Community News – January 17, 2019

Taste of the Valley
The Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a “Taste of the Valley” on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The event will be hosted by the Simpson Center located at 305 E. Devonshire Ave. in Hemet.
This event is free and open to the public and will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come experience local restaurants, businesses, and entertainment all in one venue. To reserve a booth or for more details call (951) 658-3211 or visit

Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West
A highlight of the Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West is the various themes, and the attractive clubhouse is decorated accordingly, while the dancers enjoy dressing according to the themes.
This year will feature themes such as Denim and Diamonds; Western, Valentine’s Day (couples that met at the dance); Jump, Jive, and Swing; Mardi Gras; St. Patrick’s Day; Cruise Night; Cinco de Mayo; Disco; Flag Day; Senior Prom (semi-formal); Western; Hawaiian Luau; Roaring Twenties, Sock Hop; Halloween; Veteran’s Salute; Harvest Ball (semi-formal); Hollywood Night; and Rocking the Holidays.
There are excellent different dance bands each Wednesday. The ceiling lights dim, replaced by atmospheric multi-colored sparkling lights, and the fun-filled evening of dancing begins.
Jan. 23 – Rhonda and Showdown.
Jan. 30 – Stage Robbers, with a Western theme.
Feb. 6 – Dave Ambrose.
Feb. 13 – Ron and Diane. Valentine’s Day theme;
honoring couples that met at the dance.
Feb. 20 – Country Sounds.
Feb. 27 – E’Klektic. Jump, Jive, and Swing theme.
These dances, which are open to the public, are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and continue throughout the summer. Admission is $6 per person, proper attire is required (no work jeans, tank tops, or shorts), and alcohol is not allowed. Opportunity drawings offer free tickets. Tables have snacks, and pitchers of water; and freshly brewed tea and coffee is available.
For further information about these senior dances at Hemet West, 5001 West Florida Avenue in Hemet, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.

January events at the Diamond Valley Arts Center
DVAC Music at the Center: Coleslaw in Concert
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Coleslaw will be performing a concert at The
Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), in historic downtown Hemet. General admission is $20, for DVAC members is $15, and for students it’s $10. Tickets
can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door.

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society
To discover more about your family history, visit the Duffin Heritage Room at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. It is open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday. Regular library hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Trained volunteers are on hand to assist. The Genealogical Society offers free family research with the latest Internet search tools. Society events include:
HSJGS monthly meetings: First Thursday each month, 2 – 4 p.m. Speakers/refreshments.
Genealogy Book Sale: Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free Genealogy Workshops: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – noon. Downstairs Conference Room: Jan. 17 Adoption; Jan. 24 How-To Books; Jan. 31 Charts-Abbreviations-Terms; Feb. 7 Birth-Marriage-Death Records; Feb. 14 Census/Tax Records; Feb. 21 Immigration-Migration-Naturalization; Feb. 28 Military Records.
Regular Hemet Library activities:
Preschool Story Time: Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Director’s Bookshelf Book Club: Third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. Director’s office.
Diamond Valley Writers Guild: Fourth Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Meet upstairs.
To volunteer at the library, call (951) 765-2440. Visit the website for more information.

Harvard Street High Tea
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Only 16 tickets at Harvard Street Bakery or from Penelope Engard, or 951-357-7733

MSJC Community
Orchestra Schedule
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 Harmoneers Chorale Rehearsals
Mary Ellen Van Ostenbridge, musical director for the Hemet-based Harmoneers Chorale, came to the Harmoneers 11 years ago bringing a lifetime love of music and singing to the Hemet/San Jacinto area. She has led the chorale to perform moving, exciting and sometimes humorous music before ever-growing audiences. Such musical success is the result of much hard work over many weeks of preparation, during which Mary Ellen is serious, demanding, inspiring and fun.
Rehearsals are now under way for the Harmoneers Spring concert to be performed in May, every Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E. Kimball in Hemet. Anyone who would like to join this group is invited to come a early for a simple audition. Annual dues are $40. For more information contact

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.

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