Wednesday, February 22, 2012

UP-CYCLING DESIGNER, THE SPOTTED OWL, IS NOW BEING FEATURED AT A LOCAL BOUTIQUE


The Spotted Owl has arrived!  

This wonderfully innovative company, The Spotted Owl,  was founded in December 2010, by head designer Rachel Hyatt. Her inspiration comes from a pledge she made to her community and family to become more green conscious by making lifestyle changes that allow her and her family to be more Eco friendly. Along the way her journey led her to the discovery of a remarkable passion – up cycling!

The company mission is to create unique handmade designs by taking everything from outgrown jeans pockets and fabric from outdated fashions to coffee bean burlap bags and turn them into something new and exciting. Bottle caps, belt buckles and button scraps are given a second chance - a new personality. 
With a creative edge that is beautifully imaginative and positively radiant, yet globally alert, the Spotted Owl offers a wide range of designs that makes their ecological footprint a bit more positive!
Indulge yourself in the latest rage of up cycling. 

You will find Spotted Owl Designs featured at Belle's Handbags and Accessories, an exquisite little boutique in Murrieta. You will find the latest trends and style purses, jewelry and clothing at affordable prices. 
Belle Handbags and Accessories is located at:
39530 Murrieta Hot Springs Road suite #206, Murrieta, CA 92563

COOKING WITH CHEF ZEES - CHINESE COOKING

Learn some new techniques in this class that will teach you how to use your Wok, make dishes such as Beef with Broccoli, Hoisin Pork, Won Tons, Spring Rolls and much much more.

Class cost is $50 for 4 weeks 
($10 discount if you sign up 2 weeks early!!)
$5 per week in class for food to be prepared
Class is held at Vista Murrieta High School, Tuesday
evenings from 5:30-8 pm on the following dates:
March 20 and 27, April 17 and 24
(Spring break in the middle-no class)

To sign up, contact Judy McClelland
Murrieta Valley Unified School District, Adult Education
951-696-3805 ext. 5194 or
chefzees@yahoo.com

Friday, February 17, 2012

OCCUPY THE HEART, EDUCATE THE MIND


MOVEMENT SPAWNS PLAY FESTIVAL

Written By PT Rothschild

Boyle Heights, LA - Now running thru February 26, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Little Casa Theater located at 2009 E. First Street, LA. 90033, is the CASA 0101 presentation of Occupy The Heart. This new play festival features short skits written and performed by various individuals in this talented ensemble to tell the Occupy [LA] story from an 'on the ground' POV. As a person who covered the LA and SD camps, I decided to see what these playwrights wrought after spotting the ad in the Brooklyn & Boyle, a neighborhood print newspaper.
 
     As the OLA camp wound down in the final days, a feeling of containment spring forth. Having come to no terms with the city to move the camp forward or expand/remain sustainable, some of those within the camp sought to observe and record the moment as historical. It was an experiment in social democracy on many levels. Let's face it, Sports Fans, most of us don't have a clue about participating in a democracy because we don't have to. The collection of short plays/skits offered up in Occupy The Heart allows the non-Occupy LA camper to get a glimpse into the fablic of the Occupy [LAMovement.

     From the gritty level of the Temecula Calendar's first-hand press stories come well written, thought provoking skits from similiar on-the-ground observations from producers Miguel Garcia, Josefina Lopez, and a number of cast members who either wrote, directed, or acted in OTH, hence the poignant and sometimes humorous Occupy slices of life. There was one face in the OTH crew that was somewhat familiar to me however. Paulina Gonzalez, one of the playwrights, spent time in the trenches at Occupyoutreach protest marches, speaking at the GAs (general assembly meeings that promoted actual democracy), and was part of the Peacekeepers (the OLA internal camp security that was the reaason why there was no smell of urine in the air, rampant crime, or lice epidemic as was reported by some city hall watercooler voices) on the last night when some 1400 LAPD moved to evict/arrest approximately 300 'free' citizens who were excercising their First Amendment right as prescribed in the Constitution.

     Opening night of OTH was sold out but yours truly was there for the second night's performance. Personally it has been a long time since I attended a play. For those who have never seen a staged play, it is much like a high school assembly program, except done by really professioonal and truly talented people, who aren't in high school of course. The intimacy of seeing live actors onstage a mere few feet from your face telling a story as if you weren't there is exciting, revealing, and in tune with the times, in real 3D.

     OTH is told in two acts. Act 1 consists of 5 skits and Act 2 is made up of six skits, with a 15 minute intermission between acts. In an 'off-Broadway' bare bones underground style, the experienced cast pulled off isolating the skits from one another during blackouts as the stage was dressed for the next skit perfectly, allowing the audience just the right amount of time to digest the politcal content they had just been shown.

     Never heavy-handed, this entire production was not happichance. Artistic Director Josefina Lopez expressed, "After the National Defense Authorization Act was passed on December 31, 2011, I becameextremely concerned for our civil rights and freedom of expression. (I) felt we needed to create a show to make people aware of the Occupy Movement... the importance of people speaking up... (and of) fighting tyranny and evil. REICHSTAG!!! Is it 1934 Germany? Or is it 1774 America? It's our choice... We are like frogs in cold water not realizing we are slowly being boiled to death."

     Producer/Sound Miguel Garcia added, "We held a call for submission in December and OTH was created in less than two months. This incredible group of playwrights, actors, directors, and crew members worked diligently to present (those) 11 works. We hope audiences will be inspired to strive for change ...and discover that they are capable of contributing something remarkable and possitive to this  world, bridging the gap between the 99 and 0ne percent.

     Along with the names already mentioned, the following were all instumental in presenting this outstanding live production;

Vilma Villela, Patricia Zamorano, Miles Brandman, Josef Lemoine, Jessica Martinez, Suzanne Santos, Hector Rodriguez, Angela Cruz, Claudia Duran, Alexander Aguila, Nina Harada, Armond Kinard, Talbott Lin, Evelyn Lorena, Andy Martinez Jr., Jeremy Mascia, Carla Vega, Julieta Garza, Anthony Aguilar, George Villanueva, Sergio Sanchez, Matt Sedillo, Monica Hernandez, Sophia Sanchez, and Emmanuel Deleage.
 
     "CASA 0101 is ...one of the few ...theaters in LA that give(s) new and emerging playwrrights the opportunity to touch on such poignant, relevant issues ...like the Occupy Movement."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MURRIETA: local woman found trespassing on Kenny Chesney's property, get arrested

Melissa Mansfield
Nashville, Tennessee - A woman, Melissa Carol Mansfield, of Murrieta California was arrested early Wednsday morning for trespassing and public intoxication after taking a limo to Country Music Superstar Kenny Chesney's home 25 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mansfield was found by local police after 2am Wednesday, in the bathroom near Kenny Chesney's pool drinking wine according to reports. She had apparently snuck around the perimeter gate according to police.

According to police, Mansfield claims to have a relationship with Kenny Chesney, however a representative of Chesney has said this is not true. Mr Chesney was not home at the time according to the reports.

Mansfield was booked into Williamson County Jail, released on a $1000 bond and is to report to Williamson County court on Thursday February 23 2012.

Political Notes: Paule says Melendez chooses Los Angeles Interests over Inland Empire Voters


Menifee, California - Phil Paule's campaign sent out the following press release hitting his opponent hard on local control, specifically Ontario Airport leaving the control of Los Angeles. Read on:

Stating that "we need representatives who take their marching orders from  their Inland Empire constituents, not from the Mayor Antonio Villaragiosa," Assembly Republican candidate Phil Paule today questioned why  his opponent, Lake Elsinore Council Member Melissa Melendez, has sided with the City of Los Angeles on the issue local control of the Ontario Airport.

In casting the deciding vote last night against a Resolution supporting moving the ownership of the Ontario Airport out of the hands of the City of Los Angles and giving the operation of it to a local Inland Empire  Board of Governors , Melendez clearly showed where her loyalties are - with the City of Los Angeles. 

"A vital and competitive Ontario Airport could be a significant source of jobs for the Inland Empire, but the City of Los Angeles has neglected this huge asset and instead worked to drive traffic and jobs to LAX," said Assembly Republican candidate Phil Paule.  "I have no idea why Melissa Melendez would break with the rest of the Inland Empire and side with the City of Los Angeles in rejecting local control."

Paule pointed out that one of his other opponents and a Melendez colleague on the city council, Council Member Bob Magee, supports getting Ontario Airport out of the hands of LA because they are "running it into the ground."

"Why does Melendez want the people of Riverside County to have to drive 2 hours to LAX to catch a flight, when Ontario airport sits nearly deserted," said Paule, who also questioned where she would come down on other issues where the city of Los Angeles was involved. 

"If Melendez is for some reason unduly influenced by the mayor of Los Angeles, what will she do on the many other issues, from school funding, to water, to transportation funding, where our area has to compete with L.A.," said Paule.

Menifee Mayor Denver speaks about future rd improvements

Menifee Mayor John Denver adresses the crowd at the 2012 Menifee State of the City address about upcoming road projects in the city.

MENIFEE: Mayor Denver speaks about local land values

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Menifee School Board names new school

During a meeting where long time employees were honored, the school board voted to name a new school and change some boundaries. Read more - MENIFEE: New school named for farming pioneer http://bit.ly/AnSYi9

Monday, February 13, 2012

Liberty Quarry: Tomorrow's hearing could be the fateful day...

I hope I am wrong, but I have my doubts about the outcome of Tuesday's Riverside County Supervisors meeting about the proposed quarry.

I, like many other SW RivCo residents do not support this quarry being approved. I have done the quarry tour, spoke with many of the anti-quarry folks and long ago come to the conclusion that the quarry was a bad deal for the Temecula Valley area.

There are 5 Riverside County Supervisors. I get the impression from comments in the press and political rumor blogs that a couple of the Supervisors might very well vote yes to approve the quarry. I certainly hope Jeff Stone votes no. If Jeff Stone votes yes, that will not only most likely approve the quarry but it will certainly change the local political landscape.

As we come into the June 2012 election filing period for the Supervisor seat Stone holds, a vote yes to approve the quarry will almost certainly bring new candidates into the race. If Mr Stone has a desire to continue serving his district that includes all of the Temecula Valley, he needs to do the right thing and vote no on the quarry and passionately make the case for other County Supervisors to do the same.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Come meet Phil Paule, candidate for the 67th California Assembly District

Phil Paule
Come to Boston Billies in Menifee (Sun City shopping center near the Post Office) on Feburary 18 2012 at 8am for Phil Paule's campaign kick off. Phil is running for the 67th California Assembly District seat and will be at the event to meet with local voters.

The 67th district includes Menifee, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Wildomar, Winchester, French Valley and parts of the east Hemet area. If you live in these areas, this is a perfect chance for you to meet face to face with the man who wants to represent you and your family in Sacramento.

Be sure to come hungry, Phil is hosting a breakfast buffet for everyone that gets an invite and RSVP's, and there are 'door prizes' to be awarded as well. Please see the the invitation in .pdf format by clicking this link. Make sure to RSVP and let the folks at Phil's campaign know that Bill Gould and TemeculaCalender.com invited you when you call. Also, take the time to visit Phil's website at http://www.pauleforassembly.com/, where you can find more info about him and the campaign.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MENIFEE: Edgerton will run again for council

It was reported in the Californian that current Councilman Wally Edgerton will be running for Menifee City Council again - although he is not sue if he will run for Mayor or move to a new district and run for a council seat. Your thoughts?

MENIFEE: Edgerton will run again for council:

'via Blog this'

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SMOOZING WITH SUSAN


‘SHIT (FILL IN THE BLANK) PEOPLE SAY’ COMES TO T-TOWN
          TemecuLA, CA – At present there is a craze sweeping the internet’s YouTube which started with that outer space Lothario who planted the first interracial kiss on television. I’m talking about none other than Captain James T. Kirk, ala William Shatner. After going where no man (on screen) had gone before since Othello (on stage), Bill Shatner has set the bar again by starring in the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which is based on the Twitter feed ‘Shit My Dad Says’ created by Justin Halpern. This ‘Shit’ has morphed into a YouTube sensation that is sweeping the nation, and Temecula is leading the pack thanks to my Jewish New Yorker friend, Susan.         
          Being Jewish from my mother and grandmother’s branch of the family and a LLWAP* it was only natural that the red phone lit up with Susan’s text several days before my last cha-cha in Old Town, see Big Dogs Viva Vino. “Oy vey, check out my video,” purred the Yiddish doll on the other end. I did and laughed for ten minutes, replaying the clip several times. But hey, see what you think as you watch ‘Shit Jewish New Yorkers Say’. Also look for the Granddadz Hotdogs cameo and don’t forget to read the production credits. And now – Shit Jewish New Yorkers Say

          Trust me when I say that this isn’t the last time you will hear from Susan. Wondering what I mean by that cryptic remark? A clue is evident in the opening paragraph. Wooooo!
          (* - Lois Lane With a Penis)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February; a month of love, dogs and races


Written By: Bill Gould for Menifee Buzz
I am excited for February, because January ended with the best night of rock n roll Menifee has ever seen. Local performers Universal Trap performed Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at The Pit Stop, complete with a video projection and spot on solos, see a video here http://youtu.be/Emu86oSOsnY. Playing to a packed house, they got a long standing ovation at the end of their set.
This month gets off to a running start with a big event on Saturday February 11 at Lake Skinner, ‘Running for Pets’. This 5k run / walk event aims to raise awareness of healthy family lifestyles with your pet, including fund raising for the “Cause For Paws” group. This is a dog friendly event and camping spots are available, visit www.RunningForPets.com registration info.
Are you overwhelmed by the thought of the 14th? Not sure what you should do for your ‘special someone’? I suggest making plans to stay in Menifee and support local businesses. If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day meal I suggest Hana Sushi at 30098 Haun Road in the Menifee Countryside Marketplace. Hana Sushi is a nice place with beautiful food – worth a try if you haven’t been before.
In a race of another sort, there are upcoming elections this year; one of them is for the California State Assembly District 67. Phil Paule, a local man who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 as a member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Municipal Water District is running for this seat. Phil is holding his campaign kickoff Saturday February 18 from 8am – 11am at Boston Billies, located at 26800 Cherry Hills Blvd, Menifee. Come on down, enjoy a breakfast buffet and meet Phil in person.

The writer is a property management specialist, entertainment promoter and former Romoland School Board trustee. Visit him at BillandJeney.com, on twitter @BillGould, on facebook.com/williamjamesgould or email bill@fullvalue.us.


BIG DOGS VIVA VINO


A GYPSY KING SINGS IN OLD TOWN
          Temecula, CA – Being the Saturday of the first month of the New Year seemed a good time for my latest LLWAP* adventure. As usual it all started with a phone call. I had been smoozing with Susan (see upcoming story of the same name) when the call came in from new friend Daphne, a name I hadn’t heard since Frasier or Scoobie-Doo. “Do you know The Gypsy Kings?” asked the excitedly seductive voice on other end of the cell phone. “I’ve heard of the name,” was my reply.
“Well the lead singer is singing tonight in Old Town. Do you feel like going dancing? Susan is coming with.” I think you know my answer.

          The ‘girls’ picked me up and we were off. Now before we go on, Susan is one of those scene girls with an alter ego outside the scene, like Kixi, iPod, Kathi, Pink Elephant, Super Betty, Nickel Sack, well, you get my drift. Riding into Old Town Temecula brought back a lot of memories for a guy who rarely runs on that side of the tracks, er, freeway, especially when we turned left at The Edge, cough, Afroman.
Piling out of the van, I started looking down the street for the music show when Daphne asked if I was hungry, [I was]. “We had some Indian food on the way before we stopped for you, I’m sorry.” I wasn’t, as Indian food is one of my least covered palates. Without missing a beat and before I could offer a suggestion Daphne piped in, “Why don’t you get a hotdog over there?” I blinked; then turned to Susan’s AE. “Didn’t I see this place in your video?” (Again, see the upcoming story, Smoozie with Susan). A Jewish tee hee blushed my way; then the night and this story were off and running.
          Directly across the street from Viva Vino [951-506-5953], the wine and snack (tapas) bar where Nicolas Reyes (Kingsin Spanish), lead singer of The Gypsy Kings, was to perform later sits Granddadz Hotdogs, a month and a half old addition to Old Town. Built and established by the original ‘gateway to Old Town Temecula’, Penfold’s, or Dave Penfold to be more exact. Gone is the tiny hotdog shop that used to be at the same location and gone are the puny Hotdog Shop hotdogs along with it.
          “We tore down the little shack that had the little spigots and opened two buildings,” said the pleasant-looking man that could be a poster child for a kindly granddad type in a movie as he pointed to an open air area twice the interior size of The Vault and a brand new bar that offers Black Market Brewery’s golden elixir Hefeweizen. “I want to put in a stage over there because we want to start having open mike, karaoke, and dancing.”
“Yeah, we’re going to start booking bands and over there have some (pitch ‘n’) toss,” said feisty ‘right-hand man’ Ashley, the establishment’s go-to girl flashing a tomboyish smile.
Meanwhile back at the bar Daphne was finding out that the BMB Hefe wasn’t the bitter beer she remembered from her first visit to Granddadz [it was a Guinness] and I was thanking her for showing me how much an orange slice added to my favorite beer. Then it was time to walk across the street to hear a king sing, a Gypsy King.
The Gipsy Kings are a group of musicians from Arles and Montpellier, who perform in Spanish with an AndalucĂ­an accent. They are known for bringing Rumba Catalana, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. Their music has a particular Rumba Flamenca style, with pop influences; many songs of the Gipsy Kings fit social dances, such as Salsa and Rumba. Their music has been described as a place where "Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk"
          The band started out in Arles, a town in southern France, during the 1970s, when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice, and Tonino Baliardo (whose father is Manitas de Plata). They originally called themselves Los Reyes and started out as a gypsy band. They traveled around, playing at weddings, festivals, and in the streets. Because they lived so much like gypsies, the band adopted the name the Gipsy Kings. Later, they were hired to add color to posh parties in St. Tropez.
          In 1989, Gipsy Kings was released in the United States, and it spent 40 weeks on the charts, one of very few Spanish language albums to do so. They covered "I've Got No Strings" on the 1991 Disney video and compilation album Simply Mad About theMouse. Their cover version of "Hotel California" is an example of fast flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic strumming (this version was featured in the Coen Brothers' movie The Big Lebowski, as well on the HBO series Entourage). The 2010 film Toy Story 3 featured a version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" performed and recorded by the Gipsy Kings; the Spanish release featured the Spanish version, titled "Hay un Amigo en Mi" and played in a Spanish flamenco style.
          Tonight at the rather plush setting of Viva Vino, Nicolas Reyes, played along in the 3 rhythmic strumming guitars which featured a single lead rose-colored guitar, but it was Nicolas’ unique warbling that stood out among the other vocals. The 5-string bass and a drum box rounded out the line-up that had the older crowd sashaying around the dance floor in front of the band. Though I was more than a little rusty dancing in the style similar to my high school days I did manage to get a ‘cha’ out when Daphne and I cha-cha’d.
          I’m not sure when I’ll get down to Old Town again but this night definitely stuck out as an ‘add’ to my music taste buds. Plus it was the first time that I had any Black Market brew away from the Black Market itself. Sometimes it’s good to get out and try something new. After all, travel broadens one. Still I may have to take a lesson or two before I put a rose between my teeth though.

(* - Lois Lane With A Penis)