DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 25-FEB. 29

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By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features East County Dining Club’s Flamenco music and Spanish tapas night at the Spacebar Café and Winebar in La Mesa– benefitting our own East County Magazine. 

Other events coming up include a powwow at Cuyamaca College, Hawk Watch in Ramona, well known performers at the Magnolia Center in El Cajon, Restaurant Month in Julian, birdwatching in Lakeside, a Chapman Stick concert at Mission Trails Church, Trivia Nights at Wine Works in La Mesa, and Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Hollow” onstage at Lamplighters in La Mesa.

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

FLAMENCO, TAPAS AND PAELLA WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 30TH IN LA MESA

East County Dining Club invites you to savor Spanish-style tapas, paella and a live Flamenco show on Thursday, January 30th at the Spacebar Café and Wine Bar in La Mesa.  The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the event’s proceeds to benefit our own East County Magazine nonprofit news in the public interest.

The event begins with happy hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the flamenco music show at 7 p.m.  Reservations are required.

To RSVP, order your entrée and reserve space, you can call 619 698 7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org

Details are also available on our website at www.EastCountyMagazine.org .

POWWOW FEB. 1 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Native American history and culture will be celebrated when tribes from throughout the West congregate at Cuyamaca College’s 6th Annual Powwow on Saturday, Feb. 1. Up to 2,500 people from throughout the region are expected to attend the free event that is open to the public.

The powwow begins at 9:30 a.m. with a traditional blessing, followed by the Ashaa Takook Bird Singers at 10 a.m., gourd dancing at 11 a.m. and Grand Entry at noon. The celebration continues until 8 p.m. and vendors will be selling Native American arts and crafts, fry bread and Indian tacos. Admission is free.

 

The the powwow takes place on an expansive lawn in front of the Communication Arts Center. The lawn is just on the other side of a campus road from several student parking areas, and parking is free.

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway. For more information about Cuyamaca College, visit cuyamaca.edu.

 HAWK WATCH IN RAMONA EACH SATURDAY IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Every Saturday in January and February,  Hawk Watch will be presented at the Begent Ranch in the Ramona Grasslands preserve. The event starts at 10 a.m. but arrival at 9:30 is recommend.

Hawk Watch is organized by the Wildlife Research Institute and includes up close looks at falcons and other raptors with wildlife biologists in a seated show, as well as an option for later roadside observations along a two-mile paved road where you may see a variety of other birds of prey including eagles.

Volunteers with high-powered telescopes will be on hand to enhance your viewing enjoyment.

You can find more information at wildlife-research.org/hawkwatch .

 MAGNOLIA CENTER CONCERTS

The Magnolia Center, formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center, has a variety of shows coming up in the next few weeks.  

Upcoming performances include Sinbad, ranked by Comedy Central among the 100 top stand-up comedians of all time, and Colin Hay, former singer/songwriter with the band “Men at Work,” and Ben Rector, Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who has been featured on Conan, the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel and other national TV shows.

For tickets and the full lineup, you can visit www.MagnoliaSanDiego.com

 JULIAN RESTAURANT MONTH

Many restaurants in and around Julian are celebrating California Restaurant Month throughout January with their own specials and surprises. 

Find details at VisitJulian.com and click on the restaurant week link to view all of the delicious options.  

 BIRDWATCHING FEB. 1 AT EL MONTE COUNTY PARK

El Monte County Park in Lakeside (15805 El Monte Road) is a birding hotspot with an impressive array of birds. On February 1st from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. you’re invited to join Ranger Arnold, an experienced birder, to catch those winged creatures in action during an easy, 2-hour walk through the park before the gates are open to the public.

Binoculars and cameras are encouraged.

FEB. 9 CHAPMAN STICK CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH

On February 9th, local musician Tom Griesgraber will be performing at 3 p.m. at the  Mission Trails Church (4880 Zion Ave., San Diego) on an unusual instrument/

The Chapman Stick looks like  a wide guitar neck--without the guitar body. It has 12 strings--six guitar strings and six bass strings that are tapped rather than plucked.

 

Griesgraber is one of the world's most respected performers on the Stick.  He has toured the US and Europe along with a drummer, providing the opening act for hosts of well known musicians. 

 

He has also released seven CDs. His music blends jazz, rock and pop and musical textures of the world.

 

 TRIVIA NIGHTS AT WINE WORKS EACH THURSDAY

Wine Works in La Mesa invites you to test your knowledge, vie for prizes and make new friends at Trivia Nights held each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information you can visit https://LaMesaWineWorks.com

 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S “THE HOLLOW” IN LA MESA FEB. 28-MARCH 29

Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “The Hollow” February 28th through March 29th. 

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow. Dr. Cristow, the Harley Street lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his wife,  his mistress his former lover, and other guests. As the list of romantic associations grows so does the list of potential suspects when Dr. Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive, but only one of them did the deed.

Find tickets and details at https://www.lamplighterslamesa.com

 

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 soon with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!