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26th Annual Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

Thousands of house and garden plants, landscape design consultations, butterfly releases, museum tours and more are on tap when the Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival returns to the Cuyamaca College campus for its 26th year on April 27.

Several thousand visitors from throughout the region and beyond are expected to visit the college, which houses The Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum, and all three have planned an array of family friendly events. Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego will provide free, narrated rides to and from the garden, the museum and the college, and the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Department will hold its largest plant sale of the year.


Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon, CA 92019
Saturday, April 27th ~ 9 AM – 3 PM






  • 10 AM- The Reel West: Another Side to Cowboy Action Films Take a trail less followed through the Old West of the silver screen. We will take a look at the kings and movie legends, and some you might remember. Presented by Dr. Dave Roberts.
  • 11 AM- Docent Tour Tag along on a docent-led tour of the Museum and learn more about our past.
  • 11:30 AM- Children’s Reading of  Lil’ Kitter Kat by the author Join in the story of Kitter Kat read by the author David Todd on the patio.
  • 12 PM- Docent Tour Tag along on a docent-led tour of the Museum and learn more about our past.
  • 1 PM- Fire Making Demonstration Learn how Native Americans made fire in an demonstration by Fred Thompson.
  • 2 PM- Raffle Winners Announcement Join us as we announce the winners of our Dream Drawing. (Need not be present to win)


St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center 18th Annual Morning Glory Brunch – April 27, 2019

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, will hold its 18th Morning Glory Brunch on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The brunch will be hosted at SMSC’s Garden and Aquatics Center, located at 2119 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019.

The Morning Glory Brunch will feature an afternoon of bites, beverage tastings, live music, the signature Frog Race with $3,500 in cash prizes and more. This year, Chris Hinman will serve as the event’s Honorary Chair, The Alexander & Eva Nemeth Foundation, Inc. will be the Honoree, and Steve Hamann will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Food and beverage vendors during the event will include Bekker’s Catering, Bivouac Ciderworks, Curiosity Catering, Granite Lion Cellars, Hacienda Casa Blanca, Coffee Ambassador, San Pasqual Winery, Jackie’s Jams, Lolita’s Mexican Food, Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant, Jamul Brewing Company, Amore Cheesecake, Cupid’s Catering, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more. Boutique vendors include Satori Designs, Be Boutique, Designs by Eileen, Sophie’s Garden, Sophie’s Gallery, Unchained Ideas and Purses and Accessories by Dianna Thomas.

The spirited event will feature a live cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Josef Felts of Green Dragon Tavern and Museum as well as musical entertainment from Jason Weber and The Heroes. Guests can also enjoy SMSC’s signature Frog Race during the event and participate by purchasing plastic frogs to enter in the race. Prices for race entry are $50 for a single frog, $100 for three frogs and $150 for a family of five frogs, with a $2,000 prize for 1st Place, $1,000 for 2nd Place and $500 for 3rd Place.

Ticket prices for the Morning Glory Brunch are: $60 per person for general admission, or $200 for the couple’s package which includes two general admissions and a family of 5 frogs. Guests ages six and under are free.

PURCHASE TICKETS & FROGS HERE: http://stmsc.org/2019-morning-glory-brunch-registration/

Sycuan Resort & Casino will serve as the Garden Sponsor for the event. Community Sponsors for the event include Peter & Mary Ellen Ferrantelli, Lundy Insurance Services Inc., The Mansour Group and Redfearn & Associates.


St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures.

Opening Night for Steele Canyon Players Annual Spring Musical “Les Miserables” Coming Up on March 20, 2019

The students of the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments are rehearsing diligently to present their production of the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables. Students have constructed stage sets, set the rigging, adjusted the lights, and are perfecting their cues and musical numbers. The production includes over 130 students in the cast, crew and orchestra. According to Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Music Director, Heather Luck, Steele Canyon High School musicals are unique as they are the only school in the area to perform with live orchestral accompaniment.

It is under one week until opening night: Wednesday, March 20th at 7 PM. The show’s run continues March 21, 22, & 23 at 7 PM and March 24 at 2 PM.

All performances are in the Steele Canyon High School Theatre, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows are close to selling out so get your tickets soon. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online www.schscougars.org for $10 each, or at the box office on the day of performance for $15 each. Students with I.D., $10 at the door.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean (Jackson Shaffer), released from years of unjust imprisonment, finds only mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption. He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert (Sean Huitt), who does not believe Valjean can be reformed. Valjean aids a struggling working-class woman, Fantine (Rosie Barrack), by becoming a guardian to her child, who is poorly treated by her paid caregivers, the Thénardier’s (Tyler Hicks & Claire Doucet). The play progresses to the Paris student uprising of 1832, led by Enjolras (Ryan Singer), where a young Eponine (Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur) sacrifices everything for the love of a student revolutionary, Marius (Brice Cloke). Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves Marius, who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette (Morgan Feeney Ingraham).

This production is made possible with the generous support of the Tim Abbott Family & the Michael J. Slater Family.


About the Steele Canyon Players & Instrumental Music Department –

Under Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in San Diego County’s high school musical theatre.



Top Musicians from Around the Region Featured in Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series

A wide assortment of musicians ranging from a San Diego mariachi band that has played at the Super Bowl to one of the most in-demand French hornists in the country will be performing in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

All performances, except the Coyote Music Festival, will be held at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The annual Coyote Music Festival will be held at Cuyamaca College’s Grand Lawn.

Tickets are just $5 – the Coyote Music Festival is free – and can be purchased online via the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department’s webpage.

On tap for the Spring Concert Series:

Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Mariachi Real de San Diego. Founded more than four decades ago, this band has established itself as a mariachi leader and has performed in movies, two Super Bowls, a World Series, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and countless festivals and corporate events.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Danny Green Trio. This jazz group whose debut CD won the 2009 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album is led by pianist and composer and Grossmont College music instructor Danny Green. The trio also includes Grossmont College music instructor and jazz bassist extraordinaire Justin Grinnell and the versatile Julien Cantelm on drums.

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band. Under the direction of James Sepulvado, the Cuyamaca College Concert Band makes the first of two appearances in this year’s Spring Concert Series. The band comprises approximately 40 musicians and the group will showcase several standard and contemporary band compositions.

Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
French hornist Joshua Paulus. Paulus performs regularly with almost every major orchestra on the West Coast and is playing this season with the San Diego Symphony as Acting 2nd Horn. This concert, dubbed “Exploring the Fantasie,” includes guests Tina Chong on piano and Marcel Gemperli on viola. This recital explores the genre of musical fantasy by highlighting works written during the middle of the 19th century.

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Kembang Sunda. Led by Cuyamaca College music instructor Amy Hacker, Kembang Sunda is an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble that has performed throughout Southern California since 2007. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments.

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Angham al-Sharq Eastern Melodies Ensemble. Al-Sharq has performed at Cuyamaca College on a number of occasions over the past several years.

Saturday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.
The 11th Annual Coyote Music Festival. This entirely student-run festival provides the community with free music and culminates a semester for students studying music, technology, recording and business.

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Nathan Hubbard Trio. The trio consists of a vibraphone, bass and drum and it uses modular notation, often with each member performing different pieces simultaneously, to create a kaleidoscopic sound where interplay between musicians switches at the turn of a page.

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. Under the direction of Performing Arts Department Chair Taylor Smith, the ensemble will perform music from the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things. Stranger Things soundtracks are composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive.

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Choir. Directed by Paul Infantino, the Cuyamaca College Choir is known for its contemporary and standard choral works both on campus and in the larger East County community.

Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Cuyamaca College Concert Band wraps up this year’s Spring Concert Series with its second performance of the year.

First Tuesday Concert: Leonard Patton and Danny Green – February 5, 2019

Join us for February’s First Tuesday concert at the Rancho San Diego Library on February 5 at 6:30 pm!

This month’s “First Tuesday” is presented by Leonard Patton and Danny Green. Prepare for a wonderful  evening of jazz and much more featuring the rich, smoky voice of Leonard Patton paired with the virtuoso keyboard work of Danny Green.

The Rancho San Diego Library is located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego.