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.

Pickleball Class Tomorrow

Jeannette Williams invites adults who would like to learn how to play pickleball to a one-time class tomorrow, March 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Tennis Center. Space is limited to 12 new learners. Register by 5 p.m. today at or by calling 714-330-0272.

Park Cleanup Day

The Family Matters Club is hosting its annual Park Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are invited to meet a Family Matters Club member to pick up bags and supplies at Holiday Harbor, Indian Beach and Sierra Park, and to get a wristband for the free lunch. Volunteers are welcome to clean up any park they choose. Afterward, they can bring their trash to Holiday Harbor for the free spaghetti lunch and for POA Operations staff to collect all the trash picked up.

Cleanup usually takes takes less than an hour. In addition to the free spaghetti lunch, cleanup will count as community service hours for high school students. Stay informed about other events at the “Canyon Lake Family Matters Club” Facebook page.

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, a support group that meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 6 of the gym at Canyon Lake Community Church.

Caregivers are invited to bring the person for whom they care, along with a dish to share in a potluck, at the next meeting of Caregivers Connection on March 14.

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.

Got Glasses?

On March 19, the Lions Clubs of California will be collecting used eye glasses. In Canyon Lake, the Lions Club will be hosting an eyeglass collection in front of the POA building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to bring their old, discarded eyeglasses and learn what Lions do around the world. This collection enables those who cannot afford glasses a chance to restore their vision.

Toastmasters Meet 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.

Meet with Nancy Horton

Residents are invited to meet with EVMWD Division 1 Director Nancy Horton, a Canyon Lake resident, the last Tuesday of every month at the Sports Stop. She will be available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to talk 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.

Bereavement Support

A 13-week bereavement support group has begun meeting on Mondays in the Canyon Lake Community Church Chapel, led by Pastor Pete Van Dyke. Meetings began February 22. They are held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. To register, call the church office at 951-244-1877.

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.

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.

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. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact or 951-699-5455.

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.

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.

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

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.”