San Diego Calendar of Events - February 2019




 San Diego Black Film Festival   Jan. 30- Feb. 3
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.
Contact: 619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com

SDSU Writers Conference   Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Whether your goal is direct feedback on your work from a top-tier agent or editor, or simply 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 at 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. Expert Speakers, Government Agencies, Health Care Providers, Housing Providers, Senior Service Providers, Refreshments, Commemorative bag, Opportunity Drawing.
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, be awed by lion dancers, and be enveloped in 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 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 for an annual audience that averages 5,000. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, SDs Kuumba Fest present a wide showcase of arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety.
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events. / Lyceum: 79 Horton Plaza
Contact: www.kuumbafest.com
San Diego Tet Festival   Feb. 8-10
Join us in welcoming the Year of the Pig as we Spring To New Horizons! 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, Game Booth with prizes, 2 stages with non-stop entertainment, Food vendors with variety of foods from cultures all around the world!
Time/Place: Mira Mesa Community Park
Contact: 858-215-4838 / www.sdtet.com

Escondido Chocolate Festival   Feb. 9
Stroll through Downtown Escondido's various designated 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. Dont miss the 2nd Saturday, Escondido Arts & Culture events downtown!
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 (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, Oceanside
Contact: www.brewbies.org

Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego   Feb. 9
Mermaid returns to San Diegos Mission Bay for a scenic womens 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. The course features beautiful Bay 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 Valentines Day 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Run   Feb. 10
Each 10K, 5K, 1 mile participant receives a high quality t-shirt, an awesome finishers medal, continental breakfast, photos with heart sweets, and beer garden. Islander hand carved tikis will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category, men and women.
Time/Place: 6:30-11am / Tidelands Park
Contact: www.valentinesday10k.com

Sweethearts Ball   Feb. 15
This is a family event for children on up to grand-parents. Sweethearts young and old are invited to attend an evening of dancing. Light hors doeuvres, treats and refreshments will be provided. Photo backdrops will be available so bring your camera to capture your memories of the evening.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Encinitas Community Center
Contact: 760-633-2740 / www.encinitaschamber.com

5K Paw Walk in the Garden   Feb. 16
Once each year Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden join paws to raise funds that 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. Self submissions are welcome and encouraged.
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 all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! A very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Downtown SD: Third Ave. & J St.
Contact: 619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org

American Red Cross Blood Drive    Feb. 21
Make sure to hydrate and eat lots of iron-rich foods to ensure a successful donation. 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 Diegos long-running Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. Enjoy panel discussions, classes, workshops, art show, vendor hall, karaoke, dance and much more. Meet authors, artists and cosplayers.
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 dont know where to start? Be sure to bring your whole family and all your friends as you go booth-to-booth meeting camp directors, asking questions, gathering promotional materials and learning about their programs. Well have games, food and prizes, too, plus lots of activities for the kids and the opportunity for you 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 theyve made in 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
Were 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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Homeownership and Student Loans

DID YOU KNOW? Homeownership among people ages 24 - 32 fell 9 percentage points, to 36% from 45%, between 2005 and 2014, the Fed said. While many factors affected the homeowner rate, the Fed said 2 percentage points or about 20% of the decline was tied directly to student debt which now totals $1.5 trillion. That translated into 400,000 borrowers who could have owned a home by 2014 but didn’t because of student loans. (WSJ)

89% of Millennials plan to purchase a home in the future but simply can’t because of student debt. 48% have ZERO saved for a downpayment. (CNBC).


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Housing is a Tale of two Markets

Housing is a Tale of two Markets

DID YOU KNOW? Right now housing is a “tale of two markets,” where there is more demand for lower-priced homes than high-end homes. Homebuilder sentiment ticked up in January after 2 months of sharp declines, but increasing costs have stunted construction of lower-priced homes that are less likely to turn a larger profit. (CNBC).
Existing-home sales fell 6.4% in December from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million (NAR). Compared with a year earlier, sales in December declined 10.3%. While bad housing figures came out yesterday, its important to acknowledge the following:
  • Affordability is no longer getting worse. In December, it actually improved marginally thanks to a softening in new home prices, slowing gains in existing home prices, rising wages and, most importantly, a fall in mortgage rates. 
  • Housing starts are still catching up with estimates of structural household formation growth and vacancy rates remain low. Usually, this far into the cycle, there is evidence that the housing sector is over-supplied. Not this time. 
  • Unlike ride-sharing, where a car that previously served one household can now serve 10, few families want to share their homes. The vast majority of people want their own home.
  • The demographic sweet spot for the housing market is a population in which those aged 50 and under is growing, while the numbers aged 65+ are either stable or falling. Slowing under-50's and growing over-65's is exactly what the US had in the 2000s, which meant the decade was a very poor demographic window for a housing boom and this contributed to the 2007-9 housing bust. The growth of the under-50's is accelerating again over the next 10 years and the growth of the over-50's is stable. 
  • Interest rates dropped roughly 11% from their high of 2 months ago, now around 4.55%.


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DID YOU KNOW? Existing-home sales ran at a 4.94 million seasonally-adjusted annual rate in January

💡 DID YOU KNOW? Existing-home sales ran at a 4.94 million seasonally-adjusted annual rate in January, lower - by 1.2% - than the 3-year low...