March 3, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes an artists’ reception, a calypso star in concert, and live music at a winery. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day weekend and Easter egg hunts, Vallecito Day historical reenactments and Tomatomania! Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.
BILLY OCEAN AT SYCUAN MARCH 5
Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean will perform on March 5th at the Sycuan Live & Up Close Theater in El Cajon. Britain’s top black recording star of all time has sold over 30 million records in styles ranging from calypso to R&B. He’s won a Grammy and topped the pop charts in the U.S. and several other countries. For more information, you can visit www.Sycuan.com.
PASTEL SOCIETY ART RECEPTION AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 7
The “Pastel Society of San Diego – Art in the Park” an exhibition of fine art by ten members of the Pastel Society of San Diego will be on display now through March 27th at Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor center. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 1 to 4 p.m. For details see www.MTRP.org.
WAITES DUO AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY MARCH 7
The Waites, an acoustic mandolin and guitar duo, will perform at San Pasqual Winery’s Tasting Room in the La Mesa downtown village starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th. The Waites blend folk, bluegrass, country, classic rock & more, as they sing & play in harmony. Wine is available by the glass; cheese and crackers and desert is also available for purchase. For more information visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com.
Now for a preview of coming attractions….
ROMEO AND JULIET AT STAGECOACH THEATER MARCH 13-21
The Stagecoach Theatre at Grossmont College will present Romeo and Juliet with eight performances in March starting March 13 and running through the 21st. Based on Shakespeare’s classic tragic romance, this production has a twist—set against the turbulent backdrop of Prohibition Era Chicago, blending a mafia family drama with the timelessness of forbidden love.
For tickets, contacted the Theater Arts department at Grossmont College at Grossmont.edu. (http://www.grossmont.edu/campus-life/arts-culture/theater-arts/2014-2015-season.aspx)
TOMATOMANIA AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE MARCH 14
Tomatomania, the world’s largest heirloom tomato seedling sale, is coming to Cuyamaca College on March 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event showcases perhaps the most drought tolerant vegetable of all with a collection of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes. You can also learn how to grow perfect tomatoes in two classes offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition, author Scott Daigre, author of Tomatomania, will be on hand signing copies of his book.
Admission to the Tomatomania plant sale event is free, though there is a nominal fee for presentations ($5 for members of the Water Conservation Garden, $10 for nonmenbers). For more information, visit www.TomatoMania.com.
ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND RACES, BEER& WINE FESTIVAL MARCH 15
St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities in East County are slated for Sunday, March 15th in downtown El Cajon at Main Street and Magnolia. Choose from a half marathon, a 5K run or a green mile competition to compete for a large cash prize pot, medals, and free drinks after the races at the St. Patrick’s Beer & Wine Festival. There’s also a Leprechaun challenge for racers dressed like leprechauns vying to win a costume contest.
For full details, visit
CIRCLE OF ART SHOW IN BORREGO SPRINGS MARCH 14-15
Desert artwork will be on display at the Circle of Art Show in Borrego Springs on March 14th and 15th. This juried art show will include paintings, sculptures, weavings, jewelry and photography. For details visit http://circle-of-art.org/
VALLECITO DAY MARCH 28 CELEBRATES FRONTIER DAYS AND CATTLE DRIVES
Take a trip back in time to life on the 1860s frontier during Vallecito Day on Saturday, March 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vallecito County Park. This year’s event focuses on cattle drives and cattle ranching along the Southern Overland Trail, with cattle ranching demonstrations as well as the arrival of trial riders on horseback.
You can also visit with pioneer men and women in period attire, visit a mountain man camp and hear historic talks, as well as experiencing frontier equipment, crafts and firearms. Visitors are encouraged to dress in frontier attire. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch, since there is no food at the site. Vallecito County Park is located in the Anza Borrego Desert on County Route S-2( at Mile Marker 34-35. For more information, visit http://www.sdparks.org
RAMONA MUSIC FEST MARCH 28
The Ramona Music Fest will be held March 28th in Ramona, featuring emerging talent and popular San Diego musicians playing everything from rock to reggae and from country to Americana. This all-day outdoor event benefits the Ramona Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.
EASTER BUNNY TRAIN MARCH 28-29 AND APRIL 4
The Easter Bunny Train will be rolling out of the Campo Depot at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum on March 28 and 29 and on April 4th. This annual family event includes a ride aboard the vintage train and an Easter egg hunt. For details visit www.PSRM.org .
EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 4
Santee Lakes invites the public to its annual Eggstravaganza on April 4th. This community event features continuous egg hunts for children ages 8 and under, live entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, craft booths and carnival rides brought to you by the City of Santee and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. For full details, hop on over to www.SanteeLakes.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 http://www.eastcountymagazine.org.
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We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!