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September 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County has some wild events—from the “We Like it Wild” benefit for Project Wildlife to a wildlife tracking event, a storytelling session, and an effort to break a world record with a spectacular fireworks display.  Plus we’ll have previews of future attractions, from a free kids care fest to a music festival in Julian , from theater and concert performances to a Somali Bantu African cultural celebration.

We’ll have all this and more, so stay tuned for another edition of East County Magazine’s Destination East County!

VIEJAS FIREWORKS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT SEPT. 12

Viejas will attempt to launch the world’s longest chain of fireworks—more than 10,000 – to celebrates its 23rd anniversary on Friday, September 12th at 8 p.m. You’re invited to the festivities near the Viejas Hotel pool to witness the sky come alive with fireworks during this Guinness Book of World Records setting attempt.  Learn more at www.Viejas.com.

WILDLIFE TRACKING SEPT. 13

On Saturday, September 13th starting at 9 a.m., experts in wildlife tracking with the San Diego Tracking Team, will guide a one-mile, two-hour tour identifying wildlife tracks in Lakeside's River Park Conservancy.  To register, visit  http://lakesideriverpark.org/

PROJECT WILDLIFE’S “WE LIKE IT WILD” SEPT. 14

Location: Pillsbury Ranch



Project Wildlife invites you to the “We like it wild” benefit event on September 14 from  5-8 p.m. This gala will be held at the Pillsbury Ranch in Lakeside, home of famed wildlife and conservation expert Joan Embery, the San Diego Zoo’s ambassador.  Joan Embery will serve as host and provide up-close and personal encounters with her exotic animals. We Like It Wild! raises critical funds for Project Wildlife’s work to rehabilitate wildlife in need and educate the public on conservation. Guests will also meet enjoy bidding on unique and adventurous auction items, plus learn about wildlife locally and around the world. For more information or tickets visit http://www.welikeitwild.org./

HARVEST OF STORIES STORTELLING CONCERT SEPT. 13

Mission Trails Regional Park invites you to take a seat in their Amphitheater on September 13th from 6-8 pm for the 3rd annual “Harvest of Stories.”  Storytellers of San Diego will delight and entertain the audience with nature tales at this family event, which this year also features a sing-a-long and some dancing!  There will be a nominal cost for this event ($7 adults, kids 12 and under $3). Opportunity drawings will also be held and refreshments will be served. For details you can visit www.MTRP.org.

BACKCOUNTRY LAND TRUST FRIENDRAISER SEPT. 13

The Back Country Land Trust will  hold its third annual Wine and Cheese Friend-Raiser on Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wright’s Field in Alpine. Podunk Poets will provide live music. The event also features a hosted bar, hor d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffle.

Tickets for the Back Country Land Trust event are available online in advance at www.bclt.org.

Now for a preview of coming attractions…

MOXIE THEATRE SEASON OPENS SEPT.2 0

The Moxie Theatre is launching its 10th-anniversary season, with opening night Sept. 20 featuring Liz Duffy Adams’ “A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World.” Adams’ “Dog Act” was the very first Moxie Theatre show back in 2005, five years before the company had even moved into its current Rolando performance space just west of La Mesa.   For details and tickets, visit www.MoxieTheatre.org.

KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 20

You’re invited  to the 2014 Kids Care Fest-- a free, family-oriented event featuring free health care screenings. This year’s Kids Care Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa.  Organizers expect more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings including hearing, vision and dental screenings. Free medical information will be available from doctors and pharmacists, plus free kids fingerprinting.  You can also enjoy more free activities including  water safety, inflatable jumps and pony rides, demonstrations and displays from law enforcement and fire departments. For more information visit www.KidsCareFest.org.

SOMALI BANTU CELEBRATION SEPT. 20

A cultural celebration featuring music, dance and cuisine of San Diego’s Somali-Bantu community will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the United Domestic Workers of America office, 4855 Seminole Drive, San Diego.

All proceeds benefit  the Somali-Bantu Association of America’s programs impacting refugees in our community. For information or tickets ($35), contact 619-206-4000 or visit www.sbaoa.org.

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 20

For the 45th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music.  The Julian Music Festival will be held at the Menghini Winery on September 20th from 1 to 8 p.m.  This year’s event features bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots, Western ballads to remember the past, as well as music by current songwriters and singers. Performers range from Cool Band Luke performing high energy favorites to Trails and Rails offering trains songs, cowboy tunes, pop, swing, vocal harmonies and whistling.

For tickets and more information, visit www.julianmusicfestival.com

ALPINE KIWANIS HOLD CAR SHOW & CHILI COOK-OFF SEPT. 20

Hot cars and spicy chili  are all part of the Alpine Kiwanis 2014 annual car show and chili cook-off event, which also features a pancake breakfast.  If you’re revved up for the festivities on Saturday, September 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can visit the Alpine Community Center, located at 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine.

FALL CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

Music from the Middle East, a classical string quartet, contemporary tunes from Argentina, and a pop, rock, and soul ensemble  are among the performances set for Cuyamaca College’s fall concert series that begins Sept. 18.

The fall season gets underway with Kembang Sunda, an Indonesian ensemble performing traditional music from West Java on bronze percussive instruments.  A full list of performances and low-cost ticket details can be found at www.cuyamaca.edu/performingarts.

VIEJAS DAYS PARADE SEPT. 28

September 28th is Viejas Days in Alpine – complete with a parade! The parade rolls out at 2 p.m. down Alpine Boulevard to the Alpine Creek Town Center, complete with floats, bands, and plenty of family fun.

That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more on our Calendar and in our Festivals and Events section online at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org.

If you have an event you’d like added to our calendar, or if you would like to sponsor the Destination East County show on KNSJ, you can contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org

We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County.