Hi again kids! It's Natalie from Menifee buzz. This month's article is about valentine's day!
Don't you hate it when that guy/girl you like doesn't like you back? Or when girls have to keep waiting and waiting for that guy to ask her out? Here's a solution!
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).
Baily Vineyard & Winery was established in 1986 by Phil and Carol Baily with the goal of producing a very small quantity of excellent wine from their own grapes to be sold primarily out of the winery.
Since then, Baily wines have won gold medals at all of the major wine competitions in the state, including the California State Fair, the Los Angeles County Fair, the San Francisco Fair, Orange County Fair, and the San Francisco Wine Competition.
The Bailys believe that good wine tastes better with food and food tastes better with wine. In this spirit, they, along with their sons Chris and Pat, opened Baily Wine Country Cafe in 1992 (now owned by Chris and his wife Kim), and most recently Carol's Restaurant at the new wine tasting facility. Also available at the tasting room is a nice selection of wine and cooking related gifts.
January’s students and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.
Paloma Valley High School’s Student of the Month is Esmeralda Garcia. Esmeralda currently holds a 4.3 GPA and is involved in a number of school organizations. Esmeralda’s teacher, Ms. O’Connell, stated that Esmeralda is an extraordinary, humble, and ambitious person who encourages, and pushes others to do their best. Esmeralda shared that the last four years have been amazing for her and looks forward to what the future holds. She plans to attend either UC Riverside, Cal State San Marcos, or UCLA to study cognitive science, and work in research psychology.
Jayme has been a resident of Menifee Lakes for over 21 years. She is originally from South Dakota, a full blooded Indian and part of the Lakota Sioux Indian tribe. Jayme is a beautiful person inside and out who loves everyone.
She moved to our area from South Dakota to attend college in Irvine. She earned an Associate Degree in Computer Programming and a BA in Computer Science. She worked also for a short time as an intern with JPL Labs.
Today she serves on the Riverside County Mental Health Board where she works with individuals that are in prison and homeless. She is on the Board of NAMI, (the National Alliance for Mentally Ill) and is a delegate for Miraglo Association. She is also a member of NAFE and the Native American Chamber in San Diego, where she is their “Miss Native American”.
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.”
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Looking back over the past year, I can definitely see room for improvement. I have been reading and finding the health tips that will be work for me in the new year. I do believe that at least one or two can be helpful all around for each of us though.
1. Drink water. This is perhaps one of my biggest hindrances when it comes to weight loss and getting healthy. I do not typically drink a lot of anything… especially not water. But, considering our bodies are made up predominately of water, it is essential to our health and has great benefits.
2. Get more sleep. I admit it. I am an insomniac. I typically average around 4 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes a little more and a few times even less. I have read time and again the benefits that come from getting plenty of rest. You feel better, are generally in a better mood, decreased risk of certain diseases, better immune system, and it even boosts your memory. There are many more beneficial aspects to getting a good night’s rest than the work I get done while up each night. I have also discovered Melatonin and how it can help adjust your sleep cycle. This may also be helpful as I attempt to sleep more.
3. Make lifestyle changes. I do not like to say that I am “on a diet.” It is not really a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Getting healthy requires us to make a few changes in areas where we most likely are struggling. Making healthier choices in our food, rest, and exercise routines can lead to healthier skin, toner body, and stronger heart.
4. Get moving. Spending hours behind the computer everyday has not in any way been good to me. It is past time for me to get up and get moving. If I can do it you can too! Try walking, running, yoga, zumba, kickboxing. Start slow and work your way up. Whether in a gym or at home, just get moving! Try taking vitamins, such as Super Forza B, to help support your energy levels. Your body will thank you for it… and you will look great doing it!
5. Reduce stress. I know… this is MUCH easier said than done. But, stress can wreck havoc on our bodies. Gray hairs, wrinkles, weight gain, loss of amino acids such as Glutamine, and much more. We must learn to say, “No” when necessary and to stay calm when we find ourselves in the middle of something. Whether financial, personal, business-related or everyday life, stress can be detrimental to our health and we should be aware of how to contain it.