Activities kick-off summertime fun in CL


Like most kids in Canyon Lake, Hadlee Card is ready for summer. Photo by Donna Ritchie

Most Canyon Lakers would agree that Canyon Lake is an amazing place to live. There is no shortage of things to do. In addition to a lake, golf course, lodge, 16 parks and beaches, pickleball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, senior center, equestrian center and campground, the POA and several of the more than 50 Canyon Lake clubs offer a variety of things to do to keep Canyon Lakers busy, especially during the summer.

This summer’s lineup of activities ranges from water classes and camps for kids to Taco Tuesdays and concerts.

Summer Water Aerobics are held at the pool through Aug. 30. Class options are Monday through Friday at 8 and 9 a.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. The cost is $2.50 per class, $20 for 10 classes, or $30 per month for unlimited classes.

The Junior Tennis Program starts on June 10. The program, hosted by Tennis Pro Pete Waldrod, is for kids ages four to 16. Registration is $50 per week for ages four to six and $125 per week for ages seven through 16.

The Pee Wee class will be held June 10 through June 14 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and covers ball control skills, catching, throwing and basic stroke skills. The Junior Strokes class will be held June 17 through June 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and covers ball control skills, basic stroke skills, gameplay, strategy, light running and agility drills. To register, contact Pete Walrod at 818-397-3806.

Cartoonist Brian Manning is coming to Canyon Lake this summer to teach kids ages seven through 12 how to draw awesome cartoons and comics. Cartoon Camp runs from June 10 through June 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Activities Room at East Port Park. Registration is $100. Signups are taken at the POA office.

The Summer Reading Program will be held at the library from June 10 through July 27. This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime!” Reading incentives and prizes are made available by Canyon Lake Friends of the Library.

Look out for exciting performances from Kids Reptile Parties on June 21 at 10:20 and 11 a.m. and from Avian Behavior International on July 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets to both shows are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to show time. The library is located inside the City Hall building. For more information, call 951-244-9181.

Taco Tuesdays are family-friendly events held weekly from June 11 through July from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lower level of the lodge. Each week features entertainment, vendor booths, a kid zone and food and drink specials.

Flick-N-Float Movie Nights at the pool are scheduled for June 15, July 6 and Aug. 31.  Movies begin at dusk.

Menifee Kids Art Camp is returning to Canyon Lake this summer to host an Art Camp for kids ages five through 12. The camp runs from June 17 through June 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Activities Room at East Port Park.

During this week-long camp, students will acquire skills, knowledge and confidence in their artistic abilities. Registration is $100 and $75 for each additional sibling. Signups are taken at the POA office. Early registration is recommended.

Junior Pickleball Clinic is for kids ages nine to 15. The three-night clinic will be held June 17 through June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the pickleball courts at East Port Park.

Registration is $5 and includes two nights of lessons and one night of instructional free play. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or adult. To register, contact Char Mirich at or 951-212-7985. The registration deadline is June 12.

Water Polo classes will be held June 17 through Aug. 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge pool. This six-week program is open to all ages as long as they are able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards). Registration is $55 per week. For more information about pool activities, contact the pool office at 951-244-6841, ext 617.

Swimming Lessons began at the pool on June 17. The cost is $80 per week (discounts available). Classes are 30 minutes long. Choose starting time of 10:15 or 11 a.m. For more information about pool activities, contact the pool office at 951-244-6841, ext 617.

The Motels will be making their debut in Canyon Lake on June 22 at the lodge. The Motels are best known for their singles “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” each of which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tickets cost $29 for General Admission and $54 for VIP seating. Tickets can be purchased at the POA office and on the POA’s website at

Street Carts of Canyon Lake is hosting a Poker Run fundraiser on Saturday, June 29. The cost is $10 per poker hand. The Poker Run fun begins at 11 a.m. at Sierra Park where players check in, pick up a score sheet and pick their first poker card.

Gift Cards will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Proceeds from the Poker Run will go towards helping local families in need. For more information, contact Todd Morrison at 909-437-2702.

“Margaritaville by the Lake” will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m. at the new amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park. The free concert sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild features the Jimmy Buffett tribute band “Stars on the Water.”

The San Diego-based band will spend the evening playing TropRock (tropical rock and roll), fun music by Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Eagles and more.

Junior Golf Camp will be held July 8 through July 12. The camp is for kids ages five through 17 and offers kid-friendly competitions and on-course learning, keeping campers engaged each day.

Each camper receives a prize and medal for participation. Camp concludes with a family barbecue. Registration is $50 per player. Signups are taken at the Golf Pro Shop at the country club. For more information, call at 951-246-1782.

Mommy & Me classes will be held at the pool July 8 through July 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The cost is $35. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly. Register at the pool or call 951-244-6841, ext. 617.

Sunset Cocktail Cruises are monthly events held by the Yacht Club for residents 18 years of age and older. The summer cruises are scheduled for July 13, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7. Boats depart from the lodge dock at 6 p.m.

The group enjoys a short cruise around the main lake before tying up the boats at Catfish Cove to enjoy music, drinks and shared appetizers while watching the sunset. Boat ownership and club membership is not required to participate. For more information, contact Commodore Dave Dain at

Club Rush will be held on July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Holiday Harbor Park. Sponsored by the Family Matters Club, Club Rush provides an opportunity for Canyon Lake clubs and businesses to get their name out to the community and for the community to see what they have to offer. Each participant is asked to offer something fun to see or do at their booth.

Attendees will be given a passport to travel around to each booth to collect stamps. Once completed, the passport can be turned in for a chance to win a grand prize. For more information, call 951-757-4901 or visit

The Fine Arts Guild is hosting a free Rolling Stones tribute concert for the community on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park.

The Paddle and Pedal Regatta will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at Indian Beach. Hosted by the Fitness and Triathlon Club, everyone with a paddle board, kayak, canoe or pedal boat is invited to join this free, non-motorized cruise of the East Bay. Lunch will follow the cruise.

Movies in the Park are scheduled for Aug. 23 and Sep. 27 at the amphitheater at Holiday Harbor. Movies start at dusk.

Break out your favorite Hawaiian shirt for the 7th annual Maui Monday on Sept. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sunset Beach. This family-friendly event features food, music, contests and performances by the professional Polynesian Entertainment Group.

Doobie Brothers fans won’t want to miss the Fine Arts Guild’s Doobie Brothers tribute concert on Sept. 7 at the lodge. This show is a complete re-creation of the famous rockers, with their most popular lineup from the 70s, playing all the famous “Doobie” hits. The cast recreates the era with the exact instruments, costumes and looks.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $45 for Reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the POA office and at

Save the date for the annual Kids Fishing Derby on Sept. 14 at Holiday Harbor Park. Signups are from 6 to 8 a.m. and weigh-in is at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Miss Canyon Lake Scholarship Pageant will be held on Sept. 15 at the lodge. Applications will be available June 19. The registration deadline is Aug. 12. For more information, contact Coco Morrison at 951-204-7777.

The annual Mermaid Festival will be held on Sept. 21 at Indian Beach. This family-friendly event sponsored by the Woman’s Club features vendors, contests, food, opportunity drawings and a cardboard boat race.

Learn to Ride Day offers Canyon Lakers of all ages the opportunity to learn to ride a wakeboard. The event take place at the north ski area on Sept. 28. Signups start at 9 a.m., riding starts at 10 a.m.

The cost is $15 per person. The Wakeboard Club provides boats and equipment.


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