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.

Sidewalk Chalk Expo

Learn from the experts about street painting at the Promenade Temecula Sidewalk Chalk Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 40820 Winchester Rd., Temecula. This is a free event for all ages.

Quilt Show

The Valley Quilters Guild 38th annual Quilt Show will be held on Feb. 8 and 9 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, a boutique and more. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

Amazing Outlet Race

The Amazing Outlet Race will be held on Saturday, Mar. 16 at the Lake Elsinore Outlets, 17600 Collier Ave. Entry is free. Registration begins at 2 p.m. Race through an inflatable obstacle course, master the challenges and get your shot at winning a pot of gold and other prizes. Three people maximum per team.

AFV Golf Tournament

Animal Friends of the Valleys Fore the Animals Golf Tournament, presented by Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, will be held on Friday, Apr. 19, at 7 a.m. at Menifee Lakes Country Club. The event includes live and silent auctions, complimentary breakfast, banquet lunch and more. All proceeds will benefit Animal Friends of the Valleys in its mission to find loving homes for lost and homeless animals in its shelter. For more information, visit

Women’s Symposium

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is hosting its 4th annual Women’s Symposium on Mar. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St. If you are interested in a career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department don’t miss this unique opportunity to listen to testimonials from women working in the Sheriff’s Department. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask guest speakers questions and even begin the application process for women who are ready to start a career. Walk-ins will be welcome but registration is recommended to guarantee a seat. To pre-register, call 1-888-Join-RSD or email


Hop on down to McVicker Canyon Park, 29355 McVicker Canyon Park Rd., Lake Elsinore, for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts, activity booths, food and an egg hunt on Apr. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids ages two to seven are invited to participate in the egg hunt with over 14,000 treasure filled eggs. Be sure to be on the lookout for a golden ticket. There will be live entertainment, amusements and a visit from the Easter bunny. Vendor opportunities are available. Vendors must have a valid City of Lake Elsinore Business License and all non-profits are required to offer a free activity for kids ages four to 12. For more information, email

Twenty19 Pet Walk

The Twenty19 Pet Walk will be held on Saturday, May 11. The 1.5-mile scenic walk will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the levee of the Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore. Registration will take place on the morning of the event. A raffle will take place at the conclusion of the event. All pets must be leashed at all times. Vendor opportunities are available. For more information, email

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.

Vail Headquarters

Sunday Funday events held at Vail Headquarters, 32115 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, offer fun for the whole family. Activities include arts and crafts, train rides, picnic games, historical displays and more. Sunday Funday is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other rotating entertainment includes live blacksmithing demonstrations, stagecoach rides, Momtrepreneurs vendor market (first Sunday of the month), petting zoo, live music and dance performances.

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.

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.

Temecula Rod Run

The Temecula Rod Run kicks off on Mar. 1 with a Friday night cruise from 5 to 8 p.m. in Old Town Temecula. The fun continues the next day with the Show and Shine Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring more than 600 vehicles on display, music, entertainment, food and vendors. For more information, call 951-694-6480.

Bereavement Support

A 13-week session of the Bereavement Support Group started on Jan. 14. Sessions are held on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Building A at Canyon Lake Community Church. Evening sessions are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grief Share provides helpful information on grief-related topics. To register, contact Pastor Pete Van Dyke at 951-244-1877, ext. 204.

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.

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 and older); The Landing (recovery for teens); Celebration Place (recovery for kids); and free childcare. A potluck is held on the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne at 951-244-1877, ext. 209.

Menifee Historical Museum

The Menifee Valley Historial 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. For more information, visit or call 951-708-6842. Instead of the regular program in January, a field trip is planned on Jan. 19 to the Historic Patterson House in Winchester.

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.

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

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.

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 fourth 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 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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.


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.

Free Workshop

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources are hosting a free Backyard Composting and Green Cleaning Workshop on Saturday, Apr. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at EVMWD headquarters at 31315 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore. Space is limited To reserve a seat, visit or call 951-674-3146, ext. 8247.


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.

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.

Free Irrigation 101 Workshop

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District and the Inland Empire Waterkeepers are hosting a free Irrigation 101 Workshop on Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at EVMWD headquarters at 31315 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore. Learn how to operate a controller, how long to run each zone, simple maintenance tips and plant water needs. Space is limited To reserve a seat, visit or call 951-674-3146, ext. 8247.