The Pinteresting 5: Outdoor Showers

If you’re an avid San Diego surfer, an outdoor shower is an absolute must: it’s the best way to keep sand outdoors where it belongs! Even if you’re not a surfer, there are many other uses for an outdoor shower: think dog wash or a place to rinse off after gardening. If you’ve been thinking of adding an outdoor shower, check out these great ideas to inspire your design!

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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Summer!

Looking for summer fun in San Diego? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this summer!

San Diego County Fair

June 2 – July 4

San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games throughout the beautiful and historical Del Mar Fairgrounds in the oceanfront village of Del Mar. More information here.

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San Diego Brew & Food Festival

June 4

Beer and food collide at Waterfront Park for a midday festival showcasing San Diego’s finest eats and drinks! More information here.

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San Diego Festival of the Arts

June 11-12

The San Diego Festival of the Arts has moved locations to Waterfront Park for the first time in 29 years. Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm, almost 200 artists will be set up in the park along with live entertainment, food from local restaurants, and SD craft beers.  More information here.

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Oysterfest

June 17-18

What started as a simple ode to the oyster has become one of San Diego’s most popular events for live music, beer, food, bay-side views and a whole bunch of good-looking locals! More information here.

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Del Mar Summer Solstice

June 23

A handful of Del Mar’s most applauded restaurants will gather at Powerhouse Park for a bountiful culinary showcase alongside selections of California wine and beers! More information here.

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37th annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival

June 25

This local favorite combines endless chili samplings, five stages of music, a beachside beer garden and a lively artist’s alley all under the sun in Ocean Beach! More information here.

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Big Bay Boom 4th of July

July 4

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing! More information here.

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Sun & Sea Festival

July 15-16

As “the original Imperial Beach sand castle competition,” the Sun & Sea Festival brings together world-class sand castle sculptors plus a pancake breakfast, live music, a parade and more. Don’t miss the intricate and impressive creations that give playing in the sand a whole new meaning! For more information click here.

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San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

July 16-17

The San Diego Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment with more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians and dance performers. Attendees can celebrate LGBT pride throughout the two-day fest, which also includes vendor booths, a beer garden, a dance floor and an artist area! For more information click here.

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Del Mar Racing Season

July 19 – September 3

Horse racing at its finest! Fun for the entire family where the turf meets the surf! More information here.

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San Diego Comic Con

July 20-23

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. Don’t miss one of the biggest San Diego events this summer! More information here.

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Heroes Brew Craft Beer Fest

July 22

Even superheroes need a beer break. The annual Comic-Con beer fest brings caped crowds together at Waterfront Park downtown to sip from more than 40 breweries. Dress to impress because the costume contest offers major prizes for best original costume, superhero look-alike, best group costume and best super villain! More information here.

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Oceanside International Film Festival

August 7-14

The Oceanside International Film Festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties! More information here.

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Stone 20th Anniversary & Invitational Beer Festival

August 19-20

Celebrate the anniversary with a brewers reception on Friday night or beer fest on Saturday featuring more than 150 beers from 60-plus breweries. The fest will also showcase Stone Anniversary IPAs from their 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries, all on tap! More information here.

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Sharp Hospice Care Annual Benefit Dinner Regatta

August 25

Hosted by Sharp Hospice Care, the benefit regatta brings together racers, community organizations and local families for an important cause! More information here.

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San Diego Spirits Festival

August 27-28

This two-day event will boast more than 70 alcohol brands while heightening all of the senses with chef demonstrations, bartender competitions, dance performances and live music. Meet great liquor purveyors, talented mixologists and top chefs while indulging in unlimited cocktail and food samples! More information here.

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San Diego Bacon Fest

September 3

At the San Diego Bacon Fest, there is no limit to bacon or beer samples, meaning you’ll be double-fisting your way through the day. VIP ticket holders receive a brew caddie, which essentially hangs around your neck and holds your beer for you while you stuff your face. More information here.

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2017 Guide to San Diego Summer Camps

Summer 2017 is almost upon us! This year, there plenty of different summer camp programs in San Diego for kids of all ages to enjoy and experience!

General Camps/Programs

YMCA Overnight Camps

Since 1921, the YMCA of San Diego’s overnight camps have been providing positive, life-changing experiences in the outdoors. YMCA Camp Marston has been a San Diego favorite for thousands of children and families! More information here.

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Outpost Summer Camp 

The Outpost experience has three pillars that parents have loved for over 15 summers: door-to-door transportation, traditional camp activities , and exceptional, well-trained staff that ensure a quality experience for each child! More information here.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) is committed to helping kids of all backgrounds and interests develop into well-rounded, successful young adults. More information here.

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Challenge Island

Challenge Island camps are the perfect destination for your child during summer and other school breaks. Built around pop culture themes kids love, Challenge Island camps feel like action-packed vacations in their own right! More info can be found here.

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Academic Camps 

All-Star Academy

All-Star Academy provides elementary students with a well-rounded summer camp experience that implements educational, athletic, and imaginative activities for campers! More information here.

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Huntington Learning Center

This summer offers the perfect opportunity for students to get back on track with academics at Huntington Learning Center. Since 1977, Huntington has helped students in kindergarten through 12th grade to improve their grades, test scores, and confidence through proven programs! More information here.

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County Montessori School 

This summer, parents who want to give their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons need look no further than a local school. Country Montessori School, situated on a three-acre campus with extensive playground areas, will offer seven individually themed camp weeks with half-day and full-day options for ages 2.5 to 10 years! More information here.

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Animal Camps

Sea World Resident Camps

Experience SeaWorld up-close and behind-the-scenes and learn how we care for dolphins, penguins, sharks, and more. Explore San Diego’s beaches when you surf and snorkel! More information here.

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 San Diego Safari Park Summer Camps 

Discover an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers interacting with rhinos and giraffes, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! More information here.

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Summer Horse Riding Camp

Week long camps in Rancho Santa Fe to learn about horses and have fun! Activities include lessons, horse safety and care, trail rides, stable management, games, and more! Call Lena at 760-822-7483 for details!

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Art Camps

Drawn2Art San Diego

Join Drawn2Art this summer for a variety of camps that are designed to spark a desire for future investigation and learning for young artists ages four to 17! Click here for more information.

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Sew Inspired 

Have your kids learn about the intrinsic joy of sewing and design! Sewing is a noble, character building skill that kids love engaging in! Join in on one of America’s favorite past-times! More information here.

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Music Camps 

Studio West Music Production Camps

Musical teens can hone their skills and have a blast in San Diego’s largest professional recording studio, which has hosted the likes of blink-182 and the Arctic Monkeys. Musicians and non-musicians of all skill levels are welcome – there are plenty of roles for everyone, from singer to musician to producer to engineer! More information here.

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Mini Theatre Troupe 

Musical theater professionals teach week-long classes that focus on singing, acting, and dancing, all while having a great time with theater games, improvisation, and lots more. Each week creates a unique show which showcases the songs and scenes campers worked on during the week! More information here.

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Scripps Performing Arts Academy 

Throughout their time in the program, dance and musical theatre campers will improve their technical dance and theatre skills, choreography, singing, and acting. They’ll also make arts and crafts, help design sets, and participate in a costumed performance with fellow campers! More information here.

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Sports Camps

San Diego Force FC

San Diego Force Futbol Club (SD Force FC) Camps offer the exciting opportunity to experience specialized, intensive soccer training focusing on the technical, tactical, and physical demands of the game! More information here.

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Del Norte Hoops Camp 

Del Norte Hoops Camp is one of the largest attended camps in North County and has a ratio of no more than 10 players to one experienced coach. The team is excited to host multiple camps for both Biddy Ball and Youth Camps! More information here.

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Del Mar Junior Lifeguards 

If your child’s idea of the perfect summer day includes heading to the ocean, consider Del Mar Junior Lifeguard’s camp programs for a summer of improved self-esteem, physical fitness, and fun. More information here.

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Science Camps

RobotCity Workshop West

Programming has become a modern-day language to express ideas, inspiring originality while developing logical thinking. Unlike courses with heavy screen time, RobotCity students will spend much time building, rebuilding, and testing the renowned Makeblock mBot robot in the field. This allows your child to bring together STEM concepts in a way only they can dream and design. More information here.

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Tech Know How

TechKnowHow’s week-long summer camps offer a variety of fun and enriching hands-on projects which teach students how to use technology creatively! More information here.

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The Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Dining

Spring is here and summer isn’t far behind. If you’ve been dreaming of revamping your backyard for summer, you’ve probably been imagining sunset dinners outside. Whether you’re aiming to provide intimate seating for just your family or want enough room to host a crowd, you’re sure to get inspiration from our top 5 picks for outdoor dining inspiration!

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Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Entertaining

It’s already warming up in San Diego and that’s got us thinking about summer and outdoor entertaining! While many homes either have a wet bar or make use of a bar cart or other side area to organize drink-making items, when the weather gets warmer, refreshments often get relegated to a plastic cooler or the host gets stuck running from inside to outside. Why not up your summer entertaining game an outdoor bar or buffet area? Most of these projects are the results of a clever DIY!

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The Difference a Year Makes

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We’ve been watching home prices climb in our area, but it’s official: home prices are up nearly 15% in some area, marking a 5-year high. This returns us to the prices we saw in the summer of 2008.

What does this mean for you?

It’s a great time to sell, but also to buy. This increase shows that buyers have more faith in the strength of the housing market. While the beginning of 2013 was marked by cautious optimism, now that summer has arrived, it’s clear that more and more people are of the opinion that the market has taken more than just a temporary turn.

While inventory remains low, the rise in price will likely entice many sellers to enter the market, giving buyers more choice. And although interest rates have inched up, they still remain low overall.

All in all, this is a great opportunity to make your move!

**Data pulled from the UT-San Diego**