COMMUNITY NEWS – February 1, 2018


■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

David Hendren exhibition, Land of Lens at MSJC
The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery is proud to announce a new solo exhibition by David Hendren titled Land of Lens on display from Jan. 17–Feb. 22. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the San Jacinto Campus Art Gallery, Bldg. 1400, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. This new exhibition features larger than life mixed-media figurative abstract sculptures. Hendren has had solo shows at Five Car Garage, Meliksetian/Briggs, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Public Fiction and Kim Light/Lightbox. He received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (See story in Arts and Culture Section, A6, for an interview with Hendren.)

Superheroes lecture series
Mt. San Jacinto College and the Western Science Center will cosponsor a spring lecture series titled, Superheroes and Why We Need Them! The series begins this Thursday and will be held at the Western Science Center Theater, 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet. Doors open at 6:30, and talks begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.
For WSC members the lectures are free; students w/ID, $5; non-members, $8. Following are the dates and lecture titles:
Feb. 1. “Superhero Mutants and the Basic Biology of Mutations,” with Crystal Anthony, MSJC Biology Department
March 1. “Contrasting Approaches to Moral Duty in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight,’” with David Smith, MSJC Philosophy Department
April 5. “Leaping Buildings: How Superheroes Speak Us into Meaning,” with Eric Atkinson, MSJC English Department
May 3. “What Western Media Doesn’t Get about Muslim Women: Normalizing Representations of Muslim Women through Social Justice and Comics,” with Arafiena Bhuiyan, MSJC English Department
For more information contact Erik Ozolins at 951-639-5725 or

Changing the future starts with transforming lives today
A talk by Solutions for Change’s Paul Webster from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 515 Kimball St., Hemet. The talk is presented by the Hemet-San Jacinto Interfaith Council Lecture Series. It is open to the public, and admission is free.

Hemet Sunset Rotary presents Comedy Night
The Sunset Rotary in conjunction with Bubba’s Comedy is presenting a Sweet Hearts Comedy Night on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, from DVAC, the Sunset Rotary Website and Purple Pass. The evening features host Bubba Butler, headliner Anita Milner plus Kevin Davis, I.T. Turner, Morey Sherman and Julión Gonzalez. There will be door prizes and raffles, and alcohol will be available. The show is being presented at DVAC located at 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet.

Combat veterans and their war dogs
The SAGE Society meeting from 1:30–3 p.m. on Feb. 13 will feature Jon Hemp, a Vietnam veteran and war dog handler. Hemp was in Vietnam a total of 16 months with a short stay in Japan to recover from wounds. He went back to Vietnam due to a shortage of dog handlers. Hemp was instrumental in getting the War Dog memorial statue at Camp Pendleton and is involved with the War Dog Ceremony held every year at March Air Field. He started the “War Daug Project” which honors all service war dog handlers to show appreciation for their service. Hemp will talk about his experience in Vietnam with sentry and scout dogs and with today’s war dog handlers. Meeting will be in the Ramona Room, behind Miller Jones Mortuary, 1505 W. Florida Avenue, Hemet. Visitors are welcome. For information call 929-1630 or 926-2143.

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 are held at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave.
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: meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

7th San Jacinto Women’s Conference
The conference will be held from 7:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at The Country Club at Soboba Springs, 1020 Soboba Rd, San Jacinto. Register online at $50 for early registration (by Feb. 12) and $55 thereafter. Reserve a table for 10 for $450. There will be motivational speakers, local vendors, prizes, breakfast and lunch, shopping and more. Space is limited.

Widowed Persons Activities Club
Monthly meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month 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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