La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Annual Events~Oktoberfest

37th Annual Oktoberfest October 1-3

La Mesa Oktoberfest

La Mesa Oktoberfest October 1-3

It’s that time of year again. Come and stroll along La Mesa Village for the largest 3 day Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi. There will be hundreds of craft and commercial booths, a children’s carnival, food courts, and of course…what would Oktoberfest be without BEER GARDENS!!

Parking is extremely limited so take the San Diego Trolley, Orange Line. Get off at the La Mesa Blvd stop. You will be right in the thick of things! Click here for trolley information

Hours will be Friday and Saturday 11am-11:30 pm; and Sunday 12 noon- 6pm. For more information regarding this event Click here

So long…farewell…Auf wiedersehen, adieu!

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San Diego Events, San Diego Restaurants

San Diego Restaurant Week September 19-24 2010

San Diego County’s Largest and Most Successful Dining Event

Celebrating its seventh year as San Diego’s largest dining event, this culinary tradition gives patrons the ability to discover new restaurants or enjoy a favorite for less. Choose from more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants.  San Diego Restaurant Week is held twice a year. The upcoming dates are September 19-24, 2010 and January 16-21, 2011. Enjoy a fixed price, 3 course meal for $20, $30, or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. No tickets or passes are required, but reservations are strongly recommended. Contact the participating restaurant directly.

For a list of participating restaurants click here                         

Bon Apetite!

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Short Sales as an Alternative to Foreclosure

There is a dignified solution to foreclosure

We can help you or someone you know facing possibility of foreclosure

Short Sale as Alternative to Foreclosure

I was reading a blog from a group I am affiliated with, Certified Distressed Property Experts. They quoted a recent article in The New York Times:

WITH property values down by as much as 30 percent in New York City, some homeowners who bought at the height of the market are finding themselves underwater and are being forced to sell their homes in short sales.

The operative word here is FORCED… a word that carries with it an extremely negative feeling should never be associated with short sales. Rather…perhaps it would be better used in these contexts.

  • The sheriff came and FORCED her to leave her home after the bank foreclosed on the property.
  • After he lost his job and could no longer afford to make mortgage payments, he was FORCED to pack up and vacate when the locksmith came to rekey the property.
  • When her loan reset, she could no longer afford her escalating mortgage payments and rising credit card debt. After declaring bankruptcy, she was FORCED to surrender her assets.

We are definitely up against a battle here. Unfortunately, many don’t realize that there is a dignified solution to foreclosure for struggling homeowners…that is the Short Sale. Luckily, some people recognize this, as stated by one of the nation’s leading lenders:

Short sales are a gentler alternative to foreclosure for both sellers and lenders. “Compared to a foreclosure, a short sale generally allows an easier transition for the borrower, less impact on their credit history, and larger net proceeds to the loan’s owner,” said Tom Kelly, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, adding that Chase encourages borrowers who are unable to keep their homes to consider short sales.

Since 1 out of every 10 homeowners is behind on mortgage payments, chances are, you or someone you know is facing the possibility of foreclosure.  Remember, you are not alone. Click on our Alternative to Foreclosure link, for more information, or just give me a call. We would be happy to help you in any way we can.

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San Diego Events, Junior Charger Training Camp

2010 Junior Charger Camp Dates

San Diego Chargers and STAR/PAL celebrate 8 years of Junior Charger Training Camps

 
 
 
 

Junior Charger Training Camp

Junior Charger Training Camp-NLF PLAY 60

As Bob Dylan sang… oh, the times, they are a-changin’. No doubt, things are different from when we were young. Gone are the days when kids could play outside all day long.  I remember that I intentionally stayed outside as long as possible, because if I came in, and sat around…my mother would give me a chore to do. Unfortunately, it is no longer safe to allow our children to play unsupervised.

 Add to this our ever -progressing technology…video games, blu-ray, HD TV, computers, and, of course, the internet. All of these things have resulted in a diminished level of activity for our youth. Which has led to an overwhelming increase in childhood obesity.

 The San Diego Chargers, as part of the Play 60 initiative, are committed to doing something about that.  The schedule for the 2010 Junior Chargers Training Camp has been released. The training camps are presented by Kaiser Permanente this year.

 The Chargers, and San Diego’s Police Athletic League, (STAR/PAL) have been providing these free football skills camps for 8 years now. Boys and girls aged 7-14 will not only learn the basic football fundamentals, they will also learn about how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle.

Chargers Junior Training Camps are held at different locations throughout San Diego County, on Tuesday afternoons beginning at 4:00 pm.  Every child who participates in the camp will receive a t-shirt, and a Charger goodie bag! And best of all….It’s FREE!

To get more information about participation or volunteering, or to register for a camp. Visit http://www.starpal.orgor call STAR/PAL at 619-531-2718.

Who says, “Nothing in life is FREE”!

2010 Junior Chargers Camp Dates

  • September 21st
  • September 28th
  • October 5th
  • October 12th
  • October 19th
  • October 26th
  • November 2nd
  • November 9th
  • November 16th
  • November 23rd
  • December 7th
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San Diego Events Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Festival

Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival

Music & Art Festival September 11, 2010

The Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival

Jazz 88.3 OB Festival September 11, 2010

The Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival, featuring 7 stages, 26 bands and 60 different artists, is coming up on September 11, 2010. Tickets for the Festival are just $30, and children under 12 are free. Musical performances start at 11am along with the Craft Beer Garden at the main stage. Four breweries, including Ballast Point, Pizza Port, Coronado Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company will be serving some their favorite brews.

If wearing a festival wristband you will receive discounts at several Ocean Beach restaurants and bars. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Art Row located on Newport Ave, between Cable and Bacon will open at 10 am.

Come early, because parking is first come, first serve.  Come and spend the day…or just enjoy whatever time you may have. This should be a great event!

 

   

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San Diego Events Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend Events in San Diego

Labor Day 2010 on September 6th

Labor Day San Diego

Labor Day means different things to different people. To some it is the symbolic end of the summer. However, I’m not sure we even started summer this year! To sport fans, Labor Day marks the beginning of football season. GO CHARGERS!!! Families with school age children often use Labor Day to get in that last vacation before the school year starts, although school starting times vary now.

The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Little by little the holiday was adopted by various states. In June of 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday. Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement, and a tribute to American workers, the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership.

The question we are all faced with…? What will we do with that extra day in the weekend? Well, as far as San Diego Events Labor Day Weekend, you have plenty of choices.

  1. Take in a Padre Game at Petco Park: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies from September 3-5, and then San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodgers on September 6th. As you may know, the Padres are suffering from a 7 game losing streak. They could use our support!
  2. Sight & Sound Concert by the Bay, in collaboration with ART SAN DIEGO, will present a free concert outside the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on September 3, from 7-10pm. The concert is a free event to celebrate the San Diego Arts Community.
  3. Need a little laughter? Joe Rogan is performing at the House of Blues at 1055 Fifth Avenue on September 4th at 7pm.
  4. There are a few family orientated events as well. The House of Ukraine 50th Anniversary Concert is being held at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center on September 4th. On the 5th of September the Hillcrest Farmers Market will be doing face painting, and in La Jolla, enjoy the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea.

As always San Diego offers plenty to do, and this is just a small list. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, enjoy that extra day off. Have a great one!!!

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