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

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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.

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

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: FEB. 17-26 IN SANTEE

Pickwick Players will present “To Kill a Mockingbird” from February 17th through 26th at Off Broadway Live (9490 Cuyamaca St.) in Santee. 

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is the timeless and timely story of attorney Atticus Finch and his in the summer of 1935 in Maycomb, Alabama while defending a black man accused of assaulting a white woman.  This coming-of-age story of prejudice and violence, tolerance and community is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1960. 

For tickets and details, visit www.PickwickPlayers.net.  

LATIN MUSIC FEB. 18 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY TASTING ROOM

Composer and guitarist Roben Delago will perform classical Spanish, Latin and popular guitar music on February 18th from 7 to 10 p.m. at the San Pasqual Winery tasting room in downtown La Mesa (8364 La Mesa Blvd.)  Wines by the glass, cheese, crackers and desserts are available.  For details visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com.

GARDENING WITH NATURE DISCUSSION FEB. 19 in LA MESA

“Gardening with nature—birds and butterflies and bats and bees” will be the topic discussed by gardening expert Connie Beck at the La Mesa Beautiful Annual Meeting on February 19 at 4 p.m.  The event will be held in Nan Couts Cottage (5045 Memorial Drive) near the La Mesa Community Center.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Beck has been an organic gardening instructor and landscape designer for the past 30 years. She’s also been a Canyoneer and a nature interpreter for the Audubon Society and a volunteer with National Wildlife Federation creating backyard habitats for wildlife. Currently, she works with the California Native Plant Society. She has also previously hosted the “Ready, Set, Grow” segment on East County Magazine’s radio show.

Her talk will teach you how to choose beautiful native plants and make design choices to save water and create sustainable landscapes in your garden. To RSVP and get more information visit lamesabeautiful.org.

ALL THAT JAZZ: SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES FEB. 22

You’re invited to don your Great Gatsby glam or cocktail attire for “All That Jazz,” the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s 9th annual Salute to Local Heroes.  This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center’s Golden Ballroom in Mission Valley.

The Chamber will award local heroes from the La Mesa Police Department, Fire Department, paramedics, and retired Police department volunteers. This evening will also serve to install the Chamber’s new Board of Directors and Officers.

The evening includes dinner plus prize drawings and a silent auction, while celebrating those who help make our community safe and meeting the Chamber’s new business leaders. For tickets you can visit www.LaMesaChamber.com.

MARLIN BRISCOE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE FEB. 22

In honor of Black History Month, Marlin Briscoe, the first starting African-American quarterback in the NFL, will be speaking at Grossmont College on his greatest lesson in life: persistence. Briscoe played for the Denver Broncos and also became the runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The event will be held in Griffin Gate from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For a complete list of all Black History Month Events at the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College district, visit www.GCCCD.edu.

NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…

KARAMU BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION FEB. 25 IN SPRING VALLEY

Karamu, a celebration of black history month, will be held February 25th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the county library in Spring Valley at 836 Kempton Street from 1 to 3 p.m.  This event will include speakers, art, live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments.

 For details visit the San Diego County Library site at www.SDCL.org.

BIRTH OF A NATION FEB. 27 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Black History Month also includes a showing of “The Birth of a Nation” at Cuyamaca College’s digital theatre (B-101) on Monday, February 27th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

 This film is based on the story of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831.  For a full a list of events at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, visit http://www.gcccd.edu/news/.

YAT PERFORMS JUNGLE BOOK FOR KIDS MARCH 2-12

Young Adult Theatre brings The Jungle Book for Kids to life March 2nd through 12th at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley.  The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in this special adaptation from the classic Disney animated film, featuring a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

​Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, the boy Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys, Mowgli and Bagheera must rally the jungle animals into a battle to restore peace throughout the jungle.

For tickets and details visit Young Adult Theatre’s website at YATSanDiego.org.

QUEEN BEE TEA MARCH 5TH IN ALPINE

Now here’s the buzz! Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Queen Bee Tea on March 5th at 11:30 in the Alpine Community Center.  Teatime will be presented by Donna Marie’s Tea Time, plus guests will enjoy vendors and a fashion show by Dana’s Boutique.

You could be chosen Queen Bee in a Bee Bonnet Hat Contest!  The Queen Bee Tea also marks the beginning of honey season in Alpine, to be crowned by the first annual Honey Festival coming up later in March.  For tickets and details on the Queen Bee Tea March 5th, you can visit www.AlpineChamber.com and click on “events.”

GREGORY PAGE: MARCH 5 AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 5

Gregory Page will perform in the Visitor’s Center Concert Hall at Mission Trails Regional Park on March 5th at 3 p.m. The concert (free) will include selections from his brand new soon to be released album, So It Goes as well as other classics from the extensive Gregory Page Songbook. 

Page is a critically acclaimed recording and international touring artist whose original music is nostalgic, cinematic, and charming in its ability to have audiences “rewind” to the early 20th century through his guitar and vocal performances.  For more information, you can visit Mission Trails Regional Park’s website at  www.MTRP.org.

RUN EAST COUNTY:  ST. PATRICK’S DAY HALF MARATHON MARCH. 5

This year’s Run East County St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon will be held early, on Sunday, March 5th.  Wear green if you join in this fun and festive event, which includes not only the half marathon but also a 5K Run/Walk, a Green Mile, and a Tribes and Clans competition to involve the whole family in fun and fitness. 

The event is organized by the Run East County Foundation to raise funds benefitting several East County charities.  To enter or volunteer, you can visit http://www.stpatricksdayhalf.com/.  

SPRING INTO HEALTHY LIVING MARCH 15 AT THE YMCA

You’re invited to Spring into Healthy Living on March 15th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the McGrath Family YMCA (12006 Campo Road) in Spring Valley. The health and wellness fair for seniors will include free health screenings, speakers and information on how to avoid scams, driver safety and fire safety, and more.

Health screenings will include blood pressure, balance, body mass index, a hearing test, stroke screening, check your mood, and more. You can also learn about senior-friendly exercise demonstrations, senior resources, and enjoy a healthy continental breakfast.

The healthy living event is organized by the AARP, East County Chamber of Commerce, Grossmont Healthcare District.  For details and breakfast reservations (free!) you can call 1-877-926-8300 or visit the East County Chamber’s website at http://business.eastcountychamber.org and click on their calendar.

STAR PARTY AT SYCAMORE GOODEN RESERVE MARCH 17

A star party will be held at the Sycamore Gooden reserve in Lakeside (13899 Highway 67) on March 17th from 6 to 8 p.m.

You’re invited to join volunteer astronomers from the San Diego Astronomy Association and County Park staff for a night under the stars, viewing our galaxy using the same technology used by professionals to witness out-of-this world phenomenon.

Inclement weather could cancel this event. For more information, you can call (8580513-4737.

CARNIVAL RIDES, MUSIC AND MORE AT ROLANDO STREET FAIR MARCH 26

On Sunday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 21st annual Rolando Street Fair will be held on Rolando Blvd., south of El Cajon Boulevard.  The event includes over 130 vendors with handcrafts, food, carnival rides and kid's activities. 

Live music bands will include Len Rainey and the Midnight Players, Trey Tosh & The Band Called Life, The Routine, Paul Cannon IRON SAGE WOOD, and Cassidy and the Music. Nearly 15,000 people attend this family friendly event each year. 

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!