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.

Spotlight on Seniors

It’s time to recognize high school seniors who are graduating with academic or athletic honors from local private or public high schools. Parents or students are invited to send a photo and college resume information naming awards and community involvement for the annual “Spotlight on Seniors” series. Please email information and photos to

Summer Tennis Program

The Summer Tennis Program for ages 4 to 18 will run June 7 to 30 at the Canyon Lake Tennis Center. Lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with times to be determined after the number of participants and age groups are known.

The program offers two one-hour lessons per week for four weeks – a total of eight lessons for $100. Mommy/Daddy and Me lessons will be available for ages 4 and 5. Lessons will be taught by Canyon Lake Tennis Pros Baba Soysa and Tony Chatfield.

For information and signups, contact Marga Kidd at or 951-442-4538.

‘Science Saturday’

Eastern Municipal Water District will co-host a free “Science Saturday” event tomorrow, May 7, at the Western Science Center in Hemet, 2345 Searl Parkway. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District and Western Science Center.

Children can visit a variety of interactive stations on the water cycle, evaporation, aquifers and activities like the H2Olympics. Participants will receive “Did you know?” cards and a promotional item.

Santa Rosa Art Exhibit

Canyon Lakers are invited to visit a free art exhibit at Santa Rosa Academy, 27587 La Piedra Rd. in Menifee, from May 9 to 13. The show is open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and features more than 50 pieces of artwork by students in kindergarten through 5th grade, some of them from Canyon Lake.

This exhibit is possible thanks to a cooperative effort with Canyon Lake Art Association and CLAA member Ines Miller, professional artist and volunteer art instructor at Santa Rosa Academy, who together are supporting, nurturing and sharing artistic talent with young students in the community. Young artists at Santa Rosa Academy get hands on experience, appreciation of the arts, and knowledge of caring, using, and experimenting with various art mediums through this program.

Support Titan Football

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.

To purchase a tax-deductible ad in the football program that is printed for every home game, contact Stefani Gunnell at 951-751-4950.

See ‘Mary Poppins’

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 next weekend, 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’Alessandro is Michael and Jessica Lane is Neleus. 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.

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.