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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 March 30 – April 1

Happy Easter! In between church and/or family gatherings, head over to a couple of these fun activities for the weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendNaturally Eggs-sighted

Bring your family down for an “eggs-sighting” time learning about animals that lay eggs. Help us find sea turtle eggs scattered throughout the aquarium or discover what it takes to build a turtle nest. And of course, there will be up-close encounters with the egg-layers of the natural world.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free with admission
More information: www.thelivingcoast.org/visitus/naturallywild


Spring Harp Fest

If you enjoy deep-rooted, down-home Americana blues? Join us tomorrow at Harry Griffen Park for Spring Harp Fest from 10 am – 6 pm. This year La Mesa is welcoming “Blues Hall of Fame” member Lazy Lester, San Diego’s own Bayou Brothers, and many more soulful acts.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 9am – 6:30pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, California 91942
Cost: Free; suggested donation $10
More information: www.springharpfest.org


Easter Egg Hunt

You’ll want to hop on over to the Children’s Nature Retreat for our Easter Egg Hunt and look for the “Special Retreat Egg.”  The big hunt begins at 10:30am on Saturday, March 31st. There will be plenty of candy-filled eggs hidden around the Retreat for even the most inexperienced egg seeker.

Along with the hunt, there will be a keeper talk with a special appearance by our big 10-pound white bunny, Easter, at 11:30AM at the picnic area.  Come hear the story of how Easter showed up at the Retreat and learn all about our soft, furry friends.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Children’s Nature Retreat | 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
Cost: $15 – $25
More information: www.childrensnatureretreat.org


Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Admission includes food and beer!

When: Saturday, March 31, 1:30 – 5pm | VIP entrance at 12pm
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $40
More information: www.mvcbf.com


Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

The City of Encinitas presents its annual Spring Egg Hunt. Adding to the fun in addition to the 20,000 eggs, this year they’ve got two live shows from Hullabaloo.

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Community Park | 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us/Resident/Parks-Beaches-Trails/Parks


Spring Fling Maker’s Bazaar

Spend the day shopping San Diego’s most unique local fashion and food makers

When: Saturday, March 31 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Flower Hill Promenade | 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: flowerhill.com


East Village Opening Day

Swing into the 2018 baseball season with the 8th Annual East Village Opening Day Weekend Block Party!

“Root, root, root for the home team!” as the San Diego Padres play the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2018 opening ballgame. This free, family-friendly community event has become a San Diego tradition where locals and visitors show off their team spirit at PETCO Park while exploring East Village.

With games, live entertainment featuring local bands and DJs, baseball-themed beverages, and tons of tasty grub, this weekend is sure to be a Grand Slam!

When: Friday, March 30, 2 – 8pm | Saturday, March 31, 12 – 6:30pm
Where: PETCO Park | 100 Park Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

When Housing Inventory is Low, Finding a Home Will Take Some Time

Looking around? You’ll find your perfect home, it may just take awhile.

While it’s a sellers’ market out there, if you’re patient you should be able to find the home you want to live in — not just one you’re settling for.

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Tax scams to avoid

Here are 12 of the biggest tax scams the IRS is flagging this year:

  1. Phone scams
  2. Phishing
  3. Tax return preparer fraud
  4. Falsely inflating refunds
  5. Falsely inflating income
  6. Falsely padding deductions
  7. Improperly claiming business credits
  8. Making frivolous tax arguments
  9. Abusive tax shelters
  10. Fake charities
  11. Hiding money offshore
  12. Identity theft

Read up on these: “12 tax scams you’ll want to avoid.”

San Diego County Events for March 23 – 25

Happy spring! Enjoy the weekend with activities perfect for the springtime: an egg hunt, Carlsbad flower fields, science and nature spring changes with a hands-on experience, and more!

San Diego county events this weekendSpring Carnival

The 4th Annual Lake Jennings Spring Carnival is right around the corner!

The Kids Pond will be fully stocked for kiddos under 10 to catch a fish in!
1,700 lbs of trout will be stocked that week!
2,000 Egg Hunt for children under 10 will be held in Hermits Cove promptly at 1:00 p.m. with a special sectioned off area for those 3 and under.
Free Hot Dogs will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in Hermits Cove as well!

Make camping reservations at https://camping.lakejennings.org/

Day Use Fee (Non-Fishing) 16+: $2
Adult Fishing Permit 16+: $9
Children under 8 Fishing Permit: Free with a Paid Adult Fishing Permit or $4
Youth 8-15 Fishing Permit: $4

When: Mar 24, 8am – 1pm | Egg Hunt at 1pm – ages 10 & under | Free hot dogs at 11:30
Where: Lake Jennings | 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
More information: www.lakejennings.org


Spring Tails

Spring Tails is the perfect program for a class field trip, Scout outing, or play group activity because it makes science egg-citing! Hop on over for a  60 or 90 minute adventure that includes HANDS-ON animal interactions, a spring themed craft, and lessons about life cycles, baby animals and other changes that occur during spring.

When: Ongoing
Where: Helen Woodward Animal Center Education | 6463 Helen Woodward Way, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: $11.24/child for 60 min or $14.24/child for 90 min
More information: animalcenter.org/programs-services/education/springtails


6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Following last year’s sold out event, the Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival in partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild will return for its sixth year on Friday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Taking place throughout the two levels of The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a historic 10,000-square foot venue, this 21+ event will showcase San Diego breweries and Bankers Hill restaurants alongside pop-up galleries of local artists’ works.

This year’s festival will feature larger tasting glasses for guests who will have unlimited access to complimentary 2-ounce pours from approximately fifteen breweries

When: Friday, March 23 | 6 – 9pm
Where: The Abbey (on Fifth) | 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego
Cost: $25 – $30
More information: Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival


Carlsbad Flower Fields

On March 24 and 25, enjoy full days of fun at The Flower Fields with Kids’ Day. Saturday features a bounce house, woodworking with The Children’s Workshop, drumming, bubble making and more. Sunday we will have Star Kids Theater, Ballooning and face painting!

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com


Egg Hunt Spring Eggstravaganza At San Dieguito County Park

This free, family event includes two egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more. There will even be special golden eggs with bonus prizes inside! All ages are welcome to attend.

When: Saturday, March 24 | 12pm
Where: San Dieguito County Park | 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/1340633156071404


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: File your tax return

If your return is fairly simple and you’re up for the challenge, preparing your taxes solo could save you a bit of money. In fact, an estimated 33% of Americans file their own taxes each year, so if you’re ready to join their ranks, here are a few tips for getting through the process.

1. Prepare your return early

2. Figure out whether you’ll be itemizing this year

3. File electronically

Read more about filing your taxes yourself here on CNN’s article: “3 tax-filing tips to make preparing your tax return easier.”

San Diego County Events for March 16 – 18

San Diego County has much going on this weekend, March 16 – 18!

San Diego county events this weekendSouth Park Spring Walkabout

The South Park Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park, San Diego. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.

Where is the walkabout?
The Walkabout highlights both the south and north end of the South Park business district. The north end starts at Kalmia and 30th St. and extends south to Beech Street.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 6pm
Where: Kalmia and 30th St. to Beech Street, South Park neighborhood, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.southparksd.com


9th Annual Puppy Love 5K

The ninth annual Puppy Love 5K is for the whole family, so bring the kids and pups and enjoy the expansive bay view!

Timed runners will complete the race as fast as they can, or register to walk and stroll around the beautiful bay.

Once you pass the finish line, head over to the BARKetplace for food, giveaways, costume contests, opportunity drawings, FREE kid’s activities, awards, and more!

When: Sunday, March 18 | 7am
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Pkwy., San Diego
Cost: $18 – $40
More information: www.portofsandiego.org/embarcadero-marina-park-south


Flower Power Family Day

Spring is in the air. Become a junior botanist and celebrate the beauty and power of flowering plants during the lushest of all the seasons. We’ll learn the science of plants, grow and dissect seeds, and make plant-inspired crafts for you to take home.

About Family Days:

Join us for monthly Family Days at theNAT, September through May, as we celebrate the natural world and our Museum. Each month has been uniquely themed to allow us to explore nature’s wonders, participate in hands-on activities, and create crafts to take home.

When: Sunday, March 18 | 11am
Where: San Diego Natural History Museum | 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free – $19
More information: www.sdnhm.org


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.

We have over 120 Parade entries. See floats, high school marching bands, police and fire department units, dancing groups,marching and equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries and honorees, representatives from Ireland, antique cars, Irish setters and more.

The Theme of this year’s Parade is “Celebrating Our Irish Roots”.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 10:30am
Where: Balboa Park, Fifth Avenue & Laurel St., San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free
More information: www.stpatsparade.org


Storytelling Festival

Come one, come all for a storied day of the wearin’ of the green at the Storytelling Festival. Wise Fools is the theme for World Storytelling Day. During this global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, there are special children’s programs, out-of-town guests, and a culminating concert for adults.

Personal storytelling shines with Scott Whitehair of Chicago, and the Pandarvis’ stories of being professional surfers. Students from Paul Ecke Elementary will perform. Randel McGee and his dragon puppet sidekick, Groark, are a special treat for all ages.

Come get involved in workshops: Personal Storytelling; Puppetry 101 Hands On; and The Joy of Bible Storytelling. Savor it all. The Simply Fresh Gourmet Food Truck will be outside during lunch time.

When: Saturday, March 17 | 10am
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcounty.ca.gov/library


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Spring is in the air and Carlsbad is in bloom at the Flower Fields, open now through May 13. Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders – our Fields of Dreams, our Fields of Color. A place where kids can run and adults can linger – 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers, and festivals throughout the season.

When: Mar 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018 | 9am – 6pm
Where: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA
Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 60+, $8 for children 3-10
More Info: www.theflowerfields.com

 


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: Can you deduct interest on your home equity loan?

“The new federal tax law created a lot of confusion over whether tax filers may still deduct the interest they pay on their home equity loans and home equity lines of credit.

money“The new law suspends the deduction for interest on home equity indebtedness for the next eight years.

“But it turns out the suspension does not apply to all home equity loans (HELs) and lines of credit (HELOCs). It just applies to those that are used to pay for non-home-related things, like paying off your credit card or buying a car. But you can still deduct home equity loan interest that is used to pay for home improvements…”

Read more at Money.CNN.com: “Yes, you can still deduct interest on your home equity loan …”

San Diego County Events for March 9 – 11

This March weekend, enjoy all the fun events that San Diego County has to offer!

San Diego county events this weekend13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival! During March 9, 10, and 11 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily, visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami – appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. Each day will be accompanied by various food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family friendly activities!

When: March 9 – 11 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego | 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12
More information: www.niwa.org/cbf18


San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition

Enjoy unlimited tastes of beer from 35+ San Diego homebrewers as well as some local breweries! Festival attendees will taste and vote for their favorite beer and enjoy street-side chats by our beer professionals, vendors, food and more!

When: Saturday, March 10 | 12 – 4pm
Where: 2896 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: $35, Designated Driver $10
More information: www.sdhomebrewfest.com


Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the lesser-known libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego. VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing.

When: March 10 – ongoing | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mingei International Museum | 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10/$7 (Military, Youth, Students)/FREE (Members)
More information: www.mingei.org


Second Saturday Art Lesson

Tints, tones, and shades, oh my! Immerse yourself in the world of shamrocks, rolling hills, flowers and leaves as we celebrate the season. In this lesson you’ll learn how mix paints to create new hues to express space, depth and form in your spring-time scenes.

Please note: due to the popularity of our Second Saturday art lessons, we now have two times available to participate. The first lesson will run from 10-11 a.m., and the second lesson will run from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

They recommend you RSVP and arrive early as we have limited seating given on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Saturday, March 10 | 10am and 11am
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


6th Annual International Mariachi Festival

This day-long, community-friendly event attracts thousands each year, giving families an opportunity to come together and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through Mariachi music, colorful traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a grand celebration of the arts, culture and culinary delights.

When: Sunday, March 11 | 11am – 7pm
Where: Pepper Park | 3299 Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950
Cost: Free
More information: www.mariachifest.com


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!