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Golfers invited to tee off for wildlife

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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.

‘Tis is the season for desert camping

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It’s still desert season. If you’ve never been camping in the desert with your horse ­— or if you’ve ever been — there is one camp you should not miss. Stage Coach Trails and Horse Camp is fantastic for first timers and seasoned camp veterans.

Large sites, hookups for those of you with luxury model trailers, restrooms, showers and laundry for those of us with basic trailer accommodations, you will be comfortable for an overnight stay or a weeklong adventure.

Free compost workshop to be held Saturday

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A free, two-hour interactive workshop on the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms) will be offered by a nonprofit group from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8, at Schwaesdall Winery.

To be presented by educators with Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, the program will explain how to improve the health of a garden and soil, and how to conserve water and support local sustainability. The workshop will show what is needed to get started with a composting bin that fits different needs and lifestyles. Opportunity drawings will also be available.

It’s time to sign up for Ramona’s Main Street Parade

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With the 2014 Ramona Rodeo just 10 weeks away, plans are under way for the Main Street Parade on Rodeo Saturday.
Applications for the parade will be available at Rubio’s at 1661 Main St. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
Parade entrants are encouraged to get their application and turn it in then. They can use the same script from last year if they want, said Bonnie Kirkland, a member of the parade committee.
“Living the Dream” is the theme of this year’s parade. It will start at 10 a.m. on May 17 and go along Main Street from 13th to Fifth streets.
Pat Donovan returns as parade chairman.
The 34th annual Ramona Rodeo will be May 16 to 18.
For more information about the rodeo and Ramona Main Street Parade, see ramonarodeo.net.

‘Know Before You Go,” Cleveland National Forest officials advise

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Because of the storm that’s expected to bring moderate to heavy rain and the threat of flash flooding to the region from early Friday through Saturday, Cleveland Notional Forest officials plan to close some forest roads.

They encourage forest visitors to “Know Before You Go” and call a ranger station to check on location conditions and restrictions:

The Palomar Ranger Station in Ramona is at 760-788-0250. To contact the Descanso Ranger Station, call 619-445-6235. The Trabuco Ranger Station is at 951-736-1811.

More information about the Cleveland National Forest is at www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland.

Officials schedule controlled burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.

Training makes area safer for residents, says sheriff’s lieutenant

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Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.

Desert Safari set for Ocotillo Wells SVRA

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The 52nd Annual Desert Safari, a family-friendly off-road event, will be held Feb. 28 to March 2 in the Truckhaven Hills area of the North Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area near Borrego Springs. Hosted by Tierra Del Sol, a nonprofit club that uses portions of the proceeds to fight land closures and to keep trails open, the event draws people from the Ramona area as well as across the country and other countries.

Desert Safari attracts around 10,000 people, said Wayne Miller of Miller Off-Road Products in Ramona.

Scenic settings provide great spots for romantic picnics

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Add the beauty of the outdoors to your Valentine’s Day this year by taking your special someone on a picnic in one of the many scenic settings around Ramona.

Full of wildlife, the Ramona Valley offers stunning vistas, mountainous backdrops, canopies of oaks, intriguing boulder formations, open fields, and rugged terrain.

Your romantic picnic can be as simple as taking a drive to a local park, to hiking an easy trail to a secluded spot, to traversing rocky terrain and being rewarded with a panoramic view.

Wildlife center opens million-dollar veterinary clinic

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A wildlife center in Ramona that for 30 years has been caring for injured birds, bears, bobcats and other animals unveiled a new $1 million veterinary clinic on Thursday.

The 13-acre center is operated by The Fund for Animals Wildlife, just off Highland Valley Road near the Ramona Grasslands. The group is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States and society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle flew in from Washington, D.C., for the clinic’s ribbon-cutting.

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