Kristen Elise, Ph.D., will sign copies of her book “The Vesuvius Isotope” in Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Elise, a drug discovery biologist, takes the inspiration for her novels from discoveries made in and out of the laboratory.
In “The Vesuvius Isotope,” protagonist Katrina Stone can no longer ignore the secrecy that increasingly pervaded her husband’s behavior the weeks before his murder. Her search for answers leads to a 2,000-year-old medical mystery and the esoteric life of one of history’s most enigmatic women. Her quest will reveal a legacy of greed and murder and will resurrect an ancient plague, introducing it into the 21st century.
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Ramona resident Timothy L. Daniels will sign copies of his debut novel, “A Target Rich Environment,” in Unicorn Books and Gifts today from 3 to 5 p.m.
In the book, U.S. Customs Special Agent Jimmy Maxwell is targeting narcotics smuggler Angel Garcia. But the overload of drug-related cases flooding the ports of San Diego is stalling Maxwell’s investigation.
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Ramona Library will celebrate its centennial anniversary as a branch of the San Diego County Free Library on Oct. 3 with an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments for the community.
Starting with Ramona author Chuck LeMenager’s presentation on the history of Ramona at 3 p.m., the celebration will continue
Santa Ysabel artist James Hubbell will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Ilan-Lael Foundation Sept. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m., at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest.
The celebration will feature food, wine, a silent auction, speakers and dance. Tickets are $150 per person.
“Dinner with Captain Morgan,” an event to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in San Vicente Resort.
“They had so much fun around the pool at the San Vicente Inn at last year’s luau, they’re doing it again,” S. Elaine Lyttleton, project president, said in an announcement. “Only this time they’re not doing the limbo or hula to raise money for their mural. They’re planning to shake the booty out of the villagers’ pockets by pillaging for pennies and pieces of eight.”
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Five hours of music, craft booths, food and other refreshments in Dos Picos County Park will start at noon Saturday, Sept. 14, when the county kicks off its Concerts in the Park fall series.
County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting the free concerts to benefit the San Diego Parks Society and music programs for at-risk youth. Others will be held this fall in other San Diego County parks. A $3 parking fee will be charged at Dos Picos Park at 17956 Dos Picos Park Road.
Performances at the Dos Picos event include The Bassics, specializing in The Beatles and oldies, the Latin-inspired salsa of the Afrojazziacs, and Steal Dawn, featuring contemporary rock hits.
The band lineup is:
•Noon to 12:40 p.m., The Bassics
•1 to 2 p.m., Affrojazziacs
•2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Steal Dawn
•4 to 5 p.m., Steal Dawn
Opportunity drawings with “terrific gifts” will be held, said Dave Holt, a San Diego parks district manager, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Food trucks — InSliders and Two for the Road — will offer such fare as sliders, fries, lobster rolls, crabcakes and salmon burgers, he said.
In addition, vendors will be on hand selling their crafts.
Ramona Rotary Club members will man the beer garden. Proceeds after expenses will go to Ramona Rotary Foundation to benefit the club’s scholarship fund and community projects.
The concert will be in the eastern part of the park where the bands will play in the covered gazebo, and families can sit at shaded picnic tables or on blankets in the grass area.
For more information, visit www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks.
By JESSICA KING
An American roots band comprised of four Ramonans and an Escondido resident is set to perform a free concert at Wynola Pizza and Bistro this Friday.
The Sunny Side Strings is a relatively new group, having formed earlier this year, but its five members bring years’ worth of musicianship to the table.
As an American roots band, The Sunny Side Strings is made up of all acoustic instruments and touts a playlist that encompasses bluegrass, old time, country, blues and more.
Candace Regel, owner of The Blinds Spot and Regel Floors at 707 Main St., organized the band specifically to provide entertainment at a Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer in March.
Regel, who is also a horse trainer and riding instructor, said the mixer was co-hosted by one of her riding students, whose family owns the high-end furniture and lighting fixture company, The Dusty Oak. As a favor to her student, Regel, a guitarist, said she would help with the entertainment and set about to find other musicians to round out her act.
She contacted two former bandmates she played with as part of the now-disbanded Poway-based all-strings group, Rattlesnake Creek.
Those former bandmates, bassist Bob Carpenter of Escondido and Ramona music teacher Lisa Klopp, who plays mandolin, agreed to play.
Regel also got nurse practitioner and professional fiddle player Karen Orozco and merchant marine and banjo player Greg Revers on board. They also live in Ramona.
The band practiced about six times before the March mixer and performed with no specific plans for what would come next. The performance was so well received that the group was asked to play again and again and again around town.
Since the mixer, The Sunny Side Strings has performed at the National Day of the Cowboy at Mountain Valley Ranch, the Ramona Branch Library and the Ramona Country Fair.
“It’s just been fantastic,” said Regel. “I was away from guitar for 20 years until I joined Rattlesnake Creek … I was so sad to see it go (when it disbanded) and so to have the new band come together is just wonderful.”
The band plans to release its first CD around the first of the year, and hopes to hear cuts from it played on the web-based radio station Ramonaradio.com, run out of the Ramona Music Center at 1045 Main St.