The beginning of the year is not only a time to look to the future but it’s an apt time to reflect on the changes and revisit some of the events that happened in the community over the past 12 months.
Last week, The Friday Flyer featured Year in Review Part One with a look back at events that happened in the community from January through March 2018. This week, The Friday Flyer takes a look back at events that happened in the community from April through June 2018.
The Canyon Lake Bible Club and Center Church hosted its 3rd annual Easter sunrise acoustic service on Apr. 1 at Indian Beach. More than 300 guests attended. Service was followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids with prizes awarded to those who found the special eggs holding the golden tickets.
Hundreds of vehicles piled into the Canyon Lake Community Church parking lot on Apr. 7 for Canyon Lake’s City-Wide Clean Up, sponsored by the City of Canyon Lake and CR&R. Everything from old furniture and washing machines to motor oil and tires was dumped.
The ShowCal Skiers had their first practice of the season on Apr. 15 at the jump lagoon.
Twenty-five bicycling enthusiasts participated in the Triathlon and Fitness Club’s 7th annual Tour de Canyon Lake on the morning of Apr. 14. The 15-mile tour started at the lodge and traveled to the main gate, down Continental Drive, to the campground and back to the lodge. Pet food and supplies were collected for Animal Friends of the Valleys. Those who donated received a free T-shirt.
Thirty-two players participated in the Tennis Club’s Spring Tournament on Apr. 14. The winners were John Haas, Saleshine Surkham, Jeff Hobson, Robert Gray, Russ Muscarella, Melissa Albright, Greg Albright and Jully Martilla of Team C.
The Woman’s Club wrapped up its Fashion Show pre-parties with a Love Boat themed party on Apr. 19.
Canyon Lakers were treated to a trip down memory lane during the Surf City Allstars concert on Apr. 21 at the lodge. The concert featured original Beach Boy David Marks and Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean. Formed in the 80s, the Surf City Allstars are the only tribute band where every member toured in the Beach Boys band. Ten-year-old Ryann Boshard was invited on stage to play Dean Torrence’s guitar.
More than 200 women filled the Holiday Bay Room for the Woman’s Club annual Fashion Show on April 27. Attendees enjoyed fun, friendship and fashion. The Fashion Show is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, raising a majority of the $30,000 to $50,000 the club gives annually to local charities and in the form of scholarships to Canyon Lake students.
More than 100 golfers participated in the CLAMS annual Fundraiser Tournament on Apr. 28. With more than $35,000 available in Hole-in-One prizes and $1350 in award money, the tournament was a huge success.
Day of the Child/Day of the Book was celebrated all month at the Canyon Lake Library with a display of books from many different cultures and languages and a performance by the group One World Rhythm.
With a total fish weight of 19.24, the team of Dale Britt and Steve Baker took first place in the Bassmasters Club’s April fishing tournament. Jerry Jones and Joe Merrill took second place with 18.44 pounds.
Major changes were happening in May with the iconic 50-year-old lighthouse on the lake. Crews made aesthetic repairs and replaced the aged top with a new blue top that matches the main gate entry lighthouses.
Temescal Canyon High School boys varsity and girls varsity swim teams won the Sunbelt League championship for the 8th consecutive year. On May 2, the teams competed at the DropZone Waterpark in Perris, beating the five other schools in the Sunbelt League.
The community gathered in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge on May 3 for Canyon Lake’s 6th annual National Day of Prayer. The theme was “Pray for Unity.” The morning began with a continental breakfast followed by prayers, music, a tribute to Billy Graham and a presentation on Honor Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting as many U.S. military veterans as possible to Washington D.C at no cost to see the memorials of the respective war(s) they fought in.
The Canyon Lake City Council approved a contract for fire services with Riverside County Fire during the May 9 City Council Meeting. At the June 6 meeting, the City Council approved the funds to pay for the contract, which went into effect on July 1.
At the May 6 Regular Session Board Meeting, the board approved $44,042 for a new Boston Whaler boat to replace an inoperable Marine Patrol boat.
Quorum was met on May 10 at the Annual Meeting of the Members and Election of the Directors. Incumbent Dale Welty with 1,038 votes and Jim Barringham with 1,012 votes were elected to serve a two-year term on the board.
Seventy-two ladies participated in the Women’s Golf Club Member-Guest Tournament on May 11. The theme was “Cruising down the fairway on the S.S. Canyon Lake.” The format was Two Best Balls of the Foursome.
The Canyon Lake Yacht Club held its annual Lake Clean Up Day on May 12. Sixteen adventurous Yacht Club members embarked on a mission, scouring the shoreline, ridding the lake of unwanted debris.
The City of Canyon Lake, along with the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee and the support of the POA, conducted an internal city-wide Disaster Response Drill on an earthquake disaster scenario on the morning of May 12. T
he main objective for the drill is to ensure the city has the most efficient and effective response in place to a disaster or unusual occurrence in the city, with the purpose of protecting life, restoring order, protecting property and the environment, and facilitating recovery in accordance with guidelines established by the city’s Emergency Operations Plan.
Assigned staff of all levels participated in the drill to help assess the city’s response to a disaster situation by determining the response levels to various tasks; the activation of the Emergency Operations Center, communication amongst city, POA, and CLEPC staff and the response to various scenarios that would be more than likely susceptible to the City of Canyon Lake.
The 9ers Golf Club held its annual Club Championship on May 17. The ladies played the front nine holes, followed by lunch at the country club. The winners, Kim Robinson, Betty Henry and Sheryl Fine, received a silver 9 necklace.
On May 18, firefighters responded to a residential structure fire at the 29000 block of Ketch Drive. According to the 30-year resident, the source of the fire appeared to be a window air conditioning unit in the bedroom.
Canyon Laker Paul Kakis was honored on during the 4th annual Lamb’s Fellowship Car and Motorcycle Show on May 19. Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Steve Manos presented Paul with a Certificate of Recognition for his charitable efforts in the City of Lake Elsinore and declared May 19, 2018, Paul Kakis Day.
The POA held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly remodeled Happy Camp on May 19.
Bee Gees Gold provided some powerful “Night Fever” to an enthusiastic Canyon Lake crowd when they performed a sold-out show on May 19 in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge. The concert was sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild.
Fifteen athletes participated in the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club’s Sprint Triathlon on May 19. The race started at Indian Beach with a 750-meter swim in the East Bay followed by a 12-mile bike ride to the east gate (two loops) and a 3.1-mile run down Continental to Comanche (two loops).
Seventy-two golfers participated in the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golf Tournament and Ball Drop on May 19. The Ball Drop had 188 participants. The numbered golf balls belonging to Rachel Jacobs, Cheryl Diaz and Ruby Gonzales landed at the bottom of the cup, declaring them the winners. The threesome split half the proceeds from the Ball Drop sales.
The Canyon Lake Choraleers presented its spring concert, “Best of Big Band,” on May 20 in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge. The program featured well-known songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s. The Choraleers presented student Elijah Cineas with a $500 scholarship.
The Yacht Club selected Canyon Lake triplets Ashlyn, Mason and Ryan Dowell as its 2018 scholarship recipients. The club presented $650 scholarships to each recipient during Temescal Canyon High School’s annual Senior Awards Ceremony on May 22.
The Kids Club held its Graduation Ceremony on May 29 at Indian Beach for the kids leaving the club to enter kindergarten. The graduates were Mason Brown, Scarlett Hudspeth, Kingston Lothspeich, Dane Snider, Adam Steed and Aidan Susca. The club kicked off the summer with an end of year pool party and pizza on May 31 at the lodge pool.
Baylee Barckley and Isabella Hanson each received a $2000 scholarship presented by the 9ers Golf Club during the club’s annual Progressive Dinner on May 30.
The Canyon Lake Lioness Club donated 268,277 pull-tabs to the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald in support of its annual Recycle Day. The pull-tabs equated to 172 pounds. The contribution provides money for Inland Valley Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda to help pay for the upkeep of the house as well as defraying the cost for families staying there while their children receive treatment at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.
The 2018 Men’s Golf Club Championship was played over three days, June 1 through June 3, with a field of more than 50 players. Brandon Mojarro, won the prestigious Club Championship trophy by besting the field with outstanding play over four rounds of golf. It was Brandon’s fifth consecutive Club Championship and his eighth win since 2010. The three other finalists were Marcus Schonabaum, Brett Geer and Larry Drew.
Three-year-old Canyon Laker Tegan Perry was honored with singing the National Anthem before a Storm game on June 3 at The Diamond.
Thirty-two firefighters, seven engine companies, two truck companies and two overhead personnel responded to a residential structure fire on June 4 at the 29000 block of Old Wrangler Rd. The first arriving engine company reported fire from the roof of the garage of a two-story single family residence. One firefighter from Station 94 was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The American Red Cross was requested to assisted two adults displaced due to fire damage.
Taco Tuesdays kicked off June 5 at the lodge with perfect weather and hungry crowds.
The Canyon Lake Car Club was well represented in the winners circle at the annual Rods and Rails Car and Motorcycle Show on June 9 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. The three Car Club members who won People’s Choice awards were Dave DeBoe for his custom 1937 Cabriolet, Sherman Terry for his 1935 Ford Pickup truck and John Lewis for his 1966 Jaguar XKE convertible.
An accident occurred at the intersection of Canyon Lake Drive and Vacation Drive on June 11 that sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries. A baby was left unharmed. According to Community Patrol, the truck was making a left turn onto Vacation Drive when it struck a sedan at the stop sign, smashing the car’s hood and windshield before rolling over onto its side. The incident had residents taking to social media to post photos and details of the accident.
On the morning of June 14, all Canyon Lake access gates closed, leaving vehicles restricted from entering and leaving the community. The lockdown was prompted by a call to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line from an individual claiming to be holding hostages at gunpoint inside a residence in Canyon Lake. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, the man made serious allegations and demands of the police.
Shortly after numerous deputies and police officers were deployed to Canyon Lake, Perris Station investigators determined the call was a prank, which has been commonly referred to as “swatting.” The occupants of the residence were not involved and were unharmed.
The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club held its annual Mermaid Festival pre-party on June 14 at the home of Karen and Bruce Wallace. More than 40 members and guests enjoyed food and friendly games of competition that included shuffleboard, darts and Wii bowling. All proceeds from the event went toward the club’s fundraising efforts.
The Canyon Lake Association of Past Presidents held its annual Beautification Tournament on June 16. Lunch, awards, opportunity drawings and a silent auction followed the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament went toward golf course beautification projects.
The Rocktops band rocked on the upper level of Holiday Harbor Park on June 22. Playing classic rock music from the 60s through the 80s, the trio entertained a crowd of more than 200 Canyon Lakers gathered for an informal evening of music at the park.
While the dance floor was mostly full, others in the audience basked under a full moon with nearly perfect 75-degree weather. The event was sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild.
The Woman’s Club hosted its 4th annual Mermaid Festival on June 23 at Indian Beach. The community-wide event featured a Cardboard Boat Race, Pirate Ship Battle courtesy of the Canyon Lake Yacht Club, vendors, food, kids zone, contests, opportunity drawing and grand prize drawing.
Jennifer Wilson and Tiffany Paul placed first in the Cardboard Boat Race adult division. Emma Baldwin and Tiffany McCargo placed first in the youth division. The Judges’ Choice award went to Cameron Johnson. Kenneth Cole won the Best Dressed Boat award.
Canyon Laker Paul Parque earned a gold medal on June 24 at the Pasadena Senior Games, an athletic competition event for men and women age 50 and older. The seventy-three-year-old did an impressive 66 military-style push-ups to beat out his competitors in the 70 to 74 age group.
Twenty eager juniors ages 10 through 17 participated in the Pickleball Club’s first Junior Clinic June 25 through June 29. Jeannette Williams, Cathy Buell and Barbara Lewis lead the instructions while other club members provided drinks and snacks.
The POA kicked off Movie Night in the Park on June 29 with Cars 3 playing at Indian Beach.
Country artist Keith Anderson performed a 90-minute acoustic show to an enthusiastic crowd in the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge on June 30.
The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club awarded $42,000 to four Canyon Lake high school graduates, three Canyon Lake continuing education students, several local organizations and to the POA for a new sound system for the Holiday Bay Room.