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Los Peñasquitos Ranch House

12020 Black Mountain Road

San Diego | (858) 484-7504

Arch in the Park

Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.

Join us for a day of archaeology, history and fun at the Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House. Meet Running Grunion, a Kumeyaay Indian, educator, and performer, and see and participate in a real archaeological dig. Adobe tours, storytelling, and many different history exhibits too.

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4S Ranch Sports Park

16118 4S Ranch Parkway

San Diego | (858) 673-3900

Youth Roller Hockey Clinics

Saturdays, October 1 – December 10, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

(10 week session plus playoffs)

Fee: $25

Youth roller hockey Saturdays (ages 5-18), are hosted by volunteer coaches with a passion for teaching young athletes roller hockey. From a beginner to advanced, we have a class to suit your needs.

Adult Roller Hockey League

Mondays, October 3 – December 12, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.

(10 week session plus playoffs)

Fee: $700 a team.

Monday night roller hockey (ages 18+),is designed for less advanced to the slightly skilled players. This league is meant for those who wish to play at a level that is less competitive and wish to better their skills through games. Teams play each other; free agent players welcome.

Adult Roller Hockey League

Tuesdays, October 4 – December 13, 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m.

Fee: $700

Tuesday night roller hockey (ages 18+) is designed for medium to slightly higher-skilled players. This league is for those who wish to improve their skill set. Teams play at a level that is more competitive. Free agents welcome.

Adult Roller Hockey League

Wednesdays, October 5 – December 14, 7 p.m. – 9:45 pm

(10 week session plus playoffs)

TWednesday night roller hockey is for players 30 years and older. This is a recreational league where players from other eagues come to have fun. Skill levels vary and are balanced amongst teams. We encourage players to move teams to help balance out lopsided teams to make the game fair and fun.

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Dos Picos Regional Park

17953 Dos Picos Park Rd.

Ramona | (760) 789-2220

Free Saturday programs meet at the amphitheater. The programs include Jr. Ranger nature explorations, crafts, games, fishing and nighttime nature hikes. Programs may change or cancel without notice depending upon the weather and ranger availability, and the rangers need to have at least 10 people for each program to begin, so bring a friend! For descriptions, click here. Call the ranger station or stop by for times.

Mission Impossible Flashlight

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:45 – 8:15 p.m.

Try to rescue the captured soldiers but don’t get hit with the spotlight! Bring a flashlight and an adult.

Evening programs

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Programs will begin at sunset.

After sunset, join us at the Plymax Theater and watch the evening come to life with a cool computer slide show, music, and check out our live bug cam! All ages welcome; families encouraged.

Snakes ‘n Skins with Ranger Ron

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11–11:30 a.m.

Come see and feel creatures living and non-living! Ranger Ron will break out his animal skin collection and introduce some of the office critters too.

Haunted Trail Hike

Saturdays, October 8, 22, 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A Spirit Guide will lead you on the haunted trail. This time of year, the woods are filled with spirits and creatures, natural and supernatural. Come join us if you dare! Volunteer ghouls and spirit guides needed! Free admission and free parking in the picnic day use parking lot. Meet at the restroom building light.

Night Star Hikes with Ranger Ron

Friday, October 14-Program begins at sunset

Meet at the Ranger’s Office, dress warmly; bring a flashlight and an adult.

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Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

6040 N. Santa Fe Ave.

Vista | (760) 941-1791

Tractor Show

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

$10, Adults; $9, Seniors 65+; $7, Children 6-12; Free, Children under 6

50 acres of all-day fun including working antique farm and construction equipment demonstrations, a scale-model railroad exhibit, a weaving exhibit, and a blacksmithing demonstration. Tractor games for the children, a slow tractor and potato sack rack, train and wagon rides, and threshing demonstrations. There will be a grist mill, farmhouse and school house exhibit. Various vendors along with food, drinks and snacks.

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Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

3218 Summit Meadow Road

Bonita | (619) 472-7572

Native Plant History Walk

Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Take a stroll along the beautiful Sweetwater trails with a ranger and get sweeping views of the Sweetwater Reservoir and the canyons and hills beside it. The walk will be 3 miles with fascinating information about the plants and wildlife that surround you. Meet at the ranger station; bring water and hiking shoes.

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Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve

16281 Sycamore Canyon Road

Poway | (858) 513-4737

More than 10 miles of trails and service roads are open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. Preserve visitors are encouraged to visit our new visitor center, which features live animals and exhibits on Goodan history, the Cedar Fire, the Kumeyaay and the County’s species and habitat conservation program.

Owl Program

Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Ranger Maureen and her owl friends at the Goodan Ranch Visitor Center to see owls up close and personal. Learn all there is to know about these amazing nocturnal raptors and their incredible adaptations. We will have several local native species for guests to see and owl pellets to dissect. Space is limited to 50, so please call (858)513-4737 for reservations.

Star Hike

Saturday, October 28 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join George Varga at the Goodan Ranch Staging Area for a unique and enlightening star gazing hike. Guests will be shown various galaxies, nebulas, clusters and other stars visible with the naked eye while enjoying beautiful Sycamore Canyon at night. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars, sturdy shoes and warm clothes. Space is limited to 30, so please call (858) 513-4737 for reservations.

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William Heise Park

4945 Heise Park Road

Julian | (760) 765-0650

Camp with the stars

Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m.

Join Heise Park staff and the San Diego Astronomers Association in the park meadow with their telescopes to view the stars followed by a “star slideshow” in the amphitheater. This event is open to all ages and families are encouraged to attend.

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Lakeside Community Center

9841 Vine Street

Lakeside | (619) 443-9176

Halloween Carnival

Oct. 31, 5 – 7 p.m.

The annual Halloween Carnival is all about dressing up, having fun and staying safe. Joing us for games, music, food, drinks, a costume contest, and the infamous haunted house. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Lakeside Teen Center/REC Club

9911 Vine St.

Lakeside|(619) 443-4169

Hours: Weekedays, 2-6 p.m.

The Lakeside REC Club demonstrates how to make a positive difference in the lives of youth. Its goal is to provide a safe, fun, and positive environment. The club offers opportunities for middle and high school youth to grow through physical fitness, art expression, leadership development, community service, and educational activities while enhancing self-esteem, communication skills, problem solving, and community involvement.

Outdoor Adventure Program

The Teen Outdoor Adventure Program allows REC Club participants the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through multiple outdoor adventure trips. The program focuses on health and wellness, team building, environmental education, community service, leadership skills, and career development. Each teen is able to see immediate and positive results in the risks they take outdoors. The Outdoor Adventure Program is offered year round.

Watts Cooking Mondays, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Watts cooking is a new spin on the REC Club Healthy Cooking Program. Participants learn to save energy at home by preparing their own meals instead of buying from fast food businesses that use high voltage appliances to prepare the same meal. Weekly activities include taste tests, food preparation, alternative cooking methods and recipe development. Every cooking session concludes with the participants getting to eat what they create. Open to youth ages 10 – 17.

Sk8 Crew Meeting

Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Lakeside REC Club is currently forming a Skate Crew! The goal is to create awareness about skateboarding in Lakeside with a youth voice for the proposed skate park. The group meets on Wednesdays to watch and create skate videos, compete in skate competitions, create concepts for the proposed skate park and take free trips to local skate spots for inspiration. Sk8 Crew public and open to youth ages 10 – 17.

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Spring Valley Community Center

8735 Jamacha Blvd.

Spring Valley| (619) 479-1832

Children’s Universal Language Orchestra

October 24 – December 5 (except Oct. 31), 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fee: $25 per child.

The Spring Valley Children’s Universal Language Orchestra is a collaborative project focusing on creative expression through music and the related arts. Doctoral students from UCSD will share their passion for music and work with groups of elementary school-age children. No prior music experience necessary. Participants will build instruments out of everyday objects, and learn about making music as a group, and collectively create a unique musical performance for the general public. Classes are open to children ages 7-12.

Halloween Festival

Monday, October 31, 5:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.

Spring Valley Community Center is celebrating its 9th Annual Halloween Festival. Tell a friend and join us for a family friendly evening of fun and festivities. Open to all ages and free to the public.

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Spring Valley REC Club

838 Kempton Street

Spring Valley |(619) 667-6835

Hours: M,W,Th, F 2:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1-5 p.m.

The Spring Valley REC Club demonstrates how to make a positive difference in the lives of youth. Its goal is to provide a safe, fun, and positive environment. The club offers opportunities for middle and high school youth to grow through physical fitness, art expression, leadership development, community service, and educational activities while enhancing self-esteem, communication skills, problem solving, and community involvement.

Outdoor Adventure Program

The Teen Outdoor Adventure Program allows REC Club participants the opportunity to experience the great outdoors through multiple outdoor adventure trips. The program focuses on health and wellness, team building, environmental education, community service, leadership skills, and career development. Each teen is able to see immediate and positive results in the risks they take outdoors. The Outdoor Adventure Program is offered year round.

Watts Cooking

Fridays, 2:30– 3:30 p.m.

Watts cooking is a new spin on the REC Club Healthy Cooking Program. Participants learn to save energy at home by preparing their own meals instead of buying from fast food businesses that use high voltage appliances to prepare the same meal. Weekly activities include taste tests, food preparation, alternative cooking methods and recipe development. Every cooking session concludes with the participants getting to eat what they create. Open to youth ages 10 – 17.

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Felicita Park

Clarence Lane and Felicita Road

Escondido | (760) 745-4379

Renaissance Faire

October 29 – 30; November 5 – 6. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ticket prices: $17 for adults; $14 for seniors

(55+); $11 for children (ages 5-11); free for children 4 and under. Active members of the military with valid ID are free.

Step back in time to 1572 with more than 500 re-enactors will staging a renaissance era village complete with knights, gypsies, barbarians, and pixies. Jesters, jugglers and magicians will entertain the crowd on various stages, and armies will clash on the battlefield. Don’t miss the Queen’s procession where she and her court will make their way through the village to her throne.

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Wilderness Gardens Preserve

14209 Highway 76

Pala | (760) 742-1631

Fees: Parking is $3 per vehicle

A Look Back in Time

Saturdays, October 8, 22, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The hike begins in the staging area then proceeds along the main trail at Wilderness Gardens. Before the hike, the Ranger will show visitors around the museum and talk about the first non-native settlers to the area. The hike is easy to moderate. Please bring hiking shoes, drinking water and snacks.

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Vallecito

37349 Great South Stage Rte 1849

Julian | (760) 765-1188

Vallecito Stage Station Tours

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn the role Kit Carson played in the creation of Vallecito. Hear legendary ghost stories about “The Lady in White,” and the “Riderless White Horse.” This event is open to all ages. Meet at the ranger station.

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Whaley House

2482 San Diego Ave.

San Diego| (619) 297-7511

October at the Whaley House

October 21-31, call for times

Save Our Heritage Organization(SOHO), has some spirited fun in store for visitors this Halloween season. Our guided walking tours of Old Town’s haunted sites and after-hour ghost hunts will give guests a time to remember. For more information call (619) 297-7511.

Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

November 1-2, call For times

Join Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), for Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos, a free event with a walking tour of over 30 alters, music, and traditional activities.

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San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

2710 Manchester Ave

Encinitas | (760) 634-3026

Family Discovery Days: Not So Scary Estuary

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 –23, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Meet the nocturnal animals this Halloween season while enjoying fun arts and crafts for the kids. Prowl through our bat cave display, or go trick-or-treating along the loop trail. You’ll learn secrets about native owls, spiders, bats, and other critters that “spirit” the lagoon after sunset and discover they’re not so scary after all.

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Rancho Guajome Adobe

2210 North Santa Fe Avenue

Vista | (760) 724-4082

(760) 940-8260 Gift Shop

Dia de los Muerto at Guajome

Saturday, October 29, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Fee: $2 for adults 13 and older; $1 for children (ages 4-12); free for children under 3.

Celebrate a 3,000 year old tradition when the dead return home to visit loved ones in spirit, feast on their favorite food and drink, and listen to their favorite music. The historic Rancho Guajome Adobe will feature symbolic offerings created by community members to remember the dead and honor ancestors, including food, photography, flowers, candles, and toys.

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Fallbrook Community Center events at La Paloma Elementary School

300 Heald Lane

Fallbrook | (760)728-1671

Fallbrook Health and Fitness Fair

Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the annual health fair and fitness challenge featuring health screenings including glucose testing, cholesterol, vision, blood pressure, dental exams, nutritional counseling, and more! We will offer a variety of exercise including aerobics, cycling, dance, martial arts, tennis, walking, yoga, Zumba, and more! Demonstrations and activities include a BMI test, weigh-ins, and a fitness challenge.

Annual Safe Halloween

Monday, October 31, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

The Annual Safe Halloween is all about dressing up, having fun, and staying safe.Join us for games, music, food, drinks, a costume contest, and the infamous haunted house.

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Lake Morena

2550 Lake Morena Drive

Campo | (619) 579-4101

Fees: Parking is $3 for those not camping at the park

Nature Hike

Saturdays, October 1, 15, 29, 2:30 p.m.

Take a relaxing, easy hike at Lake Morena Regional County Park, located 63 miles east of San Diego on the east slopes of the Laguna Mountains. You will hike and learn about the area’s plants and animals. You will also learn about the history of the lake and the native Kumeyaay Indians who lived in the area for some 12,000 years. The hike will last about one-and-a-half to two hours, and it starts at the ranger’s office. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a wide brim hat, and a pint of water.

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Featured Park: Louis Stelzer Park

11470 Wildcat Canyon Road

Lakeside | (619) 561-0580

Fees: Parking is $3

Stelzer Park includes 310 acres of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub. Birdwatching, hiking and picnicking and family fun with playgrounds, a horseshoe pit and barbeques are some of the many reasons visitors love this park.

Guided Nature Walk

Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us at the ranger station for a 90-minute led walk along a 1 ¾ mile loop trail. This is an easy to moderate hike on an unpaved but well maintained trail. We will travel along an open hillside with views of Stelzer Ridge and Wildcat Canyon, and then return through the shaded Oak and Sycamore-lined trail along Stelzer Creek.

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A Message from SDG&E®

Reduce Your Use Days

Summer's over, but hotter than normal temperatures that often continue into October can, and do, affect the region’s supply and demand for power. That’s where Demand Response (DR) programs come in. These programs aim to reduce electricity demand when that energy is nefeded most.

SDG&E® calls for customers to temporarily reduce their energy use a few times per year, typically during those hottest days. We call these events Reduce Your Use days. When this happens, both residential and commercial customers are asked to reduce their energy consumption by, for example, cycling their central air conditioning units off for a few hours, using lighting sparingly, or maybe holding off on starting a new load of laundry. For those participating in the Summer Saver program (sdge.com/summersaver), there are even financial incentives when you allow SDG&E to cycle your air conditioner on and off during limited hours.

So the next time you hear that it’s a Reduce Your Use day, you can help! Follow these easy steps to lower your energy use:

• Turn your thermostat up a few degrees

• Hold off on running major appliances until after 6pm

• Turn off all unnecessary lights and office equipment

By doing your part to help save energy, you’ll lower your bill and help the region when energy demand is high.

For more ideas on how to save energy, visit www.sdge.com/saveenergy.

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