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Plus Candidate Forums, Oktoberfest Parade, Hello Dolly and more

By Miriam Raftery

a tradition from Spain (with a few Southern California twists), Tierra Miguel
Farm in Pauma Valley is hosting La Tomatina – a tomato fest complete
with authentic Spanish cuisine (bring your own paella), wine and beer tasting,
live music and a tomato fling!  Call ahead to join in the fun this Saturday
(see our calendar for details).  This event is limited to age 18 and over;  bring
your own goggles! You can also help prepare the soil for next year’s
crop – and sign up for Tierra Miguel’s community agricultural program
to receive their fresh-grown produce. 

Candidate forums this week may prove more contentious than the tomato fight.
(Please leave leftover veggies from la Tomatina at home!)  On Monday the
6th, Grossmont Union High School District candidates face off.  Tuesday,
those vying for Grossmont Community College Board will participate in a forum
and on Thursday, El Cajon Council candidates square off.   Two nonpartisan
forums on ballot initiatives are also offered  on Monday the 6th and Tuseday
the 14th.   Please know who and what you’re voting for!

The German American Club of El Cajon hosts Oktoberfest activities Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, including a parade on Saturday and Chicken Hat day Sunday
featuring the Mother Goose Parade Queen and her court;  Mayor Lewis  will
model a chicken hat. 

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has a month-long craft fair, corn maze, tractor
hay ride and other family activities awaiting—along with a pumpkin patch
that recently yielded a pumpkin weighing over 200 pounds. La Mesa hosts its
intergenerational games on Friday; people of all ages are welcome.

Sports fans can also watch Aztec Football Saturday night, when SDSU takes
on the Air Force team.  Lovers of musical theater won’t want to
miss Hello Dolly, which has shows at the East County Performing Arts Center
Thursday through Sunday.  In addition, Grossmont Hospital hosts a free
breast cancer awareness seminar on Tuesday the 8th. 

Rounding off the next week, La Mesa hosts its annual La Mesa Beautiful awards
on Wednesday, October 16th.

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

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