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.

Girls Christmas Tea

Lamb’s Fellowship Church, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd., Lake Elsinore, is hosting its annual Girls Christmas Tea for ages 4 to 12 tomorrow, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include tea sandwiches, desserts and stories. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 951-471-3807.

Gingerbread Night

Lamb’s Fellowship Church, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd., Lake Elsinore, is hosting a Gingerbread Night on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Houses are supplied; guests bring their own decorations. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Delicious Looking, Tallest House and Judges’ Choice.

Holiday Open House

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez invites the community to her Holiday Open House and Toy Drive on Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lake Elsinore Storm Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore.

Santa Ride

The 18th annual Santa Ride is a motorcycle ride toy drive in which participants ride dressed up as Santa. The event will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, starting at 7 a.m. at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge, 7711 Talbert Ave, where participants pick up their ride pin and enjoy breakfast. Breakfast is $10. Riders will leave the lodge at 9:15 a.m. and travel to the Orangewood Children’s Home to deliver the toys. From there, riders will travel to Balboa Island and then to Main Street where the ride ends.

Those who wish to continue the ride are invited to travel to Hell’s Kitchen, 32685 Ortega Hwy, Lake Elsinore, for lunch. Participants dressed as Santa will receive 20 percent off their bill. Frank and Trevor Opp, founders of the Santa Ride and owners of Hell’s Kitchen, are donating 30 percent of the sales to a local children’s organization. For more information, visit

Itty Bitty T-Ball

Itty Bitty T-Ball, sponsored by the Temescal Canyon Baseball Booster Club, is for kids ages two to five years old. Registration is $95 and includes a seven-week season, shirt and cap, photos and participation medal. Early bird registration opened Dec. 1 at In-person registration will be held on Jan. 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd., Lake Elsinore. Opening Day is Jan. 27. For more information, email

Caregivers Connection

Caregivers Connection is an outreach for those caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the aging. Twice a month, on the first and third Mondays, JoAnn Wickerath and Bev Haney lead a group with informational talks, videos and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to speak with other caregivers and share information, tips and experiences. Meetings are held at Canyon Lake Community Church in Building C. Attendees are asked to refrain from using perfume at the meetings as there are those who are allergic to the chemicals in perfume. For more information, contact Jo Ann Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Bev Haney at 951-764-1730.

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 dialogue 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

Lioness Bingo Fundraiser

Sponsored by the Canyon Lake Lioness Club, 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, 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.

P.E.O Scholarships

P.E.O., a philanthropic organization devoted to the educational advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans, is offering scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate California women studying in a variety of fields including but not limited to health care, education, music, fine arts and the legal profession.

Application forms and guidelines are available online at Completed packets are due no later than Feb. 1, 2019. The scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2019 school year. For additional Information, contact Dee Zasio at 951-244-0123.

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.

Needlework Group

Canyon Lakers 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.

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.

Genealogy Research

The Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society (LEGS) Business and Program meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Village Community Center, 16275 Grand Ave., Lake Elsinore. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Candy Petersen at or 951-246-2028.


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 a 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.

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.

Chronic Illness Support

The Chronic Illness Support Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Senior Center. All ages are welcome to attend. The group provides the opportunity to share and receive support from others who have chronic conditions, whether from illness or physical issues. For more information, contact Steven Prince at 949-293-2919.

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 on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Steering Wheel Covers

The Canyon Lake Lioness Club offers custom-made steering wheel covers made of many different materials and patterns that keep steering wheels from becoming too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The price is $8 for one; $15 for two. Profits from this project go toward the club’s ongoing philanthropic projects. For more information, contact Laverne Cann at 951-244-5715.

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 areas. 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

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.

Quilt Show

The Valley Quilters Guild 38th annual Quilt Show will be held on Feb. 8 and 9, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley-Wide Recreation Center, 901 West Esplanade, San Jacinto. This event features more than 100 quilts on display, vendors, drawings, boutique and more. Admission is $10. For more information, visit