Community News

by Chronicle News Staff

December 6 at 4 pm
The Valley Nonprofit Network meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, December 6 at 4 pm will go “DARK” for the month of December. The next VNN meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3rd from 4pm – 5pm at Exceed (Conference room at back of property), 755 Oakwood St., Hemet, CA.

Human Host comes to Hemet
The Human Host will be on tour in Southern California throughout the end of this year. The tour touches down in the Inland Empire on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.H, when Human Host performs in Hemet at the Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro.
Also on the bill that night will be a headlining set from singer-songwriter Tyler Baker, one of Hemet’s finest local music artists.
HH is touring in support of its newest music release, an album titled “Special Moments with Muckle Flugga and The Cronk” which is out now on the Sara Laughs label, and also as a download via the Human Host bandcamp profile. For more information, contact Mike Apichella/Human Host at 443-934-4933.

Mt. San Jacinto College Concert Band presents Holiday Concert
Celebrate the season with the Mt. San Jacinto College Concert Band and its holiday concert featuring many joyful favorites. The event is sponsored by MSJC Community Education and directed by Jeff McNurlan. The event will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the San Jacinto Campus Theatre, Bldg. 1500, 1499 North State Street in San Jacinto. Ticket prices are General Admission: $6, Senior/Veterans: $5, Students: $4 For more information contact Janet Gasman, MSJC Theatre Box Office, at (951) 487-3790 or

Blues comes to Hemet
Local area blues fans won’t have to travel to the coast to hear great blues thanks to Derby’s Bar and Grill. Lil A and the All-nighters, a blues band with credits that include The Doheny Blues Festival, appeared before a packed house at Derby’s Nov. 2.
Based on the the enthusiastic reception, Derby’s is bringing the band back on Saturday, Dec. 8 for another rockin’ show. Owner Jesse Vivanco told the Chronicle the band also will be performing at least once a quarter in 2019. Details on those dates will be forthcoming. Derby’s is located at 2860 West Florida Avenue, Hemet. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 8 pm, the Zach Caplinger Jazz Quartet will perform at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St., in historic downtown Hemt. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 members, and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the door.

Reid-Marr’s “Full Circle” workshop
The art studio is a “sacred space where transformation happens” for David Reid-Marr, Chair of Idyllwild Arts Academy Visual Arts Department.
The commitment to spiritual growth that affects the Academy’s students so deeply will be shared with the wider community in Ataloa Studio on the Idyllwild Arts campus on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Reid-Marr leads a workshop called “Full Circle” – A Day of Art for the Community.
$100 for Tuition and Lab Fee at Space is limited

The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), December 15, 16 and 22, 2018
DVAC Music at the Center: Special Christmas Time Concert
Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m., Dan Boulton and his Saxophone Choir, and Anna Ancheta and The Inland Valley Youth Orchestra will perform a Special Christmas Time Concert at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St., in historic downtown Hemet. General admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door. The Valley Vocal Ensemble: Home for the Holidays On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m., The Valley Vocal Ensemble will present “Home for the Holidays” at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St., in historic downtown Hemet. Tickets available at the door. DVAC Music at the Center: The Barnaby Finch Band, A Tribute to Dave Grusin on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., The Barnaby Finch Band will be playing a music tribute to Dave Grusin at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 N. Harvard St. in downtown Hemet. General admission is $20 and for members it’s $15. Tickets can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door.

Hemet Public Library offers genealogy classes
If you’re interested in learning more about your family history, you may want to visit the Genealogy Room at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. It is open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday. Regular library hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Trained volunteers are available to help. The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society offers free family research with all of the latest Internet search tools. Upcoming society events include the following:
The following activities also are held regularly at the Hemet Library.
• 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.

MSJC Community Orchestra Schedule
Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. – Holiday concert: music from various holiday traditions.
Sunday, Mar. 3 at 3 p.m. – First spring concert: Boieldieu harp concerto with the MSJC Orchestra featuring harpist Dr. Vanessa Sheldon.
Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. – 2nd Spring Concert: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, featuring an international violinist.
For performances at the San Jacinto Campus, reservations may be made by calling 951-487-3790. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour before showtime. Tickets can now be purchased online via the MSJC website where the complete schedule for all music, dance and theater performances are listed.

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 meetings 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.

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.

FREE 55+ Friendship Craft group meets every Friday 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army, Palm and Acacia in Hemet. Join for some fun, fellowship, and free crafts.

The Cranston Fire – What Happened?
The Hemet Heritage Foundation will feature a history program, “The Cranston Fire – What happened?” at the Foundation’s monthly meeting on Monday, December 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. A public information officer from the United States Forest Service will make the presentation on this tragic fire that was set by an arsonist on July 25, 2018 on Hwy 74 near the Strawberry Creek Bridge and burnt over 13,000 acres.
Guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the United Way Local Toy Drive to the meeting or drop it off at the Hemet Museum for local children in need of a Christmas present.

This month, the Foundation will meet at the Diamond Valley Middle School Library, 291 W. Chambers, Hemet 92343. The Foundation normally holds its monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Diamond Valley Middle School Library but occasionally holds them at other venues.

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