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2014 All-Southwestern League Girls’ Tennis

Emily Maxfield (left), Alana Andrews and Jovana Kuljanin, all from Murrieta Valley High School, were named to the 2104 All-Southwestern league Girls' Tennis team.
Emily Maxfield (left), Alana Andrews and Jovana Kuljanin, all from Murrieta Valley High School, were named to the 2104 All-Southwestern league Girls' Tennis team.

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Mary Brock admires the artwork of local painter Bonnie Martland during the “Art Off the Walls” art show inside the Truax Building.Truax Building ‘Art Off the Walls’ debuts in Old Town

Nov 21st

Business
Local faith-based businesswoman receives answer to prayer

Nov 21st

When local Temecula businesswoman Meraris Brignoni-Diaz discovered shirts missing from the trunk of her car on Nov. 4, it could have devastated her financially. But instead of turning to the police, she turned instead to a group of helpful Temecula T...

Dining
Crush and Brew continues to mix things up in Old Town Temecula

Nov 21st

In an era where Old Town Temecula is ushering in new restaurants by the armful, Crush and Brew continues to serve their artisan menu with style. Owned by Rebaux Steyn, Tim Kramer, Gary Winder, and Mike Rennie, Crush and Brew has enjoyed a year of its...

Education
MVCC Students of the Month, from left to right are: McKenna Bartlett (Murrieta Mesa HS); Ashley Hurst (Creekside HS), Sienna Schmolesky (Murrieta Valley HS), Curtis Hohl (River Springs Charter), Megan Dimler (Vista Murrieta HS). Absent: Tiffany Escorcia (Calvary Murrieta Christian).Bartlett, Hurst, Schmolesky, Escorcia, Hohl, Dimler named MVCC Students of the Month

Nov 21st

On Oct. 23, the Murrieta Valley Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) High School Student of the Month Recognition Program was held and six students were recognized. Murrieta Mesa High School Senior McKenna Bartlett wasn’t always a top student. She said, “Whe...

Entertainment
“The Nutcracker” will be performed by the North County Academy of Dance Association Dec. 5 through 7 in Fallbrook.“The Nutcracker,” a holiday delight for all ages

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FALLBROOK - The North County Academy of Dance Association (NCADA) will stage it’s beautiful, annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Maxine Theater in Valley Center on Nov. 29 and the Bob Burton Center in Fallbrook on Dec. 5 through 7. This yea...

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
Temecula Valley Hospital expands Emergency Department and Outpatient Services

Nov 21st

Temecula Valley Hospital successfully passed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) licensing survey to expand the Emergency Department (ED) by eight beds and open the Temecula Outpatient Pavilion beginning Friday, November 14. This bring...

Home & Garden
A nice example of unity and repetition.Healthy&Beautiful Gardens

Nov 21st

Hello fellow gardeners – this week I’d like to introduce you to some basic design concepts for the garden which should enable you to at least have a rough idea of what you would like to do with and/or possibly what you want to remove from your ...

Motor Scene
Riders line up at the starting line for the 40+ and 50+ beginner, novice and intermediate class during the 2014 Lake Elsinore Grand Prix on Nov. 8.Annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix kicks up some dirt for the 46th year

Nov 14th

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
The doors will be open on Black Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.Black Friday: AFV Receives $4000 Grant for Dog Adoptions

Nov 25th

Animal Friends of the Valley (AFV) has received a $4000 donation from Lucky Chi Dog Rescue and plans to use the grant to offset pet adoption and spay/neuter fees during Black Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. The grant, originally from ...

Real Estate
10 reasons for selling your home over the holidays

Nov 21st

Autumn is definitely in the air. Mornings are crisp and the evening comes very early now that Daylight Savings Time is over — before long it will be dark before 5:00 p.m. Christmas decorations and sales are already filling the stores (does anyo...

Sports
The Gardner Grizzlies Bronco Middle School team won the Temecula Youth Baseball Middle School Championships.Temecula Middle School Baseball teams hammer it out in post season play

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The Temecula Youth Baseball League (TYB) has crowned their middle school champions once again after a very exciting fall season. This particular division was put into place seven years ago by the league as a way to draw players in for a more competit...

Events Calendar
KIDS AND TEENS:

November 21 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Toy Testing Lab so much to check out in the gift shop. You will have a chance to check everything out as Professor Pennypickle’s assistants demonstrate and play and help you get a good start on your holiday shopping. The museum is offering 10% discount on purchases. All proceeds from the gift shop sales help to support their mission of helping kids discover science through play. Cost: $5 per person. Pennypickle’s Museum is located at 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Information: (951) 308-6376.

November 28 – 12-4 p.m. Kids Only Club: Playdate Afternoon at the Professor’s. Moms and Dads can get a head start on your holiday shopping while the kids have a great afternoon filled with fun with Professor Pennypickle’s at 42081 Main Street, Temecula. This is a lock-in event for kids ages 5-10. Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch and snack). Space is limited. Information: (951) 308-6376.

November 28 – 6 p.m. Santa Arrives at Pennypickle’s Workshop, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Kids who visit Santa will get a special gift compliments of Santa and Professor Pennypickle. (Quantities limited) Visiting Santa is free! Look for the Professor’s little cabin in the parking lot – that’s where he is making Santa feel right at home. Information: (951) 308-6376.

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 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 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 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.

ENTERTAINMENT:

November 20 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Jennifer Leitham Trio. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 21and 22 – 8 p.m. Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company presented by Temecula Presents dance series at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 21 – 7:30 p.m. Dixieland at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Featuring Jan Sutherland. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 23 – 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: Vijay Venkatesh, piano, Priyanka Venkatesh, Violin. Performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 27 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 28-30 – 7 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Inland Classical Ballet Theater, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Performance on 11/29 - 2 and 7 p.m. performance on 11/30 - 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 29 – 8 p.m. Comedy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by PRN productions in association with Temecula Presents. This is an audience-participatory improvised comedy where you play too by helping to write, direct, and star on stage with some of the most talented actors. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

November 30 – 6:30 and 8 p.m. 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.

November 30 – 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: Yaphet Jones, trumpet, Amy Morris, trumpet, Bruce Clausen, horn, Bret Kelley, trombone and Kent Broersma, tuba. Performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 4, 10, 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 6 – 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 6 & 7 – 7:30 p.m. 15th Annual Christmas in the Air presented by the Southwest Women’s Chorus at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Performance on December 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets: (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, 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

November 21 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest at the Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes Street. Calling all kids, families, professionals, organizations and businesses! Join in on the fun! Entries will be displayed at the Museum December 16-21. Registration by November 21. Cost: $5 per house. Information: (951) 694-6450.

November 21 – 12-1 p.m. Simply Classy FREE Professional Make-Up Class at the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, 26790 Ynez Court, Suite A. Navzeth Beverly Hills will teach you how to apply a natural look in 15 minutes. Learn beauty secrets from celebrities to achieve a quick and flawless look. RSVP cg@simplyclassy.us.

November 22 – 7-9:30 p.m. 14th Annual Barn Dance and Food Drive at Bell Mountain Middle School, 28525 La Piedra Road, Menifee. Information: (951) 672-0840.

November 22 – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fight Back Predator Assault Prevention Workshop at West Coast Krav Maga, 32820 Wolf Store Road, Temecula. The Temecula Valley Police department, West Coast Krav Maga, Center for New Directions and S.A.F.E. House will provide Self Defense instruction and active practice on how to stop trouble before it starts and efficient methods to fight off an attacker and more. 100% of the profit will be donated to S.A. F.E. House which is a non-profit organization that provides shelter and support to domestic abuse victims and families in the Temecula Valley. Seating is limited to 50 participants. Registration: www.stonesoupmagazine.eventbrite.com. Cost: $49 per person.

November 22 – 7-10 a.m. 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit Project T.O.U.C.H. around Harveston Lake Community, 40299 Balboa Drive, Temecula. This is a fun Inaugural 5K Walk/Run event starting at the Amphitheater on the South end of Harveston Lake. Proceeds help fund the Cold Weather Shelter effort along with women and children in need. Information: (951) 677-9661.

November 22 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Silver Anniversary Tea and Tour. Join this special celebration of the City of Temecula’s 25th Anniversary of childhood with an old fashioned Tea and Tour of the Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes Street. This is a free event. Information: (951) 694-6450.

November 22 – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Bark for Life Murrieta. The American Cancer Society is hosting this event in honoring the life-long contributions of Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. This event will take place at Town Square Park, Cost: $25 1st dog and $10 2nd and 3rd dog. Information: Kristine Crothers (951) 677-7916.

November 23 – 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Classic Car Showdown and Swap Meet at the Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Come to buy, sell or just look. Bring the family for a free event.

November 28 – 6-9 p.m. Temecula Winterfest – Santa Arrives at his workshop by horse-drawn carriage at Pennypickle’s Workshop, 42081 Main Street. Information: (951) 678-1456.

November 28-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.

November 28- 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.

November 28 – 11 a.m. Santa’s Arrival and Crafts with Mrs. Claus at the Lake Elsinore Outlets, 17600 Collier Avenue. Ride the mini-express, cookies and crafts and entertainment provided by Temescal Canyon High School Jazz Band. Free Admission. Information: (951) 245-8848.

November 30 – Mini Photo Sessions at Sun City Library, 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. Sun City. Bring your family, friends, pet and or yourself for this mini portrait session by Greg Vogel Photography. Cost: $20 for your choice of several poses in 1- 8”x10” and 2- 5”x7” with opportunities to purchase more online. This fundraiser supports purchases of equipment, books, media and supplies for the programs at the library. Information and appointments: (951) 679-3534.

December 1 – 6-9 p.m. City of Temecula’s 25th Anniversary Celebration with anniversary cake and a tour of City Hall at 41000 Main Street. Attendees will also receive a commemorative Temecula 25h Anniversary pin while supplies last. Information: www.cityoftemecula.org.

December 4 – 7 p.m. 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Duck Pond. Enjoy a holiday treat, a visit from Old St. Nick and a holiday performance by Resonate.

December 5 – 7 p.m. Santa’s Electric Light Parade. Bundle up and bring your holiday cheer and watch the parade as it travels south through Old Town Temecula beginning at the intersection of Del Rio and Jefferson. There will be floats, marching bands and much more! Information: (951) 694-6480.

December 5 – 4:30-7:30 p.m. The City of Menifee Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive in the Menifee Town Center, Town Center Drive at Newport. Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Also, bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love toy drive and non-perishable food items for the Menifee Cupboard.

December 6 – 4-9 p.m. Lake Elsinore’s Annual Winterfest Event in Downtown Lake Elsinore. Holiday parade, Christmas tree lighting, food, booths, crafts, visit with Santa, sled runs, live entertainment, petting zoo and more. Information: Melissa (951) 674-3124 ext 292.

December 6 – 3-8:30 p.m. Festival of Tree’s and Push Cart Parade at Town Square Park, 1 Town Square, Murrieta. Santa will magically light up the new City tree. Festival includes vendors, craft village, kid’s area and more. Information: (951) 304-7275.

December 6 – 8 a.m. Breakfast with Santa at Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Road, Menifee. Breakfast, workshops, crafts, games, and a keepsake photo with Santa. Guests may choose from 3 seatings. Advanced reservations are required. Registration and Information: (951) 679-8092.

December 8-17 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 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.

SEMINARS / CLASSES/ MEETINGS/ RIBBON CUTTINGS:

November 20 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Introduction to Drinking and Driving at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. Do you know your rights? Erik R. Brunmer, Criminal Defense Attorney will discuss your rights and the legal consequences of drinking and driving.

November 20 – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. EWDC Luncheon – Helping your Non-Profits during the Holidays at the Diamond, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Information: Michelle (951) 245-8848.
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