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 3 p.m. Monday.
Quarter Bus Rides
Through Sept. 4, students in first through 12th grades can ride the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) for a quarter. While a school ID is the preferred method of getting a quarter ride, bus drivers also accept RTA Youth ID cards, or California driver’s licenses or state IDs showing the rider is under the age of 19.
National Night Out
Lake Elsinore is hosting its annual National Night Out on Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Lakepoint Park, 420 E. Lakeshore Drive. Local agencies are teaming up to amplify safety awareness during this night full of activities and information for everyone. Meet local officers, enjoy free kid activities, bouncers, food, display vehicles and more. For more information, visit lake-elsinore.org.
The City of Lake Elsinore, Downtown Merchants Association and Lamb’s Fellowship Car Show have teamed up to bring back the car cruises that took place in downtown Lake Elsinore. Cool classic cars will once again cruise into Lake Elsinore’s historic Main Street on the last Saturday of the month from June through September. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. This event is free to attend and free to participate; there are no fees or pre-registration.
Organizers say there will be trophies, raffles, art, shopping and more. They are also working on getting live bands for a couple of the events. For more information, visit lake-elsinore.org/carcruise.
The Temescal Canyon High School football players are selling discount cards for $10. The discount cards are good at 30 locations in the community. Cards are valid through June 30, 2018. They can be purchased from any Titan football player or by emailing email@example.com.
A Bingo Night Fundraiser will be held on Aug. 5 at the Lake Elsinore Elks Lodge, 33700 Mission Trail, Wildomar. Doors open 3 p.m.; bingo starts at 5 p.m. This event will also feature raffle items and silent auction. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased from any Titan football player or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors are also being sought for a tax deductible ad in the football program that is printed at every home game. For more information about sponsorship, contact Erin Balli at 951-852-5183.
The Canyon Lake Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper section of the Towne Center parking lot.
The Canyon Lake Community Church’s Caregivers Connection offers an opportunity for caregivers to share common problems, needs and experiences. 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 in Room 6 at the church on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Assistant Facilitator Bev Haney at 951-244-8711.
Coffee with Nancy
Residents are invited to meet with Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Division 1 Director Nancy Horton, a Canyon Lake resident, the last Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Stop. The coffee is complimentary. Nancy is available to talk about changing guidelines for water conservation, answer questions about conservation rebates and the district’s water rates, etc. Residents are invited to bring their water bill for clarification of costs.
Bingo is held at the Canyon Lake Senior Center on the first and third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Due to State Law, Bingo is limited to those over the age of 18. Admission is $10 for a six-sheet set; special games are available for $1 each. Those wishing to attend from outside the community should call Nancy Coughlin at 951-805-0543 or Joanna Spiller at 951-244-1553 for gate entrance.
Celebrate Recovery is a program that teaches and gives one tools on how to address their hurts, habits, and hang-ups so that they can move forward and find their purpose and a life filled with joy. Participants discover that they are not alone in what they are going through and find people to walk alongside them. Celebrate Recovery meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church.
Menifee Historical Museum
The Menifee Valley Historical Museum contains displays about Canyon Lake history, provided by Canyon Lake pioneers Don and Elinor Martin who sometimes serve as docents. The museum, located in the old Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Rd. in Menifee, is open Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) meets monthly on the second Thursday (except for July and August) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail in Wildomar. Visitors and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Candy Petersen at email@example.com or 951-246-2028, or visit bakerfamily.org/legs.
Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) meet on the first and third Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Canyon Lake Community Church. MOPS seeks to support mothers during the early years of their children’s lives. By connecting with other moms and mentor moms, craft projects and guest speakers, women are encouraged in their physical, emotional and spiritual journeys. Child care is provided.
The moms fellowship over hot coffee and warm breakfast, then enjoy a speaker or craft. Those desiring “coffee talk” are invited to contact Melissa Roberts at 951-757-6010.
MOMS Next is an open group, accepting place for all mothers of school age kids to come, just as they are, to experience authentic community, personal, growth, practical help and spiritual hope. the group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at Canyon Lake Community Church.
Breast Cancer Resources
Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group in Canyon Lake led by Janelle Basham and Kimberly Slingerland. The pair mentor, educate and support newly diagnosed breast cancer patients during their journey. For more information, visit CLBosomBuddies.com
Michelle’s Place is a breast cancer resource center serving this area, located at 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117, 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 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 951-699-5455 or visit michellesplace.org.
Steering Wheel Covers
The Lioness Club offers custom-made steering wheel covers made of many different materials and patterns, which keep steering wheels from becoming too hot to handle. They also work well during cold weather. The price is $8 for one; $15 for two. The profits from this project go toward the club’s ongoing philanthropic projects. To purchase a cover, call Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715.
Canyon Lake women are invited to attend the Canyon Lake Association of Women (CLAWS) group bunco on the second Wednesday of the month in the Magnolia Room at the country club. The cost is $10 per player; games begin at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring canned and packaged food for the community cupboard. For more information, call Betty Henry at 951-244-3091.
Residents are invited to bring their knitting and crocheting supplies and projects to the senior center on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.
Sewing, Quilting Group
Residents are invited to the senior center for sewing and quilting on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a project and sewing machine, or just visit and check it out. For more information, contact Terri Ireland at 951-246-2571.
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.
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 Coldwell Banker in the Towne Center, 31620 Railroad Canyon Rd.