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Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Tree Lighting

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Sparkling Christmas tree, visits with Santa Claus, a classic car show, danceand music performances, and merchandise vendors are just a few of the highlights planned for this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting. 

Ramona Chamber of Commerce will host the festivities on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Ramona, where a portion of the street will be closed to through traffic, and many businesses will stay open late for the occasion. 

The Guy B. Woodward Museum at 645 Main St. will be the site of the spectacular tree lighting, and Ramona Town Hall at 729 Main St. will be the place to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. 

Event chair Susan McCormick shared that other eagerly anticipated activities will include a Find the Elf contest, train rides, crafts, sleigh rides and racecar simulators, in addition to a few unique surprises still in the works. Call the Chamber at 760-789-1311 or visit ramonachamber.com/christmas-tree-lighting for updates.

“We are still at the beginning stages of planning, but our hope is to bring all of the same exciting activities as we do every year, and hopefully improve and add to it,” McCormick said.

The Christmas Tree Lighting is sure to delight guests of all ages. It’s an opportunity to not only have fun, but also greet friends and neighbors, and check a few things off your Christmas shopping list.

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Ramona Concert Assn. - Golden Bough
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Assn. - Golden Bough

  • Olive Peirce Middle School Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center (map)
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For 35 years, Ramona Concert Association has welcomed exceptional local, national and international performers to town. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the association’s 2019-20 concert season, featuring masterful performances from artists such as Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Sept. 21; Felici Piano Trio, with a tribute to Beethoven’s 250 birthday, Oct. 12; Golden Bough, marking its 40th anniversary with a “Celtic Celebration,” March 7, 2020; and the San Diego Concert Band, April 25.

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

Ramona Concert Association recognizes the value of bringing top-quality musical presentations to the public, understanding that music is able to spark memories of the past, transport listeners to other lands and cultures, touch the heart and delight the soul.

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Ramona Concert Assn. - San Diego Concert Band
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Assn. - San Diego Concert Band

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For 35 years, Ramona Concert Association has welcomed exceptional local, national and international performers to town. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the association’s 2019-20 concert season, featuring masterful performances from artists such as Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Sept. 21; Felici Piano Trio, with a tribute to Beethoven’s 250 birthday, Oct. 12; Golden Bough, marking its 40th anniversary with a “Celtic Celebration,” March 7, 2020; and the San Diego Concert Band, April 25.

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

Ramona Concert Association recognizes the value of bringing top-quality musical presentations to the public, understanding that music is able to spark memories of the past, transport listeners to other lands and cultures, touch the heart and delight the soul.

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Art & Wine Festival
Nov
2
11:00 AM11:00

Art & Wine Festival

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Sample award-winning wines, a multicourse lunch and creative talent at the 7th Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival to be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Set at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd., within view of the scenic Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, the festival will feature a delightful auction of six hand-painted barrels 
to benefit The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

Artist booths, a silent auction and live music will entertain guests as they peruse the grounds between auctions. This year, organizers have invited artist Arthur Leonardi, director and writer of animated Pink Panther movies, as their special guest.

Tickets for wine tasting and food are $75, or $65 before Oct. 1, and admission-only tickets are $35. The event is for guests age 21 and older. Visit ramonaartandwinefest.net.

The festival is a great way to become acquainted with local winemakers and meet talented artists, some of whom have painted the murals around Ramona!

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Halloween Festivities on Main Street
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Halloween Festivities on Main Street

  • 621 Main Street Ramona, CA, 92065 United States (map)
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Photo Courtesy of the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet

When costumed characters start to stroll down Main Street, you can be sure it’s Halloween, and the Merchants’ Safe Trick-or-Treat event has begun!

The celebration, sponsored by Ramona Chamber of Commerce, is set for Thursday, Oct. 31. Participating businesses will hand out candy from 4 to 6 p.m. 

“Don’t be afraid to join us for our most spooktacular event, where Main Street Ramona comes alive with ghosts, vampires, witches and more,” says Chamber office manager Olivia Rochelle. 

“Merchants Safe Trick-or-Treat welcomes trick-or-treaters of all ages during this one-of-a-kind Halloween event!”

Visit www.ramonachamber.com/merchants-safe-trick-or-treat for updates and sponsorship opportunities.

At the same time as the Chamber event, kids and grownups are invited to make their way to the 1400 block of Main Street, where Trunk-or-Treat participants will show off their decorated vehicles — many of them classics — and pass out candy to the kids. 

Organizers Kristy and Jerry Keller, who also head up Ramona American Graffiti Cruise during the summer, say Trunk-or-Treat is open to all cars, not just the classics.

“Everyone is welcome to set up and give out candy,” says Kristy Keller. “It’s very successful. We get a crowd, as quite a few come out to see the cars and have some candy.”

If you want to enjoy Halloween in Ramona, Main Street is the place to be!

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Author's Day
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Author's Day

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Local authors will be celebrated Oct. 26 at Friends of the Ramona Library’s
eighth annual Chuck LeMenager Authors’ Day and Book Fair. LeMenager, who now lives in Arizona, is a 
former Friends director who established the event.

Friends member Dr. Michael Barker will chair the event. “The format will be the same as in previous years, as that seems to work,” he says.

The event will be held at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a publishing forum 
usually scheduled for 2 p.m. Admission is free, and drawings will be held throughout the day.

The public is invited to stop by the open house-style event, hear a special guest speaker, meet all the authors and look at the many titles on a variety of subjects available for purchase — all published by 
area residents!

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Ramona Concert Assn. - Felici Piano Trio
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Assn. - Felici Piano Trio

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For 35 years, Ramona Concert Association has welcomed exceptional local, national and international performers to town. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the association’s 2019-20 concert season, featuring masterful performances from artists such as Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Sept. 21; Felici Piano Trio, with a tribute to Beethoven’s 250 birthday, Oct. 12; Golden Bough, marking its 40th anniversary with a “Celtic Celebration,” March 7, 2020; and the San Diego Concert Band, April 25.

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

Ramona Concert Association recognizes the value of bringing top-quality musical presentations to the public, understanding that music is able to spark memories of the past, transport listeners to other lands and cultures, touch the heart and delight the soul.

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Taste of Ramona
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Taste of Ramona

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With dishes that touch on culinary influences from around the world, and familiar comfort foods you’d find in your mom’s kitchen, there’s a little bit of everything to sample at the annual Taste of Ramona. 

The self-guided tour takes attendees throughout the town to enjoy select menu items, artisan beer and local wine — and while you travel from place to place, be sure to take in the breathtaking views.

You might want to skip breakfast if you’re planning to attend this popular event, as there will be at least 20 restaurants and beverage purveyors on the tour.

The event is sponsored by Ramona Chamber of Commerce and will take place Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 until Aug. 1, after which they go up to $30. Information is available at 760-789-1311 or 
www.ramonachamber.com. 

With only 350 tickets allotted for the event — and a tradition of tickets selling out well in advance — be sure to get yours ahead of time and be part of this fun culinary tour!

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Ramona Air Fair and Fly-in
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Ramona Air Fair and Fly-in

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The Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In will offer a unique opportunity to experience Ramona Airport, a 
local treasure whose Air Attack Base is recognized as the oldest in the state. 

The event is set for Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there will be a lot to see and do.

“The Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In promises a day full of family-friendly fun that includes formation flying, 
aircraft displays, classic cars, kids’ activities, great food, live country music and more!” says Ramona Airport manager Meadow Chase.

The band Whiskey Ridge is scheduled to perform, and there will also be airplane rides with Air Group One. 

Chase says that those who attend can look forward to some special guests, along with displays of Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service firefighting aircraft, which are always a highlight.

In addition to an appearance by Smokey Bear, there will be attractions for the children. 

Ramona Airport is located at 2926 Montecito Rd. Call 760-788-3366 or visit www.sdcountyairports.com. Admission and parking are free.

Everyone is invited to come and have fun, and discover why Ramona Airport is so important to the community, the county and the state.

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Ramona Concert Assn. - Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Ramona Concert Assn. - Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz

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For 35 years, Ramona Concert Association has welcomed exceptional local, national and international performers to town. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the association’s 2019-20 concert season, featuring masterful performances from artists such as Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Sept. 21; Felici Piano Trio, with a tribute to Beethoven’s 250 birthday, Oct. 12; Golden Bough, marking its 40th anniversary with a “Celtic Celebration,” March 7, 2020; and the San Diego Concert Band, April 25.

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

Ramona Concert Association recognizes the value of bringing top-quality musical presentations to the public, understanding that music is able to spark memories of the past, transport listeners to other lands and cultures, touch the heart and delight the soul.

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Ramona Grape Stomp
Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

Ramona Grape Stomp

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Hilarious antics, silly costumes and grapes flying through the air are business as usual at the annual Ramona Grape Stomp, where teams go head-to-head to see who can squeeze the most juice from grapes using just their feet!

While competitors run through the bracket, guests can enjoy games, shopping, raffles, food and wine 
tastings, making this a fun afternoon for the whole family. 

The event is scheduled for Sept. 14, from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. Visit ramonagrapestomp.com.

The event is sponsored by Ramona Rotary Club, Ramona Senior Center and Ramona Valley Vineyard Association, and raises funds to support local causes.

Whether you attend to watch, or to participate, you’ll certainly have a stompin’ good time!

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Ramona Country Fair
Aug
1
to Aug 4

Ramona Country Fair

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For nearly 50 years, the Ramona Country Fair has been the highlight event of the summer season — and for good reason. 

Carnival rides cast a colorful glow on the fairgrounds at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln., while folks surround the Fred Grand Arena to watch everything from medieval reenactments to gymkhana competitions.

Indulgent treats, like funnel cake and sweet drinks, are much-needed fuel, and several food trucks will be on siteto offer fare ranging from Italian to ice cream. In addition, wine, beer and cider tastings will highlight local beverage makers.

The Country Fair will run from Aug. 1 to 4 this year, which means it will coincide the Ramona Junior Fair, which is set for July 27 to Aug. 4 and held at the adjacent junior fairgrounds.

Event chairperson Karen Domnitz is delighted to see the two events come together again, as a 
show of livestock, handmade goods and other projects young participants have been diligently preparing go hand in hand with the Country Fair festivities.

And it’s not just the Junior Fair participants who will have the opportunity to compete — the Country Fair will feature an art show, Home Sweet Home cooking competition and a “Gong Show”-style talent event.

Sponsored by the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Ramona Country Fair will also spotlight the Chamber’s new message of Ramona as the “Gateway to Adventure.”

“There will be an entire section dedicated to just outdoors and adventure opportunities around Ramona,” Domnitz says.

In addition, guests can enjoy performances by several bands, educational presentations and numerous vendors.

Admission to the fair is free, and parking is $10 per day, or $15 for all three days. Visit ramonachamber.com/ramona-country-fair.

Domnitz invites everyone to visit the fair not just because it is fun, but because it’s all for a good cause. 

“The Chamber is a nonprofit, and proceeds from the fair go back into the community — including business development and scholarships,” she says.

Doing good has never tasted so sweet — or maybe that’s the cotton candy!

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Ramona Junior Fair
Jul
29
to Aug 4

Ramona Junior Fair

  • 431 Aqua Ln Ramona, CA 92065 (map)
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For the first time in more than 10 years, the Ramona Junior Fair, which runs from July 27 to Aug. 4, will intersect with the Ramona Country Fair, which runs Aug. 1 to 4. 

It is fitting, then, that the Junior Fair’s 2019 theme will be “Good Old Country Fair.”

“We are looking forward to (the events) being back together, for the benefit of the community,” says Junior Fair Board President Jeff Becker.

Local youth will exhibit not only animals and livestock, but also crafts, preserved foods and more. The event is the culmination of their dedication to hard work, self-reliance and knowledge — elements that are an essential component of life in the country. 

Visit ramonajuniorfair.com for up-to-date information.

Opening ceremonies will begin at the junior fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Ln., at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The public is invited to watch market and showmanship events starting July 30 at 8 a.m. and continuing to the early afternoon. Visit ramonajuniorfair.com.

The event operates with the support of donations from community sponsors as well as fundraisers, such as the popular barbecue and pie 
auction, set for July 13.

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'50s Cruise'n Rock-n-roll Sock Hop
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

'50s Cruise'n Rock-n-roll Sock Hop

  • 1467 Main St Ramona, CA, 92065 United States (map)
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Rock Out at ‘50s Sock Hop on Main Street

By Annette Williams

Performances by “Elvis,” DJ music, dancing, classic cars, food and activities are all part of the fun planned for the ‘50s Cruise’n Rock-n-roll Sock Hop, to be held Thursday, July 18, during the Ramona American Graffiti Cruise.

From 6 p.m. to dark, everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music of the fifties and sixties at the lot between Chase Bank and Bank of America, in the 1400 block of Main Street. 

Elvis tribute artist and Ramona resident Todd N. Torres will entertain guests with spot-on performances as “The King of Rock and Roll,” as DJ Paul Palombo keeps the tunes coming.

 “Todd, the Elvis impersonator, is absolutely fantastic,” says event organizer Leroy Clubb.

The free event is being organized on behalf of Ramona Senior Center and in conjunction with the cruise, with funds raised earmarked for the senior center. Clubb says it’s a little thank-you for everyone’s support of cruise night and the center.

In addition to music and vintage vehicles, the sock hop will feature a photo booth provided by Renee Ramos and sponsored by Ramona Home Journal. Balloon stylist Kelly Steele will add to the fun. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and Dunkin Donuts will give away coupons to sock hop guests.

Clubb invites folks to bring chairs and enjoy every minute of the fun.

“We want everyone to step back in time with us when life was a little simpler and cars had style,” Clubb said. “It’s our first event like this, and if it’s successful, maybe we’ll do a couple next year.”

Donations for Ramona Senior Center will be accepted during the event. For information, call Clubb at 619-980-3647.

Clubb and his wife, Kathy, hope the community will join them in dressing for the occasion by dusting off their poodle skirts and penny loafers, or even rolling up their jeans and putting on some sneakers.

“We want everybody to come out and just have a lot of fun!” 

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4th of July
Jul
4
5:00 PM17:00

4th of July

An Independence Day Celebration

“Look to the sky this Fourth of July!”

That’s what Ramona Rotary President Kim Lasley encourages people to do, as they come and 
enjoy the spectacular event that’s planned for this year’s Independence Day celebration.

Whether it is your yearly tradition or your first time attending, Ramona’s Fourth of July celebration is sure to please. Presented by Ramona Rotary Club, this annual event is scheduled to take place Thursday, July 4, at 5 p.m., at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln.

The free, family-friendly event will feature food and merchandise vendors, plus a kids’ zone with a bunch of activities, including an obstacle course and face painting. 

Guests are invited to make a day of it and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic. No alcohol, smoking or pets are permitted. Folks are also welcome to bring radios, as the fireworks display will be synchronized to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio station.

The main event will begin at 9 p.m., and this year’s show is sure to be an awe-inspiring crowd-pleaser, with hundreds of fireworks shooting into the night sky. 

Join the community in coming together to celebrate the birth of our great nation and the many freedoms Americans hold dear!

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Rib & Chicken Fest
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Rib & Chicken Fest

Rib & Chicken Fest

A Flavorful Feast 

By Megan Peralta

Ramonans better get ready, because the Ramona Community 14th Annual Rib & Chicken Fest is right around the corner.  

On Saturday, June 22, everyone who loves barbecue ribs, chicken, bake sales and good company can enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner, which will be serving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olive Peirce Middle School Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center, located at 1521 Hanson Ln.  

Pre-sale adult tickets are $15 per person, available weekdays at Ramona Senior Center, 434 Aqua Ln. The price is $20 at the door. Tickets for children age 12 and under are $12, and to-go dinners are $15. 

Call 760-789-0440 or visit www.ramonaseniorcenter.comfor information. Proceeds will benefit the Ramona Senior Nutrition Program. 

The menu includes baby back ribs, chicken, potato salad and coleslaw. Also available will be a selection of beverages, bake sale goods and fun activities. Guests may also take advantage of the craft fair, silent auction and face painting — with paint, not barbecue sauce. 

 

According to Ramona Senior Center Executive Director Lora Cicalo, the event was initiated by former Executive Director Ray Cardona and then-board member and community volunteer Pete Bakarich, who thought it would be a good community event. And boy, were they right. 

 

These days, it takes about 2,500 pounds of ribs and 800 pounds of chicken to feed an average of 1,100 people who come through the doors. In the beginning, the event was held at the Senior Center, and then outgrew the facility and moved to the ROCC grounds. But it kept growing in popularity, such that it has graduated to Olive Peirce Middle School. 

 

“You have to cook from 4 a.m. to about 2 p.m.,” says Cicalo, who has been working at Ramona Senior Center for almost 20 years, when she started volunteering as a cook in the kitchen. She was promoted to assistant cook and then head cook, and about two and a half years ago, she began working in the office. 

 

On the subject of working with seniors, Cicalo says, “They’re like my second family here. We serve lunch to our congregate seniors who can come in. We also do Ramona Meals on Wheels. We serve about 5,000 meals to local seniors in Ramona and in eight different Zip codes in the backcountry each month.” 

For her, one of the best parts of the fest is getting to talk to the people who come. 

“It’s very rewarding when you hear what everyone else has to say about (the meal),” she says. 

And that makes sense, since it takes so much work to host the event each year.

In addition to having to get up before daybreak to start cooking, volunteers gather the day before for a rib-wrapping party, where they create an assembly-line system, applying barbecue sauce, wrapping the ribs in aluminum foil, bagging cookies for the bake sale and loading the truck. 

“The community pulls together with us for this — that’s what’s amazing,” says Cicalo. “Nobody’s paid to do this. Even my staff here are all volunteer basis, and everyone for the event is volunteer. 

“Without the community, we can’t do it.”

Published in the May 30th issue of the Ramona Home Journal

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Bow Wow Pow Wow
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Bow Wow Pow Wow

Cute Canines Shine at Bow Wow Pow Wow

There will no shortage of wagging tails and smiling faces at the 14th Annual Bow Wow Pow Wow, to be presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona on Saturday, June 8.

Dogs and their owners will strut their stuff with goal of winning a prize in one of many categories, including best costume, most unusual markings, best kisser, dog and owner look alike, to name a few.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kahoots Feed and Pet Store, 2020 Main St., and is free for attendees. Raffles, food and refreshments will be available, with proceeds earmarked to benefit local nonprofits and youth programs. Visit ramonakiwanis.org.

Registration for participants will begin at 10 a.m. in the Kahoots parking lot. Entries are $5 per category, or $20 for five categories. 

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Rolling British Car Day
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Rolling British Car Day

On Sunday, April 28, members of the San Diego British Car Club Council will make their way to the backcountry in style — parading first through Ramona and then moving on to Julian as part of the Rolling British Car Day event.

According to club president Joanie Berkwitz, more than 125 cars of British make will participate, including Jaguars, pre-war MGs, Land Rovers, Jensens, Triumphs and Minis, to name a few.

At 10:30 a.m., the cars will gather at the intersection of Highway 67 and Dye Road, drive together down Main Street, and then turn right on Third Street.

They will continue on to Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr., in Julian, where participants will have a picnic lunch. 

“Don’t miss the parade,” says Berkwitz. “It’s a treat to see these beautiful automobiles being driven by their passionate owners.”

She suggests that those who wish to view the cars at the winery should plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit www.sandiegobritishcarday.com for information.

“We’ve run this event for over 20 years,” shares Berkwitz. “Wherever we end up, people do enjoy the spectacle.”

Vintage British cars, like this Ford Thames Van, will parade through the backcountry on April 28, during the Rolling British Car Day event.

Photo by Shona Richards

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"Love Letters" - Presented by the Julian Theater Company
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

"Love Letters" - Presented by the Julian Theater Company

Feb. 24: The Julian Theater Company presents two performances of A.R. Gurneys “Love Letters” starring Scott Kinney as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III & Maureen Squazzo as Melissa Gardner.

Location:
Julian High School Theater, 1656 Hwy 78

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door 30 min prior (cash or check) or on-line thru ‘Brown Paper Tickets’ http://bpt.me/406624 
For more information: 760-765-1688 or www.juliantheatercompany.com

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Ramona Junior Fair
Jul
28
to Aug 5

Ramona Junior Fair

  • 431 Aqua Lane Ramona, CA, 92065 United States (map)
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This summer brings the much-anticipated 47th annual Ramona Junior Fair. This year’s theme is “Barn Wars: May the Farm Be With You,” and participants and guests are sure to have a great time.

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