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East County Events

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS ON MAINE: DEC. 5 IN LAKESIDE

East County News Service

November 26, 2015 (Lakeside) – Santa and his elves are hard at work getting ready for the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Ave. in Lakeside.  The holiday tradition takes place on December 5th from 4 to 9 p.m. and is free to the public.

With an atmosphere of an old-fashioned, hometown Christmas, the event features the sights and sounds of Christmas including local school performances, Santa Claus and photos with Santa, food and drink, kids activities, rides and jumpy jumps, booths, crafters, and lighting of the community Christmas tree.

LA MESA SHIMMERS ON DEC. 9: CELEBRATING COMPLETION OF DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE

 

East County News Service

November 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—You’re invited to join the City of La Mesa in celebrating completion of the $5 million downtown streetscape renovation project on La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa’s quaint village. Experience the newly brightened Downtown Village on December 9th from 4:00-6:00 pm.

La Mesa Shimmer will feature a lighting ceremony at 4:30 pm at Palm Ave. and La Mesa Blvd.  Refreshments will be provided during the event at Palm Ave. and La Mesa Blvd.  and near Date Ave. and La Mesa Blvd.  Live bands and students from Peter Pan Junior Theatre will perform along the Boulevard from 4:00-6:00 pm.

MIRACLE WORKER TAKES STAGE AT GROSSMONT HIGH DEC. 2-4 & 9-12 AT 7:00PM

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Miracle Worker, a play that depicts the amazing life of Helen Keller, will be presented by Grossmont High School’s drama department December 2-4 and 9-12.

LA MESA CONVERSATIONS ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EVENTS



 

By John Greenwall

November 23, 2015 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Conversations and the Friends of the La Mesa Library presented a joint program earlier this week titled: The Town Library: A Valuable Community Partner?  Members of the audience listened to various leaders from around the San Diego metro region about the evolving role of libraries and how they maintain relevance in contemporary civic life.  After the panelists presented their views, there was a very robust, but civil moderated discussion with more than 35 attendees, including La Mesa City Councilmembers Guy McWhirter and Kristine Alessio.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS NOV. 27-DEC. 12

November 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes a tree-lighting ceremony and ice skating in downtown El Cajon, Pomegranate Days at a camel dairy, and a holiday music festival.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a Chaldean Christmas party to benefit local refugees in need,  the Jingle Paws Walk helping shelter pets, sleigh rides and a tree-lighting in Ramona’s Old Town, a holiday party with lions, tigers and bears, Santee at Santee Lakes, and several musical productions. So scroll down for all of these events and more.

TREE-LIGHTING, SLEIGHT RIDES AND MORE IN RAMONA'S OLD TOWN DEC. 5

East County News Service

Photo, left: historic buildings at the Guy B. Woodward Museum in Ramona's Old Town

November 23, 2015 (Ramona)--The Ramona Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas tree lighting event on December 5th from 5-8 p.m. in Old Town Ramona. The event features sleigh rides, carolers, Santa’s Village, performers and Santa Claus.

The tree-lighting will be at the Guy B. Woodward Museum (645 Main St..),  which includes a collection of historical buildings form Ramona's western past. The Holiday Craft Village with Santa will be in Ramona’s Town Hall.  Around town, watch for other activities and shops competing for the best-dressed window contest.

In addition, Old Town Ramona shops invite you to join in a “Find the Elf” contest from 3 -8 p.m. on the same day.

WADDLE & TROT 5K: THANKSIGIVING DAY IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 22, 2015 (Santee) – Santee Santas invites you to join its 4th annual Waddle & Trot 5K and Fun Run happening at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 26th. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome.

This fast & flat 5K race starts and finishes at the Pathways Center in Santee, and loops around through scenic Santee Lakes. The 1/4 mile Fun Run takes place at the Pathways Center campus. All proceeds benefit Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON MAIN NOV. 28 INCLUDES TREE LIGHTING, ICE RINK AND SANTA’S VILLAGE IN EL CAJON

By Robert Gehr © 2015

November 21, 2015 (El Cajon )—El Cajon’s first-ever Holiday Lights on Main celebration will be held November 28th from 12 noon to 7 p.m.  Festivities take place at Prescott Promenade Park and in downtown El Cajon.

This special event features a Santa’s village complete with Santa Claus and an elf making an appearance just in time for Christmas! There will also be an ice skating rink, craft and food vendors, a train ride, community acts, plus live music featuring Danielle Tucker from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

A special Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. in front of Starbucks and Urbn St. Brewing Co. at Main St. and Magnolia Ave. will coincide with all the lights throughout downtown and Prescott Promenade Park being turned on to brighten the holidays for everyone.

GIFT OF GIVING CHRISTMAS GALA: DEC. 4 AT ST. MICHAEL'S WILL BENEFIT LOCAL CHALDEAN AND ASSYRIAN REFUGEES IN NEED

 

November 21, 2015 (El Cajon)—St. Michael’s Chaldean Catholic Church will host its first annual “Gift of Giving Christmas Gala” on Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.  The 21+ wine and cheese gala will feature a silent auction, raffle items, a selection of wines from local wineries, craft beers and donated foods.

KRACKED NUTZ! VISIONARY SCHOOL PRODUCTION DEC. 3-5

 

November 18, 2015 (San Diego)--This holiday season Visionary School for the Performing Arts presents “Kracked Nutz”, a holiday musical revueat the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115) on December 3rd-5th at 7 p.m. directed by the VSPA teaching artists.

BEST-SELLING AUTHORS UNITE FOR JE SUIS PARIS FUNDRAISER NOV. 22

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller, Ask an Author columnist

November 17, 2015 (San Diego)--The Cheese Store of San Diego (1980 Kettner Blvd, Ste 30, San Diego, California 92101) is hosting a Je Suis Paris fundraiser on Nov 22 at 6 p.m. to benefit the French Red Cross following last week’s terrorist attacks. Organized by Adventures By the Book owner Susan E. McBeth, the event will feature a candle lighting ceremony and a silent auction for signed books by best-selling authors Jennifer Coburn, Susan Vreeland, Michelle Gable, and more. French foods samples, wine, and desserts will also be available.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

East County News Service

Lions, Tigers and Bears invites you to a Christmas Festival on  Saturday, December 5th from 1 to 4 p.m.  You can watch the animals open their Christmas presents –and get holiday shopping all in one day at the exotic animal rescue facility east of Alpine.

There will be also be many local vendors, food, entertainment and a special appearance by the man in red--Santa Claus.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 21-DEC. 6

 

By Miriam Raftery and Leon Thompson

November 18, 2015 (El Cajon)--This week’s Destination East County includes the Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon, cowboy and Indian tales along the Butterfield stage coach route, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy, and the start of Parkway Plaza’s holiday music festival.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including Santa Claus and snow at Santee Lakes, a joyous holiday music concert by the San Diego Festival Chorus, the Christmas in Alpine homes tour, a production of Kracked Nutz, and a Christmas  festival at Lions, Tigers and Bears.

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENTS A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DEC. 4-19 IN SANTEE, BENEFITTING PROJECT LINUS

 

November 13, 2015 (Santee)--You loved them so much last year, Pickwick Players, your East County theatre family, is bringing them back again! Come join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang as they come to life one more time on the Off Broadway Live stage (9490 Cuyamaca Street in Santee)  to look for the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas December 4-19.

JFK REMEMBERERED NOV. 21 IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

November 12, 2015 (Lemon Grove)—“JFK Remembered,” a screening of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to San Diego on June 6, 1963, will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. by the Lemon Grove Historical Society at the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane).

“If you were there that day, please bring your memories and join with former policemen, students, teachers, crew, military and civilians who were connected to JFK’s visit. We’ll be videotaping your memories for posterity,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society.  There will also be a display of memorabilia.

Kennedy visited San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) to deliver the commencement address at graduation and  stopped at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He also traveled by open motorcade through San Diego—just 5 months and 16 days before his assassination on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 13 - DEC. 23

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a banjo jam at Grossmont Center, a famed harmonica performer in Ramona, a western dinner theater show in El Cajon, and a storytelling celebration in Santee.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Mother Goose Parade, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy, and a holiday music festival at Parkway Plaza.

MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS RADIUM GIRLS NOV. 12-14

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 9, 2015 (Spring Valley) - Students at Monte Vista rock Radium Girls. Was the small theatre at the school full? No. Do the students who work hard for two months deserve a full house, with the school and peers behind them? Yes? I don't understand how the big theatres fill up and the small ones remain unoccupied. Their is no reason those seats should not be full. The arts benefit everyone in a positive way.

Factory workers treated unfairly is the theme of the play, still very much relevant throughout the world today. Is this a popular subject? No. A controversial subject, yes. As the "Grinder", a new television series said tonight, dramatic--which makes for a compelling play.

WINTER SUPERHERO CAMP: CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!

 

November 10, 2015 (La Mesa)—Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in Kwai Sun Studio’s 7th annual Winter Superhero Camp at the La Mesa Community Center’s cottage (4975 Memorial Drive.)   The camp includes martial arts, par kour, yoga, and creative soccer training for an inspiring winter break.

ANNE FRANK AND ME

 
West  Hills High School - show continues Nov. 13 and 14

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheaterreviews.com



November 9, 2015 (Santee) - Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennet.is a play about keeping history and memories alive so as not to be forgotten. The question asked in today's world and Ms. Edwards, is how do we motivate students in this short span society to learn things like history?

Let me say bravo to Carrin Edwards for finding a way. Ms. Edwards is a teacher at West Hills in Santee, and the director of this profound piece.Kudos also go out to West Hills High administration for encouraging students and rewarding them to support the arts.

CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR DEC. 12

 

November 11, 2015 (Alpine) - The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and visit Alpine’s Garden and Gifts Shop. After the tour The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ticket holders to enjoy light refreshments, to pick up a surprise gift and view Andrew Poindexter’s incredible nutcracker collection.

HONOR VETERANS AND HAVE A GREAT HIKE

 

Source:  County Parks Department

November 10, 2015 (Lakeside)-- This Veterans Day weekend, you can honor the sacrifice and service that all of our military neighbors, friends and family members make to preserve peace and maintain freedom — and enjoy a great “Warrior Challenge” hike at the same time.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at El Capitan Preserve in Lakeside, the San Diego County Parks Department will hold the first of what is expected to become an annual event: a hiking event with something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner — or little — hiker to those hardcore warrior-hikers as well.

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERTS AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon will be hosting a Holiday Music Festival that’s free for the community from Saturday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 23. 

These holiday concerts will include jazz, big bands, saxophone, fiddle, violin and vocal performances.

GUITAR CENTER “LOCALS ONLY” CONCERT AT GROSSMONT CENTER NOV. 14 INCLUDES BANJO JAM

 

November 10, 2015 (La Mesa) On Saturday, November 14th, Guitar Center will present live music in a “Locals Only” concert at Grossmont Center shopping mall in La Mesa.  The event runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and will feature local bands, DJs and a banjo jam!

SUMMERS PAST FARMS HOSTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE NOV. 12

 

November 10, 2015 (Flinn Springs)--You are invited to start your holiday season at Summers Past Farms, which is hosting a holiday open house on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring fall and Christmas gifts plus home decor. The barn will be filled with lights and the trimmings of the season. The store will glisten with holiday sparkle and  scents of the season. The Soap Shoppe will also be open with special holiday soaps and gifts .

Making this an old fashion open house please bring a plate of your favorite homemade cookies for the cookie table. Summers Past will have Christmas music & hot wassail for you to enjoy at this most enjoyable event under the Christmas lights.

JINGLE PAWS WALK FOR PETS: DEC. 5 AT THE GARDEN

November 9, 2015 (ElCajon)—The sign-up is now open for Jingle Paws, an annual holiday walk to benefit the El Cajon Animal Shelter through ACES, an organization that funds surgeries for shelter pets and helps meet other needs.  You can sign up online to walk with your pet at https://www.crowdrise.com/JINGLEPAWSWALKFORPETS2015 or arrive early and register at the event.

This year, Jingle Paws will be held at the beautiful Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College on December 5th.

EL CAJON'S ANNUAL MOTHER GOOSE PARADE FEATURES A NEW DAY & START TIME: SAT. NOV. 21

 

By Robert Gehr © 2015

 

November 6, 2015 (El Cajon ) -- The annual Mother Goose Parade is nearly upon us, still going strong after nearly 70 years. This very popular event began in 1947 and some changes this year should breathe new life into this fantastic family attraction. This year, the parade shifts to a Saturday,  Nov. 21st starting at 10 a.m.

BLACK FRIDAY IS THE NEW “HUMP DAY”: POMEGRANATE DAYS AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 27-29

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2015 (Ramona) – One of East County’s most unique holiday traditions is Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona. 

Instead of battling crowds at the mall on the post-Thanksgiving weekend, why not head up to the Pomegranate Festival to enjoy feeding pomegranates to camels, camel rides for kids 3-14 (just print the coupon below)  watching a turkey stampede  (as seen at the county fair),  tropical bird show, and this year, circus performers as the high-flying McCandles family brings their aerial show to the site.

You can also buy holiday gift items such as a new product this year, Camel Milk Bath Bombs. Owners claim, “Cleopatra herself never had such a luxurious milk bath!”

“CAFE MURDER” MYSTERY DINNER SHOW NOV. 14 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2015 (Spring Valley)- The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Santa Sophia #2520 will be performing “Cafe Murder,. a dinner theatre murder mystery, by Nathan Hartswick.

The performance is at  6 p.m. on November 14 in Prendergast Hall, 9800 San Juan Street, Spring Valley. Join family and friends, enjoy dinner and solve a crime.

COMMUNITY -WIDE YARD SALE & CHINESE CASTLE TOUR IN JACUMBA NOV. 14

East County News Service

November 7, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springa) – The town of Jacumba will host a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring hand-made crafts, art work, household items and other yard sale treasures.  Parking and admittance are free.

In addition, tours will be offered of the Chinese Castle, a historic icon in Jacumba. There is a $5 charge for the castle tour and proceeds benefit the Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance, a 501c3.

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