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Smash Brothers comedians headline Derby’s comedy show

<strong>Smash Brothers comedians headline  Derby’s comedy show</strong>
Courtesy of The Smash BrothersThe Smash Brothers will appear at Derby’s Bar and Grill Sat., June 30. After attending more than 14 schools, these identical twins became students with an attitude ■ Jesse Vivanco / Contributed Derby’s on June 30 will be hosting headlining-comedians “The Smash Brothers” Cory ‘n’ Chad plus a full lineup of southern California’s funniest comedians. The Smash Brothers are writers and actors known for Ralphie May Filthy Animal Tour (2014), The Dirty All-Stars (2016), the Extreme Championship Comedy Takeover (2013), and Andrew Dice Clay: The Blue Show (2015). The Smash Brothers, hosts of the longest-running sold-out show in the Inland Empire, are identical twins who were born (more…)
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Seniors learn healthy COOKING

<strong>Seniors learn healthy  COOKING</strong>
San Jacinto Community Center hosts series of six classes Photos by Dennis FletcherChef Dion. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed I managed to slip into the last of six “Healthy Cooking Classes with Chef Dion” that have been taking place from March to May at the San Jacinto Community Center. It didn’t take the class of 12 to notice there was a new guy in the room, but they accepted me the way most seniors do in a classroom setting. Chef Dion has been a Chef for 26 years and is a certified health coach. She brings a level of confidence and familiarity to the class that had the seniors who made (more…)
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Singer-songwriter Matt Costa will perform in Hemet

<strong>Singer-songwriter  Matt Costa  will perform in Hemet</strong>
OC native and Coachella artist is set to take the stage at Derby’s Photo by Kip KouriMatt Costa has toured with Jack Johnson, released five independent songs, and just dropped his most recent album Santa Rosa Fangs. ■ By Kip Kouri / Contributed Southern California songwriter Matt Costa has drifted through a strange and varied life in music, pushed toward pop music at a young age and sold hundreds of thousands of records, and toured the world on a simple, direct, and freewheeling debut. In the last few years, Costa took heavy stock in his work and made unexpected turns into more progressive and thoughtful territories. This new direction has found (more…)
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Trinity Lutheran Church announces arts ‘exploratorium’

<strong>Trinity Lutheran  Church announces arts ‘exploratorium’</strong>
5-day event for Hemet students will promote the arts Trinity Lutheran ChurchThe deadline to register is June 29. ■ By Mary Hutton / Contributed Starting in mid-July the Trinity Lutheran Church Arts Exploratorium Committee plans for a 5-day arts exploratorium for incoming pre-K through 6th grade Hemet-area students. The focus will be on the arts of music, painting, fabric crafts, and acting fundamentals. Joni Pikard, Arts Exploratorium Committee member, said that in addition to fun activities, the event will include healthy snacks for the kids. According to the arts exploratorium planner, Charlie Larson, the committee has been meeting since March 2018 to prepare for this event. “We are ahead of where (more…)
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Salvation Army hosts Hemet’s first responders to breakfast

<strong>Salvation Army hosts Hemet’s first responders to breakfast</strong>
Some 40 police and firefighters recognized in unison Photos Courtesy of the Salvation Army Hemet CorpsHemet Police and firefighters stand together for a group photo with Salvation Army personnel, one of the first times in recent memory that both departments have been photographed together. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The Salvation Army Hemet Corps continued its annual tradition last week of hosting a first-responders’ breakfast. Roughly 40 police officers and firefighters came together at the Salvation Army’s community center to enjoy home-cooked omelettes, coffee, and more. Fire Chief Scott Brown approaches the police for a group photo after breakfast. A highlight of the event was when one of the police (more…)
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Golden Eagles Jazz Band kills it

<strong>Golden Eagles Jazz Band kills it</strong>
MSJC Jazz Band ensemble showcases spring concert last weekend Gena EstrinHorn and Simmons performing the closing duet. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Mt. San Jacinto College’s Golden Eagles Jazz Ensemble recently wowed the audience at the San Jacinto Campus with familiar jazz and swing pieces that had the audience on their feet cheering wildly at the end. College music instructor, Stephen Oliver Vaughan, led the 18-member community-based jazz band through 11 lively numbers including “Willow Weep for Me,” “More Than You Know,” “How High the Moon,” “Over the Rainbow,” Georgia On My Mind,” “Almost Like Being In Love,” and “Everyday I Have the Blues.” In the second half of the (more…)
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Seniors go all out for Memorial Day

<strong>Seniors go all out for Memorial Day</strong>
Country Lake park residents hold 19th straight celebration Contributed photoRaising the flag on Memorial day. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Memorial Day is a favorite time for residents of Country Lake Manufactured Home Community in San Jacinto. Residents gather around their lake for several important and traditional festivities including changing of the colors and the annual rubber duck race. The morning started with the changing of the colors by the West Valley High School’s ROTC, commanded by CWO Walton. Ron Ernst, president of the men’s club at Country Lake, narrated the ceremony and gave a detailed explanation for those in attendance of each step of the folding of the American (more…)
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Volunteers create 2,000 rose bouquets for Mother’s Day

<strong>Volunteers create 2,000 rose bouquets for Mother’s Day</strong>
Proceeds go to support well-baby clinic Photos by Dennis FletcherEarly morning volunteers. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Over 50 volunteers from local churches of all denominations worked on Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother’s Day, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in San Jacinto to prepare 2,000 bouquets of roses for sale on Mother’s Day. The bouquets were sold through members at the six churches who participated in the project including St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the Soboba reservation, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, St. Paul’s City Church, and Cornerstone Church. Mother’s Day, bouquets were purchased for $10. The sales are (more…)
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Perfect Memorial Day weekend outing with family friendly art shows

<strong>Perfect Memorial Day weekend outing with family friendly art shows</strong>
Sheila Hansberger, NWS, WWMemorial Day weekend is meant for get-togethers with friends and family as depicted here in 2018 Featured Artist Sheila Hansberger’s art submission named “Art Festival Morning.” ■ Chronicle News Service Over 100 talented artists are expected to exhibit in two Redlands art shows held side-by-side over the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, in Smiley Park and at the Redlands Bowl. There is no admission charge to attend either show. The festival features a fun-filled kids zone, which includes hands-on art activities, a free book give-away, and an instrument petting zoo. A student sidewalk chalk art demonstration and competition will take (more…)
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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…)