What a Summer!


Between “Wonderland” opening tonight, the Junior Golf Camp last week, a special Pumptrack Demo Day at East Port Park last Friday, a Wakeboard Club Tournament and Learn-to-Ride Day, Flick-n-Float Movie Night, Taco Tuesday, special Library activities and so many more events still to come, any Canyon Lake kid who says “I’m bored” hasn’t been taking advantage of all this “little bit of paradise” has to offer.

Pictures shown here are from activities that took place just last week. Still to come are a Wakeboard Club Learn-to-Ride Day this Sunday, the Ski Club’s Learn-to-Ski Day on August 3, Family Movie Night on August 5, Pedal Paddle Regatta on August 6, Kids Fishing Derby on August 13 and the Mermaid Festival on August 27. The ever popular Maui Monday luau and Polynesian show is scheduled for Monday, September 5, Labor Day. (More details follow or are in separate articles.)

 A youngster learns new skills at Junior Golf Camp.

A youngster learns new skills at Junior Golf Camp.

Summer activities for youth have always been a tradition in Canyon Lake. It isn’t just the organized activities that capture a child’s imagination. All the parks have new playgrounds or are in the process of getting brand new equipment.

Waterfront beaches provide access to the lake for swimming, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and boating with family or friends. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, golf lessons, and an equestrian center to visit the horses or take lessons. Many adult children have come back to visit their parents in Canyon Lake, saying they didn’t appreciate what they had when they were here – but they get it now. Many want to raise their own children here.

Summer Schedule

All of the events listed here  family-oriented for all ages.

Learn-to-Ride Day

Learn-to Ride-Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, in the North Ski Area, hosted by the Wakeboard Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Ski Pavilion. All ages are invited to learn how to wakeboard, or to improve their skills. For more information, visit www.canyonlakewake.com.

Learn-to-Ski Day

The Ski Club will host a Learn-to-Ski Day on Wednesday, August 3, at the North Ski Area. All ability levels are welcome – from beginners to those interested in learning about the slalom course.

Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Signups can be for 1, 2 or 3 p.m. Slots fill up quickly, so those interested should contact Terry Pierce at 951-609-4790 (preferably through text message) or email terrywpierce@gmail.com for available times. There is a $7 fee to cover skier’s USA Water Ski one-day membership, which can be handled on site at the North Ski Area.

Taco Tuesday

Only two Taco Tuesdays remain on the schedule this summer, with the popular weekly event held from 5 to 8:30  p.m. each Tuesday through August 2. Buffet lines set up in the lower level of the Lodge offer tacos, enchiladas, tostada salads, hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches, plus sides. The indoor and portable bars also are open. Guests can purchase refillable Taco Tuesday logo cups for $14 with margarita and $4 for refills.

The snack bar has Hawaiian Shave Ice with a dozen popular flavors, along with cotton candy, popcorn and caramel mocha Frappuccinos. The snack bar also sells wristbands ($3) for children to use the jumper slide.

Good Time Entertainment DJ Mike Shroyer provides music each week, along with his popular dance-along contests, trivia contests and other games. A golf cart shuttle picks up and drops off on the Lighthouse/Canyon Club loop and at the Lodge entry.

Family Movie Nights

Enjoy the next Family Movie Night on August 5 at Holiday Harbor. The movie is free; everyone is invited to bring their own chair or blanket to sit on the slope, along with their own food and beverages. Snacks sometimes are available for purchase at the snack bar. Other Movie Nights are scheduled for August 19 and September 9. They are free and most movies are rated PG.

Pedal Paddle Regatta

The Pedal Paddle Regatta, hosted by the Fitness and Triathlon Club, will cruise the East Bay on August 6, starting at 10 a.m. at Indian Beach. Everyone with a paddle board, kayak, canoe or pedal boat is welcome. After the paddle, guests are welcome to stay for a burger barbecue for $5 per person.

Kids Fishing Derby

The 30th annual Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the Canyon Lake Bassmasters for Canyon Lake residents and their guests, ages 5 to 15, will be held August 13. Fishing guidelines can be found with the registration forms, which will be available at the Member Services office closer to the event.

Mermaid Festival

The 2nd annual Mermaid Festival will be held at Indian Beach on Saturday, August 27. The Woman’s Club invites all mermaids, mermen, pirates and people who love the sea. The day will include vendors, mermaid and pirate-themed activities and the Cardboard Boat Challenge.

Maui Monday

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and has been marked the past few years with a very popular gathering at the Lodge known as Maui Monday. This Taco Tuesday type of event attracts a huge crowd and features food, drinks, music and games with DJ Mike Shroyer and Polynesian dancers. This year’s event is on September 5.

Neon Glow Party

An after-dark Neon Glow Party is scheduled for September 24, at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Family Matters Club. Activities include a glow maze, photo booth, shirt-making, face-painting and food sales to light up the night.