Kids Summer Horse Riding Camp Offers Equitation Skills

Kat's Summer Horse Riding Camp will give children ages 6 to 13 years old an opportunity to build relationships with horses, learning various skills in non-competitive horsemanship.

Campers learn from a certified ARIA equestrian trainer and respected California show judge over a four-day period that is being offered on two separate occasions:

1st Camp Session - July 23-26
2nd Camp Session - Aug. 6-9

The summer experience is both educational and recreational in that participants will play horse-themed games and learn proper care and safe interaction skills with horses.

According to the camp's website, the organizers "enjoy tailoring the horse camp experience to each camper and offer a fun filled summer learning adventure with horses and good friends."

For more information, go to www.kathleenelliotthorsecamp.webs.com.




Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Neko


Name: Neko

Breed: Domestic Short Hair Tabby

Age: 9 years

Color: Brown and black striped tabby with green eyes

Neko's Story: Neko finds himself looking for a new home because his elderly owner was no longer able to care for him. Neko is a very handsome large male cat with a nice, likable personality. He has been neutered, which vastly improves a cat’s behavior. In addition, cats who have been spayed or neutered live longer, healthier lives. Neko is healthy, and has has been vaccinated, dewormed and tested negative for feline leukemia virus. Neko is a handsome boy who weighs about 14 pounds.

Look at those big, beautiful green eyes and baby face. He's a fun loving, outgoing, friendly, and people-oriented companion cat. Adult cats are the least likely to be adopted, but need homes of their own just the same.

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: $25 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.

Hours of Operation: Animals are shown by appointment.

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

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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Menifee Celebrates Independence Day

Menifee's Annual Independence Day Celebration took place last night at Wheatfield Park. The festivities started off with a Parade down La Piedra Road. Mayor Scott Mann led the way followed by many different groups and businesses throughout the city.

After watching the parade, spectators could enjoy all the festivities the park had to offer. There was a fun zone for kids, which included jumpers and crafts, many different food and vendor booths, and an extreme sports show. Live music was performed on the field by the bands Cloud and the Josh Royce Band. The night concluded with a spectacular fireworks show.

Mayor Scott Mann getting ready to lead the parade.

Mister Porkpie the Magician rolled his way down the parade route.

Supervisor Marion Ashley.

Cub scout pack 444 of Menifee.

Oasis Veterans Club.

Some of the vendor booths the park had to offer.

Gale Webb's extreme sports and air show.

The Fun Zone was filled with jumpers and slides for the kids to enjoy.

The band Cloud performing Live on stage.

Some of the fireworks that concluded the night.












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Temecula Playwright to Premiere 'Curse of the Spinning Wheel'

For the past 16 years, Temecula resident Monica Iversen has directed, written and choreographed various theater productions throughout the Temecula Valley.

Now, she is preparing to premiere her very own, self-written, directed and choreographed musical on stage for the first time, called “Curse of the Spinning Wheel.”

The fairy tale-based play puts a twist on the classic "Sleeping Beauty" story, leaving the evil villain to take the lead in the comedic and musical production.

The production features a wide range of musical genres.

Iversen notes learning programs to create the instrumentals for the production as one of the most difficult parts of bringing "Curse of the Spinning Wheel" to life.

The Temecula resident of 17 years, who has also given private voice lessons from her home for the past 12 years, says she very rarely watches plays that are not musicals.

“I like the passion and what music adds to the show. I love dancing in shows. I think it really livens up a lot of shows rather than just a straight play,” said Iversen.

This is the second musical Iversen has brought to the stage in just two years. Last year, Iversen put on a production of a similarly themed fairy tale musical, called “Fairy Tales are Forever.”

Iversen said fairy tales have always been of interest to her, but wanted to put a spin on one of her favorites in “Curse of the Spinning Wheel.”

Between writing “Fairy Tales Are Forever” and directing and choreographing other plays, Iversen says “Curse of the Spinning Wheel” turned into a six-year process.

Although the comedic musical is finally being brought to life, Iversen said “Curse of the Spinning Wheel” will continue to be a work in progress.

In fact, she has material for the musical that won’t be used until the next production of it.

"Curse of the Spinning Wheel" will also be a fundraiser for the Vista Murrieta High School Performing Arts Center. The school's drama teacher, Cory Finch will be the technical director.

“After the ticket sales, they will get a portion of that put back into their program, which is great because I totally support the high school drama department. Sometimes they’re lacking in money and shows can get very, very very expensive," said Iversen.

Iversen hopes "Curse of the Spinning Wheel" will leave a lasting impression on the audience.

“I just hope [the audience] will be entertained and that they'll leave thinking about the show for a couple of weeks,” said Iverson.

 Show Dates:
Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

All seats are $10. Each performance will be at the Vista Murrieta High School Performing Arts Center, located at 8251 Clinton Keith Rd., Murrieta, CA 92563.

For more information, please visit www.monicaiversen.com.




Chamber of Commerce Honors Businesses, Installs Officers

Members and guests of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated another successful year and recognized outstanding contributions during the organization's annual Installation and Awards Dinner.

Held at the Soboba Springs Country Club, it was a "Sweet Summer Night" filled with lots of great food and great people. In addition to the installation of the officers for the coming year, awards were given out for the following:

Home Based Business of the Year: Menifee Buzz
Small Business of the Year: Advanced Emission Specialist
Medium Business of the Year: Elevate Fitness
Big Business of the Year: Menifee Lakes Country Club
Restaurant of the Year: Provecho Grill
Individual of the Year: Margarita Castillo

Everyone enjoying themselves before dinner.

A buffet dinner was served to the guests.

The meal included a dessert bar.

Part of the silent auction filled with some great gifts.

The 2013-2014 Chamber Board being sworn in.

Executive Board:
- Chair: Robbie Motter, NAFE
- Vice Chair: Aaron Rachman, Feeling Lucky Entertainment
- 2nd Vice Chair: Tony Amatulli, Amatulli Auto Parts
- Treasurer: Margarita Castillo, Castillo Heating & Air Conditioning and Margarita's Hair Styling
- Secretary: Andrew Vallejos, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
- Chair: Cyndi Lemke

Board of Directors:
- Paul David, Elevate Fitness Studio
- Jim Diaz, Lake Chevrolet
- Yanik Gozlan, Menifee Buzz
- Luis Hutchins, Hutchins Consulting and Atlas D Consolidated, Inc.
- Debbie McClure, Edward Jones
- Cynthia Nemelka, Remax Diamond Realty
- Roxanne Roundtree, EMWD
- Zuberi Shakir, Entreprenuer
- Kristen Spoon, Party Envy and Menifee 24/7

The newly elected Executive Board and Board of Directors will assume their positions on July 1.

For more information about Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce please visit their website here.




Dog Shot After Viciously Attacking Murrieta Man, Police Say

Deputies from Riverside Sheriff's Department responded to a vicious dog report at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28 in the county area of Murrieta, where they found a an elderly man being mauled by a Bullmastiff in a garage

The canine was shot when it charged the first deputy on the scene.

The victim of the attack suffered severe injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Deputies received information that 30 minutes before the report, the same dog attacked a heating and air condition technician who had gone to the home to repair the air conditioner.

The man sought medical treatment at a local hospital, then reported the incident to authorities.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Detpartment at 951-696-3000.




Zumbathon Fundraiser for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy


The Marion V. Ashley Community Center in Menifee will host a Zumbathon to raise money for Families of SMA, a non-profit organization aimed at finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

SMA destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement.

The often fatal disease affects millions of people in America. It is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two years old.

The Marion V. Ashley Community Center is located at 25625 Briggs Rd., Menifee, CA 92585.

A free t-shirt and bracelet will be provided for those who register for the fundraiser early.

Those who do not wish to register for the event are still encouraged to donate to Families of SMA. For donation and registration, please go to www.fsma.org/socalzumba.




Menifee Kids Edition: The Cats Take Care of the Dog


A note from the Junior Editor:

Thanks, Maeby, for writing this story about the three cats that got rid of the bad dog. I like the story, but the best part is the picture. How did you draw all that?

If you want to send us stories, read how to do it at the bottom here.

-- Kaylee



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One, items may be mailed to this address:
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Two, submissions may be emailed to menifee247kids@gmail.com.

If your child drew something, scan it or take a picture of it and attach it to the email. If your child wrote something, we'd prefer to receive it in the original handwritten form. If it is typed into the email by the child, let us know it's their original work. If a parent retypes the work, assure us that your child dictated the content or wrote it out first. Please have your child keep written submissions brief. Include the child's first name only, and his or her age.





Motion to Reduce Bail for Ex-Bishop Edwards is Denied

The motion for a reduction of bail was denied Thursday for a man accused of sexually molesting two teenage girls who attended the Mormon church where he served as bishop in Menifee.

Bail remains at $65,000 for Todd M. Edwards, 49 and a former resident of Menifee, who remains in custody at the Robert Preston Detention Center in Riverside. Judge Becky L. Dugan set a date of July 24 for a felony settlement conference.

Edwards previously entered a plea of not guilty to charges of sexual battery, sexual penetration with a foreign object, and witness intimidation. He served for a time as bishop of the Menifee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.




Transitional Kindergarten Information Offered to Local Parents

The Menifee Union School District will host three informational meetings for parents regarding Transitional Kindergarten, the effect of the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.

Incoming students who were born after the newly specified age requirements for kindergarten entry qualify for enrollment in the MUSD Transitional Kindergarten Program.

The informational meetings will be held on:

July 10 
5:30 p.m. at Evans Ranch Elementary School

July 23 
2:00 p.m. at Southshore Elementary

August 7 
10:00 a.m. at Quail Valley Elementary

The Kindergarten Readiness Act was established to prepare young students for grade school. It also changed the minimum age requirements for incoming kindergarten students.

According to the California Department of Education website, for the 2013-2014 school year, the child would have to have his or her fifth birthday by Oct. 1. For the 2014-2015 school year, the child would have to have his or her fifth birthday by Sept. 1.

Transitional Kindergarten is defined as "the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate."

For more information please go to www.menifeeusd.org and click on the link in the announcement area, or call the Curriculum and Instruction Dept. at (951) 672-1851




How To Get a Pet Through Summer Heat

By Pam Bishop
Correspondent


It’s going to be a hot summer for your pets. Are you prepared? While we are in the house with the A/C on full blast during the next week or so, where are your pets? They should be in there with you! Here are some suggestions:

Don’t use metal bowls for water outside. The metal heats up and heats the water. Use ceramic crocks that are hard for the larger dogs to pick up or knock over and keeps the water cool. Have more than one water crock in case the one is not enough water for your dog while you are gone.

Keep wading pools for dogs empty until they are ready to use it. The sun will heat the water up to a point that it can hurt both the dog and any wildlife coming into your yard looking for water.

If you are not home, or the wading pool or spa is in the shade, put something like a brick inside. Birds looking for water can land in the pool can drown because they cannot get out.

If you are gone all day, call one of the local boarding kennels about "doggie day care." Your dog will be safely cared for and have a cool fun day while you are gone.

When walking your dog in the summer, do it only in the early morning or later in the evening.

Before taking your dog on a walk, check the surface your dog is walking on with your hand or bare foot to be sure it is not too hot. Even dirt can heat up to a point that it can burn their pads.

There are sandals made for dogs to protect their feet if you want to try them.

If your dog has long hair, consider having a professional groomer take it back short. Heavy coasted dogs should be in the house or shaved down in the summer.

Long, and especially thick hair, does not insulate the dog, it only makes them hotter and can bring on life threatening conditions. Your dog will be so much more comfortable during the summer months without longer hair and only a quick hose down will cool them off.

Never ever take your dog in the car during the summer unless you are staying in the car with him and can have the air conditioning on.

Remember, if you are going to be parking on asphalt or another hot surface, your dog will have to walk on that surface to get to where you are going. Is it really worth it to take your dog?

Like everything, plan ahead for a fun summer with your family and your pet.

For those Menifee residents in the rural areas, please remember your livestock.

Horses can sun burn and it is miserable for them if they do not have good shade.

When possible, horses should be together. They are a herd species and together, they keep flies off of each other's faces.

They also need an area large enough to move around to keep the air flowing around them.

Also, be sure that water is fresh and cool and in the shade. Your horses will need more water in the summer and if it’s been standing in the sun it will be too hot to drink.

Your pets and livestock depend on you. Please be responsible in your care of them.

Pam Bishop has been a Menifee resident for 30 years. Now retired, Bishop was the owner of Dobra Dog Grooming and Pet Pals Pet Boutique. With 20 years of dog rescue under her belt, Bishop started the first national Fox Terrier Rescue organization and the So Calif. Fox Terrier Rescue. She was the founder and president, and serves as the current Vice President of the Fox Terrier Network at www.foxterrier.com, an educational and support organization for those who own or are interested in the Wire Fox Terrier or Smooth Fox Terrier. She is a trainer, behaviorist, author, breeder/exhibitor, professional handler and professional groomer.




The Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee Makes Kids Smile

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The Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee is in the business of making kids smile and making sure those healthy smiles sparkle and shine. Their creative approach to engaging children in dental procedures utilizes fun and enjoyable methods for ensuring the dentist a happy place. Their main mission is to create a positive association with the dentist so that children will keep up their oral health and care long after their childhood passed.

One of the ways the Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee has made their practice an exciting destination is with the help of a therapy dog named Deogy. Deogy is a spunky little pug who brings joy and elation to patients young and old. Little ones can pet and interact with Deogy during their appointment, and at the end of their visit they get to strike a smile for the camera with this playful pup.

Deogy received her training and certification at Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Temecula and is calming presence in the office. Her small size and loving disposition helps create an environment that is unlike any dental office you have ever been to. With a real passion for children and their oral health, Dr. Ruth Bol and her wonderful team have successfully changed the way local little ones view the “dentist”.

As a working dog, Deogy’s days are pretty busy as soon as she gets to the office. She starts her day with a brisk jog followed by a snack and a perimeter security check. After her morning rounds she’s ready to greet her patients as they check in for their appointments. She frequently poses for pictures with new patients throughout the day and comforts children who need a little extra reassurance. Deogy absolutely adores all of her patients and just loves her job.

Deogy is a celebrity in the Menifee community, so much so in fact that one of her fans has written and illustrated a series of books about the pup’s adventures. Maya Luckinbill is a patient at the Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee and all but loves going to the dentist. At only 10 years old Maya is already a promising writer, and also reads her books to young audiences during the Menifee Reads events at the Sun City Library.



She has currently completed two books and has two more in progress. In her series, Deogy is a super hero with magical powers that she uses to help all of her friends. Miss Maya plans to be a writer and illustrator when she grows up, and from what we can tell, she is already well on her way to success. Thank you to Deogy and the Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee for the inspiration.

Maya has been coming to the Children’s Dental Practice for a year now and loves cuddling with Deogy who keeps her warm and calm during her treatments.

“Deogy protects me and makes it fun,” Maya shares.

Aside from their office dog, The Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee has created a welcoming and fun-filled environment that feels more like home than a dentist office. Children have the option to watch a favorite show or movie during their exam and also to engage with PS3, Nintendo DS and a variety of other games while they wait for their appointment. Each exam chair is equipped with a television in the ceiling and comfortable earphones to help distract little minds while they enjoy their dental treatment.

The awesome Children’s Dental Practice team interacts with their patients to make each experience positive and memorable. Children lean about the dental equipment during their treatment and then get to listen to their favorite song while brushing their teeth at the tooth brushing station. The Children’s Dental Practice of Menifee ensures your child’s trip to the dentist is always the best experience.

27180 Newport, Suite 3
Menifee, California 92584

Phone: (951) 301-9111
Email: hhall@thechildrensdentalpractice.com
Website: The Children's Dental Practice of Menifee

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Menifee VFW Commander Named District Veteran of the Year

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez has honored Menifee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1956 Commander Peter Maroosis as the 2013 67th Assembly District Veteran of the Year.

Maroosis served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1965 aboard USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14).

“VFW Commander Maroosis is a man to admire. He leads by example and his new ideas about helping veterans are always on target, meaningful and forward thinking,” said Melendez.

Maroosis is the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Navy Commendation medal and the Good Conduct medal. He also received the 2013 Veterans Salute Honoree due in part to the impact he has had on the Veteran population in his area.

“I take great pride in naming Peter Maroosis as my district’s Veteran of the Year,” said Melendez. “His service to our country and fellow veterans over the years is inspiring and deserves recognition.”




Free Mortgage Seminar on June 29


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Local College Encourages Environmental Literacy Education

Mount San Jacinto College hosted its first ever Environmental Education Academy last week.

Through the Academy, 20 local teachers and docents were provided with a four-day series of workshops on four separate campuses. The workshops educated them on ways to incorporate environmental awareness into curriculum for middle and high school students.

Facilitators from environmental education programs Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree presented on water conservation, wildlife habitats, forest ecosystems and environmental career paths.

Kathy Havert, academy facilitator and environmental education consultant, said it is important for children these days to incorporate environmental literacy into their education to understand the causes of global warming, air pollution, rampant loss of species diversity and other serious environmental issues students could prevent.

“Environmental literacy means knowing how organic and inorganic components, including humans, of our environment work together sustainably,” said Havert. “It’s extremely important that environmental education take a major role in the education of our children.”

Project Coordinator Lori Benson said a grant awarded to Mt. San Jacinto College's Career Technical Education department made the training possible.




One Person Dies in Single-Car Collision on Highway 74

Update on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m.: Identification of deceased added.

One person died in a single-vehicle accident this afternoon when the vehicle crashed into a power pole on Highway 74 east of Palomar Road in Menifee, according to police and fire officials.

Menifee Police have now identified the deceased as Gregory Underwood of Hemet.

The accident was reported at 4:26 p.m. Police responded to find an adult male unresponsive in a Nissan truck. The victim was removed with the jaws of life and was pronounced dead upon the arrival of medical personnel.

The investigation revealed that the driver was heading eastbound on State Route 74 and left the roadway for unknown reasons, striking a large power pole. It appears the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, police said. One of the eastbound lanes of State Route 74 remained closed for 3½ hours while the investigation was conducted.

The investigation is continuing and anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have further information is asked to call the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at 951-210-1000.





Menifee Valley Chamber Elects New Board of Directors

The Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce has elected a new Board of Directors. The newly elected board will be installed at the Chamber's Annual installation this Friday, June 28 at Soboba Country Club.

Executive Board
- Chair: Robbie Motter, NAFE
- Vice Chair: Aaron Rachman, Feeling Lucky Entertainment
- 2nd Vice Chair: Tony Amatulli, Amatulli Auto Parts
- Treasurer: Margarita Castillo, Castillo Heating & Air Conditioning and Margarita's Hair Styling
- Secretary: Andrew Vallejos, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
- Chair: Cyndi Lemke

Board of Directors:
- Paul David, Elevate Fitness Studio
- Jim Diaz, Lake Chevrolet
- Yanik Gozlan, Menifee Buzz
- Luis Hutchins, Hutchins Consulting and Atlas D Consolidated, Inc.
- Debbie McClure, Edward Jones
- Cynthia Nemelka, Remax Diamond Realty
- Roxanne Roundtree, EMWD
- Zuberi Shakir, Entreprenuer
- Kristen Spoon, Party Envy and Menifee 24/7

The newly elected Executive Board and Board of Directors will assume their positions on July 1.




Oasis Maids Hosts Summer Home Makeover Contest

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Now through July 19, 2013 Oasis Maids is putting on a summer home makeover contest. The grand prize winner will receive a whole house deep clean and a carpet clean valued at $500. All you have to do to enter is head on over to their Facebook page and “LIKE” their page, be sure to tell all your friends so they can enter too. One top fan winner will be chosen and announced on July 19.

Oasis Maids wants you to be able to spend less time cleaning and more time celebrating. As the summer months kick in to gear there are more barbecues, pool parties, houseguests, and patriotic holidays to enjoy. With all that fun to be had, who wants to spend time cleaning?

Their professional cleaning team is ready to take on whatever household mission you may throw at them, whether it’s a floor to ceiling deep scrub or a weekly maintenance clean. Oasis Maids offers a variety of packages and services as well as add-on features so you can get all your cleaning needs covered at once.

Try one of their promotional packages, which combines a professional residential cleaning service with various add-on options at a discounted rate. Add-ons include their newly introduced floor care services, carpeting cleaning, tile and grout, blinds, appliances, garage clean out, laundry, and windows.

They always use pet and plant safe products that are environmentally friendly as well, so you can rest assured your home will be clean and your family will be happy. Enjoy your summer and let Oasis Maids take care of the clean-up.

For rates and custom quotes, please contact Oasis Maids for an in home estimate.


41593 Winchester Road, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92590
Phone: (855) 581-0745
E-mail: info@oasismaids.com

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Kay Ceniceros Senior Center's Prom Set for July 27





Menifee Kids Edition: Goldy Socks, Watch Out for the Bears!


A note from the Junior Editor:

Hi again, kids! Here's a story from one of the kids in my class about someone named Goldy Socks. She came into the home of the gingerbread bears. I don't think the bears liked that very much.

Who else has a story to write? We need more stories and pictures. You don't have school now. Help us out!

-- Kaylee


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 One, items may be mailed to this address:

 Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition
 31026 Fair Hill Court
 Menifee, CA 92584

 Two, submissions may be emailed to menifee247kids@gmail.com. If your child drew something, scan it or take a picture of it and attach it to the email. If your child wrote something, we'd prefer to receive it in the original handwritten form. If it is typed into the email by the child, let us know it's their original work. If a parent retypes the work, assure us that your child dictated the content or wrote it out first. 

Please have your child keep written submissions brief. Include the child's first name only, and his or her age.




'Retired, Set, Go!' Series Addresses Proper Gardening

The next installment of the "Retired, Set, Go!" series, "How to Create your own Backyard Garden," will focus on the importance of eating locally sourced, as well as chemical and GMO free foods.

Girasole Backyard Gardens' Andy Canella will lead the presentation on July 17 at Sun City Library. Canella will address proper soil preparation, garden locations and seasonal crops.

Girasole Backyard Gardens acts as a consultant, providing advice, services and equipment, such as garden beds, to achieve the most benefits from a garden.

According to the Girasole Backyard Gardens website, Canella is a certified Master Gardener through UCCE and a Certified Master Composter through the County of Riverside.

"How to Create your own Backyard Garden" is part of the Hospice of the Valleys' "Retired, Set, Go!" series, a celebration of Hospice of the Valleys' 30th year serving the Sun City community.

Sun City Library is located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. For more information, contact Hospice of the Valleys at 951-200-7800.




Chamber of Commerce Installation Set for This Friday





Ban on Mobile Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Proposed

The Menifee City Council will hold a public hearing during its July 16 meeting to consider recommendation of an ordinance prohibiting mobile medical marijuana operations in the city.

This ordinance is being proposed at the suggestion of City Attorney Julie Biggs, who noted during a recent city council meeting that some attorneys are questioning whether the State Supreme Court's ban on marijuana dispensaries applies to mobile medical marijuana dispensaries. There have been reports throughout California of individuals and/or businesses selling medical marijuana through various delivery services and mobile facilities.

Earlier this month, the City of Riverside approved an ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries to "preserve public peace, health, and safety," according to city council minutes.

The City of Menifee's official notice of the July 16 public hearing states that "if this project is challenged in court, the issues may be limited to those raised at the public hearing, described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Council at, or prior to, the public hearing."

The July 16 city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 29714 Haun Road.




City Seeks Input on Another Development Plan at 'Missing Link'

The outlined section shown here between the planned Menifee Road extension and a hillside would be the site of the Chaparral Senior Apartments. The previously planned El Dorado housing development would be built on the vacant lot on the other (east) side of the road.
Today it is a quiet, barren patch of land, about 100 acres on the eastern base of a hill in Menifee. Down the middle runs a partially graded path that has long been intended to connect sections of Menifee Road that dead-end at Simpson Road to the north and near Aldergate Drive to the south.

Off to one side of the "road" stands a row of giant sewer pipes, brought on site but still awaiting development. A young girl walks carefully along the edge of the path, taking the shortcut not available to motorists. A dirt biker roars past, sending squirrels scattering.

It's a small patch of rural Menifee amid the development that has marked this town's growth to more than 80,000. Yet if all projects are approved and the housing market continues to improve, this area will become a densely populated residential neighborhood split up the middle by a vital north-south thoroughfare.

Last week, it was reported here that city officials received a commitment from the Rancon Group to build a half-mile stretch of Menifee Road that will fill in the so-called "missing link" between Simpson Road and Aldergate. This would be the first phase in the construction of the long-delayed El Dorado development (right), a 48-acre tract planned for 269 single-family lots east of the road, according to plans listed on rancongroup.com. That tract is already laid out with at least one access road paved.

Now, the City of Menifee has announced a public meeting for this Tuesday, June 25 at 5 p.m. to inform residents about plans for an adjacent development -- a 253-unit senior apartment complex planned for the west side of the road, at the base of the hill.

The 46-acre Chaparral Apartment project (site shown at left) is in the early stages of the application process. It would require a zoning change from low to high density housing and an Environmental Impact Report must be conducted. According to Community Development Director Carmen Cave, if plans are approved, that developer -- Chaparral Menifee LLC -- would reimburse Rancon and/or the City of Menifee for half the cost of the Menifee Road construction.

"El Dorado is required to build half the road and the apartment project would be required to do the same," Cave said.

The $4 million road project will be funded both by Rancon through a bond and the city with funds reimbursable through the county's Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee program, said Interim City Manager Rob Johnson last week. He said the road is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 30. The timetable for the El Dorado and Chaparral projects would depend on the developers, but in the meantime, the increased through traffic on Menifee Road is expected to alleviate some of the city's traffic congestion.

City officials and the developer will be on hand to answer questions at Tuesday night's meeting at City Hall, 29714 Haun Road. Residents will have the opportunity to give input regarding the environmental impact such development would have. Another public information meeting will be held July 9.

"The Chaparral project is in the very, very early stages," Cave said. "The scoping meeting gives the public the opportunity to be included in the discussion of all the issues involved."

Sewer pipes line the path previously laid out for the Menifee Road extension between Aldergate Drive and Simpson Road.




'Madagascar 3' Movie Plays Friday at Pete Peterson Park





Elevate Fitness Offers Barre Classes; A Fun and Sexy Workout

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Elevate Fitness Studio is continually adding new classes to help keep your workout fresh and effective. The new barre classes are a unique addition to the Elevate repertoire of offerings and are being met with enthusiasm and positive praise. The barre method was derived from ballet with a mix of pilates, yoga, and strength training to tone your body and help you get fit.

“I'm especially excited about the caliber of instructors that we have at Elevate with Shannon and Yvonne, who are excellent coaches and are passionate about helping people," says Elevate owner Paul David.

Barre differs from yoga in that there is not as much emphasis put on flexibility and holding poses as in yoga or pilates. Fusing fitness techniques from dance, pilates, and yoga, these fun, energetic classes work to tone, define, and chisel the body, making individuals stronger, more flexible, and more confident in only a matter of weeks.

“Clients have mentioned how much they noticed themselves firming up, especially in their lower body. It is a full body workout that is fun, upbeat, and you do not need dance experience,” says Booty Barre instructor Shannon Tagney.

The Booty Barre class is comprised of barre style cardio for an upbeat, high-energy workout. Combining strength and flexibility, the addition of cardio helps to burn fat fast. The Barre Sculpt classes are slow yet intense, consisting of deep strength training and stretching with an ab and glute workout to finish up the routine.


“It’s easy on the joints and the amazing thing about Barre Method is that you use your own body weight to tone and sculpt your muscles, trim your waistline, tone your arms, lift your seat, all while having fun as we take a ballet approach to the class,” shares Barre Sculpt instructor Yvonne Davis.

Barre Sculpt is offered every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:10 a.m. and Bootie Barre is offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Both style classes offer a killer workout that really works the whole body. Classes are open to all fitness levels and encourage you to workout at your own comfort level.

Classes are just $10 per class, or $39 for a whole month of unlimited classes, including Barre, Spin, Camp Maximus, Yoga, and many others as well.

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Menifee, CA 92586
Phone: (951) 301-4499

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Home Rehabilitation Available to Seniors, Disabled Residents

Life could be getting a bit easier for some local senior and disabled residents.

The City of Menifee is offering a Minor Home Rehabilitation Grant to eligible low-income seniors of 62 years of age and older, as well as disabled homeowners. Homeowners with a disabled family member who lives in the house full time are also eligible to apply for the grant.

Homeowners who meet the required income and asset criteria may apply to receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 for approved home repairs and improvements that will improve accessibility and a safer living environment for seniors and the disabled.

Based on a first-come, first-serve basis, the City of Menifee will grant $120,000 per year to applicants who meet the specified guidelines and requirements.

These grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant Program
administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides
local government with funding dedicated to benefiting low and moderate income residents.

An eligibility and application guidelines information booklet outlining eligible repairs and
eligibility criteria, as well as the required application with completion instructions, is available at
Menifee City Hall, located at 29714 Haun Road.

The information is also available on the city’s website, www.cityofmenifee.us.

For additional information or questions, contact Administrative Analyst Margarita Cornejo at
951-672-6777 or mcornejo@cityofmenifee.us.




Menifee Man Surrenders, Arrested for Attempted Murder

Story updated at 9:45 p.m. with booking photo:

A Menifee man accused of stabbing another man during an argument in Wildomar Friday surrendered to police earlier today.

Murrieta Police reported that at approximately 9:30 a.m. today, Richard Mount, 54, surrendered himself into police custody. He was arrested for the attempted murder of a Wildomar resident and was transported to the Wildomar Police Department for additional investigation. Mount will be booked into the Southwest Jail for attempted murder.

According to police, Mount was involved in an argument with a 53-year-old Wildomar man on the shoulder of Cottonwood Canyon Road in Wildomar about noon on Friday. During the argument, Mount allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the victim numerous times in the chest and left arm. Mount then fled the scene.

The victim was able to call 911 and report the incident. The victim was initially located by an unidentified good Samaritan passerby who provided emergency first aid to the most serious wounds, until emergency personnel arrived.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he received treatment for his wounds and is expected to survive.

Any persons with additional information regarding this incident are encouraged to call Officer Munoz of the Wildomar Police Department at 951-245-3300.




It's Summer Time, but the Kids Are Still Writing Stories

A note from the Junior Editor:

School is out and I'm having so much fun playing with my brother and sister and doing summer stuff with my family! But we still have stories and pictures kids did at Mesa View this year.

Here's another story about three fish and a shark. I think a lot of my friends like to write about sharks. I just don't want to meet one.

See you next time!

-- Kaylee


There are two ways to submit content for Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition.

One, items may be mailed to this address:
Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition 
31026 Fair Hill Court
Menifee, CA 92584

Two, submissions may be emailed to menifee247kids@gmail.com.

If your child drew something, scan it or take a picture of it and attach it to the email. If your child wrote something, we'd prefer to receive it in the original handwritten form. If it is typed into the email by the child, let us know it's their original work. If a parent retypes the work, assure us that your child dictated the content or wrote it out first. Please have your child keep written submissions brief. Include the child's first name only, and his or her age.





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