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Elvis comes to Hemet

Impersonator set to perform at Datillo’s Nov. 27 ■ By Rusty Strait / Contributed Few musical stars are non-generational. Elvis Presley was certainly one of them. His soul-searching vocals seem to haunt the very heart and soul of American music lovers. His love of family, especially his mother, endeared him to mothers who saw him as a good boy who loved his mother and that was enough to elevate him to a status seldom found in the world of rock and roll. There was and is only one Elvis. When he first appeared on the horizons of Tupelo, Mississippi and made his way into the studios of Sun Records in Memphis, (more…)
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Barbers and razors create new opportunities in Hemet

<strong>Barbers and razors create new opportunities in Hemet</strong>
Photo by Rusty StraitStudents at Barbers and Razors turn out for an apprenticeship that will advance their futures. ■ By Rusty Strait / Contributed When the Mercados set out to do something, they don’t fool around. Husband and wife, Alex and Cristy credit Eric Root who is the internationally recognized hair stylist to the stars of Broadway and Hollywood for the beginning of their journey. “When Eric decided to give up his beauty salon on Cawston Street in West Hemet he gave us the option to buy the site. That was seven years ago.” The Mercado’s opened Barbers and Razors at Meridian Street and Florida Avenue five years ago. Cristy explains (more…)
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Noli Indian school brings it home

<strong>Noli Indian school brings it home</strong>
Soboba Reservation school celebrates homecoming Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansNoli Indian School sixth-graders took first place in the Homecoming Parade float contest, held Friday. From left, Christopher Lario, Joseph Morsa, Daigan Cyhan and Andrew Salgado-Lopez, all 11. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Noli Braves football team scored big against Indio’s Riverside County Education Academy to win its homecoming football game on Oct. 26. But the school had begun its celebration earlier in the week when each grade level worked together to design and execute a Halloween-themed float for the big night. Parents and community members stepped up to donate their time, pick-up trucks and flatbed trailers for (more…)
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MSJC honors student named Portz Scholar

Former MSJC student one of four to win national award for paper ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed Jessica McMeans, former MSJC student, is one of only four to win the national award as Portz Scholar. A former Mt. San Jacinto College honors student was recently named one of the 2018 Portz Scholars by National Collegiate Honors Council. Jessica McMeans, of Romoland, is one of only four to win this prestigious national thesis contest. A total of 49 entries from across the nation were submitted for the contest. McMeans will travel to the NCHC conference in November in Boston to present her winning paper titled The Birth of Venus: Reconsidering (more…)
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MSJC creative writing readings

Mt. San Jacinto English Department and college foundation present fall readings for Visiting Writers Series ■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed The Mt. San Jacinto College English Department, in association with the MSJC Foundation, will be hosting award-winning authors David Hernandez at the San Jacinto Campus and Katie Farris on the Menifee Valley Campus. This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to local authors who will read from their work, and engage in a discussion about the craft of creative writing. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, David Hernandez will be featured at MSJC San Jacinto campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Hernandez’s most recent collection (more…)
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Soboba drives home philanthropy

<strong>Soboba drives home philanthropy</strong>
Annual event brings out best for the community Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansVolunteers help with 2017’s Soboba Gives Back Toy Drive. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed “Soboba Gives Back” is a phrase that was coined with its first Toy Drive many years ago. It has since been used throughout the entire year in various ways as the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians tribe, through its Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino, continues to support people and organizations in its neighboring communities. The marketing department at Soboba Casino does a tremendous job organizing the very popular Toy Drive where the public donates a toy valued at $20 or more in (more…)
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Halloween boasts a rich history

<strong>Halloween boasts a rich history</strong>
Metro ServiceTrue Halloween enthusiasts may be interested to learn the history of the holiday and how it has changed over the centuries. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Costume-clad kids, bags of candy and jack-o’-lanterns are some indelible images associated with Halloween. Those images may forever be linked to this beloved, fun-filled holiday, which boasts a rich history that varies depending on where in the world you might be. Celebrations around the world may not mirror those in the United States, where trick-or-treating youngsters travel from house to house in search of candy. But true Halloween enthusiasts may be interested to learn the history of the holiday and how it has changed (more…)
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Arts & crafts fair at Hemet West

<strong>Arts & crafts fair at Hemet West</strong>
Fall is the time for crafts and handmade projects in Hemet Photos by Arlene LehtoneFall is the ideal time for craft fairs, and Hemet West will have spectacular colors and a variety of handcrafted objects of everything imaginable. ■ By Arlene Lehtone / Contributed Come on out to the Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hemet West, 5001 West Florida Avenue in Hemet. Get your early holiday shopping done, with fantastic and beautiful handcrafted items, made by the Hemet West artisans and out-of-park crafters. Fall is the ideal time for craft (more…)
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Learn how to carve a better pumpkin

<strong>Learn how to carve a better pumpkin</strong>
Step by step method to creating the best looking jack-o’-lantern this Halloween Metro ServiceAlthough anyone can grab a pumpkin and get started, when done correctly, jack-o’-lantern designs can last for several days. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Toothy grins and a mesmerizing orange glow help make jack-o’-lanterns captivating sights come Halloween. Pumpkin carving is an autumn tradition and runs the gamut of simple designs to more intricate artwork worthy of any medium. Although anyone can grab a pumpkin and get started, when done correctly, jack-o’-lantern designs can last for several days. Start with a fresh pumpkin. Look for pumpkins that have a thick, green stem. These usually are fresh and haven’t (more…)
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New Native studies taught at school

<strong>New Native studies taught at school</strong>
Soboba Reservation school teaches roots to students Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansNoli Indian School teacher Tashina Ornelas keeps photos that depict her family’s history on the classroom wall where she teaches Native history, literature and culture classes. The photos include those of her grandmother Barbara Jean Candelaria, great-grandmother Dorothy Miranda and great-grandfather Eugene Candelaria , great-great-grandmother Catalina “Cate” Lisalda and great-great-grandfather Andrew Miranda and the matriarch of her family, her great-great-great-grandmother Manuella “Nellie” Miranda from the Pechanga Indian Reservation. Ornelas points to the photo of “Nellie” as she explains she was a midwife who help deliver many babies at the Soboba reservation during the late 1800s. ■ By Mike Hiles / (more…)