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Friday, April 5, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Carlsbad 500 - Worlds Fastest 5K!

Under new ownership headlined by Meb Keflezighi and a team of local runners, the iconic Carlsbad 5000 will take place the weekend of April 6-7, 2019. Known as the World’s Fastest 5K, race weekend promises a fast oceanfront course, healthy competition, and an energetic atmosphere for participants of all ages and paces. The “Party by the Sea” starts after runners cross the finish line and celebrate their achievements in the Pizza Port beer garden with local craft brews, live music, and high fives all around.

The festivities of Carlsbad 5000 race weekend kick off on Saturday with events for everyone in the family. From the expo including an Elite athlete Q&A session, to live music and Pizza Port beers at the after party, the Party by the Sea is a full weekend celebration of community, running, and that SoCal lifestyle. Stay tuned on social for announcements about additional weekend activities and a full schedule of events.

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Friday, April 5, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Walking Encinitas Restaurant Tour

About the Route
Our Encinitas Walking Food Tour Is For Ages 16+.
Encinitas is the surf and flower capital of the world! The Beach Boys’ famous song, “Surfin’ USA,” was inspired by Encinitas, and now you can explore the culinary delights of this chic beach bum town as well! Grab your board or take a plate as the laid-back vibe of Encinitas’ surf community rolls into a hand full of the best restaurants in San Diego.
You’ll savor an array of bites along the historical Highway 101, originally named El Camino Real and translated as “The King’s Highway. Take a relaxing stroll through the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens before heading full steam to the famous Encinitas boathouses coined, SS Encinitas and SS Moonlight. Learn the importance of Encinitas to the local area and how the railroad transformed this historic coastal town from farm-land to a surf & food mecca.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Agents see Growing Demand as Mortgage Rates Plummet

Like an avalanche growing larger as it tumbles down a mountain, real estate agents are seeing swelling demand from buyers as mortgage interest rates plummet and — contrary to what some observers previously expected — home buying actually gets cheaper.

The latest news of falling mortgage rates came Thursday, when a new survey from Freddie Mac revealed that the average for a 30-year fix-rate mortgage had dropped from 4.28 percent to 4.06 percent — the biggest single-week decline since 2008. The rate drops are tied to the Federal Reserve’s belief that the economy is poised to slow down, according to an economist from Freddie Mac.

But concerns about the economy notwithstanding, real estate professionals across the country described the falling rates as a boon for their respective markets. Kevin Vandenboss — a broker who specializes in assisted living, commercial, and multifamily real estate in Michigan — said he’s working on a deal for a $4 m ...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

La Jolla Music Society’s Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center set to open with a splash — and an $82 million price tag

The new performing arts center, also known as The Conrad, caps an ambitious and unprecedented effort to build a permanent home for the La Jolla Music Society and, in the process, reinvent the 51-year-old arts organization


When opportunity came knocking for the La Jolla Music Society to launch the most ambitious and expensive undertaking in the organization’s history, it came in the form of a wrecking ball.

In 2012, the society learned that Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla would be torn down and rebuilt as a large exhibition gallery by its owner, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

3/31/19, 10:25 AM The original version of this story stated that the La Jolla Music Society’s annual budget is $4 million. It is $6.5 million. That figure has been updated in the story.
The society had rented the 492-seat auditorium every August since 1986 for its acclaimed SummerFest chamber-music extravaganza. It had also used t ...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Turn Your Attention to Your Outdoor To-Do List

A turn in the weather is enough to drive everyone towards outdoor activities, be it a stroll through the neighborhood, dining on the patio, or making it your mission to chip away at your home maintenance to-do list. Around here we always suggest these maintenance tips to get your home ready for spring, but I’ve also been compiling my outdoor chore list for months, and now that the weather is warm and threat of frost has passed, I can get to work.

Get yourself outdoors too, and don’t forget to cross these home maintenance tasks off your to-do list:

Clean Your Screens

Ventilating the stale, winter air from your home is often one of the first inclinations on a warm spring day. But first, take a moment to clean the screens. You’ll have the best results if you can remove the screen from your window all together; use a hand vacuum to lift loose spider webs and dust from the screen, and i ...

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