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About John A Silva

As your professional real estate adviser, I focus on client satisfaction. My business is about service and I am not happy until you are happy. My years in the business have provided me the experience to assist you with nearly every real estate need. Whether it's finding you a home, finding the best loan, or helping you getting the most out of selling your home I am here to guide you. If there is anything you need, please let me know via email at johnasilva@sbcglobal.net.

San Diego County Events for July 19 – 21, 2019

Too much to do in San Diego County — what will you choose to do and see with your weekend?

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Rocks 20th Anniversary

Join La Mesa on Saturday July 20th from 6-11 pm, to celebrate 20 years of successful projects and programs in La Mesa parks! The honorary guest of the night will be Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

$50 per person – includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment
Buy tickets at www.lamesaparks.org

When: Saturday, July 20 | 6 – 11pm
Where: Marina Village | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109
Cost: $50
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Free Dive-in Movie

Cool off and watch a movie under the stars with the Summer Movies in the Parks series! La Mesa will be screening Aquaman at the La Mesa Municipal Pool July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Come early to get a good seat!

When: Friday, July 19 | 7:30pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Aloha Plunge

Island-themed pool games, giant inflatables, key logs, a special Polynesian dance performance and more. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Food available for purchase. Register online.

When: Saturday, July 20 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd. | Carlsbad
Cost: $10; 3 and under free
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Insect Festival

Get acquainted with thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, snakes, lizards and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Kids can make insect crafts, practice bug collecting and get a taste of cooked mealworm. July 20 & 21, 10 am-4 pm. Included with paid garden admission.

When: July 20 & 21 | 10am – 4pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
Cost: Free with paid garden admission
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Family Fun Day at Del Mar

Pony rides, giant inflatable slides and obstacle courses, bungee trampolines, a meet and greet with Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, body art and face painters, soccer clinics and more. Kids, ages 12 & under, will also receive a plush racehorse giveaway (while supplies last). Free admission for under 18. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com

When: Sunday, July 21
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Cost: Free admission for under 18
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

When: Summer nights – often Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Sundays at Six Concert

La Mesa’s Six Concert Series continues for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy the band 8-Track Highway, a rock-n-roll band.

When: Sunday, July 21| 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
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: Vacant homes are costly

Listing your home for sale? Don’t move out beforehand!

Vacant homes tend to both sell for less money, and spend more time on the market.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for July 12 – 14

This weekend in San Diego County, there’s much to do: free and fun family events and other great activities!
San Diego county events this weekendSun & Sea Festival

The 2019 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.

When: Friday, 7am | Saturday, 7am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA
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Watermelon Days

Watermelon Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona: bird/animal show, camel rides, games, mini sheep feeding, and watermelon feeding with the camels.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 12pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA
Cost: $8 – $12
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Paint with Salt class

The Education Department over at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido will host a free art lesson all about this “salt technique” Saturday, leading attendees through mixing and blending to create an ocean-themed salt painting.

When: Saturday, 10am – 11:15
Where: Calilfornia Center for the Arts Escondido (Studio 2)
Cost: Free — show up early; space is limited
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Guided Nature Walk

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.

When: Sunday, 9:30am – 11
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

When: Summer nights – often Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Sundays at Six Concert

La Mesa’s Six Concert Series continues for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy the band Ginger Cowgirl

When: Sunday, July 14 | 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Vines & Vittles — a Western-themed Family Festival

All are invited for an afternoon of family fun, tastings, and entertainment.

When: Sunday, July 14 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Webb Park, Avena Place and Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego
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: Understand credit score’s impact before buying a home

If you’re thinking of buying in the next few years, it pays to start thinking about — and building up — your credit score now.

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Because having a mortgage is, for many people, the largest loan they attain. Read all of Forbes’ advice here: “Ready To Buy A Home? Understand The Impact Of Your Credit Score First.”

San Diego County Events for July 5 – 7

Summer in San Diego County: perfect weather and the perfect spot to enjoy time together. Here’s a round-up if this weekend’s fun events — most of them are free events!

San Diego county events this weekendTanabata Festival

The Japanese Friendship Garden has partnered with the Minatomo Japanese Community to have their inaugural Tanabata Festival in San Diego! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances and demonstrations as well as partake in the Tanabata celebration by creating kazari (decorations).

When: Sunday, July 7 | 12pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego | 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego
Cost: $14 – $16
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Summer Concerts By The Sea

This summer, Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts brings more fun to the beach concert experience. Summer Concerts are held right on the sand at beautiful Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

When: Sundays, Jul 7 – Aug 18, 2019
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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2019 San Diego International Organ Festival Dave Wickerham In Concert

Theatre organ concerts are a favorite among American audiences, and we always look for the best. Award-winning, California native theatre organist Dave Wickerham was named American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year in 2011 – the best of the best.

When: Monday, July 8 | 7:30pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
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TGIF Concerts in the Park

Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks offers great music, plenty of room to dance, picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids.When: Fridays, June 22 — Aug 17
Where: various parks in Carlsbad
Cost: Free
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Summer Concerts in the Park

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park – every Friday during the summer!When: Fridays, June 21 — Aug 16, 6-8pm
Where: Pioneer Park | 1521 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Stagecoach Days

Celebrate the Wild West in San Diego County!

When: Saturday, July 7 – Aug 18
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | Old Town, San Diego
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: Benefits of homeownership

Fellow Americans were polled on what they considered the most important benefit of homeownership.

At the biggest percentage, 43% felt that individual stability and security was the most important benefit of owning a home.

Read the infographic below to see what other ranked as the best reason to own a home:

San Diego County Events for June 28 – 30

A beautiful summer weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Symphony Bayside Summer Nights: Star Spangled Pops

The San Diego Symphony opens its Bayside Summer Nights season with Star Spangled Pops.

Pay tribute to the nation’s history with patriotic favorites, rousing tunes, familiar film soundtracks and Broadway blockbusters. The evening closes with a magnificent fireworks display.

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Pkwy., San Diego
Cost: $20 – $100 | tickets online
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25th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade

A local tradition, the 25th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade marches up Coast Highway from Wisconsin Street to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall).

When: Saturday, June 29 | 10am
Where: South Coast Highway, South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
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Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Watch a summer night movie at the annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night this summer from June through August.

When: Saturdays, June – August | 7:30 – 10pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheater | State St And Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5
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Taste of Adams Avenue

The 19th annual Taste of Adams is a gastronomic trek featuring 45 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and unique eateries in one of San Diego’s hottest and historic neighborhoods.

When: Sunday, June 30 | 11am – 3pm
Where: Adams Avenue | 3441 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: In Advance – $35. Cash day of – $40
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15th Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM

The Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.

When: Saturday, June 29 | 7am – 5pm
Where: Moonlight Beach | 252 5th Street, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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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: Four Creative Ways To Teach Kids About Finance

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“When most parents think about teaching finance to their kids, they may imagine a structured, sit down lesson on budgeting – which sounds like torture to all involved. Not only will your child be bored to death, but they won’t retain this type of information because it doesn’t mean anything to them at this point. Whether it’s finance, science or history – kids learn best when they are engaged and having fun. Creative methods of teaching make the information more interesting and relevant to kids, leading to better focus and retention of information in the long term.” (Forbes. “Four Creative Ways To Teach Kids About Finance.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizfrazierpeck/2019/06/10/four-creative-ways-to-teach-kids-about-finance/#3eefb28031a8)

Read more here: “Four Creative Ways To Teach Kids About Finance”.