Arts Council Menifee’s Literary Division has considerably grown over the last few years and continues to support a diversified body of prominent writers within the community. Arts Council Menifee has chosen to highlight the literary arts by selecting self-published mystery genre writer Bob White as December’s Artist of the Month.
White, a So-Cal native, has authored a total of 4 books since he began seriously constructing novels roughly ten years ago. He plans to release his new, more sinisterly toned book entitled To Catch a Monster in 2014, and is currently busying himself by writing yet another novel titled Demons from the Past.
He is also currently actively involved in the literary critique Live People from Mt. San Jacinto College and an online critique group called The Internet Writing Group.
Although White was always an avid reader growing up, he fell in love with literature and the art of writing during high school. He was a writer for the school newspaper as a sophomore and began writing short stories around this time.
“I sold my first short story at age 19 and got 5 bucks for it,” White says with a laugh.
He continued to write short stories and sell them through his college years, but eventually made the transition to writing full-length novels that would allow him the length and freedom to explore the characters and plots that he would visualize.
“Writing short stories is not as satisfying as writing novels since you have to economize your words and ideas,” he said. “I wanted to tell the bigger story.”
Writing novels has provided White with the opportunity to weave all of his life experiences, observations, knowledge and countless hours of research into an intriguing story that assumes a life of its own.
White centers his style of writing and plots around the subgenre of detective fiction known as police procedural. This genre has become highly popularized in literature, television and movies due to its ability to illustrate the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes.
His plot driven detective novels are typically coupled with a prominent archetypal character, such as the small town detective who struggles with his own personal demons known as Tony Petrocelli. This is a character that White has come to know very well and has been a primary character in White’s novels titled Abducted (2008), Body in the Lake (2012) and Carnage (2013).
While White’s attraction to detective novels and the police procedural subgenre is derived from his admiration of the infamous author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his writing mechanics are more similar to one of his literary inspirations, Robert Lee Parker.
“My style is brisk; with simple sentence structure and many sentence fragments,” says White. “Its very short and punchy.”
Instead of inflating the characters’ dialogue with words and organized sentences, he worked very hard to perfect writing in dialogue by being able to mimic the flaws that people exhibit in their everyday use of language.
White continues to impact the community with not only his written word, but as well as with his jovial personality and desire to share his passion for reading with children.
“I have learned that reading makes you a more well rounded person, and it’s sad that more people don’t read,” says White.
White dressed up as the Dr. Seuss character Cat in the Hat a few times at the library when reading to local children as a way to outreach to those who have not experienced a similar joy of literature.
“We appreciate Bob White’s fun personality. He marched with us in the Menifee parade wearing his Cat in the Hat costume, tossing candy to the children. He knows how to make reading fun” said Bill Zimmerman, President of the art organization.
More information on Bob White can be found at: http://bobwhite.me/ and at artscouncilmenifee.org
Saturday Dec 21st
Dinner and Entertainment from 4pm to 8pm -At Sun City Civic Association
26850 Sun City Blvd, Sun City ·
The Entertainment is free and Open to all. from 6pm to 8pm.
Doors won t Open tillpm at Webb Hall Prior the to Entertainment there is Full turkey dinner with all the trimmings appetizers and desert. " SOLD OUT
Yes, Sun City Civic Association sold out for the Christmas Dinner by November 29th. mainly to our local resident here at the Core. Farrell says it is so nice to see the interest for this special Christmas event from our local resident.She has about 10 or more local performers lined up for you. It will be a night of fun full of Holiday Spirit.
On Christmas Day Nicole Farrell is providing Music and Karaoke to Menifee Christmas Dinner which is an other yearly event at Marion Ashley Community Center 25625 Briggs rd, Menifee, California 92585 to bring cheers to the elderly and people without someone to share Christmas with, it is Free and Open to all. look them up on Facebook under Menifee Christmas Dinner. They are always in need of volunteers.
Nicole Farrell: French Connection Entertainment can be found at Menifee Lakes Country Club on Monday Night Karaoke from 5 to 9 PM She also performs at several Retirement and Nursing Homes facilities and private parties. Call 760 807 4300 for more Information.
At this time of year we get caught up in the midst of madness of shopping, travel plans, and attending events. It's so easy to lose sight of the true spirit of the holiday. Giving. Not gift giving but giving of our time to help those in less fortunate situations. So many will go without Christmas. But not this year! Menifee has many different opportunities for each one of us to do something to make a difference. A difference in someone's day and possibly even a difference in their lives.
In 2010 The Menifee Christmas Dinner was created. It was founded by a group of volunteers in the community that wanted to teach the true spirit of giving during Christmas. Every year since, they have helped the elderly, new members to the community, homeless, family's with spouses who are deployed, and many others who are struggling financially throughout the city to have a warm meal on Christmas Day and toys for their children. Some of the amazing things Menifee Christmas Dinner does is hold toy drives on Haun Road across from the Countryside Marketplace, food drives which are held at Ralphs and Albertsons, delivering hot meals to elderly and homeless, and opening their doors on Christmas Day for families throughout the community that are in need. They also have an "Adopt-a-Family" for Christmas program. Your family could help bring Christmas back to another family. Fifty families will be brought Christmas from gifts to a meal and everything in between. Everything is volunteer based and they need you. Volunteers can assist in any of the toy and/or food drives, set up on Christmas Eve Day, delivering meals on Christmas Day, and helping out with activities that they provide for the children of the families that come in on Christmas.
If you know of a family that is in need please send an email with a brief statement of why you are recommending them, their contact information, and your contact information. Every one of those families will be called and invited to Christmas Dinner. Menifee Christmas Dinner will be held on December 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marion Ashley Community Center. Leftover toys after the event will be donated to Loma Linda hospital in honor of Allison Ross, a local Menifee child who lost her battle with an illness 19 years ago. If you have ever wanted to give back and show your children how to help those that don't always get to have a Christmas then they are in great need of your time and your hearts. Donations can also be left at the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. We have watched Menifee pull together many times before with so many helping each other. Let Christmas 2013 be record-breaking for the amount of us who volunteer to make this the most successful one yet! Special thanks to Jimmy Canales for working with the community and helping us bring this to light. Let no family be alone, cold, or hungry. Together we can help everyone in our community have Christmas.
· Toy Drives: (Volunteer two hour shifts) 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
· December 14, 2013 (Saturday), December 15, 2013 (Sunday)
· December 21, 2013 (Saturday), December 22, 2013 (Sunday)
· Food Drives: (Volunteer an hour and a half shifts)
· Ralphs (Antelope/Newport) 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. or Albertsons 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
· December 10, 11, 12 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
· December 17, 18, 19 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
· Menifee Christmas Dinner (Facebook page) for updates and information or (951) 852-1668
· Menifee Buzz (Facebook page) or www.menifeebuzz.com for fliers and info on how to volunteer
· Marion Ashley Community Center 25625 Briggs Road Menifee, CA 92585
· Menifee Valley Community Cupboard 26944 Cherry Hills Blvd. Menifee, CA 92586
What an amazing 8 weeks it’s been to see these Moms make not just a physical transformation but also a mindset shift to improve their lives and Get stronger. It’s never easy to make a change, but by taking it one day at a time, relying on their accountable partner and most importantly – by SHOWING UP, transformations happen. What’s even more gratifying is to see them continue to workout and bond and strive to make the right eating choices after the program is over.
Fun night to recognize each one’s accomplishments and especially to have their husbands present and to also recognize their support during this Makeover! You’re STRONGER than you realize! Way to push, endure and fight through the excuses and make it happen Ladies.
Our Next Makeover starts Jan 13, 2014. Registration is currently open. Call us at 951-301-4499 to sign-up.