February 6, 2015 (Ramona) – Treat your sweetheart to an afternoon of opera, art and wine at Salerno Winery in Ramona. Each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., savor operatic performances by Jorge D’Soria, a gifted tenor who sings in six languages, and Salvador Padilla, a brilliant baritone who has performed around the world and won numerous awards for his vocal talent.
You can also stroll through a sculpture garden that includes many sensual creations, enjoy authentic Italian-style pizza hot out of a brick oven, sample cheeses, Caprese trays, salad and fresh-baked bread to go with your favorite wine.
January 12, 2015 (Ramona) – Efforts are ramping up to build a skatepark in Ramona.
Ramona Skatepark Champions is a new organization seeking nonprofit status. Its members include residents, parents and local businesses. Their goal is a raise money for construction of a 16,500 square foot Ramona Skatepark on Main Street behind the Ramona Library.
December 26, 2014 (Ramona) – A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona to commemorate winemaker William Holzhauer. Holzhauer passed away earlier this month following a long battle with cancer. The celebration of his life will be held on his birthday.
December 12, 2014 (Ramona) –Jess Koehler from La Finquita Winery and Teri Kerns from Ramona Ranch Winery stopped by our studio this week to talk about Ramona’s growing wine industry and a very merry event this weekend. The Ramona East End Loop Holiday Wine Trail (otherwise known as “Get Your Merry On” takes place this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.
The self-guided tour features six wineries with 18 tastings, food pairings, live music, crafts such as glass blowing and holiday shopping. Plus each winery offers its own unique ambience, from the subterranean wine cave at La Finquita to an outdoor patio at Ramona Ranch.
December 8, 2014 (Ramona) -- Kristin Kjaero snapped this pic of holiday ornaments made at a party for wine club members at Hacienda de las Rosa Winery in Ramona on Sunday. She titled her creation, decked out in sunglasses and holiday lighted antlers, "Climate adapted reindeer." Cheers!
December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County is packed with holiday festivities, from Christmas on Maine Street in Lakeside to Santa at Santee Lakes and the "Light up the Grove" bonfire in Lemon Grove! Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, a Winter Wonder Jam concert, and our very own East County Magazine holiday party.
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.
December 1, 2014 (Ramona) – William John Holzhauer, winemaker and co-owner of Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery, died yesterday at his home in Ramona surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer. Holzhauer was known to many as the proprietor of the winery’s tasting room in Old Town and later, Ramona.
Teri Kerns, executive editor of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine, remembered William Holzhauer as a “wonderful man and winery pioneer.”
His wife and co-owner of the winery, Tammy Rimes Holzhauer, said the winery was William’s dream that began 15 years ago when the couple, living in La Mesa at the time, bought property in Ramona. William’s dream was to create a winery based on a Spanish mission, also including Tammy’s passion, Peruvian horses. “Drink fine wine, ride fine horses” became their motto.
November 22,2014 (Ramona) – Fine art, music, wine and gourmet food -- all served up in a castle. What more could one ask to savor for in an event?
The second annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, held on November 1st, was even bigger and better than the first. Held at the elegant Amy Strong Castle in Ramona to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural program, this year's event featured 18 local artists, a dozen local wineries and 10 local chefs.
One of the most unusual holiday season traditions in East County is coming up: the fourth annual Pomegranate Days celebration at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Festivities include camel rides, bird and camel shows, shopping for holiday gifts and feeding pomegranates to the camels.
November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass. Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin. Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval. Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count. Below are details.
Photo: This house rocks! Boulder in center of Jamul home absorbs heat by day and gives off warmth by night.
East County News Service
November 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The San Diego Green Building Council will hold its Green Homes Tour this Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour features innovative, sustainably designed homes throughout San Diego County. There is a $5 fee for non-members. Several East County homes are on the tour.
November 6, 2014 (Ramona) – One of the most unusual holiday season traditions in East County is coming up: the fourth annual Pomegranate Days celebration at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m.
The festivities include camel rides, bird and camel shows, shopping for holiday gifts such as camel’s milk soaps, and the highlight of the event, feeding pomegranates to the camels.
November 5, 2014 (Ramona)--Ramona Author Joyce T. Strand will introduce her newest mystery novel, Hilltop Sunset, at Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main St.; Ramona, CA on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Strand will be available to sign copies and discuss the new mystery.
November 1, 2014 (Ramona)—A man who ran south across State Route 67 south of Mussey Grade Road was struck by a motorist and killed at 2:27 p.m. today. “At this time, the pedestrian has not been identified,” said Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.
The unidentified man was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 24-year-old Ramona man. According to the CHP, the driver was traveling eastbound at 50 miles per hour when he came around a curve and saw the pedestrian running across the roadway in front of him.
November 1, 2014 (Ramona) - Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065 will be hosting a book signing on Thursday, November 6th at 6:00 pm to present local Ramona author, Timothy Daniels second novel, “An Ongoing Investigation.” This book draws on the author's experience as a border agent assigned to "Operation Alliance" and as a supervisor of special agents conducting border narcotics investigations.
PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.
By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-CA
October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slaughterhouses or livestock auctions.
October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- The second annual Ramona Art and Wine Festivals iwll be held at the historic Amy Strong Castle on November 1st.
Guests will enjoy tasting handcrafted wine from area wineries and food prepared by area chefs. Artists will display and sell their work. Highlighting the event is a live auction of wine barrels painted by local artists.
Radio show hosted by Rebecca Williamson and Leon Thompson
October 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes some spooky Halloween happenings, a picnic with parrots, and our very own Party with the Press benefit event, all this weekend right here in East County.
Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including a wine festival at a castle in Ramona and a hot chili cook-off in Lemon Grove.
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!
October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--Ghouls, goblins and zombies, oh my! Halloween is coming and County Parks has something planned every weekend as the days count down to the big event. From a haunted trail to a pumpkin patch, Parks has you covered.
Photo (right): man on video wanted for animal cruelty
East County News Service
September 29, 2014 (Ramona) - PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information about a man who threw a 6 month-old puppy over a fence in Ramona. The brutal act was caught on video on August 28th, showing a man in a red shirt and dark pants committing the violent act. The video went viral, drawing over 7,000 viewers on Facebook, but the crime remains unsolved.
Only 10,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, and Dr. Laurie Marker aims to save the species
By Mimi Pollack
September 24, 2014 (Ramona) – Kumbali looked at us with soulful amber eyes. Those present were struck by the magnificence of this cheetah--the star attraction at a benefit event for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. The event took place last weekend in the Ramona home of well-known wildlife photographer Roy Toft and his wife, Robin.
September 18, 2014 (Ramona)—It’s harvest time at our local wineries, and many now host grape stomps to encourage community members to join in crushing those ripe grapes. Health rules prohibit drinking wine made from the stomps in California, but that didn’t stop patrons at Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery in Ramona from diving in and savoring the experience! Our editor, Miriam Raftery, caught the action with this video.
September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – I first discovered the enchanting music of the mbira while visiting Milagro Winery in Ramona. It turns out the mbira, inspired by the African kalimba but much bigger, is a unique musical instrument invented by a local entrepreneur and crafted by musician Patrick Hadley.
On our East County Magazine radio show on KNSJ, we interviewed Hadley, who shared news about the crafting of this amazing instrument--and some famous musical stars now including the mbira in their performances. Hadley also gave an improve performance on our show.
August 28, 2014 (Ramona) -- Being an animal whisperer is not magic. It is a combination of common sense and tapping into an energy or even spiritual connection that a lucky few have with animals. Gil and Nancy Riegler, owners of the Oasis Dairy Camel Farm in Ramona, have had a special bond with animals since they were young, and it has grown over their many years of working and learning about them.