East County News Service
May 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- June is filled with fun and festive events including La Mesa’s flag day parade, the Trevon Harris memorial basketball tournament in Lemon Grove, Lavender Days at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, night fishing at Santee Lakes, the Bayou Brothers concert at Santee Lakes, a Father’s Day tour of artist James Hubbell’s home in Julian, Father’s Day pit barbecue in Santa Ysabel, a pancake breakfast with firefighters in La Mesa, Fido Fest in Santee, Race Amity Day in Lemon Grove, and the Anomar Arts Festival in Ramona.
There are also some all summer long event series including outdoor concerts in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and Santee, classic car nights in La Mesa and El Cajon, and outdoor movies at Viejas in Alpine and parks in El Cajon.
So scroll down for all of these events and many more!
LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 1
La Mesa’s 22nd annual Flag Day parade will roll out along La Mesa Blvd. in downtown La Mesa on June 1st starting at 10 a.m. Don your patriotic garb to come cheer on floats, equestrians and more at this star-spangled celebration.
This year’s grand marshal will be Willie O’Ree from the San Diego Gulls. Free ice cream will be provided at the Lookout at Legacy Park (intersection of La Mesa Blvd., 4th St. and Allison) while supplies last.
TREVON HARRIS MEMORIAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT JUNE 1
Thirteen-year-old Trevon Harris dreamed of becoming an NBA player and played basketball with the Young Bulls, a recreational team in Lemon Grove. But on May 3, he slipped on gravel outside his home in Lemon Grove and fell into the path of a vehicle, suffering a fatal head injury.
On June 1st, the Lemon Grove Improvement Council and Coach Mark Horton will hold the first annual Trevon Harris 3-on-3 basketball tournament for players ages 10-14 at the Lemon Grove Rec Center (3131 School Lane).
Funds raised will be used to establish a scholarship and endowment fund to help young athletes in the community with sports needs, such as for those who can’t afford to join a sport or who need sports equipment. Organizers hope to make this an annual event.
Teams are encouraged to sign up at Trevon-Harris.eventbrite.com. There will also be music, food, games and more. Check in is at 8 a.m on June 1st., with games from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, you can call Coach Mark Horton at 619-823-3754.
LAVENDER DAY AND ANTIQUE FAIR AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS JUNE 8
Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs invites you to come celebrate the fragrance and beauty of lavender at a Lavender Festival and Antique Fair on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can fill your garden and containers with many types of lavender during a plant sale, shop for lavender gifts such as soaps, candles, salves and sprays, and enjoy the fragrance scent of the south of France.
Over 40 fine craftsman and expert artisans will also be at this event offering crafts, collectibles and antiques as well as a garden sale. You can picnic in a pavilion or on the grass while listening to live music by Jim Earp – and remember to wear lavender!
For information and directions, you can visit https://www.summerspastfarms.com.
FIREFIGHTERS BREAKFAST IN LA MESA
Heartland Firefighters will be flipping pancakes at a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the downtown La Mesa Fire Station (8034 Allison Ave.)
Breakfast ($5) includes pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Funds from the event will be donated to benefit the Heartland Fire Explorers Program. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the breakfast.
This year’s event will feature emergency preparedness training. The public can receive training in several areas: Fire extinguisher use, CPR, Basic First Aid, and Crime Prevention.
FIDO FEST JUNE 8 IN SANTEE
The city of Santee will host Fido Fest on June 8th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive).
This event will feature dog adoptions, exhibits, giveaways, live entertainment, vaccinations, demos, and contests including best dog-owner look-alikes, smallest and largest dogs, best trick, and a doggie cake walk.
Full details are available at the City of Santee’s website on the calendar (http://cityofsanteeca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4043/8?curm=6&cury=2019).
RACE AMITY DAY: JUNE 9 IN LEMON GROVE
Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez has issued a proclamation designating June 9 as Race Amity Day in Lemon Grove. The Mayor urges all residents to join in support of the goals and ideals for racial amity, or friendship and peaceful harmony.
The Race Amity Committee of Lemon Grove will sponsor a Race Amity Day Potluck Picnic on June 9th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Berry Street Park ( 7071 Mt. Vernon Street, Lemon Grove. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. The park offers free parking and is handicapped accessible. All are welcome.
An hour-long documentary, An American Story--Race Amity and the other Tradition will be shown the day before the picnic on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 pm at the Lemon Grove Library Community Room (3001 School Lane)
Race Amity Day started in Massachusetts to celebrate diversity, and to encourage friendship, civility, kindness and respect among all people, and efforts are underway to create a national designation.
For more information on Race Amity Day in Lemon Grove, you can call Mike Lavach (619) 851-4689.
NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES JUNE 13 AND 27
You’re invited to bring a lantern and drop a line for night fishing under the stars at Santee Lakes on June 13th and June 27th from 5 p.m.to 11:30 p.m.
Find directions at www.SanteeLakes.com
BAYOU BROTHERS AT SANTEE LAKES JUNE 15
The Bayou Brothers will present a rollicking concert complete with Cajun, Zydeco and blues music at Santee Lakes on Saturday, June 15th at 7 p.m.
Guests can enjoy the sounds of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayous.
You can find directions to Santee Lakes at https://www.santeelakes.com/.
FATHER’S DAY ON HUBBELL HILL JUNE 16
Renowned San Diego artist and humanitarian James Hubbell, is opening his hand-built, artistic mountain retreat home to the public for the annual Father’s Day Tour benefiting the Ilan-Lael Foundation Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Julian, Calif.
For more than 50 years, the Hubbells have been building their art-inspired home and guests are invited to tour the iconic property’s eight main structures, including the art studios, the famous “Boys’ House,” and chapel, plus the first-ever chance to explore the near-completed Ilan-Lael Center complete with gallery, amphitheatre and more.
James Hubbell, his wife Anne, and their family will also be greeting the public to share their inspirational stories and insights about the property, which has been largely rebuilt after the Cedar Fire.
The annual tour raises funds to continue to perpetuate Hubbell’s artistic mission through the Ilan-Lael Foundation. There are two tour times on June 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m; each tour lasts three hours. For tickets, you can visit ilanlaelfoundation.org/open-house/.
FATHER’S DAY PIT BBQ JUNE 16 IN SANTA YSABEL
You’re invited to bring Dad to a Father’s Day pit barbecue on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic 200-year-old Santa Ysabel Indian Mission (23013 State Route 79 in Santa Ysabel).
Contests will be held for best cowboy hats, boot and mustaches. There will also be entertainment, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, barbecue ($10 a plate), beer, wine and sodas.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance after mass.
ANOMAR ARTS FESTIVAL JUNE 29 IN RAMONA
You’re invited to explore what it means to be creative at the Anomar Festival on June 29th from 12 noon to 8 p.m. in Ramona. Anomar is organized by two nonprofits, the 2CreateGallery and the Art Center of Ramona.
Located at the scenic Begent Ranch (18528 Highland Valley Rd), surrounded by the Ramona Grasslands, attendees can meet art “collaborators” who will offer a variety of hands-on activities including an art apothecary store, body painting, stargazing, rock painting, a karate robot, permaculture, wire bending and fused glass, a banjo sing-along, yoga, meditation and more.
Tickets are available at www.AnomarFestival.com.
ALL SUMMER LONG EVENTS:
VIEJAS MOVIES AT THE ROLLER RINK IN ALPINE
Grab your popcorn – it’s time for (free!) summertime movies at the outdoor roller skating rink at Viejas Outlets shopping mall (5005 Willows Rd.) in Alpine. Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m. each Friday night from now through early July.
The lineup of popular movies coming up in June include Moana, Bumblebee, Antman and the Wasp, and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. There will also be showings over the July 4th weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and How to Train a Dragon 3.
For a full schedule, visit www.viejas.com.
MOVIES IN THE PARK IN EL CAJON
El Cajon’s popular movies in the park return by popular demand this summer. You can enjoy nine summer movies from June through August (free!) at parks across the city.
The first two movies in the lineup are Teen Titans Go on Saturday, June 22nd at Hillside Park and the Avengers: Infinity War on Friday, June 28th at Wells Park.
Guests can enjoy additional fun activities before the start of the movie at nightfall.
For a full list of shows all summer long, visit www.elcajonrec.org or call (619) 873-1641.
LEMON GROVE CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Lemon Grove’s summer concert series opens June 27th and continues through August 22nd each Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Berry Park (7071 Mt. Vernon St.)
The series kicks off June 27th with mariachi music followed by a season that will also include salsa, Cajun-zydeco, rock and roll, Motown, country music and more. Check the city of Lemon Grove’s website calendar for a full schedule (https://www.lemongrove.ca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2096/180?curm=6&cury=2019).
DINNER AND A CONCERT SERIES IN EL CAJON
El Cajon’s popular Dinner and a Concert series is held each Friday evening at Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon from 6 to 8 p.m. Shows will continue all summer long.
You can bring a picnic dinner, or dine early at one of the many restaurants nearby before attending the (free) concert.
For full details, visit www.DowntownElCajon.com.
SANTEE’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES OPENS JUNE 13
Santee opens its summer concert series on June 13th with “Elvis” impersonator James Kruk and the Big Boss Men.
The concert series will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) on Thursday nights all summer long, through August 22nd.
The City of Santee has the full line-up of artists on its website (http://cityofsanteeca.gov/services/event-calendar).
LA MESA SUNDAY AT SIX CONCERTS
The city of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” concert series will be held at Harry Griffin Park (9550 Milden St.) in the outdoor amphitheatre each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The series opens June 16th with the band “Trails and Rails.” Other June concerts include the San Diego Concert Band on June 23rd and It’s Never Too Late on June 30th. The series will continue through July 28th.
Find more information on the city’s website (http://cityoflamesa.com/751/Community-Services).
CLASSIC CAR SHOWS IN LA MESA
The La Mesa Village Association rolls out its La Mesa Classic Car Show each Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. starting June 6th and running through August 29th, though there will be no show over the 4th of July weekend.
This event features pre-1974 cars, trucks, and vans! The event will feature DJ’s and live bands located at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd, and an award giveaway at each event honoring the night’s best cars.
Opening night June 6 features live music by Four Way Street. Other June class car show happenings in La Mesa include Barona drag racing cars, live music from the Flipside Burners, and the Shelby/Ford Classic Car Club night.
Find full details at the La Mesa Village Association website (http://www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/classic-car:-show.aspx )
EL CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES EACH WED.
El Cajon’s Classic Cruise Nights is celebrating its centennial season. You can view classic cars each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. along Main Street in the heart of downtown El Cajon.
For a full schedule of events, you can visit https://downtownelcajon.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.
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We’ll be back soon with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!