Tag Archives: CA

Events: St. Patrick Day’s Festivities

There are a few big celebrations happening in San Diego county tomorrow, in celebration of St. Patrick Day. Here are three, brought to my attention by U~T San Diego:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

This family-friendly event is centered in and around Balboa Park, and is put on by the Irish Congress of Southern California. The parade includes horses, colorful dancers, and general merriment around the park, then is followed by a festival. The festival showcases Irish musicians, corned beef, Guinness beer, a Celtic Village, and live music throughout the day.

Details: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street. Festival is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue.

Cost: Free!

More info: stpatrsparade.org

ShamRock 2012

This adults-only celebration is in the Gaslamp district. The event will feature several bands, including the Young Dubliners, as well as Irish River Dancers and DJs.

Details: 2 p.m. to midnight, along Fifth and Sixth avenues in the Gaslamp Quarter

Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door

More info: (619) 223-50008 or sandiegoshamrock.com

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Vista’s first-ever St. Paddy’s Day parade and festival, with a Limerick Reading and Writing Fest, scavenger hunt for gold, Celtic Queen pageant, a contest for cutest redheaded and freckled-face child, and more

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vista Village Business Association, 150 East Broadway, Vista

Cost: Free!

More info: (760) 414-9391 or vvba.org/st-patricks-day-parade

 These events and information are all from U~T San Diego, at utsandiego.com.

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.”

San Diego home sales up 5% in January

San Diego County home prices remained flat in January but total sales rose, show the latest DataQuick figures released Wednesday morning.

The median price of all homes sold in the county last month was $305,000, 0.3 percent higher than a year ago. When comparing January to December, values fell 3.2 percent.

Total sales — which include single-family resales, condos and new homes — rose in January to 2,358, or 5 percent higher from January 2011. Sales fell almost 29 percent month-over-month, a natural decrease from December to January because of the holiday season.

How did each housing category fare in January? Read more of the article on U~T San Diego’s site.

Read this article in full by U~T San Diego: “SD home sales up 5% in Jan., prices flat“.

La Mesa Farmer’s Market

Farmers Market

Step back in time…

To an open-air market every Friday afternoon from 2pm – 6pm at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street. Sponsored by the City of La Mesa, the market offers farm fresh goods including flowers, produce and live plants.  For more information contact Chris Gonzales at 667-1192 or cgonzales@ci.la-mesa.ca.us

Experience the Village. All information from the La Mesa Village website.

California housing affordability rises in Q3

California Building Industry AssociationHousing affordability increased in 22 of the state’s 28 metropolitan areas in the third quarter, according to the California Building Industry Association’s Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).

On a statewide basis, the HOI found that a family earning the median income could have afforded 63.5 percent of the new and existing homes that were sold during the third quarter, up from 61.3 percent in the second quarter.

The San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin County metro area was once again California’s least-affordable metro area for the twelfth consecutive quarter, and second in the nation, with just 32.9 percent of the homes sold being affordable to a family earning the median income, up from 27.5 percent in the second quarter. Orange County was California’s second least-affordable market and fifth in the nation (43 percent), followed by Los Angeles County (45.1 percent) and Santa Cruz County (47 percent).

Read the article from the California Building Industry Association here: “California Housing Affordability Rises in Third Quarter, CBIA Announces“.

Event: Stargazing in La Mesa

La Mesa, CAStargazing – November 18
November 18, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Stargazing for all ages on Friday, November 18 at the La Mesa Community Center. Members of the San Diego Astronomy Association will have telescopes set up in the parking lot and inside the Community Center we will have astronomy-related displays. Free family fun!

In the event of inclement weather this event may need to be postponed. Please call Community Services at 619.667.1300 for more information.

http://www.cityoflamesa.com/index.aspx?NID=409

Event: Escondido Renaissance Faire

This popular festival, which celebrates the 14th to 17th centuries, welcomes everyone from history buffs to Shakespearean scholars, not to mention those who love a good costume party. Hang out with Queen Elizabeth and her royal court, or spend the day in the pirate’s area. The Renaissance Faire, which returns on Nov. 5 and 6, also features battles, treasure hunts, storytelling, and giant turkey legs. Details: Escondido Renaissance Faire. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido. $8 to $17; free for ages 4 and under. (805) 496-6036 or goldcoastfestivals.com.

SignOnSanDiego.com has even more ideas for your weekend here.

San Diego Halloween Events

Need some activities to scare you silly this October–just in time for Halloween?  San Diego Magazine put up a great list of Halloween to-dos (available here: “Halloween Events in San Diego“). 

Haunted San Diego tours

But one that looks particularly thrilling to me it the San Diego ghost tour with Haunted San Diego.  You can take a 2-hour, fully narrated tour through some of the area’s scariest locations.  Here’s the details on the tour:

Journey with us on an entertaining history tour with a haunted theme. You’ll learn about the individuals who lived here, died here, and are still said to haunt San Diego to this very day.

Haunted San Diego‘s website (www.hauntedsandiegotours.com) has further details and tickets on their Halloween-orientated excursion–but I’ve heard that they sell out quickly, so hurry up!

For more spooky events, you can view San Diego Magazine’s list here: “Halloween Events in San Diego“.