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21, 2008 (San Diego’s East County) -
 This weekend’s
hot events include Borrego Days Desert Festival, California Friendly Garden
Festival, Pine Valley Pet Parade, Bates Nut Farm Costume Contest, Willy Wonka
and the Chocolate Factory performances, 2008 Fall Kitchen Tour, and a Sky Show
following the Aztec football game.

Borrego Springs hosts its three-day Borrego Days Desert Festival this weekend.  Events
include the Hole-in-the-Wall Cowboy Camp, a Trailblazin’ Roundup Reception,
live music by Nitro Express, KidZone, arts and crafts fair, beer garden, Day
of the Dead art show, winetasting benefit event, paleontology displays, pancake
breakfast, Miss Borrego pageant, festival parade and much more.

With water rationing looming on the horizon, as Mayor Sanders and our water
districts are warning, you may want to visit the free California Friendly Gardening
Festival at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon.   Learn
how to grow more with less water, buy beautiful and water-wise plants, hear
lectures or ask for tips from landscaping experts, and savor tastes of local
foods.  This event also includes live musical entertainment and a children’s
booth, where youngsters can meet Dr. Wilderness or enjoy a scavenger hunt,
pumpkin walk, seed planting and fall crafts.  Enter a drawing to win $600
in custom landscaping for your yard!

in the Halloween spirit at a Halloween Pet Parade in Pine Valley, a costume
contest at Bates Nut Farm, or El Cajon’s “Trunk or Treat” event
featuring classic cars packed with candies.  Or take the family to see
Christian Youth Theaters’ performances of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Family at East County Performing Arts Center in El Cajon. 

The American
Society of Interior Designers hosts the 2008 Fall Kitchen Tour on Saturday,
featuring beautifully remodeled kitchens throughout San Diego County—including
a “green” kitchen on Mt. Helix and another
entry in La Mesa.  The City of La Mesa is also hosting La Mesa Park Appreciation
Day on Saturday.

Sports fans won’t want to miss this weekend’s matchup between
the SDSU Aztecs and Colorado State – capped by the KGB Sky Show.  For
more information on these and other events, visit our calendar http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/?q=calendar