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.

Spring Eggstravaganza

Murrieta’s Spring Eggstravaganza will be held tomorrow, Apr. 20, at Town Square Park. Kids ages three to 10 are invited to bring a basket and hunt for more than 10,000 filled eggs. For more information, call 951-304-7275.

Tom’s Farm Egg Hunt

Take a train ride to an egg hunt with the Easter bunny at Tom’s Farm, 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona, on April 20 and 21. The trains will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of a train ticket is $3 per person.

Spring Jamboree Egg Hunt

Vail Headquarters, 32115 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, is hosting its Spring Jamboree and Egg Hunt tomorrow, Apr. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes free egg hunts with prizes, carnival games with prizes, bubble party, raffles, vendor market, photo booth with souvenir picture, baby animal petting zoo, face painting and succulent planting activity.


Hop on down to McVicker Canyon Park in Lake Elsinore tomorrow, Apr. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts, activity booths, food and an egg hunt. Kids ages two to seven are invited to participate in the egg hunt with over 14,000 treasure filled eggs. Be sure to look 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

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 tomorrow, 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.

Flower and Plant Sale

The Temecula Valley Garden Club will present its 33rd annual Flower Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Temecula Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd. This year’s theme is Poetry in Nature.

Big Barn Car Show

The 7th annual Big Barn Car Show will be held on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Motte Historical Museum at 28380 HWY 74 in Menifee. The family-friendly event will feature live music, vendors, exhibitors, food and awards. The museum will be open for guests to tour the Motte family collection of antique and classic cars. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

Museum Grand Opening

After three years since Murrieta Valley Historical Society formed and 64 years since Mrs. Hunt gifted her home to the children of Murrieta, the first official Murrieta Museum is set to open on Sunday, Apr. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 41810 Juniper St., Murrieta.

Fishing Derby

The 7th annual Lake Elsinore Dream Extreme Fishing Derby will be held May 3 through May 5. For more information, visit

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, from 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.

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

Free Health Seminar

The Consumer Health and Wellness Advocacy will present “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” on May 11 in the Magnolia Room at the Canyon Lake Country Club. Choose between two times, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, seating is limited. Topics will cover how to save money and shop healthy, holistic breakthroughs for health management, natural weight management solutions and personal finance tips and tools. Snacks will be served and there will be a raffle drawing for prizes. For more information, contact Alexis Smith at 951-264-8926.

Lambs Car Show

Lambs Fellowship Car and Motorcycle Show will be held on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd. This event features hundreds of cars and motorcycles on display, live music, raffles and food trucks.

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.

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.

Farmers Market

The Canyon Lake Farmers Market operates every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 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.

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.

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.

Caregivers Connection

Caregivers Connection is an outreach for those caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the aging. 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 on the 2nd and 4th Mondays 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 JoAnn Wickerath at 951-679-7736 or Bev Haney at 951-764-1730.

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.

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.

Free Drip Kits

Eastern Municipal Water District is offering free residential drip kits for qualifying customers to help convert landscape irrigation areas from spray to drip irrigation.

The program is funded in part through a nearly $70,000 grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSmart program.

Each drip kit is valued at approximately $245 and includes pressure regulators, drip tubing, connectors and emitters. The kit provides enough material to convert between 250-400 square feet of planter beds to highly-efficient drip irrigation, which can save up to 60 percent of water per station when compared to traditional spray irrigation. Customers will also receive a DVD providing installation instructions and maintenance tips.

Customers who wish to participate may contact EMWD to request a voucher for the kits, which may be redeemed at Imperial Irrigation Supply in Menifee. There is a limit of two kits per customer and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, or to submit an application, 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 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.

On Apr. 11, speaker Kristi Sexton will be speaking on the topic of “Digging in FindaGrave.” Genealogy has been a major part of Kristi’s life for nearly three decades. She has been serving as president of the Orange County California Genealogical Society and is an Adjunct Professor for Brigham Young University in the Family History department.

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.

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.

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.