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.

Star Gazing

Explore the mysterious night sky and all of its beautiful stars during Star Gazing Night at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve on Sept. 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $4 and $3 for children three and older. Attendees are asked to wear closed-toed shoes and dress in layers. A flashlight covered in red cellophane is optional. For more information, contact the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve Nature Center at 951-677-6951.

Wine and Chocolate

Hospice of the Valleys invites the public to its 22nd annual Wine and Chocolate fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Fazeli Cellars Winery at 37320 De Portola Rd. in Temecula. The evening’s theme is Summer and Tuscany and the event will feature a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, Italian inspired appetizers and beer, wine and dessert tastings, Tickets are $95 each; guests will be seated eight to a table. For tickets, visit

Day for Kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Menifee Valley is hosting Day for Kids Family Night on Sept. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults; children are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event will feature a barbecue, Nerf battles, paintball demos, game trailer and more. For vendor opportunities, email For event information, call 951-246-8845.

Lioness Bingo Fundraiser

Bingo, sponsored by the Canyon Lake Lioness Club, 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, players must be 18 or older to play. Admission is $10 per 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.

Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival will be held on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park, 30376 Lone Pine, Dr. This event features free admission, music and performances, food vendors, crafts and activities.

Art Gallery Show

The Arts Council of Menifee is hosting a free Art Gallery Show with refreshments, live music and a drawing on Oct. 7 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Rd., Menifee. For more information, visit

Menifee Birthday Bash

The Menifee Birthday Bash and Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 20 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Mt. San Jacinto College, 28237 La Piedra, Menifee and will feature live entertainment, community performances, fun zone, vendors, trick-or-treating, costume contest with prizes and beer garden.

Landscape Workshop

EVMWD is hosting a free “Starting Your Water Wise Landscape” workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at EVMWD District Headquarters, 31315 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore. Attendees will learn about water wise plants, landscape design, maintaining landscape and budgeting work. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 951-674-3146, ext. 8247.

Wines for Canines and Kitties

Join Animal Friends of the Valleys for an upscale evening of wine, entertainment and furry friends at Wilson Creek Winery on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. This event will feature a champagne reception, gourmet dinner, a doggy fashion show, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event will go to Animal Friends of the Valleys to support their mission of caring for the lost and homeless animals in the valleys. For tickets and additional information, visit

Classic Car Craze

The Classic Car Craze at the Corn Maze will be held Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 33320 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula. This yearly event brings the community together on the historic Corona Ranch property for a day of nostalgia and fun. Combined with the annual Pumpkin and Harvest Festival that includes the iconic 12-acre Corn Maze each year, the Classic Car Craze brings a nostalgic twist to a family-friendly event in a down-home country atmosphere. The food court and beer garden opens at 10 a.m.

So Cal Fair

The 105th Southern California Fair runs Oct. 6 through Oct. 14 at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris. The fair features concerts, contest and competitions, entertainment, livestock exhibits, carnival games, vendors and more. For more information, visit

Paws on the Promenade

Animal Friends of the Valleys will host Paws on the Promenade Dog Walk Spooktacular at the Promenade Temecula on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. This event will feature a dog costume contest, pet parade, local vendors, treat bags for all participants and raffle prizes. To sign up, visit

Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular

Free, fun family event on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 pa.m. on Main Street in Lake Elsinore. This event features trunk or treating, carnival games and costume contests. Want to decorate your trunk and pass out candy? Entries are free and prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated business and best non-business trunks. For more information, email

Motorcycle Show

Eagle Ridge Riders will present its Veterans Day Weekend Bike Show on Nov. 11 at Eagle Ridge Church, 25891 Holland Rd. Menifee. All bikes and riders are welcome. Seven Best of Show awards, vendors, music by Band of Brothers, jump houses and opportunity drawings.

Wildomar Marketplace

The Wildomar Marketplace with over 50 local vendors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at 34846 Monte Vista Dr.,

Coffee with Nancy

Residents are invited to meet with Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Division 1 Director Nancy Horton, a Canyon Lake resident, on the last Tuesday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sports Stop. 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. Coffee is complimentary.

Landscape Rebate Program

EVMWD announced the opening of the new Landscape Transformation Rebate Program. In partnership with Metropolitan Water District, this new program provides a rebate to those who remove turf grass and convert to a water-wise landscape. 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 is located in the old Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Rd. and is open Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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. On Sept. 10. Jane Farmer will return to discuss emergency preparedness for those caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Sept. 24 will be a regular meeting. A potluck will be held Oct. 8. Attendees are asked to refrain from using perfume at the meetings as there are those who are allergic to the chemicals in perfume. Meetings are held at Canyon Lake Community Church in Building C. For more information about Caregivers Connection, contact Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Bev Haney at 951-764-1730.

Chronic Illness Support

The Chronic Illness Adult Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Senior Center. For more information, contact Steven Prince at 949-293-2919.

Needlework Group

Residents are invited to bring their knitting and crocheting supplies and projects to the Canyon Lake Senior Center on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Betty Cannavino at 951-244-4126.

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 every Sunday at 6 p.m. in Building C at Canyon Lake Community Church. They offer Celebrate Recovery (recovery for adults 18+); The Landing (recovery for teens); Celebration Place (recovery for kids); and free childcare. A potluck is held at on the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne at 951-244-1877, ext. 209.


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. Childcare 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 Karla Holenbeck at 951-317-6803.


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

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society Business and Program meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday, except July and August, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail, Wildomar. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Candy Petersen at or 951-246-2028, or visit

Bereavement Support

Grief Share typically meets in the chapel at Canyon Lake Community Church on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Pete at 951-244-1877, ext. 204.

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, 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117, Temecula, is a breast cancer resource center serving Canyon Lake and surrounding area. 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

Expressive Art Class

Michelle’s Place, a breast cancer resource center serving Canyon Lake and surrounding area, hosts a free Expressive Art Class every other Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The class uses art as a form of therapy and self-exploration. Sessions help to practice creativity while opening the door to calming strategies and awareness techniques. Participants gain a better insight of themselves through sharing feelings and exploring a host of topics with group dialog and discussion. It’s part art, part relaxing, part “therapy,” part discussion and a positive diversion for anyone. No reservations, fees or art experience required. For dates and times, visit

Farmers Market

The Canyon Lake Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper section of the Towne Center parking lot.

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.

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 9:00 a.m.; Sonshine Circle meets the third Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Sunset Circle meets the second Sunday at 5:30 p.m.; Love Circle meets the second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Women’s Circles, contact Circle Coordinator Phyllis Duncan at 951-674-4436.

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, contact Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715.