DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JULY 16-26

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July 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County features a Pop-Rock Musical Revue, Jimmie Johnson night and Mary Poppins on Mt. Helix. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Pine Valley Days, Hops and Hike on Volcan Mountain, Music in the Garden and more  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

THIS WEEK'S MAJOR EVENTS:

MARY POPPINS ON MT. HELIX  CONTINUES IN JULY THROUGH AUGUST 2

Can you say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?”  Christian Community Theatre San Diego celebrates its 35th anniversary at the beautiful Mt. Helix Park amphitheater with this summer's production of Mary Poppins.

Enjoy an evening with everyone's favorite nanny weekends in July through August 2.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit cctsandiego.org.

POP ROCK MUSICAL REVUE JULY 16-18 AT VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE

Visionary Youth Theatre presents Pop Rock”, a musical revue featuring Pop and Rock celebrating music of the 80s. The performances will be held  at the Visionary Performance Space  at 7202 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, just east of La Mesa, on July 16-18 at 7 p.m. and July 19 at 2 p.m. This upbeat, fun, dance-heavy musical revue will have cast members rocking and popping to the sounds of the 1980’s. You may want to jump up and start jamming when you hear songs from Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Go Gos and many more.

There’s also an “Ultimate Dance Party” and ‘80s dress-up contest on Saturday, July 18 for those who donate $5 to help the theatre move to a new location. For tickets and details, visit www.VisionaryDanceTheatre.org.

MOVIE UNDER THE MOONLIGHT AT GROSSMONT CENTER JULY 17

Grossmont Center in La Mesa (5500 Grossmont Center Drive) invites you to enjoy a free movie under the moonlight. Madagascar will be showing on, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Bring a comfy chair for the show, which starts at dusk, around 7:30 or 8 p.m.

BARENAKED LADIES BAND JULY 19 AT SDSU

Barenaked (BnL) Ladies on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theater at SDSU. BnL is a Canadian alternative rock band with Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Steward. Among its popular singles fall “If I had $1,000,000,” “The Old Apartment,” “Brian Wilson,” “One Week,” and the theme song for TV show The Big Bang Theory. For more details and ticket pricing, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

JIMMIE JOHNSON NIGHT JULY 22

 El Cajon will host Jimmie Johnson Night during its Cajon Classic Cruises on Wednesday, July 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., honoring the 5-time NASCAR champion and hometown hero. See www.DowntownElCajon.com for more information.

LEMON GROVE CONCERT IN THE PARK JULY 23

Lemon Grove’s summer concert series will present AM Forever on Thursday, July 23rd. This free community concert will be held in the Berry Street Park (7071 Mount Vernon St., Lemon Grove) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

LEMON GROVE MOVIE IN THE PARK JULY 24

If you’re a Disney fan, here's an event for you. On Friday, July 24 Disney movie Big Hero 6 will be shown after dusk at Berry Street Park in Lemon Grove. Big Hero 6 is a 3D animated superhero comedy inspired by Marvel Comics and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It has humor, laughter, drama, heartbreak, action, and plot twists. This film is about a band of “high-tech” heroes  who take care of the people. For more details, visit the community section at the LemonGroveCA.gov website  (www.lemongrove.ca.gov/community/community-events/movies-in-the-park).

HIKES AND HOPS WITH VOLCAN MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION JULY 25



If you're looking for a reason for a weekend road trip, you can hop on up to Julian for Hikes & Hops with Volcan Mountain Foundation and the Anza Borrego Desert Foundation on July 25th.

Participants will receive a voucher for beer at Nickel Beer Company and a taste of Anza-Borrego Brew after the hike, which will cover six miles with scenic views and cool, shaded groves. For more information visit the Anza Borrego Desert Foundation website at www.theABF.org 

( http://theabf.org/hikes-hops-volcan-mountain-foundation )

PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 24-25

The Mountain Empire Men’s Club will present Pine Valley Days on July 24th and 25th.  This mountain town’s annual summer event includes a parade rolling out on July 25th  at 9 a.m., plus other activities both days at the Pine Valley Park (28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley). 

The fun begins with a deep pit BBQ dinner on Friday night with live music and dancing under the stars to Barbwire, the North American Country Music Association International’s New Country Band of the Year for 2015 and other entertainers. There will also be a craft village, a free music festival, kids’ zone, food from local vendors and more. For details, visit www.PineValleyDays.com.

MUSIC IN THE GARDEN JULY 26

If you’re looking for a stirring summertime musical experience, the San Diego Concert Band will be performing at the Water Conservation Garden on the campus of Cuyamaca College on July 26th at 6 p.m.  “An Evening of Music at the Garden” will benefit both of these nonprofit organizations. Guests are welcome to come early for a stroll through the gardens to learn some tips on how to have beautiful low-water gardens.The outdoor concert at the garden will also feature light classics, historical themes, and modern compositions.

For tickets and details http://www.sandiegoconcertband.com/schedule.html

STONEY B BLUES BAND IN LA MESA JULY 26

The Stoney B Blues band will perform a free concert on July 26th at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa (9550 Milden St.) at 6 p.m.  It’s all part of La Mesa’s Concerts at Six summer music series.

MISSION TRAILS FAMILY DISCOVERY WLK JULY 26

On Sunday, July 26th, Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will have a “Family Discovery Walk.” You can come spend quality time with your family as you enjoy a walk in the outdoors. Join trail guides, Marcia Stoner and Rosalie Newberg-Fisher. This guided nature walk starts at the visitor center in MTRP. For more details, go to www.mtrp.org/events.

WATERMELON DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 31

The Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona invites you to Watermelon Days on July 31st from 1 to 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy feeding watermelons to camels, as well as watching a camel show and an exotic bird show, savoring a barbecue, and for children--camel rides! There is also a watermelon carving contest and more. For tickets and details, visit www.cameldairy.com.  

MOVIES BY THE LAKE IN SANTEE AUGUST 7

Santee Lakes (9310 Fanita Pkwy Santee 92071) will be hosting “Movies by the Lake.” On Friday, August 7th, you can watch PG movie “Maleficent” at 6:00 p.m. For more information, join Facebook page “Santee Lakes.” Then, click on “Movies by the Lake – Maleficent” in order to join event. For more details, go to www.santeelakes.com/special-events.

NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE CIRCLE AUGUST 9 AT MISSION TRAILS

On Sunday, August 9, Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will have a San Diego Native American Flute Circle. The free concert begins at 1 p.m.and ends at 3 p.m. It will take place at the Visitor’s outdoor amphitheatre. You can listen to flute players who honor Native American music in a beautiful natural setting. For more details about this event, go to www.mtrp.org/events.

FEATURED RECURRING EVENTS

Destination East County also highlights some recurring events across our region.  Here are two to enjoy:

YOGA CLASS FOR SENIORS IN LEMON GROVE

Every Tuesday and Thursday at the Lemon Grove Senior Center (8235 Mt. Vernon Street Lemon Grove 91945), join Edna Loeb, a yoga instructor with 40 years of experience, for a 60-minute Hatha Yoga class. For more details about this event, go to www.lemongrove.ca.gov/community/community-events/yoga-classes.

LA MESA FARMER'S MARKET

Every Friday in La Mesa from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come to La Mesa Village Farmer’s Market at La Mesa Civic Center (across from the police station). For more details about event, go to www.lamesachamber.net/communityEvents.php#antique.

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 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!

 

 

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