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The Chronicle Oct. 2011
(951) 461-3450
October 2011
By Lois Allen
Lucille Ball made winemaking look so
easy in the “I Love Lucy” episode where she
hopped around in that barrel of grapes, stomping out the juice with her bare feet. While Temecula Valley grapes are not stomped on with
bare feet, our local winemakers will tell you
that making vino is hard work and the crush is
just one important part of a complex process.
Converting grapes to wine is actually
a balancing act between man and nature. Every decision vintners make–the possibilities
are endless - as well as the many variables that
can’t be controlled, like the weather, which
shape the wine’s flavor, color and bouquet,
making each batch truly unique.
Autumn in the Temecula Valley is synonymous with the grape harvest, and there is no better time to experience
Wine Country at its finest than during the fall harvest. The leaves on the vines are changing to bright red, yellow
and orange, providing a beautiful backdrop, making the end of summer a wondrous time to visit.
All wineries crush grapes to make wine, of course, and some host grape stomping competitions and festivities
for guests. Many of the crush events at the local wineries took place in September but if you missed the action last
month, you will have another chance in October.
Ponte Winery in Temecula is hosting their Annual Grape Stomp on October 2 from 4–6pm. You will dine and
dance the night away to live music while watching or participating in the grape stomp competition. Call for reservations 951.694.8855.
Sip, Savor & Stomp at Wilson Creek Winery’s traditional wine country harvest on October 2. This celebration
features hayrides, grape stomp, harvest buffet, bobbing for apples and live music. 951.699.9463.
At Callaway Vineyard and Winery you can complete a short course in wineology at the Taste of Autumn on
Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 12:30pm. You will have the opportunity to pick the grapes in the vineyard and
help with the crush process. Callaway’s winemaker will discuss the importance of the use of barrels in winemaking, focusing on topics such as how barrels are made, toasted and used to impart wonderful flavors and aromas to
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Murrieta Group Sings
Loud and Proud
Against Abuse
By Carol Malin
Violence towards women in America has increased
to epic proportions. According to news reports teen girls
are being abused in record numbers. Who will reach out
to help put a stop to it?
The Girls Against Abuse Foundation, a local nonprofit organization comprised of talented female recording artists, is presenting a Loud and Proud Concert
Extravaganza on October 15 at 6pm at the Murrieta
Community Center. Dancers and vendors are joining together with the GAA at this show to help raise funds for
the GAA Foundation and the Oak Grove Center in Murrieta. Many of the children at Oak Grove have suffered
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October 2011
at a glance
Our Advertisers
Beauty & Fitness
Conner, Sheryl (hair color/cut)............................................. 18
Korrie’s Pilates Place............................................................... 19
Medical Weight Loss & Fitness Center................................. 18
Murrieta Day Spa.................................................................... 19
Optometric Vision Experience.................................................1
Premier Laser & Day Spa..........................................................3
Renuance...................................................................................9
Temecula Eye Center............................................................ 18
News Around Town
TVWC Home Tour
Joan Sparkman Unity Awards
October Calendar
Steve Miller School Benefit
Wine Tripping
Film & Music Festival
Taste of the Town
Pages...................4-15
Business
Chronicle Media Group...........................................................6
C.I.B. Funding.............................................................................1
Jewel Scene...............................................................................7
Lorenz Fiduciary Services....................................................... 16
Morton Grabel – Law............................................................. 20
Murrieta Chamber of Commerce....................................... 10
Murrieta Economic Development....................................... 10
Murrieta Volkswagen................................................................5
National Gold & Jewelry....................................................... 24
RJL Wealth Management..................................................... 11
State Farm Insurance............................................................. 23
Sunbelt Business Broker.............................................................7
Health & Medical
Whose Estate is it? Yours!
Race for the Cure
Looking Good from Inside Out
Yogic Breathing for Cancer Patients
Pages.................16-19
Home & Family
Government Speaks
Interpreting the Tough Teacher
Paying for College – A Dream
Legends Golf Club
Fallbrook’s 34th Season Opens
Pages.................20-24
Please Remember to Support
our Advertisers.
Events, Sports & Travel
A La Cuisine............................................................................. 15
Bear Creek Golf Club............................................................. 15
BeSmart2Travel.......................................................................... 4
Fallbrook Music Society......................................................... 23
Handi Visor Holder.................................................................. 16
Ice Taxi...................................................................................... 15
Inland Valley Symphony.......................................................... 7
Steel Drum Shop....................................................................... 8
Taste of the Town.................................................................... 14
TV Women’s Club HOME TOUR............................................... 4
Transit Van Shuttle......................................................................6
Family & Pets
Camp Bow Wow ................................................................... 22
England Family Mortuary....................................................... 17
Grabel, Morton – Lawyer....................................................... 20
Huntington Learning Center................................................. 21
Jewel Scene.............................................................................. 7
Mulligan Family Fun Center................................................... 21
National Gold & Jewelry....................................................... 24
Steel Drum Shop....................................................................... 8
Food & Wine
A la Cuisine Catering............................................................. 15
Anthony’s Lounge & Ristorante............................................ 12
Barons The Marketplace....................................................... 13
Bear Creek Golf Club............................................................. 15
Los Cabos Mexican Grill........................................................ 12
Pancho’s Mexican Café....................................................... 14
Taste of the Town.................................................................... 14
Home Improvement & Décor
Birchall, Sherry (Decorating Den)........................................... 5
Design House Furniture.......................................................... 14
Krabbe & Sons, Steve . .......................................................... 17
Mira Loma Pest Control......................................................... 11
W.C.Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.................................. 22
Medical & Health
Argenbright, O.D., Bret.......................................................... 18
Eichenberg, M.D., Brian............................................................9
Global Medical Equipment.................................................. 17
Gurvits, D.O., Vadim..................................................................3
Handi Visor Holder.................................................................. 16
Jury, O.D., Mark..........................................................................1
Nagy – Hypnotherapist, Sandra .............................................1
T. V. Digestive Disease Consultants...................................... 18
Religion
West Coast Life Church............................................................8
Without Them...
There’s No Us!
Senior Care
Brookdale Sr. Living (Chancellor House).............................. 16
A Note From the Publisher
Dear Readers,
With Cole Porter’s help, I salute my wife Marilyn; she is my partner, my best friend, and there wouldn’t
be a Chronicle every month without her intellect, her dedication, her inspiration and hard work seven days
a week! Marilyn is ‘The Top’ just as Cole Porter wrote….The 16th of October is our 12th wedding anniversary and my birthday and the 21st is Marilyn’s birthday. So, Marilyn, I say to you…..
You’re The Top
(Lyrics by Cole Porter 1934)
At words poetic, I am so pathetic
That I always have found it best,
Instead of getting em off my chest,
To let em rest unexpressed.
I hate parading my serenading
As I will probably miss a bar,
But if this ditty isn’t so pretty
At least it will tell you
How great you are.
You are the Tower of Pisa,
You are the smile on the Mona Lisa
I am a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
but if, baby, I am the bottom you are the top!
You are the top!
You are the Coliseum.
You are the top!
You are the Louver Museum.
You are a melody from a symphony by Strauss
You are a Bendel Bonnet,
A Shakespeare’s sonnet,
You are Mickey Mouse.
You are the Nile,
You are the top!
You are Mahatma Gandhi.
You are Napoleon Brandy.
You are the purple light
Of a summer night in Spain,
You are the National Gallery
You are Garbo’s salary,
You are cellophane.
You are sublime,
You are turkey dinner,
You are the time of a Derby winner,
I am a toy balloon that is fated soon to pop
But if, baby, I am the bottom,
You are the top!
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October 2011
Temecula Valley Woman’s Club
Home Tour Tickets
on SALE NOW!
T
he holidays are right around the corner and soon your weekends will be
all about decorating, gift-giving and entertaining. Here’s an outing that
can help you gather some festive ideas while you do a bit of shopping,
grab a bite at the Bistro, and savor a cup of good coffee or a glass of wine. All of
this and more is waiting for you at the TVWC 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour on
November 19 and 20.
Five Estate Homes on Tour
The tour features five estate homes in the
exclusive La Cresta and Tenaja communities of
Murrieta. Each unique home will be decked out
in holiday finery, courtesy of five local interior
decorators. Each tour stop will take you on a
journey of fantasy, where you can relish in the
delight of unique architecture, quaint appointments, luxurious water features, daring views
and custom design.
Open-air Marketplace
An open-air Marketplace with select vendors will offer an array of unique goods, perfect
for your holiday gift giving. As part of TVWC’s
international outreach program, handmade Kenyan wares will be for sale with proceeds going
to support the Rohi Children’s Orphanage in Kenya.
Bakery and Bistro
The TVWC Bakery & Gourmet Corner will feature lovingly
baked and packaged bakery
goods and the club’s traditional
hand-packed secret gourmet
soup mixes, along with various
other Temecula-made specialties. The TVWC Tasteful Traditions cookbook will debut and is
bound to be the perfect gift. To
make shopping both creative and convenient, shoppers may choose the U-Design-It
Gift Basket option. The popular Home Tour Bistro will offer tasty choices for your
lunch in the countryside.
Door-to-door Limousine
The TVWC has an idea just too good to pass up! They are offering an upgrade to
the home tour ticket this year. For an additional $70 you can buy the Home Tour VIP
Package, which includes a shared limo for the day, beginning with a gourmet continental breakfast at departure point and lunch and beverage at the Bistro. Sit back and
leave the driving to us, change your shoes and leave your packages in the safety of
a limousine all day long. This special package is only available pre-sale on web and
the deadline is November 4.
The TVWC Home Tour is on Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20,
from 10 am to 4 pm. Pre-sale tickets are $30 and $35 the day of the event. For more
information call 951-302-1370 or go to www.tvwc.com
Home Tour Ticket Sales Location 2011
Murrieta
Murrieta Library Bookstore, 8 Town Square, 951-600-57-24
Beyond the Front Door, 25755 Jefferson Ave., 951-375-8822
Merle Norman, 29910 Murrieta Hot Springs #E, 951-677-3958
Temecula
Bassett Home Furnishings, 32130 Temecula Pkwy., 951-553-2778
LaMasters Find Jewelry, 26780 Ynez Ct., 951-699-5719
Temecula Valley Chamber, 26790 Ynez Ct.,#A, 951-676-5090
Minuteman Press, 27452 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 2, 951-695-0106
Crazy for California, 28465 Old Town Front St., #101, 951-699-6109
American Sanctuary, 42072 Fifth St., Ste. 105
Wildomar
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 32395 Clinton Keith, Ste. B-14, 951-253-4050
Coldwell Bank, 23823 Clinton Keith, Ste. 102, 951-285-9969
Menifee
Postal Annex, 30141 Antelope Rd., #D, 951-679-2600
Net proceeds from the
TVWC Home Tour will
benefit many local charities,
school scholarships and the
TVWC 2011 Special Club
Project–The Girl’s Circle
and the Boys’ Council sponsored by SAFE (Safe Alternatives For Everyone).
An Opening Night
Home Tour Gala will be
held Friday night, November 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at
South Coast Winery. The Gala offers a night to remember with dinner, dancing, auctions and entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person and include one home tour
ticket - (ticket only tax-deductible). Reservations are limited so book now by calling
951 302-1370. Cocktail attire. Holiday time–a time of giving…
Temecula - Murrieta P.A.L.
Program Opens Fall Session
The Temecula-Murrieta Police Activities League (P.A.L.), is looking for middle
school students interested in participating in their Girls Circle and Boys Council Programs. The new fall session runs for eight consecutive weeks from October through
November. Students meet with facilitators and peers one evening a week to discuss
relevant teen topics and participate in games and activities. The Boys Council and
Girls Circle Programs are made possible through a grant received from the Verizon
Foundation.
Safe Alternatives for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) offers the PAL Program because all
kids face difficult challenges at school, home and on the playing field. S.A.F.E. is
dedicated to providing programs and activities which offer all kids an opportunity
to participate with positive role models in a safe environment with caring adults.
For more information or to sign up for Boys Council or Girls Circle please call
951.587.3900.
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PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR
The psychology of color is fascinating! Everyday there are more and more studies conducted which reveal new information about how color impacts our lives. Did
you know that…
RED: Increases the pulse rate, breathing and blood pressure. If you like
red you are either an energetic person or you crave more energy and need the
stimulating effect it creates. Red also increases the appetite and is used in many
restaurants.
BLUE: A wonderful calming color. Did you know that blue actually causes the
brain to send off eleven chemical tranquilizers? If you like blue, you may be
capable, conservative and sensitive. If you are someone who is easily stressed,
you may crave it’s calming effect. Who can be stressed gazing at the beautiful
shades of blue of the ocean.
GREEN: Mother nature’s favorite color! If you like green, you might be down
to earth and friendly by nature. Green shades tend to evoke a sense of relaxation,
comfort and quietness. It also represents new growth and new beginnings, and
can be used as a stress reducing color.
YELLOW: A stimulating and cheerful color. People who like yellow tend to be
intelligent. It is the color of optimism–it can help lift a melancholy mood and
put you in a “sunny” frame of mind.
ORANGE: An exuberant and bold color. Orange lovers tend to be friendly,
cheerful and are able to get along with practically everyone. You are social by
nature, and hate to be alone. You want the world to be warm and mellow like
the glow of a fireplace.
PURPLE: A royal and fantasy invoking color. If you like purple, you could
possiblly be an artist at heart. You like to surround yourself with talented people
and tend to be very free spirited by nature.
BROWN: A warm and comforting color. Brown lovers are often conscientious,
and steady in their ways. You tend to be very interested in genealogy and home.
The company of your family is paramount in your life.
Sherry Birchall, C.I.D.-Decorating Den Interiors • 951.308.9221
www.decdens/sbirchall • [email protected]
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October 2011
Jewel Scene-The Biggest Little
Jewelry Store
Jewel Scene has been a family-owned and operated business for over 41 years. The founder, Jesse, started in Lakewood, California, selling diamonds and gemstones, findings
and making jewelry for the trade. From there he opened wholesale businesses and stores in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Figuring life is too short to spend so much time commuting to and
from work he moved his business to the Temecula Valley 22 years ago.
Customers are warmly greeted and welcomed as friends at the Jewel Scene store.
Sales staff members are part of the Jewel Scene family - son, daughter-in-law, niece
and wife – so you can be sure you will be treated with courtesy and professionalism.
New customers usually come to Jewel Scene through the referral of loyal customers
who say how great it is to do business with a jeweler they can trust. That’s the biggest
compliment a business can have.
Jewel Scene has two Graduate Gemologists (GIA) on staff ready to help you
with insurance appraisals and gem identification, a jewelry designer who can make
a sketch of that special piece and a wax carver to bring the design to fruition – all
without leaving the premises. Jesse has loyal customers from all across the U.S.
Nowadays, on nearly every street corner you see businesses that want to buy
your gold, promising to pay more than anyone else. Who would you trust? Someone
who tells you they will pay you more than what 24-carat gold is worth on the open
market and may be out of business tomorrow? Wouldn’t you prefer to deal with
Jewel Scene: a jeweler with an excellent reputation that has been in business for over
41 years and contributes to, lives and works in, your community.
Jewel Scene prides itself on offering customers one of the largest selections of
diamonds, wedding and anniversary rings on the West Coast – at prices that can’t be
beat. It’s nice to know a place where custom work and jewelry repairs are done at
prices below what others charge. Not only does the store have incredible inventory,
but they have three jewelers that can make jewelry from start to finish. That’s why
Jewel Scene is called “the biggest little jewelry store.”
Jewel Scene, 26431 Ynez Road, Suite B, Temecula (next to TJ Maxx, across Ynez
from the Promenade Mall). Open T – F 10am to 6pm and on Sat from 10am to 5pm,
closed on Sun and Mon. Tel 951.296.1616
PWR to Present Joan Sparkman
Unity Awards
The Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) invites you to join them on Friday, November 4, to celebrate women who go above and beyond in community
service. The beauty and serenity of South Coast Winery will be the backdrop for this
evening event from 5:30 to 9:30pm. The women nominated to receive an award will
be presented and their history of service will be told.
The keynote speaker for the event, Liz Murray, is the New York Times best
selling author who beat incredible odds to graduate from Harvard University after
growing up homeless and alone on the streets of New York after her parents had
succumbed to addiction. Murray’s story is exhilarating and her delivery incredibly
honest as she takes audiences along on her personal journey. Her book, Breaking
Night, inspired the Lifetime movie, “From Homeless to Harvard,” which portrayed
her amazing courage and tenacity.
Ticket price $65 includes dinner. Order online at website www.pwronline.org
Call 951-973-7400 or email [email protected]
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Goodwill, A Key Element of
Business Value
By D. Joe Atchison, Business Broker
When selling a business, escrow requires the buyer and seller to agree on
an allocation of the purchase price for the business. For most businesses this
allocation consists of the following four elements: inventory, equipment, noncompete and goodwill. Goodwill is an intangible asset vs. the tangible assets
of inventory and equipment. In most of the businesses that we sell, goodwill
is assigned more value than any, and often all, of the tangible assets. The accounting definition of goodwill is “selling price less the value of all tangible
assets.” The Small Business Administration classifies the non-compete element as goodwill also.
Business goodwill reflects the synergy of all of the combined assets involved in the business that produce income. Since goodwill has such a profound impact on the value of a business, it is important to know the elements
of goodwill. Following are the basic elements that create business goodwill:
1. Trend of revenues and, more importantly, earnings is an overall
indicator of goodwill. A business has more goodwill if its revenues and
earnings reflect a history of increases. Excess earnings, earnings above
the norm for the industry, create more goodwill.
2. Related to the earnings is the company’s customer base. Customer
loyalty, quality, order backlog, the customers’ industry and geographic
diversification and the business’ pricing leverage with its customers are a
few of the customer related goodwill factors.
3. Intellectual property is an important element that creates goodwill. Patents, proprietary equipment, materials, and processes, vendor
relationships with pricing commitments, bid and pricing knowledge, and
trained employees are all part of the intellectual property of a company.
4. Documentation of the business is a very important goodwill element. A business that has its operating procedures well documented is of
more value, and thus has more goodwill than one with little to no documentation. Important documentation items include the company’s sales
and marketing process, quality control procedures, how orders are processed through order fulfillment, accounting policies, human resource
manual, and credit and collection procedures, just to name a few.
5. The owner’s reputation, knowledge of the industry, relationship
with customers, and financial and management skills are a goodwill element that can diminish when the owner exits the business after the sale
of their company. There are ways to minimize the negative impact to
the goodwill value of a business when the owner “exits stage right.” The
most common method is for the seller to provide an extended transition
period, often coupled with a seller note that has an earn-out provision
regarding the payment of the note.
This article has addressed the main elements of goodwill. Others that can
create goodwill include years in business, barriers to entry, scalability and
location. There are methods to determine the goodwill value of a company
such as the Total Business Value Residual and the Capitalization of Excess
Earnings methods. A team consisting of a Certified Public Accountant, with
knowledge of how to minimize sales and income taxes by prudent purchase
price allocations, and an experienced business broker can help calculate, document and articulate the goodwill value of a company to potential buyers.
The above information was developed from data that I believe to be accurate
but I give no guarantees. D. Joe Atchison, CBI, CBB. CMMBI, CPA – inactive, MBA - Finance President, Sunbelt Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions Wildrose Business Park, 9036 Pulsar Court, Suite J, Corona, CA 92883
Office 951.277.4002. Cell: 951.733.8442, [email protected],
www.RiversideSunbeltNetwork.com
October 1:
October 16:
• Team Believe Rady Children’s HospitalSea World Walk for pediatric brain cancer
research www.shamuandyouwalk.org
Mission Bay, San Diego, 8am
• Outdoor Quilt Show, Old Town Temecula,
FREE, 951.678.1456
•Women’s Club at The Legends Golf Club at
Temeku Hills 2012 open membership enrollment, Oct - Nov 15, 951.695.9614, $40
• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Concert, 7pm,
951.491.6551, $45/$95 VIP
• October 2: Jazz at the Garden Fundraiser
concert, Murrieta Public Library, $30 &
$60,5 - 7pm
• Music on Sundays, Robert Ronzoni Vineyards, Jacque Foreman musician, FREE,
2 – 5pm
• Annual Grape Stomp at Ponte Winery,
Grape Stomp Competition, 35053 Rancho
California Road, Temecula CA, 951-6948855, $95/$86 adults, $46/$48, children
$41, 4pm - 9pm
• R ace for the Cure, Promenade Mall, Temecula, 6:30 registration, races at 8 & 9am
•M
usic on Sundays, Robert Ronzoni
Vineyards, Phil Goddard musician, FREE,
2 – 5pm
• Orange County Museum of Art & Architecture Tour showing six Newport & Laguna
Beach homes of 20th Century architecture
design, $60/or 2 for $110, www.ocma.net,
949.759.1122, 10 am to 6:30 pm
October 3:
• Murrieta Central Park Chess Club, 38884
Cherry Point Ln., every Tues 6pm – 9pm
October 4:
• Wild Women of Wine Country Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon & Fashion Show,
South Coast Winery, 951.587.9463 ext.
7210, $35, 10am – 2pm
October 7:
• Murrieta Mesa & Summit High Schools
PINK OUT Football Game honoring breast cancer survivors, Murrieta Mesa HS, 7 pm
• SAT Registration deadline for Nov 5 test,
$49, subject tests $22
October 8:
• Palomar Mountain State Park Fall Clean
up & Restoration, www.palomarsp.org/
cleanup, 8am – 12pm
• Lake Elsinore Relay for Life, Opening
Ceremony - 9am. Activities throughout the
day. Luminaria Ceremony - 9pm. Canyon
Lake Middle School. www.elsinorerelay.com
October 9:
• Fallbrook Music Society, Landesjugendorchester (LJO) from Germany performs
Beethoven, Hidas & Bruckner, 3pm
• Inland Valley Symphony, Curtains Up! This
is Broadway, Performing Arts Center, Murrieta Mesa High School, $8 - $20, 5:30pm
• Golden Valley Music Society, Shubert Gala,
$30/$25 seniors/$12.50 students/$2.50 under 12, 7:30pm
• Music on Sundays, Robert Ronzoni Vineyards, Kenny Marquez musician, FREE,
2 – 5pm
October 14:
•Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Temecula Public
Library (Pauba), FREE, 4pm
• Fall Rod Run Cruise Night, Old Town
Temecula, FREE, 5 – 8pm
October 15:
• Fall Rod Run Car Show, Old Town Temecula, FREE, 8am – 4pm
• Craft-time, Temecula Public Library (Pauba),
FREE, 10am
• Loud & Proud Concert Extravaganza
Concert, Murrieta Community Center, girlsagainstabuse.blogspot.com or OakGroveCenter.org, $10, 6pm
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October 19:
• Registration for the Oct 26 Pumpkin Patch
Halloween Craft event, Temecula Public Library (Pauba), FREE, 4pm
October 21:
• Late SAT registration deadline for Nov 5
test, $75, subject tests $22
• Sidewalk Prophets in Concert, Temecula,
proceeds benefit Rancho Damacitas Children’s Homes for abused and neglected
youth, 951.302.7597 or 951-302-7597,
$15, 7:30 - 9:30pm
October 22:
•ACT Test (registration deadline Sept 16)
• Taste of Autumn, Callaway Winery, 951.
676.4001, www.callawaywinery.com.
$88.50, 10am - 12:30pm.
•Rocky Horror Halloween Bash, Monte De
Oro Winery, 951.491.6551, $35, 5:30 –
10pm
October 23:
• Fallbrook Music Society, Spanish Brass
from Spain, 3pm. Palomar Mountain State
Park Apple Festival, www.palomarsp.org/
festival, FREE, 11am – 4pm
•Music on Sundays, Robert Ronzoni Vineyards, S&R Jazz Connection musician, FREE, 2 – 5pm
October 24:
• Inland Valley Youth Symphony & Wind
Symphony, Performing Arts Center, Murrieta Mesa High School, $15 - $5, 7pm
October 24:
• RJL Wealth Management Seminar: Retirement Solutions, speaker Ray Lucia, CFP. Temecula’s Thornton Winery. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & no host bar. Limited
seating, RSVP 800.644.1231 or visit www.
rjlwm.com/events, 7 pm
October 26:
•Pumpkin Patch Halloween Craft, Temecula
Public Library (Pauba), FREE, 4pm
October 27:
•Bear Creek Woman’s Golf Assoc., Fundraiser for Komen Foundation and Michelle’s
Place, 951.696.0746
October 30:
• Music on Sundays, Robert Ronzoni Vineyards, S&R Jazz Connection musician, FREE, 2 – 5pm
The Chronicle welcomes calendar submissions for local events. Please send your
submissions to the editor [email protected]
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October 2011
Recreational Music Making
with Steel Drums
By Larry Mebust
Like many of you, my wife Janet and I learned music as kids. She was the daughter of a school principal and learned to play the flute. She received several music
scholarships along the way. I, on the other hand, was the son of a Norwegian married to a Swede, which required me to learn to play the accordion. I swear that I
was named after Lawrence Welk. Janet played Bach…I played polkas and “Lady of
Spain.”
We went on in life and lost all touch with playing music. After we married, we
talked about playing music together but never made the time. In the mid 90s, while
vacationing in the Caribbean, we heard a Steel Band playing and fell in love with the
sound of the instruments. We found our way back to having music in our lives and
we could finally play something together.
Over the past 10 years, the concept of recreational music making has developed
and led to the rebirth of garage bands peopled by empty nesters and new horizon
bands formed by retirees who can now afford to do it right. There is a new twist,
however. They no longer have any pressure on them to perform. It is now OK to
“play with your music.”
Recreational music making is not about inspiring extraordinary music; it’s about
inspiring extraordinary living! Also, it’s not about exceptional performances - it’s
about having exceptional experiences. Further, it’s not about teaching people to play;
it’s about giving people permission to play. Finally, its facilitators do not have to be
great musicians…they must, however, be effective guides and coaches. Learn more
at www.wannaplaymusic.com/rmm . These are the guidelines under which we
provide our Steel Drum Lessons. You will still have to practice to improve but nobody is going to pressure you. We can handle a limited number of adult students at
this time as we build our rental fleet of steel drums - so sign up early!
Look for our booth in the Little Rodder Zone located at the west end of Temecula’s Old Town during the Rod Run on October 15th. Stop by for a fun steel drum
hands-on experience for the kids.
The Steel Drum Shop carries both mini pans for kids and full sized pan instruments for ages 12 and up. We also have a full-line of accessories, sheet music and
CDs by various steel bands. You can take a test drive at our shop located at 41571
Corning Place #107 in Murrieta (off Jefferson north of Winchester). Come visit us
between 9am and 3pm, Monday – Thursday, or by appointment. To learn more, give
us a call at 951.677.5550 or go to our website www.steeldrumshop.com .
Come play island style – no shoes required! See you at the Rod Run!
Steve Miller Hits High Note at
School Benefit Concert
By Carol Malin
Kids from seven to seventy were rockin’ to the beat when Steve Miller performed several of his hits, including “Fly Like an Eagle” and “The Joker,” on September 18 in support of the new Fender Kids Rock Free School in Temecula.
When the Kids Rock Free Program took aim on Temecula it made a bull’s-eye.
The Valley has become a hotbed of music talent over the years and is home to performers such as Jolee James from American Idol and Antonio Pontarelli who won
NBC’s most Talented Kids contest. The KRF Program will provide free and low-cost
piano, guitar, bass, drums and vocal performance lessons to children, ages 7 – 17.
Michele Smith, the founder of the Context Middle School in Temecula, which is
the site of the KRF Program, pulled the concert together within two months. Smith
told me, “Opening this charter school is something that I have wanted to do for a
long time. The Valley deserves a place for students to learn about music. To have
Steve Miller come here to help us raise funds for the school is terrific. But we’re not
done; we plan to open a high school next.”
The philosophy of the Context School is the integration of music and technology into the curriculum. Music making, producing and performing will be part of the
daily life of a Context student. The school is located at 31350 Rancho Vista Road,
Temecula. Tel: 294-6265.
Miller’s band was not the only entertainment that night. The Pacific Symphony
Youth Orchestra from Orange County and the Fender Benders performed with Miller and his band. Award-winning pianist Julie Coucheron played with the symphony
and received a standing ovation.
It was the inaugural concert in Civic Center plaza designed for such events in
front of Temecula’s new City Hall. Mayor Roberts told the crowd of 1,200 that the
concert is the type of venue the City had envisioned when they planned the new City
Hall.
Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be
made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes
large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? (Brilliant, love this!)
A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All
water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no
water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where
the sun joins in this fight.
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October 2011
By Carol Malin
I’ve traveled Temecula’s wine tasting trail up Rancho California Road, down
Calle Contento, along De Portola and beyond, and have always come away with a
bottle or two of good wine and a smile. It strikes me that one of the things that makes
wine tasting so enjoyable in Southern California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country
is the hospitality extended at the wineries. The term “Southern hospitality” surely
applies here.
Recently, I joined a group of food and wine reporters at a Facebook & Tweet-Up
event hosted by Thornton Winery’s winemaker, David Vergari. If you missed the
online event, let me fill you in. Guiding us with his confident manner and wit, Vergari took us on a tasting journey through a flight of six wines paired with small bites
prepared by the winery’s award-winning Executive Chef, Steve Pickell.
We began with Thornton’s non-vintage Brut. Overall, the opinion of the group
was that the Brut was fresh and crisp with a delightful finish. Vergari explained that
the wine’s 28-month tirage time using the méthode champenoise process, and with
the addition of a little Pinot Noir blended into the Chardonnay, helps to give the wine
complexity and round it out. This effervescing delight was paired with shrimp. I
prefer this bubbly alone or with a lightly-salted wafer. At $24 a bottle this sparkling
wine is a treat for any occasion.
No one wanted to move on from the Brut…until we tasted the 2010 Chardonnay. Go ahead and call us fickle, but we found a new friend in this wine. I dislike
oaky Chardonnays so I was happy with this vintage, which is fermented exclusively
in stainless-steel tanks. This wine is so balanced and seamless that it is hard to put
your glass down, and since it is reasonably priced at $19 you won’t have to. Vergari
advised us that white wines should be taken out of the ‘frig 20 or 30 minutes before
pouring to bring out their best flavor. This wine was paired with green olives and I
noted that the men at the table enjoyed this combination but the women not so much.
In keeping with the Southern hospitality that I mentioned earlier, we were each given
a bottle of the Chardonnay to take home. I served mine with chicken wraps and it
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worked very well.
The 2010 Nebbiolo was next. This $22 dry red has a cherry nose and is smooth
with no holes mid-palate. Vergari says reds should be served at 55º to 60º F and recommends chilling the bottle for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. This paired nicely
with the blue cheese, which tasted like cherry cheesecake melting in your mouth
under a warming blanket of red wine.
Vergari took the time to give us his background. Hailing from Sonoma County,
he gained an interest in wine at a young age. He studied Enology and Viticulture at
UC Davis and interned at wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley before going abroad
to work at wineries in Australia and Spain. Most recently before joining Thornton,
Vergari was the winemaker at Rutz Cellars in the Russian River Valley. Besides his
varied experience his best attribute is his common sense to do what he likes to do
best…make good wine.
Vergari walked us through wine #4, Thorny’s Coat Red, a blend of Zinfandel,
Syrah, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Barbera. There’s a funny story about Thorny.
Thorny was the nickname of Thornton Winery President, Steve Thornton, during his
school years. In the era when every other winery had a dog pictured on their label,
Thornton’s marketing folks wanted to do the same, but Thorny didn’t want to follow
the pack. So, instead Thornton elected to put a porcupine on its label and named the
blend Thorny’s Coat Red. It’s a pleasing $17 wine blend and the price won’t, ahem,
stick you. I may have been jumping ahead with the pairing when I tasted it with the
chocolate mousse but who could blame me?
“Interested in color?” Vergari asked, as he saw me holding a glass of the 2010
Zinfandel Huis Vineyard Zinfandel aloft. “It’s the nose and the mouth-feel, you
should explore next,” he encouraged. One of my peers described this wine as a “fruit
delivery vehicle.” This Zin is spicy and explodes in the mouth like a raspberry bonbon. It was well paired with a bite of meat and the rest of the mousse. The wine sells
for $22 a bottle.
Vergari has high hopes for the 2010 Thornton Estate Petite Sirah. He says the
wine is reasonable now but advises patience will bring great rewards with this one.
This wine’s grapes were grown on the Estate’s east block and fermented in stainless
steel, then aged in oak barrels. Priced at $22.
Vergari took us to the cellar where he demonstrated first-hand how blending
wine is done. It was enlightening but it is impossible for me to translate onto paper
how barrel 12345 mixed with barrel 67891 to make a fine blend. The take-away is
that years of training, expertise and an excellent palate are required to become a good
winemaker.
We then followed Vergari out to the vineyard and he taught us a few things about
irrigation, clumping and harvesting. In one afternoon I learned to appreciate the tremendous effort that goes into making wine. I don’t think I will ever again complain
about the cost of a good bottle. Instead, I will sit back, sip and enjoy. I wish you the
same.
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An Idiot with a Plan…is Better
Than a Genius Without One.
By Ray Lucia, CFP.
The recent–but somewhat predictable–correction in the stock market has
been agonizing for many Baby Boomers
who have their sights set on retirement
in the near future. Of course, it’s hard to
feel secure about such a major milestone
under any circumstances, let alone when
your decision may coincide with a significant drop in hour equity portfolio, as
many have recently suffered. The barrage
of weak economic data, the disastrous
debt ceiling deadlock and the downgrade
in America’s credit rating have many
Baby Boomers second guessing retirement plans once again. The fact is, when
an investor has a sound retirement strategy, they shouldn’t have to stress over the
next big dip on Wall Street. When you
are properly positioned with a diverse array of investments, a short term market
decline doesn’t have to sidetrack your
long term retirement plans. Remember,
after the 2008 market drop, stocks almost
doubled between the spring of 2009 and
2011. A pullback should be expected after such a stunning gain. So, why all the
noise on the 24 house financial cable networks? Because there’s a lot of money to
be made in selling panic!
If you pensionize a portion of your
portfolio, that is, guarantee a monthly
check for life, you’ll feel more comfortable with your decision to retire, even
in down markets. If you have sufficient
liquidity or cash reserves, you’ll be in a
much better position to absorb the kind
of fluctuations we’ve seen repeatedly.
Given time, retirees have historically
seen growth in their stock portfolios. The
key is to have a plan, and allow ample
time for that plan to work, so that if you
decide to retire and then the market takes
a turn for the worse, you don’t have to
take a trip back to work.
If you tune into my show, you’ve
heard me stressing the importance of
having a Strategy First Solution for retirement. What exactly does that mean?
Well, it means starting with a solid plan
as a foundation, then identifying appropriate investment products to build a
diversified portfolio. It means on-going
oversight by an experienced advisor,
with the intent of maximizing every dollar you can for retirement, and it recognizes the impact that taxes may have on
your retirement savings. That’s what I
call a Strategy First Solution. It means
customizing a strategy designed to provide retirement income for life, while
giving long-term investments the time
they need to grow. The first step to finding the solution for you is to meet with an
authorized advisor for a complimentary
retirement planning analysis. Schedule a
consultation by calling 877-PLANNER.
Ray Lucia, one of the nation’s leading experts in the fiscal world of financial, tax,
and retirement planning…not to mention
he’s a best-selling author, an engaging
radio and TV personality, a highly sought
after public speaker, and CERTIFIED
FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.
Tune into The Ray Lucia Show online at
www.raylucia.com or call (877) PLANNER for more information.
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City of Murrieta Hosts Inventors
& Entrepreneurs Society
The Murrieta/Temecula Valley is rich in education and creativity. Many
of our residents are inventors or entrepreneurs and we want to encourage that
knowledge base and foster its growth into the creation of new businesses within
our community. The City of Murrieta believes that entrepreneurs and inventors
are the catalysts of economic growth; you are the risk takers that have always
been the basis for the success of the American economy.
As such, the City of Murrieta’s Economic Development Department will
be holding its first “Murrieta Inventors & Entrepreneurs Society” meeting on
October 17 at 8:00 am at the Murrieta Public Library. This assembly will become a focus group intended to help the City of Murrieta understand the needs
of our inventors and entrepreneurs, and how we can better serve you and attract
more like-minded people to this region. There is no cost to attend this meeting
and you do not need to be a resident or business owner in the City of Murrieta
to attend.
RSVP or questions contact: Kimberly Davidson at the City of Murrieta at
951.461.6003 or [email protected]
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October 2011
Los Cabos Mexican Grill
By: The Gossiping Gourmet
The Inland Empire’s best kept secret may be tucked away in Murrieta on
Jefferson Avenue at Date Street…Los Cabos Mexican Grill. Family-owned
and operated, this restaurant offers home-style cooking, a tradition born in
Mexico that continues here today. Los Cabos has a spacious indoor dining
room with a relaxed atmosphere.
Most meal prices at Los Cabos range $10 to $13. The restaurant has
something for everyone…flavorful, generous portions of traditional favorites
such as Enchiladas Verdes or Carnitas. The health conscious will love the
vegetarian choices such as the Tostada Special or the Cheese Enchilada. The
ravenous will appreciate the Los Cabos Surf 3 platter; a dinner for two heaped
with steak, chicken, shrimp and Tilapia.
Soon, Los Cabos will be featuring a new international dinner menu,
which includes Peruvian-style Lomo Saltado, Asian Jambalaya, the Cuban
dish Masa de Puerco and other interesting fare. Any dinner over $12.95 includes a glass of wine, a small Margarita, or a soft drink.
Weekdays, two economically priced entrée specials are offered at $7.50
or less. Check the restaurant’s website for downloadable coupons. Happy
Hour daily from 2 to 7 pm, featuring House Margaritas for $3.50 and street
tacos for 99 cents. I especially like the $1.75 Bean & Cheese Nacho and the
Mexican Pizza.
I’ve had the opportunity to dine at Los Cabos on many occasions. My
friend, Jessica, is serious about food and declares the cuisine at Los Cabos is
authentic Mexican. In her words, “nothing can beat my mom’s home-cooking
but this restaurant rates a close second.” Jessica especially enjoys the Carne
Asada.
My most recent visit was at 5pm on a Friday evening and the bar was
already filled with people, a mix from young professionals to senior citizens,
busily getting happy. My party was greeted immediately and, since one in
our group was disabled, the hostess took special care to ensure that we were
comfortably seated.
We were given the requisite salsa and chips and our drink orders were
taken immediately. Our entrees arrived in a timely fashion, the food attractively plated with ample portions. Bonnie enjoyed the Azteca Chicken with its
fresh medley of vegetables and the pleasing cheese flavor of the sauce. Jack
chose the Camarones Costa Azul and to his delight the dish was exceptional,
and the bacon-wrapped shrimp was moist and flavorful. I ordered the Los
Cabos Special #2 - a tasty surf and turf combination of steak and shrimp in a
delightful chili pepper-garlic sauce.
Be sure to save room for dessert! The delicacies are decadent and big
enough to share. Bonnie chose the banana cheesecake and declared it scrumptious. Jack devoured his huge serving of deep fried ice cream and the flan I
ordered was the best that I’ve had in a long time.
It’s rare to find a restaurant that offers good service, reasonable prices and
generous portions…Los Cabos provides this and more.
Los Cabos, 26770 Jefferson Ave., Murrieta. www.loscabosmexicancantina.com Tel: 951.894.4749
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Temecula Valley International
Film & Music Festival Highlights
By Carol and Katie Malin
From start to finish this year’s Film
& Music Festival in Temecula was a starstudded event. Walking the red carpet on
Wednesday, September 14, were film
and music artists who had traveled from
as far as Japan to showcase their talent.
Dozens of films competed and many
were noteworthy. Two that stand out are,
“Saving Grace B. Jones” and “Hopelessly in June.” Connie Stevens, star of the
60s TV show 77 Sunset Strip, brought
to the screen “Saving Grace B. Jones,”
a film based on her true-life experience
of a devastating flood in Missouri when
she was a child. We were glued to our
seats throughout the film. Tatum O’Neal
(Paper Moon) stars alongside Michael
Biehn (Tombstone) and Penelope Ann
Miller (Carlito’s Way). O’Neal steals the
show with her tear-jerking dramatization of a woman brain damaged beyond
repair by a tragic accident and lost love.
This movie will be opening in the theaters soon, Stevens told us.
Focusing on talent close to home
brings into the picture Murrieta’s Bear
Creek resident, Lorenzo Lorenzetti,
the executive producer of “Hopelessly
in June.” This film is a romantic comedy shot on location in the SoCal beach
towns of Manhattan and Redondo Beach.
This fun-filled movie stars Carolyn Neff
(Spiderman 3) and Vincent Brantley.
Brantley wrote, directed, and produced
the film. The long list of supporting stars
includes: Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore
Show), Keith David (Crash), Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls), Tommy Lister, Jr.
(The Dark Knight), Peter Jason (Deadwood), and Ella Joyce (Roc). As you can
see by the line-up this has all the makings of a great film and that it is. Katie sat
down with an in-person interview with
Brantley after the show. For that interview, as well as the interview we have in
store with Lorenzetti, pick up your copy
of the November issue of The Chronicle.
If you missed the TVIFF, you can catch
“Hopelessly in June” at the Hollywood
Film Festival (Oct. 20 – 24); it is slated
to run on Oct. 23 at 7pm.
Yukiko Nishimura, a Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
graduate, played one of her piano compositions on Saturday night during the
music portion of the festival. Nishimura
has composed works for silent films and
for theater. A number of Japanese film
makers also showed their work. The festival drew international film entries from
Australia, Bangladesh, China, Germany,
Canada, Albania and Poland, as well as
music artist from Russia, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This is the stuff
you don’t want to miss and why you
should come out to the film & music festival every year.
Tying it all up, the music fest winner
was The Worsties a band from Nashville.
Film fest winners were the “Italian Key,”
Best Feature Film; Flight to the Wall,
Best Documentary Feature; “From the
Ground Up,” Best Documentary Short;
“The Hirosaki Players,” Best Short Film;
“The Daisy Cutter,” Best Animation.
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October 2011
Taste of The Town…
A Delightful Event
By Lois Allen
It’s been said that wine is constant proof that God
loves us and loves to see us happy. This certainly was
true at the second annual Taste of The Town held
at Bear Creek Golf Club on Sunday, September 18.
Oenophiles (lovers of wine) and taste aficionados Michelle Beutler
definitely were not disappointed with this event, which
was both a successful fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest
Riverside County and an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the Valley’s
great restaurants and outstanding wineries and breweries.
It was an impressive scene; exotic aromas permeated the air while a delighted crowd sampled a delicious array of tastings that ranged from elegant
appetizers such as bruschetta, and shrimp cocktail with a gazpacho chaser, to
a comforting mini-meal of Chicken Ossobuco with a side of mashed potatoes
and gravy.
The happy crowd mixed and matched
these culinary creations with select red and
white wines from premiere wineries and
vineyards. For those preferring “a tall cold
one,” a choice of two fine brews were offered by a Temecula micro brewery.
The restaurants, wineries and brewery
that participated in TOTT were A la Cuisine Catering, Anthony’s Lounge and Ristorante, Barons Marketplace, Bear Creek Mayor with Charlotte DeHesa & Nicole
Nichols (Chairmen)
Golf Club, Black Market Brewery, Boorman Vineyards, Cougar Vineyard & Winery, Crivello Ristorante Italiano, Europa Village Vineyard, Frisby Cellars, Los Reyes Bar & Grill, Mantra Indian
Cuisine, Nothing Bundt Cake, Robert Renzoni Vineyard, Stuart Cellars, Sorrel
Restaurant/Bistro, and the Temecula Valley Cheese Company.
The festivities were complimented by entertainment provided by the Mark Sage band
and the music of Ian Kauffman. The event culminated with an exciting raffle for unique door
prizes, donated by local businesses and individuals in support of this worthwhile cause.
Taste of The Town raised much-needed
funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County. According to Marissa Toth, Re-
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source and Events Director, for the B&GC, the
money is earmarked to support the Clubs’ after
school programs. Event proceeds will also help
to provide new programs such as Digital Art and
Design Tech that will help youth become proficient in computer use for educational and artistic
purposes. Maryann Edwards, CEO of the B&GC,
and Murrieta’s Mayor Randon Lane, were onhand to thank everyone who attended, and the A la Cuisine Catering
volunteers and donors who pitched in to make this
such a successful event.
Planning is already underway for the
third annual Taste of The Town. Mark
your calendar for September 2012, so
you don’t miss this annual event at Bear
Creek Golf Club next year. Go to http://
youtu.be/ejxvgrZC1wc for a preview of
2011.
The Wine Chicks
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The Ice Taxi to the Rescue
On the day of our daughter’s wedding the temperature began to rise. The
wedding planner could not have predicted the heat wave and the increased
need for more ice, but thankfully the Ice
Taxi did! The Ice Taxi handled our event
seamlessly and professionally. - Ice Taxi
customer, Elizabeth Senne
How many times have you entertained or planned a party, wedding,
sporting or other event that required
a substantial amount of ice? If so, you
know that purchasing large quantities of
ice is a backbreaking task which usually
requires many trips to the store. Not to
mention that it is difficult to determine
how much ice you actually need, so often you are reduced to asking guests to
help you by making several trips to the
store.
No need for that drama any longer.
The Ice Taxi delivers 20 pound bags of
cubed ice and 10 pound blocks of ice.
There is a 200 pound minimum and we
deliver up to 30 miles without a delivery
charge. When the Ice Taxi delivers the ice
it is at 0 to -10 degrees. By comparison,
when you pick up ice at the store it is 29
degrees and it is melting by the time you
get it home. We are a full service vendor,
which means that we will stay and help
load the coolers if needed.
Ever lost refrigeration or had the
need to produce large quantities of ice
in a hurry? No one can forecast a power
shortage or refrigeration problem, so
when those unexpected emergencies
arise, we hope you will look to the Ice
Taxi as your ice delivery solution. With
just a simple call or click of your mouse,
the Ice Taxi will deliver the emergency
ice you need, no matter what the need or
location. We’re fast, reliable and competitive, and we understand how important emergency ice can be.
Many of our customers use us on
a regular basis rather than buying and
maintaining expensive ice manufacturing equipment. The Ice Taxi provides
ice for weddings, parties and sporting
events.
“Ice for any occasion, delivered
direct to you,” James & Amber Sheffield, The Ice Taxi. Visit their cool
website at www.theicetaxi.com; or call
951.698.4232 or 855.ICE.TAXI.
I saw an ad in the paper for a talking dog - on sale for only $5. I
quickly phoned to see if the dog was still available and learning that he
was I rushed over to check out this phenomenal animal. When I got there
the owner ushered me into the family room where the dog was watching
TV. The dog glanced in my direction and asked me to sit down. I was astonished! The dog said he should probably tell me a little bit about himself
and proceed to launch into a monologue about his exploits in the war. He
had saved dozens of soldiers in combat and had run messages for Special
Forces. When he came back from the war he worked as a therapy dog in a
military hospital. Now that he was retired he was looking for another place
to live. I took his owner aside and asked why he would want to sell a talking
dog and a hero to boot – and for only $5! He told me, “Because that dog is
a liar!”
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October 2011
Whose Estate is it? Yours!
By Marguerite Lorenz, CTFA, CLPF
I teach the “It’s Your Estate” 8 class series with the help of several other speakers. Some of my students are the adult children of elderly parents. Some students are age 70 or better and wondering if their estate plan will do what they
want it to do. All of my students are glad they came because they have the
opportunity to really think about their plan in terms of their quality of life.
Do you know what your written plan can do for you? I have seen a good
plan protect an elder from financial predators, while giving her the power and
choices to control her life, even while her mind grew less powerful as she
aged. The solid written plan is a critical part of this success. Another critical
element is selecting the right people to implement the plan.
You may feel uncomfortable talking about aging, illness or death. This is
normal. Maybe you need to start the conversation with a more life affirming
approach. For instance, I suggest you start with a gratitude list.
List ten things you are really grateful for in your life, right now. Here is my
top five to get you started:
• I love being at home with my family
• I love my dog
• I love to eat at good restaurants
• I love to write
• I love to drive
Once you have your list, you can begin working with an attorney to ask what
you need to put into your plan, so you can keep the things you love in your
life.
You may have told some people around you about the things that are most
important to you. This is not sufficient without giving someone the authority
to carry out your wishes, getting your wishes into writing and talking with
your selected person to make sure they understand your reasons. If you want
to learn more about these concepts, take a look at www.ItsYourEstate.org
I welcome your questions, concerns and comments, via email, at [email protected]
MyTrustee.net – I will be answering these emails in this column, and I commit to keeping your information and details private.
I see you as the powerful Chief Executive Officer of your life. Here’s to
managing well…
Marguerite Lorenz, CTFA, CLPF#319—Marguerite serves as a private Trustee and Executor for many families in North County San Diego. She is coAuthor of “Ethics for Trustees” a Guide for All Who Serve as Trustee. You
can learn more about her and her work at www.MyTrustee.net
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Race for the Cure–October 16
By Carol Malin
The 13th annual Susan G. Komen Inland
Empire Race for the Cure will be held on Sunday, October 16, at the Promenade Mall in Temecula.
To date, no cause for breast cancer is
known and no one knows how to prevent it.
This is why the Susan G. Komen Race for the
Cure, backed by generous contributions from
its partners, sponsors and fellow supporters,
has invested more than $1.5 billion toward becoming the world’s largest source of
nonprofit funds dedicated to fight against breast cancer and to lead the search for a
cure. That’s why it is so important that you come out and join the race. Registration
begins at 6:30am. The awards ceremony will be at 10:45am.
“Last year’s race provided over $574,000 in grant support funds to our local
community service providers and grantees, including Michelle’s Place. We really
couldn’t do this without local support and community awareness of our organization,” said Cindy Stillman, Development and Communications Manager, Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure Inland Empire.
Michelle’s Place is a nonprofit breast cancer resource center in Temecula at 27645
Jefferson Ave., Suite 117. For information or an appointment call 951. 304.1280, or
visit www.michellesplace.org.
For information about the Inland Empire Race for the Cure, or to learn more about
breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komenie.org or call 941.676.7465.
Lake Elsinore Relay for Life
October 8, 2011
Canyon Lake Middle School
www.elsinorerelay.com
Sign-up!
Join a Team!
Visit the Relay!
Help Find a Cure!
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Crossing Guards Can Save a Life
By Jay A. Froboese, Corporal Officer
Murrieta Police Department
Wine Crush Season in Temecula
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both red and white wines. You will learn about the various parts sizes and names of
the barrels, and the differences between French and American oak. Taste of Autumn
culminates with wine tasting from the barrel, followed by a sampling of several Callaway red wines. The tastings will be accompanied by an assortment of delicious
artisan cheeses and seasonal fruit. You will be sent home with a wine bottle cheese
board and knife set, a Callaway Wine and Cheese Pairing chart with serving suggestions and a certificate of completion. 951.676.4001.
There are only good choices in the Valley of where to spend your Autumn days.
Get out, enjoy and find your crush – it’s out there waiting for you.
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School has been in session for a few
months now, and it is crazy out there in
the mornings and afternoons with all
the vehicles taking children to and from
schools. Everyone is frustrated when
traffic backs up. Drivers get impatient
and do some totally unexpected things
when they are running late and traffic is
not flowing smoothly. We see this every
day, and many times officers have to stop
people and warn or cite drivers.
Right up front I want to thank the
Murrieta Unified School District crossing guards. They do a tremendous job for
us all. Many times they are the only buffer between vehicles and our children.
Perhaps you can take a minute to thank
them the next time you pass through
their crosswalks.
I want to address a problem that I
see day in and day out: drivers are not
paying close enough attention to the
crossing guards’ instructions. This is the
overriding issue. Drivers may be running
late and have multiple student drop-offs
to accomplish, or they are in a hurry to
get to work. They are focused on their
particular mission, to the exclusion of
everything else going on around them,
and tend to pay attention to only what is
directly in front of their car. They do not
realize the danger of operating their vehicle in this frame of mind until the day
they have a near miss with a student or a
crossing guard, or are involved in an actual vehicle/pedestrian collision. These
same drivers are often traveling through
school zones oblivious to the fact that
they are not to exceed a speed of 25
MPH when children are in the area.
The crossing guards in Murrieta go
through training to do their jobs and are
school district employees. When they
are working, and are dressed in their reflective vests and are holding their stop
signs, they have the same authority as a
police officer to stop traffic. Their only
goal is to get children across the street
safely. Parents, as well as students, need
to watch for their direction and comply.
When the crossing guard sign is
raised the crosswalk is off limits to all
vehicles. Section 2815 of the California Vehicle Code states all persons must
comply with any traffic signal or direction given by a school crossing guard.
I’m sure some of you have seen motor officers positioned near crosswalks
that experience problems. Please help
us get the students to school and home
safely. Drivers, please slow down in the
school zones and pay attention to the total
environment around you during the busy
times in the mornings and afternoons.
This way, you will see the crossing guard
as he or she steps off the sidewalk leading
the children across the street. Remember
that the entire crosswalk is off limits to
all vehicles for as long as the crossing
guard’s sign is raised. It does not matter
where the guard is standing or walking,
or how many students are in the area.
The crossing guard may see things that
you are not aware of, so please stop and
do not drive your vehicle across any part
of the crosswalk until they lower their
sign and step back up onto the sidewalk.
Parents, please share this information with your children. Students, please
pay close attention to what the crossing guards are telling you. Stay on the
curb until the crossing guard is out in the
street with their sign raised, looks at you,
and tells you it is ok to cross. As you may
have seen, traffic does not always stop
immediately so let the crossing guard get
things under control before you move
out into the street.
Thanks for everyone’s help. I welcome your questions and any suggestions
for future articles. I can be contacted directly at the Murrieta Police Department
at 951.461.6302 or [email protected]
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October 2011
Weight Loss: Looking Good From
the Inside Out
By Bryan Sauter, PA-C
Losing weight has a lot of benefits on the outside…that feeling of finally being
able to fit into your old jeans comes first to mind. Those compliments from your
friends and family, and that extra glance you take in the mirror when you know you
are looking good.
Now don’t get me wrong, these are all great reasons to loose weight. But, what
about the weight loss benefits of that you can’t see in a mirror? For example, a
reduction in colon cancer risk, a healthy liver and improvement in those annoying
heartburn symptoms. These may not have the same marketing punch to weight loss
that the gorgeous models in advertisements do but maybe they should. Let’s take a
closer look at some of the hidden benefits of weight loss.
Colon cancer–These are two words that no one wants to hear, however the
risk of colon cancer is increased in individuals who are obese. In fact, it has been
shown that you have a 150 percent increased risk of developing colon cancer if you
are overweight. There is also growing evidence that fat cells secrete factors that
influence insulin resistance and inflammation, which causes damage to DNA and
promotes tumor development. Furthermore, if you are diagnosed with colon cancer
obesity increases your chances for a favorable outcome.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver disease–This is the accumulation of fat within the
liver that over time can cause inflammation and scarring known as Nonalcoholic
Steatohepatitis (NASH). This condition can lead to fibrosis of the liver, and in some
individuals can actually progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer. But how can that happen if you don’t drink; I thought only alcoholics get cirrhosis? The reality is you
don’t have to drink to be affected by fatty liver and although there are other causes,
the most common cause and preventable cause of fatty liver/NASH is being overweight. To avoid these complications of fatty liver, lifestyle modifications including
weight loss and proper diet are recommended.
Heartburn–We have all experienced it, but carrying around extra weight can
make heartburn worse, as increase intra-abdominal pressure allows stomach acid
to reflux often leading to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In fact a weight
gain of 10-15 pounds can increase heartburn symptoms by up to 40 percent. This
increase of reflux into the esophagus can predispose some to cellular changes within
the esophagus called intestinal metaplasia that can progress to esophageal cancer in
a small segment of the population.
So you can see that maintaining proper weight is not only important for external
benefits but for those hidden inside as well. If you have any concerns regarding these
issues, talk with your doctor and get checked. There are tests to look for fatty liver,
esophageal and colon cancer, because looking good on the inside is as important as
looking good on the outside.
Bryan Sauter is a Physician Assistant with Temecula Valley Digestive Disease Consultants. For more information please call 951.200.6791 or view our websites at
www.gidocs4u.com and www.medicalweightloss4u.com.
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is an award winning beauty destination
nestled in the tranquil Murrieta-Temecula Valley known locally for its relaxing atmosphere. This facility has offered
men and women an array of luxurious
spa services for over twenty-two years.
The owner, Monique Suraci, would like
to extend an offer to you for the chance
to become an exclusive Spa Member at
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This Spa membership offers treatments with benefits that facilitate consistent and exceptional care of your body
and skin as well as your budget! Our
exclusive Spa Memberships include signature massages, specialty facials, impeccable manicures/pedicures, Brazilian
waxes, and flawless spray tans.
The Spa Membership also offers a
number of benefits. For instance, you
will receive significant discounts on a
monthly service of your choice as well
as additional discounts on secondary spa
member service(s). You will also be given discounts, incentives and specials that
vary month to month throughout your
Spa membership term. As a member you will enjoy unlimited access to the facility for you and a
guest. Enjoy lounging next to the heated
outdoor mineral pool or take advantage
of the therapeutic effects of our dry sauna. You can plan your entire day at our
spa including ordering one of our wholesome and delicious made to order lunches and smoothies offered at our Cypress
Café.
Murrieta Day Spa offers a sanctuary
from the hectic pace of everyday life. We
provide a place to escape, relax and disconnect from the world as you recharge
your mind, body, and spirit. Whether
you need relaxation, beautification or
both, Murrieta Day Spa and Hair Studio
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on the corner of Ivy and Plum
To make an appointment or if you
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Yogic Breathing for People
with Cancer and Other Immune
System Challenges
By Wendy Hammarstrom
“Holding the breath is like holding your soul.” - B.K.S. Iyengar
Many people who are going through
the distress of an illness don’t breathe
deeply. By breathing more consciously,
they can enhance other steps they are taking to get well. Unlike much of yoga, conscious breathing or Pranayama is adaptable to all situations, and to all aspects of
cancer therapy. From waiting for a treatment, to waiting for an elevator, breathing exercises or meditations are a way to
care for and reassure a patient. Pranayama
yoga is not just for those with medical issues – everyone can benefit from better
breathing techniques.
Most of our breathing is usually a superficial process involving only the upper
portion of the lungs. In childhood, many
of us learned that good posture meant
tucking in our stomachs and pushing out
our chests and as adults we still suffer
from accumulated tensions that tighten
our abdomens. When our abdomen is
contracted, we are prevented from inhaling deeply. When we breathe into the upper and lower lobes of the lungs the entire
rib cage expands with each breath.
Shallow mouth breathing, that uses a
small portion of the lungs’ five-quart capacity, also deprives the body of oxygen,
which can result in poor health and premature aging. Taking full, deep breaths
through the nose warms the air and filters
it past the sinuses to keep dust and other
particles from entering. Breathing through
the nose can also help prevent flare-ups of
asthma, allergies and sinusitis.
Dr. Otto Warburg, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931, discovered that cancer cells are at least partially
anaerobic, instead utilizing a process of
glycosis to survive. Healthy cells thrive
in and depend on an oxygen-rich environment. This theory is widely accepted, and
much research on the metabolism of cancer cells is derived from this discovery.
Since cancer cells thrive in an oxygen deficient environment, proper breathing can
deprive cancer cells of one of the factors
they need to survive.
The science of breathing involves attention to inhalation, exhalation, and retention or holding. As we inhale we are
preparing or activating to move; as we
breathe out we are allowing the body
and mind to release and let go. Through
Pranayama yogic breathing practices we
learn to breathe slowly and deeply in
rhythmic patterns, enabling new cells to
be born as we inhale, and expelling dead
cells as we exhale. By breathing this way
we strengthen the respiratory system,
and calm the nervous system and we are
bringing into the body not just oxygen,
but a much more subtle force known as
prana. According to Yoga Master B.K.S.
Iyengar, one of the foremost teachers of
Yoga in the world, prana means breath,
respiration, life, vitality, wind, energy, or
strength and ayama means stretching or
expansion.
Whether we are focusing on healing
the body by increasing oxygen levels in
the cells or quieting the mind by concentrating on our breath, by deepening
our awareness of our breathing, we are
strengthening the connection between our
mind, body and spirit.
Wendy Hammarstrom teaches Partner Massage and Stretching Saturdays at
Korrie’s Pilates Place nearby. Learn fun,
effective and inexpensive techniques for
yourself, friends or family. Wendy’s techniques will help you relax, increase your
flexibility and reduce joint pain. Techniques are done over clothes, on yoga
mats, and can be used in a variety of settings. Wendy has been teaching this workshop for over 30 years, helping dancers,
yoga students and those with limited
mobility. Call Korrie’s now to schedule –
951.677.5962.
Wendy Hammarstrom teaches Partner
Massage and Stretching Saturdays at
Korrie’s Pilates Place nearby. Learn
fun, effective and inexpensive techniques
for yourself, friends or family. Wendy’s
techniques will help you relax, increase
your flexibility and reduce joint pain.
Techniques are done over clothes, on
yoga mats, and can be used in a variety
of settings. Wendy has been teaching this
workshop for over 30 years, helping dancers, yoga students and those with limited
mobility. Call Korrie’s now to schedule –
951.677.5962.
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October 2011
How to Beat the Bank
By Morton Grabel, Esq.
How do you beat the bank? With a lawyer of course, you silly rabbit. True, but it
is important to understand how and why.
The mortgage crisis has reached out and hurt many of us. We were justified in
following our parents and grandparents example of relying on the equity of our home
to fund our retirement. But homeowners today have been robbed. We are not victims
of a fluctuating real estate market. Clever Wall Street bandits stole our future, our
children’s college dreams, our daughter’s wedding, and our retirement plan. It looks
pretty dark down the tunnel right now. With a home worth less than the mortgage and
the mortgage payment unaffordable, what do you do?
You don’t want to throw in the towel and let the bank win. You want to keep your
home. You have said “no” to accepting that you will move out when the bureaucratic
bank eventually gets to you. You don’t want to leave your home due to a short-sale
and rent for a while, then re-buy later (ask yourself if in a year or two could you meet
the new “high bar” to get a loan).
Many of us have large down payments we want to protect. Some of us have
added on swimming pools and sunrooms, bedrooms, and even rental apartments.
Our children have a history in the local schools, our neighborhood is our turf, and so
we’d rather fight then switch.
But why does your lender/servicer/entity in control of whether you are in the
street or not want to foreclose and take your home! The media says that the President
wants the banks to help people save their homes and that’s why the Home Affordable
Modification Program was invented. Right? Well, sort of, in reality it has become a
half-hearted effort, at best, to offer help to homeowners – and ONLY because it was
a condition of each bank getting a few billion dollars in stimulus (TARP) money that
they had to promise to “pass it on” and give homeowners a break in their monthly
payments. So, to put on a good front that they are doing their duty, each bank has set
up a Loss Mitigation or Home Retention Department. But, something must be up because now what you’re hearing on the TV and radio is “Fed up with the run around,
tired of the pretend attitude after you were on hold for 30 minutes - you need help to
BEAT THE BANK.”
I know the banks have called you and offered help, but it wasn’t really to help
you, it was to “get” you. Remember this line from the movies, “Come on, kid, just
fess up and tell the truth, and we’ll let you go.” Let you go all right…let you go
straight out your front door. The bank voice says, “sorry, based on what you have
told me you do not qualify for any help from any of our programs…when will you
be moving out?” Of course, wink- wink, after you call a HUD counselor, which goes
nowhere because the banks confusing and vague communication forces the toughest
of us to give up. You could have said your hardship is over and you now make buckets of money, and the same denial would be given, the banks evidently don’t have a
big red Easy button.
My law office keeps tedious detailed notes of every phone call, every fax, and
every email. This is the best way to document the banks confusing and conflicting
demands of: do this, no-do that, send this again, and again, and again; sorry you must
resubmit your entire application packet, it doesn’t matter it’s the fourth time we have
asked you to do this; don’t you own a super fax machine and have hours of time each
day to re-fax and re-fax? Having solid evidence of the wild goose chase the bank
puts you on can win a court order stopping the foreclosure. So, never ever agree to
a financial interview over the phone, everything must be in writing, name, rank and
ID number every time.
Next, be patient. You’ll have to fight off new attacker from your lender, “Dual
Tracking” and “Trial Plan Fraud.” Oh, is there no end to the sabotage! With every
breath documented and an email thread that goes to Anza and back, Ta Da, you are
given a Trial Plan, but it’s jerked out from under you like the tablecloth at the magic
show. And the letter that said “Thank you for your application, we will review your
documents and contact you in thirty days” evidently didn’t get to all the right people
at the bank, because the Trustee’s Sale occurred on day three. You smile at your wife
when you make your third consecutive Trial Plan Payment and finally get a few
minutes sleep at night, only to receive a letter stating the Trial Plan is over, and the
foreclosure will continue. But WAIT, in the first paragraph of the contract THEY
wrote it states a permanent plan “will” be provided after the Trial Plan is completed.
Another one bites the dust - the old carrot and the stick trick worked again. Hey,
what’s up doc? What’s up is the banks cancel their contracts whenever they want and
faster than MC Hammer can say “you can’t touch this.” And those HAMP guidelines
you cling to, they are not yet law, and so, na na na na na, you can’t sue.
Yes, big bank, you are right but ONLY for now. With thousands of court cases,
someday soon the little guy’s voice will be heard. And guess what? You can be sued
for lying, for making promises you don’t keep, it’s the F word, fraud and his little
brother DR, Detrimental Reliance, and their cousin the N word, Negligence. So, na
na na na na right back at you. With the right facts you can connect the dots and the
zigzag pattern can lead you to BEATING THE BANK.
Next month: How to save thousands of dollars and still get what you want in divorce
court. Morton Grabel has law offices in Hemet and Temecula. Tel: 658-7000 www.
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GOV E R NM E N T S P E A K S
Do Redevelopment Agencies Steal
From Our Children’s Education?
When running for office, our governor advocated disbanding Redevelopment Agencies (RDA). He claimed
they were denying badly needed school
funds. So, do RDA’s steal from our children’s education? No, that’s political
hype. Quite simply, an RDA is a tool. In
competent hands, it spurs development
that would not otherwise happen. But
with incompetent politicians, abuse is
sure to follow. Murrieta has two RDA’s
that total about 2,400 acres, but Historic
Downtown Murrieta is in the County’s
RDA. Since establishment of Murrieta’s
RDA, the city has effectively used this
tool to improve older commercial corridors, build infrastructure, promote new
retail businesses, attract new industry,
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create jobs, and improve traffic flow.
Murrieta has invested $38 million of
RDA funds in infrastructure. Among the
projects are: design of the Clinton Keith
Road/I-215 six-lane bridge; Linnel Lane
Bridge overpass across the I-215; Los
Alamos street improvements and some
bridge costs across the I-215; Jefferson
Avenue street improvements from Murrieta Hot Springs to Juniper; Whitewood
Road extension and improvement to the
new hospital at Baxter; and Phase One of
Town Square Park. These projects have
all improved Murrieta resident’s quality
of life.
RDA dollars come from property
taxes. If your unimproved land has a
$1,000 property tax bill, the city gets
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Rick Gibbs
$60. With an RDA, the city could build
a road by your property that spurs you to
make improvements that raise your tax
bill another $1,000. From your land, the
city’s General Fund still gets $60 on the
original assessed value, which is called
the base year amount. Additional property tax, which stems from increased
value over the base amount, is called the
tax increment. To fund the infrastructure
improvements, the second $1,000 paid
on the increment’s property tax is split
as follows: city General Fund $15; RDA
$600; Low to Moderate Housing Fund
$200; $185 for all the other agencies.
But doesn’t our school district lose
when their share of the property tax increment decreases? The Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD)
receives about $.36 on the dollar for the
base year and $.07 on the increment.
If nothing gets developed, the schools
could have been better off with no RDA.
But since the purpose is to foster economic development, any improvement
helps the schools. Let’s use an example
with assumed numbers. The community
investors and physicians who invested in
land east of the I-215 put up $17 million.
The tax on that land sent to MVUSD
was $62,100. Over a decade, the school
district would receive $685,945. But the
RDA facilitated infrastructure greatly increased the viability of a hospital in that
area. This fostered corporate decisions
that culminated in this year’s grand opening of the Loma Linda Hospital with a
resultant assessed property tax valuation
of about $250,000,000. The additional
tax for the schools is another $172,700.
Due to the completion of the hospital in
the RDA’s fourth year, the 10 year tax
increment will generate $1,089,270 over
and above the $685,945 base amount. I’d
call that a win-win for the schools, the
City of Murrieta, and our citizens.
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Paying for college…a dream
made possible
Interpreting the Tough Teacher
By Katie Malin
What is a parent to think when their child comes home from school complaining
that his or her teacher is too hard or too strict? Don’t be quick to judge - first, think
back to the teachers you had growing up that stand out to you today. Many times,
the toughest teachers are the most influential, even if it is difficult for students to appreciate them while they are in their class. Conversely, teachers who are too lenient
are less effective because they are willing to accept students’ nonparticipation and
bending of classroom rules and do not encourage students to push themselves.
You can help your child appreciate and understand the teacher who has firm
rules and expects students to do their best work. Here are three things to know about
tough teachers:
They’re demanding because they uphold excellence in the classroom. Does
your child complain that his teacher punished him for talking in class or handing
in sloppy work? We’ve all had teachers who were known for their non-negotiable
rules regarding proper classroom behavior, and teachers have such rules for a reason. Teachers must teach, but they must also manage a classroom of 20 or 30 students with different personalities. Rules are necessary to establish mutual respect and
foster a positive, focused and supportive learning environment. Also, great teachers
strive to teach students more than just the books. To them, it is just as important to
teach students to work hard, be respectful and hold themselves accountable.
They’re hard because they expect students’ best. It isn’t easy being in a tough
teacher’s class. They aren’t satisfied with correct answers - they ask follow-up questions to solidify knowledge and teach students just a little bit more. They ask “why”
and “how” constantly. They will not simply accept that something is too hard for
students because they believe that challenging students to push boundaries is the
most effective way to teach. When your child says his teacher is too hard, investigate.
Is your child not used to working at the intensity of his teacher’s classroom, or is he
struggling to keep up and embarrassed about it? Talk with your child’s teacher to
understand the situation and discuss possible approaches that will ensure your child
is not left behind.
They give meaning to homework. Most students would rather do other things
than homework, but the best teachers assign homework that is productive and has a
clear purpose. They may assign a lot of homework, but only if it has value. Because
they hold students to high standards of behavior and performance, they are constantly trying to prepare them for what is to come, whether that’s an upcoming exam
or the rigors of high school or college. With homework, and in all that they do, these
teachers strive to inspire students to be intrinsically motivated to learn. The best
tough teachers have high expectations and are firm, but are also enthusiastic, caring
and nurturing. If your child struggles to adapt to a teacher’s style, arrange to speak
to the teacher to address the issue and identify ways to help your child connect with
the teacher’s approach.
Dr. Wilson is the Director of the Huntington Learning Center in Temecula. Huntington Learning Center has been helping students succeed in school for more than
30 years. For more information call 951.695.5585.
It’s the time of year for high school
seniors to package everything they’ve
achieved into applications and send
them off to colleges to begin the next
chapter of their lives. Right now many
students and their families are facing financial hardships and are cutting expensive dream colleges from their lists, and
sometimes it is the dream that students
have worked hard for throughout their
school years. But there is always a way
for the willing. Scholarships are available to students with a variety of talents
and abilities and there are probably a few
out there made just for you.
One of the biggest scholarships on
the 2012 Most Valuable Student Scholarship list has a branch right here in
our community through the local Elks
chapter. This scholarship is made possible through the Elks National Foundation, an organization which focuses on
community service through a variety of
means. Students displaying the traits of
academic prowess and a commitment to
community service have a strong chance
of receiving up to $15,000 toward their
college finances.
Unlike most scholarship organizations that only have a handful of prizes
to offer, the Elks National Foundation
will be offering hundreds of scholarships
split from their total sum of over $2.26
million. You need not be a member of
the Elks National Foundation to apply,
just a high school senior with US citizenship and a willing to help others. You can
make one of these scholarships yours by
filling out
their application.
T h e
deadline to
turn in the
scholarship
application
is December
2. However,
you
must
take your
SAT or ACT
tests before
November
15 to qualify. Scores are
required even if your school of choice
does not mandate them.
Also, don’t be hesitant to apply for
more modest scholarships. Small scholarships can add up to cover the expenses
of a new laptop, books and tuition.
It’s often touted that private schools
are the most expensive; however, they
can turn out to be less expensive than
their public counterparts. Oftentimes
they have a strong donor base that provides scholarships and grants to prospective students. Be sure to do your research
and not give up on a choice university
before finding out the details.
For more information regarding the
2012 Most Valuable Student Scholarship
visit http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/
mvs.cfm or call the local Elks chapter at
951.695.7470.
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October 2011
Ladies Club at Legends Golf Club
Welcoming New Members
By Aundrea Dominguez
Grand Opening of The Legends
Golf Club
The adage is true, you only get one
first impression, but every once in a
while there is an exception to that rule;
high school reunions, a solo album from
a previously band-bound artist, or in
the case of The Legends Golf Club, a
grand opening. The Temecula area is no
stranger to transformations, and like the
regions grapes into wine, over the last
several months The Legends Golf Club
has gone from raw to refined.
The course was purchased by Dr.
Tim and Sandi Somerville in April and
since then it has undergone a beautification process. On Saturday and Sunday,
November 5 and 6, The Legends Golf
Club will be having its grand opening
celebration. The festivities will include
promotional rates for rounds of golf, dollar hot dogs and sliders, happy hour all
day long, and live music to kick things
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off before the Tee It Up Radio Network begins broadcasting live from the
course.
The grand opening will also unveil
the course’s new fleet of golf carts to
facilitate your jaunts to the grill room,
which features new tables and chairs
making the new flat screen TVs, golf
mural, and revamped menu that much
more enjoyable. Tired of eating? Start
swinging and hop in that cart to the driving range to test out the newly installed
netting for worry-free driving, or head
out and enjoy a day on the greens.
The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills
is a public course, welcomes everybody
and wants to see you there. Come on out
and join us! The Legends Golf Club at
Temeku Hills is located at 41687 Temeku Drive, Temecula. Tel 951.694.9998.
www.thelegendsgc.com.
Ladies have long been the support
staff of the golf game…the calm before the
storm wishing their loved ones a delightful
afternoon on the greens…the strong silent
types who shoulder the crushing weight
of a golf game gone wrong. They’ve also
been the foxy accoutrements on the course
inspiring the likes of the late, great Jack
Benny to proclaim, “Give me fresh air, a
beautiful partner, and a nice round of golf
and you can keep the fresh air and the round
of golf.” While those days are not entirely
gone and the ladies are as lovely as ever,
they are not just the supporting cast on the
course any longer – they are the stars.
The Ladies Club, which is affiliated
with The Womens PubLinks Golf Association, meets Tuesdays at 8:30am at the Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills and is open to Temecula and Murrieta residents of
all skill levels, with or without handicap. The Club, which plays social golf, is more
than just pretty faces playing games, they are ladies with causes and commitments,
such as growing women’s golf and enriching the community, as exemplified by the
first Member Guest Golf Tournament, held on August 30th. The event had over two
dozen sponsors whose donations of beautiful gift baskets and rounds of golf afforded
The Womens Club the ability to donate $200 to Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer
resource center in Temecula.
The Womens Club encourages women in the area to join in the fun. The membership period for new 2012 members will be open from October 1 to November
15 and the fee to join is $40, applications can be found in the Pro Shop or the ladies
locker room at the Legends Golf Course.
As President of The Womens Club at The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills,
Nancy Dubay notes, “With new ownership, excellent management, and a staff dedicated to making play at The Legends Golf Club a great experience and THE place to
play, our women’s club is growing. We have a dedicated board and we are providing
a golf forum combining play at a great golf course, playing by the rules with spirited
competition in weekly games and, yes, to socialize.”
For more information or to join The Womens Club at The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills contact Sue Gutierrez at 951-695-9614
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Fallbrook Music Society’s
34th Season Opens with
European Flair
The Fallbrook Music Society opens its 2011-12 Symphony Series in October
with two of Europe’s most engaging ensembles. On October 9, the 70 member LJO
(Landesjugendorchester) orchestra will perform, featuring the very best of Germany’s young musical talent. On October 23, you will hear the evocative sounds of the
remarkable Spanish Brass, a dynamic quintet from Valencia, Spain.
Known as “The Young Symphony,”
LJO is one of Germany’s finest symphonic
ensembles and it enjoys a reputation for
first-class performances across a diverse
repertoire. The group’s 2011 California
tour features the intensely dramatic Coriolanus Overture, one of Beethoven’s most
well-known overture; Frugtes Hidas’s
Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra;
and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”). Esteemed conductor Hannes Kramer
from Bamberg, Germany, will direct this
acclaimed orchestra in this phenomenal
program and present a very exciting opening day performance!
Dr. Brenda Montiel, a classical music
authority and the President of Fallbrook
Music Society, will present a free Music
Insights lecture about LJO’s music program on Saturday, September 24, from 2 3:30pm in Fallbrook’s new Public Library. Reservations for the informative lecture
are suggested and can be made by calling Fallbrook Music Society.
The sounds of the wildly popular Spanish Brass will fill the concert hall on
Sunday, October 23. The quintet continues to wow audiences throughout the world
with its astounding display of versatility and dynamism with music that spans the
centuries, and offers something for every taste, including Jazz fans. Noted trombonist Philip Jones says, “To listen to a performance of Spanish Brass is to experience a
blend of Latin temperament, brilliant technique and outstanding musicality.”
Formed in 1989, the Valencia-based group has steadily risen to preeminence
among brass ensembles in the world. Trombonist Christian Lindberg agrees, “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world.” Members of Spanish Brass
stand at the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master
classes wherever their travels take them. This performance is funded in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation.
Tickets for both concert performances are available at the Fallbrook Music Society (760) 451-8644, or online at www.fallbrookmusicsociety.org. Reserved adult
seats are $38, and $10 for full-time students with I.D. Both October concerts will be
held at the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane,
Fallbrook.
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Proud Against Abuse
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physical or sexual abuse, or other traumas.
This concert is a family event featuring
the voices of promising young recording artists who themselves have broken away from
abusive situations. The GAA singers work
with Jason Brawner, a songwriter and producer for film and television who has produced over 65 American Idol show finalists.
Brawner says, “The GAA is a musical campaign whose aim is to stop the mistreatment
of women through edgy heartfelt songs that
help women recognize, resist and recover
from abusive situations.”
The GAA has raised thousands of dollars
for shelters and organizations who support and educate victims of violence. The GAA
singers include: Lindsey Larsen, Jillian Calkins, Brianna Thomas, Hayley Stayner,
Alexis Umathum, Cherish Nunnally, Patricia Jewel, Alaina Blair, Robynne French,
Aliann Brawner, Kenna Nicole, Rachael Stark, and Madison Grooms.
“All of the girls have devoted countless hours to reach out to communities from
Hollywood to San Diego,” says Bonnie Terk, president of the GAA Foundation. “One
particularly impactful event for them was with a local high school class…almost a
fourth of the class approached the girls to talk about abuse.”
Tammy Wilson, executive director of Oak Grove says, “We are very grateful for
the support Girls Against Abuse is providing to our students. Many of our youth suffer from the effects of abuse and other traumas. These young women are role models
on being survivors and empowered young women with a voice. At Oak Grove our
mission is to rebuild the lives of at-risk children and their families. Our Oak Grove
Performance Team has worked very hard in our Arts Program and will perform a song
at the concert – these students are very excited about the opportunity to be featured
alongside such remarkable young women.”
“It is important to raise awareness about abuse and to let those who are in abusive
situations know that they are not alone and they can reach out for help,” said Elaine
Macaluso, GAA Foundation Board member. “Thank you to Starbucks in Temecula on
Winchester at Nichols Road for generously helping to sponsor this event - sponsorships are a big help and we welcome any interest.”
Loud & Proud Concert Extravaganza tickets are $10. Concert held at the Murrieta
Community Center, 41810 Juniper Street, 6pm, October 15. Go to girlsagainstabuse.
blogspot.com or OakGroveCenter.org for tickets or information.
The Chronicle
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October 2011
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