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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around Town

By Elle | Canyon Lake Events

Put on your party hat(s) and dancing shoes for these upcoming New Year’s Eve Celebrations!  The only problem you’ll have is picking out which one you’ll be going to!

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Light Up Your New Year’s at the Lighthouse Restaurant right here in Canyon Lake!  From 8:00 pm until 1:00 am on the Eve of the New Year, you can enjoy libations and dancing to a live DJ’s sounds.  Hors d”oeuvres will include shrimp cocktail, vegetable crudité, pesto bruschetta, cheese plates, fruit displays, stuffed mushrooms and Italian sausage, mini beef and chicken teriyaki, pot stickers, stuffed jalapeño poppers, mini assorted dessert choices and a complimentary champagne toast.  Tickets for this event is $30 per individual.  You can pick up your tickets at the Lighthouse Restaurant and make sure to call 951.244.6841 ext 771 to make reservations.

A Senior New Year’s Eve ~ Canyon Lake

Another Canyon Lake New Year’s Eve Party is the Senior’s New Year’s Eve Party celebrating New Year’s Eve on Central Time!  The party starts at 5:00 pm and held at the Canyon Lake Senior Center.  There will be music, fun and food for a ticket price of $25 per person.  Tickets are available at the Association’s Member Services Office.

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Pepe’s Mexican New Year’s ~ Canyon Lake

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina just outside of the Main Gate here in Canyon Lake is hosting their New Year’s Eve Party where seating times are at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm (they ask that when you make your reservations to specify your seating time).  There will be dancing music provided by “On The Roxx” so get ready to dance the night away, too!  There are 3 different packages to choose from.  Package 1 is drinks from 9:00 pm until midnight with a glass of champagne to toast in the New Year for $50.  Package 2 includes prime rib or chicken cordon bleu dinner in the dining room and reserved seating in the bar, drinks from 9:00 pm until midnight with a glass of champagne for the toast.  Price of package 2 is $75.  Package 3 is $100 per person which includes all of package 2 with your personal cocktail server for drinks in the bar.  Each of these packages does not include the price of shots.  Please note that when making reservations, your credit card will be charged and there will not be any refunds.  Call and make your reservations by dialing 951.244.7373.

The Sports Stop New Year’s Eve Buffet ~ Canyon Lake

A buffet on New Year’s Eve?  What a great idea!  Nonstop fun and nonstop food at the Sports Stop!  The buffet will include fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail, tri-tip, chicken marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, salads, desserts including cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce AND triple chocolate brownies!  Brunch starts at 5:30 pm and price per person is $18.99.  Brunch also includes midnight champagne to ring in the New Year!  So think about partying it up at The Sports Stop for New Year’s Eve!  After all, it’s just outside the Main Gate here in Canyon Lake!

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An Old Town NYE Celebration at Baily’s ~ Old Town Temecula

Baily’s Nightclub New Year’s Eve Bash will be a night full of fun with two levels of people, three full bars and music from DJ Ruffnek and DJ A-Lyfe, Gogos Jazmine, Felicia & Kimmy Jayy!  There will be party favors and champagne for the New Year’s Toast.  It will be an “unforgettable experience” as their invitation states!  Presales tickets are available for $20 per person ($30 per couple as an online sale from Dec 15-28).  Click here for presale tickets if you’re interested!

Winery NYE Choices ~ Temecula

Head down to Winery Town in Temecula for a New Year’s Eve Celebration of fun!  Here are just a couple of wineries to check out for New Year’s Eve!

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starts at 7:00 pm with the beautiful music of Missy Andersen.  Hang out with friends and the fun Miramonte staff and close in on 2014 til midnight!  There is no cover charge for this event so make sure to come early and grab yourself a table under the stars (by a heater).  🙂  You’ll for sure have a grand ol’ time!

  • Wilson Creek Winery

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has their very own Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Celebration where you can boogie the night away with Jimmy Jones and the Disco Inferno.  There will be lots of food stations set up for you party animals as well as an open bar, live entertainment such as go-go dancers, a DJ and a countdown to midnight!  Oh, not to mention, there will be champagne, too!  We can’t forget that!  Tickets are $190 and $170 for Wine Club Members.  Check out the Wilson Creek Winery’s website to make reservations.  Please note the prices above do not include tax or gratuity.

reservedTesoro’s Italian Cuisine’s Dance and Foodie NYE Celebration ~ Murrieta

Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year closer to Canyon Lake and enjoy a great sit-down meal?  How about Tesoro Italian Cuisine in Murrieta?  Tesoro’s New Year’s Eve Celebration starts at 8:00 pm and includes a full course special dinner and champagne to toast in 2014.  The appetizer choices are fried calamari and chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in maple bacon.  Salad will be strawberry spinach drizzled with a champagne vinaigrette.  Entree choices are filet mignon and fresh lobster or prime rib or Chilean sea bass with champagne risotto and asparagus and to finish you off, killer dessert choices of tiramisu and pumpkin cheesecake to boot!  Dance to jazzy Motown music played by TMK and the Allstars all night.  Prices are $80 per person (prepaid), $85 at the door (the night of).  Call for reservations 951.609.1266.  $40 deposit is required to hold your reservations.  The venue is quaint and small, so make sure to get your name on the list to ensure you get a good seat!

We’re sure there are more parties around town that you can choose from, but these are the ones that we knew about and wanted to share.

Let’s keep in mind….cabride

Now, we all know the goal is to have a great time ringing in the New Year, but let’s make sure to stay safe and sound.  So, please don’t drink and drive and write down these numbers in case you need some transportation after a night of celebrating.

  • Let’s Roll Taxi ~ 951.223.8294 (Canyon Lake)
  • Blue Crown City Cab ~ 951.973.6011 (Menifee)
  • Yellow Cab ~ 951.296.0007 (Murrieta)
  • Finish Line Taxi ~ 951.473.0333 (Murrieta)
  • Blacks Taxi ~ 951.551.8847 (Temecula)
  • Red Top City Cab ~ 951.694.3333 (Temecula)

Have a great New Year, all and let’s make 2014 an even better one!

 

 

 

Last Minute & Unique Ideas for Christmas Gifts

By Elle | Canyon Lake Business

Are you a last minute shopper?  I think we all have had our share of the rush to get a present at least once or twice in our lifetimes!  So, we’ve compiled a few ideas to help you get the job done…..and fast!  We’ve also added some unique to the area gift ideas in case you are wanting to give that special person a present that is more relevant or personal to their taste(s).

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Just outside the Main Gate in Canyon Lake, you can stop by Stater Bros.  They’ve got a huge array of gift card choices that include Disney, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen and if you’re not able to decide; they’ve also got American Express and VISA gift cards in various amounts.

Flowers for the Ladies

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While you’re at Stater Bros, they’ve got a floral department like no other grocery store.  There are bouquets of loose flowers, bud vase arrangements and silk floral pieces you can choose from.  You’ll also find some small potted green live plants that are decorative and appealing to the eye.  What makes Stater Bros.’ floral department unique is you’ll also find some home decorations which would make for great Christmas present ideas, too.

Themed for the Holidays

Looking for a themed present for a Christmas Tree decorating party or a themed decoration for a friend’s rooster-inspired kitchen?  Take a short jaunt over to Just 4 Gifts:  Whimsical Gifts in the Canyon Lake Towne Center just outside the Main Gate.  They have a huge collection of gifts for all occasions and they are running a 30-50% Christmas Sale which gives you more money left over for more gift-buying!

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If you’ve got a golfer on the list, then the Canyon Lake Golf Pro Shop may have just the right thing.  Golf wear for men and women of all sizes are available at the Pro Shop, golf caps, golf accessories and sometimes you’ll even find some golf-inspired decorations for the home!  Any golf enthusiast would appreciate any of the choices found at the Canyon Lake Golf Pro Shop.

Foodie Fest

Locally, the Canyon Lake Lighthouse Restaurant offers gift cards that you can present to someone on your list who’s a known foodie or food-aholic.  There’s also Kelly’s Diner and Hana Sushi at the Canyon Hills Shopping Center and they also have gift cards available.  You can’t go wrong presenting these local restaurant treats as a gift because there are times when you’re just not in the mood to drive too far and eating locally makes it so much easier on us “lazy” people PLUS when it’s a free meal, it’s even more of a treat and the food is even more delicious because it was a gift!

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Know anyone who likes to dabble in a glass of wine at times?  Temecula Valley Wine Country just down the I-15 has a whole array of wineries to choose from!  Miramonte Winery has a Sangria Club that turns even the most macho wine enthusiasts into sangria-obsessed groupies.  Oak Mountain Winery is known for their award winning flavored champagne and for their first Sunday of the Month Pet Fairs.  You might want to check out their Wine Club for a pet-loving wine dabbler.

Adrenaline Junkie

Ahhh, the joy of doing something wild and crazy is a gift that adrenaline junkie in your life will never forget.  How about a sky diving package?  There’s SkyDive Perris and they’ve got these December Specials available.

  • Fly with Santa Special for $100 ~ Four wind tunnel flights and a DVD of your tunnel flights and a Christmas stocking (can be shared with two people)
  • Holiday Special $234 ~ A tandem jump and a basic video of your tandem jump
  • Then, there’s the Sensory Overload (yikes!) Special for $279 which includes two wind tunnel flights, a tandem jump and a basic video of your tandem jump
  • Santa Deluxe Package for $303 ~ Two wind tunnel flights, DVD of your tunnel flights, a tandem jump, a basic video of your tandem jum and 10% off at the Bombshelter Bar and Grill

Wow, that takes the wind out of me….  Just kidding!  Gift certificates are available at 1-800-SKYDIVE or 951-657-1664.

Alright, another physically enduring gift that’s just down the road is Pole Position Gift Passes.  If you know someone who likes to drive fast and has fantasies of driving NASCAR, then gifting a session or two at Pole Position would be a great gift idea.  What they’ll get is go-cart racing in an indoor racetrack.  You can present someone with a pass for a session(s) or a membership!  Memberships start in the $40 range which might be the way to go.  Check out their packages at their website.  There are locations close by in Murrieta and Corona, too!

So, that about sums it up for last minute and unique gift ideas!  Hope it sparks you to get out and do some shopping!  We’re headed out to finish some of our last minute shopping ourselves right after this post!

Merry Christmas all!

Things To Do Around Canyon Lake Sept 21-22

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Canyon Lake Events

Cooler weekends in Canyon Lake are here and there are lots of great things to do in and around the community.  The water is still warm so daytime skiing or paddle boarding are still great options or grab the family and hang out in the park or at the beach… or try one of our event suggestions below.

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Little Shop of Horrors | 7:30 pm Saturday

Indian Beach comes alive with the Canyon Lake Community Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Enjoy a great night of entertainment under the stars this weekend or next.  Call 951-746-4619 for tickets.  Arrive early to catch the pre-show and get good seats.  General admission tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students, and children.

Oktoberfest Canyon LakeOktoberfest | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday

This annual Chamber of Commerce event is always fun with some great food, drinks, and entertainment and the ever popular American Bavarian Brass Band.  Bring your lederhosen; we’ll see you at the Towne Center.

Canyon Lake Farmer’s Market | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Sunday

Every Sunday in the back of the Towne Center, catch local artisans, vendors, and farmers with all kinds of good stuff. Check page A-14 of this week’s Friday Flyer for a coupon.  Come out and support local business.

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Missy ANderson MiramonteMissy Anderson at Miramonte Winery | Saturday 7:00 pm

The queen of all local soul, rhythm and blues never disappoints.  She’ll be groovin’ outdoors on the patio starting at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  Get the full scoop on Missy at her website.  Try some great Miramonte wines and if you’re hungry, order the Charcuterie Board – the pickled pepper and tapenade are delicious.

 

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Survivor Mud Run | Saturday 9:00 am

It’s not to late to sign up for this dirty event and if you’re not in great shape it’s ok because there is a short 5k course. Known for one of the longest slip n’ slides in North America that empty right into the lake, this mud run is always fun.  If getting dirty is not your thing, then just come down to storm stadium and cheer on the filthy people coming into the stadium… it’s cheap entertainment.

 

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Carlsbad Music Festival | Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dubbed ” Adventurous Music by the Beach”, this eclectic musical event is sure to expand your harmonic horizons.  Most events take place at Magee Park.  It’s a pretty short walk to the beach, so if you don’t like what you hear, you can always stick your toes in the sand.

 

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LA County Fair | Until September 29th

If you missed the San Diego and OC Fairs this year, it’s okay because you still have the LA County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex until the end of the month.  Great onstage entertainment, delicious food and plenty of animal and people watching.

Wine Country Events in May

By CanyonLakeSoCal | 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