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Thousands of Race for the Cure participants make their way along Margarita Rd. in Temecula on Oct. 19, 2014.
Thousands of Race for the Cure participants make their way along Margarita Rd. in Temecula on Oct. 19, 2014.

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Lois CormierLois Cormier honored as ‘August Artist of the Month’

Aug 15th

It is easy to find that one word that describes Lois Cormier. That word is talented. Each month Arts Council Menifee selects an artist to be honored and this month’s recipient is especially impressive. A visit to her home reveals the many beautiful ...

Business
L to R: Robert Kaman (Chamber of Commerce Rep), Kym Espinoza (Promenade Mall), Jeff Kurtz (Promenade Mall), Maryann Edwards (Mayor of Temecula), Joel Rosales (Pechanga HR), Krista Castillo (Pechanga HR), Janet Borland (Pechanga HR), Cynthia Garduno (Pechanga HR), Felisha Garcia (Pechanga HR), Noelani Kozlowski (Pechanga HR)Pechanga staffs a kiosk at Promenade mall in Temecula to hire employees

Oct 17th

Video by JP Raineri [Video] Pechanga Resort&Casino’s human resources department always has jobs to fill. In an effort to reduce the number of job openings, and keep the casino fully staffed, the department has opened a hiring kiosk inside th...

Dining
Sprigs of rosemary and an edible pansy garnish Café Bloom’s ‘Chicken and Gouda Wrap.’Café Bloom is just down Reche Road, but worlds away!

Oct 16th

Some tantalizing scents have been wafting down Reche Road lately and the source is the new Café Bloom at Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens&Nursery. For years Myrtle Creek has been my source for gifts, statuary, and all things green and growing. I ha...

Education
The Murrieta Valley High School’s Junior ROTC marches away after conducting a special flag-raising ceremony at Tovashal Elementary School.Murrieta school celebrates national Red Ribbon certification

Oct 24th

Tovashal Elementary School in Murrieta celebrated receiving Red Ribbon certification on Oct. 20 with a morning event attended by over 1,000 people. The school is now one of 73 across the nation, and the first in California, to be awarded with the cer...

Entertainment
Tom Hrbacek, conductor for the Valley Winds Community Band, leads the group during the old-fashioned concert in front of the Temecula Civic Center on Oct. 19.Temecula Old-Fashioned Band Concert in the Park

Oct 24th

Temecula Old-Fashioned Band Concert in the Park

Food
Oak Grove Center Athletic Director Kevin Keller and CEO Tammy Wilson are excited for the upcoming Golf Classic and So-Cal Chef Open to be held Oct. 20 at Pechanga Resort & Casino.Oak Grove Center’s So-Cal Chef Open promises to be a delicious fundraiser

Oct 17th

Foodies in Southwest Riverside County and beyond will find plenty of like-minded individuals if they attend the Oak Grove Center’s So-Cal Chef Open starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, inside the Grand Ballroom at Pechanga Resort&Casino. Th...

Health & Fitness
Healthcare workers at Palomar Health in Escondido participate in a drill on Oct. 7 in order to be prepared in the event they receive a patient who may have the Ebola virus.Is Riverside County ready for Ebola?

Oct 24th

Healthcare facilities in Riverside County are preparing for a worst-case scenario – receiving a patient with the Ebola virus. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for the Riverside County Dept. of Public Health, confirmed no cases have b...

Home & Garden
Agave 'Blue Glow'.Healthy&Beautiful Gardens

Oct 24th

Hello fellow gardeners! For those of you who know me, you know I am a “succulent fanatic” and love to not only collect for myself but incorporate into my designs as well, whenever possible. Succulents are great in the landscape as they are so very dr...

Motor Scene
Sam Theodora walks away with a “Diamond Award” for his 1955 Chevy Convertible.Murrieta Rod Run revs up Old Town

Oct 24th

Murrieta’s second annual Rod Run held Oct. 17 - 18 was a big success. Event organizers estimate 20,000 visitors flocked to downtown Murrieta to check under the hood and admire the craftsmanship of classic car owners from around Southern California. ...

Obituaries
In memoriam

Aug 8th

Roy Ayvon Plumlee, born in Oklahoma, January 19, 1915, died in California, July 17, 2014.  Ayvon was predeceased by his wife, Pauline Plumlee, and two sons, Richard Lee and Roy Alan. He is survived by two sons, Gerald Ayvon and Claude Arthur, and tw...

Out and About
Traditional Greek folk dancers at the 2013 Temecula Greek Festival.Greek Festival to return with co-sponsorship from the City of Temecula

Oct 17th

After a record event last year, the Greek Festival has announced plans for more food, fun and musical celebration than ever before. The festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Civic Center in Old Town and will mark the ...

Pets
Temecula resident Louie Montoya was selling purebred baby Spanish Timbrado canaries at the Temecula Valley Museum’s fall bazaar on Oct. 18. He breeds, shows and sells the canaries as a hobby and belongs to the Southern California Spanish Timbrado Association. Only the male canaries sing.Temecula man breeds and sells purebred Spanish Timbrado canaries

Oct 24th

Temecula man breeds and sells purebred Spanish Timbrado canaries

Real Estate
Home warranty equals peace of mind

Oct 24th

Buyers, sellers and their respective agents don’t want to worry about things that break or malfunction in the home after the sale closes. A home warranty policy — for specific systems and items — can give peace of mind to those involved. ...

Sports
Great Oak's Jonathan Hernandez (34) had two picks on the night, one of which he returned for a touchdown in their 44-34 win over Temecula Valley.Prep Football Scores; Week Eight: League Week Three

Oct 24th

Southwestern League Chaparral (2-6, 1-2) - 14 : 21 - Murrieta Valley (4-4, 2-1) - Double OT Great Oak (6-2, 2-1) - 44 : 34 - Temecula Valley (5-3, 1-2) Murrieta Mesa (4-4, 0-3) - 3 : 50 - Vista Murrieta (6-2, 3-0) ...

Events Calendar
KIDS AND TEENS:

October 24 – 6-8 p.m. Steampunk Design Lab and Social Gathering at Pennypickle’s Lab, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Take your cue from the Victorian days to design a costume. Most creative costume wins a prize. Bring a roll of duct tape and the lab provides the rest or come dressed in your favorite steampunk attire. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets and Information: (951) 308-6376.

October 26 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church of Temecula invites the community to Light in the Night with Jesus a FREE Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat at 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula. Kids and adults are invited to come dressed in costumes, no gruesome costumes please. Carnival games, balloon animals, crafts, cupcake walk. BBQ for $2 donation. Information: (951) 676-6262 or www.hopetemecula.org.

October 29 – 4-4:45 p.m. Prismatic Magic: Halloween Laser Spooktacular at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. This amazing and mesmerizing program combines high-tech lasers and spooktacular Halloween music for all ages. Information: (951) 693-8980.

October 29 – 7 p.m. Halloween Spooktacular Magic and Illusions performed by Anthony Hernandez at the Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawerence Welk Drive, Escondido. This family friendly magic show features illusions, comedy, audience participation and magic. Every child in attendance will receive an autographed poster from Anthony. Tickets and Information: (888) 802-SHOW.

October 31 – 8 p.m. Halloween Spooktacular Magic and Illusions performed by Anthony Hernandez at the Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawerence Welk Drive, Escondido. This family friendly magic show features illusions, comedy, audience participation and magic. Every child in attendance will receive an autographed poster from Anthony. Show will include a costume contest at intermission. Tickets and Information: (888) 802-SHOW.

October 31 – 5-7 p.m. Safe Alternative to Trick or Treating at the French Valley Community Center, 31757 Browning Street, Murrieta. Games, jumpers, trunk or treat, DJ, music, hamburgers and hot dogs and more! Fun for all ages and free activities. Information: (951) 894-1468.

October 31 – 3-6 p.m. Pennypickle’s Trick or Treat Trail open house. Kids will get a treat in each of the Professor’s rooms as they follow his footsteps from place to place. This will be a walk-through of the Workshop and will not include time to play. Cost: $2 per child – 2 years and up. Information: (951) 308-6376.

October 31 – 4 p.m. Halloween Dance Celebration for kids at the Ballroom in Villa Incanta, 27314 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 4, Temecula with guest Samantha Potter, one of the lead dancers on Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Kids will learn the Thriller dance moves. Cost: $5 per child. Information and Registration: Samantha@villaincanta.com.

October 31 – 5-7 p.m. Trunk or Treat at United Church of Christ, 26701 McCall Blvd. Menifee. Children dressed in costumes are invited to a safe and fun All Hallows’ Eve. Event will take place in the church parking lot. All are welcome. Information: Rev. Bill Freeman, (616) 796-5598.

ENTERTAINMENT:

October 24 & 25 – 7:30 p.m. MSJC College Theatre Arts department presents: Almost Maine, by John Cariani at the San Jacinto campus Theatre, 1499 North State Street. October 26 play begins at 2:30 p.m. Information: Shezwae (951) 487-3791 or spowell@msjc.edu.

October 24 &25 – 7:30 p.m. Zombie Prom presented by Fine Arts Network Theater Company featuring a comedy musical at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Due to mature subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 25 – 8 p.m. Comedy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula.  Laugh and leave the week behind you with PRN’s unique style of audience-participatory improvised comedy where you play too by helping to write, direct, and even star onstage. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 25 – 2 p.m. Noises Off presented by Chaparral High School Drama Department and performed at the Performing Arts Center, 27215 Nicholas Road, Temecula. Noises Off is a fast-paced comedy. General Admission $10. $8 for all students, military personnel, and seniors 55+. Tickets and Information: (951) 695-4200 ext 144.

October 26 – 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. Featuring: Trio Amoroso – Alyze Dreiling, viola, Kay Van Tassel, flute and Linda Scott, piano. Performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 26 – Zombie-Rock Apocalypse Concert -Mrs. Jones Revenge presented by Fine Arts Network Theatre Company will perform at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Experience the sights and sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s during this memorable two-hour Halloween-themed classic rock event. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 26 – Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Produced by Jordan Beck and J. Scott Lapp in association with Temecula Presents. Cabaret brings the best of Broadway to Old Town Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 29 – 7 p.m. Chaparral High School Choir concert “Spooktacular” will be performed at the Performing Arts Center, 27215 Nicholas Road, Temecula. The Masquerade Spooktacular will showcase their Advanced Chamber Choir, Show Choir and Puma Chorale, plus solos and special numbers. Information: Rob (951) 514-0589.

October 30 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Road Work Ahead. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

September 1-October 31 – 2nd Annual Warm Hearts – Helping those in need stay warm this winter. Donate your slightly used coats, hats, scarves and gloves and drop them off at the SRCAR office, 26529 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula. Collecting for men, women, boys and girls of all sizes. Items will be distributed in November to Project T.O.U.C.H. and the Assistance League of Temecula. Cash donations are also being accepted to purchase what is not donated. Information: (951) 894-2571.

October 10 – November 1 – Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium at 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Tickets and Information: (951) 245-4487 or www.hauntedstadium.com.

October 23 – 6 p.m. 6th Annual Heroes in Education Awards Gala and Ceremony to be held at the Lakeside High School Rotary Performing Arts Center, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Eleven individuals and one community partner have been selected for honors at LEUSD’s recognition event. This event is open to the public. Reservations requested. Information: Mark.dennis@leusd.k12.ca.us.

October 23 – 2-7 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age with written parental consent. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Give Hope-Give Life-Give Blood. Information: (800) TRY GIVING.

October 24 – 3-8 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Reading Cinema Cal Oaks 17, 41090 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age with written parental consent. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Give Hope-Give Life-Give Blood. Information: (800) TRY GIVING.

October 24 – 6 p.m. Menifee’s 7th Annual Mayors Ball - A Night of Glitter and Glitz presented by the Menifee Rotary Club will be held at the Menifee Lakes Country Club, 29875 Country Club Drive. Reservations and Information: (951) 381-0444 or menifeerotary@gmail.com.

October 24 – 6 p.m. Halloween Carnival at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Vendors, games, costume contest, screaming contest and more! Cost: $5 per wristband.

October 24 – 3:30-5:15 p.m. Movie Time in the Library featuring a free screening of “Hotel Transylvania” at the Mission Trail Library Community Room, 34303 Mission Trail, Wildomar. Information: (951) 471-3855.

October 24 –4-8 p.m. Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular at the Lake Community Center, 310 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. Food, carnival, games, activities and a showing of Hotel Transylvania. Free Admission. Information: (951) 245-0442.

October 24, 25 &31 – 6-11 p.m. Terror in the Oaks at Vail Lake Resort, 38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula. Haunted House, Haunted Hayride, Entertainment, Food, Bounce House Mini Maze and more. Admission is free! Information: Deanna (951) 303-0173.

October 24, 25, 26 – 6-9 p.m. Haunted Theatre at Broadway Starz Theater, 42092 Winchester Road, Temecula. Enjoy thrills and chills at this haunted theatre. See demented forest, creepy toy room and freaky crypt. Admission: $8. Information: Teresa (951) 595-7615.

October 25 – 12-3 p.m. Paws on the Promenade - Spooktacular Dog Walk Pet parade and costume contest at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula. Fundraising walk, treat bags, vendors, pet parade, costume contest, monster mash, green screen photos $5. Event to benefit Animal Friends of the Valleys. Information: Tiffani (951) 805-6239.

October 25 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lifestream Community Blood Drive at Brunswick Cal Oaks Bowl, 40440 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age with written parental consent. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Give Hope-Give Life-Give Blood. Information: (800) TRY GIVING.

October 25 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fall Festival presented by the Council of the Sun City Civic Association will be held at North Town Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd. Sun City. Emergency Expo, line dancers, table tennis, music, dancersize, Food and Beverage and much more. This is a free event open to the public. Information: (951) 679-2311.

October 25 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Murrieta’s Fall Festival at California Oaks Sports Park, 40600 Cal Oaks Road, Murrieta. Carnival style games, food, vendors, candy, prizes and more. Information: (951) 304-7275.

October 25-26 – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Greek Food Festival at Temecula City Hall, 41000 Main Street, Temecula. Food, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Extreme Game Trailer, Music, Vendors and more! Information: Mary temeculagreekfest@yahoo.com. Sunday hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

October 25-26 – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tough Mudder Event at Vail Lake Resort, 38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula. 11,000 acres of rugged slopes, desert terrain this course may bring down even the toughest mudders with grueling challenges. Information: (951) 303-0173.

October 27-31 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MSJC’s Art Gallery presents: Day O’ Dead – Dia de los Muertos, a traditional Mexican Cultural experience at San Jacinto campus Art Gallery, 1499 North State Street. Information: Joe (951) 487-3585 or jposadas@msjc.edu.

October 28 – World Habitat Day – Free movie “Happy” rated PG-13 presented by Habitat for Humanity – Inland Valley at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

October 28 – 1-6 p.m. San Diego Blood Bank will be at Pechanga RV Clubhouse, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Everyone who signs up to donate will be entered to win free nights at the Pechanga RV Resort, gift cards for the Pechanga buffet , hats and more. Raffle winners will be notified on October 29. Donors must be in general good health, feeling well, be older than 16 with parent consent, weigh at least 114 pounds and have a photo ID. Information or to schedule an appointment call (800) 469-7322 or www.sandiegobloodbank.org.

October 28 – 1:30-4 p.m. MSJC and Walgreens offer FREE Flu Shots for Veterans at the Menifee campus Resource Center, Building 1017, 28237 La Piedra Road. In an effort to promote community health and partnerships, Walgreens will process free flu shots for all veterans with proof of veteran status (VA Card or DD214) and Social Security number. Information: Terry (951) 639-5237 or trussell@msjc.edu.

October 29 – 6 p.m. 2nd Annual Menifee 24/7 Halloween Festival at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road. Enjoy games, music, treats, costume parade, and much more! Information: www.menifee247.com.

October 29 –11; 30 a.m.-1 p.m. MSJC English Department in association with Poets & Writers, Inc. presents: Author Reading /Presentation by John Griswold at the Menifee Valley campus, 28237 La Piedra Road in room 927 of the Technology building. This event is free and open to the public. In addition to reading from his work he will also address questions from the audience regarding writing. Information: Rickianne (951) 639-5642 or rrycraft@msjc.edu.

October 30 – 7:30 p.m. Thriller Night Crawl Fundraiser Halloween fun benefits the kids at Rancho Damacitas Children’s homes with photo scavenger hunt, costume contest, music, dancing and prizes beginning at Blackbird Tavern, 41958 5th Street, Temecula. The photo scavenger hunt will be at bars and restaurants on Front Street in Old Town Temecula. Cost: $10 donation. Information: www.thrillernightcrawl.com.

October 30 – 6 p.m. MSJC Homecoming Bonfire at the San Jacinto Campus Quad, 1499 North State Street, San Jacinto hosted by SGA, PTK, STEM, CARE, Puente Club and CDE Student group. Enjoy games and activities for children and adults. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Information: Sandi (951) 487-3331 or suhrig@msjc.edu.

October 30 – 1:30-4 p.m. MSJC and Walgreens offer FREE Flu Shots for Veterans at the Temecula Education Complex, 27447 Enterprise Circle West, Temecula. In an effort to promote community health and partnerships, Walgreens will process free flu shots for all veterans with proof of veteran status (VA Card or DD214) and Social Security number. Information: Elias (951) 506-6250 or eescamilla@msjc.edu.

SEMINARS / CLASSES/ AUDITIONS/ RIBBON CUTTINGS:

NOW - Sweet Temecula! 25th Anniversary Community Photo Album. The Temecula Valley History Museum is creating a Home Sweet Temecula Community Photo Album as part of Temecula’s modern history photo collection. Temecula’s Silver Anniversary is on December 1. They are asking for photos. If you are interested just visit www.temeculaevents.org/temecula25 to upload your favorite Temecula photos. Specifically looking for street views, landscapes, buildings, special events, families, etc. with “then” and “now” images.

October 23 – Murrieta NAFE network will meet at RJ’s Sizzlin Steakhouse on the patio, 41401 Kalmia Street, Murrieta. NAFE is the largest global network for women; each meeting has a dynamic speaker and time to network as well. Information: Robbie Motter (951) 255-9200 or rmotter@aol.com.

October 23 – 5-7 p.m. Business Networking event sponsored by the City of Murrieta Economic Development Department for farmers, growers, operators, ranchers and other agriculture related businesses at The Farmstead Market, 41516 Kalmia Street, Murrieta. Event is free to attend. Registration required. Information and Registration: Steve (760) 413-0479 or smassa@insocalconnect.org.

October 24 – 10-11 a.m. Assemblywoman Melendez’s monthly coffee event will be held at J. Carter’s Tavern Grill, 40365 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta.

October 28 – 8-10:30 a.m. the City of Temecula to host Business Welcome event for all new and existing businesses at the Temecula Conference Center, 41000 Main Street. Event includes update from the City, local business spotlight speaker David Beshay. Free event. Information: Christine (951) 693-3952.

October 28 – 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The Luiseno Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s October meeting will be held at the Assistance League, 28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula. Eddie Estrata of the US Vets will be the guest speaker. DAR meetings are open to any woman from 18 to 100 who can trace her heritage to ancestors who helped the cause of independence at the time of the American Revolution. The Luiseno Chapter Registrar will provide guidance and assistance to anyone wishing to apply for membership. Information: Sandra at senidia@gmail.com.
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