NEWS BRIEFS – May 11, 2017

Discussing the 1937 San Jacinto Landing of Transpolar Soviet Flight

Jack Warneke will talk about the historic 1937 landing of the Russians in San Jacinto at the Valle Vista Library. Appropriate for all ages on May 11 at 4 p.m. Admission is free. The presentation will include archival film made by the Russians and a U.S. Newsreel. For more information, please call (951) 927-2611. Valle Vista Library is at 25757 Fairview Ave., Hemet.

Coffee with Karlee

Please join District 1 Councilwoman Karlee Meyer from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Downtown Deli & Coffee Company located at 113 N. Harvard St. in Hemet. Ask questions, share ideas & get involved!

Vintage Hitchcock at Ramona Hillside Playhouse

Assistance League® of Hemacinto is hosting a benefit night at the Ramona Hillside Playhouse on Saturday, May 13. Wine and cheese reception is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the play “Vintage Hitchcock,” a live radio play. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the chapter’s Teen Parent Program. For information, contact Barbara Carrington at 951-925-4799.

Open auditions for “Virginia of the Valley”

The Ramona Hillside Players will hold open auditions for “Virginia of the Valley.” Auditions are May 15 and 16 and will begin at 7 p.m. at 27402 Ramona Bowl Road in Hemet. The play will be directed by Michael Tennant. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Please come prepared with a resume, head shot, pen/pencil, and list of conflicts. Hemet performance dates are July 7-9, 14-16 at Ramona Hillside Players. Lake Arrowhead performance dates are July 21 and 22 at The Tudor House. For more information, please visit

The Harmoneers’ Chorale Spring Concert “A Musical Potpourri”

The concert will be held on May 20 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hemet located at 515 E. Kimball Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Donations: $10.

Opening ceremonies for the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance

The ceremony will begin at noon on May 26 and is open to the public from May 26 to May 29 at VFW Post 2266 located at 1891 S. Santa Fe Ave., San Jacinto. For more information, please call (951) 925-3523.

IMPACT Homelessness: A community forum

This free forum will be held on May 27 at 10 a.m. at Hemet Christian Assembly located at 602 E. St. John Place. Panelists will include Brenda Scott, executive director NAMI Mt San Jacinto; Stephanie Hopkins, formerly homeless; Linda Rogers, director of Valley ReStart Shelter, Inc; Steve Norman, pastor of Hemet Christian Assembly and founder of Hemet GateKeepers; Chief Dave Brown, Hemet Police Department; Stacie Olson, president/founder of Project Hope II; Audra Lee, CASA executive director; Lynne Brockmeier, administrative services manager for Housing, Riverside University Health Systems. The forum will be moderated by Councilwoman Karlee Meyer.

Veterans University at Palm Springs Convention Center

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) will host the 2nd annual Veterans University on May 20 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Program starts at 9 a.m. Tickets are free but space is limited. The event will include healthcare and disability benefits, mental health, transportation, and employment services for veterans. For more information, contact Congressman Ruiz’s office at (760) 424-8888 or visit

Peter Curtis Quartet to perform at DVAC

The Peter Curtis Quartet will perform at Diamond Valley Art Council’s Wine Art and Jazz Music Night, May 20, at 123 N. Harvard St. in Hemet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Student tickets are $10 for online pre-sale and $15 at the door. Curtis has performed or recorded with notable jazz and blues musicians including Claudia Acuna, James Carter, Freddy Cole, Taj Mahal, Barbra Morrison and James Moody. He has played in some of the top jazz clubs in Southern California as well as in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner & Awards Banquet

The Installation Dinner and Awards Banquet will be held at The Anchor Bar Club Restaurant on Friday, May 12. Cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner and event program at 7 p.m., dancing starts at 8 p.m. $35 per person, or a table for 10 is $300. Formal attire required. RSVP to (951) 654-1645.

NAMI Mt. San Jacinto – Golf Classic at Golden Era Golf Course

Golf fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 19 at Golden Era Golf Course located at 19871 Gilman Springs Road, San Jacinto. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start. Individual entry fee is $40 and team of four is $150. The fee includes green fee, cart, goody bag, 50/50 raffle, gift raffle and door prizes. Call (951) 797-0120 or (951) 765-1850 for information. Email or

Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce – Hispanic Network Meeting

Capt. Leonard Purvis from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Station, is the featured speaker at the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Network Meeting on May 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meeting will be held at Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, 2355 E. Florida Ave., Hemet. For more information contact Yolanda Saenz at (951) 658-3211 or at (562) 400-4621.

Center Against Sexual Assault (C.A.S.A.) Open House

Join CASA for its first annual open house and silent auction on June 2 from 1-4 p.m. at 1600 E. Florida Ave., #206, Hemet. In celebration of their new location at the Bank of Hemet Professional Building, we are excited to show off our new office and expanded services. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Please contact Diana Barnes-Fox, director of counseling, at (951) 652-8300 for more information.

Grandfathers For Golf offers free golf classes for kids

Grandfathers For Golf sponsors free golf lessons for children ages 7 to 18. Classes begin June 13 and all course fees and classes are free. Beginner’s classes will be held at Echo Hills Golf Course in Hemet and Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto. The first classes will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at Golden Era Golf Course, and Wednesday, June 14 at Echo Hills. Classes are from 7:30- 9 a.m. at both locations. Pee Wee classes (ages 5 to 6) will start at 8 a.m.- 9 a.m. Every child, in addition to nine classes, will receive a uniform shirt and hat and a set of golf clubs for them to keep. Donations are gratefully accepted. Sign-ups are available online at or by calling (909) 754-4148. For more information, please contact Tony Viola at (909) 754-4148.

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