Menifee Maze 12: We Have a Winner!

It didn't take long for Julianne Smith to see the patch of grass and the hint of a palm tree and correctly guess Menifee Maze 12 as being a scene at Menifee Lakes golf course (below). Congratulations to Julianne, who wins a $30 gift card to Texas Roadhouse, our sponsor. Above, Julianne accepts her "dinner for two" certificate from Haley of Texas Roadhouse.

A new Menifee Maze begins tomorrow!

Menifee in Pictures: Newport Road Median Disappears

First the trees in the center median of Newport Road east of Interstate 215 disappeared. Now, in the latest phase of the Newport Road widening project, the median itself is gone. Fresh pavement has been laid in the center of the road and construction continues on the outside lanes.

Plans call for a narrower median to be constructed once an additional lane in each direction is in place, but for now, it's all road -- and a lot of orange cones. Drivers are urged to proceed with caution during the project, which is scheduled to be completed in December.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a regular feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to 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.

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Stella

Name: Stella

Breed: Jindo

Age: 2 years

Gender: Female, spayed

Color: Light tan

Stella's story: Stella was rescued from being euthanized at a high kill shelter. She was in poor condition at the time of her rescue. She was very skinny with a great deal of hair loss and had kennel cough which developed into pneumonia in both lungs. She was hospitalized and received medical treatment and is now thankfully well and perfectly healthy. She is doing great and is ready to find her forever home! Stella is spayed, vaccinated, dewormed and crate trained. She appears to be a Jindo or Jindo mix breed who weighs 53 pounds and beautiful eyes. Stella is a lovely dog with a happy, likable personality. She is active and loves to go for walks and be with her people. She is good with other dogs, but not cats and is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.

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: $150 cash adoption fee. An adoption contract is required. Local adoptions only within a 50 mile radius of Quail Valley/Menifee in Southwest Riverside County because they deliver the dog to its new home.

Hours of Operation: Animals are shown by appointment.

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

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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Provecho Grill Offers Catering For Any Event

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Provecho Grill makes food people love to eat. So whether you are hosting an event large or small, fun or formal, Provecho will create a menu that works for whatever you envision.

They have catered everything from taco bars at Halloween costume parties to elegant appetizers at gorgeous weddings, and everything in between. With a restaurant menu the makes mouths water, their culinary talent thrives with passion and flavor.

Executive chef and owner of Provecho Grill, Rosie O’Connor, is innovatively searching for the freshest ingredients and authentic inspiration. She is continually coming up with new entrée ideas, specials of the month, authentic inspired dishes, and custom created menus for a catered creation that ensures a truly personalized event.

Provecho catered a beautiful September wedding with ease. Handling every last detail including designing and printing the custom menus and labels, creating a memorable presentation of food for 250 guests, and even setting up and taking down the tables and chairs, they ensured this wedding was absolutely breathtaking.

Most recently, Provecho Grill provided the catering for the Menifee Mayor’s Ball, serving 150 people a deliciously classy menu. Beginning with shrimp cocktail, bruschetta, steak and cilantro empanada turnovers, and a fresh fruit and cheese presentation, the night was off to a good start. The special Mayor’s Ball menu included Chardonnay chicken, ancho chile barbecue pork, rigatoni with a basil marinara, grilled vegetables, and fresh brioche rolls with butter.

Provecho puts the same care and attention into every catering event they put forth. Whether serving an informal backyard celebration, or an event in wine country for 800 guests, you can rest assured Provecho has got it covered.

Book your catered events early for the holiday season. Give them a call!

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

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Photos 4, 5 via: Menifee Family & Wedding Photographer, Photoquest Studio, Photography

Vendors Sought for Saturday's Menifee Birthday Bash

Vendors provided wonderful service for guests at last year's Menifee Birthday Bash.
Several openings remain at prime locations for vendor booths at Saturday's Menifee Birthday Bash in the parking lot at Mt. San Jacinto College.

There will be food booths, games, musical entertainment and an extreme sports show. Vendors will have a great opportunity to display their business and contribute to the festive atmosphere.

To inquire about having a vendor booth, call the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce at 951-672-1991.

Ad Hoc Committee for Seniors Seeks Input from Residents

The Menifee City Council has formed an ad hoc Committee for Menifee Senior Citizens and seeks feedback from residents about their needs and concerns.

According to city statistics, 18 percent of Menifee's population are seniors. Members of this advisory committee are asking Menifee seniors to complete and return a needs assessment survey to help them identify key issues.

A voluntary, anonymous survey form has been developed for this purpose. Seniors are asked to complete this survey by Nov. 1. After this time, the information will be compiled and used to advise the city council on issues and services relevant to the senior community.

Surveys may be picked up and returned (by Nov. 1) at these locations:

-- Menifee City Hall, 29714 Haun Road
-- Kay Ceniceros Senior Center, 29995 Evans Road
-- Community Access Center, 27070 Sun City Boulevard
-- Menifee Sun City Concern, 26842 Cherry Hills Road

For more information, contact Ad Hoc Committee for Menifee Seniors chairperson Gloria Sanchez at 951-672-2588.

Menifee Teen Has No Regrets Following Game Show Loss

Vincent Perez of Menifee on the set of "Let's Make a Deal" with host Wayne Brady.
A 19-year-old Mt. San Jacinto College student says he has no regrets after losing a trip to South Africa on the Sept. 23 fifth season premiere of "Let's Make a Deal."

Vincent Perez, an In N Out employee, won fast food when he chose a prize behind a curtain instead of the trip, which was valued at $10,000, in a small box.

Contestants must choose between two hidden prizes with the possibility of one of them being a less desirable prize. When Perez was offered the choice between a prize in a small silver box and a prize behind a large curtain, Perez chose the curtain.

Perez said he felt his chances for a big prize behind the curtain were high because the most big prizes were given on the first episodes of each season.

"I don't really regret it. I would have chosen the curtain no matter what over anything because I was going for a car," said Perez.

Perez attended the game show alongside his family after his mother told him, "You might be able to get on the show. They like crazy, hyper people."

Perez, who was dressed in a toga costume and excited to meet the show's host, Wayne Brady, was chosen as a contestant.

After Brady learned Perez knew sign language, Brady had the aspiring sign language teacher sign some dialogue.

Perez said he learned sign language in high school at Paloma Valley High School.

"I was great at it, so I said, 'Hey, I should start a career with this'," said Perez.

Brady awarded $200 to Perez for signing dialogue on the show.

Watch the episode here.

Menifee 24/7 Reader Poll 16: Traffic Safety

There have been an alarming number of serious traffic accidents in Menifee recently. In the last week, two collisions involving motorcycles -- one fatal -- occurred. On Friday, one person had to be cut out of a vehicle after a two-car collision on Murrieta Road.

Several months ago, a Menifee woman was killed in a head-on collision on Antelope Road. In June, two women died when struck by another driver on Domenigoni Parkway.

These are just a few of the incidents happening on our streets. What are the reasons and what can be done? Give us your response in today's Menifee 24/7 Reader Poll:

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Incr-Edible Cupcakes Duo Take 'Cupcake Wars' Grand Prize

The duo behind Temecula's Incr-Edible Cupcakes took the grand prize on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" on Sept. 28, which included $10,000 and the opportunity to serve cupcakes at the re-release of "The Wizard of Oz."

When the Food Network asked Diana Colletti and Lisa Rosendahl to compete on the popular Cupcake Wars, they quickly got to work, practicing their favorite flavors in case they could use them in a round of the competition.

Colletti recalled one of the major challenges of the competitions to be working with surprise ingredients during the first round of competition.

The first round requires teams to bake with secret ingredients and the second round allows teams to bake a cupcake of their choice. During the third and final round, teams use cupcakes they created in the first and second rounds to create a theme and a third cupcake.

For the Incr-Edible Cupcake ladies, the on-set environment proved to be another challenge.

“It’s so much more stressful than it shows on TV…” said Colletti. “You have cameras flying in on booms and you’re just not used to that when you’re in your own kitchen.” 

Critic Leonard Maltin acting as guest judge was "intimidating" said Colletti, but the Cupcake Wars champion says he surprised her with his "sweet" nature when he picked her up off of the ground after she and Rosendahl won.

Colletti started baking when her doctor suggested she get a hobby to relieve stress from her full-time job. Using her love for cooking and natural knack for being able to identify ingredients in foods to recreate them, she decided to take on baking, a skill she admittedly lacked.

“I could never bake, not for the life of me,” said Colletti. “I’m kind of a busy body. [When you bake] you have to measure, you have to be precise, you have to pay attention to timers, and I was never good at that…”

Colletti opened up her own cupcake shop after working as a caterer. When her baker went on maternity leave, Rosendahl stepped in as a replacement.

“Lisa has a passion for [baking],” said Colletti. “That’s what she always wanted to do. She enjoys it. So, when you have someone like that, it just works and she’s my full time baker now.”

The duo have gained loyal customers who go out of their way to get Incr-Edible Cupcakes. Because the shop does not sit on the front street of Old Town Temecula, Colletti said she wants to open a second shop in Menifee.

“We have people driving from Palm Springs, Orange County and Carlsbad, so I think we have a good product. We just need more people to find us,” said Colletti.

Although the duo’s "Cupcake Wars" fate can only be seen on Saturday's episode, Colletti says she hopes the show will bring in new customers so they can see just what sets Incr-Edible Cupcakes apart from other cupcake shops.

During a visit from the health inspector, Colletti was surprised to learn she and Rosendahl were the only shop of its kind in Riverside County to use butter instead of shortening.

“We use fresh ingredients every day,” said Colletti. “We make our frostings every single day and I know not everyone does that because it’s time consuming, but that’s one of the things we pride ourselves on.”

Visit Incr-Edible Cupcakes located at 42072 5th St., Suite 105, Temecula, CA 92590 and on Facebook here.

Texas Roadhouse: Home of Downright Legendary Food

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Ever since Texas Roadhouse arrived in Menifee, dinner time has never quite been the same.

Famous for their hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-from-scratch sides and dressings, fresh baked bread, ice-cold beer, and legendary margaritas, Texas Roadhouse is a dining destination not to be missed.

This steak house is known for many delectable signature specialties, one of which is their straight from the oven rolls, accompanied by homemade honey cinnamon butter. Few things compare to this pre-meal starter. If anything will get your taste buds salivating, it is most definitely melted butter on hot, freshly baked bread.

Take advantage of their early dine special any day of the week. The Texas Roadhouse take on the "early bird" special allows diners to select from 11 tasty entrees, each for only $8.99. Monday through Thursday, come on in between 3 and 6 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to fill up for less. Choose from: 6-ounce Sirloin Steak, 10-ounce Road Kill Chopped Steak, Grilled BBQ Chicken, Country Fried Chicken, Chicken Critters® Dinner, Pulled Pork Dinner, single Grilled Pork Chop, Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Critter® Salad, or the Country Fried Sirloin, each for only $8.99 during the early dine hours.

If eating early is not your thing, enjoy Wild West Wednesdays from open to close. For only $11.99, try their 8-ounce Sirloin Steak dinner, smothered with shrimp and served alongside your choice of two made-from-scratch sides. Each hearty entrée comes with a selection of legendary sides to choose from, including: a baked potato, sweet potato, cup of chili, house salad, Caesar salad, apple sauce, steak fries, fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes, seasoned rice, green beans, sautéed mushrooms, or sautéed onions.

The steaks are always hot and the beer is always cold at Texas Roadhouse. Their extensive menu offers something for everyone to enjoy, so bring the whole family and make a meal to remember. They have made it their mission to provide not just food, but fun too.

"Our food’s not the only thing that’s Legendary at the Roadhouse — our fun is too! From our line dancers to our jukebox to our friendly servers, you’ll enjoy every second you spend in a Texas Roadhouse."

And that’s a promise.

29860 Haun Road
Menifee, CA 92586
Phone: (951) 244-0600

Website: Texas Roadhouse
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Mon-Thurs, 3 to 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Chambers of Commerce Honor Students of the Month

From left: Sally Myers, Program Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Bea Parmley, Vice President, Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce; Zarabeth Sandoval, Heritage High School; Eddy Salas, California Military Institute; Taryn Park, Paloma Valley High School; Joselyn Calderon, Perris High School; Councilman Tom Fuhrman, City of Menifee; Dorothy Wolons, President/CEO, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris.
The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2013-2014 Student of the Month program in September. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their 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.

September’s students and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.

Heritage High School's Student of the Month is Zarabeth Sandoval. Zarabeth currently holds a 4.4 GPA and is involved in sports, including cross country and track. Heritage High School Principal Julie Zierold stated that Zarabeth has a lot on her plate and does a great job of balancing her life. Along with her sports, she’s taking six AP courses and helps with her siblings at home. Zarabeth shared that she is thankful for the recognition and has learned that determination is the key to reaching your goals. She plans to use that determination when she enters into college. She plans to attend UC Berkeley or USC and major in bio medical science to become a petroleum engineer.

California Military Institute’s Eddy Salas is described by Principal Richard Wallis as the epitome of a strong and quiet leader. As Cadet Captain, Eddy oversees 900 cadets and some of his duties include formation, drills, ceremonies, and trainings. Along with Eddy’s academic work load and participation in sports, he has maintained straight A’s in all his classes, including AP and Honors courses. Eddy stated that he felt honored for the recognition and fully believes in service to others above service to self. When often asked why he takes on such a load, he states that there are 900 reasons for doing what he does. Although Eddy has not chosen a college yet, he will major in bio medical and electrical engineering.

Taryn Parks is Paloma Valley’s Student of the Month. She currently holds a 4.5 GPA, including four AP courses. Along with outstanding academics, Taryn is also involved in mock trial, cross country, National Honor Society, Student WASC president, summer ministries, and other community service projects. Taryn stated that her biggest lesson has been that education comes before anything else. She shared how she was born into foster care, and how she and her brother have overcome their obstacles. She thanked her best friend’s parents for taking her in and providing a home. Taryn plans to continue her education and has noted several schools to attend. She plans to major in political science and enter the political field.

Growing up in Perris and attending school as a child in the community, Joselyn Calderon’s mother told her daughter that one day her name was going to be on the Perris High School marquee as Student of the Month. Several years later, that goal has now come to fruition as Joselyn is nominated for September’s Student of the Month for Perris High School. Joselyn’s former academic decathlon advisor, Mr. Ellingson, stated that a student like her comes only once every decade. Another of Joselyn’s teachers, Mr. Vasquez, stated that she was the only student who got upset when she got an A. "She wants to do more and learn more," he stated. Joselyn plans to attend Stanford to obtain degrees in both electrical engineering and law to become a patent lawyer.

If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founde, Sally Myers at 951-506-8024.

City to Host Open House Regarding Menifee's General Plan

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The City of Menifee will host a general plan open house this Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, located at 29714 Haun Road. The community is invited to learn more about the draft General Plan and draft Environmental Impact Report during this event.

Informational stations will be set up with details about the different components of the draft General Plan and draft EIR. City staff will be available for one-on-one conversations to address specific questions regarding the documents.

"The general plan open house is an informal setting for individuals in the community to learn more about the draft General Plan," said Interim Community Development Director Charles LaClaire. "It’s an opportunity for residents and property owners to ask questions and learn exactly how the draft General Plan affects their interests."

As Menifee’s General Plan project nears completion, the draft General Plan and draft EIR documents are available for public review. The mandatory 45-day public comment period for the draft EIR closes on Monday, Oct. 28. All draft EIR comments received during the 45-day public comment period will receive a written response and be included in the final EIR.

Comments will be accepted for both documents up until the City Council’s final action on the general plan, which is anticipated to take place in December.

Public comments should be submitted via email to Interim Community Development Director Charles LaClaire at Comments also may be submitted in letter format to LaClaire and mailed to Menifee City Hall.

The draft General Plan and draft EIR documents are available on the city’s website at The draft documents have also been downloaded onto CDs available for purchase at City Hall for $5. Paper copies are available for review at Menifee City Hall, 29714 Haun Road and at the three libraries located in Menifee.

For more information, contact LaClaire at or 951-672-6777.

Menifee Maze Returns With a New Puzzle on Friday

Menifee Maze takes a day off today while we scout out more puzzling sites. We'll be back tomorrow with Menifee Maze 12.

Thanks to all who continue to participate in the Menifee Maze contest and for our sponsor, Texas Roadhouse! Congratulations again to Nikki O'Neal, who figured out that the puzzle below was a treehouse on Holland Road.

Mayorga Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter

Story makes corrections in Mayorga's custory and bail amount:

A Menifee man charged with multiple felony counts in the death of two women in a traffic accident entered pleas of not guilty today.

Noel Mayorga Jr., 38, denied all allegations during his arraignment. He was remanded into custody and is now being held in lieu of $265,000 bail, no longer the previous $75,000. Mayorga's next court date is Oct. 17 for a felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center.

Mayorga was arrested following the July 7 accident at Inland Valley Regional Center, where he was taken with injuries sustained when the 2011 Ford Ranger truck he was driving collided with a 1994 Lexus driven by Rosy Vargas, 35, according to police reports.

Mayorga is charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Each count also has a number of enhancements that will be attached to them.

According to police, Vargas was traveling northbound on Leon Road when her vehicle was struck by the Ford Ranger, which was traveling at a high rate of speed on Domenigoni. Vargas, of Menifee, and a passenger in the front seat, Monica Rochin, 49, were killed instantly. Three passengers in the back seat sustained injuries.

Oasis Maids Offers A Cleaning Program to Work For You

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Oasis Maids offers an array of services to suite your family’s needs. Whether it be regular cleaning or one thorough deep-clean, leave the tough work to the cleaning professionals at Oasis Maids. They offer different packages to accommodate whatever cleaning schedule you might require, find the one that will work best for your home.

What does the “Deep Clean” include? Their deep clean service, just as it would appear, is indeed a one-time intense cleaning of your home. This clean includes two to four cleaning specialists for three to four hours and is great for those who do not need or want repeat cleaning sessions. No house is too big or too small for the cleaning team at Oasis to tackle.

What does the “Maintenance Clean” include? They recommend the maintenance clean begins with a thorough deep clean of your home, as specified above, and then provides cleaning sessions at regular intervals either weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly. This consistent clean includes one or two cleaning specialist for two to four hours to assure the same quality cleaning each and every time they visit your home.

Oasis Maids also offers specialty services that target specific problem areas, such a carpet care, tile and grout reconditioning, appliance deep clean, blinds, windows, garage clean out, and more.

Do you want to become a preferred customer and start earning discounts for your referrals? Just ask your cleaning care expert about Oasis Maids referral program today. Give their helpful representatives a call to create a cleaning program that’s just perfect your home.

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Temecula, CA 92590

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Menifee Maze 11: We Have a Winner!

We don't know how she did it, but based on only the four squares revealed so far, Nikki O'Neal correctly guessed that Menifee Maze 11 was the treehouse on Holland Road near Pleasant Valley Road on the west side of town. Great work, Nikki! You win the gift card from Texas Roadhouse.

A new maze starts tomorrow!

Menifee in Pictures: Yes, it Costs Just 99 Cents

No, the Fitness 19 health club has not abandoned the former Albertson's market location at Newport Road and Murrieta Road. It is being constructed at the right of the photo, in about one-third of the building space. The main entrance formerly used by Albertson's will soon lead customers into a 99 Cents Only store.

Signs on the storefront say the company is hiring and the store is "coming soon," but there has been no announced date for a grand opening. Readers may check the company's website for updates on new store locations.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a regular feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to 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.

Public Hearing Tonight Regarding City's General Plan

A public hearing will be held tonight during the Menifee Planning Commission meeting to discuss the city's proposed General Plan.

Following the discussion during the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, planning commissioners will vote on whether to recommend that the City Council adopt the General Plan proposed by city staff.

This is the first comprehensive General Plan in the five-year history of the city. Such a plan is required by Government Code 65302, which requires cities to make specific plans regarding land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety. Menifee's proposed General Plan would include two additional elements: Community design and economic development.

This public hearing will provide a review of a consulting firm's Environmental Impact Report related to the proposed General Plan. The Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for public review until Oct. 28. A copy of the General Plan and Draft EIR are available on the city's website as well as at City Hall, The Sun City Library and Paloma Valley Library.

According to the notice of public hearing, the Menifee General Plan includes forecasts of long-term conditions and outlines development goals and policies. It designates land use for up to 63,754 dwellings and up to 10,751,227 square feet of commercial retail and 41,569,476 square feet of nonretail uses.

Mat Pilates Workshop This Saturday at Elevate Fitness Studio

Call (951) 301-4499 to reserve a spot or visit their Facebook page here for more info.

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition Following Accident

Traffic was backed up for hours Monday afternoon following an accident at Scott and Murrieta roads involving a motorcycle and car.
(Photo submitted by Timm Smith on Menifee 24/7 Facebook page).
A motorcyclist is listed in critical condition this morning following an accident Monday in which a motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Scott Road and Murrieta Road in Menifee.

The accident was reported at 3 p.m. Monday but the official police report was not released by the Menifee Police Department until this morning. Both roads remained closed for 4 1/2 hours, causing major traffic jams in all directions.

According to police, they arrived on scene to find the motorcyclist suffering from major injuries and still on the roadway. Medical help had been summoned and the rider was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance. The rider, whose identity has not been released, was listed in critical condition in this morning's police report.

The investigation revealed the rider was westbound on Scott Road and it appears the rider failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. The other driver involved was traveling south on Murrieta Road and had proceeded into the intersection after stopping for the stop sign. That driver intended to complete a left turn onto eastbound Scott Road. The motorcyclist struck the side of the car.

This was the second serious accident involving a motorcyclist in Menifee within three days. Saturday night, a Lynwood man died when his motorcycle veered off Haun Road and struck a brick wall surrounding a cell phone tower just south of Holland Road.

Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta Serves Up Incredible Savings

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It is officially football season and Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta in Menifee is all about serving up their delicious food at exciting game day prices. Whether your team wins or loses, at the very least you had a great tasting meal.

Every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Giovanni’s offers buy one large pizza and get a second large cheese pizza for absolutely free, for either dine in or take out orders, whatever you prefer. On football nights you can also enjoy one pound of free chicken wings with the purchase of two large specialty pizzas, available for both dine in or take out orders.

Unlike the traditional large 14-inch pizza, at Giovanni’s large pizzas are a full 2 inches bigger coming it at 16-inches for a grand total of at least 20 more bites per pizza. Regular customers agree, Giovanni’s has the best handmade pizza in town.

Enjoy their daily lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $7.99 and grab a beverage for only $1 more. The lunch buffet features unlimited soup and salad as well as a continual rotation of hot from the oven pizzas with various toppings. So you know it’s always fresh, and always delicious.

Be sure to stop in on Tuesdays for their Ten for $10 menu. Choose from any one of the ten classic entrée menu items for only $10 each. The $10 menu includes: spaghetti and meatballs, USDA prime steak dinner, 7 – 8 ounce Tilapia dinner, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, Napoli herb chicken pasta, meat or spinach lasagna, and either a medium two topping pizza or a large one topping pizza.

Join the Giovanni’s Customer Rewards program to earn 10% back on all food purchases. $1 spent equals one point earned, so come on in and start saving today.

26900 Newport Road, Suite 112
Menifee, CA 92584
Phone: (951) 672-8080
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Website: Giovanni’s
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Membership Growth Leads to Division of LDS Church Units

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Menifee Stake Presidency, from left: First Counselor Todd A. Elkins, President Michael L. Gray, Second Counselor Gerald B. Wilcox.
Growth in membership of the Menifee Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over an 18-year period has led to its division today.

Under the direction of visiting General Church Authorities, existing boundaries were altered, new leadership installed and a new unit, the Lake Elsinore Stake, was created.

Stakes and wards are geographical divisions, with leadership residing in the respective areas. Within the newly reorganized Menifee Stake are the eight congregations spanning the cities of Menifee and Perris. Thus, with two members of the established Stake Presidency living outside those boundaries, new leaders were installed.

Taking over in the Menifee Stake is President Michael L. Gray, 43, a high school administrator formerly from Arizona. His first counselor is Todd A. Elkins, 52, a small business owner retained from the former presidency, while the second counselor is Gerald B. Wilcox, 43, vice president of an electronics firm.

Robert J. Wilson III was released as President of the Menifee Stake and then installed as President of the new Lake Elsinore Stake. Assisting him in his responsibility is first counselor Rocky F. Snider, 60, a project manager also formerly serving in the Menifee Stake presidency. Curtis Drake, 48, a truckload broker, is the second counselor.

The Lake Elsinore Stake consists of seven congregations and incorporates the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Wildomar.

Lake Elsinore Stake Presidency, from left: First Counselor Rocky F. Snider, President Robert J. Wilson, Second Counselor Curtis Drake.

Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing into Wall Alongside Haun Road

A motorcyclist died Saturday night when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a brick wall alongside Haun Road in Menifee, according to Riverside County Sheriff's deputies and the Coroner's Office.

Vincent Longoria, 36, of Lynwood was traveling north on Haun Road just before 8:30 p.m. when he left the paved roadway and lost control of his motorcycle, according to investigators. His bike crashed into a brick wall surrounding a cell phone tower in an open field.

Longoria, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene of the accident, just south of Holland Road. No other vehicles were involved.

Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Cail at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, 951-210-1000.

St. Vincent Ferrer Festival, Carnival Attracts Big Crowds

Hundreds of people from around the Menifee area are enjoying carnival rides, games, good food and music this weekend at the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Festival and Carnival.

Located a block north of the church on Murrieta Road and Chambers Road, the carnival has attracted big crowds the last two days. The final day of the event is Sunday, when the hours are 1-10 p.m.

Special entertainment Saturday night included Big Band music performed by the Armand Blais Orchestra.

What's Behind the Hills, Gates? A New Centex Neighborhood

Looking north from the new access road off Holland Road, one can see the growing development in The Lakes complex, built by Centex Homes.
If you've driven along Holland Road east of Menifee Road lately, you may have seen some activity in what has been a deserted lot for quite some time. In fact, the only item of interest in recent years has been the restroom facility we featured in a recent "Menifee in Pictures," asking what its purpose was.

Now we have the answer. A few days ago, when they paved an access road northbound into the hilly area from Holland Road, we wandered though an open gate in and soon found ourselves over the crest of the hill, where new roads led us all the way to The Lakes complex of Centex Homes, a gated community east of Menifee Road and south of Newport Road.

As we discovered after a visit to Centex Homes' "Summerhouse at The Lakes" real estate office, a resurgence in the housing market has resulted in a new phase of Centex Homes that ultimately will stretch the development from Newport all the way south to Holland. The development will eventually include more than 900 homes, but there will still be some open space behind those hills.

For now, the new road off Holland Road simply gives construction crews access to the back part of the property, where building is taking place. However, that 17-acre parcel of land is designated as a sports park that will include multiple ball fields, basketball courts and playgrounds.

According to Dean Wetter, general manager of Valley-Wide Recreation, the restroom facility is a prefabricated structure that was placed there when the development first opened. It has sat alone during the lull in housing construction, but now it appears more likely that it will one day be in the center of a large sports park complex.

The Lakes development is a gated community, but during the latest sales push, the front gate on Laguna Vista Drive is open to visitors during business hours. Wetter said there is no timetable for completion of the park, but the plan is for the developer to build the park and turn it over to Valley-wide. The park section of the development would be open to the public via Holland Road. Many of the unfinished homes have already been sold.

Visitors are asked to enter through the main gate rather than the back construction entrance.

Hundreds more homes are being built in the new Summerhouse neighborhood of the Centex development.
A lot on the north side of Holland Road that is now empty except for a restoom facility will one day be be part of a public sports park.

MSJC, Fine Arts Network Team Up to Present 'Pippin'

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Mt. San Jacinto College theater students rehearse for the musical "Pippin", which opens Oct. 10 in Temecula.
The dance studio at Mt San Jacinto College's Menifee Campus is buzzing with activity these days.

Rehearsals are in progress for Temecula’s version of "Pippin", the hip, tongue-in-cheek musical that is currently captivating Broadway audiences. It is the 2013 Tony Award winner for
Best Musical Revival, originally done by legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse.

The Old Town Temecula Community Theater production is a collaboration between the long-standing community theater company, the Fine Arts Network, and Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Performing Arts program. Cast members are not just learning their songs, dances and acting scenes, but they’re also getting things like magic tricks, acrobatics and stilt walking under their belts.

Director/choreographer Lori Craig Torok has well over 50 performance credits to her name, including being a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She is putting her own stamp on this production.

“We’re combining some of the best elements from the current Broadway show and the Fosse original," she said. "Having played the part of Fastrada in a New York production, I have always loved this show. It is the perfect balance of heart and spectacle.”

This high-energy musical has a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked) who is also a three-time Oscar-winning composer/lyricist for the animated films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt. Musical Director Jeremy Brown, a drummer and percussionist who has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, is excited about this opportunity to work in musical theater.

“Stephen Schwartz’s score is full of surprises, fresh grooves and beautiful colors,” Brown said.

Rounding out this professional production team is Shezwae Powell, artistic director for the Fine Arts Network, who is a veteran performer of five Broadway shows and 13 London West End shows.

“Local groups and colleges never get the rights to do current Broadway Tony winner," Powell said. "Usually you have to wait years for a show to finish on Broadway and national tours to be over before the performance rights are given out to smaller theater companies. We are thrilled they had the confidence in us to give us the opportunity to do this show now.”

"Pippin" is the story of a young prince, son of King Charlemagne the Great, who is spurred on by a mysterious troupe of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find the meaning of life. Will he choose a happy but simple existence? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This jubilant show with its heartwarming story, soaring music, Fosse-esque choreography, magic and acrobatics is an extravaganza sure to thrill, deliver plenty of laughs and touch the heart.

"Pippin" opens on Oct. 10 at Old Town Temecula Community Theater. For tickets, call 866-653-8696 or log onto

Hospice of Valleys Fundraiser Set for Sept. 29

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Cutie Pie

Name: Cutie Pie

Breed: Chihuahua

Age: 3 1/2 years old

Color: Black and tan

Cutie Pie's Story: Cutie Pie was rescued from euthanasia at a local shelter. There are many Chihuahuas that need rescuing in our area. Cutie Pie is aptly named, as she is very cute, sweet and all-around loving. She has a short, smooth black and tan coat and weighs about 9 pounds. She has been spayed, vaccinated, dewormed, and is also microchipped and crate trained. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys going for walks. Cutie Pie loves to be held and is a great little companion dog who just wants someone to love. Do you have room in your heart and home for Cutie Pie?

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: $100 cash adoption fee. An adoption contract is required. Local adoptions only within a 50 mile radius of Quail Valley/Menifee in Southwest Riverside County because they deliver the dog to its new home.

Hours of Operation: Animals are shown by appointment.

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

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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Postal Annex+ Offers Safety, Security, Peace of Mind

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At Postal Annex+ Menifee, they understand the need for privacy. When it comes to matters of business and personal security, your safety is top priority, ensuring peace of mind. When you open a private mailbox at Postal Annex+, you can rest assured that your packages and mail are being held securely until you come to retrieve them.

Whether or not you need optimum privacy and security for your mail, Postal Annex+ takes your private mailbox rental very seriously. There are many benefits to renting a private mailbox at Postal Annex+. First and foremost is security. Your mail is held safely behind two locks, the front door and your mailbox. Your mailbox is private. In fact, Postal Annex+ does not even disclose to others that you have a mailbox with them. Your name and information is privately held.

As far as added services, they will accept and secure packages for you so you don’t have to risk having anything stolen from your doorstep. They accept packages from UPS, FedEx, the USPS, and other couriers and will keep them secure until you come to pick it up at a time that is convenient for you. Having a private mailbox with a real address means two things for you; safety and professionalism. If you run a business from your home, but don’t want to put your personal street address on documents you can protect your family and your identity with a mailbox rental that reads just like a physical address.

To get started with a mailbox rental today:

1. Complete this form.
2. Bring in the form along with two forms of identification:
a. current driver’s license or state identification card
b. armed forces, government, university, or recognized corporation identification card
c. passport
d. alien registration card or certificate of naturalization
e. current lease, mortgage or Deed of Trust
f. voter or vehicle registration card
g. home or vehicle insurance registration card
(A photocopy of your identification may be retained by the Postal Annex+ representative when you open your private mailbox, per USPS requirements.)

They look forward to providing you with a safe, secure, private mailbox rental at your local Postal Annex+.

Newport at Murrieta
26100 Newport Road
Menifee, CA 92584
(951) 301-7070

Mon- Fri, 8 - 6
Sat, 9 - 4
Sun, Closed

Newport at Antelope
30141 Antelope Road
Menifee, CA 92585
(951) 679-2600

Mon- Fri, 9 - 6
Sat, 9 - 4
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It's Football Friday! Paloma at Home, Heritage at Great Oak

Members of the Paloma Valley High Junior ROTC unit are ready to cheer on the Wildcats again tonight.
We're already into the fourth weekend of the high school football season, and both Menifee varsity teams are undefeated.

Paloma Valley High puts its 3-0 record on the line in a home game tonight at 7 against Moreno Valley, which could provide the Wildcats with their toughest test yet. The visiting Vikings are 2-0, having defeated Fontana and Chaffey so far this season.

Paloma Valley got a big game last week from running back Demarco Prewitt, who rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-12 win over West Valley.

Menifee 24/7 will have a table set up near the snack bar. Fans can stop by and sign up for the chance to win a T-shirt or cap.

Menifee's other 3-0 team, Heritage High, is on the road again this week. The Patriots will play at Great Oak High of Temecula. The Wolfpack is 1-1, losing to Carlsbad and beating Rancho Verde.

Heritage quarterback Brent Virgil had a big game in last week's 49-13 win at Beaumont. The sophomore passed for 122 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 117 yards and two more TDs.

Menifee 24/7 will provide scoring updates from both games throughout the evening and complete game wrapups on our website and Facebook page Saturday morning.

St. Vincent Ferrer Church Carnival Begins Tonight!

Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday; 1-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Musical groups will perform each night.

Pitstop Pub Serves Free Pasta, Salad Bar for Football Season

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The Pitstop Pub Sports Bar and Grill is all about providing the whole sports experience. From televising games on their multiple TVs at all times to offering up a full menu of food and drink options, Pitstop Pub is the place to be.

Football season is finally here and Pitstop is serving up a complimentary pasta and salad bar with the purchase of a drink every Monday and Thursday during football games. Served at halftime, the pasta option will range from delicious marina spaghetti to creamy alfredo and is sure to satisfy your appetite. Simply order your choice of beverage, including a soda, beer, or drink and you’ll receive the pasta and salad bar buffet for free.

Tonight’s football line-up features a doubleheader starting with the Eagles vs. the Redskins at 4 p.m., followed by the Texans versus the Chargers around 7:20 p.m. Stop in to catch the game and fuel up with food and drinks too.

All domestic draft pints are $2.50 and ice cold pitchers are just $10 for Monday night. Their extensive menu also features a tempting list of appetizer favorites including wings, pizza, potato skins, and more.

In addition to the pasta and salad bar buffet every Thursday during game time, their specialty pizzas are $3 off all day long for dine in eating. Children are welcome until 10 p.m., so bring the whole family for a dinner time feast for the kids and football for dad.

Happy hour goes from 3-7 p.m., so be sure to grab Pitstop Pub’s drinks and appetizer specials too. Late night happy hour starts up again at 9 p.m.

The fun starts at 4 p.m. today, so be sure to stop by Pitstop Pub.

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

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