News Briefs


This section contains information on local activities and items of interest to Canyon Lake residents. Information should be submitted to no later than 3 p.m. Monday.

Bunny Train

The Easter Bunny will make a stop at the Orange Empire Railway Museum, 201 A St., Perris, on Mar. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids of all ages will experience the magic of trains and the magic of the Easter Bunny at this popular annual event. The Easter Bunny will hop through the train, greeting each child with a special treat and posing for a photo. Children can decorate Easter baskets and then follow a treasure map to find Easter eggs and other goodies.

There will be a bounce house and other fun activities. Families can explore the museum and enjoy rides on vintage trolleys. Ticket prices are $10 for ages two to 11 and $15 for ages 12 and up. For more information, visit

AFV Golf Tournament

Animal Friends of the Valleys, a 501(c)(3) organization that depends on donations for support of programs that benefit homeless and companion animals, and Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC will host FORE the Animals Golf Tournament on Friday, Mar. 23, at the Temecula Creek Inn, 44510 Rainbow Canyon Rd., Temecula.

The entry fee is $125 per person, $400 per team of four. Fees include cart, practice balls, boxed lunch and drawing ticket. For more information, contact Katie Menges at 951-674-0618, ext. 217. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Soltysiak at 951-805-6239.

Free Sprinkler Nozzles

EVNWD customers are eligible for up to 25 free low flow sprinkler nozzles. The Toro nozzles are more efficient than regular pop-up spray nozzles and can help customers save both water and money.

Customers must act fast, supplies are limited and the program is coming to an end on June 30. To participate, print a voucher from the program’s website,, and redeem at participating irrigation supply stores.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets 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. Childcare 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 Karla Holenbeck at 951-317-6803.

Canyon Lake Bingo

Bingo, sponsored by the Canyon Lake Lioness Club, is held at the senior center on the first and third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Due to State Law, players must be 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. Caregivers Connection

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.

On Mar. 12, Jane Farmer and Shannon Easton will present a talk on “The Rollercoaster Ride of Dementia.” Mar. 26 will be a regular meeting. Gina Fogelman’s from Vineyard Memory Care will speak on Apr. 9. Apr. 23 will be a regular meeting. May 7 will be a potluck. On May 21 Lyn from Hospice of the Valleys will discuss stress. June 11 and June 18 will be a two-part DVD: “It’s all in your approach.” Teepa Snow will lead the discussion.

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, on the last Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Stop. 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. Coffee is complimentary.

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.

Fruit Donation

Helping Hands Group, a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is appealing to residents who have fruit trees to donate the fruit to Helping Hands Group who will pick the fruit and deliver it to those in need of food.

Residents wanting fruit picked and people wanting to volunteer are asked to contact Helping Hands Group at 951-821-6080 or

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.

Bereavement Support

Grief Share meets in the chapel at Canyon Lake Community Church on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Pete at 951-244-1877, ext. 204.

Celebrate Recovery

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. A potluck is held at 5:30 on the first Sunday of each month. Childcare is provided.

Farmers Market

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.

Genealogy Research

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. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Candy Petersen at or 951-246-2028, or visit

Veterans Service Awards

California Senator Jeff Stone encourages veterans group and others to nominate worthy individuals for his annual 2018 Veterans Service Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Apr. 20.

The awards are given annually to 10 military veterans from the 28th Senate District who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow veterans and members of the community. Awards will be presented in late May. Award recipients must work or live in the 28th District, which is entirely in Riverside County. Applications and more information are available at and by calling the Senator Stone’s office at 951-894-3530.

Expressive Art Class

Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer resource center serving Canyon Lake and surrounding area, hosts a free Expressive Art Class every other Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The class uses art as a form of therapy and self-exploration. Sessions help to practice creativity while opening the door to calming strategies and awareness techniques. Participants gain a better insight of themselves through sharing feelings and exploring a host of topics with group dialog and discussion. It’s part art, part relaxing, part “therapy,” part discussion and a positive diversion for anyone. No reservations, fees or art experience required. For dates and times, visit

Needlework Group

Residents are invited to bring their knitting and crocheting supplies and projects to the Canyon Lake Senior Center on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.


Canyon Lake women are invited to attend the Canyon Lake Association of Women (CLAWS) group bunco on the second Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at the country club. The cost is $10 per player. Participants are asked to bring canned and packaged food for the community cupboard. For more information, call Betty Henry at 951-244-3091.

Prayer Line

Are you or someone you know in need of prayer? Canyon Lake Community Church’s Prayer Line is updated daily at 5 p.m. To reach the prayer line, call 951-244-1877 and press menu option 8. To add a request to the prayer line, call the office at 951-244-1877, ext. 200 or fill out a prayer card at the church on Sunday morning. A prayer request may also be submitted using the church’s app.

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

Michelle’s Place, 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117, Temecula, is a breast cancer resource center serving Canyon Lake and surrounding area. 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

Women’s Circles

Women’s Circles are small groups of women who meet once a month in each other’s homes or in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church. They pray and support missionaries and pray for and encourage one another. Being a member of a Women’s Circle provides an opportunity for small group fellowship. Faith Circle meets the third Monday at 7 p.m.; Julia Circle meets the second Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Priscilla Circle meets the first Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.; Sonshine Circle meets the third Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Sunset Circle meets the second Sunday at 5:30 p.m.; Love Circle meets the second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Women’s Circles, contact Circle Coordinator Phyllis Duncan at 951-674-4436.

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.


The Canyon Lake Yacht Club announces its Scholarship Program for 2018. Scholarships are open to high school seniors who reside in Canyon Lake and attend a local high school. Applications will be available in high school career centers on Mar. 1. Applications are due by Apr. 5. For more information, contact Canyon Lake Yacht Club Scholarship Chair Karen Doherty at