San Diego Events
By Miriam Raftery
October 19, 2011 (San Diego) –Ghoulish floats, costumed characters, vintage cars and equestrian entries are all part of the Boo! Parade and Carnival slated for October 22 at 10 a.m. The Halloween-themed parade will proceed along El Cajon Blvd. between 59th Street and Rolando Blvd near San Diego State University. The festive procession ends at Clay Park, where a carnival will be held starting at 11 a.m.
October 13, 2011 (San Diego) – The SilverWood quartet will perform a free concert featuring the rich harmonies and stirring rhythms of Latino, Celtic and American styles of music.
The event will be held on October 16 at 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theater in Mission Trails Regional Park. A reception will follow in the Visitor Center Gallery. The group’s musicians perform guitar, flute, mandolin/bass and voice/percussion.
October 14, 2011 (El Cajon )— Prominent artists, music, wine and beer tastings, food and a classic car show are all part of this year’s Alley Cat Art Fest tonight--Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-10 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.
Originally focused on building a vital art district in the downtown El Cajon community, Alley Cat Art Fest has expanded to promote an event for art lovers and community members alike.
Ruling today on smart meter opt-out for SDG&E customers sparks added interest among local ratepayers
By Miriam Raftery
October 11, 2011 (El Cajon) – SDG&E wants to hike utility rates by over 17% in the next four years. Tomorrow, East County residents will have a chance to voice their views on the proposal at two hearings held by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The public meetings will be held at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the El Cajon City Council Chambers, 200 East Main Street in El Cajon.
An East County Magazine poll of readers has found that thus far, 93% of the 275 who voted think the CPUC should deny SDG&E's rate hike request. TAKE OUR POLL: Should the CPUC approve SDG&E's rate hike?
The rate hike is opposed by the CPUC’s own Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), which conducted an audit that found SDG&E inflated its costs. The DRA recommended that SDG&E lower—not raise—its rates.
October 7, 2011 (Campo) – Pacific Southwest Railway Museum invites you to bring the whole family for the 8th annual old-time train ride to its pumpkin patch. Travel on a haunted train, then pick out and decorate a pumpkin to take home.
UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LABOR DISPUTE.
San Miguel Fire seeks sponsors and door prize donors for event
October 8, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Bring the family for fun and free activities at the 5th annual Fire Expo at the Rancho San Diego Towne Center on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a children’s zone, rescue demonstrations, fire and rescue vehicles, fire safety and health information, law enforcement demonstrations, music, free food and free prize drawings.
October 7, 2011 (Lakeside) – A tour of East County’s economic development opportunities will be offered on Wednesday, October 26th by the East County Economic Development Council
“East County offers a wide range of industrial, office and retail opportunities. With Gillespie Field located in the heart of East County, the sky's the limit,” a Lakeside Chamber of Commerce announcement states.
October 6, 2011 (Borrego) –If you plan to enjoy Anza-Borrego this fall, why not make your visit a learning adventure? Deepen your connection to nature, strengthen your understanding of the environment, and of course, have fun. The Anza-Borrego Foundation announces a variety of fall classes and tours in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. For the full list, visit their website at http://theabf.org/events and scroll down for highlights.
SDSU ALUM & PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER MARSHALL FAULT HOSTS AZTEC FOR LIFE HOMECOMING CELEBRATION OCT. 7
Event proceeds to benefit Aztec Club, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and other local San Diego organizations
October 6, 2011 (San Diego)-- The Marshall Faulk Foundation announces the fourth annual Aztec For Life Homecoming Celebration on Friday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center on the campus of San Diego State University.
By Miriam Raftery
September 30, 2011 (Julian)—Autumn means apple season in historic Julian, where you can sample fresh apple cider or bring the family and pick your own apples at roadside orchards.
As part of Julian’s Apple Days Centennial Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held October 1 and 2 at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, antique tractor display, kids' games, gold panning demonstrations, beer and wine garden,vendors, contests, and the modern day Julian "gold" -- apple pies!
September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) –“This is the 38th annual Oktoberfest and we’re making plans to have it be the biggest and the best ever,” La Mesa Chamber of Commerce President Mary England told ECM. Festivities encompass 10 city blocks and run from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and fro 12-5 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 2.
German music plus rock 'n' roll, an expanded array of foods, games, contests, 400 vendors, and a "big beer garden" are all part of the fun at the annual fall celebration.
September 30, 2011 (San Diego-- Fork it Over for Kids with Sam the Cooking Guy, winner of 12 Emmys for his TV cooking shows!
This event benefitting the Salvation ArmyKroc Center Scholarship Fund will be held October 1st at 6 p.m. at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. After enjoying appetizers and tastes from local restaurants, plus listening to live entertainment, guests will see a live cooking demonstration, followed by dessert and coffee.
September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Historical Society opens its Centennial year activities with the release for sale of its special edition 2012 Centennial Calendar at Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 30 through October 2.
Calendars feature historic photos plus fun Centennial facts.
September 18, 2011 (El Cajon)—The public is invited to view a wide variety of roses on display, along with plants and craft items for sale at the East County Rose Show. This free event will be held from 12-4 p.m. on October 1st at the Foothills Adult Center, 1550 Melody Lane in El Cajon. A rose show luncheon will be served at noon; luncheon reservations are required by Sept. 26.
September 18, 2011 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers and Bears invites the public to savor wining and dining under the stars to benefit the big cat rescue facility in nonprofit. In addition to wine and food provided by PRP Wine International and Chef Drew, visitors will have an opportunity to win a drawing to feed one of the big cats including lions, tigers, and a leopard. This “wild” event will be held Saturday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. at 24402 Martin Way in Alpine.
San Diego Arts Guide features gallery event on cover
September 28, 2011 (La Mesa) – Bay area abstract expressionist John Krempel and his intriguing collection of oil and acrylic paintings will be in La Mesa Village tonight from 5-8 p.m. for a reception at at O’Dunn Fine Art. The public is welcome to attend, also savoring refreshments and entertainment provided by guitarists Bill Coleman.
San Diego Arts Guide will be present to launch its October-December edition, which features a Kempel painting, “Skyscrapers in the Night,” from the exhibit on the cover.
September 24, 2011 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Center invites you put on your 60's threads and come to a to a free family-friendly celebration that's a blast from the past.
The party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at East County's oldest shopping mall includes flashbacks of 60’s music, dance, fashion, history, crafts, automobiles and more! Bring your cameras and your smiles, as there will be plenty of reasons to take pictures. You may even see a 60's icon or two.
September 23, 2011 (Santee)--Sip wine while tapping your toes to some lively music at the Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival this Saturday, September 24. The festival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071. Advance tickets are $30; tickets purchased after September 12 are $35.
September 23, 2011 (La Mesa)—The 10th annual Kids Care Fest is a fun and free interactive family event sponsored by Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa. Festivities take place at at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa Street in La Mesa from 9-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Over 50 exhibits for families with children will be provided, including free health screenings from healthcare professionals and free information from pediatricians, a pharmacist and a dermatologist. More free activities include sports, face painting, Rady's Safety Store, water safety and organic produce information, astro & bungee jumps, pony rides, La Mesa's Fire and Police Departments, Lemon Grove's Fire Safety Trailer and nonprofit organizations (including East County Magazine and Viejas Wildfire Alerts), many with interactive displays.
Meet the artist Sept. 28
September 6, 2011 (La Mesa) -- AbEx invades La Mesa Village! Bay area abstract expressionist John Krempel is bringing a selection of larger oil and acrylic paintings to East County for his exciting show September 7 – October 9 at O’Dunn Fine Art. Art lovers are also invited to meet this talented artist at a reception on Wednesday, September 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Influenced by the 20th century San Francisco abstract expressionist movement, Krempel references the beauty of both natural and man-made landscapes in his work. He has been featured in dozens of bay area shows, and is the founder of the Temporary Artists Group (TAG), which brings emerging artists to the community. With degrees in both the arts and psychology, John's paintings dance at the interface of the physical and psychological worlds.
September 15, 2011 (Julian) – Ready for some toe-tapping musical entertainment? Head out to the historic gold rush town of Julian in San Diego’s East County, where the Julian Lions Club will present the 41st Back Country Music Jamboree and Banjo Fiddle Contest on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18 at Frank Lane Park.
September 1, 2011 (Valley Center)--English high teas have become among the most popular events served up at Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. Savor refreshing teas and delicacies such as tea sandwiches, chicken herbs de Provence, Devonshire cream, fresh fruit, lavender scones and more at an English-style high tea on September 17 at 2 p.m.
Farm representatives will also give a talk about growing lavender and an essential oil distillation demonstration. In addition, the Farm Store will open from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 15, 2011 (Poway) – Grab your cowboy hats and your dancing shoes, then head on out to the 2nd annual Poway Days Battle of the Bands, where rock, country, bluegrass and contemporary music bands will vie for cash prizes—and bragging rights. Try out your cowboy skills on a mechanical bull, enter a pie-eating contest, and try your luck at casino blackjack and poker games.
Stone & Port Brewing will serve up micro brews in a beer and wine garden. Food vendors will also be on hand. Tickets? Just $5.
September 15, 2011 (Alpine) – Alpine Kiwanis will host a Chili Cook-Off, along with the Show & Shine Car Show, at the Alpine Community Park this Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy music by the Legends, crafters, vendors, bratwurst, ice cream and more at the festivities.
Melodrama takes stage Sept. 17-25
photograph by Pete Smith
September 16, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--In the midst of the Great Depression, two Lemon Grove members of San Diego Community Theatre (forerunner to the Old Globe) charged out of San Diego State College (today, SDSU) armed with Theatre and English degrees only to confront what so many graduates confront today--a dismal economy and no jobs, especially for artists.
September 12, 2011 (Escondido) – Get a close-up look at what fresh and local agriculture is all about from those who know it best: San Diego farmers! On Saturday, Oct. 15, six local growers will open their farms to the public for San Diego County Farm Bureau’s second annual Farm Tour Day, with guided walking tours from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tours start at each farming operation every half hour, allowing visitors to chart their own course and choose which farms—and in which order—they would like to visit.
September 10, 2011 (San Diego) – This week’s blackout reminded many San Diegans of the importance of being prepared before disaster strikes. On October 7, the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties will provide training on your rights to help during a major disaster such as a wildfire or earthquake.
Learn how you can support and advocate for your community during a disaster. "When disaster strikes, know your rights" will provide training on the rights of disaster evacuees. The event will be held at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas in El Cajon (next to the fire station) on October 7 from 1-3 p.m.
September 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa will host the 10th annual Kids Care Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family event features free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.
Additional free, hand-on activities will include arts and crafts, water safety, bungee and astro jumps and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Free new reading books, along with coloring books and crayons, will also be available for children to take home.
Tribe says “Thank You” to community
September 12, 2011 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino, a premier Southern California gaming, dining and entertainment destination, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by offering the public a free meal at the award-winning Harvest Buffet. That’s a free meal – no strings attached – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13.
September 10, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Students from Cajon Valley Players at El Cajon Valley High School have compiled a display of over 1,200 items from 30 countries related to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the events that led to them, and the wars to follow. Items will be on exhibit today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
A formal commemoration with speakers connected to these events will also be held September 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.