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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation opens art exhibits and summer concert series


Last updated 6/28/2018 at 6:50pm

Members of the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation were scheduled to meet Wednesday, June 27, in Monteleone Meadows in Murrieta to elect a new board of directors and begin a summer of special events at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

Members of the foundation invited their friends of the reserve to the “Member Mingle Event” at the Meadows botanical garden, 35425 Briggs Road, to present the high school graduate scholarship awardees, the Spirit of Gordon House Docent Award and other awards.

The member event precedes the official opening of the 21st annual Art Exhibition on display beginning Saturday, June 30, at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Visitor’s Center, 39400 Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta.

The venue will include youth musical performances by the Cadenza School of Music, 6-8 p.m. The cost is $10. The art exhibition will remain on display through the summer with John Schreiber and his crew in the Bruce Springsteen Experience kicking off the reserve’s Live Summer Concerts Saturday, July 7, in the outdoor patio area.

The art exhibition opens 5:30 p.m. in the activities center, and the concert starts 6:30 p.m.

The Springsteen tribute is sponsored by the Glass Doctor. The foundation will be selling craft beer donated by the Garage Brewing Co. and wine from Plateau Vineyards. Advance concert tickets are available for $30 each. Tickets must be reserved early at

Member tickets are $22 each. Season tickets and membership information is also available at the site. Concert goers are urged to bring their own chairs as it is an outdoor event and there is limited seating.

The Bruce Springsteen Experience will kick off five other special concerts at the reserve this summer including a Jimmy Buffet tribute, July 14; a Neil Diamond tribute, July 21; a Journey tribute, July 28; Elton John tribute, Aug. 4 and a Willie Nelson tribute, Aug. 11.

All profits from the art show and concert will be donated by the foundation to sponsor field trips for school children that encourage better stewardship of the land and nature around them.

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve encompasses nearly 8,000 acres on the plateau above Murrieta and Wildomar that is the home of many endangered plants and animals and is kept in its natural state by staff, docents and volunteers from The Nature Conservancy. Many trails meander through the reserve for hikers and visitors.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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