Festivals of the Month
Plus previews of coming attractions
By Miriam Raftery
July 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has some wild events across our region, from the Bulls-Only Rodeo in Lakeside to a Yappy Hour in El Cajon. Iceskating starts at Hot Kroc Nights, plus we’ve got news of a blues concert, a wine dinner and a twilight walk—all in East County. We also have a sneak peak of some big events coming up next week, including Pine Valley Days and much more!
July 14, 2014 (El Cajon)—Camp Bow Wow hosts its 4th annual Yappy Hour season at the Downtown Café in El Cajon, where guests are invited to bring your dog and enjoy free appetizers donated by the restaurant.
July 8, 2014 (Lakeside) - At Oak Oasis Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday night, July 25 through Saturday July 26. You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m.on Friday to set up before sunset. (Note: Camping is only on Friday night.)
July 14, 2014 (Pine Valley) – The mountain town of Pine Valley hosts its annual festivities on July 25 and 26. The fanfare begins on Friday night, July 25, with a deep pit barbecue from 5-8 p.m. and live music by Emerald River from 6-10 p.m.
July 11, 2014 (Lakeside) –Bull riding, mutton bustin’ and wild horse racing are among the attractions slated for this weekends’ Bulls Only Rodeo at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
July 11, 2014 (Rancho Bernardo)—Wine aficionados can sip and savor vintages from over 20 local wineries at the San Diego County Vintners Association Wine Festival, including many East County vintners. The event takes place Saturday, July 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo.
Plus previews of coming attractions
By Miriam Raftery
July 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- This week’s Destination East County has some hot summertime events, from a dive-in movie to Descanso Days, a pet parade in Campo, and an extreme horsepower classic cruise night revving up in El Cajon.
We also have previews of some events later in the month, from twilight walks at Mission Trails to wine pairings in Ramona, and from live theater atop Mt. Helix, and a family campout complete with stargazing in Lakeside.
June 25, 2014 (Santee) – The Santee Firefighters Fishing Derby is set for Saturday, July 12 at Santee Lakes from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Derby participants will receive a free day permit, worms, raffle ticket, hot dog lunch and free door prizes while they last.
July 8, 2014 (El Cajon) - This week in Downtown El Cajon, Wednesday night’s Cajon Classic Cruises will have the theme “Extreme Horsepower” on July 9th. Then on Thursday evening, July 10, the 80s All Stars band will perform a Beach Boys tribute at El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert series from 6 to 9 p.m.
July 7, 2014 (San Diego) – Families are invited to beat the heat on Wednesday evenings this summer by enjoying dive-in movies (float in the pool with inner tubes provided) and $5 ice skating.
It’s all part of Hot Kroc Nights at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 6845 University Avenue, just one block west of La Mesa. Scroll down for a full schedule and details.
July 3, 2014 (Julian) - The Julian 4th of July Parade has been cancelled due to the brush fire burning in the area, the CHP advised late today.
However the American Legion BBQ will still be held.
Plus previews of coming attractions
by Ariele Johannson
July 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has a run-down on 4th of July festivities throughout our inland region. No need to fight traffic to watch fireworks at the beach when you can choose from an array of venues right here in East County—where our cities and historic small towns show their patriotic spirit with parades, picnics, festivals and fireworks. You’ll hear about KNSJ radio’s anniversary celebration at Mission Trails.
Plus we’ll have a preview of some unique events coming up next week—from a firefighters’ fishing derby to outdoor musical theater, twilight walks, a star party, and a super full moon jazz concert amid fragrant fields of lavender!
July 2, 2014 (Alpine) --Team Alpiners will celebrate our nation's birth while hosting a fundraising barbecue and bake sale from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Alpine View Lodge, 973 Arnold Way in Alpine.
June 29, 2014 (Julian) – In the historic gold rush town of Julian, the 4th of July starts with a parade and American Legion barbecue. Guests are invited to finish up a day in the mountains at Jeremy’s on the Hill, where a Backcountry wine pairing dinner will be held featuring organic, local produce from Sage Mountain Farms and wines from Shadow Mountain Vineyards and Sierra Roble Winery and Vineyard, both in Warner Springs. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $44 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
July 1, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego Area Middle Eastern Dance Association will present Sameda Faire 2014, a day long festival of dance on Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Event Center.
June 26, 2014 (Mission Trails)—You’re invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park guides this summer for free Saturday evening guided walks in the park to learn about changes that occur as the sun goes down. These walks last approximately an hour and a half and start from the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Campground on July 19 at 7:15 p.m., August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
By Ariele Johannson
June 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East Count)--Summer is officially here – and this week’s Destination East County brings you plenty of sizzling summertime activities – from concerts and movies under the stars to night fishing, a chili cook-off, and a Firefighters Appreciation Day event to support our local heroes!
The County invites kids and parents to a Bicycle Rodeo at the Pine Valley Park on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley this Saturday, June 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Kids can enjoy riding a short course to learn how to properly operate a bicycle. Children and parents will learn bicycle safety and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Kids are encouraged to bring bicycles, bike helmets and other safety gear.
CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS PETERS AND DAVIS HEADLINE INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ HOSTED BY LA MESA DEMOCRATS AT MISSION TRAILS
June 25, 2014 (Mission Trails)--Embroiled in a contentious re-election campaign, Representative Scott Peters (CA 52) will headline the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Clubs’, “Party in the Park.. The event is being held at the Mission Trails Region Park (MTRP) Visitor’s Center (One Father Junipero Serra Tr., San Diego, CA 92119) at 6pm on Wednesday, July 2nd. Peters will be accompanied by many other local politicians and candidates including Representative Susan Davis (CA 53), County Supervisor Dave Roberts and County Democratic Chair Francine Busby among others.
June 23, 2014 (Santee)--The City of Santee will hosts its annual Santee Salutes event on July 4th from 3:30 to 10 p.m. at Town Center community Park East, located at 550 Park Center Drive.
East County News Service
June 22, 2014 (Campo)—Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun and showcase pets at the first annual Pet Parade and St. Adelaide Parish Family Festival On July 12 at the Campo baseball field. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and most entertaining costumes, as well as the pastor’s choice. Drawings will also be held for prizes including a 50/50 raffle plus two chances to fill your freezer by winning half a steer, donated by Wright Ranch of Potrero. The festival also includes vendor booths, inflatable slide and water combo with all-day jumper tickets for $10. Other activities will include face painting and refreshments.
June 20, 2014 (San Diego)--Rady Children’s Hospital is staging a “Safe Kids Day” program on Saturday, June 21, at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center from 9:30 to 2:00. The emphasis is to keep children safe while exploring and enjoying the outdoors. All activities will take place at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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