San Diego County Events for Dec. 14 – 16, 2018

We’re in full-swing with the holidays here in San Diego County — so much to do and see and explore during Christmastime!

San Diego county events this weekendNutcracker at the Civic Theatre

California Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker” at the San Diego Civic Theatre with the San Diego Symphony happening Dec. 14 through 23, 2018.

California Ballet also presents special 60 minute performances for families with very young children. These shows are at 2 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

When: Now until Dec. 23
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $25 – 95
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Noel Noel – San Diego Symphony’s Holiday Concert

The San Diego Symphony invites you to make Copley Symphony Hall your home for the holidays at our annual “Noel Noel” concert. Broadway star Bryonha Marie Parham and choirs will fill the hall with joy in traditional favorites like “Carol of the Bells, ” “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride.” Sing your own heart out with the symphony during the audience-sing-along and visit with the North Pole’s most famous resident!

When: Dec 15, 21 and 22
Where: San Diego Symphony | 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – 90
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San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other in San Diego! The event will consist of a series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave. Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade!

When: Sat., Dec. 15 | 8:30am – 1pm
Where: Garnet Ave. and Bayard St., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: $15 – 50
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Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

Join one of San Diego’s oldest holiday parades.  Parade route starts on Garnet Ave and Haines street and goes down to Bayard. Come enjoy this free family friendly holiday event!

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Garnet Ave and Haines St to Bayard.
Cost: Free
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Special Spreckels Organ Concert

To honor members of the Spreckels Organ Society and salute the 104th anniversary of the great Spreckels Organ, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will play a special concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14. The concert will be free to the public, and members will be especially welcomed with free coffee or hot chocolate upon presentation of their valid membership card.

Musical selections will include the “audience choice” favorites of the past year: selections that Raúl has presented that were chosen for repeat performance by pavilion audiences.

When: Friday, Dec. 14 | 6pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilian, Balboa Park | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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Enchanted Village at Noah Homes

Celebrate the holidays at Enchanted Village: A brand new festival of trees & lights in San Diego! Imagine walking at dusk in the cool of a December evening surrounded by brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, live performers, “snow”, interactive exhibits and more to entertain guests of all ages on our beautiful 8-acre community.

When: Dec. 14 – 23 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Noah Homes | 12526 Campo Road, San Diego, CA 91978
Cost: $9 – 15
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Holiday Petting Zoo

This free, holiday-themed petting zoo presented by the Berry Good Food Foundation and Farmer Jack will set up its little paddock on the patio at Liberty Public Market. Bring the kids and take family selfies with baby goats, donkeys and other fuzzy friends.

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Public Market | 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, Ca
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Financial documents every family should have

Financial documents are important when you’re on your own, but even more so when you have a family.

Here are four different documents you should probably have:

1. Beneficiary designations

2. A will

3. A Heath Care Proxy 

4. An Advance Medical Directive (living will)

Read the rest of Forbes’ article on this here: “4 Basic Financial Documents Every Family Should Have.”

San Diego County Events for Dec. 7 – 9, 2018

So many festive holiday events are happening this weekend in San Diego County — come enjoy Christmas activities with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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3rd Annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village

The 3rd annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer for everyone far and near!

Starting Friday, Dec. 7 and ending on Saturday, Dec. 8 in La Mesa Village, friends and family will have the chance to take part in the free festive fun with live music, cozy fires, dancing, craft vendors, food and a kids’ area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop!

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 9pm
Where: La Mesa Historic Downtown, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Christmas in the Valley

Christmas in the Valley on Bates Nut Farm will feature Santa arriving by fire engine, a Polar Express ride to visit with Santa, crafts, carols and a singing contest. Craft and resale vendors will be selling a variety of holiday items.

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center
Cost: Free
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Coronado’s Annual Holiday Parade

Coronado’s  43rd Annual Holiday Parade will happen tonight, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 6 p.m.

This hometown parade is a true holiday tradition and thousands line the street each year to kick off the holiday season in style! The parade starts at 6 p.m., but many come early to Rotary Plaza to sing carols from 5-6 p.m. and anxiously await Santa’s arrival via fire truck. Once Santa arrives, one lucky local family is selected each year to help the Mayor flip the switch on Star Pine.

When: Friday, Dec. 7 | 5pm
Where: Eighth and Orange Ave., Coronado, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Holiday Lights Tour

Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego’s top Christmas Lights neighborhoods. Five Star Tours takes you to three neighborhoods for you to walk and discover holiday lights, taking you to the neighborhoods of Chula Vista, Christmas Card Lane and the famous Christmas House.

When: Multiple dates from Dec 5 – Dec 25, 2018
Where: Old Town Transit Center | 4005 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: $18 – $29
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HolidayFest at Grossmont Center

At Grossmont Center, get in the spirit with us and enjoy a day filled with costumed characters like Frosty the Snowman, Santa and his elves, a gingerbread bounce house, face painters, holiday crafts and more.

When: Dec 9, 15 and 16 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Make smart purchase offers

When you write a purchase offer, the back-and-forth between you and the seller begins (typically with real estate agents advising both of you) — and when you are intentional about your number and why, the more successful you’re offer will be.

All-cash offers in today's real estate market

Following some guidelines from HouseLogic when choosing your purchase offer amount will help:

  1. Know your financial limits and stick well within them.
  2. Get familiar with the real estate lingo (an agent helps tremendously here!)
  3. Have your agent run the comps to see how the list price of the home compares and then take other aspects (like time on market, availability of other similar properties in the area, etc) into account.
  4. Figure out your down payment.
  5. Make an earnest money deposit if you’re truly serious about buying the house.

Read the remainder of HouseLogic’s tips here: “Make an Offer Like a Boss.

And give me a call for step-by-step real estate help as your Realtor when buying a house! John A Silva, (619) 890-3648

San Diego County Events for Nov 30 – Dec 2

Now that it’s December, there are holiday events in abundance all over San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendChula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire

Ring in the holidays with free festivities at the Chula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire!

Back by popular demand, the free Children’s Faire runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Friends and family, young and old, can make their way to Memorial Park and take a ride down everyone’s favorite Frosty’s Snow Hill! Downtown Chula Vista will transform into a Winter Wonderland with real snow for sledding, holly, jolly treats like photos with Santa, fun games, story time, train rides, bounce house, ornament making and an all new “Elf Yourself” station where the little ones can dress up in hats, face painting and glitter bar to magically transform into Santa’s Little Helpers.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2pm – Children’s Faire, 6pm – parade
Where: Memorial Park | 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
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Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities

The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and more!

Live entertainment will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony will commence as a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital lights the towering Christmas tree from top to bottom.

Following the tree lighting, peruse the Holiday Marketplace for holiday goodies, gifts and more in the Central Promenade, or grab a bite from the one of the neighborhood eateries before the outdoor viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”

When: Friday, Nov. 30 | 5pm
Where: NTC North Promenade | 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Garden of Lights

Parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience!

Festive holiday activities abound including sledding, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hot mulled wine, beer and refreshments, as well as visits with Santa (December 1 – 23) and horse-drawn wagon rides (December 14 – 23 & 26 – 30). Enjoy great live entertainment every single night from 6 – 8 p.m.!

When: Dec. 1 – 23, Dec. 26- 30
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $25
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La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

The 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival takes place Sunday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. This years theme is “The Sounds of Christmas” Enjoy entertainment and photos with Santa!

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 | 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
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Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station! Bring family and friends to enjoy a night of celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities and more!

When: Monday, Dec. 3 | 5pm – 9pm
Where: Central Promenade – Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Winter Wonderland Festival

Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Sat, Dec. 1 | 3pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
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Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.

The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Must Read if You’re Now Thinking About Selling Your House

This quick read from House Logic has 4 major points when making the decision to sell your home or rental. Read it here:www.houselogic.com/sell/how-much-is-my-home-worth

Even though it is the holidays, wouldnt it make sense to get a leg up on the competition by starting now? Tailoring showings around your holiday schedule is easy when hiring me.

Call me for FREE analysis of your property today!

Thank you

John A Silva, Realtor.
619-890-3648

Money Monday: Should you sell your house with a Realtor or on your own?

Many homeowners decide to sell their home without hiring a Realtor. Does listing your home with a real estate agent or listing it as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) make more sense?

Well, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS believes that homesellers going the FSBO route will spend more time trying to make a sale, and end up with a lower selling price than if they had used a real estate agent — and they have some statistics to back them up.

Take a look at their infographic below, and if you are selling and would like a Realtor to do the job for you, give me a call! I’m here to help you get your home sold! John A Silva, (619) 890-3648

reasons to hire a Realtor

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

An Online Resource for Veterans: Assisted Living, Support, and More Resources

Veterans injured in the line of duty may come back to find that it’s difficult to live in the home they left.

veterans with flag

While many homes can thankfully be remodeled to accommodate their needs, some veterans may need assisted living facilities or support services. One of the common challenges that comes up for veterans and those living with disabilities is finding proper care options.  

Thankfully, there are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older. There are two basic ways for eligible veterans to receive assistance: obtain an assisted living benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or apply for residency in a veteran’s home. (Assisted Living Research.  www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans)

Assisted Living Research Institute has created a dedicated section on their site that provides comprehensive information on topics like: available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.

You can see the entire guide here: www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans

In San Diego County, the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista is a long-term care facility providing options for independent living and nursing care, and more. Additional information can be found here: www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Chula-Vista