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Former Wolfpack soccer phenom, Ariel Lassiter, signs with L.A. Galaxy

Ariel Lassiter, the son of MLS and US National Team great, Roy Lassiter, and former 2013 graduate of Great Oak High School, recently signed to play professional soccer with the L.A. Galaxy.
Ariel Lassiter, the son of MLS and US National Team great, Roy Lassiter, and former 2013 graduate of Great Oak High School, recently signed to play professional soccer with the L.A. Galaxy.

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Pioneers: Etched in Stone. Written by Temecula Valley Museum staff member, Steve Williamson.Temecula Valley Museum announces its latest book release; Pioneers: Etched in Stone

Dec 12th

Temecula Valley Museum announces a new book entitled Pioneers: Etched in Stone. This original book is a collection of brief biographies of the individuals whose names grace the four sides of the 15-ton monolith located in Sam Hicks Monument Park, kno...

Business
Kimberly Davidson, Business Development Manager and Public Information Officer for the City of Murrieta presents Community Leader of the Year award from IVBCF to Paul Bandong from Valley News.Bandong, others recognized by IVBCF

Dec 13th 1 Reader Comment

Paul Bandong of The Valley News was one of six award winners at the Inland Valley Business Community Foundation’s (IVBCF) annual awards dinner held Dec. 3 at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta. Bandong was named Community Leader of the Year, something ...

Dining
Old Town Temecula’s 1909 reminds diners that food is all that matters

Dec 13th

Old Town Front Street has a new “it” place to dine — 1909 is the spot to enjoy a fine meal and pair with craft beer, local wine, or mixed drink depending on your palate. You won’t find live music here as owners Richard and Rickie Leigh have sty...

Education
Gwendolyn Schlange, a longtime and very admired educator.Tea with Gwen attracts admirers of longtime educator Gwendolyn Schlange

Dec 13th

She served as a teacher at Little Lake Elementary School in Hemet for some 40 years. She dedicated herself for more than 20 years as a trustee on the Mt. San Jacinto College board. Gwendolyn Schlange was honored for her decades of commitment to stude...

Entertainment
March of the spirits as Ebenezer Scrooge is introduced to his fate.Charles Dickens: ‘A Christmas Carol’ delights holiday lovers in Old Town Temecula

Dec 13th

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and never better to view the age old tale of the softening of a miserly heart. To the delight of Southwest Riverside, the Temecula Valley Players once again are presenting the holiday classic, Charles Dick...

Food
Fresco Grill in Bonsall prepares and serves gourmet Italian entrees during the Oak Grove So-Cal Chef Open.Hundreds enjoy Golf Classic and SoCal Chef Open to Benefit Oak Grove

Oct 30th

The Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment&the Arts held its 12th Annual Golf Classic and seventh Annual SoCal Chef Open at the Pechanga Casino&Resort on Monday, October 20, 2014. The charity golf event drew 150 golfers during the day; in t...

Health & Fitness
HealthSouth Corporation has announced that it has acquired land and plans to construct an approximately 54,000-square foot, two-story inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Murrieta.HealthSouth announces plans for new hospital in Murrieta

Nov 27th 1 Reader Comment

HealthSouth Corporation has announced that it has acquired land and plans to construct an approximately 54,000-square foot, two-story inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Murrieta. The nearly five acres of land is located at 35470 Whitewood Road in M...

Home & Garden
Typical setup at nursery with some bare root fruit trees ready to go home with you!Bare root plants appearing soon at nurseries

Dec 13th

Hello fellow gardeners. As I promised last week, I’d like to discuss “bare root” plants this week since they will be appearing at local nurseries within a couple weeks now. There are MANY reasons to buy and plant bare root. First, let me explain what...

Out and About
Tammy Stone and her fiancé Greg Keefer open their Canyon Lake home for tours of their “Magic of Christmas Past” themed decorations. The “Magical Mystery Holiday Home Tour” was organized by the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club with six homes participating.Canyon Lake Holiday Home Tour

Dec 13th

Pets
My name is Smudge. I am a 2-month-old, white/black Domestic Short Hair. I am a sweet little girl. I am very loving and playful. I am litter-box trained. I will need to be spayed before going to my forever home. Intake Number: 242019For more information, go to www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.comAddress: 33751 Mission Trail. Wildomar, CA 92595. Phone: 951-674-0618Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am-4 pm. Wednesday from 10 am-7 pm. and Saturday 10 am-5 pm.Pets of the Week

Dec 13th

Kitten Special! All kittens 2-6 months only $20 each (plus applicable spay/neuter fees). Adopt two and receive $5 off the second kitten. Cats older than 6 months only $5 (plus applicable spay/neuter fees).

Real Estate
More renters, higher rents, lower incomes

Dec 13th 1 Reader Comment

Home ownership – a main pillar of the American Dream – is becoming more of a dream than a reality for a growing number of Southern Californian residents who have become long-term renters. More are renting, but fewer are finding it afforda...

Sports
Brandon Presley scores 22 points to lead the Wolfpack to a 70-63 overtime victory over La Sierra in the Championship game.22nd Annual Nighthawk Classic goes to Great Oak

Dec 18th

The Great Oak Boys Basketball team were the tournament champions in this year’s 22nd Annual Nighthawk classic. Brandon Presley scored 22 points to lead the Wolfpack to a 70-63 overtime victory over La Sierra in the Championship game. Torin Webb, from...

Events Calendar
KIDS AND TEENS:

December 12 – 5-8:30 p.m. Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland with Snow at the Professor’s house! Have fun and make memories surrounded by holiday music and twinkling lights! Entrance to Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland is free. Tickets for activities are $1 each. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376.

December 12 – 5 p.m. Pennypickle’s Workshop / Temecula Children’s Museum, 42081 Main Street offers unique holiday themed activities throughout the season. Winterfest is Winter Wonderland with tons of snow and fun. Information: (951) 308-6376.

December 13 – 5-8:30 p.m. Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland – There’s snow at the Professor’s House! The whole family can make memories as you are surrounded by holiday music, twinkling lights, games, and snow. Admission is free and activity tickets are $1 each. Information: (951) 308-6376.

December 13 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Music of Christmas Workshop for kids ages 6-12 at the Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes Street. Information and Registration: (951) 694-6450.

December 19 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Magical Candyland Workshop for ages 2 and over at Pennypickle’s Lab, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. You can experiment with the yummiest and most fantastic ingredients any little scientist would love – CANDY. Your child will be doing lots of candy testing, games, activities and maybe even some tasting! Information: (951) 308-6376.

December 20 – 8:30 a.m. Annual Breakfast with Santa and the Firefighters at Fire Station #10, 410 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. For ages 11 and under including a pancake breakfast and tour. Bring your camera for picture opportunities! Tickets available for purchase at the Lake Community Center. Information: (951) 245-8848.

December 22-23 – 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Camp at the Lake Elsinore Community Center, 310 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. Kids ages 6-12 spend your winter break with sports, crafts, games and contests. Cost: $20 per person per week or $10 per person per day drop in. Kids need to bring lunch each day. Information: (951) 245-0442.

December 29-30 – 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Camp at the Lake Elsinore Community Center, 310 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. Kids ages 6-12 spend your winter break with sports, crafts, games and contests. Cost: $20 per person per week or $10 per person per day drop in. Kids need to bring lunch each day. Information: (951) 245-0442.

December 31 – 11-12:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Noon. Come celebrate the New Year Pennypickle style…at noon instead of midnight! You won’t want to miss the Professor’s very special party for those too young to stay up late. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as space is limited. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376.

January 31 – Oak Grove Center to host a six week baseball camp beginning on January 31. Oak Grove Center head coach Kevin Keller will direct the program along with the U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is NOW underway. Information: www.usbaseballacacemy.com or (866) 622-4487.



ENTERTAINMENT:

December 11, 12 & 13 – 7:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol presented by Temecula Valley Players at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Performances on December 6 and 14 at 2 p.m. Performance on December 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 11-13 – 7 p.m. Shakespeare in the Vines presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) at Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Vineyard and Winery, 33440 La Serena Way, Temecula. Dinner will be served on Friday and Saturday night performances only. Dining reservations through Carol’s restaurant (951) 676-9463. Tickets: www.shakespeareinthevines.org. Information: (952) 402-7488.

December 10 & January 13 – MSJC Performing Arts Department is holding auditions for the Broadway Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the MSJC College theatre, San Jacinto Campus, 1500 building, 1499 North State Street. Call backs will be January 20 from 6-8 p.m. for December 10 audition and 6-9 p.m. for January 13th audition. Information: Shezwae (951) 487-3791 or spowell@msjc.edu.

December 11 – 7-9 p.m. Temecula Valley Museum presents Chill with Bill Magee, an evening of Jazz Christmas style at the Museum, 28314 Mercedes Street, Temecula. Information: (951) 694-6450.

December 12 – 5 p.m. Country Music Concert at the Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris featuring Maggie rose and Easton Corbin. Tickets: $25 general or $50 VIP. Information: Corey (951) 239-8654.

December 12 – 7 and 9 p.m. Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Co-Produced by Jordan Beck and J. Scott Lapp in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 13 – 7-9 p.m. Speakeasy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by David Bradley in association with Temecula Presents. Speakeasy is Traditional Jazz of the 20’s – 40’s featuring the house band, Second Hand Jazz with vocalist Rosalie Porter. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 13 – 7:30 p.m. MSJC Presents: Menifee Fall Concerts at the Menifee Valley Campus Lab Theater, in room 207, 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee. Evening concert performing will be featuring the Menifee Campus Singers. Admission: $10 or $9 with SGA card. Information: Jeremy (951) 639-5665 or jebrown@msjc.edu. Reservations: (951) 639-5790.

December 14 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 14 & 24 – 3 p.m. Candlelight Classics presented by Golden Valley Music Society and Temecula Presents at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Ring in the Holidays with a Temecula tradition! Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 16 – 7 p.m. danceXchange co-produced by Temecula Presents and Dance Theater Collective of Southern California will be in the Courtyard Stage at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 18 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Henry the Skipper, Franklin with pianist Bill Heid and drummer Al Williams. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 18, 19, 22 & 23 – 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet 2014 presented by The Ballet Studio and Fine Arts Network Theatre Company will be at the Old Town Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Performance on December 20 and 21 will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 20 – 12-4 p.m. Award winning bluesman Billy Watson and Robin Henkel to perform at Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, 35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Information: Laurie (858) 635-1233 or visit www.robinhenkel.com.

December 20 – 2 and 6 p.m. 6th Annual performance of The Truth About the Nutcracker presented by Dunamix Dance Project at 41625 Enterprise Circle South, Suite D, Temecula. Information: www.dunamixdanceproject.com or (951) 230-8746.

December 20 – 7 and 9 p.m. Country Live at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Live Country music show featuring house band backing up the Valley’s country artists. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696 or www.countryatthemerc.info.

December 20 -23 – 3-5 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Ballet Studio and Fine Arts Network Theatre Company at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets: (866) 653-8696.

December 28 –6:30 and 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Co-Produced by Jordan Beck and J. Scott Lapp in association with Temecula Presents. Celebrate twice this year with this 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve themed cabaret, featuring music from the Great American Songbook as well as Broadway classics. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 31 – 6-9:30p.m. New Year’s Eve Speakeasy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by David Bradley featuring Hotsy Totsy presenting a Roarin’ 20’s Revue with dancing, light fare, party favors complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast. Tickets and Information: (866) 63-8696.



COMMUNITY EVENTS:

December 5 -December 20 –Holiday weekends in Old Town Temecula with over 20,000 sparkling lights, the magic of the holiday season and Santa Claus (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) Weekends include: Carolers, kids activities and entertainment.

December 5 - January 4 – 7-9 p.m. City of Temecula Winterfest Snowbell Rockin’ Nights snowfall California-Style. This is a synchronized snow and light show on the steps of City Hall, 41000 Main Street. Information: (951) 678-1456.

December 7-21 – Holiday Lights and Festive Sights Home and Community decorations throughout Temecula.

December 10 – 4-8 p.m. 5th Annual Holiday Taste of Old Town Temecula. Stroll through Old Town and stop in at the many participating restaurants, wineries, and businesses for treats and special discounts. There will be goodie bags filled with coupons and treats from participating merchants for the first 100 paid guests. Tickets: $25. Check in begins outside The Bank Mexican Restaurant and Old Town Spice and Tea. $5 from each tickets sold will be donated to Rancho Damacitas to fulfill holiday wishes.

December 10 – 12-5 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, 31315 Chaney Street, Lake Elsinore. Donors receive while supplies last, a Chick-fil-A coupon. Also receive free cholesterol screening and gift of Life donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.lstream.org. Those ages 18-44 years may register to be the Match bone marrow screening at all donor locations free of charge. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. Information: 1-800-TRY-GIVING.

December 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Open House on December 11 from 5-8 p.m. MSJC College Photography department presents: A Photography Exhibition at Menifee Valley campus room 923, 28237 La Piedra Road. This is an exhibition of advanced student and professional production class photography work in the studio gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Information: Melissa (951) 639-5684 or mott@msjc.edu.

December 11 – 6-8 p.m. Gingerbread House Contest at Marion Ashley Community Center, 25625 Briggs Road, Menifee. All ages Cost: $2 pre-registration or $3 at the event. Information: (951) 928-2700.

December11-17 Santa’s 1st Stop. Santa will be at various locations throughout the city of Murrieta to visit the children, he will be on his sleigh collecting canned food and toys for needy kids in the area. Beginning December 1 you can drop off donations at the community center, 41810 Juniper Street, City Hall, Senior Center and the Police Department and Fire Stations.

December 12 – 6-8 p.m. Winter Movie Night hosted by the City of Lake Elsinore featuring “The Santa Claus” rated PG at Summerlake Park, 900 West Broadway, Lake Elsinore. Bring your own blankets, chairs and a snack as you and your family enjoy a winter night under the stars.

December 12 – 5 p.m. Official Grand Opening of Temecula on Ice at Town Square Park the outdoor ice skating rink located at 41000 Main Street. Open daily through January 4, 2015.

December 13 – 6-7:30 p.m. The Brewer Boys & Friends Benefit Concert at Oak Grove Center, 24275 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta. Enjoy and evening of festive music and talent by the Brewer Boys, Alaina Blair and Lindsey Carrier, light refreshments and warm beverages. This event is dedicated to the life and legacy of Elsa Brewer whose dream was for the Arts and Music programs at Oak Grove to flourish. Tickets and Information: www.purplepass.com/ogbrewerboys.

December 13 – 7:30-11 a.m. 13th Annual Breakfast with Santa at Fire Station 61, 32637 Gruwell Street, Wildomar. Fire equipment on display, star cars, LED Holiday light exchange, Photo’s with Santa and Mrs. Claus, CAL Fire/Riverside Co Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Donations of new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at event or Wildomar City Hall through December 23. Information: (951) 677-7751 or jmorales@cityofwildomar.org.

December 13 – Breakfast with Santa at the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road. Get out your cameras and enjoy this special visit with Santa and his helpers. Start your morning with breakfast, carolers and a visit to Santa’s Workshop and more. This is a family tradition. Register early as space is limited. Information: www.temeculaevents.org or (951) 678-1456.

December 13 – 9-11 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Provecho Grill, 26862 Cherry Hills Blvd. Menifee. Cost: $7 for children, $10 for adults includes picture with Santa (provided in digital format via email). Portions of the proceeds will benefit Faithful Servants of Menifee. Faithful Servants will also be collecting items such as toiletries, and children’s toys for families in need in the Menifee area. Donations can be dropped off at Provecho Grill now through December 13. Information: (951) 246-3200.

December 14 – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Farmer Boys, 18288 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore. Donors receive a free cheeseburger, courtesy of Farmer Boys. Also receive free cholesterol screening and gift of Life donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.lstream.org.

December 17-20 – Menifee Community Cupboard’s Christmas Food Distribution at 26808 Cherry Hills Blvd, Menifee. (Income restrictions apply) By appointment only, pre-register by calling (951) 301-4414.

December 18 – Noon – Senior’s Christmas Lunch at Kay Ceniceros Senior Center, 29995 Evans Road, Menifee. Cost: $3-5 per person. Information and Reservations: (951) 672-9673.

December 18 – 12-5 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at New Life Ultrasound, 25021 Madison Avenue suite 105, Murrieta. Donors receive a free 11x14 portrait, courtesy of New Life Ultrasound and a free mini-sub courtesy of Benny’s Place. Also receive free cholesterol screening and gift of Life donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.lstream.org.

December 18 – 2-7 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Donors receive while supplies last a coupon for two free tacos courtesy of Jack in the Box. Also receive free cholesterol screening and gift of Life donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.lstream.org.

December 19 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Chick-fil-A, 40531 Margarita Road, Temecula. Donors receive while supplies last a Chick-fil-A coupon. Also receive free cholesterol screening and gift of Life donor Loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.lstream.org.

December 20 – Santa’s Workshop Toy Distribution by Menifee Community Cupboard and Lake Menifee Women’s Club. Information: (951) 708-0308.

December 20 – 2-6 p.m. p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Mulligan Family Fun Center, 24950 Madison Avenue, Murrieta. Donors receive a coupon for a free round of miniature golf, courtesy of Mulligan Family Fun Center and while supplies last a Chick-fil-A coupon.

December 21 – 5 p.m. Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Duck Pond, 28250 Ynez Road, Temecula.

December 25 – Hot Meals for Seniors Christmas Dinner sponsored by Sun City Concern and delivered by appointment. Information: (951) 679-2374.

December 25 – 2-5 p.m. Christmas Dinner hosted by Carnales Family and Faithful Servants at the Marion Ashley Community Center, 25625 Briggs Road, Menifee. Free for all ages. Information: (951) 928-2700.

December 31 – 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve Grape Drop and celebration. Ring in the New Year Temecula-style at the Annual Grape Drop with an east coast and west coast countdown. There will be live music, kid’s activities, ice skating, and more! Information: www.temeculaevents.org or (951) 678-1456.

December 31 – 8 p.m. Ring in New Year’s Eve with Siren’s Crush at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. The party will be held in the Infinity Showroom. Tickets: $35 per person. Tickets: (877) 946-7252 or (800) 585-3737 or www.startickets.com.

January 1, 2015 – Happy New Year 2015!!
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