DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 6-23

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November 4, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes the Aztecs homecoming game, a hike by the light of the moon, the musical Mulan, an acorn harvest festival and a holiday open house at Summers Past Farms. Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including a free concert by the Pomerado Brass Quintet and the much-anticipated East County holiday tradition, the Mother Goose Parade.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!

MULAN TAKES STAGE NOV. 6-16

Young Actors Theater in Spring Valley will present the Disney musical, Mulan. The performances will be held Thursdays through Sundays from November 6 through November 16.  The musical tells the tale of Mulan, who defies the village matchmaker to take up arms disguised as a boy in order to sprae her family from having to serve in the army.  But after the Huns invade, it’s up to Mulan and her mischievous sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor. For tickets, visit www.YATSanDiego.org.

HIKE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON NOV. 7 IN SANTA YSABEL

You’re invited to hike by the light of the moon on Friday, November 7th at 6 p.m. at the Santa Ysabel Preserve. Meet at 600 Farmer Road in Julian and bring a flashlight, along with warm clothes, water and sturdy hiking shoes. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

ACORN HARVEST FESTIVAL NOV. 8 IN LAKESIDE

Howka! In celebration of the acorn harvests once held by local Native Americans in these foothills, the Louis A. Stelzer County Park in Lakeside will hold an Acorn Harvest Festival on Sunday, November 8th from 1 to 4 p.m.   Guests will learn Kumeyaay traditions as the park comes alive with interactive displays, crafts, storytelling and acorn grinding. The park is located at 11470 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.

AZTECS HOMECOMING GAME NOV. 9

The San Diego State Aztecs will be playing the University of Idaho Vandals on Sunday, November 9th at 3:30 p.m. in Qualcomm Stadium. The KGB sky show will also light up the night with fireworks in celebration of San Diego State’s homecoming.  For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS NOV. 13

Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs will host an old-fashioned holiday open house on Thursday, November 13th from 5 to 8 p.m.  Enjoy Christmas music, hot wassail ( pronounced “WASSLE”) and homemade cookies along with live music by Jim Earp. The farm will be illuminated with holiday lights and visitors can also browse for gifts and holiday home décor in the Soap Shoppe and barn filled with trimmings of the season.

Now for a preview of coming attractions…

POMERADO BRASS QUINTET AT MISSION TRAILS NOV.16

The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform a free concert on Sunday, November 16th in the Mission Trails Regional Visitors Center at 3 p.m. The quintet performs a variety of music including classical, marches, jazz, ragtime, Dixieland, and selections from Broadway musicals. For more information, visit www.MTRP.org.

MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 23

The Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon will roll out on Sunday, November 23rd, with a new route and a new start time at 12:15 p.m.  The largest parade of its kind  featuring fairy tale floats, marching bands, equestrian entries and Santa Claus will start on Ballantyne Street, head down Main Street and Johnson before ending at the Mother Goose Village in Parkway Plaza shopping center. The Mother Goose Village will be a two-day event open Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd. There will also be a red carpet on Main Street and WD Hall Drive at 10:30 a.m. before the parade kicks off.  Visit www.MotherGooseParade.org for more information.

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 column on our website, or the  Destination East County show on KNSJ radio, you can contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.  Destination East County is the most-read feature on our website!

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