Our Town Calendar of Events: Dec. 8-14

Thursday, Dec. 8

BUSINESS NETWORK EXCHANGE meets in Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St., at 7 a.m. For more information, call 760-504-6608.

TOPS MEETING—The Ramona Chapter of TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) meets in Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Place, at 9 a.m. Weigh-in is at 8:30 a.m.

TAI CHI class for adults in Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., at 9 a.m.

COFFEE CLUB—Learn about the financial market with a free cup of coffee at Yvonne Catton’s Edward Jones office in the Day Promenade building at 850 Main St., Suite 104, at 10 a.m. The coffee is an opportunity to discuss current updates on the market and the economy in an informal setting. To RSVP, call Carrie Foye at 760-789-2804. Coffees are held the second Thursday of each month.

DIABETES WORKSHOP—Discussion and information at Ramona Library at 10 a.m.

ADULT LITERACY TUTORING (ESL)—Instruction in reading and writing English, Ramona Library, 1275 Main St., at 10 a.m. Call 760-788-5270 for an appointment.

GRANDPARENTS AND BOOKS in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St., at 11 a.m.

HOLIDAY PARTY AT LIBRARY—Ramona Library, 1275 Main St., invites the public to its Holiday Party featuring the Ramona High School Jazz Band at 4 p.m. and the RHS Female Choirs and Santa Claus at 5. There also will be printmaking holiday card projects with librarian/artist Margo Smart and a Mexican paper flowers project with Maribel De Lucca of Back from Tomboctou. The event, sponsored by Friends of Ramona Library, is free.

Friday, Dec. 9

“CHRISTMAS IN CALI”— Ramona High School Dance Productions will present its 40th Annual Winter Showcase, “Christmas in Cali,” in the school’s Performing Art Wing (PAW), 1401 Hanson Lane, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Children on laps are admitted free. The production features reserved seating. Advance tickets are on sale in the Dance Room at the school during lunch. Dancers promise a night of entertainment “where music and dancing will fill the air” and they will “spin, jump and leap into this holiday season.” More information: 760-787-4107.

Saturday, Dec. 10

TOYS FOR TOTS—U.S. Marines will collect toys at Ramona Airport, 2926 Montecito Road, for their annual Toys for Tots drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those at the event will see Marine Corps vehicles, vintage World War II aircraft and other private aircraft on the ground and in flight. Toys may be brought to the airport any time before as well as at the event. More information: Bo Donovan, airport manager, 760-788-3366.

RAMONA JULIAN ACADEMY OF DANCE students will perform their Christmas show, “Christmas Fun,” at the Ramona Certified Farmers’ Market in the Kmart parking lot, 1800 block of Main Street, at 10 a.m. Free photos with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Adobe Animal Hospital, 218 Etcheverry St., will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your pet for pictures with Santa Claus, tours of the hospital and boarding area, refreshments and holiday cheer. More information: 760-789-7090, www.AdobeAH.com.

GRINCH AND FRIENDS—New toys and other presents for foster children from newborn to age 17 will be accepted at the “Come See Grinch & Friends” event at 2674 Main St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

“CHRISTMAS IN CALI”— Ramona High School Dance Productions will present its 40th Annual Winter Showcase, “Christmas in Cali,” in the school’s Performing Art Wing (PAW), 1401 Hanson Lane, at 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 9 Our Town entry for more.

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH Javier Franko, Ramona Family Naturals, 642 Main St., from 10 to 11 a.m. to assist attendees reach their health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep and maximizing energy.

Sunday, Dec. 11

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE—First Congregational Church of Ramona will hold its second annual Blue Christmas Service at 5 p.m. This special service is designed especially for those who might be feeling more “blue” than joyful during the holiday season due to the loss of a loved one, illness, divorce, missing family who have been deployed or other experiences. Anyone in such a place is welcome to attend this quiet, candlelit service of worship and encouragement. RSVP required by Dec. 5 to First Congregational Church of Ramona, 404 Eighth St., 760-789-3348.

FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERT—The Way Church, 838 Hanson Lane, invites the community to a free Christmas music celebration for the whole family at 6 p.m. at. Cookies and refreshments will be provided. More information: 760-789-2732.

CAR SHOW—Owners of pre-1974 trucks and cars are invited to join the display of vehicles at a free car show in the Albertsons parking lot in the 1400 block of Main Street on Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. Tractors, tanks, boats, Peterbilts, motorcycles and other vehicles are also welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

WINTER CONCERT—The Ramona High School Symphonic Band and Royal Blues Jazz Band will present their Winter Concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the RHS gymnasium. The community is invited to enjoy festive songs of the season, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Baby,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Stille Nacht” and “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Admission is $6 per person at the door; children 6 and under are free. Baked goodies and other refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 760-315-0566.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY—Professional musician Andy Stubbs will share his love of music with the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society at the holiday celebration at 6:30 p.m. in the Barnett Barn on the grounds of the Guy B. Woodward Museum, 645 Main St. Guests are asked to bring a salad, main dish, or dessert for eight to share, and canned goods, which will be donated to the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet. For information, call 760-789-7644.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

LITERATURE DAY—Older students at Ramona Community School will host literature-based activities for younger students, including having students make their own books, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY—Ramona Garden Club will hold its Christmas party featuring a potluck and fun activities in the Ramona Woman’s Club, 524 Main St., at noon. Guests are welcome. Ramona Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Woman’s Club. Meetings begin at noon with a potluck lunch. Call 760-789-8774 or visit RamonaGardenClub.com.

AL-ANON meetings are held at 323 Hunter St. at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM—Little People’s Learning Center at Ramona United Methodist Preschool will present the program at 6:30 p.m. It will include the preschool children in the nativity story and winter wonderland songs and poems. A reception will follow. More information: 760-789-3435.

DIET SUPPORT CLASS with Victoria Bradley, Ramona Family Naturals, 642 Main St., at 7 p.m. Free.

   
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