Community News – March 1st, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

Car seat safety check with CHP
Come down to Burlington Coat Factory, 2171 W. Florida Ave., Hemet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 3 for a car seat safety check with CHP. This is a free event hosted by CHP and Hemet Woman’s Club to inspect car seats and educate parents on how to properly install them.

Coffee with a Cop
The San Jacinto Police Department will be hosting Coffee with a Cop from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at Starbucks, 2281 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A, San Jacinto.

MSJC and Cal State San Marcos, Temecula hold information sessions
Learn how to earn an associate’s degree from MSJC in two years and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CSUSM at Temecula in another two years, all with guaranteed seating. For more information contact Elizabeth Eriksen at 951-487-3413 or

Information sessions will be held at three locations according to the below schedule:

• Menifee Valley Campus (MVC), Rm. 927, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee.
• Temecula Higher Education Center (THEC), Rm. 230, 43200 Business Park Dr., Temecula.
• San Jacinto Campus (SJC), Rm. 200, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto.

Thu. Mar. 8, 4-5 p.m., MVC Rm. 927

Tue. Mar. 27, 5:30–6:30 p.m, THEC Rm. 230

Tue. April 10, 4-5 p.m., SJC Rm. 200

Tue. April 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m., THEC Rm. 230

Wed. May 9, 4-5 p.m., THEC Rm. 230

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 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:

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

NAMI’s 2018 Spring Classes
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding their spring classes. See below for start dates. Please register to attend classes. For registration, call 951-765-1850.

March 7
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
6-8:30 pm at San Jacinto Unified School District office, 2045 S. San Jacinto St. San Jacinto.

NAMI Peer to Peer Education
3:30-5:30 pm at 650 N. State St, Hemet.

March 20
NAMI Family to Family Education Class
6-8:30 pm at Beaumont Presbyterian Church, 702 Euclid Ave., Beaumont.

Free golf instruction for kids!
Grandfathers For Golf, the San Jacinto-based non-profit dedicated to providing free golf instruction for children, has openings in the spring session for children seven years old and up. Signups for this age group are usually reserved for the summer session. Children who sign up get free golf instruction, a free set of golf clubs, and a free uniform. Grandfathers For Golf never charges for its services or equipment, although donations are encouraged.
Tuesday classes will start on March 6, and Thursday classes will begin March 8. Start time is 3:30 p.m. at Golden Era Golf Course in San Jacinto. Limited space is also available on Tuesdays at Echo Hills Golf Course in Hemet beginning on March 13 at 3:30 p.m. Sign ups are available online at, or call 909-754-4148.

Community Pantry grand reopening
The reopening of the Community Pantry will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at 191 S. Columbia St., Hemet. (Back parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church). At the beginning of the new year, the Pantry was blessed to secure a much larger and more adequate facility that will enable us to continue to provide necessary food and other critical help to thousands of people in need. Every month, the Pantry provides food to approximately 950 families, 327 seniors, and 75 homeless people—almost 30,000 people a year! With this new facility the Pantry will be able to help relieve hunger for many more of our community members. The event will include tours, food, proclamation presentations, family activities and more. Those who wish, may participate in the new fundraising program, “Buy a Brick.”

Valley Homeless Task Force presents ‘Community Update Forum’
The Salvation Army will host the forum from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at 340 S. Palm, Hemet. Presentations will cover concerns and actions with speakers from the Hemet Police and Fire Departments as well as faith-based and mental health outreach, Valley Restart, Hemet Gatekeepers, Solutions for Change and Pastor Randy Jones. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

National Medal of Honor Ceremony
National Medal of Honor Day will be celebrated locally at 1 p.m. March 17 with a ceremony at the National Medal of Honor Memorial, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. Congress signed legislation in 1990 designating, March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day. Riverside National Cemetery is home to a National Medal of Honor Memorial, one of four sites recognized nationally to be designated as a National Medal of Honor Memorial Sites. Following the ceremony, attendees are encouraged to visit the gravesites of the five Medal of Honor recipients buried at the cemetery and tour the Medal of Honor Memorial, the Fallen Soldiers/Veterans Memorial, and the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Memorial. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required.

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.

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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