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Give crafty experiences for holiday gifts

TEMECULA – One of the challenges each holiday season is coming up with novel gifts for loved ones. For those who seemingly have it all and might not need another Santa sweater or... — Updated 9/7/2019


California Fire Safe Council announces receipt of a $500,000 Edison International Wildfire Assistance Fund grant

SACRAMENTO – California Fire Safe Council announced the award of $500,000 from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison. The grant is in addition to an earlier 2018 Edison International $250,000 grant... — Updated 9/7/2019


How to cut energy costs this summer

TEMECULA – Summer is a season of rest and relaxation. Warm air and abundant sunshine often inspire a laid back feeling that lasts until the leaves begin to fall off the trees in... — Updated 8/21/2019


Home brewing mistakes to avoid

TEMECULA – Every batch of homemade beer does not turn out perfect, particularly for novices getting their feet wet as brewers. There may be some blips along the way, but... — Updated 8/21/2019

 By Tony Ault    Lifestyles

EMWD water banking project to begin in San Jacinto in September

The 40-acre site on the northwest corner of Mountain and Esplanade avenues in San Jacinto is owned by Eastern Municipal Water District and may soon see some major construction underway. The EMWD board of directors announced... — Updated 8/21/2019


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


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