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.

Not True!

It has come to the attention of The Friday Flyer that there are some people who still think Pat Van Dyke is running for the POA Board of Directors. Some of those people may also believe the lighthouse is going to be moved to the Main Gate after emergency repairs, that the sequel to “The Birds” is going to be filmed in Canyon Lake, and that Facebook recognized Canyon Lake as a “Top 100 Connected City.” These articles were written as April Fool’s Day jokes, which was clearly stated at the end of each article. But some people don’t read to the end of articles, so it is hoped this brief note will put the rumors to rest.

Garage Sale this Weekend

The Canyon Lake Lioness Club is holding a special fundraising garage sale today, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 23620 Continental Dr..  All proceeds of this sale will be donated to Lioness Sosy Robinson’s family to help them battle their 5-year-old son’s leukemia.

Items to be sold include kitchenware, china, glassware, clothing, lots of books, holiday decorations, small appliances, artwork, electronics, hobby equipment, tools, etc. Those who wish to donate items may contact Joanna Spiller at 951-244-1553 or Sharon Ormond at 951-244-4494. Cash donations will be gratefully accepted.

National Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 5, Canyon Lake will celebrate its fourth National Day of Prayer. A continental breakfast will be served at the Lodge at 10 a.m. The program will begin at 10:30. All are invited to pray for their country, state, city, protectors (fire, police and military) and people.

A group of local churches, including Canyon Lake Community Church, Elevation, Crimson Crown Music Ministries, New Hope, Canyon Lake Bible Club, Torah Club and others will participate. For more information or to sponsor the event, call Nancy Horton at 951-246-2928. For tickets, call LaRue McNamara at 951-244-6470.

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.

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.

Meet with Nancy Horton

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

Choraleers Concert

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”