The Nutcracker in San Diego

The Nutcracker, a beloved Christmas tradition

The Nutcracker playing throughout San Diego

The ballet premiered in Russia in 1892 by famous composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  It wasn’t until 1944 though that the San Francisco Ballet became the first American company to perform the entire ballet in the United States.

What sets it apart?  It could be the the exotic melody of the famous “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” with its use of the celestra, an instrument similar to a group of tuning forks.  Children will love that one of the main characters, Clara is usually played by a child.  From beautiful costumes and sets, to the iconic nutcracker statue that most of us recognize as a symbol of the holidays. 

Here in San Diego, we are fortunate to have several companies performing their rendition of the classic.  My 7 year old daughter and I watched the California Ballet’s  company perform at the Poway Center for the Arts.  It was a wonderful production.  After this past weekend they moved to the San Diego Civic Theatre

See list of various productions of the Nutcracker and information on purchasing tickets.  It’s sure to also be an annual tradition in your household.  Tickets subject to availability. 

California Ballet at the Civic Theatre – the longest-running Nutcracker production in San Diego (43 years to be exact). December 18-21, 2010.

West Coast Ballet at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido  December 17-18, 2010

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet at the Casa Del Prado Theater Dec 17-19, 2010

City Ballet of San Diego  at the Spreckels Theatre in Downtown San Diego. Dec 10-19, 2010

Playing at Copley Symphony Hall on Monday, December 20, 2010 is the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

San Diego Ballet  at Mandeville Center at UCSD. Dec 16-17, 2010

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SDSU Aztecs in Coaches’ Top 10

SDSU Coach Steve Fisher
Coach Steve Fisher and I @KOGO Coaches’ Talk 12/2/10

Undefeated Aztecs ranked #10 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll!

Congratulations to our San Diego Aztecs Men’s Basketball team for breaking in to the top ten of the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. We have seen most of the other teams in the top ten before…so it’s extra nice to see our Aztecs ranked among the classic teams. San Diego State has a winning streak of 10 games, which is the 2nd longest winning streak in the 90 year history of the program.
We, at QualityFirst Real Estate, would love to invite you to our sponsored Coaches’ talk with KOGO radio and Steve Fisher at Hooley’s, in Grossmont Center, on three separate dates…January 20th, February 10th, and March 3rd.

The last KOGO Coaches’ Talk with Steve Fisher was a huge success. It took place at Hooley’s on December 2nd. It was great to meet the coach and hear of the team’s success. I even got to take a picture with him!

Call me at 619-994-5515, if you are interested in being my guest at the VIP table for the upcoming KOGO Coaches’ Talk with Steve Fisher!

GO AZTECS!!

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Real Estate Predictions for 2011

5 Predictions for 2011

Freddie Mac points out five features that will characterize the housing and mortgage markets next year

1. Low Mortgage Rates:  Relatively low mortgage rates will be a feature of the 2011 mortgage market.  Those watching the Fed expect the central bank to keep the federal funds rate at 0 percent to .25 percent.  30-year fixed rate loans will more than likely stay below 5% throughout the year.

2. Prices have hit bottom: House prices are likely to begin a gradual, but sustained recovery in the latter half of 2011.

3. Housing will remain affordable: Many first-time homebuyers will hit the housing market in 2011 because of the affodability of homes being high.  This will mean more home sales in 2011 than in 2010.

4. Refinances will dwindle: With the Making Home Affordable refinance program expiring in June of 2011, many of the eligible borrowers have already re-financed.  Refinancing will be less of an option to most home owners because although fixed-rate loans are likely to remain low, they will gradually move up.

5. Delinquency rates will decline: Based on the last several business cycles, the share of loans that are 90 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure proceedings — known as the “seriously delinquent rate” — generally crests within a year of the start of the recovery in payroll employment, and this economic recovery appears to fit within that pattern. Payrolls began to rise last January, and by the spring the seriously delinquent rate had begun to fall.

Source: Freddie Mac (12/09/10)

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Santa’s Village in Poway

 FREE event for families for the Holidays

17868 Joyas Court, Poway, CA

Something fun to do with the family is check out Santa’s Village in Poway.  Usually advertised through word of mouth, as I have yet to find a website advertising it, the house on 17868 Joyas Court opens its doors to families in the community usually starting Dec. 10th and running through the 22nd of December from 6-8pm, except on Sundays.  Parking is somewhat limited, as you’ll have to walk to the house and up a bit of a hill…but it is very much worth it.  Once you get to the house, the walkway has gorgeous lighted archways.  You will more than likely see a long line…don’t fret….that line is to see and take photos with Santa.  You can easily bypass the line if you choose to go straight into the home to view the extravagantly decorated rooms.  You may be overwhelmed at how much there is to see, but take time to appreciate all of the effort that went into putting it together.  There is an area where you are free to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.  And finally, each child is given a small gift…and by the way…everything is FREE!

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