Volunteers are needed to help clean up Santa Maria Creek from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 22.
Participants will meet at the Santa Maria Creek staging area at 1710 Montecito Road.
Bring work tools such as gloves, sharps buckets, trash collectors, wire cutters, shovels, rakes, hoes and pry bars, organizers said. Recommended clothing is long pants and long-sleeved shirts with closed-toe shoes or work boots.
Don Wendt, chair of the Ramona Trails Association trail committee, said he hopes to recruit at least 50 volunteers. He estimates that 10,000 pounds of trash could be cleaned from the creek.
The last time a Santa Maria Creek cleanup took place, in January 2015, volunteers removed 44,000 pounds of trash, Wendt said.
Garbage that accumulates along the riverbed needs to be cleared periodically to prevent the river from clogging with debris and causing flooding, he said.
Scout groups, churches and local organizations such as Serve Ramona have been invited to join in the cleanup. Sponsors include Piva Equipment Services, Ramona Disposal Service and the Greenway Committee of the Ramona Trails Association.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided. If it rains that day, cleaning will be postponed to Saturday, January 29.
If you have any questions, call Wendt at 760-440-9135. To RSVP, call Jill Bacorn at 760-522-8098 or email [email protected]
The Rice Brothers play
The Ramona Concert Association will perform The Rice Brothers at 6:30 p.m. on February 4 at the Mountain View Community Church.
Both Johnny and Chris Rice are accomplished pianists and cellists. Their shows feature a unique blend of classical music, gospel, ragtime and boogie-woogie, as well as a historical perspective of great composers and the times in which they lived.
They have an interactive approach to performance that makes music accessible and relevant for modern audiences of all ages. Winners of gold medals in an international Chopin competition, the Rice Brothers were invited in 2014 to give their first concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. They also performed at Disneyland and in Europe.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the church, 1191 Meadowlark Way. The price at the door is $15 for adults, $5 for students and children.
Call 760-789-747 or 760-788-0434 for more information.
Ship-to-home checks begin
Starting this month, a Ship Safety Verification Examiner from the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary will come to your home in Ramona to perform an inspection.
A decal for 2022 will be awarded to powerboats, sailboats, kayaks and personal watercraft that pass the standard safety boat inspection. If a deficiency is found, it can be corrected and the exam will be rescheduled.
These checks are at no cost to the owner and generally take approximately 20-30 minutes.
To schedule a ship check, call 11th District South, Flotilla at 760-505-2596 and leave a message if the call is not answered or email [email protected]
When inspecting, have current documentation/registration papers and related equipment available: working navigation lights, radio, life jackets (PFDs), fire extinguishers, flares or sound producing device, control counter current flame (outboard motor) and correct boat identification display numbers on hull/stern or ships without papers inside, permanently mounted.