DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: SEPT. 20 - SEPT. 28

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September 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County has some hot musical and theater events, also marking the start of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.  Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, from a Fiesta in Spring Valley to the Viejas Days Parade.

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

DINNER AND A CONCERT IN EL CAJON SEPT. 19

On Friday night, September 19, Siren’s Crush dance band will perform at downtown El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert.  The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Prescott Promenade in El Cajon.

HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION SEPT. 20 IN LEMON GROVE

Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Oral History Project will celebrate local Hispanic heritage on Sept. 20 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Rosemary Putnam Community Room of the Lemon Grove Library. The festive event will feature music, food, photo display, presentations by a local artist and author, the videotaped reminiscences by Lemon Grove’s pioneer Hispanic families. And more. This event is free and open to the public.

MOXIE THEATRE SEASON OPENS SEPT. 20

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 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.

Now for a preview of coming attractions…

JULIAN QUILT TRAIL SEPT. 25

Quilt trails highlight the unique culture of communities with displays of historical quilting art forms, encouraging tourism.  Over 130 quilt trails exist across the U.S. and soon, the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail will become the first in Southern California.  A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail is planned for Thursday, September 25th at Wynola Pizza and Bistro in Julian. The trail will eventually extend for 30 miles in all directions, displaying historic quilt squares across rural East County.

SPRING VALLEY FIESTA SEPT. 27

Spring Valley will host its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 27th with the 9th annual Spring Valley Fiesta.  The event is free and features entertainment, refreshments, inflatable children’s jumper, video game truck, face painting and community information booths.  The lineup of entertainers includes Danza Azteca, Ballet Folklorica, La Prensa Middle School Jazz Band, DJ Low Rider Cars and much more.   The Fiesta will be held at the Spring Valley Library.

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.