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East County Events

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.

"CHANSONS DE NOEL" PRESENTED BY THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA DEC. 4

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present a very special 15th anniversary holiday concert on Sunday,  December 4 from 3 to 5 p .m.  at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego).  This East County-based, 70-voice chorus and 48-piece symphony orchestra uses outstanding San Diego area vocal soloists, performing in a venue with marvelous acoustics to audiences of up to 1,200.

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

 

Update: Hear our interview with Paige Rogowski, Executive Director of the Anza Borrego Foundation and Diana Lindsey,  past president of the Foundation and historian for Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Listen now by clicking the audio link above.

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.

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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.

FALL IN LOVE: DOGS AND CATS FOR HALF PRICE THIS WEEKEND AT COUNTY SHELTERS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- It’s the season to “fall” in love with a warm and fuzzy cat or dog at County Animal Services. It’s offering a “Fall in Love” half-price adoption special on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

As part of a 90-day pilot project, all three of the County’s shelters are open on Sundays, except for holidays. So feel free to stop by between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on either day and you may possibly meet the unconditional love of your life.

SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB HOSTS "SPELLING BEE FOR GROWNUPS"

 

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: Peter Sokoloski

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) – The San Diego Press Club will host its inaugural “Spelling Bee for Grownups” starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, at the San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown San Diego. The public is invited to attend. Cost to compete as a speller is $10 per person. There is no cost to attend and watch.

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!

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR MUSICAL TO ROCK SDSU STAGE DEC. 1-4

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego) -- The pop rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented at San Diego State University’s Don Powell Theater on December 1-4.  Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS HOSTS VETERANS DAY TOWN HALL NOV. 10

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego) - Listen to San Diego Combat Veterans share their experience fighting for our country at a town hall hosted by Congresswoman Susan Davis at the Balboa Park Club at 2144 Pan American Road in San Diego from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. November 10.

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!

SINGIN' FOR SAM: BEST FRIENDS ORGANIZE CONCERT IN THE PARK FUNDRAISER NOV. 11 FOR LOCAL TEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOSARCOMA

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Local teens are determined to help their best friend as she fights bone cancer by organizing a major fundraising event.

Samantha Bodger, 16 years old, who lives in Alpine and is a top student at Granite Hills High School, was diagnosed with High Grade Osteosarcoma in August 2016.  She requires 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and a major surgery to amputate her leg mid-November.

KIDZ DANCE KOMPANY PRESENTS 1968 NOV. 11 AND 12

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Kidz Danz Kompany presents “1968” at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA, 92120) on November 11th-12th, 2016 at 7pm.

Featuring the diverse and multi-cultural Kidz Danz Kompany, this concert reflects on the year 1968 and how it in many ways parallels 2016. Presented will be new works titled “Mama Said”, an homage to the dedication of single motherhood and its struggles, and “KDK/1968/2016”, the definitive work of the evening. Both works are choreographed by Artistic Director Spencer John Powell. These works incorporate music from 1968 and 2016 with some song selections from years in between that complement each work. With costuming by Debbie Sloan of Fusionglass Company, her unique and Avant-garde designs provide a modern visual to the works.

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:

LA MESA CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation is excited to host its first Cornhole Tournament & Family Festival Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 am to 5 pm. at La Mesita Park. The tournament, “Let’s Play!” features a cornhole tournament with two divisions offering cash prizes, craft booths, astro jump, delicious BBQ, beer garden, kids activities and more. Sign up at www.lamesaparks.org

BABYSITTER CLASS IN LA MESA NOV. 19

 

Source: City of La Mesa

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will host a Babysitter Training Class on Saturday,  November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at La Mesa Community Services, 4975  Memorial Drive,  La Mesa. The fun, hands-on class for ages 11-16 helps babysitters become better prepared.  Participants practice infant skills on dolls, learn and practice CPR for infants and children. Topics include babysitter responsibilities, sitter safety,  diapering procedures, recognizing an emergency,  infant and child CPR, and basic first aid.

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.

MIDWAY HISTORIAN TO HOLD FIRESIDE CHAT AT "HISTORY ALIVE" NOV. 3 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The celebrated historian Karl Zingheim of the USS Midway Museum will speak at the next "History Alive" for "A Fireside Chat with Karl Zingheim" on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

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.

EL CAJON COMMUNITY NEEDS FORUM NOV. 15

 

East County News Service

October 28, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The County of San Diego’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) in collaboration with Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and El Cajon Collaborative want to hear from you about the most important issues in your community. An El Cajon Community Needs forum will be held November 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the El Cajon Salvation Army, 1011 East Main Street.

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)

ESCAPE REALITY AND GO INTO THE WOODS WITH GROSSMONT HIGH: SHOW CONTIUNES OCTOBER 28-29 AT 7 P.M.

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associte Reviewer

www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Please support your local high schools. These are the entertainers of the future. High school arts are the building blocks. There is nothing like a full audience to inspire confidence and help them give their best performances.

Into the Woods is a difficult play, especially the lyrical rhythmic songs. Although a play with a large cast is good for high school, I loved watching the cast of 19 come together and give their all to take  us on a journey of life messages. Four fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) blend together to show us how the paths we take through life and the choices we make influence everything we do, and how we may have to return to the same place to learn the right lesson.

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