DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: THIS WEEKEND’S TOP EVENTS & PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS

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By Ariele Johannson

May 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes all kinds of outdoor activities in East County parks and golf courses and a couple of film and theatre events. Our preview will tell you about a mock medieval battle taking place and a healing waters festival. We also have a section of ongoing weekly or monthly activities, so let’s get started!

The Ramona Rodeo takes place from Thursday, May 15th-Sunday, May 18th at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, Inc. Also on Thursday, there is a Chamber Rodeo Mega Mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and free slack rodeo performance.

On Friday, it's Tough Enough to Wear Pink night. Mutton busting takes place with the little cowboys and cowgirls from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The rodeo performance begins at 7:30 p.m. A parade heads down Lakeside's Main Street at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and in the evening it's Proud to be an American night. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. with a free family dance following the rodeo.  Kids' Day is on Sunday when kids get a cowboy hat, rope, and black handkerchief while supplies last. The final rodeo takes place at 2:30 p.m. and is a benefit for the fight against cancer. 

 

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On Saturday, May 17th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Part Two of Mt. Helix Park’s Nature/Sustainable Living lecture series will be held in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix. This free, one-hour lecture on landscaping with California native plants will feature guest speaker, Greg Rubin.

 

There is no parking at the summit, so walk up from the parking lots adjacent to and across from the San Miguel Fire Station at 10105 Vivera Dr. La Mesa, CA 91941.  Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the top (about a 10 to 15 minute walk). Coffee and pastries will be available. 

 

Website: http://www.mthelixpark.org or call (619) 741-4363. Mt. Helix Park, 4905 Mt. Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941

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“Peter Pan” will be performed by the Greenfield Middle School in El Cajon beginning Friday, May 16th.

 

Performances: May 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th at 7:00 p.m. and May 18th, 24th, 25th at 2:00 p.m. Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon. Website: http://www.cytsandieg.org.

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El Cajon Valley Lions Club is preparing for their fund-raising event called "Gunsmoke IV” on Saturday night, May 17th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. It’s a "Night of Gamblin' 'n Carousin' in an Old West Saloon.” The Winchester Widows reenactors will be assisting the Lions.

 

Tickets are now on sale from the Ladies or members of the Lions Club. The Winchester Widows focus their activities to assist the Challenge Ranch. For more information contact Dick Rogers, rrogers49@cox.net or phone 619-925-9058.

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It’s Tea Time again, and this occasion is the Alpine Women’s Club Victorian Tea on May 17th when they celebrate their 21st Annual Alpine Woman's Club Scholarship Fundraiser at the historic town hall in Alpine. This year's entertainment will be "Fashion through Time," a show spanning a century of fashionable attire presented by members of the San Diego Costumer's Guild.

 

There will be two tea sittings, one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and Victorian dress is optional.

 

Cost is $35 per person. Tickets can be reserved by mailing a check made out to the Alpine Woman's Club to Joanie Bogle, 10328 Hawley Road, El Cajon 92021. Please note which seating you prefer. Space is limited, so please order your tickets early. Tickets may also be purchased using PayPal online at http://www.alpinewomansclub.org.

 

The club is located at 2156 Alpine Blvd in the historic Town Hall.  

For more information, please call Joanie Bogle at 619-328-5728 or email jnrbogle@cox.net or visit their website at http://www.alpinewomansclub.org.

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This week’s Destination column is featuring two golf events taking place in East County this weekend.

 

The first one takes place at the Sun Valley Golf Course in La Mesa and is sponsored by La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation. This day-long tournament is open to all ages and will be held on Saturday, May 17th with two shotgun starts, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The event kick-off is a pancake breakfast by the Heartland Fire Department.

 

For more information, contact La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa or call Danna Belski at 619-667-1331 or visit dbelski@ci.la-mesa.ca.us or visit http://www.lamesaparks.org.

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The 13th Annual Cheryl M. Case Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Stoney’s kids takes place on Saturday, May 17th on the Lakes Course at Cottonwood Golf Club.

 

For more information, call 928-210-7768.

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The Valley Vintage Market will host an outdoor market on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring antique and vintage home & garden decor, glassware, jewelry, and food.  The event will be held rain or shine and with free admission. Hosted by Tucker's Valley Furniture, the market is held in the large parking lot behind the C&C Furniture store at 850 E. Main Street, El Cajon 92020

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The first annual Salvation Army East County Golf Tournament will be held at Cottonwood Golf Club on Wednesday, May 14th. This fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army East County Food Bank is called “Driving Ahead to Prevent Hunger,” and it includes a check-in beginning at 10:00 a.m., a shotgun start at 12 noon, and a dinner and awards ceremony following the tournament.

 

Contact The Salvation Army at 1101 East Main Street, El Cajon or call 619-440-4685. Location: Cottonwood Golf Club, 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon.

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Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival is now an annual event and will be held on Friday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. at  Julian High School. The festival presents a wide variety of international films that celebrate nature, the environment and people who are making a difference. The festival includes a farm-to-table event Friday night, live music, awards party, and filmmaker Q & A's. Proceeds benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation.

 

Julian High School, 1656 Highway 78 Julian, CA 92036.

Website: http://www.julianfilmfestival.com.

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Young Actors Theatre presents a production of “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley. Character Conrad (the Elvis Presley-type) has to say goodbye, and Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio, is chosen to receive his kiss before he is inducted into the Army. Performances run from through May 24th.

The Young Actors Theater website is http://www.yatsandiego.org. Performances are May 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th at 7:00 p.m. and May 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults, $15 at the door. Encore Theatre is located at 9620 Campo Road in Spring Valley, CA.

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The San Diego Festival Chorus presents "A Patriotic Spectacular" on Sunday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego. East County's San Diego Festival Chorus will be performing a concert to honor Memorial Day, our country, and its military veterans.

 

The 90-voice, 48-piece symphony orchestra presents a program that includes a Posting of the Colors with musicians dressed in civil War uniforms and anthems from the four branches of our military.

 

Tickets are $5-$17, but current military are free.

For information call 619-977-3181 or buy tickets online at http://www.sandiegofestivalchorus.org.

 

College Avenue Baptist Church is located at 4747 College Avenue in San Diego.

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An “Explore Mission Trails Day” event is happening on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is a way for children and families to discover all about the natural world. This is a free annual event with nature trail hikes, pony rides, dozens of discovery stations, along with other hands-on activities, crafts, and animal encounters.

 

Also, at this time the Visitors Center Art Gallery at Mission Trails has a solo artist photography exhibit featuring Dolwain Green. A new exhibit by the Colored Pencil Society of America, San Diego Chapter will be featured from May 24th through June 20, 2014.

 

For a complete schedule for the Explore Mission Trails Day, go to http://www.mtrp.org or call 619-668-3281. Mission Trails Regional Park is located in San Carlos at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA

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Now for some ongoing activities in East County:

 

There’s a Patio Party Blues Jam each Sunday afternoon at Downtown Café on Main Street in El Cajon with musicians Chet Cannon and the Committee. The party starts on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and goes till 6:30 p.m.

 

Downtown Café is located at 182 E. Main Street, El Cajon, 92020.

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In Downtown El Cajon at Prescott Promenade, Friday Night “Dinner & A Concert” Season has begun, where spectators can enjoy great music and dancing every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the exceptions of June 13th and July 4th, when concerts will be held on Thursday, June 12th and July 3rd with the Farmers’ Market.

 

Visitors to downtown El Cajon can arrive early to dine at one of many restaurants downtown--some with discounts for the evening--or bring their own picnic and lawn chairs. 

 

The free concerts are located at 201 E. Main Street and are brought to you by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. The full line-up of bands is posted at http://www.downtownelcajon.com or call 619-334-3000.

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The Lake Murray Walk and Talk group of La Mesa meets this Tuesday, May 20th and each third Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Lake Murray. Led by a Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide, this is an informative talk and guided nature walk that meets by the boat docks. Rain does cancel the event.

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A Star Party will be held at the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve in Poway on May 16th and June 20th beginning at sunset. Hosted by the San Diego Astronomers Association, the group meets at the Highway 67 Staging Area to view our galaxy with professionals. Guests are asked to bring sturdy shoes and a jacket. Clouds or rain cancels the event.

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Kaffee Meister in Santee is the location for a music acoustic open mic on Thursday nights hosted by Wood ‘n Lips. Musicians are given a chance to practice their performance skills in front of a live, supportive audience from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m.

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Kids can Fish with a Ranger at Lindo Lake Park in Lakeside. This monthly activity is held every third Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Guests can arrive early and meet at Pavilion 1 and then take a walk to the best fishing spot on the lake.

 

Lindo Lake Park is located at 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside. Phone: 858-565-3600.

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The following is a preview of upcoming events in East County:

 

A Healing Waters and Arts Festival will be held in Jacumba Hot Springs on Saturday, May 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The festival will take place downtown and on parts of Old Highway 80, which is a high desert setting. Activities include Kumeyaay Bird Singers, crafts vendors, holistic healing and new age practitioners, food (including vegetarian), multiple music venues, children’s activities, geocaching, and a drum circle. There is free parking and free admission.

 

For more information about the festival, contact Danielle Cook at 619-766-9156 or at daniellet96@yahoo.com.

 

Jacumba Hot Springs is only 70 miles east of San Diego on Interstate 8.  Jacumba and its sister community of Boulevard are the gateway to back country adventure. You can learn more about their activities by visiting these websites:

http://www.gosandiegobackcountyr.org and http://www.jacumbahotspringscentennial.org.

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On Saturday, May 31st, beginning at 9:00 am, downtown La Mesa

Village will dress up in red, white and blue to celebrate “A Salute to Old Glory!” at the La Mesa Flag Day Parade. The festivities kick off at 9:00 a.m., with pre-parade concerts by La Mesa Middle and Parkway Middle Schools.  At 10:00 a.m. the parade led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band starts through downtown La Mesa Village. Guests can look forward to this year’s Grand Marshal celebration of the Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary. Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic.

                                                                                                                         

For information visit http://www.cityoflamesa.com/familyfun or call the parade hotline at 619-667-1172.

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The Society for Creative Anachronism is staging a medieval battle at Potrero County Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 24th-25th from 11:00 a.m. to sunset. This visit to the Barony of Calafia is a free event with vendors, staged fighting events, and instruction. Visitors are invited to wear period attire to fit in with the festivities. 

 

Potrero County Park, 24800 Potrero Park Drive, Potrero, CA

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That’s all for this week! All of these events and more can be found on our Calendar and in our Festivals and Events section online at www.eastcountymagazine.org.

 

Destination: East County is supported by our listeners and with a Community Enhancement Grant from San Diego County.