San Diego Events

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP ACTIVITIES APRIL 18-20

Easter egg-stravaganza events and much more!

By Ariele Johannson

April 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination: East County begins with a Chamgane Brunch, glow-in-the-dark egg hunt and other Easter events--then ends with fishing and a Spring Harp Festival.

But that's not all. We have a fabulous preview of some great upcoming events all right here in East County and San Diego’s inland region.

"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

 

April 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Inequality for All, a film by Robert Reich,  documents how  massive consolidation of wealth by a handful of people threatens the middle class, the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy . Reich is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The film will be shown on April 17 at 7:15 p.m. during a meeting of the East County Democratic Club at  Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020.  A discussion will be held after the film showing.  View a film trailer here: 

WINE & CHEESE TRAIL RIDE: APRIL 12 IN CAMPO

 

 

March 22, 2014 (Campo) – What could be more romantic than a trail ride with wine and cheese tasting awaiting you at the trail’s end? 

On Saturday, April 12, a wine and cheese ride will begin at the Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility at 799 Forrest Gate Road in Campo.  The trail ride includes a tour of Gloriosa Vineyard, heavy hors d’heuvres and wine tasting.

EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR BLOSSOMS APRIL 26

 

March 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Friends of East County Arts, Inc. presents its 19th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Six spectacular gardens will offer an amazing variety of settings and each garden is lovingly planned and cared for by its owner. Included in this year’s tour are:

LIVE MUSIC UNDER THE OAKS IN CREST: ACOUSTIC CRESTRIDGE MARCH 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2014 (Crest) – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m . Saturday, March 29 you can savor live music under the oaks at the Acoustic Crestridge concert.  The event is held at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve, 1171 Horsemill Road in the La Cresta area of Crest in unincorporated El Cajon.  The event benefits the Earth Discovery Institute, which supports youth science learning and environmental stewardship.

Enjoy music by San Diego’s Jeffrey Joe, Sierra West, Chris Avetta, Chad Taggart and the Harpers, as well a children’s drum circle, neighbors’ song circle and surprises.  Tickets cost $10 (kids under 12 are free) and can be purchased at http://www.earthdiscovery.org.

HOST OF EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE’S BOOKSHELF RADIO SHOW DISCUSSES, DRAMATIZES AND SIGNS NOVEL, SILENT BIRD, AT CASA DE ORO LIBRARY MARCH 29

Event is free and open to the public

March 24, 2014 (Casa de Oro)--Reina Lisa Menasche, radio host for East County Magazine’s “Bookshelf” radio program on KNSJ, 89.1 FM, will discuss, dramatize, and sign her new novel, Silent Bird, at the Casa de Oro Library on Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m.

Reina Menasche calls her first love “writing fiction,” though she fulfills many other artistic and professional roles.  In addition to hosting “Bookshelf” (highlighting “local literary luminaries—and some great books to read!”), she is also a social worker, university instructor, and actress.  Her first novel, Twice Begun, was a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards, and her new novel, Silent Bird, won the Outstanding Fiction Award from the Southern California Writers Conference in 2009.

MARDI GRAS PARTY MARCH 12: OVER $6,000 IN PRIZES

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2014 (Santee) – Are you ready for a rollicking evening of New Orleans-style festivities including the award-winning Bayou Brothers band, Cajun/Creole dinner feast, masks and beads for all guests, prizes drawings and silent auction with thousands of dollars in prizes?   Then you won’t want to miss our East County Mardi Gras party March 12 from 6-10 p.m. at Pinnacle Peak restaurant, 7927 Mission Gorge Road in Santee!   

Hear our radio interview with the Bayou Brothers (and some lively music) here: http://kiwi6.com/file/lk1mwrss4u

ANNIE TAKES STAGE FEB. 14-23 IN EL CAJON

 

February 1, 2014 (El Cajon)--The play Annie goes on stage during the weekend of Friday, February 14 and for the following weekend ending February 23. Performed by the Christian Youth Theatre, with such songs as “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” this production of Annie is appropriate for the whole family.

JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS LAUNCHES CENTENNIAL PAGE, PLANS YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Celebrating its 100th year, Jacumba Hot Springs in San Diego's East County has launched a Centennial website at  http://www.jacumbahotspringscentennial.org/.

The site lists upcoming festivals in this historic high desert community, plus a historical timeline, attractions and tips for visitors.  Festivals include a Blues Fest on May 3, a Healing Waters and Arts Festival on May 24, a Fall Centennial Festival on October 4, and a Feliz Navidad Christmas festival on December 6. Scroll down for more details, and visit the Centennial webpage for additional information. The site will be updated throughout the year with even more details, including a separate page for each of these unique festivals.

BLUE OYSTER CULT, RICKY SKAGGS TO HEADLINE AT SYCUAN CASINO

 

January 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – Legends of rock and roll and country music will be taking the stage at Sycuan Casino's Live and Up Close theater this weekend.

On February 1, country western singer Ricky Skaggs will perform at Sycuan. Skaggs was named Country Music Hall of Fame’s 2013 Artist in Residence. In his long career, he’s won numerous Country Music Association Awards,a Grammy,and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album of the Year. His band, Kentucky Thunder, has been named Instrumental Group of the Year by the IBMA seven times.

COUNTY OFFERS TIPS ON 10 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF WATCHING SUPERBOWL THIS SUNDAY

 

January 31, 2014 (San Diego)--If you're not a sports fan--or just can't bear to watch the SuperBowl after the Chargers were excluded, cheer up! While the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks duke it out on the (freezing cold) field in New Jersey this Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII, San Diego County residents can soak up the sunny weather and take advantage of County activities that totally trump TV touchdowns.

Whether you love hiking, biking or just exploring San Diego, there’s plenty to do across the County this weekend instead of watching the Super Bowl. The County offers ten alternatives; all events take place on Sunday. Most of them are free--and most are in East County.

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN SPRING VALLEY FEB. 9

 

 

 

January 29, 2014 (Spring Valley) – February is Black History Month. To celebrate, the Spring Valley Library will hold a free community event on Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Entertainment will be provided by the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and the WorldBeat Center’s drummers and dancers.  The public can also meet and greet legendary National Hockey League player Willie O’Ree.  In addition, crafts, refreshments and health screenings for all ages wil be provided.

GEORGE MANN CONCERT OF FOLK AND LABOR SONGS TO BENEFIT KNSJ RADIO AND ACTIVIST SAN DIEGO

 

January 17, 2013 (San Diego) – On January 25th at 7 p.m., George Mann will perform a concert at Church of the Bretrhen, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego.  The concert will feature songs from the historic 1941 tour know as the “Almanac Singers” – activists who toured the nation bringing folk music back to the people and spreading a message of unionization.  

Songs featured include music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and the Almanac Singers from these classic troubadours.

FREE CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED IN LAKESIDE

 

Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church announces a series a free concerts in March, April and May.  Performances include the Ugandan Children’s Choir, Mainly Mozart, the East County Youth Symphony, and the Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. 

Below are details on dates and times; doors open 30 minutes before the event.  All events will be held at the Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church, 9908 Channel Road in Lakeside.

BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO MENTORS SDSU CHORAL STUDENTS IN PERFORMANCES OF BACH MOTETS FEB 7-8

 

Program Includes Motets from the Florilegium Portense, Bach Motets, and Contemporary Works 

January 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Bach Collegium San Diego (BCSD), the city's premier early music performance ensemble, will collaborate with the San Diego State University Chamber Choir for performances on February 7 and 8, 2014.

While Bach maintained a backbreaking schedule producing weekly cantatas for his church, the motets sung at St. Thomas were likely taken from the Florilegium Portense, two volumes of early 17th-century compositions which Bach is known to have procured for his choirs, containing the music of Hassler, Lasso, Gabrieli, and others--some of the popular works of his day. These performances will explore motets contained in the Florilegium Portense, including Bach's own motets Komm, Jesu Komm and Lobet den Herrn. In addition, contemporary works by Copland, Lauridsen, Whitacre, and Montoya are on the program.

CURTAIN RISES JANUARY 23-26 AT BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL

 

January 15, 2014 (Borrego Springs) -– With the help of Borrego Springs volunteers, a retired California State Park Ranger will watch his dream come true January 23 – 26 when the curtain goes up on the first Annual Borrego Springs Film Festival.

Fred Jee, a former ranger at the Anza Borrego State Park, started collecting historical data of movies shot in and around the little desert community early in his 34-year-career. “As it turned out, Borrego Springs’ involvement in the silver screen dates back nearly to the infancy of the film industry”, Jee explained. “It seemed only natural that someday the community should have its own festival to commemorate this association.”

ARRIBA! BALLET FOLKLORICO PERFORMANCES IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Ariele Johannsen

January 9, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan will be presenting free Sunday Zapateados on several dates from January to August this year at the Muevete Dance Studio in Lemon Grove. These presentations also provide information about the sampler or cuadro of dances performed, usually from one of the 32 regions of Mexico in each performance. The performances last about a half hour.

The first Zapateado performance in 2014 will be this Sunday at 2 p.m. on Jan.12 is from the region of Tamaulitas.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES RAW FOOD DEMO IN CREST WITH CELEBRITY CHEF/AUTHOR MIMI KIRK

 

 

 

January 9, 2014 (Crest) --Local author & Chef Mimi Kirk, will show you how to make several easy, delicious and healthy raw food recipes at a special event at the Crest Library, 104 Juanita Lane in El Cajon, on Tuesday January 14 from 6-7 p.m..

Kirk has been voted sexiest vegetarian over 50 in a national contest. She's now 75 and attributes a raw foods diet to her high energy level and health.  Samples will be offered and books will be available for purchase and signing.

JOHN ADAMS FILM SERIES DEBUTS JANUARY 8 AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY, CONTINUES WEDNESDAYS THROUGH FEB. 19

 

The Lemon Grove Historical Society, New Pacific Productions and the Lemon Grove Library will present a free, seven-part history film series, "John Adams," on Wednesdays between Jan. 8  and  Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Putnam Community Room of the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.



The award-winning series stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams and traces their life and times through the American Revolution and Adams' tenure as the nation's second president to their deaths. Produced by Tom Hanks, directed by Tom Hooper and based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Adams, the series is noted for its historical authenticity, stirring characterizations and epic scale.

ART TALK JANUARY 11 FEATURES “AN AMERICAN FAMILY” WITH ARTIST KATHLEEN STRZELECKI

 

January 6, 2013 (Lemon Grove)--The Lemon Grove Historical Society, in cooperation with the San Diego County Library System, will present a new "Art Talk" showcasing the art of Kathleen Strzelecki on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Rosemary Putnam Community Room of the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane. 

SILENT FILMS TAKE THE SILVER SCREEN IN LA MESA ON JANUARY 11

 

January 2, 2014 (La Mesa) –The Flying A Studio once produced silent movies from its studio in La Mesa, filming on location across East County.

On January 11, the La Mesa Historical Society in partnership with the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego presents an original, locally-produced 1911 Allan Dwan directed Flying A one-reeler silent movie, "The Ranchman's Nerve" along with Douglas Fairbanks in his swashbuckling silent farewell from 1929 "The Iron Mask." Showtime begins at 7 p.m.

BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3: FROM THE WRITER'S FINGERS TO THE READERS' HANDS

January 5, 2014 (San Diego) -- Sprinkled with stories and tips (such as how to connect with literary agents), this February 22 program is designed to inspire and empower writers of all levels and genres. Start with a glimpse at today’s dynamic book business including traditional, electronic, and self-publishing. Then  share ideas to help refine the writing craft, followed by suggestions for getting published and tips for promoting books.

Also on the afternoon’s menu are imagination workouts, writing prompts, self-assessments, and Q&A throughout. The workshop will be presented by  Laurie Gibson, the La Mesa resident who’s edited the work of more than 150 first-time authors. She’s also edited or proofread well over 250 books for numerous publishers, including recent editions of novels such as “The Color Purple” and the writing of business guru Brian Tracy. For several years, Laurie taught at the Extension programs of both UCSD and UCLA.

ORION RISING, ANDROMEDA GALAZY ON HIGH: STAR PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS JANUARY 11

 

January 2, 2014 (San Diego) – You’re invited to a star party with Mission Trails Regional Park guide and resident astronomer George Varga on Saturday, January 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Moon is past First Quarter and waxing. Jupiter will be rising in the Eastern sky. Up for viewing are The Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) high overhead as well as the great Orion Nebula rising in the East.

TRANSFORMATIVE ENERGY: A WAKE-UP CALL TO TEACHERS & EDUCATORS

 

Free workshops offered Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 2014

 

December 10, 2013 (San Diego) – Dr. Dee L. Fabry, Ph.D., author of On Teaching Well: Using Classroom Instructional Strategies to Increase Your Teaching Effectiveness will offer three workshops to provide teachers and educators with practical, comprehensive knowledge on how to transform the classroom into a thriving, engaged and energetic learning environment.  Workshops are offered on December 14, 2013, January 11 or February 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants can receive a certificate and two hours of professional development credit at the free seminar, which will be held at National University Spectrum Academic Center’s theater, 9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123. To register, click here.  For full details and flyer, click here.

WINTER CONCERTS TAKE STAGE IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

December 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A wide variety of musical concerts are coming up in the Grossmont Union High School District during December, from madrigals to a jazz band, guitar and orchestral performances, and even a dance concert.  For a complete list of shows, scroll down.

HOLIDAY SEASON KICKS OFF WITH TREE LIGHTING AND FREE ICE SKATING PERFORMANCE AT VIEJAS OUTLETS DEC. 7

 

December 6, 2013 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlets officially kicks off the holiday season this weekend with the lighting of one of Southern California’s largest trees and a free ice skating performance by regional, national and international ice skating competitors.

A massive 60-foot holiday tree will be illuminated at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at the Viejas Outlets ice rink followed by free ice skating performances by some of the world’s best ice skaters. The ice rink will be open to the public immediately before and after the event, with special pricing for kids, seniors and military.

ALPINE PARADE OF LIGHTS AND SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 6

 

Alpine celebrates the season with the 17th Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Festival on December 6 at 6:30.

This family-friendly event, sponsored by the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, also features a visit from Santa and his helpers, Christmas caroling and a snow mountain for sledding at the Alpine Community Center on Alpine Boulevard.

WINTER WONDER JAM: FREE CONCERT FRIDAY AT CUYAMACA COLLLEGE

 

December 4, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--Cuyamaca College’s Annual “Winter Wonder Jam” takes stage this Friday, December 6  at 7 p.m. This event is to promote students' efforts in showcasing new local talent; the public is invited to come out and enjoy the music. These home-grown singer-songwriters will present a variety of acoustic, rock, jazz and hip hop genres

This concert takes place at the Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.  The festival features four local artists performing their all-original music compositions. This event is FREE with a donation to the San Diego Food Bank and there is  plenty of free parking.

CAROLING PARTY ON MT. HELIX DECEMBER 15

 

November 23, 2013 (Mt. Helix)--Sounds of the season will emanate from the Mt. Helix Park Amphitheatre on Sunday, December 15 from 6:30  to 8 p.m. during the annual Sing-along Christmas Caroling Party, a free family event.

Gina Seashore, known locally as That Music Lady, will be leading the caroling supported by a group of musicians.  Free, hot coffee and cocoa will be available and SPRITES (a local mother-daughter philanthropic group) will provide free, baked goods.  Santa will be visiting from the North Pole to hear the wishes of the younger carolers. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for distribution through the Journey Church food pantry. 

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