Festivals of the Month

HOW SWEET IT IS: ESCONDIDO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL FEB. 12

February 11, 2011 (Escondido)--What could be sweeter on Valentine’s Day weekend than to indulge at the second annual “For the Love of Chocolate and SweetArt Festival” on February 12? Bring your sweetheart—or just your sweet tooth.

 


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SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET ONSTAGE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE MARCH 10-12, 16-19

 

“To be, or not to be; that is the question.”--Hamlet

 

February 7, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Jeannette Thomas.

 


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LIBRARY ACOUSTIC CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED

 

February 6, 2011 (San Diego) -- The second annual San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase series starts this month. With a total of 30 concerts taking place at twelve libraries across the county from February to June, the Acoustic Showcase series offers a variety of some of San Diego's best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free to the community.


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LAST DAY TO VIEW JADE BUDDHA AS LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS CONCLUDE


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POLITICAL CONSULTANT TO SHARE TALES OF EAST COUNTY POLITICOS AT LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENT

THE JIM AND ANN SHOW, LIVE IN THE LEE HOUSE MARCH 3

 

February 5, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--Jim and Ann Elliott, for 30 years the last word in printing, mailing and political consulting at Western Graphics in Lemon Grove, will bring tales from the trenches and little-known backstories of politicians on the prowl to "History Alive," the monthly lectures series sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society on Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.


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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! YEAR OF THE RABBIT CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF

By Miriam Raftery
 

February 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Celebrations of the Lunar New Year are planned across San Diego’s eastern regions starting tonight.


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FREE CONCERT CELEBRATES SOUNDS OF THE GULF COAST

 

January 31, 2011 (Escondido) – As part of its “Free First Wednesdays” series, California Center for the Arts in Escondido will present Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters on February 2 from 4-7 p.m. in the Center Theater.

 


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GIANT JADE BUDDHA IN ESCONDIDO JAN. 29-FEB. 6; LION DANCERS JOIN CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FEB. 2-3

 

January 28, 2011 (Escondido) -- After traveling around the world and attracting almost 5 million viisitors, the fabulous four-ton Jade Buddha for Universal Peace will be displayed outside the Escondido Center for Performing Arts Jan. 29-Feb. 6.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Phat Da Buddhist Temple of San Diego.

 

Throughout the Jade Buddha's nine day, there will be multiple daily events including musical performances, meditations, Dharma teachings, and special celebrations to ring in the Lunar New Year with Chinese lion dancing on Feb. 2-3.


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FOREVER PLAID ON STAGE IN ESCONDIDO JAN. 29

 

January 27, 2011 (Escondido) – The California Center for the Arts in Escondido and Mike Pettite Presentations will present the musical comedy Forever Plaid on Saturday, January 29 at 7 p.m.

 


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FREE FAMILY ARTS AND LITERACY NIGHT JAN. 27 AT KROC CENTER

 

San Diego, CA –January 20, 2011—Young Audiences of San Diego and The Salvation Army Kroc Center will host a free Family Arts and Literacy Night this Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 pm. Hundreds of families will gather in the Kroc Center Multipurpose Room-Education Building for an evening of fun for the “Build your own Global Village” event and each child will take home a brand new book.

 


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NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS PERFORMS SUNDAY, JAN. 23 IN ESCONDIDO


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WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN CLASSES & EVENTS ANNOUNCED

 

Options include a Valentine’s Day cooking class and tips on everything from growing vegetables to replacing water-thirsty lawns

 


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“BLOOMS & VROOMS” PHOTO EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 25


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SAN DIEGO RIVER DAYS FILLED WITH EVENTS FOR EVERYONE

 

January 19, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego River Park Foundation announces a series of events to raise funds for establishing trails, parks, gardens and visitor centers along the 52-mile-long San DIego River.  The events include San Diego Days, San Diego RiverFest, and a Healthy River Run.

 


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STARGAZING, PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES, & A CELESTIAL CAMPOUT ANNOUNCED IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT

 

 

 January 16, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – Famed night-sky photographer Dennis Mammana announces a series of photography classes and lectures in Borrego Springs in January, February and March, plus a celestial overnight campout in the Anza-Borrego desert January 29-30.

 


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WOMEN WHO HELPED BUILD SAN DIEGO: FEB. 3 PRESENTATION BY LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

January 15, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--In celebration of Women's History Month, the Lemon Grove Historical Society will continue its free "History Alive" lectures series on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. Ashley Gardner, past president of the Women's Museum of California, presents the story of women who helped to build San Diego County in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.


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RADIO DAZE: THEATRICAL PRODUCTION FEB. 10 TO RECALL GLORY DAYS OF RADIO

January 14, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Arts Alliance will present its third annual theatrical production, “Radio Daze…Again” on Thursday, February 10 in the La Mesa Community Center Arbor Room.

“Last year’s Radio Daze was so enthusiastically received that we decided dot do another evening of the wonderful old scripts from the days when the radio was the major source of information and entertainment in the home,” said LMAA' spokeperson Patricia O’Reilly. “It is a trip down Memory Lane for some of us and an introduction for others to a whole new world.”


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SOMETHING FISHY: PRIZES FOR TROUT FISHING SATURDAY AT SANTEE LAKES

January 14, 2011 (Santee) – It sounds like a fish story: Santee Lakes are stocked with 13,000 pounds of rainbow trout during trout season from November through March. This stock includes large trophy trout up to 16 pounds, as well as tagged trout worth cash and prizes. In addition, the lucky fisherman who catches the biggest whopper of a trout on Saturday, January 15th will win a Nintendo Wii.


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GOSPEL CONCERT JAN. 15 IN EL CAJON


January 14, 2011 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Wesleyan Church presents a free Southern gospel concert that is open to the public. Greater Vision - the most awarded trio in the history of gospel music, will be performing Saturday, January 15th at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)


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15TH ANNUAL LA MESA MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL JAN. 16 HONORS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

 

January 12, 2011 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa’s annual Multicultural Festival in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr will be heldr Sunday, Jan. 16th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. The 15th annual event, presented by the City of La Mesa Human Relations Advisory Commission, is free and open to the public.

 

Featured entertainment includes appearances by the Helix Charter High School Bagpipe Band, Moreton Bay Fig Morris, an English Folk Dance Troupe, and Axis Gospel Singers. Dr. James Kitchen, Vice President, Student Affairs, San Diego State University, will serve as guest speaker.


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HIKE WITH A SEISMOLOGIST: SATURDAY AT ANZA BORREGO'S COYOTE CREEK FAULT

 

January 6, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) – On Saturday, January 8 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., San Diego State University seismologist Tom Rockwell will lead a field trip to Coyote Creek Fault to discuss the geology of the area and its recent activity. Visitors should meet in the back parking lot of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center for the short off-trail walk, wich costs $35 (or $25 for Anza Borrego Foundation members).

 


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HAWK WATCH! EACH SATURDAY IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY


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GET IN SHAPE WITH A HIKE UP MT. HELIX ON SATURDAY

January 6, 2011(LMt. Helix)--Kick off the New Year with a January 8 neighborhood walk from the San Miguel Fire Station, at 10105 Vivera in La Mesa, up to the amphitheater in Mt. Helix Park starting at 10 a.m.

The walk, co-sponsored by the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association and the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, is a chance for neighbors to get to know each other.


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A LAUGHING MATTER: BREW HA HA COMEDY OPENS IN COLLEGE AREA


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WHAT'S HOT? LEMON GROVE HOLIDAY BONFIRE DEC. 3

 

December 2, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove hosts its annual community holiday bonfire on December 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Civic Center Park, corner of Olive and Church Streets. Rain or shine, this free family-orientated event features live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, free refreshments, game booths, crafts, face painting, and more.

 


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HO, HO, SNOW! ALPINE SNOW FESTIVAL & PARADE OF LIGHTS DEC. 3

December 2, 2010 (Alpine) – Alpine Boulevard transforms into a winter wonderland on December 3, when the town hosts its annual Alpine Village Christmas celebration.

 

Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m., riding in the 15th annual Parade of Lights.  Afterwards, Santa and his helpers will light a holiday tree at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., and join in a holiday sing-along. Kids and the young in heart are also invited to stay and play in a free mountain of snow, complete with sledding.


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JAZZ NIGHT AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE DEC. 5

 

November 29, 2010 (El Cajon)--Grossmont College Music Department will present “Jazz Night,” an evening of Grossmont College students performing a recital of various styles of jazz music, starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Room 220 on the Grossmont College campus. The public is invited to attend. Also performing at the event will be Grossmont College Music Dept. co-chair Derek Cannon and Kamau Kenyatta of the Cannon/Kenyatta Project.


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RAIN FAILS TO DAMPEN SPIRITS AT MOTHER GOOSE PARADE

November 21, 2010 (El Cajon) - The Mother Goose Parade rolled on despite heavy rainfall this morning in downtown El Cajon, where crowds cheered on heroes honored in the event, including first-responder heroes from the 9-11 Twin Towers collapse in New York City.  

 

 

Photographer Dennis Richardson has provided these images from today's parade.


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SALUTE TO HEROES AT MOTHER GOOSE PARADE SUNDAY

 

November 20, 2010 (El Cajon)--The theme for the 64th Annual Mother Goose Parade on Sunday, November 21st, is a “Salute To Heroes!” A special World Memorial float will carry a New York Firefighter and an EMT, both disabled at 9/11, and a Port Authority Police Officer also survived the attacks at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Officer David Lim was among a handful of survivors found in "Stairwell B" after the collapse.


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SANTEE TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY AT HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING NOV. 19

 

 

November 14, 2010 (Santee) -- The city of Santee is doing its part to prevent the holidays from becoming ho-ho-ho-hum.A special events team from the Community Services Department has choreographed an event that features some unlikely holiday pairings: Santa Claus, live Doo-wop music, skating on synthetic ice, and an old-fashioned horse-and-carriage ride.

 


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