DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 19-AUG. 26

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July 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Jungle Book Movie at La Mesita Park,  a Museum Roadshow at Cuyamaca College,  a family hike and falconry presentation at Santa Ysabel Preserve, plus community concerts in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and Santee.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Mariah Carey and Lionel Ritchie in concert at San Diego State, a murder mystery dinner theatre in Julian, Pine Valley Days, the Pomerado Jazz Quintet at Mission Trails, a Sip of Julian, the HeART of Mt. Helix, the Ramona Country Fair,  and a Laurel and Hardy film presentation in Spring Valley.

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

THIS WEEK

JUNGLE BOOK JULY 21 AT LA MESITA PARK IN LA MESA

The City of La Mesa invites you to enjoy an outdoor movie in the park on Friday, July 21. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, or blanket and enjoy the 2016 version of The Jungle Book starring Mowgli and his animal friends in the jungle.

The (free!) movie will be shown on a large screen at La Mesita Park (8855 Dallas Street in La Mesa), beginning 15 minutes after sunset.

For more information, visit www.cityoflamesa.us/specialevents .

MUSEUM ROADSHOW:  JULY 22 AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

Heritage of the Americans Museum invites you to the Museum Roadshow this Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.  You can bring in your treasures and have certified authenticator and appraiser Craig Helm give you information and an estimate of what it’s worth. 

His specialties are Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts, antique pictures, Western memorabilia and Asian artifacts.  Helm has expertise in many areas, but he is not prepared  to answer questions on gems, minerals, or stamps.  No guns are allowed on the  campus of Cuyamaca College, where the museum is located. There is a small cost for appraisals, which benefits the museum’s children’s programs.

For more information you can visit heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com/

FAMILY HIKE JULY 22 AT SANTA YSABEL EAST PRESERVE

You can join Ranger Eric in a short beginner’s trek through Santa Ysabel East County Preserve (500 Farmer Road in Julian) to learn essentials for a successful hike.  This introduction ot family hiking will be held on Saturday, July 22nd from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Learn what to wear, pack, eat and drink before and during your hike.  For more information, you can call the Santa Ysabel East County Preserve at 760-765-4098. (Details: http://www.countynewscenter.com/events/getting-outdoors-an-introduction-to-family-hiking/)

FALCONS AND HAWKS JULY 23 AT SANTA YSABEL PRESERVE

Learn about the world’s oldest hunting style and sport of kings from Master Falconer Cisco Cibourne on Sunday, July 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Santa Ysabel East County Preserve (500 Farmer Road) in Julian.

Visitors will experience the world’s fastest animal, the Peregrine Falcon, in action as he swoops down to a lure.  Bring a hat, water and sunscreen to this event at the West Preserve, which meets in the staging area. For more information, call 760-765-4908.

LA MESA SUNDAYS AT SIX SEASON-END CONCERT JULY 23

La Mesa’s season-end to its Sundays at Six concert series will be this Sunday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park (9550 Milden St.). Sonic Epidemic will perform horn tunes of the 70s

LEMON GROVE CONCERTS IN THE PARK THURSDAY NIGHTS

Lemon Grove’s summer concerts in the park series continues each Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Berry Street Park (7071 Mount Vernon) in Lemon Grove.

The lineup includes the Three Court Justice country music on July 27,  the  Bill Magee Blues Band on August 3rd, West of 5 playing rock from the 70s through today on August 10, and the Bayou Brothers with Cajun and zydeco music of New Orleans on August 17.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or have a barbecue in the park for these community concerts, but alcohol is not allowed.

SANTEE SUMMER CONCERTS THURSDAYS

Santee’s summer concert series is held each Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive). Next Thursday,  July 27 features an Elvis Presley tribute by James Kruk and the Big Boss Man. 

On August 3, Three Chord Justice will play “Boot Scootin’ Country.”  August 10 is “Wingstock” night featuring a beer garden, foods from Wings and Things, and music from the summer of 1969. On August 17, Upstream will perform Caribbean and reggae music.  Santee’s summer concert season ends on August 24, with variety music by the Mighty Untouchables.

EL CAJON DINNER AND A CONCERT SERIES FRIDAY NIGHTS

El Cajon offers its summer concerts on Friday nights all summer long.  The next few shows include a Santana tribute by Santana Ways on July 21, the Fabulous Pelicans playing classic rock on July 28, tropical rock with Stars on the Water August 4, and modern country music by Patrick Trampus on August 11. For details visit www.DowntownElCajon.com.

LIONEL RICHIE AND MARIAH CAREY AT SDSU JULY 27

Music superstars Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey will rock the night at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on July 27th at 7 p.m. as part of their “All the Hits” tour.

Richie has won an Oscar, four Grammy Awards and 16 American Music Association Awards, among many other honors. He defied his parents and joined a band to escape Alabama and became one of Motown’s biggest success stories.

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles, the most of any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, songwriting and producing talent, Carey has won five Grammy Award, and the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium.”

Tickets are available at the Viejas Arena website (https://as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena/event/72).

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE JULY 28 AT JULIAN TOWN HALL

The Julian Triangle Club invites you to help solve a hilarious crime at a murder mystery theater set for Friday night, July 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic Julian town hall.  Dinner will be catered by Jeremy’s On the Hill.

A well-seasoned County Fair opens under a cloud as a real estate tycoon plots to buy it out and close it down. This riles the locals who love the fair, especially the pig races – which are being targeted by protesters. Add in female country singers who will stop at nothing to claw past each other to get to the top, plus some romancin’ and you have the stage set for shenanigans…and murder!

The table that gives the best correct answer of “whodunit?” before the killer is revealed will walk away with a stellar Prize Basket.

Cost is $35.  For tickets or details, contact the Julian Triangle Club at (760) 525-5137 or email juliantriangleclub@gmail.com. You can also learn more at www.JulianCA.com.

PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 28-29

Pine Valley Days takes place July 28th and 29th. This annual tradition begins on Friday July 28th with a deep pit barbecue and live music by Barbwire. Then on Saturday July 29th, the Pine Valley Days parade rolls through the town, followed by a day of fun festivities in the Pine Valley Park including kids’ activities, arts and crafts, vendors, live music, food and a horseshoe tournament.

For details, check the Pine Valley Days 2017 page on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/events/1896274133973684/)

POMERADO JAZZ QUINTET AT MISSION TRAILS JULY 30

The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform a (free) concert at Mission Trails Regional Park on Sunday, July 30th at 3 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheatre.  The brass quintet’s repertoire includes classical, marches, jazz, ragtime, Dixieland, and Broadway musical selections. 

For more information, you can visit the Mission Trails Regional Park website at MTRP.org.

SIP OF JULIAN AUG. 5

The Julian Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Sip of Julian on Saturday, August 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The sip features growers and producers of hard cider, wine, craft beer, showing that Julian has much more to savor beyond apple pies.

This event is a fundraising benefit for Julian’s Annual Country Christmas and Tree Lighting Celebration  For more information you can visit www.VisitJulian.com.

HEART OF MT. HELIX AUG. 12

The 10th annual HeART of Mt. Helix on August 12th from 5 to 10 p.m. will feature live art demonstrations and art auctions, music on two stages, a juried art show, succulent plant sale, and tastings from top local restaurants atop Mt. Helix.

The cherished “party on the hill” attracts around 500 guests annually, with funds benefitting the Mt. Helix Park Foundation for upkeep of the amphitheatre and park facilities.

For tickets and the line-up of this year’s entertainers, artists, restaurants and other participants, visit mthelixpark.org and click on the Heart of Mt. Helix link.

RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR AUGUST 24-27

The annual Ramona Country Fair will be held August 24-27 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (421 Aqua Lane, Ramona). 

Crafts, carnival rides, contests, vendors, live entertainment, fair food and lots of fun are highlights of this event. A Western show and the 2nd Ramona motorcycle rally are also being held this year.  

The fair is open Thursday and Friday evening, August 24 and 25 and all day on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 26. For full hours and details, visit https://www.facebook.com/RamonaCountryFair/

SAPS AT SEA PRESENT LAUREL AND HARDY FILMS AUGUST 26

Thelma, Stan & Ollie will be the theme at the next gathering of the Saps at Sea, the Laurel & Hardy Sons of the Desert association in San Diego, on August 26th at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church (3902 Kenwood Drive) in Spring Valley.

The event highlights works of Thelma Todd . This bubbly blonde was not only a highly respected actress and comedian, but a long time favorite of the Saps featured in several hilarious comedy clips that will be shown.

That’s all for this week!

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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