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JOIN US IN FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 21!

 

Our holiday festival is getting better and better -- feast your eyes on the latest updates!

December 10, 2014 (Mt. Helix) -- Joy to the world! It's time for our annual eve of feasting and merrymaking with East County Magazine's readers, staff, loyal volunteers, and our team of elves working hard to make this event festive and fun for all.  Our annual holiday bash will be held on Sunday, December 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at a private home on Mt. Helix.

The party is open only to our subscribers of our free weekly newsletter and/or our wildfire alerts, so if you're not yet a subscriber, join free by clicking here to receive your invitaiton with address and full details.

Come mix and mingle, savor wonderful  foods, wine tasting, live music by Jeff Lee, holiday fun, prizes galore and more.  Thanks to our generous sponsors including New York Bakery, Olive Garden, Anthony's Fish Grotto, La Mesa Bistro, San Pasqual Winery, Ramona Valley Vineyards, La Finquita Winery, Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Poway Performing Arts Center, Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar, and  Fusion Glass.

 

 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: DEC. 20-JAN 11

 

Photo: Winter solstice sunrise on Cowles Mountain

December 18, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has some wonderful events, from winter solstice walks to  performances of holiday classics including the Nutcracker Ballet and Handel’s Messiah. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions…from the Aztecs playing in the Poinsettia Bowl to the Trout Reopener at Santee Lakes.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

 

December 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guides will lead pre-dawn hikes to the area of the solstice observatory on Cowles Mountain on the 20th and 22nd of December. The Canyoneers of the San Diego Natural History Museum will lead the hike on the 21st.

WINTER EXTRAVAJAMBA AT LA MESA KICKBOXING ACADEMY DEC. 21

 

December 13, 2014 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Kickboxing Academy invites the public to “Come one, come all! Time to have a ball!” at its Winter ExtravaJamba, described as a “Bohemian extravaganza like no other.”

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14

Listen online now: http://kiwi6.com/file/x3eq45ylj3

December 12, 2014 (Ramona) –Jess Koehler from La Finquita Winery and Teri Kerns from Ramona Ranch Winery stopped by our studio this week to talk about Ramona’s growing wine industry and a very merry event this weekend. The Ramona East End Loop Holiday Wine Trail (otherwise known as “Get Your Merry On” takes place this Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14. 

The self-guided tour features six wineries with 18 tastings, food pairings, live music, crafts such as glass blowing and holiday shopping. Plus each winery offers its own unique ambience, from the subterranean wine cave at La Finquita to an outdoor patio at Ramona Ranch.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE “CHIEF ELF” FOR LA MESA’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview (originally aired on KNSJ):  http://kiwi6.com/file/s34h0ei7y4

December 11, 2014 (La Mesa)—It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in La Mesa’s downtown village, where holiday lights are twinkling and festivities are set to begin for the 25th annual Christmas in the Village celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.  

East County Magazine sat down for an interview with John Vigil, self-proclaimed “Chief Elf” from the La Mesa Village Merchants Association and Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Fine Art, for a sneak preview of this year’s event—and why it’s especially important this year for local merchants to have a strong community turn-out.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY DECEMBER 10-21

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has a wealth of winter festivities, from a Winter Wonder Jam at Cuyamaca College to La Mesa’s Victorian-style Christmas in the Village, a Chanukah celebration at Grossmont Center, a caroling party atop Mount Helix, a North Pole Limited Train ride and much more.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE

 

December 3, 2014 (Campo) - The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association  announces its spring 2015 schedule of trains and special events at its Campo Living-History & Train-Operation Center, 50 miles east of downtown San Diego.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS DEC. 5-14

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County is packed with holiday festivities, from Christmas on Maine Street in Lakeside to Santa at Santee Lakes and the "Light up the Grove" bonfire in Lemon Grove! Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, a Winter Wonder Jam concert, and our very own East County Magazine holiday party.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL: RAMONA EAST END LOOP DEC. 13-14

 

November 8, 2014 (Ramona) – ‘Tis the season to be merry along the Holiday Wine Trail, featuring wineries on the Ramona East End Loop.   You can take the tour December 13 or 14 from 12-5 p.m.

CAROLING ON MT. HELIX DEC. 14

 

December 1, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – The annual Mt. Helix Park Sing-Along Caroling event will be held Sunday, December 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix.  Gina Seashore, and her talented group of musicians, will be leading the caroling at this free and festive event for the whole family.

FIRE TRUCK TOY PARADE ROLLS OUT DEC. 13

 

November 28, 2014 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire and Rescue is now collecting toys for those in need during the holidays.  Bring your new unwrapped toy to the El Cajon fire department headquarters located at 100 E. Lexington Avenue during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and alternate Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Or, bring your toy to the live KOGO radio news broadcast of the Fire Truck/Toy Parade on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Target parking lot at 250 Broadway, in El Cajon.

WINTER RIVER WALK DEC. 13 AT LAKESIDE'S RIVERPARK CONSERVANCY

 

Photos by Pete Nelson

November 26, 2014 (Lakeside) – Lakeside River Park Conservancy invites you to join in a winter stroll on December 13th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 am.  The free event will take you along a Lakeside promenade through autumn colored leaves of deciduous willow trees.  Pause on a wildlife observation deck to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Among the many species of birds in this riparian habitat are crested Phainopepla feeding on mistletoe berries high up in sycamore trees.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS NOV. 27--DEC. 8

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes some wild Thanksgiving happenings—form a swinging holiday party at Sycuan to a Thanksgiving feast for the beasts at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine. Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including several  holiday home tours, community holiday festivals, Santa at Santee Lakes, and a Feliz Navidad celebration with mariachis and more at Jacumba Hot Springs!

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

CROWD FLOCKS TO MOTHER GOOSE PARADE ALONG NEW ROUTE

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2014

November 24, 2014 (El Cajon)--Traditionally held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this year’s Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon was exciting. The day was lightly overcast with a slight breeze, providing a little relief from the warm midday sun.

NEW ROUTE FOR MOTHER GOOSE PARADE NOV. 23

 

Mother Goose Village will be a two-day event Nov. 22-23

November 4, 2014 (El Cajon)—The Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon will roll out at 12:15 p.m., later than in the past, along a new route on Sunday, November 23.

MARIACHIS AND MORE AT JACUMBA HOT SPRING'S FELIZ NAVIDAD CELEBRATION DEC.6

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--Jacumba Hot Springs closes out its centennial year on Saturday, December 6th with a Feliz Navidad celebration. The event takes place at the Highland Center, 44681 Old Highway 80 from 2-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

THANKSGIVING FEAST AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS NOV. 29

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 22, 2014 (Alpine) --The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, is a special day at the Lions Tigers and Bears ranch in Alpine. It is the day the animals celebrate with their version of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

You’re invited to join in a special feeding visit at 10:30 a.m. to watch big cats and bears enjoy their feast. Turkey and fish donations are greatly appreciated. Click here to donate a turkey for the cats or fish for the bears in advance.

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL DEC. 6

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

November 22, 2014 (Alpine) – You’re invited to an afternoon of yuletide fun watching animals open their Christmas presents at Lions, Tigers and Bears. The animal rescue facility hosts is annual Christmas Festival Fundraiser on Saturday, December 6th from 1-4 p.m.  You can also do holiday shopping at more than 40 vendor booths, enjoy food from Descanso Junction and visit Santa Claus. (To buy tickets, click here.)

“This year we are putting out an extra special request for donated Christmas Trees that we can give to the animals on this special day. Trees are an amazing form of enrichment for the animals,” says founder Bobbi Brink. (Click here to donate a tree.)

In addition, a new bear habitat will be unveiled during the December 6th event featuring rescued bears Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo.

WARBIRDS WEST AIR MUSEM HOSTS TOYS FOR TOTS PANCAKE BREAKFAST DEC. 13

 

East County News Service

November 22,2014 (El Cajon) – Warbirds West Air Museum invites you to bring a new, unwrapped toy and attend a pancake breakfast and open house on Saturday, December 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

You can view World War II aircraft and displays, see over 40 antique and classic cars, and meet Santa Claus.  Families are welcome to attend.  The museum is located at 1725 North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon at Gillespie Field.

JACUMBA HIKERS HEAD TO BANKHEAD SPRINGS PICTOGRAPHS AND SAGE WINDS FARM

 

November 20, 2014 (Jacumba) – The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers are hitting the trail on November 22nd to the Bankhead Springs Pictographs and Sage Winds Farm on a moderate-rated hike.  If you go, you will encounter ancient Native American rock drawings, caves and morteros. Then on to visit Sage Wind Farms and climb up boulder strewn hills for a panoramic view of the mountains in the area. Organic White Sage products & tye dye clothing are available for sale.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 – DEC. 7

 

November 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes events ushering in the holiday season, from a tree lighting and snow sledding in Santee to the annual Mother Goose Parade …plus we’ll have previews of some coming attractions in the next week or so, including musicals, Lemon Grove’s holiday bonfire and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Holiday Party. 

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

ALPINE CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS & SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 5

 

November 18, 2014 (Alpine) - The 19th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival with real snow will be held on Friday, December 5th from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

SANTEE TREE LIGHTING NOV. 21

 

November 18, 2014 (Santee) - Ho ho ho! A free snow zone and sledding are coming to Santee on November 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony at Santee Trolley Square, located at 9884 Mission Gorge Road.

SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DRIVE NOV. 25

 

November 15, 2014 (El Cajon)--You can help a family in need during the holidays.  On Tuesday, November 25, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Salvation Army in El Cajon will hold a special “drive-thru food drive” at their offices located at 1011 East Main, El Cajon.  The Salvation Army Drive Through Thanksgiving Food Drive rallies the San Diego East County community to contribute Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. To participate, drive to The Salvation Army El Cajon Corps to donate a frozen turkey, and/or any of the fixings, or make a cash donation.

LAKESIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BRINGS SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON DEC. 6

 

November 15, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, 4pm to 9pm on Maine Avenue (between Parkside and Laurel) in Lakeside. This free, fun-filled family event will include a community tree lighting, visits with Santa, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, music and entertainment by local bands & schools. Sponsorship opportunities and booth space are available. For more information, www.lakesidechamber.org or call (619) 561-1031.

FIREFIGHTERS FLIP FOR MAKE A WISH: PANCAKE BREAKFAST DEC. 6

 

November 15, 2014 (Santee) – Santee Firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies will host their 16th annual Santee Fire Pancake Breakfast at 9130 Carlton Oaks Drive in Santee on December 6th from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation, which fulfills wishes for terminally ill children.

POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 22-23

 

 

East County News Service

One of the most unusual holiday season traditions in East County is coming up: the fourth annual Pomegranate Days celebration at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 from noon to 5 p.m.  Festivities include camel rides, bird and camel shows, shopping for holiday gifts and feeding pomegranates to the camels.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: NOV. 13-23

 

East Count News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a barbecue and beer-tasting event, a star party, a health faire, a brass quintet concert, the musical Mulan, and a holiday open house!  Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, such as Woodstock the Musical, Pomegranate Days at a camel farm, live music in Lemon Grove, a World of Bats program for nature-lovers, the Mother Goose Parade, and for working up an appetite for all that Thanksgiving Feasting, the Waddle and Trot 5 K run!

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

EL CAJON TO HONOR VETS NOV. 12

 

 

November 12, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon will host an event honoring veterans on Wednesday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at El Cajon’s Centennial Plaza, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon.

Commander Clark, representing the El Cajon Veterans’ Commission and American Legion Post, will be on hand, along with music performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Color Guard and the Hillsdale Middle School Symphonic Band.

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