COMMUNITY NEWS – March 28, 2019

Religious Understanding Day
On Mar. 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. the MSJC Library will be hosting “Religious Rights: Divine Right to Live in Peace with Others.” The event is sponsored by: MSJCC Diversity Committee; the Hemet-San Jacinto Interfaith Council; and the Human Relations Council of the greater Hemet, San Jacinto, and Menifee region.
Please join with other members of the community for this exciting day of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. This event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP. Breakfast and free parking is available in the college’s North lot. For more information, contact Mike Madrigal 951-970-1370. RSVP: or call 951-259-3714.

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.

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.

April 3–Skyline Xpress.
April 10–The Marvels. New band.
April 17–Ron and Diane. Cruise Night theme.
April 24–American Made.
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
• Thursday, Mar. 21: Organizing your records with computers and scanning.
• Thursday, Mar. 28: Putting it all together.

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 through Tuesday. To volunteer at the library, call (951) 765-2440. Visit the website for more information.

MSJC Community Orchestra
Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. – second Spring Concert features the 150th anniversary of the Grieg Piano Concerto with piano soloist Daniel del Pino, born in Lebanon and visiting from Spain. The concert will also premier original compositions by MSJC music majors.

For performances at the San Jacinto Campus, reservations may be made by calling (951) 487-3790. Tickets may also be purchased at the Campus Box Office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour before showtime. Tickets can also be purchased online from 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.

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