Plus previews of coming attractions
By Miriam Raftery
July 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has some wild events across our region, from the Bulls-Only Rodeo in Lakeside to a Yappy Hour in El Cajon. Iceskating starts at Hot Kroc Nights, plus we’ve got news of a blues concert, a wine dinner and a twilight walk—all in East County. We also have a sneak peak of some big events coming up next week, including Pine Valley Days and much more!
BULLS ONLY RODEO JULY 18-19 IN LAKESIDE
Bull riding, mutton bustin’ and wild horse racing are among the attractions slated for this weekends’ Bulls Only Rodeo at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
This event is produced by the Optimist Club of Lakeside to benefit charitable causes supported by the Optimists. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 619-443-2447.
For more information, visit www.BullsOnlyRodeo.com.
SANTEE SUMMER CONCERTS BLUES AND BBQ SHOW JULY 17
Santee Summer Concerts lineup for their Blues and BBQ night on Thursday, July 17 includes the Mercedes Moore Band and the Bayou Brothers with special guest Bill Magee. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and there will be blues, bbq, and a beer garden until 8:30 p.m. for this event held at Santee’s Town Center Community Park East. (550 Park Center Drive, Santee).
NEXT YAPPY HOUR AT DOWNTOWN CAFÉ JULY 17
Camp Bow Wow hosts its 4th annual Yappy Hour season at the Downtown Café in El Cajon, where guests are invited to bring your dog and enjoy free appetizers donated by the restaurant.
Yappy Hours will be held on July 17, August 21, and September 18, plus on October 30, a Howl-o-ween costume contest will be held.
Opportunity drawings will be offered at all Yappy Hours, with proceeds benefitting the Bow Wow Buddies foundation (http://www.bowwowbuddies.com) which focuses on finding foster and lifetime homes for unwanted animals, promoting humane education and treatment, and investing in research to cure diseases.
LES MISERABLES ON MOUNT HELIX JULY 17-21
Les Miserables will be staged atop Mount Helix July 17 through August 2. Christian Community Theatre is returning to Mt. Helix after being away for seven years. Theatre-goers will see “Les Mis” with stunning views of San Diego as the surrounding backdrop.
Les Miserables is the world’s longest-running musical set in a nation amid the grip of revolution.
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BISTRO SIXTY HOSTS WINE DINNER JULY 18
July 12, 2014 (San Diego’s College Area) – Bistro Sixty, located on El Cajon Boulevard near San Diego State University, is hosting a wine dinner on July 18 feature a “decadent six-course dinner” along with Hill Family Estate wines.
The 6-course dinner with pairings is a fixed price ($70/person plus tax & tip). Reservations are required. The menu includes a cantaloupe soup shooter, grilled scallops with saffron cream sauce, herbed lamb roulade with merlot jus, braised chicken thighs with pomegranate molasses, roasted quail, and ginger pudding with fresh berries. For information and reservations, you can visit http://bistrosixtysd.com/
SUMMER TWILIGHT WALKS AT MISSION TRAILS JULY 19
You’re invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park guides this summer for free Saturday evening guided walks in the park to learn about changes that occur as the sun goes down. These walks last approximately an hour and a half and start from the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Campground on July 19 at 7:15 p.m., August 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 20 at 6:00 p.m.
There is also an owl prowl that you can sign up for by calling 619-668 3281. Website: http://www.mtrp.org.
HOT KROC NIGHTS ICESKATING
Starting July 23, the Salvation Army Kroc Center will be offering family ice skating sessions each Wedneseday evening at 7:15 p.m. through the end of August. You can beat the heat with special discount rates ($5 per person.
The Kroc Center is located at 6845 University Avenue, just one block west of La Mesa. For more information, visit the Kroc Center website at www.kroccenter.org.
RIDE THE RAILS AT THE PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM
Departing the Campo Depot on Saturdays and Sundays throughout most of the summer, the Golden State Limited transports Museum guests back in time aboard antique locomotives and passenger cars, traveling the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. Built by John D Spreckels, the sugar baron, the rail line takes passengers on a trip through our rugged back country scenery as the train travels toward the Mexican border, crosses the Campo Creek Viaduct and enters into International Tunnel #4. The train then returns to Campo where you can visit the Museum's collection of steam & diesel locomotives, passenger and freight railroad cars, and other displays. You can also visit the Museum's gift shop in the exquisitely restored Campo depot. For more information visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s website.
Now for a preview of coming attractions….
STAR PARTY AND FAMILY CAMPOUT AT OAKOASIS IN LAKESIDE JULY 25-26
At Oakoasis Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m. Friday to set up before sunset. Overnight camping is on Friday only, not Saturday.
Camping gear, warm clothes and a flash light are recommended. There are restrooms and showers on site. Campfires will be permitted with wood provided by the park, but no outside wood is allowed to prevent spread of bark beetles. Please RSVP to email@example.com or all 619-561-0590.
PINE VALLEY DAYS ROLLS OUT JULY 25 AND 26
The mountain town of Pine Valley hosts its annual Pine Valley Days festivities on July 25 and 26. The fanfare begins on Friday night, July 25, with a deep pit barbecue from 5-8 p.m. and dancing from 6-10 p.m.
Then on Saturday, after a burtito breakfast at the Pine Valley Club House at 7 a.m., the “best parade in East County” (or so organizers claim) rolls out at 9 a.m., followed by activities for families and kids from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. including the free “Music in the Mountains” festival at Pine Valley Park, horseshoe tournament, country marketplace, arts and crafts vendors, food, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. a chili cook off.
For more information on all of these events, visit www.pinevalleydays.com
RAMONA RANCH FRUIT, HERBS, CHEESE & WINE PAIRING JULY 26
Trezette’s Catering will serve up an array of fruit, herb and cheese selections paired with artisan wines on Saturday, July 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the Ramona Ranch Winery. The menu includes:
·Nectarines with Tarragon Feta cheese paired with Ramona Ranch Orange Muscat
·Plums with a Lavender Goat cheese paired with Ramona Ranch Sangiovese Rose
·Strawberries with Basil Blue cheese paired with Ramona Ranch Syrah
Cost is $15; special discounts are available for winery club members.
For more information you can visit www.RamonaRanch.com.
(reservation page: http://ramonaranch.givezooks.com/events/fruit-herb-cheese-wine-pairing)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County.