DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN.19-FEB. 10

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January 16, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes an art show at the Wieghorst Museum, Hawk Watch in Ramona, a Lamplighters Theatre murder mystery play in La Mesa, bluegrass music at the Alpine library, and a beer pairing at Baron’s back room in Alpine.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the rock band KISS in concert at San Diego State University, and an open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.

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

EAST COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION ART SHOW AT WIEGHORST MUSEUM

The East County Art Association’s Art Show is running now through February 2. at the Wieghorst Museum, 131 Rea Avenue east of Magnolia Avenue.  The show featuring paintings by local artists runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

More information on the museum is available at www.wieghorstmuseum.org.

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.

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 in late January 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 from January 20th 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

​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!