COMMUNITY NEWS – February 21, 2019

MSJC community art
Visit the art and science exhibit from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Feb. 28 at the MSJC Art Gallery on the San Jacinto campus.

Creative Crafters’ Club Potluck and Auction
On Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. the Creative Crafters’ Friendship Club will be holding a benefit potluck and auction at the Salvation Army Community Room located on 340 South Palm Avenue in Hemet.
Founded in 1988, the club and this benefit, are open to anyone interested in participating (athough membership is limited to 30 at present). Recent projects by the club have included creating decorative picture frames for Bradley Gardens, and notebooks of colorful pictures for Alzheimer’s patients at Hemet’s Desert Hills Memory Care Facility, as well as the design of medicine bottle doll tops for members and friends. Future programs include presentations by medical professionals, and the creation of special valentines decor, in celebration of Heart Health Month.
The club normally meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., in the chapel or library of the Salvation Army. Please bring any donations of food or auction items to the club by 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22. We look forward to having you with us! For more information, call Susan at (951) 390-1319.

NAMI Recognition Fiesta
The Mt. San Jacinto chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host its second Recognition Fiesta from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at the Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Rd, San Jacinto. RSVP 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 15th annual Black History Month Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the MSJC San Jacinto Library, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto. The contest is co-sponsored by the Human Relations Council and the Riverside County Community Action Partnership.Cash prizes will be awarded. The event 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. The conference has raised over $30,000 in scholarships over the past 7 years. The group is looking for sponsors, raffle items, in-kind donations, volunteers, and, as always, cash donations. Find out how you can help support this amazing event. For more information, visit, then call Nicole Moore at 951-634-8032 to 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 perform 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
Water-wise landscape
design workshops
UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County in partnership with Valley Beautiful will present three workshops on water-wise landscape design at the Hemet Public Library conference room on Saturdays, March 16 & 30, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, and Saturday, April 20, from 9-11 a.m. Topics will include the following:
• Climate zones; understanding characteristics of your property; water and drought; soil preparation; creating a site design; water-wise plant selection; irrigation; installation; and class project.
• Series cost: $10 payable to Valley Beautiful. Includes new Inland Empire “Landscape Guidelines.”Contact: Eben Longfellow,, (951) 990-4997.
• Visit Valley Beautiful online –

Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West
A highlight of the Senior Wednesday Night Dances at Hemet West is the various themes, while the attractive clubhouse is decorated accordingly. Dancers enjoy dressing according to the themes.
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. 27–E’Klektic. Jump, Jive, and Swing theme.
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.
The dances are open to the public and run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $6 each, 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. Location: Hemet West, 5001 W. Florida Ave. 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 lecture series, “Myths & Mythology,” at 7 p.m. on the below dates at the Western Science Center in Hemet.
The lectures will feature college faculty speaking about topics within their academic disciplines. “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.”
Cost is $5 for students with ID, $8 for general public, and free for Western Science Center members. Free parking, lectures begin at 7 p.m., but theater doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 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 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.

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