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MSJC’s Recycled Art & Fashion Show recognized students and community members for design

<strong>MSJC’s Recycled Art & Fashion Show  recognized students and community members for design</strong>
Photos courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto CollegeSix models present a collection titled Saving Lace, designed by Idyllwild Arts Academy student Maeve Gillespie, who won the Design Excellence award during the MSJC Recycled Art & Fashion Show on Saturday, May 12. ■ Mt. San Jacinto / College On May 12, the Recycled Art & Fashion Show handed out awards to four aspiring designers. The event offered a gallery exhibit and exciting runway show featuring wildly expressive, eco-friendly art and fashion. The 6th annual event, supported by the Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation, invited design entries from MSJC students and community members. Thirty-five models strutted fashions on a runway to high-energy music. (more…)
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Mustangs stage an evening of dance

<strong>Mustangs stage  an evening of dance</strong>
West Valley High School’s dance classes hold spring concert in Stacey Bailey Theater Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThese Students’ moves are fresh like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air! ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Throughout our existence, dance has served to reflect the times and bring communities and lovers together. It has also served to entertain audiences around the world. On Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, it served as a means of showing the community what West Valley High School’s beginning, intermediate and advanced dance classes learned together. According to Dance and Theatre director, Cheri Kehler, her students are to thank for all the work. “This concert’s (more…)
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Ramona Pageant cast party celebrates 95 seasons of ‘Ramona’

<strong>Ramona Pageant cast party celebrates 95 seasons of ‘Ramona’</strong>
Photos courtesy of Golden Era ProductionsFront row: San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz, Al Cordova, Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa. Middle row: Hemet City Councilman Russ Brown, Riverside County Supervisor representative Jeff Comerchero, State Sen. Mike Morrell’s representative Heather Perry, State Assemblyman Chad Mayes. Back row: Hemet City Mayor Michael Perciful, Cowboy Steve Silkotch Jr., Riverside Sheriff Captain Leonard Purvis, Cowboy J.R. Hull, Rep. Raul Ruiz’ representative Peter Carlstrom. ■ Chronicle News Service On April 28, a cast party was held at Golden Era Productions to honor the 95th season of “Ramona.” The San Jacinto Valley has a rich history, which is kept alive through the Ramona Pageant, and its dedicated volunteers (more…)
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Local artists meet at the mall

<strong>Local artists meet at the mall</strong>
The Hemet Valley Art Association set up Pop Up Art Exhibit at Hemet Valley Mall Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleOver two dozen artists and vendors popped up at the Hemet Valley Mall on Saturday morning. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Any location can inspire art. You could find inspiration at the beach, in the mountains, at the local park or when you go shopping. Several local artists found their inspiration on Saturday, April 28 at the Hemet Valley Art Association’s Pop Up Art Show, held at Hemet Valley Mall. According to Steven Howey of HVAA, this is just one of several such shows to pop up around (more…)
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Mt. San Jacinto College presents spring concerts

■ Chronicle News Service Mt. San Jacinto College has announced its spring concert series. The locations and schedules are provided below. Menifee Valley Campus Performances 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee Lab Theatre, Room 207 Box office: 951-639-5790 “Episodes” Dance Concert May 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at 2 p.m. An eclectic concert featuring original work by faculty, student choreographers and guest artists with dance styles ranging from hip hop to contemporary. $10 admission. $9 for seniors/veterans/SGA. $5 for children under 12. Menifee Jazz Ensemble May 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. A high energy blend of contemporary and standard big band sounds with influences of bebop, swing, funk, Latin, (more…)
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Ticket sales are hot for season two at HHT

<strong>Ticket sales are hot for season two at HHT</strong>
Photo courtesy of The Ultimate StonesThe Ultimate Stones. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Just as the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT) closes out season one of the Tribute Mania Concert Series this Saturday with a Tribute to Tom Petty, tickets for the second season are flying out the door. The biggest demand is for the limited number of VIP Season Tickets. Patrons that purchase tickets to four or more concerts in the series pay just $20 per ticket. The special attraction is VIP seating—seating 15 minutes before general admission seating. Only 80 VIP season tickets are sold for each concert. Several concerts are already close to selling out these special tickets. (more…)
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Tom Petty tribute next up at HHT

<strong>Tom Petty tribute next up at HHT</strong>
Photo courtesy of Petty and the HeartshakersPetty and the Heartshakers are next to take the stage at HHT. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Season one of the Tribute Mania Concert Series at the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT) is drawing to a close this month with hundreds of new fans adding to the success of the valley’s new Community Arts Center. Last Saturday, The Rising was in town to perform their tribute to Bruce Springsteen to an auditorium of cheering fans. Although the crowd was the smallest of the season, the energy in the auditorium was electric and the dance floor filled from the first classic hit to the last. Tom (more…)
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Ramona season springs to life with the Spring Festival

<strong>Ramona season springs to life with the Spring Festival</strong>
Photos by Olivia Gildea/The Valley ChronicleThe fife and drum corps of Riley’s Farm in Glen Oak kick off the Spring Festival performances on Saturday with some 18th century songs. ■ By Olivia Gildea / Reporter Downtown Hemet celebrated its second-annual Spring Festival Saturday, April 7 with a day full of 1800s-era performances, vendors, and arts and crafts. The festival kicks off the traditional “Ramona” play season for the San Jacinto Valley, which will be boasting its 95th anniversary this year. While the festival is still in its early years, it had no problem drawing a crowd for its opening performances on Harvard Street. It all began with a drum roll as (more…)
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Ramona participates in the Swallows Day Parade

<strong>Ramona participates in the Swallows Day Parade</strong>
Photos courtesy of the Ramona BowlThe Ramona Pageant participating in San Juan Capistrano’s Swallows Day Parade on March 24. ■ The Ramona Bowl On March 24, the Ramona Pageant participated in the Swallows Day Parade in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Swallows Day Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas—or Festival of the Swallows—a celebration of the return of the migratory songbird to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day. The fiesta lasts three months. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association puts on the parade as well as the following fundraising and community activities: Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, El Presidenté Ball, the infamous Hoosegow Day (more…)
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The Amorous Ambassador

<strong>The Amorous Ambassador</strong>
Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleMichael Parker’s “Amorous Ambassador” at the Ramona Hillside Players. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Another title for Michael Parker’s “Amorous Ambassador”—that recently played at the Ramona Hillside Players—could have been “A Romp at the Embassy” because there was as much time hitting the hay as tending to diplomatic duties. And a romp it was. When the ambassador, his wife, and daughter tell each other they have separate weekend plans away from their ambassadorial abode outside London, it seems as though each will be off to a happy holiday. But, the plot thickens forever after. Father and daughter have other plans, which they more or less (more…)