Mar. 2-4
Spring Home/Garden Show   
Del Mar Fairgrounds

Mar. 3
San Diego Undy Run/Walk   
7am-12pm / 2750 North Mission Bay Drive

Mar. 3
Insane Inflatable 5K   
Antique Gas/Steam Engine Museum, Vista

Mar. 3
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K   
6:30-11am / Balboa Park

Mar. 3
Taste of Third   
4-8pm / Third Ave., Chula Vista

Mar. 3-4
American Ninja Warrior Experience
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm)

Mar. 3-4
Spring Busker Festival   
12-6pm / Seaport Village

Mar. 3-4
CRSSD Festival   
1600 Pacific Highway

Mar. 4
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon
7am-1pm / Main Street & Magnolia Avenue

Mar. 4
EC Craft Beer Invitational   
8am-12pm / Centennial Plaza, El Cajon

Mar. 9-11
Cherry Blossom Festival 
10am / Japanese Friendship Garden of SD

Mar. 10
Best Coast Beer Fest 
1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South

Mar. 10
Great Inflatable Race San Diego
9am-12pm / SDCCU Stadium

Mar. 10
SD Homebrew Festival/Competition 
12-4pm / North Park & South Park

Mar. 10-11
Julian Daffodil Show   
10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall

Mar. 10-11
9am / Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon

Mar. 11
San Diego Half Marathon & 5K
6:30am-1pm / Petco Park

Mar. 11
International Mariachi Festival   
11am-7pm / Pepper Park, National City

Mar. 15-25
San Diego Latino Film Festival   
Fashion Valley Mall

Mar. 17
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival   
9am-6pm / Balboa Park

Mar. 17
Hell Fire Fat Tire   
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Mar. 17
San Diego shamROCK   
4pm-Midnight / Gaslamp Quarter

Mar. 17
St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run   
7:45am / Mission Bay Park

Mar. 17-Apr. 14
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival  
See website for schedule.

Mar. 17-18
San Diego Cake Show   
10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

Mar. 18
Hot Chocolate 15/5K San Diego  
6:45am / Petco Park

Mar. 24
Race for Autism
7-10:30am / Balboa Park

Mar. 24
11th Marines Regiment Easter   
11am / Lake O’Neill Campground, Oceanside

Mar. 24
REINS Spring Hop Egg Hunt
11am / REINS: 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook

Mar. 24-25
WSA West Coast Championships  
South Harbor Jetty, Oceanside

Mar. 24-25
San Diego Crew Classic 
Mission Bay, San Diego

Mar. 25
Santee Spring Eggstravaganza  
9am-3pm / Santee Lakes Rec. Preserve

Mar. 30-31
East Village Opening Day Block Party  
Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-6:30pm / Sixth Ave. & J St.

Mar. 31
Uncorked: San Diego   
1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North

Mar. 31
Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food
1:30-5pm / SDCCU Stadium


Our latest From The Front Porch Journal has now hit the newsstands.  There is so much inside its pages.  Grab your favorite beverage, click on the photo below, relax and read about all things San Diego County and a myriad of other things having to do with real estate, finance, organization, taxes, home design, travel, food and wine. 



Tax Reform-The Truth

February 1, 2018

Sometimes the media just makes me want to stick my head in the sand.  Literally.  However, that really doesn’t get one anywhere does it?  Andrew Nolan said, “Seek the truth or hide your head in the sand.  Both require digging.”  When I heard some of the things that were being proposed with the tax reform I was a little concerned, but I’ve learned that I really can’t trust what I hear via media as it seems to be slanted one way or the other.  So I decided to do a little digging and asked my tax adviser, Jesse Lipscomb, CEO, of Roadmap Tax Services, Inc. to spend some time with me and chat about how the tax reform would effect the real estate world here in California. 


Circus Vargas   Jan. 18-Feb. 19
Join Us for A Swashbuckling Circus Spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates!” A Fantastic Voyage of Nonstop Action and Adventure Guaranteed to Thrill and Enchant Children of all Ages! Death- Defying Acrobats, Daredevils, Flying Trapeze Artists, Jugglers, Contortionists, Comedians, Motorcycles and much more!
Time/Place: See website for schedule.
Contact: 877-468-3861 /

FREE Youth Fishing Derby Seminar/Campout   Feb. 2
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 23rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Pizza dinner will be served with the fishing seminar immediately following. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $15 a car.
Time/Place: 5pm / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-668-4772 /

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby   Feb. 3
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Join the City of Poway and Captain Ron Baker. Freshly stocked with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony.
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-668-4772 /

Sandbag Give-a-Way Event   Feb. 3
Sandbags will be available per event to Encinitas residents (no contractors) on a first come, first serve basis. Residents must provide photo ID and show proof of residency. 10 filled sandbags will be given for each address/property (while supply lasts). Residents must self-load and transport the sandbags.
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Public Works/SDWD Facility: 160 Calle Magdalena
Contact: 760-633-2600 /

Save A Heart Save A Life 5K   Feb. 3
The mission of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is to influence families, educators, elected officials and the medical community to recognize the incidence of youth SCA/D and the importance of preventative heart screenings, and to support equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) plus CPR/AED training.
Time/Place: 8am / NTC Park at Liberty Station: 2455 Cushing Road
Contact: 619-550-2129 /

Ramona Installation Dinner and Community Awards Gala   Feb. 3
Tickets are $59 and includes your choice of the below meals.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Barona Resort & Casino Golf Center, Lakeside
Contact: 760-789-1311 /

Burn Run 5K   Feb. 3
Help the Burn Institute promote Burn Awareness Week and raise funds to support burn prevention education and burn survivor support programs by running or walking in the Burn Run 5K.
Time/Place: 8am / De Anza Cove on Mission Bay
Contact: 858-541-2277 /

Miniatures Show & Sale   Feb. 3-4
More than 40 dealers from across the country will have a vast array of miniatures for the crafter, artist and collector of tiny treasures! Quarter scale, half scale and 1:12 will all be available.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm / Marriott Mission Valley: 8757 Rio San Diego Drive

Stone Super Sunday CELLARbration   Feb. 4
We have paired 5 fantastic dishes by Executive Chef Tausha Lopez with 15 tasters of Stone’s favorites. Not to mention a complimentary can growler to take home and share at your big game party! Tickets are $55.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station

Cardiff Kook Run   Feb. 4
The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of the greatest communities in the most amazing town.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run   Feb. 4
Features the ‘thousand steps’ and the 5k has some great trails around the old dam. The event field is limited, so enter early! All participants will receive the following: Soft cotton race t-shirt – subject to availability for race day registrations, Finisher medal, Coffee and hot breakfast – post race, Entry into the raffle.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Mission Trails Regional Park: Equestrian Cir, Santee

San Diego Jewish Film Festival   Feb 8-18
The Festival features San Diego film premieres, international guest filmmakers, and juried and audience choice awards. Screenings will be shown at five locations. This year the Festival will showcase a total of 58 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression.
Time/Place: See website for schedule.
Contact: 858-362.1348 /

Lunar New Year Festival   Feb. 9-11
Offers a fusion of Asian food stations, unique vendor booths, carnival rides, non-stop live entertainment (including lion dances, concerts, and the much anticipated “Miss Asia” Beauty Pageant) as well as a highly acclaimed “Cultural Village” featuring breathtaking artistic reconstructions of iconic sculptures, buildings and landscapes from across South East Asia.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm / SDCCU Stadium
Contact: 619-786-7573 /

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego   Feb. 10
A scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal and necklace! Mermaid Series is building a welcoming community that inspires women from all backgrounds to realize their full potential.
Time/Place: 6-11am / South Shores Park: 1775 E Mission Bay Dr.

Oceanside Valentine’s Week Movie at the Pier   Feb. 10
Time/Place: 6:45-9pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater
Contact: 760-435-5041 /

Brewbies Beer Festival   Feb. 10
Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and (our favorite) 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 help support their mission of empowering young people around the world with breast health education and support!
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Bagby Beer Company: 601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside

Boys & Girls Club Texas Hold ‘Em   Feb. 10
Casual dress is requested and doors will open at 4:30 for registration. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm and players should bring their poker faces for the 6pm tournament. Guests will also enjoy local beer and wine.
Time/Place: 5-11pm / 410 W. California Avenue, Vista
Contact: 760-724-6606 /

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras   Feb. 13
Experience Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Southern California’s most beloved block party, parade and celebration headlined by Warren G! Get ready for a WILD night of DJ’s, dancers, floats, drinks + more! Parade begins at 9pm.
Time/Place: 5-11:45pm / Downtown San Diego
Contact: 619-233-5008 /

San Diego Improv Festival   Feb. 15-18
This yearly festival brings some of the top talent from all over the nation to both perform and teach right here in our own backyard! The festival will offer professional workshops and performances from a selection of hand-picked improv teams from cities around the country.
Time/Place: Finest City Improv: 4250 Louisiana St.
Contact: 619-306-6047 /

San Diego Tet Festival   Feb. 16-18
Our signature Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant. Lion dancing all 3 days. A new cultural village. Beer Garden. Full Carnival Rides. Golden Voice contest and Dancing contests for cash prizes. Game Booth with prizes. 2 stages with non-stop entertainment from A-list singers/artists as well as local artists in San Diego. Food vendors with variety of foods from cultures all around the world!
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem Street

Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence   Feb. 17
Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) and Randy Jones, former San Diego Padre and National League CY Young Award Winner, will once again join forces to support over 2,500 infants, adolescents and adults living with a developmental disability.
Time/Place: 8am / Crown Point Park, Mission Bay
Contact: 619-938-2854 /

San Diego Pet Expo   Feb. 17-18
Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. Rounding out the list of activities is an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, and an exciting pet/owner look-alike contest!
Time/Place: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 800-977-3609 /

130th Anniversary Dinner   Feb. 19
A spectacular dinner commemorating the legendary history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Begin your evening with a sunset champagne toast on Windsor Lawn followed by a stunning fireworks display. Then head into 1500 OCEAN for a delectable six-course menu inspired by vintage menus of The Del paired with exquisite wines.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30pm / 1500 Ocean – Hotel del Coronado
Contact: 619-522-8100 /

San Diego Bird Festival   Feb. 21-25
We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States.
Time/Place: Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way
Contact: 858-273-7800 /

SD Kuumba Fest   Feb. 22-25
From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego’s Kuumba Fest present a wide showcase of arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety. Educational workshops, hip-hop dance and speech competitions, performances of plays, Late Night Live (San Diego’s version of Late Night at the Apollo), and as always, a gospel concert finale.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Lyceum: 79 Horton Plaza

Sycamore Canyon Trail Races   Feb. 24
Registration Requirements: 100k Solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race.
Time/Place: 6am / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Lakeside

San Diego Winter Brew Fest   Feb. 24
This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA).
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair   Feb. 24-25
This year’s fair celebrates the year of the dog, is free to the public, and promises to be the best ever, filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, and tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / San Diego’s Historic Chinatown District
Contact: 619-338-9888 /



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