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by Chronicle News Staff Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West A highlight of the Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West is the various themes, and the attractive clubhouse is decorated accordingly, while the dancers enjoy dressing according to the themes. This year will feature themes such as Denim and Diamonds; Western, Valentine’s Day (couples that met at the dance); Jump, Jive, and Swing; Mardi Gras; St. Patrick’s Day; Cruise Night; Cinco de Mayo; Disco; Flag Day; Senior Prom (semi-formal); Western; Hawaiian Luau; Roaring Twenties, Sock Hop; Halloween; Veteran’s Salute; Harvest Ball (semi-formal); Hollywood Night; and Rocking the Holidays. There are excellent different dance bands each Wednesday. The ceiling lights (more…)
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Bath Salts: Death under a mask of deceit

<strong>Bath Salts: Death under a mask of deceit</strong>
GEP Behind false packaging, the irreversible harm caused by drug called “Bath Salts” reveals dark truth ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed Bath Salts are extremely dangerous synthetic stimulants wrapped in a package of deceptive advertising. Their poisonous effects were linked to nearly 23,000 emergency department visits in the United States in 2011 alone. Another study in the Midwestern United States found that more than 16 percent of patients sent to hospital emergency rooms due to Bath Salts were in critical condition or died. What are bath salts? “Bath Salts” are not the actual bath salts used in a tub, but toxic drugs whose effects are unpredictable. Bath Salts (more…)
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Rhythm of the sanctuary

<strong>Rhythm of the sanctuary</strong>
Photo by Socalmini.orgSoCal mini Horse Sancturary A pantoum poem ■ By Dixie Ayala / Contributed With a clank of a chain, the gate opens into a world of miniature horses. It feels as though I am going from black and white to living color. A melody of whinnies floats across the sanctuary as one calls to the other. Each mini sings its own song. Laughter, quiet talking is exchanged among the volunteers, called Angels, who scratch with their rakes as they clean up horse manure. They fill water buckets and take time out to love a mini. An Angel talks softly to a little one. Jeanne, the director of the So (more…)
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by Chronicle News Staff The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC) DVAC Music at the Center: The Barnaby Finch Band, A Tribute to Dave Grusin on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., The Barnaby Finch Band will be playing a music tribute to Dave Grusin at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St. in downtown Hemet. General admission is $20 and for members it’s $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theDVAC.org, at DVAC, or at the door. Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West A highlight of the Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West is the various themes, and the attractive clubhouse is decorated accordingly, while the (more…)
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OPINION: Hemet’s once-proud Gibbel Building sinks ever lower

<strong>OPINION: Hemet’s once-proud Gibbel Building sinks ever lower</strong>
An embarrassment to downtown may be becoming a public menace The concept going into the restoration project was to create a beautiful building. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter For more years than most of us can remember, downtown Hemet has been praying for a miracle worker to come upon the scene and restore the city’s sense of pride in this historic community. One might as well wish for a movie star to fall in love with you sight unseen. What was once a proud structure, originally known as the Gibbel Building, now quivers in an unhealthy state of decay with moldy walls and no flooring or even a roof. (more…)
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Be a Santa to a senior this holiday season

<strong>Be a Santa to a senior this holiday season</strong>
Photo courtesy of Home Instead Senior Care ■ Chronicle News Staff Home Instead Senior Care will be hosting their 13th annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program along with a gift wrapping party. Newcomers to the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program should know how it works: the program receives names from various sources of seniors who may be orphaned, or whom have no family in the area, as well as those who are financially challenged. Volunteers then transfer those names along with some gift ideas to a tag at our Ornament Signing Party. The tags are then placed on a tree at one of the local retailers. Patrons (more…)
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Road closure for Tinsel Triathlon

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed On Sunday, Dec. 9, The Hemet Police Department will be providing traffic control services for the annual “Tinsel Triathlon.” This event requires some local road closures to ensure the safety of the participants. The following roadway closures will take effect on Sunday morning, Dec. 9, at about 8:30 a.m. The roadways are expected to be reopened by 1 p.m. • Domenigoni Parkway will be closed to west bound traffic from Searl Parkway to Winchester Road. Eastbound Domenigoni Parkway will remain open. • Sanderson Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Thornton Avenue to Domenigoni Parkway. • Cawston Avenue will be closed to all traffic (more…)
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What a parade!

<strong>What a parade!</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleHere is a selection of photos from the Hemet Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 1, along Florida Avenue. There were more than 100 entries in the parade in which some 4,000 people participated, and more than 15,000 onlookers viewed from the sidelines. These few photos don’t hope to capture everyone who participated in the parade but hopefully will give those unable to attend an insight into what they missed and serve as a memento to those who were there. Thousands line Florida Avenue for Hemet’s biggest-ever holiday parade ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor In what could be seen as a sign of (more…)
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Meeting new friends at Golden Era Golf Course

<strong>Meeting new friends at Golden Era Golf Course</strong>
Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Golden Era band entertained diners and those who wanted to shake it up on the dance floor. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor When you do anything often you tend to get good at it, and such is the case with Golden Era Productions, which hosts innumerable events at its golf facility on behalf of nonprofits. Saturday night, Dec. 1, was when Golden Era Productions chose to thank all the people who have helped with its film productions and facilities support throughout the course of the year. The Scientology organization, which is nothing but a positive force in the valley and generously gives of (more…)
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by Chronicle News Staff December 6 at 4 pm The Valley Nonprofit Network meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, December 6 at 4 pm will go “DARK” for the month of December. The next VNN meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3rd from 4pm – 5pm at Exceed (Conference room at back of property), 755 Oakwood St., Hemet, CA. Human Host comes to Hemet The Human Host will be on tour in Southern California throughout the end of this year. The tour touches down in the Inland Empire on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.H, when Human Host performs in Hemet at the Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro. Also (more…)