Community News – Feb.2, 2017

■ By Halima Haider / Reporter

Popeyes Chicken to finally open after Big Game weekend

Famous Louisiana-accented multinational fast-food chain known for its spicy fried chicken and biscuits and sides, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, is to launch its much anticipated Hemet location on Florida Avenue tentatively Monday, Feb. 6.

Calling all women: Community Builders recruiting women to give back

Community Builders, a celebrated non-profit of Hemet, is looking for awesome women eager to get involved in the community to join the group. Community Builders’ mission is to give back to the community with projects including but not limited to “Hamburger Bash,” which will be held the first Saturday in March to benefit San Jacinto schools; “Valentine for Vets,” a delivery service for a local Veteran’s Hospital in honor of Valentine’s Day; a project through which Christmas trees are provided to needy families in the community; and a few other projects that come up during the year. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the San Jacinto Museum, located at Estudillo Heritage Park on 695 Ash St., in San Jacinto at 6 p.m. For more information call Lynn Peterson, (951) 255-5598. Next meeting is Feb. 16.

Send a Valentine to a veterans at area libraries

Community Builders has set up “Valentine Boxes” at the Hemet, San Jacinto and Valle Vista public libraries for a current local initiative titled “Valentines for Veterans.” Attendees are encouraged to bring in a Valentine to any of the listed libraries. “Valentine for a Vet” will be picked up early on Feb. 13 to be delivered to the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda. For more information please call Lynn Peterson, president of Community Builders at (951) 255-5598. Help support our veterans who do so much for us.

Lamb Canyon construction project schedule subject to change

California Department of Transportation has changed the work schedule for a project to install drainage inlets on Highway 79 from First Street in Beaumont to Gilman Springs Road near San Jacinto that began Monday, Jan. 30. Going forward, construction on northbound lanes will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Thursdays and Fridays. Southbound lane construction will happen between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and midnight to 5 a.m., Thursdays and Fridays. One of two lanes will be available during work hours. According to Caltrans, the $3 million project, which is expected to complete in late May, is needed to direct water off the highway and into the median, which will reduce the potential for hydroplaning on Lamb Canyon.

Come celebrate the 37th annual Valley Quilters’ Quilt Show

Next weekend, Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11, the Valley Quilters will host its 37th annual show at Valley-Wide Regional Park on 901 W. Esplanade Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance fee is just $7 per person; children 3 and under get free access (no strollers, or rolling carts please). More than 100 quilts will be on display side-by-side with related vendors, including a large boutique, a consignment shop, a featured quilter (TBA), a quilt appraiser on Saturday, a food vendor, and free parking. Tickets for the upcoming Philanthropic Quilt may be purchased at the show either day; a raffle drawing will be held on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For more information visit or call (951) 244-9232.

“Lovers in Paris” – Parisian themed Valentine’s dinner

Searching for the perfect place to dine in town on V-Day? Look no more: Come relish an exclusive pinky-up evening in elegantly secluded ambiance with a romantic Parisian themed four-course dinner commensurate with rich wine, champagne and live entertainment at Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro on 100 W. Florida Ave. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. The $50 per person offer is limited to 24 seating only so hurry as the offer still applies! Call (951) 652-0040 to reserve your seat and choose your entrée choice.

Celebrate new local non-profit Women Armed & Ready with “Wild West Dinner” party

A “Wild West” themed dinner party is in order in honor of an inaugural fundraiser for new local nonprofit, Women Armed & Ready, which will be held Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road. Festivities will include BBQ dinner, entertainment, raffles, along with a selection of beer and wine. Tickets are $25 each. Emcee will be Hemet Councilwoman Bonnie Wright. Keynote speaker will be Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff. All interested in attending should RSVP by Feb. 14th by calling (951) 970-4553.

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