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"BONNETS AND BOOTS" AT DESCANSO DAYS JULY12

 

June 20, 2014 (Descanso)—The public is invited to join the fun at the 45th Annual Descanso Days Parade and Fair on July 12, 2014. It promises to be another great backcountry event at the Descanso Town Hall!

HELP LEMON GROVE PLAN A PARTY FOR THE COMMUNITY

 

June 17, 2014 (Lemon Grove) – Soon, Lemon Grove’s Main Street will be transformed in a concept that will be unveiled n the new future.  The public is invited to a planning party on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane.

SWEET SIXTEEN: JULIAN BLUES BASH JUNE 21

 

June 19, 2014 (Julian)--The 16th Annual Julian Blues Bash happens this Saturday, June 21 at Menghini Winery in Julian with a great lineup of blues bands.

Advance ticket sales are over, but they will have tickets at the gate for this all-day event featuring an array of talented entertainers.

BACK TO THE ‘50s CAR SHOW REVS UP IN LA MESA

 

June 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Village Merchants Association invites you to step back in time each Thursday night from 5 p.m. starting June 19 through August 28. The Car Show happens along La Mesa Blvd between Acacia and Fourth Streets, in the heart of La Mesa Village. 

Six trophies are awarded each night: four to cars, one to a motorcycle, and the La Mesa Police Department’s Police Officer’s Choice Award. Cruising is encouraged!

KNSJ ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK JULY 5: COME CELEBRATE COMMUNITY RADIO!

 

 

On Saturday July 5th, KNSJ invites you to our community radio station’s first anniversary from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park visitors center.

Come mix and mingle with our radio hosts and celebrity guests in a spectacular natural setting, enjoy live music, Native American flute players, delicious food and drinks, stargazing, museum, no host bar, two stages with comedy acts and musical entertainment.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY:TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS, AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 20-JUNE 22, 2014

 

By Ariele Johannson

This weekend is the official beginning of summer, and Destination East County has a lineup of great outdoor activities, such as summer concerts, movies, and hikes, as well as events with trains, raptors, and fairies!

RAMONA SITES ON FARM TOUR DAY JUNE 7

 

June 7, 2014 (Ramona)--On Saturday June 7th, the San Diego Farm Bureau hosts its annual farm tour. This is an exclusive look at a side of San Diego County few people get to see. So if you’re ever hankered to experience country life down on the farm, here’s your chance.

DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON AT THE KIWANIS BARN DANCE JUNE 14

 

June 8, 2014 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis invite you to put on your dancing shoes and come to the annual barn Dance at Star Ranch in Campo.  The event on June 14 features the Honky Tonk Kings country dance band from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.. In addition, a BBQ dinner will be served from 7-10 p.m.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 13-15, 2014

 

Hear the Destination East County segment on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM each Wed. and Fri. at 5:00 p.m. or listen online at www.EastCountyMagazine.org!

 

By Ariele Johannson

 

June 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County has plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, including some designated for Father’s Day. However, many of the events this weekend might be interesting for Dad and the family to enjoy. Plus, we have a major festival in El Cajon that is number one on our list.

CITY OF SANTEE SUMMER CONCERT SEASON IS READY TO ROCK

 

June 8, 2014 (Santee)--The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series resumes June 19 with an expanded lineup featuring performances by 11 well-established regional bands.The free concerts are held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. — except for the week of the July 4 holiday—at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive.

FIREFIGHTERS' DEMOLITION RALLY AND FIRE SAFETY EXPO AT COUNTY FAIR BENEFITS BURN INSTITUTE

 

Viejas and State Farm team up for annual smashing event

View video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djXNah2BaRM&feature=youtu.be

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott

June 7, 2014 (San Diego) The engines roared and dust filled the large arena at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar arena, where the cars were ready to go. It was time for the first heat of the Demolition Derby, an event sponsored by the Viejas Tribe and State Farm to benefit the Burn Institute of San Diego. The fair, which opened June 7, continues through July 6. For full information on this year’s fair, visit www.sdfair.com.

EL CAJON HOSTS TRIBUTE TO JIMMIE JOHNSON, NASCAR CHAMPION, ON TUESDAY JUNE 17

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 5, 2014 (El Cajon)--Six-time NASACAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will be returning to his hometown of El Cajon for a special tribute on Tuesday, June 17. 

Weather permitting, the El Cajon City Council will hold a special celebration to recognize the hometown hero for his racing accomplishments—and also his philanthropic contributions to the community.  The City is encouraging everyone to attend and show support for one of the racing world’s biggest stars.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 6-8, 2014

 

 

By Ariele Johannson

 

June 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County is buzzing this weekend with an air show at Gillespie Field, an ethnic fair to celebrate diversity, an historical day in Alpine, music events, a farm tour, and more. Plus our preview has some exciting upcoming events, all happening right here in East County!

RADICAL REPTILES AND FRIENDS SLITHER INTO CREST LIBRARY JUNE 10

 

June 5, 2014 (Crest) – Radical Reptiles & Friends will be bringing a menagerie to the Crest branch of the County library system on Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m.

Founded in 1996 by Ben Hian, Radical Reptiles & Friends has provided animal education and entertainment in San Diego County for nearly 14 years.  Joining Hian in 2007, John Taibe has helped Radical Reptiles & Friends  provide the children of San Diego County with a unique, hands-on experience including an ever-growing menagerie of snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, spiders scorpions , millipedes, insects & a variety of other “creepy crawlies.”

AIR SHOW SAN DIEGO TAKES FLIGHT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

June 2, 2014 (El Cajon)--World War II aircraft, paratroopers, mock aerial “dogfights” complete with fireworks, performance flying demonstrations — even an airplane racing a jet-car — will fill the skies and tarmac Saturday and Sunday at “AirShow San Diego” at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

A REJUVENATING WEEKEND AT THE HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)—Slipping away to the high desert community of Jacumba Hot Springs proves a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Not too long ago, Jacumba nearly became a ghost town after a resort hotel from the ‘20s burned down and Interstate 8 was built, drawing traffic away from Old Highway 80 through the heart of Jacumba.  But then a revitalization committee petitioned the state to take back the town's historic name -- Jacumba Hot Springs. Since then, these movers and shakers have infused new life into a town named by the Kumeyaay Native Americans who once camped here in the winter months: Jacum—a place of healing waters.

Now celebrating its centennial year, the town recently hosted the Healing Waters & Arts Festival--a successful event for the community and guests alike. 

AN IMMIGRANT'S JOURNEY: JUNE 5 IN LEMON GROVE

 

June 4, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - On Thursday June 5th the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present “An immigrant’s Journey” as part of its “History Alive” series at 7:00 in the  H. Lee House Cultural Center at 3205 Olive Street in Lemon Grove.

EL CAJON HOSTS "AMERICA ON MAIN STREET" JUNE 14

 

May 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon is reviving the tradition of its former Friendship Festival with a new event called America on Main Street.   The event promises to celebrate the tradition of ethnic diversity, also providing free family fun and live entertainment.

JACUMBA HIKERS SATURDAY HIKE-IN-KO-PAH RETREAT TO THE DESERT VIEW TOWER

 

May 29, 2014 (In-Ko-Pah) – On May 31st,  the Jacumba Hikers invite you to an In-Ko-Pah “Spirit Retreat” to the Desert View Tower.  The event also includes a tour of a strawbale cabin, earth shrine, “The Vortex” and other points of interest along the way to the Desert View Tower one of the oldest roadside attractions/historic landmarks in San Diego.

CHEERS! SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

 

May 29, 2014 (Santee)--The Santee chamber of Commerce invites you to join more than 60,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two-action packed days great for the whole family to enjoy. This free event will be held at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.

Celebrating its sixth year, the Street Fair will host its first annual beer festival featuring five local breweries; Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co, Butcher’s Brewing, Pacific Islander Brewing Company and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company. There will also be more than 300 various food and vendor booths, live entertainment, a family-friendly fun zone with games and attractions and more than a dozen carnival rides. Admission to the event is free and parking will be available adjacent to the event.

JULIAN FIDDLE & PICKING CONTEST CONTINUES MUSICAL TRADITIONS

 

May 29, 2014 (Julian)—On Saturday, May 31st,  the Julian Town Hall will come alive with music at a fiddle and guitar picking contest open to all ages. For beginners and aficionados alike, this  event is a chance perform and compete for prizes in the festive and competitive atmosphere of the traditional old time fiddle contest.

Harkening back to the days of the Julian banjo and fiddle contest tradition of decades past, this fiddling and guitar picking contest continues the Julian history as a long time supporter of traditional music and hosting music festivals.

LA MESA SALUTES OLD GLORY WITH FLAG DAY PARADE MAY 31

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 29, 2014 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa hosts its annual Flag Day parade on Saturday, May 31st in the downtown village. The festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m., with pre-parade concerts by La Mesa Middle and Parkway Middle Schools. At 10:00 a.m. the parade led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band starts through the downtown La Mesa Village. Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal celebration of the Ford Mustang 50th anniversary.View floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups. This year the City of La Mesa will also have the First Class Petty Officers Association from Tactical Training Group Pacific carry a community Living Flag to conclude the parade.

Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire and cheer on the participants in this annual parade. After the parade, join the La Mesa’s Human Relations Advisory Commission for ice cream, see classic and new Mustang cars, and talk to the car owners at Palm Avenue and La Mesa Boulevard.

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES

 

May 28, 2014 (Santee Lakes) - If you’re angling for a fish dinner—or just enjoy catch and release, you may want to check out Santee Lakes, where night fishing kicks off on June 12th.   There are a total of six night fishing dates coming up: June 12th and 26th, July 20th and 24th, and August 7th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

BONITAFEST ASSOCIATION DISSOLVES, CANCELS FESTIVAL AN OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2014 (Bonita) – After more than 40 years, the Wild West Bonitafest is now history.

The Bonita Business and Professional Association has voted to disband, by a vote of just 15 of its 50 members, U-T San Diego reports.  The Association indicates the vote was uncontested, raising questions over what the apparently absent majority of members think about the decision to permanently cancel  Bonitafest and other community events sponsored by the group.

EUREKA! JULIAN GOLD RUSH DAYS COME ALIVE MAY 31-JUNE 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2014 (Julian)--Julian celebrates its Gold Rush Days next weekend, May 31st and June 1st, bringing to life the community’s colorful past.

JACUMBA’S HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL OFFERS REJUVENATION & ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

May 24, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Jacumba Hot Springs (Jacumba) celebrates its Centennial with a major festival on Saturday, May 24th in downtown Jacumba. The Healing Waters & Arts Festival will stretch along Old Highway 80, from the old pink bath house ruins on the west end of town, east to the community park.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Parking and attendance are free. Attendees will enjoy Kumeyaay Bird Singers, Native American flute players holistic healers, New Age vendors, drum circles, bounce houses for the children, and many unique crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors. Also featured are multiple music venues, art walk with open studio tours, delectable food trucks, Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum display, Campo Motor Transport Museum displays, raffles for prizes and more, all in a beautiful high desert setting.

LEBANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL MAY 23 IN EL CAJON

 

May 23, 2014 (El Cajon)--A Lebanese cultural festival takes place this weekend from Friday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at St Ephrem Catholic Church in El Cajon.

Authentic Lebanese foods will be served, such as hummus, falafel, shawarma, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, chicken kabob, and a wide assortment of gourmet sweets. Visitors can expect live music and dancing, folkloric performances, and a variety of booths with Lebanese specialties, a beer & wine garden, hookah bar, carnival rides, and raffle prizes.

MEDIEVAL BATTLES TAKE STAGE IN POTRERO MAY 24-25

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2014 (Potrero) – Relive the days of chivalry this weekend at Potrero County Park, where the Society for Creative Anachronism will stage a medieval battle May 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to sunset.  This visit to the Barony of Calafia is a free event with vendors, staged fighting events, and instruction. Visitors are invited to wear period attire to fit in with the festivities. 

 The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK

 

By Ariele Johannson

May 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s  Destination East County includes many outdoor activities from hiking and fishing to car shows, festivals and outdoor movies! Memorial Day activities are included and two local theatre groups have final weekend performances.

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION MAY 26 AT ALPINE VETERANS WALL OF HONOR

 

May 18, 2014 (Alpine)—A flyover by the Buecker Squadron’s World War II biplanes will be a highlight at the 4th annual memorial Day Celebration at the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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