Festivals of the Month

50TH ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE: HIKE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK’S BEST TRAILS AND PEAKS

 

Update: Hear our interview with Paige Rogowski, Executive Director of the Anza Borrego Foundation and Diana Lindsey,  past president of the Foundation and historian for Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Listen now by clicking the audio link above.

Guided hikes are also available

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Anza-Borrego) In celebration of Anza-Borrego Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are inviting visitors to complete two five-hike challenges on some of the most famous (and infamous) peaks and trails in the region.

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 19-DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County a Turkey Bowl in Spring Valley, the Casa de Oro Fall Festival, the Mother Goose Parade, ice skating at Viejas, and the annual tree lighting in downtown El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy, Jesus Christ Superstar at San Diego State, breakfast with Santa in Santee, a Jingle Paws walk for pets, Lakeside’s Spirit on Maine, holiday concerts, and a Country Christmas in Julian.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

HISTORY OF NURSING IN CIVIL WAR COMES ALIVE NOV. 21 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society President

November 16, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- When Donna Vitale Lupinacci recounted in stirring fashion the rise of nursing during the American Civil War (1860-65), audience members not only were riveted by the story's drama and realism, they demanded an encore.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 11-DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Veterans Day commemoration, breakfast with firefighters, Kidz Dance Kompany’s production of 1968, a Wieghorst Museum Holiday Lunch, a wine and painting gathering in La Mesa, and the Spinners live in concert at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Turkey Bowl in Spring Valley, Casa de Oro’s first Fall Festival, the Mother Goose Parade, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Farm in Ramona, Jesus Christ Superstar at San Diego State, breakfast with Santa in Santee, a Jingle Paws walk for pets, Lakeside’s Spirit on Maine, and a Country Christmas in Julian.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

HOLIDAY POP-UP MARKET IN JAMUL FOR “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” NOV. 26

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2016 (Jamul) – In honor of “Shop Small Business Saturday”,  a Holiday Pop-Up Market will be held on November 26 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at 13910 Lyons Valley Road in Jamul.

Guests can shop for unique gifts including hand-made hats, scarves and gloves, gift baskets, jams, jellies and tamales, jewelry, fine art, poinsettias,  holiday floral arrangements and vintage collections. A fashion show will take place at 1:30p.m.  The Upper Hand Salon will offer gift certificates for manicures, pedicures, massages, cuts  and colors.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 25-27 FEATURES CAMEL RIDES, SHOWS, AND “PARDONED” TURKEY RACING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (Ramona) – If you’re looking for an unusual way to spend Thanksgiving weekend,  stop by Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.  The 6th annual event on November 25, 26 and 27 will include camel rides,  feeding pomegranates to camels, family shows,  and a race featuring “pardoned” turkeys.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN AT KID CARE FEST SATURDAY NOV. 5 IN LAKESIDE

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November 3, 2016 (Lakeside)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, will present the 2016 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health care screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.

Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings, including vision and dental screenings and children’s wellness checkups. The event will also feature information from dermatologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last).

FALL IN LOVE WITH PARKS THIS MONTH

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Give thanks all month through several fall and Thanksgiving-themed happenings at San Diego County Parks. Take a pilgrimage to one or all three of the community gatherings in the East County.

The trio of events is free and open to all ages. There is a $3 parking fee at Louis A. Stelzer and El Monte parks.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 4-DEC. 24

November 4, 2016 - This week’s Destination East County include live music at La Mesa’s newest wine tasting room, a fall Planstravaganza, the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, and the opening of trout fishing season in Santee.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a holiday open house at Summers Past Farms, a  Paint-a-Holic program in La Mesa,  a Veterans Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Casa de Oro Fall Festival,  the Mother Goose Parade, holiday concerts at Parkway Plaza and more.

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PARKWAY PLAZA HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES BEGIN NOV. 18

 

Source: Parkway Plaza

November 1, 2016 (El Cajon) - Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon invites you to celebrate the season, revel in holiday traditions and create new ones with a series of holiday happenings—starting with Santa’s arrival on November 18th.  Below are details provided by Parkway Plaza:

BOULEVARD STROLL IN LA MESA NOV. 2 WILL FEATURE STREET ARTIST, MUSIC, KIDS ZONE AND DESSERT FOOD TRUCKS

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2016 (La Mesa) - The "winter" hours for La Mesa’s Boulevard Stroll are from 5 - 8 p.m.  This month the Stroll falls on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Organizer Roz Oserin says,  “We have a wonderful treat!  The Urban Sketchers will be up by Bo Beau's - Take  few minutes and watch them sketch out the landscape in front of them!  We also have a new artist who will be doing street art in the empty lot across the street...watch for Don Masse drawing a beautiful streetscape, and 2B1, an acoustic guitarist will be moving up and down the boulevard to entertain you as well.

CASA DE ORO’S FIRST FALL FESTIVAL NOV. 19

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- The Casa de Oro Community Alliance announces the first annual Fall Festival on Saturday November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The festival will be held in the Casa de Oro Plaza (across from Starbucks) in the 9700 block of Campo Road.

Family fun, games, live music, children's interactive crafts and the Fern Street Circus with face painting and entertainment for all will be provided.

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR HALLOWEEN EVE MASQUERADE PARTY OCT. 30!

 

October 21, 2016 (La Mesa) -- East County Magazine invites you to our Halloween Eve Masquerade Party! 

On Sunday, October 30, 4-8 p.m. our party at a private home in La Mesa will be the “happening haunt” complete with Halloween Eve feast,  costume contest, live music with the "Bad Randies" string band & Paul Nichols' variety music (Monster Mash and more!) local ghost stories, a trove of prizes, spooky surprises, & a frightfully good time!

This party is open to our weekly newsletter subscribers, our wildfire alert subscribers, and invited guests age 21 and up.  Subscriptions are free!  Click here to subscribe

Cost: $12 and bring a dish to share  ($10 for Editor’s Club members/sustaining donors)

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 29-NOV. 20

 

East County News Service

October 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes the college area Boo! Parade and a HallowScream extravaganza.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including La Mesa’s Historical Home Tour, a fall plantstravaganza, the Ramona Art & Wine Festival, the Trout Opener at Santee Lakes, a Veterans Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Wieghorst Museum’s holiday lunch and the Mother Goose parade celebrates its 70th year of ushering in the holiday season in East County.

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EL CAJON’S HAUNTFEST 2016 SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL

 

(L-R) Lady Molly (Christine Robbins), Councilman (Gary Kendrick), Boo (Crystal Clark), Assassins Creed (Gary Wachtler)

By Jonathan Goetz

October 22, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Hauntfest was a big success again this year with carnival rides, costume contests, games, live music and dancing along Main Street in El Cajon on Friday. Police concerned about marauding bands of Vikings were out in force.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

East County News Service

October 19,2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes Borrego Days, a Toast to East County,  a production of Annie Jr.,Lakeside Heritage Day, Haunt Fest on Main, haunted trails and more.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Trunk or Treat, Stoney’s Boo Bash,  the Boo Parade, Halloscream, the La Mesa Historical Homes Tour,  the Art and Wine Fest in Ramona, a  Fall Plantstravaganza, and the Trout Opener at Santee Lakes.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

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TOAST TO EAST COUNTY OCT. 22 HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL WINERIES, CRAFT BREWERS AND FOOD PRODUCERS

 

Local wine industry trailblazers will also be honored

East County News Service

October 17, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) – Six new Trailblazers will be honored and dozens of local wine and food producers will be highlighted at 2nd annual Toast to East County.

The event, sponsored by the East County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Cottonwood Golf Club on Willow Glen Road in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

COLLEGE AREA BOO! PARADE OCT. 29

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (San Diego) - Celebrating its 12th year, the Boulevard BOO! Parade will be held on Saturday, October 29th starting at 10:00 a.m. With over 70 entries of live entertainment marching on one mile of El Cajon Boulevard the parade will entertain you with spooky ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches to fill you with the Halloween spirit.

HOWL-O-WEEN HOUNDS – PET ADOPTION EVENT OCT. 15 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (La Mesa) - Over 100 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits from local rescue groups will be at Grossmont Center looking for a loving home on October 15th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will be able to meet, play and learn more about each pet. Plus, if you find your perfect match – you can adopt and take your new furry friend home this Halloween!


SHAKE IT UP! ZUMBA FUNDRAISER OCT. 21 FOR KNSJ

 

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (San Diego) — You’re invited to join a Zumba party and dance away calories—all while raising money for KNSJ 89.1 FM, the nonprofit community radio station based in Descanso.  The Zumba party fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 6-8 p.m. at th Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St. in San Diego.  Get Tickets ($10).

LAKESIDE HERITAGE DAY OCT. 22

 

East County News Service

 

October 13, 2016 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting its annual Heritage Day Luncheon and Reunion on Saturday, October 22.  The "meet and greet" will begin at 11 a.m. and a catered luncheon will be served at noon.  After the luncheon there will be a speaker on "Hatfield The Rainmaker" from the San Diego History Center.  A 102 year old survivor of the flood will be present for guests to to meet.

TONIGHT: JOIN US AT THE HILLS! $2500 IN PRIZES--CHARGERS AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL, GULLS & AZTECS TICKETS, PADRES GEAR & MORE--BENEFITS OUR LOCAL SPORTS & NEWS REPORTING

October 12, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Bring you friends, family or favorite team to  East County Magazine's  "Good Sports" night out at the Hills Local Pub in La Mesa (8753 La Mesa Blvd.,  near Jackson Drive and La  Mesa Blvd) this Wednesday, October 12 between 5 p.m. and  9 p.m.!  There's no cover charge, but the Hills wil donate a percentage of all food and drinks sold to benefit East CountyMagazine and our coverage of  East County youth and high school sports, as well as Aztecs and pro sports.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 15-31

 

East County News Service

October 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes an air show, a haunted trail, howl-o-ween hounds, fair-trade shopping, a barbecue cook-off, and a pumpkin patch with activities galore.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Haunt Fest on Main, Stoney’s Boo Bash, and the College Area Boo Parade.

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JOIN US OCT. 12 AT THE HILLS PUB IN LA MESA! BENEFIT SUPPORTS EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE & OUR COVERAGE OF LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS

 

 

 

 

Win autographed Chargers and Padres memorabilia,Aztecs tickets, a pizza party package and much more!

October 7, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Bring you friends, family or favorite team to  East County Magazine's  "Good Sports" night out at the Hills Local Pub in La Mesa (8753 La Mesa Blvd.,  near Jackson Drive and La  Mesa Blvd) this Wednesday, October 12 between 5 p.m. and  9 p.m.!  There's no cover charge, but the Hills wil donate a percentage of all food and drinks sold to benefit East CountyMagazine and our coverage of  East County youth and high school sports, as well as Aztecs and pro sports.

THE RAMONA AIR FAIR IS BACK THIS SATURDAY! OCT. 15

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 11, 2016 (Ramona) - Picture this — you’re chasing down your flapjacks with Mexican cuisine, standing next to a two-story-tall Smokey Bear balloon when an expert flight team performs a perfect close formation flyby above you in the glinting sun and cloudless sky.

BORREGO DAYS OCT. 21 - OCT. 23

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2016 (Borrego Springs) -- The 51st Borrego Days Desert Festival will kick off Friday, October 21st through Saturday, October 23rd. Visitors are invited to pack your sunscreen and set your navigation devices to lead you to Borrego Springs for this weekend retreat for three days of music, art, a parade, car show, kids’ carnival activities and an opportunity to enjoy nature.

READY, PETS, GO! JINGLE PAWS DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

October 5, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) -- The Aces Foundation invites you and your dog to participate in the 6th annual Jingle Paws Walk for Pets on December 3rd.  Festivities begin at 9:00am with a warm-up from Leash Your Fitness and a Blessing of the Animals; the walk begins immediately after in the amphitheater at the Garden at Cuyamaca College, traveling throughout the campus.

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