Community News – March 2, 2017

Weekly Community briefs of The Valley

Read Across America at Megan Cope Elementary
In honor of the 4th annual Read Across America Day, Megan Cope Elementary School in San Jacinto will host an event combining Career Day with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. All interested in participating in this event as a guest reader or career presenter should contact Renee Moore at (951) 654-6069. If you have a preference in grade level, let it be known. The event will take place Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Notable guest reader: Hemet’s celebrated musician Rocky Zharp.

Fundraiser for HHS vocal department
Rummage sale donations are needed to generate funds for Hemet High School’s Vocal Department. The rummage sale is set for Saturday, March 4 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hemet High School Stadium parking lot. The public is asked to donate any large items for the fundraiser to help pay for future trips and concerts. Items can be dropped off at the Stadium parking lot on Friday, March 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The department is willing to pick up any items that are donated. Please help contribute to a long-standing tradition of the arts here in the valley and Hemet High School by contacting Angie Anderson at or call Hemet High at (951) 765-5150 and ask for the choir room.

Hemet Harmonizers to perform at MSJC
On Saturday, March 4, The Hemet Harmonizers and guest artists, Flightline, will take the audience on a coast-to-coast trip across the USA with such songs as “Georgia (On My Mind),” “Night Time in Dixie,” and “Chicago Town.” The concert is at the San Jacinto Campus Theatre, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. General Admission is $10; seniors and students $8; military personnel and veterans $5. Concert begins at 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call the Theatre Box Office at 951-487-3790 or email Janet Gasman at

Diamond Valley Lake marathon
Get your running shoes ready for the 2017 Diamond Valley Lake Marathon on Saturday, March 4. Participants will gather at Diamond Valley Lake at 7 a.m. on 2615 Angler Avenue in “The Valley of Mastodons.” Marathon type, report times and fees are as follows: full marathon, 8 a.m., $70; half marathon, 9 a.m., $60; 5K run/walk, 9:30 a.m., $40; senior run/walk, 10:15 a.m., $25; 1K kids run/walk, , 10:15 a.m., $15. The 15th annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Hemet and San Jacinto will also take place. Weather conditions may vary. The road around the dam is fire road so trail shoes are not needed. Aid stations are approximately every two miles. Same day registration available. Call 951-658-0235 or send an email to for more information.

My Fair Ladies – music of the ‘50s and ‘60s
On March 4 Seven Hills Members Club presents My Fair Ladies, a ‘50s and ‘60s tribute to Diana Ross of the ‘60s, Connie Francis, Doris Day, and special local rhythm and blues guest, Shelia Diggs. General admission is $20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show time is 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or cash is accepted at the door the day of the event. Free parking; refreshments available. Seven Hills Members Club, 3050 Jacaranda Way, Hemet.

Hemet art competition winners revealed, works displayed
Winners of the Hemet Valley Art Association’s February Gallery Art competition are Shirley Jouglard, who won Best of Show in Fine Art for “Quiet Autumn Walk,” and Sherri Domenigoni, whose photo of a snow leopard took Best of Show in Photography. A contest for cash prices called “Love is in the Air” was also held. In the Fine Art category, Joyce Thomas won first place, Ed Camarillo won second place, and Betty Pilley won third place. Winners of the Photography competition were Judy Giberson, who won both first and second place, and Constance Peters, who won third place. Artwork of all winners is on display until March 4 at the Hemet Valley Art Association Gallery, 144 N. Harvard St, Hemet.

“Moments in Time” speaker program at Valle Vista Library
The Valle Vista Library is hosting “Moments in Time,” a monthly speaker program that begins March 9. The first speaker will be Dianne Verdugo, who will share her experiences as a volunteer docent for the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial in stories, pictures and archival materials. She will also talk about “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” which was made a state of California holiday March 30 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during his tenure. Valle Vista Library, 25757 Fairview Ave, Hemet. Call (951) 927-2611 for more information.

Career Networking Fair
On Thursday, March 9, Aspire Community Day School will host the 2nd Annual Spring Career Networking Fair. The free event will provide an opportunity for students to network and connect with various professionals in the community. Students will hear directly from retail managers, business owners and various organizations on what employers are looking for when hiring potential employees and what qualities they value. Event time is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the event call (951) 929-3071, x608.

MSJC presents award-winning musical: “Violet”
The Mt. San Jacinto College Performing Arts Department will present the 1997 off-Broadway hit and 2014 Tony-nominated revival, “Violet,” for two weekends starting March 10. The production will feature student performers in musical numbers ranging in style from country to gospel to blues, as the audience follows the journey of a disfigured woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister in the 1960s.
“Violet” will run March 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and March 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for veterans and active military. Call the box office at (951) 487-3790 for ticket reservation. All performances will be held in the San Jacinto Campus Theater located at 1499 N. State St. Sign language interpreters will be provided March 17, 18 and 19 for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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