Holidays in East County 2010
November 20, 2011 (Julian) -- The Smith Ranch in Julian invites you to take a ride aboard the 2011 Christmas Train Express. Celebrate the holidays at this special event that consists of a one mile train ride, a visit to the authentic Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and country Christmas surprises.
December 28, 2010 (San Diegoi)--The City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department is hosting the 37th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program through January 23, 2011. This year’s program offers 16 drop-off locations for City residents, as well as curbside pickup for customers with curbside yard waste collection.
By: Jeremy Los
December 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --As the clock ticks closer to midnight, December 31st, some East County hot spots are rushing to create a festive atmosphere for those looking for a place to ring in the New Year.
If you're still unsure where you will be come midnight Friday night, we offer up a few convenient local options. East County party-goers may choose from parties at local casinos, a brewery, wine bar, restaurants, and an alcohol-free civic celebration.
More rain likely to bring more flooding, debris slides, National Weather Service cautions
December 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A light dusting of snow is forecast for San Diego County mountain peaks over 5500 feet on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service predicts. That includes Mt. Laguna and other high peaks in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. If traveling in mountain areas, be prepared for winter storm conditions and carry tire chains in higher elevations.
Note: We have corrected the link to www.noradsanta.org. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2010 (North Pole) -- NORAD , the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has confirmed that Santa and his fully-loaded, reindeer-powered sleigh took off from the North Pole and soared into the arctic sky at 6:00 a.m. EST (3:00 a.m. PST). NORAD radar is tracking Rudolph’s bright red nose, and satellite imagery is providing minute-by-minute coverage of Santa’s location.
Want to track Santa’s journey around the world? This year, NORAD’s Santa Tracker website lets you follow Santa’s journey utilizing the latest high-tech tools: the iGoogle gadget, social networking sites, and a Google map application for your mobile phone.
December 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- This holiday season American Medical Response (AMR) Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) are extending helping hands by delivering meals and gifts to people in need. Recipients were identified by AMR caregivers in partnership with the YMCA, National City Spirit of the Holidays and the Forget Me Not Foundation.
December 20, 2010 (Alpine) - Santa dropped into Alpine with a Blackhawk helicopter on Saturday, as these provided by Craig Linden at Kamps Propane reveal. Gearing up for his round-the-world Christmas Eve flight, Santa paused for photos with local kids and their pets in an event that was truly the cat's meow!
December 18, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- To quote a favorite carol, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" all across East County! Here are highlights from just some of the holiday festivities that have recently taken place in our communities.
At the Olde Time Christmas Village, sponsored by the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, youngsters frolicked in snow--some for the first time.
December 18, 2010 (El Cajon) – Christmas on Prescott, a unique Chaldean Christmas Celebration, will be held Saturday, December 18 from 1-5 p.m. on Prescott Promeande in downtown El Cajon. The event will feature Christian Arabic carols and music, English carols and music, skits, Santa Claus, face painting, balloons, and more. In addition, downtown stores and restaurants are open while you enjoy the free Holly Jolly Trolley around downtown, strolling Christmas carolers, and merchant specials.
By Jeremy Los
December 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The holiday season is upon us—bringing carols, crowded shopping malls and of course, Christmas lights! Several East County neighborhoods have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the holiday season with extravagant light displays for everyone to enjoy. Scroll down for descriptions, and view our map of holiday light displays in East County.
ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK HOSTS "HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS" DEC. 16 IN SPRING VALLEY TO ASSIST FAMILIES AND EXPECTANT MOMS
December 15, 2010 (Spring Valley)– To help make the holiday season brighter for low-income families in his district, Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) will sponsor the “Holiday Helping Hands” Event on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 12-1:30 p.m. (while supplies last), at the Family Health Centers of San Diego at 8788 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley.
In partnership with the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Block will distribute toys to children and families at the health center. He will also donate baby clothes and supplies to the health center’s Holiday Baby Boutique Program to assist expectant mothers and newborn babies.
December 15, 2010 (Alpine) – Giving the reindeer a rest, Santa is bringing a helicopter to the Albertson’s store, 2955 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.
Free Santa photos with your children and pets will be provided. Free popcorn, candy, hot chocolate and hot cider will all be part of the festivities this Saturday, December 18 from 1-6 p.m.
December 14, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Parents, are you looking for a fun place to take the kids while you get some holiday shopping done? Hillside Center in El Cajon is hosting a “Winter Wonderland Party Palooza” from 4-6 p.m. and children ages 5-12 are invited. The event includes a variety of holiday games, arts & crafts, cookie baking, and much more. Sign-ups have already started and the deadline to enroll is Wednesday, December 15th.
Thoughts on giving, plus egg nog recipes for your holiday season
By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
December 15, 2010 (Boulevard)--The presents are wrapped and the little dears are tucked up tight. All the games and toys and electronics advertised on TV – wrapped up under the tree. Oh, wait, that was last year, or the one before. This Christmas everyone seems to be downsizing IF they are lucky enough to even have a home, and a job, and something extra. So the question is HOW do you make this a wonderful Christmas if the day itself is not really about the quantity of gifts?
Feasting, frolicking, and merrymaking--ho, ho!
Plus thousands of dollars in prizes!
Join East County Magazine at our holiday party Sunday, December 19 from 5-9 p.m. at Cafe' 67 (Highway 67 at Mapleview in Lakeside). Enjoy feasting, frolicking, mingling and merrymaking!
December 10, 2010 (La Mesa)-- La Mesa Police Department seeks donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals for the 20th Annual Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, which benefits children at Rady Children’s Hospital. The public is encouraged to donate new and unused teddy bears (with tags still affixed) or other stuffed animals, which can be dropped off in the La Mesa Police Department lobby in the designated barrels.
Rancho San Diego festivities also include snowman contest, bonfire, and more
December 11, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)--The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Olde Time Christmas Village December 11th from 3-9 pm in the Rancho San Diego Professional Center, 3855 Avocado Bl., La Mesa.
This free public event celebrates children and community. Activities include a snowman building contest, a bonfire, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday treats, sweets and more.
December 10, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s downtown village transforms into a Victorian-style wonderland December 10th and 11th from 5-10 p.m. The annual Christmas in the Village celebration features horse-drawn carriages, bonfires on La Mesa Boulevard, strolling minstrels, carolers, street entertainers, puppets, carnival rides and Santa Claus.
TOY DRIVE PARTY TONIGHT AT VIEJAS;
FIRE STATIONS ALSO ACCEPTING TOYS
“To date, we’ve hardly received any toys.” – Monica Zech
December 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Donations for the East County Toy & Food Drive are lagging far behind prior years, says Monica Zech, public information officer for the City of El Cajon. “To date, we’ve hardly received any toys,” she said. “I know times are tough, but we usually have individuals and civic groups donating toys by now…I hope you can help.”
New unwrapped toys may be dropped off at all fire stations throughout East County. In addition, the public is invited to a Holiday Toy Drive Party tonight at the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge, 5000 Willow Road at Viejas Casinio in Alpine from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $20, or $10 with a new, unwrapped toy. The event includes a silent auction to benefit the East County Holiday Toy & Food Drive.
December 8, 2010 (Kensington ) - Middle and high school students from San Diego’s Kensington Community Church (United Church of Christ) will present a traditional Mexican “Las Posadas” (“the inns” in Spanish) procession on Saturday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m.
The public is invited to follow by candlelight as Joseph, Mary and a donkey try to find lodging. A stable will feature live animals and the Nativity scene come to life.
December 7, 2010 (San Diego) – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) aims to load up ten buses with 8,000 pounds of food for hungry families this Saturday, December 11, at ten Vons stores across San Diego County.
“So many hard-working San Diegans, many of whom are members of our military, are struggling...Let’s all pitch in and share in the true holiday spirit,” said Councilwoman Marti Emerald at a kick-off for Metropolitan Transit System’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign today. “The need this year is unprecedented. Within the City of San Diego alone, requests for meals have increased by 72% over the past two years, with equally stunning numbers from other cities in San Diego County."
December 7, 2010 (Alpine) -- On December 16, 17 & 21, the East County Toy and Food Drive will provide toys and a Christmas meal to over 1,500 East County families who have signed up with us requesting assistance. “To do this we need your help. We desperately need toys and financial donations to make this possible,” says Capt. Darren Norton with the East County Salvation Army.
Viejas will host Stoney and Rob's Holiday Party and Auction in the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge this Wednesday evening, December 8th from 6-9 p.m. to raise money for the toy and food drive.
December 3, 2010 (San Diego) – International Jewish rock star Josh Nelson will perform at a “Hanukkah Rocks” concert at the Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive in the College area of San Diego. The event will be held Sunday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m.
December 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)--The public is invited to enjoy holiday-merry making at The Water Conservation Garden’s third annual ‘Holiday in the Garden’ event. The five-acre water-saving garden will be illuminated with thousands of energy-saving lights, courtesy of SDG&E.
December 3, 2010 (Lakeside) –Santa Claus is coming to town, arriving in Lakeside for the 12th annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Avenue this Saturday, December 4th, Festivities will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., with a community tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to visit with Santa and enjoy holiday music, a petting zoo, hay rides, jump area for kids, games, a Blackhawk helicopter, Christmas shopping, food, and entertainment.
Alpine artist’s work celebrates Tchaikovsky’s homeland and her own Russian heritage
December 3, 2010 (Poway)—Enchanting Russian scenes created by Alpine Artist Catherine Hand, MA, MFA frame Southern California Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on December 4, at 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. Inspired by her mother’s legacy and her own travel in Russia, Hand designed backdrops rich in Russian art and architecture for SCB’s performance. Russian-themed sets are rare among Nutcracker productions.
December 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Santa Claus will soon be getting some exercise. Instead of riding in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, Santa will utilize pedal power as he leads over150 bicyclists in the San Diego Bicycle Club’s 23rd annual “Light up a Life” holiday toy drive on December 11th.
December 2, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove hosts its annual community holiday bonfire on December 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Civic Center Park, corner of Olive and Church Streets. Rain or shine, this free family-orientated event features live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, free refreshments, game booths, crafts, face painting, and more.
In addition, the Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold its traditional open house at the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive, and the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, both in Civic Center Park, on Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
December 2, 2010 (Alpine) – Alpine Boulevard transforms into a winter wonderland on December 3, when the town hosts its annual Alpine Village Christmas celebration.
Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m., riding in the 15th annual Parade of Lights. Afterwards, Santa and his helpers will light a holiday tree at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., and join in a holiday sing-along. Kids and the young in heart are also invited to stay and play in a free mountain of snow, complete with sledding.
December 1, 2010 (San Diego)--As the holidays approach, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reminds the public to use caution when making online purchases. Cyber criminals continue to create ways to steal your money and personal information. If a deal looks too good to be true, it likely is.
Special Agent Darrell Foxworth with the San Diego FBI offers these tips to protect yourself from scamsters online: