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
Contact: www.seaworld.com/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
Contact: www.artofelan.org

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 / www.good-guys.com

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 / www.uncorkedwinefestivals.com

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
Contact: www.northparkbeerfest.com

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 
Contact: www.borregospringschamber.com

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
Contact: www.raceforautism.org

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
Contact: www.crewclassic.org

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 / www.juliangoldrushdays.com

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
Contact: www.carlsbad5000.com

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
Contact: www.sdgranfondo.com

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
Contact: https://5k.ucsd.edu

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
Contact: www.trailrace.com

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
Contact: www.sdmart.org

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
Contact: www.lajollaconcours.com

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
Contact: www.gaslightgathering.org

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
Contact: www.vindiego.com

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 
Contact: www.mccscp.com/heartbreak

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 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com

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 
Contact: www.sandiegobeachandbayhalfmarathon.com

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 
Contact: www.coronadoflowershow.com

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 / www.sdbgarden.org

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 / www.sandiegomagazine.com

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 
Contact: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

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 / www.chicano-park.com

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
Contact: www.belmontpark.com

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 / www.libertystation.com

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
Contact: www.lakesiderodeo.com

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. 
Contact: www.sdbc.org/barrio-logan

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
Contact: www.sandiegoshakafest.com

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
Contact: www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

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 / www.sandiegokidsexpo.com

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
Contact: www.mvcbf.com

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
Contact: www.cuyamaca.edu

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
Contact: www.artwalksandiego.org

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 / www.kennedyfaires.com/encinitas

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 / www.lajollahalfmarathon.com

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
Contact: www.earthdayweb.org

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 / www.coronadomainstreet.com

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 
Contact: www.dirtdevilracing.com

Photo Credit: www.sandiego.org and www.sdstreetfairs.com


Did You Know?

March 15, 2019

Did you know that closing a home sale around the time property taxes are due could mean that your escrow company is going to take the taxes out of your proceeds, even if you have an impound account with your mortgage holder?

Yes, you read that correctly! An escrow/title company is required to confirm that property taxes are paid prior to closing in order to transfer clear title to the buyer.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I would sure like to avoid paying my property taxes twice and then have to wait for my refund from the County Tax Assessor. From what I’ve heard, this can be a pretty lengthy process!

In order to avoid this waiting game, you should call your mortgage holder and find out when they plan to pay the property taxes. If it’s close to the closing date on your property, you can request that the property tax payment be held in the impound account so your taxes don’t get paid twice. Although it will vary depending upon the mortgage holder, you should only have to wait for 14-30 days to receive your refund from the impound accounts. It’s important to pay close attention to the dates on this, as you certainly don’t want your taxes paid late – that’s a hefty 10% penalty!

If your closing date is near the deadline for a late payment, it’s better to have taxes paid from the impound accounts and have escrow withhold the amount due for property taxes. Once they receive confirmation from the tax assessor that the property taxes have been paid, they’ll send you a check refunding the amount.

Now, if you’re purchasing another property and need every dime of proceeds from the sale, you may want to consider closing after the late payment date. This can help prevent issues with a hold back or a duplicated payment of property taxes through escrow. Another option that’s available is to pay any property taxes that are due in advance of putting your home on the market.

Below are the key dates that will help you determine what works best for your situation: 

November 1 – First Installment Due
Covers the tax period from July 1 to December 31.

December 10 – First Installment Becomes Delinquent at 5pm
A 10% penalty will be added to taxes due. If December 10 falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5pm on the next business day.

February 1 – Second Installment Due
Covers the tax period from January 1 to June 30.

April 10 – Second Installment Becomes Delinquent at 5pm
A 10% penalty will be added to taxes due. If April 10 falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5pm on the next business day.


The Flower Fields | March 1 – May 12
One of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world!
Time / Place: 9am – 6pm / 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad

34th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show | March 1 – March 3
Now in its 34th year, the Spring Home Garden show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes.
Time / Place: 10am – 6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

2019 San Diego Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday | March 1 – March 5
Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter at the 2019 San Diego Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday.
Time / Place: 6pm – 2am / American Junkie, 628 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Meze Hummus Competition | March 1
Do you love Mezé hummus? We gave you a chance to share and vote on your favorite flavors. Now it’s time for you to help us choose it!
Time / Place: 6 – 9pm / Meze Greek Fusion, 345 6th Avenue, San Diego

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering | March 2 – March 10
The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a nine-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids.
Time / Place: 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K | March 2
Please join us for the 9th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King.
Time / Place: 6:30 – 11am / Balboa Park, 6th Avenue & Olive Street, San Diego

San Diego Undy Run/Walk | March 2
During the San Diego Undy Run/Walk, participants run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about the often-taboo disease of colon cancer.
Time / Place: 7am – 12pm / 2750 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon | March 3
Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.
Time / Place: 6:30am – 12pm / Downtown El Cajon, Main Street & Magnolia Avenue

San Diego Comic Fest | March 7 – March 10
Indulge your love of comics, science fiction and films and meet an outstanding array of professional creators in a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors.
Time / Place: 9am – 11pm / Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego
Contact: https://www.sdcomicfest.org/

SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival | March 9 – April 28
Foodies and craft beer aficionados will love SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.
Time / Place: SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego

The Irish Rovers | March 9
The Irish Rovers have been selling out worldwide and are thrilled to be returning to Balboa Theatre – by popular demand!
Time / Place: 7:30pm / Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego

San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K | March 10
The San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K is a race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities!
Time / Place: 6:30am – 11pm / PETCO Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

The Green Zone at the 7th Annual Mariachi Festival | March 10
The National City Chamber of Commerce and The Unified Port of San Diego are hosting the 7th annual international mariachi festival & competition.
Time / Place: 11am – 7pm / Bayside Park, 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista

San Diego Latino Film Festival | March 14 – March 24
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this 11-day experience of Latino films.
Time / Place: AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road, San Diego

2019 IRISH 4 A DAY | March 15 – March 17
Presented by the organizers of the sold out San Diego Zombie Crawl and the top 20 nightclubs and bars along the famous 5th Avenue, Irish for a day is truly an one-of-a-kind celebration and unlike any other “pub crawls”!
Time / Place: Gaslamp Event Management, 835 5th Avenue, San Diego

Hell Fire Fat Tire | March 16
Hell Fire Fat Tire is a challenging mountain bike race featuring varied terrain, elevation and panoramic views aboard our marine corps base camp Pendleton.
Time / Place: 6:30am – 12pm / Camp Pendleton, 20250 Vandegrift Boulevard, Oceanside

St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run | March 16
Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk.
Time / Place: 7:45am / Mission Bay Park, 2688 E Mission Bay Drive, San Diego

39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | March 16
Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi! Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.
Time / Place: 9am – 6pm / Sixth Avenue & Laurel Street, San Diego

36th Annual San Diego Cake Show | March 16 – March 17
Come see San Diego’s best cake decorators compete in the largest event of its kind in California.
Time / Place: 10am – 5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest | March 16
Celebrate Latino flavors and culture with us! We invite you to the 4th Annual Sabor Latino Food, Beer and Wine Fest to enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs.
Time / Place: 1 – 5:00pm / Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, San Diego

Julian Daffodil Show | March 23 – March 24
Come celebrate spring with the Flower of Hope at Julian, which is just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains.
Time / Place: 10am – 4pm / Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main Street, Julian

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race | March 24
Each hot chocolate 15/5K race features both a 15K (9.3 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) distance & all runners are encouraged to join!
Time / Place: 6:45am / PETCO Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego

Kia Classic | March 25 – March 31
Entering its tenth year, the 2019 Kia Classic will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad.
Time / Place: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad

East Village Opening Day Block Party | March 28 – March 29
East Village is ready to hit the ball out of the park with this free, family-friendly, two-day block party on J street.
Time / Place: East Village, Sixth Avenue & J Street, San Diego

2019 San Diego Tour de Cure | March 31
The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes.
Time / Place: 6am – 1pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Photo Credit: stpatsparade.org, sdhalfmarathon.com and sandiegomagazine.com


San Diego Black Film Festival | Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen more than one hundred films each year in categories including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, LGBT, horror, religious, foreign/African diaspora, shorts, features and music.
Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com

SDSU Writers Conference | Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Whether your goal is direct feedback from a top-tier agent or editor or you’re simply hoping to elevate your craft and enjoy the camaraderie of a literary community, the 2019 SDSU Writers Conference is for you.
Time/Place: DoubleTree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley
Contact: https://ces.sdsu.edu

Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout | Feb. 1 
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 24th Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Pizza dinner will be served for attendees at 5pm, with the fishing seminar immediately following at 5:30pm. 
Time/Place: 5 – 7pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road 
Contact: 858-668-4772 / www.poway.org

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby | Feb. 2 
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 1pm. 
Time/Place: 6am – 12pm / 14644 Lake Poway Road 
Contact: 858-668-4772 / www.poway.org

Susan G. Komen Pink in the Rink | Feb. 2 
The San Diego Gulls will be offering fun and exciting things throughout the evening, including a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind Pink in the Rink Game Jerseys! 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Komen San Diego!
Time/Place: 7pm / Valley View Casino Center 
Contact: 858-573-2760 x105 / http://komensandiego.org

Burn Run 5K | Feb. 2 
Join the Burn Institute in promoting Burn Awareness Week and raising funds to support burn prevention education and burn survivor support programs. We love pets but please leave them at home as they are not permitted at this event. 
Time/Place: 7:15am / De Anza Cove Park, Mission Bay 
Contact: 858-541-2277 / www.burninstitute.org

Senior Health & Wellness Expo | Feb. 2 
Embracing retirement – before and after 65! This event will feature expert speakers, government agencies, health care providers, housing providers, senior service providers, refreshments, gift bags, an opportunity drawing and more! 
Time/Place: 10am – 2pm / Encinitas Senior Community Park 
Contact: 760-753-6041 / www.encinitaschamber.com

Lunar New Year at SeaWorld | Feb. 2 – 18 
Enjoy a riveting Chinese acrobat show, watch lion dancers perform and take in all of the wonderful sights, sounds, tastes and aromas characteristic of Asia. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule / SeaWorld San Diego 
Contact: 619-222-4732 / www.seaworld.com/san-diego

Cardiff Kook Run | Feb. 3 
The Cardiff Kook Run offers a 5K, 10K and costume contest. The course starts under the world-famous Encinitas sign on historic HWY 101. This scenic loop passes by the famous Cardiff Kook statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach. 
Time/Place: 7am – 12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas 
Contact: www.cardiffkookrun.com

San Diego Improv Festival | Feb. 7 – 10 
The festival will offer professional workshops and performances from a selection of hand-picked improv teams from cities around the country. 
Time/Place: Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego 
Contact: www.sdimprovfestival.com

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival | Feb. 7 – 17 
The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films. 
Time/Place: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla 
Contact: 858-362-1348 / www.sdcjc.org/sdjff

Kuumba Fest | Feb. 8 – 10 
Black 2 Excellence Kuumba (Swahili for creativity) Fest brings together community leaders, local performers and celebrities. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego’s Kuumba Fest showcases arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events / Lyceum Theater: 79 Horton Plaza
Contact: www.kuumbafest.com

San Diego Tet Festival | Feb. 8 – 10
Join us in welcoming the Year of the Pig! This event will feature the Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant, lion dancing, beer garden, carnival rides, dancing contests, games, non-stop entertainment, food vendors and more! 
Time/Place: Mira Mesa Community Park 
Contact: 858-215-4838 / www.sdtet.com

Escondido Chocolate Festival | Feb. 9 
Stroll through Downtown Escondido’s various restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue.
Time/Place: 1 – 5pm / Historic Downtown Escondido 
Contact: 760-877-8582 / www.downtownescondido.com

Brewbies Beer Festival | Feb. 9 
Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and signature PINK beers from over 40 of the best breweries around! As always, we donate 100% of the proceeds from Brewbies to the Keep A Breast Foundation to support their mission of empowering young people around the world with breast health education and support.
Time/Place: 12 – 5pm / Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside 
Contact: www.brewbies.org

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego | Feb. 9 
Mermaid returns to Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. The course features beautiful views and the majority of the course takes place on closed roads. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal and necklace! 
Time/Place: 7 – 11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay 
Contact: www.mermaidseries.com

Cabrillo Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk | Feb. 9 
Spectacular ocean views in a unique setting at an hour of the day when the park is normally closed! Plus, your participation helps with the parks many programs, including science education for underprivileged children. 
Time/Place: 6:30 – 9am / Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma 
Contact: 619-222-4747 / www.cnmf.org

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Run | Feb. 10 
Each 10K, 5K and 1-mile participant receives a high-quality t-shirt, finisher’s medal, continental breakfast and access to the beer garden. Hand-carved tikis will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category, men and women. 
Time/Place: 6:30 – 11am / Tidelands Park 
Contact: www.valentinesday10k.com

Sweethearts Ball | Feb. 15 
Sweethearts young and old are invited to attend an evening of dancing and light hors d’oeuvres. Photo backdrops will be available so don’t forget to bring your camera! 
Time/Place: 6 – 8pm / Encinitas Community Center 
Contact: 760-633-2740 / www.encinitaschamber.com

5K Paw Walk in the Garden | Feb. 16 
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and San Diego Botanic Garden join paws to raise funds to support people, plants and animals. There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers and (of course) dogs and puppies! 
Time/Place: 8am – 12pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas 
Contact: 760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org

Chula Vista Champions Celebration | Feb. 16 
We will award those who have been recognized in the last five years either locally, regionally, nationally or internationally for their achievements. These champions can represent Chula Vista in academics, sports, community service, cultural arts and more. You can submit an individual or a team, class or other group.
Time/Place: 11am – 1pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center 
Contact: www.chulavistaca.gov

Chinese New Year Fair | Feb. 16-17 
We will have traditional and cultural entertainment, lions dances, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances and so much more!
Time/Place: 10am – 5pm / Downtown SD: Third Avenue and J Street 
Contact: 619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org

American Red Cross Blood Drive | Feb. 21 
Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. 
Time/Place: 9am – 3pm / 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 
Contact: 760-744-9000 / http://www.san-marcos.net

ConDor 2019 | Feb. 22 – 24 
Through the Looking Glass: Alternate Realities ConDor is San Diego’s long-running Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. Enjoy panel discussions, classes, workshops, art shows, vendor halls, karaoke, dance and much more!
Time/Place: Handlery Hotel: 950 Hotel Circle North 
Contact: www.condorcon.org

Silver Bay Kennel Dog Show | Feb. 22 – 24 
AKC all-breed dog shows, conformation, obedience, rally and agility trials. AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing (Saturday 1pm) and AKC Trick Dog Title (Saturday, following CGC Testing). Dog Show Tour at 10am. Meet 50 AKC breeds (Seaside Pavilion) from 10am – 2pm. Over 50 doggie boutiques selling pet supplies and gifts. 
Time/Place: Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Contact: www.silverbaykc.com

Sycamore Canyon Trail Races | Feb. 23
Registration Requirements: 100k solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race. The 100k course is approximately 102KM and the 50k Course is approximately 51KM. More for your money!
Time/Place: 4:30 – 10:30pm / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve
Contact: http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/sycamore

Black History Month | Feb. 23
The Church of the Loving God (COLG) Choir, Errrrverybodi Line Dancers, Storyteller: Alyce Smith Cooper, Junkyard Dog Dance Crew, Christian Rapper: Charles Egypt, T.R.U.T.H. Gospel Mime Group, African drummer Nana Yaw Asiedu, Spoken Word with Gregory McKnight Jr., Poet Tomas Gayton. Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Richard Lawrence, Local Author of Light, Bright, Damn Near White and civil rights activist. Music provided by DJ Leon Ferguson. There will be vendors with raffle items and soul food.
Time/Place: 1 – 5pm / Logan Heights Library: 567 South 28th Street, San Diego
Contact: 619-533-3968 / www.sandiego.gov

San Diego Camp Fair | Feb. 23 
Want to find a summer camp but don’t know where to start? Be sure to bring your family and friends as you go booth-to-booth meeting camp directors, asking questions, gathering promotional materials and learning about programs. We’ll have games, food and prizes, too, plus lots of activities for the kids and the opportunity to win a free camp session from participating camps. 
Time/Place: 12 – 3pm / Casa Del Prado-Room 101, Balboa Park
Contact: www.lasummercamps.com

East County Honors Annual Awards Gala | Feb. 23 
Honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizing the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community. East County Honors also serves as a fundraiser, raising money to fund community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year. 
Time/Place: 6 – 9:30pm / Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon 
Contact: 619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org

San Diego Bird Festival | Feb. 27-Mar. 3 
We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States. Know that your experience is giving something back to the birds: the proceeds of this festival support the education, conservation and sanctuary programs of San Diego Audubon Society. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule / Marina Village Conference Center 
Contact: 858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org

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