Festivals of the Month
July 8, 2013 (Descanso) -- The public is invited to support a historic building and enjoy all the pancakes you can eat at the Descanso Town Hall’s monthly Pancake Breakfast. The second Sunday of every month (except July and December), from 8:30-11:30am, the Descanso Town Hall Association hosts a Pancake Breakfast cooked by local residents. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausages, fruit, orange juice, and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
"CELEBRATE OUR ROOTS" -- HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM
By Ariele Johannson
If you missed the festivities, our East County Magazine event, “Celebrate Our Roots” at the Heritage of the Americas Museum on June 19 was a huge success! The event brought together people in a fun and educational way to celebrate East County’s cultural and agricultural heritage. Highlights of the event were recorded by Mike Hancock from KNSJ, East County’s NEW Community Radio Station with its transmitter in Descanso. The East County Magazine LIVE! Radio Show will debut this week, airing Mondays through Fridays at 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.
July 6, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego Parks and Recreation has a plentitude of events planned around East County in the month of July. There is something for everyone, from Ranger led hikes, playing earthball and star parties. Below is a list of some of the events happening this month. For a full list please visit http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/index.html.
FESTIVE 4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GETTYSBURG, CENTENNIAL PICNIC, & FIREWORKS GALORE
Updated July 3 with even more events!
Jumr 27, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Fireworks , parades,a centennial-themed celebration and an address by an Abraham Lincoln reenactor for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg are among the Fourth of July celebrations in East County and San Diego’s inland areas this year.
Here’s a rundown on some of the festive Independence Day events, listed in alphabetical order by community.
July 3, 2013 (Alpine) – Viejas is planning four full days and nights of activities, all free, to celebration Independence Day this weekend. Activities include fireworks on the 4th, as well as music, outdoor movies, and the new ICONS show in the Viejas Outlets Show Court throughout the weekend. For a schedule of events, scroll down.
June 28, 2013 (Ramona) – Join Jim, Milagro Farms winemaker, on June 29 at 4 p.m. for a guided hike around Milagro Farm Vineyards & Winery’s 20 acres of grapes. This is a moderately strenuous hike and will finish at the tasting room with a private tasting.
Tickets are $10 per person or free with a bottle purchase. RSVP to Audrey@milagrofarmwinery.com. The winery is located at 18750 Littlepage Road, Ramona.
June 26, 2013 (San Diego) – Commemorating the 53rd anniversary of Somali independence, the 9th annual Somali American Cultural Fest will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Market Creek Plaza at Jacob Center in City Heights, 3- 8 p.m.
Thousands of Somali refugees and immigrants now call San Diego home. The event will feature music, dance, poetry, a fashion show, children’s activities, food and vendor booths as well as free health screenings. The event is organized by Somali Youth United.
By Ariele Johannson
June 26, 2013 (Descanso) -- Get ready to kick up your heels, because there will be live music and dancing in Descanso on Friday evening, June 28, 2013. Mountain Empire Men’s Club presents their 5th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser at the Descanso Town Hall. The newly designated “historical” town hall is located at 24536 Viejas Blvd. in Descanso. The event is from 5-10 p.m.
Descanso Junction Catering is hosting the event and cooking up a delicious smoked barbecue dinner. This special event also features a silent auction and raffle prizes. All funds collected will go directly to the Scholarship Fund for students in the Mountain Empire School District, of which Descanso is a part.
June 21, 2013 (San Diego) – June is International Refugee Month and the Nile Sisters Development Initiative is sponsoring World Refugee Day on June 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 6035 University Avenue, San Diego, in the parking lot. The event will celebrate the diverse refugee cultures in our community with food, music, entertainment, raffles and more.
May 27, 2013 (Valley Center) – Lisa Hampton of Mindful Fitness will be leading a retreat on June 23 at Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center from 1:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. A day of mindfulness will be followed with a jazz concert at 7:00 p.m. by Gregory Page as the sun sets and the full moon rises.
June 15, 2013 (Descanso) -- The Descanso Days’ Fair and Parade “Back to the Old West”, presented by the Descanso Town Hall Association, takes place July 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Hotshots parking lot at 24321 Viejas Grade Road, Descanso, will follow Viejas Grade to the Descanso School.
The Fair will be held at the Town Hall, 24536 Viejas Grade Road and features live music from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., including a steel kettle drum band, Just Friends Bluegrass, Breaking Bad and Barbwire Country Western. Native American dancer, Eric Runningpath will perform and the Luke Barbour Scholarship Awards will be presented.
June 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 23rd at the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Phil’s BBQ and locally crafted beer and wine will be served, followed by Supervisor Dianne Jacob speaking on community interests. Complimentary docent Garden Tours will also be available at 4:30pm. Reservations are required. The dinner is $10 per GMIA member and non-members may attend for $20 per person.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos, Tom Abbott, Video Nadin Abbott
June 12, 2013 (San Diego)— Here's some entertainment that's strictly for the birds. Nancy and Gil Riegler, owners of the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, are holding turkey races at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar--as well as an exotic bird show.
So how do they get the turkeys to race?
June 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) – Sunbelt Publications' authors of books on East County’s history and cultural heritage will join East County Magazine’s “Celebrate Our Roots” event on Wednesday, June 19 at Heritage of the Americas Museum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The authors will speak and autograph their books. Sunbelt has also donated books as prizes for this event, which celebrates our region’s cultural and agricultural roots. For tickets, call (619)698-7617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event benefits East County Magazine’s nonprofit media outlet and is cosponsored by Sullivan Solar.
June 12, 2013 (Julian) – Musicians will be wailing the blues on Saturday, June 15, when Robb Bower presents the 15th annual Julian Blues Bash “Family Affair.” Six blues bands will perform all day. The event also features dancing, food, beer, wine tasting and free parking.
June 11, 2013 (San Diego) – County of San Diego Parks and Recreation has activities at parks throughout East County. Activities include everything from guided hikes to Snakes ‘N Skins for the younger set. Following is a list of events at East County parks:
DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK
17953 Dos Picos Park Rd, Ramona | (760) 789-2220
FREE SATURDAY PROGRAMS
Free Saturday programs meet at the Amphitheater at the scheduled time. Programs may change or cancel without notice depending upon the weather and Ranger availability. The Ranger needs to have at least 10 people for each program to begin.
Celebrating our cultural & agricultural roots
JUNE 19 4:30-7:30 PM AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM, EL CAJON
- International foods from Dolci Cafe Italiano, J's Greek Cuisine, Tiramisu Trattoria, Rubio's & more
- Wine tasting with Campo Creek Vineyards, Maness Vineyards, and other wineries
- Meet authors of books on local history and culture from Sunbelt Publications
- Native American dancing with Eric RunningPath; Native American flute music by Jim Hannibal
- Live music by Krista Timm and Vicky Archibold from San Diego Performance Academy
- Learn from farmers, wine makers, a beekeeper, a chicken expert, A.R.C.H.E.S. and San Diego Farm Bureau
- Get tips on solar power from Sullivan Solar
- Take a free museum tour
- Play the East County Trivia Quiz game and be on the radio!
- Win great prizes including a resort vacation getaway, golf, restaurant gift certificates, garden basket, hand-made soaps, martial arts lessons, music lessons, pet owners' basket, Wild West Fest tickets, wine lovers' gifts, and more.
Don't miss this fun and festive event! Click "read more" and scroll down for details.
By Miriam Raftery
June 7, 2013 (San Diego) -- East County Magazine took a sneak-preview tour of the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, which opens June 8 and runs through July 4. "Game on" is the theme at this year's fair, featuring classic game shows--and some "gamey" fare for tasting.
Highlights from East County featured at this year's fair include the ever-popular Firefighters Demolition Derby on opening day, June 8 (when you can also take in a Beach Boys concert) and a Wine Festival June 15 where you can savor the fruits of labors from many local vineyards and wineries.
Whetting our appetites, our team of "East County Eaters" sampled an array of fair foods from chocolate-dipped bacon to deep-fried pickles. The dish that got a thumbs up from our voracious eaters? Wild boar kebobs. (Photo right) View their video "review" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBCMwQTvKLc&feature=youtu.be.
June 6, 2013 (Jacumba) – Looking to get some exercise with a hike rated “easy”? Jacumba Hikers and Walkers plan a walk along the border fence separating the U.S. and Mexico on Saturday, June 8.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Jacumba Lounge on Old Highway 80 in downtown Jacumba Hot Springs. Walk will include the Jacumba Airport and Old Rock House for a total of 3.5 miles round trip. Dogs on leashes are also welcome. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes.
For more info, contact walk leader Sonia Kara (email@example.com).
June 5, 2013 (El Cajon) -- Aspire Martial Arts in Rancho San Diego will host a free Martial Arts fitness class for the entire community on Saturday June 15th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Aspire Martial Arts will offer these along with bully prevention seminars every 8-9 weeks. The seminars are part of the ATA Martial Arts’ worldwide initiative to help stop childhood obesity and bullying through education.
June 2, 2013 (San Diego) -- Back by popular demand, the 2013 Summer Movies in the Park is the largest free outdoor movie series in greater San Diego County. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with cities all over the County to provide a fun night of free activities for the family.
The series has expanded to include 73 movies across the County, which is up by more than 20 movies since last season. Venues in East County are included. To find a movie nearest you, follow this page on Facebook, or visit www.summermoviesinthepark.com for a calendar of events.
May 30, 2013 (El Cajon)—Wing walking, mock air battles and pyrotechnics are among the attractions at this year’s Wings Over Gillespie Air Show. The event will take place June 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive in El Cajon.
Tickets start at $8 for the event, which also features a free Kid’s Zone, amusement rides and a beer garden. This year's Wings Over Gillespie features a collection of San Diego aircraft and World War II aircraft.
By Sierra Robinson
Photos by Sholeh Sisson and Miriam Raftery
May 28, 2013 (El Cajon)--Every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown El Cajon Business Partners hosts a classic car show. Each week the theme changes, from last Wednesday’s “Topless Night” where all of the best convertibles could be seen on the Promenade, to this week's Salute to the Military.
Other upcoming events include Charger Steve's Starz Carz, Return of the Horseless Carriage, and Thunder on Main Street for the season finale at summer's end, featuring a full street closure.
May 27, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Historical Society will host the thirteenth annual Alpine History Day on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum, 2116 Tavern Road, Alpine. Tour the two pioneer houses and Carriage House with new displays of Justin Gruelle’s paintings, the 107 year-old buggy, farming tools, equipment and more. The Ford Model T will also be on display.
There will be opportunity to learn about beekeeping and sewing on a treadle machine. Third graders will read their winning essays on Alpine history and receive their awards.
HONOR YOUR HERO: MEMORIAL FLAME LIGHTING MAY 24, MEMORIAL OPEN THROUGH MAY 27 AT STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
May 23, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)—On Friday night, May 24, at sundown the public is invited to a lighting of the flame ceremony at Steele Canyon High School to honor heroes killed in action, as well as those currently serving in the military and our veterans. You can also bring a flag and plant it in the ground on Friday, or anytime during the Memorial Day weekend.
By Sierra Robinson
May 24, 2013 (Santee) – Looking for some family fun this Memorial Day weekend? On Saturday, May 25, the Santee Chamber will be hosting the annual Santee Street Fair. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and running until 7:00 p.m., visitors of all ages can enjoy live music on three stages, over 300 vendor books, food, and entertainment fit for the whole family.
May 22, 2013 (Alpine) – The public is invited to honor fallen veterans on Monday, May 27 at the Alpine Community Center’s Wall of Honor, 1830 Alpine Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will also hear stories from veterans who put their lives on the line for our country, enjoy patriotic music, and a fly-over tribute by the Buecker Squadron in vintage WWII planes. A freeall-American meal of hot dogs and hamburgers.
May 22, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society presents their Wild West Casino Night 2 on June 1, 2013 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Lakeside, CA from 6-10 pm. It benefits Saving Horses Inc., a San Diego horse rescue charity.
Ticket price is $20/person & includes $200 in play chips. Beer or wine glasses are $20 each and come with 5 free drink tickets. Raffles, silent auction, door prizes, roulette, black jack, craps & poker tables.
Live music by the Honky Tonk Kings, food available for purchase by Descanso Junction Restaurant & Catering.
May 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s been a long haul, but KNSJ has finally got the green light to bring you people-powered radio, a radio station by the people and for the people. A crew of five people went up Monument Peak to mount the custom-built, $15,000 antenna atop a tower.
Now you’re invited to join in celebration at a fun-draiser including dinner and comedy show on Wednesday, May 22 at Haritna Middle Eastern Restaurant in La Mesa. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a live comedy show at 7:30—all for $18.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE JULIAN WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL MAY 17-19: ORGANIZERS SHARE INSIGHTS, PREVIEWS
April 29, 2013 (Julian)--Following last year’s success, Julian’s 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, benefiting Volcan Mountain Foundation, returns May 17 – 19, 2013. This year's festival features an expanded program of 44 new films, almost 12 hours of unrepeated screening time broken into 9 sessions from Friday evening to Sunday evening.
The weekend is packed full of entertainment to delight audiences of all ages, as well as other activities ranging from wine-tasting to a hike up Volcan Mountain to a party with dancing and live music for festival attendees.
Check out EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S CALENDAR OF EVENTS, the most comprehensive listing of events east of I-15!
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