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City, two groups to serve Temecula’s needy as they tackle “growing homeless problem”

Temecula has joined its largest church and a decades-old nonprofit group to serve the needy and work to eliminate what city officials see as the “growing homeless problem.”
Temecula has joined its largest church and a decades-old nonprofit group to serve the needy and work to eliminate what city officials see as the “growing homeless problem.”

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‘Grease’ coming to Temecula Valley High in May

Apr 18th

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley High School Dramatics will be presenting “Grease” on May 1-3, 9-10 at 7 p.m. in Temecula Valley’s theatre (31555 Rancho Vista Rd). When “greaser” Danny and nice girl Sandy find their very different worlds colliding,...

Business
Rein in prom expenses by splitting limo costs, hosting pre-prom dinner

Apr 18th

If you’ve got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be. Besides food, clothing and school supplies, a whole host of extracurricular activities are competing for a share of your wallet – even as you frantically try to save fo...

Dining
Rethink your pizza for a healthier meal.Pizza can be healthy with a few minor revisions

Apr 18th

Pizza may have had humble beginnings, but today it is one of the most popular foods worldwide. More than five billion pizzas are sold across the globe each year, and pizza accounts for 10 percent of all food-service sales. Although pizza has many p...

Education
Temecula Preparatory School (TPS) hosted approximately 40 Japanese students from Sasebo Kita Junior High School from March 26-28.Temecula Prep hosts 40 students from Japanese junior high

Apr 18th

TEMECULA – Temecula Preparatory School (TPS) hosted approximately 40 Japanese students from Sasebo Kita Junior High School from March 26-28. The students from Sasebo Kita Junior High were scheduled to tour the cities of Temecula and Murrieta fr...

Entertainment
Angelina Andreski, 8, plays the piano during Menifee’s Got Talent on Friday, April 11, 2014.Menifee’s Got Talent 2014 event attracts crowd of over 500

Apr 18th

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Food
La Caseta’s Fried Avocados are enhanced by lemon juice and ranch dressing.The Battle of the Fried Avos and the War of the Guacs?

Apr 11th

The 28th Avocado Festival is celebrating everything “avo” and among the celebrants will be two Fallbrook Mexican restaurants, La Caseta and El Jardín, who will again be welcoming diners to their establishments and offering avocado-based dishes. A w...

Health & Fitness
This year’s Temecula Valley Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, May 3 at Lake Skinner for its fourth consecutive year.Temecula Valley Heart Walk celebrates fourth year at Lake Skinner, May 3

Apr 18th

TEMECULA – The American Heart Association invites the community to form a team and join the Temecula Valley Heart Walk at Lake Skinner in Winchester on Saturday, May 3. The annual 5k, sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Abbott Vascula...

Home & Garden
Orange blossoms waft through the air

Apr 18th

The heady scent of orange blossoms are wafting through the air of Fallbrook this month, as the many trees and groves found locally move into peak blooming season. Since orange blossoms are viewed as a sign of good luck, they have been freely used in...

Motor Scene
Number 43, AJ Hateley, edges past his competition Colt Foster in one of the final races of the evening.Perris Raceway maintains tradition of classic flat track racing

Apr 11th 1 Reader Comment

Not far off the I-215 freeway lies Perris Raceway, a race track that’s bringing back a traditional form of racing that has been overshadowed by motocross and its enthusiasts over the past few decades. Flat track racing may not be the first thing t...

Obituaries
Ben S. BledsoeBen S. Bledsoe

Mar 14th 1 Reader Comment

Ben S. Bledsoe passed into God’s hands Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Anza, California, at the age of 92. Born May 11, 1921, in Helendale, California, to Bertie and James Bledsoe, Ben lived his young life on a sprawling ranch in San Bernardino riding h...

Out and About
Shalane Holm chalks in details to her locally inspired rendition of Temecula’s, “Great Oak Tree” during the 2013 Street Painting Festival.Plenty of ways to paint Old Town Temecula during 2014 Street Painting and Arts Festival

Apr 18th

TEMECULA – Painters and muralists are encouraged to enter the 14th Annual Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival June 20-22. Temecula’s Street Painting Festival draws thousands of visitors a year and is part of the City of Temecula Arts Fes...

Pets
Hi, my name is Zoe. I am a 10-month-old, female kitten. I am a playful, loving, and docile kitten. I get along well with other cats and children. I am spayed, vaccinated, and ready for a new home. I am currently being fostered by Laurie Rathbun who can provide more information at (619) 696-7558 or therathbuns@verizon.net. Feline Underground Rescue in Wildomar has more cats up for adoption at www.felineundergroundrescue.com.Pets of the Week

Apr 18th

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Real Estate
Buying a house from an investor

Apr 18th

The rules have changed to purchase real estate, thanks largely to the Consumer Protection Legislation that has been implemented over the last several years, most notably the Dodd-Frank Act. The year 2014 has brought in several new rules that affect ...

Sports
Chaparral graduate Tyler Hansen is the back-up quarterback for the LA KISS, the Arena Football League’s newest and most entertaining franchise.Local Football Star makes roster for LA KISS

Apr 18th

The LA KISS Arena Football Team debuted their unique spectacle of Rock ‘n Roll, fireworks and pyrotechnics, numerous dance troupes, BMX bikers, flashy uniforms and football in their April 7 home opener. The National Anthem was played on electric...

Events Calendar
KIDS AND TEENS

April 18 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Egg-citing Dyeing at Pennypickles, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Bring your own half dozen hard boiled eggs as you will get to eggs-periment with egg-sperts coloring techniques. Information:
(951) 308-6376.

April 19 – 9-11 a.m. Spring Eggstravaganza over 10,000 filled eggs for your children will be available to hunt for at Murrieta Town Square Park. Ages 2 and under and special needs area will be available from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please bring your own bag or basket for this fun filled morning event. Information: Murrieta Community Services Department (951) 304-7275.

April 19 – 9:30 a.m.-Noon Spring Easter Egg Hunt at Harveston Community Park, 28582 Harveston Drive, Temecula. Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, 32380 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, Temeku Hills Park, 31367 La Serena Way, Temecula. Egg Hunts begin at 10a.m. Sharp. Music, games and Easter Bunn for children ages 1-12. Please bring your own bags or baskets. Special Needs area for all locations. Information:
(951) 694-6480.

April 19 – 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for kids 12 years and under sponsored by Valley Wide Recreation Menifee will be held at the Marion V. Ashley Community Center, 25625 Briggs Road, Menifee.

April 19 – 9:30 a.m. Gardening for Kids at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. This is a hands on gardening activity.

April 19 – 1-4 p.m. 2nd Annual Teen Expo – Promenade Temecula has partnered with the Inland Valley Trauma Department of Southwest Healthcare System about helping to ensure the safety of our youth with this fun and interactive experience for teens and families. This year’s event will feature freestyle motocross demos, information booths, give-aways, text to win contest for an iPad, and more at the Promenade’s outdoor plaza across from Edwards Regal Cinemas, 40820 Winchester Road. Information: (951) 296-0975.

April 21 – 6 p.m. SAT/ACT follow up workshop will be held in the Murrieta Public Library community room, 24700 Adams Avenue. This workshop is for all students and their parents, not just for those who took the practice test on April 12. Students who took the practice test will receive their scores at this workshop.

April 25 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fire Fighting Heroes Night! Firefighters will be on hand to share the science of extinguishing fires. Kids are encouraged to dress up and be heroes too. Firefighter moms and dads get in free and they’d love to see you in uniform. Information: (951) 308-6376.

May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848.

ENTERTAINMENT

April 17-20 – Temecula Valley Players presents Tom Sawyer the Musical at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

April 17 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Dick Weller Trio. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information and Tickets: (866) 653-8696.

April 19 – 7 & 9p.m. – Country at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by GaS Productions and The Ranch Rockers. Tickets: $15. AUDITIONS: Think you got what it takes to be a performer on the show? Join us between shows at 8:30 and give it your best shot! Audition with only your voice or bring a karaoke track or guitar. Those wishing to audition can also email TheMerc@TemeculaLive.org or visit www.CountryAtTheMerc.info. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

April 25 - 8 p.m. The Highway Man: Tony Suraci will pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Wayne Jennings and Chris Kristofferson with his singing and eight piece all star band featuring Holly Palmer. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

April 26 – 7:30 p.m. Sock hops and Soda Shoppes starring the Wonderelles: A classic girl group of the 50’s and 60’s. Enjoy an evening of the 50’s and 60’s musical revue that features all the top girl hits and will also highlight some great male hits complete with stylish choreography, period costumes and harmonies at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

April 27 – 2 p.m. 4th Annual Jazz Festival at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Featuring; James Nation Quartet, Yve Evans, Keith Droste Trio, and Smith and Jones Band. Tickets and Information:
(866) 653-8696.

April 27 – 2 p.m. Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. The Merc is excited to present an evening of songs from the Sherman Brothers who wrote classics like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, It’s a Small World, I Wanna Be Like You, A Spoonful of Sugar and many more. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

April 27 – 2-3 p.m. MSJC announces JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Concerts. The members of MSJC’s Menifee Jazz ensemble and director Jeremy Brown and his jazz quartet will perform two concerts at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula. This event is free and open to the public. Information: Jeremy (951) 639-5665 or jebrown@msjc.edu or Matilda (951) 693-8950.

April 27 – 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. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

May 3 – 11 a.m-8 p.m. 10th Annual Temecula Wine and Music Festival to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Counties at Vail Lake, 38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula. Enjoy a day of music from jazz to R&B. Admission: $45. Tickets and Information: (951) 696-0184.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

April 17 – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. EWDC Luncheon: A conversation with Congressman Ken Calvert at the Diamond Club, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Admission price $15 members or $20 for non-members. Reservations Required. Tickets and Information: Michelle (951) 245-8848 or michelle@laeelsinorechamber.com.

April 17 - 11a.m.-10 p.m. Pizza with a Purpose in support of National Child Abuse Prevention month Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes is having a fundraiser with California Pizza Kitchen as the restaurant will donate 20% of your order whether it be dine-in, take-out, catering and all beverages back to Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes. Information: (951) 302-2317.

April 18 - 10 a.m.-12 a.m. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month so join the Blue Ribbon events taking place at Epic Rollertainment in support of Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes with all skate sessions and raffles at 39809 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta. Information: (951) 302-2317.

April 19 – 9 a.m. Unity 5K and 10K Run, Walk and Children’s Fun Run at the Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Check in beginning at 6:30 a.m. Join the entire community in this original Run / Walk on the levee for all ages. With cash to top winners, age level medal winners, food, goodie bags and more. Call Lake Community Center before April 1 for pre-race registration at
(951) 245-0442.

April 19 – 9-11 a.m. Spring Eggstravaganza over 10,000 filled eggs for your children will be available to hunt for at Murrieta Town Square Park. Ages 2 and under and special needs area will be available from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please bring your own bag or basket for this fun filled morning event. Information: Murrieta Community Services Department (951) 304-7275.

April 19 – 9:30 a.m.-Noon Spring Easter Egg Hunt at Harveston Community Park, 28582 Harveston Drive, Temecula. Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, 32380 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, Temeku Hills Park, 31367 La Serena Way, Temecula. Egg Hunts begin at 10a.m. Sharp. Music, games and Easter Bunn for children ages 1-12. Please bring your own bags or baskets. Special Needs area for all locations. Information:
(951) 694-6480.

April 19 – 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2nd Annual Strategies for Success Woman’s Conference at the Menifee Lakes Country Club, 29875 Menifee Lakes Drive, Menifee. Conference includes coffee and lunch, 5 keynote speakers, 3 panelists, fun event with Hula Hoops and silent auction. Cost: $97. Tickets and Information: Robbie (951) 255-9200 or Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce (951) 672-1991.

April 19 – 1-4 p.m. 2nd Annual Teen Expo – Promenade Temecula has partnered with the Inland Valley Trauma Department of Southwest Healthcare System about helping to ensure the safety of our youth with this fun and interactive experience for teens and families. This year’s event will feature freestyle motocross demos, information booths, give-aways, text to win contest for an iPad, and more at the Promenade’s outdoor plaza across from Edwards Regal Cinemas, 40820 Winchester Road. Information: (951) 296-0975.

April 19 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Habitat Earth Day Celebration. Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley to host a community wide celebration at both Re-Store locations in Temecula and Lake Elsinore including free hot dogs and big savings. Temecula; 27479 Enterprise Circle West. Lake Elsinore; 570 Central Avenue. Information: (951) 676-1221 or (951) 471-1188.

April 19 – Operation Prom Girl- prom dresses, make-up and hair workshops are available for girls donated by the community to give girls who have a hardship or other circumstances a chance to attend their prom. Donations are needed, Please call Dawn at (562)922-1713 or email willingheartslove@yahoo.com for more information. This event will be held at VFW Post 1508, 21180 Waite Street, Wildomar.

April 25 – 3-5 p.m. Diana Wehbe, KGGI 99.1 Radio Host joined by Purpose Project crew will speak at MSJC, 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee in room 927. The Purpose Project is an organization that seeks effective, dynamic individuals with a driving sense of purpose who, against all odds, are making positive changes in their corner of the world. Once these individuals have been located, the organization helps them to achieve a dream and share their stories with a wider audience.

April 25 - 3-5 p.m. Zumbathon at Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Road, Menifee. Fun filled afternoon at the center. Cost: $10 includes goodie bag. Information: (951) 672-9673.

April 25-26 – 2-7 p.m. Art from the Heart presented by Elsinore Woman’s Club annual event will be held in the historical EWC building, 710 West Graham, Lake Elsinore. The art show is for local artists to showcase their work. There will be a cocktail party to honor the artists from 5-7 p.m. on the 25th with live music, hor d’oevres. Showing will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. For artists that wish to participate, drop off all work will be on Thursday, April 24 from 2-9 p.m. Information: (951) 294-7982.

April 26 – 6:30-10:30 p.m. Recycled Art and Fashion Show at Monte De Oro Winery & Vineyards, 35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Partial proceeds from this event will go towards MSJC’s Art department. Tickets and Information: (951) 440-3574.

April 26 – Taste of Temecula Valley in Old Town Temecula at Town Square park enjoy live entertainment and sample and taste local restaurant menu items, wines and craft beers. Admission $10 for ages 13+ and children 12 and under are FREE! Come join the fun Temecula has to offer. This event is sponsored by Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE) with proceeds supporting Grades K-12 in the Temecula Valley Unified School District schools.

April 26 – 5-9 p.m. Cajun Festival sponsored by the Sun City Civic Association at North Town Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd., Sun City. Evening includes dinner, music, dancing. Guests are asked to wear their most festive mask and costume for a chance to win a prize. Cost: $18. Tickets and Information: Alesia (951) 679-2311.

April 26 – 8-11 a.m. Help Stop Identity Theft! The City of Murrieta Clerk department is hosting a free document on-site shredding event. Residents with proof of residency may bring up to five banker sized boxes per trip to Murrieta City Hall, 1 Town Square in the parking lot. No businesses please. Information: (951) 461-6031.

April 25-26 – Lucas Oil Regional Races at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, 31919 Cereal Street, Lake Elsinore. Information: www.racele.net.

April 26 – 4-9 p.m. Gallery Night X at the Dial, 41679 Date Street, Murrieta. Cost: $5 all ages. This evening will feature local artists and interactive activities! Information: (951) 239-9026 www.facebook.com/thedialcollective.

April 26 – 2-4 p.m. Wine Barrel Racing at the Promenade Temecula, 40820 Winchester Road. This is Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival’s pre-event for their festival that will be held on May 30-June 1. If you are interested in racing you can download forms at www.tvbwf.com or visit the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival office at 41755 Rider Way, Temecula. Information:
(951) 676-6713.

April 26 – 6-10 p.m. IVBCF (Inland Valley Business and Community Foundation) Spring Fashion Show 2014 will be held at Pechanga Resort and Casino Grand Ballroom, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Show will feature bridal gown, sports clothing, summer dresses, formals and evening gowns, suits, professional clothing and the latest trends all modeled by professional models as well as local business owners and community leaders. Beneficiaries will be Project T.O.U.C.H. (providing services for homeless) and S.A.F.E. (Safe Alternatives for Everyone). Tickets: www.IVBCF.com.

April 26 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. MSJC Menifee Theatre Arts and Dance Departments present Earth Dance. This is a family friendly Earth celebration celebrating Earth Day and National Dance Week sponsored in cooperation with Dance Theatre Collective of So California and Arts Council Menifee. Earth Dance is a free communal experience celebrating Earth, community and family through a mandala of dance. Event will be held at 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee on the campus Soccer field.

April 27 – 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walk for Life 2014 sponsored by Birth Choice of Temecula at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Day of fun, entertainment, food, music, booths and more. Registration: www.active.com/donate/bcwalkforlife2014. Information: (951) 699-9808 ext. 103 or 105.

May 3 – 5:30 p.m. Casino Night Fundraiser for Menifee Relay for Life at Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road, Gilman Hot Springs. Cost: $30 per person includes; dinner, drawings, $1000 casino cash, fun and more. Information: (951) 300-1220 or cathi.hill@cancer.org.

May 3 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation to host its 11th Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party. This self guided tour will feature five estate gardens bordering the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Tickets and Information:
(800) 369-4620.

May 3 – 4th Annual Heart Walk Temecula will take place at Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester. The American Heart Association invites you to form a team and join the Temecula Valley Heart Walk in this annual 5K to raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Day includes; vendors, Health and Wellness expo, kids zone, interactive games, and more.

May 4 – 1-4 p.m. Attention all Cupcake lovers! Join in on the 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Culinary Cupcake Challenge at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Professional and Amateur bakers will compete for cash prizes, category awards, and Temecula’s People’s Choice Award hosted by Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home and Thessalonika Family Services. Tickets and Information: (951) 302-7597 or www.4kidsfirst.org.

May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848.

SEMINARS / CLASSES

April 7-28 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. MSJC offers new class in Accent Reduction at the Menifee campus, 28237 La Piedra Road. MSJC’s continuing education program has launched a new not-for-credit class for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) for students to help them with their pronunciation. Cost: $125 includes all materials for a 12 hour workshop. Information:
(951) 487-3707.

April 21 – MSJC to offer Comprehensive Summer Schedule for more than 200 classes at both San Jacinto and Menifee campuses and the Temecula Education complex. The comprehensive schedule will include the high-demand classes, basic skills, courses required to transfer to four-year institutions and career and technical education classes. No on-line sections will be offered during the summer. There will be two summer sessions. 6 week session from June 23-July 31 and 8 week session from June 9-July 23. Priority registration for veterans, disabled and continuing students begins on April 21. To schedule an appointment to speak to a counselor please call Eagle Access Centers (951) 487-3311 or (951) 639-5311 or (951) 308-1059 or www.msjc.edu.

April 22 - 6:30-8 p.m. Capistrano Connections Academy free family information session to be held at Embassy Suites, 29345 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Capistrano Connections Academy is a tuition-free virtual public school and is chartered through the Capistrano Unified School District and is available for grades K-12. Information: (800) 382-6010 or info@connectionseducation.com.
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