San Diego Events

AN EVENING OF MUSIC AT THE GARDEN: SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND JULY 26

 

Hear our interview on KNSJ radio: 

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re looking for a stirring summertime musical experience, the San Diego Concert Band will be performing at the Water Conservation Garden on the campus of Cuyamaca College on July 26th at 6 p.m.  “An Evening of Music at the Garden” will benefit both of these nonprofit organizations. (Guests are welcome to come early for a stroll through the gardens to learn some tips on how to have beautiful low-water gardens.)

Recently, the East County Magazine Show sat down with Chuck Brown, President of the San Diego Concert Band, and John Bolthouse, Director of the Water Conservation Garden, for an interview on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JULY 16-26

 

Listen to a podcast of Destination East County, originally aired on KNSJ, by clicking the audio link.

July 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County features a Pop-Rock Musical Revue, Jimmie Johnson night and Mary Poppins on Mt. Helix. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Pine Valley Days, Hops and Hike on Volcan Mountain, Music in the Garden and more  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

Audio: 

Destination East County 7-17-15

POP ROCK MUSICAL REVUE: JULY 16-18 AT VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE

 

 

Ultimate Dance Party and ‘80s dress-up contest July 18

July 14, 2015 (San Diego) -- Visionary Youth Theatre presents another installment of “Pop Rock”, a musical revue featuring Pop and Rock celebrating music of the 80s. The performances will be held  at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115). On July 16-18 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on July 19 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Spencer John Powell with choreography by Mr. Powell and Ramon Montes.

This upbeat, fun, dance-heavy musical revue will have cast members rocking and popping to the sounds of the 1980’s.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN ANNOUNCES JULY CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

 

East County News Service

July 10, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)—From “dog days” strolls with your canine companion to classes on turf-tossing and glass-making, a stargazing party, a wine walk and an evening of music with the San Diego Concert Band, the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College has a wealth of enriching activities and events coming up later in July.

Here are highlights:

STARS COME OUT IN BORREGO --ALONG WITH PLANETS, SPACE STATIONS AND MORE

 

By Mark and Miriam Raftery

Photo, leftMilky Way galazy and dragon sculpture in Anza Borrego Desert; © Dennis Mammana/dennismammana.com

July 4, 2015 (Borrego Springs) – Stargazing guru Dennis Mammana has been photographing the night sky for nearly a half century and leading night sky tours for nearly thirty years.  He also teaches workshops that provide in-depth tips on how you can photograph everything from the Milky Way to constellations – and  as we discovered last weekend in Borrego, you don’t have to have a backpack full of professional camera gear to come up with some gorgeous images.

Borrego Springs in 2009 became the first designated International Dark Sky Community in California--thanks in part to the efforts of our helpful host, teacher and guide.  That means there are no bright lights at night to interview with your night-sky viewing pleasure.

OLIVIA’S ISLAND ADVENTURE FILM: WORLD PREMIER JULY 10-11 AT SAN DIGEO PERFORMING ARTS

East County News Service

June 29, 2015 (San Diego) – You’re invited to the world premier of Visionary Dance Theatre’s fun, family-oriented adventure movie “Olivia’s Island Adventure.”  The film showing will be at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego) on July 10 and 11 at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for individuals or $35 for a family four-pack.

Filmed in San Diego,Olivia’s Island Adventure is tale of courage, trust, and friendship.

ONE WORLD SOCCER FEST: JULY 11 AT SANTEE SPORTSPLEX USA

 

June 25, 2015 (Santee) -- With the slogan "changing lives one goal at a time" the One World Soccer Fest will kick off at the Sportsplex USA Santee (9851 Riverwalk Drive, Santee) on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Chisomo Idea and the Homeless World Cup.  Soccer carnival games and a mini soccer clinic are all part of the day's fun, as well as viewing a round-robin soccer tournament.

JULIAN GOLD RUSH DAYS BRINGS HISTORY ALIVE JUNE 27-28

 

 

June 17, 2015 (Julian)--Experience the history of the Old West with costumed hosts who interpret what life was like in a California mining camp in the 1880s at the Julian Gold Rush Days on June 27th and 28th.  

There are activities throughout the  historic gold-mining town, from gold panning to gunfighting, a chance to meet historical reenactors and much more. This year's host is the Julian Mining Company.

BLUES BASH AT MENGHINI WINERY JUNE 20TH

 

The 17th annual Blues Bash will be held at Menghini Winery in Julian on Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The music fest will include Jonathon Boogie Long and the Blues Revolution from Louisiana, crowned “King of the Blues” by Guitar Center. The event also features wine-tasting and dancing. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JUNE 20-JULY 11

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes some amazing events to delight dad this Father’s Day weekend, from an air show to a vintage train ride and a brunch with Cowboy Jack. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including 4th of July Festivities, a country music concert in Santee, and the annual Descanso Days fair and parade.  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

Now for a preview of coming attractions…

CHEERS! CRAFT BEER AND WINE SUMMER FESTIVAL JUNE 6 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2015 (La Mesa) –A Craft Beer and Wine Summer Festival to benefit the La Mesa Historical Society will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. at 4888 Date Avenue at the La Mesa Farmer’s Market parking lot.  The festivities include unlimited tastes from 20 breweries plus a VIP lounge, live music, food trucks, and over 30 vendors.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 15-30

 

May 15, 2015 (El Cajon)--This week’s Destination East County includes Classic Cars, a wine and food festival, America on Main Street, a Last Chance Romance and more.

Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including a fiddlers’ competition in Julian, A Street Fair in Santee and Craft Beer festival.   So stay tuned for all of these events and much more!

OLÉ! A SPANISH FIESTA APRIL 26 WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE: FABULOUS PRIZES ADDED!

 

 

 

April 19, 2015 (Ramona) – You’re invited to East County Magazine’s Spanish Fiesta celebration on Sunday, April 26th from 12-2 p.m. at the beautiful Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona!

Your ticket includes wonderful wine-tasting, live flamenco guitar music by Myles Moynier, Peruvian Paso equestrian demonstration by Jorge Valenzuela, fabulous lunch by Jeremy’s on the Hill, delightful desserts from Grove Pastry Shop,  plus a silent auction and fabulous opportunity drawing prizes!

This event is limited to our subscribers--subscribe free at http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/wild-fire-alerts for our weekly newsletter, wildfire alerts or both.  Proceeds benefit our wildfire reporting for fire season. 

RSVP by Wednesday to enter a drawing for a Spanish guitar CD by the famous Romeros family. 

SDG&E will also be on hand with free gifts and energy saving tips.

For detail on the event, our fabulous line-up of prizes and more, click "read more" and scroll down.

Fabulous prizes! Olaf Wieghorst signed Western print, barbecue grill and accessories, Hacienda de las Rosas wine basket, happy hour at Hatfield Creek Vineyard, Ramona Ranch Vineyard wine, vintage jewelry from Antiques in the Village, arrowhead jewelry from Mountain Gypsy, earrings from Warm Hearth, Hand-wove scarves from Weaving Works in Santa Ysabel, gift certificate from Kathy’s Dress Shop, Array Mbira music lessons, guitar or vocal lessons from Ed Barrena, craft items, gift baskets, tickets to Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival, tickets to Sage & Songbirds garden tour and festival, Circle Players "Cafe Murder" theater tickets, wine and tastings from Woof 'n' Rose Winery, and more!

 

VINEYARD GRANT JAMES ANNOUNCE EVENT SERIES IN RAMONA

 

East County News

April 19, 2015 (Ramona) –Vineyard Grant James in Ramona announces a series of events. Whether your tastes run to a winemakers’ dinner to a mother’s day weekend with flowers and chocolates for Mom, you’ll find plenty to savor. The winery also offers a yoga and writing regreat, gourmet foodie potluck, a fundraiser for Ramona high school and a summer of sangria kick-off at the winery, as well as several events off-site.  In addition, Grant James has live music every Sunday afternoon.

For a full list of events and details, click read more and scroll down.

RAMONA OPEN STUDIO TOUR APRIL 11-12

 

April 9, 2015 (Ramona) – The 12th annual Ramona Open Studios tour will be held this Satudray and Sunday, April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you've ever wondered what an artist's studio looks like, now is your opportunity to see for yourself. During the Ramona Open Studios Tour, artists in Ramona will open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work, and buy artwork if they're interested.

FROM COUNTRY TO REGGAE, RAMONA MUSIC FEST TAKES STAGE MARCH 28

 
March 26, 2015 (Ramona) -- This Saturday, March 28th,te Ramona Music Fest will feature emerging talent and popular San Diego musicians playing everything from rock to reggae and from country to Americana.
 
This all-day outdoor event benefits the Ramona Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. It will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane in Ramona.  

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 5-APRIL 4

 

 

March 3, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes an artists’ reception, a calypso star in concert, and live music at a winery. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day weekend and Easter egg hunts, Vallecito Day historical reenactments and Tomatomania! Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS’ CONFERENCE: FEB. 13-16 IN SAN DIEGO

 

 

 

 

February 12, 2015 (San Diego)—Writers of all levels are invited to join the Southern California Writers’ Conference and Retreat this weekend, February 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel in San Diego. 

Learn secrets of how to get published and improve your writing craft at this annual event, which is founded and run by professional writers. The conference and retreat provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.

VALENTINES WEEKEND KUMEYAAY LAKES POETRY CAMPOUT AT MISSION TRAILS FEB. 13-15

 

 

February 3, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park announces a three-day Kumeyaay Lakes Poetry Campout  in February with Poet Jim Moreno--complete with love-themed workshops for romantics at heart.

The Valentines Day Weekend (Feb. 13-15) will blend writing time for beginning to seasoned poets in four structured writing workshops. Star gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association, a guided nature walk, and a Saturday sunset open mic for camping poets and community at the Kumeyaay Lake amphitheater will be blended with Valentine theme poetry events.

TREASURES OF EAST COUNTY: 4 SALES AT ONE LOCATION JANUARY 31 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE REPORTING AND WILDFIRE ALERTS!

You're invited to East County Magazine's "Treasures of East County" event to benefit our nonprofit community news and wildfire reporting! 

 Saturday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1625 East Main Street, El Cajon

You can help by shopping (just in time for Valentine's Day) and by donating items for our big event, which features 4 sales in one location!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN.31-FEB. 14

 

January 30, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from  our own East County treasures event to an art show at Mission Trails Regional Park. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Ballet Folklorico dance performance and Circus Vargas bringing its mesmerizing performances to our region. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS “LOUIS AND IRVING, THE MOVIE MOGULS” JAN. 23-25

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa)--Journey back to the world of 1930s cinema in the play "Louis and Irving, The Movie Moguls." Lamplighter Theatre in La Mesa’s performances continue this week on January 23rd and 25th..

The play portrays the early days of MGM, one of the most successful film studios of all time--all made possible by the two very different, yet passionate, movie moguls Louis B. Mayor and Irving  G.Thalberg.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 15-FEB. 9

 

January 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from an art show at Mission Trails Regional Park to a pipe organ concert in La Mesa and a photo tour of the Anza Borrego Desert. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Ballet Folklorico dance production in Lemon Grove to a circus coming to El Cajon. So stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

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January 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from riding the rails at the Campo Railway Depot to dropping a line at the Santee Lakes trout reopener.  Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Martin Luther King Jr. Choir concert in Lemon Grove, candlemaking classes in Alpine, and  a blast from the past when Herman’s Hermits take stage at Sycuan. So stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: DEC. 23-JAN. 11

 

December 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from wildlife hikes to a New Year’s eve  “light up the night” celebration. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a hike to the top of Mt. Helix and concerts at Mission Trails Regional Park. So stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14

Listen online now: http://kiwi6.com/file/x3eq45ylj3

December 12, 2014 (Ramona) –Jess Koehler from La Finquita Winery and Teri Kerns from Ramona Ranch Winery stopped by our studio this week to talk about Ramona’s growing wine industry and a very merry event this weekend. The Ramona East End Loop Holiday Wine Trail (otherwise known as “Get Your Merry On” takes place this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14. 

The self-guided tour features six wineries with 18 tastings, food pairings, live music, crafts such as glass blowing and holiday shopping. Plus each winery offers its own unique ambience, from the subterranean wine cave at La Finquita to an outdoor patio at Ramona Ranch.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE “CHIEF ELF” FOR LA MESA’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview (originally aired on KNSJ):  http://kiwi6.com/file/s34h0ei7y4

December 11, 2014 (La Mesa)—It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in La Mesa’s downtown village, where holiday lights are twinkling and festivities are set to begin for the 25th annual Christmas in the Village celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.  

East County Magazine sat down for an interview with John Vigil, self-proclaimed “Chief Elf” from the La Mesa Village Merchants Association and Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Fine Art, for a sneak preview of this year’s event—and why it’s especially important this year for local merchants to have a strong community turn-out.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY DECEMBER 10-21

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has a wealth of winter festivities, from a Winter Wonder Jam at Cuyamaca College to La Mesa’s Victorian-style Christmas in the Village, a Chanukah celebration at Grossmont Center, a caroling party atop Mount Helix, a North Pole Limited Train ride and much more.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

A BEARY MERRY CHRISTMAS AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS IN ALPINE

 

Bobbi Brink, founder of the rescue facility in Alpine (photo, left) works to save bears and other exotic animals from canned hunts and cub petting operations in U.S.

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 5, 2014 (Alpine) – East County Magazine stopped by  Lions, Tigers and Bears this week for a sneak-preview of the brand new bear enclosure that opens this Saturday, December 6th, at the rescue facility’s annual holiday party and fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m.. 

We also got some up-close-and-personal looks at some of the big cats and bears who will be celebrating too—with Christmas trees, holiday packages to rip open and special foods for these special rescued animals—including Cherry Bomb, Teddy, Albert and Baloo —grizzly and Himalayan black bears who will be turned loose into their new two-acre home (albeit a temporary home while an even bigger two-acre preserve is built.)

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS DEC. 5-14

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County is packed with holiday festivities, from Christmas on Maine Street in Lakeside to Santa at Santee Lakes and the "Light up the Grove" bonfire in Lemon Grove! Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, a Winter Wonder Jam concert, and our very own East County Magazine holiday party.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

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