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New year, new Soboba Casino

<strong>New year, new Soboba Casino</strong>
The resort venue nears completion to open up to the public Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansThe Soboba Hotel is almost completely furnished with all flooring, windows and fixtures installed. ■ Mike Hiles / Contributed As the Soboba Casino Resort nears completion, a select few community members toured the facility on Dec. 21 and were thoroughly fascinated with what they saw. “This is more than I was expecting – it’s fantastic,” Riverside County Sheriff-Elect Chad Bianco said. “This will be a sweet dream come true to the San Jacinto Valley, too, as it is creating hundreds, perhaps even thousands of jobs,” said Lakshman Koka, chairman of the Hemet San Jacinto (more…)
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Ramona Pageant to host President’s Dinner

<strong>Ramona Pageant to host President’s Dinner</strong>
Annual dinner before sign-ups begin for 96th season of Ramona Photos by Stacey BaileyEli Santana playing Alessandro and Kayla Contreras playing Ramona, sit on Knoll Red. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Ramona Bowl will be hosting their annual President’s Dinner on Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Maze Stone restaurant at the Soboba Country club. The annual dinner will announce the 2019 season cast for the production of “Ramona.” This is the 96th season of the Ramona Pageant and they will be honoring the Arias Troubadours who have played for every season since 1924. The dinner cost is $55 per person. There will be a silent auction (more…)
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Telling the story of the homeless

<strong>Telling the story of the homeless</strong>
Idyllwild Arts Symposium to raise awareness Photos by Idyllwild ArtsLA Poverty Department (LAPD) brings Skid Row to life with a biannual parade that pays tribute to the men and women whose contributions to the community call for a big, blaring celebration! ■ Idyllwild Arts / Contributed With the fraying of community bonds and the gaping holes in the U.S. safety net leaving millions of Americans only a health crisis or a job loss away from becoming homeless, the crisis of homelessness touches more of us than we’d like to admit. On Feb. 1, Idyllwild Arts Academy’s annual Art in Society Symposium will present “Uneasy Street – Untold Stories of the Homeless.” (more…)
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Craig Yancey Quartet returns to DVAC

<strong>Craig Yancey Quartet returns to DVAC</strong>
Professional musician brings 30 years of experience to Hemet DVACMr. Craig Yancey has been working as a professional musician and educator for more than 30 years. ■ The Diamond Valley Arts Center / Contributed The Craig Yancey Quartet will be returning to perform on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC) located at 123 North Harvard Street in historic downtown Hemet. Mr. Craig Yancey has been working as a professional musician and educator for more than 30 years. Yancey received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His jazz and symphonic bands have consistently received superior rating and awards throughout his career. Using (more…)
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Art for Youth Competition

<strong>Art for Youth Competition</strong>
Artwork from students of Hemet and San Jacinto enters display phase DVACArtwork entered into the competition by students from six different high schools within the Hemet and San Jacinto school districts can be viewed at various businesses throughout the San Jacinto Valley. ■ The Diamond Valley Arts Center / Contributed The Art for Youth Competition, a collaborative program of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, the Hemet Valley Art Association and the Diamond Valley Arts Council, moved into the public display phase on Monday, Jan. 7 and will continue to run through Jan. 24. It is during this period that artwork entered into the competition by students from six different (more…)
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For the first time A comic convention hosted in Hemet

For the first time <strong> A comic convention hosted in Hemet</strong>
Photos by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleA Jedi knight and an Imperial TIE fighter pilot joined the fun on Saturday at Hemet’s first “Get Your Comics-On” convention. Local creators and artists debut their works ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 18, 2018 The “Get Your Comics-On” comic convention debuted at the Hemet Public Library Saturday, Jan. 13. The seven-hour event showcased the works of some of the valley’s most talented creative minds. Throughout the day, various creators held panels about everything from the process of self-publishing to the importance of equality in ink. Art classes were taught, belly dancers danced, and some documentaries about (more…)
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Scrooge comes to West Valley

<strong>Scrooge comes to West Valley</strong>
Photos by Corey EvanFor our Scrooge, played by senior Ricardo Rodriguez who has acted for West Valley for four years, the holidays mean a lot more than the earning and banking of lots of money WVHS theatre department presents “A Christmas Carol” ■ Corey Evan / Reporter During the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about the reasons for the season and get lost in the commercial side of it. No fictional character illustrates this more readily perhaps than Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge. And during the weekend of Thursday Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 8, the students of the West Valley High School theatre department brought him, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, (more…)
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The origins of some beloved holiday traditions

<strong>The origins of some beloved holiday traditions</strong>
Metro ServiceFew may know the origins of some of the most beloved holiday traditions. Christmastime is here. The presents are being purchased and wrapped. The stockings will soon be hung on the fireplace mantle. Mistletoe is pinned above the front entryway, and poinsettias add rich color to home decor. Tradition is integral come the holiday season. Throughout the month of December, traditions fill people’s days and comprise the many reasons why individuals decorate, celebrate and dine the way they do this time of year. But few may know the origins of some of the most beloved holiday traditions. Christmas stockings The Christmas stockings of today may be a byproduct of various (more…)
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Dr. Sheldon’s magical harp debuts at DVAC

World renowned harpist also chairs Music Department at MSJC Cindy BoeingDr. Vanessa Sheldon debuted at Diamond Valley Arts Council with her solo harp recital of a variety of musical forms. The playbill included classical works for harp along with the performer’s original arrangements of popular songs. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The Diamond Valley Arts Council (DVAC) provided a rare and stunning glimpse of the genius of Dr. Vanessa Sheldon’s mastery of the harp on a Sunday performance. On Nov. 3, for one performance only, concert harpist Dr. Sheldon delivered a broad selection of music intended to show the versatility of the harp and prove its broad appeal to a general (more…)
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New Year’s traditions around the world

<strong>New Year’s traditions around the world</strong>
Metro ServiceJanuary 1 often is a time for reflection and for making future plans. It also is a holiday full of tradition. Each December 31st, people anxiously await and count down to the arrival of the new year. Jan. 1 often is a time for reflection and for making future plans. It also is a holiday full of tradition. Notable New Year’s traditions include toasting champagne beneath skies lit up by fireworks, kissing one’s sweetheart at midnight and making resolutions to better oneself in the year ahead. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions vary across the globe. The following is a look at the unique ways people ring in (more…)