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Wildlife center director shares springtime advice

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San Vicente Valley Club members, like most Ramona residents, know that springtime is the most vibrant time for Mother Nature. It means wildflowers, vibrant grasslands and babies — lots of animal babies.

Many wild species give birth in or near backyards or in the places where Ramonans enjoy outdoor activities.

The timing was right to learn about the rehabilitation facility that helps with so many of those native species who share Ramona’s outdoor spaces, so the club invited Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals

Elliott Pond landowner asks planners to endorse town square

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A town square or subdivision sprawl of entry-level homes?

That’s the choice, said Jim Hagey, who owns the 20 acres of property that includes Elliott Pond behind Stater Bros. shopping center.

The decision, he said, depends on whether Ramona Community Planning Group endorses his request to include his property in the Ramona Village Design Group’s Town Center plan of form-based codes.

Squirrels have a yen for gazanias

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Squirrels apparently have a thing for gazanias.

That’s what volunteers learned after they planted rows of the colorful flowers at the Welcome to Ramona monument at state Route 67 and Highland Valley Road several months ago.

Lost dog

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UPDATE, Wednesday, April 2: The Good Samaritan who found the dog reports that it was reunited with its family this morning.

Good Samaritans found this lost chihuahua, a male about 7 years old, along Ramona Street Monday morning.

The woman who is caring for the dog checked with a veterinarian and learned the animal has no identification chip and has not been neutered.

Anyone with information about the dog’s owner is asked to call 760-580-1335.

Mural boosters prepare for golf tournament, dinner and auction fundraiser

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Stephanie Norvell, organizer of the H.E.A.R.T. Mural Golf Tournament at San Vicente Golf Course on Saturday, arranges some of the silent auction items that will be available for bid at the fundraiser.

The event includes the golf tournament followed by dinner and live and silent auctions.

Ramona Country Fair, junior fair—together again

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Ramona Country Fair chairman Bob Murray with co-chairs Sally Westbrook and Darrel Kinney promise the 44th annual event will be bigger and better than ever.

Together again, Ramona Country Fair and Ramona Junior Fair will be sharing events July 31 through Aug. 3. Events will be in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and Ramona Junior Fair grounds off Aqua Lane.

Ramona Relay’s Honorary Survivor of Hope walks for others

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Ramona resident and cancer survivor Darlene Scott is American Cancer Society Ramona Relay for Life’s 2014 Honorary Survivor of Hope.

Scott, who moved to Ramona with her husband Mark and their children in 2000, was diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest child was 3 months old. This year that child will be 18 years old. Each birthday celebration of his is also a celebration of another year of survival for her. Her family now includes grandchildren.

‘Uncork your inner artist’ with Ramona artist at Ramona winery

Ramona artist Tracy Weinzapfel invites the community to “uncork your inner artist” at the Art & Wine event at Ramona Ranch Winery on Saturday, March 22.
All levels are welcome, including those with no art experience. She promises easy step-by-step instructions and will include all materials for an 11-inch by 14-inch masterpiece.
The session will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23578 Highway 78.
For reservations, cost — which includes one glass of wine or five tastings — and more information, call 760-522-7877 or email info@tracyweinzapfelstudios.com.

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.

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