Manzanita Ranch Mondays benefit begins Feb. 5

“You all come on down,” the Manzanita Ranch staff said, inviting residents and veterans to the first Manzanita Mondays event at the Rainbow Oaks Cafe in Rainbow all day, Monday, Feb. 5.

Johnny Roberts, the Manzanita Ranch manager who operates a horse ranch in Anza “where the horses are the therapy,” announced the nonprofit ranch’s newest fundraiser this week called Manzanita Mondays.

The new benefit will bring Manzanita ranch hands, staff and supporters together at the restaurant, at 4815 5th St., in Rainbow to meet with the ranch’s supporters, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer patients and at-risk youth. The lodge-like restaurant that offers breakfast, American fare and a sports bar will be the first to help the ranch with its Manzanita Ranch Mondays’ benefit. The restaurant will be donating a percentage of their checks to the ranch.

The veteran-operated Manzanita Ranch’s mission, with the “One Good Day Project,” helps veterans with PTSD and others who have suffered traumatic events in their lives by helping them bond with horses, a practice that has proven calming therapy for those afflicted. The clients spend a day with the gentle horses at the ranch and feed them carrots, groom them and for those who are able, ride portions of the nearby Pacific Crest Trail.

“You eat; they donate,” Roberts said. “Be sure to tell them you are helping the Manzanita Ranch.”

The well-established Rainbow Oaks Cafe eatery in Fallbrook is a favorite stopping place for bikers from San Diego and Riverside County who love hearty breakfasts and excellent American food while enjoying the best of sports viewing.

The ranch will be announcing the locations of other restaurants they will be visiting on the first Monday of each month.

For more information about Manzanita Ranch, visit www.manzanitaranch.org, on Facebook or call (909) 816-9450.

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