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East County Events

A MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBER

By Miriam Raftery

Photos:  Norm Case examines Civil War drum played at the Battle of Shiloh  (photo, left) by his ancestor, Philo L. Case (photo, right)

 

May 28, 2017 (Ramona)--Philo Case, a drummer in the Union Army, played the long roll that called troops to arms during the battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Civil War.  This Memorial Day weekend, his drum is on display at Hatfield Creek Winery in Ramona at 2 p.m. each day. 

Norm Case, Philo's descendent, shared the amazing history handed down through his family -- a tale that includes not only Civil War stories, but also a mystery involving another branch of his family tree that includes the niece of John Wilkes Booth.  Case says she's told him her family has kept a secret for generations--claiming her uncle came to Yakima, Washington and asked that his presence be kept secret -- after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

SANGRIA CONTEST: SAVORING THE START OF A “SUMMER OF WINE” IN RAMONA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jacques Sapier serves up a glass of peach and cherry sangria

 

May 28, 2017 (Ramona) – What better way to start off summertime than sipping sangrias on a stone patio in the noontime sun?  At Vineyard Grant James, a sangria contest  began Friday and continues through Monday for Memorial Day reason. 

Savor three tasty options – peach cherry, lemonade or a red wine and jalapeño based sangria—and then vote for your favorite.  Glimpsing the jarful of ballots, the votes appeared split between all three of these creative choices, which went well with a delightful  locally made cheese that we savored as well.

SUPERSTARS ON-STAGE JULY 7-8 AT SYCUAN: TRIBUTES TO TINA TURNER, ROD STEWART, WHITNEY HOUSTON AND ELVIS

 

East County News Service

May 27, 2017 (Sycuan) – Superstars On Stage will be performing at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close theatre on July 7 and 8.”Incredible costumes, choreography and the best  tribute artists in the world recreate the magical, on-stage performances of some of the biggest stars to ever grace the stage,” a press release from Sycuan states.  Tribute artists appearing as Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston and Elvis perform their greatest hits in this high-energy Las Vegas style production show.

LAMPLIGHTERS 80TH ANNIVERSARY GALA JUNE 11

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2017 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters has been entertaining La Mesa and its surrounding communities since 1937.  On Sunday, June 11, they're inviting you to celebrate their 80th anniversary with a gala from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Women's Club.

137 OUTDOOR MOVIES IN 22 COUNTY PARKS: SEASON STARTS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Pack some popcorn and gather up family and friends for Summer Movies in the Park. The fun, family-friendly – and free! – series officially kicks off this season with “Moana” at Waterfront Park on Friday, May 26. Many showings coming up are at parks in East County, starting with a showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in Dos Picos Park in Ramona on  Saturday, May 27.

SAVE A LIFE: CPR AND AED CETIFICATION CLASS JUNE 10 IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2017 (Alpine) -- Would you know how to respond if your child stopped breathing or someone you love had a heart attack? The Alpine Woman's Club is hosting CPR & AED Certification Class on Saturday June 10th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at  The Town Hall , 2156 Alpine Blvd.

WINERIES TO KICK OFF RAMONA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY SUMMER OF WINE

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2017 (Ramona) -- Winery members of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) will kick off the Ramona Valley Wine Country Summer of Wine with extended tasting days and/or unique experiences and tasting opportunities over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 26-JUNE 23

UPDATE:  BOARS AND BREW HAS BEEN CANCELLED

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

May 23, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a catfish opener at Santee Lakes this Memorial Day weekend,  Ramona Valley Wine Country’s Summer of Wine kick-off events, the Coyote Band in an outdoor concert in downtown El Cajon,  the Baja Blues Boys live in Ramona and open ranch  day at the Oasis Camel Dairy.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including the La Mesa Flag Day parade,  Fly Days at the Gillespie Field Café,  Family Day at the Van Ommering Dairy in Lakeside, Lavender Day at Summers Past Farm, Boars and Brew at the Lakeside River Park, the Julian Dance, Fido Fest, a Taste of La Mesa,  summer concerts in  Santee, Father’s Day adventures, a Julian Blues Fest, and the Secret Life of Pets at Santee Lakes featuring a movie plus close encounters with animal ambassadors from around the world. 

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

A MOO-VING EXPERIENCE: FAMILY DAY AT VAN OMMERING DAIRY IN LAKESIDE JUNE 3

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2017 (Lakeside) – June is National Dairy Month. To celebrate, Van Ommering Dairy/Oma’s Pumpkin Patch in Lakeside invites you to celebrate during Family Day at the Dairy on Saturday, June 3 with tours, ice cream and use of play activities from slides and swings to a petting zoo.

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY IN LEMON GROVE JUNE 13 AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO JUNE 20

 

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May 20, 2017 (Lemon Grove and Rancho San Diego) -- Community outreach is a priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  “Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff,” a press release states.

"FIRE OPS 101" WITH HEARTLAND FIRE JUNE 17

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – What’s it like to be a firefighter?  Find out on June 17th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heartland Fire Training Facility, 1301 North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon. “Fire Ops 101,“ a fire ground-operations orientation for civilians including elected  officials and media representatives, will include actually suiting up in firefighter protective clothing, donning self-contained breathing apparatus and actually going inside a real fire to experience firsthand the environment in which firefighters work.

HEARTLAND COIN CLUB PRESENTS SUMMER COIN SHOW JUNE 3 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2017 (Santee) -- The Heartland Coin Club presents the Heartland Summer Coin Show on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Santee.  Learn how to start your own coin collection, or add new coins to your existing collection.  You’ll find  plenty of U.S. and foreign coins, antique coins, and currency—plus dealers will be present to buy, sell and appraise coins.

9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 12 HAS DOZENS OF TASTING OPTIONS

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to taste foods and beverages from dozens of local restaurants at the ninth annual “Taste of La Mesa” being held on Monday, June12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

SHOW YOUR MILITARY APPRECIATION AT COUNTY PARKS

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Celebrate Military Appreciation Month with two patriotic events at County parks.

First, gather up family and friends for a Salute to Military Families at Lake Morena on Saturday, May 20. The festivities are hosted by County Parks in partnership with VALOR, the County’s employee resource group for veterans.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN MAY 21

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will host its second Customer Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The winners of the 2017 Landscape Contest will be recognized.

WALK FOR CANCER THIS WEEKEND IN SPRING VALLEY AND CELEBRATE WITH FIREWORKS

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2017 (Spring Valley) – Calling all walkers! You’re invited to get on track and take turns walking for 24 hours, since cancer never sleeps. It’s all part of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life team event to fight cancer this Saturday and Sunday, May 21, starting at 9 a.m. each day at Monte Vista High School’s football field, 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd. in Spring Valley.

SYCUAN CASINO ANNOUNCES THE 2017 SUMMER OF SYCUAN CONCERT SERIES

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Sycuan Casino is pleased to announce this year’s Summer of Sycuan concert series. Kicking off the summer series is world-famous drummer Sheila E. performing at Sycuan on Friday, June 9. Multi-platinum music group Bell Biv DeVoe will follow with three shows on consecutive nights, June 26, 27 and 28.

GROSSMONT PLAY REVIEW: TAMING OF THE SHREW--SHAKESPEARE IN A BREWERY, MAY 18-20

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewersdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance writer Splash Magazine

May 18, 2017, (La Mesa) - A fresh look at the old master. The Taming of the Shrew was one of Shakespeare's first plays. Director Brian Richel envisioned the play taking place in a brewery. I’m not quite sure it added anything to the story for me. But the play itself does work.

BIKE TO WORK DAY IS THURSDAY, MAY 18

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Registration is now open for “Bike to Work Day!” Join thousands of San Diegans and cycle to work on Thursday, May 18.

Biking to work is a great way to save money, get fit, and be environmentally friendly.  Register for Bike to Work Day and log bike trips to be automatically entered to win one of many great prizes. 

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE MEETING ON PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

 

East County News Service

 

May 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 24. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 19 - JUNE 18

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s Destination East County includes La Mesa Rocks, the Manzanita Rendezvous, Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest, El Cajon’s America on Main Street, Explore Mission Trails Day, a Wild in the Country Casino Real benefit, and the Grip It and Rip It Golf Tournament.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a production of Into the Woods, , open house at the Oasis Camel Dairy, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, Fly Days at Gillespie Field, the annual Julian Dance and Barbecue, Fido Fest in Santee, Lavender Days at Summers Past Farms, Sundays at Six Concerts in LA Mesa, Night Fishing at Santee Lakes, the Julian Blues Fest,  Santee Summer Concerts, a Father’s Day Brunch with Cowboy Jack, and a Father’s Day adventure at Fort Cross in Julian filled with rugged, manly experiences! 

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

FREE HANDS-ON ATV SAFETY TRAINING OFFERED AT THE GOLDEN ACORN TRAINING SITE DURING ATV SAFETY WEEK JUNE 2-11

 

Source: ATV Safety Institute

May 12, 2017 (Campo) -- This summer, June 2 - 11, the ATV Safety Institute will be hosting ATV Safety Week throughout the country. ASI is working with certified Instructor Jim Rue who has volunteered to provide free hands-on ATV RiderCourse training in Campo at the Golden Acorn Training Site on June 3 & 10 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at 1800 Golden Acorn Way in Campo.

WILD IN THE COUNTRY: CASINO ROYALE AT THE RANCH MAY 20 BENEFITS LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (Alpine) -- "Casino Royale at the Ranch" at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine will be Saturday, May 20 from 3-7 p.m.  Besides exotic cats and bears, this event will have entertainment for the whole family, featuring the 2017 Funniest Person in San Diego winner James Schrader, and the “most exciting Elvis-themed entertainment on the planet” James Kruk, plus The Big Boss Men.  

LA MESA PARK & RECREATION FOUNDATION ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – MAY 19

 

Source: City of La Mesa

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation will hold its annual “La Mesa Rocks!” event to benefit local La Mesa parks on May 19. The proceeds from this event provide FREE family activities such as summer concerts, movies in the park, science days and recreational events for kids.  The Foundation is currently raising funds to renovate playgrounds at Vista La Mesa, Collier and La Mesita parks.

SUNDAYS AT SIX: FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to come out and enjoy the line-up of local bands at La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free summer concert series each Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 11-July 23.

MOWING DOWN AIR POLLUTION: LAWN MOWER AND GAS-POWERED GARDENING TOOLS EXCHANGE THIS SATURDAY

 

Exchange will feature dual-battery mowers, price reductions on rechargeable chainsaws, hedge clippers and string trimmers

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (San Diego) - The County will host its 18th annual lawn mower exchange this Saturday, May 13th at Qualcomm Stadium.  Doors open at 6 a.m.; the event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. County Supervisor Ron Roberts, pollution control officers, recyclers, Electric Vehicle display sponsored by SDG&E and hundreds of San Diegans lined up with gasoline powered lawnmowers and gardening equipment to be exchanged for new rechargeable mode equipment.

JOURNALIST AMY GOODMAN, HOST OF DEMOCRACY NOW! IN SAN DIEGO MAY 16

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (San Diego) — Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the nationally syndicated Democracy Now! radio show, will speak and sign her book, Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America at a benefit for KNSJ Radio and Activist San Diego on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Paul’s Cathedral Episcopal, 2728 Sixth Ave in San Diego from 7-9 p.m.   Cost is $20 at the door t $16 in advance through Evenbrite.com; see “Amy Speaks to SD.”

ENTER THE FOREST IN CASA DE ORO: INTO THE WOODS RUNS MAY 11-13 WITH JUNIOR CAST, SENIOR CAST MAY 25-JUNE 3

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance writer Splash Magazine

May 12, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Not everything is black and white. If you have never had the opportunity to watch Into the Woods, it can be complex and difficult to follow. The more I see it, the more I love it. For some reason, it's one of those shows that resonates with me. Perhaps the show points out we are not on out path in life alone.

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