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BREAKING: Police pursue Murrieta bank robbery suspects

The pursuit came to an end in the parking lot of an office building on Ridge Park Drive in Temecula where the officer involved shooting then occurred.
The pursuit came to an end in the parking lot of an office building on Ridge Park Drive in Temecula where the officer involved shooting then occurred.

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Ex-Menifee Councilman pleads not-guilty
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Arts
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
Chilled cranberry margarita at Baily’s.5th Annual Holiday Taste of Old Town delights the senses for area diners

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On one magical December night a year, Old Town Temecula Association opens up their doors for the Holiday Taste of Old Town. “This year, we had almost 30 unique businesses offer a taste of their stores,” stated Sue Del Bono, owner of the Old Town Spi...

Education
Sophomore at GOHS Josh Cerza, puts his hands in the snow-like foam created by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience on Dec. 8.‘Snow’ falls at Great Oak High School

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Entertainment
Alejandro Lang, Beau Allen, and Preston Helms star in the comic farce “Every Christmas Story EVER Told (and then some!).”Shakespeare in the Vines 2014-2015 off-season opens with ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’

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Beginning Thursday, Dec. 4, Shakespeare in the Vines will present “Every Christmas Story EVER Told (and then some!),” a comical farce by Michael Carleton, John K. Alvarez, and Jim FitzGerald. Performances will take place inside Carol’s Restaurant at ...

Food
Cherry Nut Chocolate Chip Banana BreadFavorite holiday recipes from some of Valley News staff

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Chicken Andouille Gumbo Kim Harris I decided to share a recipe for a southern favorite that a friend gave to me when I was living in Georgia a few short years ago. Chicken Andouille Gumbo with roasted potatoes has become a New Year’s Eve staple...

Health & Fitness
Holiday Depression: Fixable and something not to be ignored

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According to lots of advertising, TV specials, and magazine stories, the winter holidays are a period of endless warm family activities, elaborate gift giving and wonderful parties with friends. For most people, the holiday season is indeed a happy t...

Home & Garden
A pond in the yard is a magnet for all types of nature, flying and crawling!Nature in the garden

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Hello Fellow Gardeners! You may wonder what I mean when I state “Nature in the garden” — you’re probably thinking “Well, isn’t everything in my garden part of nature”? Not really. You may have many things in your garden that are not a part of n...

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
I am a sweet and friendly little boy. I am a 1-year-old, brown/silver Domestic Short Hair. I would love to have a loving home. I will need to be neutered before going to my new family.Intake Number: 242070For 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

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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
Buyers - Be prepared or be left behind

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Think of finding and purchasing a new home as a marathon. It’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to be easy. Just like in a 26.2-mile marathon, most of the preparation must be achieving a mental attitude that you are in it for the long...

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 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 19 – 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 19 – 6-9 p.m. Visit with Santa during Winter Wonderland at Pennypickle’s Workshop, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Visit with Santa and get your picture taken. Photos taken for $5 donation or you can bring your own camera. Information: (951) 308-6376 or Melody (951) 678-1456.

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 12 – 4 p.m. Frozen Holiday! It’s time for a magical celebration in Arendelle. Crafts and activities an afternoon of royal run awaits! Space is limited to 60 children at the Murrieta Public Library, 8 Town Square, Murrieta. For ages 3-12. Information: (951) 304-BOOK.

January 14 – 4-4:45 p.m. Mr. Porkpie’s Magic Camp at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. Learn tricks of the trade in this hands-on magic workshop for ages 5-12. Space is limited. Information: (951) 693-8980.

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 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 19 – 7:30-9 p.m. Dixieland at the Merc, A Timeless Christmas presented by Timeless Productions and Temecula Presents. You’ll enjoy all your favorite standards of the season, set in a slightly different style with our distinct Dixieland flair. Plus, this will be a decidedly family-friendly show with something for all ages, especially the younger set. For them (okay, and the adults too), we will capture the awe and wonder of Christmas, including a visit from you-know-who and... snow? Kids will be included with an invitation to join Santa for a special number and time to take photos and visit with the jolly man himself. 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 21 – 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 21 – 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 25 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring:. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

December 27 – 8-10 p.m. Comedy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. presented by PRN in association with Temecula Presents this 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.

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 28 – 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 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’ ‘20s Revue with dancing, light fare, party favors complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast. Tickets and Information: (866) 63-8696.

January 1 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring:. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information: (866) 653-8696.

January 3 – 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.

January 3 –2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Return of the Highwayman presented by Highwayman Productions in association with Temecula Presents will be at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tony Suraci pays tribute to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

January 4 – 2 p.m. Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696.

January 4 – 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.

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 from 6-8 p.m. Call backs will be January 20 from 6-9 p.m. Information: Shezwae (951) 487-3791 or spowell@msjc.edu.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

December 18- 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 18 - 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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 19 – MSJC Student Club seeks donations for Toy and Food Drive. The MSJC College students in the Beta Delta Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are seeking donations for the club’s annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Donations will be accepted for families who are in need. Donations can be dropped off in any of the donation boxes that are located at the Menifee Valley, 28237 La Piedra Road and San Jacinto, 1499 North State Street campuses. Information: (951) 487-3276.

December 19 – 6-9 p.m. Visit with Santa during Winter Wonderland at Pennypickle’s Workshop, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Visit with Santa and get your picture taken. Photos taken for $5 donation or you can bring your own camera. Information: (951) 308-6376 or Melody (951) 678-1456.

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

December 21 – 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Health, Fitness and Nutrition Expo presented by Kairin Clinic, Kaia FIT Temecula and Frank 5 sist at the Kairin Clinic, 31717 Temecula Parkway, Temecula. This expo will benefit the Temecula Food Bank. Information: (951) 225-1003.

December 21 – 5-9 p.m. Luminaria Night at Sam Hicks Park, 41970 Moreno Road, Temecula. Temecula Chilled will feature a “Light up Temecula” luminary program and non-profits will decorate the park signed by individuals who wish to honor their family or loved ones. Proceeds will benefit local Temecula Valley non-profit organizations. This is a free event open to the public. Information: (951) 694-6490.

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 25 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 20th Annual Community Christmas Dinner at Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th Street, Temecula. This is a free sit down dinner open to anyone in the community. All are welcome to join in the Holiday spirit. Information: (951) 699-6603.

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, kids’ 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 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Orphan Awareness Conference at Calvary Chapel Conference Center, 39405 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta. Guest speakers Domingo and Irene Garcia. Children’s Peace exhibit, cultural displays, International food, adoptive family presentations, music and silent auction. This is a free event. Information: Ren (951) 695-3336

January 1, 2015 – Happy New Year 2015!!
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