DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 10 - FEB. 7

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January 7, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Hawk Watch in Ramona, the American Crown Circus in Otay Ranch, an Agatha Christie whodunit presented by Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa, desert hikes and bike rides, bluegrass jams, garden classes and more.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including bluegrass music at the Alpine Library, Songs for the New World at the Encore! Theatre in Spring Valley and the rock band KISS live at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

HAWK WATCH IN RAMONA: SATURDAYS IN JAN. AND FEB.

The Wildlife Research Center in Ramona will present “Hawk Watch” each Saturday in January and February.  This year the event will be held at the Begent Ranch in Ramona (18528 Highland Valley Road.)

Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts before the program begins at 10 a.m. You will  meet birds of prey up close in the Ramona grasslands. Charles Gailband of Wild Wings, his apprentice Spencer and fellow falconer Cisco who bring their amazing birds  prey to share with the public

Binoculars, a folding chair and a jacket are recommended. For details, you can visit www.Wildlife-Research.org/hawkwatch.

AMERICAN CROWN CIRCUS JAN. 10-14 AT OTAY MESA

American Crown Circus is bringing its Circo Osorio to the Otay Ranch Town Center January 10th through 14th.  A family tradition for over 90 years, the show includes aerial acrobats, trapeze flyers, illusions, a wheel of death, daredevils, creative costumes and theatrical showmanship. 

The Las Vegas-based show promises spellbinding performances as aerial artists swing, acrobats tumble and artists defy the laws of gravity just inches from the audience.

Click for a free circus pass for children age 10 and under.

For tickets and details, visit https://www.AmericanCrownCircustickets.com/.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” JAN.11-FEB. 10

Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa presents “And Then There Were None,” based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel.  The play will be presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 11th through February 10th.

In this classic whodunit, 10 strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious, absent host. When people start to get killed, one by one, they discover that they are stranded indefinitely. Is one of the guests the killer? The survivors must solve the crimes to stay alive.

You can buy tickets or find details at www.LamplightersLaMesa.com.

DESERT HIKES AND BIKE RIDES

Winter is the season to explore our desert region. The Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association will host several hikes in January, in California’s largest state park, including outings to places such as Palm Canyon and Hornblende Canyon.  There’s a moonlight walk, as well as bicycling and birdwatching events.  For a full schedule of these and more activities, visit the Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association at www.ABDNHA.org.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC AT ALPINE LIBRARY JAN. 24

The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents “Full Deck” at the library in Alpine on January 24th from 6 to  7 p.m. It’s all part of the San Diego County Library’s Acoustic Showcase series.

For a full list of Acoustic Showcase concerts across our region, visit the San Diego County Library website at www.SDCL.org.

BLUEGRASS JAMS AT FUDDRUCKERS

The San Diego Bluegrass Society sponsors a local jam session, open mic & pick-up bands every second Tuesday at the Fuddruckers in Grossmont Center in La Mesa.

Open mic and pick-up bands play from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, plus the popular informal jamming session, outside on the patio.

If you want to perform, sign up in advance by sending an email to openmic@sandiegobluegrass.org, or sign up on site, space permitting.

CLASSES AT THE GARDEN

The Water Conservation Garden has some fascinating classes coming up in January including the Lore of the Kumeyaay, garden yoga, and an all about worms composting class.  You can also enjoy docent-led tours of the Garden. For more information, you can visit www.TheGarden.org.

VIEJAS ICE RINK 

The largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California is open now through January 6th at the Viejas Outlets Center in Alpine. Rental skates are available.  In addition to ice skating, visitors can enjoy holiday entertainment and a seasonal water show.  

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD JAN. 24-27 AT ENCORE! THEATRE IN SPRING VALLEY

Young Actors Theatre will present “Songs for a New World” January 24th through 27th at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley. 

Songs for a New World was the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown. The show is a collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices that we make. The show transports the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue in New York.

The audience will meet an array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.

For tickets, visit www.YATSanDiego.org.

KISS IN CONCERT AT SDSU FEB. 7

One of the best-selling rock bands of all time, KISS is embarking on their final tour, called “One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour.”  On February 7th at 7 p.m. Kiss will be performing at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.

Known for their elaborate costumes and makeup as well as songs such as “Black Diamond” and “I Like It Loud,” Kiss has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

​That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more in the calendar and events section at our website, 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.

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