Summer 2015 was a great ride!

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As summer comes to a close, residents will want to remember and take a moment to thank the various clubs and Association for their efforts to provide a wide variety of activities over the past four months. Many individuals gave time, talent, effort and money to make these events happen – from Fiesta Day to the final Learn to Ride Day and everything in between.

But before looking back, residents will want to mark their calendars for what lies ahead.

Fall is a busy season, leading into the holidays, so here is a brief list of upcoming events. Details on these activities will be found in this week’s issue or future issues of The Friday Flyer. High school students are encouraged to volunteer for community service hours.

This young lady was one of hundreds who visited the snack bar during Taco Tuesdays.

This young lady was one of hundreds who visited the snack bar during Taco Tuesdays.

October 3 – Octoberfest in the Towne Center.

October 10 – Car Show at the Lodge; Citywide Cleanup Day at Canyon Lake Community Church.

October 17 – Renaissance Faire at Holiday Harbor

October 24 – Parade of Frights in the Towne Center

October 31 – Halloween Carnival at Holiday Harbor

November 7-8 – Holiday Boutique at the Senior Center

November 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony in the Towne Center

November 14 – Open Studios Tour throughout community; Linda Gentille Concert at the Lodge

November 29 – Gary Bonner Singers at the Lodge

The CLPOA Activities Department staff are behind the scenes for community-wide events and helping clubs get their events on the calendar at various venues. They include Activities Director Lynn Jensen, Carrie Pratt and Valerie Grillo.

Children participated in many aspects of Fiesta Day, not the least of which was the Cardboard Boat Challenge. Photo by Mike Clary.

Children participated in many aspects of Fiesta Day, not the least of which was the Cardboard Boat Challenge. Photo by Mike Clary.

The Operations Department, led by Sandy Healy, puts in a lot of hours preparing venues for various activities and keeping common areas attractive and safe for residents and outside guests.

The staff member who helps coordinate Taco Tuesday, Maui Monday and concerts at the Lodge is Food and Beverage Director Jeff Main.

In addition to these are all the club volunteers too numerous to mention who coordinate classes and activities for the benefit of children, families and seniors.

And now, here’s a pictorial look back at Summer 2015, as seen through the eyes of children.

Fiesta Day, held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, was Canyon Lake’s official start to summer. This year’s theme was “Fiesta Under the Big Top.”

The 4th of July was a red, white and blue day for many Canyon Lake kids. Photo by Donna Kupke.

The 4th of July was a red, white and blue day for many Canyon Lake kids. Photo by Donna Kupke.

After that, Taco Tuesday began weekly at the Lodge, and Family Movie Nights were twice a month at Holiday Harbor, interspersed with Flick-n-Float at the Lodge pool. As always, the 4th of July Fireworks Show swelled the population of Canyon Lake by thousands.

Club-sponsored events included the Cosmic Carnival and Quarter Mania, hosted by the Family Matters Club; the Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the Bassmasters; the Mermaid Festival, hosted by the Woman’s Club; the Paddle and Pedal Regatta, hosted by the Fitness and Triathlon Club; and the Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Lions Club.

Various programs and classes included Canyon Lake Community Theater’s all-kids production of “Flower Power;” several Learn to Ski and Learn to Ride Days, hosted by the Ski Club and Wakeboard Club; the Kids Summer Tennis Program, hosted by the Tennis Club; the Junior Golf Clinic at the Country Club; a Summer Reading Program at the Library; and swim and water polo classes at the Lodge pool.

The Family Matters Club’s inaugural Cosmic Carnival was all about kids. Photo by Donna Ritchie.

The Family Matters Club’s inaugural Cosmic Carnival was all about kids. Photo by Donna Ritchie.

Activities geared mostly for adults included the Picnic and Dance in the Park, hosted by the Fine Arts Guild, as well as concerts by professionals singers Johnny Lee and David Cook, hosted by the Association. The POA also put on Maui Monday, which brought in Polynesian dancers for a tropical evening at Sunset Beach. Several exhibitions by ShowCal Skiers were held in the Jump Lagoon early in the summer, and the Miss Canyon Lake Scholarship Pageant was held in late August.

In addition to these larger community events, many of the clubs held activities for their own members throughout the summer.

The Kids Fishing Derby has been a popular summer event for many years. Photo by Donna Kupke.

The Kids Fishing Derby has been a popular summer event for many years. Photo by Donna Kupke.

Flick-n-Float was a nice way to cool down at the end of a hot summer night. Photo by Donna Kupke.

Flick-n-Float was a nice way to cool down at the end of a hot summer night. Photo by Donna Kupke.

Children had fun riding with an adult and sometimes paddling on their own in the Paddle & Pedal Regatta. Photo by Donna Kupke.

Children had fun riding with an adult and sometimes paddling on their own in the Paddle & Pedal Regatta. Photo by Donna Kupke.

Abbey Patrick was pleased to win a guitar in the Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading to the Rhythm.” Photo by Sandra Brautigam.

Abbey Patrick was pleased to win a guitar in the Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading to the Rhythm.” Photo by Sandra Brautigam.

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