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Twin Pines Ranch for At-Risk Boys to Host First Open House Benefit Oct. 15

Organizers hope all five county supervisors, juvenile court judges, and the mayors of Banning and Beaumont will attend.

The Twin Pines Ranch residential program for at-risk boys ages 15 to 18 is hosting its first "open house" event in its history on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Featuring the music of The Legendary Mustangs, the benefit is planned from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at 49500 Twin Pines Road, up Highway 243 from Banning.

The ranch is more than 60 years old and it stands above south Banning, east of Highway 243, on 1,200 acres that include Twin Pines Creek and other mountain drainages. It is a unique setting in the San Jacinto Mountains.

The event is planned in part to show the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, juvenile court judges and the mayors of Banning and Beaumont that Twin Pines Ranch is a vital, local program for young men who've had trouble with the law, said Supervising Probation Officer Brian Boyd.

"We're doing it to show off some of the projects we've completed recently," Boyd said Wednesday. "New flooring in the bunkhouse, landscaping around the campus, a chuckwagon project on the outdoor barbecue, revamped the director's house."

With budget concerns always a concern at the county level, the probation department wants to ensure elected leaders and court officials are informed before they make any decisions about the ranch, Boyd said.

"We've invited the mayors of Banning and Beaumont, too, because we have some of their kids up here and I'm sure they want to see what we're doing," Boyd said.

The ranch started with one building in 1948, Boyd said. President Dwight Eisenhower visited the ranch in the 1950s. Since county probation took over the facility, boys at the ranch have helped build numerous adobe brick-and-wood structures, including the current bunkhouse, cookhouse, and administrative buildings.

Today the ranch is home to about 50 boys who live, cook, work and study on the ranch at the end of Twin Pines Road. The ranch has its own working fire engine, and staff and youth are trained to respond to fires if needed, Boyd said.

Everyone evacuated safely during the arson-set Esperanza Fire in October 2006, which resulted in the deaths of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters on nearby Gorgonio View Road.

There are currently 44 boys at the ranch, Boyd said Wednesday. Officials hope to bring more boys up to reach the capacity of 71 after renovations are completed, Boyd said.

The ranch is an option for young offenders who do not need placement in secure California Youth Authority lockdown facilities, Boyd said.

Tickets for the Oct. 15 event are $25 apiece or $40 a pair. Dinner and refreshments are included, organizers said.

Proceeds from the Oct. 15 event will benefit the Twin Pines youth program and The Pink Ribbon Place, which provides support to women with breast cancer.

Organizers request attendees RSVP by emailing dstenson@rcprob.us, Baboyd@rcprob.us or calling (951) 849-9287.

alexander cruZ December 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Hi my name is alex cruz im from indio california i was up in twin pines about 3 years ago i was sent to pines beacuase i was living a troubled life and couldnt stay out of trouble with the law beong in twin pines was a great experience there wasany things to do i had many good times it is a place of learning how to b a man i think they should bring back marching and the military program becuase it shows leadership and respect but the county is to cheap people need to be more informed about the works of twin pines becuase it changed my life and opened my eyes now im working and i have a family im living life to its fullest and i thank everyone at twin pines espeacially ms beam and mr boyd becuase pines made me who i am today
Washy December 03, 2012 at 01:28 AM
AWESOME!!!
Diego Rose December 03, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Nice to hear!!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 03, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Alex, that is wonderful. Congratulations!!

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