Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Big Event: City of Menifee Independence Day Celebration on June 30th

By: Bill Gould, for Menifee Buzz

If there is one signature event the City of Menifee does that residents look forward to every year, it is the Independence Day Celebration. If you are new to town, pay close attention. Most cities have a big Fourth of July event, but here in Menifee we do it a little different and have the event on the Saturday before July 4th. This year the date is June 30 and Wheatfield Park is the spot.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May in Menifee: The talent roundup and preparing for a summer of fun

By: Bill Gould for Menifee Buzz

On April 27 and 29th about 160 people attended the two Menifee's Got Talent shows.  The performances were held at the Kay Cinceros Center in Menifee. Audiences enjoyed the talented Menifee-area performers who all came with an impressive variety of skills and were from a wide range of ages.

At each show audiences were asked to choose their favorite. Sonja Prince won on Friday evening.  She sang a song from the Broadway show Wicked entitled "For Good".  Sonja is a secretary at the Center for Spiritual Living. Junior Reed won on Sunday.  He is a 14-year-old classical guitarist who played an electric version of Pachelbel's Canon.

Performers included: Singers Angelina Argento, Julia Carrillo, Sable Hardin, Archana V. Sangar, Elizabeth (Betty) Kellstrom, Nathaniel Leedahl, Victoria Marquez, Isabella Pena, Terry Lynn Pershing and Joan Wolfe, Singer / guitarist Fallon Twyman, Drummer Anthony Marquez, Keyboardist Marci Dunker, Harmonica player Steven Parker (who won the Gong Show in 1977).

Flutist White Feather, a Native American who played several hand-made flutes in an original number called "Mayan Dreams".  During his performance, you could hear a pin drop.  Some people were moved to tears. Three acts, Alias Dance Company, comedienne Ruth Bols and juggler Carey Pickford, performed on both shows due to the unique performances they provided crowds. Rock band Steady Impact, five kids who write their own music rocked the crowd on Sundays show. The band features Brayden Hesford (drums), Shaye Hesford (guitar), Parker Johnson (guitar), Madi Walsh (keyboard, vocals) and Sydney Deardorff (bass).

Brian Walker of Walker Insurance in Sun City was the emcee.  Sound was coordinated by Bill Zimmerman.  The parents of the Menifee Middle School choir program sold refreshments as a fundraiser to enhance the music program.

In other news, SAFE (Safe Alternatives for Everyone – a domestic violence help group) is celebrating the 10th Denim and Diamonds event on Saturday May 19th. The "Saloon Style" event is for folks 21 and older and will have new fabulous activities. This year the event will be held at 37104 De Portola Road in Temecula, 4pm-10pm.

Come on out to one of the most sought after fundraising events in the Inland Empire. Please join us for a Dream Diamond Drop sponsored by La Master's, cash prizes sponsored by Toyota of Temecula Valley and so much more. Purchase tickets and Dream Diamond Drop opportunity tickets at http://safe.ticketleap.com.

Bill Gould is a father, husband, property manager, entertainment promoter and plays in the band Keenwild. Visit him at BillandJeney.com, twitter.com/BillGould or facebook.com/MrBillGould.