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Emergency Preparedness Meeting

The Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC) invites residents to its first meeting of fall on Thursday, September 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. Learn how to make a difference during a disaster.

Director Nancy Carroll says, “Learning what to do before, during and after a disaster will make all our lives safer and less stressful. For a small city such as ours, we need many trained volunteers. Any outside help will be very little to none for at least 72 hours or more. Since many Canyon Lake citizens work outside the community and/or travel often, we need three times more volunteers than we would use at any one time. That way, when our disaster hits, enough people will be here to do the job until the others get home. Be a part of the solution! We hope to see you there.”

For more information, call Nancy at 951-244-8230 or visit cityofcanyonlake.org and click on “Services” and “Disaster Preparedness.”

Sign Up for Code Red

The City of Canyon Lake has an emergency notification system called CodeRED, which will alert each resident by phone or e-mail in the event of an emergency. The ultra high-speed telephone communication service allows the City to telephone all or targeted areas in case of an emergency.

Sign up for the service at www.cityofcanyonlake.org. Once on the website, go to Disaster Preparedness, then to the Code Red link. The short online form asks for information about alternate phone numbers, e-mail addresses, pagers and cell phone numbers. Those who previously have signed up and haven’t made changes to their contact information don’t need to sign up again.

Top Sales Tax Producers

The City of Canyon Lake is pleased to announce its 25 top sales tax producers for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The City of Canyon Lake appreciates its local businesses and congratulates each of the top sales producer companies for achieving this distinction. The local businesses are listed below in alphabetical order:

Advantage Flooring

A’s Pizza

Campbell’s Lighting Signs Electrical Services

Canyon Car Company

Canyon Lake Country Club

Canyon Lake Market

Canyon Lake Smoke Shop

Canyon Mattress & More

Cornwell Tools

Cornwell Tools

Domino’s Pizza

Go Nuts Nutrition

Golding Publications

Hope’s Chest

Jimmy’s Café

Kellys Diner

Lake House Tavern

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant

Prestige Golf Carts

Preventec

Round Up Jr. Mart

Secure Detention Products

Sports Stop Pub & Grill

Sugar Dollz

World Famous Propane

Public Hearing on Solar Energy

The City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 2, during the course of the City Council meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. It will pertain to Resolution No 2015-25, setting forth a fee for rooftop solar energy systems.

The permit fee for residential rooftop solar energy systems at 15kw or less would be set at $500. For residential rooftop solar energy systems that would be more than 15kw, the fee would be set at $500 plus $15 per kw above 15.

The permit fee for commercial rooftop solar energy systems at 50kw or less would be set at $1000. For commercial rooftop solar energy systems at 50kw-250kw the fee would be set at $1000 plus $7 per kw above 50kw. For commercial rooftop solar energy systems at more than 250kw the fee would be set at $2400 plus $5 per kw above 250 kw.

Anyone wishing to protest this action must file a written response or may appear personally at the public hearing. Prior to the hearing, written comments in favor or against should be sent to the Canyon Lake City Hall, City Clerk’s Office at 31516 Railroad Canyon Road, Canyon Lake, CA 92587.

Coming up at City Hall

  • Administration and Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 1, 8 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Public Safety Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 1, 9:30 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Canyon Lake City Council – Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber

City Council meeting

The agenda for the September 2 City Council meeting is available at cityofcanyonlake.org. Meetings are televised live at Time Warner Channel 29 and Verizon Channel 39.

Any person wishing to address the City Council at its monthly meeting on any matter within the jurisdiction of the City, whether or not it appears on the monthly agenda, is asked to complete a “Speaker Request Form” available on the back counter.

The completed form is to be submitted to the City Clerk prior to an individual being heard by the City Council. The City Council has adopted a time limitation of three minutes per person. If commenting on an agenda item, comments will be heard at the time that particular item is scheduled on the agenda.

City Services

Building & Safety – The City of Canyon Lake contracts with Willdan for Building & Safety services. The Building and Safety Department is open for public services Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inspections are done Monday through Friday. Appointments are available at other times.

Planning – The City contracts with a private consultant, MIG, Inc., formerly Hogle-Ireland, Inc. for its planning services. Some of these services include reviewing development site plans and conditional use permits, updating the General Plan and Zoning Code, regulating signage, and receiving business licenses. Planning representatives are available on Wednesdays by appointment.

Engineering – The City contracts with Tri Lake Consultants for Engineering services.

For more information, visit cityofcanyonlake.org and click on “Departments.”

Unscheduled Power Outages

Southern California Edison encourages residents to call the SCE 24-hour emergency hotline at 800-611-1911 to report an unscheduled outage. It is the primary way for SCE to know there is a problem so crews can be deployed. Residents who experience outages can check the “Outage Center” at www.sce.com to learn what time they can expect power to be restored.

Veterans Memorial bricks

The City of Canyon Lake is perpetually selling bricks to honor veterans and active duty military at the Veterans Memorial. The applications are available at City Hall or at www.cityofcanyonlake.org.

Only rain in the drain

Disposing of pollutants into the street, gutters, storm drains or Lake is prohibited by law and can result in stiff penalties. Storm drains are not connected to sanitary sewer systems and treatment plants. The primary purpose of storm drains is to carry rainwater away from developed areas to prevent flooding.

Pollutants discharged to the storm drains are transported directly into the Lake. Capture and dispose of wastewater and chemicals properly. Remember, storm drains are for receiving rainwater runoff only.

For more information or to report illegal discharges, call Canyon Lake Code Enforcement at 746-7978.

View Municipal Code

Canyon Lakers can go to cityofcanyonlake.org to view the Canyon Lake Code of Ordinances. On the home page, click on “Departments” and select “City Clerk.” On the far right column there is a link for “Municipal Ordinances.”

Discharge of Firearms

Canyon Lake Municipal Code Section 11.01 prohibits the discharge of firearms within all areas of the City limits and the Bureau of Land Management. This type of activity is a misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail. This includes the use of setting up a target range and hunting of wildlife. If anyone has questions or wants to report this type of activity, we encourage them to contact City Hall at 951-244-2955.

Hiring a contractor?

City Hall encourages residents to check whether the contractor they are hiring has a Canyon Lake business license. If the job exceeds $500, also ask to see a contractor’s license. The Contractors State License Board offers the following recommendations for anyone planning to hire out for work on their property:

  1. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
  2. Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800.321.CSLB (2752).
  3. Get at least three bids.
  4. Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
  5. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms.
  6. Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
  7. Never pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000, whichever is less. Don’t pay in cash.
  8. Don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
  9. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
  10. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.

City Finances

The City provides a complete listing of financial claims and demands each month in the City Council agenda. There also are links to the Annual Financial Report and the Operating and Capital Improvement Budget. To see the City Council agenda and find other valuable information, visit cityofcanyonlake.org.

Call vector control

The Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District provides vector control services (mosquitoes, flies, rats, Africanized honeybees, black flies and midges) in Canyon Lake. Residents experiencing vector control problems in the community should contact the District at 951-340-9792 or visit www.northwestmosquitovector.org.

Landscape water efficiency

City Hall encourages water efficiency. Anyone planning to rehabilitate landscaping or irrigation, and the project cumulatively exceeds 1,500 square feet in size, needs to submit plans to City Hall. A list of drought tolerant plants can be found by visiting www.cityofcanyonlake.org.

Party Permits

The City of Canyon Lake would like to remind residents that any time they plan a large party or event at either their home or one of the community’s parks and 50 people or more are expected, a Special Event Permit must be filed with the City. This is a separate requirement from any the POA may impose for the same event. Special Event Permits are $25 and must be filed no later than 30 days prior to the planned event or party. Please contact City Hall at 244-2955 for more information or to find out if your party or event qualifies for Special Event Permit filing.

Passport services

The nearest facility for passport services is Sun City Main Post Office, 26822 Cherry Hills Blvd. in Menifee. The phone number is 301-3657.

Housing-related fraud

The Friday Flyer regularly publishes market updates from Gene Wunderlich, director of government affairs for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors. Mr. Wunderlich is part of a Fraud and Risk Management task force and recently provided the following reminder and e-mail address if people see something fishy or have concerns about a housing-related issue. Contact fraud@srcar.org.

Dial 211 for info

The City of Canyon Lake entered into an annual service agreement with 211 Riverside County, a nonprofit agency, to provide residents with toll-free local information and referrals to social services.

Canyon Lake residents in need of a link to social services can dial 2-1-1 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 211 operators provide callers with contact information and referrals to local nonprofit agencies and programs best matching the caller’s needs.

Cub Scout Selling Popcorn

Cub scouts are beginning their Fall Popcorn Fundraiser. Members of Pack 346 will be selling popcorn at the Canyon Hills Stater Bros on weekends between August 28 to September 13. Cub Scout Pack 346 serves Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills and Tuscany Hills. For more information, contact 951-363-3346 or socalpack346@gmail.com.

Sing with the Choraleers

The Canyon Choraleers have begun practicing for the winter holiday concert. They invite singers to join them on Mondays, at 7 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/City Council Chamber. For more information, contact Sher at 951-244-9693 or President Whit Whittle  at whittlewhit@yahoo.com.

Learn Square Dancing

The Canyon Lake Twirlers Dance Club will start a class for those interested in learning how to do modern square dancing. It will begin Wednesday, September 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room (City Council Chamber). There will be open enrollment for the first three weeks and the first night is free. After that, the cost is $5 each week. This class is for couples, singles and families (minimum age 10). For more information, visit www.canyonlaketwirlers.org or 951-694-3650 or 951-244-0672.

Titan Football

Canyon Lakers are invited to support the Temescal Canyon High School Football Program by coming out and seeing the Titans play in their first season home game today, August 28, verses Murrieta Valley High School, at Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd. in Lake Elsinore. Varsity play starts 7 p.m.; gates open at 6. The cost to enter a varsity game is $8.

On September 3, Junior Varsity will go up against San Jacinto High School at TCHS, with the game starting at 4 p.m. Also, on September 3, Freshmen will go up against San Jacinto High School at San Jacinto High, with the game starting at 4 p.m.

Local businesses are invited to purchase a tax-deductible ad in the Temescal Canyon Hight School football program that is printed for every home game. For more information, contact Bruce MacDonald at 951-246-9938.

Attn: RNs, LVNs, PAs

A free 3-hour CE class (BRN approval pending) providing Psychological First Aid after a Disaster and PTSD will be held September 12, 9 a.m. to noon, in the City Multi-purpose Room. It will be taught by Bob Ireland, MD, and Mary Craton, RN. Content includes basic pathology of PSTD and philosophy of psychological first aid in the aftermath of a disaster. Participants will visit the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee’s Casualty Collection Point (formerly called the Field Treatment Center) at East Port to review procedures, supplies and equipment.

Physicians are welcome but CE credit cannot be provided. It is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC). To register, contact Mary Craton at 951-244-7859 or mec336@verizon.net. (ADA compliant. Call 353-7100 for accommodations.)

Yoga Class

The Yoga Creative Moment class for children ages 2 through 8 will resume meeting on Thursday, September 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge, and every Thursday thereafter. This is a free class; however, it is not a drop-off program. Parents/caregivers are required to remain with their children at all times and are encouraged to participate in the class.

Caregivers Connection

Caregivers Connection provides an opportunity for men and women to discuss common problems, needs and experiences and to learn from one another. Anyone caring for a loved one for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is welcome to attend. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For more information, contact facilitator Bev Haney at 244-8711.

Bereavement Support Groups

Pastor Pete Van Dyke of Canyon Lake Community Church is leading two 13-week bereavement support groups. Information provided at both groups is identical.

One group, which started August 17, is meeting Monday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The other is meeting Wednesday mornings, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It started August 19. Both meet in the Canyon Lake Community Church Chapel (Building A). To register, call the church office at 951-244-1877.

Bingo at the Senior Center

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. Funds raised by bingo are contributed to Lions’ projects for the sight-impaired and the needy of the area.

Farmers Market

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.

‘Hello Dolly’

The Welk Theatre announces it will present “Hello Dolly,” starring Cynthia Ferrer and Randy Doney. Director/Choreographer Ray Limon returns to Welk to stage this classic piece of American theater. “Hello Dolly” will run August 28 through November 15 with five shows per week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $48. For ticket information, contact 888-802-7469 or www.welkresorts.com.

Beach Bus

This summer, RTA is making it easier to reach the beach thanks to expanded seasonal service on CommuterLink Route 202. Through September 7, the express route provides additional weekday and weekend trips to the Oceanside Transit Center from the Murrieta Walmart and Temecula Promenade Mall. Round-trip cost is only $6 with discounted rates for seniors, disabled customers and veterans.

Host Families Sought

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with area high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE host family or to learn more, contact 1-800-733-2773 or visit www.host.asse.com to begin a host family application.

Bingo at the Senior Center

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. Funds raised by bingo are contributed to Lions’ projects for the sight-impaired and the needy of the area.

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.

Clothing Wanted

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.

Caregivers Connection

Caregivers Connection offers a place of support for men and women who provide around the clock care for their husbands, wives, parents and even disabled adult children. Anyone caring for a loved one 24/7 for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is invited to attend to share common problems, needs and experiences.

The group meets in Room 6 in the gymnasium at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736.

Lock Vehicles

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.

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

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.

Women’s Home

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

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.

Senior Softball

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.

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