News Briefs


Caregivers Connection

For those caring for a loved one, the upcoming holiday season could be a time of frustration and sorrow rather than joy and excitement. With changes in the ability to travel, relate to your loved one and enjoy the holiday season, questions and concerns may arise.

Caregivers Connection will present “Surviving the Holiday” when the group meets October 10 at 10 a.m. in Room 6 of the gym at Canyon Lake Community Church.

Jane Farmer and Shannon Eaton of Desert Hills Memory Care Center, will share from experience and study, tips on getting through the holidays this year.

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.

Santa Rosa Gala

The Santa Rosa Academy is holding its 8th annual gala fundraising event on Saturday, October 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 27587 La Piedra Rd. in Menifee. Earlybird tickets are $25; or $40 per couple. This year’s theme is “Twist & Shout.” There will be a classic car show, twister game, gourmet burger bar, ice cream floats and dessert bar. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and silent auction basket preview in the Carmel Library. Mason Jar Brewery and BJ’s restaurant will be providing food and drink.

Sponsorships from $200 to $5,000 are being accepted. For more information, contact Niki McMullen at

Trunk or Treat

Children of all ages are welcome to a Harvest Festival Trunk or Treat event at Lamb’s Fellowship of Lake Elsinore on Friday, October 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Organizer Paul Kakis invites Canyon Lake vintage car owners to “show off their rides.”

Paul says, “We’re making a safe environment for children to come and trick-or-treat. There will be music, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch and food. We are providing this outreach to all children in our community to come and enjoy our event.”

For more information, contact Paul at 951-434-7565 or

Lioness Garage Sale

The Canyon Lake Lioness Club will hold its annual fundraising garage sale on Friday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home of Lioness Nancy Coughlin, 23620 Continental Dr.

Items to be sold include kitchenware, china, glassware, clothing, books, decorative housewares, small appliances, holiday decorations, electronics, jewelry, etc.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to help needy families in the community and to support organizations that aid the sight-impaired.  Anyone wishing to donate household items or clothing is asked to contact Joanna Spiller at 244-1553.

Support TCHS Football

See the Temescal Canyon High School Varsity Titans play an away game against Paloma Valley High School, 31375 Bradley Rd. in Menifee on October 7. Tickets are $7; the game starts at 7 p.m.

On October 13, Junior Varsity will not have a game; however, freshmen will play a home game against Perris High School, with a start time of 4 p.m.  Admission is free.

Homecoming is October 14 against Perris High School. The theme is “Around the World.”

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

Coffee with Nancy

Residents are invited to meet with ElVMWD Division 1 Director Nancy Horton, a Canyon Lake resident, the last Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Stop. 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. The coffee is complimentary.

Crafters Wanted

Crafters of all ages are invited to sign up for the annual Canyon Lake Senior Center Holiday Boutique, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13. All items must be handmade. The entry fee is $30; 15 percent of each crafter’s sales will be donated to the Senior Committee. Signups are being held at the Senior Center each Monday, 10 a.m. to noon, through October 24. There will be one evening signup on October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Senior Center is located next to the Main Gate at 23307 Canyon Lake Dr. South. For more information, call Kathy Barbay at 951-805-3278.

 P.E.O. Scholarships

P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization devoted to the educational advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans. P.E.O. scholarship opportunities are now available for undergraduate and graduate California women studying in a variety of fields limited to health care, education, music, fine arts and the legal profession. These scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2017 school year. Scholarship grants are based upon scholastic ability, integrity of character, school/community activities and financial need.

Guidelines and applications are available online through January 10, 2017.  Completed application packets are due no later than February 1, 2017. Visit the P.E.O. California website “Scholarship Opportunities” for the guidelines and application form.  For more information, call Dee Zasio at 951-244-0123.

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. Although this event is held at the Senior Center, this is not a seniors only event. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome to play. Games 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.

Steering Wheel Covers

The Lioness are offering custom-made steering wheel covers made of many different materials and patterns, which keep steering wheels from becoming too hot to handle. They also work well during cold weather. The price is $8 for one $15 for two. Contact Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715 to purchase.

The profits from this project will go to one of the Lioness Club’s ongoing philanthropic projects such as Guide Dogs of the Desert, HOPE. food pantry and the annual breast cancer tournament in Canyon Lake.

Menifee Valley Historical Museum

The Menifee Valley Historical Museum contains displays about Canyon Lake history, provided by Canyon Lake pioneers Don and Elinor Martin. The museum is open Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. Don and Elinor sometimes serve as docents. It’s located in the old Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Rd. in Menifee.

New Talent Wanted

The Canyon Lake Choraleers are resuming their rehearsal schedule for the annual Christmas concert and look forward to performing their Christmas Concert on December 10; tickets will be available soon on Brown Paper Tickets.

President Larry Garland says, “We are always looking for ‘new talent.’ If you are interested and at least 18 years of age, please contact one of the board members to request an audition. In order to qualify, you must have at least an elementary ability to read musical notes, or you must at least have an ear for music.”

Contact Larry at 508-498-6210,; or Vice-president Steve Gaston at 714-356-0943,

Senior Center Potluck

The Senior Center potluck takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Members are asked to bring a dish to share.

Repairs Needed?

The POA Operations Department requests that members let them know if they see safety issues or a need for repairs at any of the common areas in the community.

Operations Phone: 951-244-6841, ext. 510

Operations Director Mike Morrow: 951-244-6841 ext. 518 or

In an emergency, contact Community Patrol dispatch at 951-246-2721.

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.

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.