Community News – April 4, 2019

MSJC Foundation Hosts 11th Annual Gala
The Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation will host its 11th Annual Gala to benefit MSJC students at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.
This year’s gala will feature a “James Bond” theme, a short and fun Bond-inspired MSJC Foundation film, and will honor six very deserving individuals, companies and organizations in the community.
Tickets are still available for the gala. Those interested should visit to learn more about the foundation and purchase tickets while they’re still available.
The gala is the MSJC Foundation’s signature event to raise funds for student scholarships, mini-grants for faculty and classified staff, and other philanthropic endeavors.

Meet the Minis at Spring Fling Barn Day!
Barn Day is back! What is a barn day you may ask? They are open house tours of the SoCal Mini Horse Sanctuary. At barn day you will get to meet us, see what we do, learn about the sanctuary and, most importantly, meet the minis!
Barn Day is on April 6 and divided into two tours; choose a time at either 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. for a group tour with our founder, Jeanne, and hear how the sanctuary was founded. Come see what we do, see our vision in action, and hear stories about our wonderful minis like how they came to the sanctuary and how your donations have changed the lives of these amazing animals.
More importantly, however, you get to meet the minis in person! While we cannot let people in the pens or field, we will bring out some of our superstar minis like those who walked in the Rose Parade. We will also have a photo area and snacks available.
Admission is a $15 donation to the sanctuary per person visiting (kids 12 and under are $10). Guests may pay with cash, check or card upon arrival!
There will also be a raffle and gift shop will be open to the public. You can go to to RSVP. Please wear closed toe shoes when visiting.

Water-Wise Landscape Design Workshop
UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County in partnership with Valley Beautiful and Century 21 McDaniel & Associates will present a day long workshop on water-wise landscape design on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break.
Topics will include the following: Climate Zones; Understanding Characteristics of Your Property; Water & Drought; Soil Preparation; Creating a Site Design; Water-Wise Plant Selection; Irrigation; and Installation.
The workshop will cost $10 payable to Valley Beautiful. Cost includes New Inland Empire “Landscape Guidebook.” You must sign up with Eben Longfellow or call (951) 990-4997 to secure your spot and for further details
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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 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.
Reservations: 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.

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