DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS MAY 2 - 4

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS MAY 2-4

By Ariele Johannson

April 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--For this week’s Destination East County , you’ll find events all over East County with scenic views and wildflowers, and hanging out in the Wild West.

The Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest is coming up on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. This two-day local East County festival has a lineup of musicians performing on the Old West Stage, a Civil War Era camp, a saloon, mountain men, a prairie schooner and cowboys.

Visitors will be able to tour the camps and learn about how life was lived in the 1700–1800′s. Visitors can also enjoy two full days of bluegrass and old-fashioned cowboy music, along with jam sessions, and workshops for children; all at the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival.

The location for the event is the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. Tickets may be purchased directly from the Ramona Business Barn at 369 Main Street in Ramona and by calling 790-788-0811. Tickets are also available at the gate the day(s) of the festival. Price: $5-$30

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On the other side of East County, there will be Wild West gunfights, ranch branding, mutton busting, and a horseshoe tournament all taking place out at the Campo/Lake Morena Roundup on Saturday, May 3rd, presented by the Camp Locket Event & Equestrian Facility. Other activities during the all-day roundup include the Miss Roundup Pageant, kids’ games, country music, an antique tractor display, a reenactment of the famous Campo gunfight at high noon, merchandise and food vendors, a stick horse competition, and gymkhana. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. 

For more information, visit www.campocleerf.org/roundoup. Admission to the all day is $5 for adults and children over age 6, with free admission for younger children. The Campo Locket Event and Equestrian Facility is located at 799 Forrest Gate Road in Campo, CA.

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The Annual Spring Garden Festival will be celebrated at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free family-friendly community festival will feature demonstrations on community farming topics, the Cuyamaca College nursery's biggest plant sale of the year, the Rancho San Diego Farmer's Market, a fashion show called “Fashion in Bloom,” and much, much more! This is the 21st year of the festival, and the demonstrations aim to help one become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources. Visitors can also tour the Heritage of the Americas Museum and The Water Conservation Garden, both located on the campus near the nursery and farmers’ market.

Cuyamaca College is located in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA. 92019. Phone: 619-660-4000

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The 17th Annual Sage and Songbirds Festival and Garden Tour will be held in Alpine. Two separate events, the Garden Tour will be held throughout the weekend on Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 4th. The Garden Tour includes 5 private home gardens, a public habitat garden with a plant sale open to the public, and a tour of the Sky Hunters Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility. Then the Festival takes place one day only on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Tavern Road in Alpine. Free admission includes a butterfly release; birds of prey and hummingbirds; snakes, lizards and spiders; educational seminars; and arts and crafts vendors.

Alpine Creek Town Center is located at 1347 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA. For information and tickets for the Garden Tour ($20/person), visit www.chirp.org or call 619-445-8352.

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Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove presents their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Academy auditorium in Lemon Grove. The fair features plenty of original and handmade gifts.

For more information, call Joanne Burke 619-469-7350

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On Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, a unique modern version of Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling will be performed at the SDSU Don Powell Theatre on the campus of San Diego State University.

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Providing a wine experience in the country, the 24th Annual Vintage Alpine is taking place on Sunday, May 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Summers Past Farms on Old Highway 80 in Alpine.

Summers Past Farms is located at 15602 Old Highway 80, Alpine, CA. For more information, email VintageAlpine@alpinekiwanis.org, visit http://www.vintagealpine.org, or call Charles Nelson at 619-445-2183.

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A ranger-led hike on Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. at Louis Stelzer Park on Wildcat Canyon Road takes participants down an easy to moderate hike on an unpaved, yet maintained trail. Hikers will travel along an open hillside with views of Stelzer Ridge and Wildcat Canyon and then return through the shaded oak and sycamore lined trail along Stelzer Creek.

Hikers can meet at the ranger station wearing appropriate shoes, and with sunscreen, a hat, and drinking water. The hike will be canceled in the event of rain.

Please call (619) 561-0580, to make reservations.

Louis Stelzer Park, 11470 Wildcat Canyon Road Lakeside 92040

Phone: 619-561-0580   Parking fee is $3 per vehicle.

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A Wildflower Walk through the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve in Poway will be held on Sunday, May 4th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. This walk, led by Ranger Maureen, will teach all about the different, unique and amazing plants they have throughout the park, how they all interact with each other, and how everything is connected. Participants can meet at the Highway 67 staging area.

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve, 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road Poway   Phone: 858-513-4737

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On Sunday, May 4th, a spring hike will be held in Santa Ysabel from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Those interested can join Ranger Bobbi on a hike around the Kanaka Loop Trail alongside the Santa Ysabel creek, viewing wildflowers along the way and discussing the history of the area. Hikers can also learn about cattle and how they help maintain the diversity of plant life. It is suggested that hikers meet at the park kiosk, wear appropriate hiking attire, and bring plenty of water. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. This hike is open to all ages. Inclement weather cancels the event.

Santa Ysabel Preserves, 23000 Block of Highway 79 Santa Ysabel

Phone: 760-765-4098

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This year marks the century milestone of the founding of Jacumba Hot Springs. Although the community of Jacumba was settled in the middle 1800’s, the first time the community appeared in an official document as Jacumba Hot Springs was in a State of California Railroad Commission document dated 1914.

Four major festivals are planned for the Centennial, including the Third Annual Blues Festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 12 noon until 6:30 p.m., and takes place at the Highland Center on Old Highway 80 in Jacumba Hot Springs. Guests are invited to attend the event, celebrate, and enjoy Jacumba’s scenic backcountry location. There will also be crafters at the event and, of course, a lineup of music with a variety of talented musicians.

There will be pulled- pork sandwiches, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available for sale at the center. The Jacumba Women’s Club will be selling baked goods.

Highland Center, Old Hwy 80 in Jacumba, Boulevard, CA 91905

Contact info for Highland Center: Lonna Marshall  Phone: 619-766-4279

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“Annie the Musical” will be performed this Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th at The Joan Kroc Theatre on University Avenue presented by Mt. Helix Academy.

Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Avenue, San Diego

www.mhatheatre.org.    Phone: 619-243-1400  

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There’s a Patio Party Blues Jam each Sunday afternoon at Downtown Café on Main Street in El Cajon with musicians Chet Cannon and the Committee. The party starts on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and goes till 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Café, 182 E. Main Street, El Cajon, 92020

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El Cajon Valley High School is holding their fundraiser for the Athletic Department on Saturday, May 3rd at the Cottonwood Golf Club with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

Cottonwood Golf Club, 3121 Willow Glen Dr, El Cajon, CA 92019

(619) 442-9891 Website: http://www.cottonwoodgolf.com.

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Now for a preview of upcoming events in East County:

Early next week, on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m., the musical group Willa Mamet will perform at the Rancho San Diego Library as part of the San Diego Acoustic Showcase series of the San Diego County Library. Willa Mamet entertains audiences with a mix of folk, country, Americana and soul.

Rancho San Diego Library 11555 Via Rancho San Diego El Cajon, CA 92019 (619) 660-5370  Website: http://www.sdcl.org.

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Celebrating literature in the city of La Mesa, the San Diego County Library is hosting Authors and Artists, a free and informative event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10th. Featured will be local authors and artists, book signings and sales, local artwork sales, and food trucks.

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Julian Woman's Club will be holding their Wildflower Show from May 7th through 10th.

Members of The Julian Woman's Club gather wildflowers from all areas in and around Julian - including High Mountain, Desert, Oak and Pine Forest, Chaparral, and High Desert.

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Cottonwood Golf Club is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch in the Pavilion and Spring Gardens on Sunday, May 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Jacumba Hot Springs is the site of an historical walk on Saturday, May 10th at 10:00 a.m. hosted by the Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance.

This fundraiser is limited to 25 people and reservations need to be made by May 8th.   

The cost for the walk is $10 per person (Participants should bring cash or checks made payable to the Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance to the walk.) Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring something to drink.

To reserve your spot on this walkabout, please email: csdiefenbach@sbcglobal.net or call Cherry at 619-743-5224 by May 8th.

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That’s all for this week! All of these events and more can be found on our Calendar and in our Festivals and Events section online at www.eastcountymagazine.org.

The Destination East County program can be heard on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM Descanso. The show airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and the Destination East County segment airs Wednesdays and Fridays. Our show is supported by our listeners and with a Community Enhancement Grant from San Diego County.