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Canyon Lake resident and outdoor enthusiast who loves wakeboarding, golf, paddle boarding and living in Southern California. Licensed real estate broker, investor and developer.

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake May 11th-12th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s Mother’s Day so get Mom out of the house for some fun and a special treat – maybe a Baseball Game,  Sunday Brunch or Wine Tasting.  Here’s what’s happening in and around Canyon Lake this weekend.

Canyon Lake

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Lodge | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm Sunday

Treat Mom to a special brunch at The Lodge with 2 seating times.  Cost is $25.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids.  Kids under 7 eat free with an adult.  Call the POA for reservations at 951-244-6841, ext. 771.

Lake Elsinore

Star Wars Night at Storm Stadium | Game starts at 6:05 pm

The storm take on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.  Tickets available online or at the stadium ticket window.  Be prepared for some out of this world fun.


Honoring Your Mother – Mission Inn | Package Deals all Month Long

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Inn is pleased to offer this very special package throughout the month of May.  Accommodations, champagne, resort gift card, and valet parking.


Happy Mother’s Day Ballet | 2:00 – 4:00 pm & 5:00 – 7:00 pm Sunday

Presented by the Fine Arts Ballet theatre, this special event pays tribute to Mom’s of all ages. Old Town Temecula Community Theater

San Diego

Gator by the Bay Music Festival | Friday – Sunday

A family oriented 3 day festival with Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues performers along with Louisiana cuisine and culture.  In addition to music, there will dancing, demonstrations, kid’s events and more.

tom jonesLos Angeles

Tom Jones at The Troubadour | 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

The one and only Tom Jones performing in a great venue for two notes.  LA Weekly says “The pipes are in great condition and he always carries a breathtakingly tight band”.  Take Mom to see this amazing performer, but don’t hold us responsible for how she behaves when Tom gets up on stage.

Get What You Need at Joe’s Hardware

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Business

When I built my house in Canyon Lake, one of my biggest frustrations was running to the home improvement warehouse to get that one little thing – a bolt, an electrical nut, sprinkler head, etc.  I would trudge down to Lake Elsinore or Murrieta (sometimes several times a day) and unhappily search the aisles, stand in line and then drive back home killing an hour in the process.

It was a happy day for me when Joe’s Hardware opened up just outside the main gate in the Canyon Hills Shopping Center.  Lose a screw… no problem, go to Joe’s.  Need a key made… no problem, go to Joe’s.  Busted sprinkler head… no problem, go to Joe’s.

What I like about Joe’s (besides the fact that it’s close) is that it’s small so it’s easy to find stuff and there are always employees walking around the store offering to help you find what you’re looking for.  It’s like an old fashioned hardware store with hometown service.  And they really have a great selection of products like:

  • Hardware
  • Rope / Chain
  • Paint
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Tools and Accessories (Bosch, Makita, DeWalt)
  • Lumber
  • Garden Supplies and Pest Control
  • Door Locks and Hardware
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • And over 50,000 other products

I’m always surprised at how many things I find there.  They even cut house and car keys and repair screens and can custom order all kinds of items.  And I’ve found on several occasions that their prices are the same or better than the big stores.

For instance I went in this morning for some packing tape and PVC sprinkler parts.  I walked in and right away one of the employees approaches me and asks “what can I help you find?”.  Five minutes later, I have what I came for and I’m on my way home.

So the next time the garbage disposal breaks or you need a light bulb, save yourself some time and support a local business – check out Joe’s Hardware.  Store hours are Mon-Sat 8am-7pm and Sundays 9am-5pm.  Want to call ahead and see if they have it in stock?  Call them at 951-244-4563 – they actually answer their phone and will track down what you need.

If you’re in Fallbrook, check out their original store that’s been serving that area since 2005.

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake May 4th-5th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It seems that summer is here and the temperatures are getting hot and that usually means some great outdoor activities in Canyon Lake.  Here’s a rundown of what’s going on this weekend in and around the community as well as few events in other parts of Southern California.

Canyon Lake

Ski Show on the Lake | 5:00 pm Saturday

Ron Stack celebrates his 50th birthday with his friends on the main lake performing stunts for spectators.  Best vantage point is probably the Sunset Beach, Holiday Harbor or the Swimming Pool at the lodge.  The main lake will be closed to boat traffic during the ski exhibition.

Play Day for Special Needs Kids | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday

The Jr. Womens Club is sponsoring a play day for special needs kids at City Hall with games, DJ entertainment, food and more.

Garage Sales

According to The Friday Flyer, there are 6 garage sales on Friday, 7 on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday this weekend.  There is a special garage sale at 22088 Mustang Ct. to raise money for resident Logan Gallagher’s quest to be on the U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team


Wine and Music Festival | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday

This all day event at Vail Lake Resort features world renowned jazz artists, 10 different wineries and multiple food vendors.  Tickets are still available and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County.

San Diego

Fiesta Old Town Cinco De Mayo | Friday – Sunday

A 3 day fiesta with lots of food, entertainment and festivities in Old Town San Diego

Los Angeles

The Big Photo Show | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

This massive event for photography enthusiasts will feature new products, technology, and instructional clinics to sharpen your skills


Wine Country Events in May

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s that time of the year again when nearby Wine Country comes alive.  One of the great things about living in Canyon Lake is having some of the best wineries in California and the West Coast within a 30 minute drive.  Temecula Wine Country features over 35 wineries with over 35,000 acres of vineyards.  The area is known for several award winning wines and the location creates a growing climate that produces a large variety of wines.  According to the Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Temecula growers produce wines varietals ranging from cool-climate grapes such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, through the moderate-climate Bordeaux varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, to the warmer-climate Mediterranean varieties, including Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

There are two events in May that kick off wine season and provide a perfect opportunity to sample some of the local wines:

Temecula Wine and Music Festival | May 4th

temecula wine and music festivalThis 9th annual event features 14 different jazz artists performing all throughout the day.  Grammy nominated artist Brenda Russell will be performing along with several other well known musicians such as Warren Hill, Grammy winner Patrice Rushen, jazz pianist Gregg Karukas, and English guitarist Chris Standring.  This all day event with showcase wines from 10 different wineries including locals Lorimar, Monte De Oro, South Coast, and Wilson Creek.  Lawn seating, reserved seating, and table seating up close to the stage is all available for this one of a kind event.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at Temecula Wine and Music Festival’s website.  The event takes place at beautiful Vail Lake Resort and runs from 11am to 6pm.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival | May 31st-June 2nd

temecula balloon and wine festivalThe 3 day Balloon and Wine Festival truly is a unique event.  For 30 years the community has come together for amazing entertainment, musical artists, and exceptional wines in the Temecula Valley.  Expect to taste amazing wines and beers while you catch artists like Scotty McCreery, All American Rejects, and Berlin.  And of course, the hot air balloons every morning and every night are breathtaking.  In the evening, they tether the balloons but light ’em up and the entire festival grounds glow with dozens of balloons.  If you want to take a morning ride in a balloon and watch the sun come up in the most spectacular fashion, prices start as low as $200 per person.   There is also an amazing selection of food vendors and food trucks every year so you won’t go hungry.   There’s so much to do at the festival and the best place to get all the details is the Balloon and Wine Festival’s website.  The  best advice we have for you is to bring walking shoes and comfortable clothes and probably a sweater or jacket if you plan on staying for the evening festivities.

If you’re planning a trip to wine country soon, here’s a map courtesy of the Temecula Wine Growers Association to help guide you on your tasting tour.  Please remember to taste responsibly.  🙂

* Photos courtesy of Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Balloon and Wine Festival, and Wine and Music Festival

Canyon Lake Real Estate Report – 1st Quarter 2013

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Real Estate

The beginning of 2013 has seen some interesting housing activity in Canyon Lake.  Among the notable trends is the lack of homes for sale and the subsequent rise in prices.  After 6 years of depressed prices and homeselling activity, we’ve suddenly awaken to find out that we’re in a housing shortage.  There’s a couple things going on:

  1. Builders stopped building homes when the market crashed and as such, the housing supply has not kept pace with the growing population of California.
  2. We still have some of the lowest interest rates in history and we are coming off a period of extremely low house prices created by the housing crash – this has buyers out trying to snap up deals.
  3. Investors are snapping up the most deals (with cash in many cases).  Investors are buying homes by the hundreds and some hedge funds are buying them by the thousands.  Some of these home are flips, but most are becoming rentals kept for the long term.
  4. First time homebuyers and folks who did short sales 3-4 years ago are back out in force.

All of this has created a supply and demand problem which has caused a year over year price increase of 12-18% in most of Riverside County.  The surge in housing prices have also caused vacant lots to be popular again as it’s starting to become cost effective to build again.  Here are the numbers for the 1st quarter of 2013 in Canyon Lake:

Currently Active Properties 04/22/13

  • Homes       67     $260,000-$1,660,000
  • Condos       7      $97,900-$425,000
  • Mobiles      3      $149,900-$150,000
  • Lots            25    $28,900-$425,000

Currently Pending Properties 04/22/13

  • Homes       71     $110,000-$1,150,000 *
  • Mobiles      4      $74,000-$169,400
  • Lots             3      $24,500-$129,000

Sold Properties 01/13-03/13

  • Homes       76    $130,000-$928,000
  • Condos       2     $130,000-$222,500
  • Mobiles      1      $95,000
  • Lots            5      $15,000-$35,500

*pending prices based on last listed price, actual sales price not known until sale closes

canyon lake market snapshot

Graph 1st qtr report

Information provided by:

Justin Bevins | Century 21 Full Realty Services
951-326-0521 | DRE #01407424

Data provided by California Regional Multiple Listing Service and National Association of Realtors RPR

Thai Cuisine at it’s Finest – Thai Orchid

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Restaurants

thai orchid restaurant murrietaJust a short drive from Canyon Lake, down the road in Murrieta is a little hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant called Thai Orchid.  I don’t know who is in the kitchen whipping up these amazing Thai dishes, but my guess is that it’s some wise elderly Thai woman with mad cooking skills and an amazing palette, because the food here is some of the best I’ve ever had.  And it figures because the best restaurants are usually the family owned ones with recipes handed down from generation to generation.  Needless to say Thai Orchid does not disappoint when it comes to traditional Thai cuisine.

This is no fancy place with expensive dishes and artwork and fountains, but it is always clean.  In the many times I’ve been there, I’ve always been able to get a table quickly and the servers are always fast to take my order.  What amazes me is that they always remember what I ordered last time.  One time the wife and I went in with another couple and the server remembered what everybody at the table had ordered when we were there a month prior.  That’s customer service.  The food always comes out fast and hot and everybody’s dish comes out within a few seconds of the others, which you may know is no small feet if you’ve eaten at other Thai restaurants.

thai orchis orange chickenThe menu has your usual selection of classic Thai dishes like Tom Yum, Curries, Panang and of course the classic Pad Thai.  Each dish is made to the level of spiciness you request and in my experience, it always comes out consistently perfect.  The Thai Orchid serves beer and wine along with traditional items like Thai Iced Tea, Boba and a delicious ginger tea.  Food prices are very affordable for a sit down dinner and most entree’s clock in at $8-$12.  You Yelp-er’s out there should be pleased with their 4 star rating.  They’re probably the closest and most authentic Thai restaurant near Canyon Lake.

It’s always a quiet experience and occasionally there is sports or something else entertaining on the TV.  They are open for lunch and dinner and they also take reservations which might be a good idea if you have a large party as seating is limited.  Call them at 951-894-2863 if you’re headed down and they’ll save you a table.

Storm Baseball Season in Full Swing

By Justin Bevins | Featured

lake elsinore stormIt’s baseball season again and The Storm are already 12 games in and playing their hearts out.  If you never seen a Storm game, you owe it to yourself to get out to the stadium this season for some great quality, affordable, family entertainment.

The Storm play several days each week and there are always promotions like “2 for 1 Tuesdays” or “Fireworks Fridays” that make it fun and affordable for Canyon Lakers to make a game.

Originlly affiliated with The Angels, The Storm are now a Padres farm team since 2000.  Every season the Boys of Summer entertain the crowds at Pete Lehr Stadium with great baseball.  Storm Stadium seats approximately 8000 people and game attendance is always strong.  The stadium is only 4 miles away from Canyon Lake and the facilities are world class.  It’s a great ball field for watching a game and The Storm organization really excels at entertainment with lots of crowd interaction, great music, fun contests and things to do in the stadium that make it more than just a baseball game.

One of the entertainment highlights is always the team mascot, Thunder.  Thunder and his friends have been entertaining both adults and kids for years and they keep the games light and enjoyable.

The Storm are scheduled to play 140 games this season in the California league against teams like San Jose Giants, Bakersfield Blaze, and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.  For game stats, recaps and the latest news the team website is loaded with a ton of information about the team and the league.

Ticket prices range from $7.00 up to $14.00 depending on seat location with discounts for military and seniors.  Season tickets are very affordable and they have a great Family Fun Pack promotion for 4 box seats, hot dogs, soda, and several other perks for only $60.  For a full listing of promo nights and special events, check The Storm promotions page.

Here’s a few tips to help you make the most of spring games:

  • It’s still spring and nights get a little cool so bring a jacket, sweatshirt, or blanket.
  • If you are bringing the kids, Sunday is the day that kids rule the diamond with all kinds of fun events for kids.
  • Come a little early for best parking and fun pre-game entertainment.

So whether you’re a baseball fan or not, make the short drive from Canyon Lake to give a Storm game a try this spring and expect a great night of entertaining ball and activities.


*Player photo of Robert Perry courtesy of Tom Clifton via Flickr

Canyon Lake Featured on Real Estate Podcast

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Real Estate

Canyon Lake was recently the featured topic on the Southern California Real Estate Podcast.  Hosts David Fitzpatrick and Justin Bevins (Canyon Lake resident) spent time discussing our unique community with local real estate agent and resident Carolyn Bushey.  Lots of great information regarding the amenities and activities about Canyon Lake and some interesting history on our lake.  Listen in to learn more:

Get Rid of Your Junk on Citywide Clean-up Day 4/27

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s often been said that America is the only country where people keep their $40,000 cars outside and keep all their junk in the garage.  If that’s you, then maybe it’s time to do a cleanout on Canyon Lake’s Citywide Clean-up Day April 27th.  Drop off your items at the Canyon Lake Community Church parking lot from 8am to 2pm.  CR&R Disposal is sponsoring the event and here’s a list of acceptable items:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Concrete / Asphalt
  • Lumber / Tree Trimmings (cut and bundled in 4′ lengths)
  • Normal trash
  • E-waste (electronics)

e-waste photoAlthough e-waste is not considered a hazardous material, it does become toxic to the environment as it degrades in our landfills.  Here are a few interesting facts about e-waste:

  • Approximately 80% of electronics are discarded in landfills where they leach off toxic materials like lead.
  • Electronics represent only 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but equals over 70% of overall toxic waste.
  • E-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America and only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  • Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.
  • 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.*

CR&R is not accepting any hazardous materials such as motor oil, batteries, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, light bulbs, cleaning products, chemicals, or pesticides.  These items can be disposed of on the first Saturday of every month from 9am-2pm at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Lake Elsinore (800) 755-8112


*E-waste facts and photo courtesy of DoSomething.org

Junk Tower photo attributed to Sigma via Flickr

Walking, Running, and Cycling for Fitness in Canyon Lake

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Recreation

canyon lake runningStep outside on a spring morning in Canyon Lake and you’ll see that the streets belong to walkers, runners, and cyclists getting their early morning exercise on.  Canyon Lake’s rolling hills make for a challenging and varied course and local residents attack it with vigor.  You’ll see Mommies doing the uphill double stroller push across the causeway and cyclists racing against golf carts.  Some residents make fitness a high priority and often you’ll see the same faces out there every day pounding the pavement around the community.

It’s no surprise that Canyon Lake is a fit community given that most of our amenities center around recreation.  The streets make a great place for training and fortunately we have a nice wide bike lane that is easily shared by cyclists, runners, and walkers.  And even when they’re out there huffin’ and puffin’ most athletes still have enough breath to say hello or give a friendly nod to other pedestrians making the exertion a little more enjoyable.

If you’re thinking of putting in some miles this spring, here’s some approximate distances to help you set your course:

  • Main Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.4 miles
  • East Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.7 miles
  • North Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.9 miles
  • Continental Drive 1 mile
  • Longhorn Drive 1.7 miles
  • Evans Park West also features a walking/running trail

If you’re looking for a few events to test your fitness level, the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club sponsors the annual “Fit Community” 5k & 10k walk/run and the annual “Tour de Canyon Lake” bike ride.  The club also sponsors and participates in several other events annually including triathlons and duathlons.  You can get more information about the club, group training and events through their website.

If you plan to exercise on the streets of Canyon Lake, here’s a few things to remember:

  1. Wear bright or reflective clothing and be aware of your surroundings; you’re sharing the roads with motorists and you never know if they’re paying attention, so protect yourself by being alert and visible.
  2. If your exercising with Fido, keep him on a leash so for his safety as well as yours and others sharing the path.
  3. As temperatures warm up into summer carry water and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke and other heat related illnesses.
  4. If your cycling, be sure to wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road to protect yourself and make drivers aware of your presence.
  5. Carry your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.

Go at your own pace and most of all have fun.  We’ll see you in the lane!


* runner’s leg image courtesy of eHow


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