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Agency calls for fire weather watch this weekend

Strong winds and low humidity will create a heightened risk of wildfire in San Diego County this weekend, meteorologists said today.

The National Weather Service scheduled a fire weather watch for the valleys and mountains from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast or occurring.

Chamber reschedules Christmas tree lighting, Santa visit

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Weather may have pulled a “Bah! Humbug!” on Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration last Saturday, but Santa will be making a return trip to Collier Park at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Manes and Trails: Help update Cuyamaca State Park plan

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is undergoing a transformation, and it’s not too late to get involved. The nearly 25,000-acre park has acquired more land and is adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park as well as other public lands and trails. The third and final public meeting was held on Nov. 12, but the public comment period is still open. Everyone with an interest in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is invited to send comments and ideas for the General Plan process to State Parks at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27169. The website has

Rain or shine, Ramona’s Christmas Tree Lighting is a go

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A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.
The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.
Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.
Two snow machines, a Kids Crafts and Cookie Painting Zone, face painting, food, vendors, photos with Santa, the town Christmas tree lighting, and music and entertainment are on the roster.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Come hungry. Food vendors will be offering everything from Mexican food and macaroni and cheese to holiday pies and eggnog.
Hemkes, owner of Ramona Martial Arts, will give youngsters an opportunity to learn how to break boards. The lessons will be supervised, he promises parents.

A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.
The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.
Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.
Two snow machines, a Kids Crafts and Cookie Painting Zone, face painting, food, vendors, photos with Santa, the town Christmas tree lighting, and music and entertainment are on the roster.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Come hungry. Food vendors will be offering everything from Mexican food and macaroni and cheese to holiday pies and eggnog.
Hemkes, owner of Ramona Martial Arts, will give youngsters an opportunity to learn how to break boards. The lessons will be supervised, he promises parents.

A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.

The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.

Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.

Ramona Christmas Tree Lighting festivities promise snow, Santa, fun

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Look for more snow at Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Collier Park on Saturday.
Look for more snow at Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Collier Park on Saturday.

Admission is free, and all are welcome at the family event at 626 E St. from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa will arrive in Ramonan Bill Bryant’s motorized sleigh by 4:30 p.m., and youngsters will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa as they share their Christmas wishes with him.

Ramona Trails Association sponsors West End Winery Trail Ride

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Ramona Trails Association sponsored the ride. All proceeds from the tickets went to RTA, an organization that with founders John and Arvie Degenfelder and its many volunteers has been the reason that Ramona has so many public trails for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers.

Horseback patrols are part of sheriff’s Holiday Watch program in Ramona

Horseback patrols of Ramona’s main shopping center parking lots and surrounding areas are part of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Holiday Watch program that started this week and will continue through the start of the New Year.

Ramona’s Thanksgiving Day sunset

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Dr. Gary B. Myers, OD, takes a break from dinner at a friend’s home on Harper Road to capture Ramona’s Thanksgiving Day sunset.

Sheriff’s Department offers Guns for Gift Cards event

Anyone with an unwanted gun can turn it in to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in exchange for a gift card, no questions asked, on Nov. 30.
The sheriff’s department will host a Guns for Gift Cards event from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Elijo campus of Mira Costa Community College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff.
Gift cards, redeemable at area Walmarts, will amount to $100 per handgun and $150 per rifle. There is a limit of three gift cards per vehicle. Those participating should place the unloaded firearms in the trunk of their cars and a uniformed deputy or officer will give instructions at the location. All weapons collected will be destroyed, said the sheriff’s department.
The gift cards will be purchased using $15,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the sheriff’s department and $5,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the district attorney’s office.
For more information call 760-966-3526.

Walkers and runners welcome at Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Entry forms for the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot are at the San Diego Country Estates Association Recreation Center at 25386 Pappas Road, at the front desk of San Vicente Resort at 24157 San Vicente Road and online at www.sanvicenteresort.com.

Walkers and runners are welcome to compete. Check-in is at 7 a.m. at Gunn Stage and San Vicente roads. The races starts at 8 a.m.

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