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April 21, 2009 (Alpine)--The upcoming Sage & Songbirds Festival at Viejas Outlet Center, May 2-3, will be filled to capacity with vendors and exhibitors from throughout Southern California. In addition, prizes for this year’s opportunity drawings exceed the value of years past—including a grand prize of four tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park.

Also of interest will be live exhibits of all sorts of critters--many new and others returning old favorites--including snakes, spiders, hummingbirds, owls, bees, butterflies and a 6-foot-long, black-throated monitor lizard.

The ever-popular release of live butterflies will take place at noon, both days of the event. Speakers on a variety of subjects will share their wisdom in an outdoor setting.

The Sage & Songbirds Festival is presented by CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., a local not-for-profit organization with focus on backyard habitats for birds and butterflies. The Festival takes place at, and is sponsored by, Viejas Outlet Center.

CHIRP board president Lisa Lomax said the Festival “just keeps getting bigger and better.”
“The Viejas Outlet Center venue has made it possible for us to expand, and has truly taken our event to the next level,” she said.

Christine Vargas, vendor chairperson, said she is excited about both the quantity and quality of vendors at this year’s event. “We completely sold out of vendor space,” said Vargas. “And the exhibitors who will be at the Festival all have really great wares!”

The Festival takes place May 2-3 in the Show Court at Viejas Outlet Center. Saturday hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday hours are 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

The Sage & Songbirds Festival is sponsored by Viejas Outlet Center and San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Additional sponsors include Rand Engineering, Richard and Vanessa Rusczyk and Norm and Esther Croteau.

In addition to the free Sage & Songbirds Festival at Viejas, CHIRP also sponsors the Sage & Songbirds garden festival May 1-3 to showcase four gardens in Alpine. The tour costs $15 per person.

For additional information on both of these events, visit or phone (619) 445-8352.

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