San Diego County Events for April 24 – 26

This weekend’s things to do in San Diego County include plenty of festivals! Bring the kids and family to a children’s book party, garden festivals and exhibits, a music festival, and a Hawaiian celebration.San Diego county events this weekend31st Annual Children’s Book Party

Calling all children and families in San Diego! The 31st Annual Children’s Book Party will be held at the world famous Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on April 25, 2015!

All children in attendance will receive two brand-new books (for free)! And there will be light refreshments and entertainment for all.
When: April 25, 2015 | 8:30am
Where: Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion, El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadca.gov


Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged is a weekend music and art festival with more than 170 live acoustic performances over 4 outdoor and 22 indoor stages.

When: April 25 – 26, 2015
Where: Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights in San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged


Encinitas April Street Fair

At the Encinitas April Street Fair, enjoy unique food, five live music stages, children’s rides, beer garden, and more than 450 vendors.

When: April 25 – 26, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas
Cost: Free
More information: www.encinitas101.com


Art Alive 2015: Floral Exhibition

Art Alive is the Museum’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition featuring floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s collection.

When: April 24 – 26, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Museum of Art | 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Members – Free; Nonmembers – $20
More information: www.sdmart.org/calendar/art-alive-2015-floral-exhibition-2


22nd Spring Garden Festival

For one day each year, the Rancho San Diego campus transforms into a green mecca, with fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations designed to inspire the gardener in everyone.  From urban farming to water-conserving landscaping ideas, the festival is the place to go to learn about sustainability, all the while relishing Southern California’s springtime weather.

When: April 25, 2015 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: http://web2.cuyamaca.edu/springfest/2015/


Shaka Fest 2015

The San Diego Shaka Fest is the Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics!  So bring the entire family to this super fun and family oriented event which includes a Stand Up Paddle race open to adult and youth racers, the Keiki Heihei Waa (Youth only Hawaiian canoe regatta), SUP & Health Wellness Expo, Classic Woody Car exhibit, Hoomau Hula O Nā Keiki  – Keiki Hula Competition, lots of your favorite boutique and food vendors, and da kine Hawaiian entertainment.  This festival will take place at Crown Point Park, located on beautiful San Diego Mission Bay.

When: April 25, 2015 | 8am – 4pm
Where: Crown Point | Corona Oriente Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: sandiegoshakafest.com


10th Annual “It’s How We Live!” Health and Wellness Fair

Have fun and learn how to be healthy too? Yes, the two will go hand in hand at the 10th Annual “It’s How We Live!” health and wellness fair at Spring Valley County Park.

For the kids, there will be bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, games (bird-watching, anyone?) and arts and crafts. The Spring Valley Fire Department will also bring out some fire trucks. Visitors can try healthy food samples, watch dance performances and martial arts demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and stroll along the various informational booths.

When: April 25, 2015 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Spring Valley County Park | 8735 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Cost: Free
More information: www.countynewscenter.com/news/go-play-have-fun-free-health-fair

San Diego County Real Estate Sales Go Up March 2015

Sales in San Diego County have gone up the most annually in March, from the past two years.

urban real estate prices, most live in suburbsMarch 2015 brought in 2,467 real estate transactions, an increase of 13.4 percent from March 2014 (according to CoreLogic).

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, it “was the biggest annual increase in sales since they rose more than 19 percent from July 2012 to July 2013″ (“San Diego Housing Market Surges”. 16 April 2015. U-T San Diego. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/16/dataquick-march-realestate-home-sales-mortgage/).

Read more about the current real estate trend in San Diego County, on U-T San Diego’s article: “San Diego Housing Market Surges”.

 

San Diego County Events for April 17 – 19

Are you going to be in town this weekend? Enjoy these fun San Diego county events now through Sunday! San Diego county events this weekendGoodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

Family Open Studios are free art-making workshops designed for the whole family’s participation (no reservations required). They are presented in conjunction with exhibitions at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and allow visitors to:

  • View the current exhibition in the gallery
  • Create works of art in the courtyard (suited for all age levels)
  • Benefit from professional artists/instructor assistance
  • Take the finished project home

When: April 18, 2015 and select Saturdays | 11am – 2pm
Where: Carlsbad Sculpture Garden
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadca.gov


29th Annual Avocado Festival

Fallbrook will share the love for its trademark fruit with the masses on Sunday, April 19 at the 29th annual Avocado Festival.

When: April 19, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Main Avenue and Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrook.org


Fun With Physics

This special event is fun for all ages. Join us at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Club in Highwood Park on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Free – bring the entire family!

When: April 18, 2015 | 9am – 12pm
Where: The La Mesa Boys and Girls Club in Highwood Park |4200 Parks Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
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Springtime Gardening Tips

As we enter the fourth month of the year we can already see the drab hues of winter begin to give way to the promise of a colorful spring.

yardWhat better way could there be to celebrate this fertile and exciting time of year than to work on improving your garden? Gardening is a relaxing and fulfilling activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus, a rich and colorful garden can greatly add to the aesthetic beauty of your home. I’ve compiled some tips that you should keep in mind when attending to your yard this spring.

Don’t over water!- Horticulturist, Mitch Hoyles of Western Garden Nursery says the biggest danger at this time of year is over watering. “Now is the time when we have to start watering, and most people water way too much,” Hoyles said. Roots need air in order to grow. Clay soil must be allowed to dry between watering, so the water can be replaced by air to nourish the roots.

Watch your step – Make sure you don’t walk on delicate flowerbeds when they are saturated. Wait until the soil dries. If you compact the soil by stepping on it when it is wet, you run the risk of damaging new growth.

Spring-cleaning, for your yard – Pick up old leaves, broken branches, and debris accumulated during winter. Cut back any perennials that you have. Trim shrubs, and any other excess growth.

Tune up your tools – Sharpen mowers and clippers so everything is ready when things start to grow. Make a note of what’s missing and order tools for the new season of growth.

Check on your soil – Check soil pH with a Home Soil Test Kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary. Add dolomitic lime to raise the pH, or elemental sulfur to lower the pH.

Don’t forget to fertilize – Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil enhancements suggested by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.

With a bit of luck and hard work your garden will be the envy of the neighborhood. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be able to relax in your garden in comfort and style as you sip your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful environment you have created for you and your family.

San Diego County Events for April 10 – 12

Are you going to be in town this weekend? Enjoy these fun San Diego county events now through Sunday!San Diego county events this weekendGoodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

The Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals is a favorite automotive event! It’s a full weekend of car-love at the beach in old Del Mar.

When: April 10 – 12, 2015 | Fri  – Sat 8am – 5pm, Sun 8am – 3pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $20; kids (7-12) – $6, under 6 – Free
More information: www.good-guys.com


7th Annual Taste of Julian

7th annual taste of julianTaste of Julian is a self-guided culinary tour to explore several of their one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries and breweries.

When: April 11, 2015 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Tickets in advance: $20; at the door: $25; free parking
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 Village Street Faire

The Third Avenue Village Street Fair is a free, family-friendly event complete with live music, exotic foods, arts and crafts, games and more.

When: April 12, 2015
Where: Third Avenue between E Street and G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
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Target Free Second Sundays

Free admission to The New Children’s Museum thanks to Target.

When: April 12, 2015
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.thinkplaycreate.org

5 Reasons to Amend Your Tax Return

money houseMissed tax deduction? Overlooked tax credit? Get what’s coming to you by amending your return.

Your home is a great source of tax savings if you know what qualifies and don’t forget to claim deductions and credits. If you missed any of these five, you can go back in time — roughly two to three years — by amending your tax return. Continue reading

San Diego County Events for April 3 – 5

With Easter coming up on Sunday, April 5, here are some ways to celebrate the holiday here in San Diego County!

easterSantee Lakes’ Eggstravaganza

Santee Lakes presents our annual Eggstravaganza! In partnership with the City of Santee, this event boasts of continuous egg hunts for ages 3 to 8 years old, carnival rides for all ages, petting zoo, craft booths, face painting and much more.

When: April 4, 2015 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Parking – $5 Tickets – $.50
More information: www.santeelakes.com


Easter Sunrise Service

easterThis Easter, Sunday April 5 at 6:30 a.m., the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater will be home to its 90th sunrise service. Dedicated in 1925, this historic venue averages 1,000 participants who come from throughout the county, and beyond to celebrate against the backdrop of the Park’s spectacular 360 degree views.

Touted as being the second oldest continuous Easter sunrise service celebration in the United States and the oldest in San Diego, services began in the Park in 1917.

Each year a different religious organization hosts the event which is free and open to the public, and this year it is the Foothills United Methodist Church.

When: April 5, 2015 | 6:30am
Where: Mt. Helix Park amphitheater | 4905 Mt. Helix Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
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Easter Celebration at the Westgate

An Easter Celebration, Westgate style. Enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny and a magician, as well as an Easter egg hunt and other great activities for children.

When: April 3 – 5, 2015
Where: The Westgate Hotel | 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $29-$69
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Zydeco Day at The Flower Fields

The Bayou Brothers will make sure your Easter is memorable with their popular accordion based musical genre hailing from Louisiana!

When: April 5, 2015 | 9am – 6pm
The Bayou Brothers Performance: 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Where: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad California | 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Included with admission
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The Bunny Train

Complete with a train ride, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt, the Bunny Train event at the Museum is perfect for the whole family.

When: Now through April 4, 2015 | 11am – 2:30pm
Where: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum | 750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906
Cost: Adults (ages 13-64) – $15 Seniors (ages 65 and older) – $12 Children (ages 3-12) – $10 Infants and Toddlers (under age 3) – $5 Cab Rides – $35
More information: www.psrm.org/bunny-train/


Belmont Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Belmont Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza will have 10,000 fun-filled eggs on the beach and throughout the park! Plus 25 special Golden Eggs will be among them!

When: April 5, 2015 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Varies by event
More information: www.belmontpark.com/easter

San Diego County Events for March 27 – 29

Top weekend picks for San Diego County!

San Diego county eventsWeekend Escape: Inspiration for Living a Good Life

A two-day discovery that celebrates San Diego’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle and aims to inspire the community to rejuvenate its health and fitness regimen, perk up it’s surroundings at home and rediscover the local landscape. Focusing on four elements: Outdoor Living, Health & Fitness, Staycation and Home Style, find events for the whole family throughout the center and in Palm Plaza.

When: March 28-29, 2015
Where: Westfield UTC | 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
Cost: Free
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The Sleeping Beauty in Balboa Park

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet proudly presents the 70th Anniversary Production of The Sleeping Beauty. It will take place in the cultural heart of Balboa Park as the jewel of classical ballet comes to life on the historic Casa del Prado Theater stage.

When: March 27 – April 4
Where: 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – $18
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2015-rolando-st-fair-poster_webRolando Street Fair

The Rolando Street Fair is our community’s favorite annual event and the best intimate street fair in San Diego County. Organized and run by a team of selfless volunteers, this major attraction draws crowds of many thousands. The Fair boasts a great musical line-up every year and offers tons of food, arts and crafts, and service booths for the entire family.

When: Sunday, March 29, 2015 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: On Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd. and Solita Ave.
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Great American Foodie Fest

This free group run revolves around a 60-minute scavenger hunt filled with tons of giveaways, raffle prizes, music and a beer garden. Runners zip through checkpoints near the Carlsbad Road Runner Sports store and grab as many free raffle tickets along the route. The more checkpoints you hit, the more tickets you get, and those tickets are used to try to get prizes. The actual run is from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the prizes giveaway and after-party to follow.

When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 12 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $8+ – view link below for details
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