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  • Ramona, Our Home on the Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3More Than a Good Book! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Fireworks Light Up the Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Celebrate Cowboy Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Magnificent Murals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Cedar Creek Falls A Gem in Ramonas Backyard . . . 10Lodging Establishments Welcome Guests . . . . . . . . . . 13Take a Walk on Ramonas Creative Side . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Art + Wine = Pleasure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Ramona Chamber Visitors Resource . . . . . . . . . . . 15Healthy Living in Ramona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Hitting the Trails Equestrian Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Equestrian Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Ramona Rodeo Queen Ashley McDonald . . . . . . . . . . . 20Six Hiking Trails Offer a New View of Ramona . . . . . . . 21Experience Nostalgia at Cruise Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Tasting Adventure Awaits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24The Ramona Shopping Scene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Lets Go to the Junior Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29Map of Ramona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Russian Music Ensemble Launches Concert Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Adding More History to the Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Wine Tasting in the Valley of the Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Simple Rules for Wine and Food Pairings . . . . . . . . . . 40Ramona Wine Country Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Play a Round of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Bicycling Ramona The Best Workout . . . . . . . . . . . 46Seasonal Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47Introducing the Ramona Grape Stomp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48Country Fair An Oldie But a Goodie . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51Trends Show Ramona is a Wise Real Estate Investment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Ramonas Royal Representatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56Readers and Writers Enjoy Authors Day . . . . . . . . . . . 56Hawk Watch Showcases Wild Raptors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57Quilts Star at Annual Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Halloween is a Hit! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59Light Up the Christmas Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Community Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Ramona Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

    C o n t e n t sSummer-Winter 2016 iSSue 16

    From Los Angeles Areas: Take I-5 or I-15 South to SR-78 East to Ramona.

    From San Diego Areas: Take I-8 East to SR-67 in El Cajon, and follow to Ramona.

    How to get to RAmonA

    PUBLISHERS Darrel and Carol Kinney

    WRItERS Jim Evans Angela McLaughlin tiffany Pressler Jack Riordan tracy Rolling Annette Williams

    PHotogRAPHy Darrel Kinney Carol Kinney John Jones Angela McLaughlin tiffany Pressler tracy Rolling Rick Watkins Annette Williams Barry Claessens, BC Photography

    offICE ADMInIStRAtoR Annette Williams

    SALES ADMInIStRAtoR Lori Mould

    gRAPHIC DESIgn Mary Van Doren

    PUBLISHED By Ramona Home Journal726 D Street Ramona, CA 92065

    2016 the guide to Ramona. Published on a twice-yearly basis and distributed free of charge. Advance written permission must be obtained from the publisher for partial or complete reproduction of any part or whole of the guide to Ramona, including advertising material contained in its pages. opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily the opinions of this publication. the publisher is not responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints or typographical errors in features or advertisements printed in the publication.

    See us online at www.ramonaguide.com or email [email protected]

    The Guide To Ramona

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    Ramona,Our Home on the Range

    Tracy Rolling

    Ramona is more than a growing country town where the deer and wild turkeys play. Sure, traffic is seldom heard, and welcome is a common word, but the skies are not cloudy all day especially since the town sits at 1,400 feet above sea level.

    Located just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, Ramona is where buffalo roam the hillside at a private ranch on the outskirts of town. Camels do, too, at a local camel dairy farm. Injured wildlife find sanctuary and healing at The Fund For Animals, while raptors nest atop the native trees.

    Wide areas of open space provide breathtaking views, and designated trails offer hikers and equestrians of all fitness levels the opportunity to get active.

    In addition to more than two-dozen boutique wineries, the town boasts two regulation golf courses, a paintball park, organized sports for youth and adults, as well as numerous murals and a public campground.

    Managed by the County of San

    Diego, Dos Picos County Park offers year-round camping for tent and recreational vehicle users. The grounds also accommodate a variety of seasonal activities, including catch-and-release fishing, guided night hikes, horseshoes and a tot-lot play area.

    With a focus on country living, Ramona features affordable housing options, with many of the same amenities found in a big city.

    There is an eclectic assortment of fine dining, including classic American restaurants and steakhouses, and authentic Mexican, Italian and Asian-style cuisine.

    Specialty and antique shops line downtown Main Street, where the weekly seasonal cruise night appeals to all ages.

    Other eagerly anticipated local events are the Fourth of July Fireworks, Ramona Junior Fair, Ramona Country Fair, Taste of Ramona and an annual quilt show.

    Residents and visitors agree theres no end of opportunities to enjoy our beautiful home on the range! n

    PHOTO COURTESy OF VINEyARD GRANT JAMES

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    More Than a Good Book! Tracy Rolling

    Theres more than a good book waiting at the Ramona Community Library. With videos, computer labs, study

    rooms, free Wi-Fi, onsite laptops and iPads, as well as access to a 3-D

    printer and a variety of programs, its no wonder the library makes a great destination.

    We always have something going on, says branch manager Chelsie Harris.

    Six days a week, the library, located at 1275 Main St., offers adult exercise

    classes, including stretch and strength training, yoga, Zumba, country line dancing and tai chi.

    Five days a week, the popular story time takes place, with each session geared toward a specific audience, including families, preschoolers, toddlers and babies.

    Twice a week, a craft is organized.

    Usually its related to See More than a good book!

    continued on page 54

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    The Ramona Chamber welcomes you. Since 1908, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce has been serving our town. Our mission statement is to develop and maintain a climate for viable economic growth, to promote loyalty to and networking for local businesses, and to demonstrate an outstanding leadership role in our community.

    For more than 100 years, we have been providing events such as the Annual Awards Banquet, Ramona Artists Open Studios Tour, Ramona Country Fair, Merchants Safe Trick or Treat on Main Street and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting for our community.

    We mean business! In 1922, the Chamber was known as The Ramona Improvement Society. With help from our Chamber members, we are able to offer economic development, educational grant programs, business education and networking opportunities to our residents and businesses. Last Wednesday Workshops, Monthly Mixers, Connections over Coffee, ribbon cuttings, monthly Chamber newsletters and advertising are only some of the opportunities we provide to our local businesses.

    Today, the Chamber continues to improve our community and encourage others to Experience Ramona, the H.E.A.R.T. of San Diego County.

    960 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065760 789-1311 Fax: 760 789-1317

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    Lets light up the sky on the Fourth of July!

    Thats what Kim Lasley, president of the Ramona Rotary Club, has to say about this years annual July Fourth Picnic & Fireworks event.

    She invites everyone to pack up their blankets and lawn chairs, because this years Fourth of July fireworks display is going to be a blast pun intended.

    Located behind Olive Peirce Middle School, the Independence Day festivities will begin when the gates open at 5 p.m., promising food, games and a live DJ.

    The fun will continue until the grand finale fireworks, which will begin at 9 p.m.

    The Fourth of July event, brought

    to you by the Ramona Rotary Club, is a tradition that many families have enjoyed for years. After watching as awe-filled children, residents have grown up with fond memories of this community celebration and look forward to bringing their own children to experience the magic.

    According to Lasley, many people join from out of town to enjoy the fireworks in the safe environment that Ramona offers. Family-friendly, secure and less crowded than other locations, Ramona is the perfect place to delight in this patriotic day.

    Follow the cheers of glee to 1521 Hanson Ln., and bring your friends and family out to enjoy the unforgettable spectacle this Fourth of July. n

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    Celebrate Cowboy Da yWith a strong focus on wide-open spaces and an equine-friendly lifestyle, Ramona can certainly be considered a Western town. What better way to celebrate Western traditions than at the National Day of the American Cowboy, to be held July 23 in Ramona.

    The free event, hosted by Ranger Doug Oliver of Ranger Dougs Shootists Emporium, will include

    Jim Cooper talks about cowboy clothing and gear at last years National Day of the American Cowboy. PHOTO By ANNETTE WILLIAMS

    cowboy music and poetry, displays of cowboy gear, reenactments, food, vendors, door prizes and an opportunity drawing for a 45 revolver.

    The event is from noon to 5 p.m. at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, with proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Ramona Town Hall. Call 760-789-4867 or email [email protected] rangerdougs.com. n

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    The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project is the guiding force behind nine magnificent local murals. The three most recent murals were unveiled in 2016 on the Turkey Inn, Ramona Automotive and 2Create Gallery.

    The Mural Projects name stands for historic and hiking; equine; arts, antiques and agriculture; ru-

    ral vistas and drives; and tasting of fine wines. Visit www.ramonamurals.com. n

    Ramona Murals and Their Locations:

    The Midget Car Racing mural by Saratoga Sake is a reproduction of a painting by well-known race car artist Bob McCoy dedicated in May 2016. PHOTO By ANNETTE WILLIAMS

    Midget Car Racing ~ 2016 Ramona Automotive 1936 Main St.Music Mural ~ 2014 Ramona Music Center 1045 Main St.Casey Tibbs Mural ~ 2012 Town & Country Real Estate and Home Loans Corner of Main and 10th streetsKenilworth Inn Mural ~ 2015 Ramona Food and Clothes Closet 773 Main St.

    Fourth of July 1914 ~ 2016 Turkey Inn 716 Main St.Historic Commerce Mural ~ 2014 Affordable Treasures 677 Main St.Art Mural ~ 2016 2Create Gallery 438 Main St.Equine Mural ~ 2013 Ramona Business Barn 369 Main St.Turkey Queen Mural ~ 2015 Ramona Business Barn 369 Main St.

    Magnificent Murals

    on the cover is the first Ramona h.e.a.R.T. mural Project installation the casey Tibbs mural by artists Jeanne and John Whalen. PHOTOS By CAROL KINNEy

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    Cedar Creek Falls Jack Riordan

    Drawing hikers from all parts of San Diego County, the Cedar Creek Falls is accessed by a trailhead on Thornbush Road, at the easternmost end of San Diego Country Estates.

    Given its growing popularity among adventure seekers, it is easy to locate on most GPS systems or maps, and

    plenty of location information can be found online.

    The rising number of hikers has also brought more regulation to the trail, making Cedar Creek Falls the only hiking trail in Ramona that requires hikers to have an official permit at all times.

    Fortunately, the permit process is an easy one. Though it is possible to get a

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    permit onsite, reservations are capped at 75 per day, so obtaining a permit online in advance is recommended. For just $6, up to five hikers can be covered under one permit. Everyone should bring a photo ID, and one group member should keep the printed permit.

    The hike itself will lead you three miles nearly all downhill through undeveloped East County backcountry to your destination the 80-foot-high Cedar Creek Falls.

    The amount of water spilling over and the depth of the pool below can vary. In the driest and warmest conditions, there will likely be no water at all. So planning the right time of year to make the trip is key if you hope to see some.

    The trip back to the trailhead is you guessed it three challenging miles, nearly all uphill. Choosing the right time of the day is impor-tant, as there is no shade on the trail. Choosing the right time of year to go is important, as well, as temperatures

    can soar well into the triple digits in the summer months.

    It is highly recommended that each hiker bring at least 64 ounces of drinking water, and perhaps as much as a full gallon. There is none available out on the trail. Dogs are allowed, leashed, but dehydration and heat stroke are a very real danger, and your dogs should be as well prepared as you if you plan to bring them.

    Plan on just about an hour for the first leg of the hike to the falls, and then it will take you at least twice that long to make the return trip back up the trail. Kids who dont mind the uphill finish seem to find the trail manageable and fun.

    Just after a fresh rain, the over- powering aroma of the chaparral guides you over a few simple creek crossings to a rushing waterfall. When seen in all of its splendor, hikers immediately recognize the natural and unique beauty of Cedar Creek Falls.

    Grab your permit and your water, and well see you on the trail! n

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    The Ramona and Julian areas are well known as popular day-trip destinations. With so much to see and do, however, many people quickly realize that they want to spend several days in these unique surroundings.

    There are plenty of lodging options available for those who wish to plan a vacation getaway. Choose from resorts, hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns for the ultimate in comfort, or economical tent and RV adventures in the heart

    of nature.Allow yourself plenty of time to

    enjoy everything the backcountry has to offer! n

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    Take a Walk on Ramonas

    CREATIVE Side Angela McLaughlin

    A drive through Ramona offers views of a burgeoning art scene. Entering town from every direction, you are greeted with artwork: a monument by Leslie Souza on the west, and a multitude of murals artfully placed along main thoroughfares.

    These pieces help set the stage or rather, the palette for what Ramona has to offer.

    The arts are blossoming in Ramona, and supporting these creative efforts are two galleries on Main Street: the recently opened 2Create Gallery and the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery, in addition to Ramona Library, all of which display work by local artists.

    Ramona is incredibly beautiful, and the Ramona community is full of truly interesting and creative people, says Molly Jaeger-Begent, owner of the nonprofit 2Create Gallery.

    These locations not only offer artists a place to showcase their creative work, but also provide easy access for the public to enjoy it.

    The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project and the addition of 2Create Gallery are helping put Ramona on the map as a destination for people who might otherwise just drive through town.

    With a plan to have 15 murals completed by the beginning of 2017, the H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project will be half-way to its goal of at least 30 murals.

    These murals and the galleries make Ramona an even more beautiful and eclectic place for locals, as well.

    For people who want to get their hands dirty, check out the art classes in town. The owners of 2Create Gallery found the perfect spot to set up their facility, and with the collaboration of artist Helen Wilson, merged with The Art Center in their Main Street location. They offer classes and workshops week-days and some weekends.

    Providing a gallery experience to talented San Diego artists, creating a great space to teach, and having fun and educational museum-level exhibitions is our goal, says Jaeger-Begent.

    Another artistic outlet, the Ramona Art Guild meets monthly on the third

    2Create Gallery PHOTO By ANGELA MCLAUGHLIN

    Gallery Open Saturday & Sunday 11am to 6pm

    2Create Gallery & The Art Center of Ramona are located at 438 Main Street

    on your way out of town towards Julian You cant miss us!

    The Art Center of Ramona offers classes during the week

    Check our websites for information on artists showing in the gallery &

    class information: www.2creategallery.com

    www.theartcenterramona.com

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    Ramona Chamber of Commerce is your on-the-spot information resource for shopping, dining, lodging and camping, breweries, wineries, tasting rooms, art galleries, historic sites, points of interest, activities and events, hiking, businesses and professional services. Stop by the Chamber office at 960 Main St., call 760-789-1311, or visit www.ramonachamber.com. n

    Art + Wine = Pleasure

    Wednesday at Ramona Library. The guild welcomes and encourages new members.

    Whether youre local or a tourist, experiencing Ramonas art scene is a must.

    Art brings a powerful, creative energy to communities, says Jaeger-Begent. And it provides inspiring and educational opportunities to everyone. n2Create Gallery 438 Main St. www.2creategallery.comThe Art Center 438 Main St. 760-803-2857 www.theartcenterramona.comOlde Ramona Hotel Gallery 845 Main St. 760-789-3682Ramona Library 1275 Main St.

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    Mark it on your calendars and prepare your senses for an explosion of different tastes and sights. The fourth annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival is being held Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The festival benefits the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, which strives to make Ramona a beautiful place to live and to visit.

    Local wineries, artists and vendors will be present for the event. The festival will be held at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. Visit www.ramonaartandwinefest.net. n

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    Healthy living is synonymous with Ramona. Our year-round Mediterranean climate and miles of hiking, biking

    and equine trails, tennis courts, equine facilities, golf courses and other out-door recreational services combine to provide a healthy lifestyle for residents, and a healthy get-away for visitors.

    Yet for all of its rural unpretentious-ness, Ramona also offers many of the same contemporary health and exercise amenities found in larger and more urban communities. In fact, Ramona boasts some of the most modern facili-ties and services anywhere, including state-of-the-art fitness centers, back-to-the-basics gyms with tons of free weights, personal fitness training studios, women-only facilities, martial arts and MMA studios, yoga and dance studios, aquatics centers and spas.

    Ramona its a healthy place to be. n

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    Hitting the Trails ~ Equestrian Style

    Tiffany Pressler

    Trail riding on horseback around beautiful Ramona may be enjoyed by riders of any skill level who wish to be an equestrian for a day.

    There are 38 miles of trails in San Diego Country Estates, says Nancy Zadrozny, Equestrian Centers Manager for the International Equestrian Center and Casey Tibbs Western Center. The trails were designed by Ray Watt.

    Watt is well known as the designer and developer of the SDCE community. The areas trails are great for horse people, because they cover land that is open space and will never be developed.

    Trails are located around SDCEs north, south and east borders, according to Zadrozny. Some include connections to the San Diego County Parks and

    Recreation trails, as well as those under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. In fact, Zadrozny says she has ridden from her backyard all the way to Cuyamaca Lake.

    Staging areas are available for all to want to use the trails.

    We have corrals across from the lodge, says Zadrozny. The capacity is four horses in the corrals, and there is access to water.

    This is a great place to rest your horses while you have a lunch break or a picnic on the trail.

    At the bottom of Mt. Gower Preserve, there is no charge for riders to stage and park horse trailers and ride the trails. In addition, anyone can ride the Cedar Creek Falls trail and park for free on county streets.

    Both residents and non-residents who wish to use the International

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    when parking alongside the highway.mT. goWeRLocation: 17090 Gunn Stage Rd .Parking: Dirt lotdistance: 8 .2 milesdifficulty: ModeratePet-friendly: yesNotes: Seasonal wildflowers and large rock formations guide avid hikers to a summit that reveals spanning views of inland San Diego County. This little-known gem sees light traffic, often allowing hikers to have it to themselves.BaRneTT Ranch PReSeRveLocation: Deviney Lane, off San Vicente RoadParking: Dirt lot and staging area for horses and bicyclesdistance: 4 milesdifficulty: EasyPet-friendly: yes, on leash . Dogs should be well-behaved around horses .Notes: Great for mountain bikers and novice hikers, this relatively flat trail is well maintained and surrounded by the natural beauty of inland San Diego County. Southern oaks, willow scrubs, sage chaparral and sprawling grasslands offer a perfect environment for bird watchers.doS PicoS counTY PaRkLocation: 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd .Parking: Paved lotdistance: 1 .5 milesdifficulty: EasyPet-friendly: No horses . Pets must be leashed .Notes: A very easy trail for hikers of all skill levels who wish to explore Dos Picos County Park, including the lake. Relatively flat trail and not open to mountain bikes or bicycles. Dos Picos is the only hiking trail in Ramona to offer overnight camping sites. n

    Additional trail information is available from Ramona Trails Association at www.ramonatrails.org and County of San Diego at www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/hikes.html.

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    Spectators are not the only ones who find it delightful. Business owners along the main drag from Etcheverry Street on the west to Sixth Street on the east are thrilled by the influx of cars and car enthusiasts.

    Dining establishments report booming business, with many creating special treats and entrees just for the occasion.

    Its also an opportunity for retail stores to stay open late and showcase new merchandise in their windows, as pedestrians flood the sidewalks. Nonprofit organizations also get in on the fun, organizing bake sales and other fundraisers.

    The cruise start time varies as the days grow longer, launching at about 6 or 6:15 p.m. in the spring, and moving to 7 p.m. or later by mid-summer.

    Whether youre the owner of a treasured classic or someone who enjoys them from afar, cruise night is sure to be the high point of your week. n

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    Young participants from throughout the area are getting their animals ready to go to the 45th annual Ramona Junior Fair, from July 30 to Aug. 6.

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    With the number of entries rising over the past few years, this years fair is expected to be quite the spectacle. Since the event has opened some of the breeding shows to participants from outside San Diego County, it has increased the number of entries

    See Junior fair continued on page 31

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    Eli Martineau from Valley Center 4-H with his Grand Champion Market Beef last year.

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    Entertainers set to round out the season are Chris Cerna and The Bluegrass Republic, formerly known as the Lonesome Otis Bluegrass Band, Nov. 19; Duo Revirado, featuring Thomas Yee on violin and Jose Rodriguez on guitar, Jan. 21, 2017; the 70-member San Diego Concert

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    Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. Call 760-789-7474 or visit www.ramonaconcerts.com. n

    The Firebird Balalaika Ensemble will perform Oct. 29. PHOTO COURTESy OF FIREBIRD BALALAIKA ENSEMBLE

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    Adding More History to

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    Picture yourself traveling over rolling foothills by wagon, discovering a plot of land and building a new life, with the surrounding area slowly building up around you into a town that includes many other farms and families.

    Gazing at buildings built in the 1800s, imagining life in a different era, wondering what it would be like to work with farming or blacksmith tools this is what the Guy B. Woodward Museum offers visitors.

    Resting in the heart of Old Town Ramona, directly on Main Street, the museum boasts an array of historical artifacts from furnishings and tools, to the very buildings that sit on the lot.

    Roaming the grounds brings visitors back to another time.

    This historic place, which rotates its displays regularly, recently added another piece to its impressive collection. The Ramona Garden Club donated a sandcast panel by artist Charles R. Faust.

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    The Charles Faust sculptured panel is at home in a beautiful new rock garden setting next to Verlaque House at the Guy B. Woodward Museum, said Judy Nachazel, president of the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society. It is so fitting, because Charles brother William Bill Faust was president of the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society for several years. We also have the freight wagon and blacksmiths tools depicted in the panel on display nearby.

    The artists work may be seen in several areas of the county, including at the San Diego International Airport.

    The installation was a group effort. Creating a metal frame sturdy enough to hold the panel and getting it into place were heavy burdens to bear. Installation of the piece and the surrounding rock garden were made possible through the hard work and dedication of several community members.

    This local artists work is a meaningful contribution to the museum and the community of Ramona.

    The next time youre ready for a trip back in time, visit the Guy B. Woodward Museum at 645 Main St., and see the newly dedicated sandcast panel on display. n

    A sandcast panel by artist Charles R. Faust is a new addition to the museums collection.

    PHOTOS By ANGELA MCLAUGHLIN

    The Guy B. Woodward Museum

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    With an ever-expanding region of vineyards and wineries in the area, Ramona is fast becoming a wine connoisseurs ideal destination. Avoid the crowds and relax with a glass of extraordinary wine while surrounding yourself with rolling foothills, impressive wildlife and friendly company.

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    But one need not be an expert to find the right pairing. The following suggestions can help hosts and hostesses select wines to go with any menu or special occasion.

    Work from light to dark. Select lighter wines to accompany earlier courses before opting for deeper, richer wines as the meal progresses.

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    light wine. Pinot Grigio or Chablis are delicately flavored and will pair nicely with seafood, while fish served in rich sauces may be better matched with a heartier Chardonnay.

    Make ros your go-to wine when serving cheese. It is typically a safe bet when serving cheese because of its acidity and fruity character, offering the best of both worlds.

    Hearty meats, such as steaks and chops, pair well with rich reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Shiraz.

    Pinot Noir is a light-bodied red wine that has a full flavor and can work with many pasta dishes.

    Though some people follow a strict personal code regarding wine pairings, your personal tastes should dictate what you serve. Experimentation can yield an unexpected flavor combination that complements both the food and the wine. n

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    Established in 1971 and designed by Ted Robinson, the San Vicente Resort Golf Course features an 18-hole course that meanders through a picturesque valley, nestled in rolling hills. Considered one of the most scenic courses in the county, it offers variety and challenges. Call 760-789-3477 or visit www.sdcea.net/golf.aspx. The resort is located at 24157 San Vicente Rd., Ramona. Warner springs Ranch Resort

    With a brand-new and restored golf course, clubhouse, bar and restaurant, the Warner Springs Ranch Resort golf course is worth the drive. The 18-hole

    championship course, designed by David A. Rainville, is surrounded by beautiful mature oaks and offers sweeping views of majestic mountain ranges. Call 760-782-4270 or visit www.warnerspringsgc.com. The resort is located at 31652 Highway 79, Warner Springs.Mt. Woodson Golf Club

    This 18-hole course with breathtak-ing views was designed by Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt. Call 760-788-3555 or visit www.mtwoodsongolfclub.com. The course is located at 16422 North Woodson Dr., Ramona.Barona Creek Golf Club

    A popular attraction at Barona Resort and Casino, this 18-hole, top-rat-ed course was designed by Gary Roger Baird Design International. Call 619-387-7018 or visit www.barona.com/golf. The course is located at 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside. n

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    The Ramona Valley offers a variety of trail options for bicyclists, each one waiting to be discovered. From novices to advanced cyclists, there is a trail for every skill level.

    It is becoming a boomingly popular pastime for Ramona, with both locals and visitors coming to the area to bike the roads and trails. From the wind-ing Old Julian Highway and the Pamo Valley loop to Mount Woodson, all types of bikers will find a surplus of trails to cycle.

    For off-roading cyclists who have more experience, there is a weekly ride that leaves from the parking lot by CC Cycles. Some have called it Kirks Ride, after the shops former name, Kirks Bike Shop. Each Wednesday

    night, local bicyclists ride different trails in the area, varying in difficulty and distance.

    Recently, the group rode their Black Canyon route. According to one cyclist, the ride is around 20 miles and has more than a 1,700-foot climb in elevation. It typically takes an hour and a half or two hours for the group to complete, going at a brisk pace. They say this is one of the easier rides and is great for beginners who have a little experience.

    Ramona High School has a talented team of cyclists, the Ramona Cycle Dawgs, who have successfully com-peted in several events and whose members high energy encourage other riders, as well.

    The kids keep me young, says assistant coach Rodney Linder, who adds that he rode 160 miles last week alone. Some team members use the

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    June18: BBQ Rib & Chicken Fest from 11-7 at Olive Peirce Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1521 Hanson Ln. www.ramonaseniorcenter.com

    July4: Fourth of July Ramona Community Fireworks see page 69: Ramona Junior Fair Pie Auction & Barbecue see page 2923: National Day of the American Cowboy see page 730: Memories of Elvis Concert Fundraiser at 8 pm for Heart and Hooves Therapy. Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main St. 619-633-5105 www.heartsandhoovestherapy.orgJuly 30-Aug. 6: Ramona Junior Fair see page 29

    auguSt6: Ramona Junior Fair Livestock Auction see page 2925-28: Ramona Country Fair see page 51

    SeptemBeR10: Talent Show Fundraiser with a tribute to 9/11 and veterans at Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main St., to benefit Ramona Town Hall. www.ramonatownhall.com17: Rush to the Crush Ramona Grape Stomp see page 4824: Taste of Ramona see page 24

    octoBeRTBA: Haunted Trails at Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd.21-22: Back Country Quilters Quilt Show see page 58 22: Library Authors Day see page 5629: Ramona Concert Association see page 34 29-31: Town Hall Haunted House see page 5931: Merchants Safe Trick-or-Treat Event see page 59

    novemBeR5: Art and Wine Festival see page 1518: Ramona Chamber Casino Night Fundraiser at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. 760-789-1311 www.ramonachamber.com19: Ramona Concert Association see page 34

    DECEMBER3: Christmas Tree Lighting see page 6010: Town Hall 1894 Christmas Dinner from 6-10 pm at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. www.ramonatownhall.com

    ongoing activitieS2Create Gallery at 438 Main St. exhibits the artwork of local San Diego County artists. Open Sat. and Sun. 11-6. www.2creategallery.comCollier County Park at 626 E St. Tennis and basketball courts, childrens play areas, garden path, picnic tables.Dos Picos County Park at 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. Hikes, camping, science and nature walks and free Sat. events. 760-789-2220 Guy B. Woodward Museum tours Thurs. and Fri. 1-3; Sat. and Sun. 1-4; and by appointment at 645 Main St. 760-789-7644Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail along Hwys. 78 and 79 and other thoroughfares in the Ramona, Julian and Santa Ysabel areas. Look for painted wooden quilt blocks on homes and business-es. www.julianbackcountryquilttrail.orgRamona Library activities and enrichment programs Mon.-Sat. at 1275 Main St. Library Book Store open 10-4 Mon.-Sat., with sales the third Sat. 760-788-5270Ramona Senior Center open weekdays from 8:30-4 offers lunch at 11:30 am, exercise classes, bingo, activities and more at 434 Aqua Ln. See menu and schedule at www.ramonas-eniorcenter.com.Ramona VFW Post 3783 offers Fri. and Sat. dinners and Sun. breakfast at 2247 Kelly Ave. 760-789-7888

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    The Grape Stomp is being made possible by a collaboration of the Ramona Rotary Club, Ramona Senior Center and Ramona Valley Vineyard Association. Set to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln., the event will be a remarkable experience for both locals and visitors.

    Its not only about stomping some grapes! This family-friendly gathering will offer activities for all ages. Kids events are sure to

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    With the participation of unique vendors, it will be an ideal time to start shopping for holiday gifts. An event filled with music, photo ops, grape stomping, microbreweries

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    Country Fair An Oldie But a Goodie

    Tracy Rolling

    This year marks the 46th Annual Ramona Country Fair. Organized and sponsored by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce and set to run from Aug. 25 through 28, the country fair promises entertainment, excitement and fun for the entire family.

    Its going to be a jam-packed weekend, said committee chair Sally Westbrook.

    Thursday will be a pretty casual night, but the Christiansen brothers will have all of the rides ready to go, she said.

    In addition to a variety of amusement park rides and vendor booths, and an assortment of fair-favorite foods and beverages, including beer, margaritas and sangria, there will be almost a dozen contests.

    New this year will be a mustache contest, said Westbrook.

    Other contests will include a frozen T-shirt contest, pie eating contest and photo contest, as well as the usual Home Sweet Home contests, where people enter their homemade jams, jellies, salsas and jerky.

    This years judging for the homemade goods will be done on the spot, and will take place Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon.

    Another new event is a Wild West Show, scheduled for Saturday. The show will feature cowboys and Victorian ladies, along with a few surprises.

    Also on Saturday, mountain men will pitch some teepees and demonstrate what cowboy life was like on the range.

    On Sunday, a motorcycle contest and show will feature choppers and cruisers alike, and the top three bikes will win prizes. A bluegrass festival will begin immediately following the show.

    Poway Dodge will be sponsoring Dodge Town and will preview some of its most innovative machines.

    A Man About Town contest kicked off the fair season in early June. Collection cans have been placed around town for donations, and the proceeds will be split between the Chambers scholarship fund and a charity designated by each of the contestants. The man able to collect the most donations will be announced as the winner on Friday night.

    The fair will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center at 421 Aqua Ln. Admission is free, as is entry to all of the contests, shows, music and entertainment.

    There is a $5 parking fee and a nominal charge for carnival rides. Pre-sale wristbands will be available at select locations in early July. Visit www.ramonachamber.com for details.

    We expect thousands of people to come and enjoy the fair, Westbrook said. It should be a great time! n

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    Trends Show Ramona is a Wise Real Estate Investment

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    The Ramona real estate market is unique in its variety, setting it apart from other areas of the county. But no matter where you go, real

    estate is all about trends, and Ramona is no different in that respect.

    Buying a home can be an exciting venture, and all indicators point to Ramona being a wise choice for a long-term investment not only financially, but also as a way of life.

    If you are considering a move to Ramona, now is a great time to buy. Consulting with a local realtor should be your first step, as they will be able to get a personal feel for exactly what it is you are looking for, and steer you toward the areas that will suit your needs. (Visit the Ramona Real Estate Association website at www.rrea.org.)

    Over the past six months, median listing prices have been gently rising, as have final sale prices. Additionally, the average number of days homes are sitting on the market has been steadily

    declining to the lowest figure in years. According to Realtor.com, sales from March of this year showed the average number of days on the market was just 52.

    On the supply side of things, the number of homes on the market is considerably lower than usual. This below-average inventory only serves to fuel demand even further, but it also speaks to the tendency of Ramona residents to stay put once they get here.

    And why not?With near-perfect weather; countless

    miles of hiking, biking and riding trails; several premier golf courses; top-notch restaurants and eateries; great schools and sports leagues; and fun family events happening year-round, it is easy to make Ramona your hometown once youve settled in. Your home gaining in value is a great perk, as well.

    Of course, trends may change. But now is a great time to meet with a local realtor to see if the perfect property is waiting here for you. n

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    Classes are free and open to the public, and some age restrictions apply.

    In addition to a new Lego table in the childrens center, there are many activities for teens. Also available are cooking classes, a game center, chess club, jewelry making, and a murder mystery night, set for July 14.

    For adults, there is an educational series called First Fridays. Teaming up with the Friends of the Ramona Library and the OASIS program, the library will offer lectures, concerts and cooking classes on the first Friday of the month at 1 p.m.

    The library is also a designated cool zone, providing all ages a cool place to hang out during the warm summer months.

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    Those who love to read books and those who write them will come together at the fifth annual Authors Day at the Library, set for Oct. 22.

    Friends of the Ramona Library hosts the event, inviting area authors to display, sell and sign their books; chat with the public; and network with other authors.

    Since 2012, Authors Day has presented informative programs that help published writers build their audience, and offer insight to those who seek to be published one day.

    The event is free to the public. Doors will open at 10 a.m. at 1275 Main St., and the program will conclude with a publishing forum in the afternoon. n

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    Hawk Watch Showcases Wild Raptors Annette Williams

    Raptors in the wild may sound frightening. But its not a thrilling movie plot its Hawk Watch at the Ramona Grasslands Preserve. The free annual event is held every Saturday in January and February to celebrate local raptors, which are birds of prey.

    The 2017 Hawk Watch will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., where Wildlife Research Institute biologists will offer information about many of the 19 species of raptors recorded in the area, including golden eagles, bald eagles, wintering ferruginous hawks, red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons, red-shouldered hawks and burrowing owls.

    In addition to those that make their home in the Grasslands, there will be several trained raptors and owls to observe.

    The program is suitable for all ages, and takes place rain or shine. Wildlife Research Institute Managing Director

    Leigh Bittner suggests that guests plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m., and wear warm clothing in layers and sturdy shoes. Binoculars are welcome, and scopes will be available. Refreshments will be provided.

    For large groups, call 760-765-1957 or visit www.wildlife-research.org.

    This free, educational program is open to the public and rewarding for all ages, said Bittner. n

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