Community News – January 24, 2019

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. 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 and February 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), 123 North Harvard Street 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.
DVAC Music at the Center: Eva and The Vagabonds
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., Eva and The Vagabonds will perform a concert at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in historic downtown Hemet.
DVAC Music at the Center: Jimmy and Enrique
Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., Jimmy and Enrique will be performing a
concert at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in historic downtown Hemet.

Community Pantry “Flapjack” Fundraiser
On Feb. 2, the Community Pantry will be hosting a Superbowl kick-off with a “Flapjack” fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s located on 2515 West Florida Avenue in Hemet. Enjoy a $10 breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, orange juice, coffee, and a raffle ticket.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the door for gift baskets and gift cards: two tickets for $5, five tickets for $10, and 12 tickets for $20. For more information contact jim Lineberger (951) 816-5443 or via email at

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.
• Free Genealogy Workshops: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – noon. Downstairs Conference Room: 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.

Library fundraiser event:
• Afternoon Delight: Friday, Feb. 8, 2 – 4 p.m. Comedy, fun and food with Anita Milner, the Godmother of Comedy. Meets upstairs.
To volunteer at the library, call (951) 765-2440. Visit the website for more information.

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.

“MSJC Distributes Free Food to Students
On Thursday, Jan 24, there will be a distribution of free food to Mt. San Jacinto College students. Students need to present a photo ID such as CA ID or School ID. The event will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or until the food is gone. The college would like students to provide their own bag and please make sure the bag is sturdy to load can goods and so forth. The San Jacinto Campus is located at 1499 North State Street in San Jacinto. For more information, please contact

Blead By Example
On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the California Family Life Center in Hemet will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry, there’s still time to make a difference in someone’s life. The event will be located at 930 North State Street in Hemet.”

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