San Diego Events

PALA CASINO SPA RESORT PRESENTS SPYRO GYRA & PETER WHITE ON FEBRUARY 17

 

January 26, 2023 (Pala) -- Pala Casino Spa Resort is excited to present legendary group Spyro Gyra and world-renowned prolific acoustic guitarist Peter White on Friday, February 17, performing live indoor at the Events Center. The show will start at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $45.

This show is just one of the impressive lineup of headliner and tribute concerts that will be held at the Events Center and Starlight Theater.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN. 27-FEB. 25

By Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery

 

January 21, 2023 (San Diego’s East County) – Upcoming festivities and events include concerts at The Magnolia in El Cajon and Viejas in Alpine, a star party, wildlife tracking and birding classes at Mission Trails, a play at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa and Hawkwatch raptor viewing in Ramona.


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HAWK TALK AT MISSION TRAILS JANUARY 8

East County News Service

Photo: Harris Hawk by Alan Vernon, cc via Wikipedia

January 1, 2022 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park will host “Hawk Talk with Huxley the Harris Hawk” on Sunday, January 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Stop by the Visitor Center Lobby to meet local falconer, Bob Gordon, and his feathered friend, “Huxley” the Harris’ hawk. Get up close and personal with this majestic bird of prey, while learning all about what makes it so special.


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WINTER FESTIVAL IN POWAY JANUARY 13-14 FEATURES SNOW SLEDDING, SKATING AND MORE

East County News Service

January 1, 2023 (Poway) – Bring the kids for a day of snow-filled fun at a Winter Festival complete with sledding down a snow hill, building a snowman, roasting marshmallows by a campfire, making silly faces in a photo booth, and taking a spin around a synthetic ice skating rink.

The Winter Festival will be held at the Poway Community Park and Auditorium, 13094 Civic Center Drive in Poway on Friday, January 23 from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 14 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There will also be food vendors and shuttles available.


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SHANE HARRIS HOSTS CHRISTMAS DAY BREAKFAST AND GIFT GIVEAWAY FOR FOSTER KIDS, HOMELESS YOUTHS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES

East County News Service

December 20, 2022 (San Diego) – The 6th Annual Shane Harris Community Christmas Day Breakfast & Gift Giveaway will take place on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 6125 Imperial Ave. in San Diego. San Diego's only Christmas Day gathering for foster families, unsheltered youths and struggling families will feature thousands of wrapped gifts for kids, bikes, electronic devices and 16 tons of snow!

Families countywide can register and volunteers can sign up at

shaneharrischristmasbreakfast.org/. Donations can also be made at this link.


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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS WORLD TOUR COMING TO SAN DIEGO

East County News Service

December 12, 2022 (San Diego) - The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to San Diego on their 2023 World Tour.  They'll demonstrate their high-flying basketball skills at the Pechanga Arena on February 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER WEBER HOSTS BOOK GIVEAWAY DEC. 19 AT KROC CENTER

East County News Service

December 12, 2022 (La Mesa) – Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber will host her  second annual Winter Literacy and Book Giveaway event (while supplies last) on Monday, December 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115.


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SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND HOSTS SPARKLING LIGHTS HOIDAY CONCERT DEC. 13

East County News Service

December 6, 2022 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Concert Band wishes you "Happy Holidays" and a prosperous New Year at its 33rd annual Holiday Celebration Concert, “Sparkling Lights.” The Band will perform new pieces, old favorites, and will accompany the audience for the sing-a-long at the concert on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre for the Performing Arts.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 25-DEC.31

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features fun and fabulous holiday events coming up across San Diego’s inland region, as East County communities celebrate the season.


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“WALK LIKE MADD” IN MEMORY OF DEPUTY COLLIER OCT. 22

Source: San Diego Sheriff’s Department

October 19, 2022 (San Diego) -- Twelve years ago, San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Collier was killed while trying to stop a driver who was drunk and high on drugs going the wrong way on SR-52 in Santee. His life was cut short robbing his family of a son, brother and fiancé, and his coworkers of a valued colleague.


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DOOBIE BROTHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR COMES TO SDSU SEPT. 30

East County News Service

September 21, 2022 (San Diego) - The Doobie Brothers will be performing at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University on Friday, September 30th as part of the iconic rock group’s 50th anniversary tour.


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SAN DIEGO MOTORCYCLE RIDERS TO HONOR FALLEN VETERANS AT MIRAMAR NATIONAL CEMETERY SEPT. 3: YOUR HELP NEEDED

December 17th is National Wreaths Across America Day and one local program is working hard to honor veterans

East County News Service

August 30, 2022 (San Diego) -- Freedom is often defined as “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, a special few Americans will forgo some of their personal freedoms by choosing to serve their country and its citizens. This selfless sacrifice is what makes every veteran a hero. In addition, when asked why they did it, many will answer simply by saying, “Because it was the right thing to do!”


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SAN DIEGO MOVIE AWARDS BEST OF FEST FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS IN BALBOA PARK AUGUST 2-5

 

San Diego’s newest film festival screens nominated features, shorts, documentaries, and music videos

July 5, 2022 (San Diego) -- Celebrating the spirit and achievements of independent filmmakers, the San Diego Movie Awards holds its inaugural festival August 2-5, 2022. The festival highlights films with budgets under $1 million, and seeks to promote the work of independent film makers, not only in San Diego, but across the globe. The three days of screenings will take place in-person at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park. View trailer.

The festival also includes a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association/San Diego and Imperial County on August 2, with a showing of “Not to Forget.”


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: MIDSUMMER TO SUMMER’S END FESTIVITIES

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2022 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County highlights upcoming East County events including the Julian Natural Wonderfestan art show at a winery, a grape stomp in Julian, the Ramona Country Fair, a Star Party at Mission Trails, a Laurel and Hardy comedy night, community concerts and car shows in several communities, a concert to benefit the homeless in El Cajon, candlelight concerts, the Mt. Helix Food and Wine Festival and more.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 15 - AUGUST 15

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2022 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County highlights upcoming East County events including the Ramona Country Fair, a Star Party at Mission Trails, the Lakeside Historical Society’s boutique and vintage sale, community concerts and car shows in several communities, a concert to benefit the homeless in El Cajon, candlelight concerts and the Mt. Helix Food and Wine Festival.


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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND FESTIVITIES IN EAST COUNTY AND SAN DIEGO’S INLAND REGION

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – East County’s most beloved Independence Day celebrations are back, after a hiatus during the pandemic.

Here are the many fun and festive Fourth of July activities in our inland region, including fireworks, a parade, a music festival and more.


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MODERN ART EXHIBITION JUNE 14 HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR FAMILIES IN UKRAINE SUFFERING FROM THE RUSSIAN INVASION.

East Count News Service

Image: Mariupol, 22 000 civilians are dead, by Daniil Movchan

June 14, 2022 (San Diego) – Today, San Diego hosts a unique exhibition of Ukrainian artists called “Ukrainian Voice. Your choice!" There are 58 artists from Kyiv, Kharkov, Lvov, Odessa, Mariupol, Bucha, Irpin, Militopol and other Ukrainian cities showcasing their work, telling their war stories through contemporary art.  Each artist is considered a voice of Ukraine to be heard. What is also remarkable is that most of the authors still remain in Ukraine, fighting for the freedom of their homeland.

The art exhibit, “Ukrainian Voice. Your choice!” – which also features video and audio installations – will be held at the “Bread & Salt” gallery in Logan Heights. It illustrates the war from the beginning of the invasion to the present day, telling stories of bravery, sadness, desolation and hope captured in real time as the conflict rages on. The show is free to the public. All funds raised from purchases of artwork and donations will be sent directly to Ukrainian families in need.


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ERICK DICKERSON ON BAROQUE LUTE MAY 8

East County News Service

April 30, 2022 (San Diego) - Erick Dickerson presents a concert on the 13 course Baroque lute of the music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss, a composer who lived from 1687-1750.  The concert will be on May 8 from 4 - 5 p.m. at Mission Trails Church,


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“FREEDOM FOR UKRAINE” RALLY SATURDAY IN SAN DIEGO

Source: House of Ukraine

April 14, 2022 (San Diego) – The House of Ukraine invites the public to join in a “Freedom for Ukraine” rally on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at 1600 North Harbor Drive in San Diego (corner of W. Ash St. and North Harbor Drive).  The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in massive loss of civilians’ life and evidence of war crimes by Russia.


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SAN DIEGO AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH CENTER TO HOST 2022 POW WOW MAY 14 & 15

East County News Service

April 8, 2022 (San Diego) - San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Pow Wow is a celebration and showcase of Native American culture and traditions.  Native singers, drummers, and dancers in their beautiful regalia from throughout the Southwest will gather in Balboa Park at the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way to practice their traditions. You’re invited to come and celebrate us on May 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND AND LEFT COAST QUINTET TEAM UP IN SPRING CONCERT APRIL 5-7 AT KROC THEATRE

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2022 (San Diego) – The San Diego Concert Band will perform its 33rd annual Spring Celebration Concert, “A Bouquet of Music” April 5-7 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre for the Performing Arts.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP SPRINGTIME FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

By Miriam Raftery

March 11, 2022 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a look ahead at some of the most iconic festivals and events coming up this week, from St. Patrick’s Day fun to springtime celebrations, historical reenactments, wine and food festivals and more.

Scroll down for the full slate of events coming up. 


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LATINO FILM FESTIVAL TO AIR OVER 160 FILMS MARCH 10-20

Documentary co-produced by ECM journalist Mimi Pollack is among finalists.

By Matthew Manosh

March 10, 2022 (San Diego) --The 29th Annual San Diego Latino Festival begins March 10th and runs through March 20th at the Fashion Valley AMC. It will be the first time the festival will be in person since the start of the pandemic.

The festival features over 160 films from Central America and The United States, including local film makers from San Diego. Each day they’ll have art from prominent Latino artists on display, as well as daily live music. The full schedule of the events can be found here.

There are many remarkable films being shown in the 10 days of the festival, including films from film makers from in and around San Diego and East County.


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EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB INVITES YOU TO ZEST WINE BISTRO FEB. 24 IN LEMON GROVE

 
You're invited! Our East County Dining Club is going to the wonderfull new Zest Wine Bistro at 8129 Broadway in Lemon Grove on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.! 
 
Order anything you’d like off their amazing menu of international wines, tapas (appetizers), charcuterie boards with gourmet cheese/deli meats/nuts/fruits/jams and more, wraps, ahi, salads, seafood toastada, wrapped dates, shrimp cocktails, hummus and more. Full menu at https://www.zestwinebistro.com/. Outdoor seating includes heaters and a firepit. 
 
Proceeds benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts. We also have an amazing raffle with prizes including gift certificates from Zest Wine Bistro, Lamplighters Theatre Jasmine Creek Florist, Mike Hess Brewing, Maxwell's House of Books, Desert View Tower, San Diego: California’s Cornerstone books from Sunbelt Publications, items from other local businesses as well as wine lovers gifts and more.
 
Space is limted, so RSVP soon to editor@eastcountymagazine.org or call 619 698 7617. 

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COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

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January 19, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Libraries aren't just about books anymore! The San Diego County library branches across our region have a variety of events and activities coming up in late January and early February, from book clubs to writers' groups to crafts classes and Zumba workouts. There's also lunches for seniors, laser tag for teens and much more.

Below are highlights in East County; find details on these plus a full list countywide at https://sdcl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index.


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HAWK WATCH AT RAMONA GRASSLANDS: SATURDAY IN JAN. AND FEB.

By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2021 (Ramona) – Rain or shine, Hawk Watch in the Ramona Grasslands will be held each Saturday in January and February starting at 10 a.m. Hawk Watch is an informative educational Biologists Talk and Q&A with falconry or ambassador raptors for you to see up close and personal.

This year, the events organized by the Wildlife Research Institute will take place at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Road in Ramona.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: EVENTS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County features many events to be thankful for – from Thanksgiving weekend events at a local camel dairy and exotic animal sanctuary to holiday tree lightings, live hawk demonstrations, Christmas festivals and more.

Scroll down for all of these events and many more!


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JOIN SDCCU FOR FREE WEBINARS AND RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL FRAUD AWARENESS WEEK NOVEMBER 14 - 20: WEBINARS NOV. 17 PART OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS

Source:  San Diego County Credit Union

November 14, 2021 (San Diego) -  San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is proud to provide free community resources for International Fraud Awareness Week, November 14 – 20, 2021. Scams are on the rise and International Fraud Awareness Week is a global effort to minimize the impact of fraudulent activity through the promotion of awareness and education. SDCCU is here to help the community not fall victim to fraud by offering blog articles, additional resources and three complimentary fraud awareness webinars on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 as part of our Financial Wellness Wednesdays.


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SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR GETS CREATIVE WITH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL TOURS DECEMBER 4-5

East County News Service

Photos:  teapots by Michael Cusick of Spring Valley and Richard Burkett in Rolando

November 10, 2021 (San Diego) -- The 14th annual San Diego Pottery Studio Tour will take place on the weekend of December 4 & 5, 2021 from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. each day. This free, self-guided tour will feature the open studios of many of our region’s best ceramic artists, spread throughout the area from Spring Valley to San Diego.  


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

East County News Service

November 8, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County ushers in the holiday season with a wealth of holiday happenings and other special events across San Diego’s inland region.

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