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Girls volleyball beats Coronado, advances to CIF semifinals


Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team advanced to CIF semifinals by beating Coronado today, Nov. 15.

The team plays next on Wednesday at home.

Catholic church continues 67-year-old tradition with turkey dinner Sunday

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church continues a tradition that started in 1947 when it stages its 67th Annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Because the congregation did not have a place to cook in 1947, the entire community pitched in and cooked the turkeys in their homes and delivered them and all the dinner trimmings where everything could be served to the public. Those were the days that Ramona staged a Turkey Festival with a parade, activities and special honors to citizens.

Teen’s horse rescue finds a home in Ramona


A young girl’s homeschool project and her affection for a horse named Zoey spurred her family to create a horse rescue and relocate to Ramona to accommodate its growing operation.

Annika Russell, 15, is the force behind the horse rescue that she named TheraPony after searching for names online. The name reflects a “spin off of therapy,” said Annika.

Letter to editor: Thanks to many for Art & Wine Festival success

Ramona celebrated its second very successful Art & Wine Festival at the Amy Strong Castle at Mt. Woodson on Nov. 1. The much needed rains stopped just as the event was being set up, and held off, allowing the 326 in attendance to enjoy a beautiful fall day.

Twenty artists, 12 wineries and seven chefs exhibited the fruits of their labors as well as several vendors serving olive oil, jewelry and coffee. The live auction of wine barrels painted by local artists, conducted by Tim Georgeson of TNT Auctions, netted record breaking sales of the mini masterpieces. Classical musicians played inside and outside the

Ramona Senior Center

Ramona Senior Activity Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for legal holidays.

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.

Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery to host art reception on Saturday

A reception celebrating the works of Ramona artists Nora Read and Deanna Woodworth will be held in Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome.
Works by the two artists will be in the gallery’s Discovery Room through December.
Read, an oil painter, has been painting most of her adult life. Her bold use of color can be seen in a variety of subjects, from plantains with a poison dart frog hiding to a Venetian gondolier and fantasy creatures.
“My artistic goal is accomplished when people are touched with delight, humor, pleasant surprise and self-motivation for the future,” she said. “Positive creativity is thereby shared and passed on. It is my belief that every person has at their core a fabulous gem to discover and reveal.”
Several of her Ramona landscapes can be seen in the gallery windows facing Main Street.
Woodworth, a photographer, specializes in creating artistic images of newborns, children and beauty. She found her artistic niche when she took a photography course in high school. She rediscovered her passion for photography when she had her own children.
“The beauty of motherhood inspires me, and I want everyone to have artistic pictures to remember those special moments, which is why I chose to specialize in maternity, newborn and beauty photography,” she said. “I love making people happy by sharing my fine art photographs, so please, stop by and enjoy.”
Also, other gallery artists are having a Christmas sale.
“I cannot think of a better way to support local artists than by purchasing their artwork for gifts,” said Aletha McKenzie, in charge of publicity for the gallery.
The gallery is at 845 Main St. More information is at 760-789-3682 and

Ramona Food and Closet Foundation donates $5,000 to Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center

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Judy Beckett, executive director of Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center in Ramona, accepts a check for $5,000 from Jeff Funk, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Foundation chairman, in the Food and Clothes Closet’s Thrift Store at 773 Main St. last Thursday. Also pictured are Mary Halliday, left, foundation secretary, and Vesna Curry, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet service manager. Beckett said the donation will go toward feed.

Ramona Chamber of Commerce invites all to Christmas Tree Lighting

Ramona Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a family evening of tree lighting and old-fashioned downtown holiday shopping with Santa, refreshments, train rides and more.
The Christmas Tree Lighting event will be in Collier Park on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The tree will be lighted promptly at 5:30 p.m., and people will then be invited to visit with Santa. Children will have an opportunity to have their photograph taken with Santa.
The chamber will offer free train rides around the park, and guests are invited to head over to Main Street where shops will be open and merchants will be conducting a “Find the Elf” Contest.
Carolers will be singing holiday tunes in the park and in Old Town Ramona. The Ramona Community Singers will be caroling in front of Town Hall, and local school groups will be among other carolers adding to the holiday spirit.
Additionally, Ramona stores will be vying for “Best Holiday Decoration” honors. The contest, sponsored by the Ramona Sentinel, is open to all businesses in Ramona. Decorations should be completed by Dec. 1, and merchants must call the chamber office, 760-789-1311, to indicate their participation. Judging will be by the public on the Sentinel website, The winner will be announced before Christmas. Additional details about all of the activities planned are on the chamber website,
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is open to all at no charge. For information about sponsorships, contact Dr. Robert Argyelan, the chamber’s executive director, at 760-789-1311 or

San Vicente Valley Club to hear how to Dress for the Holidays

Sally Hilton will discuss how to dress for your shape and how to pick the right clothes and accessories for travel at the San Vicente Valley Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The luncheon is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to make reservations at the front desk of the San Vicente Valley Resort, 24157 San Vicente Road, where the meeting will be held, or call Maxine McNamara at 760-788-6189 by Thursday, Nov. 13.

What’s New at the Movies?

Interstellar PG13 A team of explorers travels beyond our galaxy to find answers to human survival as life on Earth is coming to an end.

Big Hero 6 PG Tech genius, Hiro Hamada, enlists the help of his companion robot and best friends to foil an evil plot. Disney animation