2019 YEAR IN REVIEW – Part 2 – The Friday Flyer

Canyon Lakers welcomed a new year last week and with it hopeful anticipation of the things ahead for the POA, city and residents. The beginning of the year is not only a time to look to the future but it’s an apt time to reflect on the changes and revisit some of the events that happened in the community over the past year.

Last week, The Friday Flyer featured a look back at events that happened in the community from January through March 2019. This week, The Friday Flyer takes a look back at events that happened in the community from April through June 2019.


Zip Books premiered at the Canyon Lake Library on Apr. 1. Zip Books is another way for patrons to request books not owned by the Riverside Public Library. The item is shipped directly to the patron using Amazon Prime.

The POA Board of Directors approved funding on Apr. 2 in the amount of $84,120 from the Repair and Replacement Fund for three new replacement docks at Happy Camp and $251,954 from the Capital Improvement Fund for a new block wall along Goetz Road.

The Ski Club presented a $5,000 donation to the POA on Apr. 2 to help defray the costs of renovations to the north ski area.

Canyon Lakers Patricia and Peter  Malone celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Apr. 4.

Canyon Lake City Manager Chris Mann married Annie Moyer on Apr. 7 at Serendipity in Oak Glen, California.

Johncee Cochran hosted the Woman’s Club “Pirates in Paradise” Fashion Show preparty on Apr. 5. Karen Wallace hosted the club’s “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” Fashion Show preparty on Apr. 18.

The legendary rock band Great White made their debut in Canyon Lake with a concert on Apr. 6 at the lodge. Award-winning singer-songwriter Chris James opened the show. Those in attendance were treated to a meet and greet after the show.

The City of Canyon Lake and CR&R sponsored a Community Clean-Up on Apr. 6 in the parking lot of Canyon Lake Community Church. The event provided an opportunity for Canyon Lake residents to conveniently dispose of their junk and bulky items.

The Tennis Club held its Championship Tournament on Apr. 6.

The 6th annual Speak to the Candidates was held on Apr. 6. The event was sponsored by 27 Canyon Lake clubs and organizations and provided the opportunity for homeowners to speak directly to the five candidates running for a seat on the POA Board of Directors.

The Travel Club held its Membership Meeting on Apr. 11 at the East Port Park Activities Room. Residents were invited to attend to learn more about the club and its upcoming travel opportunities.

The Triathlon and Fitness Club hosted its 8th annual Tour de Canyon Lake on Apr. 13.

The Family Matters Club held its 5th annual Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival on Apr. 13 at Holiday Harbor Park. The afternoon featured an Easter egg hunt, games, crafts, face painting and vendors.

The lake received its 12th alum treatment the week of Apr. 15.

The Torah Club celebrated the first Seder of Passover on Apr. 19 in the Magnolia Room at the country club.

The Yacht Club set sail on its first sunset cocktail cruise of the season on Apr. 20. Twenty-four Canyon Lakers on four boats enjoyed a leisurely cruise around the main lake and then watched the sunset from Catfish Cove while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

The Women’s Golf Club hosted its two-day Senior Tournament on Apr. 23 and 30. The tournament was sponsored by the club’s past presidents and was for women ages 50 and older. For the second consecutive year, Mary Burns won overall Low Gross. The overall Low Net winner was Linda Johnson.

A three-run home run in the fourth inning of Temescal Canyon High School’s last game of the regular season on Apr. 25 helped the team score its first Ivy League Championship. The team ended this season with 18 wins and 8 losses.

More than 200 women filled the Holiday Bay Room at the lodge for the Woman’s Club annual Fashion Show on Apr. 26.

The Canyon Lake Association of Past Presidents (CLAPPS) hosted the Beautification Tournament on Apr. 27. For more than 35 years, the male golfers of Canyon Lake have sponsored the annual golf tournament to raise money to beautify the golf course. Over the years, more than $55,000 has been raised solely to enhance the course.

The library hosted its Buck-a-Bag Spring Book Sale on Apr. 27.

The Jr. Women’s Club hosted its first community Wine Mixer fundraiser on Apr. 27. The event featured wine tastings, food and merchandise vendors, live music and a Cornhole Tournament.

The Wakeboard Club hosted its Learn to Ride Day on Apr. 27 at the north ski area. Canyon Lakers of all ages were invited to learn to ride a wakeboard or improve their wakeboarding skills. The club and its sponsors provided boats and equipment.

In the early morning hours of Apr. 27, a group of disabled veterans conducted their first volunteer Canyon Lake environmental clean-up. The 21 trained scuba divers from all different military branches focused their clean-up on trash at the bottom of the lake between the Holiday Harbor boat docks and the lodge boat docks. During the two-hour dive, the veterans pulled bicycles, office chairs, razor scooters and several bags of aluminum cans and bottles from the bottom of the lake.

The Bassmasters Club hosted its annual Jr. Bassmasters Tournament for kids ages 15 and under on Apr. 28.

The wet weather did not stop the Canyon Lake Kids Club kids from some sensory fun at their dinosaur dig on Apr. 30 at Sunset Beach.


The City of Canyon Lake adopted Resolution 2019-12 on May 1 in support of balanced energy solutions and local choice.

Canyon Lake celebrated its 7th annual National Day of Prayer on May 2 at the lodge. The event featured a continental breakfast, guest speakers, music and prayer.

The Canyon Lake Middle School competition cheer team ended the season with a victory. At the NRG Dance and Cheer Nationals on May 4 at Sonora High School in La Habra, the teamed earned the highest score out of all the junior teams, including All-Stars, to win the grand championship title.

Nolan Cromwell reeled in first place in the Bassmasters Club’s monthly tournament on May 4. Nolan caught five fish weighing a total of 15.87 pounds. He also earned the title of “Big Fish of the Day” with a bass weighing 5.52 pounds. Second place went to the team of Dave Brittenham and Shane Meisel. Travis Smith and Jim Wright came in third.

On May 7, the POA Board of Directors approved $36,810 for improvements to the north ski area. The Ski Club donated $5,000 toward the project.

The Canyon Lake City Council held a Special Meeting on May 8 to discuss and adopt goals for the remainder of the 2019 calendar year. The purpose of the meeting was to clearly identify and adopt a list of agreed upon priorities for the year. The goals for consideration and adoption were identified based on input from council members and staff.

Jeanne O’Dell, Chris Poland and Tom Nathan were elected to the 2019/2021 POA Board of Directors on May 11.

The Yacht Club hosted its annual Lake Clean-Up Day on May 11. On the same day, more than 60 women and young girls between the ages of five and 13 attended the Woman’s Club Spring Tea on May 11 at the senior center.

The Canyon Lake Library hosted a tour for Ms. Smith’s 2nd grade class from Quail Valley Elementary School on May 15. Students enjoyed learning about the library facilities and services, exploring the library’s collection and getting a preview of the Summer Reading Program.

EVMWD and the POA took water samples from three locations around the lake on May 17. There were no microcystins or cyanotoxins detected at any of the three locations sampled and lake conditions were considered normal.

Canyon Lake Community Theatre held auditions on May 18 for its summer production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Lamb’s Fellowship hosted its 5th annual Car and Motorcycle Show on May 18.

The Canyon Lake Art Association hosted its annual Art Show on May 18 at the senior center. The event showcased the works of local artists and featured a raffle, a silent auction and light refreshments.

The Fine Arts Guild’s sold-out Frank Sinatra tribute concert, featuring Matt Mauser and the Pete Jacobs Orchestra, was held on May 18 at the lodge. Before the start of the concert, the Fine Arts Guild presented Canyon Lake student James Alexander Myers with a $2,000 scholarship. The talented Temescal Canyon High School senior sings and plays the guitar, piano, bass and ukulele.

The Canyon Lake Choraleers presented “A Night at the Phantom of the Opera” on May 19 at the lodge. More than 300 guests attended the fully-costumed, semi-staged production.

Canyon Lake’s 46th annual Fiesta Day was held on May 25. The theme was “Fiesta Day Celebrates Hawaii, Remembering Pearl Harbor.”

The POA kicked off its Movies in the Park on May 31 with a showing of “How to Train Your Dragon 3” at the new amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park.

A golf cart accident on May 31 at the golf course sent Chuck Hudson, 84, to the hospital and injured Jim Magill, 93. The two men were talking beside a golf cart when a cart driven by Canyon Lake Councilman Randy Bonner excelled forward, knocking both men to the ground. A paramedic golfing nearby rushed to their aid.


The community mourned the loss of its resident Santa Claus when Al Van Beenen passed away on June 15. Al played Santa for the past 30 years. Photo by Donna Ritchie

The 9ers Golf Club presented $10,000 in student scholarships during its annual Progressive Dinner on June 1. The recipients were Savannah Olszewski, Chase Cordon, Keeley Arendt and Ashley Warner.

Canyon Lake Lions and Lioness clubs held their annual community garage sale fundraiser on June 7 and June 8 at the home of Lioness Shirley D’Agostino.

The POA hosted a free concert for the community on June 8 at the newly constructed amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park. This family-friendly event featured the energetic Top 40s cover band Siren’s Crush. Canyon Lake resident Makayla Phillips, who appeared on the “America’s Got Talent” television show, opened the show.

The Tennis Club hosted its Wimbledon Team Mixer on June 8. The winners were Gyan Barringham, Hal Graves, Sue Muscarella, Bill Conlin, Jully Martilla, AJ Nevares, Sesh Sukhram and Melissa Bol.

With a total fish weight of 17.18 pounds, Jack Smith and Kevin Hugo were declared the winners of the Bassmasters Club’s monthly tournament on June 8. The team of Rich Tucker and Jerry Jones took second place with a total fish weight of 17 pounds. Dave Brittenham and Shaun Eggers came in third.

The library kicked off its 2019 Summer Reading Program on June 10. The program is an incentive program that encourages children, teens and adults to choose reading as a summer activity. Participants set goals and were rewarded when their goals were met.

The Women’s Golf Club held its 46th annual President’s Cup Tournament on June 11 and June 18. Marlene Cathro was declared the overall 2019 winner and was given a bouquet of flowers and toasted with champagne by the membership.

The ever-popular summer Taco Tuesdays kicked off on June 11 at the lodge.

Canyon Lakers Nancy and Ted Horton treated 15 Garden Club members to an informative program on monarch butterflies at their home on June 11. Ted is a board member of Audubon International and has been concerned about the loss of 80 to 90 percent of the monarchs in the last 10 years due to development and loss of habitat. Ted believes that with a little effort the community can help improve the monarchs returning to Canyon Lake on their migratory path.

The community mourned the loss of its resident Santa Claus when Al Van Beenen passed away on June 15. A resident of Canyon Lake since 1975, Al was a beloved member of the community. He played Santa at Breakfast with Santa for the past 30 years. In recent years, Al also played Santa at the city’s annual Tree Lighting event.

Al was named Canyon Lake’s Volunteer of the Year in 2010 and was the recipient of the Ski Club’s Ray Novak Perpetual Award in 2011 and 2014.

The Street Carts of Canyon Lake hosted its community golf cart Poker Run fundraiser on June 15.

The POA held a lottery on June 15 at Happy Camp to give residents an equal opportunity to win a campsite reservation for the 4th of July.

Canyon Lakers Tedd Rosenfeld and Shellie Yaseen hosted a one-day Pet Partners Therapy Animal Handler Workshop on June 15 in the Council Chamber at Canyon Lake City Hall.

Eighty-eight kids participated in the first week of swim lessons at the lodge pool during the week of June 17.

The Pickleball Club hosted a Junior Clinic on June 17, 18 and 19 for kids ages 11 to 14.

The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and The Cup Above hosted a meet and greet on June 19 with Canyon Lake City Manager Chris Mann. Residents were invited to have coffee and conversation with the new city manager.

Longtime Canyon Lake residents Phyllis and James Lippen celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 19.

The Canyon Lake Association of Men (CLAMS) held its annual picnic for its members and their families on June 19 at Holiday Harbor Park. More than 100 people attended.

The Goetz Road Block Wall Project started on June 20. The POA Board of Directors approved $251,954 to replace the chain link fence along Goetz Road with a block wall. The contract was awarded to Sudweeks Construction.

The Pickleball Club raffled off a new 12 ft. Game Changer Aqua Lily Pad on June 20 to raise funds for the club’s charitable causes.

The Cup Above in the Towne Center closed its doors on June 21. The coffee and ceramics shop was a fixture in the community for nine years. Owners Judy and Jim Randall said they closed The Cup Above to focus on their three other businesses.

The Motels made their debut in Canyon Lake with a concert at the lodge on June 22. The new wave band is best known for their singles “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer.”

Canyon Lakers Vi and Joe Henderson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends on June 23 at the country club.

The POA Board of Directors and City Council held a joint meeting on June 24 in the Holiday Bay Room to discuss public safety in Canyon Lake.

On June 25, the Assembly Committee on Public Safety unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) to allow boats driven by intoxicated individuals to be impounded for up to 30 days.

Leroy Madera shot a hole-in-one on hole 2 during a Men’s Golf Club game on June 26. It was his first hole-in-one. At 90 years old, Leroy was the youngest player in the foursome that day.

The POA Board of Directors held a workshop on June 26 in the Holiday Bay Room to discuss how RFID works and the benefits of this access option.

The Yacht Club presented $1,000 scholarships to Canyon Lake students Rachel Menendez and Chase Cordon during its annual Scholarship Potluck on June 27 at Holiday Harbor Park.

Canyon Lake teen Mason Dowell, a 2018 graduate of Temescal Canyon High School, was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2023 on June 27.

The Tuesday Work Group (TWG) held its annual Appreciation Dinner on June 27 at the lodge. Chairman Don Norris served as emcee and congratulated the past and present members and officers on volunteering more than 3,100 injury-free hours for the year. The coveted Golden Shovel award was presented to Jerry Tennery.

An estimated 1,500 people attended a free Jimmy Buffett tribute concert on June 29 at the amphitheater at Holiday Harbor Park. The concert was sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild.