December Newsletter
produced by Gwyn Sanborn
January 24 - 25, 2020
Fri: 7 pm
Sat: 2 pm and 7 pm
Temecula Valley High School
31555 Rancho Vista Rd, Temcula CA


Rock the Oaks is an upbeat live music show sprinkled with Today’s Pop, Country, Classic Rock, Gospel, and Broadway music by some of the valley’s hottest artists tied together with comic relief. This is great way to support our community and the children of Oak Grove!

Make someone's holiday brighter this year with tickets to Rock the Oaks! They make a great stocking stuffer for all ages.


Sponsorship Opportunities available Contact Katie Wagner for more info:
(951) 677-5599 Ext. 2238

We are also looking for volunteers. Please email info@oakgrovecenter.org or call 951.677.5599 for more information.
Oak Grove Center
December 12 th @ 10 AM in the Gym
24275 Jefferson Ave, Murrieta

Oak Grove at the Ranch
December 18 th @ 10 AM
Charles Meigs Community Center
 21091 Rider St, Perris
The youth are still talking about how much fun they had at  Pechanga Resort Casino ’s annual Holiday of Hope event. It is always such an honor to attend. Thank you to Pechanga and Heather Holmes for always keeping our youth and mission in mind and close to their hearts.
Another huge THANK you Pechanga PDC and Tribal Council for the tremendous generosity in once again sponsoring foster and needy youth in the community. Oak Grove youth had a wonderful time at the event. Everything about the event is always so memorable, from the food, entertainment and pure joy and kindness from the Pechanga team. We cannot express how much it means to us when we witness how the impact of Pechanga's generosity makes our youth feel incredibly special during the holidays. Thank you to Tribal and PDC leadership: Ken Perez, Patrick Murphy, Butch Murphy and Shawn Patton PDC

Come by and visit us in Old Town and order a pie for the holiday season! We have a variety to choose from: Apple, Cherry, Coconut Cream and Pecan

You can pick up your pre-ordered pie on December 20th - 24th

41923 Second St #104
Temecula, California 92590
Be sure to check-in at Culinary Creations via Yelp and Get a Free Coffee!
For more information on catering:
Call us at 951.319.0627 or email
So excited to be partnering with BEAN  Coffee Rosters in Wildomar!

Oak Grove Culinary Creations  🥪 Savory items are available at both locations
  • Ynez, Temecula
  • Clinton Keith, Murrieta

You will also find our desserts available at the Temecula location.

Lexie Klingsporn, General Manager at the Clinton Keith BEAN is pictured with Tammy Wilson
Culinary Creations is also proud to be serving up delicious brews from BEAN Coffee Rosters.
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This holiday season we are grateful for our friends and supporters who help make the holidays special, especially for our youth that remain on campus as they do not have families to go home to. No gift is too small!
You can also show your support by purchasing a Pie from our Pies with a Purpose fundraiser, which supports our Culinary Vocational Program.


Donations can be dropped off at the Administration office at Oak Grove Center
A couple of our youth attending Pechanga's 2019 Holiday of Hope party
Congratulations to the MISTT Students for October. We are so proud of you!
MISTT is on Thursday
December 12th at 1:15 pm in
the Oak Grove Library.

Be sure to mark your calendars to cheer on the youth of Oak Grove. RSVP HERE!
California Coast Credit Union is a Sponsor for our MISTT celebration every month and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication and support of our mission and youth.
Our students had an amazing opportunity to be able to interview our very own Veteran Heroes through our Veteran’s project.

We are so grateful for what you shared and how you inspired. We salute you!!

A special thank you to Temecula Noon Rotary ( Christa Hoag, Allen Orr, Gary Thornhill, Bernie Bramante ), Murrieta Rotary ( Kirk Effinger ) and Pastor Gary Nelson from The Drifters, Oak Grove Staff: Cal, Mike S., and Wendell for the support and Board Director, Alyson Drago who sent her father, Richard Ross, neighbor, David Lopez , friend Mason Moore and finally Chris Branuelas , Journey Chiropractic.
Direct Quotes from our students…
“I had fun doing this project and being able to ask questions to the Veterans and advice”
“It was good to honor them and have remembrance of our soldiers and respect

A big thank you to Ms. Nicklas for coordinating such a great learning experience!

Thank you President Leif Jacobsen , Scott Davis , Craig Davis and the Temecula Noon Rotary Club of Temecula for providing 7 of our families with Thanksgiving dinners! 
A special thanks to David and Marcy Thompson for delivering the boxes to Oak Grove and the delivery team who took them out to the families! We appreciate all your support and generosity to not only our youth but families we serve in the community and our community as a whole. We are thankful for our Rotary Family and appreciate the impact you make!
It was a pleasure of ours to host the annual Contributor of Distinction Luncheon honoring our Founders, Chairman Circle and Top Supporters from 2019. The students had such a wonderful time serving lunch to the guests. The luncheon was not complete without anticipated performance from the students. Thank you again to all of our dedicated supporters, you are all true philanthropists.
Thank you to the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club . Lorri Cerwin, Pat Farmer, Donna Sciortino, Jan Emde, Paula Cobb, Mary Lou Rothacher, and Claudia Thunnell for working with our youth and helping decorate Gingerbread theme ornaments.

The beautiful ornaments were used to decorate a tree displayed at the Murrieta’s Festival of Trees in Town Square Park. Our Leo Club with the Murrieta Breakfast Lions Club also got the chance to march in the Murrieta Christmas Parade. 
Our youth were so excited about the push cart they designed.  🎄  We are always so proud and happy to march with Connie Di Diego from Murrieta Breakfast Lions Club. Thank you Mr. Jerry and Steven for all your help with the push cart. We love our community!
A generous check donation form the Sun City Methodist Women's Group in the amount of $500 was donated on 11/11/2019; with a special shout out to Lorraine Strong . Lorraine is the mother of a former Oak Grove Resident and we are so grateful for their continued support towards our youth and mission. This wonderful donation will go towards our Arts program and Children’s Fund for youth who do not have families. What a blessing!
We were so p roud to march in the Veteran’s Day Parade with the Murrieta Breakfast Lions Club, who sponsor our Leo Club. A special thanks to Connie Di Diego and Nancy Stephenson we so appreciate you!! 💜
Huge thank you to the Elsinore Woman’s Club and an extra special thanks to Program Director, Karen Roelke for inviting us to participate in their monthly meeting to sell our baked goods and share our mission and the work we do at Oak Grove and Culinary Creations. The women were absolutely delightful and our kids did an incredible job and loved the experience!
Pictured (left to right): Katie Wagner, Oak Grove's Fund Development/Events Coordinator , Elsinore Woman's Club Program Director, Karen Roelke, two Culinary Creation students and Jean Bacher, Culinary Internship Program Coordinator
Our students had the honor of the judging for the Lights in Old Town Temecula.

Congratulations to the establishments who placed:

Honorable mention,  The Truax Building
Spoken Word has been such a beautiful experience for our students. Thank you to all those who have come out to support these talented hearts. We look forward to having you in the audience for our next event, which will resume schedule after the holiday season.
If you would like to share your artwork, music, or poetry for next Open Mic Night, please submit your work to CulinaryCreations@OakGroveCenter.org
How you can help us
Empower Success and Transform Lives:
Looking for a way to give back? Become an  Oak Grove Angel! For more information about becoming an Oak Grove Ang el and/or help prepare for the Rock the Oaks 2020!
Make a difference, we need you!
Please email info@oakgrovecenter.org or call 951.677.5599 for more information.
As an Angel, you can help with Fundraisers, Participate in Special Events, including Year End Activities, MISTT, or Sharing About Oak Grove.
Attention Amazon shoppers! Don't forget to link your Amazon accounts with Oak Grove Center through the Amazon Smile Program. All qualifying purchases will accumulate points for Oak Grove to use to help provide much needed items to our Youth throughout the year as well as those who's families are in financial need.
Click on the link below to be directed to the registration page!
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