A four-hour event featuring live music, corned beef sandwiches, peanuts, chips, beer and desserts boosted the coffers of three Ramona charities: Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), Ramona Pony Baseball, and the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas.
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold for Charity on Saturday evening. Greeting guests entering the business at 2330 Main St., Suite C, were FORUS members with packaged peanuts and chips — and a donation jar. The donations will go toward the pending nonprofit’s efforts to plug leaks on the roofs of Ramona’s public schools.
With the approval of Ramona Unified School District’s maintenance supervisor, FORUS will pay for roof repairs that started after the recent rainstorm and continued this week. Jim Brown of Brown Roofing and Construction estimated the repairs at $7,000 to $10,000.
FORUS members set an initial goal of $20,000 for roof repairs. Donations so far are $10,151.84, the group’s treasurer, Carmen Bedia, reported Saturday evening. Of that, $225.84 went into the donation jar during the Pot of Gold event. Marta Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner, added $32.48 that came from the FORUS donation canister in her business.
As FORUS sought donations outside ChuckAlek, members of the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas were inside, serving corned beef sandwiches, chips and desserts and accepting donations. CrossFit team members are scheduled to walk in the Komen 3-Day Nov. 21 to 23 and are raising money to benefit the Komen foundation’s breast cancer education and research effort.
In addition, Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner Grant Fraley and Lauren Guy will divide proceeds from Guy’s Birthday Keg among the three groups. Corned beef sandwich proceeds also will go to the three charities, said Jankawska.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY POT OF GOLD FOR CHARITY, Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m., ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, 2330 Main St., Suite C. All ages welcome. Live music by The Jive Bombers, special beer release, Bisher’s corned beef sandwiches. Benefits FORUS School Roofing Project, Neighborhood Tatas (Susan G. Komen 3-Day walkers), and Ramona Pony Baseball. Wear green.
The public is invited to participate in the 2014 Wildlife Golf Tournament, hosted by The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center and San Vicente Golf Resort on Friday, March 21.
Proceeds from the tournament will help fund programs and services for regional wildlife. Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, primarily rescues and cares for native wildlife with the goal of returning them to the wild.
The Read Across America event celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss at Ramona Library March 4 was “a big success,” reported Stephanie Hurst, president of the Iota Rho chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers society, which hosted the party.
Held annually, this year’s Read Across America event drew approximately 250 people, said one volunteer.
DR. SEUSS BREAKFAST FOR DINNER, 4 to 8 p.m., Ramona Cafe, 628 Main St. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist International of Ramona awards and scholarships for women in Ramona. More: 760-789-8656.
San Vicente Valley Club invites the public to its Mardi Gras fundraiser on March 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.
“We’ve changed it up a little with dinner and New Orleans band at the San Vicente Resort,” said Claudia Weringa of the club.
Tickets are $45 and are available at the resort, 24157 San Vicente Road or by calling Sharon Greene, 760-788-6960, or Russ Ann Zazas, 760-788-5571.
A silent auction is planned. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the club’s community funding and student scholarships.
Guests may come in costume. Mardi Gras masks will be available for $10 each.
Friday, Feb. 28
RAMONA LIBRARY, 1275 Main St. All day Fine Free. Bilingual Zumba at 9:30 a.m., Bouncing Baby Storytime at 10:30 a.m., Teen Music Shop at 3 p.m., Family Craft at 3:15 p.m. More: 760-788-5270.
TOWN HALL BRIDGE CLUB, 10 a.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: 760-789-1132.
SUPPORT GROUP for those with depressive or bipolar illnesses, 10 to 11 a.m., 323 Hunter St. More: 760-443-6861.
A soccer feud continues between two groups in Ramona with one filing a legal complaint against the other.
In November 2012, a group of parents split from Ramona Soccer League (RSL) to form Ramona Futbol Club (RFC) to create a higher level of competitive play and coaching. Since the split, which group should retain certain soccer equipment and portable lights has been in dispute.
Ramona Soccer League will take registration for adult soccer until March 3 but encourages those who want to play to register as soon as possible.
The first game starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9, and uniforms must be ordered. The spring adult league will consist of eight games played on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. There will be no games on the Sundays before and after spring break. The cost to play is $75.
Since 1779 there have been 57 presidential elections. Many have yielded interesting and amazing stories, and Michael Harrison, deputy district chief for Congressman Duncan Hunter, will present some of these unusual facts when he speaks to the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society at its potluck dinner Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited. The get-together will be in the Barnett Barn on the grounds of the Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St.
Those attending are asked to bring a salad, main dish or dessert to serve eight.
Harrison’s avocation is history, especially the history of the country and government. A Ramona resident, Harrison has worked in Washington, D.C., first for Hunter’s father and now for the Congressman.
The museum, featuring the 1886 Verlaque House, is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information about the potluck meeting or the museum, call 760-789-7644.