Community News – May 24th, 2018

■ Chronicle News Staff

Chairs for Charity fundraiser
Tickets are still available for the inaugural “Chairs for Charity” live auction starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 in Nelson Hall on the Idyllwild Arts Academy Campus, 52500 Temecula Rd., Idyllwild. Led by Michael Slocum, president of the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation, this one-night-only live auction is part of the bigger 50th anniversary celebration. Tickets for the May 26 festivities are only $45 each and include dinner, beverages, music, silent auction, and live auction. Dinner will be catered by Carte Blanche Gourmet Tacos with music provided by DJ Billy Sheppard. The live auction will feature four of the 15 custom created chairs. There will also be a silent auction that will feature art, event tickets, wine baskets, autographed posters, and much more. Attendees may continue to bid online for all other available chairs. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the scholarship funds for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and summer program. Event tickets may be purchased in Idyllwild at The Town Crier, Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, or online at Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 303, Idyllwild, Ca. 92549.

Memorial Day Heritage Picnic
Picnic will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on May 28 at the Simpson Center, 305 E. Devonshire, Ave. Hemet. (See story on section “A”).

Blue Skies, Pine Trees & Music!
Head to the mountains for our very fun music lineup for Memorial Day weekend. There will be a lot of toe tapping and head bobbing, for sure … and maybe even a little dancing! Come early and enjoy award-winning wine while you browse over 200 works of art in 4000 sq. feet of comfortable, rustic elegance. It’s all happening at Middle Ridge Winery, located in beautiful Idyllwild. Following is the music schedule:
Friday, May 25
5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Len-Tones
Enjoy the classic country, rock and R&B sounds of Lenny Hansell, Gilbert Hansen and Rodger Reeder.
Saturday, May 26
5-8 p.m.

Jason Lohrke
Neil Diamond tribute artist Jason Lohrke always rocks the house and is sure to get you out of your seat and dancing.
Sunday, May 27
4-7 p.m.

Hot Flash & Men of Pause
(minus Kathleen)
Sandii Castleberry, Anne & Barnaby Finch, and Don Reed fuse bluegrass and folk for a perfect Sunday afternoon of music!

Valley Vocal Ensemble
The Valley Vocal Ensemble, a vocal chorale of Hemet, San Jacinto and the surrounding communities has been rehearsing since late January in preparation for its annual spring concert. Two performances of the program feature Tony Award winning songs are scheduled. One is set for Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hemet and another for Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. at the Diamond Valley Arts Center located in downtown Hemet. The program includes a range of familiar songs from hit Broadway musicals which include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cats,” “Mary Poppins,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and others. According to Director Randy Dawkins, “The music was selected, not only for its popular appeal but as a way to showcase the capabilities of the group.” Tickets for the performance are $10 and may be purchased from any ensemble member or at the door. For more information, contact Dawkins at 951.660.6446.

Two Salvation Army summer camps for youth
The Hemet Salvation Army is hosting its annual summer camps both in town and in the mountains beginning Friday, June 18. In town, children from 1st thru 8th grades can go on local field trips, engage in activities and complete projects, and have lunch and snacks with lots of fun at the Salvation Army Hemet Community Center, 340 S. Palm Ave., Hemet. The youth camp runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Thursday, June 18 – July 26. The cost is $35 per week ($160 value thanks to sponsors). In the mountains, children ages 5-17 can attend the Salvation Pine Summit Summer Camp near Big Bear during weekly sessions between June 18 – July 23. Rock climbing, nature walks, archery, swimming, and more are available. The cost is $380 per week per youth. For information, contact Hemet Salvation Army, 951-791-9497 ext. 102 or email

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 Avenue, 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, 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.

Friendship Craft Group
Free 55+ Friendship Craft group meets every Friday from 9:30 am to 11 am at the Salvation Army at Palm & Acacia in Hemet. Join us for some fun, fellowship and FREE crafts.

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