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 3 p.m. Monday.

AFV Fundraisers

Eat at Chipotle at 30024 Haun Rd., Menifee, on Wednesday, Aug. 30, between 4 and 8 p.m. and half of the proceeds will be donated to Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV). Be sure to tell the cashier you’re supporting the AFV fundraiser.

AFV will host its 13 annual Wines for Canines and Kitties on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at South Coast Winery, 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula. This event will feature The Voice contestant Anatalia Villaranda, a Fashion Show featuring shelter dogs, sit down dinner, live auction and live music. Tickets are $100 each or $800 for a table of ten. Seating is limited. For more information, visit

Walk of Hope

On Sept. 24, Michelle’s Place will host its inaugural Walk of Hope at Vail Headquarters in Temecula. This event includes live music, food and awards. Registration for breast cancer survivors is $15. Registration for ages 13 and older is $30; $40 the day of the event. Child registration for ages four to 12 is $15. Children age three and under are free. Online registration is available at Registration includes a T-shirt, walk medal and post race entertainment. Participants who turn in registrations after Sept. 11 will not be guaranteed a walk T-shirt.

Awards will be given in the 5K for Best Team T-shirts, Best Stroller Decorations and Best Dog Costume. Awards will also be given for the highest fundraising team or individual.

The funds raised through the Walk of Hope fundraiser go directly to Michelle’s Place to help provide the necessary support services to women and families dealing with breast cancer and to individuals with any cancer in need of support.

Paws on the Promenade

The spooktacular Paws on the Promenade dog walk will take place on Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Promenade Temecula. This event features pet adoptions, treat bags for participants, vendor booths and pet parade and costume contest. Sponsorship opportunities are available. New costume contest categories this year include Spookiest, Most Original, Darling Divas, Dashing Dudes, Owner and Pet Duo (12 and under and 12 and over). For more information, visit

National PTA Reflections

Temescal Canyon High School Reflection entries are due to the school office by October 13. Founded in 1969, Reflections engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year by encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. The theme for this year is “Within Reach.” Pre-K through grade 12 students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Photography, Visual Arts, Musical Composition.

Students with disabilities may receive special accommodations by entering the special Artist Division, all abilities are encouraged to participate.

Winners move up to the district and possibly state judging. Students can win a medal, savings bond and an all-expense paid trip to State PTA convention.

Lioness Bingo

Lioness Bingo is held at the Canyon Lake Senior Center on the first and third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Due to State Law, Bingo is limited to those over the age of 18. Admission is $10 for a six-sheet set; special games are available for $1 each. Those wishing to attend from outside the community should call Nancy Coughlin at 951-805-0543 or Joanna Spiller at 951-244-1553 for gate entrance.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a program that teaches and gives one tools on how to address their hurts, habits, and hang-ups so that they can move forward and find their purpose and a life filled with joy. Participants discover that they are not alone in what they are going through and find people to walk alongside them. Celebrate Recovery meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church.

Women’s Circles

Women’s Circles are small groups of women who meet once a month in each other’s homes or in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church. They pray and support missionaries, and pray for and encourage one another. Being a member of a Women’s Circle provides an opportunity for small group fellowship.

Faith Circle meets the third Monday at 7 p.m.; Julia Circle meets the second Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Priscilla Circle meets the first Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.; Ruth Circle meets the second Wednesday at 10 a.m.; Sonshine Circle meets the third Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Sonrise Circle meets the second Sunday at 5:30 p.m.; Love Circle meets the second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Circle Coordinator Phyllis Duncan at 951-674-4436.

Coffee with Nancy

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 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Stop. Nancy will be away and not be meeting for coffee on August 29. The next meeting will be held on Sept. 26. Nancy is available to talk about changing guidelines for water conservation, answer questions about conservation rebates and the district’s water rates, etc. Residents are invited to bring their water bill for clarification of costs. The coffee is complimentary.

TCHS Fundraisers

Sponsors are being sought for a tax deductible ad in the football program that is printed at every home game. For more information about sponsorship, contact Erin Balli at 951-852-5183.

Football players are selling discount cards for $10. The discount cards are good at 30 locations in the community. Cards are valid through June 30, 2018. They can be purchased from any Titan football player or by emailing

Car Cruises

The City of Lake Elsinore, Downtown Merchants Association and Lamb’s Fellowship Car Show have teamed up to bring back the car cruises that took place in downtown Lake Elsinore. Cool classic cars will once again cruise into Lake Elsinore’s historic Main Street on the last Saturday of the month from June through September. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. This event is free to attend and to participate; there are no fees or pre-registration.

Organizers say there will be trophies, raffles, art, shopping and more. They are also working on getting live bands for a couple of the events. For more information, visit


Canyon Lake women are invited to attend the Canyon Lake Association of Women (CLAWS) group bunco on the second Wednesday of the month in the Magnolia Room at the country club. The cost is $10 per player; games begin at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring canned and packaged food for the community cupboard. For more information, call Betty Henry at 951-244-3091.

Caregivers Connection

The Canyon Lake Community Church’s Caregivers Connection offers an opportunity for caregivers to share common problems, needs and experiences. Anyone caring for a loved one for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson’s is welcome to attend. The group meets in Room 6 at the church on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Assistant Facilitator Bev Haney at 951-244-8711.

Free Sprinkler Nozzles

Elsinore Valley Water District is partnering with Western Municipal Water District to offer up to 25 free Toro Precision sprinkler nozzles to its customers. The Toro nozzles are more efficient than regular pop-up spray nozzles and can help customers save both water and money. Supplies are limited.

Customers can print a voucher from the program’s website and then redeem at participating irrigation supply stores. For more information, visit

Menifee Historical Museum

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

Quarter Bus Rides

Through Sept. 4, students in first through 12th grades can ride the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) for a quarter. While a school ID is the preferred method of getting a quarter ride, bus drivers also accept RTA Youth ID cards, or California driver’s licenses or state IDs showing the rider is under the age of 19.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Canyon Lake Community Church. MOPS seeks to support mothers during the early years of their children’s lives.

By connecting with other moms and mentor moms, craft projects and guest speakers, women are encouraged in their physical, emotional and spiritual journeys. Child care is provided.

The moms fellowship over hot coffee and warm breakfast, then enjoy a speaker or craft. Those desiring “coffee talk” are invited to contact Melissa Roberts at 951-757-6010.

Breast Cancer Resources

Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group in Canyon Lake led by Janelle Basham and Kimberly Slingerland. The pair mentor, educate and support newly diagnosed breast cancer patients during their journey. For more information, visit

Michelle’s Place is a breast cancer resource center serving this area, located at 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117, 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 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 951-699-5455 or visit

Needlework Group

Residents are invited to bring their knitting and crocheting supplies and projects to the senior center on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.

Sewing, Quilting Group

Residents are invited to the senior center for sewing and quilting on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a project and sewing machine, or just visit and check it out. For more information, contact Terri Ireland at 951-246-2571.

Steering Wheel Covers

The Lioness Club offers 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.

The profits from this project go toward the club’s ongoing philanthropic projects. To purchase a cover, call Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715.

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) meets monthly on the second Thursday (except for July and August) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail in Wildomar.

Visitors and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Candy Petersen at or 951-246-2028, or visit