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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 22-APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a lilac festival in Santa Ysabel, a water-wise garden tour, Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes, a Bunny Train ride in Campo, and a Plein Air art show in Borrego Springs.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Harp Fest, Laurel and Hardy comedy night, a remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. in Lemon Grove on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death, the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest, meet the winemaker weekend, Sweet Pea Days, Cajon Classic Cruises, Heritage of the America’s 25th anniversary celebration, an arts and crafts fair, and the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra’s spring concert.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: LARA CROFT RETURNS IN ACTION-PACKED BIG SCREEN FUN (TOMB RAIDER)

 

By Liz Alper

Photos via jeddjong.wordpress.com

March 13, 2018 (San Diego) - When I was a kid, my best friend had a PlayStation.  On that PlayStation, he had the original Tomb Raider game.  Gaming was simpler back then; feminists didn’t have to complain about the “sexualization of women” (there is none) in games because, you know, this was the 90s; women and men in video games were just...blocks (Goldeneye, anyone?).  So, I went to see Tomb Raider under the premise of nostalgia.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 15-APRIL 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes St. Patrick’s Day teas in Julian, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, the Alaska String Band in concert, The Music Man, and Plein Air artist’s works in Borrego Springs.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a water-wise home garden tour, a bunny train, Spring Eggstravaganza, Spring Harp Fest, a comedy film night, the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest, Meet the Winemaker Weekend, Sweet Pea Day, Cajon Classic Cruises, Heritage of the America Museum’s anniversary party, an antique and crafts fair and the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra’s spring concert.

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MEDIA WATCH: FACT CHECKERS FROM SNOPES SPEAK IN SAN DIEGO ON FAKE NEWS AND MORE

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson and Miriam Raftery

 

March 12, 2018 (San Diego) -- Millions of readers who rely on Snopes.com to fact-check news articles, urban legends, conspiracy theories and more in today’s era of “fake news” may not be aware of the organization’s San Diego roots.  At a San Diego Press Club workshop titled “Nuts and Bolts”, Snopes’ managing editor Brooke Binkowski and vice president of operations Vinny Green shared insights into the fact-checking end of the news business.

GOOD MONEY: THE HEART OF THE MATTER -- GUN STOCKS AND DIVESTMENT

 

 

“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®, President, Blue Summit Wealth Management

 

March 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Socially Responsible Investing tenet of "knowing-what-you-own" is adding another layer of reflection to those affected by the recent gun violence in Parkland, Florida.  Educators in Florida may be surprised to learn they’ve been helping fund the firearms industry—including the company that made the gun used during the February 14th shooting.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GRIPPING AND CHILLING VIGILANTE ADVENTURE (DEATH WISH)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via Vimeo

March 2, 2018 (San Diego) - I’ve never paid attention to Bruce Willis.  Not since it became a meme to list Die Hard as a Christmas movie (over The Thin Man?  Really?  Die Hard has Christmas in one scene, whereas The Thin Man has Christmas throughout the movie.  Besides, who doesn’t love William Powell’s effortless trolling and drinking?), I’ve semi-boycotted Bruce Willis.  It’s been a while since I willingly watched one of his films. Heck, it’s been a while since I willingly cared about him.  And so it was with slight unease that I walked into the theater for his latest film, Death Wish.  Boy, was I wrong to be nervous.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 2-APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes gallery art shows in La Mesa and Ramona, the Boots Ball in Borrego Springs, live music with the Sporadicals in La Mesa, a Gregory Page concert at Mission Trails, a plein air paint-out in Borrego Springs and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon race in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Tomatomania at The Garden, the Circle of Art show in Borrego Springs, the Alaska String Band in concert, a Bunny Train in Campo, Spring Extravaganza at Santee Lakes, the Harp Fest in La Mesa, a comedy film night in Spring Valley, Sweet Pea Days in Flinn Springs, Cajon Class Cruise season’s opener, an anniversary party at Heritage of the Americas museum, an antiques fair at Summers Past Farms and the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra’s spring concert.

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MEDIA WATCH: SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB DISCUSSES FAKE NEWS AT PROGRAM ON SNOPES.COM

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego Press Club will present a program on Snopes.com, a fact-checking and reference website, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at its downtown San Diego offices at the Spreckels Building, 121 Broadway, Suite 640. Cost to attend is free for members and $10 per person for non members. The event is open to the public.

LIVEN UP WINTER WITH THESE TEMPTING NEW CONCOCTIONS AT BLACK ANGUS

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

February 24, 2018 (El Cajon) – What better way to brighten up those mid-winter doldrums than with some cheery new cocktails, a sweet and spicy appetizer, Alaska King Crab combo dinner and decadent new dessert now available at Black Angus restaurants?

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 22-APRIL 22

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Seussical, the Musical in Spring Valley’s Encore Theatre, Hawk Watch in Ramona, the Boots Ball in Borrego Springs, Gregory Page at Mission Trails, and the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including a First Fridays art show at 2Create Gallery in Ramona, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Circle of Art in Borrego Springs, Tomatomania at the Garden, the Alaskan String Band at Kroc Center, the Bunny Train at the Campo Depot, Spring Extravaganza at Santee Lakes, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa and a night of Laurel and Hardy comedy films in Spring Valley, all in March.

April’s events include Julian Gold Rush Days, Julian Family Fiddle Camp, Sweet Pea Days and an antique show at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, Heritage of the Americas Museum’s 25th anniversary party, the season opening of Cajon Classic Cruises in El Cajon, and Musical Journeys, a spring concert presented by the San Diego Festival and Chorus.

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CHIEF’S CORNER: RODENTS AND COLD WEATHER--AWW, RATS!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 19, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- A cold front is passing though this week and people aren't the only ones who value a dry, cozy home in cold weather. Rodents do, too. As it gets colder, everything that was out tends to want to find some sort of harbor inside.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 17-APRIL 24

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 14, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes President’s Day weekend activities at Lake Jennings, a jazz concert at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa, the Martin Luther King Community Choir in Lemon Grove, a star party and a Celtic harp concert at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, tips from La Mesa Beautiful, and hawk watching in Ramona.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Boots Ball in Borrego Springs, a St Patrick’s Day run through El Cajon, Gregory Page in concert at Mission Trails, Tomatomania at the Garden, a harmonica festival in La Mesa, Santee Lakes’ Springtime Extravaganza, Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, the season opener of Cajon Classic Cruise nights, an antique and crafts fair, and Heritage of the Americas Museum’s anniversary party.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 10 - MARCH 10

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Cupids and Canines at Grossmont Center, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, hawk watch in Ramona, chamber music in La Mesa, a valentine’s tea and valentines dinners in Julian.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a valentine tour at the Water Conservation Garden, a jazz concert at a La Mesa winery, gospel music in Lemon Grove, a star party, a Celtic harp concert and international performer Gregory Page at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, live bands at the Riviera Supper Club, the Boots Ball benefit for the Anza Borrego Foundation in Borrego Springs, and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon in El Cajon.

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MEDIA WATCH: BIOTECH BILIONAIRE BUYS UNION-TRIBUNE AND LOS ANGELES TIMES

 



Update February 7:  TRONC announced today that the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times have been sold to Nant Technologies LLC, a private investment company owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, for $500 million cash plus $90 million in pension liabilities.

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: UCLA

February 6, 2018 (San Diego) – Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a biotech billionaire, is in negotiations to buy the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times from TRONC, formerly known as Tribune Media, the Los Angeles Times reports. The would-be media mogul currently owns a 28 percent stake in the company.  

CHIEF’S CORNER: SUPER BOWL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s the Super Bowl and you’re the quarterback!

February 1, 2018 (San Diego) --  Whether you’re calling the shots at your home field or at a party somewhere else make sure to be a good sport and keep your “Safety” front and center at all times.

Your “Running Back” is in the kitchen. Help avoid a “False Start” with unhealthy foods. Everyone wants to keep their “Tight End” looking tight, so add healthy snacks to your menu instead of high-fat foods. You may want to consider that “Quarterback Sneak” and replace those buffalo wings and nachos with veggies and hummus or whole wheat pita chips. Let’s avoid that “Wide Receiver” if possible.

CHIEF’S CORNER: FIGHT THE FLU—LIKE FIREFIGHTERS DO

 

High protein diet can help keep you healthy

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 1, 2018 (San Diego) -- The flu season is unusually severe this year, and California is one of the hardest-hit states, with more deaths reported weekly, some experts believe new infections may be peaking, flu activity will likely remain into April. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a pow-wow at Cuyamaca College, Hawk Watch in Ramona, the Oak Ridge Boys at Sycuan, Inside the Actors’ Process at the Stagehouse Theatre, and a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Cupid and Canines at Grossmont Center, a chamber music concert at the La Mesa Library, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Valentine’s Dinner in Julian, gardening tips and tours, live music at local night spots, the Martin Luther King Choir’s ensemble in Lemon Grove, a star party and a Celtic harp concert at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon run through El Cajon.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

GOOD MONEY: WHAT THE TAX BILL MEANS TO YOU - THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OF 2017

 

“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®, President, Blue Summit Wealth Management

January 26, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Despite the promise of tax “reform” or “simplification,” the bill actually adds hundreds of pages to our tax laws.  And the initial idea of reducing the number of tax brackets was apparently tossed aside in the final version; the new bill maintains seven different tax rates: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%.  Most people will see their bracket go down by one to four percentage points, with the higher reductions going to people with higher income.  And the tax brackets, going forward, will be indexed to inflation, meaning that the “real” income brackets will remain approximately the same from year to year.

IF YOU'RE NOT ALARMED, YOU SHOULD BE; WHO'S LEFT TO HOLD CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE

 

By David Lesher, editor and CEO at Cal Matters, an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government

January 25, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Dear Californians,

If you care about this state, it’s time to sound the alarm about the crisis in media and what it means for the health of democracy in the world’s sixth largest economy.

Media is declining nationally, but unique pressures have made California into America’s laboratory for a dangerous experiment about what happens to the public interest when policy is made without the public’s awareness or accountability.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JANUARY 24 - MARCH 4, 2018

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Pepe Aguilar in concert at San Diego State, the Mousetrap at Lamplighter’s Theatre in La Mesa, Hawk Watch in the Ramona grasslands, Laurel and Hardy movies in Spring Valley, and a Local Authors Expo in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a pow-wow at Cuyamaca College, Cupid and Canines at Grossmont Center, animal shows at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a star party, garden tours, romantic Valentine’s dinners in Julian, theatrical productions, and live music concerts including Mean Mary, the Oak Ridge Boys, jazz, classical and gospel music.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

HEARTY RUSSIAN AND UKRANIAN FEASTING AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

An East County Eaters review from East County Magazine

Join the East County Dining Club in a feast Jan. 25 at Village House Kalina

Read details & RSVP by Jan. 25.

January 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – Each time I’ve dined at Village House Kalina in La Mesa, the Russian, Ukranian and other Eastern European dishes have been delicious. These hearty and flavorful foods have nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Tolstoy and other great Russian novelists, energetic Cossack dancers, tsars and peasants alike.

Cozy and filled with authentic décor from Russian samovar teapots to a balalaika on the wall, Village House Kalina is the perfect place for a hearty winter feast or filling fare year-round.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the award-winning Danny Green Trio at Mission Trails Golf, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre, in La Mesa, Hawk Watch in Ramona, Santee’s 50-kilometer race and Active Lifestyle Expo, author Diana Lindsay at local libraries, guitarist Jim Earp at San Pasqual Winery, and coffee with La Mesa Conversations.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a Laurel and Hardy film night in Spring Valley, a local author expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys live at Sycuan, a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails, San Diego Chamber Music Society musicians at the La Mesa Library, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, Stage 4 Jazz at San Pasqual Winery’s La Mesa tasting room, live music at the Riviera Supper Club, a Star Party at Mission Trails, and the Martin Luther King Jr. choir’s ensemble performing in Lemon Grove.

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LIGHT BULB COFFEE: A SHINING ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

By Jillian Hymer

An "East County Eaters" review from East County Magazine

January 16, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Light Bulb Coffee is a bright new spot in La Mesa’s downtown village. Opened three months ago at 8138 La Mesa Blvd., the business is filling the shoes that Starbucks outgrew when it moved into an expanded location a couple of blocks.

Their menu holds classic coffees, lattes, and teas alongside a variety of healthy smoothies and specialty drinks, as well as a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food items.  There are several house specialties, such as Turkish Hazelnut, which was subtly sweet when I savored an iced version.  Our editor sampled a hot California Pistachio, which had a nutty and minty flavor.

CHIEF'S CORNER: I'VE SEEN FIRE AND NOW WE'LL SEE RAIN!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - "I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty stressful driving even when it’s not raining," says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Throw a mix of forecasted rain in this week and it makes it worse.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 13-FEB. 22

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the trout season reopener at Santee Lakes, pianist John Nilson in Descanso, the Lore of the Kumeyaay at the Water Conservation Garden, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, the Mousetrap onstage in La Mesa, a Martin Luther King commemoration in Lemon Grove honoring local civil rights leaders, as well as hawk watching events in Ramona and Santa Ysabel.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a local authors’ expo at the El Cajon Library as well as authors at libraries in Julian and Rancho San Diego, live music by local bands and soloists at Riviera Supper Club and San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa, a 50 kilometer race and Active Lifestyle Expo in Santee, the Oak Ridge Boys at Sycuan, a chamber music society concert and a jazz performance in La Mesa, a concert by the Martin Luther King Choir ensemble in Lemon Grove, a star party at Mission Trails, and Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley. 

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CHIEF’S CORNER: REMOVE AND RECYCLE THAT CHIRSTMAS TREE

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- As the holidays come to a close, fire safety is just as important as at any other time of year. And the risks with dry Christmas trees are greater than ever.

Christmas trees dried out early due to low humidity and winds prior to Christmas. That’s why it’s important to safely remove that dried out Christmas Tree - now!.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 6 - MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes hawk watch in Ramona, falconry demonstrations in Wynola, a star party and ancient Tibetan music at Mission Trails, Sinatra and friends in Borrego Springs and Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a pianist John Nilsen in Descanso, llore of the Kumeyaay at the Water Conservation Garden, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa,  Martin Luther King Day events in Lemon Grove, live music at the San Pasqual Winery and Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa, a local authors expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys in concert at Sycuan, San Diego Chamber Music Society performers at the La Mesa Library, a star party at Mission Trails, and Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 31-JAN. 20

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes New Year’s celebrations in Alpine and Jamul, New Year's Day at an Alpaca Farm, plus an art show at the Wieghorst Gallery in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Hawk Watch in the Ramona Grasslands, falconry demonstrations at Wynola Pizza, a Star Party at Mission Trails, Sinatra and Friends in Borrego Springs, Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, an ancient Tibetan music concert at Mission Trails, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa, pianist John Nilsen in concert in Descanso, and a fingerstyle guitar concert at San Pasqual Winery’s La Mesa tasting room.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

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