Aug. 5-Sept.12: A Tip of the Hat: 50 years of the Cowboy Artists of America at the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center. Cowboy Art from some of the members of the Cowboy Artists of America, the oldest and most respected association of this genre in the United States. The Museum will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary with an amazing show, featuring seldom seen works from private collections.
This is a unique opportunity to view these works. Some of the artists are; Howard Terpning, Tom Ryan, Martin Grelle, John Coleman, Frank McCarthy, Roy Anderson and John Moyers to name just a few.
The Museum is planning an old time "hootenanny" for the Reception. The reception is on Saturday, Aug. 8 and starts at 5 p.m. and will showcase the exhibit, a special BBQ dinner, and a cowboy balladeer to entertain our guests. A silent auction featuring one of a kind works and special edition prints will help raise money for the programs at the Museum. Please contact the Museum for more information.Tickets are available at the Museum for $40 each or two for $70. Space is limited, guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early.
Tickets can be purchased on line at www.bonitahistoricalsociety.org. For information about the Opening Reception and Fundraiser call the Bonita Museum at (619) 267-5141 or email us at email@example.com.
Aug. 7: Free summer movie at Renett Park. Bring a picnic and come out for a Summer, Friday, Aug. 7, featuring Wreck It Ralph! The El Cajon Recreation Department will be offering this free summer movie at Renette Park beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic and enjoy pre-event activities at 6 p.m. Renette Park is located at 935 Emerald Avenue in El Cajon. For information, call (619) 441-1678.
Aug. 13: Help children in the East County as Stoney’s Kids holds its annual fundraiser and celebrates Mr. Stoney’s 90th birthday! Reserve your tickets now for the Thursday, Aug. 13 fundraiser. This event, benefitting East County youth, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sycuan Resort, at 3007 Dehesa Road, in El Cajon. Advance tickets are $25 per person, $35 at the door, which includes dinner and birthday cake. In addition, enjoy great raffle prizes, live and silent auction items. Visit www.stoneyskids.org for more information.
Aug. 15: The 38th Annual St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s Haute with Heart Fashion Show "I Love Fashion" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel, located at 1 Park Boulevard in San Diego. The Haute with Heart Fashion Show highlights professional models, members of the community and St. Madeleine’s, dressed in the latest fashions on the runway. This event also features fabulous boutique shopping, live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings, and a heartwarming performance from the Center’s performing arts students.
Proceeds raised benefit the unique programs St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center offers to over 400 adults with developmental disabilities (e.g. autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy). To contribute to the success of our 38th Annual Fashion Show, please consider becoming a Table Captain or Underwriter. Your commitment and support is greatly appreciated! Registration, silent auction and boutique shopping open at 10 a.m. For more information or tickets, please visit www.stmsc.org, or call (619) 442-5129, ext. 115.
Sept. 3: The public is invited to attend the "Invitational Art Show" at the Wieghorst Museum now through September 3. Enjoy beautiful artwork by local artists, such as: Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Joe Garcia, Jack Jordan, Mehl Lawson, Chris Mummert, Mark Martensen, James Kermott and Carlos Castrejon. General museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Wieghorst Museum is located at 131 Rea Avenue. For more information, call (619) 590-3431.
Sept. 18: Golfers - register now for this fun event! The 17th Annual All Fore R.E.C. Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction, is Friday, Sept. 18, at Sycuan Golf Resort, 3007 Dehesa Road. Check-in is at 10 a.m. and the Shotgun Start is at 12 p.m. A box lunch is included, and then a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. This event is presented by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department and Crest Kiwanis Club. All proceeds directly support activities that develop youth and provide positive choices through youth activity scholarships, youth sports, recreation classes and after-school programs. To register online for golf and/or dinner, please visit www.elcajonrec.org. For more information or sponsorship, call (619) 441-1673.
Sept. 25: The 31st Annual Gala Fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of East County Arts, Inc., promises to be a fun filled evening that will take you on a nostalgic adventure across the United States. The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Community Center starting at 6 p.m.
This year’s theme, "Celebrating Americana" promises a trip down memory lane with: Your favorite childhood culinary delights by Cupids Catering; Music by Dave Magown for your listening and dancing pleasure; Vocal entertainment by a barbershop quartet, an a cappella trio and more; Additional entertainment by country western and jazz dancers, and a patriotic tribute to the military.
There will be a silent auction with many extraordinary items as well as other opportunities to win wonderful prizes.
Friend of East County Arts, Inc. is a philanthropic 501c(3) organization of over 100 members volunteering time and energy to further the growth and development of audiences for the visual and performing arts and artists in Greater East San Diego County. To date, Friends has contributed more than $780,000 to arts-based programs in the community.
Seating will be limited. Tickets for the event are $85 per person.
Corporate sponsorship is welcomed at various levels. Additional information and tickets may be obtained at our website www.friendsofecarts.org or by calling (619) (619) 820-6686. Oct. 24: Alpine Stagecoach Lions Inaugural Trick or Treat Halloween Dog Show. Fun for the whole family. Dress up your dog and bring him/her to the show. Costume contest, prizes & trophies, vendors, food and fun! Dog Show starts at 1 p.m. but the fun begins at 10 a.m. at Summer’s Past Farms, 15602 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021. There is a pumpkin patch there for the kids to pick out their pumpkins! Net proceeds from this event go directly to purchase a seeing eye service dog for someone in need. Vendors, participants & sponsors needed. Call (619) 445-4613 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit alpinelions.org
Nov. 21: 69th Annual Mother Goose Parade. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday and the theme is “Super Heroes!” Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Ballantyne and Main Street and end at the bridge just south of Parkway Plaza. Mother Goose is still in search of girls, 9th through 12th grade, to participate in the Miss Mother Goose Coronation. Girls who are eligible will ride in the float on Mother Goose Parade day, and will participate in numberous events throughout the year. For more information on the Queen and her Court, call (619) 729-4762 or email email@example.com. For more information on the parade, visit www.mgpelcajon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.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 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.