Holidays in East County 2012

Holidays in East County 2012

CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR, DECEMBER 9

November 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its eighth annual “Christmas in Alpine” Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 9th from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and view one of Alpine’s beautiful churches, which will be decorated for the season. The historic town hall will also be open from 1:30 on for ticket holders.  Refreshments will be served.  The tour tickets are $30.00.


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THE POMERADO BRASS QUINTET WILL PERFORM AT MISSION TRAILS PARK DEC. 16

November 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform at Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Drive, on December 16 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The free concert will feature music selected for the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations presented in a variety of styles that will be certain to appeal to all who attend.


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VIEJAS OUTLETS KICK OFF HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON NOV. 16

Special late-night hours plus opening of Southern California's largest outdoor ice rink

November 13, 2012 (Alpine) – The Viejas Outlets will officially kick off the holiday season Friday, November 16 with the Grand Opening of Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink, as well as special late-night store hours and promotions.


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ATTENTION HOLIDAY SHOPPERS: DESCANSO ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR ON NOVEMBER 17

November 13, 2012 (Descanso) – Looking for some hand-crafted, locally made gifts this holiday season? Visit the Descanso Town Hall at 24536 Viejas Grade on November 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Arts & Crafts Fair. 

Many local artists and craftspeople will be displaying their wares for sale.  Items include paintings, photography, jewelry, decorative gourds, custom embroidery, leather goods and much more.


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SANTEE SCHEDULES HOLIDAY LIGHTING CELEBRATION

November 9, 2012 (Santee) Despite a surplus of winter sunshine rather than snow, the city of Santee has found the formula to making the season feel like an old-fashioned movie, at least for one evening.

Families are invited to experience this magic by attending the City of Santee and Waste Management Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The free event, which offers activities for people of all ages, is a festival that celebrates the start of the holiday season.


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ALL ABOARD THE SANTA TRAIN AT PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM NOV – DEC

November 9, 2012 (Campo) – All aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.  The trains will be running Nov. 23-24, 30 and Dec. 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22 and depart at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. from the Museum at Highway 94 at Forrest Gate Road, Campo.

Santa’s Elves will serve cookies and hot cocoa while leading a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols and reading a famous Christmas story while the Limited rockets toward the North Pole.  The train will stop at Santa’s Workshop to allow Santa to board the train and visit with all the children on the return trip.


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START THE HOLIDAYS WITH A ROAR AT LIONS, TIGERS, & BEARS 2012 CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 8

November 9, 2012 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers & Bears is holding its 2012 Christmas Party on December 8 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine.  This celebration is a great way to show your support for the Big Cats by spending some time with them and finding unique holiday gifts from among the many vendors participating.  Delicious food and beverages will be available.


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THE ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB 8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR IS DECEMBER 9TH

November 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club 8th Annual Holiday Home Tour is December 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning homes which will be decorated for the holidays and visit a local church which will also be decorated for the season.


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IT’S A TURKEY TOSS AT LOUIS STELZER PARK NOVEMBER 10

November 9, 2012 (Lakeside) – County Parks and Rec is holding a Turkey Toss November 10 at Louis Stelzer Park, 11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd, Lakeside.  This children’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The children will toss aluminum cans at different targets for points.  The competition will be broken up based on age with the first prize in each bracket winning a turkey.  All other participants will receive fun treats.  Each child should bring 10 empty soda cans.  The completion is open to children ages 4 – 13.


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2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JAMUL CRAFT SHOW NOV. 17

November 9, 2012 (Jamul) – The 2nd Annual Christmas in Jamul craft show is November 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reno’s Pub & Grub, 14019 Campo Road, Jamul.  The craft show features Christmas themed crafts and more by local craftsmen.  Santa will be on hand for photo opportunities.

The craft show will take place on the patio.  Hot dogs and cheeseburgers will be available for purchase at $2  and $3 respectively.


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LET THE HOLIDAY SEASON BEGIN! SANTEE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY NOV. 16

November 9, 2012 (Santee) –Ushering in the holiday season, Santee Trolley Square will be transformed into a cheerful village where carolers dressed in period costumes sing traditional holiday songs, kids can skate on synthetic ice, or pose for photos with Santa Claus while the whole family enjoys live music, food and horse-drawn carriage rides.

It’s all part of the city of Santee’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, a free family event to usher in the holiday season on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 


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ALL ABOARD! SANTA TRAIN NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS

November 8, 2012 (Campo)—The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo  rolls out its 2012 Santa Train, the North Pole Limited, each Friday and Saturday starting November 23 through December 22. 

This popular attraction sells out early each year, so reservations are strongly recommended.  Santa’s elves will serve cookies and hot cocoa while leading a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols and reading a famous Christmas story. The train departs the Museum on Highway 94 at Forrest Gate Road in Campo and stops at Santa’s workshop , where Santa will board the train and visit with all children on the return trip.


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HEALTHY HOLIDAY HABITS

By Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD, CPT, www.heatforhealth.com

November 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to shape up for the holidays?  Lauren Schmitt, Healthy Eating and Training (www.heatforhealth.com), offers these helpful tips.

Healthy Habit #1: Don’t wait until the New Year.


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HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AT ORFILA WINERY OCT. 26

October 26, 2012 (Escondido) – Orfila Vineyards & Winery is hosting a Halloween Festival October 26 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at its tasting room located at 13455 San Pasqual Rd., Escondido.  Activities include a costume contest, wine tasting, live music, dancing, Halloween trivia and food trucks.  Admission is free.


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TRICK OR TREAT ON MAINE IN LAKESIDE OCT. 31

October 26, 2012 (Lakeside) – The 2nd Annual Trick or Treat on Maine, sponsored by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce,  will take place October 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Local businesses and organizations will be passing out candy and flyers.  Bring the ghosts and goblins for a safe trick or treat experience.


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MONSTER MASH SPORTS DASH AT GROSSMONT HIGH OCT. 27

October 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Monster Mash Sports Dash is a fun-filled 5k run/walk covering the entire Grossmont High campus at 1100 Murray Dr., El Cajon, happening October 27 beginning at 8 a.m.  The event will also include sports and fitness challenges such as making a jump shot or kicking a goal.


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“HAUNTFEST ON MAIN” IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON OCT. 26 ANNOUNCES NEW FRIGHTS

October 23, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Make plans to come to downtown El Cajon on October 26th for HauntFest On Main! The Promenade District and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will be hosting their first annual HauntFest on Main in Downtown El Cajon on Friday, October 26th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.


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HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST FOR PETS AT EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER OCT. 27

October 23, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Don’t miss this fun event! The El Cajon Animal Shelter’s Annual Open House is planned for Saturday, October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a pet Halloween costume contest at 12:00 noon with prizes awarded to the top three costumes.  See an El Cajon Police K-9 demonstration; and visit the many dogs and cats ready for adoption to a loving home.  If you already have a dog, low cost dog micro-chipping and rabies vaccinations will be available. This event is hosted by the ACES Foundation.  For more information visit their website at www.acesfoundation.org.


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MURDER MYSTERY TALE IS A TREAT AT KNOX HOUSE MUSEUM OCT. 26

October 23, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Knox House museum at 280 N. Magnolia Avenue will have some special activities on October 26th during HauntFest.  Popular historical author Carroll Rice will be reciting a murder mystery shrouded by ambient candlelight.  Enjoy a spooky evening of storytelling and refreshments, compliments of the El Cajon Historical Society.


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PUMPKIN CARVE AT HILLSIDE RECREATION CENTER OCT. 26

October 23, 2012 (El Cajon) -- On Friday, October 26th from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Hillside Center is hosting its annual Pumpkin Carve. Children ages of 5-12 years old are encouraged to explore their creativity by carving a pumpkin masterpiece. Each child will receive one pumpkin to create the scariest, funniest, or most creative pumpkin they can imagine.


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ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES HEADLINES RAMONA MERCHANT’S SAFE TRICK OR TREAT OCTOBER 31

October 21, 2012 (Ramona) – Ramona Merchant’s annual Safe Trick or Treat will take place on October 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 960 Main Street, Ramona. Assemblyman Brian W. Jones of the 77th Assembly District will be recognizing the Ramona Chamber of Commerce and its members for their solution to providing a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Participating Ramona businesses will receive certificates for their volunteer spirit and community service.


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HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AT ALPINE CREEK TOWN CENTER OCT. 27

October 21, 2012 (Alpine) – All ghosts and goblins are invited to show off their most creative costumes at the Halloween Costume Contest on October 27 at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Blvd., Alpine.  This free, fun, family-friendly event begins at 2 p.m. with registration and ends at 3:45 p.m. when the winners are announced.

Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest and best overall costumes.  The age groups will be 3 & under, ages 4 – 7 and ages 8 & older.  Visit www.alpincreekcenter.com for more information.


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KROC CENTER PRESENTS “BOO BASH!” OCTOBER 27

October 21, 2012 (San Diego) – The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s annual Boo Bash! on October 27 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 6845 University Avenue, San Diego.  Everyone is welcome to celebrate a safe, family-friendly Halloween at the Center.  Festivities will include cookie decorating, fang-tastic pumpkin decorating, spooky carnival games, snacks, frightful bounce houses, trick-or-treating, rock climbing and more.

The event is free for members with their membership card, adults and children under 2.  Guests ages 3 – 18 will be $5 per person.  Visit www.kroccenter.org for more information.


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TRICK OR TREAT OFF THE STREET AT VIEJAS OUTLETS OCT. 31

October 21, 2012 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlets will host Trick or Treat Off the Street on October 31 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine.  This free event allows little ghosts and goblins, as well as parents to enjoy a safe Halloween.


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SCARE UP A GOOD TIME WITH COUNTY PARKS ON HALLOWEEN - OCT. 31

October 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Looking for a safe environment for your little vampires, pirates and mermaids on Halloween night? You’re invited to the County Department of Parks and Recreation’s FREE Annual Safe Halloween Carnivals.


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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

By Paula Dickenson, Crime Prevention specialist, San Diego Sheriff, Alpine

October 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- Halloween is an exciting, fun-filled time for young people.  Unfortunately, it can also result in tragedy. The following safety tips are offered for parents, children, and drivers, which will help make Halloween a safe event for all.


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STONE BREWING COMPANY AND JEREMY’S ON THE HILL BREW UP A BEER PAIRING EVENT FRIDAY OCT 26

October 20, 2012 (Julian) -- Cheers! On Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m., Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro teams up with Stone Brewing Company for a five course beer pairing event. 

Five farm to table inspired courses will be expertly paired by Chef Jeremy Manley with Stone Ruination IPA, Stone Cali – Belgique IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Stone Imperial Russian Stout.  Costumes are recommended and local musicians will be playing.


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GET FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

By Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD

October 20, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Are you worried about gaining those dreaded pounds during the holiday season?  There is no reason to accept the fact that weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season.  You have the power to stop that vicious cycle.  If your eating habits are not as healthy as you would like, use the few months prior to the holidays to make healthy changes. 

It takes six weeks to change unwanted habits, so start now.  That way, once the holidays hit, you have a healthy foundation to work with.  People who eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight year round are less likely to overindulge time after time during the holiday season. 


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GET SPOOKED AT HAUNTFEST ON MAIN OCTOBER 26

October 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – HauntFest on Main is a new free event taking place in Downtown El Cajon on October 26, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.  The event will kick off a week long Centennial Celebration of the City of El Cajon that focuses on the historic downtown district.  HauntFest on Main will be a family-friendly event featuring live music from over 16 bands on multiple stages.  Performers include Eve Selis, Without Au Doubt, One Eighty and much more.


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