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.

National Day of Prayer

Next  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.

Support Titan Football

Canyon Lakers are invited to support the Temescal Canyon High School Football Program by stopping by a Car Wash Fundraiser tomorrow, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Albertson’s, 30901 Riverside Dr. in Lake Elsinore.

The annual Powder Puff Football Game (Junior Girls vs. Senior Girls) will take place Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the TCHS stadium, 28755 El Toro Road. Tickets are $5.

An E-Waste Fundraiser will be held in the TCHS parking lot by the gym on May 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The school is located near Costco. For more information on the fundraiser, contact Melisa Morris at 951-454-2236.

Businesses who would like to purchase a tax-deductible ad in the football program that is printed for every home game may contact Stefani Gunnell at 951-751-4950.

See ‘Mary Poppins’

Come see Mary Poppins fly and Bert tap dance up the wall and ceiling! Cornerstone Christian School’s production of “Mary Poppins” will light up the stage at Lakeside High School on the weekend of May 12 to 14.

Showtimes on Thursday and Friday are 7:30 p.m.; on Saturday are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Three Canyon Lake students have roles: Zach Voss will play Bert, Jacob D’Allesandro is Michael and Jessica Lane is Neleus. Zach and Jessica have been in many Canyon Lake kids’ theater productions. The director of “Mary Poppins” is Scott King of Theatre Royal.

Tickets are $15, $17 and $20 and can be purchased at CCS or by phone at 951-674-9381.

 Royal Court Signups

The next signup date to be involved in the Miss Canyon Lake Scholarship Pageant is May 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pool View Room at the Lodge. Organizers are accepting applications from Canyon Lake residents ages 2 to 25. Applications will not be accepted after May 9.

The Miss Canyon Lake Scholarship Pageant will take place at the Lodge on May 21, at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Executive Director CoCo Morrison, at 951-204-7777 or Assistant Director Janelle Basham, at 951-515-0500.

Kids Audition Workshop

Canyon Lake Community Theatre (CLCT) is offering a workshop to prepare everyone equally for the auditions for this summer’s all-kids production of “Wonderland.” Young people who have not yet entered high school are invited to learn a short song and dance routine that will be taught by CLCT President Ilene Moore. Ilene will cast and direct “Wonderland.”

The audition workshop will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the activity building at East Port Park. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring $3 for the audition CD. The production fees will be $130 per child, plus membership to Canyon Lake Community Theatre, which is $15 and includes one adult and one child. Fees can be paid at the workshop or audition.

The audition date is set for Saturday, June 11. The show will be in Canyon Lake on the weekend of July 22 to 24, and will be performed at the Oasis in Menifee the following weekend.

For more information, call Producer Jaimie Woodward at 951-377-6861 or Director Ilene Moore at 909-239-1177.

Beatles vs Stones’

The Fine Arts Guild appreciates the fantastic response to its next concert, Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Shootout. Only a limited number of tickets remain available for the event scheduled for June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lodge.

All remaining tickets will be available only through or by calling 800-838-3006. VIP reserved seats are $45 and General Admission $25.

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.

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) meets the second Thursday of each month, from 1 to 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 

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.

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, questions about the district’s conservation rebates, etc. Nancy invites residents to bring their water bill for clarification of costs.

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.”

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

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.