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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 1 - MAY 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes an anniversary party for the Anza Borrego Foundation, Julian Gold Rush Days, the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest,  a harp concert,  veterans sharing history from the Korean War, and more.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings, Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, a Taste of Julian, Bunny Train Rides, an Eggstravaganza, a butterfly festival, and concerts by country music star Clint Black.

So scroll down for all of these events and many others!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 24 - APRIL 15

 

UPDATE:  Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest date changed to April 1.

Hear our radio podcast of Destination East County by clicking the audio link.

 

East County News Service

March 22, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes lilac festival, an extreme hiking challenge, live music at local wineries, and a street fair with carnival rides.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Julian Gold Rush Days, Sweet Pea Day, a Taste of Julian, a harp concert, a harmonica festival, and Easter events including an Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes and a Bunny Train ride at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo

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HIGH “STEAKS” WIN: FINAL CUT AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

March 21, 2017 (Jamul) – Final Cut Steakhouse offers a premier menu of artfully prepared dishes served up amid the glamour of vintage Hollywood. You can also savor spectacular scenic views through a wall of windows high atop the new Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

You don’t have to be a gambler to be a winner at Final Cut Steakhouse!

 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 16 - APRIL 15

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, a Circle of Art Show in Borrego Springs, a Lilac Festival in Santa Ysabel, as well as a violin and piano concert at Cuyamaca College.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including an April Fool’s week favorite: the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s contest, Sweet Pea Day in Flinn Springs, Hot Rods and a Chili Cookoff in Jamul, the Rolando Street Fair, a Taste of Julian, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, and help for the homeless with La Mesa Conversations.

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 11 - APRIL 8

 

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a honey festival, TOMATOMANIA, open house at a camel dairy, a healthy living fair and a stargazing party.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including the Circle of Art show, a lilac festival, a piano and violin concert, a street fair with carnival rides, the famous Peg Leg Smith liar’s competition, Sweet Pea days, a Taste of Julian, and a chili cook-off with a hotrod contest.

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EAST COUNTY EATER: FARMER’S TABLE SERVES UP WHOLESOME, FLAVORFUL FARE IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – I come from a farming family, so I’ve looked forward to sampling the farm-to-table fresh cuisine at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa. The restaurant lives up to its pledge of “honest food done right” with locally grown, organic vegetables and an array of tasty dishes to savor.

REVIEW: SHELDON’S SERVICE STATION - A DELIGHTFUL ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2017 (La Mesa) – I visited Sheldon’s Service Station, La Mesa’s newest coffee shop, looking forward to a tasty and piping hot cup of java.  The Espresso Mocha lived up to expectations, but the most delightful surprise was the array of creative and healthy breakfast and lunch menu options.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 1-31

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes Run East County in El Cajon, a Queen Bee Tea in Alpine, Jungle Book for Kids, Diva, Baja Blues Brothers and Bon Jovi in concert.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Lilac Festival, the Rolando Street Fair, a Star Party in Lakeside, the Circle of Art show in Borrego Springs and more.

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 25-MARCH 26

 

East County News Service

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February 22, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes black history celebrations in Spring Valley and Cuyamaca College.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Jungle Book for Kids, concerts, carnival rides, a daffodil show, open house at a camel dairy, a healthcare fair and a stargazing party.

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CHIEF’S CORNER: AND THE WINNER IS? AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR YOUR HEALTH

 

 

By Fire Cief Sam DiGiovanna

February 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- With the Academy Awards approaching, stars will walk down the red carpet and then, a lucky few will have the honor of taking home an Oscar. Each year we honor these actors for their impressive performances—their ability to move us, to bring characters to life on the screen, to communicate something profound.

What does this have to do with you? We have opportunities to put on our best performances every day – it’s a choice. But there’s one thing we routinely do in which our power to communicate is truly profound: being kind and considerate.

TRUMP CALLS MEDIA “ENEMY OF AMERICAN PEOPLE”; PROMINENT CONSERVATIVES AND MEDIA LEADERS DENOUNCE WORDS, DRAW COMPARISONS TO INFAMOUS DICTATORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 19, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump has raised disturbing comparisons to notorious dictators and to disgraced President Richard Nixon with his unjustified attacks on respected, established media outlets as “fake news” and his repeated denouncements of  “dishonest media.”  

Worse yet, Trump’s tweet this week calling media an “enemy of the American people” has drawn sharp criticisms from  a Fox News anchor, his own Secretary of Defense, Republican Senator John McCain, and Carl Bernstein, the reporter whose investigation exposed the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

RESISTANCE REPORT: USDA RESTORES SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY RECORDS; ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS VOW LAWSUIT TO RESTORE THE REST

 

By May Strong

February 19, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – An outcry raised by citizens nationwide over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s removal of all animal welfare records off its website, as well as a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has resulted in partial restoration.  But the Humane Society says that’s not enough, and is threatening litigation to force the agency to restore records relied upon by the public and animal rights organizations.

EARTHTALK®: WHAT’S NEW IN BATTERIES TO STORE RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

Photo: Tesla Motors will produce more lithium ion batteries in its new Nevada Gigafactory than were produced worldwide in 2013. Credit: Nakhon100, Flickr CC.

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that one of the big hurdles to growth in renewables is energy storage. What’s new in the world of battery technologies? And will better forms of storage really accelerate the development of solar, wind and other alternative forms of energy?  -- Maxwell Jay, Erie, PA

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS FEB.17 - MARCH 15

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes Latin music at a winery, a gardening with nature program, an All That Jazz salute to local heroes, a star NFL quarterback coming to East County, and a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Karamu, a black history month celebration in Spring Valley, more Black history events at local colleges, Jungle Book for Kids, a Queen Bee Tea in Alpine, internationally acclaimed Gregory Page performing at Mission Trails, a healthy living fair for seniors, the annual Run East County St. Patrick’s Day half marathon, plus carnival rides and more at the Rolando Street Fair.

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RESISTANCE REPORT: THEY CAN RUN, BUT THEY CAN’T HIDE

 

 

Protesters storm town halls, march on Wall Street and call for national strike Feb. 17

By May Strong

February 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - It’s been a rough week for some Republican Congressional members backing the Trump agenda, as well as for a cabinet appointee.  They’ve been dogged by vocal protests at airports, town hall meetings, schools and even their own homes. Meanwhile a national strike is being organized on February 17 for all who seek to resist Trump.

VOTERS’ WATCHDOG: VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE A SETTLEMENT OF "EXACT MATCH" LAWSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — An estimated 42,000 eligible voters, most of them minorities, were denied their right to vote in George due to minor typos and data entry errors. In a landmark settlement for voting rights advocates, the state of Georgia has agreed it will no longer use the “exact match” system. The suit had contended that the system violated voters’ constitutional rights.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 11 - MARCH 5

 

 

East County News Service

February 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)  - This week’s Destination East County includes some hikes in county and state parks to chase away those winter blues, a musical gold rush event at Agua Caliente, Valentine’s celebrations and more.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including All That Jazz--A Salute to Local Heroes, Black History Month events across East County, and the Run East County St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon.

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CHIEF’S CORNER: A RED HOT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 6, 2017 (San Diego) -- Did you know there are over 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year resulting in 800,000 deaths and even more depilating injuries?

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so besides the chocolate and flowers, consider the best gift you can give someone this year is a commitment to a healthy heart! This is a great gift to give (and receive) to any loved ones in your life. I promise, they want YOU more than candy or flowers!

ANIMAL TALES: ALPACA FARMERS ENJOY PEACEFUL LIFE IN DESCANSO

 

You can meet the alpacas at an open house Feb. 11

By Mimi Pollack

Photos by Mimi Pollack and Dan Harrison

February 3, 2017 (Descanso) -- “David is a unicorn,” says Amy Alyeshmerni, referring to David Kabbai, her partner of six years in life, love, and business. ”Here is a man who owns a ranch, loves animals, and wants us to spend every other Friday with his mother for Shabbat dinner. How unusual is that? I am very lucky!”  

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY 4-26

 

 

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East County News Service

February 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a powwow, a jazz piano concert, a guitar and mandolin duo at a winery, and a British farce onstage.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Celtic music concert, Cupids and Canines, Dining and Dancing with your Valentine, a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, and quarterback Marlin Briscoe at Grossmont College in honor of Black History Month.

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MEDIA WATCH: CONSUMER ADVOCATES VOICE CONCERNS OVER TRUMP’S NEW FCC CHAIRMAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Consumer advocates are voicing concern over Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump’s newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Pai has a record of opposing net neutrality and supporting big media mergers. A former corporate attorney for Verizon, Pai could also enable Trump to escalate his war on media outlets such as CNN that he has harshly criticized for broadcasting hard-hitting news reports on his administration.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 27-FEB. 26

 

East County News Service

January 26, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes party with the stars, cabaret nights, What the Butler Saw, and a Courtly Noise concert.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Cupid’s Carouse, a production of To Kill a Mockingbird, a Celtic guitar concert, Cuyamaca College’s powwow, Cupids and Canines, plus Dancing and Dining with your Valentine.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ASSAILED FOR “ALTERNATIVE FACTS,” ATTACKS ON MEDIA AND SHUTTING WHITE HOUSE PHONE LINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) - In his book, 1984, George Orwell wrote, “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

Recent actions by the Trump administration to discredit journalists over truthful reports and stifle public comments have alarmed First Amendment supporters, constitutional scholars, journalists, and government watchdog groups.

BIRD TALK: THE GOLDFINCH

 

By Greg Dunne

January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The most loyal aviating visitor to my yard is the Goldfinch. These little guys are a blast to watch, feeding on their thistle all day long in my front yard. I get as many as 12 to 20 birds or more on my two-sack feeder most of the day – everyday. However, this might drive you to the poor house in bird seed as they are voracious eaters.

CHIEF’S CORNER: WITH SO MUCH IN THE NEWS, DON’T FORGET…

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- With inaugurations, drought, protests, storms etc we seemed to have forgotten that about 23 years ago this month was the Northridge earthquake. The 6.7 quake killed 16 people and damage was reported up to 85 miles away!

We are “way” over-due for an earthquake and we ALL live near a fault line. Now is the time to prepare, not afterwards reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: A DIFFERENT LOOK AT A SAN DIEGAN HERO (THE FOUNDER)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

January 20, 2017 (San Diego) - One of San Diego’s most revered historical figures is Ray Kroc.  Kroc and his wife Joan donated billions of dollars to the Salvation Army and NPR.  The Kroc Center is practically a San Diego community landmark and where San Diego State men's hockey has their home games.  He's played by Michael Keaton in the film The Founder.  

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JANUARY 20-FEB. 22

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a presentation by historical author Roger Conlee in Alpine, a British farce onstage in La Mesa, and the San Diego State Writer’s Conference.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Laurel and Hardy night in Spring Valley, a California’ dream series on immigration and migration in Borrego Springs, a mountain bike ride in Mission Trails, a powwow at Cuyamaca College, Valentine’s Teas in Julian, and a Salute to La Mesa’s Local Heroes.

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