Community news – Feb. 16, 2017

Community briefs of the week

■ By Halima Haider / Editorial Assistant

Salary increase possible for non-teaching SJUSD employees
San Jacinto Unified School District Governing Board members were scheduled to vote on a proposed raise for non-teaching employees at their meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15. As proposed, employees such as classroom aides, school secretaries and custodians would receive a 2 percent raise April 1, plus a one-time 5 percent bonus. Meanwhile, San Jacinto High School’s interim principal since October 2016, Luke Smith, was slated for promotion to the permanent position. Frank Jimenez, whom Smith replaced, is expected to be moving back to the school as assistant principal after working in the district office as coordinator, student, community and personnel support.

Hemet Community Concert Association brightens February with the Alliance Brass
Hailing from Chicago, the Alliance Brass will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Living Hope Baptist Church, 433 S. San Jacinto St., Hemet. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with free parking. Walk-in tickets cost $30 (get a season subscription for $60), with free admission for those 22 and under. The group is comprised of Chris O’Hara, (trumpet), Mary Galime (trumpet), Kelly Langenberg (French horn), Thomas Stark (trombone) and William Russell (tuba). Don’t miss the rest of the season, as we anticipate Gabriela Martinez (piano) and the return of the popular Rose Ensemble. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (951) 658-7319.

Book-signing to be held in Hemet for Idyllwild writer’s award-winning novel
Idyllwild-based writer, teacher and filmmaker Ken Luber will hold a book signing for his award-winning second novel “The Sun Jumpers” at Cameron Books located at 2920 Florida Ave., #108 in Hemet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Kirkus Reviews calls it: “a lighthearted romp that’s permeated by humor regarding adolescent antics, 20-something angst, and a wealth of inevitable culture-clash misunderstandings. But it also deals with some serious issues, including modern-day bigotry (the Kishoki are a dark-skinned people), the sometimes-troubled relationships between parents and offspring, and the need to find and follow one’s own truth.”

Hemet Hospice to host training session to help children with deceased loved ones
Hemet Hospice on W. Stetson Street is hosting a comprehensive training session for bereavement volunteers interested in working in local Hemet Unified School District schools with children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The community is highly encouraged to take part in this free event. It’s the perfect opportunity to make the kind of difference that matters. The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (766) 962-9890 for more information.

MSJC to host a STEM lecture with Sean M. Carroll
On Friday, Feb. 24, MSJC will host a STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics— lecture with renowned cosmologist and author Sean M. Carroll, Ph.D., based on his new book “The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and Universe Itself.” Carroll has been featured on such television shows as “The Colbert Report,” National Geographic “Known Universe,” and “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.” The event will be held at the junior college’s San Jacinto Campus Theatre on 1499 N. State St., in San Jacinto from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Added bonus: It is free and open to the public.
Carroll will explore a school of thought which delineates how our “human-sized” world fits into the bigger picture as defined by the underlying laws of nature focusing on our impressions of “cause and effect” and other complex structures that make up the universe. Carroll earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 and is now a research faculty at the California Institute of Technology. Additionally, his work has been recognized by fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the American Physical Society.

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