September 4, 2009






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Relay for Life
     Teams are now forming for the Relay for Life to be held October 10 and 11; however, more teams are needed.  The 24-hour event is designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer in the community. Each team walks throughout the night with someone on the track at all times, beginning at 9 a.m. the first day and ending at 9 a.m. the following morning. Participants celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives. Survivors are invited to register for the Survivors Lap of Hope, which honors those who have survived by contacting Survival Chairperson Brenda Stephenson at 445-4169.
     A spaghetti dinner fundraising event will be held Monday, September 7, at Annie’s Café on Mission Trail Rd. in Lake Elsinore. Annie’s will donate 100 percent of its profits from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Children are $12 and adults are $15. Annie’s is a supporter of the American Cancer Society and donates food for the survivors’ breakfast at the Relay for Life.
     Those interested in starting a team or joining an existing team can do so online at www.elsinorerelay.org, or by calling Jennifer Hamm at 714-717-1946.

Auditions for singers
     The Canyon Lake Choraleers will be holding their first rehearsal for the fall/winter season and invite male and female singers to audition on Tuesday, September 8, in the Towne Center Conference Room, below the POA. Auditions will follow the 7 p.m. rehearsal. For more information, call
     Joline at 244-7684.

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 CLEPC Director Nancy Carroll.
     “We need wire enclosures, leashes, collars, food and water dishes and even some toys. We also need clean blankets and small bathroom type rugs for bedding. The past week’s fires show the need for us to be prepared! Your CLEPC is planning ahead and we need your help, too,” says Nancy.
     Any other pet supplies residents no longer need are greatly appreciated. “Please, don’t leave your best friends out in the cold. They love you,” says Nancy. For pick-up or directions for drop-off, call Ellen Dyer at 244-7763 or Nancy Carroll at 244-8230.

High Holiday services
     Temple Beth Sholom of Menifee Valley invites all Jewish (and non Jewish) residents to High Holiday services. Cantor Jeff Schwimmer will be back by popular demand for his sixth year. An ice cream social and Selichot service will be held Saturday, September 12. Rosh Hashanah services will be held Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19. Yom Kippur services will be held on Sunday and Monday, September 27 and 28. Donations are $75 per person for non-members. Students and active military are complimentary, but must be ordered in advance.
     For more information and directions, please call the Temple office at 679-0419.  

Community Bible Study
     The 2009-2010 season for Community Bible Study  (CBS) starts on Thursday, September 10, hosted by the Lamb’s Fellowship Church in Lake Elsinore, 21901 Railroad Canyon Rd.  The local CBS is one of more than 1,300 classes meeting all over the United States and internationally. Residents are invited to join this non-denominational study of the Book of Acts. This class is for women desiring an in-depth study of God’s word; all ages and level of Bible knowledge are welcome.
     Classes are from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday. Registrants may also enroll their children for a study of Acts that is especially designed for their level. Children’s classes are limited, so registration is based on first come, first served by paid registrations. The registration fee is $25 for an adult and $10 for pre-school to age 6. Contact Bonnie Holder for more information at 672-9315, or e-mail bholder03@verizon.net

Fall basketball signups
     Southwest Family YMCA is now taking registrations for its fall basketball season, open to boys and girls in K through 8th grade. High school and adult leagues will be introduced in the fall.  Games are played on Saturdays in the Murrieta area and run from September 12 through November 14.  The cost is now $124 and sign-ups are taken on a space available basis. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, visit www.riversideymca.org/Southwest/sw.htm.

Preparing for parade
     Boat owners are encouraged to take advantage of this time of year when their boats are in the water or uncovered to take measurements and start planning ahead for the annual Parade of Lights on December 12. This event is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Yacht Club, which hopes to make suggestions and provide information on the float-building process in the months leading up to the parade. “If you are not up to doing something individually, gather some friends to help or get your club involved in this wonderful holiday event,” says spokesperson Dennis Pitts.

     Mothers of Pre-schoolers (MOPS) at Canyon Lake Community Church recently started its 2009-10 program, “Planet Mom.” MOPS is a church-based support group for mothers of young children from birth to 5 years that meets at Canyon Lake Community Church on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Sheila Lowe at 301-9642.

Race for Cure
     The 11th annual Inland Empire Komen Race for the Cure, hosted by the Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be held on Sunday, October 18, at the Promenade Mall in Temecula. Canyon Lake teams are forming. Register online at www.komenie.org

Chamber notes
     The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce regular monthly luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the banquet room of Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant. The guest speaker will be Lee Bejar, Senior Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol. The cost of the luncheon is $13 and is open to everyone; however, reservations are required and must be made no later than Monday, September 7. For more information regarding the Chamber or to make a reservation for the luncheon, please call 244-6124.
     The Chamber is participating in a Softball Challenge with other area chambers on Saturday, September 26. Chamber members who would like to play are encouraged to contact the Chamber office as soon as possible to sign up. Those who are not current members but would like to play are welcome to join the Chamber and participate as well. At least two women are needed on the field at any time, so ladies are especially needed. For more information, please call 244-6124.

Battle of the Bands
     Local teens can apply to participate in the Battle of the Bands competition sponsored by the City of Murrieta. All types of bands, including garage, heavy metal, punk rock and other musically talented groups, are welcome to register before September 17 at 5 p.m. All band members must currently be in middle school or high school and able to show student ID. Seven youth bands will be selected to compete in the competition, which will be held on October 3 at the Murrieta Community Center, 41810 Juniper St., Murrieta. For more information or advance tickets, call 304-7275. Applications and
     information can be found online at www.myspace.com/murrietayac.

“Jump for the Cause”
     Women from 15 countries will participate in the world’s largest all-women skydive formation in an attempt to raise a million dollars during “Jump for the Cause,” which will take place September 21 to 27. The event is hosted by Skydive Perris and will raise money for breast cancer research at City of Hope. Each skydiving participant agrees to raise $3,500 in donations. There is no charge to the public to watch the event. For more information, call 800-759-3483 or visit www.jumpforthecause.com.
     Caregiver support group
     The Caregivers Connection support group for caregivers and their patients meets at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in rooms C5 and C6. Activities are planned for the caregiver and those for whom they are caring. The DVD “Challenges of Caregiving” coping skills will be shown at the September 14 meeting. For more information, call 244-1877.

TCHS football alumni
     All Temescal Canyon High School alumni, including players and their parents, are invited to join in an alumni celebration on Homecoming Night, October 9. Those wanting to join the celebration need to apply for alumni membership, which includes two homecoming game tickets and two T-shirts (player or parent), as well as a tailgate party before the game with Ken and Roger. Membership is $50. Checks can be made out to Titan Football and mailed to Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530. For more information, contact Darleen Romo at 253-7250 ext. 2034, or e-mail darleen.romo@leusd.k12.ca.us. Tastes of Paradise
     The Woman’s Club’s “Tastes of Paradise” cookbook, a creative gift for family, friends and hosts, contains recipes for all seasons, complete party menus, holiday menus and more. To purchase a cookbook, call Joanna Spiller at 244-1553 or Rose Marie Hand at 244-6654. They can also be purchased at Pack, Wrap and Post or the POA Member Services desk. The price is $10 and proceeds are donated to the many organizations supported by the Woman’s Club.

Operation Gratitude
     Those who knit and crochet are asked to create scarves and caps for the 2009 Operation Gratitude Holiday Drive. The scarves and hats are sent to service members deployed overseas. Last year, more than 10,000 items were sent and the organization hopes to send more this holiday season. A basic stitch with soft yarn and subtle colors are recommended. Due to packaging constraints, the scarves should measure five to seven inches across and be no more than 50 inches long. Scarves can be sent between September 8 and December 5 to Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard, Attn: Charlie Othold/Scarves, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA, 91406. Mark the box “Scarves.” For more information, contact Sharon Howard at sharhoward39@gmail.com.

E-waste fundraiser
     The Elsinore High Dance Team has been invited to perform in the 2010 Orange Bowl half time show. The team is collecting e-waste to help fund the trip to Florida and is asking residents to help by donating their e-waste. The team is accepting TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, household batteries and similar electronic items.  For details on pick-up and drop-off points, call Kathy Allen at 764-6790.

Michelle’s Place
     Tickets are on sale for the annual Wild Women of Wine Country event to benefit Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. This year a Traveling Bra Show Competition has been added. The event will be held at South Coast Winery on Tuesday October 6. The cost is $19.95. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.wildwomenofwinecountry.com.
     Registrations are also being taken for the 8th Annual Celebration of Life Golf Tournament to be held on October 2, at the SCGA Golf Course in Murrieta. For more information on Michelle’s Place or events visit www.michellesplace.org.

Grief support groups
     The GriefShare recovery seminar and support group meets at Grace Church each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 29720 Goetz Rd. in Quail Valley. The seminar is led by Pastor Robert Butler and runs for 13 weeks. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call Marisa Tackett at 323-770-2974.
     Grief support is also available at Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church through its grief group that meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday. Talking with others often helps relieve some of the pain that is experienced with the passing of a loved one, according to organizers at Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church, which is located at 30400 Grand Ave. in Lake Elsinore. For
     more information, call 674-1377 or contact Karen Nahrstadt at 775-9523.

Fishermen wanted
     Captains and boats are needed for the 5th annual C.A.S.T. at Lake Perris. Pontoon, bass and ski boats are welcome. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 6 a.m. The day of fishing pairs fishermen with a disabled/disadvantaged child between the age of 7 to 14 and their parent/guardian. For more information, call Event Coordinator Todd Friedman at 940-5647.

Census Bureau jobs
     The Census Bureau is currently recruiting managers for offices opening in the fall. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, pass a background/fingerprint check and a written exam. For more information or a testing appointment, call the Riverside County office at 324-2010 or visit www.2010censusjobs.gov.

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.

Special needs support
     A support group is forming for special needs children and their families. The family support group would meet once a month with activities such as cooking nights, movie nights, play dates and field trips in between meetings. According to Michelle Peters, it will give families the opportunity to share stories, laugh and cry together. The support group also would give siblings the opportunity to relate to each other and share their challenges.
     Michelle invites families of children with special needs, no matter their age, who would like to join the support group to contact her by e-mail at nofreetime@cox.net or on her cell phone at 949-742-0559.

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.
     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.
     Cruise Night
     The Lake Elsinore Marketplace holds a Cruise Night on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the food court parking lot next to Chili’s (Costco center). For more information contact Sabrina McChesney at 619-341-0877.

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 contact@ccmv.net or visit www.ccmv.net.

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 www.nationalcasa.org.

Thank the troops
     Xerox Corporation has created a simple way for citizens to thank military personnel overseas at www.letssaythanks.com. 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.

Donate a mammogram
     The Breast Cancer website invites people to click on its site daily so it can meet its quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to the site, www.thebreastcancersite.com and click on “donating a mammogram” for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn’t cost one thing. Corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

Residents are encouraged to be proactive in protecting the environment by using the trash bins provided by CR&R: the blue (or gray) bin is for recyclables such as newspapers, cardboard, glass, cans and bottles, etc.; the black bin is for regular non-hazardous waste, including palm fronds, and the green bin is for yard trimmings.
     Residents should dispose of household hazardous waste (defined below) at the local Hazardous Waste Facility (HWF) in Lake Elsinore, 521 Langstaff St. It is open on the first Saturday of the month, February through November, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The facility accepts used motor oil, automotive batteries, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, cleaning solutions, bleach, pool chemicals and pesticides. Residents unsure if what they have is household hazardous waste can go to www.rivcowm.org/hhw for a complete listing of items accepted at the disposal site.


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