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.

CLPOA Board Meeting

The next Regular Session Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. at the Lodge. This meeting streams live at and is televised on Time Warner Channel 29 or Verizon Channel 39.

New Lake Lease Website

The Association has created a new website with lake lease information, news and updates. Members can click the “Lake Lease” button at One must be a member of the Association and registered on the CLPOA website to access this new site.

Golf Course Over-Seeding

Each year the Association closes the Golf Course for approximately three weeks to over-seed the fairways, roughs, tees and green surrounds. This year’s over-seeding will take place between Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 23. During this time the Golf Course and Pro Shop will be closed. They will reopen Monday, October 26. The Country Club Restaurant and Lounge will be closed October 12 through 15 and will reopen Friday, October 16.

CLPOA Recall Election

An Irrevocable Mail-In Secret Ballot with voting instructions was mailed on September 15. Completed ballots should be mailed to: Inspector of Elections, Feldsott & Lee, 23161 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 300, Laguna Hills, California 92653, so that they are received by 5 p.m. on October 10, or brought to the Special Meeting of Members at the Lodge by 8 a.m. October 15.

For ballot related questions, call Inspector of Elections Stanley Feldsott at 949-729-8002.

Entryway Monument Design Contest

Designs are now being accepted for the Entryway Monument Design Contest. Canyon Lake residents are encouraged to submit their creative design ideas for the City’s entryway monuments, which are planned to be installed at the east and west City limits, in the center medians along Railroad Canyon Rd.

All entries received will be posted on the City’s Facebook page. The top three to five entries with the most “Likes” will be presented to City Council at the November 4 City  Council meeting. The City Council will evaluate the final entries based on overall quality, creativity and how well the monument reflects the vision of Canyon Lake.  Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. For the entry form, visit

Coming up at City Hall

  • 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

City Council meeting

The agenda for the October 7 City Council meeting is available at Meetings are televised live at Time Warner Channel 29 and Verizon Channel 39.

Any person wishing to address the City Council at its monthly meeting on any matter within the jurisdiction of the City, whether or not it appears on the monthly agenda, is asked to complete a “Speaker Request Form” available on the back counter.

The completed form is to be submitted to the City Clerk prior to an individual being heard by the City Council.

vet-bricksVeterans Memorial bricks

Those who want to order a commemorative brick for the Veterans Monument patio in time for this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony should do so by October 20. The City of Canyon Lake sells bricks to honor veterans and active duty military at the Veterans Memorial. The applications are available at City Hall or

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.

Director Nancy Carroll says, “Learning what to do before, during and after a disaster will make all our lives safer and less stressful. For a small city such as ours, we need many trained volunteers. Any outside help will be very little to none for at least 72 hours or more. Since many Canyon Lake citizens work outside the community and/or travel often, we need three times more volunteers than we would use at any one time. That way, when our disaster hits, enough people will be here to do the job until the others get home. Be a part of the solution! We hope to see you there.”

For more information, call 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.

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.

Titan Homecoming

The Friday Flyer invites a Temescal Canyon High School student or alumnus to take pictures and report on Titan homecoming activities. Contact Editor Sharon Rice at

Titan Football

Residents are invited to support the Temescal Canyon High School Football Program by attending a bowling event tomorrow, October 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Pins and Pockets, 32250 Mission Trail in Lake Elsinore. The cost is $12 per person for two hours of bowling, shoes, two slices of pizza and a drink.

Congratulation to varsity on its 43-14 win against JW North last Friday. This is a bye week.

On October 8, junior varsity will play at home vs. Perris High School, with a start time of 4 p.m. Admission is free. Also that day, freshmen will go up against Perris High School at Perris, 175 East Nuevo Rd. in Perris, with the game starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7. Varsity will play an away game at Perris on October 9. Gates open at 6 p.m.; game starts at 7. Tickets are $8. Homecoming is October 16.

Bring this News Brief and eat at Chili’s anytime on October 15. The program will receive 15 percent of proceeds.

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

P.E.O. Garage Sales

Two fundraising garage sales will be held by P.E.O. on Friday, October 9, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, October 10, from 6 a.m. to noon. Clothing and household items are for sale at two locations: 22706 Lighthouse Dr. and 29117 Big Range Rd. All proceeds go towards scholarships for women.

Philanthropic Educational Organization scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate California women studying in a variety of fields; they will be awarded for the fall 2016 school year. Application forms are available online through January 10, 2016 and are due by February 1, 2016. For additional information, call Dee Zasio at 951-244-0123.

Tennis Classes Starting

Tennis Pro Baba Soysa will be offering new adult and children’s tennis lessons starting Monday, October 26. Days and times will be confirmed a little closer to the date. If interested, contact Marga Kidd at or 951-442 4538.

Holiday Home Tour

The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club has begun its search for homes for the annual Holiday Home Tour on December 6. Anyone who loves to decorate or who has a spectacular home to put on the tour is invited to contact Tour Chair Candy Petersen at 951-246-2028 or

Learn Square Dancing

The Canyon Lake Twirlers Dance Club is hosting a class for those interested in learning how to do modern square dancing. The first night is free and open enrollment has been extended a few more weeks. After that, the cost is $5 each week. The class is held Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber (when City Council is not in session). It’s 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.

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


Mothers of school aged kids are invited to MOMS Next, a ministry of MOPS International. It meets 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.”

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.

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

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.

Farmers Market Pet Parade

The Canyon Lake Farmers Market will hold its annual Pet Parade on Sunday, October 11, at noon in the Towne Center. The categories in the pet costume contest are Cutest, Spookiest, Funniest, Most Original and Pet/Owner Look-Alike. This is a festive event for pets, their owners and all those who attend the Farmers Market. Plenty of prizes and ribbons will be awarded.

Parent Child Yoga

The Parent Child Yoga Creative Moment Class for children ages 2 through 8 meets on Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 4:45 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. For visit


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