Meet Lindsey Natzic-Villatoro. She is a friend, a sister, a daughter, a wife, a mother of three, and she is a photographer of life. Lindsey writes, "When you are little, adults will often ask you “What do you want to be when you grow up?" And at some point you should know, right? For me, it wasn't until I was about 27 years old that I really knew what I wanted to do with my life.
I had many jobs. You name it, I did it. But “people” were my thing. I needed a job with people, and not just a job surrounding myself with people, but a job where I could help people in a meaningful and creative way. Maybe in a perfect world, I would be a doctor, but school just really wasn’t my thing and having to work a typical 9-5 wasn’t either. So in 2011, I started my own photography business and things really took off for me." Her daughters keep her on my toes, and motivated! She photograph anything and everything under the sun.If it can talk or giggle, she will photograph it. Her clientele ranges from celebrities, to everyday people like you and me. Her work has been featured in People magazine, Yahoo News, CNN, the Huffington post, and Bridal Magazine just to name a few. Her work has been published from LA to the UK, from San Diego to China, Germany to Africa. It has been one remarkable adventure. In 2011, the husband of a dear friend of Lindsey's was diagnosed with cancer. As a photographer, it is her passion to capture memories for people in a meaningful way, even if those memories are painful. "I thought it would be amazing to document his journey", Villatoro said.
The house lights darken, the room quiets, and suddenly the spotlight illuminates two graceful figures that begin to glide across the floor in unison. Such was the scene at last year’s “Menifee’s Got Talent” show hosted by Arts Council Menifee. The featured dance performance by Dr. Ruth Bol and her partner.Bol’s performance added a theatrical presentation for the audience to enjoy, which complimented the show.
Arts Council Menifee has selected Bol for its July recipient of “Artist of the Month” honor.Dr. Bol’s artistic curiosity started as a young girl. Her passion in theatre and the arts were evident as a child. But her journey to the theater stage was met with hindrances.“I struggled with childhood obesity”, recalls Bol. At her heaviest, she was190 pounds and wore a size 18 pants. Her mother was very concerned about her health and sought advice from a physician when she was 11 years old, who prescribed a weight loss diet and exercise plan.As a tool to assist in her battle with weight loss, she turned to dancing as her exercise. She began by creating several dance videos at home, and soon had built enough confidence to join her middle school dance and theater team.Upon entering high school she had successfully shed over 60 pounds and even made the cheerleading team. She continued to enjoy dancing, and learned all of the technical elements including costumes, sets and lighting to complete the context of the work and the theatrical presentation of it for an audience.
Former Menifee resident Nia Sanchez, 24, won the title of Miss USA 2014 on the evening of June 8at the Baton Rouge Civic Center inLouisiana. Sanchez’s family cheered her from the audience while hometown friends followed the pageantvia social media. It wasn’ttelevised live on the West Coast so Sanchez’s friends discovered that she’d won before NBC even broadcast the pageant that night.
“I’m so excited,” Sanchez said after the three-hour pageant. “It’s a dream come true.”Dressed in a stunning, bright red gown, Sanchez seemed to cinch the title after confidently answering a judge’s question about how to solve sexual assaults of female students on college campuses. She responded that it was importantfor women to defend themselves and bring awareness to the issue."I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves," she said. "Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that's something that we should start toreally implement for a lot of women."At the age of 8, Sanchez started taekwondo lessons to learn self-defense and build her confidence. She’s a certified instructor now and has a Forth Degree Black Belt.Sanchez beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia for the title of 63rd Miss USA. She will represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.Her other past titles include Miss Citrus Valley USA 2009, Miss Riverside County USA 2011 and Miss Hollywood USA 2012. She also competed in Miss California USA 2010 and was 2nd runner-up.
Colorful yarn pom poms, crocheted flowers, and knitted garlands are adorning trees in front of the Temecula Valley Museum and prompting people to ask, "What's going on?"The answer is yarn splashing, a street artwork created in the late 1990s by knitters and crocheters that beautifies public places. It's finally come to Temecula thanks to a Yarn Splash exhibition that the museum has organized this summer with help from the Temecula Valley Women's Club.Museum Services Manager Tracy Frick developed the exhibition idea after learning about yarn splashingon a website.
She thought it would be a creative way to draw visitors to Sam Hicks Monument Park where the museum is located."I'm always looking for ways to attract people to the park," Frick said. “We have knitting, crochet and macramé represented," said Beverly Webb, chair of the TVWC's committee for the museum. She knits,crochets and macramés and created the macramé draping the park’s mission bell.Frick doesn’t do yarn arts and is in awe of the artists’ installations such as the one on the park’s gazebo. The Sun City Needlecraft Club has covered the gazebo’s columns with patriotic stars and stripes using with red, white and blue yarn. They also put a whimsical yarn flower garden around the outside of the gazebo.At the museum's bazaar on June 7, crocheters Charlotte Horton of Murrieta and Debra Mosely of Temecula saw the yarn splashed trees. They both thought it was a novel way to beautify the park."It's cool," Mosely said. "I never heard of it before."Mosely was at the bazaar selling her crocheted crafts. She can knit too, but prefers crochet because it's more fun.
Romoland Community Library is hosting this family event through our Summer Reading Program "Paws to Read." Come and join us for an epic water battle and be prepared to be soaked! You must be wearing clothing over bathing suits and must be fully covered. We will also be selling otter pops and popcorn at this event. This program is for ages 4-18 years old.
(If you have squirt guns please feel free to bring them and also please bring sun screen this event will be outside.)
Event Date: July 19th
Event Time: 11am
Where: Romoland Community Library
Location: 26000 Briggs Rd. Romoland, CA 92585
Contact Info: 951-325-2090 (M-TH 3-7pm and Sat. 10-2pm)