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

Caregivers Connection

Monday, June 20, will be a special one for Caregivers Connection. A potluck lunch is planned – not only for the caregivers themselves, but for the ones they care for as well. Bring enough of your favorite recipe for 10 people and meet in room 6 in the church gym at 10 a.m.

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 Mondays of each month in room 6 in the gym of Canyon Lake Community Church from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information about this support group, contact facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736 or assistant facilitator Bev Haney at 244-8711.

Martins at Museum

Don and Elinor Martin, Canyon Lake pioneers and members of the Menifee Valley Historical Association, invite Canyon Lakers to stop by the Menifee Valley Historical Museum on Father’s Day, June 19, between 1 and 4 p.m. They will be serving as docents that day and would love to show residents some Canyon Lake as well as Menifee Valley history. The museum is located in the old Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Rd. in Menifee.

High Water Bills?

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 June 28. She is available to talk about changing guidelines for water conservation, questions about the district’s conservation rebates, etc. Nancy also invites residents to bring their water bill for clarification of costs.

Titan Football

Temescal Canyon High School Titan Football will hold a car wash fundraiser tomorrow, June 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Albertson’s parking lot, 30901 Riverside Dr. in Lake Elsinore.

The Annual Summer Night Classic Football Game (Blue vs. White) at the TCHS Stadium, will be held Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. See the new field and watch the game for free. The freshman team will scrimmage at 2 p.m.; there will be an alumni flag football game at 5.

Local businesses that would like to purchase a tax-deductible ad in the football program printed for every home game should contact Erin Balli at 951-852-5183.

Reel Kids Movie Series

Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks in Murrieta is beginning to show family favorites for $1 every Wednesday and Thursday, at 10 a.m., through August 11. There are specials on concessions as well. See these films again on the big screen:

June 22, 23 – Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

June 29, 30 – Minions

July 6, 7 – The Peanuts Movie

June 13, 14 – Home

July 20, 21 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman

July 27, 28 – The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out Of Water

August 3, 4 – Lego Movie

August 10, 11 – Hotel Transylvania 2

For more information, visit

Beach Bus

This summer, Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is making it easier to reach the beach thanks to expanded seasonal service on CommuterLink Route 202. Enjoy the cushioned seats, free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports without the hassles of driving and parking. From June 15 through September 7, the express route will provide additional weekday and weekend trips to the Oceanside from the Murrieta Walmart and Temecula Promenade Mall. Round-trip cost is only $6 with discounted rates for seniors, disabled customers and veterans. Go-Pass, U-Pass and CityPass are accepted. Parking is free!

From June 1 through September 11, RTA is offering all students, grades 1 through 12, 25-cent fares aboard any bus. For information, contact the Customer Information Center at 951-565-5002. It’s open until 10 p.m. every day.

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.

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.

Breast Cancer Resources

Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group in Canyon Lake led by Janelle Basham and Kimberly Slingerland. 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. 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.

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.