I.E. cities announce summer “Free Fit” programs for all ages

The cities of Temecula, Menifee, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar are thrilled to announce their collaboration this summer for their regional health program once again! The collaborative organization, Valley Wellness Coalition (V.W.C.), will provide free fitness activities titled Free Fit at the local parks of all the participating cities during the summer throughout the week for the residents of these local communities. The program seeks to inspire healthy living, motivation, and community engagement amongst all members of the Valley communities.

Temecula will offer Summer Family Fun Nights at the Community Recreation Center (30875 Rancho Vista Road) on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for ages 5 and up. Bring the whole family for an hour of unplugged fun! On Wednesdays, they will revamp their popular Sunset Yoga in the Park at Harveston Community Park (28582 Harveston Drive) from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for ages 8 and up. Saturdays will offer high-intensity Deep Water Power Hour workouts for ages 13 and up from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Chaparral High School (27215 Nicolas Road), which combines jogging, kickboxing, and water activity! All programs will run June – August. For more information, please visit www.TemeculaCA.gov/TCSD or call (951) 694-6410.

“Last Summer’s Free Fit Program was more popular than we ever anticipated, so we have collectively built on that success by offering even more options in additional locations this year. Collaborating with our neighboring cities adds to our sense of community, makes activities accessible to all ages and stages of life, and provides a family-centered way to promote healthy lifestyles,” states Temecula’s Mayor Pro Tem James ‘Stew’ Stewart.

Menifee will offer Mental Wellness Mondays, an hour of coloring and relaxation to start your week at the Kay Ceniceros Center from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for ages 5 and up. Come try one of the fastest growing recreational sports Pickleball Wednesdays, which will be offered at La Ladera Park from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and is open to all skill levels. Unplug on Family Fun Fridays hosted by Rec N Trek at Central Park in Menifee from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, which will offer fun free games and activities for all ages. These programs will run in the month of July. For additional information, please visit www.cityofmenifee.us/register or contact (951) 723-3880.

Murrieta will start the week with meditation for body and mind, with Tai Chi in the Park, at Murrieta Community Center on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for all ages. This program will be followed up by Tuesday ZuZu Fit, which is an energetic workout at Antelope Hills Sports Park from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm for all ages (parents are required to accompany children). Lastly, the week will be rounded out with Thursday morning Water Exercise to keep you cool while breaking a sweat, at Cal Oaks Sports Park from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for ages 16 and up. Programs will run June – July. For more information or to register, please visit www.MurrietaCA.gov/classess or contact (951) 304-7275.

Lake Elsinore will be hosting Fit After 50 which includes low impact exercise at the Senior Activity Center on Mondays from 8:30 am to 10:00 am for ages 50 and up. In addition to this activity, the Senior Activity Center will also hold Friday Night Zumba from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm for ages 14 and up. For the younger kids in the community, the Lake Community Center will offer Toddler ABC Sports for ages 3 to 5 years old on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 9:45 am where children will learn the basics of baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. Also, residents and members from surrounding communities are welcome to partake in the Fit Trail Tour Fridays in July from 7:00 am to 8:00 am to tour Lake Elsinore’s five fitness trails. Programs run June – July. Please visit www.lake-elsinore.org/freefit for additional information, or contact (951) 245-0442.

A new edition to the Valley Wellness Coalition, Wildomar, will be offering a unique class for parents and kids on Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Vitality Zone Fitness. Start your week off right by meeting and sweating with other moms in your community. Bring your babies (all ages welcome) and start setting those healthy habits examples as you take an hour, for the ultimate self-care and rejuvenation. Please visit www.lake-elsinore.org/freefit for additional information or contact (951) 245-0442.

To follow along with what is going on at each location, follow the Free Fit Instagram page @FreeFitParks. We hope to see residents taking advantage of all the Free Fit Programs throughout the summer. For additional information on any of the programs, please contact the city directly hosting the event.

Submitted by Valley Wellness Coalition

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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