COMMUNITY NEWS – February 14, 2019

NAMI Recognition Fiesta
The Mt. San Jacinto chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host its second annual Recognition Fiesta from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at the Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Rd, San Jacinto. RSVP by Feb. 20 by text or voice to 951-765-1850. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40 that covers dinner, dancing, and music. Buy tickets online at

Black History Month Essay Awards Ceremony
Mt. San Jacinto College Diversity Committee presents the 14th annual Black History Month Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the MSJC San Jacinto Campus Library, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. Co-sponsored by the Human Relations Council and the Riverside County Community Action Partnership, the contest is open to middle school, high school and college students. Cash prizes will be awarded at the ceremony, which is free and open to students, families, and the public. Contact Michael Madrigal at​​.

Women’s Conference: Be a sponsor!
The 8th Annual San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Soboba Country Club. While the conference is sold out, there still are sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations. Did you know the conference has raised over $30,000 in scholarships during the past 7 years of operation? The group is looking for sponsors, raffle items, in-kind donations, volunteers, and, as always, cash donations. Organizers would love to talk to you and see how you can help support and carry on this amazing event for our community. For more information, visit, then call Nicole Moore at 951-634-8032 to get involved and give back.

Classical pianist to perform in Idyllwild
World-renowned pianist Caroline Oltmanns will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the William M. Lowman Concert Hall on the campus of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild. The concert is free and open to the public, but space is limited. The chair of the Youngstown Ohio State University Music Department, Oltmanns, who holds a doctorate in music, will be performing piano works from her CD, Ghosts, which features compositions by Chopin, Brahms, and Schumann, among others. Described by critics as “light and scintillating,” Oltmanns’ playing has been called “filled with fantasy in the greatest sense of the word.” For more information, 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, 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; Veterans 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.

Feb. 20 –Country Sounds.
Feb. 27–E’Klektic. Jump, Jive, and Swing theme.

The following bands will play in March:
March 6–Rhonda and Showdown (Mardi Gras theme)
March 13–Rainbow Cottage. (St. Patrick’s Day theme)
March 20–American Made.
March 27–Stage Robbers.
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.
The dances are held at Hemet West, 5001 W. Florida Ave. For further information, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.

Myths & Mythology
The Mt. San Jacinto College Anthropology Department and the Western Science Center will sponsor a spring 2019 lecture series, “Myths & Mythology,” at 7 p.m. on the following dates at the Western Science Center in Hemet.
The lecture series, co-organized by MSJC and WSC, feature college faculty speaking about several topics from the perspective of their academic discipline. “Myths & Mythology” will look into the different ways in which mythological concepts affect and are affected by society:

Mar. 7: History Professor Morgan Hoodenpyle will discuss “Film Mythology”
April 4: History Instructor Christina Yamanaka will focus on “From Early Origins to the Rise of the Modern State: The Role of Shinto in Japanese Society.”
May 2: Anthropology Professor John Torres will lecture about “The Navajo Hero Twins: Fighting Monsters Then and Now.”

The cost is $5 for students with ID, $8 for the general public, and free for Western Science Center members. Parking is free and lectures begin at 7 p.m., but the doors to the WSC Theater will open at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Anthropology Instructor Erik Ozolins at (951) 639-5725 or, or the Western Science Center at (951) 791-0033 or

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

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: 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.

Nancy Drew,the Original Author, and Me | Culture Series
​“Nancy Drew, the Original Author, and Me” will be presented by Nancy Hawkins at The DVAC on Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. Mrs. Hawkins who was a friend and coworker to Mildred Wirt Benson, the author of the first 23 Nancy Drew books, will give insight and interest to the life of the famed author. Patrons will enjoy stories and memories shared during the women’s almost 18-year friendship known only to them.

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. Rehearsals are now under way for the Harmoneers Spring concert in May. Rehearsals are every Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 515 E. Kimball in Hemet. Anyone who would like to join the group is invited to come 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. Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Hemet Christian Assembly, 602 St. John Place, Hemet. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Community Christian Church, 41762 Stetson Ave., Hemet. Mondays, 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. 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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