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.

NCAA Baseball at the Diamond

The Lake Elsinore Storm is pleased to announce a Storm first: The Diamond in Lake Elsinore will host the NCAA Baseball Lake Elsinore Regional tournament today, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.

The top-seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos is hosting and will be joined by the No. 2 Southern California, No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 San Diego State. Visit for complete schedule and ticket information.

Chamber Tourney Cancelled

The Chamber of Commerce announced that the annual Ray Chenette Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for May 30 was cancelled due to lack of participation.

Lions Club Garage Sale

The Canyon Lake Lions Club will hold its annual garage sale Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Phil Coughlin, 23620 Continental Dr. Proceeds from the sale will be used to enable the Club to continue its efforts to help others less fortunate.

Anyone wishing to donate household items or clothing is asked to contact Joanna Spiller at 951-244-1553.

Car Show at Lamb’s

Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd., will host a car and motorcycle show on Saturday, June 13, from 10 am. to 3 p.m. In addition to show cars and bikes, there will be merchandise for sale, food trucks, music and kids jumpers. Vendor registration is $25 and to register a car is $20. Register at Vehicle check-in will be from 7 to 9 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the City of Lake Elsinore Dream Center, a volunteer-driven organization that helps people in the community with homelessness, hunger relief, basic medical/dental care and life skills training. For more information, visit the “Dream Center of Lake Elsinore” Facebook page. For more information regarding the Car Show, call Paul Kakis at 951-544-3339.

Caregivers Connection

According to the most recent studies, one out of eight people over age 65 will develop dementia – and by age 85, one out of two will be affected.

These facts will be the basis of a meeting June 8 when Caregivers Connection next meets to hear Shannon Eaton, M.A., discusses the brain, an incredible organ that scientists are only beginning to understand.

Shannon, who represents Desert Hills Memory Care Center, will take the group through a simplified tour of the brain and how it is affected by dementia. With pictures and statistics, this topic will help those who attend better understand their loved ones and will give an idea of what is happening in the brain itself. Question and answer time will follow the presentation.

Caregivers Connection provides an opportunity for caregivers to share common problems, needs and experiences as they offer care for their husbands, wives or parents. 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 Canyon Lake Community Church gym on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Bev Haney at 951-244-8711.

Pack 346 Recruiting

Cub Scout Pack 346 will be holding recruitment of new scouts on June 7,  from 3 to 5 p.m. with Splash Olympics at Canyon Hills Sports Park. For information, contact Lisa Zander at

Vendors Wanted

The Canyon Lake Family Matters Club is looking for local Canyon Lakers who have business selling unique items. The club will be hosting a Quarter Mania Auction on Sunday, July 19, at The Lodge. Vendors are invited to obtain a booth to show and sell their items during the event. The cost of the booth space is $35 and an item for the auction. For more information, contact 714-394-4885 or

Line Dancing at Stampede

The Woman’s Club is hosting a Line Dancing Party at the Stampede dance hall in Old Town Temecula on Friday, June 5, starting at 11 a.m. This is open to all Canyon Lakers, including gentlemen. The cost of $25 includes a buffet lunch, line dancing and professional line dance instruction. There will be an open bar. Make reservations by calling Lyne Hall 951-244-2101.

Art Auction and Show

Congregation B’nai Chaim invites the community for an evening of art, conversation, and silent and live auctions tomorrow, May 30, at 29500 Via Princessa in Murrieta. Local artists are invited to showcase their works, starting at 6 p.m. The silent auction and wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30; live auction of fine art begins at 7:30. Professional auctioneers from Pacific Auction Company will guide beginners and experienced bidders through every step. For more information, contact the event chair, Sherry Reiter, at 951-244-8567 or

Parent Child Yoga

A parent/child Yoga and Creative Movement Class is being taught on Wednesdays, 9 to 9:40 a.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge. Instructor Kelley Peviani-Bruno says there is no cost to attend the class, but guardians must remain with their child and are encouraged to participate in the yoga alongside their child. Bring a yoga mat. To learn more, visit Kelley’s Facebook page at


Kids’ Summer Tennis Program

Tennis Pro Baba Soysa once again will be running his Kids’ Summer Tennis Program, starting Tuesday, June 9, and ending Thursday, July 2. The classes will be held twice a week, one-hour sessions, for four weeks.

Classes will be held at the Tennis Center, Court 5, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. The exact times will be announced after the kids are registered and age groupings are known.

Classes are for ages 4 to 18. A “Mommy, Daddy and Me” class is available for the 4 and 5-year-olds.

The cost is $100 for the four-week session, payable by check at the first session. For registration and questions, contact Marga Kidd at or 951-442-4538.

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 to begin a host family application.

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.

Clothing Wanted

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 the Coldwell Banker office in the Towne Center, 31620 Railroad Canyon Rd.

Steering Wheel Covers

The Lioness Club is selling custom-made steering wheel covers to protect hands from hot steering wheels. The covers are made of many different materials and patterns and work equally well during the cold months. The price is $8 for one, or two for $15. To purchase a cover, contact Laverne Can at 951-244-5715. Profits from this project will go to one of the Lioness Club’s ongoing philanthropic projects.

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market operates every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the upper section of the Towne Center parking lot. It features fresh produce from local farmers and fresh flowers from area growers as well as handcrafted items, vendor merchandise and freshly prepared food. It’s a good place to pick up fresh food for holiday meals and gifts from local vendors.

Caregivers Connection

Caregivers Connection offers 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 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.

For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736.

Lock Vehicles

Canyon Lake Community Patrol reminds residents to double-check the doors and windows in their vehicles each evening and be sure alarm systems are activated. Records show most thefts from vehicles in Canyon Lake occur because doors were left unlocked or windows left open. They also say residents shouldn’t leave items of value in front yards or driveways.

Open cars and valuables left outside can lead to “crimes of opportunity” that can be easily prevented. If a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. Then call Community Patrol.

Call Community Patrol at 951-244-5950 any time there is a suspicious-looking person.

Grandparents Raising Grandkids

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force (GRGTF) consists of representatives from the variety of county agencies that impact the lives of these families, as well as representatives of county and state elected officials, grandparents, and community volunteers.

As part of its goal to address the multiple, complex issues faced by grandparents who have taken the responsibility of primary caregiver, the Task Force hosts several support groups throughout the county. The Murrieta/Temecula area support group meets the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Mary Phillips Senior Center in Old Town Temecula, 41845 Sixth St., just behind the fire station.

GRG invites all grandparents raising grandchildren to come and share experiences, challenges and concerns, and learn about programs that are designed to assist in raising grandchildren. For more information, call 1-800-510-2020.

Al-Anon Family Groups

For those whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking, the Al-Anon family groups provide a fellowship for sharing experiences, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. Al-Anon believes alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Even if the alcoholic continues to drink, his or her relatives and friends can achieve serenity as a result of Al-Anon Family Group.The group meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd. in Lake Elsinore. For more information, call 244-0081 or visit

Tiles at the Tennis Courts

The Tennis Club is placing ceramic tiles made by kids or adults on the wall around Court 5, overlooking the parking lot. Tiles can be painted at The Cup Above in the Towne Center for $10, plus tax.

TOPS Meets in Lake Elsinore

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets each Tuesday at the Senior Center Annex, 420 E. Lakeshore Dr. in Lake Elsinore, next to Lake Point Park. The active club is led by Jean King. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to  9:15 a.m. and business and therapy is from 9:15 to 10:30. Visitors are welcome. Annual dues to join the national organization of TOPS are $28; the Lake Elsinore TOPS’s monthly dues are $2. For more information, call 674-0880.

Safe Alternatives

Safe Alternatives for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) is a non-profit agency in Temecula that is committed to providing programs and services to children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of violence and abuse. For more information on S.A.F.E.’s services go to or call 951.587.3900.

Parkinson’s Support Group
The meetings of a local Parkinson’s Support Group are free and open to Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Murrieta Senior Center, 41717 Juniper St. in Murrieta. For more information, call 285-4008 or 696-7130.

Hospital Volunteers Needed

Menifee Valley Medical Center is seeking hospital volunteers. Only four hours of volunteer service per week qualifies one to become an active member of the hospital volunteer team. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Minimum age is 16. Contact 679-8888, ext. 7254.

Women’s Home

A couple from Wildomar would like to let area women who are experiencing domestic abuse, homelessness or other difficulties know they have opened a women’s home in Wildomar. Bruce and Phyllis Carranza call the women’s home a “lighthouse guiding women in need of changing their lives, a place where they can receive love and support, an anchor in Christ.” To learn more, call the Carranzas at 471-1791 or 445-0948.

Adult Day Care

Adult day care services are offered by Care Connexxus at 29995 Evans Rd. in Menifee. The non-profit organization is a non-medical licensed program that provides adult day care/adult day services to elderly and younger qualifying adults who are mentally, physically or socially dependent on others to complete tasks of daily living. For more information, contact Tiffany Kenny at 672-9536.

Elks Lodge Bingo

Bingo is open to Elks and the general public at the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge, 33700 Mission Trail in Wildomar, on Thursdays. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games start at 6. For more information, call 674-6804.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Temecula Valley Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings in most nearby cities. The primary purpose is to help members achieve sobriety. For more information, visit or call 695-1535.

Wheelchairs for Seniors

Miracle on Wheels is notifying the public about the opportunity for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as stroke, heart and breathing problems or diabetes to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. According to Miracle on Wheels, Medicare’s regulations now make it easier to obtain a power wheelchair for seniors and others with problems getting around their home, or who are in danger of falling due to their medical condition. For more information and to learn about qualifying call 800-400-4210.

Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is for mothers of children, newborn to kindergarten age. The meetings are held at the Canyon Lake Community Church on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more information, contact Heather Weber at 852-7478 or Jaclyn Copeland at 265-9938.


MOMS Next is a group for mothers of elementary school aged children. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Canyon Lake Community Church. For more information, contact Dana Kocik at 246-1013 or Melissa Roberts at 757-6010.  Both groups can be registered through the church office.

Senior Softball

Softball players 55 and older are invited to join the senior men’s league in Menifee. The league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Wheatfield Park, next to the Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto Community College. For more information, call Ed Hustead at 679-8626.

Thank the Troops

Xerox Corporation has created a simple way for citizens to thank military personnel overseas at The sender selects a design and message, which is then personalized with the sender’s name and town. Xerox then prints and sends a postcard to a member of the military stationed overseas. It only takes a few minutes to send a postcard and say thanks.


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