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East County Events

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET MAY 21: THE BEACH IS BACK

 

By Robert Gehr

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - Saturday, May 21st is the day to mark your calendar this year. The annual America on Main Street in El Cajon is back. This year’s theme is “The Beach Comes East” and admission is free.  You can bring the entire family to this friendly, safe event and enjoy hours of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun. I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

IRC INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES ON REFUGEES CONTINUES MAY 16 AND 23

 

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May 15, 2016 (San Diego) -The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego’s 8th Annual International Documentary Film Series continues May 16, and 23, screening three compelling documentary films that shed light on what life is like for refugees around the world. Plus, each film will be followed by Q&A with a guest speaker who has relevant firsthand experience providing humanitarian response to conflict and disaster.  See flyer on the website for schedule and details.

WIEGHORST MUSEUM HOSTS “ART AFTER FIVE” SHOW, RECEPTION JUNE 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: “Happy Hour” painting by Grace Schlesier, created on location on El Cajon’s Main Street

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center will host a show of nationally known local artists including Gloria Chadwick and Grace Schlesier starting in June.  An “Art After Five” meet the artists opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

21ST ANNUAL WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL AT BERNARDO WINERY

 

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May 14, 2016 (Rancho Bernardo) - The 21st annual Wine and Food Festival will be held at Bernardo Winery Sunday, May 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event, brought to you by the San Diego County Vintners' Association, will feature unlimited tastings and food samplies for $50 -- and for $15 you can also get a designated driver.

This event showcases wines from across our region, from Sangiovese and Syrah to Cabernet Franc,Grenache and Viognier to name a few.

CACTUS GARDEN BBQ JUNE 4 AT THE WIEGHORST MUSEM BENEFITS KIDS WITH CANCER AND LITERACY PROGRAMS

 

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May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to have a ropin’ good time at a Cactus Garden BBQ at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, a hidden gem at 131 Rea Street, just off Main Street in downtown El Cajon. On June 4th and 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. Sons of Charity Inc. will celebrate western Heritage and famed artist Olaf Wieghorst’s iconic art with a cowboy BBQ and concert by “Smith and Western.

RIVER PARK FESTIVAL AND SD RIVER RUN 5K ON SATURDAY IN SANTEE

 

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May 13, 2016 (Santee) – The River Park Festival and San Diego River Run 5K will take place this Saturday, May 14th from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive in Santee.

The festival is free and includes live music, a beer garden by BNS Brewing and Distilling, tree planting (sign up) , interactive booths, kids’ corner, crafts, games and activities, BMX demos by East County BMX and a free bike repair event.

USING IMPROVISATION TO HELP ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS ON MAY 17

 

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May 11, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 17 at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.

CATCH A WHOPPER AT CATFISH OPENER MAY 27 AT LAKE JENNINGS

 

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May 11, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Lake Jennings will hold its greatly anticipated Catfish Opener on Friday, May 27th. The lake will open at 4 p.m. instead of the usual 6 a.m., and will close at midnight. 2,000 lbs. of catfish will be stocked for this event.

“EAT YOUR HEART OUT” AT THE 8TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 6

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber of Commerce press release

May 10, 2016 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that the 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The public is invited to sample fare from many local restaurants and other food providers.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 13-JUNE 24

 

 

 

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May 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a madrigal concert, a butterfly festival, a blues fest, Wild in the Country, a Laurel and Hardy Wacky West film night and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Ramona Rodeo, Santee Street Fair, theater performances, a Flag Day Parade and American on Main Street.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

Audio: 

Destination5-13-16

SAN DIEGANS JOINING "BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS RALLY" IN LOS ANGELES - THEIR STORIES

 

 

By Norma-Jeanne Hennis

 

May 9, 2016 (Los Angeles) - On Saturday, May 14th, many San Diegans will head to Los Angeles along with thousands of other Californians to participate in a mass rally in downtown L.A. to Break Free from Fossil Fuels.

MAY 14 BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL LAUNCHES RETURN OF SAN DIEGO'S BUTTERFLY SEASON

 

 

Butterfly Pavilion Will Be Open through July 31

East County News Service

May 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its third-annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, May 14 for an exciting day of activities that will engage all ages with butterflies. The event highlights the important role these insects play in the ecosystem as well as how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens using drought-tolerant plants. A large selection of native milkweed plants will be on sale.

ALPINE LIBRARY SPEAKERS AT CHAMBER’S “HOT TOPICS” BREAKFAST MAY 10

 

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May 5, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber’s “Hot Topics” breakfast will be at Mike Place, 1602 Alpine Blvd. on May 10th at 7:15 a.m.  This month’s breakfast features two speakers: Christine Connell with the Alpine Library Friends Association and Jefferson Baker, the Acting Branch Manager of the Alpine Library. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 6-26

 

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We thank the County of San Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant supporting Destination East County.

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the opening of Dinner and a Concert season in El Cajon, the Campo Roundup, the Coyote Music Festival, a Taste of Julian, Rihanna in concert, and a Jacumba community yard sale complete with Chinese Castle tour and rides in a flying saucer!

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Ramona Rodeo and Parade, Wild in the Country at Lions, Tigers and Bears,  a Laurel and Hardy Wacky Western night in Spring Valley,  a one-man musical show at Mission Trails Regional Park, and El Cajon’s America on Main Street  celebration.

So stay tuned for all of these events and more!

Audio: 

Destination East County 5-6-16

GREGORY PAGE IN CONCERT: ONE MAN SHOW MAY 29 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

May 2, 2016 (Santee) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation welcomes acclaimed musician Gregory Page performing his One Man Show  in a free concert on Sunday, May 29, 2016: 3 to 4 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego).

RAMONA RODEO, PARADE AND WESTERN DANCE

 

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April 29, 2016 (Ramona) – The Ramona Rodeo takes play May 19-22, along with other activities including a parade down Main Street on the 21st and dancing to the country band Patrick Howard Trampus on the 20th and 21st after the rodeo.  There’s also a free slack rodeo performance on the 19th, as well as a kids day on the 22nd featuring the youngest cowboys and cowgirls riding sheep in the mutton bustin’ competition.

 Adult rodeo events include bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, a tie-down competition, steer wrestling and more. Winners may advance to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national rodeo championship.

THE CIRCLE PLAYERS WILL BE PERFORMING “MURD-ARR! PIRATES OF THE SALTY DOG” APRIL 29-MAY 1

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate editor www.sdtheatrereviews.com

April 28, 2016 (El Cajon) - A mystery dinner theatre production by Toby Otero. Come spend the evening at the Salty Dog Seaside Seafood and Steak restaurant and see what happens when Captain F. “Bigbeard” McQuarrie and his misfit crew decide to stop their pirating ways and try to sail the straight and narrow. With the notorious French Privateer, “The Razor,” always on his tail, and a drunken pirate head waiter who always seems to do the wrong thing, can Captain Bigbeard and his crew ever truly live a peaceful life? This is the manic tale of a stolen treasure chest, a sensational swashbuckling swordfight, mayhem, mischief, and…MURD-ARRR!!! Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, April 29th and 30th, at 7:00pm and on Sunday May 1st at 2:00pm. The venue is Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon. All seats are $20.00 and include a themed meal. For reservations, please e-mail thecircleplayers@gmail.com or phone (619) 588-5348.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 30-MAY 29

 

 

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We thank the County of San Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant supporting Destination East County.

East County News Service

April 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Cinco de Mayo festivities, an Arbor Day celebration, theatrical performances and more.

Audio: 

Destination East County 4-29-16

EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA AIMS TO BRING OUT WOW! FACTOR IN LOCAL KIDS DURING 25TH ANNUAL HEALTHY KIDS DAY®

 

Event helps kids stay active and keep learning all summer long

Source:  East County YMCA Press Release

April 25, 2016 (Santee and Rancho San Diego)--On Saturday, April 30, the Cameron Family YMCA in Santee and McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego are holding free community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.  The day-long event features activities such as games, arts, crafts, wellness education, fitness demonstrations, and water safety in preparation for the upcoming summer months. All activities are designed to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  

REVITALIZATION PARTY FOR ALPINE COMMUNITY CENTER MAY 13

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Alpine) – You’re invited to a party complete with a rib eye steak dinner, art show, live jazz, blues and swing music by Chet and the Committee—all to benefit revitalization of the Alpine Community Center, which needs help to keep its doors open.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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April 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Want to learn how to make wine? Paint still life? Hear local musical talent?  Shop for jewelry? Support women building homes for low income families?  You can enjoy all that and more, all while savoring wine tasting at San Pasqual’s Winery and Tasting Room at two locations in La Mesa.

Below are details on the upcoming events; for details you can visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com

LAUREL AND HARDY WACKY WESTERN NIGHT MAY 14 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Howdy, partner! It’s time to travel out West. The San Diego Laurel and Hardy Group, Saps at Sea Tent, will present Laurel and Hardy – Wacky Western Night on Saturday, May 14th in Williams Hall at Trinity Church, 3902 Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley. Doors open at 6:30 with show time at 7 p.m.  There is a $6 donation per person.

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