COMMUNITY NEWS – May 25, 2017

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez

Heritage Day picnic at Valley-Wide
Celebrate the rich history of the San Jacinto Valley at the 82nd annual Heritage Picnic on Monday, May 29 at Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District in San Jacinto. This annual picnic began around a wooden picnic table in 1935 when the city of Hemet dedicated its newest park, Weston Park. Awards will be presented. Bring your own picnic, or purchase a sandwich for $5. Local organizations will have table displays featuring historical events in our valley. 901 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto. Event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Memorial Day Run/Walk & Wellness EXPO
Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities at the 5th annual Memorial Day 5K, 10K & Kids 1K Run. Kidz Fun Zone with free supervised activity area and a Health and Wellness Expo. Visit for information. Registration fees vary between $30 and $50. 6 a.m. – 12 p.m., Diamond Valley Lake Park, 1801 Angler Ave., Hemet.

West Coast Thunder
Annual motorcycle parade from Riverside Harley-Davidson to Soboba Casino Arena in honor of Memorial Day. Registration and staging at 6 a.m. at Riverside Harley-Davidson. Memorial service 8 a.m. Parade departs Riverside at 9:11 a.m. to Soboba Arena. Concert featuring Eli Young Band begins at 1 p.m. Info and registration at $45 per person.

Valley-Wide hosts movies in the park
Each site at Valley-Wide Recreation presents a fun-filled evening for the whole family once a month. Bring your own chair/blanket and enjoy a family film under the stars. Refreshments available. Movie begins at dusk. Call each site location for date and movie information.

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 Re-Start 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.

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. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Please contact Diana Barnes-Fox, director of counseling, at (951) 652-8300 for more information.

Bow-Wow Meow Luau
The Ramona Humane Society fundraiser to help shelter animals will be held Saturday, June 3 starting at 6 p.m. at the Hemet Library, 2nd floor, located 300 East Latham Ave., Hemet. Tickets are $50 each online. For more information, please call (951) 654-8002.

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. 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.

Wild Desert at DVAC
Photographer David McChesney’s new exhibit, “Wild Desert,” presents striking images of desert life. A meet-the-artist reception will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. The exhibition runs from Friday, June 1 to Saturday July 29. Hours of the exhibition are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at Diamond Valley Arts Gallery, 123 N Harvard St. Call (951) 652-3800 for more information.

Hispanic Network Meeting
The Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce hosts the Hispanic Network Meeting the third Wednesday of every month. For more information contact Yolanda Saenz at (951) 658-3211 or at (562) 400-4621. Meetings are held at various locations and are conducted in English.

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