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.

Christmas Eve Service

Canyon Lake Community Church invites the community to a Christmas Eve service on Thursday, December 24. Three times are offered: 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The church is located at 30515 Railroad Canyon Rd. For more information, call 951-244-1877 or visit

New Pet Spa

A new pet grooming business has moved into the Canyon Hills shopping center (replacing Bow Wow Bath House, which moved to Menifee). Pepper’s Pet Spa, at 25321 Railroad Canyon Rd. (behind Carl’s Jr.) is hoping Canyon Lakers will take advantage of some grand opening specials. These include 10 percent off for the following: first time customers, service dogs and active or veteran military, police and fire personnel.

Pepper’s provides grooming needs for Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV). It also offers 25 percent off on the first visit for animals adopted from AFV. The business has six self-wash stations plus full service grooming. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 to 6. For information, call 951-228-2095.

Spark of Love Toy Drive

Jill Batinich is accepting toys for Spark of Love and for HOPE (Helping Our People in Elsinore). Her drive will run until December 15. To donate toys or to let her know of a Canyon Lake family that needs toys this Christmas, email her at

Studio 1 hair salon also is holding a toy drive for local needy children. Unwrapped toys for boys are girls are welcome, as are $10 and $20 gift certificates for children over 12. The donations will be disbursed through the California firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Lioness Friendship Brownies

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.


The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m. (except December 22 and 29) in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. The group works on public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, contact Maureen Smith at 951-566-7185.

Temecula Valley Symphony

The Temecula Valley Symphony will perform a Holiday Extravaganza on December 19, at 2 p.m. at the Golden Bears Theater, Temecula Valley Hight School. Holiday favorites will include music from Duke Ellington, Home Alone II, Hanukkah, Handel’s Messiah and more. Tickets are available at

CLLL Spring Registration

Canyon Lake Little League is taking online signups at The cost for players will vary from $120 to $160 based on division. Player registration includes a hat, shirt, belt, socks and a rewarding season of baseball. The league is always looking for good managers, coaches, assistant coaches, team reps and board members. Volunteer forms can be completed at the time of registration. Questions? Contact the Canyon Lake Little League board at Registration ends January 10.

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.

PEO Scholarships

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) scholarship opportunities are 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.

Caregivers Connection

Men and women who provide care for their husbands, wives or parents for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s are invited to attend Caregivers Connection.

For more information about this support group, contact facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or assistant facilitator Bev Haney at 951-244-1877.

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.


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.”