February 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from an art show to a pow-wow. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a poetry campout and a salute to local heroes. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.
CIRCUS VARGAS FEB. 5-9 IN EL CAJON
Circus Vargas wil bring its newest big-top tent circus performance, Arlequin, to the parking lot at Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon from February 5th through 9th. The circus features an array of dzzling performers including aerialists, acrobats, clowns and more. For tickets and details, visit www.circusvargas.com
ISRAELI ARTIST AARON ZIGEL AT O’DUNN FINE ART, LA MESA FEB.6
Israeli artist Aaron Zigel will attend the opening of an exhibition of his paintings at O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa’s downtown village (8325 La Mesa Blvd.) on Friday, February 6th from 5 to 9 p.m.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Ziegel creates exuberant and colorful oil paintings celebrating the landscapes and seascapes of Israel, as well as the beauty of flowers and other still life scenes in the tradition of 20th century expressionists. For more information visit www.ODunnFineArt.com.
BLUES MUSIC AT WYNOLA PIZZA FEB. 6
Blues musicians Robin Henkel and Billy Watson will be performing live at Wynola Pizza on Friday night, February 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. Wynola Pizza is located on Highway 78, just outside of historic Julian. For details visit www.WynolaPizza.com.
TROUT STOCKING AT SANTEE LAKES FEB. 6
Santee Lakes will be stocking lakes two and three with 1,000 pounds of trout on Friday, February 6th – bringing the total of Rainbow Trout planted in the lake since November to a whopping 10,500 pounds. For fishing information, you can visit www.SanteeLakes.com.
1ST ANNUAL POW-WOW AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 7
Cuyamaca College will host its first annual pow-wow on February 7th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy gourd dancing at 10 a.m. followed by a grand entry at 11 a.m. There will also be Native American arts and crafts, fry bread and Indian tacos. Admission is free.
LIVE MUSIC AT BNS BREWERY FEB. 7
The BNS Brewery in Santee (10960 Wheatlands Avenue) is serving up live music on Saturday night, February 7th. Popular singer Dannie Marie will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed by Rick Eilliot and the Secondhand Smoke Band from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information visit www.bnsbrewinganddistilling.
CUPIDS AND CANINES FEB. 7 AT GROSSMONT CENTER
Grossmont Center invites you to surround yourself with puppy love. The shopping mall in La Mesa will hold a “Cupids and Canines” pet adoption event on February 7th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Over one hundred dogs and puppies from seventeen local rescue groups will be at Grossmont Center looking for a loving home. You will be able to meet, play and learn more about each canine. Plus, if you find your perfect match – you can adopt and take home a furry new member of the family—just in time for Valentine’s Day.
BALLET FOLKLORICO DANCE SHOW FEB. 8 IN LEMON GROVE
Floreo, a dance theatre musical production by the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan , will be presented on February 8th at 2 p.m. in the Muevete Dance Studio, which is located in Lemon Grove. The show features the indigenous dancing and costumes of Mexico. For information visit http://muevetestudio.com/
Now for a preview of coming attractions….
LA MESA POLICE CHIEF SPEAKS AT CHAMBER EVENT FEB. 10
La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves will speak at a La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30 a.m. at the Marie Callendar’s Restaurant (6950 Alvarado Road in La Mesa. Chief Aceves will share his thoughts and vision for La Mesa as he hands over the reins of our police department to his predecessor. For more information or reservations, visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.
LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL FEB. 13-15
A Lunar New Year Festival will be celebrated at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, February 13ththrough 15th. You can savor Asian delicacies from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and the Philippines as well as exotic desserts and beverages.
The festival also features carnival rides, live music, firecracker and lion dancers, the Miss Asia San Diego Beauty Pageant, and a Cultural Village with replicas of famous landmarks and unique structures in Asia. For tickets and details, visit www.LunarNewYearFestival.org.
VINO VALENTINO DINNER FEB. 14
Bernardo Winery invites you to its annual Vino Valentino Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday February 14th at 6 p.m. This year’s evening of romance includes a carriage ride through the vineyard, buffet dinner and carving station by Café Merlot, crepes made to order in the Barrel Room, live music on the patio, wine by the glass, a chocolate pairing and espresso drinks. For reservations and details, visit www.bernardowinery.com.
KUMEYAAY LAKES POETRY CAMPOUT FEB. 13-15
If you love writing poetry, the Kumeyaay Lakes Poetry Campout set for Valentine’s Weekend, February 13 through 15, may be your heart’s desire. The weekend at Mission Trails Regional Park will blend writing time for beginning to seasoned poets with four writing workshops.
The weekend also includes star gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association, a guided nature walk and a Saturday sunset open mike night for camping poets and the community – as well as Valentine-themed poetry events and readings of works by famous poets, and a Native American inspired session on catching your dreams.
Advance reservations and a fee are required for this event, which is organized by Jim Morena, a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, host of Jihmye Poetry at the Café Caberet on Adams Avenue, and producer of the San Diego Poetry Café program on KNSJ.
COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER’S SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES FEB, 18
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces its seventh annual Salute To Local Heroes, which this year features a “Come to the Cabaret” theme. The event will be held February 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel’s Golden Ballroom. A cabaret singer, silent auction, raffles and cabaret cuisine will all be part of the evening’s fun at this event honoring heroes from the fire and police department, paramedics and retired senior volunteer patrol. For tickets and information, you can visit http://www.LaMesaChamber.com.
TROUBLE IN MIND: ON STAGE AT THE MOXIE THEATRE THROUGH FEB. 22
Trouble in Mind, a groundbreaking classic about a racially integrated cast rehearsing for what the actors hope will be the next big hit on Broadway, takes stage at the Moxie Theatre (6063 El Cajon Blvd.)in San Diego from January 31st through February 22nd. Plus on February 8th, you can join the director and actors for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theater-going experience. The playwright, Alice Childress, was first African-American woman to have a professional play produced in New York.
For tickets and details, visit www.moxietheatre.com.
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.
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We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!