Festivals of the Month
September 11, 2014 (Alpine) – Hot cars and spicy chili are all part of the Alpine Kiwanis 2-14 annual car show and chili cook-off event, which also features a pancake breakfast. The festivities take place on Saturday, September 20.
September 9, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Oral History Project will celebrate local Hispanic heritage on Sept. 20 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Rosemary Putnam Community Room of the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.
September 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County has some wild events—from the “We Like it Wild” benefit for Project Wildlife to a wildlife tracking event, a storytelling session, and an effort to break a world record with a spectacular fireworks display. Plus we’ll have previews of future attractions, from a free kids care fest to a music festival in Julian , from theater and concert performances to a Somali Bantu African cultural celebration.
September 9, 2014 (Julian)--Quilt trails highlight the unique culture of communities, display historical art forms and encourage tourism. Over 130 quilt trails exist across the U.S.—and soon, the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail will become the first in Southern California.
September 8, 2014 (Borrego Springs) – The 49th annual Borrego Days Desert Festival will take place October 24-26. Admission is free to this one-of-a-kind event, which welcomes snowbirds to the desert warmth at the start of the fall season.
September 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The date has been announced for the 2014 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event open to the public featuring free health care screenings. This year’s Kids Care Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Now in its 13th year, Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa.
Organizers expect more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals.
September 7, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) - Cuyamaca Community College invites students and the public to join in a memorial ceremony honoring those who lost lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. that claimed over 3,000 lives.
September 5, 2014 (San Diego)—A cultural celebration featuring music, dance and cuisine of San Diego’s Somali-Bantu community will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the United Domestic Workers of America office, 4855 Seminole Drive, San Diego.
September 4, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - SoCal Parrot is hosting its 2nd Annual Picnic with the Parrots, “A Celebration of Eco-diversity” on Sunday, October 26th 2014. This event is SoCal Parrot’s annual fundraising event and is a rare chance for the public to visit and enjoy the wildlife rehabilitation facility and special animals in a dynamic natural setting.
Photo: Julian Grape Stomp Festa
By Miriam Raftery
Autumn is in the air – and this week’s Destination East County activities reflect that. This weekend you can enjoy apples, trains, grape stomping and a pow-wow! Plus we have a preview of coming attractions, from an attempt to break the world record for fireworks, to an end-of-summer music festival.
August 30, 2014 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino & Resort will attempt to launch the world’s longest chain of fireworks—more than 10,000 – to celebrates its 23rd anniversary on Friday, September 12th at 8 p.m. You’re invited to the festivities near the Viejas Hotel pool to witness the sky come alive with fireworks during this Guinness Book of World Records setting attempt.
East County News Service
August 30, 2014 (Julian) – For the 45th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. The Julian Music Festival will be held at the Menghini Winery on September 20th from 1 to 8 p.m. This year’s event features bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots, Western ballads to remember the past, as well as music by current songwriters and singers.
Performers slated to appear include singer/songwriter Melanie Devaney, guitarist/singer Steve Ybarra, Cool Band Luke performing high energy favorites, and Trails and Rails performing train songs, cowboy tunes, pop, swing, vocal harmonies and whistling.
August 29, 2014 (Descanso)--Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Descanso will hold its 77th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue on Sunday August 31st of the Labor Day weekend. The Festivities will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m.
The barbecue has been a major event of the mountain empire area since before World War II. It will be held on the Church grounds on Riverside drive in Descanso.
BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO CELEBRATE TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AT 44TH ANNUAL POWWOW AUG. 29-31
August 27, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diego to experience Native American dancing, music and cuisine at the 44th annual Barona Powwow at the Barona Indian Reservation’s recently renovated Sports Park. The celebration starts on Friday, August 29 with gourd dancing at 6 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31, from 1 to 11 p.m.
East County News Service
August 28, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)-- Jacumba Hot Springs is gearing up for its Fall Centennial Festival set for Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Jacumba’s Community Park on Old Highway 80 in the heart of this historic town. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
By Miriam Raftery
August 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s activities in East County include living history presentations complete with mountain men and cowboys. It’s also the start of pow-wow season at Barona and football season for the Aztecs—plus we’ll tell you about an art show, free concerts and a family movie in the park. Plus we’ll have a preview of next week’s top events, including a popular annual tradition in East County’s wine-growing region: a grape stomp festa!
August 25, 2014 (Julian) - On of our backcountry’s popular annual activities is to roll up your pants, bare your feet and join in an annual harvest tradition. On September 6th, the Julian Grape Stomp Festa will be held at Menghini Winery.
August 23, 2014 (Campo)—The Pumpkin Express train ride will be running once again this fall to the Great Pumpkin Patch. The train departs from the historic Campo Depot at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and includes a “Haunted Train” tour. The one-hour train ride departs three times daily on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, with departures at 10 a.m, 12:15 p.m and 2:30 p.m.
August 23, 2014 (Alpine) – The Back Country Land Trust will hold its third annual Wine and Cheese Friend-Raiser on Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wright’s Field in Alpine.
LAGUNA MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION PRESENTS 27TH ANNUAL LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATION ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
August 23, 2014 (Mount Laguna)--See the past come alive in this re-enactment of life in the Laguna mountains, going back in time to before the early 1900s. Visit with Native Americans, surveyors, turn-of-the-(last) century mountain men and rugged cowboys of the Campo Cattle Company. Meet the first Cleveland Forest Ranger on the Descanso District, and relive the travels of a 1908 pioneer family from Imperial Valley.
August 22, 2014 (Potrero) – A charity event benefitting St. Adelaide of Burgundy, Mountain Empire Historical Society and St. Mary Magdalene, will be held at the Wright Ranch (formerly the McCain, Pearson & Williams Ranch) in Potrero, California.
August 19, 2014 (El Cajon)—The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will host its 25th annual pow-wow on September 5-7 at the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.
East County News Service
August 21, 2014 (Julian)--The Julian StarFest runs from August 21-August 24 among the grape vines and apple orchards at Menghini Winery in Julian.Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 23rd.
Arrive in Julian between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and you can enter the StarFest grounds (1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian, CA 92036) for free. Take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about what your looking at and about the telescopes.
Listen to Destination East County on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM. Our show airs Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 5 p.m. and you can hear Destination East County each Wednesday and Friday with your hosts, Rebecca Williamson and Leon Thompson.
August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Stargazers, wine lovers, and music fans will all find plenty to savor in East County this week. Plus in this week’s edition of Destination East County, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions so you can mark your calendars– including a pair of Indian pow-wows and the season opener for the Aztec football team.
PROJECT WILDLIFE'S 8TH ANNUAL WE LIKE IT WILD! EVENT FEATURES EXOTIC ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS, AND JOAN EMBERY AS HOST
August 18, 2014 (San Diego, CA) – Project Wildlife will be hosting its 8th annual We Like It Wild! fundraising event on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the historic Pillsbury Ranch in Lakeside. The VIP Reception will run from 4-5pm, with the Main Excursion from 5-8pm. This ranch gala features renowned wildlife and conservation expert Joan Embery as host, as well as up-close and personal encounters with her exotic animals. We Like It Wild! raises critical funds for Project Wildlife’s work to rehabilitate wildlife in need and educate the public on conservation.
August 15, 2014 (Spring Valley) - The 9th Annual Spring Valley Fiesta will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with entertainment, refreshments, children's jumper, video game truck, face painting, and community information booths. The Fiesta is free of charge, and the public is invited to enjoy this special occasion that all ages can enjoy.
Proceeds raised will benefit more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities
August 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will host its 37th Haute with Heart Fashion Show on Saturday, August 16 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (1 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92101). This year’s event, titled “Fashion on Pointe,” is a ballet-themed fashion show inspired by SMSC student John Agostini’s painting Ballerina, available for viewing at the event.
“We are excited to present the Haute with Heart Fashion Show again this year, with the help of our sponsors making it our 37th,” said Debra Emerson, CEO of St. Madeline Sophie's Center in El Camjon. “This year’s event is unique in that the theme was drawn from SMSC student John’s Ballerina painting and will include our students’ performing arts production of Grease.”
By Miriam Raftery
August 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes some festive options for these hot August nights, from concerts to a dive-in movie. Major charitable events are also taking place including a fashion show to benefit disabled adults in East County and an art lovers night atop Mt. Helix. Plus we’ll have a sneak preview of activities later this month – including Julian’s StarFest and the start of pow-wow season. Stay tuned for all these events and more on East County Magazine’s Destination East County!
August 7, 2014 (Crest) - SoCal Parrot will be having a presentation at the Crest Library on August 12th at 6 p.m. including a discussion and insight into the wild parrots of Southern California, conservation status, how wild parrots came to the U.S. & how to help.
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