Menifee-Valley Historical Assoc. resumes programs


Summer days are almost over and the Menifee-Valley Historical Association is resuming its history programs at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center, 31850 Haun Rd.

The Menifee Valley Historical Association will be celebrating the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center Organization’s 70th year of service to Menifee on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

It was 70 years ago that those early residents decided to organize and build a community meeting place for the area. The community is invited to learn about the history of those early days in rural Menifee Valley. Local residents will be sharing their memories.

On Oct. 3, the Menifee Valley Historical Association will be hosting a free “Monuments Poker Run & BBQ” event from 6 to 9 p.m. This will be a fun way to visit some of the newly placed historical markers in Menifee and a chance to win a prize for the best poker hand collected at the five selected monuments. The Poker Run starts and ends at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center and concludes with a free barbecue hosted by the Menifee Lions Club where the poker hand winners will be announced.

The event is part of Menifee’s 10 events to “Celebrate the Past and Embrace the Future.”

Canyon Lakers may think of Menifee as little more than a neighbor to their east. But Canyon Lake’s history is part of Menifee Valley’s history. Canyon Lake pioneer Elinor Martin is president of the Menifee Valley Historical Association and has written a pictorial history of Canyon Lake called “Images of America: Canyon Lake.” For more information about the Menifee Valley Historical Association, visit