID), a national nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and students with a dedicated mission to improving the oral health and advocacy for American Indian/ Alaska Natives. The organization will donate $25,000 to the museum to produce additional programs, help them correct misperceptions about Native American history, and affirm the relevance and impact of Native Americans.

For Bol, the Inaugural Ball is a celebration as well as a chance to give back. A descendant of and official member of the Comanche Tribe, she grew up under the Indian Health Care system, which has sparked her passion to help underserved minorities find their way into the dental profession.

Throughout her studies, she achieved recognition as an Indian Health Service Scholar and went on to work with the American Indian Tribes as a Dentist and Dental Director for four years in Washington state. Her heritage and being involved is of utmost importance as she continually strives to stay active with her roots.

Other tribes including Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians will also be key sponsors for the Inaugural night. The event will highlight the self-determination of Native nations and will raise support for the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.




Arts Council Menifee Holds Auditions for Mystery Dinner

Arts Council Menifee has announced open auditions for its production of "Death Plays A Role", a murder mystery dinner.

The auditions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 26805 Murrieta Rd, Menifee. There are roles for five women and two men within the age range of 40 to 70. An ability to do an Irish accent is desirable but not required.

"Actors will learn their characters rather than learn lines, so that they can interact with each other and the dinner guests to unfold the plot," said Linda Denver, director and Theater Arts Division Chair of Arts Council Menifee.

Performance dates for the mystery dinner are March 15 at 6 p.m. and March 17 at 5 p.m. at Kay Ceniceros Center. Tickets are $20 per guest. For more information, email theater@artscouncilmenifee.org or call 951-672-1731.




Menifee in Pictures: Playtime at Wheatfield Park


Ted Davis, one of our more frequent contributors, found some families enjoying the beautiful weather and playground facilities at Wheatfield Park, one of the biggest and most popular recreation areas in Menifee.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.





Rotary Club Seeks Sponsors for 50th Anniversary Event





Menifee in Pictures: Please Don't Try This at Home


Nicole Zundel took this shot of her husband, Brandon, leaping between boulders while hiking to the top of Double Butte Mountain in the Menifee area on Friday. For less experienced hikers, we recommend a slower climb up the mountain.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a daily feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to doug.spoon@gmail.com and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken. We do not publish photos that have a personalized name signature or any promotional information within the photo.





Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Indi


Name: Indi

Breed: Striped Tabby

Age: 21 months

Gender: Male, neutered

Indi's Story: Indi finds himself looking for another home because his owner moved and could not take him with her. Indi is a large handsome cat who weighs about 14 1/2 pounds. He is friendly and has a great personality. Indi loves dogs and he likes to sleep on the bed with you. Indi purrs a lot and is a very sweet kitty! He is used to being an indoor and outdoor cat.

Health: Indi is a healthy cat, and has already been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and tested negative for feline leukemia virus.

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 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 rescueandrehome1@gmail.com or call (951) 244-3215.

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