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Time to “Spring Forward”

Last modified on 2011-03-12 01:24:53 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Daylight Saving Time Starts this Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:00 am

Prepare to Spring Forward

Usually signifying that summertime is on its way, daylight savings time is approaching.  The bad part is that we lose an hour of sleep.  Some of the reasons daylight savings is observed are because daytime lasts longer.  Some people believe that having daylight last longer can reduce accidents and injuries, particularly when driving.  Longer days can also be beneficial for tourism industries because people will want to stay outside longer. 

The University of Connecticut Health Center offers these tips for managing your sleep and life this weekend – and the rest of the year.

–Practice. In the days leading up to the change, go to bed 15 minutes earlier and wake up 15 minutes earlier.
–Take a nap on Saturday – but not close to bedtime.
–Just do it. After the time change, go to bed at your usual time – even if you don’t feel sleepy. You’ll get used to it.

SDSU Aztecs Finish Season Co-Champs

Last modified on 2012-03-23 21:01:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

SDSU Aztecs Viejas Arena Basketball Court

SDSU Aztec Men's Basketball Team finish regular season as Co-Champions of the Mountain West Conference.

San Diego State Men’s Basketball Team Finishes 29-2

Tournament Play Begins March 10th vs. University of Utah

Our SDSU Aztecs Men’s Basketball team finished their regular season as Co-Champions of the Mountain West Conference. This is only the 2nd time in 33 years that the Aztecs have claimed a regular season championship. After the last game, a 66-48 victory over Colorado State, Coach Fisher cut down the nets from the goal posts of the sold out Viejas Arena.  Coach Steve Fisher earned the Mountain West Conference Co-Coach of the Year, an honor he shares with BYU’s coach Dave Rose. In addition, DJ Gay and Kawhi Leonard were voted to the first team. 

In an interview, Coach Fisher stated that, although he and his team were honored by the awards, he would trade them in for two more wins. SDSU finished the regular season with a record of 29-2. Fisher’s team led the league in field goal defense, three-point percentage defense, scoring defense, rebounding offense, blocked shots, offensive rebounds, and in offensive rebound percentage. Truly a great accomplishment! 

It has definitely been an exciting season; a season that has made the 8th largest city in the USA, a little smaller. It brought America’s Finest City together in unity, and conversation. The Viejas arena was sold out early in the season. Students camped out in horrific weather for days in order to snag the general admission tickets available to them; and then, after receiving their tickets…went over to the next line to secure the best possible seats. 

The biggest fans of SDSU basketball, known as ‘The Show’ have really enhanced Aztecs Basketball over the past few seasons. “They are sensational,” stated Coach Fisher. “They’ve created an atmosphere that makes it fun for others to watch, wondering what they’re going to do tonight, wondering what chant they’re going to have; what somebody’s going to look like; what big head they’re going to throw up. They’re more than a sixth man. That group has created a home-court advantage for us. They are invaluable to us.” 

The Show is definitely “All American 1st team” in my book. What an incredible display of creativity and support for their team. 

Take a look for yourself! 

SDSU Aztecs will play their first game of the MWC Tournament against The University of Utah, on March 10th. Game time is set for 6:00PT and will be televised on The Mtn. (San Diego Cox Cable 320, Direct TV 616, and simulcast on Channel 4 San Diego (Cox Cable) 

I BELIEVE!!!

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Real Estate Predictions for 2011

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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)

Black Friday 2010

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Black Friday 2010 San Diego

Strategically plan your Black Friday 2010 Shopping Day

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. 

For my fellow San Diego shoppers, I have put together a list of some of our hometown stores that will be open extra early, so you can strategically plan your Black Friday.

WalMart as always, will be open 24 hours through Thanksgiving, however they won’t begin selling their doorbusters until 5am on Black Friday.

Target will be open at 4am. 

Toys R Us will be open at 10:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Best Buy opens at 5am.

Fashion Valley Mall – some stores open at midnight including: Old Navy, Disney Store, Guess, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret.  Most of the stores in the rest of the mall open at 5am.  Nordstrom opens at 8am (and don’t forget to check out their always impressive Holiday Window at the front of the store)

North County Fair will also be open at 5am with certain stores opening even earlier.  University Towne Center will be open at 7am. 

Carlsbad Premium Outlets - certain stores open at midnight for their Midnight Madness Event.

Las Americas Premium Outlets – certain stores open at midnight

And believe it or not, Sears will be open ON Thanksgiving Day, but only from 7am-12pm. 

And from the website www.BlackFriday2010.com here are some predictions for this year’s shopping Season:

Black Friday 2010 Predictions

The 2010 Black Friday climate is not the greatest compared to most years. The economy is slowing down whereas last year at this time, the economy grew a bit.  This year is definitely tougher because of the unemployment rate at about 9.6%.  That coupled with foreclosure problems, a lack of credit, and an overall unease about the economic conditions have brought a lot of concern and frugality into the US household. US household average savings is now 7%, the highest in a very long time. These factors do not set up the greatest Black Friday for retailers. Specifically…

  • Spending on average will again decrease from $343.31 to $330 as people continue to cut back.
  • The Amount of Black Friday shoppers will increase from 195 million last year to 200 million this year. More people will be looking to save on Christmas gifts during this tough time.
  • With a greater amount of shoppers the total amount of Black Friday spending will increase, yet only very slightly, from $41.2 billion to $42 billion.
  • The amount of Black Friday online shopping will jump from $595 million to $1 billion as people try to avoid stores, and online shopping because more popular.

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Last modified on 2010-09-30 23:31:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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!

San Diego Events, San Diego Restaurants

Last modified on 2010-09-14 00:23:38 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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!

San Diego Events, Junior Charger Training Camp

Last modified on 2010-09-07 18:26:45 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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

San Diego Events Labor Day Weekend

Last modified on 2010-09-02 21:02:49 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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!!!

San Diego Events Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Festival

Last modified on 2010-09-03 20:15:05 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

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!

 

   

Miracle Babies 2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run

Last modified on 2010-11-09 21:04:08 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

5k Walk / Run to be held this Sun, Nov 14th at Mariner’s Point

Money raised for families in need who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand in San Diego, Miracle Babies a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for families with preemies in the NICU.  The 2nd annual Miracle Babies 5K Walk / Run will be held this Sunday, November 14th at 10:00 am at the Mariner’s Point in Mission Bay Park.  Registration is FREE for kids and $30 for adults ($35 the day of the event).  The walk will be followed by Beer Garden, jumpies, clowns for kids, band, entertainment, auction, diaper dash for kids and a fun-filled day for all.

Miracle Babies is a non-profit organization maintained by volunteers, many who are parents of prematurely born children.  Miracle Babies is committed to assisting families with items such as:

  • Co-pay assistance for medical equipment (i.e. oxygen, apnea monitor)
  • Hospital grade breast pump rental assistance (lactation consultants highly recommend hospital grade pumps for moms that have a preemie)
  • Car bed for babies that are discharged under 5lbs
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Baby Supplies
  • Baby Clothing
  • Diapers
  • Cribs
  • Infant Car Seats
  • Strollers (often a luxury for parents on a tight budget)
  • Educational Toys
  • Children’s Books
  • Special Formula
  • Funeral/Mortuary Assistance (the death of an infant in the NICU is so often unexpected that the family is not prepared for the financial burden of having to prepare for the necessary funeral arrangements)
  • Groceries
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Sibling Childcare
  • Lodging Assistance for Out-of-Town Family Members
  • Telephone/Cell Phone Payments
  • Utilities Assistance
  • Bus Passes
  • Gas Money/Card
  • Car Repairs
  • Car Payments

 

Dr. Sean has been named a CNN Hero of the Week .  His work for Miracle Babies has helped 80 families in California and across the nation.  He says his main goal is to help these families be happy, healthy and together.

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