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.

Luck of the Irish?

When it comes to commercialized dates, March is best known for St. Patrick’s Day. With that in mind, The Friday Flyer invites residents who are from Ireland or who have traveled to Ireland to share their stories. Maybe you don’t want to be bothered with a story but have a picture kissing the Blarney Stone – send it on over. Pictures and information can be sent to Editor Sharon Rice at

Meet with Nancy Horton

On February 23, at 10 a.m., EVMWD Division 1 Director Nancy Horton will hold a coffee meeting at the Sports Stop. Residents who are customers of EVMWD will want to attend to ask about the Governor’s conservation rules for water districts, EVMWD’s Stage 4b ordinance, El Niño updates, questions about the district’s conservation rebates, etc. Nancy invites residents to bring their water bill for clarification of costs. The meeting is expected to continue from 10 to 11:30 and will be a regular event on the last Tuesday of every month.

Harrahs’ Casino Trip

Residents are invited to take advantage of a bus trip from Canyon Lake to Harrah’s Resort Southern California on Saturday, February 27, from 3 to 11 p.m. Harrah’s buses will transport all participants to and from Canyon Lake. Bus tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited and selling out quickly. To reserve a seat, contact Carol Winn at 951-264-4364 or


Have some fun, help fight heart disease and raise money for the American Heart Association by joining others for Zumbathon at the Lodge on Monday, February 29. Certified Zumba instructor Jacqueline Mann will lead this activity from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Canyon Lake Zumba/Yoga card holders pay only $5.

Each ticket holder will receive a ticket for the chance to win heart-healthy prizes. No experience is necessary. Please wear workout shoes and clothing (don’t forget a water bottle!) Wear red and receive an extra ticket. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Everyone is welcome! For more information or call Karla White at 760-695-7203.

Teryx Girls Pepe’s Party

The Teryx Girls, Sara Price and Erica Sacks, invite Canyon Lakers to their 2nd annual Supercross Party at Pepe’s on February 27. The event will include door prizes and raffle. Kids are welcome from 5 to 9 p.m.; 21 and older only after 9 p.m. Join the girls as they share about their adventures in Africa, King of the Hammers and UTV World Championship, and learn what’s next in their lives.

.JWC Scholarships

Jr. Women’s Club scholarships are available to graduating seniors, both male and female, who plan to continue their education. Continuing education can be in the form of four-year or two-year universities, vocational schools, institutes and academies. The scholarships are open to Canyon Lake residents only. Private school students are welcome to apply.

The application can be picked up at area high schools or by emailing Scholarship Chair Shannon Anderson at Applications are due by Friday, April 8. Interviews for those applicants accepted will start the last two weeks of April.

The Junior Woman’s Club is proud to support Canyon Lake youth; over the last six years, the organization has given away more than $30,000 in scholarship money.

Bereavement Support

A 13-week bereavement support group will begin meeting this month in the Canyon Lake Community Church Chapel, led by Pastor Pete Van Dyke. On Mondays, beginning February 22, meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. To register, call the church office at 951-244-1877.

Caregivers Connection

How does one effectively communicate with a person who struggles with speech and understanding? Communication changes through the stages of dementia and appropriate responses may become scarce. Guest speakers from the Desert Hills Memory Center in Hemet will be sharing ideas about effectively communicating and ways to get a desired response when Caregivers Connection next meets on February 22.

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, a support group that 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 about this support group, contact facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or assistant facilitator Bev Haney at 951-244-8711.

Toastmasters Meets Weekly

The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m. 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.

Family Matters Swapmeet

The 2nd annual Family Matters Club Swapmeet will be held May 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Port Park. Organizers have announced that parking spaces on the blacktop will be available for $15; vendors can reserve booth space on the lawn for $35. The Family Matters Club will be selling hot dogs, chips, snack food and beverages to keep everyone powered up for their shopping/selling.

For more information or to receive a registration form by email, contact Shawna Bowen at 714-394-4885 or

Love to Sing?

The Canyon Lake Choraleers are practicing for their spring concert and welcome new members. Directed by Robbin Bouslog, the group practices Monday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room/Council Chamber. The spring concert will be on May 22, at 3 p.m. at the Lodge, and will feature Broadway show tunes. The group is looking for business and individual patrons who would like to support the arts in Canyon Lake. For more information, contact White Whittle at

Sewing, Quilting Group

Canyon Lakers are invited to the Senior Center for sewing and quilting every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a project and sewing machine or just come visit and check it out. For more information, call Terri Ireland at 951-246-2571.

Breast Cancer Resources

Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group in Canyon Lake led by Janelle Basham and Kimberly Slingerland. They mentor, educate and support newly diagnosed breast cancer patients during their breast cancer journey. Visit and Canyon Lake Bosom Buddies Facebook page.

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.

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

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 Sunday meals and gifts from local vendors.

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.

Clothing Wanted

A couple in Canyon Lake regularly makes deliveries of food and clothing to the Riverside City Mission, where the needs of the 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.”