Canyon Lake Pinochle Club seeking new players


The Canyon Lake Pinochle Club is seeking new players to join them on Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the senior center. There is a $3 entry fee.

“We have sodas, munchies, prizes and lots of laughs,” said member Marlys Shilling. “We welcome old-timers and are happy to teach newcomers because we want pinochle to last another thirty years.”

Pinochle is a card game that involves exchanging and putting together different combinations of cards, or “melds,” in order to score points. Learning the basic rules of the game only takes a few minutes, but the fast-paced excitement of the game can provide countless hours of fun. Once familiarized with the values of each card in the deck, a hand can be built to win points and seize the momentum needed to come out on top.

The Canyon Lake Pinochle Club was founded in 1989 by Al Funk. The club originally played at the lodge with eight tables and 32 members. The club was moved to Bluebird Hall (current location of Community Patrol offices) then to the Magnolia Room at the country club and even to the POA building. The club eventually moved to its current home at the senior center. Keith Clay and Tom Furman are two of the original members who still enjoy playing the game.

For more information about the Canyon Lake Pinochle Club, contact Marlys Shilling at 951-244-4241.