San Diego County Events for May 5 – 7

This weekend’s events include Liberty Station’s monthly art walk, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and the Asian Cultural Festival, among all of the great things to do in San Diego County!

And check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego county events this weekendFriday Night Liberty

Stroll through Liberty Station at this monthly art walk showcasing artists and live dancing, theater and music. Experience the arts this month with dance performances featuring Malashock Dance, music performances featuring Key of She Spring and Recreational Music Center’s resident bands, inspiring photography, a new exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California welcoming you to Observe and Wonder, and more. More information on the website link below.

When: Friday, May 5 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: ntcfoundation.org/community-impact/friday-night-liberty


Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Festival

Step into one of San Diego’s oldest historic neighborhoods and celebrate the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo in all of its tradition with a ballet folklorico competition, live music, a beer and margarita garden, and lots of lowrider cars along the main street. There’s plenty to do for the kids, including arts and crafts, stagecoach rides, equestrian performances, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and lucha libre wrestling.

When: Saturday, May 6, 11am – 10pm | Sunday, May 7, 11am – 5pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: oldtownsandiegoguide.com or cincodemayooldtown.com


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The 8th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming on Saturday, May 6th. Live cultural entertainment begins right at 10.

The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is the LARGEST celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Diego and features two stages of cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures, including Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia, Hawaii, Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Polynesia, and more!

This is a fun, family-friendly, and FREE event!

When: Saturday, May 6 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: Free
More information: www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com


5 de Mayo Fest

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Chula Vista this Sunday at this beloved cultural event, returning to Chula Vista after four years. The festival will feature more than 20 musical and culture dance performances in addition to music, interactive zones, and of course, plenty of delicious food for the entire family.

When: Sunday, May 7 | 11am – 6pm
Where: J St. Park Bayside Marina | 999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910 
Cost: Free
More information: 5 de Mayo Fest

 

Staying Cool This Summer

It’s only May, and already we’re experiencing too-warm of spring weather in San Diego County! Here’s some tips on how to stay cool this potentially hot summer (and save money and energy!):

BLOCK THE SUN.

If you’re installing new windows, your best defense against sun is heat-reflecting or low-emissivity windows. These windows contain a thin film sealed inside double-pane glass to slow heat absorption in summer and heat loss in winter.

INSTALL FILM ON EXISTING WINDOWS.

One type of film — a window tint — absorbs solar radiation; the other — a reflective film — reflects the sun’s rays and is more transparent than the window tint. Install the type best suited to the climate in which you live. Films are left on windows year-round. Both should last at least 10 years.

INSULATE YOUR ATTIC.

If you live in a climate where summers are hot and winters are mild, also consider installing a radiant barrier — a layer of foil to deflect radiant heat. Radiant barriers, however, do not replace the need for other insulation.

Attach awnings. Buy ready-made fabric or aluminum awnings, or build wood awnings that complement your house. Install awnings on east-, south-, and west-facing windows.

MOUNT OUTSIDE SUNSCREENS.

Block the sun by covering windows that receive direct sunlight with screenings of bamboo, wood, fiberglass, or polypropylene.

HANG LIGHT-COLOR INTERIOR SHADES.

Reflect the sun with shades made with a shiny outer surface. Some fabric shades are backed by light-reflective materials.

INSTALL A WHOLE-HOUSE FAN.

If the humidity in your area isn’t too uncomfortable, mount a whole-house fan in the ceiling just below the attic. These fans draw in cool air through open windows at night and push out hot air through attic vents.

CROSS-VENTILATE.

Exhaust air any time the temperature outside is cooler than it is inside. Make sure air can come in one open window and leave freely through another.

Stay cool!

Money Monday: Cut Down on Your Retirement Costs

Unless you plan on working part-time instead of fully retiring, you may need to cut down on your cost of living in order to live within your means.

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Photo credit: 401kcalculator.org

Here are a few suggestions on how you can cut some costs:

1. Downsize your living space

Not only will downsizing your home most likely help with mortgage and utility costs, but it may also cut down on the required time spent maintaining the house and yard.

If downsizing sounds ideal, please give me a call to see how I can help sell and/or buy your next home! John A Silva – (619) 890-3648

2. Sell unnecessary vehicles

If both of you are retiring, then you may be able to get away with one vehicle for the both of you, cutting significant upkeep, registration and insurance costs.

3. Enroll in Medicare on time

Sign up within the initial seven-month time-frame allotted (three months before your 65th birthday until three months after). Otherwise, you’ll be paying more for those doctor visits.

Read all of Money.CNN.com’s suggestions here: “Slash your retirement costs with these 5 tips”.

San Diego County Events for April 28 – 30

On this beautiful spring weekend, there are lots of things to do in and around San Diego — both in and outside! While there’s a whole list of great activities and events in San Diego County listed, the top ones include: the musical Adams Avenue Unplugged, La Mesa’s physics event, and Encinitas’ street fair. But check them all out below!

San Diego county events this weekendFun with Physics

Free day of fun with physics in La Mesa this weekend!

Fun with Physics in La Mesa, CA

When: Saturday, April 29 | 9am – 12pm
Where: La Mesa – Brady Family Teen Center & Highwood Park | 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

The famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch officially opened for the season on March 1; the fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 14. Patrons will enjoy nearly 50 acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for six to eight weeks. The famous fields also include roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias.

When: Now – May 14 | 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Carlsbad Ranch | 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $14 | details here
More information: www.theflowerfields.com


Mission Federal ArtWalk

The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy in San Diego this weekend. Stroll over 15 blocks filled with artwork from over 350 local, national, and international artists on Saturday. The weekend-long event is recognized as one of San Diego’s premier arts and cultural event and the largest fine art festival in Southern California. The free family-friendly event also features live music, street food, interactive art activities and KidsWalk.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 11am
Where: Little Italy | Ash and Grape Street 92101, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal


Spring Butterfly And Garden Festival

A family-friendly event at Cuyamaca College and The Water Conservation Garden featuring the Ornamental Horticulture department’s biggest plant sale of the year, and exhibitors and vendors with garden-related information and merchandise.

The Garden will be hosting tours of the butterfly pavilion and feature kids activities, butterfly release, storytime and more.

When: Saturday, April 29 | 9am
Where: Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College | 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.thegarden.org


Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Down six blocks of the scenic South Coast Highway 101, the Encinitas Spring Street Fair features international food, children’s rides, four live stages and the craft brewery beer garden guarantee that there will be fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 9am
Where: Downtown Encinitas S, Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.encinitas101.com


2017 Adams Avenue Unplugged

The sixth annual Adams Avenue Unplugged along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue this weekend. The popular music festival is free, and will feature more than 80 artists performing on 30 stages.

When: Saturday, April 29 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Adams Avenue, from Kensington through Normal Heights until University Heights, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.adamsavenueunplugged.com


San Diego Rose Show

The San Diego Rose Show at the McMillin Event Center (2875 Dewey Rd.) at Liberty Station. The show, presented by the San Diego Rose Society, invites amateurs to showcase their roses in the exhibit hall to be admired by judges and attendees. Local rosarians will be on-hand to share tips on how to select and grow the best roses, depending on where your garden grows.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 1 – 5pm
Where: McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA
Cost: $5; 12 and under free
More information: www.sdrosesociety.org


Chocolate Festival

At the Chocolate Festival, learn about the history of chocolate and how it came to the U.S.; browse and taste a variety of chocolate from more than a dozen local vendors. Make your own chocolate pizza; for adults, there will be a wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings, plus live baking and cooking demonstrations.

When: Sunday, April 30 | 10am
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $9+
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival

Money Monday: Reasons Not to Purchase a Home with All-Cash

Even if you have the financial means to put in an all-cash offer, you may not want to do so.

All-cash offers can be more appealing to home-sellers, but you also need to take into consideration the other aspects of paying so much cash upfront.

All-cash offers in today's real estate market

  1. Will you have enough liquidity left? At least a few thousand dollars left in your pocket is ideal. You may have repairs, upgrades you desire to make, and increased utility and maintenance costs for your new house — not to mention your typical costs and unexpected financial needs (such as medical bills or suddenly losing employment).
  2. What if you easily qualify for a mortgage? Interest rates are still on the low-side, and by obtaining a mortgage to purchase a house, you would be able to keep a large chunk of your finances.
  3. Paying all-cash means you miss out on a tax break. When you have a mortgage, you are able to receive a tax break on the interest paid to the mortgage lender.
  4. & 5. reasons are available to read at Finance.Yahoo.com: “5 Reasons Not to Purchase Your Home With Cash.”

San Diego County Events for April 21 – 23

This weekend in San Diego holds quite the variety of activities; enjoy: gardens, fairs and parades, festivals, music, food, films, and more.

San Diego county events this weekendSculpture in the Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden is featuring local artists through the end of this month. ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop. You can take a self-guided tour of the sculptures.

When: Until the end of April 2017
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA 92024
Cost: Included with admission to the gardens | $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and active military and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids 2 and under get in free. On-site parking is $2.
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture


32nd Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair And Parade

The 2017 Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair and Parade’s theme in 2017 will be focused on Healthy Communities — emphasizing the health resources available to Linda Vista and San Diego. Numerous cultural exhibits, varied ethnic food offerings and artistic performances are will be offered.

When: Saturday, April 22 | 10am
Where: Linda Vista | 6900 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lindavistafair.org


NAKland: Children’s Carnival & Community Resource Fair

This free event includes a children’s carnival with a variety of games, inflatable jumpers, giveaways, prizes, a traditional baile folklorico performance, a lion dance show, bubble soccer, a petting zoo and free food!

When: Saturday, April 22 | 10am
Where: Teralta Park | Orange Ave. & 40th St. , San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/NAKland-Childrens-Carnival-Community-Resource-Fair


San Diego Guitar Festival

Back for its second year, the San Diego Guitar Festival is proud to present award-winning guitarists, including Grammy-winners David Russell and Paul O’Dette. The San Diego Guitar Festival has once again partnered with Museum of Making Music Carlsbad for the unique “Classic Strings & Modern Brew.” The very best of the classical guitar world meets the very best San Diego brewers –Stone Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Bagby Beer Company– in a unique concert, beer-tasting experience not to be missed.

Masterclasses, lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. The schedule is available here.

When: Various dates from April 21 – 30
Where: San Diego State University | 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $200
More information: www.sdguitarfest.org


7th San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

With 21 films, the 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet.

When: Multiple dates from Apr 20 – Apr 27
Where: Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinemas | 7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $9 – $15
More information: www.ultrastarmovies.com/theaters/mission-valley-hazard-center-movie-theater


27th annual Multicultural Earth Day

A free festival with music and dance and food and libations and performers. The “World’s Largest Seed Exchange,” heirloom plant sale, activities designed for kids, and some 50 various vendors will be at the event in Balboa Park.

When: Sunday, April 23 | 12 – 7pm
Where: WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park | 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: worldbeatcenter.org


Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Celebrating its 31st year, the event draws up to 100,000 visitors and features all things avocado — from sweet and savory foods to avocado-related products. Special events include a guacamole contest, a “Little Miss” or “Little Mister” Avocado contest (ages 6-10), a Best Decorated Avocado contest and the Avo 500 children’s car race. There will be live music, a beer and margarita garden, children’s activities and the Artisan Walk on Alvarado Street, featuring more than 30 local artists.

When: Sunday, April 23 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Main Avenue, Downtown Fallbrook, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org


25th Annual Oceanside Days of Art

TheOceanside Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, and photography — with live stage performances, children’s and adult’s hands on art activities, street chalk artist, painting and sculpture demonstrations, and a delicious variety of food.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Route 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) and Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art


Home Show USA

Check out the latest trends in remodeling, landscaping, decorating and design on the expo floor.

When: Friday – Sunday, April 21 – 23 | Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free admission; parking is $13
More information: Home Show USA

Real Estate Market Update – March 2017

California Sales Report

The real estate market in California showed strong gains in both single-family sales and the median price.California real estate market update March 2017

This infographic and information is from THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.

Money Monday: Last-Minute Tax Advice

With just a day before the April 18 deadline to file your taxes, here’s a few last minute tips.

  1. File! Even if you don’t have all the money to pay, it’s much better to file a return than to not file at all. “The penalties for not filing a tax return are 10 times greater than those for filing but not being able to pay taxes due.” (Money.CNN.com. “5 last-minute tax tips you need to know now.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/13/pf/taxes/tax-tips/index.html?iid=SF_LN)
  2. You can file for an extension. It’s simple and quick to do on the IRS website, and it will buy you some time. Just be aware that late-payment penalties will be tacked on, beginning after the April 18 deadline.
  3. You can still get professional help. One place to go for help is the VITA program; the “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides specially trained IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers that can help taxpayers with basic income-tax preparation needs.” (Money.CNN.com. “5 last-minute tax tips you need to know now.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/13/pf/taxes/tax-tips/index.html?iid=SF_LN)
  4. Two more key tips available here on Money.CNN.com: “5 last-minute tax tips you need to know now.”