Festivals of the Month

YAHOO! FUN FOR THE FAMILY AT THE CAMPO LAKE MORENA ANNUAL ROUNDUP

Yahoo and yippee too! It’s that time of year again to take your family out for some good, old-fashioned western fun, at the fourth annual Campo Lake Morena Annual Round up on May first.

Put on by the Mountain Empire Business Association, a group of businesses, community organizations, ranches and churches dedicated to promoting economic development and enhancing local quality of life, the group aims to "sustain and enhance the rural character of each community, enhance citizen involvement and establish a regional awareness that the Mountain Empire area is still 'Just Country.'"

The Annual Roundup is lively proof.

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IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: “SPRING INTO HEALTH” EXPO AT CAMP BOW WOW

 

Sat. April 24 at Camp Bow-Wow in El Cajon

 

April 23, 2010 (El Cajon)– From pet messages to “doga yoga”, you’ll find plenty of free ways to pamper your pet at Camp Bow Wow’s “Spring into Health” Expo. Also find tips on topics from nail-trimming to neutering—plus info on disaster preparedness for your pet. The Expo will be held Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Bow Wow, an overnight boarding facility for pets located at 677 N. Marshall Ave. Suite A in El Cajon. This event is free and open to the public!

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2010 FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS 15th ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR

April 21, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The Friends of East County fifteenth annual Garden Tour this year features six spectacular gardens in El Cajon, Lakeside and Alpine.

Gardens featured include a ranch with horses, as well as bird house, Africa, his-and-hers, and enchantment themes, and a life sized playable checker board.

Ten crafters will be selling their wares, and lemonade, cookies, hotdogs and other food items will be available at various sites.

April 24, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Advanced tickets cost $15, and tickets at the door are $18.

Questions and ordering tickets by phone please call Christy Klock at 619-442-8515.

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CONSERVATION IN BLOOM AT THE 17TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL

San Diegans are invited to celebrate spring with a bloom of activities at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The College’s Nursery, run by Ornamental Horticulture students, will feature a large selection of ornamental plants, including drought tolerant varieties and the iconic Matilija poppy, or “fried egg plant”. Horticultural demonstrations will highlight the department’s programs throughout the day.

 

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EAST COUNTY EARTH DAY APRIL 25 ON MT. HELIX

 

April 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The first annual East County Earth Day will be held on Sunday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ampitheater on the top of Mt. Helix. In addition to learning about sustainability and eco-friendly practices, visitors can enjoy live music and presentations ranging from falconry to aquatic animals.

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SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL! CITIZEN BAND CONCERT APRIL 29 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

 

PLUS A VIP PRE-CONCERT PARTY AND OUTSTANDING

CITIZENS AWARDS!

April 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – We are delighted to invite our readers to a very special event! Citizen Band is generously donating their time for a very benefit concert to help our citizens’ media outlet, East County Magazine. Come give them a warm welcome, enjoy some of the best rock ‘n’ roll around, and support our independent community media! 

VIEJAS CASINO HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL ULTIMATE MUSIC CHALLENGE

 

39 cover bands compete for $40,000 in cash prizes April 11 through June 20

April 9, 2010 (Alpine) – It’s southern California’s biggest cover band smack-down, as Viejas Casino hosts the 4th annual Ultimate Music Challenge.

 

Thirty-nine of the area’s best cover bands will compete at Viejas Casino’s DreamCatcher Lounge every Sunday night from April 11th through June 20th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Up to five bands will perform each Sunday, with the winning bands advancing to the semifinals, then to the Championship on June 20th.

SECOND ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA

April 21, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The second annual Taste of La Mesa will take place on May 17th at the La Mesa Community Center from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Taste the best from restaurants and food providers from our area, and enjoy music, raffles, prizes and more.

The event is co-sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Gio Bistro Wine Bar.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance, or $35 at the door if available.

 

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CITYSOLVE URBAN ADVENTURE RACE SERIES TAKES OFF IN SAN DIEGO APRIL 24

Proceeds to benefit San Diego Senior Olympics

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

April 7, 2010 (San Diego) - The CitySolve Urban Race series comes to San Diego on Saturday, April 24 at noon. The event is a scavenger hunt where participants, who are competing on teams, navigate the course by foot or public transportation while searching for clues and completing challenges along the way. It is a mini version of television's The Amazing Race competition, offering participants a unique perspective of the city that they likely would not see otherwise.

 

The top 25 teams are eligible to compete in the national championship in New Orleans on October 30. Of these 25 teams, the top three teams get free entry to the national championship, while the top team wins $300.

IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE PARTY BRINGS TROPICS TO EL CAJON APRIL 16

 

Okay, so we don't have beaches in East County.  But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a beach party.  The public is invited to attend the second annual "It's Five O'clock Somewhere" Party on Friday, April 16  from 4:47 to 8:00 pm in downtown El Cajon. The ground floor of the empty commercial space at 237 East Main Street will be transformed into a tropical beach resort setting with tiki bars, food and drinks from local restaurants and pubs, dancing to live music by Private Domain, and  prizes such as a Schwinn Beach Cruiser. The after-work gathering is open to everyone to celebrate and network with East County leaders, business professionals, community supporters, and neighbors.

SPRING INTO HEALTH PET EXPO: APRIL 24 IN EL CAJON

 

 

April 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) Camp Bow-Wow invites pets and their owners to the Spring Into Health Pet Expo on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
 

The event focuses on pet health, hygiene and safety.  Activities will include low-cost spay and neuter information; grooming; ID tags and pet health insurance; demonstrations and classes on pet fitness and training; pet massages and pet communication workshops, and more. 

CONSERVATION IN BLOOM: REAP REWARDS AT SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 24

 

 

Event highlights water conservation, cultural conservation, and Cuyamaca College’s biggest plant sale of the year

April 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- On Saturday, April 24, from 9am-4pm, Cuyamaca College’s campus will bloom with activity as three of its on-campus venues—the Ornamental Horticulture Department, the Water Conservation Garden, and the Heritage of the Americas Museum—invite the public to celebrate spring at their 17th annual Spring Garden Festival.

 

“Conservation in Bloom” is the theme at this family festival that includes tips on green living. Admission and parking are free. A range of crafters and vendors from throughout San Diego County will be featured, in addition to activities ranging from live music to a birds of prey show.

THEY'RE OFF! EASTER EGG HUNTS ABOUND IN EAST COUNTY

 

April 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a fun and festive place to take the kids on an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? Here are our picks for some special places to let the kids run wild. Besides hunting for eggs, youngsters can also enjoy carnival rides, pony rides, rock climbing, games, crafts, and viewing exotic animals – to name just a few of the unusual activities you’ll find at East County Easter Egg hunts.

 

So grab your baskets, roundup the kids, then head out east for an enjoyable day of fun in the East County sun.

BIGGEST HARMONICA PARTY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: SPRING HARP FEST XI APRIL 3 IN LA MESA

 

 

April 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – Groove to the sounds of blues harmonica at Spring Harp Fest XI, April 3rd at Harry Griffen Park ampitheater in La Mesa from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The benefit event is free to the public, though donations are welcome.

 

Proceeds in past years helped purchase 3,000 harmonicas for kids at local “Blues in the Schools” presentations, introducing youngsters countywide to the joys of music jam sessions.

HOP TO THE FREE KROC HOP BUNNY DROP

 

April 1, 2010 (San Diego) – On Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Kroc Center will host its seventh annual free Easter Egg hunt and festival. Over 1,500 local children are expected to enjoy visits and photos with the Easter bunny, as well as pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, a rock climbing wall, games and prizes.

RUNNERS & WALKERS INVITED TO JOIN 44th Annual El Cajon 20K ON APPRIL 3

 

 

March 28, 2010 (El Cajon)--The 44th annual El Cajon 20K race will be held on Saturday, April 3. The 12.4 mile course starts and ends at Granite Hills High School, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 4th Street.

 

The event kicks off starting at 6:30 a.m. for walkers and race walkers, and at 7 a.m. for runners.

CRAFTS, HORSES ADDED TO EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR APRIL 24

 

 

March 30, 2010 (El Cajon)--Six unique gardens are featured in the Friends of East County Arts, Inc. 15th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two of the star attractions on this year’s tour are ‘Ali,’ a strapping three-year-old Clydesdale horse born the day prior to the 2007 garden, tour and Magnum, a retired San Diego police patrol horse, whose former beat was Balboa Park.

CAN YOU CATCH A WHOPPER? CATFISH SEASON OPENS AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 17

 

 

March 23, 2010 (Santee) – Barona Valley Ranch Resort announces a catfish catching contest at Santee Lakes. The season starts April 17 and runs through October 31st. This year, the lakes have been stocked with 23,000 pounds of catfish. Catch a tagged catfish and win prizes including cash, fishing poles, tackle boxes, camping gear and free fishing passes.

 

RAMONA MUSIC FEST THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 20

 

 

March 19, 2010 (Ramona) – From country music to rock and roll, from barbershop to Americana, you’ll find music to suit your fancy at the Ramona Music Fest this Saturday, March 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. Cactus Twang and White headline this year’s event, featuring Cactus Jim Soldi, former guitarist for Johnny Cash.

INTERNATIONAL FAIR AT LAKESIDE SCHOOL OFFERS FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC & DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Lakeside) -  Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.  It's all part of the Lakeside Union School District and Riverview Elementary School's second annual International Fair on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

RENAISSANCE FAIRE BRINGS MEDIEVAL HISTORY TO LIFE SATURDAY

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center hosts full day of merry-making

 

March 12, 2010 (Valley Center) – Highland games, archery, medieval music and cooking demonstrations are all part of the fun this Saturday, March 13th . Historical re-enactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. Renaissance Group will host a Renaissance Faire at Bates Nut Farm in Escondido from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ON A ROLL: 2ND ANNUAL CASINO ROYALE NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 18

 

Tickets still available for La Mesa Chamber’s James Bond bash at Town & Country Resort

March 11, 2010 (La Mesa) – Try your luck at Monte Carlo-style gaming tables amid a night of glitz, glamour and prizes galore at La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s Casino Royale Night on Thursday, March 18th . The event takes place in the Golden Ballroom at the Town & Country Hotel, where a silent auction, raffle, and elegant food stations will all be part of the fun.

SHOW GOES ON: CIRCUS VARGAS NOW PLAYING IN EL CAJON THROUGH MARCH 8

 

 

Performances also slated in Vista and Mira Mesa

March 3, 2010 (El Cajon) – Children and the young at heart savored thrills and chills at Circus Vargas, now showing in a big top tent pitched in the parking lot at Parkway Plaza. Prior to the main show, the ringmaster invited all kids into the center ring for lessons in juggling, feather balancing and other circus tricks.

SDSU WOMEN'S STUDIES DEPT. PLANS YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION

 


1970-2010: Forty Years of Community Activism, Scholarly Excellence and International Programming

March 4, 2010 (San Diego) – March is women's history month.  However, the women’s studies department at San Diego State University plans a year-long celebration  to commemorate  its 40th anniversary.  

 

Upcoming events include:

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