COMMUNITY NEWS – March 14, 2019

NAMI Education Programs
NAMI Mt. San Jacinto, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer two free NAMI Education Programs. These programs include child care and light refreshments. The program is taught in English. For more information: (951) 765-1850

Family-to-Family Education
March 19 through June 4 at 5:30 – 8 p.m. – 12 sessions for families, partners or friends of adults with treatable mental health conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety, OCD. San Jacinto Elementary School, 136 North Ramona Boulevard in San Jacinto. Room 7 in the building next to office. For parking use South Grand Army Avenue gate entrance.

Peer-to-Peer Class
March 15 through May 3 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 8 sessions for adults who have a mental health condition. Hemet Behavioral Health Clinic, 650 North State Street in Hemet in the NAMI room.

Conexion Support Grupo Espanol
First and third Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Spanish language discussion for adults dealing with mental health issues. This will be located at the Hemet Behavioral Health Clinic, 650 North State Street in Hemet in the NAMI room.

The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC)
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.

Religious Understanding Conference
On Saturday, Mar. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – noon – Half-day of interfaith dialogue and cooperation at Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto Campus Library. This conference is free and open to the public. Breakfast will be included. Free parking will be available in the North Lot. To RSVP: or (951) 259-3714. You can also call Mike Madrigal for more information: (951) 970-1370.

The Hemet-Joslyn Lawn Bowls Club
The Hemet-Joslyn Lawn Bowls Club will hold its next tournament on Mar. 30. Spectators are always welcome at their greens located on 2625 West Devonshire Avenue (the backside of Gibble Park). Bowling hours are Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 1 p.m., and Saturday at 10 p.m. For information on the club and free lessons call JoAnn LaFrenias at (951) 929-3684.

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 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:
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

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.
• Cell Phone Class: Mar. 21, 3 p.m. Learn to use smartphones/tablets.
• 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.

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