Thursday, November 1, 2012

A running start to November before slowing down for Thanksgiving

By: Bill Gould for Menifee Buzz

We do live in a really cool town, full of diversity. I really enjoy that about Menifee. In November we have Veterans Day and get to honor the service of the United States Military, an important part of that diverse population. The citizens are fortunate; the City of Menifee will host a weekend-long Veterans Day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11 in Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road at La Piedra Road.

The weekend kicks off with the second annual Veterans Day Memorial 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m. The chip-timed race begins in Wheatfield Park and traverses an extremely rugged hill course up and over Bell Mountain. Racers may pre-register at and all participants will receive a commemorative dog tag and race t-shirt. The race is a fundraiser for the veteran’s memorial at Wheatfield Park with all entry fees being donated for its development and ongoing maintenance. Race day registration will also be available.

After you are done running yourself silly with the 5K run, go home, rest up for the night and come back on Sunday because the weekend festivities continue in Wheatfield Park on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday. This free event, developed in partnership with the City’s veteran’s memorial committee, features a ceremony to honor and celebrate all veterans. For more information on Veterans Day events, please contact Rob Johnson, Senior Manager, Community Improvement at (951) 672-6777.

An American November would not be proper without mention of Thanksgiving. It is a great time to get together with family and friends and celebrate with food and fun. If you have members of your family that are in town for a few days and don’t eat certain things due to religious or allergy reasons, there are great options at one of our newest restaurants – BJ’s. No matter what your plans are, have a terrific holiday!

Bill Gould is a father, husband, property manager, entertainment promoter and plays in the band Keenwild. Visit him at,, or