News Briefs

This section contains information on local activities and items of interest to Canyon Lake residents.


Blood drive at the Outlets

The Lake Elsinore Outlets will host a Blood Drive and Marrow Testing Saturday, January 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donors will receive a VIP Savings Card from Lake Elsinore Outlets, along with points as part of the “Gift of Life” Donor Loyalty Program. Schedule an appointment at 800-879-4484.

Participants who are 15 or 16 need a signed parental consent form. Potential bone marrow donors must be between 18 and 60, meet health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need.

Caregiver support group

At the January 23 meeting, Caregivers Connection will feature guest speaker Jane Farmer, of Desert Hills Memory Care Center, on the topic, “Dementia: The Roller Coaster Ride.”

The Caregivers Connection support group is for caregivers and their patients and meets in rooms C5 and 6 at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Monday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. Meetings offer an opportunity for caregivers to share common problems, needs and experiences. Anyone caring for a loved one 24/7 for illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer, stroke, heart issues or Parkinson's is welcome to attend. Activities are planned for the caregiver and those for whom they are caring. For more information, call facilitator Jo Ann Wickerath at 679-7736.

Community Goodwill collection 

Planning to tackle home organizing projects after the holidays? Canyon Lake Community Church is hosting a community Goodwill collection fundraiser on January 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring gently used items, including e-waste to the church and school campus, 30515 Railroad Canyon Rd., on the day of the event. 

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the church’s youth, children and preschool programs. The goal is to fill three trailers.

A few items will not be accepted. These include baby equipment, automotive parts, carpet and construction materials, broken items or furniture with holes, rips, stains, or scratches, sofa beds, futons, mattresses, hospital beds, waterbeds, air mattresses, exercise equipment, skis and ski boots, metal desks and file cabinets, pianos and organs, text books, encyclopedias and magazines.

Visit for a complete list of allowed and disallowed items. For more information, contact 244-1877, ext. 229.

Electronics recycling

Temescal Canyon High Softball will host an Electronics Recycling event on Saturday, January 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 28755 El Toro Rd. in Lake Elsinore (down the road from Costco). They will be accepting all old computers, monitors, printers, cables, cell phones, microwave ovens, etc.

Annual Bridge Marathon

Couples and ladies are encouraged to register for the Annual Bridge Marathon, sponsored by the Women's Club. The evening encourages friendly competition in a social situation. All games are played as foursomes in the entrants' home beginning in February and finishing by the end of June. The maximum play is five times. Newcomers to Canyon Lake are encouraged to find a partner and participate. Entry fee is $10 per person. Registration is open until January 31. Send checks,payable to Canyon Lake Women's Club, to Pat Swink, 30191 White Wake Drive. Contact Pat 244-9021 for more information.

Little League and Girls Softball signups

Canyon Lake Little League and Girls Softball are holding signups for the spring 2012 season. Registration is available at The season runs from February 25 through through June 3.

Itty Bitty T-Ball

Temescal Canyon High School Baseball is hosting its annual Itty Bitty T-Ball program for children 2 ˝ to 6. The seven-week program begins Sunday, February 26. The cost is $70 for one player; the multiple-sibling discount is $60 each.

Sign up at There also will be a signup day at the TCHS gym on Sunday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Kim Larson at 649-4317.

'Hollywood Revisited'

The Center for Spiritual Living of Menifee Valley will host "Hollywood Revisited," a tribute to the glamorous days of old Hollywood, tomorrow, January 14, at 2 p.m. at 26805 Murrieta Rd. in Menifee. It is a musical review, complete with original costumes of Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Carol Lombard and more. Tickets are $15 advanced; $20 at the door. For reservations, call 442-3102.

Boating skills, seamanship

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Tri-Lakes presents "Boating Skills and Seamanship," a nine-week course on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. Classes began January 9 and cover inland and coastal boating.

"About Boating Safety," a one-day course, will be offered on Sundays: January 15, February 19 and March 18. Classes are held at Lake Elsinore Marine, 18010 Grand Ave. in Lake Elsinore. The instructor is Peter Dawson, Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswain and licensed captain. For more information, contact 202-1584 or

Michelle's Place

Michelle's Place is a breast cancer resource center serving this area. The center's mission is to provide emotional and educational support to those touched with breast cancer and facilitate breast health care services. Events and classes are regularly offered at 27645 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 117 in Temecula. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn about available services and resources at

Fill up at Eastport!

Residents are reminded Eastport Market has the only gas station in the City limits and, as such, is an important source of revenue for the City. After crude oil costs, taxes are the second largest contributor to the price paid at the pump. The owners say they buy the same gasoline from the same distributors that supply name brand stations and prices are competitive.

Lioness bingo

The Canyon Lake Lioness Club holds Bingo every first and third Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the City Multi-purpose Room. Games are $20 for a 12-sheet set and $10 for a six-sheet set. Two 50/50 games are played for $1 each or six for $5. Refreshments are provided for a nominal donation. All proceeds from the games are donated to various charities endorsed by Lions Club International as well as helping organizations in the community.

Kids tennis program

Tennis Pro Baba Soysa offers after-school tennis lessons. For more information, contact Marga Kidd at or 442-4538.

Meals for shut-ins

Hot meals for shut-ins are delivered to Canyon Lake five days a week, provided by the Riverside County Home Delivered Meals Program. Meals are prepared at the Kay Ceniceros Center in Sun City and delivered by a group of volunteers from Canyon Lake. Residents who would like to request this service for themselves or someone else may contact Maxine Whalen at 244-6333 or Linda Johnson at 244-8852.

Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is for mothers of children, newborn to kindergarten age. The meetings are held at the Canyon Lake Community Church on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For more information, contact Heather Weber at 852-7478 or Jaclyn Copeland at 265-9938.


MOMS Next is a group for mothers of elementary school aged children. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Canyon Lake Community Church. For more information, contact Dana Kocik at 246-1013 or Melissa Roberts at 757-6010.  Both groups can be registered through the church office.

Women's home

A couple from Wildomar would like to let area women who are experiencing domestic abuse, homelessness or other difficulties know they have opened a women's home in Wildomar. Bruce and Phyllis Carranza call the women's home a "lighthouse guiding women in need of changing their lives, a place where they can receive love and support, an anchor in Christ." To learn more, call the Carranzas at 471-1791 or 445-0948. 

Adult day care

Adult day care services are offered by Care Connexxus at 29995 Evans Rd. in Menifee. The non-profit organization is a non-medical licensed program that provides adult day care/adult day services to elderly and younger qualifying adults who are mentally, physically or socially dependent on others to complete tasks of daily living. For more information, contact Tiffany Kenny at 672-9536.

Clothing wanted

A couple in Canyon Lake regularly makes deliveries of food and clothing to the Riverside City Mission, where the needs of the hungry and homeless are growing dramatically. Donations can be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker office in the Towne Center, 31620 Railroad Canyon Rd.

Elks Lodge bingo

Bingo is open to Elks and the general public at the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge, 33700 Mission Trail in Wildomar, on Thursdays. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games start at 6. For more information, call 674-6804.

Al-Anon family groups

For those whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking, the Al-Anon family groups provide a fellowship for sharing experiences, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. Al-Anon believes alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. The group meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Lamb’s Fellowship, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd. in Lake Elsinore. For more information, call 674-3531or visit

Alcoholics Anonymous

Temecula Valley Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings in most nearby cities. The primary purpose is to help members achieve sobriety. For more information, visit or call 695-1535.

Wheelchairs for seniors

Miracle on Wheels is notifying the public about the opportunity for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as stroke, heart and breathing problems or diabetes, to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. According to Miracle on Wheels, Medicare’s regulations now make it easier to obtain a power wheelchair for seniors and others with problems getting around their home, or who are in danger of falling due to their medical condition. For more information and to learn about qualifying call 800-400-4210.

Pet preparedness

The Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee is in need of donations of pet supplies to keep in storage in the event of a disaster affecting the community. If the need arises to open a Red Cross shelter, there will be a need to house Canyon Lake pets, too, according to CLEP Director Nancy Carroll. There is a need for wire enclosures, leashes, collars, food and water dishes and toys, as well as clean blankets and small bathroom type rugs for bedding. For pick-up or directions for drop-off, call Ellen Dyer at 244-7763 or Nancy Carroll at 244-8230.

Free Fax Friday

Debby Gagnon of Pack, Wrap and Post in the Canyon Lake Towne Center says she would like to help those who are currently seeking employment during these tough economic times by offering free use of the fax machine for the purpose of sending out resumes. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this offer is invited to stop by Pack, Wrap and Post on Fridays; no appointment is necessary. Debby says she will offer the service as long as she is able to do so.

Hospital volunteers needed

Menifee Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers. Only four hours of volunteer service per week qualifies one as an active member of the hospital volunteer team. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. The minimum age for hospital volunteers is 16 years old. For more information call 679-8888, ext. 7254 or 925-6389.

Senior softball

Softball players 55 and older are needed for a senior men’s league in Menifee. The league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Wheatfield Park, next to the Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto Community College. For more information, call Ed Hustead at 679-8626.

Computer Club

The Computer Club of Menifee Valley welcomes all who have an interest in computers. It meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month and offer presentations, guest speakers, question and answer sessions, a computer lab and computer classes. It is a free club with no dues. Meetings are held at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 29885 Bradley Rd. in Sun City. For more information, e-mail or visit

Child advocates needed

The local organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children is seeking volunteers for its program. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. No special education or background is needed ? just a desire to help abused and neglected children. Volunteers must pass a background check, followed by a 30-hour training course. For more information contact Deborah Sutton at 304-5220 or visit

Thank the troops

Xerox Corporation has created a simple way for citizens to thank military personnel overseas The sender selects a design and message, which is then personalized with the sender’s name and town. Xerox then prints and sends a postcard to a member of the military stationed overseas. It only takes a few minutes to send a postcard and say thanks.