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Event: Children’s Book Festival

Children’s Book Festival

Sunday is a great day to spend with the family.  So bring the family to A Children’s Book Festival in La Mesa on Sunday, May 20, 2012 10am-4pm, where you will meet lots of authors, learn to sketch cool characters with the illustrators that created them – that’s just a couple of the really cool things you can do at this totally kid/family based event focused on literacy, education, health and nutrition.

There will be two stages, an illustrator-directed sketching for kids, book signings, activity areas, and over 70 booths of authors, illustrators, storytellers, and more.

When: Sunday, May 20  10am-4pm

Where: In the La Mesa Plaza (8100 La Mesa Blvd.)

Moderate Growth Projected for 2012

Overall, growth is expected to continue for the year, but at a modest rate, according to the Fannie Mae February 2012 Economic Outlook report.

Economic growth is projected to be at 2.3 percent for 2012, an increase compared to 1.6 percent last year, according to the report.

For the first time in seven years, the housing market is projected to contribute to gross domestic product (GDP), the report also stated, but by a very modest amount.

“Risks to the forecast are more balanced between the upside and downside since our January forecast,” said Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan. “The economy appears to be more resilient than in previous months, and should be less vulnerable to shocks, including any spillover from the European sovereign debt crisis”…

Read the rest of this article (and photo) by DSNews.com here: “Moderate Growth Projected for 2012.”

Foreclosure sales are up on the West Coast, except for Washington

Foreclosure sales on the West Coast started strong for the beginning of 2012, with Washington as the exception, according to ForeclosureRadar.

Arizona, California, Nevada, and Oregon are the other states included in the report – all of which saw increases in foreclosure sales to investors. Trustee sale investors pay the full amount in cash without inspections or title insurance prior to purchase.

This is the fourth largest month on record in California, and the busiest since March of 2011, stated ForeclosureRadar

California also saw a substantial increase (+14.6 percent), and the state underwent the most activity, with investors purchasing 3,964 properties for $766.2 million, according to ForeclosureRadar…

Read the rest of this article from DSNews.com here: “Foreclosure Sales Up for West Coast States Except Washington.”

2011 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

Big Bay Balloon Parade

910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA, FREE

 The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego come alive as the 2011 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade makes it way down the street.

Families can line the streets and watch world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams and a procession of enormous balloons–more than any other parade!

The parade is presented by San Diego County Credit Union. Click here to view the Parade Route.

After the parade, activity will continue on Broadway Pier with games, entertainment at the annual Family Festival, sponsored by Amtrak. Click here for more on the Family Festival.

The parade telecast is produced by Cox Communications and can be seen locally on Channel 4 San Diego. The parade will also be televised nationally.

Grandstand tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

This article is from the La Mesa Patch. More details are viewable online at www.HolidayBowl.com.

Bike The Coast – Taste the Coast

Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast
November 5
A non-competitive bike ride that begins at the Oceanside Pier and travels down along the Pacific Ocean coastline and into the rustic north county of San Diego and then back to the Oceanside Pier.  Choose from a 7-mile ride, or a 25-mile ride.
Time:  7:00 am – 4:30 pm / Expo opens at 9:30
Location:  Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
For more information visit www.bike-the-coast.com.
According to their website, www.bike-the-coast.com, online registration slots are sold out; in-person registration is only available now on November 4th. There will be a limited number of registrations available on a first come, first served basis during packet pick-up on November 4 (Oceanside Pier, noon – 8pm).  You can still sign up for free bike training workout mileages from John Howard to get tuned up.  
Free admission to Friday’s “Movie Night at the Pier” and the Friday and Saturday bike expo and food vendors.

Event: Arts & Culture Fest 2011

San Diego Arts & Culture Fest 2011Celebrate arts and the cultural influences of the Americas, Africa, and Asia at the sixth annual Arts & Culture Fest in San Diego this Saturday.  Three stages of entertainment will present the influences of these three parts of the world, along with an international market and food area, art contests, wine tastings, music, and more. 

Details: Arts & Culture Fest 2011. Noon to 6 p.m. Market Creek Plaza, 310 Euclid Ave., Lincoln Park. Free.
For more information, call (619) 527-6161 or go to artsandculturefest.com

CoreLogic Records First Drop in Home Prices in Four Months

Home prices in the U.S. slipped 0.4 percent between July and August, CoreLogic reported Thursday. It marks the first time in four months the company’s index has recorded a decline.

Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic points out that although the calendar says August, it traditionally marks the beginning of fall for the housing market and activity begins to slow down as winter approaches.

In light of that, Fleming says the slight month-over-month decline was predictable, particularly given the renewed concerns over a double-dip recession, high negative equity, and the persistent levels of shadow inventory.

Based on CoreLogic’s assessment, national home prices were down 4.4 percent in August when compared to a year earlier. This follows a decline of 4.8 percent in July 2011 compared to July 2010.

That figure includes distressed sales, such as short sales and REO transactions. Take the distress factor out, and prices are down by just 0.7 percent year-over-year.

According to Fleming, “The continued bright spot is the non-distressed segment of the market, which is only marginally lower than a year ago and continues to exhibit relative strength.”

Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in CoreLogic’s national price index was -30.5 percent. That’s tracking price movement from April 2006 to August 2011.

Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change for the same period was -21.0 percent.

CoreLogic says the five states with the highest home price appreciation in August were: West Virginia (+8.6%), Wyoming (+3.6%), North Dakota (+3.5%), New York (+3.2%), and Alaska (+2.2%).

The five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-12.4%), Arizona (-10.7%), Illinois (-9.6%), Minnesota (-7.8%), and Georgia (-7.2%).

Carrie Bay | DSNews.com | October 6, 2011

This Weekend’s Event: The Taste of North Park

Taste of North ParkHave you heard of the Taste of North Park, in San Diego?  This event sounds fabulous–with tastings from diverse chefs from all different restaurants.  If you’re free on Saturday (event is from 11am to 4pm), this may be a great event to plan on going to.  Here are the details from the official website (www.TasteofNewport.com):

Delight your appetite and let it guide you at the 3rd Annual Taste of North Park.  On Saturday, October 8th, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the charming neighborhood of North Park welcomes gourmands to partake in the season’s most memorable dining event. Fresh local seafood, buono Italian pastas, flavorful ethnic plates, All-American favorites, tantalizing sweets and devilishly delicious drinks can all be experienced within this cozy San Diego neighborhood.

Feed your hunger while also feeding your creative side, by stopping into the North Park boutiques and art galleries offering free samplings of a variety of locally-made microbrews and ales.

Tickets cost $30 prior to the day of, while costing $35 at the door.  You can buy tickets here.