San Diego County Events for February 24 – 26

This weekend in San Diego County, explore the diversity of our area with some unique events. Check out the Kuumba Fest, learn how to make wine at the winemaking demonstration, attend discounted performances during San Diego Theater Week, and enjoy nature at the San Diego Bird Festival!

San Diego county events this weekendKuumba Fest

In celebration of Black History Month, the 25th annual Kuumba Fest returns Friday to the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego’s Horton Plaza. The three-day event celebrates black culture, history, cuisine and the arts, with a focus on African heritage. There will be a talent show, a fashion show, hip-hop dance and play performances, a soul food competition, and the annual gospel finale celebration.

When: Friday, Feb. 24, 6 – 10pm | Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am – 11pm | Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 – 11pm
Where: Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA
Cost: $25 for Friday; $5 to $20 for Saturday; $5 to $15 for Sunday; some events are free
More information: kuumbafest.com


Free Winemaking Demonstration At Curds And Wine

Learn how to make your own wine at Curds and Wine! They will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration; you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. For 21+

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 | 1pm
Where: Curds and Wine | 7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: Free
More information: www.curdsandwine.com


San Diego Theater Week

San Diego Theater Week is an eight-day event that highlights the variety and enhances awareness to San Diego’s performing arts community. From Sunday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 5, more than 40 local theater and performing arts venues will be offering special ticket discounts and other offers.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 5
Where: At more than 40 local theater and performing art venues
Cost: Various costs
More information: www.sdtheaterweek.com


San Diego Bird Festival

Birds, wildlife and diverse natural habitats are at the center of this unique Bird Festival in San Diego. Rain or shine, bring the whole family out to this fun event, where you will get the chance to build your own birdhouse, participate in nature walks and learn to bird call. The event is free.

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 | 10am
Where: Marina Village Conference Center | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/bird-festival

Money Monday: California Housing Affordability

Higher wages and seasonal price declines affect California housing affordability.

housing market forecast

• “Thirty-one percent of California households could afford to purchase the $511,360 median-priced home in the fourth quarter, unchanged from third-quarter 2016 and up from 30 percent in fourth-quarter 2015.” (“4th Qtr 2016 Housing Affordability”. CAR.org. 9 Feb 2017)

• “A minimum annual income of $100,800 was needed to make monthly payments of $2,520, including principal, interest, and taxes on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 3.91 percent interest rate.”

Read all about 2016’s housing marketing in the fourth quarter, in the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ article here: “4th Qtr 2016 Housing Affordability“.

 

San Diego County Events for February 17 – 19

Among the many things to do in San Diego County, there are a few great events that are free or cheap to check out this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendMacy’s Museum Month

February is Macy’s Museum Month. It’s a great time to explore more than 40 museums across San Diego County. From art to history and science to nature museums offer something for everyone and every age.

Free passes are available at Macy’s stores in San Diego and Temecula. One pass is good for up to four half-price admission at each museum all month long.

When: Ongoing from now until February 28, 2017
Where: Various museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half price admission with pass, to select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


California Open Wildlife Art Festival

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over.

This upcoming year will be the 44th Anniversary of the California Open Wildlife Art Festival!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 18 & 19 | 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Corky McMillan Event Center Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $5
More information: www.pswa.net/california-open-wildlife-art-festival-2017


San Diego Pet Expo

The San Diego Pet Expo is stuffed full with fun activities! There will be a huge adoption event, discounted vaccinations and microchipping, exhibitors, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, learn about pet care and training and more, and so much more!

When: Saturday, Feb 18, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, Feb 19, 11am – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.petexposandiego.com


Julian Doves & Desperados

The Julian Doves & Desperados are in town every Sunday. They perform historic, comedy, gunfight skits at their stage area, located in-between the Julian Fitness Center and the Julian Market & Deli.

When: Sunday, Feb. 19 | performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Where: Next to Julian Fitness Center, Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/calendar/#event|historical-skits-julian-doves-desperados

Money Monday: Tax Deductions for Homeowners

With the tax deadline coming up, now is the time to refresh yourself and learn about tax breaks you could be getting if you are a homeowner.

Some of the following tax deductions are only applicable to new homeowners, but there are a few that any owner can file for:

  1. Mortgage interest
  2. Mortgage insurance premiums
  3. Energy related tax credits
  4. Capital gains exclusion
  5. Property inheritance
  6. Property taxes
  7. Home office costs
  8. Moving expenses

If you would like details on these potential tax breaks you could be getting, read Yahoo’s article here.

San Diego County Events for February 10 – 12

This weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day together with those you love. Take your sweetheart, friend, or kids to one of these events and enjoy San Diego County! For more things to do, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekend

35th Annual Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

This year’s fair celebrates the year of the rooster. It is free to the public, and promises to be the best ever, filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, and tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market. No passport or plane ticket needed – it’s all right here.

When: Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, at 10am
Where: Chinatown district |3rd Avenue and J Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: sdcny.weebly.com


Macy’s Museum Month

February is Macy’s Museum Month. It’s a great time to explore more than 40 museums across San Diego County. From art to history and science to nature museums offer something for everyone and every age.

Free passes are available at Macy’s stores in San Diego and Temecula. One pass is good for up to four half-price admission at each museum all month long.

When: Ongoing from now until February 28, 2017
Where: Various museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half price admission with pass, to select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

Learn more about living a gluten-free or allergen-free lifestyle at this large expo. The event features hundreds of products as well as meet-and-greets with local and national brands and speakers. All products at the expo are gluten-free, and many are free of the top eight allergens – and there is also a section completely nut-free! Tickets, which start at $5, features entry to the vendor area featuring more than 100 booths as well as coupons, samples, classes and more.

When: Saturday, February 11 | 10am
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $5+
More information: www.facebook.com/events/901400249995723

First-Time Home Buyers Have Increased

For the first time in three years, the percentage of home buyers in the real estate market has increased.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Investing in real estate

As with all investments real estate investment has it own risks and the decision to invest should be carefully considered.

As a landlord there are certain costs that you will need to cover, potential vacancy problems that may strain your ability to pay your mortgages, and liability issues. It is important that you speak with an expert before putting yourself in a situation where you can potential over-extend yourself.

With that in mind, I have included some of the basic property types and benefits associated with real estate investment.

Single-family residence. First time real estate investors are usually advised to buy a single family detached home and rent it out as it’s market value appreciates. The reason for the popularity is that they are relatively easy. They are easy to buy, easy to finance, and they hold appeal to buyers and renters. Also, if you find that the real estate investment game was not the right choice for you they are relatively easy to turn over. Mortgage brokers know this-so these properties are also usually easier to finance and refinance.

Vacation property and second homes. Investment options in this category are myriad, from outright purchase to fractional-interest contracts and timeshares. Even if the property isn’t income producing, it can appreciate into a worthy investment, and mortgage interest is fully deductible. If you do rent the property when it’s not in use, realized income and tax obligations depend on what percentage of the year it’s kept for “personal use”-a tightly defined term you should discuss with a real estate attorney.

Apartment properties. Apartment properties require a long-term commitment, as well as a substantial investment of borrowed and equity capital, but due to the availability of professional managers they often don’t demand a lot of personal time. If you are the do-it yourself type then you might find yourself spending your weekends painting, advertising vacancies, and repairing faucets – though the higher return might be worth it for you. They can have mortgage loans of up to 100% of value, while other investment types may require all cash. Loans can be amortized or paid with the income generated by rents.

Condominiums. Condominium investments provide a bit of extra risk. Their market value appreciates more slowly than for detached single-family residences, and rental rates usually aren’t high enough to cover mortgage, property tax, and maintenance fees.

Vacant land. Vacant land is probably the least liquid and therefore usually the weakest choice for a profitable shorter-term investment. While undeveloped land is easy to maintain, it nearly always takes longer to appreciate and longer to sell.

Commercial property. To reduce personal liability and offset the greater expense of these properties, some investors form or join a limited liability company. Because of the extremely high risks involved with this type of agreement, consulting a real estate attorney is essential before taking this step. You probably shouldn’t consider this arrangement if you aren’t personally familiar with the other partners and their business expertise.

San Diego County Events for February 3 – 5

Check out the following festivals, family activities and other things to do in San Diego County this weekend! And if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendLunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival 2017

The popular Lunar New Year ‘Tet’ Festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium for three days, with: live music, entertainment, games, and lots of food, all to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the arrival of spring based on the Lunar Calendar.

When: Friday, Feb. 3, 5 – 10pm | Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4 & 5, 10am – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $6 Adult, $4 Kids | Free parking
More information: lunarnewyearfestival.org


Macy’s Museum Month

February is Macy’s Museum Month. It’s a great time to explore more than 40 museums across San Diego County. From art to history and science to nature museums offer something for everyone and every age.

Free passes are available at Macy’s stores in San Diego and Temecula. One pass is good for up to four half-price admission at each museum all month long.

When: Ongoing from now until February 28, 2017
Where: Various museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half price admission with pass, to select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


San Diego Fermentation Festival

The San Diego Fermentation Festival is a family-friendly outdoor festival featuring:

– A Makers Marketplace showcasing the southern California bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers
– An Ambrosia Garden (21+) featuring fermented adult beverages such as mead, beer, kombucha* and wine
Workshops and presentations
– Do-It-Yourself Fermentation stations
Live music and entertainment

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10am
Where: San Diego Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $25
More information: sandiegofermentationfestival.com


Love Your Wetlands Day 2017

There will be animal presentations, walks through the marsh, interactive booths, and a raffle. If possible, bring rain boots for the marsh walk and be prepared for some muddy fun.

When: Saturday, Feb. 4 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve | 2055 Pacific Beach Drive Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free, but you have to rsvp
More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-love-your-wetlands-day-tickets-30907308592


La Mesa Farmers’ Market

An open-air farmers’ market occurs every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street in La Mesa, CA. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.

When: Fridays | 2 – 6pm
Where: Intersection of University Ave and Spring St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Farmers-Market