DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 4-JUNE 10

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By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the premier of El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert series, a Dive-In movie at Kroc Center, the La Mesa Beautiful plant sale, Vintage Alpine wine and food tastings, and a production of Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure at Grossmont College.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Manzanita High Rendezvous in Lake Morena, Salsa and Salsa in Lemon Grove, a Taste of Julian, the Coyote Music Festival at Cuyamaca College, film nights in the Lemon Grove library, the Ramona Rodeo, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, and the San Diego Concert Band at La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Park.

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

DINNER AND A CONCERT IN EL CAJON STARTS MAY 4

Downtown El Cajon's "Dinner and a Concert" series starts May 4 and continues each Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. all summer long.  The concerts are held in Prescott Promenade Park on Main Street.  Sully and the Blue-Eyed Soul Band opens the season on May 4. Other concert performers in May are The Jukebox Kings, Stars on the Water, and Fortunate Sun.

Bring a picnic dinner to eat in the park, or you can arrive early to dine at one of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon. 

View the complete Dinner and a Concert lineup at www.DowntownElCajon.com

DIVE-IN MOVIE AT KROC CENTER MAY 4

Kroc Center (6845 University Ave.) invites you to bring the family for a dive-in movie on May 4th at 7 p.m.  The film to be showed as you float in the pool will be Lego Star Wars. Again, that’s May 4th at Kroc Center- and may the “fourth” be with you.

For more information, visit www.sd.kroccenter.org and click on the calendar of events section.

LA MESA BEAUTIFUL PLANT SALE MAY 5-6

Are you looking for trees, shrubs, bedding plants, veggies, herbs, cacti or succulents? How about tools, accessories, pots and garden books?

 La Mesa Beautiful, a nonprofit organization, will host its 38th annual plant sale on Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4816 Glen Street) in La Mesa.

The event includes trees, shrubs, bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, cacti and succulents as well as gardening tools, accessories, pots and garden books.

The nonprofit also welcomes plant donations such as potted plants, cuttings, and bulbs as well as used garden items for the sale. 

For more information, visit http://lamesabeautiful.org.

SAVOR TASTES FROM 40 WINERIES AT VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 6

You’re invited to savor fine wines from over 40 wineries and taste specialty foods from local restaurants at Vintage Alpine, a wine experience in the country.  The event takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms (15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs)—all to benefit the children of San Diego County.

Started in 1990, this event now draws over 500 people and is one of the largest winetasting events in San Diego County. It is organized by the Alpine Kiwanis Foundation.

This event is limited to those 21 and up.  For tickets and details, visit www.VintageAlpine.org.  

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE MAY 10-19 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department presents “Sherlock Holmes:  The Final Adventure” on Thursdays through Sundays, May 10th through 19th at the Stagehouse Theatre.

"The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!” Thinking he’s at the end of his career, a case comes to Holmes that he just can’t pass up. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler.

With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty.

For tickets, visit www.Grossmont.edu and click on the events calendar (or click here.)

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…

MANZANITA HIGH RENDEZVOUS MAY 11-13 AND MAY 18-19 IN LAKE MORENA

You’re invited to step back in time and see history come alive at the Manzanita High Rendezvous. The authentic mountain man encampment with characters from the early 1800s will be open to the public May 11-13 and May 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Northcote Ranch near Lake Morena.

Visitors can watch and participate in tomahawk and knife throwing, archery, black powder shooting and more. Traders sell their goods, story tellers spin their yarns and there is fun for the whole family.  In addition to day visitors, period campers are welcome, with pre-registration.

For more information or to register, you can visit www.ManzanitaRendezvous.com.

ARRIBA! LEMON GROVE LIONS HOSTS SALSA Y SALSA FIESTA MAY 11

The Lemon Grove Lions Club invites you to enjoy salsa tasting plus salsa dancing, Mexican food, music and prizes at their annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta. The festivities will be held on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit service projects including support for the Lemon Grove Little League, Girls on the Run at Lemon Grove Schools, sponsorships to send kids to camp, and the Lion's International Disaster Fund.

The event will be held at the Monte Vistas Village Auditorium (2211 Massachusetts Avenue) in Lemon Grove from 6 to 9 p.m. 

For tickets or to enter the salsa-tasting contest, contact JenniferMendozaLG@gmail.com

A TASTE OF JULIAN MAY 12

On May 12th, a Taste of Julian features a self-guided culinary tour of 15 to 20 restaurants, bakeries, wineries, breweries in the beautiful mountain town of Julian on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5 p.m. You can also sample apple cider and Julian’s famous apple pies.

You can buy tickets at the Julian Town Hall, or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-julian-tickets-43101484701.

FILM NIGHTS IN THE LEMON GROVE LIBRARY MAY 9, 16, 23, 30

Film Night in the Library returns with one-hour programs in the series, America's Untold Story: Secrets of the Dead.  Who got here before the Pilgrims in 1620? And what was the aftermath? The answers will surprise you. Plus, you'll be home before dark. Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.  For more information, visit https://www.lghistorical.org/.

COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 12 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Cuyamaca College hosts the Coyote Music Festival on Saturday, May 12th from noon to 4 p.m. on the grand lawn. This student-produced show is always something to howl about.

You’re invited to bring a blanket, chair and picnic basket while enjoying this complimentary community concert organized by students studying music, technology, recording and business.  Food trucks will also be available.

For directions to Cuyamaca College, go to www.Cuyamaca.edu.

RAMONA RODEO MAY 18-20

The Ramona Rodeo will take place May 18-20 at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center (421 Aqua Lane) in Ramona, a venue that includes an Olympic-sized equestrian ring.

This professionally sanctioned rodeo features excitement ranging from bull-riding to kids trying their hand at mutton-busting.

This year’s featured acts include “wild child” Troy Lerwill, whose signature act includes jumping a 60-foot-long Ram truck and trailer on his dirt bike.  You can also hear the honky-tonk band Nancarrow, winner of the best country music album in the San Diego Music Awards. Plus, you can join in honoring our local first responders.

For a schedule of events and tickets, you can visit https://ramonarodeo.net.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET MAY 19 IN EL CAJON

The City of El Cajon will present its 5th annual America on Main Street celebration and Salute to Heroes on Saturday, May 19 from 2 to 9 p.m.  The event coincides with Armed Forces Day and celebrates the American spirit through the community’s many ethnic and historical groups.

Visitors can enjoy a full day of activities (free) and attractions including three stages of live entertainment on East Main Street between Magnolia and Ballantyne Street in downtown El Cajon.  There will be over 40 performing acts, a laser show, carnival rides, scavenger hunt, international foods and traditional favorites to savor.

For more information, visit www.AmericaOnMainStreet.org.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENT “CHEEZ-IT, FELLAS!  IT’S DA COPS!” MAY 26

The Saps at Sea, the official Laurel & Hardy fan club of San Diego, will continue their slam-bang festival of Funtastic films on Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. (with the show starting at 7:00 p.m.) at Williams Hall at Trinity Church (3902 Kenwood Drive) in Spring Valley. 

This month, it's "Cheez-it, Fellas!  It's da Cops!" The laugh fest highlights the boys, Stan and Ollie, on both sides of the law, being chased by the police as well as pursuing the bad guys.  The program starts with a classic Tex Avery cartoon filled with guffaws, followed by The Second 100 Years (1927) with Stan and Ollie escaping prison and becoming part of a society party!

The guest comedian this month is Buster Keaton in Cops (1922).  After intermission, a very special tribute to Chuck McCann, a founding member of the Sons of the Desert who recently passed away, will follow.  The feature will be The Midnight Patrol (1933).

For more information, visit the Saps at Sea Facebook page.

LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

The City of La Mesa will present a Salute to Old Glory at its annual Flag Day parade on Saturday, June 2nd down La Mesa Boulevard in the La Mesa downtown village.

Pre-parade entertainment includes performances by local middle school bands at 9 a.m., with the parade rolling out at 10 a.m.  This year’s grand marshal will local historian and author Jim Newland.

There will also be a free ice cream social after the parade at La Mesa Blvd. and 4th Street to round out a day of patriotic celebration.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND JUNE 10 IN LA MESA

The San Diego Concert Band has announced its 29th annual Spring Celebration concert and summer concert series. The next East County location will be June 10th at 6 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sandiegoconcertband.com, or at the door if not sold out.

That’s all for this week!

If you have an event you’d like added to our calendar, or if you would like to sponsor the Destination East County column on our website, or the Destination East County show on KNSJ Radio, you can contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.  Destination East County is the most-read feature on our website.

We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!