Festivals of the Month
March 19, 2014 (El Cajon) – If you’re ready to get in the swing of things this spring, Cottonwood Golf has announced a series of golf tournaments in April, May and June. Many of these events will benefit local charitable causes, from children’s programs to wounded veterans to the Mother Goose Parade. In addition, Cottonwood will host brunch in its garden area each Sunday through June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with mimosas or champagne for adults and a menu with child pricing. Cottonwood is located at 3121 Willow Glen Drive in EL Cajon. For reservations call:
619-442-9891 x 22.
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The elegant U.S. Grant Hotel will be the site of the 48th annual Children’s Ball on March 29 at 6 p.m. This event benefits more than 3,000 children served each year by Boys & Girls Clubs of East County—and you’re invited.
Guests will enjoy the ambiance of the cocktail lounge complete with combo, designer drinks, silent auction, three grand drawing prizes and the ever famous seafood buffet. In addition admission includes dinner, a live auction, dancing and an opportunity to meet some very special Club members.
This special event honors Ron & Mary Alice Brady for their commitment to build The Brady Family Clubhouse & Teen Center and improving the lives of the children in La Mesa. “It’s better to build kids than try to mend adults” is not only Mr. Brady’s mantra, but has inspired the theme of this year’s Children’s Ball; Building a Better Future.
Sophie’s Vineyard will celebrate a special sneak-peek planting party on April 5
March 11, 2014 (El Cajon)-- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, the East County vocational day program for more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, has announced the grand opening of Sophie’s Vineyard. As part of its expanding garden, the Center will install 290 vines in a unique double row design with the purpose of providing students with an education on grape agriculture, selling table grapes at local farmers markets, and the opportunity to partner with local wineries and wine makers.
March 13, 2014 (La Mesa)- Hooley’s Irish Pub in La Mesa will be hosting its annual Sant Patrick’s Day Hooley Fest on Monday, March 17. The festivities take place under tents in the parking lot at Grossmont Center outside the restaurant, starting at 5 p.m.
This year’s entertainment includes Tony Cummins, Times nominee for the Irish Music Awards, the award winning Jukebox, and American fiddle rock stars Lexington Field.
By Miriam Raftery
The second annual “Run East County” 5K Marathon will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.
You can walk or run three options of courses: a certified half marathon, the Main Street 5 K, or the Green Mile suited for children or adults with developmental disabilities. Participants compete for prizes including cash prizes for best costume, massage and beauty treatments and more.
By Miriam Raftery
March 10, 2014 (Santee)—“The musicianship is top notch and the music is infectious. I’m loving every minute of it!” says bass player Danny Perez of Santee, the newest member of the popular Bayou Brothers band. The Bayou Brothers will bring their rollicking, foot-stomping, musical gumbo style to Santee’s Pinnacle Peak restaurant on Wednesday, March 12 for East County Magazine’s own Mardi Gars party from 6-10 p.m.
It’s a sound straight out of New Orleans’ dance clubs, Louisiana blues festivals and backyard crawfish boils complete with drums, accordion, keyboard, guitar, rub-board and three-part harmony. The styles range from blues to R&B to zydeco.
Rick Lee, a drummer who founded the Bayou Brothers back in 1996 with friends who had toured through the South and picked up the flavor of zyedco music, calls it “Louisiana party music.”
February 28, 2014 (Santee) – Are you ready for a rollicking evening of New Orleans-style festivities including the award-winning Bayou Brothers band, Cajun/Creole dinner feast, masks and beads for all guests, prizes drawings and silent auction with thousands of dollars in prizes? Then you won’t want to miss our East County Mardi Gras party March 12 from 6-10 p.m. at Pinnacle Peak restaurant, 7927 Mission Gorge Road in Santee!
Hear our radio interview with the Bayou Brothers (and some lively music) here: http://kiwi6.com/file/lk1mwrss4u
March 6, 2014 (La Mesa) - - The public is invited to join in the 2014 “Spring Into Health Living” on Wednesday, /March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a health and wellness event featuring free health screenings, lectures and information for older adults provided by community service providers in the East County.
March 1, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)—To celebrate the opening of its new Dorcas E. Utter Butterfly Pavillion, the Water Conservation Garden invites the public to a Butterfly Festival on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February 28, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--"History Alive" will continue on Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, when Vanessa Jones in period attire presents the remarkable story of Mary Chase Walker, the Massachusetts school teacher who moved to San Diego in the summer of 1865 as the Civil War was ending to helm the city's first school in Old Town.
February 28, 2014 (San Diego)--The County is sponsoring Serving Those Who Serve, a wellness fair for veterans, active duty military and their families.
February 24, 2014 (El Cajon ) – Heartland Lions Club invites the public to its 26h annual fashion show, champagne luncheon and silent auction on Saturday, March 22. The show will feature limited edition ECCOCI collections.
February 20, 2014 (El Cajon)—Frog racing with over $10,000 in cash prizes is an annual highlight at the upcoming Morning Glory Brunch on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also stroll through St. Madeleine Sophie Center’s two-acre organic garden and poolside area while savoring food and beverages from over 20 restaurants, artwork created by students and local artists, live music, entertainment on two stages, silent and live auctions.
February 21, 2014 (Jacumba) - Back by popular demand, the Jacumba Hikers will lead a Jacumba Walk-About on Saturday, February 22. Walkers will meet at 8:00PM at Mr. Jalapeno's Restaurant, 44461 Old Hwy. 80, Jacumba Hot Springs. Breakfast is available starting at 7:00AM. This hike will take you to the Chinese Castle, the natural hot springs, Jacumba lake, the Cook's House, Sand Wash, Railroad Station, through the Jacumba Hot Springs neighborhood with stops at the Jacumba Spa, library/community park, border fence, and ending at Mr. Jalapeno's.
February 10, 2014 (Ramona) – Ramona vintners invite you to visit Ramona's Wine Country for Valentine's Day Weekend (Friday - Sunday), and enjoy Ramona's East End Winery Loop, a scenic drive connecting three local wineries, Ramona Ranch, Vineyard Grant James, and Turtle Rock Ridge. Each winery will be providing a special pairing in honor of Valentine's Day all weekend.
February 8, 2014 (San Diego County) - The Canyoneers from San Diego Natural History Museum will be leading a nature walk/hike in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on Saturday, February 15th starting at 9:00 AM to the Indian Hill area in the park. This walk/hike is rated Moderate with a boulder scramble 6 miles up to 1000 ft elevation change.
February 7, 2014 (Santee) – Hand-crafted Valentine’s gifts for your sweetheart will be offered at a special Valentine’s Craft Show set for this Saturday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santee Coffee Corner. Over 17 local vendors will participate, offering items such as hand-made truffles, artwork, hair accessories and body-care products.
Air Group One presents a Friday Fly Days fundraiser with World War II antique aircraft and show carss on Friday, February 7th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.at the Gillespie Field Cafe at 2015 North Marshall in El Cajon. There will be free admission and parking.
Besides the planes, visitors can expect live music, food, craft beers, and wine. Specials guests will be the Navy League and a Mystery Warbird.
February 10, 2014 (Lemon Grove)-- Episode Six "Unnecessary War" continues the film saga of the life and times of U.S. President John Adams on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane. Sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society in cooperation with the library, the stirring HBO series stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams, together with a stellar cast.
February 1, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Celebrating its 100th year, Jacumba Hot Springs in San Diego's East County has launched a Centennial website at http://www.jacumbahotspringscentennial.org/.
The site lists upcoming festivals in this historic high desert community, plus a historical timeline, attractions and tips for visitors. Festivals include a Blues Fest on May 3, a Healing Waters and Arts Festival on May 24, a Fall Centennial Festival on October 4, and a Feliz Navidad Christmas festival on December 6. Scroll down for more details, and visit the Centennial webpage for additional information. The site will be updated throughout the year with even more details, including a separate page for each of these unique festivals.
January 30, 2014 (Carrizo Mountain)—The Jacumba Hikers will be hitting the trail this Saturday at 8 a.m. for an “extreme” hike to Painted Gorge/Carrizo Mountain. Heat and movement over time has created fantastic shapes and colors as the sun illuminates and plays shadows upon this geologic wonder.
January 29, 2014 (Spring Valley) – February is Black History Month. To celebrate, the Spring Valley Library will hold a free community event on Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and the WorldBeat Center’s drummers and dancers. The public can also meet and greet legendary National Hockey League player Willie O’Ree. In addition, crafts, refreshments and health screenings for all ages wil be provided.
January 22, 2014 (Lakeside) – Riverview Elementary School and the Lakeside Union School District will host a Chinese New Year celebration ushering in the Year of the Horse. Festivities will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Activities include professional lion dancing, a Chinese cultural show by the Confucius Institute, students performing songs and dances, and Chinese arts and crafts booths. The event is open to the public. Riverview Elementary, a Spanish and Mandarin language immersion school, will hold the event at Tierra Del Sol Middle School, 9611 Petite Lane in Lakeside.
January 15, 2014 (Borrego Springs) -– With the help of Borrego Springs volunteers, a retired California State Park Ranger will watch his dream come true January 23 – 26 when the curtain goes up on the first Annual Borrego Springs Film Festival.
Fred Jee, a former ranger at the Anza Borrego State Park, started collecting historical data of movies shot in and around the little desert community early in his 34-year-career. “As it turned out, Borrego Springs’ involvement in the silver screen dates back nearly to the infancy of the film industry”, Jee explained. “It seemed only natural that someday the community should have its own festival to commemorate this association.”
January 2, 2014 (La Mesa) –The Flying A Studio once produced silent movies from its studio in La Mesa, filming on location across East County.
On January 11, the La Mesa Historical Society in partnership with the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego presents an original, locally-produced 1911 Allan Dwan directed Flying A one-reeler silent movie, "The Ranchman's Nerve" along with Douglas Fairbanks in his swashbuckling silent farewell from 1929 "The Iron Mask." Showtime begins at 7 p.m.
January 2, 2014 (San Diego) – You’re invited to a star party with Mission Trails Regional Park guide and resident astronomer George Varga on Saturday, January 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Moon is past First Quarter and waxing. Jupiter will be rising in the Eastern sky. Up for viewing are The Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) high overhead as well as the great Orion Nebula rising in the East.
January 2, 2014 (Lemon Grove) – Writer-teacher Estelle Lauer will discuss “New Immigrants to Lemon Grove: History Right Now.” The event, sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society as part of its History Alive series, will take place on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove.
By Nadin Abbott
December 22, 2013 (East County) If you’re looking for some festive ways to ring in the New Year, you don’t have to head to the East Coast, since East County has plenty of celebrations--from New York-style parties to gourmet dinners, concerts, an art show, and more.
A Winter Solstice hike up Cowles Mountain will be held on Friday, December 20th from 6 to 8 a.m. will be led by a Mission Trails Regional Park trail guide.
December 10, 2013 (La Mesa)--La Mesa is transformed into a Victorian wonderland on December 13-14 during its old-fashioned Christmas in the Village. The family friendly event features horse-drawn carriages, strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers along La Mesa Boulevard.
Carnival rides, ponies, puppet shows, live music stages, bonfires and an outdoor market round out the traditional holiday fun.