Best of East County

The Best of East County

“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” ACROBATIC TROUPE TO HOLD SHOWS AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

 

Story, photos and video by Miriam Raftery

 

June 30, 2011 (San Pasqual)--A talented troupe of Tanzanian acrobats is the newest attraction at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, performing Saturdays starting this weekend through late August.  

 
“We started in East Africa. We are all from the same village,” Konde Kalema, a member of the troupe, told East County Magazine. “We started when we were little, in school, watching Chinese acrobats and combining the Chinese arts with African traditions.”

ACCESSIBLE CABINS OPEN AT DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK

 

Donated Dwellings Expand Camping Options at Scenic Ramona Getaway

 


June 9, 2011 (Ramona) --County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined County staff and a local nonprofit donor Thursday to unveil two new cabins the public can now reserve at Dos Picos Regional Park in Ramona.The 200-square-foot cabins are designed to accommodate disabled users and the general public. They were donated by Cabins by the Lake, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to establishing accessible cabins around the region.

NATURE AND TRAILS DELIGHT AT OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK

 

  

June 7, 2011 (Otay Valley) -- Horseback riders, hikers, bikers, and families enjoyed nature and exhibits at Otay Valley Regional Park’s first-ever parkwide community event on Saturday.“Discover Otay Valley Regional Park,” held on National Trails Day, was designed to introduce the public to the South Bay park’s natural beauty and its 8.2-mile trail system. 

RAMONA GRASSLANDS PRESERVE’S FIRST TRAIL OPENS TODAY

Four-Mile Trail Allows the Public to Experience the Disappearing Western Landscape


 

June 3, 2011 (Ramona)--Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the County Parks and Recreation Department and community and wildlife partners will open a four-mile trail in the Ramona Grasslands Preserve at 10 a.m. today, marking the first time the public has been able to experience the unique County preserve along a trail.

FIREFIGHTERS STAGE DRILL AT EX-BLOCKBUSTER SITE IN CASA DE ORO

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2011 (East County) -- A multi-company/ multi-agency drill hosted by the San Miguel  Fire District was held yesterday, givingEast County fire agencies an opportunity to work together to improve mutual-aid responses. The event included agencies such as CALFIRE, Sycuan, and San Diego Rural  Fire, giving them a rare opportunity to participate in a commercial structure drill.

 

 

WHAT A RIDE! CROWD TURNS OUT FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM IN CAMPO



Guests savored fare served up by Chefs de Cuisine & S.D. County Vintners Associations;

Tough-to-build line was once called the “impossible railroad”



April 18, 2011 (Campo) – More than 400 fans of fine foods, winetasting and vintage trains turned out on April 2nd at the“Chef’s Fire Up the Iron Horse” celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. Guests learned the colorful lore of San Diego's own railway line, rode the rails--and savored some memorable wining and dining.

 

Chefs de Cuisuine carved up up a whole roast pig as well as other mouth-watering dishes served up at seafood, barbecue and dessert stations. Owners of local wineries poured a generous array of samples at the San Diego County Vintners Association table. Other sponsors included Ballast Point Brewery, Café Calabria, and Viejas.

GOLF GUIDE: MT. WOODSON COURSE IS SCENIC AND CHALLENGING

 

Story and photos by Jeremy Los

 

April 5, 2011 (Ramona) -- Nestled in the mountains of Ramona, Mt. Woodson golf course offers up picturesque views, as well as a challenging layout. Seen as one of the county’s more visually appealing golf courses, Mt. Woodson golf course carries plenty of bite to coincide with the beautiful scenery.

 

NEW ATTRACTIONS TRANSFORM SWEETWATER REGIONAL PARK IN BONITA

 

Reservations Now Open for New Campground; Splash Park Invites Kids to Play

March 11, 2011 (Bonita)--County Supervisor Greg Cox joined County Parks and Recreation staff and community members Friday to celebrate the grand opening of over $10 million in additions to Sweetwater Regional Park’s Summit Campground and Eastview Park. Reservations opened Friday for the park’s new 63-spot Summit Campground.

“This has become the crown jewel in the County Parks system with something here for every San Diegan,” Supervisor Cox said. “If you want to get away and enjoy nature without traveling far, Sweetwater is perfect.”

DESERT IN BLOOM: ACTIVITES FLOWER IN ANZA BORREGO WITH TOURS & MORE STARTING THIS WEEKEND

March 9, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) -- The rains have come and gone, leaving fresh air and sunshine to blanket the majesty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Anza-Borrego Desert Park Foundation invites you to spring into action with activities to fulfill your sense of wonder and appreciation for the park.

 

AHOY! FLOATING CABINS DEBUT AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 1

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
 

March 7, 2011 (Santee) –Golden lights glowed from the interiors of floating and waterfront cabins at Santee Lakes--cozy havens which will soon be accommodating overnight guests. I took a sneak-preview stroll along Lake 7 at twilight—witnessing the transformation from daytime to nightfall in the campground.

 

A BLUEBIRD'S DAY FOR PLAY ON MOUNT LAGUNA

 

By Billy Ortiz 

 

February 22, 2011 (Laguna Mountain)-- Laguna Mountain was a winter wonderland on February 21, 2011. More than a foot of snow fell from last weeks storm, bringing thousands of visitors to play in the snow on a "bluebird" Presidents day in the East County of San Diego, to use a ski term for a day of blue, sunny skies after a snowfall. 

My grandsons and I took a short drive from El Cajon to Laguna Mountain today.  What a sight! After leaving I-8 east,  we wound up the Sunrise Highway in anticipation, where we were greeted by thick blankets of snow covering the tall pine and oak trees and meadows.

PICTURE-PERFECT: PRESIDENT’S DAY ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

 

“The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2011 (Palomar Mountain) –President Theodore Roosevelt, the great conservationist who founded our national park system, once observed, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.”

 

Roosevelt would have been enchanted by the pristine beauty of Palomar Mountain, blanketed in a foot of snow this President’s Day. No doubt he would also feel melancholy to learn that Palomar State Park is among those state parks under consideration for possible closure due to the state's budget gap.  For now, however, visitors frolick in the powdery snow, most blissfully oblivious that the park's fate hangs in the balance.

 

LA MESA RESIDENT SEEKS TO REVIVE CITY’S SILENT MOVIE HERITAGE FOR CENTENNIAL

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

February 13, 2011 (La Mesa) – One hundred years ago, the Flying A silent movie studio opened its doors in downtown La Mesa. The studio produced over 150 silent films in 1911 and 1912, including some shot in La Mesa, other East County locations, and San Diego.

  

WARNER SPRINGS RANCH COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH PALA PURCHASE

 

Story and photos by Ariele Johannson

 

January 4, 2010 (Warner Springs)--For historic Warner Springs Ranch, time seems circular as its past echoes for a return. In keeping with a Native American trend to buy back ancestral land, the Pala Band of Mission Indians is purchasing its former homeland, Warner Springs Ranch.

 

VALLEY CENTER’S HERITAGE TRAIL OFFICIALY OPENS


Landscaped 2.5-mile Trail Welcomes Pedestrians, Cyclists, Equestrians

December 23, 2010 (Valley Center)--The 2.5-mile Heritage Trail alongside Valley Center Road officially opened earlier this month with a celebratory ceremony that included a trailhead plaque dedication to the late Brendan McNabb, a County Public Works project manager who played a key role in the trail’s development.

THE CAT’S MEOW: CHEETAH CUB OPEN HIS EYES AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

 

November 24, 2010 (San Pasqual Valley)--Kiburi, a 10-day-old cheetah cub, opened his eyes today (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010) at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Animal Care Center. He took in the world, gobbled down a bottle, played for a little while, and then went back fast asleep in the window of the nursery. 

SPRING VALLEY'S HISTORIC BANCROFT ROCK HOUSE GETS MAKEOVER


Changes Enhance Historic Charm

 

November 17, 2010 (Spring Valley)--The public is invited to come glimpse what life was like for San Diego pioneers in the 1800s. Yesterday, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation officially opened the newly restored Bancroft Rock House in Spring Valley.

 

HORSING AROUND IN EAST COUNTY: NEW HORSE CAMP HAS SUCCESSFUL OPENING


East County News Service

October 23, 2010 (Sacred Rocks) -- The inaugural horse camp experience launched October 15-17 at Sacred Rocks Horse Camp, with several participants and many horses visiting for a complementary weekend. “Riding, sitting around the campfire telling tales, and the Saturday night barbeque brought to mind the lifestyle of the old west when time seemed meaningless while folks were enjoying their days,” said Sharon Courmousis, owner of Scared Rocks Reserve and the new Sacred Rocks Horse Camp.

OH DEER! JULIAN BACKCOUNTRY TRIP HAS DELIGHTS IN STORE

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
 

October 1, 2010 (Julian) –If you’re heading up to the Julian Apple Festival this weekend, you’ll find plenty of sights to see along the way.

 

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