PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PARADISE IN DESCANSO

CROCS AND KINGS

VALENTINE’S OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO FEB. 13

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT LA CASA DEL ZORRO RESORT

WINDWALKER NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

GOING TO THE DOGS: LA MESA ALLOWS FIVE PER HOME

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 6-21

WINERY ORDINANCE AND HOSKINGS RANCH TO BE HEARD FEB. 5 BY PLANNING COMMISSION

CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CHARGES FILED AGAINST SEMPRA’S SOCALGAS OVER SAN ALISO GAS LEAK

WHO DECLARES ZIKA EMERGENCY AS DISEASE SPREADS WORLDWIDE; ZIKA TRANSMITTED BY SEXUAL CONTACT IN U.S.

CRUZ WINS IOWA REPUBLICAN CAUCUS; DEMOCRATS CLINTON AND SANDERS IN VIRTUAL TIE

FIRST “FLOWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS” GARDEN TOUR BLOOMS MAY 7

East County News Service

February 5, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman's Club will host its inaugural “Flowers in the Mountains” garden tour on May 7th.  Tickets for the garden tour are $15 each or $20 on day of the event, and may be purchased at Postal Annex, 2170 Alpine Blvd., or by sending your check to Rita David 2023 Running Mare Lane, Alpine CA 91901. For mail in orders and to purchase tickets you can pick them up on Sat May 7th at 9:30am at the Town Hall 2156 Alpine Blvd.

DUKE: A BALLET PERFORMANCE BY VISIONARY YOUTH BALLET FEB. 6

East County News Service

February 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — You’re invited for an  an evening of dance and celebration as Visionary School For The Performing Arts presents An Evening With The Duke” on February 6th at 7 p.m. at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115).

ZIKA VIRUS IN SALIVA, MAY BE SPREAD BY KISSING

 

East County News Service

February 5, 2016 (San Diego) — Medical researchers in Brazil have found Zika virus in saliva and urine of two patients. Dr. Paulo Gadelha, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil that found the viruses in these body fluids, urged that pregnant women or other visitors concerned about contracting the virus avoid kissing strangers at this week’s Carnival in Brazil.

KIDS EATING VEGGIES AND OTHER HEALTHY FOODS AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE – AND LOVING IT

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

 

Photos by Phy Nguyen, Cuyamaca College:  Preschoolers at the Cuyamaca College Child Development Center give rave reviews to fresh, organic food now served. A recent lunch featured Potato Egg Scramble with salsa, corn tortilla, and black beans.

 

February 5, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) --  Curried chicken salad. Roasted garlic and rosemary bean soup. Roasted turmeric cauliflower.  Menu selections from a hot new restaurant? Guess again. 

COUNTY PARKS HOSTS “SWEETHEART SELFIE CONTEST”: WIN A WEDDING AT FLINN SPRINGS

 

Source: County News Service

 

February 5, 2016 (Flinn Springs) -- Snap a selfie with your sweetheart at a San Diego County park for a chance to win a ceremony and reception at one of the County’s premier outdoor wedding destinations. Deadline to submit photos is Friday, February 12th. One lucky couple will receive:

FIRE CAUSES $300,000 IN DAMAGE AT LA MESA HOME

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Heartland Fire and Rescue crews from La Mesa and El Cajon responded to a house fire in the 7500 block of Seton Hall Street in La Mesa at 5:10 p.m. Fire crews arrived within 4 minutes to report a single story, single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the garage.

CROCS AND KINGS

 

By Sam Warren

February 4, 2016 (Zipolite, Mexico) -- Two friends of mine, Sophia and Carlos from San Diego, were visiting me at my bed and breakfast in Zipolite, Mexico, and I was showing them around the area.  We visited a nearby lagoon where the government had set up a crocodile reserve in a nearby lagoon named Ventanilla. It was named after the Spanish word for window as there was a nearby rock in the ocean with a square hole in it that looked like a window opening. We got into a boat with a young Mexican guide, another young Mexican who helped with the paddling, and the other passengers.

WINE, FOOD AND DESSERT PAIRINGS AT WINERY GRANT JAMES’ SUNDAY, FEB. 14TH

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (Ramona) -- John Little's Catering will create an unforgettable Valentine’s evening at the Grant James’ Winery, located on the scenic Old Julian Highway in Ramona. The chef will be serving a 5-course tasting menu designed to showcase Grant James’ best new wine releases.   This culinary adventure takes place in the Old Barn on Sunday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.

VALENTINE’S OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO FEB. 13

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (Descanso) -- City folks are invited to come surround yourselves with adorable animals at a Valentine’s weekend Open Ranch at Alpacas of San Diego, located in Descanso (9718 River Drive).  This free event will be held Saturday, February 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mention you heard about this event on East County Magazine, and receive a 10% discount on any item purchased!

You can meet the animals, learn about alpacas and even shop for a gift for your sweetheart, including jewelry and crafts made by local artists, natural soaps and of course, alpaca wool products.  There will also be a crafts table for kids. 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT LA CASA DEL ZORRO RESORT

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (Borrego Springs)--From a romance-filled Valentine's Day special dinner to an exceptionally beautiful wildflower season just around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with La Casa del Zorro Resort in Borrego Springs this month.

BLUEGRASS JAM AT FUDDRUCKER'S FEB. 16

 

East County News Service

 

February 4, 2016 (La Mesa) - The San Diego Bluegrass Society will hold its monthly jam at Fuddrucker's restaurant in Grossmont Center on Tuesday, February 16th from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The event includes open mic, pick up bands and the ever-popular musical jam session.

FULL HOUSE TURNS OUT AT FUTURE OF LA MESA FORUM

 

By Miriam Raftery

Note: Due to a family emergency, our reporter missed this event, so we interviewed Colin Parent with La Mesa Conversations for highlights.

February 4, 2016 (La Mesa) – An estimated 117 people turned out at a “Future of La Mesa” forum held January 26th at the Masonic Lodge.

CONSERVATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

 

February 4, 2016 (San Diego) – Conservation-minded high school seniors are encouraged to apply for one of five $1,000 college scholarships offered by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County (RCD). The RCD Conservation Scholarship Program encourages students who are interested in conservation, agriculture, environmental science, natural resources, or biology to attend college and pursue careers in resource conservation or agriculture.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY TO HOST 50TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BALL FEB. 20

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (San Diego) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will present its 50th annual Children’s Ball on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 “L” St., Downtown San Diego. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit programs, activities and services provided annually to more than 3,000 children, ages 5 to 18, who attend the five facilities operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County. Cocktail reception and drawing will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

February 4, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

February 3, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

National issues

Presidential primary

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BORREGO SPRINGS TO HOST FIRST ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIO TOUR FEB. 21

 

East County News Service

February 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs is hosting the first Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Sunday, February 21, 2016.  The event will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Borrego Art Institute from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

APHRODISIAC’S DELIGHT: VALENTINE DINNER AT JEREMY’S ON THE HILL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 3, 2016 (Julian) — From Maine Lobster-watermelon salad to leg of lamb, scallops in saffron and banana bruleé, the Valentine’s weekend “aphrodisiac menu” at Jeremy’s on the Hill in Julian has an array of delights you’ll love to savor.  This special menu will be served up Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14 from 4 pm. to close.

HATFIELD CREEK WINERY & JEREMY’S ON THE HILL TEAM UP FOR FARM-TO-TABLE FOOD AND WINE PAIRING FEB. 5

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 3, 2016 (Julian) — If you’re looking for a delectable experience Friday evening, Jeremy’s on the Hill’s Courdon Bleu-trained chef and owner will be cooking up culinary delights featuring farm-to-table foods paired with wines from Hatfield Creek Winery. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 6-21

 

February 3, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes  a Native American pow-wow at Cuyamaca College,  an author speaking on how to cook for a very big crowd,  hawk watch, and a breakfast with Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including some Valentine’s weekend events such as food and wine pairings. a Baroque music concert, plus open farm days at an alpaca ranch and a camel dairy!

So scroll down for all of these events and more.

STATE CATCHES ILLEGAL CONTRACTORS FLOODING SAN DIEGO WHILE HOMEOWNERS PREPARE FOR EL NIÑO

 

Two-day sting catches 15 illegal operators, including three repeat offenders and a Most Wanted suspect

East County News Service

February 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- Forecasters have been warning West Coast residents to prepare for heavy rain and flooding from this season’s El Niño. Along with these warnings, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) urges homeowners to be cautious of unlicensed workers advertising for roof repairs and other flood prevention jobs. Fifteen unlicensed contractors were caught during a two-day sting in San Diego this week, proving that many illegal operators are taking this as opportunity to prey on consumers preparing for storms.

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