This section contains information on local activities and items of interest to Canyon Lake residents. Information should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. Monday.
‘Steel Magnolias’ Audition
Canyon Lake Community Theatre will hold auditions for one role in the upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias” that has not yet been filled. It the role of Clairee, a grande dame and widow of the mayor. She should be late 40s to 60 with a little sarcastic attitude. The audition will be a cold reading on January 13, at 7 p.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge. For more information, contact CoCo Morrison at 951-204-7777.
Little League Signups
Canyon Lake Little League is accepting online sign-ups at www.clllca.com. The cost for players ages 4 to 8 is $120 and 9 to 16 is $140. Player registration includes a hat, shirt, belt, socks and a rewarding season of baseball. Registration ends January 15.
The league is always looking for good managers, coaches, assistant coaches, team reps and board members. Those who wish to volunteer can complete online forms at the time of registration. For more information, contact www.clllca.com.
Girls Softball Signups
Registration is now open for Canyon Lake Girls Fast Pitch Softball. Coaches and other volunteers are needed. If interested, e-mail email@example.com. Coach training will be in January and teams will be formed at the end of January. For registration and information, visit canyonlakegirlssoftball.com.
Flag Football Signups
The non-profit youth sports organization, Play Sports California, is hosting its inaugural season of NFL Youth Flag Football, beginning January 2015 for girls and boys ages 4 to 14. The website is up and running and registration currently is open. Games will be played January 31 to March 21 on Saturday only and hosted at Canyon Lake Middle School.
Registration is $140; save $20 when registering a sibling. Head coaches get a $30 dollar credit. This is a coed league; everyone plays. For more information, call 951-398-2232 or visit www.PlaySportsCalifornia.com.
Caregiver Connection’s new season begins this month with regular meetings planned January 12 and 26. At least the first one will be held in Youth Group Room 130 (go through the main office).
Caregivers Connection offers an opportunity for caregivers to share common problems, needs and experiences. Anyone caring for a loved one 24/7 for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is welcome to attend.
The group meets in room C5 at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The next meeting will be held on January 27.
For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736.
‘King and I’ at the Welk
“The King and I” opened at the Welk Theater on January 7, featuring Broadway and touring veteran Victoria Strong as Anna and Riverside resident and San Diego favorite Richard Bermudez as The King. The Broadway musical is set against the exotic backdrop of Siam in the 1860s. It is the story of a governess who tries to help an Eastern king come to terms with the modern world, but finds himself challenged to resist the forces of ancient customs. The tension between Eastern and Western cultures inspired this popular musical, beloved by audiences the world over.
Tickets are $48; a buffet can be added for between $19 to $22. For showtimes and tickets, visit www.Welkresorts.com or call 888-802-7469.
The Farmers Market operates every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the upper section of the Towne Center parking lot. It features fresh produce from local farmers and fresh flowers from area growers as well as handcrafted items, vendor merchandise and freshly prepared food. It’s a good place to pick up fresh food for holiday meals and gifts from local vendors.
Teen collecting eyewear
A local high school student, Cody Hankins, is collecting glasses to help those in need, both locally and around the world. He is doing so in conjunction with the local Leos and the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Canyon Lake.
Those with an old pair of reading or prescription glasses may contact Cody at 951-805-7301 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pickup. All donations collected will be given to the local Lions and Lionesses for international distribution.
The Lioness Club hosts Bingo every first and third Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center. Games are open to all members of the community and are $20 for a 12-sheet set and $10 for a six-sheet set.
Lioness Bingo is managed by volunteers Nancy Coughlin and Barbara Jacobson. Profits are donated by the Lioness to aid the sight impaired and local needy. This Christmas season the Lioness are donating to HOPE and to Cops For Kids.
Carl’s Jr. Coupon Books
The Lioness Club is selling Carl’s Jr. Community Star Fundraising coupon books for $5 each. These books contain $55 worth of super coupons that are valid until the end of December 2015. Contact Joanna Spiller at 244-1553 to get one before they are gone.
Steering Wheel Covers
The Lioness Club is selling custom-made steering wheel covers to protect hands from hot steering wheels. The covers are made of many different materials and patterns and work equally well during the cold months. The price is $8 for one, or two for $15. To purchase a cover, contact Laverne Can at 951-244-5715. Profits from this project will go to one of the Lioness Club’s ongoing philanthropic projects.
Canyon Lake Community Patrol reminds residents to double-check the doors and windows in their vehicles each evening and be sure alarm systems are activated. Records show most thefts from vehicles in Canyon Lake occur because doors were left unlocked or windows left open. They also say residents shouldn’t leave items of value in front yards or driveways.
Open cars and valuables left outside can lead to “crimes of opportunity” that can be easily prevented. If a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. Then call Community Patrol.
Call Community Patrol at 951-244-5950 any time there is a suspicious-looking person.
Breast Cancer Resources
Michelle’s Place is a breast cancer resource center serving this area, located at 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117, in Temecula. The center’s mission is to provide emotional and educational support to those touched with breast cancer and facilitate breast health care services. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn about available services and resources at michellesplace.org or 951-699-5455.
A couple in Canyon Lake regularly makes deliveries of food and clothing to the Riverside City Mission, where the needs of the hungry and homeless are continuous. Donations can be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker office in the Towne Center, 31620 Railroad Canyon Rd.
Grandparents Raising Grandkids
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force (GRGTF) consists of representatives from the variety of county agencies that impact the lives of these families, as well as representatives of county and state elected officials, grandparents, and community volunteers.
As part of its goal to address the multiple, complex issues faced by grandparents who have taken the responsibility of primary caregiver, the Task Force hosts several support groups throughout the county. The Murrieta/Temecula area support group meets the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Mary Phillips Senior Center in Old Town Temecula, 41845 Sixth St., just behind the fire station.
GRG invites all grandparents raising grandchildren to come and share experiences, challenges and concerns, and learn about programs that are designed to assist in raising grandchildren. For more information, call 1-800-510-2020.
Al-Anon Family Groups
For those whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking, the Al-Anon family groups provide a fellowship for sharing experiences, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. Al-Anon believes alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Even if the alcoholic continues to drink, his or her relatives and friends can achieve serenity as a result of Al-Anon Family Group.The group meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd. in Lake Elsinore. For more information, call 244-0081 or visit alanonriverside.org.
Tiles at the Tennis Courts
The Tennis Club is placing ceramic tiles made by kids or adults on the wall around Court 5, overlooking the parking lot. Tiles can be painted at The Cup Above in the Towne Center for $10, plus tax.
TOPS Meets in Lake Elsinore
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets each Tuesday at the Senior Center Annex, 420 E. Lakeshore Dr. in Lake Elsinore, next to Lake Point Park. The active club is led by Jean King. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and business and therapy is from 9:15 to 10:30. Visitors are welcome. Annual dues to join the national organization of TOPS are $28; the Lake Elsinore TOPS’s monthly dues are $2. For more information, call 674-0880.
Safe Alternatives for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) is a non-profit agency in Temecula that is committed to providing programs and services to children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of violence and abuse. For more information on S.A.F.E.’s services go to www.safefamiliesca.org or call 951.587.3900.
Parkinson’s Support Group? The meetings of a local Parkinson’s Support Group are free and open to Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Murrieta Senior Center, 41717 Juniper St. in Murrieta. For more information, call 285-4008 or 696-7130.
Hospital Volunteers Needed
Menifee Valley Medical Center is seeking hospital volunteers. Only four hours of volunteer service per week qualifies one to become an active member of the hospital volunteer team. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Minimum age is 16. Contact 679-8888, ext. 7254.
A couple from Wildomar would like to let area women who are experiencing domestic abuse, homelessness or other difficulties know they have opened a women’s home in Wildomar. Bruce and Phyllis Carranza call the women’s home a “lighthouse guiding women in need of changing their lives, a place where they can receive love and support, an anchor in Christ.” To learn more, call the Carranzas at 471-1791 or 445-0948.
Adult Day Care
Adult day care services are offered by Care Connexxus at 29995 Evans Rd. in Menifee. The non-profit organization is a non-medical licensed program that provides adult day care/adult day services to elderly and younger qualifying adults who are mentally, physically or socially dependent on others to complete tasks of daily living. For more information, contact Tiffany Kenny at 672-9536.
Elks Lodge Bingo
Bingo is open to Elks and the general public at the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge, 33700 Mission Trail in Wildomar, on Thursdays. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games start at 6. For more information, call 674-6804.
Temecula Valley Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings in most nearby cities. The primary purpose is to help members achieve sobriety. For more information, visit temeculacentraloffice.org or call 695-1535.
Wheelchairs for Seniors
Miracle on Wheels is notifying the public about the opportunity for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as stroke, heart and breathing problems or diabetes to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. According to Miracle on Wheels, Medicare’s regulations now make it easier to obtain a power wheelchair for seniors and others with problems getting around their home, or who are in danger of falling due to their medical condition. For more information and to learn about qualifying call 800-400-4210.
Mothers of Preschoolers
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is for mothers of children, newborn to kindergarten age. The meetings are held at the Canyon Lake Community Church on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more information, contact Heather Weber at 852-7478 or Jaclyn Copeland at 265-9938.
MOMS Next is a group for mothers of elementary school aged children. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Canyon Lake Community Church. For more information, contact Dana Kocik at 246-1013 or Melissa Roberts at 757-6010. Both groups can be registered through the church office.
Softball players 55 and older are invited to join the senior men’s league in Menifee. The league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Wheatfield Park, next to the Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto Community College. For more information, call Ed Hustead at 679-8626.
Thank the Troops
Xerox Corporation has created a simple way for citizens to thank military personnel overseas at www.letssaythanks.com. The sender selects a design and message, which is then personalized with the sender’s name and town. Xerox then prints and sends a postcard to a member of the military stationed overseas. It only takes a few minutes to send a postcard and say thanks.