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Greetings to our readers and advertisers! We hope you enjoy our “Gearing up for Fall” issue. You will find a nod to several of the Valley’s prominent dealerships as well as advertisements by some related local businesses are inside. Wonderful submissions by our contributing writers will give you some great information about many different topics - real estate, health and wellness, and fall decorating ideas. Also make sure to take a peek at our stories, including some “hauntingly” interesting background about Old Town Temecu starts to cool and we head into the Holidays, please remember to continue to support our local businesses and restaurants. There is very little that you could need or want that you can’t find locally. Is there something you’d like to read about in the Country Review? Please let us know at info@countryreviewmag.com ... or friend us on Facebook! We have ticket and event giveaways often, and always love to hear from our readers. Do you know someone that could benefit by being seen in our magazine by over 20,000 pairs of eyes? Have them get in touch with us! Our advertising rates are competitive, and since our shelf time is two months, you get quite a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy the fall weather, and we’ll see you around town!

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helping HANDS

8 | We’re Putting Our Hearts Into Finding A Cure 32 | Helping Hands


10 | Revamp Your Workout Routine

22 in this issue
cover STORY
22 | Gearing Up For The Fall

October / November 2011

around the HOUSE

34 | Furniture Fix-Ups Just In Time For The Holidays 35 | The 411 For First-Time Home Buyers

13 | Fall Flower Choices

legal EASE

36 | The Moving Premium?

restaurant REVIEW
17 | Honeycutt Farms


38 | Where To Tie The Knot

wine & DINE on the MAP

18 | Chef Roberto’s Pecan Chocolate Chip Magic Bars

44 | Rockers to Heat Up the Stage at Help Ride 2011

20 | Keeping It Real for Vintage Appeal 28 | Taking Your Sweet Time in Julian 30 | A Night To Remember
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Kassidy Brewer: Murrieta’s miracle with a will to win.
At the age of 13, Kassidy Brewer, a gi ed runner from Murrieta, su ered a massive brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma. She was airli ed to Rady Children’s Hospital where she was met by a multidisciplinary team of renowned pediatric specialists. Rady Children’s Hospital was uniquely suited to help. Our experienced physicians, high-tech equipment and stateof-the-art facilities allowed us to handle her complicated case. She remained at Rady Children’s for three months while, with expert care and aggressive therapy from her medical team and loving support from her family, Kassidy relearned to swallow, laugh, speak and walk. Kassidy is now a successful full-time high school student. She continues to work hard through her therapies, showing courage and great competitive spirit. Kassidy Brewer is an athlete who truly knows how to win.

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We’re Putting Our Hearts Into Finding a Cure
Brighton’s 2011 Power of Pink Campaign Reminds Us to Love and Protect the Women in Our Lives Brighton – the accessories manufacturer that has donated over $4 million to breast cancer charities since 2003 – has created a new breast cancer awareness bracelet for 2011…the 9th year of the promotion. Brighton’s designers make sure that, besides generating donations to charities, each year’s piece is also a beautiful accessory to wear. This year’s bracelet is truly dazzling, featuring a dangling heart charm that is studded with Swarovski crystals that gleam in a multitude of pink hues. Donations from these October bracelets are helping the women and families who are suffering from this disease, and helping to protect the lives of every woman, which is so important. The bracelet, which retails for $50, will be available from September 30th to October 31st at Brighton Collectibles stores… while supplies last. For each bracelet sold at the five privately owned Brighton Collectibles stores in Southern California, the owners (Craig and Angela Pettitt) and Brighton will donate a combined $10 to breast cancer awareness organizations. That’s 20% of every bracelet sale to Breast Cancer Awareness! Craig and Angela Pettitt, local Licensees of Brighton Collectibles stores have donated over $100,000 to local breast cancer charities in their stores communities. For every bracelet sold at the Temecula Brighton Collectibles store, $10 will be donated to Michelle’s Place. This statistic hit close to home this year as Angela Pettitt, Store Owner of Brighton Collectibles in Temecula, lost her best friend to Breast Cancer. She was jut 40 years of age when she died earlier this year. She left behind three young children, a husband, family and friends that adored her. Brighton’s involvement in this cause speaks to the core values of the company since its inception. Brighton’s owners Jerry and Terri Kohl started their business over 30 years ago, and they resolved to have a different kind of company that would be run from the heart. Known for excellent quality and a broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton also produces handbags, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, eyewear, luggage, fragrances and gifts. To see the entire line, visit www.brighton.com.


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From One Human Being to Another, Helping and Having Fun Doing It!

The County of Riverside Commission for Women Presents

Straight Talk About the Latest Advances in Science and Research
Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Director, City of Hope Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education Daisy D. DeLeon, MS, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Health Disparities & Molecular Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine Clifford C. Eke, MD, FACS, FICS, incoming President, American Cancer Society, California Division Sandra Finestone, Psy.D, Board President, Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Sharon S. Lum, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Breast Health Center, Loma Linda University School of Medicine Padma Tadi Uppala, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health


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Date: Saturday – October 22 Time: 9:00 – 12:00 Tuition Donation: $50 Site: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta 92562
Students will learn how to take their photos to the next level. Subjects covered will include color and exposure correction, cropping, sharpening, sizing, e-mailing photos and generally improving the quality of the photo. The class will also cover shooting photos in “raw” mode and the process for transforming the raw photo into a usable image for printing.


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Date: Saturday – November 19 9:00 – 12:00 Tuition Donation: $50 Site: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta 92562
Learn field marks in wild birds to help in identification. Course will cover binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides. You will learn which species of birds are found at the Reserve and when to expect them. There will also be guest speakers who are experts on local birds and they will cover upcoming birding events.

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our muscles adapt quickly to any repetitive routine. Remember that the definition of ‘insanity’ is to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results. This holds true for your workouts. When your results stop, it’s time to do something new. The problem - your muscles have adapted to your routine. The solution - it’s time to apply the concept of muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is a way to keep your body guessing by changing your routine. STRATEGY #1: USE A DROP Set Drop sets are often used to fight off exercise plateaus. This technique is great for increasing muscle strength, endurance and for adding to the cardiovascular benefit of your workout - which results in more fat burn. This is how to do a drop set: When you perform an exercise to exhaustion, don’t stop there. Drop the weight by 80% and do another set. STRATEGY #2: FOCUS ON NEGATIVES Most people completely miss the benefit of the negative in each repetition by allowing the weight to drop quickly with little control. It is understood that the negative portion of each repetition is just as important as the positive portion; possibly more important. Focus on the negative portion of each repetition by lowering the weight very slowly. Concentrate on the negative contraction, and make each repetition count. STRATEGY #3: USE ACTIVE REST Every minute of your workout is an opportunity to increase intensity and to burn more fat. Don’t waste precious minutes with long rest periods. While it is important to catch your breath if you feel winded, most of the time you would benefit more from an active rest. Do one of the following activities for 30 seconds between exercises and turn your regular workout into High Intensity Interval Training. • High Knees with Alternating Punches: Alternately bring each knee high to your chest in a quick jumping movement while alternating forward punches at shoulder level. • Side-to-Side Jumps on Bench: Stand on one side of an exercise bench. Place the foot closest up onto the bench, jump up and switch feet, then land on the opposite side of the bench. • Side-to-Side Ab Twists: With feet close together, jump and twist your legs left to right - holding your abs tight. Keep a bend in your knees and swing your upper arms with each twist. STRATEGY #4: MODIFY THE EXERCISE There are certain exercises that are considered ‘staples’ in the gym. The squat. The lunge. The chest press. The shoulder press. The bicep curl. You get the idea... While you shouldn’t throw these exercises out the window, find creative ways to modify the familiar motion in order to challenge your muscles. Try these exercise modifications: • Squat on a Bosu ball or balance board. • Place a weighted bar across your shoulders and do walking lunges. • Do a full squat between each repetition of shoulder presses.

Something to Smile About!
Dr. Martin is a graduate of Loma Linda School of Dentistry and has practiced dentistry in the Hemet area for over 26 years. Dr. Martin is now practicing at his new of ce in Temecula, and is accepting new patients. He is a preferred provider for Delta Dental, MetLife, and United Concordia Insurance Companies. If you are looking for a gentle, friendly, family-oriented dental team that prides itself on quality treatment, please give us a call. Need a second opinion on your dental work? Dr. Martin can help!


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Floral Perspective
By Annette LaRocque, Murrieta VIP Florist As the days become shorter and the evenings turn cooler, it’s time to take our homes from summer to fall décor. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The most beautiful warm colors are all around. Fall is the season where we begin planning celebrations for family and friends to get together. Fall is a time for traditions, fun times and good memories. You’ll want your home to be welcoming; warmth, love, laughter and flowers are just the right combination. Whether you are visiting friends and family or staying home and having a get-together, flowers are the perfect way to add color and beauty. When visiting family and friends, a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers is a great way of thanking your host. Also, the personal touches you add to your home make it uniquely yours. Whatever your style, flowers and plants are the perfect way to add beauty and warmth to any celebration. Here are a few tips on decorating with flowers for fall and things you may want to consider. • Accessorize a large table by placing a long narrow floral centerpiece in the center of the table. Add a few smaller accent pieces or candles on each side of the arrangement for an added effect. • Create a centerpiece in a treasured family vase or bowl, or in seasonal pieces such as a cornucopia or a utility vase surrounded by dry corn cobs. • Place small potted plants staggered down the table with fall leaves or flower petals in between, then set votive candles on the petals. • Use vegetables or fruits as accents in your floral arrangement. • Garnish your serving trays with flowers and greens. • Scatter colorful fall leaves, flowers and votive candles along the center of your dining table. • Float flowers in crystal wine glasses. • Place a single long-stem rose on each plate to welcome your guests to the table. • Decorate small desserts with flowers or make an ice ring with flowers to chill champagne or wine. • Place a garland of fruit, flowers and fall foliage over your front door.
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ne only needs to walk into Honeycutt Farms in Murrieta to know you are in for a treat. Friendly staff, cozy furnishings and yummy smells greet you as you enter. Petunia the Pig greets you at the curb, and the pig motif is carried out through the interior of the eatery. With fresh flowers at every table, the aura is cheerful and comfortable. I had the pleasure of sampling several of Honeycutt’s wares, and can say without hesitation that this is going to become a new regular stop for my family. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a broad spectrum of selections for each meal at very reasonable prices. Breakfast specialties include biscuits and gravy, omelets, waffles and pancakes and some of the best bacon I’ve ever eaten - thick cut and perfectly crisp. I was told their fried eggs are unique in flavor, but I wasn’t told the secret - I don’t know what they do, but that egg was awesome. The sausage gravy was served over a fluffy biscuit and was peppery and loaded with chunks of sausage. For lunch, the options are extensive - sandwiches on freshly baked bread, burgers, soups and salads ... everything homemade and wonderful. I tried their Honeycutt Ham Classic sandwich, which had a thick serving of ham on squaw bread with crispy lettuce, a light layer of mayonnaise and a tangy spread of honey mustard - delicious. And enormous, I might add - I could only eat half of the half I was given! On the side I had clam chowder - full of clams with a thick, potato-filled stock. The owner told me their most popular soup is served on Wednesdays - homemade split pea and ham. I also tried their cucumber salad, which was thinly sliced cucumbers in a tangy vinegar-based, sweet dressing. Onion rings were thick sliced and crispy and delightfully not greasy, a perfect complement to the fish and chips, available only on Fridays. The battered fish, served with tartar sauce, was flaky and tender. Also on the side was a serving of the seafood salad - shrimp and crab, tossed with diced celery in a light dressing - very tasty. Honeycutt offers dinner specials every night except Sundays, when they close after the lunch crowd. Specials include Stuffed Pork Loin with Cinnamon Apples (Tuesdays) and Prime Rib with au jus and Horseradish Sauce (Saturdays), but their regular dinner menu will leave no one unhappy. Evening entrees are served with choice or soup or salad, roll or parmesan toast, and two sides from a varied list, including mashed potatoes and farmhouse rice. The next time you are looking for comfort food in a friendly place, you need to check out Honeycutt Farms - in Murrieta for over 20 years.

HONEYCUTT FARMSRestaurant Your Local Ham Shop and
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We offer hot catering and platters for holiday and business parties. The Honey-Glazed, Spiral Sliced Ham with all the sides for a complete dinner. We also offer fully cooked Whole Turkeys. Just reheat!
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Keeping It Real for Vintage Appeal
At least that’s the outlook that some antique store owners in Temecula are finding helpful for their businesses in these budget-tight times. Regarded for decades as a mecca for antiques lovers, Old Town Temecula still draws true believers and collectors of vintage valuables, but the number of antique stores in this area has declined since the housing boom heydays of the last few years. However, if shopping for antiques is your passion, there are enough antique malls and shops here to fill an entire weekend visit, and those businesses are continuing to generate a steady flow of sales. They’ve just had to get more creative about keeping those cash registers humming. “We keep coming up with new ways to connect with customers and make shopping here a fun experience,” said Mike Freville, owner of Granny’s Attic Antique Mall, a 30,000-square-foot warehouse of 200 dealer shops under one roof located across the river from Old Town Temecula. “Getting Internet exposure is one giant step forward,” said Freville, who partnered last year with a local auction listing service which photographed, researched and appraised items
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For the customers who savor the hands-on leisurely “where did the time go?” shopping experience at Granny’s Attic, the antique mall has added an old fashioned soda and candy shop as well as Granny’s Cup & Saucer, a deli soup and sandwich eatery for those who want to rest their feet for a while. Freville, who also owns Old Town Antique Faire, a large Western-style wooden antique emporium found in the heart of Old Town Temecula, also said some familiar “antique-ing” get-togethers bring in new and repeat customers. “We do have a regular appraisal service, and we’re planning big events like our upcoming outdoor flea market in October and the Thanksgiving and holiday open houses in November and December,” said Freville. Next door to Granny’s Attic Antique Mall is Grandpa’s Antique Depot, another large antique mall of one hundred shops spanning more than 11,000 square feet.

Article and Photos By Sandra Shrader

You’re never too old to get a new attitude.

brought in to Granny’s Attic by hopeful individual sellers for placement on eBay. “Many of the dealers at the antiques mall also advertise on eBay, but an increase in fees by the giant auction site has led some dealers to switch to Craigslist, an online network of classified ads, for selling their items,” he added.

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According to owner Linda Majenski, selling online is necessary in this day and age. “Grandpa’s Depot has an eBay store. It’s been an important survival strategy because shopping on the internet is how a lot of antique shopping is done in the world today,” said Majenski. Still, nothing beats the experience of actually seeing and touching the antique or vintage item before you buy it, she added, explaining that being identified as the place to find specific items can bring people in to shop. “Right now, Grandpa’s Depot has a fantastic collection of Victrolas, or what was called ‘talking machines’,” Majenski said, referring the invention that revolutionized the way that people were able to bring recorded music into their homes for the first time in history. “And we’re also known for having a large display of antique toys.” One thing that shoppers today may not know, said Majenski, is that, because the current downturn in the economy has forced many people to sell their antiques at reduced values, the prices of many big antique items such as furniture are getting to be comparable in price to newer, less well made furniture. “Right now, smart buyers can find high quality antique furniture made with the kind of great craftsmanship that is impossible to find in today’s furniture, and they can buy it for nearly what they would pay for something new,” she said. “It’s a great time for finding great deals on great antique furniture.” John Sterbenk, owner of The Country Porch, another large front-porch-and-wood building located on Front Street in Temecula, agrees that prices of antique furniture have dropped substantially in the last year. “I recently sold a complete bedroom set, French, all beautifully made from solid wood, for $1800,” said Sterbenk, “but a year or so ago that same set would have sold for $2800.” Sterbenk, whose mall has seventy vendors, said he has been seeing that “everything collectible has been dropping in price” in the past two years.” And one trend that he has noticed at both The Country Porch’s eBay store and the Temecula building is the increased interest in items that were part of everyday life after the 1970s.

“Sixty percent of the buyers now were born in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Sterbenk. “Not only do those buyers have money to spend because they are ones who seem to have jobs right now, but they also have a sentimental attachment to items from those decades. So collectibles from that era may not be considered antiques, but they are very marketable now.” For the Temecula Valley’s antiques sellers, figuring out how to keep their wares marketable in a changing economy and a generational shift of collectors will continue to be the key to success. And keeping a good attitude could turn out to be the winning attitude. For further information about hours and directions, contact: GRANNY’S ATTIC ANTIQUE MALL 28450 Felix Valdez, Temecula 951-699-9449 • www.mygrannysattic.net OLD TOWN ANTIQUE FAIRE 28601 Old Town Front Street, in Old Town Temecula 951-694-8786 GRANDPA’S ANTIQUE DEPOT 26418 Felix Valdez, Temecula 951-695-3228 • www.grandpasantiquedepot.com THE COUNTRY PORCH, 28693 Old Town Front Street, in Temecula, 951-506-4425 www.facebook.com/pages/The-Country-Porch/ 133795060011034
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n February 27, 2012 Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac will celebrate twenty years of business in the Temecula Valley. Most everyone is familiar with Paradise, and General Manager Terry Gilmore. Terry has been actively involved in our community for years. But what most people may not realize is that Paradise was recently recognized with a prestigious award from General Motors. Mr. Gilmore traveled to Detroit this year to personally receive the 2010 Dealer of the Year award from GM. This honor is bestowed on only the top 2 percent of the Chevy and other GM company dealers in the United States. In order to receive this award, dealerships must have top performance in sales and customer satisfaction, including customer retention and other criteria, and top ratings in standards of excellence. Only fifty dealerships in the country were recognized with this award, and the other recipients were typically much larger dealerships which makes the win by Paradise even more exciting. Terry Gilmore says “commitment is everything,” and that has been evident from his long tenure with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Over the years, he has been involved in many different nonprofits, and describes himself as a leader - he says he loves the challenge of taking chaos and making something grow from it. Paradise is known for being an active community partner, and supports many events and different charitable organizations throughout the year. Giving back is important to Mr. Gilmore as well as his entire staff. Terry and his business partner, Bob Gregory are very proud to be a part of the Temecula Valley community.

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And one great way for Temecula Valley residents to get in the mood for pie this autumn is to take a day trip up to the late 19th century gold mining town of Julian, now the mother lode of apple cider and pie country! About an hour’s drive southeast of Temecula, Julian was born of gold rush fever in 1870 and is a designated historical district dotted with pioneer store fronts and Old West ambience. Located among oak and pine forests in the north end of the Cuyamaca Range at 4,200 feet above sea level, the area’s rich soil and a cold-winter climate proved to be ideal for growing apples, prompting local residents to begin trading in their gold pans for pie pans around the late 1880s. Today, crops of apples with gold mine names like Pippins, Julian Duchess, Queen Cox and Liberty are still providing Julian with a sweet economic boom a century after the local ore diggings played out. Visitors can really get into the apple-mania beginning October 1st and 2nd with a two-day Apple Days festival that kicks off the community’s annual two-month Julian Apple Days. Featured at the festival held at Menghini Winery will be apple displays, gold panning demonstrations, music, dancing, and
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But if you’re craving more than pie in Julian, there are some other fun ways to spend your time no matter what day you decide to visit. Got a little gold fever? Try your hand at panning for the yellow stuff at the Julian Mining Company which provides gold panning demonstrations, use of a gold pan, and a vial to collect your treasure after an hour of panning. Prices are $8.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids. Visit www.julianminingcompany. com for more information. A living history tour of Eagle And High Peak Mine, one of Julian’s original mines, is also another highlight in the area. Panning for gold dust is included in the tour, but the real nuggets of entertainment are the actual experience of walking through the mine corridors and the guide’s informative stories about the life of a miner of the day. Call 760- 765-0036 for the tour schedule and prices. continued on page 42

Article and Photo by Sandra Shrader


othing says the fall holiday season has arrived quite like the deliciousness of fresh pie, whether it’s pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, berry pie, or that champion of pies, apple pie.

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But take a dark night stroll around historic Old Town Temecula with Dale Garcia, and you’ll start to believe that there are plenty of stories around these parts that have become a whole lot livelier than the original starring players ever were. “That’s the fun that happens when history meets mystery. The stories take on lives of their own!” said Garcia, the lantern light guide behind Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours, the 90-minute walkabouts which begin at dusk on weekends and usually cover six to seven blocks along Front and Main streets in the historical district. A lifelong history buff who was inspired to begin the candlelight tours in Old Town Temecula after visiting a re-enactment of the Gettysburg Civil War battle four year ago, Garcia, 54, really gets into the spirit of the past on his tours. So much so that he dons the duds—right down to his pocket watch, suspenders and spurs—of a Western U.S. marshall, looking for all the world as if he ambled right through a late-19th-century time portal’s swinging doors. But that doesn’t mean the local history raconteur just sticks to the Temecula of the 1880s. Garcia, who also is a docent with the Temecula Museum and has led “thousands of third graders
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Nor does the story marshall just stay with the usual “Temecula got its name from the Luiseño Indian words meaning ‘land of the white mist’” history spiel when he gives his night time candlelight tours. It’s the odd and quirky bits of the area’s past that really intrigue him too. “I look for the peculiar history about Temecula, the yellow journalism stuff. It’s actual facts, but human interest stories too,” said Garcia, who also regularly posts old newspaper clippings about crimes and trials and other human travails on his blog oldtowntemeculatours.wordpress.com/. “I think that makes the tours more entertaining and different—the stories about the local people who lived here as well as some of the more historically known people who passed through this place.” Wander along with Garcia on his tours, and you might learn about arcane facts about the witch hysteria in the Temecula Valley in the late 1850s, or how the 1883 volcanic eruption of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa, the most violent explosion in continued on page 40

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But by the time many horses find the loving attention of Louise Gardner and Monika Kerber and their Temecula-based nonprofit Villa Chardonnay Horses with Wings, the animals are often starving or are just hours away from a Mexican or Canadian slaughterhouse or they have been tied to a fence by a road and abandoned. According to Kerber, owner and president of the horse rescue organization, the troubled economy has wreaked havoc on equines and their owners. “Several of the horses here had been abused and neglected or were suffering from injuries,” said Kerber, as she made the morning rounds to greet the more than forty horses which currently reside at Villa Chardonnay. “But many others have come from owners who have lost their homes and are desperate to find places for their horses. And other owners don’t know what to do because they no longer have the money to take care of their horses so they just walk away from their animals. It’s truly heartbreaking. It really is.” “The cost of alfalfa has more than doubled in the last year,” said Kerber, adding that exports to China and reduced planting by farmers in favor of corn for ethanol have played a part in the price spike of alfalfa from $9.50 per bale to $19.75 per bale. With a weekly outlay of fifty bales of alfalfa, additional costs for special grains for the older horses, farrier fees, veterinary care and medical supplies, Kerber estimated that it takes $8,000 per week to keep the sanctuary going. Currently both she and Gardner manage to pay for around 97% of the costs of Villa Chardonnay themselves, but finding ways to get more funding is always on their minds, Kerber said, adding that she works in the television marketing industry while Gardner is a lighting manufacturing company executive. A national law banning horse slaughter in the United States was passed in 2006, but no federal funding was set aside for horse rescue organizations so Villa Chardonnay holds fundraisers and other special events to help keep the feed bags full and the continued on page 43
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hey come from all over. The polo fields, the race tracks, the wild lands, the cattle ranches, the show grounds and the corrals for family pets.

That’s why Gardner, chief financial officer of Villa Chardonnay, and Kerber stepped forward three years ago to create a home on ten acres for these dispossessed four-legged friends. But giving sanctuary to horses has proven to be a very expensive undertaking.

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f you’re hosting upcoming holiday parties, you want your home to look its best. If the wood table has watermarks, the dining room chairs are wobbly, or the couch’s upholstery is unsightly, consider doing some furniture “TLC.” Easy, minor touch-ups can make your furniture look like new, and your local Ace Hardware store has the products you need to give your furniture a fresh look. Here are several furniture fix-up suggestions to get your home ready for holiday entertaining:

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If a chair is so wobbly that there’s an old paperback jammed under the leg for balance, it’s time for a repair. Knock the loose joint apart with a hammer. Then, with sandpaper or steel wool, remove any old glue from both parts that need to be reattached. If the glue is difficult to take off, try adding vinegar to it. Spread wood glue on both surfaces and then, using a wood clamp or tourniquet, apply pressure on the chair joint for 24 hours allowing the glue ample time to dry. Adding a small screw to the joint will assure a tight hold.

Many furniture fabrics carry an upholstery code, usually found on a label under the cushions, which gives specific instructions on the proper methods for cleaning that fabric type. Typically, vacuuming and light brushing to remove dirt and grime is recommended as well as spot cleaning with an upholstery shampoo or mild solvent. Always patch testing the cleaner on the fabric first to ensure it doesn’t shrink or discolor. It’s a good idea to treat leather every year or so with a leather oil or conditioner. These products will keep the leather from cracking and remain more pliable to avoid rips and tears.

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If your chair’s spindle is separated from its socket because of playful pets or years of use, you can re-secure it with a little elbow grease. Use a high-speed cutter to thoroughly remove old glue from the rung and inside of the socket. Then coat the end of the spindle and the inside of the socket with carpenter’s glue, and wrap silk thread around the end of the spindle. Clamp and let settle overnight.

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Some common residue can be removed without the help of a professional furniture refinisher. Bear in mind, though, that you should always test your remedy in a small, inconspicuous area first just to be sure it doesn’t damage the finish. For watermarks and rings caused by cups without coasters, use a wood amalgamator like Howard’s Restore-A-Finish or Formby’s® Conditioning Furniture Refinisher. Use with #0000 steel wool. The more zeros in the code, the finer the weave is. Drench the wool and squeeze out lightly. Apply pressure with the grain, and your woodwork will look like new again. Finish by wiping clean with a tack cloth. Cloths referred to as white ring removers also work to remove marks caused by heat and water and even minor scratches and will not remove finish from the wood surface. If candle wax is the culprit, harden the substance by holding an
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There are so many decisions to be made in advance of the nuptials – how many guests, band or DJ, fish or fowl, what kind of cake, meeting with the photographer, dress fittings and of course hoping against hope that during the halftime show her fiancé will remember to call about getting her the ring that he’s been promising her. There is also one other oh so important question – where to tie the knot? These days the options presented to the happy couple seem endless, or as my mum would have said, “you’re spoiled for choice”! Do you want a theme wedding, a romantic gathering or a traditional church ceremony? No problem. Like SCUBA diving? You can get married underwater. Fond of flying? How about saying, “I do” in a hot air balloon or the Goodyear blimp? All these options and so many more are open
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As a fairly well known DJ I’ve been fortunate to perform at weddings around the world in some amazing locations, but some of my favorite have been right here in California. My wife and I chose (actually to come clean here, in the aforementioned typical guy fashion I let her choose) to do our own 10-year vow renewal in a vineyard in Temecula and then moved the reception inside to the barrel room for dinner and dancing. My wife had researched many different places to do the ceremony but one look at the barrel room at Wiens and she was hooked. That was the place for her! That’s the kind of emotional response that you want for your special day, after all you (hopefully) only do it once so you want every aspect to be right. And that includes the staff at the venue. Sometimes you’ll think you’ve found a great place, the décor is perfect, the vibe just right, but the person or people who run it have an attitude. Take my advice, run quickly. You have to work with them for the next few months and you don’t want your wedding day soured by uncooperative staff. At Wiens, my wife and I were very fortunate because everyone there was so helpful, often thinking of answers to questions before they were even asked (thanks Jamie!). It made the day everything we wanted. But it’s not just wineries that make great venues for weddings in California, ever thought about getting married in an

Article by Richard Blade Photo courtesy of Wiens Family Cellars


t might seem strange to talk about weddings just as the nights are drawing in and we’re trying to remember how to reset the timers for our outside lights, but it’s now that most brides are finalizing their plans for their dream day next spring or summer. Notice I say brides because the majority of grooms have that all-to-prevelant guy attitude “hey, the wedding’s next year, we’ll get to it in a few months. Football’s just starting.” However the fairer sex knows better and while her fiancé is cheering as his favorite quarterback dodges the linebackers and races for a touchdown, she is on the phone planning her own plays with her wedding planner.

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to our modern couple. The only limitation is your imagination, that and the pesky little thing called ‘your budget’.

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Aquarium? No, not wading around in Uncle Ron’s thirty-gallon tank, but at a real Aquarium. Last year I DJ’d a wonderful reception at the Long Beach Aquarium surrounded not only by two hundred dancing guests but also by schooling fish who were really digging on the new Lady GaGa track. The head table had the most awesome backdrop – a forty-foot high glass display enclosing the undersea life of the Pacific. As the bride and groom made their thank you speech two sand sharks swam above their heads. It was beautiful. The only concession I had to make was to turn off my DJ lights at 10pm because that’s when the fish went to sleep (I guess our slippery friends aren’t party animals) but the music stayed pumping until midnight and the guests went crazy when I played the bride’s number one request “Rock Lobster”. Another unique venue was an automotive museum. The groom loved classic cars and his loving bride decided to indulge his passion and booked the Marconi Automotive Museum. I set up my gear between a $600,000 Aston Martin and a 2 million dollar Italian street rocket – in fact that day I had to double the liability insurance I always carry – and the groom drove into the museum in a 1967 red Ferrari. The crowd danced all night ringed by Lamborghinis and Bugattis. So much fun! That was the night when people didn’t worry about mp3s they were more concerned with the mpg! One other very popular and memorable place to get married is on a boat. We’re right next to the world’s biggest body of water, the Pacific ocean, and despite what happened to everyone’s little buddy, Gilligan, a lot of couples choose to tie the knot at sea. But here’s a little word of advice, as fun as it might sound try to keep your voyage inside a harbor. Once your push out into the waves you might find some of your guests quickly regretting having that second piece of cake. Perfect places for an almost guaranteed calm cruise include Balboa Island and Long Beach Harbor. So as you start to finalize your plans for your wedding – and once again I’m talking to the brides here because I know the football game’s still on – remember that it’s your day and you can be as creative with it as your imagination and budget will allow. And you really don’t have to spend a lot (I was about to say ‘go overboard’ but after talking about boats I figured that was inappropriate) if you do some of the legwork. My wife saved us a lot by working with Jamie at Wiens and doing many of the decorations herself. And when we look back on our own special day we have nothing but great memories of the sun setting over Temecula as we stood among the vines with family and friends on that warm summer evening before dancing the night away. I can only hope your wedding is as perfect for you.
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Taking Your Sweet Time in Julian
The Julian area is also a hiker’s paradise with Cuyamaca Rancho State Park just four miles from the heart of the town and offering 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. To enjoy breathtaking views of the California desert, hike the extra distance to the 5,700-foot Stonewall Peak or 6,512-foot Cuyamaca Peak. Also nearby is the Volcan Mountain nature preserve which encompasses 25,000 acres, and offers five-mile round trip guided hikes. On a clear day you can see to Point Loma and San Clemente Island. Twelve miles east of Julian is the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park which provides 500 miles of roads, and is home to palm groves, wildflowers, big horn sheep and golden eagles. The park is one of the few California parks that allows open camping at no charge, but camps must be at least 100 feet away from water, fires must be kept within metal containers, vegetation may not be trampled, and trash must be carried away.

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However, if roughing it in the outdoors isn’t your slice of fun, you may want to do a genteel stay over at the Julian Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California since it was established in 1897. The Gold Rush-era hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington D.C. and as a State of California “Point of Historical Interest, is outfitted with claw-foot bathtubs and heirloom quilts, but still has firm footing in the 21st century with wi-fi access. The hotel’s bed & breakfast has been voted “Best of the West” by Sunset Magazine. For more information, visit www.julianhotel.com/ So no matter whether you are pie tasting or gold dusting or trail busting, you can bet a trip to Julian will be a sweet time indeed!
For more information about events, activities, art galleries, food and lodging, and U-Pick apple orchards in Julian, visit www.julianca.com/index.htm

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veterinarians on call. Their biggest money raiser of the year, the annual “Help Abandoned and Abused Horses” event was held last month, and another upcoming fundraiser is slated for November 12, featuring renowned equine artist Ashley Collins. Tax deductible individual donations and monthly sponsorships are also helping somewhat, said Kerber, but there is always a need for more assistance as alfalfa costs alone are expected to increase further. “These are all my babies,” she said, a cheerfully elegant sweep of her hand covering the scene of horses in the stables and corrals on Villa Chardonnay. “They are so sweet, and they really respond to all the love and care they get here. And they all have such different personalities!” Not only do the horses at Villa Chardonnay have different personalities, they have different stories too. The rescue operation’s website www.villachardonnay.org has a touching section about equine residents there including the wild mustangs that were orphaned during the Bureau of Land Management’s round ups, a gentle giant of a draft horse, and a 25-year-old palomino gelding that was rescued after its elderly owner passed away and the children didn’t want the horse.

Villa Chardonnay Horses with Wings was named for Kerber’s and Gardner’s first rescue horse in Southern California four years ago. You could say it was kind of an internet romance because the two horse lovers spotted a website featuring young palomino that was scheduled to to go slaughter because she had a bad foot and likely would never be ridden. Kerber and Gardner picked up the horse that night, named her “Chardonnay” because her color was similar that of the wine, and nursed her back to healthy walking. But horses aren’t the only four-legged critters at Villa Chardonnay. There are 12 cats and six dogs (the canines were rescued from China and Mexico City), three goats, and one magisterial two-legged tom turkey named Eric. “An older woman asked if we could take the three goats, and I thought about it for two seconds, and then I said yes,” said Kerber, looking fondly at a big goat by the name of Junior as he was trying to eat this writer’s notes. “But then at the last minute she also asked if we would take a turkey, and I said ‘Oh, of course! What else could I do?’ It’s all about loving and saving the animals here at Villa Chardonnay!”
For more information about Villa Chardonnay Horses with Wings or to sponsor one of their rescue horses, visit www.villachardonnay.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Villa-Chardonnay-Horses-withWings-Inc/164895300848?sk=info. Phone: 951-526-6600. 42200 Calle Barbona, Temecula 92592 October/November 2011 Country Review | 43




ven though the weather is cooling down, the music scene is getting ready to heat up! October 29 at Quaid HarleyDavidson in Old Town Temecula will bring the 3rd annual Help Ride motorcycle and music festival. Featuring a poker run, vendor area, beer garden, wine bar, bike show and awesome tunes from 9am -5:30pm, this event has seen unparalleled growth since its inception, and is now sponsored by the City of Temecula. This year artists include Gilby Clarke of Guns ‘N Roses fame, Bobby Blotzer from Ratt and Erik Turner from Warrant all playing together on the same stage. Also performing will be Adler’s Appetite featuring Steven Adler also from Guns ‘N Roses, Creedence Relived - a CCR tribute band - and local classic rock band, Old School. Proceeds from this event benefit two local nonprofits - the Black Sheep and All From the Heart. The Black Sheep are an international Christian motorcycle club founded in Temecula that are committed to performing good deeds in their community. All From the Heart’s primary focus is to support local U.S. Military families in need, in many different ways. Support Our Troops is an annual holiday event that honors 25 military families. Their Wheels for Warriors project provides power wheelchairs to veterans injured in combat. Both of these organizations are well worth supporting.

Gilby Clarke has been involved in the Help Ride since it began, and is excited to participate in 2011, once again hosting the event as MC. Gilby says that performing their music at Help Ride “is the one thing, as musicians, that we can do to help out.” He’s looking forward to being on stage with other icons, also his friends, jamming for the festival. This will be Bobby Blotzer’s first time at Help Ride - and he couldn’t be more jazzed to be a part of this “inspiring community event.” For local wine fans, you’ll also be interested to know that Bobby has his own line of wines, created in tandem with Kristian Story out of Napa Valley. Body Talk Chardonnay was released on September 1, and Slip of the Lip, a Cabernet blend, will be available December 1. Already picked up by Hard Rock and Rolling Stone cafes, this was an opportunity for Bobby to meld his love of great wine with his love of rock ‘n roll. Erik Turner also has his own wine label, Warrant Red. These and more are available at artistwine.com Even if you don’t ride, you will want to come on down to Quaid Harley-Davidson on October 29. Concert-only tickets are available, and this also gives you entry into the vendor area. The Help Ride is certain to be a great day, for a great cause. Tickets and more information is available at helpride.com

Photo by Greg Lucker

Photo by Greg Lucker

Photo by Greg Lucker

Photo by Greg Lucker

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