Looking back at community events this year

There were a lot of things that happened in 2012. Here are some of the monthly highlights:

January – We learned the history behind Anza’s Community Hall and more about our Anza Electric Co-op.

February – We learned that Denise Nelson Finster of Dann Sportshorse was so moved with what she read in the Outlook about Heavenly Horse Haven’s young volunteers that she gave an unprecedented scholarship to Emily Jakubac who volunteers her time and talent at Heavenly Horse Haven. The Anza Chamber of Commerce held their first Business Expo which was a great success.

March – The Girl Scouts turned 100 and Boy Scouts celebrated 102 years. At the AVMAC meeting on March 14, a Groundwater Steering Committee is chosen consisting of 13 citizens.

April – Mary Rose McGowan quickly climbs the Lions Club speech club ladder and her essay wins the Anza Days parade theme. Lawnmower Racing celebrates 20 years of organized racing. The Midnight Rider hosts individual ticket packages for the first time and locals get to join in on the fun. A young couple, the Booths, move to Anza taking over as the newest and youngest pastors in the valley at Anza Valley Gospel Church.

May – Little League opens with new and improved fields and a real stagecoach travels the historic Bautista Trail from Anza to Hemet. AVMAC hosted a Code Enforcement meeting which sparks citizens to further unite. Sweet Slice Bakery opens.

June – Gymkhana finally got started. “Decisions and Consequences,” a rally at the high school funded by the Josh Crowley foundation, inspires a three part series on drugs and drinking. Hamilton High Seniors graduate and graduating senior Joseph Terlisner is awarded an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Everyone was getting ready for the Anza Days Parade on June 30. A large fire breaks out off Cary Road and races across to homes near Bautista on June 29. Firefighters who drove their rigs in the parade were given a roaring ovation of thanks for saving our town. Townspeople were blown away by the great turnout for the parade. Paul Elmore is Grand Marshal.

July – The fire is 100 percent contained burning 108 acres. Anza citizens unite against Code Enforcement tyranny meeting in an unprecedented show of strength on July 8. Brown and Faleono achieve Eagle Scout and the Eagle Scout program celebrates 100 years. The American Mower Racing Association (AMRA) holds the first national point race in Anza on July 14. The Anza Valley area celebrated the electrification of our lives July 29, which started in 1955.

August – Anza Electric Co-op’s general meeting enjoys record attendance. Thimble Club celebrates their 100 birthday with a picnic at the Hamilton Museum. AVMAC hosted Supervisor Stone, Code Enforcement, and other officials; a large crowd is in attendance when Amnesty, as well as other things, was promised to Anza and Aguanga citizens on Aug. 8. Stone promised “A clean slate,” a welcome phrase that rang in the ears of citizens. Their program was to be explained at the next AVMAC meeting on Oct. 10.

September – School is back in full swing. Anza’s DQ is 10-years-old. A new Lake Riverside Estates Equestrian Center is dedicated. We learned about Quinceaneras by following Samantha Briseno’s, and also learned about the alpaca lifestyle. “A Wedding to Die For” was the towns first murder mystery dinner theater. From the Heart Christian Woman’s Ministries gears up for Christmas with their bi-annual rummage sale. Anza Mower Racers travel to Holbrook, AZ to take the West Cost Title.

October – Rockers hold their annual wine and cheese event. Bobcat football is doing well with a score of 14-0 against Riverside Christian at their Homecoming Game. AMAC hosted a workshop with county officials on Oct. 10. The promised meeting to explain Amnesty never happens. Brochures are handed out instead with the heading “Compliance Incentive Program” (CIP). AVMAC minutes lack mention of storage containers not being targeted for citation anymore. A point heard and important to many who attended the AVMAC Aug. 10 meeting county officials said more than one time that containers would not be cited on any developed land any more.

November – Cahuilla Native Light House Ministry is visited by Black Buffalo. Voting took place for the President of the United States; Obama the incumbent won. Keaton Grant makes Eagle Scout. From the Heart hosts a holiday dinner for Thanksgiving. Redshank Riders hold a food and toy drive. A new emergency website is launched. Thanksgiving meal is served at the hall by Christian Men’s group.

December – Twin Creek Ranch hosts Cowboy Days and raises $5,000 for educational programs in art, music, and computer sciences for Cottonwood School. Anza Valley Christmas is held at the hall. Various group parties are planned and enjoyed such as the Lions/Thimble Club Christmas party. From the Heart hosts a party at the Community Hall and a Christmas gift give-away at the Lutheran Church. Food for the Faithful hosts a Christmas party and Toys for Tots give-away. Anza Christian School puts on a Christmas play, “Three Wise Men and a King.” Dinner is served at the Thompson Hall. Christmas Eve Dinner provided by Christian Men’s. VFW hosts a New Year’s Eve Party. A three digit day came this December: 12-12-12. This will not happen again for another century.

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