March 28: The Alpine American Legion Post 258 presents “The Red, White & Blue Poker Run.” Check in 8:30 am. Poker Run starts at 10 a.m. It will start at 3328 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901. The Poker Run will travel to other local veteran posts. Twenty dollars includes poker hand & lunch, $7 for a meal ticket and $10 additional poker hand. The first 100 entries will receive dash plaques. There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Cash prizes for the best three poker hands. All vehicles are welcome… bikes, cars, trucks. For more info email email@example.com or call (619) 445-2221. The event is sponsored by San Diego Barns & Buildings. Help support your local Alpine American Veterans!
March 28: Gardening Nutrition workshop at the Fletcher Hills Library, located at 576 Garfield Avenue, El Cajon at 2 p.m. Are you an avid gardener or even a wanna-be gardener? Learn how to optimize your garden yield, compost, vermicompost, and phytochemicals from you herbs and vegetables and more! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get out doors and into your garden. For more information about the program, contact library staff at (619) 466-1132, or visithttp://www.sdcl.org.
March 28: Come learn how to choose the right gourd and design it to attract local birds. You will learn where birds like to make their nests as well as what will have them coming back year after year. After class you will take home your one-of-a-kind hand-crafted birdhouse and wait for a family to move in! The class will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, located at 131 Rea Avenue, in El Cajon. The cost of the class is $45. For more information, or to register, call (619) 590-3431. March 30 - April 4: Get EGG-CITED at Parkway Plaza with the Easter Bunny hops in for photo opps on Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bunny Garden in the Sears Court, Parkway Plaza, 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. Please understand that the Easter Bunny will be taking short carrot breaks throughout the day. For more information, call (619) 579-9932.
April 2: Attracting Humming Birds & Butterflies to your Garden. Master Gardener Marcia Van Loy will discuss the joys of growing a bird, hummingbird & butterfly friendly garden. She will lead you through the steps to create a beautiful, healthy & thriving nature wonderland. Discussed will be benefits to your garden, the types of plants & habitat that provide food sources and shelter, supplementing nesting materials and ways to keep the environment safe for these creatures. Reference material will also be provided. Event is at the Crest Library, 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon at 4 p.m. For more information call (619) 442-7083 or visit www.mastergardenerssandiego.org/index.php
April 4: Spring Harp Fest XVI, starring World Famous Kim Wilson, featuring Dane Terry, Billy Watson, Bubba McCoy, Lance Diekmann, Chet Cannon, Zachary Cole, Troy Sandow, Big John Atkinson, Steve Bulger & 145 St. Band, Harmonica John Frazer, Unknown Players Jam. Spring Harp Fest will be held from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, La Mesa. Suggested Donation $10 Proceeds benefit BLUESD’S Blues In The Schools Program. Visit www.Springharpfest.org for more information.
April 4: Special Art Exhibit at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum - The Olaf Wieghorst Museum presents “Landscapes of the West II” art show at their museum located at 131 Rea Avenue in Downtown El Cajon. The artwork of over thirty artists will be on display now through April 4. For more information, visit www.wieghorstmuseum.org or call (619) 590-3431. April 4, 8 & 20: Volunteer with Voices for Children and be the voice for a child. Voices for Children provides more than one-third of local foster children in San Diego County with the caring support of a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). But there are many more that still need a CASA to speak on their behalf – in the courtroom, classroom, and community – to ensure their needs are met. Our information session event provides the community with an opportunity to learn more about Voices for Children and the CASA program. Session dates include: 4/4 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 4/8 9:30 - 11 a.m. and 4/20 6 - 7:30 p.m. Contact: JaimeM@speakupnow.org or 858.598.2230 for more information or to register for information session
April 5: Alpine Kiwanis will host its 61st Annual Easter Breakfast on April 5, from 7 to 11:30 am, at the Alpine Elementary School, 1850 Alpine Boulevard, in Alpine. Youngsters can dye eggs, decorate cookies, hunt for plastic eggs filled with rewards and hang out with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs and more—all while benefitting local charities and events sponsored by Kiwanis. Tickets are available for a $5 donation for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to www.alpinekiwanis.org.
April 8: Arts Theater stage into a fairy tale setting replete with a royal kingdom, an evil witch and a brave hero who saves the day – along with the life of a beautiful princess. During the tale of good versus evil, the audience will be treated to an extravaganza of hand-sewn traditional costumes, along with the music and dance of past eras of the Middle and Far East. Recorded music and an English narration of Arabic instructor Aklas Sheai’s script will accompany the 50 performers, all students or counseling office staff, during the production’s three scenes. Theatergoers can also sample food from a local Middle Eastern eatery during the first half hour of the 12:30-2 p.m. event. The event is free and open to the public. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information, go towww.cuyamaca.edu or call (619) 660-4000.
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 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 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: email@example.com. 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.
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 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, please call (619) 441-1762.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Thursdays: 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.
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: Read a Book, Write a Book For Elementary Students at Lakeside Library, 3:30 p.m.
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.