Como La Flor does Tejano justice

<strong>Como La Flor does Tejano justice</strong>
Audience braves 100-degree temps to hear their beloved Selena Chris Smith, The Valley ChronicleNira Perez Ruiz, lead singer of Como La Flor Band, a tribute to Selena, gets down on her knees during last Friday night’s Selena tribute concert as she sings a love song to a member of the audience who volunteered to play “her man” for the piece. The emcee joked later that they should exchange phone numbers. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The second concert in the Ramona Bowl Summer Concert Series lived up to expectations as Como La Flor, a Selena tribute band, had audience members dancing in their seats. Nira Perez Ruiz, lead singer (more…)

Music of Chicago fills HHT to capacity

<strong>Music of Chicago fills HHT to capacity</strong>
Horn section in Kenny Cetera’s band wows ‘em with original sound Photos by Historic Hemet TheatreThe Chicago experience has eight members ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The latest tribute concert at the Historic Hemet Theatre filled the auditorium to capacity with applause and cheers and the unmistakable sound of the best horn section in rock and roll history. Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience presented classic hits from across decades of the legendary music group – but with a special perspective. Kenny is the brother of Chicago’s lead singer Peter Cetera and toured with the group at the height of their popularity. Kenny Cetera on conga drums and bass player Blake Hunter (more…)

Hangin’ with la gente in the Soboba Casino parking lot

<strong>Hangin’ with la gente in the Soboba Casino parking lot</strong>
Where’s the best view to see the fireworks? Not in the bleachers Dennis FletcherCountry Artist’s Tribute band was awesome; if only I had heard them play. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor As a member of the press, oftentimes you get to go places for free that you might otherwise have to pay to enter. The Soboba Casino fireworks display was the exception: everyone gets in for free. Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleYou can fit a whole family in the back of a pickup truck – and some people did. In this day and age, you might think that entertainment in the form of a first-rate country western band and a (more…)

Four-year college degree program offered in Hemet

<strong>Four-year college degree program offered in Hemet</strong>
The primary goal of the program is to allow each student to graduate debt free with a bachelor of science or arts degree Photo by Kathy McNeeleyAttendees at the open house in Hemet are, from left to right, Elizabeth McCray, Tom Phillips, Trent Thompson, Emily McCray, and Andrew Schrader. ■ By Kathy McNeeley / Contributed The College For All Hemet program held an open house on June 25 at its new location above the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 136 S. Harvard Street in Hemet. The CFA curriculum is a fully accredited four-year degree program offered by the highly acclaimed Thomas Edison University in Trenton, New Jersey. Thousands of students have graduated (more…)

Hemet Chamber holds annual awards gala

<strong>Hemet Chamber holds annual awards gala</strong>
Hundreds attend recognition dinner to honor local businesses Manolo Jolinsky for the Hemet ChamberWoman of the Year award winner Claudette Anderson, Bank of America, displays her award. Anderson served as chairperson of the annual gala. ■ Chronicle News Service Hundreds of local business people and community leaders turned out to celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished honorees at the Annual Awards Gala hosted by the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce June 29 at the Lodge at Four Seasons. The 17th annual event recognized nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in an Academy Awards-style event. The gala included a red carpet, sparkly awards, elegant attire, and entertainment. The 2018 Annual Award Gala recipients (more…)

Hemet Rotary to host dinner at Ramona Bowl for Beatlemania

<strong>Hemet Rotary to host dinner at Ramona Bowl for Beatlemania</strong>
Photo by Stacey BaileyLocal students who participated in the leadership camp with Hemet Sunset Rotary sell light-up accessories for the upcoming concert. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Hemet Sunset Rotary is hosting a dinner on July 19 leading up to the Beatlemania Concert at the Ramona Bowl. For only $35, the Rotary will provide a barbeque dinner to enjoy before the concert. This fundraiser will help pay for the Americana Trail at the Ramona Bowl. Beatlemania is presented by the Los Angeles cast bringing a world class tribute to the Beatles. Summer nights at the Ramona Bowl are beautiful as the moon rises over the hills and the light (more…)

Tips to care for your pet during Independence Day fireworks

<strong>Tips to care for your pet during Independence Day fireworks</strong>
Pixabay.comFido might not react well to the loud, unexpected noises from Fourth of July fireworks. ■ By William A. Weimer / ContrIbuted With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, a good reminder to friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks. Those involved in the fireworks industry suggest that you please be mindful of the following: • Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays • Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks • Keep pets in a (more…)

“Bubba Comedy” hosts evening of jazz and jokes

<strong>“Bubba Comedy” hosts evening of jazz and jokes</strong>
Diamond Valley Arts Council opens up gallery for comedy show Photos by Corey EvanRaul Zambrano performs his stand-up for the audience. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter On June 23, the Diamond Valley Arts Council gallery held a “Jazz and Jokes” comedy show that taught audiences sometimes you need to laugh at yourself. The show located at 123 N. Harvard St. in downtown Hemet was hosted by Stephen “Bubba” Butler, who joked that he found the talent for the Friday night show by going to the local shops. “You go to the Walmart, and you have all the jokes you want!” Comedian “Big Liam” jokes about his thuggish lifestyle. But his (more…)

The Harmoneers Chorale delivers up a feast of song

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Fall rehearsals to begin in August Dennis FletcherHarmoneers Chorale at Hemet Public Library. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Last weekend visitors to the Hemet Public Library were treated to the beautiful music of The Harmoneers Chorale on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. In a well rounded performance there were 30 singers, plus an 8-year-old female soloist, who took the audience through a repertoire of 13 pieces including Red River Valley, Lean on Me, The Star-Spangled Banner, No Need to Knock, Step In Time, Already Home, Beethoven’s Wig, I Have Loved The Stars Too Fondly, and ending with their resounding version of Battle Hymn of the Republic. Director Mary Ellen (more…)

Jerome Robinson brings gospel concert to HHT

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Courtesy of Jerome RobinsonJerome Robinson. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Jerome Robinson is a well known local celebrity. Back in the day, Jerome was the lead singer for the 2nd Generation Platters, performing across the country and around the world. These days, the master entertainer has slowed down a bit, but still shares his amazing talents with fans at the local Elks club and occasional gigs at HHT and around southern California. On Friday June 29 at 7 p.m., Jerome will bring his passion for gospel music to the Historic Hemet Theatre with a show titled, “Jerome Robinson’s Gospel Review.” The show will feature Jerome along with Leon Meyer, the (more…)