Community News – April 19, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Mt. San Jacinto College presents “Take Back the Night” The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Menifee Valley Campus Quad, 28237 La Piedra Rd. Take Back the Night events have taken place since the 1970s to raise awareness about sexual violence. Participants will meet between the 200 and 300 buildings on the Menifee Valley Campus to hear introductions by event organizers and then walk with a flashlight vigil around the perimeter of the campus, ending back where they started for survivor stories and fellowship. Sponsored by the MSJC Diversity Committee, Judicial Affairs, Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center (more…)

Community News – April 12, 2018

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor MSJC Foundation announces “Walk in the Vines for Autism Awareness” The walk will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 15 at Leoness Cellars Winery, 38311 De Portola Rd., Temecula. Join MSJC and “Walk in the Vines for Autism Awareness” to raise funds to support Our Nicholas Foundation. It is a two-mile fun walk, with a one-mile option. For more information regarding the walk and/or the MSJC team, please contact Rebecca Orlauski at or 951-487-3171 or visit Picnic in the park Widowed Persons Activity Club “Picnic in the Park” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 18 at Mary Henley Park (corner of Kirby (more…)

COMMUNITY NEWS – April 5th, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Mt. San Jacinto College Welcomes Award-Winning Novelist, T.C. Boyle The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the San Jacinto Campus Theatre, Bldg. 1500, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. Mt. San Jacinto College is excited to be hosting T.C. Boyle as the featured author at the upcoming MSJC Eagle Event. Recognized as one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today, Boyle has built up a body of fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. Since the mid-70s, he has published 26 books of fiction and more than 100 short (more…)
Community, Entertainment

Community News – March 29, 2018

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Fiber Arts show at DVAC The Diamond Valley Arts Council (DVAC) Arts Center Gallery’s Fiber Arts show will be displayed now through April 28 in their arts center, 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet. DVAC continues the tradition of bringing outstanding fiber art works by local and regional artists with the third Fiber Arts exhibition. Entries were open to surface design, printing on fabric, mixed media techniques including fabric, thread or yarns, quilting art, thread painting and felting. Works are available for sale. MSJC Welcomes Award-Winning Novelist, T.C. Boyle The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the San Jacinto Campus (more…)
Arts & Culture, Community, Entertainment

An Evening of Art 2018

<strong>An Evening of Art 2018</strong>
Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleBarbara Rivera brings heritage to life through oil painting. Over 200 artists showed off their work at the 14th Annual event of the Hemet Valley Art Association Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChroniclePart of art appreciation is bringing a few pieces home for your collection. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter It is often said that an artist puts their feelings into their work. This holds especially true for younger artists, as they try to find their way in an often unaware world. Those feelings were easily felt upstairs at the Hemet Public Library on Saturday, March 24. There, the library hosted the 14th annual “Evening (more…)
Community, Entertainment

Valley-Wide Park supporters mix fun with charity at The Weekend

<strong>Valley-Wide Park supporters mix fun with charity at The Weekend</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleDean Wetter, left, general manager of Valley-Wide Regional Park, pauses during the golfing auction with Maria Vivanco, Valley-Wide events specialist, and Tom Wilson, member of the Hemet-San Jacinto Exchange Club, an event sponsor.                                     ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Supporters of the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District turned out during the weekend of March 17-18 for what has become known as, “The Weekend”—the annual two-day fundraiser for special projects and needs the district has such as pool, athletic, and infrastructure equipment. Some 150 golfers showed up for (more…)
Community, Family Life & Pets, Pets

PET OF THE WEEK – March 29, 2018

<strong>PET OF THE WEEK – March 29, 2018</strong>
“Polo” – Shepherd/Lab male Mix Photo by the Ramona Humane SocietyPolo could be your best friend. This sweet, beautiful boy came to us originally as a stray and got adopted, but was returned for being too big. He is 1 year old & weighs 49 pounds – a very dear & quiet boy. Fantastic pooch that we really hope finds a great, new home. Could it be with you? Polo is neutered, micro-chipped, good w/his roommate, de-wormed, up to date on shots & he is available NOW! ID #132341 / R219835 “Biscuit” – Brown Tiger female DSH Photo by the Ramona Humane SocietyIs there room in your heart for Biscuit? Dear (more…)

COMMUNITY NEWS – March 22, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor March to end gun violence The march will begin at 10 a.m. on March 24 at Gibbel Park, 2500 W. Florida Ave., Hemet and will be followed by a rally at the park with speakers who are students, victims of gun violence, and others who are concerned about the proliferation of assault weapons in our society. A sign-making event for the march will be held from 5-7 p.m. on March 23 at Juniper Terrace Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 530 W. Devonshire Ave., Hemet. Materials are donated by the Democrats of Hemet-San Jacinto club. An Evening of Art The Hemet Valley Art Association (HVAA) is (more…)

Community News – March 15th, 2018

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The Steven Ragsdale Quartet Concert begins at 7 p.m. on March 17 at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $15. DVAC members and students are $10. Students may purchase pre-sale $5 tickets online at or by stopping by DVAC Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine and other beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. Ragsdale is a premier saxophonist. His stylings include not only straight jazz, but also rock, pop, and classical music. MSJC and Cal State San Marcos, Temecula hold information sessions Learn how (more…)

Community News – March 8th, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Women’s self-defense workshop at MSJC This free workshop is open to students, staff, faculty and community members from 12:30-2 p.m. on March 8 at the Menifee Valley Campus, Rm. 1013, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee. Honoring International Women’s Day, March 8, the MSJC Diversity Committee and the Riverside Rape Crisis Center will offer a self-defense workshop for women. This is a hands-on workshop open to women only. All participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice a few self-defense moves and strategies. Participants can come and leave as their schedule permits. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and no jewelry. For more information, contact (more…)