November 22, 2011 (Julian) --The Julian Stage Company and the Julian Chamber of Commerce present the 2011 stage production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--a Julian holiday tradition.
Give a holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, miserable, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love during one haunted Christmas Eve. It is a classic story of redemption and good cheer with a corpus of ghosts thrown into the mix.
November 19, 2001 (Julian) -- Julian celebrates the holiday season by illuminating the town's enormous living Christmas tree--and paying homage to the individuals who contribute time and energy to making Julian what many consider the best small town in Southern California.
The tree lighting will take place in Julian’s Pioneer Park on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, marking the beginning of the annual Julian Country Christmas celebration--three weeks of holiday festivity during which visitors and residents can capture the spirit of the season in an old fashioned way.
Samoan Independent Pentecostal Church feeds Lemon Grove needy, with help of Mt.Miguel football team.
By Bill Pogue
November 21, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The largest, annual free food distribution in East County occurred on Friday, November 18, was made by the Samoan Independent Pentecostal Church, where they rent church accommodations from the Lemon Grove Lutheran Church at 2055 Skyline Drive. This is the 8th consecutive year that Pastor Ulalei Tausaga, his wife Mai and son Smith, and their congregation performed this feat.
November 21, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting its annual Mrs. Claus Gift Shoppe daily beginning on December 1. Gently used holiday decorations will be for sale at bargain prices. The gift shop is located at the Olde Community Church, 9906 Maine Avenue. Store hours are from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
November 21, 2011 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce invites members and nonmembers to celebrate the season at a Holiday Mixer on Thursday, December 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 11611 Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego. Cost is $5 for members and $15 for prospective members.
The holiday mixer includes a buffet food station and opportunity drawings. A cash bar will also be available.
Give the gift of reading to children in your family or community:
Reader's Inc is a delightful children's book store in La Mesa Village. You'll find a treasure-trove of wonderful books, hand-made toys, and even a miniature train to delight kids and adults alike.Reader's Inc coupon is valid ONLY this week, so visit soon!
November 20, 2011 (Julian) -- The Smith Ranch in Julian invites you to take a ride aboard the 2011 Christmas Train Express. Celebrate the holidays at this special event that consists of a one mile train ride, a visit to the authentic Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and country Christmas surprises.
November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) The Third Annual Jingle Paws Walk for Pets will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Wells Park in El Cajon, 1153 East Madison Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., sponsored by El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services (ACES) Foundation and Camp Bow Wow.
November 18, 2011 (La Mesa)--Youth at United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will host a Fair Trade Holiday Sale on November 19 and 20 featuring gifts made by artisans paid fair wages and clean, safe work conditions in communities across the globe.
November 16, 2011 (Santee) -- If you are looking for a family event that is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, mark your calendar for the City of Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is free. It is an event that celebrates the start of the holiday season.
November 14, 2011 (Campo)-- Celebrate the holidays aboard the North Pole Limited, a special production offered by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and volunteers in cooperation with the Mountain Empire High School and Santa Claus.
These Christmas Trains are favorites for children and adults of all ages. This year the North Pole Limited will run on the following Fridays and Saturdays: November 25-26, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17.
San Diego-based humanitarian organization launches 2012 gift-giving catalog to promote worldwide health and economic empowerment programs
November 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- PCI (Project Concern International) launched its 2012 symbolic gifts catalog, Gifts of Life. The catalog allows the public to give unique gifts that support PCI’s global programs and the people they reach in some of the most impoverished regions of the world.
November 15, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will perform a holiday-themed program, “Wintersongs” at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. Wintersongs showcases music ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah.
November 14, 2011 (San Diego) -- The holidays are right around the corner and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to help San Diegans become more energy efficient this holiday season. For the sixth year, SDG&E will be offering complimentary light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) to customers throughout San Diego County during the company’s annual LED Holiday Lighting Exchanges.
November 15, 2011 (Valley Center) -- Bates Nut Farm will host the Annual Santa’s Coming-Craft Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. The Craft Fair will be open November 25, 26 and 27; Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art, just in time to start your holiday shopping.
Jewelry, woodworking, candles, toys, fabric arts, and more will be available through vendors. Kids can enjoy face painting, Kids’n Paint, the farm zoo and kettle corn.
San Diego Sheriff Crime Prevention Specialist, Alpine
November 13, 2011 (Alpine) -- Thanksgiving. It's the busiest travel time of the year, and it's here! Travel safety and prevention tips have taken on a new meaning during tough economic times. Opportunistic thieves may be looking for unprotected homes or pre-occupied travelers. The Sheriff's Alpine and East County Rural Deputies wish you a safe Thanksgiving Holiday with these safety tips to avoid problems at the beginning of a joyful season!
November 12, 2011 (Alpine) -- Santa arrives in Alpine Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. riding down Alpine Boulevard for the 16th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights.
Immediately following the parade, Santa and his helpers will help light the Alpine Community Christmas Tree at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road. Join a holiday sing-a-long, and stay for the free snow hill sledding.
Tree-lighting and ice show extravaganza light up the night tonight
November 11, 2011 (Alpine) -- Skate into the holidays on Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink, now open at Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine. The nearly 10,000-square-foot rink, one of our region’s most popular winter playgrounds, will remain open through Jan. 8, 2012.
Applications for those in need accepted Nov. 12, 16, and 29
November 11, 2011 (Santee) – As the holiday season begins to pick up steam, the Santee Santas are already in full swing with their holiday preparations to ensure that every Santee resident enjoys some holiday cheer.
November 8, 2011, (East County) -- As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high ear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
November 8, 2011 (Alpine) – Sue Roff, director of the Alpine Community Center, will once again be cooking up a Thanksgiving meal for seniors who are alone or can’t travel to be with family for the holidays. Volunteers will deliver the meals to home-bound seniors, along with gift bags filled with items donated by local merchants.
November 7, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Toy and Food Drive needs community support to brighten the holidays for the many children in need this season. Tomorrow morning from 7-9 a.m., a hearty breakfast will be served up at Hometown Buffet, 390 West Main Street in El Cajon.
November 7, 2011 (East County) -- Looking for some unique holiday gifts? Wilde Oaks Farm is hosting a holiday sale on three weekends: November 12-13, November 19- 20, and December 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
November 3, 2011 (Ramona) -- This year’s 31st annual Ramona United Methodist Church (RUMC) Turkey Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Proceeds will help to feed needy families in our area.
November 2, 2011 (Jamul) Drama students from Santee High School will perform a free reading of “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, November 5 at Jamul Haven Bed and Breakfast Inn. The performance is part of students’ preparatory work for their November production of this classic holiday story.
Arrive at 4:30 p.m. for a light dinner, with readings beginning at 5:15 p.m. Talk back and dessert follows.
October 29, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce would like to invite family and friends to join the festivity of Halloween for children ages 12 and under. The event takes place on Monday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Maine Avenue, in Lakeside. The spooky streets consist of two blocks of free treats from local businesses with the children being escorted by Lakeside Royalty.
October 28, 2011(San Diego) —This Halloween, the San Diego Police Officers Association wants to remind San Diegans to stay safe while having fun. Here are some helpful hints to keep the festivities safe:
October 25, 2011 (Julian) -- On Monday, October 31 at 6 p.m., Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro teams up with Witch Creek Winery to host a four-course Wine Pairing Event featuring local produce and ingredients.
Guests are invited to wear Halloween Costumes (if they dare….) and prizes will be awarded.