News Briefs


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

Senior Center Potluck

The Senior Committee has announced the Senior Center will not have the monthly potluck scheduled for May 29.

Pack 346 Recruiting

Cub Scout Pack 346 will be holding a recruitment event for those interested in Cub Scouting for the 2016/2017 on June 5,  from 3 to 5 p.m., with a Rocket Rally at Canyon Hills Sports Park.

Boys currently in kindergarten through 4th grade interested in Scouting are encouraged to come meet Pack 346 and have fun designing and flying bottle rockets.  Light snacks will be provided at this no-cost event.

Cub Scout Pack 346 serves Canyon Lake, Canyon Hills and Tuscany Hills and is for boys in 1st-5th grade. For more information, contact or 951-363-3346.

Pack Wrap Post Celebration

Debby Gagnon of Pack Wrap and Post invites Canyon Lakers to stop by the Towne Center business for Customer Appreciation Day on June 1. Cake, sparkling cider and punch will be available starting at 10 a.m., and Postmaster Shan Seitz has been invited to attend.

“We are planning to celebrate by inviting the community to stop by so we can thank them for being such awesome customers,” says Debby. “We are celebrating 21 years as a contract post office and 30 years in business. We wouldn’t still be here without our customers.” Pack Wrap and Post is located at 31566 Railroad Canyon Rd., in the back left building of the Towne Center.

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.

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.

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. Her next meeting is scheduled for May 30.

Sleep Study

Those who have been clinically diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease may be eligible to participate in a sleep study. A non-interventional pilot study, sponsored by Science 37, will allow participants to learn more about the disease, specifically sleep patterns. Researchers will be testing the functionality of two non-invasive, wearable sensors that detect movement and sleep.

Enrolled subjects will be asked to wear two sensors for five days, fill out a questionnaire and undergo a nighttime sleep study in a local lab. To qualify, one must be between the ages of 50 and 85, have a clinical diagnosis of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s and be willing to spend one night in a lab for a sleep study.

Study compensation of up to $250 will be provided. If interested, contact the study coordinator  at 310-349-3097 or e-mail

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.

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.


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