DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN. 24 - FEB. 10

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January 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from a Sock Monkeys concert at a winetasting room in La Mesa to an art show and family nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Cupids and Canines pet adoption event at Grossmont Center to Circus Vargas bringing its big-top show to El Cajon. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

SEVEN ARTISTS IN ONE SHOW AT MISSION TRAILS IN JANUARY

Mission Trails Regional Park  is displaying works of seven award-winning artists in one show. The works, created in a variety of mediums, are on display now through January 30th in the Visitor Center Art Gallery.  For details visit www.mtrp.org.

Now for a preview of coming attractions….

SOCK MONKEYS AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY JAN. 24

On Friday night, January 24th from 7 to 10 p.m., the Sock Monkeys will perform at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room in La Mesa’s downtown village ( 8364 La Mesa Blvd.). The group plays music from past to present, also mixing in their own original music during a spirited evening. There is no cover charge; wine is available by the glass, desserts, cheese and crackers are also available. For more information, visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com.

RASCALS AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS JAN. 24

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals are coming to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation on Saturday, January 24th at 8 p.m. Felix Cavaliere is best known as the keyboardist and lead singer of the 1960’s Young Rascals, king of blue-eyed soul and later, pop and jazz fusion. The group later became the Rascals. Hits included “Groovin’” “Good Lovin’” “A Beautiful Mornin’” and more.  For tickets and details, you can visit http://wwwPowayArts.org.

FAMILY DISCOVER WALK AT MISSION TRAILS. JAN. 25

Mission Trails Regional Park trail guides  will lead a guided nature walk for the whole family on Sunday, January 25th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Meet at the visitor center for the free walk, which provides a good opportunity for some family time together enjoying nature. Along the trail, discover the many seasonal changes that occur in the park throughout the year.

PIPE ORGAN CONCERT JAN. 25 IN LA MESA

A 90-year-old pipe organ has been restored at La Mesa’s Central Congregational Church (8360 Lemon Ave., La Mesa), which will host a concert to celebrate completion of the restoration on Sunday, January 25th at 3 p.m.

The concert will feature classical and sacred works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck and Widor performed by Robert Plimpton, resident organist at First United Methodist Church in San Diego. Plimpton has also performed weekly concerts at Spreckels pipe organ in Balboa Park and has played with local orchestras, as well as teachingt at San Diego State University.

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

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/

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!

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 reigns of our police department to his predecessor.   For more information or reservations, visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.

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

 

 


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