The Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation hosted a Cinco de Mayo party and fundraiser at the Rainbow Inn on Friday, May 5. The Associates celebrated 50 years of service to the students. Many art pieces were auctioned. A piece being auctioned above elicits reaction from the audience. With a variety of homemade Mexican dishes, frozen margaritas and other libations, a good time was had by all, and a considerable amount was raised to provide scholarships to the talented students who contribute so much to life on the Hill. Photo by Tom Kluzak


Jeffrey Turner, architect of the Getty Center, spoke at the Idyllwild Library last week.
Photo by Amy Righetti


Honoring Syrian refugees, Fank Liu’s paintings of garment carriers symbolize the impermanence of their lives and our indifference to their plight. Fank is an Idyllwild Arts Academy senior whose art was exhibited, along with many other seniors, at the Parks Exhibition Center on campus Friday night. Photo by Peter Szabadi


The Art Alliance of Idyllwid sponsored a Home-school Art Class last Thursday in the Community Room of the Idyllwild Library. This would be the second year for this event and the hope is to do a class about once a month. Mary Edmondson, a retired teacher, is the instructor for this hands-on project. The children had the opportunity to mold clay into their own creation of glazed but not fired. Fiona McMullen (left) and Dakota Skye Boucher work on their clay.
Photo courtesy Idyllwild Library


Kai Van Bodhi, local acupuncturist and herbalist, spoke about his training and experience in China at the Rotary’s May 3 meeting. He received an official Rotary mug in appreciation from acting President Chris Scott. Photo by Tom Kluzak


Right, Capt. Jack Peckham (left) retired from the Idyllwild Fire Department last Friday after about 27 years on the force. But he put his uniform on one more time on Saturday to be feted by former and current co-workers, as well as admirers and commissioners, all numbering about 65 people. Here, Chief Patrick Reitz awards him a plaque in recognizition of his service since 1990. Jack and his wife Gretchen live in Anza. He plans to ride his horse a lot and the Peckhams will continue volunteering their time doing trail maintenance for the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Photo by Becky Clark


From left, Don Pelham, Jim Wise and Rob Padilla, president of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, at Saturday’s AAI show at Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery.
Photo by Peter Szabadi


Idyllwild HELP Center Executive Director Colleen Booth Meyer (left) presents a certificate of appreciation for the Women’s Cabinet to Theresa Teel, president of the Soroptimist International of Idyllwild. The Soroptimist club raises funds to keep the Women’s Cabinet at the HELP Center stocked, providing sanitary napkins, personal hygiene products and other essential items not covered by state EBT benefits. Later during the May 3 meeting, members exchanged Mother’s Day gifts, which were opened, admired, then wrapped up to be donated to a shelter in Hemet housing survivors of domestic violence. The club also is collecting new and gently used twin-sheet sets for the shelter. Photo by Halie Wilson
Co-owners of Idyllwild Town Real Estate and Gallery, Jon Millhouse (left) and Rick Martinez, with scissors, cut the official Rotary ribbon welcoming the new business on North Circle Drive to Idyllwild. Also, associated with the business are Judy Hoyt (behind ribbon), Tim Doyle (behind Hoyt), Jeff Adams (behind and left of Millhouse) and Adam Iyaman (on Adams’ left). Not pictured is Mona Lee-Taggart. The others in the photo are members of the Idyllwild Rotary who are always happy to welcome businesses to the Hill. Photo by Tom Kluzak