April 11: Sixth Annual Multicultural Family Fiesta at the El Cajon Library from 12 to 3 p.m., at 201 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon. This signature event celebrates the vibrant diversity of the Valley of Opportunity, El Cajon. It will feature performances by the Christ Temple Sanctuary Choir, La Fiesta del Pueblo Ballet Folklorico dancers from the Cajon Valley Middle School, and the award-winning Arabina belly-dancing troupe, as well as a demonstration by the El Cajon Police Department K-9 Unit. The Fiesta marks the kickoff of the San Diego County Library’s observation of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of Books), a nationwide celebration of children’s reading, and includes free books for kids and teens. Refreshments are served, and there are all kinds of activities for children, and adults. “Every year we try to make the Fiesta different, and better than the last year,” says Hildie Kraus, Branch Manager of the El Cajon Library. “This year we’re proud to welcome the Christ Temple Sanctuary Choir for the first time, as well as our favorite performers from past fiestas. If you’ve never checked out this ‘only in El Cajon’ event, come by. We’d love to show you why our library is a real magnet for everyone in our community.” For more information about the annual Multicultural Family Fiesta, contact the El Cajon Library at (619) 588-3718. For additional information on El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Day of the Children/Day of the Books) events taking place at branches throughout April, visit www.sdcl.org/dia.
April 12:The Alpine Woman’s Club’s next monthly luncheon is at 12 noon. The program will center around past Presidents of the Woman’s Club; their adventures and experiences. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, and learning more about the Alpine Woman’s Club, please contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728. The AWC is open to all East County women. We are located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901. Our website is www.alpinewomansclub.org
April 16: Master mime artist David Alberts will perform at the Cuyamaca College Theatre, room B-117, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Alberts, the author of Pantomime: Elements and Exercises and Talking About Mime: An Illustrated Guide, is currently a theatre instructor in the Performing Arts Department at Cuyamaca College. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe over the past 40 years, and also has worked as a director, producer, author, actor and playwright.The April 16 program will consist of a `greatest hits’ from Alberts’ 40-year career as a solo mime performer. The performance, part of the Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series, is not appropriate for small children and is recommended for ages 12 and up. General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for students and seniors are $5. Free parking is available in the student lots. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, Rancho San Diego, 92019. For further information, visit cuyamaca.edu/performingarts, or call (619) 660-4288.
April 16: Grossmont Hospital Foundation Hosts “A Day on the Green” for Patient Care. Grossmont Hospital Foundation will host its 31st Annual Invitational Golf Tournament at Sycuan Resort. As East County’s largest charity golf event, the tournament will help raise funds to improve health care for the community by increasing hospital capacity, purchasing new technology and supporting programs at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The Tournament is expected to raise more than $400,000. Title sponsors are EDCO Disposal Corporation and Plum Healthcare Group, LLC. Tickets for the event’s dinner banquet are still available and include a live and silent auction, opportunity drawing and awards ceremony. Golf tournament tickets are sold out. For more information to purchase dinner tickets, please call Bill Navrides at (619) 740-4316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17 - 19: Lakeside 51st Annual Lakeside Rodeo will be held at the El Capitan Stadium Association Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview Steet (one block east of Hwy. 67). The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be present at this year’s rodeo, along with the usual favorites, bull riding, bareback bronc riding, steer roping, barrell racing, tie down roping, team roping and stick horse racing for the youngsters in attendance. Ticket box office will be open April 4 daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased (cash only) at the Boot Barn in El Cajon & Kearny Mesa. For more information, email Tickets@LakesideRodeo.com or call (619) 561-4331.
April 18: 50th Annual Lakeside Western Days Parade. Step off will be at 9:35 a.m. at Woodside and Maine Ave. in Lakeside. For more information visit www.lakesidechamber.org.
April 25: ARCHES Offers Cooking Workshop Let’s Make Super Salads from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alpine Ranch Chiropractic located at 450 Summerhill Court in Alpine. The workshop will be taught by Nancy Teas-Crain, Rd. Join us in a hands-on cooking class to make wholesome salads that can be a hearty addition to a meal or a meal in itself. We will be creating a variety of tasty salads for various occasions. Get ready for those summer picnics. A tabouli salad with feta cheese is perfect for a summer luncheon entrée. For a barbeque, consider a side salad of marinated black-eyed peas and sun-dried tomatoes. We will also be making a delightful twist on the ever-popular coleslaw salad and a pleasing caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato. Learn the secrets to creating homemade salad dressings, which will please your family on a moment’s notice. The class will conclude with a lunch of salads, bread, dessert, and a garden tour. Workshop costs: $35. Because of the hands-on nature of the class participation is limited. To sign-up for the class call Nancy at (619) 733-5016.
April 25: Bonita Museum & Cultural Center. Come see the only team in the U.S. competing in this international challenge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Our San Diego County Spinners will be shearing a sheep, spinning yarn from the fleece, and knitting a completed sweater as fast as they can! This is a fundraiser for Sharp Chula Vista Cancer Center and sales from vendors go to this worthy cause. A fun day for the family, with craft opportunities for children, fiber and dye vendors, and a beautiful Museum to explore. For more information contact: Julie Gay email@example.com. Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita Ca 91902.
April 26: Miss El Cajon Pageant, April 26, is seeking applications - Applications are now being accepted! Young ladies, ages 9 - 22, if you would like to represent the City of El Cajon, then you are encouraged to participate in the 2015 Miss El Cajon Pageant. The pageant is a rewarding experience for all who participate, with the chance to win a scholarship and to serve our community for an entire year. There are no entry fees and you are judged on personal interview, evening gown, onstage question, poise and personality. There is no swimsuit or talent competition. You must be a resident of El Cajon or attend/have graduated from Cuyamaca College or Grossmont College. There will be a pageant orientation in early March 2015. The pageant will be held April 26, 2015 at the Greenfield Middle School auditorium. For more information please call (619) 390-0061. For an application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or you may message the director on Facebook under “Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant.”
April 27; Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is Ready to Rock with Berkley Hart Selis Twang. Eve Selis and Marc Twang join forces with folk circuit mainstays Berkley Hart. Framed by thoughts of home, memories and dreams, using melodies that sound as familiar as those thoughts, their three-part harmonies take the listener from the easy lilt of West Coast country-rock to bluegrass-styled Appalachia. This is their second annual live concert series. The show features two performances, food available, drinks available at no-host bar, 100 plus hands on exhibits throughout the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Rock in the Park is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door. Purchase tickets at the Fleet Ticket counter or online at www.rhfleet.org or call (619) 238-1233 x806.
April 25: Mad Hatter Tea Party 12 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Wonderland character! Follow the White Rabbit to LAVFW Post 1512, 6873 Federal Blvd., Lemon Grove. This is a 1st District Fundraiser (proceeds Dept. Officers Fund). For tickets & lunch reservations call Sandra Reuss at (619) 583-6873.
April 25: Cuyamaca College’s 22nd Annual Spring Garden Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. Free admission and parking. For one day each year, the Rancho San Diego campus of Cuyamaca College transforms into a green mecca, with fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations designed to inspire the gardener in everyone. The event showcases the college’s renowned Ornamental Horticulture program, as well as the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum, both located on the Cuyamaca College campus. More than 50 vendors, craftspeople, and artisans will be offering their wares and services. A host of activities, exhibits, tours, vendors and demonstrations of sustainable gardening and landscaping promise to inform and entertain visitors of all ages. There will also be horticulture seminars throughout the day. More information: http://web2.cuyamaca.edu/springfest/2015/ or call (619) 660-4228
May 2: The Heritage of the Americas Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum will host Craig P. Helm, Sr., certified appraiser and authenticator, who specializes in Native American, pre-Columbian, antique pictures, western memorabilia, and Asian artifacts. The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. Admission to the museum and parking will be free that day. The public is invited to bring in their unusual treasures so Helm can say what they are and what they may be worth. The museum asks for a donation of $5.00 for each multiple of two items that are brought in. Proceeds from the Museum Roadshow will support the nonprofit museum’s educational programs that benefit over 5,000 school children each year from throughout San Diego County. For more information, please call the Heritage of the Americas Museum at619-670-5194. Be sure to check the museum web site for more details: www.Cuyamaca.edu/Museum.
May 2-3: Hundreds of live Monarch butterflies will grace the skies of Alpine as part of the 18th annual Sage & Songbirds celebration set for the first weekend of May. The live butterflies will be released at 12 noon, both Saturday and Sunday, outside of Barons Market in Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road in Alpine. Admission is free, and those attending are encouraged to bring their cameras, to capture those special moments as drifting Monarchs mingle with the crowd. Alpine Creek Town Center, recently recognized for its beautification efforts, is lush with the plants the Monarchs need to complete their life cycle. The butterfly releases are sponsored by Barons Market & Alpine Creek Town Center, and are part of the weekend-long festivities, celebrating Alpine as America’s FIRST Community Wildlife Habitat by declaration of the National Wildlife Federation on May 1, 1998. Also taking place May 1-3, are tours of butterfly-friendly gardens in Alpine. For more information, please contact CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., at 619-445-8352 or visit www.chirp.org.
May 3: Vintage Alpine - A Wine Experience in the Country. This is one of the largest events of its kind in San Diego County. Each year, more than 500 people from all over the southwest attend this event. The event features numerous wineries, offering tastings of 40 plus wines from a variety of appellations. Many of the restaurants in the San Diego area provide foods for sampling, making this a true taste sensation. Event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs. Reserve your tickets now: $60 before Mach 31, $70 after March 31, $80 day of event. Information and tickets are available at: info@VintageAlpine.org, tickets@VintageAlpine.org, www.VintageAlpine.org or contact: Charles Nelson (619) 445-2183, Richard Higgins (619) 672-3861 or Art Armagost at (619) 971-5215. This fund raising event benefits the children of San Diego County.
May 4: The 10th annual Duncan L. Hunter Wounded Marines Golf Classic will tee off at 8 a.m. on Monday, at Cottonwood Golf Course located at 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon. All proceeds from the event will be use to support the patients at the Naval Medical Center San Diego through the Wounded, Injured, and Ill. A decade ago, then Congressman Duncan L. Hunter realized that the patients at the Naval Medical Center San Diego had needs that were not financed by conventional means, so he established a golf event to raise funds for the Wounded, Injured, and Ill program. The owners of the Cottonwood Golf Club; Henry Gamboa, Daryl Idler, and Robert Rodriguez, donate their two 18-hole courses at no cost, The Viejas Tribal Council sponsors the lunch, and Chic-Fil-A provides the morning meal. The Classic has raised over $350,000 and every penny has been and is being expended on the patients. One hundred percent of the entry fee; proceeds from raffle tickets, proceeds from silent and live auction items, cash donations and proceeds from all forms of contribution go to the wounded at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Hunter asked the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, a 501(C)(3), to administer the funds through the Wounded, Injured, and Ill program. Hunter was a 28-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives and is the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He makes a personal appeal for residents to participate in this important endeavor. The entry fee is $99 and includes a round of golf, cart rental, and two meals. Sponsors are asked to participate and merchants may contribute raffle and auction items. Golfers, sponsors and contributors are asked to participate by contacting the golf course or Emailing JoeRBrowning@Hotmail.com, (619) 212-9186.
May 16: ”America on Main Street” in Downtown El Cajon. This patriotic community event is planned to coincide with the nationally recognized Armed Forces Day and celebrates the American spirit through appreciation and respect of the many diverse ethnic and historical groups in the community. Highlights include four stages with live entertainment – including the Parkway Plaza Stage on Main Street, American and ethnic food booths, a chili cook-off, a Ferris wheel, rides, arts, crafts, display booths, a petting zoo, and more. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and located on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. If you would like to be a volunteer, or interested in being a community sponsor, call (619) 441-1762.
May 16: Alpine Woman’s Club Annual Victorian Tea Fundraising event at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. $35. This year’s Victorian Tea promises to be the best ever. The food will be delicious and plentiful; the company delightful, the entertainment both unusual and educational. And who doesn’t love elegant clothing? For reservations contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728.
May 22; Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is Ready to Rock with Steve Poltz. Poltz’ sound is entirely unique--from his inhuman fingerstyle techniques to the inimitable melodies that roll from his guitar like cool waterfalls, you know a Poltz song as soon as you hear it. His show is frenzied, aggressive, hilarious and heartbreakingly sincere. This is their second annual live concert series. The show features two performances, food available, drinks available at no-host bar, 100 plus hands on exhibits throughout the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Rock in the Park is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door. Purchase tickets at the Fleet Ticket counter or online at www.rhfleet.org or call (619) 238-1233 x806. May 23: Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival. Street Fair will be held from10 a.m. to 7 p.m.at Mission Gorge Road at Riverview Parkway, Santee, CA 92071. Chamber Members receive a discounted booth rate at all Chamber events. For more information call the Santee Chamber of Commerce at (619) 449-6572. June 19: Education Day at Airshow San Diego 2015 with a focus on Aviation related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (A-STEM). This “A-STEM” day is presented by Air Group One. There will be no scheduled air show flying on Education Day. Airshow San Diego is located at Gillespie Field, El Cajon. For more information, visit www.ag1caf.org
June 20: Boars and Brew. Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy is introducing their first ever Boars and Brew event. Join the River Park in a beer stroll along the San Diego River from 4 - 8 p.m. (or until the boars and brew run out). The Boars and Brew event will highlight local breweries and traditional BBQ styles. Held along the section of the San Diego River that is managed by Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy, the entry point for the event will be the Channel Road Trail Head in Lakeside, California. The admission ticket will include event entry, beer samples, and food. This will be a 21 years or older event and dogs on leashes are welcome. Our servers have the right to refuse to pour for those who may seem too intoxicated. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit our website at www.BoarsandBrew.weebly.com or contact Christina Deleon, Event Coordinator, at Events@LakesideRiverPark.org or (619) 443-4770. We look forward to toasting clean water with locally crafted beer with our community!
June 20-21: AirShow San Diego is back for its 20th year and the line-up is more exciting than ever! With a P38 and a B25 on the roster and attendance records climbing it is a must-do event for aviation enthusiasts and San Diegans alike. AirShow San Diego commemorates the 70th anniversary of America’s triumph in WWII, and Salutes our Veterans’ devotion and sacrifice in all conflicts since 1945. AirShow San Diego is a once-a-year family event with amazing aircraft, a FREE Kid’s Zone, amusements, rides, education displays, a variety of food and beverages, classic cars, plus a beer garden- insuring a wonderful weekend for all. Mark your calendars now – Saturday June 20 & Sunday June 21 2015. Gates open 9 am to 4 pm at Gillespie Field in El Cajon and parking is only $5. This year’s AirShow San Diego will feature a representative collection of aircraft and acts featuring our show headliner the “23 Skidoo,” a P-38 Lightening that is marked with 9 victories. Many other historic aircraft will be flying and on ground display in addition to a mock battle with pyro. Other attractions include but aren’t limited to: . Mock Dogfight with Pyro . Warbird rides available for purchase . Beer Garden featuring Craft Beers . Classic Cars . Over 70 Static Vintage, Antique, and WWII Aircraft . Over 60 Vendors offering Food, Services & More . Free Kids Zone . Parking only $5! . Enter a Raffle to win a Warbird ride! . Free Shuttle from Gillespie Field Trolley Station (green line) to Main Gate. Located on Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California, Air Group One formed as the “San Diego Squadron” of the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) in 1981. Two years later it was reformed as a CAF Wing and renamed “Air Group One.” Air Group One is a purely volunteer-driven organization. The members and volunteers dedicate their efforts to a variety of local projects, such as the maintenance and restoration of WWII aircraft, memorial flyovers at special events, contribution of museum displays to educate the public, and providing support and presence at Southern California air shows. Air Group One presents monthly member and volunteer gatherings, youth educational events and symposiums as well as annual events, such as the highly-anticipated World War II air show, “AirShow San Diego” formerly Wings Over Gillespie. We invite you to join us to share an interest in history, aviation and community outreach endeavors. www.ag1caf.org August 28-30: El Capitan Class of 1975 Class Reunion. Friday - Reunion mixer 4 -6 p.m. Happy hour at Hilton Olive Lounge. Classmates reminisce 7-10 p.m. (California suite). Satiurday: Coffee and donuts (California Suite 9-11 a.m. 40th Classroom Reunion Party Terrazza Ballroom 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Sunday: Picnic lunch 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bring your own blanket or towel to sit on). Call today and get your reservations or find out more information at (619) 443-3599.
ONGOING Camp at Lake Jennings Park. Bring family and friends for a great time outdoors. Relax in the quiet, cool, restful campground while enjoyng the viewws of the lake and watching the wildlife — deer, owls, osprey and even the occasional eagle. Take a walk along the nature trail and enjoy the wildflowers. Fish from the bank, launch your own boat, or rent a motor boat or paddle boat on weekends. For information and camping reservations, visit www.lakejennings.org or call (619) 390-1623 or email email@example.com.
Free Computer Classes, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon. Self paced, instructor assisted. Learn computer basics and Microsoft Office Programs at the East Count Career Center, 924 E. Main St., El Cajon (619) 590-3950.
Tuesdays: Join our senior community singers (55+) “Memories of Music” for fun and friendship 12:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd, 91942. No auditions. Musical instruments welcome. $2. Contact: Carroll (619) 697-3223.
Wednesdays: Santee Farmer’s Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Pathways Church parking lot, 9608 Carlton Hills Blvd., Santee. Call (619) 449-8427 for more information.
Wednesdays: Music & Motion for Babies, a special time for babies and their favorite grownups to learn and grow together. Lakeside Library, 9639 Vine Street in Lakeside. Classes will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the library desk.
Wednesday: La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (First Wednesday of Every Month). Time-Social hour at 6:30 p.m., Program begins at 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center-4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.
Thursdays: New Home School Loaning Library, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Church of San Diego, 7811 Mission Gorge Rd San Diego CA 92120. For more info, to make a donation or an appointment (619) 583-8200.
The El Cajon Farmers’ Market Every Thursday at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street. Hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. - rain or shine! The Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads and hot prepared food. Also, there are several vendors and live music! For more information, visit www.elcajonfarmersmarket.org.
Fridays: Read a Book, Write a Book For Elementary Students at Lakeside Library, 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays: T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly) Everyone welcome to join! Come and learn a healthy way to take off and keep off pounds.. Meetings held every Thursday from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church 9908 Channel Road, Lakeside. The meetings keep you accountable and give support for a positive lifestyle change.
Fridays: Teen Music Shop: Musicians, Vocalists & Songwriters Welcome at Ramona Library, 3 p.m.
Fridays: La Mesa Farmers Market 3 to 6 p.m. in Allison Ave. parking lot, East of Spring Street.
Sundays: Rancho San Diego Farmers Market! We have a new location, new day and new hours! Now all we need is the support of our community! Join us in helping spread the word about this great local community event. Our market provides a wonderful opportunity for customers to buy their fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs direct from the farm! We also have delicious cookies, oils, hot foods, lotions and so much more. The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market will operate on the Valhalla High School, located at 1725 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA 92019. Look for us at the corner of Chase Avenue and Hillsdale Road in Rancho San Diego! The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is not your typical Farmers Market! In addition to helping local entrepreneurs, your attendance and purchases help eradicate poverty both locally and globally. The Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is managed entirely by Charity World volunteers and 100% of our vendor fees go towards Charity World programs (after paying for market permitting and logistical costs). Charity World is a small, volunteer led 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation, founded in El Cajon. Our programs provide food, clothing, shelter, health and education services to individuals living in poverty.