Festivals of the Month

CONSERVATION IN BLOOM: REAP REWARDS AT SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 24

 

 

Event highlights water conservation, cultural conservation, and Cuyamaca College’s biggest plant sale of the year

April 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- On Saturday, April 24, from 9am-4pm, Cuyamaca College’s campus will bloom with activity as three of its on-campus venues—the Ornamental Horticulture Department, the Water Conservation Garden, and the Heritage of the Americas Museum—invite the public to celebrate spring at their 17th annual Spring Garden Festival.

 

“Conservation in Bloom” is the theme at this family festival that includes tips on green living. Admission and parking are free. A range of crafters and vendors from throughout San Diego County will be featured, in addition to activities ranging from live music to a birds of prey show.


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THEY'RE OFF! EASTER EGG HUNTS ABOUND IN EAST COUNTY

 

April 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a fun and festive place to take the kids on an Easter Egg hunt this weekend? Here are our picks for some special places to let the kids run wild. Besides hunting for eggs, youngsters can also enjoy carnival rides, pony rides, rock climbing, games, crafts, and viewing exotic animals – to name just a few of the unusual activities you’ll find at East County Easter Egg hunts.

 

So grab your baskets, roundup the kids, then head out east for an enjoyable day of fun in the East County sun.


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BIGGEST HARMONICA PARTY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: SPRING HARP FEST XI APRIL 3 IN LA MESA

 

 

April 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – Groove to the sounds of blues harmonica at Spring Harp Fest XI, April 3rd at Harry Griffen Park ampitheater in La Mesa from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The benefit event is free to the public, though donations are welcome.

 

Proceeds in past years helped purchase 3,000 harmonicas for kids at local “Blues in the Schools” presentations, introducing youngsters countywide to the joys of music jam sessions.


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HOP TO THE FREE KROC HOP BUNNY DROP

 

April 1, 2010 (San Diego) – On Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Kroc Center will host its seventh annual free Easter Egg hunt and festival. Over 1,500 local children are expected to enjoy visits and photos with the Easter bunny, as well as pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, a rock climbing wall, games and prizes.


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RUNNERS & WALKERS INVITED TO JOIN 44th Annual El Cajon 20K ON APPRIL 3

 

 

March 28, 2010 (El Cajon)--The 44th annual El Cajon 20K race will be held on Saturday, April 3. The 12.4 mile course starts and ends at Granite Hills High School, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 4th Street.

 

The event kicks off starting at 6:30 a.m. for walkers and race walkers, and at 7 a.m. for runners.


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CRAFTS, HORSES ADDED TO EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR APRIL 24

 

 

March 30, 2010 (El Cajon)--Six unique gardens are featured in the Friends of East County Arts, Inc. 15th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two of the star attractions on this year’s tour are ‘Ali,’ a strapping three-year-old Clydesdale horse born the day prior to the 2007 garden, tour and Magnum, a retired San Diego police patrol horse, whose former beat was Balboa Park.


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WHAT'S OLD IS NEW: LA MESA ANTIQUE FAIR SUNDAY MARCH 28

 

 

March 26, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa hosts its Antique Street Faire on Sunday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once a year, La Mesa Boulevard is closed in the downtown village, while antique dealers from far and wide display their wares.


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CAN YOU CATCH A WHOPPER? CATFISH SEASON OPENS AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 17

 

 

March 23, 2010 (Santee) – Barona Valley Ranch Resort announces a catfish catching contest at Santee Lakes. The season starts April 17 and runs through October 31st. This year, the lakes have been stocked with 23,000 pounds of catfish. Catch a tagged catfish and win prizes including cash, fishing poles, tackle boxes, camping gear and free fishing passes.

 


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RAMONA MUSIC FEST THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 20

 

 

March 19, 2010 (Ramona) – From country music to rock and roll, from barbershop to Americana, you’ll find music to suit your fancy at the Ramona Music Fest this Saturday, March 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. Cactus Twang and White headline this year’s event, featuring Cactus Jim Soldi, former guitarist for Johnny Cash.


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HOOLEYFEST! IRISH PUB’S ST. PATRICKS DAY BASH INCLUDES IRISH BANDS & FREE RIDES


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INTERNATIONAL FAIR AT LAKESIDE SCHOOL OFFERS FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC & DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Lakeside) -  Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.  It's all part of the Lakeside Union School District and Riverview Elementary School's second annual International Fair on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


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RENAISSANCE FAIRE BRINGS MEDIEVAL HISTORY TO LIFE SATURDAY

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center hosts full day of merry-making

 

March 12, 2010 (Valley Center) – Highland games, archery, medieval music and cooking demonstrations are all part of the fun this Saturday, March 13th . Historical re-enactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. Renaissance Group will host a Renaissance Faire at Bates Nut Farm in Escondido from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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ON A ROLL: 2ND ANNUAL CASINO ROYALE NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 18

 

Tickets still available for La Mesa Chamber’s James Bond bash at Town & Country Resort

March 11, 2010 (La Mesa) – Try your luck at Monte Carlo-style gaming tables amid a night of glitz, glamour and prizes galore at La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s Casino Royale Night on Thursday, March 18th . The event takes place in the Golden Ballroom at the Town & Country Hotel, where a silent auction, raffle, and elegant food stations will all be part of the fun.


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RIVER PARK FOUNDATION HOLDS “SAVE THE SOURCE” PROJECTS MARCH 13


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RAMONA MUSIC FEST MARCH 20

 

March 8, 2010 (Ramona) -- The Ramona Music Fest benefit concert is March 20, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Dos Picos Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. in Ramona. The third annual event hosted by Ramona Kiwanis and Ramona Rotary clubs will feature two stages and wandering musicians.

 


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SHOW GOES ON: CIRCUS VARGAS NOW PLAYING IN EL CAJON THROUGH MARCH 8

 

 

Performances also slated in Vista and Mira Mesa

March 3, 2010 (El Cajon) – Children and the young at heart savored thrills and chills at Circus Vargas, now showing in a big top tent pitched in the parking lot at Parkway Plaza. Prior to the main show, the ringmaster invited all kids into the center ring for lessons in juggling, feather balancing and other circus tricks.


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SDSU WOMEN'S STUDIES DEPT. PLANS YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION

 


1970-2010: Forty Years of Community Activism, Scholarly Excellence and International Programming

March 4, 2010 (San Diego) – March is women's history month.  However, the women’s studies department at San Diego State University plans a year-long celebration  to commemorate  its 40th anniversary.  

 

Upcoming events include:


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EXPERIENCE LIFE ON THE 1860s FRONTIER AT VALLECITO DAYS MARCH 5-7

 

March 3, 2010 (Vallecito) – Vallecito Stage Station once served as a rest stop for weary travelers along the Southern Overland Trail on the Butterfield Stage Coach. On March 5, 6 and 7, history will come alive as the 1850s camp in the Anza-Borrego desert welcomes visitors to tour the original adobe Vallecito Stage Station and participate in frontier-style activities.

 


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IT’S A CIRCUS! BIGTOP BRINGS ITS MAGIC TO EAST COUNTY & SD IN FEB. & MARCH

 

 

February 23, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Circus Vargas opens this week at Westfield Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, with additional shows in National City, Vista, and Mira Mesa.

 

This year’s theme of an enchanted forest features “magical creatures, mystical fairies, pixies, sprites, butterflies and more”—along with crowd-pleasing favorites such as an aerial bungee ballet, acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers and more.

 

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STORYTELLING & OTHER EVENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

 

February 19, 2010 (San Diego) – Storytelling, the passing down of tales from generation to generation, has kept cultural heritage alive through the ages. In celebration of Black History Month, several black storytellers will give performances this weekend in San Diego and Spring Valley. In addition, Southwestern College hosts a Black History Cultural Day and the Malcolm X Library plans a Jamaican barbecue class—all in San Diego’s eastern regions.


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DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: UNCLE SAM WANTS TO GIVE YOU MONEY TO BUY A HOME

 

“Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye” – free seminars Feb. 27 in La Mesa, March 1 in El Cajon

 

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

February 10, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Uncle Sam wants to give you money to a buy a house, but you must hurry because there is a deadline; you must be in escrow by April 30 and must close escrow by July 1, 2010.

 

This program is the Homebuyer Tax Credit, and in November of 2009 was revised to include both first-time buyers and buyers who already own a home.


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25 WAYS TO ROMANCE YOUR VALENTINE IN EAST COUNTY

 

February 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for some creative ways to romance the sweetheart on Valentine’s Day weekend? San Diego’s eastern region has many unique options for romance, ranging from free hiking and picnic spots to gourmet dining, upscale resorts and sweetheart spa retreats.


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SDSU CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH SERIES OF EVENTS

 

February 4, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego State’s Department of Africana Studies is partnering with campus cultural groups and the Department of Music and Dance to present a series of social and education events in February honoring Black History Month. Upcoming events include films, lectures, jazz concerts, a convention, dinner, Black History Bowl, and a parade  Schedule and details:

 

 


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RAISING FARMER'S SPIRITS: JULIAN FFA, JEREMY'S ON THE HILL AND SHADOW MOUNTAIN WINERY TEAM UP FOR FEB. 3 EVENT

 

January 22, 2010 (Julian) -- Owners of a gourmet restaurant, Jeremy's on the Hill, and Shadow Mountain Winery will host a five-course wine pairing and dining event on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.  All proceeds of the event will benefit Future Farmers of America (FFA) in Julian. The organization raises awareness on the importance of agriculture for past and future generations.

 

 

“With lack of funding, we will lose this important educational component of our community,” said Jeremy Manley, 23, Chef de Cuisine at Jeremy's on the Hill “We are hoping you will be able to join us and support your local FFA chapter while enjoying fabulous food and wine from our back country hidden treasures."


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LA MESA HOSTS MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL SUNDAY JAN. 17

 

January 15, 2010 (La Mesa) The public is invited to join La Mesa’s 14th annual Multicultural Festival. The event will be held this Sunday, January 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

 


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HAWK WATCH: SATURDAYS IN RAMONA THROUGH FEB. 27

January 14, 2010 (Ramona) – The Ramona Grasslands, a protected resource area, is home to 19 species of raptors including golden eagles, hawks and falcons.

 

Each Saturday through February 27 from 9am-noon, the Wildlife Research Institute is hosting “Hawk Watch” at the Ramona Grasslands.


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KING AIDE TO SPEAK JAN. 15 AT YMCA’S 25th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BREAKFAST


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RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THESE EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS

 

December 28, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a festive party or a special restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Below is our guide to New Year’s Eve attractions in East County and San Diego’s eastern regions on December 31st, including live music and dancing, fireworks, special menus, casino promotions, and activities for children, families and seniors.


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WALK UP MT. HELIX TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR

 

 

December 28, 2009 (Mt. Helix) – Need to get in shape after all that holiday feasting? Join members of the Grossmont Mount Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) for a 1.3 round-trip walk up Mt. Helix on January 2nd at 10 a.m.


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FREEBIE ALERT! WINTER SOLSTICE WALK DEC. 21

 

Cowles Mountain is the site of a Kumeyaay Indian solstice site and the Canyoneers are conducting a free walk up the mountain on December 21 at 6 am to view the sunrise on the first day of winter.


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