DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 30-MARCH 2

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January 29, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Baron’s backroom beer pairing, a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the Lunar New Year at Barona, and Hawk Watch in Ramona

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions just in time for Valentine’s Day including a group wedding vow renewal at Parkway Plaza, Cupids and Canines at Grossmont Center, and KISS in concert at SDSU. There are also theatrical productions, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Borrego historical tour and living history presentation on the de Anza expedition.

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

BARON’S BACKROOM BEER PAIRING JAN. 30

Baron’s Market in Alpine will host a backroom beer pairing on Wednesday, January 30th at 6 p.m. with 100% of proceeds donated to benefit Alpine schools/PTA.

As the market transforms its loading dock and stockroom into a local brew speakeasy, guests will sample beers from Refuge Brewery with gourmet bites made from the market’s natural ingredients such as chicken tacos with Asian slaw, prosciutto and arugula pizza, buffalo wings with blue cheese, and dulce de leche dessert.

For tickets and details, you can visit www.BaronsMarket.com.

POWWOW AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 2

Native American tribes from throughout the West will be  represented at Cuyamaca College’s 5th Annual Powwow on Feb. 2nd,  a public event celebrating American Indian culture with bird singing, gourd dancing, storytelling, and more.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the powwow, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a grand entry of inter-tribal dances at noon. A variety of traditional Native-American food will be on menu, including fry bread and Indian tacos, and an abundance of Native-American arts and crafts will be on sale.

The word powwow derives from an Algonquian term meaning “he dreams” – and referred to a religious gathering of medicine men and spiritual leaders. The modern-day powwow is rooted in a Pawnee religious ceremony dating to the early 19th century. Southern California powwow tradition includes bird singing, which tells the history of the Native-American people.

Cuyamaca College’s name comes from the Kumeyaay phrase “Ekwiiyemak” – which means “behind the clouds,” “above the rains,” and “the place where the rains come from the heavens.” Cuyamaca College (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway) is located in the Rancho San Diego community of El Cajon. For details, visit cuyamaca.edu.

LUNAR NEW YEAR FEB. 5-19 AT BARONA

Barona Resort will host a Lunar New Year celebration February 5th through 19th to ring in the Chinese Year of the Pig.

Festivities include a parade of lion and dragon dancers, lucky Hong Bao red envelopes, all-you-can-eat lobster and other dining specials, Party People games, and giveaways.  

 

You can find details including a schedule of entertainment and Asian-themed restaurant specials by visiting www.barona.com.

 

HAWK WATCH IN RAMONA: SATURDAYS THROUGH FEB.

The Wildlife Research Center in Ramona continues its presentations of “Hawk Watch” each Saturday now through the end of February.  This year the event is being held at the Begent Ranch in Ramona (18528 Highland Valley Road.)

You can 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.

 

WEDDING VOW RENEWALS FEB. 9 AT PARKWAY PAZA

 

Love knows no timeline. So for up to 75 couples looking to refresh their commitments to each other, Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon is celebrating love with a first-of-its-kind marriage vow renewal ceremony. 

 

On Saturday, February 9 th at 2 p.m. Center Court will be transformed into a chapel of love complete with flowers, music, champagne, cake and more. Up to 75 couples will join the Rev. Drummond Macomber, a non-denominational minister who is well-known for his community involvement.

 

All couples who participate in this event, will also be entered to win a diamond eternity band.

 

If you would like to renew your vows, you can find more information at www.ShoppingParkwayPlaza.com in the events section, or call the mall’s office at (619) 579-9974.

 

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” NOW THROUGH 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 continuing now 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.

 

MOXIE THEATRE PRESENTS HERLAND JAN. 20-FEB. 17

 

The Moxie Theatre presents “Herland” onstage now through February 17th.  The rolling world premier play is all about growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of your own drum.

 

The lead character, Jean, is NOT moving into a retirement home. She recruits her best friends who are also in their 70s and a high school intern to hatch a bold plan for a Utopian alternative. Formerly the domain of a locally famous Bruce Springsteen cover band, Jean’s garage becomes the stage for a hilarious story about growing into yourself and getting what you want.

 

The Moxie Theatre is located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd., just west of La Mesa in San Diego. Tickets are available at the box office or online at www.MoxieTheatre.com.

 

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.

 

OPEN FARM DAY AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY FEB. 9-10

 

Love is in the air at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, where the next Open Farm Day will be held on February 9th and 10th.

 

Visitors can cuddle with camels, watch an exotic bird show, feed and ride camels, take camel selfies and shop for items such as camel soaps and camel wool scarves at the gift shop.  Tickets are available at the door or online at www.CamelDairy.com.

 

VALENTINE TEAS IN JULIAN FEB. 14-18

 

Julian Tea and Cottage Arts invites you to savor Valentine Teas February 14th through 18th.  

 

A romantically inspired menu includes freshly brewed teas, choice of soups, finger sandwiches and savories, scones, a luscious dessert tray and more. There is also a children’s tea and options for vegetarian or gluten-free menus with advance notice.

 

There are several seating times and reservations are recommended.  For reservations and details, you can visit http://juliantea.com.

 

CUPIDS AND CANINES FEB. 16 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

You’re invited to discover puppy love at Cupids and Canines, a  (free) mega pet adoption event at Grossmont Center on February 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation is bringing in dozens of rescue groups and shelters offering hundreds of adoptable dogs as well as cats.

 

From chihuahuas to Great Pyrenees, you’ll find purebreds as well as plenty of loveable mutts—and maybe find a new best friend for your household.  Details are available at www.GrossmontCenter.com.

 

SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE FEB. 23

 

The Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the official Laurel and Hardy fan club, will meet on Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.

 

The Saps will feature a trio of Stan and Ollie's best shorts. This month's cartoon is Hot Cross Bunnyn with Bugs Bunny

 

Next in Leave Em Laughing, the Saps' own Russ Peck will be on the keyboard.

 

This month\s guest comedians are the Three Stooges in Men in Black. illed with tasty treats, we start our

 

After intermission, the second half will feature Stan and Ollie in County Hospital and Thicker Than Water.

 

The show starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Saps at Sea Facebook page.

BORREGO HISTORICAL TOUR AND LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATION: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JUAN BAUTISTA DE ANZA MARCH 2

The Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association will host a Borrego Historical on Saturday, March 2nd from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The tour begins at the association’s building on Christmas Circle, followed by a tour of Old Borrego, farming and agricultural sites where Caesar Chavez once led the farmworkers’ strike, lunch at the Palms at Indian Head, and a tour of Seley Rench.

In the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. visitors will enjoy a lecture titled “In the Footsteps of Juan Bautista de Anza”  followed by wine, cheese, and a living history presentation around the campfire to hear a historical reenactor bring to life a soldier from the expedition talking about his daily life on the historic trail.

To register for the program and get more information, you can visit the Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association at www.ABDNHA.org.

​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!