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Christmas music and memories to take center stage at historical society potluck

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Christmas memories and Christmas music. That’s what the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society plans for its Christmas potluck in the Barnett Barn on the grounds of the Guy B. Woodward Museum on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Those attending are asked to bring a salad, desert or main dish to serve eight to share. The museum is at 645 Main St.
Ramona violinist Andy Stubbs will provide the holiday music and all attendees will be invited to provide the Christmas memories — recent memories or memories from bygone days.
“We hope that all in attendance will share their special holiday memories,” said Judy Nachazel, historical society president.
Stubbs is the son of Doug Stubbs, who, before his recent death, served as historical society secretary. Andy Stubbs plays both violin and viola. He has played with several area orchestras and teaches classes at the Ramona Music Center and Group Recreation Center Music Alive program.
For more information about the Christmas potluck, museum or historical society, call 760-789-7644.

Ramona’s Jewish congregation to celebrate Hanukkah

Congregation Etz Chaim will celebrate Hanukkah on Friday, Dec. 13.
Services led by Rabbi Leslie Bergson will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of San Diego Country Estates, 16911 Gunn Stage Road.
This holiday frequently is referred to as the “Holiday of Lights.” It is the anniversary of an event that occurred in 165 BCE.
Hanukkah, the first struggle for religious freedom in the history of the world, represents the fight against totalitarianism in all forms. It therefore is a festival honoring liberty and freedom.
After the lighting of candles in a special candelabra with room for nine candles, the hymn “Rock of Ages” is sung. It is customary to give children foil-wrapped chocolate money and to serve fried foods such as potato pancakes during this holiday. All are welcome. For more information, call 760-789-2781.

Kiwanis donates $1,000 to robotics club and $500 to a prospective Eagle Scout


Ramona Kiwanis Club assists two youth projects with donations of $1,000 to the Ramona High School Neo-Tech Robotics Club and $500 to a prospective Eagle Scout during the club’s breakfast meeting on Saturday. Above, club president Kevin Bell, left, presents an oversized check for $1,000 to Ramona High School Neo-Tech Robotics Club students Joe Jennings and Emanuel Mora and club adviser and RHS teacher Richard Waters. Jennings and Mora demonstrated the club’s most recent robot, which is designed to toss Frisbees.

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Celebrating the U.S. Marine Corps’ 238th birthday at Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 on Nov. 9, U.S. Marines Lt. Col. Bob Darron, retired, serves cake to retired 1st Sgt. Normand Brabant, at age 91 the oldest Marine present, who passed it to Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Davenport, the youngest Marine present.

Share Your Holidays effort gets under way

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Cuts in food stamps and other aid, combined with rising food prices, are creating an increased need at Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, a grassroots organization that’s been helping those in need in Ramona and the backcountry for the past 30 years.

“We gave out a record number of food bags in the last month,” DeeAnn Anderson, service manager and volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit headquartered in the Thrift Store at

Town Hall returns to Wild West for Intermountain fundraiser


As an estimated 100 people gathered in Ramona Town Hall on Nov. 16, mass murder and mayhem erupted in the back courtyard of the building. The body count just added to the fun of the fundraising event for the Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department.

The evening’s theme, “Party Like It’s 1899 in the Wild Wild West,” gave guests room to be creative. The majority dressed in western, Victorian or steam punk gear, and the historic Town Hall on Main Street appeared to fall back in time. The decorations and even the food carried out the theme.

Art & Wine Festival proceeds surpass fundraising goals

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Bids on five painted wine barrels total $2,695, far surpassing fundraising goals for the Art & Wine Festival held at Mt. Woodson Castle. The event “blew past” attendance goals, with 245 attending, reports event chair Elaine Lyttleton, and the second annual event will be in the castle Nov. 1, 2014. Proceeds benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

Ramona Art Guild donates $1,000 to high school visual arts program

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Ramona Art Guild President Lauren Chiara, seated center, presents a check for $1,000 art teachers Liz Schaude and Paula Payne for the Ramona High School visual arts program. Art students witnessing the presentation are: Sawyer Simmons, Andrew Houry, Jonathan Hancock, Gabi Simmons, Megan Kahler, Sydney Johnson, Kim Fernandez, Kala Hite, Samanda Ceballos, Maiquel Martinez, Kaley Glotfelty, Desire Desoto, Wendy Whitney and Tayler Butler.

Intermountain auxiliary seeks sponsors for its ‘Party Like It’s 1899’ fundraiser

Intermountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Auxiliary, also known as The Hot Spots, invites businesses, organizations and individuals to participate as sponsors of its “Party Like It’s 1899 in the Wild Wild West” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The event, held to benefit the Intermountain fire and rescue department, will be in Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6 to 10 p.m.
Sponsor levels range from $25 to $2,000 and are:
•Calamity Jane, $25.
•Wyatt Earp, $50.
•The James Gang, $100.
•Doc Holiday, $250.
•Annie Oakley, $500.
•Matt Dillon, $1,000.
•Belle Starr, $2,000.
The volunteer department provides 24-hour service, seven days a week. It was the first company to respond to the Witch Creek fire in 2007. By 4 that afternoon, 42 volunteer firefighters were in the district to fight “this uncontrollable fire caused by downed electrical lines and nature at her worst,” states a Hot Spots letter to prospective auction item donors. “No lives were lost in our district. The station was also used as a shelter. Again, this is all volunteer support.”
The department covers a 125-mile area that includes Highways 78 and 79. Event coordinators say donations of auction items or services are appreciated.
“This is our primary fundraiser and will be well attended by residents of North County,” the letter continues. “Your support will be highlighted at the event.”
To confirm contributions or arrange to have items picked up, call 760-789-8870 or email
Tickets for the event are $50 each. Those attending are encouraged to dress in costume reflecting a Western, Victorian, Steam Punk or 1899 inspired theme.

Ramona Calendar of Events

RAMONA FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Station 80, 829 San Vicente Road. Jaws of Life, stove fire and fire extinguisher demonstrations. Smokey Bear, firefighting dozer, fire engines, helicopters, interactive fire safety trailer, music, and CHP, sheriff and CERT booths. Mexican food available. More: 760-788-2269.