Courtney Ford, second from right, is crowned 2014 Miss Ramona while Elizabeth Bowersox, second from left, wins the title of Teen Miss Ramona during the Miss Ramona and Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Saturday Night. The First Princess Teen title goes to Shannon Huff, left, and First Princess Miss to Chersten Sandvik, right.
Representatives of 32 teams will line up for the Opening Ceremony of American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life of Ramona at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The 24-hour event, which raises money for cancer research and education, will be held at Wilson Stadium, 720 Ninth St. All are welcome.
Sixteen girls will be competing in the annual Miss and Teen Miss Ramona Pageant that will take place at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on April 12.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the gate.
Vying for the title of Miss Ramona are four contestants: Brenna Brean, Courtney Ford, Andrea Proctor and Chersten Sandvik.
Ramona’s first Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive is taking place through Easter Sunday to benefit the homeless in the community.
The volunteers who counted the homeless during the 2014 “We All Count” effort in January found 21 visibly homeless persons living outdoors in Ramona — one appeared to be a teenager — and they know there are more.
Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies are among those joining forces to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bed.
Crissy Tobiason, who is heading up the volunteer effort, has created a tentative schedule to begin phase 1 of the creek bed cleanup — from Seventh to 10th streets — in late September, after nesting and raptor seasons end.San
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.
For the sixth consecutive year, Ramona landscaper Scotty Ensign was invited to participate in the Garden Masters exposition at the San Diego Spring Home and Garden Show and, as in the past, he walked away with awards.
“I’ve won a different award every year,” said the owner of Scotty’s Plantscapes.
They call themselves the Superheroes and they are on a mission to raise money for a “super cause.”
Twins Erika and Elysia Eifler and their best friend Shannon Yandall grew up in Ramona, attending kindergarten through high school here, and are training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Dr. Robert Argyelan is executive director of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. A chiropractor with a background in fine arts, Argyelan has a lengthy list of accomplishments in professional, community and cultural developments. Originally from New Jersey, “just a subway ride from Manhattan,” Argyelan was exposed early to the museums and the culture of New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Arts from New Jersey City University where he taught in the Fine Arts Department for 10 years. He obtained a grant to create a Department of Cultural Affairs for Jersey City, where he served as deputy director for 15 years.
Passionate about storytelling and highlighting social issues through film, Laurel Gwizdak has embarked on a journey that has taken her from Ramona to urban centers and remote villages overseas, including one in Ukraine, and has ultimately landed her in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“I think I’ve found a home in providing these participatory filmmaking tools to young people,” the 2001 Ramona High School graduate said.