Festivals of the Month

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S AUXILIARY TO HOST MARDI GRAS GALA FEB. 17

 

Fundraiser to benefit adults with developmental disabilities

East County News Service

February 2, 2018 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Auxiliary will host its first Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Marina Village’s Seaside Room to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) in El Cajon. Ticket prices for the gala cost $55 per person prior to the event or $60 per person at the door.

ST PATRICK’S DAY HALF MARATHON, 5K AND GREEN MILE TAKES OFF MARCH 4 THROUGH EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Run East County invites you to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day half marathon, 5K race, and Green Mile through downtown El Cajon on Sunday March 4th.  There’s also a Tribes and Clans CrossFit competition, a Tribes and Clans for Kids event and a beer garden.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FEBRUARY 2-MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 31, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a pow-wow at Cuyamaca College, Hawk Watch in Ramona, the Oak Ridge Boys at Sycuan, Inside the Actors’ Process at the Stagehouse Theatre, and a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Cupid and Canines at Grossmont Center, a chamber music concert at the La Mesa Library, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Valentine’s Dinner in Julian, gardening tips and tours, live music at local night spots, the Martin Luther King Choir’s ensemble in Lemon Grove, a star party and a Celtic harp concert at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, and a St. Patrick’s Day half marathon run through El Cajon.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

ANNUAL CUYAMACA COLLEGE POW-WOW SET FOR FEB. 3

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

January 26, 2018 (El Cajon) - Cuyamaca College’s Native American Student Alliance is hosting its 4th Annual Powwow on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Communication Arts complex quad in the center of the picturesque Rancho San Diego campus. The free, public event celebrates American Indian culture with a variety of activities including bird singing, gourd dancing and storytelling steeped in spiritual significance.

ANIMAL SHOWS AND MORE AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY’S OPEN FARM DAY FEB. 10-11

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2018 (Ramona) -- You’re invited to bring the family to open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona on February 10th and 11th from 1 to 4 p.m., with a live animal show at 1:30 p.m. The show features talking parrots, galloping, gobbling turkeys, dedicated farm dogs and of course the biggest stars – camels!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JANUARY 24 - MARCH 4, 2018

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Pepe Aguilar in concert at San Diego State, the Mousetrap at Lamplighter’s Theatre in La Mesa, Hawk Watch in the Ramona grasslands, Laurel and Hardy movies in Spring Valley, and a Local Authors Expo in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a pow-wow at Cuyamaca College, Cupid and Canines at Grossmont Center, animal shows at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a star party, garden tours, romantic Valentine’s dinners in Julian, theatrical productions, and live music concerts including Mean Mary, the Oak Ridge Boys, jazz, classical and gospel music.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION IN LEMON GROVE JANUARY 19 TO HIGHLIGHT CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

 

NAN is also organizing a “100 ministers and the people” march Jan. 15

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – National Action Network (NAN) San Diego announces two events in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Where are we 50 years later?”  a celebration honoring civil rights leaders will be held on January 19 at the Lemon Grove Community Church “the Lagoon”, 3122 Main Street in Lemon Grove.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start.  The event will feature guest speaker Jane Elliott, an anti-racism activist who will discuss her historic brown eyes-blue eyes exercise. Honorees will include BAPAC State President Dr. William Blair, Dr. Cheryl Morrow of the San Diego Monitor newspaper, Alan Cabrera of Ideas Cabrera, and Raymond Wiley, a 67-year-old African-American man who has contended he was racially profiled by a San Diego police officer in 2017.

For tickets ($15), visit http://www.nansd.net/janeelliottevent.

LEARN HOW TO ATTRACT POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN FEB. 18 AT LA MESA BEAUTIFUL MEETING

 

 

Guest speaker:  Marcia Van Loy

East County News Service

January 17, 2018 (La Mesa) — Learn tips for attracting pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden at La Mesa Beautiful’s annual meeting on February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nan Couts Cottage, 5045 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the award-winning Danny Green Trio at Mission Trails Golf, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre, in La Mesa, Hawk Watch in Ramona, Santee’s 50-kilometer race and Active Lifestyle Expo, author Diana Lindsay at local libraries, guitarist Jim Earp at San Pasqual Winery, and coffee with La Mesa Conversations.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a Laurel and Hardy film night in Spring Valley, a local author expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys live at Sycuan, a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails, San Diego Chamber Music Society musicians at the La Mesa Library, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, Stage 4 Jazz at San Pasqual Winery’s La Mesa tasting room, live music at the Riviera Supper Club, a Star Party at Mission Trails, and the Martin Luther King Jr. choir’s ensemble performing in Lemon Grove.

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

RAMONA RANCH WINERY PLANS CHEESE PAIRINGS, LIVE MUSIC, PAINTING, OWLS AND VALENTINE SWEETS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2018 (Ramona) – Ramona Ranch Vineyards is hosting a variety of events in January and February.  Below are their descriptions.  For more information, visit http://ramonaranchwines.com/.

As part of our year-end inventory, we've unearthed some gems, including our 2013 Sangiovese Rose, and our 2014 Aglianico to share with you.  Come pair with Cheeses from the Cave local cheese samples on 1/13, 1/27, 2/10 & 2/24.  Gentleman Farmer will be back in February with their artisan products on 2/17 & 2/18 with samples and sauces for sale.

COFFEE WITH LA MESA CONVERSATIONS JANUARY 20

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2018 (La Mesa) — You’re invited to come join the La Mesa Conversations leadership and your neighbors at a no-host coffee on Saturday, January 20th from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Light Bulb Coffee. La Mesa’s newest coffee shop is located at 8138 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa.

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 29TH ANNUAL MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

 

 

East County News Service

Nationally-recognized program provides half-off admissions to more than 40 San Diego museums in February, including East County locations

January 4, 2018 (San Diego) -- Adding excitement to the winter season, adults and children from all over San Diego are invited to experience Macy’s Museum Month with half-off admission at over 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums from February 1st through 28th. Participating East County museums include the Barona Cultural Center and Museum, The Water Conservation Garden, Heritage of the Americas Museum, and the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center.

JOIN EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 25 FOR A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN FEAST AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA

 

 

January 7, 2018 (La Mesa) --You’re invited to a Russian and Ukrainian feast with our East County Dining Club on Thursday, January 25th  at 6:30 p.m. at Village House Kalina (8302 Parkway Drive, La Mesa). As always, we’ll have prizes galore! Proceeds benefit East County Magazine and our wildfire/emergency alerts.

 Join us on our culinary adventure to the land of hearty and flavorful fare  – food that nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky,  Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Pasternak, Cossack dancers and the Bolshoi Ballet.  Da!

This restaurant seats only 38 people so we expect to sell out; early RSVPs are recommended.

We must receive your RSVP no later Jan. 24, along with choice of entree (see list below) since these special dishes take time to prepare!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 13-FEB. 22

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the trout season reopener at Santee Lakes, pianist John Nilson in Descanso, the Lore of the Kumeyaay at the Water Conservation Garden, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, the Mousetrap onstage in La Mesa, a Martin Luther King commemoration in Lemon Grove honoring local civil rights leaders, as well as hawk watching events in Ramona and Santa Ysabel.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a local authors’ expo at the El Cajon Library as well as authors at libraries in Julian and Rancho San Diego, live music by local bands and soloists at Riviera Supper Club and San Pasqual Winery in La Mesa, a 50 kilometer race and Active Lifestyle Expo in Santee, the Oak Ridge Boys at Sycuan, a chamber music society concert and a jazz performance in La Mesa, a concert by the Martin Luther King Choir ensemble in Lemon Grove, a star party at Mission Trails, and Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley. 

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

SANTEE LAKES 2018 EVENTS START OFF WITH TROUT SEASON REOPENER JANUARY 13 AND 14

 

East County News Service

January 6, 2018 (Santee) – From fishing events to movies, concerts, and holiday celebrations, you’ll find lots of activities coming up in the New Year at Santee Lakes—starting with Trout Re-Opener days on January 13 and 14, when the lakes will be stocked with 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout.

Scroll down for details and learn more at www.SanteeLakes.com.

SANTEE HOSTS 50 KM RACE-WALK CHAMPIONSHIP AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE EXPO JAN. 20

 

Source: City of Santee

January 3, 2018 (Santee) - The City of Santee is again hosting a national 50 km. race-walk championship on Jan. 20 in conjunction with a local special event aimed at promoting health and fitness.

The second annual Santee Active Lifestyle Expo is set for Jan. 20 at the Trolley Square Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo is free and offers fun activities for children and adults.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 6 - MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes hawk watch in Ramona, falconry demonstrations in Wynola, a star party and ancient Tibetan music at Mission Trails, Sinatra and friends in Borrego Springs and Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a pianist John Nilsen in Descanso, llore of the Kumeyaay at the Water Conservation Garden, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa,  Martin Luther King Day events in Lemon Grove, live music at the San Pasqual Winery and Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa, a local authors expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys in concert at Sycuan, San Diego Chamber Music Society performers at the La Mesa Library, a star party at Mission Trails, and Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

NEW YEAR’S DAY AT LA DOLCE VITA ALPACAS IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 30, 2017 (Ramona) – La Dolce Vita Alpacas invites you to spend New Year’s Day at their 10-acre ranch in Ramona, which will host an open house on Monday, January 1st from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Learn about alpacas and their history, pet or feed cuddly alpacas, watch a wool spinning demonstration, and have an opportunity to purchase alpaca yarn and products made from alpaca wool. 

NEW YEAR’S DINNER/DANCE AT RAM’S HILL IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

December 30, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – Rams Hill Golf Resort in Borrego Springs is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner/dance on December 31st starting at 5:30 p.m.   Before the ball drops, you can enjoy live Sinatra-esque music from the Golden Era.

The evening begins with tray pass hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course meal at $99 a person.

CARRIZO GORGE HIKE DECEMBER 30 INCLUDES IMPOSSIBLE RAILROAD VISTAS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2017 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Hi ho! The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers are hitting the trail to Carrizo Gorge and Walker Canyon on December 30th.   This six mile hike is rated hard due to a steep down and up trek across the gorge, where hikers will see an up-top view of the “Impossible Railroad” at De Anza Resort, then head north on an old road to an abandoned railroad settlement in historic Walker Canyon.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 31-JAN. 20

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes New Year’s celebrations in Alpine and Jamul, New Year's Day at an Alpaca Farm, plus an art show at the Wieghorst Gallery in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Hawk Watch in the Ramona Grasslands, falconry demonstrations at Wynola Pizza, a Star Party at Mission Trails, Sinatra and Friends in Borrego Springs, Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, an ancient Tibetan music concert at Mission Trails, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa, pianist John Nilsen in concert in Descanso, and a fingerstyle guitar concert at San Pasqual Winery’s La Mesa tasting room.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

FALCONRY DEMONSTRATIONS AT WYNOLA PIZZA EACH SATURDAY IN JANUARY

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) - Master falconer Cisco Clibourne will present a falconry demonstration at Wynola Pizza each Saturday in January from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wynola Pizza is located at 4355 California 78 in Santa Ysabel, just outside of Julian.

COME ONE, COME ALL TO CARNAVAL FANTASTIQUE: JAN. 7 AT SYCUAN

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2017 (Dehesa) -- Carnaval Fantastique will bring performers from around the world to Sycuan’s Live and Up Close Theatre on January 7th in a celebration of music and action that combines gravity-defying acrobatics, contortionists, jugglers, comedy, beautiful dancers and dynamic laser special effects.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 23-JAN. 13

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes New Year’s celebrations in Alpine and Jamul, falconry demonstrations at Wynola Pizza, a Star Party at Mission Trails, Sinatra and Friends in Borrego Springs, Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa.

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

JOIN US AT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S "FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING" HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 17

 

 

 

December 11, 2017 -- It's time for East County Magazine's annual festive and fabulous "Feasting and Merrymaking Holiday Party!"

This year's event will be held on Sunday, December 17th from 3 to 7 p.m. at 4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa, 91941. The event is open to our newsletter and wildfire alert subscribers, dining club members and invited guests. Subscriptions are free! Sign up here:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/wild-fire-alerts.

This year's party includes a potluck international feast, so bring your best holiday dish or international dish to share.  We will also have live music with Paul Nichols playing folk, pop and holiday carols (yes, you can sing along!). Plus we'll have a treasure trove of prizes and surprises.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS DECEMBER 15-JANUARY 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the North Pole Limited train rides with Santa, the Ramona Holiday Wine Trail, a Christmas Cabaret in La Mesa, reindeer at Grossmont Center, A Christmas Carol in Julian, Tony Orland at Sycuan, and a big band holiday concert in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including New Year’s Eve parties at Viejas and in Jamul, Sinatra and friends at Borrego Performing Arts, and Carnaval Fantastique in Sycuan.

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

FIND HOLIDAY CHEER HERE: HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL CONTINUES DEC. 16-17 IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  La Finquita Winery owners Charlie and Jess Koehler

December 11, 2017 (Ramona) – Last weekend, we got into the holiday spirit with a visit to three of the 14 wineries along the Ramona Holiday Wine Trail, which continues next weekend.  It’s been a popular event, selling out this past weekend so be sure to reserve online now if you plan to hit the holiday wine trail this Saturday and/or Sunday.

HOLIDAY SHOW AT VIEJAS

 
East County News Service
 
December 8, 2017 (Alpine) -- Each year, Viejas Outlets in Alpine lights up the night with a holiday spectacular show at the show court.  Guests can enjoy a dazzling display of dancing fountains, lasers, firefworks and a gentle cascade of winter snow, choreographed to holiday music.

HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE, SNOW FESTIVAL DRAWS BIGGER CROWD

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

December 7, 2017 (Alpine) -- “Merry Christmas!”  That cheerful message was shouted often during the “22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival” on Dec. 1 in Alpine.

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