Monday, July 24, 2017

List of events in Riverside County, August 2017

Through Aug. 12
Riverside Movies in the Park   
Fri. and Sat. See website for schedule. 

Through Aug. 25
JCSD Concerts in the Park   
Fridays, Harada Heritage Park, Eastvale 

Aug. 1
Lake Elsinore National Night Out   
5:30-9pm / Lakepoint Park 

Aug. 2
End of Summer Concerts   
6-9pm / Villegas Park, Riverside 

Aug. 4
Movies In The Park  
8pm / Doty Trust Park, Riverside 

Aug. 5
Real Entertainment Concert/Festival
4-10pm / Grand Tradition, Fallbrook

Aug. 5
National Night Out Golf Tournament  
7:30-11am / Farimount Golf Course

Aug. 5
Movies In The Park 
8pm / Myra Linn Park, Riverside 

Aug. 5
Disabilities Awareness Night   
6-9pm / Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium 

Aug. 9
End of Summer Concerts   
6-9pm / Orange Terrace Park, Riverside 
Aug. 10
Perris Movies in the Park - Moana   
6:30pm / Monument Ranch Park, Perris 

Aug. 11
Movies In The Park - Grease
8pm / Lincoln Park, Riverside 

Aug. 12
Cub Scouts-Special Needs Games  
8am-1pm / Harada Park, Eastvale 

Aug. 12
Eastvale Moonlight Cinema  
Dusk / Orchard Park: 5900 Festival Way 

Aug. 12
Movies In The Park - Grease 
8pm / Arlington Park, Riverside 

Aug. 12
Luau Fundraiser at the VFW   
VFW Post #1924, Fallbrook 

Aug. 12
Summer BBQ Party
4pm / Hilltop Center, Fallbrook

Aug. 12
Fallbrook Solar Experience
11am-12pm / Fallbrook Library

Aug. 19
Corona Elks Charity Car Show   
10am-3pm / Corona Elks Lodge

Aug. 19
Murrieta Chamber Awards  
5:30-9pm / Pechanga Resort & Casino 
Aug. 19
FitKid In Every Park – Fishing
10am-12pm / Lake Hemet 

Aug. 19-20
Image One Camera Expo   
9am-6pm / Hunt Park, Riverside 

Aug. 23
Hemet Business Expo   
4-7pm / Hemet Valley Mall 

Aug. 24
Perris Movies in the Park - Zootopia  
6:30pm / May Ranch Park: 3033 Poppy Ct. 

Aug. 24
Senior Fitness Fair & Expo   
9am-12pm / Bordwell Park, Riverside 

Aug. 25
Endless Summer Music/Pub Crawl   
5:30-9:30pm / The Shops at Dos Lagos 

Aug. 25
Michelle’s Place Golf Tournament   
8am-4:30pm / Temecula Creek Inn

Aug. 26
Drive 4 Life   
9:30am-2:30pm / Corona Police Dept. 

Aug. 26
August Car Cruise   
4-8pm / Historic Main Street, Lake Elsinore 

Aug. 26
Harvest Day Breakfast  
7-11am / Estate d'Iacobelli Winery, Fallbrook 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Inland Empire: Payless Shoes in bankruptcy? No more BOGO? Here are some details...

Temecula, CA - Many people have heard about the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy filing this week. In the wake of the bankruptcy announcement, the Payless main office has released a list of some 400-ish stores scheduled to close. 

Now I admit, 400 stores seems like a lot of locations will be closing. Sounds bad. However, before you freak out and think you will never see another BOGO sale, keep in mind the following:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hiking News: Fossils Stolen from Death Valley National Park, $1000 reward

DEATH VALLEY, CA - In our opinion, this is absolutely unacceptable, the responsible parties NEED
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to be located and the items returned to their correct location. Park rangers recently discovered that fossil footprints were removed from Death Valley National Park.

Trackways of mammals and birds were formed about 3 to 5 million years ago, when the animals left footprints in a muddy lakeshore area. Scientists visit the area regularly, photographing and recording the exact location of each footprint. They discovered the fossils were missing during a recent visit and reported it to park rangers.

Backpackers in the area were photographed and may have witnessed the crime or have information about those responsible. Investigators are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible. Please see the attached flyer to view photos and for information about how to submit a tip.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

South of the Border Inspired lunch

One of my favorite proteins is a bit surprising.  Being vegetarian, of course it would not be the ever popular bacon.  Most would assume tofu as a generic answer.  Those with some veg option knowledge might guess tempeh or seitan, but they too would be wrong.  This favorite ancient seed of mine boasts 14g of protein and a laundry list of essential vitamins and minerals per every 3.5oz of uncooked grain! 

That's right, I am talking about quinoa (keen-wah).  This little dietary gem is originally from the Andean region of South America.  The Incas treated it as sacred, referring it to "the mother grain" until the Spanish conquistadors invaded and forbade them from cultivating this amazing grain.  Thus eliminating quinoa from popular diets and making it largely unknown until recently.

Fortunately for everyone, quinoa's popularity is growing.  Not only is it gluten free, but it is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.  I like to prepare quinoa the way i think the ancient Andean people probably enjoyed it, with simple vegetables and warm spices like in the following recipe: South of the Border Quinoa. 

Mail Theft: A growing problem and how to help stop it

Temecula, CA - As many of us here in the suburbs of the Inland Empire have discovered, mail theft is a growing issue. Community 'cluster mail boxes' have been a prime target since they provide multiple opportunities to gain valuable personal info, checks and small packages. The picture here is from my mailbox across the street from my home. Needless to say I was rather pissed off to find this.

After speaking with the Riverside County Sheriffs Department and doing some research, I have some pointers I would like to share with you:

1 - Don't have mail or packages delivered to your home. Seriously, no joke.

Get a post office box or a mail box at a 'postal annex' type place. The advantage to a 'postal annex' type location over the Post Office is independent mail locations accept USPS mail AND UPS/FedEx - the Post Office will only accept USPS mail. You might need to drive to the mail box store to pick things up, but you will know that your Amazon package is safe there.

2 - If you are not into the idea above, or the cost for a separate mail box is outside of your budget, be sure to pick up your mail from your mailbox EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not every other day, not once a week. EVERY DAY! If your mail isn't in the mail box over night, then your mail doesn't get stolen by tweekers. It is really that simple. Tweekers and thieves typically work in the dark of the night, if your mail is already in your house - you have already made the best defensive move.

3 - If you have packages delivered to your home while not there, be sure to get a HD camera for the front door area. Make sure it works and is motion sensitive. Use it everyday. While some thieves will still take your package, if they see a camera, some will just move along after seeing others arrested when the videos of thieves go viral on social media.

4 - If your mail or packages are stolen, don't just post about it on FB or IG, FILE A DAMN POLICE REPORT. For real, my mail box has 12 slots and I was the ONLY PERSON TO FILE A REPORT in my neighborhood according to the deputy. Crimes are not going to report themselves, nor does your local patrol officer have time to be checking FB 'community talk' pages to see what crimes have been going down. Get on the phone and call PD so they know what areas to step up patrols and if the dirtbags thieves are caught - you will likely be notified if your items are retrieved as part of an arrest. As well you can report suspected mail losses to Postal Inspectors by calling 877-876-2455 (press 3) or at

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