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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE JULIAN WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL MAY 17-19: ORGANIZERS SHARE INSIGHTS, PREVIEWS
April 29, 2013 (Julian)--Following last year’s success, Julian’s 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, benefiting Volcan Mountain Foundation, returns May 17 – 19, 2013. This year's festival features an expanded program of 44 new films, almost 12 hours of unrepeated screening time broken into 9 sessions from Friday evening to Sunday evening.
The weekend is packed full of entertainment to delight audiences of all ages, as well as other activities ranging from wine-tasting to a hike up Volcan Mountain to a party with dancing and live music for festival attendees.
By Janis Mork
May 11, 2013 (El Cajon)- Last month, the 20th Annual Spring Garden Festival took place around Cuyamaca College and the Water Conservation Garden. Kids and parents got an up-close look at chickens, bees, bountiful gardens and much more during this free event. The theme centered on “Urban Farms and Gardens.”
This year, the festival had experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping, and vegetable gardening, as well as garden professionals, a plant sale, animal encounters for kids, live music, nature-oriented craft items for sale, and many free lectures and presentations throughout the day.
May 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- The 11th Annual Explore Mission Trails Day is May 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (most of the events will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.) at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. The celebration highlights everything Mission Trails has to offer and features events throughout the park, including free guided nature walks, talks and programs. There will even be live animals and special programs for children.
May 4, 2013 (Valley Center) – Celebrate Mother’s Day with a lunch at Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center, on May 12 at 12:00 p.m. Enjoy a delicious menu in a beautiful countryside setting. Menu items include: warm baked brie with Lavender Caramel Sauce, Lavender infused rice pilaf, chicken served with a port demi smoked bacon glaze, classic roast beef au jus, tiramisu and caramel apple pie, to name just a few.
May 8, 2013 (Lakeside) – Internationally renowned horseman Chris Irwin is bringing his inspirational message on Horse Sense to Mountain View Ranch, 15665 El Monte Rd., Lakeside for a special one day clinic. Irwin, a best-selling author, specializes in teaching communication skills for people with horses. People learn to use horse body language to become better leaders and communicators, to be “the better horse”.
May 4, 2013 (Valley Center) – Keys Creek Lavender Farm is celebrating opening season with English High Tea on May 17 at 2:00 p.m. The catered tea is served by courses and plated at table. The menu includes Lemon Lavender Scones, Chicken Watercress sandwiches and Raspberry Cream Pavlovas, to name just a few.
May 4, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s been a long haul, but KNSJ has finally got the green light to bring you people-powered radio, a radio station by the people and for the people. A crew of five people went up Monument Peak to mount the custom-built, $15,000 antenna atop a tower.
Now you’re invited to join in celebration at a fun-draiser including dinner and comedy show on Wednesday, May 22 at Haritna Middle Eastern Restaurant in La Mesa. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a live comedy show at 7:30—all for $18.
By Miriam Raftery
May 3, 2013 (El Cajon)—Now through the end of summer, you can enjoy free concerts and discounts on fine dining every Friday night in downtown El Cajon. Downtown El Cajon business partners presents Dinner and a Concert, featuring new band performing live each week on the Prescott Promenade from 6-8 p.m.
The schedule of performers is as follows:
By Ali McCall
April 12, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--Spend a cool afternoon jammin’ to some blues that won’t “tax” your wallet at the free Jacumba Blues Fest on Saturday, May 4 in Jacumba Hot Springs.
The festival, sponsored by the Jacumba Arts Council, runs from 12-8 p.m. at Highland Community Center on Olde Highway 80. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy food as well as cold, non-alcoholic beverages while you listen to some “smokin’ blues,” organizers suggest.
By Miriam Raftery
May 3, 2013 (Ramona) – Ramona is planning a "humdinger" of a celebration. On May 4 and 5, the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest will culminate nine days of musical celebration in Ramona at the Ramona Rodeo grounds. This year, in addition to live music, the festivities will also include a focus on Old West history including an encampment with mountain men, cowboys and Civil War era characters. Visitors can enjoy music workshops, fireside storytelling, dancing, and break-out jam sessions.
Some bands and musicians will lead music workshops ranging from fiddle and mandolin to musical harmony. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their instruments and play along in this unique learning experience.
Musical entertainers include:
May 2, 2013 (Alpine)-- On May 3-5, the 16th annual CHIRP Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour will take place, as well as the Sage & Songbirds Festival at the Viejas Outlet Centers in Alpine.
The garden tour will feature home gardens that are bird and butterfly friendly, as well as a bonus site: a raptor rehabilitation facility featuring eagles, hawks and more. A plant sale is also included.
The free festival at Viejas Outlet Centers features activities and events including daily butterfly releases, caterpillar races, and more. Scroll down for additional details.
May 2, 2013 (Lake Moreno) -- History comes alive for the next two weeks at a pre-1840 North American fur trade encampment in East County. It's all part of the 20th annual Manzanita High Mountain Rendezvous.
Celebration Aims to Get 100,000 to Support Fair Trade
May 1, 2013 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego Fair Trade will hold a Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 11 in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. N. Americans will gather from May 4-19, to invite friends, coworkers and neighbors to participate in Fair Trade activities for World Fair Trade Day, the largest Fair Trade event of the year. Participants will support trade justice and celebrate the producers, businesses and advocates who practice Fair Trade.
By Miriam Raftery
April 28, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—Cuyamaca College hosts its 5th annual Coyote Music Festival from 12-5 p.m. on May 4, featuring nine bands/solo artists on two stages showcasing their original music compositions.
Performers will take stage on the grand lawn on campus at 900 Rancho San Diegio Parkway in El Cajon. Genres at this event, which has free admission, include acoustic, rock, and folk by these talented home-grown songwriters.
The music festival is produced by students in the Music Industry Seminar class. You’ll find plenty of shade and free parking. For details and directions, see: www.coyotemusicfest.com . Scroll down to see the complete line-up.
San Diego’s only exotic animal rescue facility celebrates 10 years of saving lives
April 18, 2013 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB), the Alpine non-profit exotic animal sanctuary celebrating 10 years of saving lives this year, is hosting its annual Wild in the Country Gala on May 4, 2013 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. The event, open to the public, will feature a silent and live auction; live entertainment; catered food; a live music performance by Lisa Sanders; visits with the big cats, bears and animals in Animal Encounters and fun for the whole family.
March 26, 2013 (Jacumba) – From wildflowers to waterfalls, the Jacumba Hikers have announced a variety of unique hiking destinations for their outings this spring. Scroll down for a list of hikes and descriptions of hikes set for April and May.
To view flyer with details, including difficulty/accessibility of hikes, click here.
April 30, 2013 (La Mesa)—Emmy award-wining comedian Russ T. Nailz, known for his apperances on TV and radio, will headline Brew Ha Ha’s comedy show Wednesday, May 1. The fun starts with a mixer at 6, followed by showtime from 7:30-9 p.m. at Haritna, 7303 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa.
There is no cover charge and no drink minimum. Mediterranean food is available at the restaurant, which was voted #1 in San Diego by A-List.
Some adult language; 13 and up admitted with adult. Reservations highly recommended.
April 25, 2013 (El Cajon) – In celebration of El Cajon’s Centennial, the El Cajon Historical Society will sponsor a tour of the Historic JPR Hall Ranch House in El Cajon on Saturday, May 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Lemonade and iced tea will be available in the garden. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Reserve space by mailing checks to ECHS, P.O. Box 1973, El Cajon, CA 92022.
This home is rarely open to the public. Proceeds benefit the El Cajon Historical Society.
Below is an excerpt from Bus and Auto Tour of Historical El Cajon by the El Cajon Historical Society. The excerpt describes the Historic JPR Hall Ranch House, which was the focal point of a 60-acre ranch with wheat, hay, an orchard and a vineyard planted by the parents and siblings of W.D. Hall.
April 25, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society will present FILM NIGHT AT LEE on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. Two Emmy Award-winning historical documentaries by Jack Ofield will be accompanied by artifacts from the films.
"Balboa Park: A Living Legend" features original black and white and color footage from the 1915 and 1935 expositions that marked the birth and rejuvenation of the park. The unique beauty and attractions that made the park one of the world's great urban spaces are fondly recalled by eye witnesses to the expositions. The late San Diego Congressman Lionel Van Deerlin narrates the half-hour production.
20TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE MS. SMARTY-PLANTS, GROSSMONT COLLEGE JAZZ COMBO, AND BOOK SIGNINGS AMONG OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT
By Janis Mork
April 24, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)- The 20th annual spring garden festival hosted by the Water Conservation Garden and Cuyamaca College, will be taking place this Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cuyamaca College. This festival includes experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping and vegetable gardening, as well as garden professionals, a plant sale, animal encounters for kids, live music and more.
Elizabeth Ramos, director of marketing and events at the Water Conservation Garden, participated in an exclusive interview with ECM last week to give more details about the garden’s mission and the festival. Listen to a recording of our interview with Ramos here: http://kiwi6.com/file/df12etpwb7. For more details, scroll down.
April 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The public is invited to sample wines from California and the world, as well as enjoy tastings from restaurants throughout the County at Vintage Alpine on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m. The event will be held at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs. Guests can also stroll through the gardens, listen to music and bid on silent auction items.
The event is sponsored by the Alpine Kiwanis Club. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis projects including Bike Rewards for perfect attendance in elementary schools, equipment for youth sports, local scout troops, plus East County Special Olympics Track and Field.
April 12, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—“The Museum’s Five-Choices Dream Raffle is always a hit at the Spring Garden Festival. Because it’s our 20th anniversary, we really went all out this year,” says curator Kathleen Oatsvall at Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College. So the Museum chose five fabulous prizes—one to honor each wing of its museum (natural history, archaeology, anthropology and art) plus the museum gift shop.
Options include a massive amethyst cathedral crystal, pre-Columbian artifacts, a Hopi Kachina and other artifacts dating from after 1492, an oil painting titled “Medicine Horse” by Douglas Weaver, and a gift certificate to the Museum Store.
April 21, 2013 (Santee) – What began eight years ago as Santee’s homegrown observance of Arbor Day and Earth Day has blossomed into an all-day extravaganza named SanTree Fest.
”We named it SanTree Fest because it began as a simple gathering of local families, scout troops and young people to green up our parks with trees,” said Recreation Coordinator Bree Stanley. “While the focus is still on the environment and sustainability, we’ve made it more fun for the entire family.”
This year’s daylong festival will feature more booths, more free activities for children, and more entertainment.
Event is prelude to nine days of music, with Ramona Bluegrass Festival May 4-5 as finale
April 13, 2013 (Ramona)–Sara Petite and a variety of exceptional music artists will rock Dos Picos County Park during the sixth annual Ramona Music Fest on Saturday, April 27. The event will feature headlining acts, well-established performers and exciting local talent. This is the kick-off event for the nine days of music in Ramona, rolling into the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest ending with the Ramona Bluegrass Festival the following weekend.
Among those set to appear on two stages are the Combos, HarryJoe Reynolds, Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band, the Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, and Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio. Musical styles will include ska, rock, Americana, rockabilly, blues, jazz and bluegrass.
April 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Cajon Classic Cruise series starts early this year, with opening night April 24. The cruise nights will continue each Wednesday through September 25, featuring more than 200 specialty, classic and unique cars gathering at Main and Magnolia in Downtown El Cajon.
The Cajon Classic Cruise will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will feature a weekly theme. Visitors can view the best theme cars, enjoy dinner and drink specials from local restaurants, play in bounce houses for the kids, and enjoy street vendors peddling delights including kettle corn and hot dogs.
Annual event has become one of the largest community events in East County
April 11, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--With farmer’s markets, community gardens and urban farming growing ever popular among the health- and conservation-minded in East County, it’s no wonder the Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College has become such a major draw.
This year’s festival on Saturday, April 27, marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which began in 1993 as the Urban Forest Field Day, an outreach activity for arboriculture students to demonstrate what they’ve learned. The free festival has grown to become a showcase event for the college’s entire ornamental horticulture program, as well as the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the co-sponsoring Water Conservation Garden, both located on the Rancho San Diego campus. With the addition of local artisans, vendors, kid-friendly activities, and a variety of plant and garden societies, the festival now attracts about 7,000 visitors annually.
GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETIES’- AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE ON SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 20, IN EL CAJON
By Caprice Harrison
April 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – The German American Societies of San Diego, in friendship with the countries of: Poland, Japan, Italy, Greece, Holland and Germany are collaborating to bring the community a special evening of international food and entertainment.
This Saturday, April 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the public can experience a night of folk dance performances, dance to the music of the Red Baron Band and enjoy a delicious international dinner buffet. Guests can also delight in watching the “Kindertanzgruppe,” children’s dance group at 7:30 p.m.
April 18, 2013 (Lakeside) –For nearly half a century, Lakeside has celebrated its cowboy heritage with the annual rodeo and Western Days Parade.
This year, the parade rolls out on April 20 at 9:35 a.m. along Woodside and Maine Avenue . The Lakeside Rodeo will be held April 19-21 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
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