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

Stamp Out Hunger

Residents are invited to place a bag of nonperishable food items next to their mailbox unit tomorrow, May 14, for the national “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Mail carriers will collect the bags and deliver them to local food pantries. (Please do not include food that has expired or is in glass containers.)

‘Mary Poppins’ at Lakeside

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 tonight and tomorrow, May 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. There is a matinee Saturday at 2:30. Three Canyon Lake students have roles: Zach Voss plays Bert, Jacob D’Alessandro 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.

‘Fashion Around the World’

Canyon Lakers are invited to attend “Fashion Around the World,” showcasing fashions created by students in the Fashion Design Department at Temescal Canyon High School, led by Lesa Gallagher, a Canyon Lake resident. Several Canyon Lake students are among the 80 students showing their own designs, including senior Hannah Abbate.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in the TCHS Theater, 28755 El Toro Rd. in Lake Elsinore. There is no charge to attend.

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.

Chamber Mixer

The next Chamber Mixer will be on Wednesday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Pepe’s Restaurant. It will be hosted by Roger Hillard, owner and founder of Your OSHA Trainer. This business provides safety classes, 10 & 30 Hour Fed & Cal/OSHA cards, forklift, CPR training and more. For more information, contact Roger at or 909-452-9805

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.

Support Titan Football

The annual Powder Puff Football Game (Junior Girls vs. Senior Girls) will take place today, 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 tomorrow, 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.

Caregivers Connection

Caregiving involves not only the day-to-day oversight of a person’s physical and mental well-being, but family caregivers are often relegated to making important financial, medical and legal decisions on behalf of their loved one. At the May 23 meeting of Caregivers Connection, Mary Hrinko, a program manager for the Riverside County Office on Aging, will provide information on the documents important to have on hand for those who are caregivers of dependent older adults.

A list of official paperwork, methods to organize the documents and an overview of the “5 Wishes” document (advanced directive over medical care decisions) will be covered in this presentation. In addition, a copy of “5 Wishes” will be distributed to all attendees.

Anyone responsible for a loved one with illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is welcome to attend.

Caregivers Connection meets in room 6 in the gym at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the group’s facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736 or her assistant Bev Haney at 244-8711.

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. Nancy invites residents to ask water-related questions and 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.