Kicking off Ramona Season!

Hemet / San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce holds mixer at Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre

All the members and guests were enjoying refreshments and conversation in the outdoor seating of the entry plaza of Ramona Bowl.

■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed

What a great way to open the San Jacinto valley’s Ramona season! The Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce held a mixer for its members at the Ramona Bowl on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The atmosphere was festive with music, food and prizes. The Ramona Bowl plaza was the perfect location to hold this event because it is overlooking the San Jacinto Valley, where the historical events that inspired Helen Hunt Jackson to write the story of Ramona took place.

Hemet – San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Board Members and staff in attendance – L-R: Lakshman Koka, Capt. Leonard Purvis, Patricia Scott, John Peterson, Cyndi Lemke.

Some of the Chamber’s board members, staff and volunteers were in attendance. Lakshman Koka of the San Jacinto Medical Group is the chairperson of the Executive Committee. Other board members there were Captain Leonard Purvis, Riverside County Sheriff; John Peterson, DFI Insurance; and Patricia Scott, Virtue Services Consulting, LLC. Scott also serves as the board liaison with the Chamber Ambassadors. Interim Executive Director Cyndi Lemke, Authority Real Estate, could be seen everywhere along with Scott as they made sure everything ran well.
Arriving guests were greeted by the Chamber Ambassadors; they helped everyone to register and purchase raffle tickets, including tickets for a 50/50 drawing. Guests mingled with one another enjoying appetizers and beverages while chatting with their business colleagues. Once people settled into their seats, they were welcomed by the H/SJ Chamber board members and staff that were present.

Some of the staff and volunteers of the chamber served as Chamber Ambassadors -L-R Top Row clockwise: Kevin Saunders, Twanisha Wilson, Harmony Dick, Liz Westley, Patricia Scott, Sandy Aldridge.

Members, who had donated items for the raffle, were called up and addressed the crowd prior to the announcement of the winning ticket number for their donated items. Many of the members that were called up announced upcoming events that their businesses will be sponsoring by inviting everyone to come.
Stacey Bailey, President, Board of Directors’ of Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, and retired West Valley High School Theater Instructor, reminded everyone that the 96th Anniversary of “Ramona” opens April 13, with a special fourth grade show on April 11. The play will run April 13-14, skip a weekend (due to Easter), and resume April 27-28 with a closing weekend on May 4-5. Bailey also informed the public that Ramona Amphitheatre’s Board of Directors wants to raise funds to buy screens and create a drive-in movie like experience at the bowl. The crowd seemed to really like the idea with their applause.
To buy tickets to Ramona, or if you need more information about the Ramona festival including other upcoming events by the Ramona Bowl, or if you want to volunteer to raise needed funds, please visit their website, call the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre 951-658-3111, or email
The perfect evening’s festivities ended at sundown with a lovely sunset over the valley. The chamber members and guests were invited back to Ramona Bowl Amphitheater on Sunday, March 31, to join Ramona cast, volunteers, and others who love Ramona for the premiere of “Helen Hunt Jackson and The Trial of Sam Temple” thanks to Linda Greilich, of Golden Era Productions, and her friends. The performance was a dramatization of the actual events that inspired Helen Hunt Jackson to write a portion of the book “Ramona.”
For information on becoming a chamber member of Hemet / San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, or for information about other Chamber events and other community events, visit their website

Members of the dance troop that will be featured in the 96th Anniversary Season of the longest running outdoor drama in the country “Ramona,” which will be opening April 13, 2019.
Board members who were able to attend this evening’s festivities, began addressing the guests and thanking them for their support, before beginning the member announcements and raffle.
The evening’s festivities ended at sundown, and everyone joyfully returned to their homes and businesses in the valley below.

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