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by Chronicle News Staff Assistance League of Hemacinto “Thanks for Giving” Assistance League of Hemacinto is hosting “Thanks for Giving”, a fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army located at 340 South Palm Avenue in Hemet. Chapter members will be modeling clothes from their Thrift Shop, which will also be available for purchase. Luncheon will be catered by Milano’s Restaurant. Tickets are $20 and available from Judy Atherton 951-575-5185 and Jane Durnwirth 951-658-7931 or at the Thrift Shop at 180 North Girard Street Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charity football game on Thanksgiving A charity football game will be (more…)

Hemet is known as ‘shuffleboard heaven’

<strong>Hemet is known as ‘shuffleboard heaven’</strong>
Shuffleboard is competitive but friendly – and you meet people Photos by Kathleen Prokop / The Valley ChronicleShuffleboard teams from Hemet West and Seven Hills Green Teams played a spirited match the day the Valley Chronicle visited. ■ Kathleen Prokop / Contributed Hemet is known as Shuffleboard Heaven. The city has so many indoor boards, 25 in fact, that anyone who plays says it’s like being in heaven! At one time, there were over 2,000 players here. The type of shuffleboard played in Hemet is called deck, or floor shuffleboard. League play starts in October and ends in March. The game isn’t quite as popular today as it once was, but (more…)

Community News – November 8, 2018

Hemet Jeep Club History The Hemet Heritage Foundation will feature the history of the Hemet Jeep Club at the Foundation’s monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. This month, the Foundation will meet at the Hemet Historic Depot, 100 W. Florida Ave., inside the Hemet Museum. The Foundation normally holds its monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Diamond Valley Middle School Library. DVAC concert with MSJC Dr. Vanessa Sheldon The Diamond Valley Arts Council will present, for one performance only, a concert by harpist Dr. Vanessa Sheldon on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. The selection of music is intended to (more…)

Soboba youth council gets involved

<strong>Soboba youth council gets involved</strong>
Community service and fun on the agenda for tribal youth Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansThe Soboba Youth Council meets regularly at the Soboba Sports Complex to plan community service activities. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed It’s a new year for the Soboba Youth Council to meet and plan its events for the upcoming session that mirrors the academic school year in San Jacinto. Several members were at a recent meeting that was called to discuss involvement in the upcoming Noli Homecoming Parade and Haunted House exhibit at Soboba Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween Carnival. Normally meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the Soboba Sports Complex, the youth (more…)

First responders appreciation at The Village

<strong>First responders appreciation at The Village</strong>
Residents recognize local first responders with ‘Grab n Go’ lunch boxes Photos by The Village Retirement CommunityHFD and residents of The Village were all smiles during an honorary luncheon held for first responders. ■ Michele Ryneal / Contributed A First Responders Open House was held on Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Village Retirement Community in Hemet. Residents and staff of The Village came forward to deliver a special thank you to the first responders by holding a reception and lunch with “Grab & Go” boxed-lunches. Several first responders who had time sat and enjoyed lunching while visiting with The Village residents and staff. The ‘Grab & Go’ boxed-lunches were ideal for (more…)

2018 Spirit of the Law Awards fills the house

<strong>2018 Spirit of the Law Awards fills the house</strong>
SJ Assembly of God hosts Pastor Ricky Jones’ tribute to police and vets Hemet Police DepartmentThe Spirit of the Law Award was presented to the Hemet Police Department and received by Lt. Eric Dickson, left, and Capt. Glen Brock. Others are, U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz and Hemet Police Department Explorers Cordova (lieutenant), and Persona (captain). This award recognized the daily hard work by the men and women of the Hemet Police Department, from the officer responding to calls for service to the records specialists processing mountains of paperwork. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Pastor Ricky Jones has been putting on the Spirit of the Law Awards honor ceremonies for the (more…)

Cornerstone Christian Preschool prepares kids for future education

<strong>Cornerstone Christian Preschool prepares kids for future education</strong>
New director Maria Markham has hands-on approach and envisions bright future Photos by Maria MarkhamSpecial attention is given to appropriate school behavior, helping to build a positive attitude toward learning and laying a strong foundation for academics needed for the elementary experience. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter After sitting down to interview with the newest Cornerstone Christian Preschool Director, Maria Markham, it was like being caught up in a windstorm. This woman is out to educate preschoolers like no one ever has. She arrived at Cornerstone from Escondido on Aug. 1 of this year with wings on her feet and ambition to spare. “I came to work, not just occupy (more…)

Homelessness: But for fortune go you or I

<strong>Homelessness: But for fortune go you or I</strong>
Problem is getting better and worse at the same time Melanie Lee / Hemet ScoopAuthorities broke up this homeless camp outside Hemet last March since it was on private property, and the owner wanted inhabitants removed. However, many cities are allowing homeless encampments to remain so they can better help residents. ■ Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the country’s homeless problem and what communities outside Hemet are doing to address it. For those who look with disdain at the unwashed homeless hanging around street corners, one has to ask – could that be me someday? Given the trends in (more…)

Wildfire mitigation by SCE

<strong>Wildfire mitigation by SCE</strong>
Southern California Edison advocates protection from the threat of wildfires Photos by Gena EstrinThe new normal is that the threat of wildfires are year round. ■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed There used to be a “fire season” but due to global climate change and the recent growing areas with droughts, hazardous fuel build up has increased so dramatically, that “The New Normal” is that wildfire risk is now year-round. A vicious cycle of warmer temperatures creates more destructive wildfires which then increases more climate change emissions that have plagued California with an increasing threat of wildfires. Eight out of the 20 most destructive California wildfires have occurred since 2015. The (more…)

Puppets inspire hope in the disabled

<strong>Puppets inspire hope in the disabled</strong>
Light of Hope Community Church uses new tools to deliver its message Photos by Light of Hope Community ChurchStacie Diggs entertains the audience with one of her puppets. ■ Chronicle News Staff The Dream A Neon Puppet Team Ministry is a way of uplifting and inspiring the disabled, the young and the seasoned with puppet shows performed throughout Hemet and San Jacinto. The ministry was founded by Stacie Diggs who runs the Ministry Department at Light of Hope Community Church. The puppet show is Christian-based and has been operating for almost a decade consisting of performances and painting events throughout the valley. Its mission statement is, “Be inspired by your paint.” (more…)