November 20/20 Neighbors Newspaper

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Field of Honor Debut Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Shop the Old Town Boutiques for the Holidays Sneaky Ways to Fight Stress What Reading and Math have in Common JDS Launches ‘Spirit of Innovation’ Int’l Desert Conservation Summit Best Exercises for 50’s and 60’s Obesity in Pets Table of Contents Page 4

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Animal Friends of the Valleys (Animal Shelter) Celebrates 10th Anniversary Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) celebrated 10 years of amazing service at the main campus 33751 Mission Trail Rd Wildomar on Sunday October 18, 2020 12:00 pm. AFV, a state-of-the-art non-profit animal shelter was built to care for lost or homeless animals in the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon

Lake, Menifee and surrounding rural county areas. The shelter is 32,000 sq. ft. and offers temperature-controlled rooms for the animals. It is their mission to care for all animals’ dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, tortoises, and various wildlife. AFV has a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that offers low cost vaccinations located at 29001 Bastron Ave. Lake Elsinore and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. By appointment only. AFV has an excellent and dedicated Animal Control division staffed by Chief Mo Middleton. These officers work tirelessly in all cities. AFV has been opened throughout this Pandemic as they are deemed an essential business by the Governor. They need to continue to reach out to the communities they serve. These animals need everyone’s help. With this in mind they are continuing with two signature AFV events Spooktacular, pet costume contest Saturday October 31 at the shelter 10am-1pm.and Wines for Canines and Kitties SIT-STAY-SIP virtual event Thursday November 5, 6:00 pm. Visit for additional information on all events. Animal Friends of the Valleys - Shelter pets…heads and tails above the rest! 33751 Mission Trail Wildomar, CA 92595 951-674-0618 Fax: 951-471-8285



JDS Creative Academy has Spirit Innovation, the “carrying out of new combinations,” perfectly describes the past six months at JDS Creative Academy. The nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization broadcasts a monthly magazine-style television show, now called Spirit of Innovation. The new name was put in place back in May and truly emphasizes the “innovative spirit,” where change is something that is embraced, not something that is waited for. Considering the challenges presented by COVID-19, the name change was timed perfectly. The news and information magazine-style show was created to inform Riverside County, a community that is often overlooked by bigger markets such as Los Angeles and San Diego. Spirit of Innovation is uniquely formatted to present enterprising news stories to keep residents and businesses in-the-know with current happenings, without sensationalizing the information. The news presented isn’t breaking news, instead, it’s innovative, impactful and need-to-know information. Spirit of Innovation is quickly becoming the go-to source for news and information throughout Riverside County. The definition of Spirit can be interpreted in many different ways, which is the beauty of it, as we’re all unique. However, you may understand the word, JDSCA embodies the name's meaning by celebrating differences that infuse the community with Spirit. The meaning flows throughout the entire organization and provides an inclusive environment that involves the whole region. JDS Creative Academy brings together a unique crew of industry professionals, apprentices and Inland Regional Center (IRC) consumers to collaborate together in order to produce Spirit of Innovation. This handson-training approach provides a career pathway to the digital high-tech industry. At JDS Creative Academy, their motto is to do and teach. In March, the COVID-19 State of Emergency shut down forced the training program to pivot to an online platform. Spirit were down, but the organization proudly lived up to its name, took ownership of the challenges presented and thrived. As of September, the program has begun to safely welcome participants back into the studio. Even with restrictions, the #JDSFamily persevered with their mission of education, training, and apprenticeship with their IRC participants and students, providing encouragement and routine all while keeping the community informed with news and information with some Spirit of Innovation. For more information visit: JDS Creative Academy’s Spirit continues to soar, as they just successfully wrapped up a Blood Drive and Haunted Drive-Thru Spooktacular

on Halloween that provided the community a break from reality to enjoy some chills and thrills, which included a costume contest, a trunk or treat and a unique take-home immersive video experience to share a little Haunted Studio fun. With the holidays right around the corner, the #JDSFamily wishes for the community Spirit to continue to flow and for those who are able, to give back. #GivingTuesday, is December 1, 2020, this is where the community is encouraged to donate, volunteer and express acts of kindness all over the world. If you plan to participate, the #JDSFamily appreciates your consideration. Monetary donations are always welcomed, but supporting us can include a follow on our social media platforms, a google review, or a point in the right direction to someone who can benefit from our programs, classes, events and culture. We love volunteers, and offer community service hours during events and productions.



Support Our Local Businesses Animal Friends of the Valleys....................29 Animal Friends of the Valleys Gala............28 Au Savon de Provence French Soap .........21 Barons’ Pick Up .........................................7 Boys and Girls Club Our Kids Rock ..........22 California Technical Academy.....................5 Christmas Lights ......................................24 Culinary Creations ....................................12


Santa Rosa Plateau Volunteers Needed


Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe


Shop Old Town Boutiques

First Light Home Care ................................8



Freedom RV..............................................11

Santa Rosa Plateau needs volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 TV Hospital Offers EBUS Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 TV Women’s Club Go-Fund-Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Obesity in Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Pet Adoptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Gardener’s Cottage ...................................19


Grace Evangelical Free..............................15 Harmony Gifts ..........................................21 Honeycutt Farms ......................................13

ENTERTAINMENT Diamond Drive in Concerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Second Saturday- Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21


Hospice of the Valleys ..............................27 JDS Digifest ...............................................3


Jeweler by Design.....................................31

Int’l. Conservation Summit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Holiday Events in Temecula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Jewel Scene ...............................................2 Joseph Carroll Photography.......................2 Launch Point RV & Camping Resort.........11 Lydia Marketplace ......................................6 Menifee Bible Church................................14 Mom & Baby Boutique .............................23 Ms Chevious.............................................21 My Granny’s Attic .....................................21

Pumpkin Foldies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Best Exercises for 50’s & 60’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Suppoort Your Legs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8



JDS Lunches TV Show- Spirit of Innovation . . . . . . . . . .3

The Church is Done Waiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 The Savior’s Great Promise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15



Field of Honor Debuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 World War ll Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Balancing Life This Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Reading and Math-Birds of a Feather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

HEALTHY LIVING Sneaky Ways to Fight Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Neighbors Newspaper ..............................30 Naughty Pig Gourmet Meats.....................13 Oak Grove Car Show.................................10 Old Town Temecula Boutiques ..................16

KIDS Wi-Fi Gardens for Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Musical Theater Internships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Thomas the Turkey – Kidsbrary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Old Town Temecula Boutiques ..................17 Perris Valley Printing ................................27 Searer Insurance Service ...........................9 Swim to Shore..........................................23 Temecula Souvenirs..................................18 Temecula Eye Center ..................................8 Temecula Valley Hospital ..........................32 Temecula Women’s Club ............................6 The Vein Clinic ...........................................7 Wickerd Farm ...........................................25 Word Search.............................................22 Word Search Answer Key .........................22


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FEATURE ........... Field of Honor Debuts November 7 Page 26



International Desert Conservation Summit Saturday, November 14 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Early-Bird Registration $25 | Price increases to $50 November 3rd The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excited to host its inaugural International Desert Conservation Summit on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The virtual event will be a significant gathering of experts from around the world who are focused on saving deserts and the animals, plants and communities that call the desert home. The Summit features 12 speakers from seven countries representing 10 conservation organizations. The expert panelists will share conservation stories from the field, along with success stories, key challenges, and provide a closer look at their important work. The summit is open to the public with the goal of welcoming everyone into the vast and fascinating world of wildlife conservation. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact in a live question and answer session following each presentation. *All times are Pacific Daylight Time. Following each speaker will be a special Q&A session, where you will have the opportunity to interact with the conservationists. SPEAKERS •

Sheila Funnell - Program Manager, Grevy’s Zebra Trust, Kenya

Craig Spencer - Founder and Director, Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, South Africa

Lewyn Maefala - Program Manager Bush Babies Educational Programme, South Africa

Dr. Greg Rasmussen - Founder and Executive Director, Painted Dog Research Trust, Zimbabwe

Rebecca Klein - Founder / Director, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Botswana

Jane Horgan - Engagement and Awareness Coordinator, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Botswana

Dr. Monica Bond - Co-Founder and Co-Director, Wild Nature Institute, Tanzania

Victor Sánchez - Director, Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program, Mexico

Aidée Sánchez - Assistant Director Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program. Mexico

Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho – Director, Marine Mammal Research Group Mexican National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, Mexico

Víctor Ricárdez-García - CoFounder and Director Anthropological Researchers and Solutions Network, PhD Student at Oceanological Research Institute, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Vincent James - Fish & Wildlife Biologist, Desert Tortoise Specialist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States

REGISTER NOW AT WWW.LIVINGDESERT.ORG There are many ways to support The Living Desert. If you would like to speak to someone on our Fundraising Team to learn more, 760-346-5694 or



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Sneaky Ways to Fight Stress with Food and Fitness Fires! Power Outages! Record breaking unemployment rates! The gyms are still closed in our county and the CDC released a statement citing that those who dine in restaurants (yes, even outdoors) are TWICE as likely to contract coronavirus. Yowza! Talk about living in stressful times! It is so easy to throw on our biggest sweats, fire up our favorite streaming platform and call it a year, but I am here to tell you: not so fast! It is now more important than ever to exercise and eat healthfully for no other reason than to protect your mental health and sanity. As you know, exercise releases happy-feeling neurotransmitters in your brain called endorphins and eating healthy foods regularly fights stress on the body by revving up your immune system and lowering blood pressure. So don’t hide out until all is safe and well in the world! You have more power than you think! Try some of these easy ideas to beat stress, battle anxiety, and stay healthy: Try a Meal prep Delivery Service: If there is a diet you’ve been wanting to try but think it’s too much work or don’t know where to start, now is a great time to try a meal prep delivery service. Companies like Go fresh and Sun basket send pre-packaged ingredients so you can cook your own meals, while companies like Trifecta or freshly send the meals already ready to go. Just heat and serve. There is literally something





these days and no diet challenge is too hard to take on. Keto? Vegan? Organic? They’ve got you covered! While it feels easier to order the same pizza or Thai food every week, with a little planning ahead (think: a google search away), you can be fueling your body more efficiently in days! Just eating one healthier meal a day can improve your health, energy, and weight. One balanced meal is often more nutrient dense and less caloric than the average fast food meal. That adds up! Try a new vegetable every week: Do you ever get stuck in a fruit or vegetable





together amazing, affordable produce boxes that are easily available for pickup or delivery. You will be supporting local business, eating fresh, saving money and usually end up exposing your family to produce you normally wouldn’t try if you let them curate the box. Search to find a farm to support near you.


PAGE 7 pending on your goal. Jessica Simpson is known to walk up to 14,000 steps a day for weight-loss postpartum. It works! Join an online fitness community: Here is one you can start as soon as you put down this newspaper. Log in and find what fits you. These communities can be small like the one I run for my private clients or huge platforms linked to tech such as ‘Versafit’ or ‘MyFitnessPal’. The more you understand about what you need to stay accountable, the more likely you are to find one that fits. Groups for moms (Beyond fit Mom), promoting inclusivity and diversity (Black Girls run) or centered on a diet you follow (whole 30). Join up, participate and make the changes happen! You aren’t alone and this is a way to reinforce this belief while staying safe and covid free! Got a question for Tristan? Email her at, subject line: Ask the @Nu_Tristanist Tristan LeClair is a mother, title holding bodybuilder, certified trainer and nutritionist who has been transforming people’s lives and bodies in southern California for the past 11 years.

Start an at-home family fitness challenge: Here is something easy I have been encouraging my clients to do with their families and it’s become a source of hilarity! Post up a fitness challenge on the wall in the TV room and accomplish the exercises during commercial breaks (“20 crunches! 40 squats! 10 pushups!”). Have a “sheets-off” challenge where you compete for time to see who can strip the bed and put new sheets on the fastest! If you really want to sweat, have a freeze dance competition until you drop (my 4 year old always wins). With just a little bit of creativity, you can get your family active in all sorts of ways, the sillier the better, just GET MOVING and LAUGH! Hit your Step goals: If you don’t own a pedometer, GET ONE NOW. You can download a pedometer app, or buy a fitness watch. I’ve even lucked out buying them for clients at my local ‘99 cents store’. It is so easy to put on your tennies and walk, but the miles might get monotonous if you don’t see tangible results over time. Just count those steps. Start with a small goal of 5,000 steps a day and work your way up to 10,000 as quickly as you can. Walking is the easiest form of fitness there is, wards off heart disease and improves your mood. Once 10,000 steps is hit you can stay there or continue to push the limits de-




Do You Have Varicose Veins? Here’s How to Support Your Legs as You Age By Deanna deBara If you have varicose veins in your legs, you know that the condition can cause both physical and emotional pain. But there’s good news—there are steps you can take to better manage your varicose veins, , and increase your overall health. Ahead, our experts weigh in on how to do just that. Understanding the Root Cause of Varicose Veins Before you can support your legs and better manage your varicose veins, it’s important to understand what causes them to develop in the first place. “Veins are an integral part of the circulatory system, bringing blood back to the heart. Inside veins are valves, which ensure the proper flow of blood,” explains Dr. Ken Stevens, the owner of in San Luis Obispo, California. “When the valves are defective, blood flow is abnormal and becomes stagnant; this causes varicose veins.” There are a number of factors that determine whether or not you'll develop varicosities. “Heredity, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged standing are some of contributing

factors,” says Dr. Stevens. “Genetics can play a role, too. Certain genetic conditions, which can also cause varicose veins.” Move More Now that you understand what causes varicose veins, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do to prevent them from developing. It's as simple as moving more, whether you're in the thick of a workout or . “Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing and be sure to move your legs frequently or flex your ankles because that will improve circulation,” says Dr. Jeffrey Apple, board certified vascular surgeon and varicose vein specialist with in Austin, Texas. “Additionally, I recommend that my patients elevate their legs to a position above their waist if they're experiencing symptoms, like swelling or pain.” Ultimately, though, an established exercise routine is key. “The best thing people can do to prevent varicose veins and alleviate symptoms is to participate in regular exercise and maintain an ideal body weight,” says Dr. Apple. Water-based exercise can be particularly positive for vein health. “Swimming and pool exercises can be especially helpful as you age. This is a great way to support your veins because water provides an anti-gravity environment that’s good for flexibility exercises,” says Dr. Apple. “The water also ‘compresses’ the lower legs, similar to compression hoses.” Consider Compression Speaking of compression—constrictive clothing items, like compression socks, can also support your legs. “You can also wear support or compression stockings to prevent swelling and blood from pooling in the legs,” continues Dr. Apple. “For athletes and runners, I recommend compression ‘sleeves’ which compress and cover the calves while exercising.” Treatment Options If you struggle with severe varicose veins, you may want to explore treatment options outside of lifestyle choices like exercise or accessories like compression sleeves. “There are new noninvasive techniques available now which have replaced traditional vein stripping,” says Dr. Stevens. “This can involve closing the vein and rerouting the blood to healthy veins, as compared to physically removing them with an operation. The new techniques include sclerotherapy, which chemically closes the vein, or ablation which can use heat energy to do the same.” Larger varicose veins may require a more in-depth surgical intervention. “Surgery may be the treatment of choice if other options have not completely eliminated them” says Dr. Apple. “This is typically performed using a procedure called phlebectomy, where we remove the varicose veins to get the best cosmetic results with minimal scarring and to relieve symptoms of pain or swelling that often accompany them.”



The Best Exercises to Do in Your 50s & 60s, and Beyond By Deanna deBara Everyone wants to age gracefully—and we know how to do it. Follow along with Live Well for beauty tips, exercise routines, and lifestyle changes to make as the years go by. Together, they'll make aging simple, which gives you more time to embrace each moment. Exercise is an essential part of a , whatever your age, but the workout that felt amazing at 25 might not be as effective, enjoyable, or safe a few decades later. And if you're already in the thick of these years but are having a difficult time learning where to start, don't fret. "It is never too late to start exercising," says Dr. Pradeep Raju, a board-certified physician specializing in primary care sports medicine and the supervising physician of Injury Express. "Always start with organized and reasonable goals, and continue to improve on them." The more you move, the better you'll feel and the healthier you'll be overall—no matter how old you are. Your 50s Once you enter your 50s, it's important to understand your body's changes—and how that may affect your workouts. "After the age of 50, the joints begin to wear down and chances of osteoarthritis increase," notes Dr. Raju. "Because of this, the chance of injury can increase." Enter cardio—you'll want to find an exercise method that without putting too much strain on the joints. "Swimming is great and keeps your heart rate up while limiting the impact on your joints," notes Dr. Raju. "Using the elliptical is helpful; it engages your arms and legs while limiting joint impact and increasing your heart rate." He also recommends recumbent biking for the same reason. "Plus, it increases muscular strength, works on joint range of motion, and allows for high or low intensity dependent on the setting," he adds. Pro tip: How often and how intensely you exercise is just as important as the type of workout you incorporate into your routine in your 50s. "Healing time and slows down as we age. The intensity and frequency of these exercises need to be altered accordingly to account for that," says Dr. Raju. Your 60s As you move into your 60s, you want to stay fit and active. But as you age, it's important to take a simpler approach. " Walking is great for getting out of the house and moving all joints in the body," says Dr. Raju. "It can improve cardiac health, increase bone health, improve balance, and boost energy. Also, with the technology of step trackers, daily goals are easy to monitor." In addition to walking on a regular basis, exercises that focus on improving balance can also be helpful in your 60s. "One of the main problems that robs us

of our independence as we age is becoming a fall risk," says Dr. Peterson. "Any single leg activities can help improve balance, but specific exercise routines like tai chi and yoga have also been shown to improve this." For more health, decorating or gardening tips go to




Welcome to the Diamond Drive-In Live Concerts NEW: DRIVE-IN CONCERTS ARE HERE, XXXXXXSTARTING AT ONLY $49 PER CAR! Come see quality bands live in concert from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle! This five-event series will end in December. Scroll down to see which amazing bands are coming and on what dates. Tickets are limited per event so get yours fast! And we've still got classic movies, classic feel, family fun in these uncertain times! Bring a carload of family or friends to come and watch a featured film for the evening with the original Diamond Drive-In. We supply the movie, have ice cold beer, food, and drink options. Due to COVID 19, all payments will be contactless. We will not accept cash at the door, sorry! Our team will be working together to ensure that we are all safe and secure with our attention to every detail.

your phone. This item does not include a movie or concert ticket. Get here early to choose your spot, and head over to the Diamond Taproom restaurant to redeem! By purchasing this item, you will receive a $60 credit to dine in the Diamond Taproom for only $50! Use it however you'd like, whenever you'd like. You must provide a mobile phone number at checkout to receive this digital gift card. *This item is a digital gift card ONLY and does not include a movie or concert ticket. For tickets:

rt Line-up through December 2020 Here is the Concert Line-up through December 2020 Sunday, November 1st – Garth Live! 1st – Garth Live! Sunday, November Sunday, November 15th – Metalachi Sunday, November 15th – Metalachi Wednesday, November 25th - Bruno and the Wednesday, November 25thHooligans - Bruno and the Hooligans Sunday, December 6th with Queen Nation Sunday, December 6th with Queen Nation Add-On Dinner and Drink New! Add dinner to your ticket purchase with a discounted digital gift card! If you purchase this add on, you will receive a digital gift card sent to

City of Temecula and Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Partner to Create Free Wi-Fi Gardens For Students The City of Temecula announces free Wi-Fi access, “Wi-Fi Gardens,” in selected public spaces to help supplement Temecula Valley Unified School District’s efforts to provide students online access to the internet for schoolwork. Wi-Fi Gardens will be located at Rotary Park, Margarita Community Park, and the CRC Amphitheater from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily allowing students new options to virtually attend online classes and complete assignments. For added safety and security, the designated hot spots are strategically located in areas covered by the City’s video surveillance system. In addition to the Wi-Fi Gardens, TVUSD and the City are jointly developing additional supportive programming to include vetted volunteer tutors. Temecula City Council Member and Community Services District President Zak Schwank, along with Community Services Commissioners Dale Borgeson and Gary Oddi, are leading the volunteer recruitment efforts. Volunteer tutors will provide free masks from the City (while supplies last) in a safe outdoor setting to students who need support with online learning. “Commissioners Borgeson and Oddi are both retired educators and advocates for educational equity and I am pleased with their volunteerism on this important topic.”



Volunteers Needed to Support Partial Reopening of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve - 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta 92562 The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is slowly, but surely, recovering from the September 4, 2019 Tenaja Fire and the COVID closures. Except for the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area, the Reserve has remained closed to the public since the fire to help protect those sensitive habitat areas damaged from the fire, and cultural resources exposed by the fire. However, plans are now under way to partially reopen the Hidden Valley and Vernal Pool trailheads, located on Tenaja Road and Via Volcano Road, on Friday, Saturday and Sundays in the Fall. To do so, a robust recruitment effort is being launched to recruit over 100 adults, ages 18-64, to serve as Trailhead, Gatekeepers and Trail Protection volunteers. The Sylvan Meadows trailhead will remain open daily Monday-Sundays, 7am – 6pm. This new volunteer crew will be instrumental in the successful partial reopening of the trailheads and ultimately help with the full reopening in the future. In

addition to the support needed for the partial reopening, volunteers will be on the list for other future volunteer opportunities at the Reserve. Assignments will consist of 3-hour shifts between the hours of 7am and 6:30 pm. Applicants should be aware that certain assignments may require a 2.5 mile round-trip hike into designated volunteer posts. All volunteers will be required to complete a RivCoParks’ application and background check that requires fingerprinting, participate in volunteer training, adhere to COVID related social distancing and face mask mandates, and sign a liability waiver. To receive a volunteer application, send an email with subject line SRP Volunteer to Visit for additional information about County parks and the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.




Autumn Pumpkin Hand Pies (Foldies) with Pumpkin Chiffon With autumn quickly approaching, I would like to share one of my daughter’s favorite sweet snacks of the season, a pumpkin hand pie we call ‘foldies’ because of the way we fold the crust into a half circle shape. The sweet pumpkin filling is full of spices and wrapped in a flaky crust your whole family will enjoy this season. Yields: 8 – 10 Hand Pies (Depends on how thinly you roll the dough) Prep Time: 1 Hour Cook Time: 25 – 35 Minutes For the Pastry Crust: 2 ½ Cups AP Flour 2 Tbsp Sugar ½ Tsp Sea Salt 16 Tbsp (2 Sticks) Very Cold Butter, cut into cubes 12 – 14 Tbsp Ice Water OR SUBSTITUTE YOUR FAVORITE STORE BRAND READY PIE CRUST Place flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Slowly add the butter, a few cubes at a time. Pulse until the dough mixture resembles wet sand. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and slowing add 10 -12 tablespoons of water and toss the mixture until it starts coming together. If it looks too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Gather the mixture and shape into a ball and press into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap or an air tight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. For the Pumpkin Filling: 1 15oz. Canned Pumpkin (Not pumpkin pie filling) ½ Cup Sugar ¼ Tsp Nutmeg ¼ Tsp Cinnamon In a mixing bowl, add the pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated. For the Pumpkin Chiffon: 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream ¼ Cup Sugar ¼ Cup Pumpkin Filling Whip heavy cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the pumpkin filling. Pumpkin Foldies: • Preheat oven to 375 degrees • Roll out the dough to an even 1/8 inch thickness • Using a 6-inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds • Put 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin filling in the center of each circle • Moisten the edges with water and fold each round in half, pressing down at the edges to get a good seal • Crimp edges with a fork • Cut 2 slits on the top of each foldie to let the steam escape • Brush with egg wash (Crack an egg in a bowl and add 2 tbsp of water and whisk) • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper • Bake for 25 – 35 minutes until golden brown • Serve on your favorite platter with pumpkin chiffon. Recipe from Alfred Fierro, Chef at Monte de Oro Winery in Temecula Wine Country




Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Prep Time 20 min—cook 3 hours – Ready in 3 Hours 20 Minutes Recipe is for any size turkey- cook time may vary-internal temp will tell you when ready Always check internal temp-insert thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh-near the bone-temp needs to read 180 degrees F. Ingredients • 2 tablespoons dried parsley • 2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary • 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper • 1 tablespoon salt • 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 orange, cut into wedges • 1 onion, chopped • 1 carrot, chopped • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne or chardonnay Directions • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey. • Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs. • Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue

baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. The Naughty Pig Butchery is taking Pre-orders on Free Range & Organic-Free Range Fresh Turkeys until November 20th. Murrieta Store Pick up Phone 951-677-1372 to pre-order today Temecula Store Pick up Phone 951-587-0282 to pre-order today.




So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” ~ James 2:17-18 NLT

The Church is Done Waiting. By Aubrey Masters One day we looked around the table at each other and said, “Is the new normal going to be us continuing to cancel events while we’re waiting for the restrictions to lift?” That was not a reality we were going to be okay with. The Dream Center was thrown for a loop with the onset of COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions just like every other church and non-profit. But we got to a point when we realized things may not go back to normal anytime soon, so we needed to adapt the way we do ministry. We recognized that we had to mourn the loss of what ministry looked like for us before, and then take hold of the new season. We would not let the restrictions stop the Church from meeting the needs of its community. No mandate can stop Jesus’ Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Now, let us be clear, we will abide by the laws of our country. Rules intended to manage the spread of a viral pandemic need not inhibit the spread of the gospel. So how does the Church (Big C) still operate in its mission during this unique season? We put our ears to the ground to find out what the needs in our community are so the Church can be the ones to respond and fill those needs. As we meet the felt needs, we earn people’s trust and are then offered the opportunity to speak into their potential as people created in the image of God and made for relationship with Him. People need to know that Jesus cares about the problems they’re facing and the struggles that keep them down, and the Church is the physical manifestation of that care. Too long the Church has been seen to only care about the spiritual matters of a person’s life, but Jesus’ gospel is wholistic…His gospel cares for not only the spiritual doubts and struggles a person encounters, but also cares about and heals the physical disease, the financial tension, the broken marriages and the strained relationships with children through His Holy Spirit.

We are praying that the Church in our valley is more active in this season than ever before and finds way to adapt to reflect Jesus’ love to others—as the church has throughout history in every difficult and confusing season since the first Church in Acts. Here’s how Dream Center adapted and we hope it can bring inspiration and clarity to you if you’re in need of that. One need we found was children all around our city were being left behind because of the virtual learning system in the schools. Many kids were without reliable internet connection, without parental supervision during the day, and other unique challenges. In response, we launched a Distance Learning Support Center where we host 25 school aged children and youth 5 days a week from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm. We provide a safe & supportive place for them to do their schoolwork, interact with other kids, and be poured into by adults who have their best interest at heart. We’ve learned a lot though this process and would be happy to share wisdom & processes with anyone else who is interested in launching a program like this. We’ve also upped our food distribution through our food pantry—transitioning it to a drivethru model, and engaged our community through an increased focus on getting out into the streets of our city picking up trash, praying and caring for people we encounter, and beautifying our incredible town. Most recently, we were able to gather 250 volunteers and release them onto 20 work projects in our community in our annual event called City Serve. Even with the COVID guidelines, we were able to facilitate meaningful ways for believers & non-believers alike to serve their fellow person and make their city a better place. Not only that, but the sites we worked on were blessed—friends who needed a little extra help or properties that required some TLC in order for others to see their potential. Maybe you’ve already been engaging the needs and adapting, and to you we cheer you on and say, we’re so glad to be linked up with you in this mission. But maybe you feel unclear about how to move forward. Maybe you feel nervous about how people will respond or about the unknowns that lie ahead. To you we say, you can do it…not by yourself…but with the Spirit of power that our God promises us and with the help of your brothers and sisters in Christ. If you need encouragement or inspiration on what’s next, please consider us a resource and your biggest champion. Anything we can do to build up the Body of Christ! The Dream Center is located at 114 E. Peck Street, Lake Elsinore. (951) 3763703,




He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wing. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. ~ Psalms 91:4 NLT

The Savior’s Great Promise By Pastor John Stewart

“lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” ~ Matthew 28:20 Nothing is more important in the life of every Christian and the overall fruitful ministry of the Body of Christ, than this amazing promise; “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. (Matthew 28:20). This assurance of Jesus Christ’s unfailing personal presence, life and power, is promised to every born again Christian and is essential to every “Christian” endeavor for the Lord’s Glory! Every Christian undertaking is useless without the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, provided by His continuing life and presence working for, in and through those who belong to Him. Right attitudes, honed skills, and faithful efforts, even according to God’s Word would not be possible apart from Jesus Christ’s life, personal presence and power working in and through the lives of those who trust in Him. The word “lo” used in this text, is often used in the New Testament, to introduce matters of vital importance! It is a term used to denote that what follows is something to which the reader should give his most earnest attention. It is as if Jesus was saying, pay close attention to this statement, because it is crucially important for you to know and live by! One bible scholar explains Jesus statement in this way: “pay close attention to what I am about to say, because it is the most important of all; I Myself, your Divine, Resurrected, Living, Eternal Lord, am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Albert Barnes explained our Savior’s words in this way: “That is, by My Spirit, Providence, Attending Counsel and Guidance, I will strengthen, assist, and direct you.” This brings valuable insight to the essential truth that Jesus Christ is Divine and if He is only a mere man, or created being, even of the highest order, how could He promise to be "with" all His disciple’s "always”? While the number of His disciples would greatly increase, being scattered far and wide throughout the entire earth for all of human history, if He is "with them always”, He must be God; for no finite creature could thus be present with so many people scattered throughout the world, over all of time, until He comes again! Further, Jesus’ words, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the age”, are declared with a profound Godly emphasis! Jesus is affirming His Eternal Promise that would apply to all believers of all ages until the end of time! His promise is intended to gird His listeners for all times, in the hope that throughout their earthly existence and for all eternity, the promise of life without end! His unfailing promise is still in full force today in the lives of all who have trusted Him as their personal Lord and Savior. How vital it is for all Christians to grasp that this is more than a promise of eternal life, as in a long duration of time, but a promise of His life, love, presence and strength assuring, securing and strengthening the hearts and lives of His redeemed children throughout time and for all eternity! Jesus was saying I am, and will always be with you, and with all those to come, who trust and follow Me as Savior and Lord! Jesus promises every believer of every age, I will always be with you, directing, protecting, enabling, empowering and upholding you by My Spirit and The Word of My Promise! I will bless and keep each of you, as well as all of My faithful servants who labor in following, proclaiming and making My Gospel known in word and deed. In this fast paced, ever-changing world, so filled with evil, danger, and deception, mankind is being overcome by fear, weakness, and inherent human frailty! Arguably, the greatest source of mankind’s fear and worry is trying to live without a personal awareness of “God’s thereness!” Therefore, God’s promise to His believing children “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” is of such practical daily importance. He is the strength, the refuge and the di-

rector and protector of all those who believe in Him. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) What a marvelous Savior we have, Who has power over life and death, time and eternity, and He is always near to those who have entrusted their lives into His saving power. The Prophet Isaiah declared this truth another way: “The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God stands forever”. (Isaiah 40:8) “The word of our God,” here refers to God’s promise as the Savior, Director, Protector and Deliverer of His believing children, and still applies today in that all His promises to those who believe in Him are unchanging, unfailing and everlasting! God’s Word is a living testimony that shines upon and within His children of faith, by an ever-illuminating awareness of His will and way for our lives. His Word is a “Lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path.” (Psalm 119:105) The Bible is God’s great revelation of Himself that shines on and in believers lives that they might find sure footing in their daily walk as God’s children. God’s Word is His primary “light” to provide Christians a clear sense of daily direction as to where and how to live out their faith. This assurance of Jesus Christ’s unfailing personal presence, life and power is made most evident in our lives as we learn to live in and by His Word. The word of God directs us in our daily walk and way as His children and what a dark place this world is without it. We thank the Lord that He has given His people, His Word to direct and protect their way in this present evil age! Pastor John Stewart is the Executive Pastor at Revival Christian Fellowship on Scott Road in Menifee, CA. For information about the church or to listen to messages from the pastors go to Revival.TV



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City of Temecula Announces Special Events 2020 Holiday Schedule Due to ongoing public health concerns, Temecula’s Community Services Department has modified its annual winter programming. Our mission is to provide the community with the same traditional holiday spirit they are accustomed to in a healthy and safe manner. The City of Temecula will be hosting the following free holiday events and activities: • ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas Home Decorating Contest – online form. Decorate your home for the holidays and submit a photo to enter the contest • Old Town Lighting & Christmas Tree – Old Town Temecula. Take a stroll through Old Town to enjoy the holiday lights and festive sights • Letters to Santa – Santa can’t wait to write back! Send a letter to our City Hall North Pole that we can pass along to Santa

• New Year’s Eve Grape Drop – online. Enjoy two festive bands and two Grape Drops on Facebook at 9:00 pm and 12:00 am Temecula City Council Member and Temecula Community Services District President, Zak Schwank commented, “We all love celebrating the holidays in Temecula with our traditional signature events. Although we are still unable to come together in large groups this winter, we are not going to let the pandemic spoil our fun. These new events will help our community remain safe and physically distanced while enjoying the spirit of the festive holiday season responsibly.” In accordance with the guidelines issued by the Riverside University Health Systems – Public Health, the following annual holiday events have been cancelled: • Santa’s Electric Light Parade

• Christmas Cookie Virtual Exchange – online form Send a recipe and picture of your favorite holiday treat to share on our online gallery

• Santa’s Arrival & Visits – Pennypickle’s Workshop

• Holiday Drive-in Movies – Lot on Santiago Road and Ynez Road Enjoy a holiday-themed movie with the family from the comfort of your own vehicle

• Breakfast with Santa

(pre-registration required) • Here Comes Santa Claus – Temecula Neighborhoods (routes posted online). See Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph drive by spreading cheer from your front porch

• Temecula on Ice – Old Town Ice Skating Rink • Winter Solstice Visit in November for the full holiday line-up with specific dates and times. Please stay tuned for more information by following @TemeculaParksAndRec on social media.



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Second Saturday at Home At the Temecula Valley Museum, we celebrate a different region or culture on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Since we’re all spending Saturdays (and every other day) at home, we’ve uploaded some of the fun things we’d planned to share!! Join us – virtually – and learn about the history and culture of you, or your neighbors! In November, we will celebrate the country of Mexico and honor the beautiful tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Check back soon for historical and cultural facts, crafts and delicious recipes. On November 14th at 11am, join artist and instructor Tony Moramarco of Bigfoot Art Classes to learn to draw a portrait of famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo! Zoom Codes: Meeting ID: 820 9856 6206 Password: 2ndsatart




Registration is Now Open for Temecula Presents’ Free Student-Led Musical Theater Internship The City of Temecula invites middle and high school students (ages 1318) interested in auditioning for an opportunity to perform and produce a musical to sign-up for this unique arts education opportunity! Temecula Presents is pleased to offer a third session of the Student-Led Arts Education Internship Program that allows students to gain experience in the theater industry at no charge. Temecula’s free arts education program provides youth access to three months of mentorship from professional artists and expert advisors. This program encourages dynamic, innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and cultural projects. This year, we present Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. This fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit features a wickedly tuneful score by the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight; A Christmas Story; Dear Evan Hansen; La La Land; The Greatest Showman), and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka; The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley). Critics rave

that James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!" This program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in acting, directing, choreography, musical direction, and other backstage positions. Students can register to audition for a role in the cast or interview for a production team position. Interviews and Auditions are scheduled for NOV 12, 13, & 14, 2020. Participants cast will attend classes (via Zoom and/or socially disDid you find all of the words tanced in person) each week that will that have to do with teach valuable theatrical skills and proLakes of California from djr vide collaborative production experience. Rehearsals will begin DEC 2, 2020, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Rehearsal Room. Pending State health and safety guidelines, we may present four, public, ticketed performances on FEB 26, 27, & 28, 2021 on the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s main stage at the end of the three-month program. For more details on times and loFolsom Tahoe cations, please visit Bass Shasta, or call the Mammoth Big Bear Temecula Community Services DeSilverwood Mono Cachuma Havasu partment at 951.694.6480. #ExperiAlmanor Berryessa enceTemeculaTheater


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Timothy Turkey Saves the Day! By Professor Kidsbrary, Heidi Simmons

Since Timothy Turkey Was very, very small, If he didn’t like what he ate, He would not eat it at all!

So particular in fact About all of his food, If it did not smell delicious He couldn’t get in the mood.

One day, she lost her patience She yelled and broke her rule, All though upset, but no regret He was off to cooking school!

It was Thanksgiving Day, And though they had the “bird” No one brought any side dish’s Which was absolutely… absurd!

His mother tried to be the best Cook she could become, But no matter how she fussed Her meals were just…ho-hum!

He would learn to be a chef To prepare a dozen dishes From perfect pasta to soufflé Then, filleting different fishes

“Excuse me!” shouted Timothy With no food now to share, If you allow me to cook for you, Amazing dishes I will prepare!

The older that he got The pickier he grew, No tuna bake or frosted cake He would not eat her stew!

The time had come to graduate His whole family came to cheer, But as they snapped his picture Their faces filled with fear!

Though highly unusual He grabbed many a pan and pot, Whipping up a gourmet feast Enough to feed the lot!

They had all forgotten, that Thanksgiving Day was coming And any turkey young & tender Would spend the next day’s running!

To stuffed now to eat turkey That sat with bellies full, So, impressed with his skills He learned at cooking school

Suddenly two men grabbed him And pushed Timothy into a crate, He shouted, “Don’t worry mom!” But did not know his fate…

Instead, they offered him a job As head chef for their group, He now could cook his heart out, Like perfecting homemade soup

Timothy looked through the bars Outside it was still light But as the truck came to a stop The sky had turned to night…

As the years past for Timothy His family was made to feel, They were welcomed anytime And would never be the meal!

WOW Words Comprehension - Why did all the turkeys fear Thanksgiving Day? Antonym - Name a word that means the opposite of “small.” Rhyming - Name a word that rhymes with “school.” Synonym - What is another word that means “chatter?” Vocabulary - What does the word “feast” mean?

WOW wisdom Every year, millions of Americans on Thanksgiving Day celebrate this especially important holiday. Most of us, eat a big feast with family and friends. This meal usually has a “stuffed” turkey in the center of the table, with wonderful side dishes like, mashed potatoes and gravy and Candy Yams next to it. Now turkeys, are supposed to be eaten on this day, just like we eat “chicken” all year through. In this story though, Timothy wanted to change something that had always been. Though he was only one small, young “bird” he still wanted to make a difference. He made the people who captured him look at him in a whole different way! Have you ever said or done something that made someone change their mind in a good way? How did that make you feel?

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Balancing Life this Thanksgiving By Traci L. Williams

Thanksgiving 2020 will likely include change for most people. This year has come with lost jobs, changes in school, sports and even how we do friendships and family. For many, retirement has been impacted, and plans for college and the future as well. In addition, many people have not been able to spend time with their elderly loved ones, some of whom may have passed away during these last several months. There are many reasons to be sad this Thanksgiving. That being said, while we acknowledge and accept feelings of loss, we want our children to know that sad and happy exist at the same time. We don’t have to be sad all the time when sad things happen. Feelings come and go and they all exist together. When you live in that flow of feelings, you heal each day as you experience the ebb and flow of life. Allowing your heart to feel, and teaching your kids to do the same, is living life fully. As you plan this Thanksgiving, here are some things to think about: • Is there room at your table for a relative who may be alone? Make some calls and find out who does not have somewhere to go. • Could you bring a plate of food to an elderly neighbor who may not have family close by? (If restrictions are lifted, they may like to join you!) • Ask your kids what they would like to include during this holiday week. You can put time aside to play board games, listen to music, play video games, talk, color, draw, bake, etc. You can find out so much about your kids by participating in their interests.

• What is everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving dish? Is it possible to include all of them so everyone has something they absolutely love? • Who are you missing? Who are your kids missing? Talk about that. Make phone calls or schedule zoom meetings with family and friends to stay connected over the holiday. • What are the highs and lows for each family member this year? It’s a great way to see what mattered to each person. • What are you and your children grateful for this year and in general? • Support your children as they express their feelings, which may be different than yours. Just being able to talk about things will make a huge difference. Thanksgiving is a great time for slowing down, reconnecting and reflecting. Create and enjoy family traditions, grieve what was lost, and dive into meaningful time with your kids. Show them how to make the best of a hard year and how to get through the pain that often accompanies it. That is the wisdom they will share with their children one day. My family and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving filled with connection, love, joy and peace. Traci L. Williams is the Founder of A Loving Way to Parent. She is known for her intuitive and practical approach to parenting. Schedule a free 15minute phone consultation to find out how she can support your family! ( ~ 951-240-1407 ~

MSJC Receives Funding to Help Struggling Students Succeed Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) has been named one of 34 California Community Colleges eligible to receive funding from the California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program designed to ensure students can stay on track to complete a degree or certificate, or transfer to a four-year college or university. Over a five-year period, scholarships and emergency financial aid will be distributed to students at these colleges that are in three regions of California with the lowest percentage of adults who have college degrees. The Inland Empire comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino counties is one of the three regions. Funding for the current 2020-2021 academic year will be distributed to students as emergency financial aid as they struggle to stay enrolled in the face of an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $150,000 will be made to the colleges by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. MSJC will be developing a process to distribute its funding. In future years, the same colleges will be eligible for annual grants to support scholarships and emergency financial aid. • Scholarships of up to $18,500 per year will help students go all-in to reach the finish line of their goal, whether that is to complete a certificate or degree or transfer, and can be used to cover expenses such as textbooks, equipment, transportation, housing and food. • Emergency financial aid will be flexible to help students overcome short-term financial barriers. Up to 20 percent of funds, in future years, can be used for that. Follow MSJC on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Reading and Math Birds of a Feather By Karla D. Young and Cliff Ponder Despite their obvious differences, reading and math have much in common. Both require an understanding of basic concepts and both use symbols that represent other things. Math awareness begins with learning to count, then progresses to adding, subtracting, and on to advanced equations. One must understand that one-plus-one equals two before progressing to higher mathematics. Reading begins with learning that letters are coded symbols that stand for sounds, then joining them to form words, sentences and ideas. Both reading and math require a systematic, structured approach, especially in the beginning. Learning to read and learning to process math could both be broken down into many, many parts, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s consider only the steps involved in learning to read. There are five basic stages in the process. The Five Stages of Reading Step 1. Word-attack skills - Words must be decoded in order to understand their meanings. Remember, letters are coded symbols. Reading involves learning the code and applying it to letters as they are grouped together to form words. Sometimes the code is quite simple, as with the sounds of single letters in short words such as bit or jam. At other times the code is complex, as in such words as augmentation, in which the a-u makes its own unique sound and t-i copies the sound of s-h. Or consider words like classicism, where the first C sounds like the letter K, and the second C copies the sound of S. The rules governing the sound a particular letter makes in a given place are for the most part relatively simple, but are largely neglected in major reading instruction methods. For example, if only one sound of the letter A is taught, as in at, students may flounder when they see words such as wad, war, ball or foam. And they need to know why that silent A is in foam. They also need to know all nine sounds of A. Because more than 50 crucial elements are missing from the typical reading instruction method, much of the English-speaking world is locked in a plague of semi-literacy, or in worst cases, illiteracy. A small minority will learn to read regardless of the quality of instruction, but many bright students will never learn to read well because that crucial first step was omitted Step 2. Comprehension - The entire brain must be involved in learning to read. Specialized areas of the brain control different functions. Only after the decoding process is fully operative can the brain be freed for higher level comprehension skills. When the initial reading instruction method includes all the skills needed for decoding words, meaning and content automatically occur in a natural, orderly and efficient process. Step 3. Evaluation - Evaluation involves a careful assessment of that which has been read and comprehended. It involves a different area within the brain than that required for decoding and comprehension. For example, the statement, “Red is green,� will be evaluated for accuracy and consequently discredited if the individual words have been read and understood. Step 4. Application and Retention - Once the information has been read and properly evaluated, it can be applied in a meaningful way by the reader. He or she can then decide what to accept or reject and how to apply it to his or her individual needs. Some of the information may be deemed to be irrelevant or inappropriate, and may be discarded. Step 5. Fluency - When the first four steps are functioning comfortably, the reader usually finds that reading is a pleasant and effective way to learn and experience factors that would be inaccessible without the knowledge gleaned from reading. If someone you know struggles with reading, examine the method used to teach them. It should include all the sounds and rules in an orderly, progressive sequence. When it does, reading becomes a positive, rewarding experience. Karla Young is a Reading Instruction Specialist serving the Temecula Valley. For more information:




12th Annual Murrieta Field of Honor in Town Square Park Debuts November 7 The 12th annual Murrieta Field of Honor, set amongst an awe-inspiring sight of full-sized American flags will rise in Murrieta’s Town Square Park on November 7 and fly until November 14. Scaled back to meet pandemic health and safety requirements, the Field of Honor will retain the basic elements of honoring heroes–those who served or are serving in the United States armed forces, law enforcement, fire and other first responder posts, plus personal heroes. In addition to flags available for dedication to personal heroes, the Field features sections for Medal of Honor recipients, Local Heroes (those from Riverside and San Bernardino counties who have given their lives for this country since 2003), historical flags, one flag dedicated to those who perished in 9/11, and state flags. The Field of Honor is presented as a community service by the Rotary Club of Murrieta in partnership with the City of Murrieta and is held in Town Square Park, located just two blocks off of I-15, and stretching from City Hall at Jefferson and Kalmia streets, to the Library. The display is free and open to all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The flag display may be enclosed by a fence to monitor numbers on the field at any one time. In line with pandemic restrictions, special events including celebration of the

U.S. Marines 245th birthday (November 10), the Veterans Day parade, veterans’ lunch, candlelight concert and more will not be held. Individuals can sponsor flags to fly in the display for $35. Each three by fivefoot flag is tagged with the name of the honoree and rank, service or other designation. At the end of the week, flags may be picked up by those who purchase them. Those who have flags from previous years that are in good condition can have them reposted for $10. Flags can be purchased on the Field of Honor website,, or by going to the Field of Honor during the week it is on display. Flag purchasers can pick up their flags on Saturday, Nov. 14, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Nov. 15. Proceeds from the 2020 Field of Honor will benefit the “Murrieta Through Time” history walk, the City’s Veterans’ Memorial, both at Town Square Park, and community projects like the Club’s teacher grants, scholarships, speech and music contests and more, funded by the Rotary Club of Murrieta Foundation. Nonprofit groups affiliated with the Field of Honor who sell flags will receive $10 for each flag sold.

World War II Historian, Vincent Sweeney to Honor and Celebrate Veterans’ Day World War II Historian, Vincent Sweeney, will be the guest speaker at the November 17th General Meeting of the Friends of the Murrieta Library at 10:00 am via Zoom. Mr. Sweeny was scheduled for our April meeting, but you all know what happened there. But this has turned into a better opportunity to celebrate and remember our Veterans in November. You will have the privilege of hearing, first hand, Mr. Sweeney’s stories of his interviews with World War II veterans. His program will further highlight the stories of WWII Prisoners of War. He emphasizes that he was not a Prisoner of War, but he has interviewed many former POWs and has gathered records and data about them. His talk will honor those soldiers and internees held by the Japanese during WWII, defining conditions of the prisons and their prisoners. He will also discuss how they became free. He will acknowledge, “Was the POWs response influenced by our history including President Abraham Lincoln and others?” Mr. Sweeney’s references include Oasis Veterans and the Temecula Val-

ley Veterans of Foreign Wars to name a few. There are not many World War II veterans remaining in the Temecula/Murrieta area so we are looking forward to what Mr. Sweeney has to tell us. For many of us, this was our war, too. Not only do the Friends of the Murrieta Library provide support to the Murrieta Public Library through fund-raising, advocacy and volunteerism, they promote awareness of and support for the Library as it serves the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of our Community. Their monthly meetings serve as a low-key cultural event for our local residents, providing the opportunity to meet, first hand, with established and published authors. The Library is located at 8 Town Square, on Adams between Juniper and Kalmia. Join us from the comfort of your own home on Zoom. Please click on the link at to login (Please log in 10-15 minutes before start of meeting to avoid delay). For further information, please call Rita Nastri 698-8640. Follow us on Facebook as well.

American flags will fly in Murrieta’s Town Square Park starting November 7 through November 14.



National Charity League, Inc. Temecula Valley Chapter

Mother and Daughter Sydney and Dr. Kelly Boyatt (Photo submitted by Jacqueline Hunter)

This past summer has been an unusual one due to COVID. However, that hasn’t stopped our Ticktockers and Patronesses from volunteer work. Most of the work has been off-site, but that’s OK. We are doing all we can during these uncertain times to help our community the best we can. On our NCL Temecula Chapter homepage, we have a beautiful pdf that our very own VP of Communications, Laura Page, created. This form lists all of the “At-Home Philanthropy” projects and volunteering events our

chapter can assist in. Ticktocker classes are getting creative and doing as much philanthropy work, they can at their monthly meetings. Coming up for our chapter we have the “One

Million People Moving” walk. This is benefiting the American Heart Association and it’s easy for everyone to participate in. Yes, you will be walking alone or moms and daughters will be walking together. During the walk, a podcast with Heart facts and more will be available for you to listen to while walking. Some of our chapter Ticktockers are helping piece the podcast together. What a great learning opportunity for all involved! The holidays are fast approaching and we hope to be creative on how we can help due to social distancing guidelines. It truly does take a village during these times but our NCL chapter continues to work together for the greater good of our beautiful community. For more information about the National Charity League, Inc., Temecula Valley Chapter, and our complete list of local philanthropies served, please visit




The Dangers of Overweight Dogs and How to Monitor Their Health By Lauri Julian

Although dogs aren’t concerned about how they look or when their clothes don’t fit, there are many diseases and conditions that come along with extra pounds, similar to humans. During this time of shelter-in-place, many of us, including our pets, are less active and eating more! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 56% of dogs in the US are overweight or obese. This is now considered the biggest threat to our pets’ health and well-being, thus reducing their lifespan. Multiple areas of the body are affected by excess body fat, including bones and joints, digestive organs, and the organs responsible for breathing capacity. Obesity is common in dogs of all ages, but it usually occurs in middle-aged dogs (which can differ based on breed and size). Indoor dogs tend to have a higher risk of becoming obese. Health effects of pet obesity include: • Type 2 diabetes • Osteoarthritis, especially in the hip • High blood pressure • Orthopedic problems, cranial cruciate ligament injuries • Skin disease • Thyroid problems • Seizures • Heart and Respiratory Disease • Kidney Disease • Some cancers • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years). How to tell if your dog is overweight Figuring out whether your dog is overweight or obese is a matter of appearance and touch. If you can’t find your dog’s ribcage, you have an overweight dog. There should be a thin layer of fat separating the skin from the bones. Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your dog’s size and ask about optimal weight. As a rule of thumb, 15% above that weight is obese; zero to 15% is overweight. Although some breeds are more likely to gain weight than others (Bassett Hounds, Bulldogs, Pugs, Beagles, Golden Retrievers, and Dachshunds), vets see obesity in every single breed. It's really no surprise that an animal that was designed to convert the food they ate into energy very efficiently has problems with obesity once they stop being active. But all dogs require some form of exercise daily for physical and mental well-being. Check with your vet for the right type and amount of exercise for your breed and age of dog. Causes of obesity in dogs There are several causes of obesity, but it’s mostly an imbalance between the energy intake and its usage -- eating more than the dog can possibly expend. Obesity becomes more common in old age because of the normal decrease in a dog's ability to exercise. Unhealthy eating habits such as high-calorie foods, an alternating diet, and frequent treats can also bring on this condition. Other common causes include: • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) • Insulinoma (pancreatic tumor) • Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) • Spaying/Neutering (however, altering your pet is very important in reducing the chance of reproductive cancers and other health and behavior issues). Slimming down Calories burned must be equal or greater than calories ingested. But first, check

with your vet to make sure that the excess weight is not the result of an underlying health problem or disease. Ask for recommendations on the best quality, nutrient-rich balanced diet to support and maintain a healthy weight. And importantly, get moving! But take it slow if your dog isn’t used to exercising. If you determine that your dog is obese, you can monitor them for health problems such as congestive heart failure (if you notice these symptoms, contact your vet): • Rapid breathing when resting or sleeping (more than 30-35 breaths per minute) • Reduced exercise ability and tiring quickly • Increased effort associated with breathing • Restless sleeping; moving around a lot and changing positions • Change in tongue or gum color to bluish gray because of poor oxygen flow • Coughing or gagging • Weakness, collapsing or fainting • Decreased appetite and weight loss. What can you do to keep your dog at a healthy weight? • Hit the scale on a regular basis, ask your vet what your dog’s weight should be • Measure meals – ask your vet for advice on the right portion • Establish a feeding schedule; don’t free feed • Limit between-meal snacks; these calories add up! Choose low-calorie treats. • Don’t share your food; rich and seasoned food can wreak havoc on the digestive tract • Reward your dog with affection, not food • Play fetch or take your dog for a walk around the block! For more information on the effects obesity and extra weight can have on your pet, visit the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website:




Adoptions of the Month Retrievers and Friends

Ray Ray is a 3-year-old Corgi mix. He is the most friendly, loving dog towards people. He does have an issue with other male dogs and would be best as an only dog. He loves to go for walks, is active and is about 45 lbs. He came from Mexico.

Pepper is a 5-year-old Lab. She would be best as an only dog. Her color is a beautiful charcoal. Pepper has a nice temperament and the most beautiful eyes.

Callie is a 4-year-old Terrier mix. She is a kind and shy girl, who with some patience, will become a wonderful companion. She is house trained and is learning to walk on a leash. She is great with other dogs and is about 40 pounds.

Abby is a 9-year-old Yorkie and Lou is an 11-year-old Maltese - Poodle mix. Both dogs are very friendly, house trained and enjoy going for walks. They are used to sleeping in a crate together at night. Their owner is moving. Both are wonderful dogs.

If you are interested in these or other adoptable animals, please visit



Temecula Valley Hospital Now Offers the EBUS Procedure for Lung Cancer Diagnosis Advanced technology from Olympus enables physicians to diagnose lung cancer using nonsurgical means. Temecula Valley Hospital has acquired the Olympus EBUS Solution to perform endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration. The latest American College of Chest Physicians Lung Cancer Guidelines recognizes EBUS-TBNA as the best first test for lung cancer diagnosis. Up until now, the gold standard for lung cancer staging was a surgical procedure. Now EBUS-TBNA offers a minimally invasive solution that delivers equally reliable sample collection in the outpatient setting. EBUS is proven for helping physicians diagnose and stage lung cancer and diagnose other pulmonary diseases.

According to Lung Cancer Alliance data, lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in the United States among every ethnic group, taking more lives than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. Unfortunately, only 15 percent of lung cancer is diagnosed at its earliest and most curable stage, and more than 55 percent of cases are diagnosed after cancer has metastasized. By acquiring advanced technologies such as the Olympus EBUS Solution, Temecula Valley Hospital can offer premier care for its patients. For more information and to listen to a podcast about EBUS, featuring Dr. Mimi White, please visit

Temecula Valley Women’s Club Launch a GO Fund Me Program for 2020 For the past 40 years, Temecula Valley Woman's Club (TVWC) has given back to the community in many ways, including our scholarship program for Temecula and Murrieta high school seniors. Since 1980, TVWC has donated over $500,000 in TVWC Scholarships. The scholarships were made possible by the help of our hardworking volunteers, the generosity of the community, the sponsors who support TVWC's annual Holiday Home Tour and people like you. Sadly, this year TVWC cannot host our biggest fundraiser- The Holiday Home Tour. The Holiday Home Tour may be cancelled for 2020 but supporting local high school scholarships is not! In fact the need is greater than ever. Join us to provide 25 local high school seniors an opportunity to dream big and realize their potential. Help Them Dream Big. Your contributions make their contributions possible.

In Addition to Scholarship Programs, TVWC through bake sales, fashion shows and rummage sales has made many other contributions to the community: • Temecula Valley & Murrieta Public Library Foundation • Ronald Reagan Sports Park • Oak Grove Educational & Residential Center Fund • Bleachers for Temecula Valley High School Football Stadium • Animal Friends of the Valley Shelter Building Fund • Temecula Valley Museum Foundation • Hospice of the Valleys • Temecula Community Recreation Center Building Foundation • Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Program • SAFE – Safe Alternatives for Everyone • Murrieta Valley High School Sober Grad Night Parties If you are looking for a worthy cause to make a contribution this holiday season, please consider the Temecula Valley Women’s Club. Your $$ will be used for good in our community. Go to:

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