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.

Towne Center break-ins

Canyon Lake Police Lt. Earl Quinata reports there were two break-ins at Towne Center businesses. On Sunday morning, October 11, around 2:20 a.m., someone smashed a window to break into The Cup Above. They took the cash register and an undisclosed amount of money.

In the early morning hours on October 12, someone gained access to an office building on the west side of the Towne Center via the roof and broke into two businesses. Various items were taken. A security camera captured a good image of the invader.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on these incidents is encouraged to contact CLPD at 951-210-1000.

Veterans Memorial bricks

Those who would like 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 at

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

  • Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting – Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber
  • Administration and Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 3, 8 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Public Safety Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 a.m., City Council Chamber
  • Canyon Lake City Council – Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber

City Council meeting

The agenda for the November 4 City Council meeting will be available the Thursday prior to the meeting 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. The City Council has adopted a time limitation of three minutes per person. If commenting on an agenda item, comments will be heard at the time that particular item is scheduled on the agenda.

Please note that, for anyone addressing the City Council on items not on the agenda, the Brown Act does not allow discussion of such items. Therefore, the City Council may only do the following; refer the matter to staff, ask for additional information or request a report back, or give a very limited factual response.

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 Carroll 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.

Calling All Crafters! 

The last day to sign up for the 15th annual Canyon Lake Holiday Boutique is Monday, October 19, between 10 a.m. and noon. 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. For more information, contact Kathy Barbay at 951-805-3278 or Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.

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.

Lioness Yard Sale

The Canyon Lake Lioness Club is holding its annual fundraising garage sale on Friday, October 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. until 2 30489 Meadowlark Dr.

Items to be sold include kitchenware, china, glassware, clothing, books, holiday decorations, small appliances, artwork, electronics, hobby equipment, tools, etc. Residents who would like to donate items are asked to contact Joanna Spiller at 951-244-1553 or Sharon Ormond at 951-244-4494.

All proceeds of the sale will be used to help needy families in our community as well as those in need in other states or countries and to support organizations that aid the sight-impaired.

Lioness Friendship Brownies

Once again, the Canyon Lake Lioness Club is selling its famous Brownie Jars. The quart jars are decorated for the holidays, filled with the ingredients to make brownies for family, friends, neighbors. Only four ingredients need to be added: eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and brown sugar. The recipe is under the decorated lid.

The Club is also selling smaller jars filled with candy or nuts. These jars also make great gifts. The brownie jars are $10 each or two for $18. The smaller candy/nut jars are $6 each or two for $10.

To purchase these gifts, call Barbara Weatherman at 951-244-1618. The proceeds from this project will be used to help those in need.

‘Shop for the Cause’

Temescal Canyon High School Aquatics is selling tickets for the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center’s annual “Shop for the Cause” event on Saturday, November14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include catered lunch, dessert, beer and wine samples, exclusive discounts, baggage check, entertainment, free gift wrap, casino room, one entry into the prize drawing, one entry into the $500 shopping spree and a day of fun.

One hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the TCHS Aquatics Program. To purchase tickets, contact Andi Rowe at 951-490-1450 or Wendy Cordon at 909-816-8161.

Need a Band?

The award winning, Temescal Canyon High School Jazz Band is back in full swing and available to play at holiday events. Besides their wide range of jazz music, they also offer a holiday music program. The band is comprised of 20 students, nearly all of whom are in the school’s marching band. To book this group, call Lyne Hall at 951-244-2101.

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 more information and scheduling updates, visit and like the instructor’s page,

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.


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 PEO Scholarships

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. These scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2016 school year. Application forms are available online 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.

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.

Veterans Day Golf

Residents are invited to play in the 3rd annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament on Monday, November 9, at the Canyon Lake Golf Course. This is a non-profit fundraiser for wounded service members through the Wounded Warriors Project. The entry fee is $50, which includes green fee, golf cart and range balls. Active duty personnel play free of charge.

Signups begin at 7 a.m., with and pre-event activities starting at 8 and tee off at 9.

No handicap? No problem! Organizers say the “Step Aside Scramble” format works as follows: Players A, B, C and D tee off. Player B’s drive is chosen as the team drive. Player B has to “step aside,” sit out, on the next shot. When on the green, all four players get to putt. Each player must use four drives.

Tournament awards and prizes will be handed out at a no-host lunch following golf. A boat or golf cart is being offered for a hole-in-one.

Those who choose not to play can still come out to meet some of the “Wounded Warriors,” service members who have been injured in the line of duty. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), and support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

For more information or to preregister, visit the Canyon Lake Golf Pro Shop or call 951-246-1782.


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