DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 13

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By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a harpsichord and violin concert at Cuyamaca College by the San Diego Early Music Society, an author speaking on San Diego Legends, and an open artists’ studio tour in Borrego Springs.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a concert by country music stars the Gatlin Brothers, a moonlight hike in the Anza-Borrego desert, an all-night run/walk at Pirate’s Cove along Lake Cuyamaca’s shores, the La Mesa Chamber’s Mardi Gras and Salute to Local Heroes, plus a St. Patrick’s weekend run/walk in downtown El Cajon to benefit local charities.

So croll down for all of these events and more.

THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS

AUTHOR JACK INNIS FEB. 20 AND 27 IN EAST COUNTY LIBRARIES

Jack Innis, an award-winning local journalist and author, has made an extensive study of San Diego’s fascinating and often quirky history. He’ll be speaking about his latest book, San Diego Legends, in two upcoming appearances.  You can meet Jack Innis at the Fletcher Hills Library on Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m. or at the Santee Library on Saturday, February 27th at 1 p.m.

FITNESS WALK IN SANTEE WITH COUNCILMAN MINTO FEB. 20

On Saturday, February 20th, at 8 a.m., Santee City Councilman John Minto will be leading a fitness walk through Mast Park in Santee as part of Santee Health Awareness Month. The award-winning park winds along the banks of the San Diego River between Carlton Hills Boulevard and Cuyamaca Street.  Participants will view natural habitat areas and follow the trail system surrounding the park, while enjoying a nice walk. The upcoming  walk is free and open to the public.  If you wish to participate, you can meet at the parking lot of Mast Park at 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd. in Santee, at 8 a.m. You can also check out the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1690435741228754/.

VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD CONCERT AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 21

The San Diego Early Music Society will present Lina Tur Bonet on violin and Kenneth Weiss on harpsichord” on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon).  The concert will feature Baroque music of Jacquet de la Guerre  as well as sonatas by Vivaldi and solo harpsichord works by Marchand and Scarlatti.  For more information you can visit www.cuyamaca.edu.

OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR IN BORREGO SPRINGS FEB. 21

 Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs will host an Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Sunday, February 21 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Borrego Art Institute from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. This self-guided Tour will visit  studios of some of the most talented artists in the Borrego Springs area.  Art will be displayed in a variety of media and styles.  All artists will be on hand to show their work and explain their creative techniques, and some will have live demonstrations. For tickets ($20) and a map with brochure, visit at borego.wix.com/soroptimist or check our calendar at EastCountyMagazine.org for that link.

HAWK WATCH: A RAPTOR CELEBRATION IN RAMONA SATURDAYS IN FEBRUARY

Hawk Watch, a free celebration of raptors continues at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ramona Grasslands at 10 a.m. each Saturday in February—rain or shine.   You can observe both wintering and resident raptors including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Nineteen species of raptors have been recorded at this “raptor hotspot,” where you will learn the life histories of these beautiful birds as well as the importance of the Ramona Grassland ecosystem.  In addition to wild raptors, you will also see trained raptors and owls up close. Bring binoculars if you have them, though scopes will be available.  For more information visit http://Wildlife-Research.org

PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

MOONLIGHT WALK IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT FEB. 22

The Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Foundation invites you to take a full moon nighttime walk through South Palm Wash on Monday, February 22nd from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  You’ll experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as education director Mike McElhatton leads the easy, one-mile walk.  Meet at the Anza Borrego Natural History Foundation office and carpool from there, since 4-wheel drive is needed for a short section of the wash.  Bring a flashlight, water and good hiking shoes.  The moonlight hike is free, but reservations are requested. For more information, visit the Anza Borrego Natural History Foundation website at www.ABNHF.org.

MIMI KIRK, AUTHOR OF JUICY BOOKS, FEB. 23 IN LAKESIDE

Author Mimi Kirk is known for her juicy books – no, we’re not talking about steamy novels.  The health foods expert’s books include The Ultimate Boko of Juicing, Live Raw, and Live Raw Around the World.  She’ll be giving a presentation at the Lakeside Library  on Tuesday, February 23rd at 11:30 a.m.

SALUTE TO HEROES  FEB. 24

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Salute to Local Heroes dinner on February 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The Mardi Gras themed event honors heroic actions by members of the La Mesa Police and Fire Department, as well as community volunteers.  The evening includes a silent auction and raffle prizes. For tickets and details, you can visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.

LUTE CONCERT AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 25

Dominic Schaner, composer of “Heresy of the Free Spirit,” will exhibit his mastery of the lute in a concert at Cuyamaca College on Thursday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m.  For more information you can visit www.Cuyamaca.Edu.

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION FEB. 26

 Paving the Way, a celebration of black history, will feature musical performances, theater, dance, politics and more.  The event will be held at Cuyamaca College on Friday, February 26th at 730 p.m., directed by Robert Chambers. For details visit www.cuyamaca.edu

PIRATE’S COVE 24/12 RUN/WALK AT LAKE CUYAMACA MARCH 4-5

Avast!  A run/walk at Pirate’s Cove along the shores of Lake Cuyamaca is set to begin on Friday, March 4th.  This unique event includes both a 12 hour and a 24 hour option, with the 24 hour portion kicking off at 8 a.m. and a 12-hour, all-night run/walk starting off at 8 p.m.  All entrants will receive a T-shirt, hat and other swag with a Pirate’s Cove logo.  Winners will receive pirate buckles, awards and you can also win a prize for the best pirate costume.  For more information, visit http://www.sdpiratescove12-24.com/ .

LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS CONCERT AT SYCUAN MARCH 12

Country music greats Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers will be  performing  in concert at Sycuan’s  Live and Up Close Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.  Grammy award-winning Larry Gatlin has written hit songs for many famous musical stars including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash. For tickets ($39-$49) visit www.Sycuan.com.  

EAST COUNTY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY HALF MARATHON MARCH 12

Registration is now open for East County’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile and Tribes & Clans competition which will be held this year on Saturday, March 12, the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. This event aims to involve the entire family in fun and fitness. The Green Mile Fun Run, an enjoyable, short distance, non-competitive event, is also available.



The event will also feature a finish line festival, health/wellness fair and craft beer invitational. Participants are encouraged to wear green and  vie for prizes for best costumes. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation. To register, volunteer or get more information, you can visit  http://www.stpatricksdayhalf.com/;

CIRCLE OF ART SHOW MARCH 12-13 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

More than 60 artists will exhibit their works at the Circle of Art Show in Borrego Springs on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.  he artists work in a variety of media including: fine arts, oils and watercolors, photography, sculpture, pottery/ceramics, jewelry, fabric art and more. This two day show includes music, food and free admission.  The event will be held in Christmas Tree Circle in the heart of Borrego Springs. For more information visit http://www.circle-of-art.org/

UPCOMING CLASSES AT BARONA CULTURAL MUSEUM

The Barona Cultural Museum is offering classes on Native American culture and crafts including a native foods yucca cooking class on March 12, and more.  All classes are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Barona Cultural Center & Museum is located on the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside.  For more information see: www.BaronaMuseum.org.

WATER-WISE GARDEN TOUR MARCH 26

The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its first annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The self-guided tour will highlight a variety of five beautiful gardens, located in El Cajon, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego, utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage. Learn about using native, succulents, cacti and Mediterranean plants and how you can design your yard for low water usage plants. The gardens emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world.

Succulent cuttings from many of the home tours will be on sale, as well as other garden and home items such as bird houses, pottery and garden jewelry, all handmade by local artisans. The Garden’s Director of Horticulture, will be available to talk about to re-design your landscape using low-water usage plants.  For tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) visit www.TheGarden.org.

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 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.

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

 

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