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Board Member President Bill Adams, center, calls the meeting to order. There are 147 members on record in attendance lt-rt Legal Counsel Robert Hargreaves, Board Member Harold Burdick, Board Member Michael Machado, Board Member  Ryall Steward, Board Member Bill Adams, General Manager Kevin Short, Auditor Jarrod Bryant, Board Member Paul Elmore,  Board Member Joel Carlisle, and Board Member Belinda Hepler.
Board Member President Bill Adams, center, calls the meeting to order. There are 147 members on record in attendance lt-rt Legal Counsel Robert Hargreaves, Board Member Harold Burdick, Board Member Michael Machado, Board Member Ryall Steward, Board Member Bill Adams, General Manager Kevin Short, Auditor Jarrod Bryant, Board Member Paul Elmore, Board Member Joel Carlisle, and Board Member Belinda Hepler.

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

Valley Gospel Chapel VBS all week July 29-Aug 1st- See ad in paper for more information.

Anza Baptists Church VBS- Saturday, Aug. 2 - Starts 11:30 a.m., ends at 4:30 p.m. Get their early to sign up. Vaction bible school will be followed by a family barbecue.

Thimble Club Annual Picnic at the Hamilton Museum- Aug. 7—This potluck will take place at noon and all ladies are invited. There will be no meeting at the hall.

Check out below for all the monthly community happenings and organization meetings

M-COR’s Crop Swap – The crop swap will be held Fridays 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 where no cash changes hands. To learn more read the AVO article “’Crop Swap’ season returns to Anza’ at

FUN Group - Free Community Dinner- Last Sunday of the month – July 26 – This event takes place the Last Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall and all are welcome to attend. Donations of time, money or anything else are always welcome. 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 and barbecue they can for all who attend. To get involved or to donate, call Donald Seddon (760)-390-5537 or Terry Seddon (760)-695-7452.

Friends Uniting Neighbors or the F.U.N. Group- The group has also started a Non-denominational weekly Bible Study in conjunction with Living Hope Church of Anza. The breakfast buffet and bible study takes place at 37400 Hill St. off Mitchell near Hamilton High School in Anza. Just look for the sign. The meetings take place on Tuesday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. There are usually between 15 and 20 people who show up. The discussion setting is very casual and there is lots of food and coffee available. all welcome.

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

Lions Turkey Shoots – Shoots are held the third Sunday of each month from May through November at 9 a.m. at the Lions Gymkhana Field. Call Lion Bob Love for details at (951) 544-5907.

Lions Gymkhana – Gymkhana is on the first Saturday of each month May through October except July, when it will be on the 12th due to the parade being on the first Saturday. The event takes place at the Lions’ Gymkhana field on Kirby in Anza--sign ups start as early as 3 p.m. and gymkhana starts at 4 p.m. Nov 1 is when the last one takes place. Buckle day starts at 9 a.m. Call or text Lion Roland Vellanoweth at (951)-662-9166.

Anza Valley Property Owners Rights Team -- The 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; 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 the monthly meetings take place 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 Anza

4-H Meetings – 4-H 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 youth can become involved with. High Country 4-H is open to children living in the Anza and Aguanga and surrounding areas. For more 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 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 p.m.; Contact- Ruiz at (951)-445-7180 or Nathan at (760)-399-0727 for more information. See free exercise class information below.

Free Exercise Class open to the public - Call for summer times and days. Classes take place 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,” said Alicia, one of the members of the class. “There are no obligations.” For questions, call Alicia at (619)-829-3402

Anza Valley Artists Meetings – Artists meetings are on the third 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 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-AVCC (2822).

VGC Women’s - Meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call Valley Gospel Chapel for more information at (951)-763-4622. All women are welcome.

VARSITY YOUTH CHURCH – Event takes place on Thursdays. Hangout starts at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. at Valley Gospel Chapel (VGC) for all high school students. Hangout time includes food, fun, fellowship, games and music. For questions call (951)-763-4622. The 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.

Western Eagle Food Box Project - This is a program at VGC. The cost is $25 a box once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. Those looking to purchase a box must prepay with cash only at church between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Boxes can be picked up the next day on the first Thursday of the month between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 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 Wednesday. For additional information, call Valley Gospel Chapel (VCG) for more info at (951)-763-4622. Open to all.

AV Christian Men Service Club – The club holds their food distribution outreach, USDA inclusive, every third 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 and reading; being able to carry weight may be required. Volunteers receive first pick of food for their help. Contact Jeff Crawley at (951)-763-1257 for additional information.

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

Free Mobile Health Clinic- Mobile clinic takes place every third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; no appointment is needed. Non-insured may only be in RV in Halls parking lot or inside the Anza Community Hall.

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

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Wednesday Bible Study - Study takes place at 10 a.m. and the church is located at 56095 Pena Road in Anza. Call (951)-763-4226 for additional informaiton.

Cottonwood Country Council Meeting- Meetings take place the second Monday of the month at 7p.m. at the Old Cottonwood School House or Keller-Harris Community Center on Sage Road in Aguanga near Cottonwood Elementary. Come get involved in the community. President is Jeff Marana; yearly dues are $5.

Cottonwood Country Council family fun movie and snack night -first Sat of the month- Doors open at 5 p.m. Don’t forget to get your movie pack, which consists of a hotdog meal and popcorn, for a nominal donation. The 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. Board business meetings take place the third Thursday of the month at 7:30. The public is always welcome at general member meetings. 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 contact him via e-mail at, to join or for more information.

Swap Meet at the Anza Community Hall- Swap Meets take place early morning to early afternoon. Meets are the first and third Saturdays of each month, weather permitting. Vendors wanted for both indoor and outdoor booths. For more 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. It will be dark in July. Meetings take place the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and are held at 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 at (951)-403-4940. Sheehan 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. 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 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 information.

Anza Valley Lions Club- Meetings take place the first Monday of the month and are open meetings - 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 take place 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 for more information.

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 takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Anza Community Hall. Chair aerobics help with coordination and balance and increase muscle tone. No jumping. Wear gym shoes and bring water. Leader is Joe Volkman. Volkman can be reached at (951)-763-0827. Assistant is Reba Schulz. Schulz can be reached at (951)-763-2254

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

Fire Explorer Program- Program meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. It meets the second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month. Location of the program is the Fire Station 29 in Anza. Call (951)-763-5611 for more informatio0n.

Boy Scouts-Cubs – Cubs meet every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Boy Scouts meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Mormon Church on Contreras Road, 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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous – Meets Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. It is on 56095 Pena Road in Anza at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. For more information call (951)-763-4226.

AA Men’s Meeting at the Anza Community Hall- Meets Thursdays at 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 951-=--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 recover program- Fore all kinds of addiction. The program is court approved and childcare is provided. Help with transportation is also available. Meets Fridays at 7 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at 57085 Horton Hills Rd. Call Jessica at (951)-541-5356 for additional information.

Hamilton Museum- The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and is located at 39991 Contreras Rd in Anza. Call (951)-763-1350 or visit for additional details.

New M-COR Reference Library- The library is open Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5p.m. and is located at 56030 Us Highway 371, in Anza (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.
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