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June 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes fiddle and pickin’ in Julian, the 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” and the largest roller skating rink in Southern California.
Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions … Julian dance and back country barbecue, antique and craft fair in flinn springs and fido fest - paws in the park
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!
THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS
ROLLER RINK IN ALPINE
The largest roller skating rink in Southern California has rolled out in Alpine at the Viejas Outlets Center. The rink is open now through September 5th at the Viejas Outlets (505 Willow Road) in Alpine. Skates are included, or you can bring your own. Discounts are available for kids under 12 and members of the military, with ID. For more information you can visit www.Viejas.com.
HISTORY ALIVE IN LEMON GROVE JUNE 2
Lemon Grove’s "History Alive" lecture series concludes on June 2 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center (3205 Olive, Lemon Grove) with a hilarious look back at Lemon Grove's criminal element, from 1955 to 1964.
Lemon Grove Historical Society President Helen Ofield asks, "Where are the great cat burglars?" From the weekly "Crime Log" edited by the old pro, Max Goodwin, in the former Lemon Grove Review, Ofield learned that would-be crooks were consistently caught in air vents, dumpsters, closets and you-name-it while attempting to purloin all manner of goods, from the ridiculous to the ludicrous.
Bring your funny bone and anybody age 18 and over who wants to join the line-up!
JUNGLE BOOK BALLET BRINGS BELOVED KIPLING TALE TO LIFE JUNE 3-4 IN LA MESA
Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and other beloved characters from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book will come to life to enchant and delight audiences in Visionary Youth Ballet’s presentation of “The Jungle Book Ballet.” This special program choreographed by Kiona Daelyn, Visionary’s Director of Dance Education, will be held Friday and Saturday,June 3-4 at 7 p.m. at Visionary’s new studio(8693 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa.
For tickets ($12-16), visit http://visionarydancetheatre.org/Visionary/the-jungle-book-ballet or email VisionaryDanceTheatre.org.
JULIAN FIDDLE AND PICKIN’ CONTEST JUNE 4-5
The California Old Time Fiddlers Association invites you to the Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest on Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th plus a Saturday night performance by two two-time National Fiddle champions. There’s also a warm-up workshop on Friday June 3rd led by a national Grand Fiddle champions.
Whether you’re a fiddler, picker or just a spectator there’s plenty of fun Julian, with jamming throughout town during the contest weekend. If you play, you’re encouraged to bring yourself and your instrument, and be prepared to smile all day and all night long. For a full schedule and details, you can visit http://SanDiegoFiddler.org.
LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 4
The City of La Mesa shows its patriotic spirit with the La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This annual community supported event is held along La Mesa Boulevard through the downtown village. This year’s theme is Salute to Old Glory and the Grand Marshal will be Cabrillo National Park in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.
Pre-parade concerts start at 9 a.m. featuring local middle school bands. The parade rolls out at 10 a.m. Afterwards, a community ice cream social will be held at La Mesa Blvd. and 4th Street (north side). For more information you can visit the City of La Mesa’s website (http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentCenter/View/8762).
TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 6
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center. The public is invited to sample fare from many local restaurants and other food providers.
Early bird rates are in effect through May 31st. For tickets and reservations, you can visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.
HEMP HISTORY ROAD TRIP JUNE 6 IN ALPINE
In celebration of hemp history week, a Hemp Road Trip bus will roll out in East County on Monday June 6th from 12 noon to 2 p.m. from the parking lot at Mountain Hempire in Alpine (2535 Alpine Blvd). Festivities include a showing of the movie “Bringing it Home”, tie-dyed T-shirt making and food provided by Good Seed Hemp including burgers, hot dogs and popcorn. For details you can visit http://MtHempire.com.
PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS
APPLE BLOSSOM TEA JUNE 10 IN JULIAN
The Julian Woman’s Club will hold its 8th annual Apple Blossom Tea on June 10th at its clubhouse. This event includes a full English tea and foods prepared by the owner of Julian Tea & Cottage Arts, with help from her staff and club members. Gift baskets donated by local merchants will be raffled and opportunity drawings will provide winners with a wide range of homemade crafts, jellies and plants in old teacups and teapots.
Funds raised help support the club’s many philanthropic projects, including high school scholarships, programs for children and local organizations such as the Historical Society and Friends of the Library. For more information you can contact Jonna Waite at 760-765-0212
(To register, complete the Registration Form.)
JULIAN DANCE AND BACK COUNTRY BARBECUE JUNE 11
You’re invited to grab your partner and mosey on up to Julian for the annual Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue on Saturday, June 11th from 2 p.m. to 10 p
The annual family friendly event, presented by the Sons of the American Legion Post 468, will be held at the Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchard Drive) in Julian. The festivities will include three live bands including Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Swingshift, and Three Cord Justice. Twinkly lights and bonfires light up the night, with proceeds benefitting veterans, kids, schools and other local charitable causes.
For more information or tickets, you can visit http://www.JulianDance.org.
LAVENDAR DAY, ANITQUE AND CRAFT FAIR JUNE 11 IN FLINN SPRINGS
Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs invites you to experience Lavender Day along with an antique and crafts fair on Saturday, June 11th from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can celebrate the fragrance and beauty of lavender, including a plant sale and gift itemsin the barn and soap shop to evoke the scent of south of France. You can also find over 40 fine craftsman and expert artisans at this event, picnic while listening to live music , bring a picnic or purchase lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in the coffee area, and remember to wear lavender!
LAMPLIGHTERS’ SECOND CHANCES CONTINUES NOW THROUGH JUNE 12
Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa continues its production of Neil Simon’s play, Chapter Two, running now through June 12th. The play blends love, laughter and drama in a story about four characters getting a second chance at love. For ticktes and details, you can visit http://www.LamplightersLaMesa.com.
FIDO FEST - PAWS IN THE PARK JUNE 11
The city of Santee announces Fido Fest, a “paws in the park” event on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 550 Park Center Drive, Santee.
This event features activities for both pups and people, including a Mega Adoption event with pups from several rescue organizations plus an opportunity drawing to benefit dogs on deployment.
ART AFTER FIVE: ARTISTS RECEPTION JUNE 16 IN EL CAJON
The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center (131 Rea Ave.) in El Cajon will host a show of nationally known local artists including Gloria Chadwick and Grace Schleisier starting in June. An “Art After Five” meet the artists reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 5-8 p.m. For details you can visit http://WieghorstMuseum.org.
SAN DIEGO FOLLIES TIME WARP JUNE 16-19 AT HELIX
Christian Youth Theatre will present the 9th annual San Diego Follies on June 16 through June 19 at the Helix Mainstage Theater at Helix High School in La Mesa, San Diego’s largest musical revue spectacle with dazzling costumes, scenery and lighting. This year’s Time Warp show will feature hilarious skits, musical numbers, flashy dancing and a live band. For tickets visit www.CYTSanDiego.org.
BOARS AND BREW JUNE 18 IN LAKESIDE
Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy (12109 Industry Road) in Lakeside will host its second annual Boars and Brew on Saturday, June 18 from 4-7 p.m. You’re invited to sip and stroll along the banks of the San Diego River at this event, which drew over 600 guests last year and also includes tasty foods.
Guests will receive a complimentary mug for tasting. Discounted rates are available for designated drivers. For tickets and details, visit www.LakesideRiverPark.org.
WESTERN LUAU JUNE 11 IN DESCANSO
Howdy and Aloha! You’re invited to a Western luau blending traditions of Hawaii and the Old West on Saturday, June 11 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills Community Church (25153 Viejas Blvd.) in Descanso. This festive event features a pit BBQ pork dinner and live music by the Kukui Nuts, plus vendors, gift baskets and opportunity drawings including a $1200 grand prize travel voucher.
(You must be present to win; drawing will be held at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (including entry for grand door prize), or $5 for children under 12.)
If you wish to attend, you can call 619-445-3617 to reserve seats, then you can don your Hawaiian shirts and cowboy boots, grab your partner and mosey on out to Descansco for this unique multicultural event.
LA MESA SUNDAYS AT SIX CONCERT SEASON OPENS JUNE 24
The City of La Mesa’s (free) family fun outdoor “Concerts at Six” series will be held once again in Harry Griffen Park (8550 Milden Street) each Sunday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. The series opens June 12 and runs through July 24. For the season opener, the San Diego Concert Band will perform. Other musical entertainment through the season will include Rhythm and the Method, Jazz West, Sonic Epidemic, Silvermine, and the Big Band Ambassadors.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, BEAGLE! THE PEANUTS MOVIE AT SANTEE LAKES JUNE 24
Movies & More by the Lake Presents” Lights, Camera, Beagle! The Peanuts Movie on Friday, June 24th from 6 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m. at Santee Lakes.
The cast of Young Actors Theatre will perform songs from the movie, plus check out Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth and batting practice on an inflatable batting cage. There will also be food, games, and plenty of fun.
For more information, visit www.SanteeLakes.com.
CYT PRESENTS THE LION KING JULY 21-24 IN LA MESA
Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, CYT San Diego has the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical on July 21 through 24 at the Helix Mainstage Theater in La Mesa. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. For tickets you can visit www.CYTSanDiego.org.
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. 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 email@example.com 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.