Jack Missett (left) and Bill Whitman were recently both in Gold Coast, Australia, having just completed the ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships in Surfers Paradise, Australia, reading the Town Crier “down under.” Photo courtesy Bill Whitman
Miles Thomas and Brad Rechtfertig performed some acoustic tunes at Idyology Thursday night.
Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Idyology celebrated its one-year anniversary under new ownership Saturday night. Live jazz music, free T-shirts and an updated menu were just a few of the night’s highlights. The jazz group was a first for Idyology, and a first for the group as well. The members met each other for the first time that day, and decided to perform together that night. The quartet is Randy Plumber, alto sax, Chris Lee, piano, Curtis Price, bass, and Joannah St, drums. DJ Billy also performed later in the evening to close out the celebration.
Photo by Jenny Kirchner
Idyllwild Arts Theatre Department performed its first play of the school year over the weekend at IAF Theatre on campus. “You Can’t Take it With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman first opened on Broadway in 1936 and has since become one of the top 10 most produced plays. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
Three Idyllwild girls are on the Hemet High Varsity Cross Country Team. From left, seniors Sidney Cruz and Arriana Felix, and freshman Breanna Sheppard.
Photo courtesy Karen Dosier
Miss Tawny Harrington plays her Native American flute for the kids during “What A Hoot” story time at the Idyllwild Library Monday morning. Photo by Steven King
Jim La Ponza, managing pharmacist at Idyllwild Pharmacy, was the guest speaker at the Idyllwild Rotary Club’s weekly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 10. La Ponza has managed the pharmacy since George Baslious purchased it from owner Barry Shapiro earlier this year. Baslious, a native of Canada who is working on his U.S. pharmacy credentials, was overwhelmed with the number of insurance and drug company contracts that needed to be completed in order to successfully operate our local pharmacy. La Ponza was happy to help. He is enjoying his new role here and residents of the Hill are happy to continue with a local source for their prescription needs. La Ponza, as thanks for his presentation, received an official Rotary mug from President Chris Scott. Photo by Tom Kluzak
M and K Biker Shop held a memorial ride and celebration in honor of Fred Carlson who was killed in a motorcycle crash on the mountain in June 2017. This year’s event, held on June 23, raised $800, which was donated to Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild. Carlson was an animal lover, and shop owners Mark Sordham (left) and Kathy Rockwell (right) knew he would want donated funds to support ARF. Ann Benson, president of the ARF Board of Directors and Bailey the dog accept a check for $800, raised at the event. Photo courtesy Janice Murasko
Idyllwild Francophonie celebrated its 13th anniversary at Cafe Aroma last week. From left are Morgan Cannon, Colette Simon, Marcia Krull, Francoise Frigola and Monique Zander.
Photo by barry zander
The Mountain Quilters held their annual quilt show over the weekend at Buckhorn Camp. Dozens of themed quilts graced the walls. Here, Judy Jennings (left) of the Mountain Quilters explains the materials and designs of one of the quilts to interested visitors. Photo by Jenny Kirchner
Despite the cold and wet weather, folk still turned out in force for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s 21st-annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting. There were still long lines at the tasting booth in front of Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery. Photo by Steven King
Sandii Castleberry and Laverne Jaksch present the trophy to Kevin Bender (right), winner of their charity wiffle golf competition. His score was 48. About $900 was raised and will be matched by The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino to help victims of the Cranston Fire.
Photo by Steven King