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By Miriam Raftery

1, 2008 (East San Diego County)
-  Fall is prime time for
festivals in East County. The tough part is choosing among so many fun-filled
events.  The air is crisp--and so are the ripe, juicy apples at Julian’s
Apple Days October 4th and 5th.   Savor apple cider and piping
hot pies, or enjoy a horse-drawn buggy ride in East County’s historic
gold rush town. 

You can also dance by the light of the moon at the Viejas Outlet Center’s
Moon Dance in Alpine on October
4th,  rock out at the ROC Concert for Fire Relief in Lakeside, or feast
at Between the Stripes, a fundraiser to benefit the Lions, Tigers & Bears
big cat rescue ranch in Alpine.  The same weekend,  view eco-friendly
homes on the Greenbuilt Tour, stop by the Train Song Festival in Poway, or
join in some family fun at La Mesa’s three-day Oktoberfest. 

you love a parade, check out Alpine Viejas Days, Campo Harvest Festival and
Parade, Pine Valley Halloween Pet Parade and Borrego Days Desert Festival later
in the month.   The German American Club hosts a two-week-long Oktoberfest
spanning several East County Communities; Ramona also has its own Oktoberfest.   On
the 18th, take the Passport Through Time road trip along historic Highway 80
to discover many charming towns in San Diego’s back country.

wonderful festivals, October’s calendar also includes several candidate
forums and ballot initiative panels for voters to learn about issues on the
November ballot.  Music lovers can enjoy a Grossmont Symphony Orchestra
concert at the East County Performing Arts Center in El Cajon, where productions
of Hello, Dolly and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are also playing
this month.  Sports events range from Aztec football to intergenerational
games in La Mesa.

Finally, cap off the month with some Halloween festivities – including “Trunk
or Treat” in El Cajon and Spring Valley’s Halloween Festival to
delight the kids.  For the young at heart, how about “Scareokee” at
the Warner Springs Ranch Cantina? 

Find all of these events and more at our
calendar of events

Miriam Raftery is a national award-winning journalist who has
headed up media watch committees for various local organizations and attended
a National Media Reform Conference covering issues of media bias, media
justice and media reform.

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