Washington awards $2,500 to summer concerts

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Grupo Bohemio, the opening act of the 17th Idyllwild Summer Concert Series, presented their exciting mix of Latin and American rock that got most concert-goers on their feet and delighted. Preceding Bohemio was the Stone Creek Stompers featuring Sandii Castleberry.
Photo by Tom Kluzak


Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington asked his Board of Supervisors’ colleagues Tuesday to approve using of Community Improvement Designation funds to help the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. They agreed.

Washington is giving the ISCS $2,500 toward this year’s concerts that begin July 6. However, this year and perhaps next year, the Thursday-night series will be held on the opposite side of Highway 243 from the Idyllwild Community Center property.

This is necessary as the San Jacinto Mountain Community Center board commences the first phase of construction on the site this summer. Phase 1 includes grading, parking and the amphitheater.

The funds will be deposited in the ISCS general fund to help for this summer’s program, according to Ken Dahleen, ISCS founder and producer. Using the new location also has resulted in the need to obtain new permits from Riverside County. The oversight county agencies charge a fee, which has increased the ISCS budget for 2017.

Washington, who also has helped the SJMCC board, was aware of these added expenses and stepped in to help the series and to maintain the series during this temporary interruption.

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