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Allow for the role of free play in early education

TEMECULA – A glance at a typical family schedule would no doubt reveal that the afternoons are jam-packed and many children – even the youngest among them – have full... — Updated 8/15/2019

 

Clean a home's exterior with these power washing tips

TEMECULA – Power washing, also known as pressure-washing, utilizes a high-velocity water spray to remove dirt and residue from the exterior surfaces of a home. It is frequently... — Updated 8/15/2019

 

Take steps for back-to-school success

Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when... — Updated 8/15/2019

 
 By Tony Ault    Lifestyles

Long-rumored Hemet 'Haunted Hill House' property turns into an award-winning vineyard and winery

There was a time in Hemet where an old house on a hill off Lake Street was rumored to be haunted or was it once an insane asylum? Bill Shinkle, whose family owned a well-respected... — Updated 8/14/2019

 

EMWD hosts 'First Flush' event for new Quail Valley sewer system

MENIFEE – Eastern Municipal Water District hosted a ribbon cutting and "First Flush" event for the new Quail Valley Sewer System, July 31. The event marked the completion of the... — Updated 8/14/2019

 

Rose Care FUNdamentals for August 2019

Summer is certainly upon the valley – and based on past experience, it’s only going to get hotter before it gets cooler. I didn’t need to tell you that at the beginning of August, did I? Since high summer temperatures and... — Updated 8/14/2019

 

Why homeowners should add more exterior light to their properties

TEMECULA – Homeowners are increasingly realizing the benefits of improving the exteriors of their home, which can be just as valuable as improving the interior spaces. As individu... — Updated 8/14/2019

 

Make your house a home

Even if a family doesn't own the house they lease, there's no reason they can't make it feel like home by taking a creative approach to designing and decorating the space. More... — Updated 8/8/2019

 

Container gardening for beginners

TEMECULA – Gardening is a rewarding activity that gardening enthusiasts can't wait to get back to once the weather warms up. Many gardeners find getting their hands dirty while te... — Updated 8/8/2019

 

Supervisors approve liens on properties for fire hazard abatement

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized the county fire department to attach fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of nearly 200 property owners that have not paid the cost of abating weeds and other potential fire... — Updated 8/8/2019

 

4-H Club to host outreach and kick off event

MURRIETA – The local 4-H Clubs are hosting a kick-off event for the new 4-H Club year Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Los Alamos Sports Park in Murrieta on the... — Updated 8/8/2019

 

Make movie night pop

Invite friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it's a birthday sleepover, an adults-only gathering or nearly anything in-between,... — Updated 8/8/2019

 
 By Joe Naiman    Lifestyles

Flores, Ralls win best of division in San Diego County Fair's baked goods competition

Hemet’s Janelle Flores and Lake Elsinore’s Robin Ralls won best of division awards at the San Diego County Fair’s baked and decorated foods and candy competition. Flores entered a Southern banana nut cake which was given... — Updated 7/29/2019

 

Ready. Set. Grill. Safely

TEMECULA – According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by June, May and August. Annually, U.S. fire departments... — Updated 7/25/2019

 
 By Joe Naiman    Lifestyles

Cloake wins two Best of Division awards in SD County Fair's decorative arts contests

The Decorative Arts and Crafts portion of the San Diego County Fair's Home and Hobby exhibit included a Fair Theme division and a Dolls, Stuffed Toys and Soft Sculpture division, an... — Updated 7/25/2019

 
 By Joe Naiman    Lifestyles

Ross sweeps Mammals category, places at SD County Fair's Exhibition of Photography

Temecula photographer Anita Ross swept all four places in the Wild Animals – Mammals category of the San Diego County Fair’s Exhibition of Photography and added five honorable mention ribbons in that category and four... — Updated 7/25/2019

 

Add fruits, veggies to meals for plant-forward nutrition

Adding more fruits and vegetables is one of the simplest ways to make at-home meals healthier for the family. Focusing the family's meal on more of the good stuff – vegetables,... — Updated 7/25/2019

 

Find an after-school program

TEMECULA – Today's children grow up differently than their parents did. Technology has changed the way students learn in the classroom, but perhaps the biggest difference between... — Updated 7/25/2019

 

Cool recipes to make on hot days

It is hot outside, and it is hot inside – and too toasty to fire up the oven or stove in the kitchen. These are the days of outdoor grilling, cool salads and simple suppers.... — Updated 7/25/2019

 
 By Joe Naiman    Lifestyles

Blair wins Best of Division for lace at SD County Fair

The theme of this year's San Diego County Fair was "Oz-some" and commemorated the 80th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" movie. Murrieta's Janice Blair entered three pieces of lacew... — Updated 7/18/2019

 

Arrange furniture, design rooms with room planners

TEMECULA – Redesigning a room can involve several steps, from choosing a paint palette to taking down walls to buying new furniture. When it comes time to put the space back... — Updated 7/18/2019

 

Keep cool with air conditioner maintenance

TEMECULA – Few things beat summer heat better than walking into a comfortably chilled air-conditioned home. Air conditioning is often taken for granted, but it is sorely missed... — Updated 7/18/2019

 

Menifee to host disaster preparedness information session

MENIFEE – To help residents prepare for emergencies, Menifee will host two disaster preparedness information sessions Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center, 29995 Evans Road. The events will... — Updated 7/18/2019

 
 By Jeff Pack    Lifestyles

Women from all walks of life volunteer for Women Build event

With temperatures in the low 90s and climbing, a team of more than 30 women banded together Friday, July 12, to raise the walls on a new home in Lake Elsinore for a single mother... — Updated 7/18/2019

 

Water Safety: Red Cross issues steps to follow at the beach, pool or water park

LOS ANGELES – Warmer weather means more people are spending time in a pool, at the beach or visiting a water park. The American Red Cross has some steps people can follow to help... — Updated 7/11/2019

 

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