Lemon Grove Concerts in the Park Through Aug. 17
Bring your own picnic, have a BBQ, bring a blanket or lawn chair, pets must be on a leash, no alcohol or smoking permitted.
Time/Place: Thursdays 6:30-8pm / Berry Street Park: 7071 Mt. Vernon
Contact: 619-825-3800 / www.lemongrove.ca.gov

2017 Del Mar Racing Season Through Sept. 4
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, where the turf meets the surf. Thoroughbred horse racing from Southern California. Concerts from Violent Femmes, Billy Currington, Ludacris and more. Special events including Food Truck Festival, Burgers and Brews Invitational, Pizza & Beer Festival and more.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Racetrack
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com

Clairemont Family Day Aug. 5
There’ll be a variety of entertainment and music, plus food, vendors, games, pony rides, a huge carnival ride zone, and the “Greatest Show on Turf” car show. Bring the whole family and make a day of it!
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / South Clairemont Recreation Center
Contact: www.clairemontfamilyday.com

A Sip of Julian Aug. 5
Eight tasting rooms offering samples of their wine, beer, hard cider or craft cocktails along with a small bite food pairing. $25.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Julian Town Hall
Contact: 760-765-1857 / www.visitjulian.com

Farm to Bay Aug. 5
A unique tasting event fundraiser that supports coastal wildlife, education, and sustainability programs at the Living Coast.
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista
Contact: www.thelivingcoast.org/farmtobay

Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest Aug. 5
Lemon and garlic inspired food tastings, a beer garden, dozens of retail vendors and a free family area.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park
Contact: www.lzgfsd.com

Lake Poway Family Campout Aug. 5-6
Guided night hikes, campfire with s’mores, magic show by Extreme Rahim at 6:30. Kiwanis club will be offering a pancake breakfast. Fees are as follows: Children 10 and under $3, Adults and Children 11 and over $5. Don’t forget your own camping equipment, dinner supplies to barbeque, and grill/charcoal.
Time/Place: 5pm-9am / Lake Poway
Contact: www.poway.org

Solana Beach Family Camp Out Aug. 5-6
Campfire program – live music, s’mores, campfire songs, Solana Beach Historical Museum tours, dinner and breakfast.
Time/Place: 5pm-9am / La Colonia Park: 715 Valley Avenue
Contact: 858-720-2400 / www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

Vista Rod Run Aug. 6
350 Domestic and Import Pre-74 vehicles and specialty vehicles. 30 awards, live music, vendors and Village special events.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Main Street, Historic Downtown Vista
Contact: 760-390-2932 / www.vistarodrun.com

Chula Vista Lemon Festival Aug. 6
The free family festival is celebrating 21 years in Chula Vista’s original neighborhood. Live bands, lemon pie eating, lemon peeling and largest lemon contests will be held in addition to a Festival Fun Zone for kids and a craft beer garden for adults.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Third Avenue between E and G Streets
Contact: 619-422-1982 / www.thirdavenuevillage.com

North County Health Fair Aug. 10
This event provides an opportunity for local health & wellness related businesses to promote their products and services. The event also features a variety of health related free screenings for community members.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Oceanside Civic Center Plaza
Contact: 760-722-1534 / www.oceansidechamber.com

Coronado Movies on the Bay Aug. 11
A FREE, fun activity for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tonight’s movie is “Sing.”
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
Contact: www.coronado.ca.us

Nine and Wine Foundation Fundraiser Aug. 11
Proceeds support the San Diego East County Chamber Foundation. Play a fun scramble game of 9 holes followed by wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at the After Party!
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / Steele Canyon Golf Club, Jamul
Contact: 619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org

Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest & Beach Festival Aug. 11-13
Features coalition surf teams from all over California. The event will include a beach festival in the amphitheater with food and merchandise vendors, music and a beer garden.
Time/Place: Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater and North & South Pier Beaches
Contact: 760-519-8384 / www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org

National City Movies in the Park Aug. 12
Food Trucks will be onsite for anyone wanting to grab a snack or dinner before the movie. Tonight’s movie is “Moana.”
Time/Place: 6:30-9:30pm / Kimball Park
Contact: www.nationalcityca.gov

National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show Aug. 12
Join us for live music, food from a variety of popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Kimball Park
Contact: 619-477-9339 / www.automobileheritageday.com

Luau Fundraiser at the VFW Aug. 12
Roast pig dinner and dessert, authentic Hawaiian band, Polynesian dancers, fire dancers, costumer contest, limbo contest, special surprises and raffle. Proceeds directly fund VFW-1924 Post building improvements.
Time/Place: 4pm / VFW Post #1924: 1175 S. Old Stage Rd., Fallbrook
Contact: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Bocce Bash Aug. 12
This fundraiser for the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl features round-robin Bocce tournament play, a live DJ, a costume contest and beer provided by Coronado Brewing Company! Bocce equipment provided. Must be 21+.
Time/Place: 9am / Qualcomm Stadium
Contact: www.holidaybowl.com

Red Balloon Awards Aug. 12
This year’s gala theme is “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” inspired by the Dr. Seuss book. It will begin with a cocktail reception and include a silent auction. The event will honor three literacy heroes and benefit the organization’s StoryTent program.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Contact: www.eventbrite.com

SRCA Movie Night Aug. 12
Bring the kids, blankets, and low-profile chairs and enjoy the movie. Get there early for easy parking and to get a good spot. Tonight’s movie is “The Incredibles.”
Time/Place: 6pm / Scripps Ranch Community Park
Contact: www.scrippsranch.org

Fiesta del Sol San Diego Aug. 12-13
Street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. Entertainment stage, a multi-cultural food court, four community pavilions, and over one hundred booths.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Main Street, between So Evans St. & Sicard St.
Contact: www.fiestadelsolsandiego.org

ArtWalk Aug. 12-13
The free, weekend long event offers fine art, food, live entertainment and excitement for all ages. Over 200 international, national and local San Diego artists will be featuring every medium of art.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Ingram Plaza, Liberty Station
Contact: 619-615-1090 / www.artwalksandiego.org

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Aug. 13
A free event with over 200 dog related vendors and rescue groups with pet adoptions, live music, beer garden oasis, dog contests, local makers market, food trucks and more!
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park
Contact: 760-436-0431 / www.cardiff101.com

Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair Aug. 13
A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food.
Time/Place: Noon-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave.
Contact: 619-299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com

Open Cockpit Days Aug. 15-16
Come sit in a plane! Cockpits of select aircraft will be open for visitors of all ages to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, San Diego
Contact: 858-693-1723 / www.flyingleathernecks.org

Summer Bash – Business Expo Aug. 17
Join members of the business community and view the goods and services they provide and mix and mingle! Attend and be prepared to have fun, taste great food.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center
Contact: 619-465-7700 x2 / www.lamesachamber.net

Best of San Diego Party Aug. 18
More than 2,000 guests and the winners from San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants. Taste signature dishes from more than 40 restaurants plus the best local breweries, wineries and spirit companies.
Time/Place: 6:30-9:30pm / Liberty Station NTC Park
Contact: www.sandiegomagazine.com

¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego Aug. 18-19
Featuring tastings, a celeb chef dinner, parties and workshops. The signature event, Gran Tasting, is an all-inclusive tasting festival.
Time/Place: Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Contact: https://latinfoodfest.com

Transforming Lives Gala Aug. 19
You’re Invited to Join Toward Maximum Independence for An Evening to Benefit Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Music, Casino-Style Gaming, Delicious Food, Magic, Silent & Live Auction, Opportunity Drawing.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / The Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
Contact: www.tmi-inc.org

HarborFest Aug. 19
Check out three stages of live entertainment, engaging educational and interactive exhibits, exciting harbor activities, unique automobiles, beautiful art displays, a Taco and Spirits Revolution, a Craft Beer Uprising and a Wine tasting!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista
Contact: 619-233-5008 / www.CVHarborFest.com

Carlsbad Music Festival Aug. 25-27
Features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds. These include 10 ticketed concerts; FREE outdoor concerts all weekend; FREE New Currents concerts on Saturday and Sunday; and a beer garden, food trucks and artisan market on Saturday and Sunday.
Time/Place: Carlsbad Village
Contact: www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org

San Marcos Concert in the Garden Aug. 26
Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. No pets (except service animals). The Kings of 88 perform tonight.
Time/Place: 6pm / Wood House Gardens in Woodland Park
Contact: 760-744-9000 x3504 / www.san-marcos.net

Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug. 26
A multicultural street scene that celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.
Time/Place: 12-9pm / Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego
Contact: 619-858-0563 / www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com

San Diego Spirits Festival Aug. 26-27
Promises to open your eyes to new and unique cocktails, introduce you to great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists, great chefs so you can savor delicious restaurant offerings to soak up all your favorite libations.
Time/Place: Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
Contact: www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com

LeucadiART Walk Aug. 27
A revival of the original 80’s art event in historic Leucadia with art, entertainment, a children’s art pavilion and more.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-2320 / www.leucadia101.com

Bike the Bay Aug. 27
Ride the bridge, Bike the Bay! Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. Proceeds from the Bike the Bay ride will benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
Time/Place: 7am / Embarcadero Marine Park South
Contact: www.bikethebay.net

Moving into June, I can’t help thinking about what a busy year it’s been! With fewer homes for sale, it’s been challenging to find homes for some of my clients. Many times the process has taken much longer than usual, buyers having to patiently wait until we find what they’re looking for . Despite the slow process for some, we have found the right fit for everyone. It’s such a great feeling when escrow closes and my clients are happy with their home and our handling of their buying or selling process.

The month of June is also a special month for me personally. June 18th is my sweet Savanna Jane’s first birthday and also my second Father’s Day!
This first year has brought so much happiness, laughter, memoires, sleepless nights and unconditional love. Nothing can compare to the moment that I held Savanna for the first time and proudly carried her out to the hospital room where her family was waiting to meet her. Four days later we carefully and nervously loaded her into her car seat and arrived home as a new family of three.

Bringing Savanna home to the place we had prepared to be our family home was such a blessing, I want to help whomever I can have a similar experience. If you need help buying or selling, I’ll work hard for you. If you know anyone who is thinking of selling, I probably have a buyer for them. Homes may be harder to find right now, but together we can find what you’re looking for.

To our clients and family,
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

*For more of my story about Savanna’s first year, go to our blog!

Savanna is a special girl with a combination of both her parents traits. She loves to read books all day long, I can tell she is going to do well in school just like her mama. She is very, very active and loves to be outdoors, kicking a ball, and going fast (like her daddy and aunts). She amazed us all when at 5 months she began crawling, standing and taking steps at 9 months, walking by 10 months, and running at 11 months. She is a social butterfly and loves to sit in her backyard, waving and clapping at all the golfers who go by. She and mommy like to go to Stroller strides where Savanna gets to play with her friends at the park and watch her mama workout. She says “No” while wrinkling her nose, says “go” and points to outside, and says “mama and dada”.

There is no better feeling than coming home from work and seeing my two girls. Savanna usually greets me with a huge smile and hands me a book to read to her.
Parenthood and fatherhood is challenging, rewarding, joyful, and adventurous. Savanna makes the world seem right and I couldn’t imagine my world without her laugh and smile. Happy First Birthday, to my sweet Savanna peach. You are the light of my world and I cannot wait to see you grow and change with each passing day.

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My baby is off to college…

When we sent Michelle and Jon off to college it really didn’t hit me that hard, just another step in their lives and I was happy to push them off the gang plank. But now my baby is going to college. What about me? What am I going to do? How am I going to survive?

Mary says it will be OK, but I am not sure. I know Laura is prepared and ready to jump out of the nest, but what about me? This means my life is changing and I am not ready. For the last 20 years my weekends have been filled with sporting events and every evening there is a discussion about how school went and who she helped that day. I know I will work through this with Mary’s help. But I am still sad about losing my baby and my sense of foundation that having children brings. My friends tell me “to be happy for now I am free”. I do not feel free, perhaps a little lost. Mary said that Laura’s soccer schedule will cheer me up…

Mary, what are we doing September 7th? Want to go to San Francisco?

Happy Holidays from Shea Realty

Jon’s Corner

Each year, my parents-in-law, Pam and Charley, ask for Bree and I to do an act of charity in lieu of a Christmas gift in their honor. When I began dating Bree, I was inspired by this selfless request at a time when so many are making their annual wish lists. Over the last four years, I have been able to be a part of this act of love with Bree and her family and see the looks of appreciation and gratitude from those that we help.

The first year I dated Bree, we delivered McDonalds happy meals to the homeless in downtown San Diego. I will never forget the look of desperation, sadness, and thanks that a father had when I handed his family and two sons four happy meals. It was then that I realized how many people in this world are hurting and in need of our help. Each year, we do something a little different. Sometimes, we donate our time; other times our money.

This year, we decided to spread this gift of selflessness to others by asking our friends to join in our act of charity. We hosted a Christmas party with some of our friends and asked each guests to bring a food donation for a local charity. The next day we were able to donate 5 large boxes of food to Escondido’s Interfaith Kitchen. Each of our party guests loved this idea and our eager to do it again next year. This Christmas was very special because we were able to donate to a dear friend who is battling cancer. There is no greater gift than helping a friend.

I challenge each of you to do an act of charity in the year 2014 and see the difference you can make for one person or for many. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

This past weekend I had the incredible privilege and honor of marrying one of my best friends. Yes, actually officiate and marry!  My friends, Matthew and Ashly, approached me to be a part of their special day. I was honored, excited, and nervous, and I would finally be able to use my Toastmaster speaking skills!

For those that know me well, I do not stress easily.  However, leading up to their wedding day, I began to realize what a daunting task laid ahead of me.  Recently, a married man, I knew what an emotional day this was and what an important and memorable part I played in these two people’s fairytale day.  I wanted everything to be perfect.

As I began to prepare what I was going to say, I thought about my own life and how much love and marriage has changed me and really how meeting my wife has made me a better man. I realized that the best speech or words of wisdom I could give to the newlyweds was to speak from the heart.

Yes, I did mention the little details of marriage, such as you lose your closet space and you may never win an argument again; but I also mentioned that each person is drawn to another for a reason that we don’t know. A person walks into another person’s life and each is forever changed.

And, of course, in my speech I added the phrase my father has engraved into my head for the last 30 years… “Happy Wife, Happy Life.”

The day was flawless, the bride beautiful, the weather sunny and bright, and the guests were all smiles. But the most magical moment of the day, was when I got to announce that these two individuals were now one family. While I probably will not have the honor of marrying another friend again, I wish I could. It was an experience that reminded me of how powerful love and a commitment to one another is.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Wheatland.

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As if you haven’t noticed… Jon has been head over heels, madly in love for the last few years.  On November 3rd,  Jon married the love of his life, Brianna Haney, at St. James-by the Sea in La Jolla. The ceremony was heartfelt and the love between the two radiated throughout the church and into the hearts of all those who were witness to their love. It was a beautiful day.

The ceremony was followed with a HUGE party at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. The reception has been the buzz around Rancho Bernardo for the last few weeks. The dance floor was packed the whole night with the old and young crowd boogieing on the dance floor, including the beaming father of the groom! The reception had many special details, such as Nana’s homemade biscotti, a prayer quilt made by the bride’s aunt, patron shot speeches, a midnight snack, customized Nike sneakers for the groom and groomsmen,  and a rocking saxophone player. The biggest moment of the night was when the bride and groom shared their first dance and the love between them so evident that there was barely a dry eye in the crowd.

It was a magical night that will be only followed by a lifetime of magical moments and celebrations. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Shea!

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