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The Thimble Club Float “Our Heroes” was the winner of the President’s Trophy.
The Thimble Club Float “Our Heroes” was the winner of the President’s Trophy.

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Anza Electric Co-op General Meeting - July 19 - Special speaker State Assemblyman Brian Jones will be attending this meeting. Also, if you are a local business and would like to become a Co-op Connection Business, now is the time. Co-op Connection Businesses will be able to host an information table at the meeting too. More information can be found in the July Currents Magazine and here in the AVO.

Anza Racing Mowers Race - Sat July 19 - There will be a drivers meeting at 10 a.m., and races start at 11 a.m. The race will be held behind Diner 371 on Hwy 371 in Anza. If you are looking for information to race you can contact Don Watson at or call (818)-384-2636. Men, women and young people are welcome to compete. Bring chair and shade. Spectating is free and pit passes are $1.

M-COR’s Food & Garden Group-Garden Tour-Saturday July 26- The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Julie Van der Linden Residence. Bring a potluck dish to share and an eating kit (optional but it is green and handy and helps us not have too many dishes at the end). We will be touring a garden and greenhouse. For more information, contact Julie at (951)-852-1046.

M-COR’s Crop Swap – This weekly event will be held every Friday at 5:30 p.m. into the fall at the gazebo next to Whiskey River Pizza restaurant just off Hwy 371 on Bahrman Rd in the township of Anza. This is a bartering affair, and no cash changes hands. To learn more, read the AVO article “‘Crop Swap’ season returns to Anza” at

July --Check out below for all the monthly Community happenings and organization meetings

Friends Uniting Neighbors or the FUN Group -- Group will be providing free community meals the last Sunday of each month. All are welcome-- donations of time, money or anything else are always accepted. The FUN group – as they like to be called – gather up supplies donated by individuals, local merchants, restaurants and churches to prepare the best quality and tastiest meal they can for all who attend. To get involved call Donald Seddon at 760-390-5537 or Terry Seddon at 760-695-7452. To read about them in the AVO, go to

The FUN Group - is also providing meals on Mondays and Wednesdays during the week to those in need.

The FUN Group - have also started a non-denominational bible study in conjunction with the Living Hope Church of Anza. This breakfast buffet and bible study will take place at 37400 Hill St off Mitchell near Hamilton High School in Anza. Just look for the sign. The group will meet between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. There usually between 15 and 20 people that show up. The setting and format for the discussion will be very casual, and there will be lots of food and coffee. All are welcome.

Lions Gymkhana – Gymkhana is on the first Saturday of each month from May through October except in July, when it will be on the 12th due to the parade being on the first Saturday. Event takes place at the Lion’s Gymkhana field on Kirby in Anza--sign ups start as early as 3 p.m. and the event starts at 4 p.m. Call or text Lion Roland Vellanoweth at (951)-662-9166.

Anza Valley Property Owners Rights Team: AVPORT – The board would like to invite you to participate in this process of “Citizens assisting Citizens.” At this time we are in need of assistance from attorneys, licensed contractors, engineers and general volunteers for stuffing and addressing envelopes. All assistance is greatly appreciated and all of us are important to make this work. You can contact us at (951)-389-4884 or email us at Anza, AVPORT Board -Michael Machado,President; Robyn Garrison,Vice President; Chrystal Walls, Treasurer; Pamela Machado, Secretary; Steve Packard, Oversight; Alan Thomas, Lead Inspector; Jeff Walls, Legal Analyst and Research. Visit the website at Read AVPORT’s letter to the editor of introduction at

Low cost water testing at Swap Meet first Saturday of month-If you are concerned about your well water quality there are low cost tests available. Just visit Merle Johnson’s booth at the Swap Meet on the first Saturday of the month. If you have questions you can reach Johnson at 951-970-3938.

Park And Little Red School House Improvement Meetings - 5:30 p.m. is when these meetings take place. The meetings are monthly at the Little Red School House on the last Thursday of each month. The primary objective is to engage the community at large to help develop, plan and execute park or building clean-ups and repairs, in addition to fundraisers for the ACIL and other community charity events. The park is located in the area of Highway 371 and Contreras Road, in the heart of Anza.

4-H Meetings – Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month (except February) at 6:30 p.m. in the Anza Community Hall. 4-H is a youth organization for youth 5-19 years old that has many different projects that the youth can become involved in. High Country 4-H is open to children living in Anza, Aguanga and surrounding areas. For further information please contact Community Leaders Wanda and Evan Tiss at (951)-763-0312.

Senior lunches at the Anza Community Hall are starting up again - Lunches take place every Tuesday of the month and the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall. If you are new and would like to join please call the Pechanga Kitchen at 1-800-732-8805 Ext. 4520.

Anza’s Mormon Church weekly happenings -Sunday Sacrament -10 a.m,; Sunday School- 11 a.m.; Priesthood/Relief Society - 12 p.m.; Wednesday Scouts - 6 p.m.Wednesday; Youth night 7 pm; Contact Ruiz at (951)-445-7180 or Nathan at (760)-399-0727 for more information.

Free Exercise Class open to the public - Adding new days starting Feb 24 – Mondays and Wednesday mornings 8 a.m. and evening class on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Mormon Church south of Hwy 371 on Contreas Rd next to the park. “This is a great class we have been holding since the beginning of summer and have great success. There are no obligations,” said Alicia, one of the class members. For questions call Alicia at 619-829-3402.

Anza Valley Artists Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month – These meetings are held in different homes. There is potluck luncheon before each meeting commences. There is often a guest speaker. For more information on joining the club, please contact President Jill Roberts at 858-774-5855 (cell) or 951-763-2570.

Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce- To become a member or to learn more, go to: or call (951)-290-2822.

VGC Women’s - Thursday at 7 p.m. - Call Valley Gospel Chapel for more information at 951-763-4622. Study continues on prayer; all women are welcome.

VARSITY YOUTH CHURCH-Thursday - Hangout starts at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Valley Gospel Chapel (VGC) for all High School Students. Hangout time includes food, fun, fellowship, games and music. Call (951)-763-4622 if you have questions. VGC is on Chapman Road in the Terwilliger area. Go south on Kirby from Hwy 371 to Terwilliger Road then right on Bailey and left on to Chapman. The church is on the right.

AV Christian Men Service Club – The club holds their food distribution outreach, USDA inclusive, every 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Anza Community Hall from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Abled volunteer’s skills needed – bilingual, adding, spelling, reading and being able to carry weight maybe required. Volunteers receive first pick of food for their help. Contact Jeff Crawley at (951)-763-1257.

AV Christian Men Service Club - Club holds their food distribution outreach, USDA inclusive, every 3rd Wed. of each month at the Anza Community Hall from 9:00am-12:00pm. Abled Volunteer’s Skills needed bilingual, adding, spelling, reading able to carry weight maybe required. Volunteers receive first pick of food for their help. Contact Jeff Crawley at @ 951-763-1257.

Monthly Christian Men’s Breakfast – Meetings take place the fourth Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Breakfasts rotate to different locations, so call for time and place.

Free Mobile Health Clinic- Every third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Non-insured may only be in the RV in Halls parking lot or inside the Anza Community Hall.

M-Cor General meetings – Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse in the heart of Anza -Visit all the M-Cor news and events, as there are many. Contact-email or call Annika Knoppel at 951-551-0940.

Cottonwood Country Council Meeting- Second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Old Cottonwood School House or Keller-Harris Community Center Sage Rd in Aguanga, CA 92536 near Cottonwood Elementary in Aguanga on Sage Rd. Come get involved in the community. President is Jeff Marana and the yearly due is $5.

Cottonwood Country Council family fun movie and snack night – Movie nights take place the first Saturday of the month- Doors open at 5 p.m. Don’t forget to get your movie pack; hotdog meal, popcorn, for a nominal donation. Movie is free and starts at 6 p.m. in the Old School House near Cottonwood Elementary. The council raises money at this and various events to fund projects for the local kids attending Cottonwood and Scholarships for graduating seniors from Hamilton that attended Cottonwood.

Anza Community Hall Assoc. (ACHA) Membership & Rental Info- Meetings take place the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Board business meeting takes place the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. These meetings are general members meetings and the public is always welcome. No member input on board meeting dates. Members of the community are like shareholders, and membership and swapmeets are the main way the hall pays the bills. No government funds are allocated. Be a voting member, make a difference and receive discounts off of Hall Rentals, swapmeet booths and save on propane gas. Join for $20 for a Family and $35 for a Business per year. For your next event check out the new special hourly rates, call ACHA Membership Chairman, ‘Taz’ Hofstot at (714)-392-4069, or contact him via e-mail at for more information.

Swap Meet at the Anza Community Hall- Early morning to early afternoon. Meets the first and third Saturdays of each month, weather permitting. Vendors wanted for both indoor and outdoor booths. For information call Jose Barragan at 760-349-9067

Cahuilla Light House Fellowship- Breakfast and Bible study– public welcome - dark in July. The Bible study takes place the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Tribal hall below the Casino in Anza. Breakfast is served. For questions call Nella Heredia at (951)-763-0856

Civil Air Patrol- Squadron 59 is looking for new members of all ages. They offer many opportunities. If this interests you please contact the squadron commander Major Dennis Sheehan (951)-403-4940 who is from the Anza area. To learn more and see the club’s meeting schedule go to

Thimble Club- Meets the first Thursday of the month come and enjoy lunch ($5) and more. Dark in July. There will be an August meeting at the Hamilton Museum ground for a potluck. They meet at the Anza Community Hall and lunch starts at noon with a meeting after. The Thimble Club is a local philanthropic women’s group that was started by the local farmer’s and rancher’s wives more than 100 years ago. Over the year these ladies changed and influenced the lives of the people and the communities of the Anza Valley. Join in the proud tradition of the ladies of the Thimble Club -living in the community, serving the community. No sewing required. Call Vice President Shaaron Chambers at (619)-206-1268 for more info.

Anza Valley Lions Club- First Monday of the month is when meetings take place and all are welcome. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. for $10 at the Anza Community Hall. Lions always serve the community and organize some of the most important events in Anza such as the Gymkhanas and the Anza Days Weekend and events. Men and women are invited to become members – come visit. Call Lion Bob Love at 951-544-5907 for details. Check them out on Facebook.

Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce- Join and support your community businesses. AVCC Board meetings are at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month except in July. AVCC Mixers are usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call (951)-290-AVCC (2822) or go to

Latin Class- If you are interested in taking this class call Nancy West for more information. The class is open to all ages. West can be reached at (760)-213-0908.

Fit after 50 - Free Exercise Class every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Anza Community Hall. Chair aerobics helps with coordination and balance and increases muscle tone – there is no jumping. Wear gym shoes and bring water. Leader is Joe Volkman (951)763-0827 and assistant is Reba Schulz (951)763-2254.

Anza Quilter’s Club- Club meets at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Anza on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Fire Explorer Program – Program meetings take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. every second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month. Located at Fire Station 29 in Anza. Call (951)-763-5611 for more information.

Boy Scouts – Cubs Clubs meet every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m and Boy Scouts meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Mormon Church on Contreras Rd, South of Hwy 371. For more information call Richard Hotchkiss at (951) 551-3154.

Boys Scouts-Cubs also meet at Lake Riverside – Call Ginny Kinser for details at (909)-702-7902.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings take place Wednesday evenings at 8 56095 Pena Rd. in Anza at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. For more info call (951)-763-4226.

ALANON – Meetings take place Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meeting location is at 56095 Pena Rd. in Anza at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. For more information, call Carol at (951)-763-1022.

AA Men’s Meeting at the Anza Community Hall – Thursdays 7:00 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall.

Grief Share – If anyone would like to attend a new session of grief share, please call the church at 763-4226 to preregister. Meetings are held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Grief Share is designed to minister to people grieving the death of a loved one. Through videos and discussion we learn to walk the journey of grief and support each other along the way. It is a place for hurting people to find healing and hope.

The Most Excellent Way – A Christian center recovery program- for all kinds of addiction. This is a court approved program and childcare is provided. Also, help with transportation is available. Program meets Fridays at 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at 57085 Horton Hills Rd. Call Jessica at 951-541-5356 for more information.

Hamilton Museum – Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum is located at 39991 Contreras Rd in Anza. Phone: (951)-763-1350

New M-COR Reference Library – Open Fridays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at 56030 Us Highway 371 in Anza. Library is behind the Overland Realty in Anza. Call Annika Knoppel at (951)-551-0940 or email for more information.

The Park & the Little Red School House – In the heart of town are for rent. They are cared for by the Anza Civic Improvement League (ACIL). Membership helps pay for the upkeep of the park. It’s only $10 for an individual, $18 for a family, or $35 for a business membership. You can conveniently pay online via Paypal, or download the form and mail in your check. Mail membership to PO Box 391000, Anza, CA 92539. Call 951-330-4411 LM . To pay online/learn more- Anza Civic Improvement League (ACIL) was incorporated in 1964. The current ACIL board is Bob Giffin,President; Vini Contreas,Vice President; Carol Ann Smith,Treasurer; Annika Knoppel,Secretary; Merrie Kraatz,Director; and Joy Edwards, Director.
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