I Made a Difference Day

Thank you and happy birthday to the Head Coach Mike Ferry for your wisdom and motivation!

Here’s my contribution today:  2 tickets w/parking to MLB A’s vs. Padres game distributed to our military. Go USA!

#Imadeadifferenceday

Money Monday: How to save more for retirement

Many of us, when faced with that reality, struggle with how we could possibly save more. Following are some thoughts from Forbes on how you can meaningfully begin saving more today for your retirement.

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photo from 401kcalculator.org

1. Increase your 401(k) contribution percentage whenever you get a raise

2. Capture all the employer match

Read Forbes’ other five thoughts here: “The 7 Easiest Ways To Save More For Your Retirement.”

San Diego County Events for June 15 – 17

For Father’s Day this Sunday, spend time this weekend with Dad at one of these great San Diego events and activities.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Wooden Boat Festival

A San Diego Father’s Day weekend tradition, the San Diego Wooden Boat Festival is the premier annual event for Southern California wooden boat enthusiasts and provides a rare opportunity for the general public to view some of the most beautiful and well maintained wooden crafts up close. While this event features mostly well preserved vintage vessels there are also plenty of new crafts that have been hand crafted with skill and meticulous detail.

When: Saturday, June 16, 9am – 5pm | Sunday, June 17, 9am – 4pm
Where: Koehler Kraft Boat Yard | 2302 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Adults – $5. Kids 6-12 – $2. Kids 5 and under – Free
More information: www.koehlerkraft.com/woodenboatfestival


Belmont Park 5th Annual Father’s Day Fest & Car Show

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a special day at the beach and cruise on down to Belmont Park for their FREE annual Car Show on Sunday, June 17th from 10am-3pm located in the North Parking Lot at 3146 Ocean Front Walk. Get your fix of classic cars and more at this FREE event before cruising over to Draft or Beach House with the family. There will be nearly 100 cars including a selection of restored classic cars to enjoy.

When: Sunday, June 17 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Belmont Park | 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
More information: www.belmontpark.com/fifth-annual-fathers-day-fest-car-show


Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative are offering a docent-led tour of San Diego’s Asian Pacific Historic District on the second Saturday of each month.

Visitors will walk through the Gaslamp Quarter and Asian Pacific Historic District to see the sites of Asian Americans who populated the area beginning in the 1850s and explore the Chinese, Japanese and Filipino districts that once filled the area.

When: Second Saturday of each month | 11am – 12pm
Where: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum | 404 Third Ave., San Diego, San Diego
Cost: Free – $10
More information: www.sdchm.org


Sundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from the San Diego Concert Band!

When: Sundays, starting this Sunday, June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week June 8) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County Fair

Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com


Music En La Calle: Free Music Festival And Street Fair

Bodhi Tree Concerts will present Music En La Calle a free, multicultural, all day, outdoor music festival in City Heights on Saturday, June 16 from Noon – 10 p.m. The artist line up will include: Tom Cunningham Bluegrass, Music and Dance of Africa, China, & Burma, Fern Street Circus, Opera de Tijuana and Irving Flores Latin Jazz – just to name a few!

There will also be food, visual artists & community vendors selling their wares.

When: Saturday, June 17 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Fair@44 | 4350 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/fairat44


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: When to DIY or hire a professional

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner

diy home improvement“After the thrill of buying a new home wears off, new owners can get overwhelmed thinking about all the new costs incurred.

“You may be tempted to outsource it all. But maybe you’re not made of money? Besides, there are things that are worth doing yourself.

“For homeowners embarking on something new, it may not be clear what to take care of or how, and when to try to do it yourself and when to call the pros.” Here are some guidelines from CNN:

What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner.

San Diego County Events for June 8 – 10, 2018

As with most summer weekends, San Diego County has much to do — with many free events and family activities! La Mesa starts their Sundays at Six concerts, El Cajon has another Dinner and a Concert, and the San Diego County Fair continues — but there’s many other things to do below!

San Diego county events this weekendSundays at Six Summer Concerts

As a free community event, La Mesa is once again beginning its Sundays at Six free summer concerts. This Sunday, listen to the music from the San Diego Concert Band!

When: Sundays, starting this Sunday, June 10, until July 15
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week June 8) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County Fair

Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com


San  Diego Greek Festival

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join them at their annual Greek Festival. They’ll be sharing their heritage, culture, music, traditions, customs and culinary skills.

When: Friday – Sunday, June 8 – 10
Where: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | 3655 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
More information: www.sdgreekfestival.com


Mainly Mozart Music Festival: Genius Weekend

The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three – Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur.

When: Friday – Sunday
Where: Various San Diego locations
Cost: $0-88
More information: mainlymozart.org


San Diego Festival of the Arts

At the San Diego Festival of the Arts, there will be nearly 200 artists in a bay view setting of original fine art, entertainment and delicious cuisines, complemented with fine wine and craft beer as you stroll the turf of Waterfront Park. San Diego Festival of the Arts™ garners critically acclaimed artists from around the country for an elegant and high quality showcase. Guests will enjoy an exceptional dining experience from San Diego’s favorite restaurants, sample San Diego craft beer, and experience interactive activities for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10 | 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18
More information: www.sdfestivalofthearts.org


San Diego International Boat Show

The popular summer San Diego International Boat Show® will return to Harbor Island June 7-10 for four days of fun on the water. Grab the entire family for a fun weekend on San Diego Bay!

When: Friday, June 8, 12 – 7pm | Saturday, June 9, 10am – 7pm | Sunday, June 10, 10am – 5pm
Where: Spanish Landing Park, East | 3900 N. Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Adult – $15 | Military with ID – $10 | Kids 12 and Younger – Free
More information: www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com


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

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Money Monday: How Homeowners are Paying for Popular Projects

As a homeowner, you typically want to make the place your own by doing home improvements. But what projects are usually done? And for #MoneyMonday, we’ll look at how it’s paid for.

Projects are typically done on a large scale. Here’s what gets tackled:

  • 43% focus on outdoor projecs
  • 31% are bathroom remodels
  • 28% on the unfortunate home repairs
  • 26% done on kitchen remodels
  • 16% narrow in on the garage
  • 5% are about the pool

And how are they paying for it? A surprising 62% of homeowners tap into their savings! (Way to go, financially savvy owners!) For those who don’t have the cash resources, they turn to the following to cover their house project:

  • 30% use a credit card
  • 13% take out home equity line of credit
  • 10% use a vague “other” method of payment
  • 9% liquidate or pull money from investments
  • 5% use a home improvement loan

As far as what you should focus on if you’re thinking of improving your house for the purpose of putting it on the market? Here’s projects in 2017 that had the best resale ROI.

And call me if you’re selling in the San Diego County! I’d love to have an opportunity to interview for the position of selling your home! John A Silva — 619-890-3648.

This infographic can be found here at CAR.org.

San Diego County for June 1 – 3

What a great weekend coming up for San Diego County! The fair begins today, and there’s several free events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendFlag Day Parade

Celebrate Old Glory at La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade this Saturday. Pre-parade entertainment by middle school bands at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am. There will be free ice cream, as well. This year’s grand marshal is local historian and author Jim Newland.

When: Saturday, June 2 | 9am
Where: down La Mesa Blvd in downtown La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


Art Around Adams

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.”

When: Saturday, June 2 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: artaroundadams.org


RB Alive! Street Fair

Celebrate the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Annual RB Alive! Expo with a full day of entertainment and enjoyment. Visitors can partake of tasty treats, browse over 300 booths featuring arts and crafts and more.

When: Sunday, June 3 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Bernardo Center Drive between Lomica Drive and Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: sdbusinesschamber.com/events/rb-alive-expo-street-fair


San Diego County Fair

It starts TODAY! Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.

You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, July 4
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: General admission $19, kids 6 – 12 and seniors $12
More information: www.sdfair.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


San Diego County — free summer concerts!

There’s so many free concerts all over the county this summer — click to see the entire list!


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