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By Miriam Raftery
July 28, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County features a once in a blue moon hike, a vocal and jazz trio concert, and a watermelon festival at a camel dairy. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including movies at Santee Lakes, a Sip of Julian, the reopening of Rancho San Diego’s Farmer’s Market, and a rollicking new Lamplighters Theatre production. So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!
THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS:
WATERMELON DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 31
The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona invites you to Watermelon Days on July 31st from 1 to 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy feeding watermelons to camels, as well as watching a camel show and an exotic bird show, savoring a barbecue, and for children--camel rides! There is also a watermelon carving contest and more. For tickets and details, visit www.cameldairy.com.
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON HIKE: VOLCAN MOUNTAIN JULY 31
Here’s an event that happens only once in a blue moon. The County’s Parks and Recreation department is offering a free Sunset-Blue Moon hike at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve in Julian on Friday, July 31 starting at 6:45 p.m. Bring a flashlight and a sense of adventure for the two-mile hike on Five Oaks Trail to the summit for views of Julian at sunset before making your way back under a shimmering blue moon.
The moon is not actually blue, by the way. That's just the nickname for the second of two full moons in one calendar month. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers since it gets cool after dark, and bring water and a snack. Park attendant Bill Augustus will be your guide and share anecdotes about the history and geography of the area. For more information, call (760) 765-4098 or visit the County News Center.
HELIX WATER DISTRICT CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AUGUST 1
You’re invited to join in the fun at the Water Conservation Garden all day Saturday August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy special events, presentations, guided tours and more as Helix Water District celebrates its customers!
VOCALIST LILLIAN PALMER AUG. 2 AT MISSION TRAILS
Vocalist Lillian Palmer will perform a free concert at Mission Trails Regional Park on Sunday, August 2nd at 3 p.m. along with a three-piece jazz trio. Most of the songs she will sing are from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.
MARY POPPINS ON MT. HELIX CONTINUES IN JULY THROUGH AUGUST 2
Christian Community Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins continues through July until August 2nd at the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater. For tickets to enjoy this show featuring everyone’s favorite nanny, you can visit cctsandiego.org.
GRAND RE-OPENING RANCHO SAN DIEGO FARMERS MARKET AUGUST 2
On Sunday August 2, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon there will be a grand Re-Opening of the Rancho San Diego Farmers Market on a new day, new time and new location.
The community market provides a wonderful opportunity for customers to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs direct from the farm! Also, cookies, oils, hot foods, crafts, lotions, and so much more!
Located on the Valhalla High School Campus on Hillsdale Road in El Cajon at the Intersection of Chase Ave. and Hillsdale Road in RSD.
Contact Hannah Gbeh (Bee) at 619-977-2011 for more information.
CAJON CLASSIC CRUISE - CUSTOM CREATIONS AUGUST 5
If it’s Wednesday it’s Cajon Classic car day in downtown El Cajon. This week’s theme is Custom Creations. If you love classic and custom cars join the fun up-and-down El Cajon’s Main Street with music, vendors, hot-rods, woodies and motorcycles. Bring the family, picnic on the grass in Promenade Park or shop and dine in old downtown El Cajon’s during Cajon Classic Cruise.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN SANTEE: ULTIMATE BOOGIE BAND AUGUST 6
Live music featuring SLOWER – The Ultimate Boogie Band on Thursday August 6th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. At Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee. There will be picnic style seating, kid’s activities and it’s all free in Santee. This is a pet-friendly event so don’t forget to bring Fido to meet Dogs.
EL CAJON FARMERS MARKET
Every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Promenade Park, 201 East Main Street, El Cajon. The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, and more! You can get more information at www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org.
NOW FOR PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS:
DINNER & A CONCERT WITH THE MIGHTY UNTOUCHABLES AUG. 7
The very popular Friday night Dinner and outdoor Concert. Bring a picnic basket or eat at one of the great restaurants in El Cajon. Then enjoy The Mighty Untouchables in concert. The Mighty Untouchables perform everything from Motown to classic rock, along with pop and country. These musicians and singers entertain throughout the world, and will please audiences of all tastes with their extensive and diverse collection of material. For fun and dancing enjoy this cool and classy scene - this band delivers.
That’s Prescott Promenade Park Friday Night Aug. 7 from 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
MOVIES BY THE LAKE IN SANTEE AUGUST 7
Santee Lakes (9310 Fanita Pkwy Santee 92071) will be hosting “Movies by the Lake.” On Friday, August 7th, you can watch PG movie “Maleficent” at 6:00 p.m. For more information, join Facebook page “Santee Lakes.” Then, click on “Movies by the Lake – Maleficent” in order to join event. For more details, go to www.santeelakes.com/special-events.
WINE, MEAD AND CIDER AT “SIP OF JULIAN” AUGUST 8
Saturday August 8 marks the first annual "Sip of Julian." Eight participants are included in this event, highlighting Julian-area wineries and other tasting rooms. Joining the traditional wine producers are a craft brewery, hard cider, and a mead producer. Starting at 11 a.m., visitors have 6 hours to enjoy their sips, paired with locally produced appetizers.
For tickets or more information contact Julian's Chamber of Commerce at www.julianca.com.
NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE CIRCLE AUGUST 9 AT MISSION TRAILS
On Sunday, August 9, Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will have a San Diego Native American Flute Circle. The free concert begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. It will take place at the Visitor’s outdoor amphitheatre. You can listen to flute players who honor Native American music in a beautiful natural setting. For more details about this event, go to www.mtrp.org/events.
TRES CABARET-STYLE DEBUT AUGUST 14 AT VISIONARY PERFORMANCE SPACE
Mounarath-Powell Productions presents the premier of a new girl group, Tres, at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego) on August 14th at 7 p.m.
This cabaret-style production features three powerhouse vocalists: Nicole Isablele, Caliope Marin, and Sophia Rogers. Listen to these young divas as they sing some of today's and yesterday's popular hits by artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Tina Turner and many more.
Also enjoy food, drinks and music along with the premier of Tres. For tickets and details, visitwww.VisionaryDanceTheatere.org.
SUPPORTING CAST AT LAMPLIGHTERS IN LA MESA AUG. 14-SEPT. 13
Lamplighters Community Theatre continues its 78th season with “The Supporting Cast,” a comedy to be staged August 14 through September 13, when Ellen, the wife of a successful author, writes a sizzling novel her friends are thrilled — until she invites them to her Malibu beach house and reveals that they are the characters! For tickets visit www.lamplighterslamesa.com.
That’s all for this week! You can find details on all of these events and more on our Calendar and in our Festivals and Events section online at eastcountymagazine.org.
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We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!