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)
The Lake Elsinore Storm finished the first half of the 2014 season with a 40-30 record, good enough for second place in the California League South and third out of ten teams in the league. The Storm started the second half with a 2-2 record, splitting the opening series with the Lancaster JetHawks. After the promotion of All-Stars Hunter Renfroe and Trevor Gott to Double-A San Antonio, the team has a few new faces that will contribute to the playoff push.
Outfielder Mallex Smith joins the Storm leading all of professional baseball in stolen bases, and pitchers Joe Church, Coby Cowgill and Tayron Guerrero will bolster an already impressive Lake Elsinore bullpen. Join us on July 11 for a Night of Fellowship, as local churches visit The Diamond for a night of faith and fun. Pastor and player testimonials are sure to inspire all in attendance, and fans can enjoy a post-game fireworks show. Armed Forces Weekend kicks off on July 12 with the Military Card Set Giveaway, featuring local heroes nominated by the public. Friday, July 25 is our ever-popular Boy Scout Campout, where troops from across Riverside County will pitch their tents in the outfield for a special sleepover. All fans in attendance can enjoy a post-game fireworks show on that evening as well. Nothing Night returns July 28, where guests will experience baseball “au naturel,” and July ends with Super Splash Day on Wednesday, July 30. Tons of exciting things are happening at The Diamond this month, so make sure to get your tickets today!
Revival Christian Fellowship is pleased to invite you to attend our “5 Nights of Revival” event taking place Sunday, July 6th to Thursday, July 10th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Revival Christian Fellowship 29220 Scott Road in Menifee. Each night will be packed with a powerful message and special guest worship.
Pastor Skip Heitzig from Calvary Chapel Albuquerque will be kicking off the event Sunday evening with special music by Propaganda. Pastor Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills will be speaking on Monday night with special music by Raymond Gregory, Pastor Raul Ries from Calvary Chapel Golden Springs will be speaking on Tuesday night with special music by Love Lite, Pastor Ron Hindt from Calvary Chapel Houston will be speaking on Wednesday night with special music by our very own Revival Worship Team and to finish up the event on Thursday night will be Pastor Pedro Garcia from Calvary Chapel Kendell with special music by OC Supertones.
Nearly a dozen residents attended Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley’s first Financial Wellness and Healthy Homes free workshop on Tuesday led by professional organizer Thalia Poulos at Habitat’s ReStore location.Many who came to the event were looking for tips on how to organize their homes from the kitchen to the closet and Paulos delivered many helpful hints and some perspective.
“When you go to start, start with baby steps, because if you start out trying to organize the whole house, it won’t work and you’ll end up feeling like you failed,” Poulos said. “Start with baby steps, one little thing, say that you are going to start with the junk drawer, not the kitchen, the junk drawer.”Poulos went on to discuss the different personality types in regard to personal organization and offered tips on products to purchase to help the organizing process. “There are many ways, large and small, to improve your living conditions,” said Tammy Marine, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley.
"The Healthy Homes workshops give valuable tips and ideas for people who live in a house, an apartment or just rent a room. Poulos’s tips on home organization are just one example of the rich and applicable content available to our community through this ongoing series.
If you're ready for some fun in the sun, there are a lot of fun activities you can do this summer. Besides swimming and going to the beach, taking a nice walk and kicking around a soccer ball are some simple but fun exercises that you can do any day. You can also grow plants, watch the sunset, set off fireworks, or watch a local baseball game. With all the fun amenities available to us in California, there is no reason to be bored this summer! There are also some new attractions that have recently opened and are available to Menifee residents.
Among them is Drop Zone Waterpark in Perris, which just opened for business last Saturday. The park is approximately 12 acres and cost $24 million to build. It features four water slides, a pool for swimming lessons, beach volleyball, a Jet Stream pool for relaxation, and a Flow Rider surfing ride. There is also a water play structure for children as young as 18 months to 10 years. Cabanas, a snack bar, and private or group swimming lessons are available at extra cost. The park will be open on weekends only until June 13th, and then it will be open daily 11am until 6pm. But if you are anything like me, sports is what comes to mind when you think about summer. Whether you play competitively or for fun, Audie Murphy Sports Park is a great place to practice and spend time with the family. The park is a huge 12-acre lot on the corner of Newport Road and Lone Pine in Menifee. The grand opening last Saturday drew crowds of all ages who enjoyed the baseball and soccer fields, basketball court, skate park and playground. You can also pack lunches and have a picnic in their eating areas. Besides the local parks, California is home to thousands of attractions that people travel miles to visit. The world's largest dinosaur structures in Beaumont always bring smiles as tourists and residents sit on the 6-foot tall toes of the dinosaurs. Other great places to visit are the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles Walk of Fame, China Town in Los Angeles, and the world's largest thermometer in Baker. Sun and fun are in store for you this summer if you visit any of these amazing attractions!