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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 11-31

 

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

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March 10, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Gatlin Brothers concert, a St. Patrick’s Day fun run, a Circle of Art Show in Borrego Springs, and live theater including Mack and Mabel, set in the silent movie era of yesteryear.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including Tomatomania for garden lovers, Lake Jennings spring carnival,  garden tours galore and the Spring HarpFest in La Mesa. So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

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SAN PASQUAL WINERY ANNOUNCES MUSIC, ART AND TASTING EVENTS IN LA MESA VILLAGE

 

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March 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – Whether your passion is to paint a masterpiece or savor some fine wines while enjoying live Spanish jazz, or finger-style guitar music, your wish can come true at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa’s downtown Village.  While the art classes have fees, the musical performances have no cover charge.  Wine, cheese, crackers and desserts are available for purchase.


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Lions Club Presents "Be a Visionary Hero"

 

By Liz Alper

March 9, 2016 (El Cajon) - District 4-L6 of Lions Club International invites you to come recycle your eye glasses.


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SEE “LANDSCAPING OF THE FUTURE” AT NATIVE GARDEN TOUR APRIL 2-3

 

 

This year's tour highlights numerous gardens in East County and inland San Diego

By David Fleitner

Cover photo:  The view from the California Sunflower trail in the "Nature Adorned" garden

March 8, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Jean and Jerry Kaiwi look contentedly over their 2½-acre home site near Flynn Springs, enjoying the view from a patio table along a trail above their house. “It used to be that you couldn’t even see the land contours – the entire lot was covered with waist-high mustard,” says Jean. “ Now the beautiful natural contours and rock outcrops are finally visible, complemented by our native plants.   We so enjoy them, along with all the native birds, lizards, snakes and bees that now share this space with us.”  


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ALPINE WOMAN'S CUB HOSTS VICTORIAN TEA APRIL 16

 

By Liz Alper

March 9, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine Woman's Club cordially invites you to their 23rd annual Victorian Tea.


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MISSION TRAILS HIKE MARCH 13 WITH SAN DIEGO COUNTY DEMOCRATS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

 

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March 9, 2016 (Tierrasanta) - Spring has arrived in Southern California and the green season is here – so the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action is hosting its very first club outing and hike. What better way to enjoy the blooming benefit of this winter's El Niño rains than by taking a half-day hike in our backyard wilderness bounty, Mission Trails Regional Park


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JULIAN OAK TREE DEATHS INCREASING: LEARN MORE MARCH 8

 

Expert Panel to Discuss Oak Borer Beetle Tuesday March 8, 6 p.m. at Julian Library.  Public invited free.

Photo, left:  Gold Spotted Oak Borer

By Jim Madaffer

March 4, 2016 (Julian) -- Suspecting we had dead or dying oak trees on our property in Wynola Estates, my wife and I hired an arborist to inspect and inventory our trees.  The verdict: out of 80 trees, 10 oak trees are dead and must come down – all thanks to the Golden Spotted Oak Borer Beetle, or GSOB.


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ONE TOMATO, TWO TOMATO, A HUNDRED TOMATOES ON SALE AT TOMATOMANIA MARCH 12-13

 

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March 4, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Tomatomania!, the renowned Heirloom tomato seedling sale, returns to excite an enthusiastic group of gardeners in El Cajon this spring at the Water Conservation Garden, on March 12 and 13.



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DESERT WILDFLOWERS HIKE SATURDAY MARCH 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 4, 2016 (Ocotillo) – The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers will lead a Desert Wild Flowers hike this Saturday, March 5th. Meet at 8 am at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum  (11 W. Frontage Road, Ocotillo).  The hike begins at the trailhead to   

Mountain Palm Spring off S2, then traveling to a Palm Oases and along the you may encounter wild flowers: Ocotillo, Blooming Creosote Bush, Salton Milk-Vetch, Poppies, Mariposa Lilly, Pink Phlox, Primrose, Desert Paint Brush, Verbena, Dasies and Yellow Cups just to name a few.


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SPRING HARP FEST MARCH 26 IN LA MESA

 

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March 3, 2016 (La Mesa) - You’re invited to the 16th annual Spring Harp Fest, a musical celebration on March 26th  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.  The festival features top harmonica performers playing blues music and more, as well as an unknown artists’ jam session.  The mission is to inspire appreciation for the harmonica in the next generation. 


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SANTEE LAKES EGGSTRAVAGANZA MARCH 26

 

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March 3, 2016 (Santee) - Santee Lakes invites you to bring the kids for its annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun-filled event features continuous egg hunts, live entertainment, a petting zoo, craft booths and carnival rides, all hosted by the Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the City of Santee. 


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LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS CONCERT AT SYCUAN MARCH 12

 

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March 3, 2016 (El Cajon) - Country music greats Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers will be  performing  in concert at Sycuan’s  Live and Up Close Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.  Grammy award-winning Larry Gatlin has written hit songs for many famous musical stars including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash.


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SNOOPY! THE MUSICAL MARCH 11-20 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

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March 3, 2016 (Spring Valley) - Young Adult Theatre will present Snoopy! The Musical, featuring all of the Peanuts characters including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and that mischief-making beagle, Snoopy. 


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 4-26

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.

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

By Miriam Raftery

This week’s Destination East County includes a night hike with stargazing at the Santa Ysabel preserve, a Pirate’s Cove run/walk at Lake Cuyamaca, live music in La Mesa, and the Julian Doves and Desperados performing wild west skits in Julian.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, egg hunts, garden tours, a desert art show, a backroom beer pairing, a harmonica festival, a spring carnival, Snoopy the musical, and a hike to the Valley of the Moon..

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

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Destination East County 3-4-16

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ALPINE EVENT APRIL 3 OFFERS INFO FOR PARENTS ON CHARLOTTE’S WEB AND CBD OIL

 

By Leon Thompson

March 23, 2016 (Alpine) -- Charlotte Figi developed severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy as a baby.  She was severely disabled and at 5 years old was having 300 grand mal seizures a week--each one potentially deadly.  She was given a liquid concentrate of Cannabidiol or CBD oil extracted from industrial hemp. Her parents and physicians said that she improved immediately and significantly. 


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NATIVE FOODS YUCCA COOKING CLASS MARCH 12 AT BARONA

 

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February 27, 2016 (Lakeside) – Spring brings bountiful traditional food resources.  The Barona Cultural Center and Museum will hold a native foods/yucca cooking class with Martha Rodriguez (San Jose de la Zorra) sharing knowledge of how to prepare, cook and eat various parts of the yucca plant.

Lunch is included, so bring your appetite! 


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NEW ART SHOW: "SEVEN: OUR WORLD THROUGH COLORED PENCIL" AT MISSION TRAILS

 

Show runs February 27 - March 25

Reception: Saturday, February 27, from 1-4 p.m.at the Visitor Center   

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February 27, 2016 (Mission Trails) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) presents an exhibition featuring seven award-winning artists - Bobbie Bradford, Deb Gargula, Constance Grace, Carolyn Kenny, Katherine Miller, Renato Salazar and Brenda "Blade" Villegas.


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FREE CONCERT: DIANA ABED ACCORDIAN PLAYER FEB. 28 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

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February 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- A free accordion concert will be presented at Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor center on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.  Diana Abed studied the accordion in multi-cultural Los Angeles as a child in the 1960s and ‘70s, including Hollywood entertainment industry standards, pop tunes and compositions of famous accordionists at that time.  As the daughter of immigrant parents, somehow she was "elected" as the family musician, leading many sing a-longs and dances at celebrations of family and friends from varying ethnicities. 


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LAKE JENNINGS SPRING CARNIVAL MARCH 19

 

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February 27, 2016 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to bring the kids out to Lake Jennings second annual Spring Carnival.  The festivities on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include an egg hunt, face painting, paddle boating, and a fully-stocked kids pond plus 2,000 pounds of trout.


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MOUNTAIN LION LECTURE TODAY AT MISSION TRAILS



 

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February 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- Join volunteer naturalist Don Endicott in the Visitor Center Theater at Mission Trails Regional Park on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. for a multi-media introduction to the natural history of the mountain lion, our region's seldom seen apex predator. 

His talk will describe the amazing attributes and signature behaviors of our big cats, show how relationships between mountain lions and people changed over time, and outline their key contributions to a healthy wilderness environment.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY FEB. 24-MARCH 26

 

February 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a musical production of Charlotte’s Web, a Black History Celebration, and the final weekend of Hawk Watch in Ramona.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a hike to the Valley of the Moon, the Borrego Garden Tour, a St. Patrick’s Day walk and fun/run through downtown El Cajon, and much more.  So scroll down for all of these events and more.


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ACES FOUNDATION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER

 

By Liz Alper

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) - Come join ACES at The Hills Local Pub on Wednesday, March 2 from 5-9 p.m. to raise money for the El Cajon Animal Shelter!  No flyer is needed, but bring a friend!


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LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE OF THE TONY AWARD MUSICAL NOMINEE "MACK AND MABEL"

 

Source:  Lamplighters Community Theatre press release

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Community Theatre (LCT) is proud to present performances of the Tony Award Nominee “Mack and Mabel” at the new Lamplighters Community Theatre located at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, Ca running  March 11 through April 10.


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18TH ANNUAL BORREGO DESERT GARDEN TOUR

 

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February 23, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - It’s Garden Tour time in the desert and the 18th Annual Borrego Springs Garden Tour invites visitors to experience private gardens and homes at their own pace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 13

 

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.

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

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a harpsichord and violin concert at Cuyamaca College by the San Diego Early Music Society, an author speaking on San Diego Legends, and an open artists’ studio tour in Borrego Springs.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a concert by country music stars the Gatlin Brothers, a moonlight hike in the Anza-Borrego desert, an all-night run/walk at Pirate’s Cove along Lake Cuyamaca’s shores, the La Mesa Chamber’s Mardi Gras and Salute to Local Heroes, plus a St. Patrick’s weekend run/walk in downtown El Cajon to benefit local charities.

So croll down for all of these events and more.

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Destination East County 2-19-16

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PIRATE’S COVE 24/12 RUN/WALK AT LAKE CUYAMACA MARCH 4-5

 

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February 16, 2016 (Lake Cuyamaca) - Avast!  A run/walk at Pirate’s Cove along the shores of Lake Cuyamaca is set to begin on Friday, March 4th.  This unique event includes both a 12 hour and a 24 hour option, with the 24 hour portion kicking off at 8 a.m. and a 12-hour, all-night run/walk starting off at 8 p.m.  


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WALK WITH THE COUNCILMAN ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

 

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February 15, 2016 (Santee) -- On Saturday, February 20th, at 8 a.m., Santee City Councilman John Minto will be leading a fitness walk through Mast Park in Santee. The award-winning park winds along the banks of the San Diego River between Carlton Hills Boulevard and Cuyamaca Street.  Participants will view natural habitat areas and follow the trail system surrounding the park, while enjoying a nice walk.


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FIRST “FLOWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS” GARDEN TOUR BLOOMS MAY 7

 

 

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April 15, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman's Club will host its inaugural “Flowers in the Mountains” garden tour on May 7th.  Tickets for the garden tour are $15 each or $20 on day of the event, and may be purchased at Postal Annex, 2170 Alpine Blvd., or by sending your check to Rita David 2023 Running Mare Lane, Alpine CA 91901. For mail in orders and to purchase tickets you can pick them up on Sat May 7th at 9:30am at the Town Hall 2156 Alpine Blvd.


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VALENTINE’S OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO FEB. 13

 

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February 4, 2016 (Descanso) -- City folks are invited to come surround yourselves with adorable animals at a Valentine’s weekend Open Ranch at Alpacas of San Diego, located in Descanso (9718 River Drive).  This free event will be held Saturday, February 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mention you heard about this event on East County Magazine, and receive a 10% discount on any item purchased!

 

You can meet the animals, learn about alpacas and even shop for a gift for your sweetheart, including jewelry and crafts made by local artists, natural soaps and of course, alpaca wool products.  There will also be a crafts table for kids. 


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CUPIDS AND CANINES ADOPTION EVENT AT GROSSMONT CENTER FEB. 13

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February 11, 2016 (La Mesa) — Looking for love from a canine companion? Grossmont Center (5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa)  will host “Cupids and Canines,” an adoption event featuring hundreds of dogs, this Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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