Through Jan. 4: Enjoy Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink at Viejas Outlet Center.’ The Viejas Outlets ice rink, which is larger than the world-famous Rockefeller Square rink, has quickly grown to become one the most popular holiday traditions in Southern California, with more than 33,000 visitors lacing up their skates on the nearly 10,000 square foot rink last season. There is reduced pricing for groups, seniors and military. There’s also reduced pricing through December 5 if you bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Viejas Holiday Toy Drive, which benefits the local Salvation Army. For more information on Viejas ice rink hours, prices and other information, call (619) 659-2070 or visit http://viejas.com/ice-rink.
Dec. 5: The 19th Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. The free Snow Festival at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road includes a real snow hill, lighting of the Alpine Community Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, family activities, vendors, crafters and more. The Parade of Lights is open to anyone who decorates an entry with holiday lights for the annual holiday extravaganza. Thousands of people from throughout the region come to see the glowing march in the foothills. Floats, trucks, cars, lawn mowers, bicycles, pets and anything else trimmed with glowing holiday lights are welcome to be in the parade. No registration or fees are required.
The parade lineup starts at 6 p.m., at the five-way stoplight in the center of town on West Victoria Drive at Alpine Boulevard. The short march down Alpine Boulevard starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at the Snow Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Alpine Creek Town Center.
Some Snow Festival vendor and crafter spaces are still available at $50 for members or $75 for non-members. For more information or to reserve vendor or crafters’ spaces, call the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at (619) 445-2722, or email Chamber.Kelly@att.net.
Participating Alpine Creek Town Center merchants will be offering special sales and discounts!
For more information, visit www.AlpineCreekCenter.com or www.AlpineChamber.com.
Dec. 6: Breakfast with Santa, 8 - 11 a.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. Tickets are $15 per person for non-members, $12 per person for members of the Community Center. Reservations required. (619) 445-7330.
Dec. 6: 16th Annual Lakeside Spirit of Christmas, 4 - 8 p.m. on Maine Avenue (between Parkside and Laurel) in Lakeside. This free family event will include a community tree lighting, visits from Santa, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food,music and entertainment by local bands & schools. For more information visit www.lakesidechamber.org or call (619) 561-1031.
Dec. 6: Lakeside Historical Society 26th Annual Holiday Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donation $15 adults $7.50 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Lakeside Historical Society, 9906 Maine Avenue, Lakeside Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at home on tour day. Call (619) 561-1886 for more information.
Dec. 7: Performance of the children’s musical, "Unplugged Christmas" will be performed by the Kidz Klub Players at First Presbyterian of El Cajon, Sunday, Dec. 7 at 12 noon. It will be a fun musical time with music and refreshments in Richardson Hall and there is no charge. 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon, CA 92020. For further information call 619-442-2583
Dec. 13: Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Academy Auditorium School Lane, (next to the new library), Lemon Grove. Proceeds to benefit: SILG Lemon Grove Holiday Giving, he Lemon Grove Food Bank and programs to improve the lives of women and girls. For more information, contact JoAnne Burke at: (619) 469-7350 or Gloria Ferreira at (619) 466-3699.
Dec. 13: Christmas Home Tour Event. The Tour is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; plenty of time to prepare for decorating. The Woman’s Club is looking for at least three more homes. Homes must be decorated for the holidays. Docents will be in the homes during the tour and can provide booties to wear while walking through the homes. If you are open to offering your home and do not like to decorate, the Woman’s Club can get a group together to decorate your home for you. So far we have given away $99,000 in scholarships thanks to this fundraiser. Contact Carlette Anderson at (619) 438-4829 or email email@example.com
Wednesdays: Santee Farmer’s Market from 3 to 7 p.m. on Pathways Church parking lot, 9638 Carlton Hills Blvd., Santee.
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.
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 Moonlight Serenade Orchestra plays for dining and dancing every Thursday 7-9:30 p.m. $10 Cover Charge at the El Cajon Elks Lodge, 1400 East Washington Ave. Take 1-8 to the 2nd street exit in El Cajon & go south www.themso.com
Fridays: Read a Book, Write a
Book For Elementary Students at Lakeside Library, 3:30 p.m.
Every Thursday: 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.
Sundays: Julian Certified Farmers Market, every Sunday through the end of October. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Julian Branch Library/High School Parking area. Contact Karen Johnston for more information - firstname.lastname@example.orgSundays: Julian Doves & Desperados (weather permitting) 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.: Historic comedy skits located at the stage area between Cabbages & Kings and the Julian Market & Deli. For more information contact Krisie at (760) 765-1857.
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.
Through Oct. 2014: To celebrate the history of sports on the Barona Indian Reservation, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum recently opened a new exhibition entitled Sports: The Competitive Spirit at Barona. The exhibit, on display this October through 2014, features Native American sports heroes from around the country as well as from the Barona Indian Reservation. Admission is free.
The exhibition explores the stories of generations of Native American athletes who have played and excelled at sports. A retrospective from the early 1900s to 2013 reveals the Tribe’s deep devotion to sports and highlights famous Native American athletes from the past and present. The retrospective features 1912 Olympic gold medalist and football legend Jim Thorpe who is considered by many to be the greatest athlete of the 20th century, professional football great Pete Calac, 1964 Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mills and PGA Golfer Notah Begay, whose President’s Cup ring is on display. The San Diego History Center has also loaned photos of Major League Baseball’s first Native American star John Tortes "Chief" Meyers.
"The Barona Band of Mission Indians has a rich history of participating in competitive sports that is deeply rooted in tradition," said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "In the early days, the local Tribes competed against each other in almost all team sports, but especially baseball and softball. Having the best Tribal team was an honor and earned you a level of respect back in those days."
Things have changed a lot since the early days but sports are still an important part of life at Barona. The Tribe continues to encourage youth to be active and participate in athletics though Inter Tribal Sports (ITS), an organization that also figures prominently in the exhibition.
Created a decade ago to unify Tribal youth and Tribal communities through structured athletic programs, ITS began as a grassroots effort and has grown to include more than 3,000 youth from 22 Tribal communities. It currently reaches out to 1,000 youth annually. In addition to keeping youth active in four age divisions in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer and other sports, ITS also offers a variety of enriching and educational programs including cultural gatherings, sports camps and leadership activities.
Continued Chairman LaChappa, "Many great athletes have come from Barona and Inter Tribal Sports is one program that is helping to keep that tradition alive for future generations."
A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the people of Barona, and includes a display honoring the Chairman’s son, Matt LaChappa, who was a San Diego Padres second round draft pick in 1993 and Tribal member Pat Curo, currently a Barona Museum language teacher, who played against NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton while in high school.
"Almost everyone at Barona plays some kind of sport," said the exhibit curator Cheryl Hinton of the Barona Cultural Center & Museum. "There are so many wonderful stories about the competitive spirit of Barona Tribal members, including Chairman LaChappa, who was an avid athlete and played football for Long Beach State University."
More than 200 photos of Tribal members playing sports and a digital roster of all Tribal athletes are showcased. Additional items on loan from Tribal members include a 100 year old lacrosse stick from the family of Barona Tribal member Willie Cruz, a 70 year old shinny stick made by former Tribal Chairman Bob Quitac from the Welch family Collection, and an ancient stone ball.
The Barona Cultural Center & Museum is located on the Barona Indian Reservation at 1095 Barona Road in Lakeside just one mile north of the Barona Resort & Casino. It is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (619) 443-1003 ext. 219 or visit www.baronamuseum.org.