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Youths enjoy giving of their time

<strong>Youths enjoy giving of their time</strong>
Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansMembers of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department stepped up to help Santa deliver gifts for Soboba Tribal TANF families. From left, Deputy Antonio Soto, Marian Tortez, Virginia Duenaz, Deputy Trent Tully and Deputy Kelly Looney. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed When young members of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians’ Tribal TANF were asked to lend a hand with holiday crafts and games for youngsters whose parents were taking care of last-minute holiday preparations, about 20 of them stepped up to the task. In lieu of their regular Tribal Teen Night where they participate in structured, positive activities for Native youth from ages 12 (more…)
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Soboba Tribe contributes $1 million toward pool at San Jacinto High

<strong>Soboba Tribe contributes $1 million toward pool at San Jacinto High</strong>
Courtesy of San Jacinto Unified School DistrictA million-dollar check is presented to the San Jacinto Unified School District to help fund the Soboba Aquatics Center at the high school. Joining in the groundbreaking ceremony on June 6 were School Board Member Deborah Rex, with her grandsons Jared and Logan Hollist; Sherry Smith, assistant superintendent of Educational Services; Jasmin Rubio, Board member; Matt Hixson, assistant superintendent of Personnel Services; Trica Ojeda, Board member; Seth Heeren, assistant superintendent of Business Services; Willie Hamilton, clerk of the Board; John Norman, Board president; Superintendent Diane Perez; and from the Soboba Tribal Council: Sergeant-at-arms Rose Salgado, Treasurer Kelli Hurtado and Vice Chairman Isaiah Vivanco. School district (more…)
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Rocky Horror rings in the new year at HHT

<strong> Rocky Horror rings in the new year at HHT </strong>
Historic Hemet TheatreThe New Year’s Eve crowd excitedly participated in the traditional interactive viewing experience of Rocky Horror Picture Show ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 4, 2018 As advertised, The Historic Hemet Theatre’s “Craziest New Year’s in Town,” was an over-the-top celebration where over 200 cult fans danced to “The Time Warp” during the annual New Year’s Eve showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Prop bags filled with squirt guns, toilet paper, noisemakers, playing cards, confetti and more were distributed at the door — all part of the fun for the 1975 cult classic film. Dozens of Rocky “virgins” came forward to have their forehead (more…)
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Hemet couple gets package with scaly stowaway

<strong>Hemet couple gets package with scaly stowaway</strong>
Photos courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesThe Brummets pose for a photo with Officer Beck and the bearded dragon. ■ RIVERSIDE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICE / Contributed NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published June 14, 2018 A couple in the Hemet area discovered a bearded dragon inside a package delivered to them on Wednesday June 6. Al and Chris Brummett ordered a bicycle from Walmart.com as a gift for one of their granddaughters. Mr. Brummett made the startling find after unboxing the bicycle. He was in the midst of his assemble job when he noticed a critter in the box staring back at him. “At first I freaked out because he (more…)
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Tribute show packs HHT with Queen fans

<strong>Tribute show packs HHT with Queen fans</strong>
Photo by Pam FlumerfeltLead Singer Gregory Finsley and the band stunned the crowd with their dynamic performance, recreating the look, sound, and energy of the iconic Freddy Mercury and Queen. Queen Nation makes their way back to Hemet for show ■ BY SUSAN CARRIER / Contributed Queen fans were treated to an amazing tribute show on Saturday, Dec. 8, as Queen Nation made their long-awaited return to Hemet. Lead Singer Gregory Finsley and the band stunned the crowd with their dynamic performance, recreating the look, sound, and energy of the iconic Freddy Mercury and Queen. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the new Queen movie in theatres was a topic of conversation throughout the auditorium. (more…)
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Board member appointed by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District

<strong>Board member appointed by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District</strong>
Valley-Wide Recreation and Park DistrictNoah Rau takes the oath of office after being appointed to the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. ■ Craig Shultz, Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District / Contributed Last month, a French Valley resident was appointed to the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District board. Noah Rau was appointed to the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 26 in a unanimous vote. Rau, a 38-year-old resident of French Valley, was one of three candidates interviewed for an opening created when Matt Duarte resigned his seat in October to take a job in Sacramento. He will serve (more…)
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First Responder Bowl

<strong> First Responder Bowl </strong>
www.google.comCotton Bowl Stadium. SERVPRO honors everyday heroes with sponsorship ■ SERVPRO / Contributed SERVPRO is proud to announce the inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl being played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The newly renamed bowl is designed to honor the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in local communities like when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, according to SERVPRO restoration specialists in the Hemet area. Kickoff for the event, televised by ESPN, is Dec. 26 at 1:30 p.m., featuring Boston College Eagles and Boise State Broncos. “It’s a privilege to have the SERVPRO name associated with an event that (more…)
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Soboba toy drive wraps up

<strong>Soboba toy drive wraps up</strong>
Thousands of toys going to needy children Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba Maintenance Technician La France Givens helps transport toys from collection point to storage facilities near the Soboba Casino during this year’s Soboba Gives Back Toy Drive. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Thanks to the Soboba Gives Back Toy Drive, families with young children attending schools within the San Jacinto Unified School District will have a merrier Christmas this year. Since the annual program began more than a decade ago, the Soboba Casino and Soboba Foundation have partnered with the district to provide toys to students who have been referred by school personnel as particularly in need. (more…)
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Christmas is in the air at HHT

<strong>Christmas is in the air at HHT</strong>
Hemet Harmonizers host 3rd annual holiday performance Susan CarrierThere is something very special about an auditorium filled with joyful voices – with harmonies surrounding you from every corner of the room. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The holiday spirit is alive again this year at the Historic Hemet Theatre. On Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., the Hemet Harmonizers will host the Third Annual Christmas Sing-Along. Admission is free, with donations requested on behalf of the Building Fund for Historic Hemet Theatre. You don’t want to miss this wonderful holiday tradition. There is something very special about an auditorium filled with joyful voices – with harmonies surrounding you from every (more…)
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The Barnaby Finch band: Tribute to Dave Grusin

<strong>The Barnaby Finch band: Tribute to Dave Grusin</strong>
Photos by DVACDave Grusin ■ THE DIAMOND VALLEY ARTS CENTER / Contributed The Barnaby Finch Band will be performing a musical tribute to Dave Grusin on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), located at 123 North Harvard Street, in Hemet’s historic downtown. Mr. Dave Grusin, giant of film music, a wonderful composer and pianist, won an Oscar for The Milagro Beanfield War and a Grammy for Havana. He has written many beautiful scores including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Three Days of the Condor, Tootsie, On Golden Pond and Heaven Can Wait. Mr. Barnaby Finch is the musical director of the band and (more…)