Please join us on Saturday, April 12th, at Bell Mountain Middle School from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. All dances will be taught. Partners and dancing experience are not essential, just a good sense of humor! Bring your family and invite your friends.
Help support the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard by bringing a non perishable food donation and/or tax deductible cash donation to the dance.
Checks payable to: The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard. The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the Menifee Valley. www.mvcupboard.org.
Contact Menifee Community Barn Dance at 951-672-0840 for more information.
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Last fall, I was delighted to read that a group of community leaders that include school administrators, law enforcement and local parents had formed a steering committee with the mission of chartering a new Boys & Girls Club right here in Menifee.
Press announcements directed me to contact Mr. Bill Zimmerman, a Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator who informed me that the organization has secured the perfect location for a new Clubhouse, the recently vacated MenifeeElementary School, located on Garbani Road @ Murrieta Road.
I am pleased to tell you that the group has completed some important milestones including finalizing its 501c3 non-profit status, as well as securing a majority of the funds needed to begin serving the community.
Our County Supervisor Marion Ashley helped the group by providing a portion of the start-up funds, and a surplus RTA shuttle bus to transport youth club members.
While many forms of visual art function as a tool for communicating ideas and emotions, none can eclipse the practicality of a quilt.
Quilting has been an American tradition for centuries. It is unique for its blend of beauty, function and ability to tell the story of the quilter and his or her culture.
Artist Allyson Allen specializes in quilting and fabric art. With each stitch and applique, she shows the aesthetic and storytelling power of the quilt.
“A quilter made a comment that once you are born, you are wrapped in a piece of cloth. So from that moment on, you are always connected to cloth,” said Allen.
Quilting today has assumed a whole new identity. It has branched into a field known as art quilting, in which the artist treats the fabric as a blank canvas that can be manipulated and added to.
Allen uses the inherently graphic quality of quilting and couples it with powerful social and cultural messages. Her approach has helped elevate quilting into the realm of art and has earned her many accolades. She was nominated twice for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship for artistic excellence. She has a piece of artwork touring with the three year, multi-museum instillation title “And Still We Rise…” as a part of an exhibit for the National Underground Railroad Center in Cincinnati. That is the largest assemblage of African American-made quilts to ever tour the country.
One of her quilts will go to South Africa for the Nelson Mandela exhibit, which opens in Johannesburg. This exhibit will tour all over Africa and then in the United States in 2016.
Allen wrote about her art and the medium is her 2013 book “Quilted Pages- Story Art Quilts”. It features her quilts and other art pieces from three nationally exhibited collections.
“The type of art that I do is a genre called Information Art because I put photographs and words on the quilt. Even though I can do traditional bed quilts and bed design, the majority of my work in the last 10 years or so has really been the art quilt that you would hang on the wall, “ said Allen. “It’s not just squares and triangles on the bed.”
MSJC Offers Middle and High School students a look at Engineering & Surveying Careers
More than 100 students from local middle and high schools participated in the Engineering/Surveying Day at Mt. San Jacinto College on Dec. 4.The annual event gives students the opportunity of exploring careers in engineering and land surveying.
The following business partners and four-year universities gave presentations at the event: Riverside County Transportation Department; Spectra Precision; Cal Poly Pomona and California Baptist University. Riverside County Flood Control & Water Control District's Zully Smith spoke about women in engineering. The following business partners provided industry equipment for hands-on experience: Riverside County Flood Control & Water Control District and Lewis & Lewis Enterprises, a local firm that provides sales and service of land surveying equipment.
“Thanks to all of our dedicated business partners, many of the students were inspired and motivated to further explore engineering and surveying as career options,” said Lori Benson, MSJC’s Project Coordinator in Career Technical Education.