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RAMONA OKTOBERFEST, Oct. 4, 1 to 10 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Food, beer garden, Kids Zone, music from the Kalifornia Krauts, Classic Car Show, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, dancing frauleins and more. Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce. Admission $10 at the door. Advance tickets $8 at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Children age 11 and younger and active duty military admitted free.

Ramona Senior Center

Ramona Senior Activity Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.
Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.
Thursday, Oct. 2: Chicken in mushroom sauce, rice, zucchini, kiwi.
Friday, Oct. 3: Sloppy Joes, fries, coleslaw, apricots.
Monday, Oct. 6: Chef salad, cornbread, pears.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: Hawaiian chicken, rice, salad.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, fresh orange.
Exercise classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.
Walking group: Tuesday, 8 a.m.
Yoga: Tuesday, 9 a.m.
Bingo: Thursday, 1 p.m.
Pinochle: Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.
Pokeno: Friday, 1 p.m.
Bridge: Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.
More information about the center is at 760-789-0440, at and on Facebook.

Prepare for triple-digit temperatures


Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun


Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Music from the Kalifornia Krauts from San Francisco coupled with a flock of costumed frauleins, a bratwurst-eating contest and a beer garden featuring San Diego breweries will give the event its traditional German flavor.
Also planned for the event, slated from 1 to 10 p.m., are a Kids Zone with pumpkin patch and children’s activities, a Classic Car Show, food, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, a costume and other contests, face painting, beanbag toss, and family games and activities.
Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Admission for children age 11 and younger and active duty military is free.
Charlotte Jensen, chamber president, is event chair. More information is at the chamber, 760-789-1311 and

Fire in laundry area causes about $3,000 damage at home on Ninth Street

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A fire in the laundry area of the home at 1150 Ninth St. caused an estimated $3,000 damage, Cal Fire Capt. John Sena with Ramona Fire Department reported.

The cause of the fire is unconfirmed, but it may have started on top of the dryer where the homeowner had plugged a radio-controlled car into a charger, said Sena.

New lieutenant learns the lay of the land


Since taking command of the sheriff’s Ramona substation, Lt. Rich Williams has immersed himself in the community and has focused on learning about wildfire risks and the hazards and environmental obstacles the Santa Maria Creek bed poses.

Williams replaced Lt. Hank Turner, who was promoted to captain and assigned to the San Diego Central Courthouse. Turner’s last day was Sept. 4; Williams took charge the next day.

“He gave me a great pass-down,” Williams said of Turner. “I think most of us try to leave things better than we find them, and that’s going to be a small challenge when things are going well. Things are definitely going well here. We have really, really good people working here across the board and the community support’s been great.”

The 43-year-old Williams, who lives with his family in North County, has spent a lot of time this past month driving around Ramona to learn the area. He has a

Design review members ponder next step in new zoning plan


How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.

Tarrah Roane joins RE/MAX Direct as sales associate

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Tarrah Roane has joined RE/MAX Direct as the newest member of its sales team.
Roane brings to the office six years of banking experience and an even longer history in reputable customer service. She has lived in Ramona and been a part of many local events throughout her personal and work life for over 20 years.
“My clients are my first priority,” she said. “Providing Ramona homebuyers and sellers with the opportunities the RE/MAX brand has to offer, as well as its abundant resources, is a huge benefit for them. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
As one of the most recognized names in real estate, RE/MAX has associates in 90 countries.
Roane believes another advantage offered by her new company is the focus on continued education. RE/MAX offers on-demand real estate courses through an online platform that allows associates to access hundreds of full-length training programs on their own time.
“No other real estate organization has a higher percentage of associates with advanced, professional designations,” she said. “Keeping on top of the changes in protocols and procedures is extremely important. As an agent, I need to know the latest techniques so I can in turn provide the best quality of service to my clients.”
Roane is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the California Association of REALTORS®, the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®, and the Ramona Real Estate Association.
For more information about Roane or RE/MAX Direct, visit or contact her at 760-317-8347.
RE/MAX Direct, a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage, is at 1410 Main St., Suite A.

Bulldog girls tennis

Ramona High School’s varsity girls tennis team beat Orange Glen and Valley Center and is 2-0 in Valley League play.

Top singles player Megan Douglas swept Orange Glen’s top three players 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 and then did it again to Valley Center’s top three winning 6-4, 6-0, 6-4.

Jaime Roe moved from doubles play to singles play and had a strong outing in both matches.

Hanna Kent returned from injury and contributed to the wins along with Grace Berry and Renee Hogervorst.

The top doubles team of Rebecca Vaca and Danielle Vizcarra has consistently dominated their opponents this season. They beat Orange Glen’s best team 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 and did the same to Valley Center, blanking them 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

Elizabeth Bowersox and Kaley Sapper moved from single

Trails group to discuss upcoming events at Oct. 1 meeting

Ramona Trails Association Board members will discuss upcoming events at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. The public is welcome.
Among RTA events that will be discussed are the Turkey Trot in November, Christmas caroling in December and a third Winery Ride to five wineries.
RTA annual membership is $25 per family.