■ By Arlene Lehtone / Contributed
Hemet West has booked the following bands for the September Wednesday night dances for seniors:
October 4 – Leather and Lace.
October 11 – Ron and Diane.
October 18 – Punch and Judy.
October 25 – Rhonda and Showdown / Halloween theme.
For the Halloween-themed dance, get out your scariest costumes and have a spooktacular time. Costumes are encouraged, not required. Americans dressing up in costumes developed into the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating, which evolved from “souling,” where the poor went to homes of the wealthy, requesting soul cakes, fruit, and alms, a custom mentioned by Shakespeare in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
The Welsh thought that a sneeze blew the soul out of one’s body, which is where “God bless you” originated; and sneezing on Halloween was especially dangerous, as it was believed that the devil could seize your soul. More than 170 million Americans celebrate this holiday, about 71.5 percent of the population.
These dances are open to the public and are held from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person and proper attire is required. Opportunity drawings offer free tickets. Refreshments are available; no alcohol is allowed.
Presale tickets for the Harvest Ball on Nov. 15 will be available for purchase at the Oct. 11, Oct. 18, and Oct 25 dances. The last date presale tickets are available is Nov. 1. Tickets to the Harvest Ball cost $6.
For more information about these popular dances at Hemet West, 5001 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.