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The Good Life—Timeshare Resort

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Ramona Town Hall—Coming Back to Life

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Guy B. Woodward Museum

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Ramona Valley Wines—Tasting Rooms

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Airport—Sky’s the Limit

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Rodeo—The Super Bowl of Ramona

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Trails—Enjoy the Outdoors

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Parks—Something for Everyone

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Map of Ramona Businesses

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Schools

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Ramona Golf Courses

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Junior Fair

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Events in Ramona

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Art Thrives in Ramona

33 HawkWatch 34 Music—It’s All Here 35

Garden Tour

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Farmers Market

38 Antiques 39 Chamber 40 Crafters 42

Clubs & Organizations

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Business Directory

Publisher -Jeff Mitchell Editor - Maureen Robertson Writers - Karen Brainard, Karen Carlson, Regina Elling, Jessica King, Judy Nachazel, Maureen Robertson Photography - Karen Brainard, Karen Carlson, Carolyn Dorroh, Regina Elling, Judy Nachazel, Dixie Pettit, Maureen Robertson, Tanya San Felippo, Tim Hll Page Design/Graphics - Nancy Stegon • Stephanie Sweet Sales Representatives - Nancy Lund, Lynn Sampson Office Manager - Kitty Brisendine

Hello Friends, Ramona’s population is approaching 50,000 now and it still remains the fastest growing unincorporated town in the county. Even in these challenging times we are still growing. Why? Because Ramona is geographically the “Heart of San Diego County” and located in the “Valley of the Sun.” It has a way of refreshing the soul. We would like to invite you to visit our town and see for yourself why it is a little slice of heaven. You can even track our history by the artistic historical murals gracing our beautiful landscape. Ramona has an exciting booming wine industry, as well as antiques, art, golf, tennis, a museum of history, music fest, 4th of July celebration, country fair, art tour, air show, Christmas festival, hiking trails, authentic food and, of course, any and all things equestrian, including a world-class rodeo. There are also endless trails for your riding pleasure and parades for children of all ages to attend. Ramona has an easy relaxed pace that you are sure to fall in love with. There’s a “Keep your business in Ramona and keep Ramona in business” attitude, and we have a state of the art library and after school recreation programs. Ramona has good schools and beautiful parks. We have numerous extracurricular classes and sports choices for the children and an endless array of outdoor activities. It is an excellent place to raise a family. The air is clean, vistas are breathtaking, and the natural beauty is everywhere. As Ramona Honorary Mayor, it is my pleasure to help foster and preserve our Ramona lifestyle. As always we are in need of help to restore our 118-year-old Town Hall. We would like to return it back to the people of Ramona for their enjoyment. It is a huge united effort that needs volunteer help. Please see ramonatownhall.com for more information. I look forward to seeing you around town as you see for yourself why we say, “Ramona is as good as it gets.” I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. We welcome you to discover and enjoy our well-favored lifestyle. Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis

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feature story

EXPERIENCE The Good Life By Karen Brainard

acationers and snowbirds from Canada, European countries, and all over the United States have discovered The Good Life timeshare, nestled among the boulder-strewn foothills of Ramona Valley with pleasant year-round temperatures and a host of recreational activities. “We love it here,” said Ian McClelland of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who spent his seventh winter this year at The Good Life. “This area is really unique.” Formally known as The San Diego Country Estates Timeshare but nicknamed The Good Life for its welcoming, homey atmosphere, the gold-crown rated timeshare keeps busy year-round, said Therese Grybow, manager of the resort. “It’s the great setting,” Grybow said as to why visitors keep coming back. The timeshare, built on the former Scarberry cattle ranch, is in an area that offers stunning views of the mountainous landscape of the Cleveland National Forest and is convenient to a variety of attractions in San Diego County. “Basically Ramona has prime weather and that country home feeling. Not the hustle, bustle of a city. You can relax here and enjoy,” said the resort manager. According to Grybow, The Good Life is the first California timeshare built specifically for timeshare purposes to bring in vacationers and make them feel as if they’re at home. The resort was built in 1977 by national award-winning developer Ray Watts, who had a vision for a picturesque, tranquil area for vacationers seeking relaxation, said Grybow. The timeshare is in the Watts’ planned community of San Diego Country Estates, which encompasses over 3,000 acres. Set on the hilly landscape along winding lanes and

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“They are full-size condos that in a sense could be lived in year-round with all the amenities of home,” said Grybow.

shaded by oak trees are eight two-story buildings, each housing eight one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens. The 64 units include TVs, fireplaces in the living rooms, washers and dryers, and barbecues on the patio or balcony. “They are full-size condos that in a sense could be lived in yearround with all the amenities of home,” said Grybow. “A lot who come in for longevity are (timeshare) owners,” said Grybow, adding that the bulk of those in the winter are from Canada. “We know the golf is such a big draw and why the majority of Canadians are here,” Grybow said. Just down the street in the Estates is the Ted Robinson-designed 18-hole San Vicente Golf Course. The Good Life buys a number of golf memberships for the year that allow timeshare owners, after paying a golf initiation fee and maintenance fees, to golf for free during their stays. “Golfing is fantastic,” said Raymond Rajotte, an avid golfer and timeshare owner, also from Edmonton. Rajotte said the arrangement is a great deal for timeshare owners. “It’s an incredibly good value if you play golf or if you play tennis,” McClelland said of the timeshare ownership. “It’s a great course. It has an incredible staff. They are very professional.” The timeshare provides pull carts for those who want to walk the course, while golf carts are available for a fee at San Vicente. Guests who are vacationing at The Good Life through an exchange are entitled to the homeowner association rate at San Vicente Golf Course. There are plenty of other recreational activities and amenities besides golf at the resort, including tennis, basketball, swimming, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and a clubhouse with a weight room, saunas, hot tub, and ping-pong. The clubhouse also has a large airy gathering room overlooking the tennis courts with a big-screen TV, pool table, puzzles, books, and a counter with coffee and snacks. Near the clubhouse is a full day spa and two equestrian centers—the International Equestrian Center and the Casey Tibbs Western Center. Ramona Oaks Park is across the street from the resort and offers a picnic area, playground, summer concerts, and other activities. When winter transitions into spring, the snowbirds at The Good Life head home and families begin traveling to the resort, vacationing there

throughout the spring, summer, and even into fall, said Grybow. Staff provides family activities such as bingo, craft projects, and basketball challenges. “We change it up for the seasons,” noted Grybow. Hiking in the area is a popular pastime at the resort, and a map of hiking trails throughout the Estates is available. One trail heads out to an area of the former cattle ranch where beautiful oak tree branches cascade down to a pond, said Grybow. “There’s some unique little trails out here. It’s a hiker’s heaven,” she said. In the area, there are also trails in the Cleveland National Forest, Barnett Preserve, Ramona Grasslands, Mt. Woodson, and Iron Mountain. And for those who want to do some sightseeing, there is plenty to see and do within an hour drive from the resort. Nearby, guests can enjoy the tasting rooms of the boutique wineries scattered around Ramona, or trips to the historic town of Julian, the Barona and Santa Ysabel Indian casinos, or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Visitors can take scenic drives to the Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego coastal communities, SeaWorld, Legoland, Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego Gas Lamp District, and Temecula wine country. Day trips can include Disneyland and Hollywood. McClelland and his wife, Diane Rieder, do a lot of day trips during their winter stays at The Good Life. “We probably see more of the area than people who live here,” he said. Because of its location, the timeshare recommends vacationers have a vehicle for travel but has been able to arrange shuttle service or tour buses for those without transportation. Grybow, a Ramona resident, has been at the resort for 26 years, working her way up from front desk representative to manager, and has high praise for her staff. “I have a phenomenal team of people here,” she said. “It’s everyone behind me that’s here and makes this property what it is. On a day-to-day basis, my team makes my job easier.” Grybow said her staff of 22 is like a family to her. Rajotte also applauded the staff and management. “They bend over backwards. They do incredible renovations to maintain the standards,” said Rajotte. San Diego Country Estates is operated by Tricom Management Inc., which has timeshare resorts all over North America. Most exchanges are through Platinum Interchange, said Grybow, but are also available through Interval International, RCI, and smaller exchange groups. The resort is considered a floating resort, so owners can split their time, she said. Local owners will often come in just for a weekend. Surprisingly, many of The Good Life’s timeshare owners learn about the resort through word-of-mouth, which was the case with McClelland and Rajotte, who started off with a week or two and kept buying more weeks to lengthen their stays. Said Rajotte: “I find it’s just an ideal place to come for the winter. It’s sort of the best-kept secret.” 2012-2013 Ramona Lifestyles 7


Historic

Ramona Town Hall

Town Hall

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t first glance, the unassuming facade of Ramona Town Hall blends seamlessly into the Main Street

scenery. The structure has stood in Ramona for well over a century, at times serving as the town’s library, bank, high school, dance hall, theater, and other things. It is one of the oldest and last original town halls in California, and one of the largest and oldest adobe structures in the entire Southwest. Sadly, its value to the community has diminished with age. But that could soon change thanks to local efforts to restore Ramona Town Hall at 729 Main St. to its full former glory. The two-story building was gifted to Ramona — then called Nuevo — in 1894 by early residents Augustus and Martha Barnett. The story goes that Augustus thought it improper for dances to carry on all night at the schoolhouse, and that the growing town needed a place to serve that purpose as well as a library. In donating the Town Hall, the Barnetts specified that its operation and upkeep be the responsibility of a volunteer board of trustees consisting of five members. Membership is held for life — or until a trustee moves out of the area or has other reasons to resign — and new appointments are determined by the remaining board members. Today’s members are hard at work picking up the pieces of a past restoration movement

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tragically squashed by a 1995 arson fire that set the work back well over a decade. The current trustees are President W.T. “Woody” Kirkman, Vice President Bob Krysak, Secretary and Treasurer Sandee Salvatore, and members-at-large Darrell Beck and Bob Hailey. Kirkman, a fifth generation Ramonan, is the third member of his family to serve on the board. “There’s got to be thousands of hours (worth of work). I don’t know how you would quantify it,” said Kirkman. Together, Kirkman and his fellow trustees are selflessly fighting to operate Town Hall solely on private donations, fundraisers, grant money, and rent collected for use of the building’s meeting rooms. Kirkman and Krysak give much of the fundraising credit to Salvatore. She’s made a lot of strides in raising money for the project in recent years and upholds the same amount of enthusiasm for it since Day 1, said Krysak. “The big cost is the insurance,” Beck said, noting that it’s one of the reasons it took so long for work to resume after the fire. It took several years to reach a settlement from the fire and by the time it had been reached, building codes had changed, as did material costs. “Right now, we’re about where we should have been in ’96,” said Beck. Currently open are the hall’s east and west wing meeting rooms. The top story, which was originally a loft, is under construction

and will eventually serve as a business office and storage space for hall operations. The main hall, which boasts a stage, dressing rooms, and a capacity of 200, is closed pending future renovations. Beck, a retired building contractor, has been helping direct the construction work, which has included seismic retrofitting, new plumbing and electrical wiring, new roof, fire sprinklers, and improvements to the facade. “They did things a lot different in 1894 than they do today,” Beck said of construction challenges. On top of the technical challenges, the trustees have had to tread lightly with preservationists to protect the historical value of the property. The biggest hurdle when working on an old building is changing it as little as possible while still making it stronger, according to Beck. Trustees are leaving the main hall as the final piece of the restoration puzzle. “This is the big job,” Kirkman said of the main hall. The first major step in completing main hall restorations will be to hire an architect/ engineer to help trustees come up with a plan. The projected finish date — “before we die and when we get the money,” joked Beck. To learn more about the restoration effort or to donate to it, visit www.ramonatownhall.com. —Jessica King


Museum

Guy B. Woodward Museum A treasure of history and surprises

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ew towns in California can boast of a museum as unique as the Guy B. Woodward Museum on Main Street, Ramona. More than just a single building, the museum is home to a complex of historic structures that actually bring the past to life. The most well-known building at the museum is the Verlaque House. “Built in 1886, the Verlaque house is unique for several reasons,” says Judy Nachazel, president of the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum. “The house is made of adobe, and the walls are about 18 inches thick, so it stays pretty temperate year-round. “ “The house also has a porch which goes all the way around the building. The back is a sleeping porch. And the house has a basement, which is very unique for this area,” she adds. “Since the family did not live at the home fulltime—they had a house in San Diego—the home was not originally wired for electricity or plumbed. The cistern they used for water is still here.” Other structures on the grounds include a replica of a one-room school from 1880s, a blacksmith

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shop, a cowboy bunkhouse, and a tack house. “These buildings were originally brought over from another ranch and rebuilt on the property. Each one is fully furnished with the actual items that would have been used at the time,” says Nachazel. A seven-ton jail, originally from San Diego, is also on the grounds. “It was used here after the turn of the century for a brief period of time,” says Nachazel. “I would imagine anyone who ever used it straightened up pretty fast—it gets very hot when it’s hot and so cold when it’s cold.” In the back of the property is a millinery shop, filled with sewing machines, old hats, and many other items. A replica of the old postal office sits by the bunkhouse. A honey house, original to the area, houses apiaries and old honey-harvesting equipment. “And the Barnett Barn is where we have our historical society meetings every other month,” says Nachazel. Looking past the memorial rose garden, fruit trees and old farm equipment, the Verlaque House may appear as a small building dominating the site. “Many people think the museum is just a small house, but they don’t realize the house has a basement, a wrap-around porch and all the rest of it,”

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said Nachazel. “It kind of fools the eye, because when you look in there, you don’t see any of the stuff in back. And once visitors realize that each building and each room is completely outfitted in antiques, they are really surprised. They often spend an hour or more here their first visit, and then come back.” Many people are also unaware that the museum’s archives are available to the public for research purposes. Research time must be reserved, and time and duplication of materials carry charges. But the material available is vast: more than 2,500 historic families, local area and native American Indians are featured, along with numerous autobiographies, biographies, financial records, statistics, school records, and much more. From the horse-drawn buggies to an old fire truck, and from the Casey Tibbs Memorial to the different rooms in the Verlaque House, the museum is filled to the brim with antiques, history and quite a few surprises. To visit the Guy B. Woodward Museum, stop by 645 Main St. on Thursdays through Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, hours are by appointment only. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 12 and younger. To learn more, call 760-789-7644 or see www.woodwardmuseum.org. —Regina

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Tasting Rooms Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays by appointment 17029 Handlebar Road (off Highland Valley Road) 760-787-0779 - cactusstarvineyard.com Edwards Vineyard & Cellars 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, (weather permitting) check website for extended seasonal hours & days 26502 Highway 78 760-788-6800 - edwardsvineyardandcellars.com Mahogany Mountain Vineyard and Winery 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 14905 Mussey Grade Road (access off Mahogany Ranch Road) 760-788-7048 - mahoganymountain.com Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays Additional hours by appointment 18750 Littlepage Road - 760-787-0738 milagrofarmvineyards.com Pamo Valley Winery 2 to 6 p.m., Fridays and Mondays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 603 Main St. - 760-271-3090 - pamovalleywinery.com Woof ‘n Rose Winery and Vineyard by appointment only - 760-788-4818 - woofnrose.com

hether sampling award-winning wines from a cozy downtown tasting room or sitting outdoors overlooking the vineyards and the mountainous landscape, those who visit Ramona’s boutique wineries will find an adventure that often brings them face to face with the winemakers themselves. Boutique wineries are spread throughout the scenic Ramona Valley American Viticultural Area, which received that designation in January 2006 due to its unique microclimate conducive to growing quality wine grapes. In 2010, the County of San Diego began allowing boutique wineries to open tasting rooms. As the Ramona wine industry continues to grow, so does the number of wine tasting rooms and patios where you will often find the vintners and growers pouring your wine. “There’s the opportunity here to speak with the people who actually make the wine, who grow the grapes,” said Beth Edwards, who with her husband Victor owns Edwards Vineyard & Cellars at 26502 Highlway 78 east of downtown Ramona. The Edwards produce their flagship and award-winning Petite Sirah, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Whale Mountain Red, a fifty-fifty blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah — all estate grown. At 2,500 feet elevation, visitors can enjoy Edwards’ wines outdoors on a shaded patio that overlooks the vineyard and gives views of Cuyamaca and Middle Peaks rising up in the distance. “People are surprised that it’s really peaceful even though we’re on (Highway) 78,” said Beth. A nice touch offered with the wine are the packaged rolls, such as rosemary olive oil or asiago cheese, from the famous Dudley’s Bakery in nearby Santa Ysabel. “I like to do local stuff,” said Edwards who also sells some local authors’ books, Sky Valley soaps, and handmade wreaths. Farther east down Highway 78 on “the road less traveled,” is the Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery at 18750 Littlepage Road. After driving along the narrow dirt road, visitors will find themselves passing through a stone entrance to a spot that has been called enchanting. Kit and Karen Sickels founded Milagro Farm in 2001 and hired winemaker Jim Hart in 2006. Hart grew up in the wine business as his family owns Hart Winery in Temecula. The Sickels consider their 100-acre farm a miracle property as it once was granite fields and oak trees and it survived two wild fires. Besides the boutique winery it is home to olive trees, chickens, turkeys, bees, peacocks, a pond, and vineyards. 12 2012-2013 Ramona Lifestyles 12 Ramona2012-2013 Lifestyles

Southern California Wine Co. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays 369 Main St. - 760-788-4600 southerncaliforniawinecompany.com Schwaesdall Winery 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 17677 Rancho De Oro Road (at State Route 67) 760-789-7542 - schwaesdallwinery.com Salerno Winery 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays 17948 State Route 67 760-788-7160 – salernowinery.com Kohill Winery Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 17211 Highlander Drive - 760-787-1042 - kohill.com Pyramid Vineyard Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 130 Magnolia Avenue (at State Route 78) - 760-789-4682 Lenora Winery 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 251 Steffy Lane - 760-788-1388 - lenorawinery.com Cordiano Winery 11 a.m. to sunset, Wednesdays through Sundays 15732 Highland Valley Road - 760-480-6673 cordianowinery.com Eagles Nest Winery 11 a.m. to sunset Fridays through Sundays by appointment Mondays through Thursdays During summer - 11 a.m. to sunset daily 18261 Chablis Road - 760-505-8229 - eaglesnestwinery.com Opening in November Hellanback Ranch Vineyard Weekends by appointment: 760-787-9586 hellanbackranch.com


Ramona Wineries Milagro has received awards for its wines, including the 2010 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 Estate Grown Chardonnay, and 2007 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wines include the Estate Grown Pinot Gris and Sangiovese. Visitors can spend an afternoon sampling wines on the sunny patio or in the spacious tasting room, strolling the vineyards, or viewing wine in progress in the wine production facility. Heading back west on Highway 78 to downtown Ramona, visitors can take a break at the Southern California Wine Co. in the Ramona Business Barn, 369 Main St. The new business is in the rear of the retail building and specializes in locally-produced wines and beers. Owned by the Marsh family — Nathan and Sandy and their son Garrett — the cozy rustic establishment serves mostly wines that are produced in the Ramona Valley, along with San Diego area produced beers that Nathan describes as “top-notch.” The Marsh family owns El Tesoro Vineyard in nearby Ranchita and hopes to sell their own wine by the end of the year. Just a little farther down Main Street in Old Town Ramona is the tasting room for Pamo Valley Winery, owned by Jennifer Jenkin. Her tasting room at 603 Main St. not only serves samples of her wines, but also a variety of wine-related gift items. Jenkin has expanded the tasting room since opening in June 2011 by adding an outdoor patio and another tasting room behind the original bar. She is often on-site pouring wine and visiting with

customers. “I try to be there as much as I can,” she said. Patrons describe the atmosphere as warm, cozy and friendly. Pamo Valley wines include Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Grenache. Jenkin’s 2007 “Cab on Fire,” a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend is just one of many wines that won an award. West of downtown Ramona are many other wineries including Woof ‘n Rose, Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, and Mahogany Mountain Vineyard and Winery. Owned by Michael and Kim Hargett, Mahogany Mountain can be reached by driving two miles down the picturesque and historic Mussey Grade Road and then turning left onto Mahogany Ranch Road. The vineyard sits at 1,500 feet elevation and offers views of the surrounding mountains. The Hargetts opened their tasting room in November 2010 and it quickly became a gathering place on the weekends for residents and tourists. The couple began making wine at the site in 1996 with locally-grown grapes and planted vineyards in 1997 with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvedre, and Zinfandel varietals. They have since expanded to add Syrah, Barbera, Muscat Cannelli, and Petit Verdot to their collection of grapes. Mahogany Mountain has won awards for its 2008 Merlot, 2008 Zinfandel, and Tawny Port Wine, along with other wines. Woof ‘n Rose, an off-the-beaten path winery, is open for tasting by appointment. Located about

1-1/2 miles off Highway 67 and the junction of Airmail Lane, owners Steve and Marilyn Kahle are happy to give directions and join guests on the veranda overlooking the vineyards and the valley. “We will sit down and talk and taste and will tell them about the vineyard,” said Marilyn. And if visitors want a tour of the vineyard, they will oblige. Although the tasting patio is by appointment, Marilyn said they are usually around so just give a call. The Kahles grow seven varietals of red grapes and in March won a gold medal for their 2009 Eglantine. They’ve also won awards for their 2008 Estate Grenache Noir, 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc, 2009 Ramona Valley Merlot, among others. They sell a limited amount of gift items, including bandanas, wine glasses, and locally-made soaps with the Woof ‘n Rose logo. Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, off Highland Valley Road, just opened a tasting patio this spring by appointment only and weatherpermitting, but owners Joe and Becky Cullen said they may be able to accommodate visitors on short notice. Joe has been making wine since 1995 and began growing grapes in 2001 so he could use his own for making wines, which include Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Many of their wines have won awards. Visitors will get a kick out of their colorful wine labels of a black and white paint horse jumping under a “Scaredy Cat Ranch” entrance sign. —Karen

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f you think that the blue skies around Ramona are beautiful from the ground, try taking a look at them from the air. It’s easy, with the help of the Ramona Airport. From private flying lessons to special events, there are many different ways to get a bird’s-eye view of Ramona. The Collins Foundation “Wings of Freedom 2012 Tour” will be stationed at the airport at 2926 Montecito Road from April 30 to May 2. “They will be selling rides in the historic B-17, B-24, and Mustang aircraft,” says Bo Donovan, Ramona Airport manager. “These historic aircraft are testaments to the brave men who served as crew members in WWII and to aviation history.” For more information, visit www.collingsfoundation.org. The Ramona Airport Open House, set for Sept. 22, offers guests a view from the sky in the form of tours of the air traffic control tower. Visitors can also tour the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire facilities. Mercy Air and Sheriff’s Copter 10 will be on the ground with crews showing off the vehicles — unless, of course, there is an emergency and they

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Classic Rotors, the rare and vintage rotorcraft museum, will be open for tours and will have several unique flying machines on hand for close-ups. have to leave. With planes landing and taking off throughout the day, there will be plenty for guests to see. Vintage and experimental planes can be viewed; many will have their proud owners on hand to answer questions. “Also on that day, Ramona Airport’s very own Classic Fighters will host their annual formation clinic,” says Donovan. “This is a big treat as the pilots will be taking off and flying in formation throughout the day. Many of them will be in beautiful, fully restored Warbirds.” Classic Rotors, the rare and vintage rotorcraft museum, will be open for tours and will have several unique flying machines on hand for close-ups. Aside from the Open House, Classic Rotors houses nearly 40 rotorcraft and attends more than a dozen air shows each year. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a great place to visit with aviation enthusiasts of any age. Visit www.rotors.org to learn more. The Ramona Airport Open House will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A pancake breakfast will start at 7 a.m. and a Mexican fiesta lunch will be

at noon. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 760-788-3366. Beyond the Open House, the airport is a busy hub and there is always something for the public to see. “There are a couple of flight schools at Ramona Airport, and they are able to accommodate both those interested in learning to fly, and those who simply want to purchase a demo flight for themselves or a friend or family member,” says Donovan. “Maintenance and avionics shops are also available for general aviation aircraft, aircraft rentals and more.” Group tours of the air traffic control tower are available. Contact the airport manager at 760-7883366 for details and scheduling. And for those who are just more comfortable with their feet on the ground, the airport offers a free public viewing area. “Located on the left side of Montecito Road, it’s a great place to bring the family for a picnic at a shaded table and to watch the aircraft,” Donovan says. —Regina Elling


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Ramona Agriculture Rodeo

Main Street Parade, music, vendors, more add to PRCA excitement and fun Last year, more than 5,000 people lined the streets for the Main Street Parade, and this year Ramona Rodeo Director Joanie Georgeson expects even more. “This year, the theme for the rodeo is ‘RTown,’ and it covers everything that has made Ramona into the town that we have today,” says Georgeson. Explaining that the annual rodeo brings so many locals and outof-town guests here, she says, “This year, we decided to toot o u r own

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horn. Ramona has a lot to offer and we want to let everyone know the many great things we have going on here.” The parade is just one of the many activities leading up to the rodeo. “I’m overly enthusiastic about this year’s rodeo, set for May 18, 19, and 20,” says Georgeson. “And we have a ton of special events, with, of course, the big parade being one of the highlights.” It all begins May 6 and 7 with the Ramona BlueGrass & Old West Fest. The third annual event will feature Lonesome Otis, Chris Clarke & Plow, Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, and many other top-notch groups playing day and night. The many unplanned jam sessions are a large part of the fun. The following weekend, May 11, guests will be treated to a Breakaway event, sponsored by Kenrix Sushi. On May 12, California High School Rodeo competition will take place at the rodeo grounds. On May 18, 19, and 20, the 32nd annual Ramona Rodeo takes over the Ramona Outdoor Community Center fairgrounds and rodeo grounds off Aqua Lane and much of the town. Three Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association shows are scheduled “We have an old-fashioned rodeo, with bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wres-

tling, tie down and team roping, and barrel racing,” says Georgeson. “Each night, the rodeo’s final event is bull riding. We have some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the area competing here. It’s really something we are proud to carry on.” The parade takes place at 10 a.m. May 19. “It’s a parade to show us off, and we are so excited to be able to give this gift to Ramona. Very few towns even have parades any more, and ours is one of the best,” Georgeson says. Ramona’s rodeo tradition dates back to 1981. By 1987, Casey Tibbs, world-famous cowboy and local legend, allowed his name to be associated with the rodeo, and his reputation helped grow the small rodeo into a multi-day event. Tibbs was a nine-time rodeo world champion. His legacy lives on. Calling the rodeo “the Super Bowl of Ramona,” Georgeson says that she hopes this year is bigger and better than ever. “Bring yourself, bring your family and bring your friends and let everyone know what a great place Ramona really is.” See www.ramonarodeo.net or call 760788-0811 for rodeo updates. The event takes place in the Fred Grand Arena, part of the Ramona Outdoor Community Center at 421 Aqua Lane or call 760-788-0811. —Regina Elling


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an Diego County boasts 320 miles of trails. Add to that the state park trails at our beaches, the mountain and desert state parks, and the national forest lands, Bureau of Land Management, and other public agencies, and we could be out exploring, practically forever. Ramona is smack dab in the middle of the county and there is no place that is too far to visit. From our beautiful open space preserves to the deserts, mountains, and beaches, we can visit the snow, the sand, and the ocean all in one day with little travel time. Right here in the HEART of San Diego County in Ramona, our trails offer some of the most amazing views, experiences, and challenges with diverse flora and fauna that you are not likely to see anywhere else. Our county preserves and open spaces are gems in the community and we are fortunate to be able to visit the great outdoors in our own backyards. Mount Gower, Barnett Ranch, Ramona Grasslands, Simon Park, Boulder Oaks, Luef Pond and Holly Oaks all offer something unique, yet familiar. They are each unique and gorgeous with trails throughout for walking, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. 20 20 2012-2013 Ramona Lifestyles Ramona2012-2013 Lifestyles

Bird watching is incredibly amazing and distinct in each location. Photography is a wonderful hobby for a Ramona lifestyle, too. Nature will provide the backdrop and the subject much of the time—just take a look around. Coyote, deer, turkey, quail, and many birds of prey will come into view and create a wonderful show no theater could rival. Our United States Forest Service lands offer many trail and outdoor opportunities as well. From southern Ramona at Eagle Peak and Cedar Creek falls (temporarily closed to the public), to the north offering Upper and Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trails, Orosco Ridge Truck Trail, and more, thousands of acres will keep you outdoors, healthier and happier with every visit. Just up the road a smidge, a short 30-minute drive or less, California State Parks offers over 100 miles of mountain trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and from there you can continue right into the 600,000 acres of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians will all have amazing opportunities to explore the areas, and all are close enough to visit again and again. Don’t forget to look up the Pacific

Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, and is just up the way from Ramona, for an amazing ride or hike. Eagle Rock will await your arrival and take your breath away. If the coast experience is something you desire from time to time, a 40-minute jaunt from Ramona will get you to the 1,300 miles of California coastline. Many beaches offer trails or connect to trails such as the Coast to Crest Trail that will lead right into Ramona in the near future. Fiesta Island offers a place to ride your horse, fly a kite, and enjoy all types of water sports, and it is a good way to get out in the warmer summer months. Del Mar and Imperial Beach also offer places to ride your horses on the beach. Whether you hike, bike, or ride horses, Ramona offers a wonderland of assorted spots to get outside. Trails in Ramona are multi-use, non-motorized trails with few exceptions. The whisper of the wind, songs of various birds, and an occasional call of a coyote or bird of prey will be your surround sound system in nature in and around Ramona. Get out and take a look at the most incredible natural theater you’ll ever see. —Karen

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Parks From a tree-shaded campground and open space preserves to intown parks with a soccer arena and ballfields, Ramona has outdoor activities for everyone, including those with disabilities. Dos Picos Regional Park, an 80-acre San Diego County camping park off Mussey Grade Road, has two handicapped-accessible cabins. Cabins by the Lake, which strives to give people with mobility issues more access to nature, donated the 200 square-foot cabins to the county in June 2011. Inside, the rustic pine-paneled cabins have bunk beds that sleep up to five, a table and chairs, and a spacious bathroom equipped with mounted grab bars and a sink with hot and cold water. The cabins sit on a large cement pad, offering easier outdoor manueverability for those in wheelchairs and the porch overhang provides shelter when sitting outside. Each cabin has a picnic table, grill and fire ring. To reserve a cabin, call 858-694-3030 or 877-565-3600 or visit www.sdparks.org. In the campground are 65 campsites and a shower building. A pavilion is available for activities for groups reserving 10 or more sites. The secluded Dos Picos Park is shaded by oak trees—many coast live oaks—and is surrounded by ranchland and hills dotted with boulders Hiking trails, a playground, a ball field, a wedding pavilion, and a pond with catch and release fishing are some of the amenities at Dos Picos. Ranger Kyle Icke calls the park a “zero waste facility” as it provides recycling containers and composting. Another county park in Ramona is Collier Park, the oldest park in the county. The eight-acre park in downtown Ramona is home to the Ramona branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego and the Scout Hut for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Added to Collier Park last year was an open-air, walled, soccer arena with lights, artificial turf and bleachers. The area is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible, and its wall has a transparent section for a view of the action from a wheelchair at ground level. The park is between Sixth and Seventh streets and also offers playgrounds, tennis court, picnic tables, barbecues, and a native plant area. The Ramona Community Park/Wellfield Park on the east side of town is often a hub of activity with softball and baseball games on the ball fields, and special events such as the country fair, rodeo, Ramona Idol contest, and bluegrass festival. For those who enjoy lots of open space for hiking and horseback riding, miles of trails have been created in the many open space preserves around Ramona. Barnett Ranch, Ramona Grasslands, Mt. Gower, Simon Preserve and Luelf Pond each offer a unique experience in a scenic setting. —Karen Brainard

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Local Business Locations 20/20 Eye Site.......................................... K-255 Adobe Animal Hospital .............................. N-24 Albertsons .................................................. J-29 All About Fun Rv Rental ............................. H-32 All American Ktm, Inc. ................................ I-30 Amber Ramirez - Farmers Insurance ......... H-31 Amici........................................................... J-29 Becky Costello - C21 .................................. K-26 Bella Mia Salon, Spa & Boutique ................ I-30 Boys And Girls Club Ramona ...................... I-31 Busy Bee Preschool .................................... I-33 Cactus Star Vineyard.................................. N-16 Carol Fowler .............................................. K-26 Cheers Bar & Grill ....................................... L-24 Clendenen Group ...................................... K-26 Country Tire & Auto.................................... L-24 Dave's Auto ................................................ I-29 Dreamy Nails .............................................. I-29 Edwards Winery .........................................F-39 Eileen Castberg ........................................... L-26 Eps Lumber/Economizers .......................... G-33 Grebar Farms ............................................. D-33 Jaime Gonzalez, DDS .................................. J-29 James Hill, DDS .......................................... K-27 Jewelry World ............................................. I-28 Joan Gansert - Town & Country.................. I-30

Just-N-Time Deli ......................................... J-29 Kirk's Bike Shop, Inc. ................................. H-31 Los Amigos Mexican Food ......................... O-39 Mahogany Mountain Vineyard ................. V-20 Mamma Rosa's ........................................... J-30 Mark Chintala, DDS .................................... P-40 McWhorter Jewelers ................................... I-29 Melinda Zeller ............................................ L-26 Mi Casa Reveles......................................... H-30 Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery ............. K-33 Nan's Place .................................................. I-30 New Creations Salon ................................. H-31 Oak Tree Ranch ......................................... A-36 Packards ...................................................... I-30 Pamo Valley Winery .................................. H-31 Kamps Propane ......................................... H-29 Kitchen Barn ................................................ I-30 RAE ............................................................. J-29 Ramona Beauty Supply & Salon ................ H-30 Ramona Dental Group - Dr. Laurie ............ H-32 Ramona Disposal ....................................... H-29 Ramona Energy ........................................ H-29 Ramona Eye Care ....................................... J-27 Ramona Family Dentistry - Dr. Feely .......... J-29 Ramona Fitness Center ............................... H-31 Ramona Julian Academy Of Dance ............. J-28

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Schools

ROBERT W. GRAEFF, Ed.D. Superintendent

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anked among the higher performing school districts in North San Diego County, Ramona Unified School District has long served the greater Ramona community as an excellent collection of public schools. Including 10 separate school sites for more than 6,100 students, the district is regularly awarded multiple awards and honors for student achievement in academic excellence, athletic achievement, and innovation in services to their students and their families. Having completed a revisioning process for the local school community four years ago, the district now is nearing the final stages of its current five-year Strategic Plan with a comprehensive vision for Preparing Today’s Learners for Tomorrow’s World. Recognizing that the parent community places a high value on excellence in education, the district’s Governing Board and administration strive hard to view parents as equal school partners in an effort to maintain high levels of rigor and expectations for all school-aged children. For elementary-aged students, the district maintains five traditional elementary schools for students in Grades K-6. With schools located from the east in the San Diego Country Estates all the way to the “west end” at Mt. Woodson, each of these schools is equipped with an outstanding collection of teachers who practice the latest classroom strategies in ensuring a high level of learning for all

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students. With a strong commitment to 21st Century Learning and a high priority on the utilization of technology, continual assessment and interventions, and encouraging all students to excel, the majority of the district’s elementary schools have surpassed the state’s expectations for excellence with Academic Performance Indices far exceeding 800 with one school surpassing 900. Four of the five schools have earned recognition as California Distinguished Schools in the past few years. The district’s comprehensive middle school, Olive Peirce Middle School, is located at the heart of the district, adjacent to its sister high school, Ramona High. At OPMS, more than 800 students in Grades 7-8 enjoy the prestige of attending a school that was named this year as a National School to Watch. Staffed by a school that boasts a significant number of teachers and administrators named Educators of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools, OPMS is frequently visited by teachers and administrators across the state in search of exemplary practices in teaching and learning. In addition to a rigorous academic program, the school offers opportunities for students in competitive athletics, vocal and instrumental music, art, and a wide range of after school activities through its After School Education and Safety program. Ramona High, the flagship school of the district, is home to more than 1,800

students and is very proud of its excellent reputation in academics, athletics, and the arts. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the school offers a wide range of academic coursework with the goal of preparing all students for eligibility at a four-year university or meaningful entry into the world of work upon graduation. Annually, the school’s academic achievement far surpasses national, state, and countywide performance in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the level of participation in Advanced Placement (AP) tests. The school’s automotive program is ranked in the top five high school programs in America and was featured for three months in 2009 on a nationally broadcast television series, named Drag Race High. With a full collection of elective course offerings in Career Technical Education, the school has received the California Distinguished School Award twice within the past five years for its excellence in high school education. Highly regarded throughout the area is one of the district’s alternative schools, Ramona Community School. Situated on a beautiful campus only eight years old, this unique site features two programs on one campus. In the K-8 Montessori Academy, classrooms are carefully prepared educational environments based upon the principles and theories of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). In this environment, children are allowed to develop and grow according to their own needs and at their own pace. With this philosophy, children are neither rushed nor held back, but are free to progress through series of activities on their unique interests


Schools and abilities. In the sister program on the same campus, the Mountain Valley Academy is home to a very successful and popular Independent Study program for students in Grades K-12. In this WASC-accredited program, home study students in all grades may study exclusively at home or take advantage of a “two day, on-campus option.” The program is provided by means of an independent study enrollment agreement, which is signed by parents and students with the school district. This agreement places a significant responsibility on the family, but can be a very rewarding and successful experience for those who make the commitment. Students are provided with art, music, PE, and computer programs while on campus. Rounding out the district’s collection of 10 schools are the continuation high school, Montecito High, and its sister independent study school, Future Bound. The proud holder of a recent award as a Model Continuation High School, Montecito annually enrolls nearly 150 stu-

dents who prefer smaller classes, more individualized attention, and a more intimate campus environment. With a full academic offering and a WASC accreditation, the school also offers a wide variety of courses in Career Technical Education, including sequential ROP courses in Food Trades, Landscaping, and Computer Applications. In Future Bound, students can choose an independent study program offering maximum flexibility for a student’s individual situation, leading to a high school diploma. Families new to the area or who have children preparing to enter kindergarten are encouraged to explore the school dis-

trict’s comprehensive website at www. RamonaUSD.net, featuring detailed information on each of the district’s schools and the district’s overall listing of services for our schools and families. For more detailed information, parents are encouraged to call or visit their local school office. In this exciting new era of public education where schools and teachers are taking extraordinary efforts to meet the ever-increasing demands of public and governmental agencies, local residents can rest assured that Ramona schools will remain at the top of the pack in preparing students for global competition and the skills needed in the 21st Century.

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iews of mountains and rock outcroppings, along with challenging holes with elevation changes, are are all part of the experience at Ramona’s two distinct public courses: San Vicente Golf Resort and Mt. Woodson Golf Club. In a picturesque valley setting on the east side of Ramona is the Ted Robinson-designed, 6,600-yard, par 72 San Vicente Golf Course. John Rathbun is head pro and describes what makes San Vicente different from other courses in the area. “I think it’s more of a rural environment and you feel like you’re more removed and out of the city when you’re here,” he said. “I think we’re kind of highlighted by all our mature California oak trees, pine trees, and maple trees.” He described the back nine as gorgeous, adding “When it snows, you can see all the snowcapped mountains.” A signature hole is number 12, a par 3, averaging 133 yards over the water in front of the green. “Most are usually intimidated because of the water,” said Rathbun. Each hole, he added, has its own challenges and own beauty. In addition to a driving range and practice putting green, the course has a 100-yard chipping area and practice sand bunkers. On the west side of Ramona is Mt. Woodson Golf Club, a 6,000-yard, par 70 course designed by Brian

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Curley and Lee Schmidt. “It’s the highest golf course in San Diego area — elevation-wise. Only true mountain golf course,” said General Manager and Head Pro Grant Wingate. The elevation of the 17th tee box is just over 2,000 feet. Called “The Forest,” the par 4 drops down to a sloping green surrounded by ancient oaks. Although each hole has a unique name, such as “The Cradle,” “Windinface,” and “Tree Tops,” the course is most known for its 480-foot rickety wooden bridge called “Woody.” “It reminds you of a wooden roller coaster,” said Wingate. From hole number 2, the bridge banks around boulders and trees, travels over a canyon, and connects golfers to a path that climbs a hill to hole number 3. Carts are a must at this golf course. “There’s no walking here,” said Wingate. “It’s a workout.” San Vicente Golf Resort is in San Diego Country Estates at 24157 San Vicente Road, 760-789-3477, www. sdcea.net. Golf packages are available with lodging at the adjacent San Vicente Inn. Mt. Woodson Golf Club at 16422 N. Woodson Drive is owned by Textron Financial and managed by Touchstone Golf. Daily golf deals are available. For more information, call 760-788-3555 or visit www. mtwoodsongc.com. —Karen Brainard


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Junior Fair

Auctions are always exciting, but few capture the heart of a town like Ramona’s Junior Fair and Livestock Auction. The annual event always has the crowd clapping for the winning bids, cheering on the bidders and beaming with pride over the achievements of local youth. Ramona is home to a myriad of 4-H groups and FFA (Future Farmers of America) and Grange members. Each year, the various organizations from Ramona and surrounding areas come together for the Junior Fair. This year’s Junior Fair is set for July 28 to Aug. 5. Throughout the fair, the youth compete in everything from dog shows and horse shows to sewing competitions and tractor maintenance. Participants also are involved in public speaking, creating displays, posters and other artwork, and t e s t s involving their knowledge. Junior Fair Steering Committee members, all from the various groups, determine activities that take place each evening of the fair. The events change from year to year, but fun for the entire family is a given. The highlight of the fair is always the livestock auction, set for Aug. 4. It begins with a buyer’s dinner, a barbecue meal consisting of more food than most buyers can eat, all served by the youth. “We have made the dinner bigger and better and more fun each year,” says Robby Storton, president of the Ramona Junior Fair Livestock Board. “The com-

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munity has always responded well, and we really appreciate their support.” The auction itself draws huge crowds. The money the youth earn from the sale of their livestock — hogs, cattle, sheep, rabbits and more — goes toward their continuing education. “It’s sometimes hard to watch as a board member, because we are all so intense in wanting this to go well for the kids,” says Storton. “We have a great time. The kids pass out snacks and water to the buyers, the buyers bid and visit their friends, and everyone involved just has a lot of fun.” The fair ends on Sunday, Aug. 5, with Master Showmanship and Awards. The kickoff for the Junior Fair is the July 14 Pie Auction. For this event, the youth are responsible for making all kinds of homemade goodies that are auctioned to help offset the costs of the fair, from judges to the electric bill. It all ends with some lucky recipient each year receiving a pie in the face, to the delight of bidders and bakers alike. “It’s a team effort,” says Crissy Tobiason, who leads the pie auction. “It takes an army of kids and families and everybody to put on this program. It’s a great program and no one can deny that it makes the kids into better citizens and better people for it.” “Anytime we can have programs that help the kids and families stay together, it’s a great thing,” says Storton. “The 4-H, FFA, and Grange programs all have great volunteers, and they teach the kids organizational skills, responsibility, and to do what’s right. It gives the youth a sense of pride and a work ethic, and they pass that on to their community, and later their own kids.” The first two days of the Junior Fair overlap with the Ramona Country Fair, slated for July 26 to 29 next door in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. For a complete schedule of events, visit: www.ramonajuniorfair.com. The junior fairgrounds can be found at 431 Aqua Lane in Ramona. —Regina Elling


Events April 14-15 Artists Open Studios Tour. Tickets $10. www.ramonaart.com, 760-789-1311 21 Walk for Life, 9 a.m., Collier Park, 760-789-7059 21 Authors Day at the Library, sponsored by Friends of the Ramona Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. friendsoframonalibrary.org, 760-789-4177 28 Fifth Annual Ramona Garden Tour and Plant Sale. RamonaGardenClub.com 28 Miss Ramona & Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant, 6:30 p.m., Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane. missramonapageant@live.com 30-May 2 Collins Foundation Wings of Freedom 2012 Tour, Ramona Airport, 2926 Montecito Road. 760-788-3366 May 5 HorsePower for Life, 3:30 p.m., International Equestrian

Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Road. www.drillediva.com 5-6 Third annual Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest, Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane. www. RamonaBluegrassFest.com 12 Home & Winery Tour, San Vicente Valley Club, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. sanvicentevalleyclub.org 12-13 American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 8 a.m. to 8 a.m., Wilson Stadium. relayforlife.org/ramonaca 18-20 Ramona Rodeo, Ramona Outdoor Community Center, Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane. ramonarodeo.net 19 Main Street Parade, 10 a.m. ramonarodeo.net 20 Ramona Rodeo Kids Day, Ramona Outdoor Community Center, Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane. www. ramonarodeo.net June 9 Bow Wow Pow Wow Dog Show, Kiwanis of Ramona,

Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane. 760-789-7629 23 Valley of the Sun Horseshoe Duel Tournament, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 421 Aqua Lane. 760-789-1311 July 4 July 4 Family Picnic and Fireworks, 5 to 9 p.m., fields behind Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. 11 Ramona Rodeo Queen Pageant, ROCC Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane. ramonarodeo.net 14 Ramona Junior Fair Pie Auction & Barbecue, 5 p.m., Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane. 24 National Day of the American Cowboy, noon to 5 p.m. Mountain Valley Ranch, Highway 78 at Magnolia Avenue. www.rangerdougs.com, 760-789-4867 For details and more upcoming events, see www.ramonasentinel.com.

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Art

Driving off the main thoroughfare past the majestic oaks, boulder-strewn hills, grasslands, and valleys has attracted many to make Ramona their home. Inspired by rural vistas and tranquil beauty, it is especially appealing to the artists who live here. Ramona Artists Open Studios Tour, in its ninth year, showcases the art of 19 exceptional local artists and artisans in their private studios. Sponsored by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, the tour allows the public a unique opportunity for an “up close and personal” view inside the artist’s workspace, and a chance to visit with the artists and to purchase art. The 2012 tour, scheduled for April 14 and 15, displays a variety of artistic expressions including paintings, etchings, wire sculpture, weaving, ceramics, jewelry, mosaics, quilt art, woodworking ,and gourd art. Tickets are available at the chamber or at the studios on the days of the event. Visit www.ramonaart.com for more information. Dedicated to promoting and providing quality public art, the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project is the newest art program in town. Check out the recently installed Casey Tibbs mural at the crossroads of 10th and Main streets. Several other murals are in planning stages with a goal of making Ramona a mural town — reflecting the history, culture, and character of this diverse community. To find out how to support this project, see www.ramonamurals.com. Beginning over 35 years ago, the Ramona Art Guild is the oldest continous art presence in Ramona. Since becoming a non-profit organization in 2000, it has grown to over 100-plus members. Guild demonstration meetings are held on the third Wednesday monthly at 7 p.m., in the Ramona Library Community Room, from September through June. The public is welcome. Additionally, it offers members opportunities to enter juried and non-juried shows and workshops to improve or learn new skills. It also awards annual scholarships to graduating Ramona seniors. For more information, check www. ramonaartguild.org. Other opportunities for showing art are available at The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery. Formed as a cooperative gallery in 1988, it presents monthly exhibits with a reception to meet the featured artists. They also hold a popular annual open juried art show in October. Watermedia classes, taught by an award-winning instructor, are held weekly in an upstairs studio at the gallery. As a convenience to local artists, frames and some art supplies are also available for sale at the gallery. The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery is located in the heart of Old Town Ramona at 845 Main St. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 760-789-3682 or visit www.olderamonahotelgallery.com. —Judy Nachazel

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he opportunity to see a variety of wintering and resident raptors in the Ramona Grasslands draws crowds of people each year to to HawkWatch, sponsored by Wildlife Research Institute Inc. (WRI) at its headquarters, 18030 Highland Valley Road. Held from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday in January, the free event offers close-up views of such raptors as the red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, ferruginous hawk, peregrine falcon, American kestrel and barn owl. Nineteen species of raptors have been recorded in the area, including golden and bald eagles.

WRI Executive Director Dave Bittner runs the show and captivates the crowd with fascinating facts about the raptors as they are brought out for viewing. Some of the raptors are year-round residents and others are migrants who winter in the 3,500- acre Ramona Grassland Preserve because it offers a great food supply, says Bittner. Bittner takes questions from the crowd that often includes people from Canada and Midwestern and Northeastern states who are wintering in the San Diego area. HawkWatch visitors are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and may bring binoculars

and chairs. Wearing sturdy shoes and layered clothing are recommended. Sighting scopes are set up around the property for participants to use. The visitor’s center sells sighting scopes, binoculars, vests, T-shirts, caps, and more. To get to HawkWatch take state Route 67 to Highland Valley Road. Turn north on Highland Valley Road and travel for two miles. Look for the Wildlife Research Insitute sign on the right. For more information about HawkWatch or other WRI events, go to www.wildlife-research.org or call 760-789-3992.

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hen it comes to music, Ramona has everything. Classical, bluegrass, rock, country, reggae, Celtic, jazz, Big Band — it’s here and more. Ramona’s reputation as a music town is growing as annual events attract musicians and music lovers from throughout the region and from other states.

Musicians from Ramona and surrounding areas have discovered that Open Mic Night in Kenrix Sushi Co. is a good proving ground for their music, said John Hasz, owner of Ramona Music Center. Hasz organized Open Mic Night, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p .m. every Thursday in the restaurant, 2330 Main St. Over the past two years, about 200 different musicians have performed during the evening event, Hasz said. Some performers are regulars and others are just passing through the area. “People are coming from all over,” Hasz said. “It’s a nice coaltion of players that have supported it.” All kinds of music styles are performed, including blues, reggae and Celtic, Hasz said. More information is at

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www.facebook.com/pages/Kenrix-SushiCo/326226553302. The third annual Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest will be held May 5 and 6 at the Ramona Rodeo Grounds, Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane. Organized by several Ramona musicians and businesspeople, the two-day festival features Bluegrass Etc., Lonesome Otis, Chris Clarke & Plow, Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders, Kirkwood, New Generation, Judy Taylor and the Wild Oats, and many other fine bands. There are impromptu break-out jams, nightly jam sessions and fireside storytelling in the pavilion and camping area, which has enough space for about 300 recreational vehicles (RVs). “The spontaneous bluegrass jams that happen around the campers are almost as much fun as watching the bands,” said Rob Lewallen, a musician and one of the festival founders. With about 100 vendors and kids’ activities planned for this year, Lewallen is expecting an attendance of at least 2,500 people. His goal is to grow the festival to 5,000 attendees and make it the biggest bluegrass festival in San Diego County. What sets this festival apart from others is the Old West portion that adds another dimension to the event.

More information is at ramonabluegrassfest.com. With the 2012 Ramona Music Fest under their belts, the town’s Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are planning the sixth annual festival in Dos Picos County Park for April 2013. The fun family event attracts bands from throughout the region and is particularly proud of the talented local musicians. All proceeds go toward community projects and scholarships. Watch ramonamusicfest.org for details. In September, Ramona Concert Association will start its 28th season, with 2012-13 shows kicking off with Cody Bryant and the Riders of the Purple Sage on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Riders’ show features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, drums, and harmonicas. The musicians are as refreshing today as when they rode the Hollywood range with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Monte Hale on the silver screen in the 1940s.They blend elements of the classic sound of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers with bluegrass, Cajun, and Bob Wills-style western swing into their own unique musical vision. The San Francisco-Munich Trio with cello, bassoon, and piano will be in town on Oct. 27. Cellist Rebecca Rust with her husband, bassoonist Friedrich Edelmann, come from Munich, Germany. The couple tours internationally with pianist Vera Breheda. Concert harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and flamenco dancer Suzanne Mendieta will take center stage in Ramona on Feb.

2, 2013. Mendieta enjoys a busy career as soloist, orchestral musician, recording artist, and teacher. She is principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and is on the faculty of Notre Dame de Namur University in California. She has appeared on television, movies, National Public Radio, and the Emmy Awards, and has performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Josh Groban, and Barry Manilow and for world leaders such as the King and Queen of Spain, and presidents of Russia and the U.S. Suzanne Mendieta, a classical trained dancer in ballet and flamenco, is a member of many ballet and opera companies, performs internationally, and has appeared on TV and in movies. On March 2, 2013, James D’Leon will be in Ramona. Born in South Korea, he began playing the piano at age 4 and performed his first recital at age 5. By age of 14, he debuted with the Philadelphia orchestra. Winning countless national and international piano competitions led to his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, he was selected to be an official Steinway Artist. A bonus concert will be the Ramona High School Symphonic Band led by Daniel James. The date for this concert will be announced before the season’s start. All of the concerts will be in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center next to Olive Peirce Middle School at 1521 Hanson Lane. Season tickets and other information are at ramonaconcerts. com or call 760-789-7474 or email ramonaconcerts@cox.net.


Garden Tour Whether you live locally, visit frequently, or just dropped in from out of town, if beautiful gardens inspire you, you won’t want to miss the fifth annual Ramona Garden Tour. The 2012 version of the Ramona Garden Tour and Plant Sale, set for April 28, promises to be bigger, better and more inspiring than ever before. This year’s tour boasts an impressive seven gardens, in addition to a huge plant sale and vendor booths. Although each of the gardens is uniquely suited to Ramona, many of the ideas and plant combinations can be easily transplanted to other areas. And there is nothing like joining fellow garden lovers and nature enthusiasts to

help ignite those creative landscape sparks. Three of the gardens are within walking distance of each other, and the gardens’ owners are friends. Each has used similar elements — birdhouses, plants and art — in unique ways in their own yards. Another garden features succulents and cactus. At one home, nothing goes to waste and the homeowner repurposes as much garden art as she can. One backyard has a park-like setting with oaks and large rock formations. To round out the unique visions of local homeowners, one garden features more than 250 roses. The self-guided tour takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Headquarters for this year’s

tour and Plant Sale is the relatively new Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Just look for the activities around the back parking lot. The Plant Sale is free. Hundreds of locally grown salvias, succulents, vegetables, palm trees, kangaroo paws, and more will be available. Garden club members will be on hand to help answer any questions. To cap off the day’s events, a large basket filled with gardening tools will be given away. Tour tickets are $20 and will be available in advance and at the plant sale on tour day. For more information, visit: RamonaGardenClub. com or contact Jane Vidal at 760-789-1910. —Regina Elling

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Farmers Market It’s a fresh food market, a social outing, and a community service all rolled into one weekly event — and the Ramona Certified Farmers’ Market plans to keep on growing. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. yearround, unless it is raining or a major holiday, the market offers fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruit and herbs; homemade jams, jellies, tamales, bakery goods and honey; garden art and plants; handcrafted jewelry, candles, and much more. Just as important as what is sold is how the market operates, says manager Summer Hardesty. “It’s a social event, for the customers and the

vendors,” she says. “We have repeat clients who come back every single Saturday to see what is new and different and to check in with everyone. And we also have new visitors every week. The items are always a little bit different — and so are the buyers.” Shoppers, children, dogs, and even pet parrots are regulars at the market in the Kmart Shopping center at 1855 Main St., where a small food court serves as the hub of activity. Although the number varies from week to week, there are usually at least 20 vendors hawking their wares. Saturday activities also change on a regular basis, from live music and youth dancers to pony rides and a petting zoo. Fundraisers, es-

pecially those that support local youth, are standard events. “We also have something special for every holiday,” says Hardesty. “We have photos with Santa at Christmas, and at Halloween and Easter we have a special trick or treat for the kids.” Just showing up one time for the weekly market really doesn’t showcase what the event is about, she adds. “Our fresh produce is seasonal, our vendors offer one-of-a-kind items, and the activities are always changing, so we encourage people to come to the market, browse, shop, walk the dog, or even just bring the kids and meet with friends. It’s a fun get-together.” —Regina Elling

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Keep up with the times­­— past & present Ramona’s past — and its future — can be found inside any of the town’s several antique stores. Although the economy may be uncertain, “people still love to go shopping,” says Victoria Townsend, owner of Squash Blossom Trading Company, the antique store at 746 Main St. “Shows like ‘American Pickers’ from the History Channel, which has been to Ramona, have certainly broadened interest in antiques among men,” she says. “There have always been people interested in antiques, but now I see more men shopping for items such as motorcycle and cowboy collectibles and advertising memorabilia.” Despite the economy, the antique shops in Ramona continue to do business and draw buyers, she adds. “The longevity of the shops here is a testament to the inventory that we carry. Shoppers are looking for value and that one-of-a-kind item they can’t find anywhere else. You can’t give ordinary pieces away right now. But I believe the shops in town all have better than standard antique store fare.” Townsend believes the antiques business

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is one of the longest and largest running businesses in town, and points out most of the local shops are family owned and operated. Sandee Salvatore, owner of the Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair at 734 Main St., agrees that the visit from “American Pickers” seemed to legitimize the quality of local antiques for some purchasers. “But even before they came, we believe that our customers have always known that they can buy quality here,” she says. “Our items retain their value over time; they don’t lose it.” At 7,000 square feet, the Fair is the largest antique mall in town. There are more than 40 vendor spaces, 10 vendor cases, a candy shop, and more antiques than even Salvatore can describe. “You can spend hours in here—you never know what you are going to find.” Linda Thomsen runs the antique part of the business at the Ramona Business Barn, 369 Main St. “Because my family originated in Old Ramona, I like the shop to look like Old Ramo-

na and for people to get a real feeling of what Ramona used to be like. We use old wood, old metal, authentic materials, and the shop is full of authentic items,” she says. Thomsen says the history of the pieces is often an important purchasing point. “There are so many people who really appreciate the little bit of a story that goes with the antiques they purchase. Many of my customers are thrilled that I can describe to them how an item was used and often who used it,” she says. Like many of the antique store owners in town, Thomsen enjoys visiting with shoppers. “I really feel like one of the most important services I can offer is to find out what it is they are really looking for,” she says. “I never dreamed that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’m having a heck of a good time, and so are my customers.” —Regina Elling


Chamber Of Commerce

Events promote the town, businesses A country fair, Christmas Tree Lighting, horseshoe tournament, and Halloween trick or treating are among events Ramona Chamber of Commerce promotes each year. There’s also the annual Artists Open Studio Tour and monthly networking get-togethers. Ramona Country Fair from July 26 to 29 promises fun for the entire family, with entertainment, carnival rides, crafts, vendors,

contests, food galore, and the popular Ramona Idol competition that coordinator Gin Boughner says will be bigger and better than ever. All activities will be in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (ROCC), 421 Aqua Lane. Valley of the Sun Pitchers Duel Horseshoe Tournament will be June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the ROCC. Main Street merchants get to-

gether to hand out candy and other treats from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, and the annual Christmas tree lighting is held in early December in Collier Park. Monthly mixers are the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. except December and January. Individual businesses host the networking events. Details about these and other chamber activities are at 760-7891311.

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Crafters There’s definitely something about Ramona that brings out the creative side in its residents. Maybe it’s in the air, maybe it’s in the water, or maybe it’s just something that gets in the blood. But however it takes root, there’s no denying that creativity and talent thrive here. Fortunately, the situation is often a win-win for both the makers — and the lovers — of the many fine arts and crafts. Such is the case with Nan’s Place, a treasure trove of high-end, handmade crafts. “Our items range from cards made by a 14-year-old girl to cards made from paintings,” says owner Kathy Jo Brewer. “We have wine stoppers, stained glass table lights,

wooden crosses, recycled birdhouses, purses and much more.” The jewelry in Nan’s Place is a highlight of the shop. “We have several artisans here who make jewelry, and they are all extremely talented,” Brewer says. Year-round Christmas collectibles and many other knick-knacks can be found at the shop, but one of the most intriguing booths is a salon. “New Creations Salon offers facials, skin care, and hair,” says Brewer. “In this economy, we all need to pull together, and by doing so we’ve been very successful,” she adds. “By supporting each other, all the local businesses benefit.”

Beverly Coggins, manager of Affordable Treasures across the street, agrees that shops such as theirs provide local artisans who cannot afford to open their own store a place to sell their creations. The items are popular with tourists as well as area residents. And for those buyers who crave even more special gifts made by locals, Town Hall, located in the heart of Old Town Ramona at 729 Main St., hosts two craft fairs each year, with the proceeds going toward renovation of the historic building. One’s planned for April 27-29 with a holiday fair in December. See ramonatownhall.com for details. —Regina Elling

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Cigar Lounge Stallion Cigar Lounge ...................... 760-822-3666 Coffee Packards ..................................... 760-789-4262 Contractors B. Brian Builders.............................. 858-939-9862 Michael B. McDonald ...................... 760-644-7541 R.J. Kuchta Construction ................. 760-789-5209 Sass Electric .................................... 619-804-2909 Dance Dance Centre of Ramona ................ 760-789-8532 Pat Leming Ballroom Workshops .... 760-419-2416 Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance . 760-789-1711 Dentist Dr. Jaime Gonzalez, DDS ............. 760-787-0962 Dr. James L. Hill DDS Inc. ............. 760-789-2330 Dr. Liske DDS Gen. Dentistry ....... 760-789-9500 Dr. Mark Chintala, DDS ............... 760-789-2882 Ramona Dental Group ................ 760-789-8537 Ramona Family Dentistry ............ 760-789-0170 Dermatology Ramona Dermatology ................. 760-789-6434 Dining & Beverages 3rd Street Grill.............................. 760-789-2866 All About Yogurt ......................... 760-788-7810 Amerient Restaurant .................. 760-789-6855 Amici ........................................... 760-788-4800 Big Apple Bagels .......................... 760-788-1800 Boll Weevil of Ramona ................ 760-788-1392 Cheers Of Ramona ...................... 760-789-0270 ColdStone Creamery ................... 760-788-4335 Da Tuna Shack............................. 760-788-8862 D’Carlos....................................... 760-789-4340 Dinner Studio .............................. 858-277-1977 Jeremy’s on the Hill..................... 760-765-1587 Just-n-Time Deli .......................... 760-788-6184 Kenrix Sushi................................. 760-788-8002 Kountry Kitchen .......................... 760-789-3200 La Cocina ..................................... 760-789-8332 Los Amigos .................................. 760-789-5086 Little Caesar’s Pizza ..................... 760-788-0480 Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant 760-789-6147 Mi Casa Reveles .......................... 760-789-9823 Mi Ranchito Taco Shop ............... 760-789-0368 Nikos Greek Kafe......................... 760-789-2342 Nuevo Grill .................................. 760-789-2801 The Oaks Grille ............................ 760-789-8290 Quizno’s ...................................... 760-787-9892 Ramona Cafe............................... 760-789-8656 Ramona Lisa’s Pizza & Subs ........ 760-789-8200 Sizzler .......................................... 760-789-3240 Southern California Wine Co. ...... 760-518-0296


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Lumber (continued) Ransom Bros. Lumber & Supply . 760-789-0240

Golf Craig Frank, PGA ......................... 760-789-3477 San Vicente Golf Resort ............... 760-789-8290

Martial Arts Ramona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ........... 760-787-5855 Ramona Martial Arts ................... 760-315-2274 Ramona Mixed Martial Arts ........ 858-204-6765

Grocery Stores Albertsons ................................... 760-789-0023 Ramona Family Naturals ............. 760-787-5987 Stater Brothers ........................... 760-789-9915 Hardware Stores Ace Hardware ............................. 760-440-3380 E.P.S. Hardware .......................... 760-789-4950 Ransom Bros. Hardware ............. 760-789-7898 Health Clubs Crossfit Brand X .......................... 760-419-7135 Fit Kids ........................................ 760-315-6445 Fitness Xpress for Women .......... 760-870-4580 High Definition Fitness ................ 858-869-9770 Jazzercise .................................... 760-789-0960 Ramona Fitness Center ............... 760-789-3500 Health Services Arch Health Partners................... 760-789-5160 Dr. Fredric Arsham ...................... 760-789-2629 Ramona Oaks Family Practice ..... 760-789-8812 Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic ... 760-789-7059 Insurance Farmers Ins. Amber Ramirez ....... 760-789-0010 Farmers Ins. Luis Carbajal ........... 760-787-1100 Maguire Health Insurance Srvc .. 760-788-4776 Insurance (continued) Secure Horizons .......................... 619-647-5923 Wateridge Insurance Services ..... 760-788-9558 Interior Design Ramona Interiors ....................... 760-789-6025 Studio One .................................. 760-789-9328 Jewelry Jewelry World and Loan .............. 760-789-2048 McWhorter Jewelers ................... 760-789-3385 Landscape Services RTC Nursery ................................ 760-789-5910 Legal Services Evan A. Drexl, Esq. ...................... 760-789-1485 Law Office Krysak & Associates... 760-789-9314 Tootchacre & Ames LLP............... 760-440-9998

Massage Bee Bees Massage Therapy ........ 760-445-5322 Mediation Mediation Matters ..................... 619-820-8973 Mobile Home Parks Oak Tree Ranch Inc. .................... 760-789-1382 Mortgage Bankers/Brokers San Vicente Mortgage................. 760-787-1700 Town & Country Home Loans...... 760-789-9995 WJ Bradley – Shelly Heimer......... 619-743-8848 WJ Bradley – Theresa Tynan ....... 760-787-0111 Mortuary & Cemetery Bonham Bros. & Stewart............. 760-789-1678 Nuevo Memory Gardens/Ramona Cemetery District ........................................ 760-789-0136 Motorcyles All American KTM ....................... 760-788-7733 Ramona Performance Motorcycle .................... .................................................... 760-788-2453 Music Music Outreach ........ mosdirector@gmail.com Ramona Music ............................ 760-789-3154 Orthodontist Dr. C. M. Hulsey, III DDS, MS ....... 760-789-3340 Ramona Orthodontics ................. 760-789-0247 Plumbing Jim Haworth Plumbing Service ... 760-789-5119 Pool Service Webb Pool & Spa ....................... 760-789-7704 Postal Services Ransom Brothers Postal Annex ... 760-789-7849 United States Post Office ............ 800-275-8777

Library Ramona Library ........................... 760-738-2434

Propane, Gas & Oil Kamps Propane ........................... 760-789-7079 Propane Delivery Service ............ 760-721-8600 Ramona Energy, Inc. .................. 800-789-0410 Shuster Oil, Inc. ........................... 760-745-0591 Valero ......................................... 760-789-2411

Lumber E.P.S. Lumber .............................. 760-789-4950

Publications Orange Book Ramona Directory . 760-789-4243 2012-2013 Ramona Lifestyles 45


Business Directory Publications (continued) Ramona Lifestyles ....................... 760-789-1350 Ramona Sentinel Newspaper ...... 760-789-1350 San Vicente Valley News ............. 760-789-7131 Pump & Water Storage Ransom Pump & Supply, Inc. ...... 760-789-5955 Real Estate Apple Tree Realty ........................ 760-765-1111 Century 21 San Vicente Becky Costello ..................... 760-420-2325 Carol Fowler........................ 760-522-1777 Clendenen Group ................ 760-787-3210 Doreen Smith...................... 760-803-4708 Martha Luce ....................... 760-532-7196 Sally Westbrook .................. 760-525-4888 Coldwell Banker Country Realty . 760-789-2110 Judy Raines ......................... 760-604-1946 Karen Dye ........................... 760-787-3179 Melinda Zeller ..................... 760-787-3190 Sharon Quisenberry ............ 760-787-3177 Susan Michalek ................... 760-445-1270 Theresa Rose ...................... 760-788-7665 Coldwell Banker Country Realty (continued) Veronica Clark .................... 760-803-3582 Eileen Castberg RE Brokerage ..... 760-440-0884 The Funderburk Company Myrna MacMurray ............. 760-390-0062 MJN Real Estate Nicholes Deseno ................. 760-803-4840 Melinda Farkas Real Estate Co. ... 800-360-3714 Ramona Real Estate Association ........ RREA.org Ramona Real Estate Brokerage Janet Worsham................... 760-789-8486 Paul & Bryn Tarr ................. 760-789-4000 Re/Max Direct ............................. 760-788-1000 Jan Ryan.............................. 760-420-9780 Regina Flores ...................... 760-788-0721 The Roy Team ............................ 760-787-4292 TL & Associates ........................... 760-440-9064 Cheryl Hotchkiss ................. 858-735-5542 Town & Country Realty Inc. ........ 760-789-3400 Joan Gansert ....................... 760-518-2081 Resort Rivera Oaks ................................. 760-788-7711 San Vicente Inn ........................... 760-789-8290 Retail Big 5 Sporting Goods ................... 760-787-0726 Books, Books, Books! .................. 760-788-5640 Crazy 9 Patch Quilt Shop ............. 760-789-4050 Dynamic Discounts...................... 760-789-3346 Elam’s Hallmark .......................... 760-788-9107 Fashionably Late ......................... 760-787-0797 For What Décor........................... 760-788-8830 Kimi’s Fashions............................ 760-789-1099 Kirk’s Bike Shop Inc. .................... 760-789-4111 Lia Sophia .................................... 760-219-9715 46 Ramona Lifestyles 2012-2013

Retail (continued) Nan’s Place ................................. 760-787-5700 Ramona Food & Clothes Closet... 760-789-4458 Ranger Doug ............................... 760-789-4867 Sears of Ramona ......................... 760-788-8080 Seidl’s Party Supplies .................. 760-787-9455 Treasures Christian Store ............ 760-788-0254 Unicorn Books & Gifts ................. 760-788-3700 Wrangler Dan’s Mercantile ......... 760-789-4964 WT Kirkman Lanterns.................. 877-985-5267 RV All About Fun – Rental/Sales ...... 760-789-8988 All About Fun – RV Service .......... 760-789-0407 Septic Sludgebusters ............................. 760-789-7054 Schools Barnett Elementary School ......... 760-787-3500 Hanson Elementary..................... 760-787-2100 James Dukes Elementary ............ 760-788-5060 Montecito High School ............... 760-787-4300 Mt. Woodson Elementary ........... 760-788-5120 Schools (continued) Mtn. Valley Academy .................. 760-787-3600 New Life Christian Academy ....... 760-788-8008 Olive Peirce Middle School ......... 760-787-2400 Palomar College .......................... 760-744-1150 Ramona Community School ........ 760-787-3600 Ramona Elementary ................... 760-787-4400 Ramona High School ................... 760-787-4000 Ramona Lutheran School ............ 760-789-4804 ROP/RUSD ................................... 760-787-4035 RUSD District Offices ................... 760-787-2000 Screen Printing / Embroidery Marketing Worx .......................... 760-788-0535 Shuttle Services Transit Van Shuttle ..................... 760-518-3162 Spa Services Pacifica Spa Studio ...................... 760-788-1588 Spa Riviera .................................. 760-788-3738 Tanning Ramona Tan ................................ 760-788-9990 Thrift Shops Ramona Food & Clothes Closet... 760-789-4458 Timeshares San Diego Country Estates Timeshare ............. .................................................... 760-789-3826 Utilities Ramona Municipal Water District . 760-789-1330 San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ......... 619-696-2000

Veterinary Services Adobe Animal Hospital ................. 760-789-7090 Cedar Creek Equine Vet ................ 760-484-4426 High Valley Veterinary Hospital .... 760-788-6250 Waste Management Daily Disposal Services, Inc. .......... 619-702-3300 Ramona Disposal .......................... 760-789-0174 Water Hague Quality Water .................... 760-789-5010 Ramona Municipal Water Dist. ..... 760-789-1330 Water Well Drilling AAA Drilling ................................... 760-587-9339 Window Cleaning Krystal Klean ................................. 760-315-3467 Wineries Cactus Star Vineyard .................... 760-787-0779 Edwards Vineyards & Cellars ........ 760-788-6800 Mahogany Mountain Vineyard ..... 760-788-7048 Milagro Farms Vineyard & Winery 760-787-0738 Pamo Valley Vineyards & Winery.. 760-788-0920 Pyramid Vineyars & Winery .......... 760-789-4682 Salerno Winery ............................. 760-788-7160 Schwaesdall Winery ...................... 760-789-7547 Southern California Wine Co. ...... 760-518-0296 Woof & Rose Winery ..................... 760-788-4818

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Our Mission at Adobe Animal Hospital: Adobe Animal Hospital is devoted to providing the best medical, surgical, and emergency care available in veterinary medicine. As important as our medical expertise is, we believe that excellent care combines state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and surgery with a focus on compassion and respect for your pet and your family. Our goal is to provide quality care in an individual and personalized manner. We strive to provide a standard of care and service in the field of veterinary medicine and surgery that rivals and surpasses that which is available in the human field. Adobe Animal Hospital will continue to strive to be deserving of the trust placed in our hands by our clients. We feel it is our inherent responsibility to continue to invest in our facility, equipment, and professional staff in order to continue to provide unequaled and unparalleled veterinary services for our present and future clients.

• Spay/Neuter

• I.D. Implants

• Low Cost Vaccinations

• Emergency Medicine

• Well Pet Care

• Dental Care

• Diagnostic Laberatory On Premises • Reasonable Rates • Flea & Tick Products

New Online Pharmacy Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5:30pm, Saturday 8am-2pm

Introducing

luxury bathing…

The Bath House is for your canine friend! We use only the finest products and equipment to make your pet look and feel their best! All pets are bathed using the Hydrosurge System which mixes water, air and shampoo and uses a pulsating action to easily rid your pet of dander and dirt while delivering a nice water massage at the same time!

Adobe Animal Hospital will be offering this service on

Wednesday & Thursday Please call and speak to our client service team to schedule your best friends appointment

760.789.7090

218 Etcheverry Street | Ramona, CA 92065 | 760.789.7090 | www.adobeah.com

Check Our Adobe Animal Hospital’s Facebook Page and be sure to Like Us! For any questions regarding the care we provided for your pet(s), please email our Hospital Administrator Jenna at jmbladelwood@gmail.com. She would love to hear from you! Be sure to email pictures of your furry friend(s) and we will post on our facebook page (with your permission). 2012-2013 Ramona Lifestyles 47


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