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El Cajon Oktoberfest   Sep. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6
A family-friendly festival promoting traditional German culture, including entertainment provided by our popular band Guggenbach-Buam. Enjoy folk dances, games, and contests, vendor booths and craft stands, and Kids’ Zone!
South Mollison Avenue   www.germanclubsandiego.org

Taste of Mission Hills   Oct. 2
25 participating purveyors of delicious tastes, including long established and very new arrivals.
5-9pm / Various locations throughout Mission Hills
619-559-9502 / www.missionhillsbid.com/taste

La Mesa Oktoberfest   Oct. 4-6
Hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Entertainment and fun activities for kids of all ages.
Fri 4-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / La Mesa Village

Read more: October Calendar Of Events

home slideshow panel 02First time home buyers are sometimes considered a “pump primer” in real estate. Buying an initial home typically means buying from someone else who then buys another home. And on it goes. But it’s often that first time buyer that starts the ball rolling and why they’re encouraged to stop renting and start owning. This group is so important that many state agencies and mortgage companies offer loan programs that cater to first time buyers with special incentives. The incentives could be a lower rate or a contribution toward closing costs and even assistance with a down payment.

Read more: You May Qualify as a First Time Buyer–Even If You’ve Bought Before

home switcher services01Starbucks just released a new pumpkin flavored drink and the Halloween gear is starting to replace the patio furniture outside the supermarket. That must mean fall is near. If you’re anything like us, the first freeze hits us and we remember all those projects we wanted to do and never started—projects that will help protect our house and make it run more efficiently. This year, we’re starting early to get our house ready for the cold, and you can too. 

Consider your window coverings

Read more: Get a Jump on Fall Home Projects

Open HouseWant to learn how to sell your house? Simple: Put on your buyer hat and tour a bunch of homes for sale in your area. That's what I did, and I learned a ton about how to sell my own place.

I'd bought my cozy one-bedroom condo in Irvine, CA, three years ago; it was perfect for a single 20-something ready to break away from the renting game. But now, I’m married, with dreams of having kids who will need their own rooms and with plans to get a brood of pups, who probably won't be impressed with my cement balcony “backyard.” With these goals on our horizon, I realized that my husband and I were going to need a bigger place.

So, I started touring open houses in my area, often with my husband in tow. While my original motive was to figure out what we wanted to buy, it didn't take long for me to feel like an expert in buying and selling. Here's what I learned.

Home staging makes a huge difference

Read more: Open Houses Helped Me See My Own Home in a Whole New Light

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Barona Powwow Aug. 30-Sep. 1
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.
See website for schedule. Barona Sports Park, Lakeside :: 619-443-6612 / www.crazycrow.com

Labor Day Stickball Tournament Aug. 31-Sep. 1
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories.
9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St :: 619-233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Aug. 31-Sep. 2
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. There’s also live entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero!
Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing :: 619-980-6651 / www.ussandsculpting.com

Big SoCal Euro Sep. 1
The event features more than 3,000 European cars from throughout the region. Bring your family to meet other car enthusiasts and enjoy raffles, drag racing, great food, automotive vendors, swap meet, and afterparty.
11am-6pm / SDCCU Stadium :: www.big-euro.com

Read more: September Calendar Of Events

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