COMMUNITY NEWS – January 4th, 2018

A■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

rt works of Waclaw ‘Vatz’ Gazinski
The public is invited to the upcoming meeting of the Sage Society of Hemet, which will feature Krystyne Gray and Russell Jacobs’ giving a presentation on the life of Waclaw “Vatz”” Gazinski, poet, composer, master carver, and holocaust survivor from 1:30–3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Ramona Room of Miller Jones Mortuary, 1505 W. Florida Ave. Hemet. Following Gazinski’s death in 2013 in Hemet, Gray purchased about 150 pieces of his art work, some of which will be displayed on Jan. 9. Jacobs did extensive research into his life and ascertained that, although he was raised Catholic, he was sent to Auschwitz and then to Dachau, both forced labor camps. Evidence uncovered suggested Gazinski survived by writing a camp newspaper, presenting musical performances, and providing sketches and portraits of Nazi officers. Gray said her love of all things artistic, and her fascination with the history that goes along with Gazinski’s works, motivates her to continue a traveling exhibit. She plans to eventually donate the works to the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. For more information, call 951-929-1630 or 925-926-2143.

Hemet Public Library’s 1st comic convention
The convention will be held Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. Hemet. Everything is free with your library card and includes manga drawing classes, storyboarding classes, superhero storytime, costume contests, artists alley, and vendors. The southland Ghostbusters will be there.

We need you to sing with us
The Harmoneers Chorale, entertaining music lovers in the Hemet area since 1977, begins rehearsals on Monday, Jan. 15, for their May 20 Spring Concert. If you can work Monday mornings into your schedule, you are invited to join this fine chorale. Rehearsals are 9:15 a.m. to noon Monday mornings at The First Presbyterian Church, 515 E. Kimball Ave., Hemet. Readers can also check out the Facebook page or e-mail

Hemet Senior Computer Club
The club meets the third Monday of every month from 10 a.m.–noon at Valley-Wide Valle Vista Recreation Center. The club is open to anyone in the Hemet/San Jacinto area who would like to learn and share knowledge of computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. Valley-Wide Recreation Center, 43935 E. Acacia Ave., Hemet.

Celebrate Recovery meetings
Celebrate Recovery meets are held every week at the following locations:
Mondays, 6:30 p.m., San Jacinto Assembly of God, 300 W. First St., San Jacinto. Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Hemet Christian Assembly, 602 St. John Place, Hemet. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Community Christian Church, 41762 Stetson Ave., Hemet. Saturdays, 6 p.m., Hemet Valley Baptist Church, 1480 N. Kirby St., San Jacinto.

Hemet Public Library
The following activities/events are held at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave., Hemet.
Bark for Books: First Friday of every month from 4–5 p.m. Practice reading skills by reading out loud to certified therapy dogs!
Book Club: Director’s Bookshelf meets the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in the Director’s office.
Diamond Valley Writers Guild: group meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Hemet Library hosts Children’s Winter Read-a-thon
Now through Jan. 13, children ages 3–14 can read five books and receive a reward. Participants can earn up to three rewards. For more information, call 951-765-2440. The library is located at 300 E. Latham Ave, Hemet.

Lakeside Jazz Club at the Elks Lodge
The Lakeside Jazz Club will have something new and different on Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge No. 2591 at 33700 Mission Trail, Wildomar. Instead of a feature band, it will have a guest artist, Alan Shelton, who is an outstanding musician on the cornet. He also heads up the Royale Garden Jazz Band and the Stardusters trio. Admission is $10 at the door. Musicians who participate in a set get in free. Shelton will be sharing techniques for band leadership, solo, and duet playing plus taking attendees through numerous songs. The Lakeside Jazz Club, which has been playing great music for over 20 years, meets the first Sunday of every month at 1:30 p.m. For further information, call Lonnie Selstad at 951-440- 2958.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast
The twelfth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast “Next: The Struggle for Social Justice and Equity” will be held Monday, Jan. 15 from 7:30–10 a.m. There will be a full breakfast, art contest, presentations on the theme of the day, and Native American drummers and dancers. The event will be at the MSJC San Jacinto Campus Library, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. It is free and open to the public, however seating is strictly limited and an RSVP is required to: Prof. Willie Hamilton, 951-487-3685 or

Pass Area Veterans Expo
The expo honors all branches of the military and will be held on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center, 550 E. 6th St., Beaumont. It is open to the public. Explore the many benefits and services for veterans and/or their families through different agencies and organizations that will be present. Refreshments will be available. Call 951-769-9858 for more information.

Widowed Persons Activities Club
Monthly meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month (except December) at the Simpson Center, 305 E. Devonshire Ave., Hemet (behind the library). The group often has keynote speakers on topics of interest to members. The club has 50/50 drawings, card bingo, Chinese auctions, etc. To ensure a good fit, prospective members are encouraged to try up to three activities before joining. Yearly dues are $25, which funds the monthly newsletter and other functions of the club. For more information, contact Anna Beth at 951-658-8657.

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