Volume 86 | September 17 - September 21, 2018
City to Celebrate Groundbreaking on Civic Center Amphitheater and Park
The City of Moreno Valley will break ground on the Civic Center Amphitheater and Park at a ceremony on October 3, marking the beginning of construction on Moreno Valley’s first outdoor amphitheater and the continued expansion of arts and culture across the City.

The Civic Center Amphitheater and Park is a welcome addition to the City’s growing number of state-of-the-art cultural and athletic facilities, fulfilling a commitment by the Moreno Valley City Council through its strategic plan “Momentum MoVal” to expand cultural and recreational opportunities.

“The construction of our first community amphitheater is yet another way we are continuing to expand our cultural and artistic offerings, improving the quality of lives of our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “We look forward to showcasing our local talent as well as attracting other performers to Moreno Valley and our highly-anticipated venue.”

The amphitheater and park will be located next to the Conference and Recreation Center at 14075 Frederick Street.
The amphitheater will seat up to 600 people, providing an intimate, open-air venue for Moreno Valley residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of live music performances, movies in the park and many other City-sponsored events.
Trees and park-like landscaping on the seven-acre lot set the scene while a stage complete with a backdrop, audio-visual pavilion, and parking for nearly 400 vehicles make the Civic Center Amphitheater and Park the region’s premier outdoor venue.
The Civic Center Amphitheater will be available to be rented out by the public, providing another exciting and convenient venue option for community groups and businesses.
Civic Center Amphitheater and Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wednesday, October 3
5:30 p.m.
Conference and Recreation Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley
The public is invited.
For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.moval.org or contact the Parks & Community Services Department at 951.413.3280.
Farragut Avenue Named Public Street Improvement Project of the Year
The City of Moreno Valley has been awarded the 2018 Public Street Improvement Project of the Year for its work to make Farragut Avenue safer for pedestrians and more user friendly for drivers.

The award was presented by the American Public Works Association (APWA), Southern California Chapter, Inland Empire Branch.

Moreno Valley’s “ Farragut Avenue Capital Improvement Project” was selected in recognition of outstanding achievement in environmental and aesthetic enhancement, public safety improvement, unique design, and cost effectiveness.

The Farragut Avenue project included adding curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in the previously unimproved roadway shoulder area, making it safer for pedestrians and providing for better overall drainage. The entire street was repaved, and driveway approaches and new mailboxes were installed.

The improvements were paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds, which benefit low and moderate income individuals by improving infrastructure and promoting a better living and business environment.

The Farragut Avenue Capital Improvement Project was well received by the community, and advances the City’s Strategic Plan goals which includes improving public safety, upgrading pedestrian access ramps to American with Disabilities Act compliance, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire community.
Firefighters, Fleet Maintenance Staff Restore 1948 Antique Fire Engine
The City’s Fleet Maintenance staff and Moreno Valley firefighters have worked to restore a 1948 Dodge antique fire truck to all of its glory, providing a glimpse into Moreno Valley’s history before it was incorporated.

The 1948 fire engine’s history can be traced back to its days of service both at March Air Force Base and the area that is now the City of Moreno Valley. The engine was initially acquired for use by MAFB and later used by the Sunnymead Volunteer Fire Department until the early 1970s, when it was taken out of service and stored at March Air Force Base until the City took possession.

Over the years, the Engine has been almost completely restored to its original condition through the personal efforts and financial support of Fire Department staff, along with assistance from the City’s Fleet Maintenance staff.

The fire truck was showcased in this year’s Fourth of July Parade and it will be included in future City events.

Fire Department staff and Fire Explorers help to keep the fire engine cleaned and well-maintained.
 Experiments Help Students Learn Scientific Concepts
Students in the City’s Think Together afterschool program expanded their scientific knowledge by learning to make bouncy balls that actually bounce.

As part of the program’s focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), students followed the instructions to create their own bouncy balls. The activity allowed students to think critically about scientific concepts and questions, helping them learn investigative skills that they can apply to many other concepts.

Activities like this allow students to explore scientific approaches and methods through a hands-on learning approach.

The Think Together afterschool program promotes college and career readiness and serves thousands of Moreno Valley students.
Vendors, Performers Needed for Day of the Dead Celebration
Vendors, artists and performers are being sought for the City’s Day of the Dead Celebration on Friday, November 2. The Day of the Dead holiday commemorates departed loved ones.
Day of the Dead
Friday, November 2
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Conference and Recreation Center
13671 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley
There are several opportunities for local vendors to showcase their talents and sell merchandise at this unique event:

Day of the Dead Retail Booth

Requirements: A City of Moreno Valley business license, booth application and payment. Items sold must be related to Day of the Dead.

Artfest Artist Booth

Requirements: A City of Moreno Valley business license and a booth application are required

Altar Display

Requirements: Please visit www.moval.org/dod for application and guidelines

Applications must be received by Tuesday, October 23.

For more information and to obtain an application visit the Parks and Community Services Department website at www.moval.org/dod/ or contact 951.413.3280.
Workshop: The Path to Funding Your Business
Take ownership over your future!

SCORE Inland Empire invites you to attend The Path to Funding Your Business at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center on September 25.

Tuesday, September 25
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3
Moreno Valley

Get a grip on your finances and reboot your budgeting routine to succeed in business.

Cost: $20 preregister, $30 at door

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Click here to Register

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a pet available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

Larry (#A489092) is a sweet eight-month-old Tabby. He is incredibly well-behaved and immensely loving.

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth Street to inquire about adopting Larry or other pets in search of lifelong companions.

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit the City’s website for more information about adopting.
Upon request, this news release will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should direct such requests to Guy Pegan, ADA Coordinator, at 951.413.3120 at least 72 hours before the meeting. The 72-hour notification will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.