Festivals of the Month
November 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Arbor Day in Mission Trails is being celebrated at the Equestrian Staging area on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to take part in the donation and/or planting of oak trees. Volunteers may help with the planting - or act as cheerleaders. Volunteers are also needed to pull weeds and help with general landscape maintenance of the area. Some shovels will be available, but Mission Trails says it would be helpful if you could bring your own. Gloves and comfortable shoes are recommended. To make a donation, please complete and mail the Arbor Day Donation Form.
November 8, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine branch of the San Diego County Library will be honoring our veterans on November 7 at 6 p.m., at 2130 Arnold Way, Alpine.
The event will feature speaker Diana Saenger, author of “Mission Honored – A Dream Achieved; True stories of the Veterans on the Alpine Wall of Honor.” A musical tribute will be performed by the East County Children’s Choir.
November 8, 2011 (Alpine) -- On Monday, November 11th, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Alpine Wall of Honor (next to Alpine's Community Center) to celebrate the addition of an additional row of heroes and remember all of the great men and women on the Wall of Honor who have served our country or are currently serving.
VFW Post 9578 will be providing our Color Guard, and Peter Hastings will perform some patriotic songs.
After the ceremony, the VFW will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs at the Post and is inviting all who are interested to continue the day's celebration.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band of San Diego County is having its 65th annual Tartan Ball on Nov. 16, 2013 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The Camerons have a long history, being one of the oldest continuously competing bands in the west coast. The group also offers free bagpiping and drumming lessons at Helix High School every Wednesday from7 to 9 PM.
"We are always in the look out for new guests to join us for an evening of bagpiping, singing, dinner, and highland dancing," said spokesman Robert Yslas, Jr.
November 6, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon invites the public to join in the Centennial Farewell festivities on Tuesday, November 12 at the Centennial Plaza, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Centennial Plaza is located at 200 Civic Center Way. This Farewell Celebration will also include a special tribute to veterans, as well as honoring those who have volunteered more than 100 hours in the El Cajon Community, through the 100 Hours, Honoring 100 Years Centennial Volunteer program.
November 6, 2013 (El Cajon) – Exceeding expectations, the second Annual HauntFest on Main celebration, held on Friday, October 25, was deemed as an overwhelming success by City officials. The Halloween themed event drew an estimated 20,000 people to downtown El Cajon.
Festivities were from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. with free admission. Partygoers enjoyed live bands on multiple stages, such as: Paul Cannon, Fuzzy Rankins, Rockola, Jason Weber and Back to the Garden. Families enjoyed the Terror Truck, the classic cars, the trick or treating booths, the movies on the giant movie screen, rides and games, pumpkin patch, craft booths, costumes, art show, and more.
September 30, 2013 (Ramona) – The H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project of Ramona, along with their sponsors, will present the First Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, to be held at the Amy Strong Castle at Mount Woodson. The festival will be held on November 2, 2013 from noon to 6 pm. Art, wine and food enthusiasts may purchase passports to the event by visiting www.RamonaArtandWineFest.net. General admission passports are $60, and a V.I.P. Passport is being offered for $110 that will include an exclusive “Winemakers’ Dinner” in the spring of 2014 (date TBD).
October 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The African American Writers & Artists, Inc. presents an anti-bullying event and masquerade party, “Boo on Bullying” on October 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X Library and Performance Arts Center, 51458 Market Street, San Diego. The event will include an SDSU students’ panel on Anti-Bullying Strategies, a presentation on identifying bullying and bullies, as well as entertainment, raffles and prizes.
East County welcomes “You Missed”, a new comedy program starring Diane Jean, Al Gavi, Chris Clobber, Young Lucas, and Charlie the Yellow Bird.
“You Missed” is packed with humor, lots of strange stories from around the world, political perspectives from the right, left and people that just don’t give a damn.
“You Missed” is recording live at the Space Bar in La Mesa on Sunday Nights from 6-7PM. The show will air on KNSJ 89.1 Community Radio, Networking for social justice, Friday-Sunday at 4PM streaming worldwide on www.KNSJ.org. “You Missed” Pod Cast coming soon.
By Miriam Raftery
September 28, 2013 (Lakeside) – On the tenth anniversary of the Cedar Fire, community leaders and fire survivors will gather to dedicate a historic memorial commemorating the worst wildfire in California history. The ceremony will take place on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.at River Park Fire Station #2, 12216 Lakeside Avene in Lakeside, a community that suffered devastating losses when the firestorm trapped people caught unaware of the inferno raging during the fire's first night.
The event will also honor first responders and celebrate fire survivor families’ lifelong connection as guests pause to “reflect, remember and reconnect.” There will be exhibits, disaster prevention program information, book signings by Sandra Younger, author of The Fire Outside My Window, a VFW band, food and beverages, a moment of remembrance, and appreciation of community support.
Speakers will include Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Fire Chief Andy Parr, David Kassel from the Cedar Fire Rebuilding Resource Group, and Fire Chief Andy Parr. Presentations will be made from the offices of Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Brian Jones, and Congressman Duncan Hunter.
Commemoration of the 2003 Cedar Fire ten-year anniversary will take place October 26 from 1-4 pm at the Crest Clubhouse in Crest.
The Crest Community Association is planning to mark the occasion with a commemorative event that will bring the community together to share their experience, thank those who helped Crest get back on its feet, and to learn how to be more prepared for any natural disaster.
October 23, 2013 (Borrego Springs) – Dori Holladay’s 48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival is October 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and October 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event, renamed in honor of Dori Holladay (1937-2013), fondly called the Grand Dame of Borrego Springs will be anything but dry with a weekend filled with family entertainment.
The free festival features a music festival parade, artists, arts & crafts and food booths, and beer garden. There will even be a carnival for the little ones.
By Miriam Raftery
October 18, 2013 (Ramona) – At the Tournament of the Phoenix in Poway this weekend, Ramona resident Jeffrey Hedgecock is one of six competitors from around the world vying for glory in a global jousting competition. These armored competitors joust with real weapons—unlike the mock battles at Renaissance fairs. The action takes place October 18-20 at the Poway Rodeo Grounds.
“This is an honest competition, a true competition. It’s not staged; it’s not fake,” noted Hedgecock, who makes his living as an armor maker and has won several international competitions, most recently in France. The Tournament features medieval sporting competitions as well as a living history encampment, vendors, food and more.
By Miriam Raftery
October 19, 2013 (Jamul) – SoCal Parrot, the only local nonprofit which rescues wild parrots in our region, invites the public to “Picnic with the Parrots” on October 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the SoCal Parrot Sanctuary and Garden, 3621 Hidden Ridge Road in Jamul.
Activities include tours, wild parrot aviary viewing, meet the SoCal parrot ambassadors, a petting zoo, koi pond feeding, harvest festival and pumpkin carving. A silent auction and raffles will also be held. The event also features guest speakers. Box lunches can be purchased or bring your own picnic. The event costs $15 per adult, $10 per child, or $40 per family.
October 17, 2013 (La Mesa)--On Friday, October 25 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., the City of La Mesa will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market.
The weekly market, held at La Mesa Civic Center, has become a Friday gathering place for La Mesans and East County residents. The celebration will include all the usual market amenities, plus a live DJ, free face-painting for kids, a booth decorating contest for vendors, and prize raffles. Shoppers will receive free 20th Anniversary shopping bags while supplies last and the City will also unveil new street banners featuring a special 20th Anniversary logo. The City of La Mesa invites citizens and visitors from throughout the region to join in celebrating this milestone.
The 2013 Pumpkin Express returns at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo This is the tenth annual Great Pumpkin event at the Museum.
Travel to the Great Pumpkin's Pumpkin Patch and tour the Haunted Train, where kids will pick out their own pumpkin and decorate it in the display building.
These trains are very popular and seating is limited, so reservations are required. Trains depart Saturdays and Sundays in October at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m, and 2:30 p.m.
October 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County ) -- The Third Annual Family Friendly Halloween Spooktacular will be presented by renowned storytellers Cynthia Griffin and Mary Holma from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park Amphitheater. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and each child will receive a bag of Halloween treats.
October 16, 2013 (Alpine) – The San Diego Business Associates presents Fall Festival October 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Albertsons Parking Lot, 2955 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. This free family friendly event will benefit The Heights Charter School. Come out and enjoy children’s entertainment & games, silent auction, food and local merchants.
October 12, 2013 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy’s Once in a Blue Moon Dinner and Auction will take place October 20 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Hazy Meadow Ranch, 15466 El Monte Road, Lakeside. Discover the beauty of El Monte valley while enjoying live entertainment, sipping cocktails and eating Santa Maria Style barbeque.
October 12, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine firefighters will be holding their 20th Annual Open House on October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine. It will be a fun day for the whole family with Fire K9 Pyro, Smokey the Bear, McGruff the crime dog and Sparky the fire dog. The kids can enjoy face painting, balloons and a snake display. Child I.D. and fingerprinting will be available courtesy of the Kiwanis Club. There will also be food, fire displays, free gifts and raffles.
October 12, 2013 (Palomar) -- Palomar Mountain State Park' invites the public to its 3rd Annual "Apple Festival", Sunday October 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to the park for this fun and educational occasion.
The Park has apple trees planted by homesteading pioneers over 100 years ago--and they're still producing delicious apples to this day. Come spend the day at the Park to enjoy food, love folk music, square dancing, games, arts and crafts with an apple harvest theme.
Dorcas E. Utter Butterfly Pavilion and diverse plant sale at Water Conservation Garden
October 11, 2013 (Rancho San Diego) -- Considering fall and winter as prime gardening months would be scoffed at in many parts of the United States, but not in San Diego, with its Mediterranean climate characterized by mild-to-cool wet winters, and warm-to-hot dry summers. The Fall Planstravaganza!, held at the Water Conservation Garden from 9am-4pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013, helps San Diegans make the most of the region’s fall-to-spring planting season and save water while they do it.
The Fourth Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival will take place on Sunday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Troy Street between Bancroft Avenue and Central Avenue, Initiated by the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce and Cali Comfort Restaurant, the goal of the festival is to raise money youth sports programs in Spring Valley.
El Cajon's Fire Safety Expo Is October 12
October 6, 2013 (El Cajon) -- It’s all about safety at the annual El Cajon Fire Safety Expo on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 100 E. Lexington Avenue. This event celebrates Fire Prevention Week and brings to the community a wide variety of safety and health information.
Meet firefighters and police officers from the City of El Cajon and see Police & Fire K-9 demonstrations. Kiwanis Club of East San Diego County will be giving away free kids safety helmets (while supplies last), and Home Depot is back with their children’s safety workshop. See over 40 exhibits addressing important issues such as fire safety, disaster preparedness from the Office of Emergency Services and Heartland Fire & Rescue.
October 4, 2013 (Lakeside) – To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Cedar Fire the Lakeside Chamber is hosting a “Beans, Beers & Business Fair” at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds on October 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to this free event featuring a craft beer garden, great food and vendor booths. The chili tastings will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with live entertainment throughout.
October 3, 2013 (Alpine) – On Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, join Restoration Ecologist Scott McMillan of AECOM as the environmental consulting firm begins its initial effort to restore our very own populations of the rare and endangered San Diego Thornmint at Wright's Field in Alpine. During this walk, he will introduce our group to this tiny member of the mint family, which is a federally listed endangered plant that only grows in San Diego County.
For those interested in getting more involved, McMillan and BCLT will be recruiting volunteers for more hands-on restoration of the Thornmint populations over the next few years. Learn more about the thornmint and how you can help out at this event. Group parks and meets at Joan MacQueen Middle School - 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine. Sponsored by: Back Country Land Trust. Full calendar of events for Fall 2013 is available at www.bclt.org.
September 28, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s Oktoberfest October 4-6 will feature a variety of musical entertainment, from an authentic German band to classic rock and roll. Scroll down for a schedule of events. You can also view a video provided by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Community Spectrum about the event at http://bcove.me/gbaks5ge.
If you attend, be sure to stop by East County Magazine’s booth outside All Things Bright and British to say hello!
Sept. 30, 2013 (Julian) – Get spooked on a hayride complete with embellished accounts of early miners at The Julian Mining Company, 4444 Hwy 78, Julian. The rides will be departing at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on October 18 – 19 & 25 -26.
You need to arrive a 1/2 hour before your ride begins. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, coffee and hot apple cider while you wait.
September 30, 2013 (Santee) – The 4th Annual Santee Car Show and BBQ Festival is October 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mission Gorge Rd. and Riverview Parkway in Santee. Come see over 200 cars and trucks, motorcycles, hot rods, race cars vehicles. The Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association will also be represented.
September 30, 2013 (La Mesa) – A wide variety of hand-crafted, fairly traded items will be available at a La Mesa gift faire scheduled for October 13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 7710 El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa. Visitors can savor samples of Fair Trade certified ice cream, (Ben and Jerry’s) and coffee while perusing gift items such as hand made baskets, jewelry, clothing accessories, and an abundance of gift items. Also available for purchase will be Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, tea, bananas and soda.
Here is an opportunity to join the many thousands of today’s consumers who are inspired to add “socially responsible” to their shopping list. To purchase a Fair Trade certified product is to make a difference. The designation signifies that artisans and farmers in the poorest areas of the world have received fair, livable wages for their product or ingredients. In addition, certain standards must be met in the production process. These include protecting the environment, building economic sustainability, and providing opportunities for education and health care for families. Young children are protected from forced labor.
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