Community News – March 7, 2019

The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC)
Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., the Hot Flash & Men of Pause bluegrass and modern folk music band will perform at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in Hemet’s historic downtown. Tickets prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for DVAC members, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door.
Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m., the Peter Curtis band will perform at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), 123 North Harvard Street in Hemet’s historic downtown. Tickets prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for DVAC members, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at, at DVAC, or at the door.

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.

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

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society
Discover more about your family history. Visit the Duffin Heritage Room at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. Free family research with the latest Internet search tools. Society events include:

• HSJGS monthly meetings: First Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m. Speakers/refreshments.
• Free Genealogy Workshops: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – noon. Downstairs Conference Room: March 7: using
• Regular Hemet Library activities
• Pre-school story time: Thursdays, 11 a.m.
• Director’s Bookshelf Book Club: Third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. library director’s office.
• Diamond Valley Writers Guild: Fourth Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Meet upstairs.
• Adult Literacy: Learn English, or help someone learn English. Call Lea Ashworth at 951-765-3856.
• Mobile printing: Visit
• Bookstore: inside front door.

Special activities
• Dr. Seuss Celebration: Seuss stories & games March 22, 4:30 p.m.
• An Evening of Art: March 23, 6-9 p.m., second floor
General library hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday. To volunteer at the library, call (951) 765-2440. Visit the website for more information.

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.

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