Festivals of the Month

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DEC. 11

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to celebrate the end of the year in style at its annual Christmas Open House on December 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKinney House, 8369 University Avenue in La Mesa.

SANTEE LAKES PRESENTS SANTA AT THE LAKES DEC. 11

 

Source: Santee Lakes

November 30, 2016 (Santee) - Santa and snow are in the forecast on Sunday, December 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 16th annual Santa at the Lakes event at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of activities including Snow Hill, photos with Santa, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, carnival rides, holiday crafts, and hay rides.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 1-23

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a parade of lights and snow festival, a murder mystery theatre, a pottery studios tour, a holiday concert by the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and a Christmas festival at Lions, Tigers and Bears.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village celebration, a holiday wine trail in Ramona, Victorian Christmas teas, and a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Julian.

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

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT AT LA MESA SHIMMER DECEMBER 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to enjoy the magic of the holiday season at La Mesa Shimmer on Thursday, December 1st from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.   A lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.at Legacy Park in the heart of the city’s historic downtown village, where you can also enjoy a hot chocolate bar, live music, and holiday window displays, shopping and dining.  For more information, visit www.cityoflamesa.us/shimmer.

HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE, A LA MESA TRADITION, DEC. 10

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Village Association's new event, Holiday in the Village, will be held on December 10th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., following a long history of Christmas in the Village events.

“As it is a new association sponsoring the event and the city is working to be more inclusive of all the holiday festivities at this time of year we have changed the name to reflect that,” the LMVA website states. Rest assured we will still have fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season!"

LEMON GROVE BONFIRE TO LIGHT UP NIGHT ON FRIDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2016 (Lemon Grove) — The City of Lemon Grove will host its 19th annual community bonfire on Friday, December 2nd at Civic Center Park (3200 Main St.) from 5 to 9 p.m.

The city’s winter tradition includes the lighting of a giant bonfire as well as live music, rock climbing, a hayride, game truck, game booths,  arts and crafts, face painting, hot chocolate and snacks.

HOLIDAY OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (Descanso) – You’re invited to a Holiday Open Ranch at Alpacas of Diego, located in Descanso (10499 Highway 79), just east of Alpine.  This festive day of fun will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ALPINE’S CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS & SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 2

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (Alpine) — A twinkling holiday parade, sledding down “Snow Hill,” visits with Santa, craft booths and more are all part of the 21st annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights and Snow Festival on Friday, December 2nd.

GO GREEN ON BLACK FRIDAY - ENJOY COUNTY PARKS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Save green and enjoy the upside of outside with County Parks’ Green Friday events this weekend. The County Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a variety of fun activities starting Friday, Nov. 25 and stretching into Saturday, Nov. 26. Parking, or day-use fees, will be waived on Green Friday so visitors can picnic and play at dozens of parks, and explore 350 miles of trails for free!

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 17, 2016 (Alpine) - Join Lions, Tigers & Bears, San Diego's only big cat and exotic animal rescue, for the 2016 Christmas fundraiser on Saturday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There will be a VIP reception from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You can do holiday shopping and watch your furry friends open Christmas presents!

Also enjoy a visit with Santa,food trucks and plenty of festive fun.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL IN THE HEART OF SAN DIEGO WINE COUNTRY "GET YOUR MERRY ON" DEC. 10 AND 11

 

Source: Ramona Valley Vineyard Association press release

November 16, 2016 (Ramona) - Participating wineries from the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) will be holding a Holiday Wine Trail in the heart of San Diego Wine Country on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, from noon until 5:00 p.m.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE: HIKE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK’S BEST TRAILS AND PEAKS

 

 

Guided hikes are also available

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Anza-Borrego) In celebration of Anza-Borrego Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are inviting visitors to complete two five-hike challenges on some of the most famous (and infamous) peaks and trails in the region.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 19-DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County a Turkey Bowl in Spring Valley, the Casa de Oro Fall Festival, the Mother Goose Parade, ice skating at Viejas, and the annual tree lighting in downtown El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy, Jesus Christ Superstar at San Diego State, breakfast with Santa in Santee, a Jingle Paws walk for pets, Lakeside’s Spirit on Maine, holiday concerts, and a Country Christmas in Julian.

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

HISTORY OF NURSING IN CIVIL WAR COMES ALIVE NOV. 21 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society President

November 16, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- When Donna Vitale Lupinacci recounted in stirring fashion the rise of nursing during the American Civil War (1860-65), audience members not only were riveted by the story's drama and realism, they demanded an encore.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 11-DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Veterans Day commemoration, breakfast with firefighters, Kidz Dance Kompany’s production of 1968, a Wieghorst Museum Holiday Lunch, a wine and painting gathering in La Mesa, and the Spinners live in concert at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Turkey Bowl in Spring Valley, Casa de Oro’s first Fall Festival, the Mother Goose Parade, Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Farm in Ramona, Jesus Christ Superstar at San Diego State, breakfast with Santa in Santee, a Jingle Paws walk for pets, Lakeside’s Spirit on Maine, and a Country Christmas in Julian.

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

HOLIDAY POP-UP MARKET IN JAMUL FOR “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” NOV. 26

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2016 (Jamul) – In honor of “Shop Small Business Saturday”,  a Holiday Pop-Up Market will be held on November 26 from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at 13910 Lyons Valley Road in Jamul.

Guests can shop for unique gifts including hand-made hats, scarves and gloves, gift baskets, jams, jellies and tamales, jewelry, fine art, poinsettias,  holiday floral arrangements and vintage collections. A fashion show will take place at 1:30p.m.  The Upper Hand Salon will offer gift certificates for manicures, pedicures, massages, cuts  and colors.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 25-27 FEATURES CAMEL RIDES, SHOWS, AND “PARDONED” TURKEY RACING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2016 (Ramona) – If you’re looking for an unusual way to spend Thanksgiving weekend,  stop by Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.  The 6th annual event on November 25, 26 and 27 will include camel rides,  feeding pomegranates to camels, family shows,  and a race featuring “pardoned” turkeys.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN AT KID CARE FEST SATURDAY NOV. 5 IN LAKESIDE

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November 3, 2016 (Lakeside)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, will present the 2016 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health care screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.

Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving health care screenings, including vision and dental screenings and children’s wellness checkups. The event will also feature information from dermatologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last).

FALL IN LOVE WITH PARKS THIS MONTH

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Give thanks all month through several fall and Thanksgiving-themed happenings at San Diego County Parks. Take a pilgrimage to one or all three of the community gatherings in the East County.

The trio of events is free and open to all ages. There is a $3 parking fee at Louis A. Stelzer and El Monte parks.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 4-DEC. 24

November 4, 2016 - This week’s Destination East County include live music at La Mesa’s newest wine tasting room, a fall Planstravaganza, the Ramona Art and Wine Festival, and the opening of trout fishing season in Santee.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a holiday open house at Summers Past Farms, a  Paint-a-Holic program in La Mesa,  a Veterans Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Casa de Oro Fall Festival,  the Mother Goose Parade, holiday concerts at Parkway Plaza and more.

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

PARKWAY PLAZA HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES BEGIN NOV. 18

 

Source: Parkway Plaza

November 1, 2016 (El Cajon) - Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon invites you to celebrate the season, revel in holiday traditions and create new ones with a series of holiday happenings—starting with Santa’s arrival on November 18th.  Below are details provided by Parkway Plaza:

BOULEVARD STROLL IN LA MESA NOV. 2 WILL FEATURE STREET ARTIST, MUSIC, KIDS ZONE AND DESSERT FOOD TRUCKS

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2016 (La Mesa) - The "winter" hours for La Mesa’s Boulevard Stroll are from 5 - 8 p.m.  This month the Stroll falls on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Organizer Roz Oserin says,  “We have a wonderful treat!  The Urban Sketchers will be up by Bo Beau's - Take  few minutes and watch them sketch out the landscape in front of them!  We also have a new artist who will be doing street art in the empty lot across the street...watch for Don Masse drawing a beautiful streetscape, and 2B1, an acoustic guitarist will be moving up and down the boulevard to entertain you as well.

CASA DE ORO’S FIRST FALL FESTIVAL NOV. 19

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- The Casa de Oro Community Alliance announces the first annual Fall Festival on Saturday November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The festival will be held in the Casa de Oro Plaza (across from Starbucks) in the 9700 block of Campo Road.

Family fun, games, live music, children's interactive crafts and the Fern Street Circus with face painting and entertainment for all will be provided.

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR HALLOWEEN EVE MASQUERADE PARTY OCT. 30!

 

October 21, 2016 (La Mesa) -- East County Magazine invites you to our Halloween Eve Masquerade Party! 

On Sunday, October 30, 4-8 p.m. our party at a private home in La Mesa will be the “happening haunt” complete with Halloween Eve feast,  costume contest, live music with the "Bad Randies" string band & Paul Nichols' variety music (Monster Mash and more!) local ghost stories, a trove of prizes, spooky surprises, & a frightfully good time!

This party is open to our weekly newsletter subscribers, our wildfire alert subscribers, and invited guests age 21 and up.  Subscriptions are free!  Click here to subscribe

Cost: $12 and bring a dish to share  ($10 for Editor’s Club members/sustaining donors)

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 29-NOV. 20

 

East County News Service

October 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes the college area Boo! Parade and a HallowScream extravaganza.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including La Mesa’s Historical Home Tour, a fall plantstravaganza, the Ramona Art & Wine Festival, the Trout Opener at Santee Lakes, a Veterans Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Wieghorst Museum’s holiday lunch and the Mother Goose parade celebrates its 70th year of ushering in the holiday season in East County.

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

EL CAJON’S HAUNTFEST 2016 SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL

 

(L-R) Lady Molly (Christine Robbins), Councilman (Gary Kendrick), Boo (Crystal Clark), Assassins Creed (Gary Wachtler)

By Jonathan Goetz

October 22, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Hauntfest was a big success again this year with carnival rides, costume contests, games, live music and dancing along Main Street in El Cajon on Friday. Police concerned about marauding bands of Vikings were out in force.

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