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 5 p.m. Monday.

‘Evening on Broadway’

Temescal Canyon High School Theatre Arts proudly presents its spring musical: “An Evening On Broadway.” Showtimes are today, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. The performance, which will be in the school’s performing arts center, 28755 El Toro Rd. in Lake Elsinore, will feature a medley of music and dance from “A Chorus Line,” “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Wicked” and “Les Miserables.” All tickets are $8. For more information, call 951-253-7250.

Goodwill, E-waste Collection

Canyon Lake Middle School is hosting a Goodwill Drive and E-Waste Collection event this Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items may be dropped off at the side of the gym anytime between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday before the event.

E-waste that will be accepted include computers, monitors, TVs, VCRs, CD players. audio equipment, servers, telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.

Items accepted for the Goodwill fundraiser include clothing, shoes, toys, books, collectibles, bedding, cookware, tools, holiday decorations, small furniture, etc. Items that won’t be accepted are mattresses, automotive equipment, food, gas-powered items, large furniture, construction materials, hazardous products and large appliances.

Caregivers Connection

For eight years this month, Caregivers Connection has been offering 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 Caregivers Connection, a group that offers an opportunity for caregivers 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. The next meeting will be held on April 13.

For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736. Jo Ann says she thanks all who have attended, shared and helped make the group such a success over the years.

Drowning Prevention

Sally Smith and Renee Marier of Mango Pool & Spa Maintenance will have a booth at the Canyon Lake Farmers Market on April 19, Earth Day weekend, to promote drowning prevention. They will have free coloring books and activity sheets for children, and will hold a drawing for two life jackets, one for infants and one for a child 30 to 50 pounds. Everyone is invited to stop by their booth for information about drowning prevention.

Sally and Renee are members of the Menifee Valley Chapter of the non-profit Independent Pool & Spa Service Association.

Autism Awareness Necklaces

Bombshells clothing store is supporting Autism Awareness month by donating all proceeds received from the sale of their Puzzle Piece necklaces and rings to the Autism Speaks organization. The cost is $8 for each necklace. Bombshells is located at 31682 Railroad Canyon Rd., Ste. 8, in the Towne Center (center courtyard). For information call 951-244-6622.

Lioness Collecting Pull-tabs

This is the final month to collect pull-tabs for a fundraising project to benefit Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House. Aluminum pull-tabs can be popped off of soda, beer, soup and other food cans. Many clubs, businesses and organizations throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties annually deliver the pull-tabs to Redlands College, which are then weighed and sold with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House.

The collection will be delivered on Friday, May 1. Anyone wanting to donate pull-tabs may give them to any member of the Lioness Club or deliver them to Joanna Spiller at 23651 Cruise Circle Dr. For more information, contact Joanna at

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.

Teen Collecting Eyewear

Local high school student Cody Hankins continues to collect glasses to help those in need, both locally and around the world. He is doing so in conjunction with the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Canyon Lake. Cody thanks the many Canyon Lakers who have contributed to this cause over the past six months. He now calls his organization “A Clear Future.”

Those with an old pair of reading or prescription glasses may contact Cody at 951-805-7301 or to arrange for pickup. All donations collected will be given to the local Lions and Lionesses for international distribution.

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 or 951-699-5455.



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