COMMUNITY NEWS – Jan.12, 2017

■ Staff Reports / The Valley Chronicle

Special needs art class
Do you have a person with special needs in your family? A 12-week art class designed for special needs teenagers and adults meets every Thursday, beginning Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per class, due at the beginning of each month. An art show will be held at the end of the course. Classes will be held at 136 N. Ramona St., Hemet.

Hemet woman on Dean’s List
Sarah Perez, a senior a Brescia University in Maple Mount Kentucky, was named to the Fall Dean’s List for completing 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA. Perez is majoring in social work. Brescia University is a Catholic liberal arts college.

Self defense presentations
Several organizations are collaborating to discuss self defense and public safety. On Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, Guardian Angels will discuss self-defense techniques, the Hemet Police Department Volunteer Team will educate about the latest scams, how to keep your house safe, and neighborhood watch groups. Damsels In Defense will talk about personal safety products. Simpson Center, 305 E. Devonshire Ave., Hemet.

Seniors on Stage at Seven Hills
Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to dance the night away! Seniors on Stage is producing a show called “At the Hop” made up of mostly ‘50s and ‘60s music. Songs on the schedule include “Blueberry Hill,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many other hits of that era. Show times are Friday, Feb. 17 and Sat., Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seven Hills Clubhouse, 3050 Jacaranda, Hemet. All shows are open to the public and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Presale $10, $12 at the door. Visit www.soshemet.com or call (951) 665-3853 for information.

High-demand classes still available at MSJC
Seats are still open in many high-demand classes at Mt. San Jacinto College. The spring 2017 semester begins on Jan. 17 and there is still time to enroll. Students can earn associate degrees, take classes to transfer to a four-year university or earn career certificates. MSJC also offers late-start classes, which begin on March 27, and Friday-only classes. Classes are $46 per unit (for California residents) and financial aid is available. For more information, visit www.msjc.edu or call (951) 639-5313.

Citizen scientists needed to count bald eagles at Lake Hemet
The first bald eagle count of the winter was conducted Dec. 10 by local federal and state biologists and citizen scientists around several lakes in southern California. Several dozen bald eagles typically spend their winter vacations around southern California’s lakes, adding to a few resident nesting bald eagles that stay year-round.
A total of eleven bald eagles (7 adults and 4 subadults/juveniles) were observed by 101 eagle-eyed observers during the 1-hour count period Saturday morning. Bald eagles acquire the full white head and tail in their fifth year; until then, they have different plumages of brown and white.
Two adult bald eagles were observed by 28 people at Lake Perris. Fifteen participants watched the pair of adults at Lake Hemet. Six participants scanned the skies at Lake Arrowhead, spotting two adult bald eagles. 5 eagles (1 adult and 4 subadults) were counted by 40 people at Big Bear Lake.
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming bald eagle counts on the following Saturday mornings this winter: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, and March 11. No experience is needed. Signing up ahead of time is unnecessary–just show up at the designated time and location, dress warmly, bring binoculars and a watch. Counting eagles at Lake Hemet is fun, easy, and only takes a couple of hours. Participants meet at 8:30 at Lake Hemet for coordination and instructions. They are at their observation sites from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then return to turn in the observation forms.
Lake Hemet participants should plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 a.m. for orientation. Contact Ann Bowers (annbowers@fs.fed.us or 909-382-2935) for more information.

Volunteers needed for “Point In Time” homeless count
The Riverside County Continuum of Care–in partnership with the Department of Public Social Services–is conducting a Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count and Survey. Volunteers are needed for this one-day count and survey, required by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to: Identify how many people in the county are homeless on a given day; determine the need for homeless services; and guide decisions about how to use available resources.
Volunteers are required to complete a mandatory two hour training session prior to the Count. The Count and Survey will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The survey collects important data on the general homeless population and subpopulations of homeless persons, including veterans, families, chronically homeless individuals, and youth.
Riverside County’s 2017 PIT Homeless Count will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017:
Street-Based Count 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Youth Street-Based Count 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Service-Based Count 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit riversidehomelesscounts.com for more information and to take the survey to volunteer.

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