You’re Invited!!!!!

May 17, 2019


You’re invited to the Peacock Hills Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 8am to 1pm! The Peacock Hills community is located just north of Oceanside Boulevard and east of College Boulevard. With over 50 homes participating in the sale, there will certainly be plenty of deals and unique finds. Check out a map of the participating homes by clicking here or pick up a printed copy on the morning of the sale at 4552 Quailridge Drive in Oceanside.

Hope to see you there!


Eat Drink Read | May 2
Experience imaginative dishes created by the most popular chefs from every corner of San Diego County, with each bite inspired by their favorite books. Eat. Drink. Read. is the San Diego Council on Literacy’s annual culinary event that brings together friends of food and literacy every spring to raise literacy awareness and generate funding for the SDCOL’s ongoing effort in San Diego.
6 – 8:30pm / San Diego Air and Space Museum
619-574-1641 /

West Coast Weekender | May 2-6
With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American westside’s rich underground music culture. World class talent will participate in daytime panel discussions and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.
Viejas Casino & Resort

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo | May 3-5
Bustling Mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, Lucha Libre wrestling and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
619-291-4903 /

Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show | May 3-5
The Wildflower Show is meant to educate club members, local residents, out-of-town visitors and children about the botanical wealth of Julian and its vicinity. The flowers are arranged on tables representing the different geographical areas and plant zones in which they are picked.
10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall  

Southern California Beach Soccer Championships | May 3-5
The largest Beach Soccer Festival on the West Coast, this annual event is a competitive tournament for regional and worldwide teams.
Harbor Beach, Oceanside

Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival | May 4
Enjoy jams from local musicians and tastes from more than 50 of the most renowned breweries in San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions from across the country.
12-4pm / Historic Vista Village

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego | May 4
This FREE family-friendly festival features cultural, traditional and contemporary acts.
10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park  

Cinco de Mayo Trail Run | May 4
Featuring a professionally chip-timed 5K, 10K and The Kathy Crafts Young Memorial Kids Race. More than $1,600 in cash awards. Male and female age division awards.
6:30-10:30am / Lake Poway Trail  

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire | May 5
More than 850 vendors will be selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine.
8am-5pm / Grand Avenue  

Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park | May 4
The days collaborative, community-driven programming includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more.
11am-6pm / House of Hospitality

Carry the Load | May 8
Join Carry the Load in honoring our military, veterans and first responders by walking with the West Coast relay team through Miramar National Cemetery as they continue on their 4,600-mile trek to Dallas, Texas. Participants are encouraged to bring a memento that symbolizes the load they are carrying.
6:45-9:30am / San Diego Fire-Rescue Station 35, La Jolla
972-757-1828 /

San Diego Surf Film Festival | May 8-11
Featuring 15 of the finest international surf films. Opening night featuring live art, music and local beer. Grant Ellis slideshow presentations. Surfing expression sessions. Salty surf housings. VIP nautilus pass holder happy hours. Meet the filmmakers and artists lunch.
Misfit Gallery, La Jolla

Gator by The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival | May 9-12
Features four days of live music – more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000lbs of crawfish.
Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma

SDCCU Festival of Arts | May 11
This unique and vibrant neighborhood festival brings out over 40,000 people from all over San Diego County to enjoy live music, art, crafts, delicious food and some of San Diego’s top craft beers.
11am-10pm / North Park Main Street
619-294-2501 /

Chocolate Festival | May 11
Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more. Featuring a variety of children’s activities and Mother’s Day gifts.
10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
760-436-3036 /

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Shortfest | May 15
This mini-festival will be a pre-Summer/Pride screening featuring only LGBTQ short films.
7pm and 9pm / Hillcrest Landmark Theatres

Ramona Rodeo | May 17-19
A top-notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.
See website for schedule / Fred Grand Arena  
760-788-0811 /

San Diego Century | May 18
Take on one of 3 beautiful courses for a challenging and rewarding cycling experience on San Diego’s most scenic routes. Experience the beautiful hills and coastline along 33, 67 or 105 mile routes.
6am-5:30pm / Mira Costa College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
909-399-3553 /

Ocean Beach Kite Festival | May 18
Kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music!
10am-4pm / Robb Athletic Field 

Taste of Julian | May 18
This year, many of the town’s restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in this self-guided culinary tour of the historic mountain towns unique restaurants.
1-5pm / Town Hall

Van Go! STEAM Festival | May 18
This event features a silly soap box race, fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual and performing arts entertainment and a beer and wine garden.
10am-2pm / Little Italy

SDCVA Wine & Food Festival | May 18
Spend the day discovering the array of varietals produced county wide. This is the only wine event exclusively featuring San Diego County wines.
1-4pm / Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, Escondido
858-487-1866 /

SoCal TACO FEST | May 18
Over 25 of your favorite restaurants, plus Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua races & beauty pageant and the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent. Ages 21+ only.
11am-10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park

Fiesta del Sol | May 18-19
The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform. A large, fun and exciting children’s area. Food trucks along with other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday and much more!
9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach

OMBAC Over the Line Beerfest | May 18-19
Kick off summer with the Over the Line tournament – a baseball tournament complete with San Diego’s finest craft breweries and food trucks. Beerfest on Saturday and OTL Tourney on Sunday.
11am-6pm / Mariners Point, San Diego

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk | May 19
A one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge.
8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront
858-848-5786 /

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival | May 19
Featuring over 500 vendors with unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment.
9am-5pm / Grand Avenue 

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival | May 24-25
Mutton Bustin event, Junior Barrel Racing and a Calf Scramble during intermission that is open to children in attendance free of charge. Rodeo proceeds are donated to local youth organizations, as well as organizations that promote the morale of our local military.
Star Valley Park

Legacy Week | May 24-27
The lineup of activities range from a wreath memorial ceremony, benefit concert, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.
USS Midway Museum
619-544-9600 /

Valley Center Western Days | May 25
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off and the election of Valley Center’s Honorary Mayor.
760-440-8293 /

Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival | May 25
Featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!
10am-6pm / Riverview Parkway & Town Center Parkway
619-449-1515 /

Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea | May 25-27
General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.
Maritime Museum of San Diego

House of Pacific Relations Ethnic Food Fair | May 26
Sample the culinary treats of 34 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage.
11am-5pm / Balboa Park

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration | May 27
A community-wide event supported enthusiastically by National City public officials.
1-3pm / 3191 Orange Street, National City
619-475-7770 /

San Diego County Fair | May 31-July 4
Skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an Oz-some world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 
Del Mar Fairgrounds  
858-755-1161 /

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I’ve recently had a flurry of phone calls from clients who are curious about solar panels and their impact should they decide to sell. Solar salespeople must have been busy lately…because seriously, I’ve received numerous phone calls!

I know that a $1.27 monthly electric bill sounds really appealing, but there are a few points I encourage people to consider before making the costly investment in a solar panel system:

Do You Have a Tile Roof?
If so, an alternative location might be a better option for you. Tile can break easily even with an experienced roofer walking on it. If the roof has any age on it, it may be difficult to locate matching replacement tiles. Instead, I’ve seen homeowners put the panels on hillsides, pergolas or patio covers. I’ve even seen some in the form of garden art! Check out these alternative ideas…

Do You Like the Look of Solar Panels?
No? There are some great options from Tesla that include roofing material where each tile/shingle is one solar cell. Keep in mind that an option like this will be more expensive, but from what I understand, they’ll last longer than a shingle roof.

Is Your Roof Due for Replacement?
If it’s time for a new roof anyway, I would recommend installing solar panels. Similarly, if your roof is getting to the end of its useful life, I would wait until you replace it to install solar panels. No need to incur the extra expense of having solar panels put on, taken off and put on again. Labor isn’t cheap!

Side note: I recommend getting your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor to determine how much longer your roof is going to last and whether or not the structure can hold solar panels.

How Long Do You Plan on Staying in the Home?
If this is your forever home, then by all means, solar is a great solution! However, if you’re only going to be in the home for a short period of time, you likely won’t recoup the cost of the system. A client recently told me that it would take 15 years for her to break even on the installation of a leased system on her home.

In my experience, I’ve not yet had a buyer put solar as a “must have” on their list. I’ve found that buyers generally think of solar as a nice bonus in their purchase, but they don’t necessarily want to pay more for a home because of it.

Helpful Hint: Use this calculator if you’re curious about the cost of installing solar panels on your home.

Are You Going to Refinance in Order to Purchase the Solar System?
If you were able to get one of those super-duper interest rate deals at 3%, and by refinancing it’s going to cause your interest rate to go to 4.5%, make sure you have your lender help you with the math before making a final decision. And remember – this will prolong the break-even point for recouping your costs.

Side note: I’m not a big purveyor of refinancing unless it’s done to…

– Shorten the term of the loan to pay it off sooner.
– Eliminate private mortgage insurance while simultaneously taking out the loan for the term currently left (or shorter).
– Obtain a lower interest rate. (Remember to speak with your lender to determine the break-even point on the cost of refinancing. While refinancing in order to purchase vacations, vehicles, etc. may seem like a good idea, I’ve seen many people hurt by using equity for unnecessary wants. A shift in the real estate market can quickly create a situation where you are upside down on the value of your home.)

Are You Going to Lease or Finance the Solar Panels?
Leased systems will show up on a property title report as a notice of solar provider – there will be a solar lease agreement and, possibly, a UCC financing agreement. If you’re looking to finance the system, the HERO program is one of several ways in which to do so. The HERO program will show up on property taxes as an assessment (similar to a Mello – Roos tax) in the form of a Document for Contractual Payment. This is how the lender is assured that the financing will be paid back. Why is it important to know all of this? The way lenders look at these loans during a real estate transaction differ. If a listing agent or the buyer’s lender is unaware of these details, it could negatively affect the transaction.

For example, I recall another agent’s story of how their already-in-escrow buyer became unqualified for the home’s purchase due to a solar-related issue. Because the buyer was taking over the solar payments from the seller, their debt-to-income ratio increased. As a result, the home fell out of escrow and the seller had to go through the process of selling the home again. No one likes surprises! It’s important that real estate agents know these details in advance in order to eliminate delays and potential disappointment for all parties.

Final Thoughts
Research, investigate and analyze your information to determine if a solar system is a good choice for you, your family and your finances. To help get you started, take a look at this educational document from Fidelity Title about solar easements.


Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival | Through April 28
Featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world. Price included with park admission. 
Time/Place: SeaWorld San Diego

Sounds and Swells | April 1
Pairs a curated selection of surf footage with a live performance by the Hausmann Quartet. Food and drink are available for purchase. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. 

Time/Place: 7pm / Stone Brewing Liberty Station

Goodguys Meguiars Del Mar Nationals | April 5-7
A colorful Full Throttle Fun hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1987 vintage. 

Time/Place: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 925-838-9876 /

Uncorked: San Diego | April 6
Enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live dj, lawn games and more!  

Time/Place: 1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North 
Contact: 323-395-7263 /

North Park Festival of Beers | April 6
More than 50 beers from the best breweries on the planet! 

Time/Place: 12-4pm / Historic Lafayette Hotel

Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest | April 6
Sign up is on arrival at the contest site, which is held at the Peg Leg Smith memorial. Bring a lawn chair and refreshments! 

Time/Place: 7:15-10pm / Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 

Race for Autism | April 6
A SUPERHERO 5K chip-timed run, 5K walk or 1-mile Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, childrens activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, capes for kids, prizes, refreshments and more! 

Time/Place: 7am-12pm / Balboa Park

San Diego Crew Classic | April 6-7
An athletic event with rowers at the peak of physical fitness, and a social gathering for enthusiasts to enjoy great local food, a beer garden with SDs famous local craft breweries, and shopping.  

Time/Place: 6am-7pm / Crown Point Shores

Julian Gold Rush Days | April 6-7
The old-fashioned mining camp will offer re-enactors, an arts and crafts market, food and drink, old fashioned laundry, free parking and plenty of family fun. 

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Julian Farm: 4381 Highway 78 
Contact: 760-765-1857 /

Carlsbad 5000 | April 6-7
The event features multiple age-group races throughout the morning leading up to the legendary pro womens and mens races. The Party by the Sea gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line. 

Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Jefferson St & Grand Ave

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego | April 7
Southern California meets Italy in this celebration of cycling, food, and San Diegos picturesque water front.  

Time/Place: 5am-5:30pm / Little Italy

Triton 5K & Festival | April 7
The 3.1 mile, USATF-sanctioned course is a scenic trek through the heart of campus, past towering eucalyptus groves and familiar campus landmarks. 

Time/Place: 7:30am / UCSD

Black Mountain Trail Run | April 7
All participants get a great race t-shirt, cool finisher medal, hot breakfast, coffee, entry into the raffle of swag, and the satisfaction of completing one of the best races around! 

Time/Place: 6-11:30am / Black Mountain Ranch State Park

Bloom Bash | April 12
The high-voltage celebration to kick off Art Alive 2019. With food & cocktails, art installations & performers, BLOOM BASH attendees love to dance the night away. 

Time/Place: 7pm / SD Museum of Art, Balboa Park

La Jolla Concours DElegance | April 12-14
Over 150 spectacularly restored vehicles and a spectacular vintage aviation show featuring the finest restored aircrafts from yesteryear. 

Time/Place: La Jolla Cove lawn

Gaslight Gathering 9 | April 12-14
A convention to promote Steampunk and Victoriana aesthetics as it relates to dress, art, music, crafts, pop culture, & literature. 

Time/Place: Handlery Hotel, San Diego

VinDiego Wine & Food Festival | April 13
Over 70 Top Tier Wineries and 25 of San Diegos very best Chefs come together to create San Diegos Classy Wine and Food Experience! 

Time/Place: 3-7pm / SD County Waterfront Park

Heartbreak Ridge Run | April 13
Half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K kids run. For Marines and Civilians Ages 4 and Up. 

Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton 

Taste of Hillcrest | April 13
More than 35 Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their signature dishes. 

Time/Place: 12-4pm / 5th Avenue and University Ave 
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

SD Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K | April 13
Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, a beer garden (your first beer is on us!), snacks, photo opportunities, and much more. 

Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / Tecolote Shores Park, San Diego 

Coronado Flower Show | April 13-14
Exhibits surround a central gazebo which stages continuous live music entertainment, announcements, and trophy presentations. Food pavilion and beer garden on site! 

Time/Place: Sat 1-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm / Spreckels Park 

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest | April 13-14
Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft. 

Time/Place: 9am-5pm / 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 
Contact: 760-436-3036 /

SD Magazine’s Best of North County Party | April 14
A sunset celebration of the top restaurants, breweries and businesses in NoCo.

Time/Place: 4-7pm / Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad 
Contact: 619-230-9292 /

Fallbrook Avocado Festival | April 14
Check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens. 

Time/Place: 9am-5pm / E Alvarado St & S Main Ave 

Chicano Park Day Celebration | April 20
Performances by ballet folklrico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, kids arts workshop and speakers. 

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Logan Av & Cesar E Chavez Parkway 
Contact: 619-563-4661 /

Easter Bash at Belmont Park | April 21
Egg hunts, activities for children, Easter Bunny photo op, live music, entertainment and FREE parking; PLUS, brunch on the boardwalk will be offered at the beachfront restaurants. 

Time/Place: 8am-5pm / 3190 Mission Blvd

Taste of Liberty Station | April 24
Enjoy live entertainment and art demos, while indulging in all of the delicious bites of neighborhoods restaurants. 

Time/Place: 5-9pm / 2460 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego 
Contact: 619-756-7992 /

Lakeside Rodeo | April 26-28
Four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team roping.

Time/Place: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds

Barrio Logan Grand Prix | April 27
Fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers, top-level amateurs, a community walk, and a fun childrens cycling event.

Time/Place: 7:15am-5:30pm / Beardsley St. & Newton St. 

San Diego Shaka Fest | April 27
A Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics! Youth-only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keikis, stages of da kine Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, your favorite boutique vendors and island inspired food vendors to enjoy.  

Time/Place: 8am-4pm / De Anza Cove Park

Adams Avenue Unplugged | April 27
The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. 

Time/Place: 12-10pm / Adams Ave

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair | April 27
Inside, expect to see 150 local and national companies that have products and services catered to kids and families. Get your wristbands and head to the outdoor fair! 

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds  
Contact: 619-977-4277 /

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival | April 27
Beer, food, and spirits all included! All guests MUST be 21 years of age. 

Time/Place: 1:30-5pm / SDCCU Stadium

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival | April 27
The festival features various kid friendly activities such as tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, Butterfly Releases, the Pollinator Party & the Butterfly Discovery Lab, an appearance by Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM and Storytime with Miss Metamorphosis. 

Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Cuyamaca College, El Cajon

Mission Federal ArtWalk | April 27-28
More than 300 artists filling 17 square blocks of the iconic urban neighborhood with art, craftsmanship and beautiful goods, this event attracts artists from across the globe. 

Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Little Italy

Encinitas Spring Street Fair | April 27-28
Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, childrens rides, Dog Zone, Kids Zone, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! 

Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Highway 101 between D and J Streets 
Contact: 760-943-1950 /

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K | April 28
The course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park and finishes at La Jolla Cove. 

Time/Place: 6:30-11am / Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

San Diego Earth Fair | April 28
Will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Childrens Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Childrens Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. 

Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Balboa Park

MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show | April 28
Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. 

Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Downtown Coronado 
Contact: 619-437-0254 /

Foxy Trail Half Marathon & 5K | April 28
The out-n-back 5K is flat and fast with lots of lake views and single track technical trail. This is race #1 in the annual Dirt Devil Half Marathon Series. 

Time/Place: 7am / Rancho Bernardo Community Park 

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