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Now, before you begin feeling bad for me, allow me explain why flying solo on the most romantic day of the year isn’t so bad. Well, for starters, I’ll be eating this entire tart alone (serves 8, my butt).

This isn’t crying-over-a-pint-of-ice-cream-after-a-breakup kind of eating, this is savouring-and-being-thankful-that-polite-forkfuls-are-off-the-table eating. But I’m not gonna stomp on the hearts of all the sweetie-pies out there, this Chocolate Caramel Date Tart is still pretty great for sharing too (if you’re sure they’re worth it).

Arts Council Menifee Honors Edie Schmoll - Artist of the Month

Describing local pianist, music educator, writer and painter Edie Schmoll as a dedicated and hardworking woman is an understatement.

Schmoll began taking piano lessons at 13 in her hometown of Boston and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about playing classical music. She continued to refine her piano skills for many years, including most recently classes here in Menifee. 

“Music is my forte,” said Schmoll. “I’ve been playing the piano and organ off and on for many years.”

At 16, she performed in her first recital in front of a crowd of 200.  That is also the age at which she began one of her many careers: as a music educator.  She has had over 200 private students and still teaches piano, organ and accordion.  “I like teaching music, it’s fun” says Schmoll. “My students are like my family.”

Schmoll shares her musical talents throughout the community by working as a performer and composer. She entertains several times a year at many local hospitals, convalescent centers and retirement centers. Last month, she performed piano selections during Arts Council Menifee’s Gallery Reception.

She has also performed at several churches in the area.  At Trinity Lutheran Church in Hemet, she debuted her original hymn titled “Now the Lord Said (My Will Be Done) as part of a church service in 2009.

In an effort to be a well-rounded artist, Schmoll is now a visual and literary artist as well.

Her beginning with oil and pastel painting occurred four years ago following the loss of her husband.  Her paintings emit the same level of passion that she has for her other artistic endeavors, the only difference being in the senses involved.  Schmoll’s lively, colorful and impressionistic style of artwork is the main reason why she was nominated in 2011 for the prestigious National Artwork Award by the group American Mensa for a piece titled “Glow”.

Schmoll has also been writing for 10 years and has published articles in several online magazines.  After taking one semester of creative writing at a community college, she won a National Poetry Award from American Mensa in 2008 for her poem titled “And Now” and became a contributing writer and resident poet for Inland Empire Mensa.

She is also the author of four books: “A Crime Against One Person: HMO Nightmare” (2010), “Serenade: Word Songs” (2011), “Rain and Rainbows: Short Story Collection” (2011), and “Holly, The Christmas Tree Fairy” (2012). She is currently composing a new book containing a collection of “Music Songs” for piano and vocal, which will be published sometime this year.

Schmoll says her success at juggling all of her professional and artistic commitments is due to her dedication to continue learning and growing.

“Anyone who has retired should do volunteer work to help themselves and others,” she says. “Everyone should keep learning and trying new things.”



After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, John Foster took first place in the Masters Division at the 2013 Pokémon City Championships in San Diego, CA. Along with the coveted title and City Championship trophy, John earned valuable Championship Points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. In addition, players that achieve a top Championship Points ranking after the 2014 Spring Regional Championships in April will earn Travel Awards to compete at the 2014 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis next summer. 

 Premier Championship events are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers who run hundreds of Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments every year throughout North America. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete at various local league events and sanctioned tournaments on their quest to become a Pokémon World Champion. 

 “The Pokémon City Championships are special because they are a great way for new players participating in premiere events for the first time to compete alongside more experienced players in a game they really enjoy,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We’re excited to follow these local players as they continue to battle throughout the season, including at upcoming Pokémon State and Regional Championships, and perhaps making it to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C.”

Players of all ages and skills are encouraged to participate in Organized Play events. For more information on future tournaments including dates, locations, prizes, and tournament rules and regulations, visit

 Be sure to “Like” the official Pokémon Facebook page at and follow Pokémon on Twitter @Pokemon for the latest Pokémon news and fun!

 About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit




Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:54

12 Free Family Fun Ideas for Summer

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12 Free Family Fun Ideas for Summer

Summer fun can break your bank…or you can use the free resources in our community for an action-packed season on a budget. 

Here’s the thing about summer vacation: your kids will need some stuff to do. Camps are great, but expensive. Video games can kill a few hours, but don’t feed their minds. If you want a great family summer without going broke, you need to use some of these great resources available in most communities. 

1. The Library

If you’re not going to the library every week, you’re missing out on free books, movies and CDs for all your kids. Better yet, most libraries run a series of free activities all summer long. 

Sun City Library 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. (951) 679.3534 

2. Parks and Recreation

Parks and rec offer for-pay programs all year long, but many communities have free functions for families during the summer. Check the program and website for opportunities in your area. 

3. Cultural Passes

This is a lesser-known library resource, but so great it deserves its own listing. Many libraries have season passes to local museums and other attractions for patrons to “check out” for free. 

4. Summer Concerts (and Drama)

Many communities offer a summer series of free concerts, movies and plays at local facilities. Even if they don’t have such a program, you might find free matinee performances of normally for-pay events. 

5. Volunteering 

Service activities kill time while building self-esteem. Whether it’s a park clean-up or soup kitchen, getting your kids involved will be meaningful and free. Check with the Community Cupboard to see how you can help. 

6. Free Museum Days

Check with local attractions, zoos and museums. During summers, many offer free admission on a set day each week or month. 

7. Movie Series

Local theaters often run a series of free movie matinees throughout the summer. These are typically second-run films, but still a great adventure for the kids and break for the parents. 

8. Hiking Trails

The parks and trails of our community offer plenty of opportunities to stroll and explore…and for kids to burn off that excess energy. 

9. Holiday Celebrations

Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day all include community events ranging from fairs to parades to festivals. Many communities also host a local festival during the summer, with free fun for all. 

10. Home Improvement Centers

Big-box home improvement centers Lowe’s and Home Depot have started offering free workshops for kids to learn basic skills. Sometimes you’ll have to pay supply costs. 

11. Picnics

You’ll eat anyway, so why not make an adventure of it? Combined with a free zoo day or trail exploration and you’ll have a memorable outing. 

12. Kick Them Out

Cut off the screen time and send your kids outside to explore. Toddlers can learn about the backyard, while older kids get a wider space to roam about.   

Some of the best free summer activities are unique to your community. 

Buzz's Recipe of the Week ~  Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 15 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 8


■ 1 stick Butter, Divided

■ 2 pounds (to 3 Pounds) Carrots, Peeled And Cut Into Thick Circles

■ 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Or Other Whiskey

■ 3/4 cups (to 1 Cup) Brown Sugar

■ 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Salt

■ Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add carrots in two batches, cooking for 60-90 seconds each batch. Remove from skillet.

Pour in whiskey and allow to evaporate 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium, and add remaining butter.

Tuesday's Treasure ~ Indio International Tamale Festival



Dates: Saturday and Sunday December 1-2, 2012 (Always the 1st weekend in December!)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Location: Downtown Indio The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa.

History: It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association. The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success.

Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation!

The Tamale Festival is filled with tons of excitement every year. Visitors delight in the scrumptious tamales and shopping, but also enjoy the following activities:

Carnival Rides & Games Parade, Kid's Petting Zoo, Rock Climbing, Inflatable Bounces, Tamale Eating Contest, Famous Tamale Judging Contest.

Festival fans also like to relax by watching the diverse entertainment such as traditional Mexican Folklorico Dancing and live Music on 4 different stages.

For more information
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:37

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Sunday, 11 November 2012 10:48

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Buzz's Recipe of the Week ~ Italian Chicken Soup


Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 8


- 1 box Ditalini Pasta (very Short Macaroni-type Pasta Noodles)

- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

- 1 whole Cut Up Fryer Chicken

- 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth

- 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced

- 2 whole Green Bell Peppers, Diced

- 2 stalks Celery, Diced

- 2 whole Fresh Jalapenos, Diced

- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

- 1 can (28-ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes

- 2 cups Heavy Cream

- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

- 4 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Oregano

- Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste

- Parmesan Cheese Shavings, For Serving

Preparation Instructions

Cook pasta in a pot according to package directions, being sure not to overcook it. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool. Toss in 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.

MSJC Theater Presents Shakespeare ~ The Comedy of Errors

The San Jacinto Campus Theatre Arts Department Presents:

The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Nov. 9, 10, 16 & 17 @ 7:30 pm
Nov. 11 & 18 @ 2:30 pm

San Jacinto Campus Theatre 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto

General Admission is $5

Box Office: 951-487-3790

Shakespeare weaves the farcical situations that occur when Antipholus goes in search of his long lost twin brother with the help of his servant, Dromio. Mistaken identity abounds and life turns crazy for the two when Dromio bumps into his own long lost twin brother.

For more information contact Lorney O’Connor at: 951-487-3791

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