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House of Rock keeps on rollin’

By Michelle J. Mills Staff Writer — San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Instructor  Daryl Hernandez along with the House of Rock band at the Fret House Saturday, December 5, 2009, in Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/ENT)
Instructor Daryl Hernandez along with the House of Rock band at the Fret House Saturday, December 5, 2009, in Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/ENT)

So you – or your kid – wants to be a rock ‘n’ and roll star.

Well, Daryl Hernandez has been helping students who are interested in answering that calling since June 2008 with his House of Rock program at the Fret House in Covina.

The program offers classes designed for students who already have some experience with instruments and want to learn how to play in a group or band, both on and off the stage.

“Kids are learning what they need to become performers, and what they need to become professionals as well,” Hernandez said.

A Covina resident, Hernandez knows all too well about being both student and a performing musician. He is completing a master’s degree in classical guitar performance at Cal State Fullerton and regularly performs with the local horror rock band Demonia. As director of House of Rock, he is responsible for providing students a wealth of instructional topics, including song format and structure, music styles, theory, performance and interpretation.

“Through learning song structure and format, (students) understand how songs work, and they can start to create their own,” Hernandez said.

He is hoping to add a composition section to the sessions in the future.

House of Rock is open to all ages, but current students are between 10 to 17 years old.

“We are always open to any age student who is looking to have the band experience,” Hernandez said.

Classes provide discipline, focus, socialization and other tools that students will need in higher education and throughout life.Hernandez also wants to help students decide what they want to do with their music knowledge.”My goal is to provide a consistent musical education throughout the school year for kids who are not in band or feel like they want something different,” Hernandez said.

Students are required to practice outside of class, and most also take private instruction to better hone their skills.

Since its establishment, Hernandez has updated House of Rock curriculum to include more learning opportunities for its students. Instead of just learning popular songs, each series is concentrated on a theme. The current session focuses on soul music and British rock bands, with an emphasis on Motown and The Who. The last session covered punk and funk with James Brown and the Clash. Next on stage will be Atlantic R&B and soul, such as Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, as well as classic British rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream and the Animals.

Hernandez also invites guests to work with his students. Most recently, Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila and the Citrus College Pop Rock Ensemble made appearances. Citrus College plans to continue working with House of Rock for recruitment and experience.

Hernandez has enough returning students that he has been able to start creating individual bands within House of Rock, rather than just rotating players through one large group. Vocalists are required to learn all of the course material, so if necessary, they can step in with any band.

“As you stay in the program, you start to accumulate your set,” Hernandez said.

As bands acquire enough material, Hernandez also helps them book outside gigs. This has already happened for one grouping of Diamond Bar teens who perform as Jet Propulsion. In eight months, the teens have developed a 15-song repertoire and have been playing local venues.

House of Rock has performed at the House of Blues in Anaheim, farmers’ markets, carnivals and festivals. It also has a regular concert arrangement with Nick’s Taste of Texas in Covina.

Bianca Marrufo, 17, of Fontana, has been a vocalist in the House of Rock program for three sessions. She learned of the program from her sister, Danielle Marrufo, 14, who takes violin lessons at the Fret House and was interested in joining the program to play guitar. Danielle told Bianca that she would only participate if they could do it together, and Bianca agreed.

Marrufo has sung in the school choir in seventh and eighth grades, but has no other formal training.

“What I like is that you learn a lot of different kinds of music, not just rock, but blues and reggae,” said Marrufo, a senior at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora. “One thing I like is that we’ll learn a song, like a blues song, and after we learn it, we can give our own spin on it – bring our own style to it. It’s still a blues song, but it has a different feel.”

The House of Rock will perform two shows on Saturday. The first is an afternoon holiday concert at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts, which will include a Christmas medley with all of the students on stage in a “House of Rock Orchestra.”

In the evening the group will open for the Delgado Bros. at Nick’s Taste of Texas. They will return to Nick’s for a February show, and in June, perform on Catalina Island.

In July, Hernandez plans to offer a Chicano rock retrospective during his House of Rock sessions, covering music by artists from the ’50s forward, including Santana and Los Lobos.

When goes live, it means .APP domains are coming soon

Perhaps the most popular domain extension on the Internet will be domains that end in .APP, so much so that Google paid $25 million for the .app domain — that is the most any company has paid in one of ICANN’s auctions so far. Wouldn’t you want a domain that ends in .APP, especially for your app?


When this becomes official is marked by an event called delegation, the occasion when the Internet will recognize .APP domain names. According to the official ICANN website, the status of the .APP top level domain is:

Application Status: Transition to Delegation

And the official Delegation Record for .APP will be posted at

Then the website will be up and running! And that will be the only .APP domain name allowed to be active for the 90 days after delegation, or about 3 months. Stay tuned for on-going developments…

Saddleback Church Refinery Menus and Hours

When you’re at Saddleback Church‘s Lake Forest campus, there’s great food to eat at The Refinery at 3 different restaurants: The Grill House, The Cafe & The Bricks Pizzeria. Saddleback Food Services also provides full-service catering, both on-site & off-site.

Daily Hours

The Cafe: Sun-Fri 8am-2pm + Sat 8am-7pm [menu]

The Grill House & Deli: Sun-Fri 11am-2pm + Sat 11am-7pm [menu]

The Bricks Pizzeria: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm [menu]

As you can see from the hours above, lunch is served in the Refinery from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Plus, Dinners at Saddleback: Mon-Thurs 5-7pm in the Refinery [menu]

** Daniel Plan friendly foods available at all dinners

See the Saddleback Food Services page for more info

The Refinery at Saddleback Church


Follow @SaddlebackFood on Twitter

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Food Services ministry description —

We exist to provide a welcoming environment where food, family and fellowship can thrive while volunteers use their SHAPE to serve with a smile.

We have many opportunities to volunteer, including helping to prepare food, setting up for meals, cleaning up, etc.

Volunteers should be gifted in customer service, have an attitude of flexibility, and a heart to serve others. We welcome all who have a passion for ensuring customer satisfaction and creating a lasting impression!

According to web page (dated May 2013) —

The Refinery is a place where people of all ages enjoy spending time. Whether you’re looking to connect and get to know new people or you’re searching for activities to engage the whole family, there’s something for everyone. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers and join us for food, coffee, games, and more! We even have free Wi-Fi and plenty of quiet space for you to feel right at home, so take advantage of our daily happenings.

THEOCOM15 = Theological / Religious Authority in a Digital World

THEOCOM15 is an upcoming conference with theologians reflecting on contemporary communication. The organizing and sponsoring groups for the conference are the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Communication Office, and Santa Clara University.


And, via THEOCOM 15 gathers theologians on digital media ::

Santa Clara University, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Social Communication is hosting a gathering of theologians–on digital communications focused around the theme of Religious/Theological Authority in a Digital World. THEOCOM15, to be held June 28-30, 2015, will explore the theological question of authority in the digital world. We invite participants to reflect on this theme in the light of the scriptural and theological tradition in ways that open up contemporary communication to ongoing theological reflection.

Topics in focus:

  • Exploring authority via key scriptural, theological, spiritual and historical lenses
  • Investigating how theological authority manifests in digital culture
  • Envisioning institutional, pedagogical and ministerial implications for religious authority in a digital world

Rick Warren Introduces Saddleback Church’s 5 Daring Faith Goals

After Easter 2015 and the 35th anniversary of Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren started teaching through a church-wide campaign called Daring Faith, weaving together the sermons and small groups video curriculum.


On the weekend of April 25-26, these 5 Daring Faith goals were introduced during the message “Daring to Plant in Faith“:

  • Facilitate 40,000 worshippers at weekend services by 2020 (40th anniversary) – by launching 10 campuses
  • Assist 250,000 needy people through local PEACE plan – by opening 10 new PEACE centers
  • Interconnect our growing church family through new technologies
  • Train 25% of members to be global leaders – through the Saddleback Global Leadership Training Center
  • Help take the good news to the last 3,000 unreached tribes on earth

[download pdf scan of handout] [UPDATE: the Daring Faith giving campaign brochure is now online]


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