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.

Blood Drive

Canyon Lake Community Church is hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday, May 26, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code “community” or sign up at the information window at the church on Sunday.

Menifee Historical Museum

The Menifee Valley Historical Museum will present a free program about Dorothy McElhinney and the Pinto Ranch on May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center, 31850 Haun Rd. Dorothy’s daughter will share her story about growing up on the ranch. For more information, visit or call 951-708-6842.

Peace Officer’s Memorial Run

The 36th annual Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony and Run will be held on Monday, May 20. Riverside County law enforcement agencies and surviving family members will remember peace officers who have died in the line of duty at a solemn ceremony in front of the “Safe in His Arms” memorial statue at 4102 Orange St. in Riverside, beginning promptly at 6:15 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and participate in the moderate run/jog which will begin prior to the ceremony at 5:45 p.m. at the corner of Orange Street and 12th Street. Registration is not required for the run and is open to everyone of all ages and abilities.

Lavender Festival

Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. This year’s festival will be held on May 23 through June 30. Hours are Thursday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit

The festival offers strolls through the lavender fields, guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, live music and lavender-inspired dishes. The organic herbs grown at 123 Farm are featured prominently throughout the family-friendly festival through various refreshing lavender-inspired favorites, such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items made with lavender.

Summer Day Camp

The City of Lake Elsinore is hosting its Summer Camp program for kids ages six to 13 (kindergarten completion is required). Registration is $50 per week. The six-week program begins June and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hosted at the Lake Elsinore Community Center, camp features a weekly trip/excursion or Special Event Days. The weekly themes include treats, crafts, games and more. Campers need to bring their own lunch. For more information, visit

Summer Basketball Camp

The Titan Summer Basketball Camp for boys and girls in grades 2nd through 8th will be held June 17 through June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temescal Canyon High School’s gym. Registration before June 1 is $75. Registration after June 1 is $85. Siblings receive a $10 discount. Registration closes June 10. Camp includes skills, drills, games, treats and pizza party. Participants need to bring their own ball. To register, call 951-255-9088 or email


The We Love America Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Outlets at Lake Elsinore at 17600 Collier Ave. The festival is a salute to active military, veterans and first responders. The event features live music, art displays, entertainment, beer garden, food trucks, more than 90 vendors and a fun zone for kids featuring a waterslide, bounce house, crafts and carnival games.

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 for access at 951-805-0543.

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.

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.

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.

Bereavement Support
A 13-week session of Grief Share, a bereavement support group, begins Aug. 19. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Building A at Canyon Lake Community Church. Evening sessions will be 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.

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.

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 Road. and is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 951-708-6842.

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.