Category archives for: Country Living

Mural boosters prepare for golf tournament, dinner and auction fundraiser


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

Golfers invited to tee off for wildlife


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

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


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

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.