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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUGUST 13-30

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County  includes some festive options for these hot August nights, from concerts to a dive-in movie.  Major charitable events are also taking place including a fashion show to benefit disabled adults in East County and an art lovers night atop Mt. Helix.  Plus we’ll have a sneak preview of activities later this month – including Julian’s StarFest and the start of pow-wow season.  Stay tuned for all these events and more on East County Magazine’s Destination East County!

FASHION SHOW AUGUST 16 BENEFITS ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S

 

August 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The  37th Haute with Heart Fashion Show will be held on August 16 to benefit disabled adult programs for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon. This year’s show will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, featuring boutique shopping, live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings and a performance from the Center’s Singers and Dance Troupe.

 

HEART OF MT. HELIX: AUGUST 16

 

 

August 7, 2014 (Mt. Helix)--The 7th annual HeART of Mt Helix will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 5:30 pm until 10 pm up in the pPark atop Mt. Helix.  

The event features live music on two stages, visual artists at work, restaurant tastings, auction, a signature cocktail, craft beer, wine and spectacular sunset views. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JULY 24-31

 

Plus previews of coming attractions

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Les Miserables on Mt. Helix

This week on Destination East County, we’ll start with some hot concerts and summer plays, a star party campout and the Pine Valley Days Parade.  Plus we’ll have previews of more super summertime events, from jazz in Julian to some rollicking times at the Ramona Country Fair.

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

 

                                                           

By Ariele Johannson

 

Christian Community Theater has been entertaining San Diegans and providing quality theatrical productions for over 30 years.

This summer’s performance of Les Misérables is exceptional for its casting, talent, music and singing, costumes, child actors, and technology in a fine outdoor performance of this epic work. Also, it is a return to Mt. Helix for CCT after being away for seven years.  Christian Youth Theater also participated in this production.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST EVENTS JULY 9-13

 

Plus previews of coming attractions

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- This week’s Destination East County has some hot summertime events, from a dive-in movie to Descanso Days, a pet parade in Campo, and an extreme horsepower classic cruise night revving up in El Cajon.

We also have previews of some events later in the month, from twilight walks at Mission Trails to wine pairings in Ramona, and from live theater atop Mt. Helix, and a family campout complete with stargazing in Lakeside.

HOT KROC NIGHTS: STAY COOL WITH ICE SKATING AND DIVE-IN MOVIES

July 7, 2014 (San Diego) – Families are invited to beat the heat on Wednesday evenings this summer  by enjoying dive-in movies (float in the pool with inner tubes provided) and $5 ice skating.

It’s all part of Hot  Kroc Nights at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 6845 University Avenue, just one block west of La Mesa.  Scroll down for a full schedule and details.

A LAVENDER AND WINE EXPERIENCE: JULY 23 AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY

 

 

 

July 1, 2014 (Ramona) – What could be finer than to savor a “Lavender and Wine Experience” plus catered delicacies?   Ramona Ranch Winery, Trezette’s Catering and Volcan Vista Farm invites you to “evoke your sensations” and meet the farmer, wine maker and chef on Wednesday evening, July 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Learn about growing Lavender and Ramona’s exploding wine-region while creating your own custom sachet over a Lavender-themed buffet style dinner paired with a glass of Ramona Ranch Wine as the sun sets on the outdoor tasting terrace at Ramona Ranch Winery in Ramona.

SUPER FULL MOON JAZZ CONCERT AT KEYS CREEK LAVENDER FARM

 

June 29, 2014 (Valley Center) – With the scent of lavender in the air, a golden sunset and colorful fields of lavender as a backdrop, Gregory Page  will perform at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. The concert will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. 

Page performs melodies and lyrics reminiscent of the 1920s sweet jazz era as a “super full moon” rises to illuminate the night sky,  promising to be a magical night.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS, AND ATTRACTIONS FOR JUNE 27-JUNE 29, 2014

 

 

By Ariele Johannson

June 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East Count)--Summer is officially here – and this week’s Destination East County brings you plenty of sizzling summertime activities – from concerts and movies under the stars to night fishing, a chili cook-off, and a Firefighters Appreciation Day event to support our local heroes!

BICYCLE RODEO: LEARN BIKE SAFETY JUNE 28 IN PINE VALLEY

 

The County invites kids and parents to a Bicycle Rodeo at the Pine Valley Park on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley this Saturday, June 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.   

Kids can enjoy riding a short course to learn how to properly operate a bicycle. Children and parents will learn bicycle safety and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Kids are encouraged to bring bicycles, bike helmets and other safety gear.

KEEPING PERSPECTIVE: O’DUNN FINE ART PLANS GRAND REOPENING JUNE 27

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, right: La Jolla Cove, by W. Jason Situ

June 25, 2014 (La Mesa)— When an out-of-control truck smashed through the picture window of her gallery on La Mesa Boulevard back on June 2, artist Shannon O’Dunn kept it all in perspective.

Now she’s hosting a grand reopening at O’Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, inviting the community to share in champaign, chocolates, live music, and some fine new works of art that she has acquired since the unexpected closure. The event will be held on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.  “Come celebrate a new chapter in fine art for East County,” says O’Dunn. “We would love to see you here!"

PET PARADE AND FAMILY FESTIVAL JULY 12 IN CAMPO

East County News Service

June 22, 2014 (Campo)—Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun and showcase pets at the first annual Pet Parade and St. Adelaide Parish Family Festival On July 12 at the Campo baseball field.  The parade begins at 11 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and most entertaining costumes, as well as the pastor’s choice.  Drawings will also be held for prizes including a 50/50 raffle plus two chances to fill your freezer by winning half a steer, donated by Wright Ranch of Potrero.  The festival also includes vendor booths, inflatable slide and water combo with all-day jumper tickets for $10. Other activities will include face painting and refreshments.

“SAFE KIDS DAY” AT MISSION TRAILS VISITOR CENTER JUNE 21

 

June 20, 2014 (San Diego)--Rady Children’s Hospital is staging a “Safe Kids Day” program on Saturday, June 21, at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center from 9:30 to 2:00.  The emphasis is to keep children safe while exploring and enjoying the outdoors.  All activities will take place at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. 

TWISTED MANZANITA HOSTS SPIRITED ANNIVERSARY PARTY JUNE 28 IN SANTEE

 

 

Twisted Manzanita Ales in Santee is celebrating its 4th Anniversary on Saturday, June 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Santee Town Center Community Park East.

This year the brewery’s Anniversary Party will be all-inclusive, with an admission price that covers everything, including access to their Craft Spirits Lounge featuring Twisted Manzanita spirits. Guests will receive 6 samples of various craft spirits. The Anniversary Party will have a culinary spread provided by local San Diego restaurants.

SWEET SIXTEEN: JULIAN BLUES BASH JUNE 21

 

June 19, 2014 (Julian)--The 16th Annual Julian Blues Bash happens this Saturday, June 21 at Menghini Winery in Julian with a great lineup of blues bands.

Advance ticket sales are over, but they will have tickets at the gate for this all-day event featuring an array of talented entertainers.

BACK TO THE ‘50s CAR SHOW REVS UP IN LA MESA

 

June 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Village Merchants Association invites you to step back in time each Thursday night from 5 p.m. starting June 19 through August 28. The Car Show happens along La Mesa Blvd between Acacia and Fourth Streets, in the heart of La Mesa Village. 

Six trophies are awarded each night: four to cars, one to a motorcycle, and the La Mesa Police Department’s Police Officer’s Choice Award. Cruising is encouraged!

KNSJ ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK JULY 5: COME CELEBRATE COMMUNITY RADIO!

 

 

On Saturday July 5th, KNSJ invites you to our community radio station’s first anniversary from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the beautiful Mission Trails Regional Park visitors center.

Come mix and mingle with our radio hosts and celebrity guests in a spectacular natural setting, enjoy live music, Native American flute players, delicious food and drinks, stargazing, museum, no host bar, two stages with comedy acts and musical entertainment.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY:TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS, AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 20-JUNE 22, 2014

 

By Ariele Johannson

This weekend is the official beginning of summer, and Destination East County has a lineup of great outdoor activities, such as summer concerts, movies, and hikes, as well as events with trains, raptors, and fairies!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 13-15, 2014

 

Hear the Destination East County segment on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM each Wed. and Fri. at 5:00 p.m. or listen online at www.EastCountyMagazine.org!

 

By Ariele Johannson

 

June 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County has plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, including some designated for Father’s Day. However, many of the events this weekend might be interesting for Dad and the family to enjoy. Plus, we have a major festival in El Cajon that is number one on our list.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS JUNE 6-8, 2014

 

 

By Ariele Johannson

 

June 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County is buzzing this weekend with an air show at Gillespie Field, an ethnic fair to celebrate diversity, an historical day in Alpine, music events, a farm tour, and more. Plus our preview has some exciting upcoming events, all happening right here in East County!

RADICAL REPTILES AND FRIENDS SLITHER INTO CREST LIBRARY JUNE 10

 

June 5, 2014 (Crest) – Radical Reptiles & Friends will be bringing a menagerie to the Crest branch of the County library system on Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m.

Founded in 1996 by Ben Hian, Radical Reptiles & Friends has provided animal education and entertainment in San Diego County for nearly 14 years.  Joining Hian in 2007, John Taibe has helped Radical Reptiles & Friends  provide the children of San Diego County with a unique, hands-on experience including an ever-growing menagerie of snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, spiders scorpions , millipedes, insects & a variety of other “creepy crawlies.”

A REJUVENATING WEEKEND AT THE HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)—Slipping away to the high desert community of Jacumba Hot Springs proves a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Not too long ago, Jacumba nearly became a ghost town after a resort hotel from the ‘20s burned down and Interstate 8 was built, drawing traffic away from Old Highway 80 through the heart of Jacumba.  But then a revitalization committee petitioned the state to take back the town's historic name -- Jacumba Hot Springs. Since then, these movers and shakers have infused new life into a town named by the Kumeyaay Native Americans who once camped here in the winter months: Jacum—a place of healing waters.

Now celebrating its centennial year, the town recently hosted the Healing Waters & Arts Festival--a successful event for the community and guests alike. 

THE THRILL IS BACK: MOVIES IN THE PARK AT VIEJAS

 

 

May 29,2014 (Alpine)- Movies in the park return at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, where you can enjoy watching the latest action thrillers and other blockbuster films while lounging under the stars in a serene park setting. 

Admission is  $5, which includes a regular-size popcorn, plus a 12oz. soda and preferred seating. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Movies start at 8 p.m. Movies run from late May through August 22.

To download and print the 2014 schedule, please click HERE or click "read more" and scroll down. 

CHEERS! SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

 

May 29, 2014 (Santee)--The Santee chamber of Commerce invites you to join more than 60,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two-action packed days great for the whole family to enjoy. This free event will be held at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.

Celebrating its sixth year, the Street Fair will host its first annual beer festival featuring five local breweries; Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co, Butcher’s Brewing, Pacific Islander Brewing Company and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company. There will also be more than 300 various food and vendor booths, live entertainment, a family-friendly fun zone with games and attractions and more than a dozen carnival rides. Admission to the event is free and parking will be available adjacent to the event.

JULIAN FIDDLE & PICKING CONTEST CONTINUES MUSICAL TRADITIONS

 

May 29, 2014 (Julian)—On Saturday, May 31st,  the Julian Town Hall will come alive with music at a fiddle and guitar picking contest open to all ages. For beginners and aficionados alike, this  event is a chance perform and compete for prizes in the festive and competitive atmosphere of the traditional old time fiddle contest.

Harkening back to the days of the Julian banjo and fiddle contest tradition of decades past, this fiddling and guitar picking contest continues the Julian history as a long time supporter of traditional music and hosting music festivals.

LA MESA SALUTES OLD GLORY WITH FLAG DAY PARADE MAY 31

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 29, 2014 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa hosts its annual Flag Day parade on Saturday, May 31st in the downtown village. The festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m., with pre-parade concerts by La Mesa Middle and Parkway Middle Schools. At 10:00 a.m. the parade led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band starts through the downtown La Mesa Village. Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal celebration of the Ford Mustang 50th anniversary.View floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups. This year the City of La Mesa will also have the First Class Petty Officers Association from Tactical Training Group Pacific carry a community Living Flag to conclude the parade.

Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire and cheer on the participants in this annual parade. After the parade, join the La Mesa’s Human Relations Advisory Commission for ice cream, see classic and new Mustang cars, and talk to the car owners at Palm Avenue and La Mesa Boulevard.

JACUMBA’S HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL OFFERS REJUVENATION & ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

May 24, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Jacumba Hot Springs (Jacumba) celebrates its Centennial with a major festival on Saturday, May 24th in downtown Jacumba. The Healing Waters & Arts Festival will stretch along Old Highway 80, from the old pink bath house ruins on the west end of town, east to the community park.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Parking and attendance are free. Attendees will enjoy Kumeyaay Bird Singers, Native American flute players holistic healers, New Age vendors, drum circles, bounce houses for the children, and many unique crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors. Also featured are multiple music venues, art walk with open studio tours, delectable food trucks, Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum display, Campo Motor Transport Museum displays, raffles for prizes and more, all in a beautiful high desert setting.

LEBANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL MAY 23 IN EL CAJON

 

May 23, 2014 (El Cajon)--A Lebanese cultural festival takes place this weekend from Friday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at St Ephrem Catholic Church in El Cajon.

Authentic Lebanese foods will be served, such as hummus, falafel, shawarma, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, chicken kabob, and a wide assortment of gourmet sweets. Visitors can expect live music and dancing, folkloric performances, and a variety of booths with Lebanese specialties, a beer & wine garden, hookah bar, carnival rides, and raffle prizes.

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