COMMUNITY NEWS – April 5th, 2018

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

Mt. San Jacinto College Welcomes Award-Winning Novelist, T.C. Boyle
The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the San Jacinto Campus Theatre, Bldg. 1500, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. Mt. San Jacinto College is excited to be hosting T.C. Boyle as the featured author at the upcoming MSJC Eagle Event. Recognized as one of the most inventive and wickedly funny short story writers at work today, Boyle has built up a body of fiction that is remarkable in its range, richness, and exuberance. Since the mid-70s, he has published 26 books of fiction and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988, for his third novel, “World’s End,” and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for “The Tortilla Curtain” in 1995. He is a distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rickianne Rycraft at 951- 639-5420 or

Rummage sale at Casa Del Rey Estates
The rummage sale will take place from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the West Clubhouse at Casa Del Rey Estates, 881 N. Lake St., Hemet. There will be a bake sale, and hot dogs, chips and soda will also be for sale on that day.

Great old-time railroading program
Please join The Hemet Heritage Foundation Monday evening, at 7 p.m. on April 9 in the Library (Rm. 117) of Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers St., Hemet, for a fascinating program about the practice used by yesteryear’s railroad yardsmen of marking freight cars with chalk to keep track of them in transit. Bob “Chief” Chaparro will be the presenter.

Picnic in the park
Widowed Persons Activity Club “Picnic in the Park” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 18 at Mary Henley Park (corner of Kirby St. and Johnston Ave.) in Hemet. Widowed persons invited to visit and learn more about our club.

Cancer Benefit: 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament Fundraiser
This FUNdraiser is for our Idyllwild School Office Manager Beth Swanson and former Idyllwild School student Emma Salter. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. on April 22 at the Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Hwy 79, San Jacinto. The cost is $40 per player. Please make your own team, if possible. There will be great prizes, fun raffles and a delicious lunch. Please come out and support these amazing women as they battle cancer. Reserve your spot ASAP by calling
James Wiesen at 951-751-1388 or Michelle Wiesen at 951-897-5173.

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.

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:

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

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 started March 6, and Thursday classes began 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 on March 13 at 3:30 p.m. Signups are available online at, or call 909-754-4148.

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.

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