Holidays in East County 2011

Holidays in East County 2011

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FOR TROLLEY RIDERS

 
 
December 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The Orange Line’s fifth annual Holiday Entertainment Series starts Monday morning December 12 at the 62nd  Street/Encanto Trolley Station. Jazz vocalist  Rodney Hutsona kicks off the series which will also include performers from the Southeastern San Diego area.

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EAT, DRINK AND BE LITERARY! SUNBELT PUBLICATIONS HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 8 IN EL CAJON

 
November 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – While the book industry abounds with change and uncertainty, one local publisher continues its holiday tradition that has spanned over a quarter of a century. Sunbelt Publications invites the public to its warehouse for a celebration of literature in the holiday season.

On Thursday, December 8 from 4:30 to 8:30, Sunbelt Publications will host its annual holiday party with the 2011 theme: Eat, Drink, and be Literary.


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KENSINGTON CHURCH YOUTH GROUP REENACTS ‘LAS POSADAS’ CHRISTMAS STORY


Second Annual Outdoor Community Production Features a Candlelit Procession with Mary, Joseph and the Donkey and a Live Nativity Scene
 
December 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- Kensington Community Church (KCC), United Church of Christ, celebrated the season with its second annual Las Posadas in Kensington production on Saturday, Dec. 3. Put on by the church’s Middle and High School Youth Group, the outdoor reenactment of the Christmas story featured a candlelit community procession with the angel, Mary, Joseph and the donkey as they were turned away by innkeepers at Kensington Café and Starbucks.

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HOLIDAY HARMONIES AROUND THE WORLD: WOMEN’S BARBERSHOP CHORUS TO RING IN THE SEASON DEC. 11

By Millicent Arko

 
December 6, 2011 (National City) California Note Catchers invites you to celebrate the joy of the season on Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. with a festive afternoon of musical entertainment.

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CAROLING ATOP MT. HELIX DEC. 11


December 6, 2011 (Mt. Helix)--Put on those sweaters, collect your family and head up to Mt. Helix Park on Sunday, December 11 at 6 p.m. for free sing-along caroling.
 
Gina Seashore, known as "That Music Lady," will be leading an evening of singing to all the favorites. There will be coffee, hot cocoa and even a visit from Santa. SPRITES will be providing free baked goods.

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AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC, "AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL" DEC 11

 December 6, 2011 (Santee) -- Talented singers of the combined adult and children's/youth choir will present an evening of Christmas Music entitled, "And His Name Shall be Called Wonderful." One performance only will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10052 Magnolia Avenue in Santee.


The performance is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of musical performances, including a handchime choir and a violinist, along with a live nativity. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

 


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YOU'RE INVITED! FEASTING & MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 10

December 6, 2011 (Mt. Helix) --We joyfully invite our readers to join us in an afternoon of festivities at our annual holiday party!  Come join the fun -- and help support the East County Toy and Food Drive as well as East County Magazine.

The event will be held Saturday, December 10 from 2-6 p.m. at our editor's home on Mt. Helix. (Address/directions provided with RSVP). Join us for feasting and merrymaking, wine tasting, live music by jazz pianist Danny Green, prizes, drawings, and games galore! 


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GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR SHOPPING GUIDE TO UNIQUE AND SPECIAL ITEMS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – This holiday season, why not support our local economy by buying your gifts locally? Below are our picks to some of this year’s most unique and special offerings from San Diego’s eastern regions.


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HOLIDAY PARTY AND AUCTION AT VIEJAS TO BENEFIT THE 36TH ANNUAL EAST COUNTY TOY AND FOOD DRIVE DEC 7

 
December 6, 2011 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will be holding the Stoney & Robs holiday party & auction in the Viejas Dream Catcher Lounge at Viejas Casino. All proceeds will benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive serving the needy East County children and other families this holiday season.

 


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HOLIDAY DECORATIONS LIGHT UP JAMUL HAVEN HISTORIC INN


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CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT THE LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA DEC. 8

 December 2, 2011 (San Diego) --Join chamber members and friends at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce annual holiday party and 4th Anniversary Celebration on December 8 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North - Mission Valley, in the Tiki Pavilion. 

 
Included in this evening of fun, food and refreshments are pre-holiday gifts to bid on during the auction activities, and a cash raffle, plus, free parking and no-host cocktails.

 


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PCI SPONSORS COMMUNITY HOLIDAY OUTREACH FOR AT-RISK YOUTH AT JACOBS PLAZA DECEMBER 7

 San Diego’s global humanitarian organization work offers holiday celebration for families in need

 
December 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers are planning the third annual Santa party and health fair in collaboration with PCI’s California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program on December 7, 2011 at the Jacobs Market Creek Plaza on Euclid and Market from 2-4 p.m. The event will feature educational programs to include dental screening, healthy nutrition, and health resources. Santa will be entertaining children and their families with toys for the children, crafts and refreshments. 

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RIDE THE TRAIN DOWN MAINE AT LAKESIDE’S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS DEC. 3

 

December 2, 2011 (Lakeside) – Join Santa and the community of Lakeside for the town’s 13th annual Spirit of Christmas celebration on Saturday from 4-9 p.m., with a tree-lighting at 5 p.m.
 


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BUY A CHRISTMAS TREE OR LOGS FOR YOUR FIRE, BENEFIT HOMELESS IN EAST COUNTY

 

December 2, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Transitional Living Center is offering Christmas trees and firewood for sale at 1527 East Main Street in El Cajon.

All proceeds will be used to help homeless people in East County. Douglas and Noble fir trees are available in 5 to 7 foot heights—with no tree over $40.


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HOT SHOPPING & 'CHILI NIGHTS' AT ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK DEC. 2


December 2, 2011 (Borrego) -- You are invited to visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Store for a hot shopping experience. Piping hot chili, cornbread muffins, hot mulled wine, and this event is from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., on Friday, December 2.

Start your Holiday shopping early with new products, such as, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Holiday Ornaments, sweatshirts, made in the USA, collectable limited edition Challenge Coins, and more. The park is located at
200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs CA 92004-5005, A free “Shop Borrego” tote on purchases over $25, every purchase supports Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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FREE SANTA PHOTOS, CIDER, & TREATS AT ALPINE ALBERTSONS DEC. 10


December 1, 2011 (Alpine) – Kamps Propane is teaming up with Natural Instincts and Alpine Albertson’s for a doggone festive event for East county families and their pets. On December 10 from 2-7 p.m., stop by for free Christmas photos with Santa as well as prize drawings, free pet treats, apple cider, hot chocolate and popcorn.


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER BREAKFAST AND TOY & FOOD DRIVE

Friday, December 2nd, the last First Friday POWER breakfast for the 2011 year will be held in grand holiday fashion! As always, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will sponsor the event and the Salvation Army's Toy and Food Drive will be the program.


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CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC 4TH

December 1, 2011 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Seventh Annual Christmas in Alpine Holiday Home Tour on Sunday December 4 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. You will have an opportunity to stroll through four stunning homes which will be exquisitely decorated for the holidays,” said Carlette Anderson with the Alpine Women’s Club. Also, visit the new Queen of Angles Catholic Church and enjoy food and refreshments at 4p.m. at the Historic Town Hall.

 


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FREE GIFT WRAPPING IN LA MESA, PLUS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE OFFERED BY LOCAL REALTOR

December 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The Windermere Realty Co in La Mesa is having a Holiday Bazaar on December 3 from 1-4. serving hot cider and cookies. There will also be locals crafts and other local vendors.


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HO, HO, SNOW! ALPINE SNOW FESTIVAL AND CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS DEC. 9


November 28, 2011 (Alpine) -- Circle Dec. 9 on your calendar for the 16th Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival in Alpine. The free Snow Festival at the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road includes a real snow hill, lighting of the Alpine Community Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, a Ronald McDonald Magic Show, family activities,vendors and crafters.

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FREE CONCERTS, CRAFTS & GIVEAWAYS AT GROSSMONT CENTER IN DECEMBER


November 30, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Shopping Center announces a series of free concerts each Friday night in December from 6-9 p.m. featuring popular local bands.  In addition, each Saturday from 1-3 p.m., kids can enjoy craft activities with favorite holiday characters.  In addition, free gift giveaways will be held each Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
 
For a complete schedule of events, click on read more.
 
 
 
 
 

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TEN TIPS TO HOST A MEMORABLE HOLIDAY PARTY THIS YEAR

Celebrity Lifestyle Expert and Best-Selling Author Dawn Bryan Offers Ten Tips for Hosting This Holiday Season

 

November 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Whether the Holiday is Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas Eve, Kwanza, or the New Year, these occasions are meant to be shared with an abundance of good food and drink, good conversation, and good cheer.  In addition, the thoughtful host will know how to provide a welcoming atmosphere of warmth and conviviality.


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FREE FAMILY ACTIVITY AT WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY FEATURING A “SNOWY DAYS” THEME DEC 5

 
November 28, 2011 (Escondido) --Children and families can celebrate winter at Westfield North County’s Family Fun Days, featuring a “Snowy Days” theme on Monday, December 5, 10– 11:00 a.m., at Westfield North County, Level 1, Center Court, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido.  The event also features story time with readings of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and “A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Children will design and create their own snow globe jars to take home and enjoy a healthy snack.

 


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CHILDREN’S CHOIRS PRESENT CHRISTMAS MUSICAL DEC. 4


November 25, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Foothills United Methodist Church Children’s Choirs will perform their Christmas concert on December 4 at 3 p.m.
 
The event is free and open to the public at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa CA 91941.

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT AT THE LEMON GROVE COMMUNITY BONFIRE DECEMBER 2

 November 25, 2011 (Lemon Grove)-- Lemon Grove will kick off the Holiday Season with the 14th Annual Community Bonfire, Friday, December 2 from 6--8 p.m. at Civic Center Park. The celebration features games, face painting, laser tag, live music and horse-drawn carriage rides. This family event is free, and features an Open House at the Parsonage Museum and H. Lee House. Free Refreshments are available.


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TURKEYS GALORE AND MORE: TOP THANKSGIVING DESTINATIONS IN SAN DIEGO’S INLAND REGIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

November 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast—or a totally untraditional experience?  Our guides at East County Magazine have left no stone unturned in our quest for the most unusual, delightful and delectable offerings in San Diego’s inland regions this Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are our favorite finds:


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GROSSMONT CENTER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING: GROOVY DECOR KICKS OFF RETRO 1960'S HOLIDAYS STARTING FRIDAY

 

November 23, 2011 (La Mesa) – On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Grossmont Center will unveil new holiday décor complete with bright-colored pencil trees, retro colored lights and peace signs, bringing back nostalgic memories of holidays in the 1960s for the shopping mall’s 50th anniversary holiday season.


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WHERE WESTERN MEETS GLAMOUR: COWGIRL BLING OPENS IN PARKWAY PLAZA—WITH SOME COWBOY THINGS TO BOOT

Rhinestone jeans, Montana West leather purses, glitzy saddle blankets and more  in El Cajon’s new store

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2011 (El Cajon)-- “This is my passion,” says Hannah Blume, 16, co-owner of the new Cowgirl Bling store in Parkway Plaza. 

Her mom,  Cheryl Smith, helped Hannah open the shop to bring glitzy Western wear to East County—and to provide a better future for Hannah, a student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside.  


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A KNOX HOUSE CHRISTMAS - CELEBRATE THE JOY OF THE SEASON DECEMBER 3

November 23, 2011 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Historical Society invites you to A Knox House Christmas on  December 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Knox House Museum, 280 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon CA 92020.


Enjoy tours, an antique police car, sale of handmade and holiday crafts, home baked goods, antique items, art, dolls, old lace, photos plants, new and gently used items, etc., and the Broken Strings band will play. Donations are welcome.


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VIEJAS CASINO AND OUTLETS LAUNCH TOY DRIVE THROUGH NOV. 26 TO SUPPORT LOCAL SALVATION ARMY

 

November 23, 2011 –Viejas Casino & Outlets has launched a Holiday Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army. Through November 26, Viejas Casino guests who bring in a new, unwrapped toy will receive $5 Free Play Cash.

 


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