SPRING BREAK! WHERE TO HAVE FUN IF YOU’RE STAYING IN TOWN

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March 26, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) — With the economy in the tank, many college students are staying in San Diego over spring break. So after you get sunburned at the beach, what’s there to do for the rest of the week? Check out our guide to the coolest spots to have fun in San Diego’s eastern region.

IT’S 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE PARTY: On April 3rd, a warehouse at 131 Main St. in El Cajon transforms into a tropical resort complete with tiki bar, food, and live music by Shipwrecked, a Jimmy Buffet-style band. El Cajon Community Development Corporation is organizing the event, with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego East Visitors Bureau. Food and Beverage Supporters: El Cajon Grand, Main Tap Tavern, Viejas, Rita’s Catering, New York Bakery, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Quiznos, Angus Smokehouse Barbecue, and Panda Express.Cost: $20 per person. Festivities run from 4:47 to 8 p.m. and the site is accessible via trolley with a few blocks walk. Aloha!

PARK IT! Go hiking, biking, or picnicking at the many parks in San Diego’s eastern region. Our favorite for a spring fling is Green Valley Falls in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Waters are rushing and deep, verdant pools await you after a short hike. This favorite place of local teens and tourists situated in the mountains just an hour east of San Diego is an idyllic place to hike, swim and while away an afternoon. Or go wild at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in San Pasqual, where you can take a monorail tour or hike to see wildlife at this sister park to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Mission Trails Regional Park has a visitor center, hiking trails and rock climbing for outdoor enthusiasts. Also check out Lakes in San Diego County and non-county owned lakes at: Other Lakes in San Diego County.

Tuesdays are OPEN MIKE NIGHTS AT THE COSMOS COFFEE CAFÉ, 8278 La Mesa Blvd., in La Mesa (www.cosmoscoffeecafe.com). A trolley stops just a block away. If you’ve had a yen to perform, grab your guitar or poetry recital and head on down to La Mesa’s downtown village. Also check out Gio’s Wine Bar & Bistro just a block away, which has live music most evenings, or visit Centifoni’s across the street and up one block for the best home-made fudge in town.

Have a laugh at the COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA featuring comedians from hit TV shows. The show will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Sews and Shows Theatre, 7860 Golden Avenue in Lemon Grove. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Stars include Jeff Hodge (DueceBigalow - Male Gigolo, Crocodile Dundee in LA" ), Albert Linton ("Comedy Central, America's Funniest Comic"), April Ventura ("Star Search, The View"), Dan Jackson ("Last Comic Standing" ), Ray Anderson ("Jimmy Kimmel Live"), and Clint McLaughlin ("California's Funniest Person Winner 2007"). Info and RSVP: 323-359-5569 or e-mail yeahmonentertaiment@gmail.com. Tickets are available online @ www.jeffhodge.com click on "Advance Tickets", then click on "The Jeff Hodge Comedy Experience". Tickets also available @ Miss Donuts 7863 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945. For directions, call 619-460-7469. Trolley accessible.

Rock out at the BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY CONCERT: Cab Calloway tribute band performs at the Viejas Lounge at Viejas Casino in Alpine on Saturday March 28. Tickets $20-$25. Details: www.viejasentertainment.com Listen to the music: www.bbvd.com/index2.html

Yee-ha! It’s the RAMONA MUSIC FEST: Saturday, March 28: Fun, food and music in the sun at Dos Picos Park in Ramona, featuring four live bands, auction and a reverse raffle. Live concerts include country, rock and blues bands. www.ramonamusicfest.org

Be a good sport at JT’S CLUBHOUSE PUB AND GRILL: The ultimate college bar at 5821 Mission Gorge Road boasts 13 TVs , pool tables, an array of sports memorabilia—plus cheap eats. www.jtspubngrill.com

GET FREE GUIDES AND COUPONS: You’ll find lots more attractions, info and discounts at the San Diego East Visitors Bureau: www.visitsandiegoeast.com