RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual trademark event, Rancho Days, is just weeks away, beginning Sept. 24 and continuing through the week with a host of free activities and events.
— Sept. 24: The first Friday will kick off from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a demonstration of the skilled blend of rider and horse by the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club, followed by an authentic barbecue
— Sept. 25: The historic Rancho Santa Fe Village welcomes Rancho Days visitors anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a Merchants’ Open House, sponsored by the Village Merchants & Business Association and Union Bank. Stroll the village, visiting art galleries, boutiques and shops who will be putting their best foot forward.
The day will be highlighted with a trail ride and lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Trails Committee. The day will wrap up with a Hoe Down Dance from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via De La Cumbre, sponsored by the club and the Rancho Santa Fe Association. The cost is $48 per
person. Call (858) 756-1182 for reservations.
— Sept. 26 starts bright and early with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, 16936 El Fuego. At 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., there will be a Cowboy Melodrama and barbecue at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias.
— Sept. 28: The fourth day of the celebration will be all abloom with a Petals & Prose Flower Exhibition and Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a Film Under the Stars,
“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library, 17040 Avenida De Acacias.
— Sept. 29: The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents a homegrown art show, “Art Guild Paints the Ranch,” from noon to 4 p.m. In addition, a free MexFest Lunch is being served from 11:30 to 1 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Association. This will be capped from noon to 2 p.m. by a Dessert, Refreshments and Art event on the Country Friends patio, 17022 Avenida de Acacias, sponsored by the Country Friends.
— Sept. 30: Stay hungry for the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club’s Fall Festival Barbecue from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Village park. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for kids 8 years old and under.
— Oct. 1: The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center will fill the air with beautiful music at Strings in the Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. Then from 4 to 8 p.m. on Via de Santa Fe will be the Fandango Fiesta, with Mexican food, Margaritas and dancing in the streets to Prairie Fire. Cost of the meal is $20, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (858) 759-9291 for details. This will be held in conjunction with the Chili Cookoff from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.
— Oct. 2: A spirited Tennis Mixer will burn off calories before the barbecue lunch from 1 to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, 5829 Via De La Cumbre. Coinciding, will be the Osuna Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Association and Osuna Ctte.
The final evening will feature the Neighbor Night Parties on the Street from 5:30 to 8 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Hosts are given invitations, ideas and in the Covenant even mailing labels. Similar to the Community Center’s popular Sunset Soiree program, guests bring a beverage and hors d’oeuvres to share. For information about your street party, call (858) 756-2461 or go to www.rsfcc.org.
The Community Center is also hosting a Kids’ Night Out from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional sibling. For more information, contact Debbie Anderson at (858) 756-0358 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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