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.

Titan Football and 9/11

Support the Temescal Canyon High School Football Program on September 16 by eating at Lone Star Steakhouse. Bring this article and mention you’re there to support TCHS for the program to receive 15 percent of proceeds.

Canyon Lakers are invited to watch the Titans play tonight, September 11, at home verses Palm Springs High School. Gates open at 6 p.m.; game starts at 7. Tickets are $8. For 9/11, TCHS will honor military men and women by offering free admission to those who come in uniform or who have current military ID.

On September 17, the freshmen will go up against Linfield Christian High School at 31950 Pauba Rd. in Temecula. Game starts at 4 p.m.; tickets are $7.

Local businesses that would like to purchase a tax-deductible ad in the football program are asked tocontact Bruce MacDonald at 951-246-9938.

Cub Scouts Selling Popcorn

Members of Cub Scout Pack 346 are selling popcorn at the Canyon Hills Stater Bros through September 13. This pack serves Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills and Tuscany Hills. For more information, contact 951-363-3346 or

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.


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.

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.

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.


MOMS Next, kicked off its new near this week and invites other Canyon Lake moms to join in. 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.”

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.)

Library Craft and Story Time

Ginny Furnish will hold her Craft and Story Time at the Library today, September 11, starting at 11:30 a.m. This free program for preschool age ciildren features stories, music and a craft.

Library hours are Monday, 10 to 7, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 6, and Saturday 10 to 3. It’s closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. For more information, call the Library at 951-244-9181.

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. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. For more information, contact Sher at 951-244-9693 or President Whit Whittle  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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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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