News Briefs


Coming up at City Hall

  • Veterans Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 9, 4 p.m., City Council Chamber
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting – Thursday, October 1, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber
  • Administration and Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday, October 6, 8 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Public Safety Committee Meeting – Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Canyon Lake City Council – Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber
  • City Wide Cleanup – Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m., Canyon Lake Community Church
  • Water Committee Meeting – Thursday, October 15, 9 a.m., EVMWD Offices

Emergency Preparedness Meeting

The Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC) invites residents to monthly meetings the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. If they choose to join this large group of volunteers, they will earn how to make a difference during a disaster. Damage Assessors will be the focus of a drill planned in October.

For more information, call CLEPC Director Nancy at 951-244-8230 or visit and click on “Services” and “Disaster Preparedness.”

Sign Up for Code Red

The City of Canyon Lake has an emergency notification system called CodeRED, which will alert each resident by phone or e-mail in the event of an emergency. The ultra high-speed telephone communication service allows the City to telephone all or targeted areas in case of an emergency.

Sign up for the service at Once on the website, go to Disaster Preparedness, then to the Code Red link. The short online form asks for information about alternate phone numbers, e-mail addresses, pagers and cell phone numbers. Those who previously have signed up and haven’t made changes to their contact information don’t need to sign up again.

City Services

Building & Safety – The City of Canyon Lake contracts with Willdan for Building & Safety services. The Building and Safety Department is open for public services Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inspections are done Monday through Friday. Appointments are available at other times.

Planning – The City of Canyon Lake contracts with a private consultant, MIG, Inc., formerly Hogle-Ireland, Inc. for its planning services. Some of these services include reviewing development site plans and conditional use permits, updating the General Plan and Zoning Code, regulating signage, and receiving business licenses. Planning representatives are available on Wednesdays by appointment.

Engineering – The City of Canyon Lake Contracts with Tri Lake Consultants for Engineering services.

For more information, visit and click on “Departments.”

Unscheduled Power Outages

Southern California Edison encourages residents to call the SCE 24-hour emergency hotline at 800-611-1911 to report an unscheduled outage. It is the primary way for SCE to know there is a problem so crews can be deployed. Residents who experience outages can check the “Outage Center” at to learn what time they can expect power to be restored.

Veterans Memorial bricks

The City of Canyon Lake is perpetually selling bricks to honor veterans and active duty military at the Veterans Memorial. The applications are available at City Hall or at

Only rain in the drain

Disposing of pollutants into the street, gutters, storm drains or Lake is prohibited by law and can result in stiff penalties. Storm drains are not connected to sanitary sewer systems and treatment plants. The primary purpose of storm drains is to carry rainwater away from developed areas to prevent flooding.

Pollutants discharged to the storm drains are transported directly into the Lake. Capture and dispose of wastewater and chemicals properly. Remember, storm drains are for receiving rainwater runoff only.

For more information or to report illegal discharges, call Canyon Lake Code Enforcement at 746-7978.

View Municipal Code

Canyon Lakers can go to to view the Canyon Lake Code of Ordinances. On the home page, click on “Departments” and select “City Clerk.” On the far right column there is a link for “Municipal Ordinances.”

Discharge of Firearms

Canyon Lake Municipal Code Section 11.01 prohibits the discharge of firearms within all areas of the City limits and the Bureau of Land Management. This type of activity is a misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail. This includes the use of setting up a target range and hunting of wildlife. If anyone has questions or wants to report this type of activity, we encourage them to contact City Hall at 951-244-2955.

Hiring a contractor?

City Hall encourages residents to check whether the contractor they are hiring has a Canyon Lake business license. If the job exceeds $500, also ask to see a contractor’s license. The Contractors State License Board offers the following recommendations for anyone planning to hire out for work on their property:

  1. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
  2. Check a contractor’s license number online at or by calling 800.321.CSLB (2752).
  3. Get at least three bids.
  4. Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
  5. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms.
  6. Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
  7. Never pay more than 10 percent down or $1,000, whichever is less. Don’t pay in cash.
  8. Don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
  9. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
  10. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.

City Finances

The City provides a complete listing of financial claims and demands each month in the City Council agenda. There also are links to the Annual Financial Report and the Operating and Capital Improvement Budget. To see the City Council agenda and find other valuable information, visit

Call vector control

The Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District provides vector control services (mosquitoes, flies, rats, Africanized honeybees, black flies and midges) in Canyon Lake. Residents experiencing vector control problems in the community should contact the District at 951-340-9792 or visit

Landscape water efficiency

City Hall encourages water efficiency. Anyone planning to rehabilitate landscaping or irrigation, and the project cumulatively exceeds 1,500 square feet in size, needs to submit plans to City Hall. A list of drought tolerant plants can be found by visiting

Party Permits

The City of Canyon Lake would like to remind residents that any time they plan a large party or event at either their home or one of the community’s parks and 50 people or more are expected, a Special Event Permit must be filed with the City. This is a separate requirement from any the POA may impose for the same event. Special Event Permits are $25 and must be filed no later than 30 days prior to the planned event or party. Please contact City Hall at 244-2955 for more information or to find out if your party or event qualifies for Special Event Permit filing.

Passport services

The nearest facility for passport services is Sun City Main Post Office, 26822 Cherry Hills Blvd. in Menifee. The phone number is 301-3657.

Housing-related fraud

The Friday Flyer regularly publishes market updates from Gene Wunderlich, director of government affairs for the Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors. Mr. Wunderlich is part of a Fraud and Risk Management task force and recently provided the following reminder and e-mail address if people see something fishy or have concerns about a housing-related issue. Contact

Dial 211 for info

The City of Canyon Lake entered into an annual service agreement with 211 Riverside County, a nonprofit agency, to provide residents with toll-free local information and referrals to social services.

Canyon Lake residents in need of a link to social services can dial 2-1-1 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 211 operators provide callers with contact information and referrals to local nonprofit agencies and programs best matching the caller’s needs.

Arrest Report Update

Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Station Sgt. Ralph Rico provided the following report of arrests that occurred in the City of Canyon Lake from August 3 to August 30, 2015. Residents are reminded these reports represent arrests of suspects and not convictions of a crime.

August 20, 2015 – Domestic Battery – 23100 block of Big Tee Drive, Canyon Lake – CN152320001 – 12:41 a.m. – Christopher William Smuts, 27, was arrested for domestic battery.

August 21, 2015 – Illegal Drugs – 31800 block of Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152330004 – 12:00 p.m. – Mckenzie Faith Augustine, 24, was arrested for being under the influence of illegal drugs.

August 21, 2015 – Warrant Service – 31800 block of Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152330003 – 12:00 p.m. – Kelly Christine Miller, 39, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.

August 21, 2015 – Illegal Drugs – 31800 block of Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152330004 – 12:00 p.m. – Jordan Anthony Sutphen, 22, was arrested for being under the influence of illegal drugs

August 23, 2015 – Elder Abuse – 31600 block of Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152350007 – 6:12 p.m. – Jennifer Marlene Guzman, 37, was arrested for elder abuse.

August 23, 2015 – Public Intoxication – 31500 block of Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152350003 – 5:05 a.m. – Amanda Holmes, 30, was arrested for public intoxication.

August 29, 2015 – Warrant Service – 31800 block Railroad of Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake – CN152410008 – 12:12 p.m. – Jeffrey Dee Bell, 51, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.

Learn to Ride Day

The Wakeboard Club’s final Learn to Ride Day of the season will be Saturday, September 12, at 9 a.m. in the North Ski Area. Canyon Lakers of all ages are invited to learn how to ride a wakeboard or improve their skills. Rides are on a first come, first served basis so arrive early for registration. The cost is $15 for each pull. Boats and equipment are provided.

Staff members will be on hand to provide training for the beginner, intermediate or advanced rider in wake boarding, wake skating and safe boating. For more information about the Wakeboard Club, visit

Cub Scouts Selling Popcorn

Cub scouts are beginning their Fall Popcorn Fundraiser. Members of Pack 346 are selling popcorn at the Canyon Hills Stater Bros on weekends through September 13. This pack serves Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills and Tuscany Hills. For more information, contact 951-363-3346 or

Sing with the Choraleers

The Canyon Choraleers have begun practicing for the winter holiday concert. They invite singers to join them on Mondays, at 7 p.m. (except Labor Day) in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. For more information, contact Sher at 951-244-9693 or President Whit Whittle  at

Learn Square Dancing

The Canyon Lake Twirlers Dance Club will start a class for those interested in learning how to do modern square dancing. It will begin Wednesday, September 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber.

There will be open enrollment for the first three weeks and the first night is free. After that, the cost is $5 each week. This class is for couples, singles and families (minimum age 10). For more information, visit or 951-694-3650 or 951-244-0672.

Calling All Crafters! 

Adult crafters of all ages are invited to participate in the 15th annual Canyon Lake Holiday Boutique sponsored by the Senior Work Group. This year’s boutique will be on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, at the Senior Center. All items must be handcrafted. The entry fee is $30, with 15 percent of the crafter’s sales donated to the Senior Center.

Signups will be held at the Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday, September 14 through October 19. There will be one evening signup on October 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Barbay at 951-805-3278 or Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.

Scholarships Available

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is devoted to the educational advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans. P.E.O. scholarship opportunities are now available for undergraduate and graduate California women studying in a variety of fields including health care, education, music, fine arts and the legal profession.

These scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2016 school year. Application forms are available online from September 1, 2015 through January 10, 2016. Completed packets are due no later than February 1, 2016.

Visit the P.E.O. California website for applications and application guidelines. For additional information, call Dee Zasio at 951-244-0123.


MOMS Next is about to kick off its 4th season on Tuesday, September 8.  MOMS Next is a ministry of MOPS International. It consists of mothers of school aged kids who meet every second and fourth Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., at Canyon Lake Community Church.

The moms fellowship over hot coffee and a warm breakfast, then enjoy a speaker or craft. Those desiring “coffee talk” are invited to contact Gretchen Daley at 951-595-9153 or see the Facebook page at “MOMS Next at Canyon Lake Community Church.”

Caregivers Connection

Anyone caring for a loved one for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is welcome to attend Caregivers Connection, which provides an opportunity for men and women to discuss common problems, needs and experiences and to learn from one another.

The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 6 of the gym at Canyon Lake Community Church. The next meeting is September 14 and will be a regular meeting.

On September 28, Jane Farmer will speak to the group about dementia, calling it “a rollercoaster ride.”

“So many emotions are involved in living with a dementia diagnosis,” she says. “Often we hear people feeling like they’re on an emotional rollercoaster from mourning to joy.”

Jane and her daughter Shannon will speak on the wide range of feelings and the reasons behind them. They will discuss how to help those who may be experiencing stages of grief and the varying emotions that accompany this progression. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

For more information, contact facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or her assistant Bev Haney at 951-244-8711.

Attn: RNs, LVNs, PAs

A free 3-hour CE class (BRN approval no. CEP 13623) providing Psychological First Aid after a Disaster and PTSD will be held September 12, 9 a.m. to noon, in the City Multi-purpose Room. It will be taught by Bob Ireland, MD, and Mary Craton, RN. Content includes basic pathology of PSTD and philosophy of psychological first aid in the aftermath of a disaster. Participants will visit the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee’s Casualty Collection Point (formerly called the Field Treatment Center) at East Port to review procedures, supplies and equipment.

Physicians are welcome but CE credit cannot be provided. It is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC). To register, contact Mary Craton at 951-244-7859 or (ADA compliant. Call 353-7100 for accommodations.)

Titan Football

Canyon Lakers are invited to support the Temescal Canyon High School Football Program by attending games. Varsity plays today, September 4, at 7 p.m. at San Jacinto High School, 500 Idyllwild Dr., San Jacinto, CA 92583. Tickets are $7.

On September 20, at 4 p.m., JV will go up against Palm Springs High School at PSHS, 2401 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Tickets are $7.

Also, on September 20,, at 4 p.m., Freshmen will play PSHS at Temecal Canyon High School. The freshman team got its first win against Murrieta Valley High School last week with a score of 42 to 12.

Temescal Canyon High School varsity players who live in Canyon Lake are Michael Adjaye, Cody Baxter, Austin Cuicchi, Chris Frey, Joshua Lopez, Casey MacDonald, Jacob Stepanek and Steven VanMeter.

Local businesses are invited to purchase a tax-deductible ad in the Temescal Canyon High School football program that is printed for every home game. For more information, contact Bruce MacDonald at 951-246-9938.

Elks Club Car Show

The Elks Lodge in Wildomar will hold its 3rd annual Labor Day Car Show on Sunday, September 6, from noon to 5 p.m. The event is open to Elks and the public. There will be trophies for the best cars or trucks. Barbecued chicken with all the trimmings will be sold at $7. The lodge is located at 33700 Mission Trail in Wildomar. For more information, call Michael Cain at 951-672-0819 or 951-674-6804.

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) meets the second Thursday of each month, at 3 p.m., at the Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail in Wildomar. For more information, contact Yoly Jimenez at 951-764-1932 or

Big Mama Earth Auditions

Big MaMa Earth Learning Academy, an eco-educational non-profit organization owned by Canyon Lake resident Mike Miller, is auditioning energetic children and adults for talent mascot or to perform on stage and interact with children. Mike says, “Big MaMa Earth has been considered by many as like an “eco-Disney act on wheels” whereby we perform and teach educational environmental solutions at schools and green events throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.”

Big MaMa Earth has partnered with the US Kids Chamber of Commerce and is conducting responsible e-waste collection and recycling events throughout the Southwest. It’s also planning for the first animated/live action children’s environmental educational TV/Web based show, called “Big MaMa Earth & Me!”

For information or to schedule an audition, contact Mike Miller at 951-244-8444 or For more information visit

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.

Bereavement Support Groups

Pastor Pete Van Dyke of Canyon Lake Community Church is leading two 13-week bereavement support groups. Information provided at both groups is identical.

One group, which started August 17, is meeting Monday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The other is meeting Wednesday mornings, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Both meet in the Canyon Lake Community Church Chapel (Building A). To register, call the church office at 951-244-1877.

Yoga Class

The Yoga Creative Moment class for children ages 2 through 8 meets on Thursdays, at 4:15 p.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge. This is a free class; however, it is not a drop-off program. Parents/caregivers are required to remain with their children at all times and are encouraged to participate in the class.

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.

‘Hello Dolly’

The Welk Theatre presents “Hello Dolly,” starring Cynthia Ferrer and Randy Doney. Director/Choreographer Ray Limon returns to Welk to stage this classic piece of American theater. “Hello Dolly” through November 15 with five shows per week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $48. For ticket information, contact 888-802-7469 or

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.

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.

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.


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