Community News – March 8th, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

Women’s self-defense workshop at MSJC
This free workshop is open to students, staff, faculty and community members from 12:30-2 p.m. on March 8 at the Menifee Valley Campus, Rm. 1013, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee. Honoring International Women’s Day, March 8, the MSJC Diversity Committee and the Riverside Rape Crisis Center will offer a self-defense workshop for women. This is a hands-on workshop open to women only. All participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice a few self-defense moves and strategies. Participants can come and leave as their schedule permits. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and no jewelry. For more information, contact Vera Stamenkovic at

Johnny Rowlett at DVAC
The Hemet/San Jacinto Interfaith Council presents 2016 Music Evangelist of the Year, Johnny Rowlett, at 7 p.m. on March 9. Tickets are $10 at the door. Concert will be held at Diamond Valley Arts Council, 123 Harvard. St., Hemet. This is a benefit concert for Valley Restart Shelter and the speakers forum. For more information, call Krystyne Gray at 951-334-9019 or Michael Madrigal at 951-654-2432.

Hemet Heritage Foundation
Talk will be held at Diamond Valley Middle School Library (Rm. 117), 291 W. Chambers St., Hemet, from 7-9 p.m on Monday, March 12. Bring a friend! Historian and researcher Bob Kent will be speaking about Clarence Muse, stage actor, producer, director, composer, singer and first African-American movie star. He was well-known in Perris and active years ago in the area’s charity and civic organizations.

Mt. San Jacinto College Concert Band
Performance is at 7 p.m. on March 13 at the MSJC San Jacinto Campus Theatre (Bldg. 1500), 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. Ticket prices: general admission is $6; senior/veteran is $5; student is $4. Under the direction of Jeff McNurlan, the MSJC Concert Band and The Valley Winds Community Concert Band, will present a spring concert with music ranging from the eighties flashbacks, Americana, and standard favorites. For more information, contact Janet Gasman in the Theatre Box Office at 951-487-3790 or

The Steven Ragsdale Quartet
Concert begins at 7 p.m. on March 17 at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $15. DVAC members and students are $10. Students may purchase pre-sale $5 tickets online at or by stopping by DVAC Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine and other beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. Ragsdale is a premier saxophonist. His stylings include not only straight jazz, but also rock, pop, and classical music.

Fiber Arts show at DVAC
The Diamond Valley Arts Council (DVAC) Arts Center Gallery’s Fiber Arts show will be displayed now through April 28 in their arts center, 123 N. Harvard St., Hemet. DVAC continues the tradition of bringing outstanding fiber art works by local and regional artists with the third Fiber Arts exhibition. Entries were open to surface design, printing on fabric, mixed media techniques including fabric, thread or yarns, quilting art, thread painting and felting. Works are available for sale.

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.

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