Festivals of the Month

A HAYRIDE IN LA MESA DEC. 8 – AND YOU’RE INVITED

 

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Picture it – a horse-pulled wagon filled with carolers young and old making its way through suburban streets as the neighbors call out Christmas greetings.  It’s the annual Hayride and Chili Dog Dinner at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa 91942.

RAMONA’S HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL CONTINUES NEXT TWO WEEKENDS





By Miriam Raftery



December 6, 2018 (Ramona) – Savor the season along the Holiday Wine Trail in Ramona, which this year features 18 different wineries.

The event continues the next two Saturdays and Sundays, December 8-9 and 15-16.   Some wineries are offering “extras” including live music, arts and crafts for sale, spiced mulled wine and even an appearance by Santa –in a wine cave!

I hit the trail last weekend, stopping by several locations along the tour, each offering a unique and special experience.

FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING: JOIN THE FUN AT OUR HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 16!

You're invited to our Holiday Party!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Join East County Magazine and the East County Dining Club at our annual

Feasting & Merrymaking Holiday Party

Sunday, December 16th, from 3-7 p.m.

at our editor's Mt. Helix home: 4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa 91941

• Kaleidoscope Carolers

• Guitarist/vocalist Paul Nichols

• Holiday feast

• Prizes galore

• Meet the media and community VIPs

Tickets in advance: $15 and bring a dish to share ($20 at the door)

Buy tickets online:

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Be sure to RSVP! (619)698-7617 or editor@eastcountymagazine.org and please let us know if you’ll bring an appetizer, main dish, side dish, desert or sealed beverage

Our party is open to all East County Magazine or wildfire alert subscribers, dining club members, and their guests.  You can subscribe FREE at the top right side of our homepage.

Prizes include restaurant gift certificates, spa/skincare gift certificates, children's books, wine lover's basket, jewelry, hand-knitted scarves, candy and more!

Thanks to our sponsors: Alvarado Institute of Skin Care, Julian Wine and Chocolate, Barnes and Noble, Julian Weaving Works, Gypsy Treasures and more to come.

Invite your friends and family-the more, the merrier!

SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR DEC. 8-9 INCLUDES EAST COUNTY ARTISANS

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The 11th annual San Diego Pottery tour will be held this weekend, December 8th and 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nine studios are on the tour, including several in East County.  See list below, and for details, visit http://www.sdpotterytour.com/.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 7-31

 

 

East County News Service

 

December 2, 2018 (San Diegos East County) -- The holiday season in East County has many fun and festive events coming up, including the Alpine Parade of Lights and Snow Festival, La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village, Breakfast with Santa in Alpine, San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra’s Christmas concertan Enchanted Village in Spring Valley, North Pole Limited train rides in Campo, outdoor ice skating at Viejas and more.

 

Plus, there are some non-holiday happenings this season including concerts by such stellar performers as Fleetwood Mac, LeAnn Rimes, Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando and the Kingston Trio, a radio production of It’s a Wonderful Life, and a comedy  appearance by Trevor Noah.

 

So scroll down for all of these events and more!

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA’S “SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” CONCERT DECEMBER 9

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2018 (San Diego) – Now in its 18th season, the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present “Sounds of the Season” on December 9th at 3 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Avenue, San Diego 92115).  Based in East County, the group performs choral masterworks and popular programs, regularly filling up the 1500-seat venue for its concerts.

ALPINE RESIDENT TO SHOWCASE 25 CHRISTMAS TREES DEC. 8 TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2018 (Alpine) – Alpine resident Rhonda Lamar will be opening her home on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to showcase 25 decorated, themed Christmas trees – all to benefit Rady Chldren’s Hospital of San Diego.  She’s decked the halls with a popular peppermint tree, a wine tree, a monkey tree and an elf tree, among others. All guests will also be treated to apple cider and cookies.

LA MESA SHIMMER HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY NOV. 29

 

 

Source:  City of La Mesa 

November 27, 2018 (La Mesa) - The City of La Mesa kicks off the holidays on Thursday, November 29 starting at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy live music as you DineShop and Explore the beautiful downtown La Mesa Village. 

AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 1ST IN SANTEE

 

 

East County News Service

November 25, 2018 (Santee)  The Santee Historical Society invites you to an old-fashioned Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 1st from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santee Barn (9200 Magnolia, between Mast and Mission Gorge Rd.)

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS



 

 

East County News Service

November 25, 2018 (San Diegos East County) -- The holiday season in East County has many fun and festive events coming up, including North Pole Limited train rides in Campo, the Spirit of Christmas in Lakeside, Ramona’s tree lighting with sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating at Viejas, the Alpine Parade of Lights and Snow Festival, La Mesa’s Holiday in the VillageBreakfast with Santa in Alpine, San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestras Christmas concert and more.

Plus, there are some non-holiday happenings this season including concerts by such stellar performers as Fleetwood Mac, LeAnn Rimes, Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando and the Kingston Trio, a radio production of It’s a Wonderful Life, a comedy appearance by Trevor Noah,and a swingin’ holiday party with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

So scroll down for all of these events and more!

ENCHANTED VILLAGE FESTIVAL OF TREES AND LIGHTS OPENS DEC. 14 IN SPRING VALLEY

By Miriam Raftery

November 22, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The creator of the Magical Forest in Las Vegas has brought her talents to Noah Homes at 12526 Campo Road in in Spring Valley, where the Enchanted Village Festival of Trees & Lights will be open to the public December 14-16 and 21-23.  View video: https://vimeo.com/301286492/bf29b3c559

Tickets cost $14.99 for adults and $9.99 for children  ages 3-12; three’s a limit of 500 tickets per night so advance purchase is advised.  You can reserve tickets online at www.EnchantedVillage.org. All proceeds from this delightful holiday display will benefit programs to help Noah Homes residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES HIGHLIGHT SANTEE TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson 

November 17, 2018 (Santee) — The 2018 Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration was held on November 16th at Santee Trolley Square.  At 6:15 p.m., with thousands watching, the tree was lit with accompanying fireworks.   

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 16-DEC. 22

 

East County News Service

November 12, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- The holiday season in East County has many fun and festive events coming up, including Santee’s holiday tree lighting, the Mother Goose Parade, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Julian Country Christmas, El Cajon’s Holiday Lights on Main Street, North Pole Limited train rides in Campo, the Spirit of Christmas in Lakeside, Ramona’s tree lighting with sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating at Viejas, the Alpine Parade of Lights and Snow Festival, La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village and more.

Plus, there are some non-holiday happenings this season including concerts by such stellar performers as LeAnn Rimes, Tony Orlando and the Kingston Trio, a radio production of It’s a Wonderful Life, and a swingin’ holiday party with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

So scroll down for all of these events and more!

FORGET THE STORES; SPEND BLACK FRIDAY WITH LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS AT ANNUAL TURKEY BASH NOV. 23

 

 

Visit rescued big cats and exotic animals as they enjoy their own Thanksgiving feast

Source:  Lions, Tigers and Bears

November 13, 2018 (Alpine) - Looking for something fun to do the Friday after Thanksgiving?  Bring your family and friends to visit the rescued animals of Lions Tigers & Bears Big Cat and Exotic Animal Sanctuary for the annual Turkey Bash.   

STARS TO SHINE AT MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 18



World War II paratrooper Tom Rice to serve as Grand Marshal



By Miriam Raftery

November 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – The Mother Goose Parade, El Cajon’s most cherished tradition for 72 years, will roll out on Sunday, November 18th starting at 1 p.m. in downtown EL Cajon.   

The theme this year is “The Sky’s The Limit!”  The parade’s Grand Marshal Tom Rice, a 96 year-old World War II Veteran and a former Army paratrooper.  He flew over the skies of Normandy on D-Day on June 6, 1944, as part of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, called the “Screaming Eagles.” He's been awarded both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart!

In addition to elaborate floats, marching bands, giant inflatable balloon characters, clowns and equestrian entries, there’s also a star-studded cast of child and adult celebrities in the line-up.

Topping the list are Brandon Tyler Russell, best known for his role as Dr. Gregory Williams (aka Baby George/Baby O’Malley) on Grey’s Anatomy, Colton Shires from the daytime soap “Passions,” and two-time Emmy Award winner Vincent DePaul best known for his role as Father Leon on The Bay, British feature film star Scott Butler. (photos)

ALL ABOARD! SANTA AND ELVES INVITE YOU TO RIDE THE NORTH POLE LIMITED TRAIN

 

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2018 (Campo) -- The famous North Pole Limited returns to celebrate the holiday season at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. Aboard the historic 1920s train, Santaelves will sing Christmas carols, read a popular holiday story, passing out cookies and hot chocolate to allthen stop at Santas workshop to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus.

ALPINE’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE, SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 7

 

 

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (Alpine) - The glowing 23rd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever on Friday, Dec. 7 in AlpineShining holiday lights will decorate every entry in this hometown, award-winning parade that starts down Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive at 6:30 p.m.  Almost 100 entries, including decorated pets, children, floats and big trucks, have registered so far.  

THEY’VE DECKED THE HALLS! ALPINE HOLIIDAY HOMES TOUR DEC. 15

East County News Service

November 8, 2018 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club will present its 13th annual Christmas in Alpine Home Tour on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This year’s tour will showcase five beautiful homes decked out in holiday style.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: OUR HAUNTING HALLOWEEN HAPPENING



By MIriam Raftery

November 6, 2018 (Mt. Helix) -- Thanks to all who turned out in style at East County Magazine's Halloween Party at our editor's "haunting Hideaway haven" on Mt. Helix!

We had some great entries in the best costume contest,including Day of the Dead, Star Trek, witches, cats, Hugh Hefner, a race car driver, Donald Trump and Robert Mueller among other creative costumes.

El Cajon Councilman Steve Goble came as an endangered species -- a Chargers fan. 

We also enjoyed great music, rocking out to Monster Mash and more thanks to Tim Luranc and Paul Nichols.

Plus our guests vied for great prizes and savored a spook-tacular feast, too!

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





East County News Service

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!

LA MESA HOLIDAYS IN THE VILLAGE DEC. 7-8

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2018 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Village Association will present Holiday in the Village December 7th   from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 8th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  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.

GOT CHILI? WILD WESTERN ROUND-UP AND CHILI COOKOFF HEATS UP TASTEBUDS ON NOV. 10

 

By Helen Ofield

October 2, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- The clock is ticking and the big cats are on the prowl. 'Tis just 48 days to the Feast of Chili 'n Fixins' sponsored by the Lions Club and the Lionesses of Lemon Grove Soroptimist. At $20 a head, this is the bargain of the year: other people do the cooking. Other people set up, tear down, wash dishes, play music, display prizes, pour libations and see to your party needs.

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR HALLOWEEN PARTY! OCT. 28 AT OUR EDITOR'S "HIDEAWAY HAVEN"

 

October 18, 2018  (La Mesa/Mt. Helix) -- You're invited to East County Magazine's Halloween party at our editor's "haunting Hideaway haven"  in the La Mesa/Mt. Helix area (4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa).  The fun begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th.

Costume contest for best individual and best couples costumes

Costumes are optional but recommended for those with the holiday "spirit!"

Music by Paul Nichols and Tim Luranc: guitar/harmonica/vocal: folks, blues, pop and of course, Monster Mash!

Cost: Just $10 and bring a dish to share.

RSVP  Call 619-698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org and please let us know if you'll bring an appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert.

Over $1,000 in prizes!

Special thanks to our major sponsor:

Prize sponsors:  Granite Lion Cellars, EMed Spa, Giardino's, Mountain Mike's, Ranch Feed & Supply, Barnes and Noble, Maxwell's  House of Books, Club Pilates, Prete a Porte Salon, Maldini's Pizzeria, San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Filippi's Pizza Grotto, Gypsy Treasures, authors Joyce Strand & Teresa Burrell, Visionary Dance Theatre, & more.

Proceeds benefit:   East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts and East County Magazine community news published by the nonprofit 501c3 Heartland Coalition.

(actual photos of our past Halloween parties at our editor's Hideaway haven)

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS HOSTS SPOOKY CAMPOVER OCT. 26-27

East County News Service

October 19, 2018 (Alpine)--Come for a wild and ghoulish night under the stars with the rescued exotic animals of Lions Tigers & Bears in Alpine on Friday night, October 26th through Saturday morning, October 27th.

The annual Spooky Campover at this world renown non-profit animal sanctuary is a family favorite. Enjoy pumpkin carving, s’mores, campfire songs, special animal feedings and more.  A costume contest will be held Saturday morning, followed by a special feeding visit to watch the big cats and bears enjoy their pumpkin treats.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVAL & EVENTS OCT. 19-NOV. 30

 

East County News Service

October 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes HauntFest on Main in El Cajon, a Julian melodrama, Borrego Days Desert Festival, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, pumpkin patches filled with festive fall activities, a haunted amusement park, spooky camp overs, safe trick or treating options for children, and a haunted train ride.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life by Pickwick Players in Santee, the Mother Goose Parade in downtown El Cajon, and Tony Orlando in concert at Sycuan.

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

LA MESA WINE WORKS CELEBRATES FRUITFUL TWO YEARS AT ANNIVERSARY PARTY SATURDAY

 

From Maine lobsters to wine slushies, games to rock ‘n’ roll music, urban winery is pulling out all the stops for anniversary bash Oct. 13 from  12 noon to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

October 11, 2018 (La Mesa) – With a motto of “when all else fails, wine works!” La Mesa Wine Works opened its doors two years ago as a cooperative urban winery tasting room serving up award-winning vintages from San Pasqual Winery and Wyatt Oaks.  Now the space has become a hub of activities ranging from live music on weekends to trivia nights, classes, fundraisers for charities and the ever-popular $5 wine night complete with wine slushies and frozen sangrias.

“Business has been good,” says Mike McWilliams of San Pasqual Winery.  On Saturday, October 13th from 12 noon to 10 p.m., Wine Works is celebrating its two-year anniversary with festivities that start with Cousins Maine Lobster truck from noon to 3 p.m. and Quick Stop Grill from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Live music wil include the Sock Monkeys from 3 to5  pm. and the Phoenix Band from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Guests can also enjoy games and in the afternoon, $5 specials on all glasses of wine, wine slushiness and frozen sangrias. The party will go on rain or shine.

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