This year, the Luau was moved to the late afternoon early evening hours to beat the summer heat. And what a grand idea it was, as people flocked to the Western Luau, hosted by the Chapel of the Hills Methodist Church, in Descanso, CA. The evening atmosphere offered a retreat, while guests enjoyed a pit barbecue prepared by the church’s men’s club, music by Just Friends, and authentic island dancing by the famouns Tan-gun Finau family.
Barona Band of Mission Indians held their 42nd Pow Wow
Tue September 18, 2012 12:07am
The Barona Band of Mission Indians held their 42nd Pow Wow this past weekend, from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2. Hundreds gathered to commemorate and renew their heritage by immersing themselves in the old ways. Powwow Princess Karina Okuniewicz was present, and the special contests included: Men’s Fancy Dance, and Hand Drum Contest.
There was also gourd dancing, followed by The Grand Entry.
The heritage of San Diego has roots that are far deeper than the Hispanic roots that we often see in Old Town. The oldest documented culture in the San Diego area is the San Diego Paleo-Indian culture, and their history here dates back to about 10,000 B. C. making the Sycuan people and their ancestors residency about 3,000 years. This means that these Native Americans were walking on this ground and living in this area before the Egyptians built the famous pyramids.
The last concert of the season brought Alpine out to enjoy “The King of Rock and Roll”. Elite Elvis, performed by James Kruk touched the hearts and souls of every concert attendee at the park. His charisma was felt by every lady present, and even the men reveled the reminiscence of Elvis in his prime.
This is the second time Elite Elvis has been a part of the Summer Concerts, and at this last concert, Kruk joined the crowd, danced with the audience and even sang to Carmen Lewis, who turned 99 this year.
A great way to end the summer holiday is to throw the biggest bash in the community! On Labor Day Sunday, after the 10:00 mass, Our Lady of Light Catholic Church celebrates with a deep pit barbeque that rivals none other.
Cars 4 a Cause came crusing into Alpine to benefit Relay for Life. About 30 cars were arranged all around Alpine Elementary’s parking lot to help the American Cancer Society. This is their first big car show for the Alpine Area. Each car was buffed up and shining in the bright sun, attracting strollers to appreciate the tender loving care that went into each vehicle.
For the second year, the Alpine Fest has kicked off to benefit the Warrior Foundation and the Freedom Station of San Diego. This year on September 8, the Alpine Community Center Park began filling up at 11:00 a.m. with vendors, band equipment and people who were gathering to make this event the success that it was.
The opening ceremonies began at 11:00 a.m. Food and beverage service began at noon, with the Kiwanis Cook Shack who served over 200 meals.
Sunday’s Summer Concert at the Alpine Community Center Park, performed by Cool Fever kept the crowd on their toes. The Kiwanis were there with their cook shack, providing a tasty dinner for anyone who wanted a fresh burger with accoutrements.