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March 16, 2019

Open House: Remodeled Palm Desert Resort Country Club Poolside Condo | Sunday March 17

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Open House: Remodeled Palm Desert Resort Country Club Poolside Condo | 40998 La Costa, Palm Desert | Sunday March 17 from 10 AM to 1 PM

Prime location overlooking a greenbelt and one of the community pools and spas, with the Coachella Valley's Chocolate and Santa Rosa Mountains as the backdrop. Just a short stroll to the Clubhouse. This recently renovated condo features two master bedrooms with large walk in closets, newer tile & laminate floors throughout, vaulted ceilings, newer furniture and in-suite laundry. The kitchen has been renovated with newer cabinets, slab granite counters, fixtures and appliances. The bathrooms have been remodeled with newer cabinets, fixtures, slab granite counters, tile backsplashes & tiled showers. It is being offered turnkey furnished. A carport is attached and a garage can be added, with HOA approval.

MLS 218036014 | Listed at $249,900 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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March 16, 2019

Open House: Roomy Quiet Hidden Palms Free-Standing Condo | Sunday March 17th

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Open House: Roomy Quiet Hidden Palms Free-Standing Condo | 44219 Corfu Ct, Palm Desert (Hidden Palms) | Sunday March 17th from 1 PM to 3 PM

One of the best locations in Hidden Palms, at the end of a cul-de-sac with stunning rear yard west & south mountain and sunset views. Being an interior condo, the traffic on Fred Waring and Deep Canyon is far away. This spacious free-standing 1,728 Sq Ft, 3 bedroom + den/4th bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is the largest floorplan in the community. Freshly painted with newer carpeting. The condo has a master bedroom walk-in closet, inside laundry area, and an indoor atrium (which some owners, convert to a home office). All major kitchen appliances are included. There is a formal dining room and also a breakfast nook with double doors leading out to the side yard patio area. The covered rear yard patio has an awning and plenty of gardening space. The rear yard and side yard patios are both south and west facing. Lastly, the current owner recently replaced the roof. Hidden Palms offers many social activities and features 4 Pools/Spas, 3 Tennis courts and 8 Pickle Ball courts. HOA includes Trash, Cable with HBO and Internet. Prime location close to Palm Desert's El Paseo shopping, art gallery and restaurant area, Westfield Mall, McCallum Theater, Desert Willow Golf Resort (with steeply discounted greens fees for Palm Desert residents) Desert and much more. 

MLS# 218035918 | Listed at $309,000 | For more details, photos & a 3D virtual Tour:

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March 13, 2019

Coming Soon: Elegance, Sophistication & Comfort in the Gated Palm Desert Venezia Community


Be one of the first to know about this beautiful home located in the gated boutique community of Venezia in central Palm Desert. This highly upgraded home offers the very best in resort-style living and entertaining. Enjoy the very private rear yard with solar heated pool and spa, waterfalls, misting system and commercial grade outdoor heaters-perfect for outdoor living. The gated front entry creates a wonderful first impression with its private courtyard and fireplace. Interior features include a formal dining room, great room with fireplace and impressive mantle, gourmet chef’s kitchen with slab granite countertops, a cooking grotto, massive custom cabinet storage space and upgraded appliances. Fit for royalty, the very exclusive master suite is a haven for relaxation with an en suite that boasts granite counter tops, a soaking tub and glass shower. Luxury touches include French travertine diagonally laid flooring in main living Areas, remote window coverings, newer carpeting in bedrooms and casita, fresh designer color paint and a newer ac unit. Numerous amenities make this a beautiful home with attention to details throughout. Records indicate 4 Bedrooms but is 3 Bedrooms with a den that includes Murphy bed (and couple easily be converted to a 4th Bedroom). Home features 3.5 Baths.

 Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  •          Great Central Palm Desert Location
  •          Gated Boutique Venezia Community
  •          2,952 Sq Ft, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms
  •          Detached Casita With Ensuite Bathroom
  •          Large Solar Heated Pool. Spa, Waterfall, Misting System & Commercial Patio Heaters
  •          Private Front Courtyard With Fireplace
  •          Gourmet Kitchen With Slab Granite Counter Tops & Upgraded Appliances
  •          French Travertine Diagonally Laid Tile Floors In Main Living Areas

MLS# 219007363 | Listing Price TBD | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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March 6, 2019

February 2019 Coachella Valley Real Estate Market Report

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Local real estate experts, Market Watch LLC, have just released their February 2019 Desert Housing Report. Some of the highlights include:

The Coachella Valley detached home median price in February was $389,000 (vs. $390,000 in February 2018). Market Watch’s analysts noted that the slowdown in price gains is due to a decline in sales.

The Coachella Valley attached home median price in February was $280,000 (8.1% above the attached home median price of $259,500 in February 2018).  Market Watch’s analysts commented that the attached home market appears to be gaining strength.

The 12 month change in detached home median prices by city ranged from a year-over-year increase of 23.6% in Rancho Mirage to a year-over-year decrease of 4.8% in Palm Desert. The 12 month change in attached home median prices ranged from a year-over-year increase of 31.2% in Indio to a year-over-year increase of 3.8% in Palm Desert.

The three-month average of home sales for both detached and attached homes show year-over-year declines. Detached home sales of 413 units per month are 15.7% below last year. Attached home sales of 219 units per month are 18% below last year.

Home sales by city revealed that every city in the Coachella Valley showed a decline in 3-month average sales except for Coachella and Thousand Palms. Rancho Mirage’s home sales were down 29.7% year over year, Indian Wells’ home sales were down 22.2%, Cathedral City’s sales were down 22%, Palm Desert ‘s home sales were down 17%, Indio’s home sales were down 14.4% and Palm Springs’ home sales were down 8.8%. Market Watch’s analysts speculated that the 20% drop stock market in December and January might have contributed to the decline in home sales. They also speculated that home sales might recover in light of the stock market rally in February.

Home sales by price range showed a decline in sales for homes priced under $400,000 and between $500,000 to $800,000. In the higher end market, home sales for homes priced over $900,000 were comparable to sales last year.

Coachella Valley housing inventory on March 1st was 3,909 units (almost the same as the 3,901 units of housing inventory on March 1st, 2019). Market Watch’s analysts noted that these are the lowest March 1st inventory numbers in the last 5 years. They further speculated that buying and selling are still relatively balanced.

The month of sales ratio on March 1st was 4.8 months, which compares to 4.7 months on March 1st 2018. Market Watch stated that these are the lowest ratios in the last 5 years and confirm that even though sales have declined housing inventory remains well contained. The median number of days on the market in February was 66 days, the same as in February 2018.

Months of Sales by Price Range revealed comparable ratios to last year in all price brackets under $700,000. For homes priced over $800,000, there were lower months of sales ratios than last year.

Months of Supply by City showed lower month of sales ratios (but still comparable with last year’s numbers) in Coachella, Palm Springs, Bermuda Dunes and La Quinta. Other than Thousand Palms, all other cities in the Coachella Valley showed higher month of sales ratios than last year.

Posted in Market Updates
March 4, 2019

Open House: Indian Wells Tennis Estate – Sunday March 10 – Noon to 2 PM

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Open House: Indian Wells Tennis Estate

Where: 45515 Camino Del Rey, Indian Wells CA 92210 | When: Sunday March 10th from Noon to 2 PM

Tennis anyone? If you’re a tennis player, this is the house for you. It is part of a small enclave of 19 homes sharing 2 private regulation tennis courts and a clubhouse. Phillip Manual designed this home with casual luxury in mind and plenty of wall space for hanging artwork. The main entertaining area has a wet-bar and features dramatic 14' high walls, with pool and western mountain views. The formal dining room has a built-in serving area. The chef's kitchen is complete with Gaggenau, Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, and enveloped by the rich tones of warm African mahogany cabinets, the flow into the great room is seamless. On the opposite side of the house awaits a dreamy master bedroom with fireplace, huge dual walk-in closets and attached office. Each bedroom has its own private full bathroom. The 3rd car golf cart garage is currently being used as a home gym. The backyard is a tranquil private retreat, with the pool as a main focal point. Beyond the private back yard are the tennis courts, clubhouse and BBQ area. Offered furnished (excluding artwork), as per seller’s inventory.

MLS# 218027290 | Listed at $1,198,000 | For more information, photos and a 3D Virtual tour, please visit:

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March 1, 2019

Open Houses: Two Palm Desert Resort Country Club Getaway Condos - Sun Mar 3rd 1 PM To 3 PM

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 Palm Desert Resort Country Club Golf Course Condo – 40793 Inverness Way, Palm Desert

Experience desert golf course living. This home features 1,177 square feet of living space, an open floor plan, 2 large bedrooms on opposite sides of the great room, both with walk-in closets, and 2 bathrooms. The west facing rear patio of this condo overlooks the 17th fairway of the community's championship golf course. A new efficient air conditioner was installed within the last 8 years and the home is being offered turnkey furnished (per inventory). A carport is attached and a garage can be added, with HOA approval. Great ability to help cover expenses since short term rentals are allowed. This guard-gated community of 960 privately owned homes has a 42,000 square-foot, full service clubhouse, featuring a lounge, dining room and golf pro shop, 14 lighted tennis and pickle ball courts and 20 community pools and spas.

MLS 219005297 | Listed at $195,000 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:


Remodeled Palm Desert Resort CC Poolside Condo – 40998 La Costa, Palm Desert

Prime location overlooking a greenbelt and one of the community pools and spas, with the Coachella Valley's Chocolate and Santa Rosa Mountains as the backdrop. Just a short stroll to the Clubhouse. This recently renovated condo features two master bedrooms with large walk in closets, newer tile & laminate floors throughout, vaulted ceilings, newer furniture and in-suite laundry. The kitchen has been renovated with newer cabinets, slab granite counters, fixtures and appliances. The bathrooms have been remodeled with newer cabinets, fixtures, slab granite counters, tile backsplashes & tiled showers. It is being offered turnkey furnished. A carport is attached and a garage can be added, with HOA approval.

MLS 218036014 | Listed at $249,900 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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March 1, 2019

March 2019 Edition Of The Guide Magazine Now Available

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Want to know what's happening in the Desert in March. The Guide Magazine, published by Palm Springs Life Magazine, has the answers. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s waiting for you inside:

  •            Palm Springs Weekend: Sets out the Palm Springs weekend getaway itinerary picks of Vancouver based travel and lifestyle blogger, Kaylee Price (follow her on Instagram at @kaylchip or on her website at
  •           This Month In History: Looks at the death of spring break in Palm Springs after things got out of control in 1986 and it’s come back after the recession of 2008.
  •           Calendar: Gives you 55 things to do in the Greater Palm Springs area in March, most notably the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament (the 4th largest in the world after the 4 Grand Slams), Fashion Week El Paseo (the country’s largest direct-to-consumer runway event) and the Palm Desert Food & Wine (featuring over 30 local and celebrity chefs).
  •           Natural Instinct: Lists some of our local nature sanctuaries and gardens where you can enjoy our blooming spring plants, like the Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Moorten Botanical Gardens, Shields Date Garden and Alpenglow Lilac Gardens. 
  •           Pickle People: Local Pro Marcin Rozpedski provides the lowdown on the pickleball craze and how to play
  •           Fashion Week Freebies:  Looks at how you don’t have to be a VIP ticketholder to feel like one at Fashion Week El Paseo, with the event’s panels and trunk shows.
  •           Pinkies Out: Takes a look at teatime in Greater Palm Springs at such establishments as The Pink Cabana in Indian Wells, Amanda’s, A Shabby Chic Tea Room & Boutique in Palm Desert and the Joshua Tree National Park Artists’ Tea.
  •           Concierge: Your guide to restaurants, galleries, attractions, events, nightlife, etc. in the Greater Palm Springs area.
  •           Tale End: Meet Liz Ostoich, owner of Provençal-style restaurant, Farm Palm Springs.

The March 2019 edition of The Guide Magazine is now available free of charge, in print at select locations across the Coachella Valley, and online at:

March 1, 2019

March 2019 San Diego County Calendar Of Events


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Live in or planning a visit to the San Diego area? Looking for some fun things to see and do there in March? Then please check out this March 2019 San Diego County Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues, Peggy Sue, Catherine and Kathleen, at First American Title:

San Diego Bird Festival | Feb. 27-Mar. 3 - See website for schedule | Marina Village Conference Center

We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which offer some of the best birding in the U.S. 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. For more information: 858-273-7800 |

The Flower Fields | Mar. 1-May 12 from 9am-6pm | The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks. For more information:

Spring Home/Garden Show | Mar. 1-3 - Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm | Del Mar Fairgrounds

Extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes, hands-on demos, home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales and face-to-face consultations with top experts. For more information: 858-350-3738 |

San Diego Yoga Festival | Mar. 1-4 | 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach

Celebrates humanity and health offering nonstop yoga and healing classes open to all people, of all ages and all levels of yogic understanding. For more information:

Gaslamp Mardi Gras | Mar. 1-2 & 5 | Fifth Avenue, Downtown San Diego

20+ FREE club admissions, Live music, DJ, Dancing, Masquerade themed festivities, New Orleans inspired menu, Hosted welcome libations, Extended Happy Hour. This is a 21+ event. For more information:

Coronado Historical Assoc. Grand Jubilee | Mar. 2 from 5-9pm | Hotel del Coronado

Join us in celebration of 50 years. Black tie attire suggested. For more information:

Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K | Mar. 2 from 6:30-11am | Balboa Park

The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and refreshments. For more information:

Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s Mardi Gras Diamond Gala | Mar. 2 from 5:30-11pm | Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, sumptuous dinner, member entertainment, live music, games and both live and silent auctions. The money raised at the Gala enables the Club to provide engaging and enriching out of school experiences for the kids. For more information:

San Diego Undy Run/Walk | Mar. 2 from 7am-12pm | 2750 North Mission Bay Drive

A family-friendly run/walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. Participants receive a pair of boxer shorts and are encouraged to run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about this often tabooed disease. For more information:

Coronado Cares Mardi Gras Casino Night | Mar. 2 from 6-10pm | Coronado Cays Yacht Club

Food, gaming tables, silent auction, raffle and music. Coronado Cares-works to promote animal welfare, to provide resources for proper animal care and to reduce the number of homeless animals. For more information:

CRSSD Festival | Mar. 2-3 | San Diego County Waterfront Park

Electronic music festival featuring three stages and 36+ performers. Craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more. For more information:

St. Patrick's Day Half Marathon | Mar. 3 from 6:30am-12pm | Downtown El Cajon

UST&FA certified half marathon and 5k, and the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs, Tribes & Clans Competition and Beer Garden. For more information:

San Diego Comic Fest | Mar. 7-10 | Four Points by Sheraton San Diego

Indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an array of professional creators in a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. For more information:

Best Coast Beer Fest | Mar. 9 from 1-5pm | Embarcadero Marina Park South

You’ll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. Plus, every ticket sold supports Cuck Fancer and helps a cancer patient. For more information:

SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival | Mar. 9-Apr. 28 | SeaWorld San Diego

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. For more information:

International Mariachi Festival | Mar. 10 from 11am-7pm | Bayside Park, Chula Vista

Half Marathon, The 2-Person San Diego Half Marathon Relay, Padres 5K, Kids Mile and Virtual Runner. See for yourself why it’s “more than just a race!” The San Diego Half Marathon is a premier, nonprofit event organized by runners in our community, for our community. For more information:

San Diego Latino Film Festival | Mar. 14-24 | AMC Fashion Valley Mall

edia Arts Center San Diego’s prestigious and internationally recognized festival celebrates the best films by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience. Screenings of more than 160+ movies as well as the Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Fest, celeb appearances, Virtual Reality Lounge, Sonido Latino concerts, 25th Anniversary Awards Ceremony Gala. For more information:

Irish 4 A Day | Mar. 15-17 - Fri 6pm-2am, Sat & Sun 1pm-2am | Gaslamp Quarter

Truly a one-of-a-kind celebration and unlike any other “pub crawls”! So all you jolly lasses and lads, get your tickets now and get ready to party in true Irish fashion! For more information: 619-944-8900 |

Hell Fire Fat Tire | Mar. 16 from 6:30am-12pm | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

A challenging mountain bike race, varied terrain, elevation and panoramic views. For 2019, this event is only open to Active Duty, their families, retirees and DoD employees. For more information:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Mar. 16 from 9am-6pm | Sixth Ave & Laurel St., San Diego

Join more than 30,000 attendees in our celebration featuring a parade with over 120 entries. Following the parade, an event-filled Irish Festival in Balboa Park (Sixth and Maple) features live entertainment on 3 Stages. For more information: 619-301-4829 |

St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run | Mar. 16 at 7:45am | Mission Bay Park

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. Awesome Medals to all Finishers. Domino’s Pizza and Beer at the finish. High quality tech shirt. 10K Awards to top 3 in each age division. For more information:

San Diego shamROCK | Mar. 16 at 2pm | 5th Avenue

Frolic through a clover field with your green Bud Light beer or Tullamore Dew whiskey libation as 6 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter get covered with over 50,000 square feet of emerald green astroturf! For more information:

Tip Top Run 5K/10K Leprechaun Dash & Bash | Mar. 16 at 7:30am | 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad

Each registered participant will receive: Lunch from Tip Top Meats, t-shirt, swag bag, medal and bib. World Water Day festival entry, exhibitors & vendors, games, crafts, live music, beer garden, and “be seen being green” costume contest. For more information: 760-804-1969 |

Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest | Mar. 16 from 1-5pm | Fashion Valley Mall

Enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs, as well as unlimited beer and wine tastings provided by some of the best craft breweries and wineries from San Diego and Baja California! We’ll also have live music and live art showcases all day as well as a “BEST DISH” contest! For more information:

San Diego Cake Show | Mar. 16-17 from 10am5-pm | Del Mar Fairgrounds

“Red Carpet Cakes” A weekend with celebrity chef appearances, raffles, cake competitions, classes by world-renowned cake artists, shopping from the top caking vendors, and free stage demos. For more information:

Cherry Blossom Festival | Mar. 22-24 from 10am-6pm | Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

Visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami - appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. Each day will be accompanied by food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and family friendly activities! For more information: 619-232-2721 |

Father Daughter Day in Julian | Mar. 23 from 11am-4pm | Julian

Lunch at one of your favorite Julian eateries, delicious fudge, a keepsake corsage, old-time photos and more, all designed to create an unforgettable experience for daddy’s little girl. End the day with a country-style father-daughter dance at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures. For more information:

Wanderlust 108 | Mar. 23 from 6:30am-2:30pm | Embarcadero Marina Park South

This day is all about community, bringing together a 5K run/walk, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can partake in one scheduled activity, grabbing a healthy, organic lunch, stopping by Wanderlust’s True North Cafe. For more information:

Light the Water Lantern Festival | Mar. 23 from 4-8pm | Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Enjoy local food trucks, vendors, and carefully curated live music. Just as the sun dips behind the horizon, we unify our hopes and dreams as we launch thousands of water lanterns onto the water to illuminate the night. For more information:

Bark in the Park Fund Raiser | Mar. 23 from 10am-2pm | Live Oak Dog Park, Fallbrook

Bring your family and dog for a day of fun to help raise funds for Live Oak Dog Park. Dog walk, contests, booths, demonstrations, food, crafts, gear, dog training, silent auction, raffle and more! For more information: 760-731-1041 |

Julian Daffodil Show | Mar. 23-24 from 10am-4pm | Julian Town Hall

Visit to marvel at daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts. It will also feature Children’s Art - Water Colors of Daffodils. Admission is free! For more information:

SD Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race | Mar. 24 at 6:45am | Petco Park, Park Boulevard

Goodie bags, free race photos and scrumptious post-race treats are just three reasons you’ll want to sign up. Benefits Make-A-Wish®, a national charity that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. For more information:

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Posted in California Travel
March 1, 2019

March 2019 Orange County Calendar Of Events

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If you live in or are planning a visit to Orange County and are looking for things to see and do there in March, then please check out our March Orange County Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues at First American Title:

Daddy Daughter Prince & Princess Dance | Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm | Yorba Linda Community Center

Princesses are invited to have an exciting night out with their “Prince Charming”. Activities include dinner, dancing, crafts and games. $20. For more information: 714-961-7100 |

Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade | Mar. 2 at 11am | Laguna Beach

Cancelled Due To Forecast For Rainy Weather. “Everyday Heroes” Entries in the popular event range from civic and veterans organizations to school bands, floats, vintage automobiles, and light-hearted novelty groups. The parade also honors citizens who have served the community and those who have served the nation in time of war or national emergency. For more information:

GEMfest | Mar. 2 from 9am-2pm | Sage Hill School, Newport Coast

For Middle school girls in grades 6 through 8! Become part of the Girls Empowerment Movement to make changes in your life, your school, your community and the world. Free snacks, a delicious lunch and a gift bag full of awesome swag. For more information:

Los Olivos Community Park Dedication | Mar. 2 from 4-6pm | 101 Alfonso, Irvine

The event will showcase the new 12.5-acre park, which features lighted baseball and soccer fields, a lighted basketball court, four tennis courts, and a musical-themed playground inspired by the former Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. For more information:

Parenting OC’s Summer Opportunities Jamboree | Mar. 2 from 10am-3pm | Discovery Cube Science Center, Santa Ana

Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand is the Bubble-Dash Games. Come on down for this fun-filled, free family Event. For more information: 714-630-4510 x8 |

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival | Mar. 2 from 11am-5pm | Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

Takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. Decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more! For more information: 714-556-2787 |

Festival of Whales | Mar. 2-3 & 9-10 - See website for schedule. | Dana Point Harbor

Celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale. In addition to whale watching, the festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more! For more information: 949-472-7888 |

German Style Carnival FASCHING | Mar. 3 from 3-6pm | Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Families with children ages 4-17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of For more information: 714-895-8020 |

Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k Race | Mar. 3 from 7am-12pm | The District at Tustin Legacy

These races are designed to raise the maximum amount of funds for nonprofits and charities, while showcasing one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Southern California. For more information:

Hoag Classic | Mar. 6-10 at 8am | Newport Beach Country Club

Each year, the tournament raises over $1 million for Hoag and other local charities, totaling more than $20 million in its history – making it the most philanthropic event on the PGA TOUR Champions. Additionally, it attracts a field of professional players that rivals any major championship in golf. For more information:

South County Pet Expo | Mar. 9 from 10am-2pm | Lake Forest Sports Park

This family and pet friendly event will feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, food trucks and giveaways. For more information: 949-858-1000 |

La Habra Races | Mar. 9 from 6-9am | La Habra Marketplace Shopping Center

Includes a 5K race for all ages, as well as a 1K Kiddy Run (ages 6-9 yrs.) and a 50-Yard Diaper Dash (ages 3-5 yrs.). For more information: 562-383-4211 |

Kite Party | Mar. 9-10 | Huntington Beach Pier

Kite fliers connecting face to face with people who they may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with. Kite Party is about socializing with people we have known for years, and meeting people new people. For more information:

Surfin’ Sundays Concert Series | Mar. 9-10 from 8am-5:30pm | Huntington Beach Pier Plaza

Enjoy shopping from local vendors on Saturdays and live music on Sundays throughout the Summer. Pier Plaza concerts are from 11am-5:30pm. Vendors will be in Pier Plaza all day, from 8am-5pm during the summer. For more information:

Cherry Blossom Festival | Mar. 15-17 | Huntington Central Park

A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30 year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister city of Anjo, Japan. For more information:

El Presidente Ball | Mar. 16 from 6-10pm | El Adobe de Capistrano, SJC

Journey back to the late 1800s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you how “the West was fun” at this western style dinner dance. Enjoy some great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western style music. For more information: 949-493-1976 |

Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School | Mar. 16 from 11am-4pm | Wilkins Town Square, Newport Coast

Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment. For more information: 949-219-0100 |

Kids Night Out-Spring Break Party | Mar. 16 from 2-5pm | Stanton Central Park

Spring Break brings plenty of opportunities for students to play outdoors. A light snack will be provided. For more information:

Newport-Mesa Spirit Run | Mar. 17 at 6am | Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Twelve racing events plus a 5k Family Walk and Toddler Trot. In between races, participants and spectators enjoy the Youth & Fitness Expo is located adjacent to the start/finish area in Edward’s Big Newport. A fun family expo showcases products and services of community businesses. Bungee jumping, rock climbing, a skate park, massage, running footwear and apparel, shopping, and more. For more information:

Saint Joseph’s Day at the Mission | Mar. 19 from 9am-3pm | Mission San Juan Capistrano

Live mariachi music, community presentations, Special Guest “Swallows Speakers”, Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend. For more information:

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande | Mar. 20 from 6-9pm | Swallow’s Inn, SJC

Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). There is a $5 entry fee per category for each contestant entered. For the more timid, spectators are always welcome at the hilarious Fiesta Grandé. For more information:

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado | Mar. 23 at 11am | Downtown San Juan Capistrano

The nation’s largest non-motorized parade. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop. Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band. For more information: 949-493-1976 |

Huntington Beachcruisers Meet | Mar. 23 from 8am-4pm | Downtown Huntington Beach

A popular gathering of beach cruising vehicles manufactured through 1972, featuring nomads, woodies, VW Transporters, convertibles, steel wagons and other beach cruisin’ vehicles of the era. Vehicles will be on display throughout the weekend along Main Street and in Pier Plaza. For more information:

Mad Hatter Children’s Tea Party | Mar. 23 from 11am-2pm | Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club

Guests will be treated to a delicious lunch and sweet treats, take part in a photo op with tea party characters and enjoy fun games and crafts. Tickets are $10 per person; complimentary for children under 12 months. For more information:

Birthday Bash | Mar. 24 from 4-7pm | Neighborhood Congregational Church-Bridge Hall, Laguna Beach

Exciting plans are in progress for LOCA’s biggest fundraising celebration to date. The public is invited to enjoy amazing food and wines, interactive art activities and art auctions. For more information: 949-363-4700 |

CRY OC - Holi By The Sea | Mar. 24 from 11am-3pm | Bolsa Chica State Beach

Bring color to a Child’s Life! Celebrate HOLI - The Festival of Colors! With Child Rights & You America, Inc. - Orange County, and ensure a brighter and more colorful future for children everywhere. Be ready to get very colorful and enjoy Amazing Bollywood music by Fusion Sounds! For more information:

Swing for the Sea Lions | Mar. 25 from 12-7pm | Aliso Viejo Country Club

Benefiting Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 18 holes of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A, beverages provided by Laguna Beach Beer Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more, a buffet dinner and contest opportunities. The helicopter golf ball drop, silent auction, dinner and awards ceremony follow at 5pm. For more information:

CrabFest 2019 | Mar. 29 from 4-7pm | Huntington Beach Senior Center in Central Park

Hosted by the Huntington Beach Lions Club. Enjoy all you can eat salad, chowder, crab and shrimp! During the event there will be a silent auction, raffle and live auction. Fundraiser will benefit a number of local charities and organizations, including Off the Streets Huntington Beach, Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach and many others. For more information:

Jazz Festival 2019 | Mar. 29-30 | Ocean Institute, Dana Point

Friday Concert: Enjoy small bites from the best local restaurants. Mix and mingle while enjoying hosted bars, a silent auction and more. Saturday Jazz Gala: A four-course gala dinner presented by the Executive Chefs from Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach, and The Laguna Cliffs Marriott. For more information:

Laguna Niguel Senior Games | Mar. 30-31 | Sea Country Senior and Community Center

Soccer, basketball, bocce ball, billiards, pickleball and table tennis. Opening Ceremony: March 29 at 6pm at Sea Country Senior and Community Center. For more information: 949-425-5151 |

Glitterfest | Mar. 31 from 10am-3pm | Spring Field Conference Center, Fullerton

This event features a collection of creative folks who express their talent through mixed media art. It includes handmade jewelry, sculpture, primitive dolls, paper whimsy and more! For more information: 714-573-1025 |

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Feb. 25, 2019

March 2019 Los Angeles County Calendar Of Events

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For those of you living in the LA area or planning a visit there in March and looking for some fun things to see or do, check out this March 2019 LA County Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues, Catherine, Peggy Sue and Kathleen, at First American Title:

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys | Mar. 1-17 - See website for schedule | 2270 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

A pop-up exhibit that walks visitors through an alternate history of toys. The museum consists of 100+ toys and games, each one unique and altered in a humorous way. Multiple photo opportunities are available. Guests can step inside a life-size action figure box to become a toy themselves! Multiple special guests and interactive toys will also be available. For more information:

Long Beach Mardi Gras | Mar. 2 from 12-5pm | Shoreline Village

Join us for live music, food specials, and more throughout Shoreline Village, and of course, our annual MARDI GRAS PARADE at a new earlier time of 2pm! Join us at our Grandstand on the grass just north of Yard House as our favorite Mistress of Ceremonies Jewels Long Beach returns for her third year announces our Parade participants throughout the parade! For more information:

Lancaster West Rotary’s Dinner & Auction | Mar. 2 from 5:30-10pm | Hellenic Center, Lancaster

“Viva Las Vegas” Enjoy dinner, then set your sights on over 300 silent and live auction items! Lancaster West Rotary works to provide support to our community, our youth, vocationally and internationally through grants and hands on projects. For more information: 661-434-1272 |

Community Celebration - Pet Supply Santa Clarita | Mar. 2 from 11am-2pm | 26831 Bouquet Canyon Road

Join Senator Scott Wilk and The Brittany Foundation during a community celebration. The Senator will be honoring Pet Supply Santa Clarita as his “Small Business of the Month” in addition learn what the legislature is doing to protect animals. For more information:

Mardi Gras Celebration | Mar. 2-3 & 5 | The Original Farmers Market: 6333 W 3rd St.

Join us for down-home fun, March 2-3, and Fat Tuesday, March 5 for the finest New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, bead-throwing, and much more! For more information: 323-933-9211 |

CicLAvia | Mar. 3 from 9am-4pm | Culver City Metro Station

Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. For more information:

International Women’s Day Celebration | Mar. 3 from 12-3pm | Fiesta Hall, West Hollywood

The campaign theme “Balance for Better” provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action. Please come to enjoy music, dancing, refreshments and other fun activities celebrating women. Attendees will enjoy singing along and dancing with professionals. For more information: 323-848-6826 |

Wedding Showcase | Mar. 3 from 5-8pm | Rolling Hills Country Club

Come revel in what a wedding could be here at the club by attending an actual ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception. Southern California’s top wedding planners and vendors will be present to showcase what services are available for your wedding! For more information:

The Fred Hall Show | Mar. 6-10 | Long Beach Convention Center

Approximately 1000 booths throughout the convention center with over 10,000 products on display from the world’s leading outdoor recreation manufacturers. Over 400 seminars will take place during the five days of the show in seven different seminar venues, plus live entertainment and cooking demonstrations. For more information:

Almond Blossom Festival & Parade | Mar. 8-10 | George Lane Park, Quartz Hill

Ever see an Almond Tree in bloom? It’s magnificent! The white and pink Almond Blossoms paint Quartz Hill each year with a brush of beauty! Great family fun, food, crafts and celebration. For more information:

Hope Through Horses Open Barn | Mar. 9 from 1-4pm | SRD Straightening Rein, Santa Clarita

Come meet Straightening Rein’s team of professionals specializing in equine-assisted therapies, our therapy horses and special celebrity guest USA Track & Field Medalist, Long Jumper Norris Frederick. For more information: 661-803-1641 |

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink | Mar. 9 at 7am | Dodger Stadium

With many activities, the Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the fun More Than Pink Walk, there’s something everyone will enjoy. For more information:

Glendale Arbor Day Tree Planting Event | Mar. 9 from 9am-12pm | Verdugo Park

The CIRCLE 3.0 team will be planting 4,000 trees across California! The trees planted will have numerous environmental and health benefits! Please bring shovels and/or gloves! For more information:

California State University Long Beach’s Pow Wow | Mar. 9-10 - Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm | CSULB

Displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food. Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art. For more information: 562-985-8528 |

Holi Festival of Colors LA | Mar. 9-10 from 11am-4pm | Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte

After the chill of winter, people come outdoors, bury the hatchet, and loosen up by throwing multi colored powders on each other. The colors represent all the colors of spring, and the diversity among human and animal kind which makes life interesting and profitable. Our east meets west version of this exuberant festival includes yoga, mantra bands, DJ’s, Hip Hop, Bollywood Dance, vegan food, free hugs, and colors. For more information:

Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk | Mar. 10 at 7:30am | Griffith Park, Los Feliz

Join The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk Signature Series in 2018 for our annual tradition of raising awareness and bringing the community together in support of Parkinson’s disease research. For more information:

Redondo Beach Festival of Kite | Mar. 10 from 12-5pm | 100 Fisherman’s Wharf

Besides the high-flying fun, the festival also hold musical and dance performances, martial arts demos, and a hot dog on a stick eating contest. For more information:

Veterans Job Fair | Mar. 14 from 9am-12pm | McCambridge Recreation Center, Burbank

Register at the website. Bring multiple copies of your resume. Don’t forget to dress to impress. For more information:

St. Patrick’s Day Gold Hunt | Mar. 15 from 10am-12pm | Legacy Park, Malibu

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lucky the Leprechaun! Storytime, art activity, snack, giveaway and special surprise guest. Gold Hunt times are at 10:15am and 11am. For more information:

Paleyfest LA | Mar. 15-24 | Dolbey Theater, Hollywood

Produced by The Paley Center for Media, PaleyFest brings fans together with the talent behind their favorite TV shows. The premier TV Festival has become a must attend pop culture event, we’ll see you in Hollywood! For more information:

Native American Festival Shoreline | Mar. 16 from 12-5pm | Shoreline Village, Long Beach

This is a FREE event. 2 pow wow drums, 3 hoop dancers from AZ, 1 Native American Band, flute players, Native American dance exhibitions/stories, pow wow group dancing & round dancing, artist demonstrations, kids zone with free face painting and dream catcher making, fry bread will be sold. For more information:

Calabasas Shamrock Shuffle 5K, Kids Run and St. Patrick's Day Festival | Mar. 16 from 9am-3pm | 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Agoura Hills

With a race start and finish at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center runners will enjoy the post-race St. Patrick's Day Celebration featuring Live Irish Music, Kids Inflatables / Carnival Games, Face Painting, Irish Step Dancers, Beer Garden featuring an Irish Coffee Bar, and more! For more information:

Paw Works Gala | Mar. 16 from 5-10:30pm | The Four Seasons, Westlake Village

Paw Works Gala “Mardi Paws” raises funds for this 501C organization. After enjoying a fabulous cocktail reception with signature drinks, silent auction, and live music, guests will feast on a vegetarian or non-vegetarian three-course dinner, enjoy live entertainment and a special auction, all to raise money for Paw Works’ life-saving programs and new facility that help abandoned dogs and cats in our community. For more information:

MHF Walk for Kids with Cancer | Mar. 16 from 8-11am | College of the Canyons-Cougar Stadium, Santa Clarita

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Walk for Kids with Cancer is a celebration of the lives of children and their families who have been affected by children’s cancer. Individuals and Teams will walk to raise funds to support the Foundation. For more information: 661-250-4100 |

SCV Charity Chili Cook-Off | Mar. 21 from 6-10pm | The Oaks Club at Valencia

Live band, DJ and dancing along with a live and silent auction, kids’ corner and of course Chili cookers far and wide looking forward to presenting their prized recipe in hopes of winning first, second or third prize, People Choice Award or Judges Choice, all critiqued by our local celebrity judges. For more information:

Method Fest Independent Film Festival | Mar. 22-28 | Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills

Named for the “Stanislavski Method’ which brought truth and realism to the world of acting, The Method Fest is the only major film festival in the U.S. that pays homage to the actor. The Method Fest is truly The Actor’s Film Festival, a festival of discovery, seeking breakout-acting performances of emerging stars and established actors in story-driven independent films. For more information: 310-342-0260 |

Los Angeles Marathon | Mar. 24 at 7am | Dodger Stadium

Over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the Finish Line in Santa Monica. Participants must be 16 years or older on race day. For more information:

Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival | Mar. 31 from 11am-4pm | Columbia Park

The free festival includes performances from artists representing cultures around the world. The Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild invites artists and craft creators to display and sell their work; and there are activities like learning to make origami and face painting. For more information:

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