San Diego Events
SUSTAINABLE HOMES TOUR NOV. 5 SHOWCASES CREATIVE LIVING—FROM A STRAW BALE HOME TO AN AIRPLANE HANGER
November 4, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden is offering a 20 minute landscape design consultation at the Fall Garden & Home Festival. A professional designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you. After the meeting, you'll leave with design ideas, and a list of plants.
Bring photos of your house and the area you want designed. Also provide the dimensions of the space, and photos of design styles you like.
November 5, 2011 (Escondido)--Huzzah! The Escondido Renaissance Faire returns November 5-6 at Felicita Park in Escondido, 742 ClarencE Lane. Faire runs 10 a.m. to dusk.
Watch mock battles, stroll through Falconridge Village, take the kids on a treasure hunt, take an archery lesson, savor hearty fare and shop for Renaissance souvenirs.
FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: 2-PART CONFERENCE STARTS NOV. 12-13 IN SAN DIEGO: LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM AMONG SPEAKERS
Part 2 on March 3-4 to feature Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
November 3, 2011 (San Diego) – UnitedGREEN, a division of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition and sister organization of East County Magazine, will present Forging a Sustainable Future, a two-part conference that aspires to foster alliances between businesses, government and grassroots organizations to build a green future not only for San Diego, but our nation and the world.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will keynote the event.
November 2, 2011 (Jamul) Drama students from Santee High School will perform a free reading of “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, November 5 at Jamul Haven Bed and Breakfast Inn. The performance is part of students’ preparatory work for their November production of this classic holiday story.
October 21, 2011 (Poway)--Looking for a knight in shining armor?
Watch knights engage in medieval-style live action events this weekend as the Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History returns to Poway Rodeo grounds for its fifth year October 21-23. A trio of two-man teams will battle to win grueling international competitions in jousting, foot combat with pollaxes, and a club tournament.
Other topics include new “top two” primary system and Twitter ID thefts by GOP leader
October 20, 2011 (La Mesa)--How will final redistricting boundaries affect races in East County? What does the "top two" primary system really mean?
Find out from a Democratic perspective on Wednesday, November 2, when Jess Durfee, Chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party will be guest speaker at Foothills-La Mesa Democratic Club. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.
October 20, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – An “extreme parade” this Saturday promises to be a memorable highlight in this year’s Borrego Days Desert Festival October 21-23.
The parade will kick off with a choreography of skydivers “dancing in the clouds,” followed by a flyover by planes from the Hammer-Heads. For added excitement, daredevil motorcycle stunt rider Robbie Maddison will serve as grand marshal of the parade.
UNVEILING OF IRELAND PAINTINGS: PAUL STRAHM EXHIBITION OPENS OCT. 22 WITH ARTIST RECEPTION AT O’DUNN FINE ART, LA MESA
By Millicent Arko
October 19, 2011 (La Mesa) O’Dunn Fine Art will unveil the Ireland Paintings Exhibition by Paul Strahm, a signature treatment that examines the Irish countryside, street scenes, coast and waterways. The collection of 14 paintings will be on display from October 22 – November 27, 2011 and are available for pre-sale.
By Megan McGlamery
October 14, 2011 (Poway)--From October 18-23, the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIR will play at the San Diego Civic Center. HAIR follows a group of young pacifists during the Vietnam War era who advocate lifestyles of peace and acceptance within a society tied to darkness and intolerance. The musical features an outstanding cast including East County local and Poway High School alumni Josh Lamon in the role of Margaret Mead/Father/Tribe.
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.