Friends of the Murrieta Library | P.O.Box 235 | Murrieta, CA 92564
A hot September night and some cool jazz, plus wine, hors d'oeuvres and fabulous opportunity baskets in the beautiful Library garden, provided the right setting for Jazz at the Garden II to raise just over $10,000 to support the Murrieta Public Library’s collections and programs for the community.
The Murrieta Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Murrieta Library hosted the concert and reception.
City Councilmember Rick Gibbs was on hand to pay tribute to the evening’s honorees, Shirley and Fred Grimes, who contributed much to the development and growth of the City of Murrieta, and were major contributors to the construction of the Children’s Reading Room and the Heritage Room in the Library. Since the 2007 opening of the Library, both areas have been in constant use by children and their parents in the Children’s Reading Room and students of local history in the Heritage Room.
Jazz ensemble, Hart and Soul with Friends, performed to an appreciative audience. Jennifer Hart, vocalist, and Llew Matthews, pianist-arranger-composer, returned to this event for the second year by popular request, and brought with them Benjamin May, bass player, and Bob Forte, drummer. The group kept toes tapping and heads nodding in time with the music throughout the evening.
Many community donors stepped forward to contribute to the fundraiser and support the Library’s services to the community, noted Director of Library Services, Loretta McKinney. These included Anthony’s Ristorante and Lounge, the Murrieta Library Committee of the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club, Bear Creek Golf Club, Commerce Bank, Transit Sales International, Murrieta Valley Funeral Home, Olivewood Market, Inc., The Shootist, The Mill, North County Sand and Gravel, Aroma’s Coffee and Café, D’Canter’s Wine Bar and Grill, The Cake Cottage, J. Carter’s Tavern Grill, Rustico Ristorante and Pizzeria, City Bagel and Bakery, and Sebastian's Italian Grill, as well as a number of very generous individuals.
Murrieta Public Library Foundation President Juanita Blankenship, and Friends of the Murrieta Library President Luanne Ferrer agreed that Murrieta is fortunate to have its wonderful and well-used Library, and that it is gratifying to see the community join together to support its many services to the community.
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2nd Prize Garnered by the Friends of the Murrieta Library in the 2012 Holiday Push Cart Parade
The theme for the Friends of the Murrieta Library’s 2nd prize entry in the 2012 Holiday
Push Cart Parade was “Charlie Brown’s White Christmas”. Charlie Brown’s back yard
featured Snoopy and his doghouse built by Ed Van Dorn. The yard was fenced by a handsome
picket fence and festooned in lighted garlands of pine boughs with pine cones. Charlie
Brown graced the front of the float with his sad little Christmas tree that was cut
from a Carson Ranch pine. Six smaller Charlie Brown trees were stationed 3 on each
side of the float. Books, snow, two large side wooden trees and lights finished the
A total of 14 people participated in the Friends’ entry in the Push Cart Parade. Seven members planned and decorated the float. We had one planning session on November 5th and two scheduled workdays, thereafter. However, Ed Van Dorn spent many more work days in Carol Carson’s barn and at his home making sure that all of the lights, the snow and all of the decorations were in place and secure. The other float workers were: Carol Van Dorn, Carol Carson, Judy Call, Loretta McKinney, Ruth Zepeda, and Lela Llorens.
The Parade walkers wearing large “Charlie Brown” character masks were: Loretta McKinney, Kathryn Miller, Alex Miller, Logan Sedlacek, Gretchen Sedlacek, Sara Vert, and Declan McKinney. The riders on the float were: Natalia Blue, Tripp McBride and Chase McBride. The Banner Carriers were: Ian Johnson and Eric Johnson. The Push Cart Pushers were: Ed Van Dorn and Michael Sedlacek.
In addition to our thanks to all of the float and parade participants, the Friends wish to especially thank the Home Depot for a generous donation for materials to build Snoopy’s dog house and the fence and to the Corner Store for the many books used to decorate the float.