With gasoline prices what they are, Ramona area residents might think of staying in town this weekend. There’s certainly a lot of activity, whether it be entertainment or volunteer work—or a fun mix.
Specifics about each of the many events planned are listed in the Our Town calendar on pages 10-11.
Two two-day events start Saturday, the 2nd Annual Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest and the 24-hour Relay for Life that will go from 10 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.
Saturday-only events abound, with the Ramona Garden Club hosting its fourth annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale.
Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Ramona students and the club’s community projects.
Ramona Trails Association members and high school students will be working from different ends of Santa Maria Creek to clean the creekbed, which is used as a dumping ground by some and living quarters by others. It can get pretty awful there, and this is the one day a year people are allowed to remove trash from what is considered an environmentally sensitive area.
It’s tree planting time for Ramona Rotary Club members, who once a year participate in international Rotarians at Work Day.
For the past two years, Ramona Rotary has focused on cleaning up the park on school district property at 1710 Montecito Road, site of the ARRIBA Teen Center, ballfields, basketball court, children’s playground and much more that is open to the public.
This year, the service organization is joining forces with Ramona Chamber of Commerce in a tree planing venture at Ramona Community School and Ramona Elementary School. Thanks to a $1,000 grant to the chamber from the San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council, about 25 trees will be planted, most at Ramona Community School. The Ramona Tree Trust has pitched in $406 for treated tree tie and stake supplies.
Tree Trust representatives will be at one of the information booths that will be set up at Ramona Community School, 1010 Ramona St., with information material and Historic Colonnade T-shirts for sale at $10 each.
Ramona High School and Olive Peirce Middle School will also be abuzz with activity from 9 a.m. to noon as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participate in their Mormon Helping Hands 2011 project. Community volunteers are welcome to join them at the schools at, respectively, 1401 and 1521 Hanson Lane.