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.

PLAN Luncheon

Priscilla Circle of Canyon Lake Church will host its last PLAN (People Living Alone Now) luncheon for 2018 on Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. Priscilla Circle ladies plan the program and free luncheon for seniors. As always, there will be plenty of music and fellowship. The speakers will be Bob and Linda Sasser of Helping Hands. For reservations or more details, contact Joan Ellett at 951-941-0859.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Canyon Cowboy, 31504 Railroad Canyon Rd., is hosting a Pumpkin Carving contest on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The winner will receive $100. All ages are welcome. Registration is $10. Pumpkins, tools, stencils, paint and other supplies are included. Registration is taken in person at the restaurant or online at

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) Business and Program meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Village Community Center, 16275 Grand Ave., Lake Elsinore. Meetings are free and open to the public. Candy Petersen will go over the basics of using Family Tree Maker and will touch on Roots Magic at the Oct. 11 meeting. For more information, visit or contact Candy Petersen at or 951-246-2028.

First Responder Appreciation

Hell’s Kitchen Motorsports Bar & Gill, 32685 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore, invites the public to its First Responder Appreciation event on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is being held to honor the first responders, volunteers and donors who served the community during the Holy fire. The event will feature live music, raffles, vendor and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Chronic Illness Support

The Chronic Illness Adult Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Senior Center. For more information, contact Steven Prince at 949-293-2919.

So Cal Fair

The 105th Southern California Fair runs Oct. 6 through Oct. 14 at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris. The fair features concerts, contest and competitions, entertainment, livestock exhibits, carnival games, vendors and more. For more information, visit

Art Gallery Show

The Arts Council of Menifee is hosting a free Art Gallery Show with refreshments, live music and a drawing on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Rd., Menifee. For more information, visit

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 meetings held at Canyon Lake Community Church in Building C. A potluck will be held Oct. 8. Emergency preparedness will be discussed on Oct. 15. Attendees are asked to refrain from using perfume at the meetings as there are those who are allergic to the chemicals in perfume. For more information, contact Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Bev Haney at 951-764-1730.

Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park, 30376 Lone Pine, Dr. Admission is free. This event features music and performances, food vendors, crafts and activities.

Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular

Free, fun family event on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Lake Elsinore. This event features trunk or treating, carnival games and costume contests. Want to decorate your trunk and pass out candy? Entries are free and prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated business and best non-business trunks. For more information, email

Paws on the Promenade

Animal Friends of the Valleys will host Paws on the Promenade Dog Walk Spooktacular at the Promenade Temecula on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. This event will feature a dog costume contest, pet parade, local vendors, treat bags for all participants and raffle prizes. To sign up, visit

Menifee Birthday Bash

The Menifee Birthday Bash and Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Mt. San Jacinto College, 28237 La Piedra, Menifee and will feature live entertainment, community performances, fun zone, vendors, trick-or-treating, costume contest with prizes and beer garden.

Trunk or Treat

Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd., Lake Elsinore, is hosting a free family Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature trunk or treating candy, games and outdoor movie.

Lioness Bingo Fundraiser

Sponsored by the Canyon Lake Lioness Club, 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, players must be 18 or older to play. Admission is $10 per 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.

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.

Landscape Workshop

EVMWD is hosting a free “Starting Your Water Wise Landscape” workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at EVMWD District Headquarters, 31315 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore. Attendees will learn about water wise plants, landscape design, maintaining landscape and budgeting work. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 951-674-3146, ext. 8247.

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.

Motorcycle Show

Eagle Ridge Riders will present its Veterans Day Weekend Bike Show on Nov. 11 at Eagle Ridge Church, 25891 Holland Rd. Menifee. All bikes and riders are welcome. Seven Best of Show awards, vendors, music by Band of Brothers, jump houses and opportunity drawings.

Landscape Rebate Program

EVMWD announced the opening of the new Landscape Transformation Rebate Program. In partnership with Metropolitan Water District, this new program provides a rebate to those who remove turf grass and convert to a water-wise landscape. For more information, visit

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 is located in the old Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Rd. and is open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Needlework Group

Canyon Lakers 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.

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 every Sunday at 6 p.m. in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church. They offer Celebrate Recovery (recovery for adults 18+); The Landing (recovery for teens); Celebration Place (recovery for kids); and free childcare. A potluck is held at on the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne at 951-244-1877, ext. 209.


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 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.

Bereavement Support

Grief Share typically 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.

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

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

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.

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, contact Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715.