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Ripped from their mother’s loving arms Thrown into cages with mesh bars Alone and frightened in a strange land Little children are victims of a madman History repeats itself over again and again Perhaps we need to revisit it to mend This horrific chapter of abuse Seek to rectify and reduce The pain and suffering caused by these actions Awakened the sleeping dragon of various factions Civil disobedience again swept under the rug Has emerged responding to the heart tug Love knows no color or race Let us treat all, especially children with grace Reunite the families quickly Create a policy not so tricky “Suffer the children unto me” Is the (more…)
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El Zarape unleashes shrimp and Rocky Zharp – together!

<strong>El Zarape unleashes shrimp and Rocky Zharp – together!</strong>
Acoustic guitar of Rocky Zharp accompanies all-you-can-eat shrimp day Dennis Fletcher/The Valley ChronicleEl Zarape is a family-owned restaurant run by the Mazariegos family . At right is Esvin, in front is his wife, Raquel, with Yolanda, second from left, and the cooks and serving staff who will be waiting on you. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Fans of the popular Mexican restaurant El Zarape have always waited patiently for their all-you-can-eat shrimp, taco, and enchilada specials. In August, diners won’t have long to wait to feast on camarones. (That’s Spanish for SHRIMP, baby!) This Tuesday, Aug. 14, Rocky Zharp will entertain guests dining at El Zarape’s unique Mexican food experience during (more…)
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Soboba Tribal TANF youth enjoy UNITY

<strong>Soboba Tribal TANF youth enjoy UNITY</strong>
National youth conference is well-attended Photos Courtesy of Soboba Tribal TANFYouth from the Soboba Tribal TANF took part in the 42nd annual UNITY youth conference in San Diego earlier this month. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The message for this year’s annual youth UNITY youth conference was “Answering the Call of Our Ancestors” and it drew a record number of attendees who are part of the Soboba Tribal TANF program. Having it held in San Diego was a plus since it was practically in their backyard. The United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes personal development, citizenship and leadership among American Indian and (more…)
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Locals show off their hot wheels

<strong>Locals show off their hot wheels</strong>
Car enthusiasts show up for weekly Jack in the Box Car Cruise Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleLowrider Style Car Club runs the weekly Jack in the Box car cruise ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Car enthusiasts either believe “they don’t make them like they used to” or they tune up newer rides, believing that they’re made better now than ever. Whichever category one falls into, all come together every Friday night for the weekly Jack in the Box Car Cruise. As the name suggests, local car enthusiasts meetup each week outside the Jack in the Box off of Florida and Sanderson Avenue. The weekly gathering draws family crowds who (more…)
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Shrek visits the Ramona Bowl

<strong>Shrek visits the Ramona Bowl</strong>
Summer Youth Theatre presented Shrek the Musical, Jr. last Monday and Tuesday Photos by Corey EvanOgres have layers, huh? So do parfaits! ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter With the help of local student actors and their parents, the Ramona Bowl Summer Youth Theatre program reenacted the events of Shrek’s whirlwind adventure in “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” at the Ramona Bowl last Monday, July 2, and again on Tuesday, July 3. The eponymous ogre was played by 18-year-old Jacob Ramirez with Princess Fiona played by fellow thespian Elizabeth Allerton, who co-starred with Ramirez at West Valley High School in their production of “Anything Goes.” 10-year-old student Trinity Taylor brushed up on (more…)
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Chamber Nonprofit Award presented to HHT

<strong>Chamber Nonprofit Award presented to HHT</strong>
Historic Hemet Theatre receives recognition for its community enrichment Photo courtesy of Susan CarrierThe 2018 Nonprofit of the Year award was presented to the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Last week the Historic Hemet Theatre Foundation ended its 2017-2018 fiscal year, closing the books on a big year for the valley’s acclaimed Community Arts Center. Topping off a year of achievements was the announcement made June 29 that the foundation had been voted “Nonprofit of the Year” by the members of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce. This will be the second time that the Chamber has presented this award to the HHT Foundation; the (more…)
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Stone Soul has ‘em rocking at Ramona Bowl

<strong>Stone Soul has ‘em rocking at Ramona Bowl</strong>
Classic soul and Motown group headlines opening night at Ramona Bowl Summer Concert Series Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleStone Soul got the audience dancing at the Ramona Bowl. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Last Thursday the Ramona Bowl Summer Concert Series kicked off with Stone Soul, a tribute band which covers mainly 1960s classic soul and Motown hits, including the works of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Temptations, Four Tops, and Otis Redding among others. One could say this was a proper #throwbackthursday at the Bowl! Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleLead singer Rick Gray had some James Brown style dance steps that delighted the audience. Stone Soul is (more…)
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Lip sync contest entertains and enlightens

<strong>Lip sync contest entertains and enlightens</strong>
The eleventh annual event benefits 11 local nonprofits Photos Courtesy of Rodrigo Pena PhotographyRepresentatives for Up, Down N’ Dirty 4 A Cure Mud Run/American Cancer Society took first place for their performance at Friday’s 11th annual Lip Sync Contest, presented by Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The sold-out audience at AC’s Lounge at the Soboba Casino on Friday night, June 22, was treated to quite a show as performers took to the stage to compete in the 11th annual Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino Lip Sync Contest. With a total of $10,000 awarded to local nonprofits, the acts were well-rehearsed and gave it their all. (more…)
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Ramona Summer Youth Theatre to present Shrek

<strong>Ramona Summer Youth Theatre to present Shrek</strong>
More than 90 students will participate in summer musical Photos Courtesy of Stacey BaileyShrek is played by Jacob Ramirez, a veteran of the summer program.Fiona is played by Elizabeth Ollerton who recently played opposite Jacob as Reno in Anything Goes. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Ramona Bowl Summer Youth Theatre will present Shrek, The Musical in early July. Based on the popular movie, this musical brings everyone’s favorite characters as well as the fun and whimsy of the original. There will be two performances, one on July 2 and one on July 3 both at 6 p.m. at the Ramona Bowl. Tickets are $5 and available at the Ramona (more…)
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Puzzle partners at the San Jacinto Community Center

<strong>Puzzle partners at the San Jacinto Community Center</strong>
Center open every week to the public Monday through Friday Photos by Dennis Fletcher/The Valley ChronicleVirginia Marie (left) and Connie Young (right) tackle another puzzle ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Almost every day, Connie Young and Virginia Maria meet at the San Jacinto Community Center to work on their next puzzle challenge spread out on the puzzle table in the big lunch room for seniors open Monday through Friday. They met at the center over two years ago and have been puzzle buddies ever since. Connie worked and raised six children in the Hemet area before she retired and came to the San Jacinto Community Center in 2016. She has (more…)