1. There is a special weather statement forewarning of hot and dry weather, according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise, today is expected to be sunny with a high near 101. Tonight, expect mostly clear skies and a low around 61.
REMINDER: Beat the heat by staying indoors and avoiding exercise or outdoor activities in the middle of the day. Wear loose fitting clothing, shield yourself from the sun and wear sunscreen. For those who need to cool down, the Murrieta Senior Center at 41717 Juniper St. is a designated cool center for Murrieta.
2. Murrieta City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1 Town Square, 24601 Jefferson Ave. Among agenda items are: an agreement for the Murrieta Police Department to operate a substation on the campus of Calvary Chapel Conference Center-Murrieta, and a discussion about becoming a charter city for which an election would need to be held in 2014. Members of the public are allotted three minutes to speak regarding agenda or non-agenda items. View the full agenda here.
3. Here's what's for lunch today at elementary schools in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District: a corn dog. Lunches are served with a fresh fruit/salad bar and a choice of juice or milk. Lunches average about 658 calories and 16.29 percent fat. To see middle and high school menus, click here.
4. Get your showers early! There will be a scheduled water shut down today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to Anna Dye of the Rancho California Water District. The shut down will affect parts of Hyacinth Drive and Cardinal Flower Drive. For more information, click here.
5. Join the Murrieta Public Library for Family Storytime, an interactive half-hour program of books, songs and activities. Kids and parents can wear their pajamas to the new series of evening storytimes offered on the first Tuesday night of every month at 7 p.m. in the Murrieta Library’s Community Room. Family Storytime is free and open to the public.
BONUS TIP: Bring your Halloween costumes from past years to the city of Murrieta’s Costume Exchange. Drop off your gently-used children's costumes at the Murrieta Community Center, Murrieta Senior Center or Murrieta City Hall. Then, shop for new costumes at the Halloween costume "Shopping Day" from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Murrieta Community Center. Costumes will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 5. Today is the last day get a ticket for early shopping from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.