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April-Check out below for all the monthly regular happenings

Storm Baseball Field Trip April 19th- meet at the Anza Community Hall parking lot- bus leaves promptly at 4pm so come early. Baseball field trip is sponsored by High Country Boys & Girls Club. Buses will take the group to and from the game. Tickets and transportation to the game and a meal are free to kids and their adult chaperone. There are only 115 tickets for this trip. Questions can be fielded to Robyn Garrison at ERA Realty in Anza.

FTH Rummage Sale -April 24-26th, hours 8am-4pm, during those hours donated items are welcome- no electronics or furniture. Pull Pork Sandwiches are on the menu- yum.

First Lions’ Gymkhana -May 3th, Sat. at 9am -at the Lions’ Equestrians Field off Kirby. From Hwy 371 turn South onto Kirby Rd. Questions call Lion Roland Vellanoweth 951-662-9166.

Redshank Riders Pack Clinic - May 4, in Aguanga. This clinic is open to the public and should be informative as well as fun. Cost is $5.00 for the public and free to BCHC members. For information contact Mike Lewis (951) 760- 9255

Empty Bowls Fundraising Event - Friday May 9th, at 5:30pm at Hamilton High School in the multipurpose room. Hamilton’s Ceramics Club is hosting the empty Bowls Event. All proceeds from the event will go back to the Anza community needs. To help the poor and religious groups who help others. In the past, businesses have donated all sorts of items to Hamilton High School for events to help with the cost. If you are interested, please drop off donation(s) at the High School and tell them it is for the Empty Bowls Event. More info to come.

Poker Night -May 10th, 6-10pm to be held at the Anza Community Hall in Anza. This is a joint fundraiser for the Hall and Park-Members of each ACHA and ACIL organization will receive a cut in, at a discounted price. Purchase of a ticket gets you chips and a meal at the Taco Bar. There will be a no-host bar and wonderful prize and raffle opportunities. Member’s tickets are $20, non-members- $30. Tickets must be pre-purchased by May 6th. To join either group see info in the AVO’s upcoming event area. Tickets can be purchased at Lorrain’s Pets Supply at the west end of town, phone 951 763-0033 or by calling Don Watson 818- 384-2636. Dealers are needed- call Bob at 951-330-4411

Anza Racing Mowers- May 10th, 12 pm, behind Diner 371 off Hwy 371 in the town of Anza. Free viewing from your tailgate or bring a chair and sit in the shade of the cottonwoods. A Pit Pass can be purchased for a nominal fee. All ages race both men and women. If you want to get into racing or the race, contact Don Watson 818.384.2636 cell

Cowboy Days Fundraiser- on May 10th -*Enter early for Competitions (*different fees apply); *Mounted Shooters, *Team Roping, *Gymkhana, *horseshoes event -to benefit Cottonwood Art and Music Program at Twin Creeks Ranch gates will open at 7am and close when we are done they say. Day of the event; Spectator Fee $5, 16 and under free. There will be family fun, food, music, vendors. Historical Twin Creek Ranch is located at 44375 Highway 79 in Aguanga. For sponsorship, general information and team roping call Chris Thompson 951-290-1513, for mounted shooting competition call Susan Blankfeld 951-704-9396, for donation, sponsorship, volunteer information and vendor opportunities call Sacha Hope 951-809-5903. Watch for upcoming news

Anza’s 7th Annual Earth Day - Saturday May 24th in Minor Park in the heart of Anza. They are looking for earth friendly vendors. Proceeds from vendor fees will go towards maintenance and upkeep of the Little Red Schoolhouse and Minor

They will also be hosting another Wild Flower Composition competition in the Little Red School House. If you are interested please contact the committee by calling 951-389-0080 or email

AVC’s 4th Famous Annual Ride on the Rez- May 24th - the Ride leaves from the Costo’s Ranch on the Historic Cahuilla Indian Reservation off Terwilliger Road. Ride starts 10am with lunch on the trail the ride is 4 hours long across the reservation. BBQ dinner back at ranch around 4pm. Cost of ride and dinner $35 dinner only $10. Pie auction raffles the Cowboy music by Michael Thomas and Craig Downey. RSVP by May 19th, call Tom and Diann Parr 951 294-0293 or Renette Davies at 951 763 5655.

Community happenings and organizations-

Anza Valley Property Owners Rights Team: AVPORT- 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 Sat. 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 - 5:30pm will meet monthly at the Little Red School House on the last Thursday of each month. The prime 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 on Highway 371 at Contreras Road, in the heart of

4-H Meetings are usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except February) at 6:30pm 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 the Anza and 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: Every Tues of the month and the 2nd and fourth Thursday of the month. 11:30-12:30 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 am; Sunday School- 11 am; Priesthood/Relief Society 12 pm; Wednesday Scouts 6 pm-Wednesday; Youth night 7 pm; Contact- Ruiz at 951 445-7180 or Nathan at 760 399-0727 for more info. See Free Exercise Class info below.

Free Exercise Class open to the public - adding a new days started Feb 24th- Mondays and Wednesday mornings 8am. Evening class on Thursday and 5:30pm 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,” says Alicia one of the class members. Questions call Alicia at 619 829-3402

Anza Valley Artists Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month and are held in different homes. At each meeting a potluck luncheon is served, then there is a short meeting, often there is a guest speaker. For more information on joining the club, please contact Pres. Jill Roberts at 858-774-5855 cell or 951-763-2570.

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

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

VGC Women’s - Thurs at 7pm- call Valley Gospel Chapel for more info 951-763-4622. Study continues on prayer; all women welcome.951-763-4622

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

Western Eagle Food Box Project program at VGC-$25 a box- once a month on the first Tuesday of the month --prepay- cash only- at church -4-6pm- the next day on the first Wednesday of the month pick up the order on -4-6pm. You can also order and prepay for food boxes at Lorraine’s Pet Supply in Town- cash only, up to the Tuesday the church collects funds for the following Wed. for info call Valley Gospel Chapel (VCG) for more info call 951-763-4622. Open to all.

AV Christian Men Service 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 4th Saturday of each month, 9 AM Breakfast rotate different locations call for time and place.

Free Mobile Health Clinic- every 3rd Wed. of the month-9-2pm- no apt. needed. Non-insured only -may be in RV in Halls parking lot or inside the Anza Community

M-Cor General meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. 6:30 PM at the Little Red Schoolhouse in the heart of Anza -visit for all the M-Cor news and events there are many-Contact-email or call Annika Knoppel at 951-551-0940.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Wednesday Bible study, at 10am- church is located at 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Call 951-763-4226.

Cottonwood Country Council Meeting- second Monday of the month at 7pm at the Old Cottonwood School House or Keller-Harris Community Center Sage Rd Aguanga, CA 92536 near Cottonwood Elementary in Aguanga on Sage Rd. Come get involved in the community. President Jeff Marana - Yearly dues $5.

Cottonwood Country Council family fun movie and snack night -first Sat of the month- doors open at 5pm don’t forget to get your movie pack; hotdog meal, popcorn, for a nominal donation Movie is free and starts at 6pm 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

Anza Community Hall Assoc. (ACHA) Membership & Rental Info- Meetings 1st Wed. of the month at 7:30 - board business meeting- 3rd Thursday of the month 7:30 -general members meeting- public always welcome. No member input on board meeting dates. Members of the community are like a shareholder, membership and Swap meets 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, Swap meet 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 contacted via e-mail to:, to join or for more info.

Swap Meet at the Anza Community Hall- Early morning to early afternoon. Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, weather permitting. Vendors wanted- indoor and outdoor booths. For information call Jose Barragan at 760-349-9067.

To Rent the Anza Community Hall Call Paige Armstrong at 951-260-6734

Cahuilla Light House Fellowship-Breakfast and Bible Study-Public welcome - First Sat. of the month at 10am held at the Tribal hall below the Casino in Anza. Breakfast served questions call Nella Heredia at 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 clubs meeting schedule go to

Thimble Club-Meets the first Thursday of the month come and enjoy lunch ($5) and more. They meet at the Anza Community Hall lunch starts at noon meeting after. The Thimble Club is a local philanthropic women’s group that was started by the local farmer’s/rancher’s wives over 100 years ago. Over the year these ladies changed and influence 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 VP Shaaron Chamber 619 20-1268 for more info.

Anza Valley Lions Club- First Monday of the month open meeting all welcome dinner served at 7pm $10 at the Anza Community Hall. Lions always serve the community and organize some of the most important events in Anza the Gymkhanas and the Anza Days Weekend and events. Men and women membership are invited to become members -come visit. Call Lion Bob Love- Membership 951 544-5907 for details. Check them out on Facebook

Anza Valley Chamber of Commerce- Join and support your community business’. AVCC Board meetings - 6 PM on the first Thursday of each month except in July. AVCC Mixers - Usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted. 951-290-AVCC (2822) Go to

Latin Class- If you are interested in taking this class call Nancy West for more information open to all ages. 760-213-0908

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

Anza Quilter’s Club- meets at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Anza on the 1st and 3rd Tues. 9:30am to noon.

Fire Explorer Program-Tuesday at 6:30pm.Meet 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Tuesday of the month. Located at Fire Station 29 in Anza. Call 763-5611 for more info.

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

Boys Scouts-Cubs - also meet at Lake Riverside call Ginny Kinser for details 909 702-7902

Alcoholics Anonymous - Wednesday evenings at 8pm. It is on 56095 Pena Rd., in Anza at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. For more info call 763-4226.

ALANON- Tuesday evenings, 6: 30pm-8:00pm.It is on 56095 Pena Rd., in Anza at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. For more info call Carol (951) 763-1022

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

The Most Excellent Way- a Christian center recover program- for all kinds of addiction -court approved childcare provided- help with transportation available -Meets Fridays at 7pm-8:30pm at 57085 Horton Hills Rd. New leadership- call Jessica at 951-541-5356

Hamilton Museum- Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-2pm, 39991 Contreras Rd, Anza, CA 92539. Phone: 951-763-1350

New M-COR Reference Library- Open Fridays- 2pm-5pm, 56030 Us Highway 371, Anza. Behind the Overland Realty in Anza. Annika Knoppel at 951-551-0940 or email

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. January is time to renew your membership!-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, Joy Edwards-Director
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