DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 2-DEC. 14

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October 31, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Cowboys and Aliens at the Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon, Kids Care Fest in Lemon Grove, the Ramona Art and Wine Fest, and the season opening of the outdoor ice skating rink at Viejas in Alpine.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including an East County Youth Symphony Concert, El Cajon’s Veterans Day ceremony, Santee’s holiday lighting ceremony, the Mother Goose Parade and Holiday Lights on Main in El Cajon, It’s a Wonderful Life radio play in Santee, Tony Orlando at Sycuan, La Mesa’s Holidays in the Village, and Leann Rimes in concert at Viejas.

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

COWBOYS & ALIENS AT THE WIEGHORST MUSEUM NOV. 2

Cowboys & Aliens” will be shown during movie night at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in El Cajon on Friday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30.

Enjoy the movie, popcorn and refreshments from Burning Beard Brewery—all for just $7. The museum is located at 131 Rea Street in El Cajon.

 For more information visit www.WieghorstMuseum.org.

KIDS CARE FEST NOV. 3 IN LEMON GROVE

Grossmont Healthcare District presents Kids Care Fest, a free community health event open to the public on Saturday, November 3rd at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center (3131 School Lane, Lemon Grove. .

Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children and their families to receive free health care screenings, including vision, dental, and wellness checkups. The event also will feature information about health insurance and social services from organizations all over San Diego County, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots for all guests age four and over. San Diego Food Bank partner, Heaven’s Windows, will also donate free groceries this year for guests to take home while supplies last.

Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from police and fire officials. Also available will be free children’s reading and coloring books (while supplies last).

For more information visit www.KidsCareFest.org or call (619) 825-5050.

RAMONA ART AND WINE FEST NOV. 3

The sixth annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Begent Ranch in Ramona.  

 

Guests will enjoy fine art available for purchase, tastes of hand-crafted local wines, foods from local artisans, bakers and cheese makers, a live auction of hand-painted wine barrels and a food pavilion – all to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

Tickets are available at ramonaartandwinefest.net/tickets/

VIEJAS ICE RINK NOW OPEN

The largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California is open November 2nd through January 6th at the Viejas Outlets Center in Alpine. Rental skates are available.  In addition to ice skating, visitors can enjoy holiday entertainment and a seasonal water show.  

For more information visit Viejas.com.

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…

EL CAJON HONORS VETERANS NOV. 11

The city of El Cajon and El Cajon Veterans Commission invite the community to “Honor Our Veterans,” a ceremony on Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at El Cajon Centennial Plaza, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon.

The event includes Valhalla High School instrumental and vocal musical groups along with the U.S. Coast Guard color guard.  Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

For more information call 619 441-1754 or visit http://ElCajonVeterans.org.

EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERT NOV. 14

The East County Youth Symphony will present a concert of classical music favorites on Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. in the Kroc Theatre (6611 University Ave., San Diego).

The program will include Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker ballet, Prokofiev’s “Montagues and Capulets” from the Romeo and Juliet ballet, and Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture.

For tickets and details, you can visit www.ECYsymphony.com.

SANTEE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING NOV. 16

The city of Santee will host its holiday lighting celebration on November 16th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Santee Trolley Square (9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee).

The event begins with live music by the Straight Six Band at 5:30 and a tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.  Other activities include snow sledding, carriage rides, carolers, free holiday crafts, face painting, food and beverage sampling, costumed characters, and for a fee, photos with Santa.

Parking is limited and using the trolley green line is recommended.

MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 18

The 72nd annual Mother Goose Parade will roll through the streets of downtown El Cajon on Sunday, November 18th beginning at 1 p.m.

Hundreds of entries come from across the county to share in the excitement. The line-up includes spectacular floats, marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, animated clowns, special characters, performing artists, Hollywood celebrities, giant helium balloons, specialty vehicles, and Santa Claus. Each entry is selected to bring enjoyment to children and adults alike.

The parade starts at Main Street and El Cajon Boulevard, proceeding 1.25 miles to its conclusion at First and Main Street.  Afterwards, celebrity child stars may be found signing autographs at the Downtown Café and Urbn Pizza.

For more information, you can visit www.mothergooseparade.org/.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON MAIN STREET NOV. 24

El Cajon will offer plenty of family fun on Saturday, November 24, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Holiday Lights on Main at the Prescott Promenade.

You can enjoy Santa’s Village with ice skating, carnival rides, visits with Santa,  shopping, holiday music, and more. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Magnolia Avenue.

Visit www.downtownelcajon.org for more information.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY NOV. 30-DEC. 15

Pickwick Players in Santee will present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play opening November 30th and running through December 15th.

The production recounts the classic story of George Bailey’s Christmas Eve, when the depressed man is visited by a guardian angel who shows him the lives he has touched and then shows him how different his community of Bedford Falls would have been without him.

On opening night, a champagne reception will also be held.  For tickets, visit www.PickwickPlayers.net.

TONY ORLANDO AT SYCUAN NOV. 30

Singer Tony Orlando will perform at Sycuan’s Live and Up Close Theatre on November 30th at 8 p.m.

The Grammy nominee celebrates five decades of endearing entertaining including five hit records: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” “Candida,” “My Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “He Don’t Love You Like I Love You.”

Tie A Yellow Ribbon” was the number one Billboard Song of 1973 and became Orlando’s theme song. For tickets, you can visit www.Sycuan.com.

HOLIDAYS IN THE VILLAGE DEC. 7-8

The La Mesa Village Association will present Holiday in the Village December 7th and 8th.  You’re invited to stroll through the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown to enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids' area with holiday movies and activities.

There will also be fire pits, caroling and more in the spirit of the season.

Find more information at www.LaMesaVillageAssociation.org.

LEANN RIMES IN CONCERT AT VIEJAS DEC. 14

The youngest singer to win a Grammy and also be nominated by the Academy of Country Music, LeAnn Rimes will be live onstage at Oak Ballroom stage at Viejas Casino & Resort on Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m. With a string of hits throughout her career, she is still best known for her signature song “Blue”.

For tickets and details, visit Viejas.com and click on the entertainment option.

 

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.

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!