DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 8 - 25

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY:  TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 8-25

This week’s Destination East County includes Sweet Pea Days, the Morning Glory Brunch and Frog Race, a Camel Dairy tour, and the world famous Romeros family guitarists live in concert. We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including the Lakeside Rodeo a concert with a “twist,” and opening night of Cajon Classic Cruises, so stay tuned for all of these events and more!

   

MORNING GLORY BRUNCH APRIL 11

The 17th Annual Morning Glory Brunch will be held on April 11th at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (2199 East Madison Ave.) in El Cajon. The event benefits the center’s programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

The brunch features a springtime ambiance in a beautiful organic garden, along with food and beverages from over 20 local restaurants, art work from St. Madeleine students and local artists, live music and entertainment, silent and Chinese auctions, and the always popular Great Frog Race. For brunch tickets or to reserve your frog race entry, visit STMSC.org or call t 619-442-5129.

SAVOR A TASTE OF JULIAN APRIL 11

Julian, San Diego’s historic gold community, hosts A Taste of Julian on April 11th from 1 to 5 p.m.   This rural dining adventure features a self-guided culinary tour of restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Tickets are available at the Julian Town Hall at 2129 Main Street, along with your map of participating restaurants/wineries & breweries.  For details or tickets visit www.JulianCa.com

OPEN FARM TOUR AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY APRIL 11-12

The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona invites you to an open farm tour on April 11th and 12th from 1 to 4 p.m.  An animal show featuring the camel dairy’s entertaining residents will be staged at 1:30, after which you can enjoy camel rides, camel petting and photos. For more information, visit www.CamelDairy.com.

SWEET PEA DAY AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS APRIL 11

Saturday, April 11th is Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, just east of El Cajon. This annual event celebrates fragrant, old-fashioned sweet pea flowers in full glory. Arrive early for this popular occasion. Gates open at 9 a.m. and cutting your own bouquets in a beautiful sweet pea maze starts at 11 a.m. --while the blossoms last. You can also enjoy live music and snacks at a coffee bar, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass. Find out more at www.SummersPastFarms.com.

APRIL POOLS DAY APRIL 11 IN LA MESA

The City of La Mesa will host April Pools Day on April 11th from 12 to 3 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Pool to promote water safety. Activities include swimming lessons, water safety and CPR presentations, synchronized swimming and water polo demonstrations and a mock rescue by city lifeguards and the fire department. April Pools day is a free event for the whole family—so bring your swimsuits!

JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 8-12

The Julian Family Fiddle Camp will be held at Camp Cedar Glen April 8-12, providing an emersion-style “roots” music camp for folks of all ages and levels wanting to improve their skills on fiddle, mandolin, guitar or old-time banjo. Some of the most renowned North American artists serve as faculty, with attendees coming from across the US as well as abroad. Tents and RV’s are allowed, with evening concerts for the public on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. For more info, visit  www.familyfiddlecamp.com

FLASH JAM IN JULIAN APRIL 12

Flash Jam is an annual gathering of musicians who converge in front of Julian’s Town Hall to play a trio of traditional old time fiddle tunes  on April 12 at 2 p.m. The event draws acoustic string musicians of all ages and abilities from far and near, with hundreds coming to fill the town with music.  After the first round of tunes at the Town Hall, the musicians move to several other locations along Main Street to repeat their performance.

ROMEROS CONCERT APRIL 12

Three generations of the famous Romeros family will perform a guitar music concert on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  The Romeros have performed for dignitaries around the world, including the President of the United States, his Royal Majesty of Spain and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

You can also opt to dine under the stars before the show with a gourmet meal catered by Café Merlot.  For more information or tickets, visit  http://www.powayarts.org/

Now for a preview of coming attractions….

LAKESIDE RODEO APRIL 17-19

Yeeha! The 51st annual Lakeside Rodeo takes place on April 17th through 19th.  The event features Western-style entertainment and events including bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping competitions, bull riding, and for youngsters, stick horse riding. As added attractions, world champion trick roper Rider Keisner will be performing, In addition, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses will make an appearance at some rodeo performances.

For tickets ($5 to $20) and more information, visit www.LakesideRodeo.com.

FUN WITH PHYSICS IN LA MESA APRIL 18

The City of La Mesa invites you to Fun with Physics Day on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club and Highwood Park (7775 Junior High Drive). Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more.  For more information, visit  http://lamesaparks.org/

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES OPENING NIGHT APRIL 22

Get ready to rev up!  Cajon Classic Cruises is rolling out its 2015 season starting Wednesday, April 22nd with a full street closure for opening night.  The cruises will continue all summer long on Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.

The second week, April 29th will celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Other  highlights include Jimmie Johnson night,, a Military Tribute, and Thunder on Main Street. For the full Cajon Classic Cruises’ season line-up, visit www.downtownelcajon.com.

A CONCERT WITH A “TWIST”: CHUBBY CHECKER AT SYCUAN APRIL 23

Rock and roll superstar Chubby Checker will perform a concert with a “Twist” on April 23rd at 8 p.m. in Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theater. 

Checker rocketed to fame in 1960, when his recording of “The Twist” was the number one song in the nation, sparking a new dance craze and variations such as the “Peppermint Twist” and “Twist and Shout.”   He is the only artist ever to have 5 albums in the top 12 at one time and the only artist to have a song hit #1 twice-- “The Twist.” He won a Grammy for best rock performance and went on to record more hit songs such as “Limbo Rock”, attracting a new generations of fan.  For tickets, visit www.Sycuan.com

EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR APRIL 25

Friends of East County will host a garden tour on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The tour features five gardens with an amazing variety of settings including water-wise gardens, themed gardens, flowering plants including a one-acre rose garden, and vendors offering crafts and garden creations.

Friends of East County Arts, Inc. is a non-profit philanthropic organization that supports the performing and fine arts in East County. For garden tour tickets ($15 in advance, $18 at th4e door) call Christy Klock at 619-442-8515 or visit: http://www.friendsofecarts.org/

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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.

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!