DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS AUGUST 20-31

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August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Stargazers, wine lovers, and music fans will all find plenty to savor in East County this week.  Plus in this week’s edition of Destination East County, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions  so you can mark your calendars– including a pair of Indian pow-wows and the season opener for the Aztec football team.

JULIAN STAR FEST AUGUST 21-24

If you enjoy stargazing, here’s a heavenly event for you this weekend. The annual Julian StarFest will be held from August 21st through August 24th at Menghini Winery in Julian.  This includes a free public star-gazing party on Saturday night. You can take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Experts with telescopes will be on hand.  Bring a flashlight to stroll from the parking area to this event, which is sponsored by the San Diego Astronomy Association and the Julian community.  For more information, visit www.julianstarfest.com

LIVE MUSIC AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AUG. 23

Mercury Street Blues will provide live music Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at San Pasqual Winery’s back room  in La Mesa’s downtown village.  The band plays  jazz, blues, folk, and  rock. There is no cover charge and guests may purchase wine by the glass, cheese and crackers or dessert. Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.  For details, visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com.

STONEY’S KIDS PARTY AUGUST 21

You’re invited to celebrate Stoney’s Kids 23rd anniversary and founder Stoney Stone’s 89th birthday – all to benefit children’s causes in East County.  The party will be held on August 21st at the Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort in El Cajon. Dinner, a cocktail hour, live and silent auction,  prize drawings and of course, birthday cake will all be  part of the festivities.  For tickets and information visit www.Stoneyskids.info

HOT KROC NIGHTS CONTINUES WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN AUGUST

Family night ice skating continues on Wednesday nights this week and next. It’s all part of Hot Kroc Nights at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 6845 University Avenue, just one block west of La Mesa. You can lace up skates with the kids to stay cool.  For details, visit  http://www.kroccenter.org

CHINI & CAMBEROS PERFORM AUGUST 23 AT SCHWAESDALL WINERY

Schwaesdall Winery in Ramona is hosting a  free concert series on Saturday afternoons. This Saturday, August 23rd, Chini and Camberos [KAM-BARE-OS] will perform a blend of world beats and rhythms from 1 to 4 p.m. Their music promises to take you on a journey from the deserts of the Southwest to the Isles of the Mediterranean.  Robert Chini, a drummer, keyboard player and bass player, has played with England Dan and John Ford Coley and own an Emmy award for a commercial he produced.  Jorge [HOR-HEY] Camberos is a talented Latin guitarist who has worked with Al Mackey of Earth, Wind and Fire and other notable artists.  For details, visit www.SchaesdallWinery.com  or check our calendar.

SUMMER CONCERTS AND CAR SHOWS

There’s still time to take in some end-of-summer concerts and car shows.   El Cajon’s Classic Cruise nights continue on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.  La Mesa’s downtown village hosts its last two Back to the ‘50s car shows this Wednesday and next from 5 to 8 p.m..  Santee’s Summer Concerts take place on Thursday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Trolley Square  center.  Plus on Friday nights, El Cajon invites you to enjoy dinner and a concert. The music starts at 6 p.m. in Promenade Park. This week’s concert will be a tribute to Santana, followed by reggae music next Friday.  Find details on our calendar at EastCountyMagazine.org for a full schedule of all of these community events.

Now for a preview of coming attractions…..

BARONA POW-WOW AUGUST 29-31

The 44th annual Barona pow-wow will take place from Friday August 29 through Sunday August 31 at the baseball field on the Barona reservation.  The event features competitions among Native American dancers from across the nation, competing in events such as gourd dancing and fancy dance.  You’ll also find Native American arts and crafts, food, and more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, google Barona pow-wow (or click here to view a poster.)

AZTEC FOOTBALL SEASON OPENER AUGUST 30

The Aztec football team’s season opener takes place on Sunday, August 30th at Qualcomm Stadium, when the SDSU team squares off against Northern Arizona University.  If you want to cheer on the team and get tickets, you can visit www.GoAztecs.com.

SYCUAN POW-WOW SEPTEMBER 5-7

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will host its 25th annual pow-wow on September 5th through 7th at the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.

A pow-wow is a celebration and a time for people to join together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones.   Traditionally, pow-wows also welcomed the beginning of life in springtime and provided a place for young people to meet and court.

Today, dancers and singers from tribes across the nation come to compete for prize money as well as keep up relationships.  Only registered contestants may  participate in the dancing contests—but everyone can take part when an intertribal dance is announced – visitors included.  Dancers are in the center of a circle, with the audience forming a larger circle around them to bring together the community and culture.  There are no spectators at a pow-wow, Sycuan’s website states. Everyone is a participant!

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.

 

 

 


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