Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

The purpose of this weekly column is to poke and prod readers into getting out from in front of the television and engage with fellow members of the community at local activity and entertainment events. 

The city of Temecula had the same idea when they suggested Temecula residents should try something new with a variety of classes offered through the Community Services Department. 

“Whether your goal is to try new things, exercise more, meet new people or get in touch with your artistic side – we have a class for you,” according to a city press release, and they suggested everyone check out the “Winter/Spring 2020 Guide to Leisure Activities.”

Residents can even browse the catalog online at www.temeculaCA.gov/TCSD and call (951) 694-6480 with any questions. 

Here are some really good ideas to get you out living life this weekend:

Friday, Jan. 24

Seek refuge from a busy week of work at Refuge Brewery’s Live Acoustic Sessions with Vince Mendoza from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sit back and enjoy a craft beer while listening to some tunes at the brewery located at 43040 Rancho Way, Suite 200, in Temecula.

Looking to turn it up a notch and blow off a little steam? Don’t miss ‘80s music favorites The Cheez Whiz Band at Bel Vino Winery from 6-10 p.m. The free concert will take place at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula.

Get your early evening started off right with Les Allen Live at the French Valley Cafe from 6-9 p.m. at 37600 Sky Canyon Drive in Murrieta.

The Midnight Satellites will be performing music from their latest album, “Past Presence Future” live at the Old Town Blues Club from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Check them out at the club, 28636 Old Town Front Street, Suite 101, in Temecula.

Murrieta fans of Lifetime Rocker will have another chance to see the popular local band perform from 9-11:30 p.m. at Anthony’s Ristorante located in Old Town Murrieta at 24630 Washington Ave., Suite 100.

Saturday, Jan. 25

School of Rock Temecula’s fall 2019 Season Showcase – Day Two will feature students, performing songs that they’ve been learning since October at The Boiler Room Temecula. This concert is all ages and open to the public with a $15 cover at the door. Performers, School of Rock students, children 7 years old and under free. Performances begin at 11:30 a.m., and the last band will go on at 3:30 p.m. at The Boiler Room Temecula, 27911 Jefferson Avenue, in Temecula.

Start rockin’ early as Rocktane visits Bel Vino Winery in Temecula Wine Country from noon to 4 p.m. The winery is located at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula.

Inspired by three years on the backroads of the American countryside, Hey Bertha brings Americana music from a piano and harmonica, telling true tales of travel, love, loss and the strength to find your own path down life’s open roads. Got it? They will perform from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Akash Winery and Vineyards, 39730 Calle Contento in Temecula.

Peltzer Winery will host the band Old School from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The winery is at 40275 Calle Contento in Temecula Wine Country. 

While cruising Old Town Temecula, pop in and check out Alex and Esther performing at Lorimar Loft from 6 to 9 p.m. The Lorimar Old Town Wine Tasting Room is at 42031 Main Street, Suite C.

Ready to dance? Check out Salsa Night hosted by Fazeli Cellars Winery from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Guests will get a complimentary glass of sangria and a 45-minute salsa lesson from the professionals starting at 7 p.m. Wine, beer and special food menu items available for purchase and tickets are on sale at the door: $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Fazeli Cellars Winery is at 37320 De Portola Road in Temecula.

Bianchini y su Guitarra will perform at Stone Church Brewing in Old Town Temecula from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fernando Bianchini will be playing favorite Santana songs, along with some classic rock, Latin rock, blues and boss nova. Stone Church Brewing is at 28636 Old Town Front Street, Suite 103.

Crimson Crow will perform Saturday night, Jan. 25, at The Cove Bar & Grill in Murrieta.
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Folks in Murrieta will want to check out modern rock and dance band Crimson Crow live at The Cove Bar and Grill. They will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight at the venue located at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite B1.

If you’re already sad about the end of the Get Shamrocked Irish Music Festival, go see The McKintree Boys at The Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery. The four-piece Irish fiddle rock band will drop some Flogging Molly covers as well as some Celtic hand clapping foot tapping songs. They will perform from 8-11:30 p.m. at 39252 Winchester Road, Suite 145, in Murrieta. Make reservations at www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/reservations.

Everybody loves the funk, that’s why you should go see the New Joy Band at Zabber Thai Fusion in Temecula. Attendees will need to buy at least one item from the menu to see the band play from 8 p.m. to midnight at the restaurant located at 41789 Nicole Lane in Temecula.

Sunday, Jan. 26

The city of Temecula will host the annual Celebrating Mozart Concert at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library starting at 2 p.m. Appreciate an afternoon of classical music performed by the talented students of the Temecula Valley Conservatory of the Arts and enjoy some birthday cupcakes in honor of the famous composer’s 264th birthdate. Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library is at 30600 Pauba Road in Temecula. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (951) 694-6480.

There’s a painting party scheduled to benefit Save the Animals Today from 2-5 p.m. at ARTorable in Murrieta. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying an afternoon of socializing, raffles and give away prizes. The event will be hosted by Wellness and More and step by step instruction will be provided by ARTorable. All supplies will be included, no experience needed and beginners are welcome. ARTorable is located at 25377 Madison Avenue in Murrieta. Register at www.artorable.com/stat.

Let’s hope Bad Chemistry won’t be making the drinks at Temecula Wine and Beer Garden when they perform from 3-7 p.m. at 28464 Old Town Front Street in Old Town Temecula. 

For their first show of 2020, Cabaret at the Merc will celebrate 20 years at the Tony Awards, featuring one song from every show to win the Best Musical award for the last 20 years. Featuring performances by Bryan Banville, Samantha Lawrence, Emma Nossal, Kyle Short and Bethany Slomka with Musical Director Gerald Sternbach at the keys. The show will take place from 7-9 p.m. at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, in Temecula.

Tony Bennett returns to Pechanga Resort Casino Sunday, Jan. 26.
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The legendary Tony Bennett will perform live at Pechanga Resort Casino from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets start at $100 at Pechanga Resort Casino, located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula. Visit www.pechanga.com

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Rocky Osborne, Don Hefty and Jason Cheny are the featured performers at Rocky’s Comedy Live at OTBC starting at 8 p.m. There is no entry fee for the show at the Old Town Blues Club, 28636 Old Town Front Street, Suite 101, in Temecula. Osborne, brings his comedic troupe every fourth Tuesday for those age 21 and over only.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Payton Howie will perform live at Lorimar Loft in Old Town Temecula Thursday, Jan. 30.
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Payton Howie will perform live at Lorimar Loft from 4-7 p.m. The Lorimar Old Town Wine Tasting Room is at 42031 Main Street, Suite C, in Temecula

Led Zepagain will perform at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Thursday, Jan. 30.
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Led Zepagain returns to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater to rock out to the classic tunes of Led Zeppelin starting at 8 p.m. Featuring all of the Zeppelin highlights, from the high-energy, electric classics. From the soaring leads on the double-neck guitar and the high Robert Plant screams to the trademark pounding rhythms, Led Zepagain will once again capture the heart and soul of one of the greatest bands of all time. Old Town Temecula Community Theater is at 42051 Main Street in Temecula. Get tickets at http://tickets.temeculatheater.org.

Each Thursday audiences are treated to a different jazz group in the intimate space known as The Merc in Old Town Temecula at Jazz at the Merc. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 42051 Main Street in Temecula. Get tickets at http://tickets.temeculatheater.org.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.