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FREE PAINT DROP-OFF EVENT ON MAY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

May 2, 2015 (Spring Valley)--PaintCare, a nonprofit that runs the California Paint Stewardship Program on behalf of paint manufacturers, is holding a special event to collect old and leftover paint to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle their unwanted paint. The event will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Rd., Spring Valley.

SDG&E OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE PLANTING THIS ARBOR DAY

 

Customers and landscapers are reminded to call 8-1-1 two days before digging

April 24, 2015 (San Diego) – With Arbor Day upon us, San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Vegetation Management team is reminding customers and landscapers to plant the “Right Tree in the Right Place” this Arbor Day.

COLLEGE BLOSSOMS WITH SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 25

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

April 15, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.  This year, the 22nd annual free event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

SAVE WATER IN YOUR GARDEN: FREE COMPOSTING CLASS MAY 2

 

By Helen Ofield

April 12, 2015 (Lemon Grove)--You planted green beans, snap peas, tomatoes, chard and zucchini, then stood back and waited for the good times to roll. After the funeral for the first four, you were left with baseball bat size zucchini. You left them on doorsteps at midnight only to be caught in the act by a dozen cell phones ("local weirdo leaves humungous zucchini for helpless neighbors"). The video went viral and you became the laughing stock of Lemon Grove.  But, wait...

Cry on the shoulder of the Lemon Grove Organic Garden Club and the Lemon Grove Historical Society. They're holding a free composting class on May 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. outdoors in Civic Center Park (between Main and Olive Streets) next to the historic H. Lee House, 3205 Olive.  Parking is free, too.

SAGE & SONGBIRDS GARDEN TOUR TAKES WING MAY 1-3

 

April 10, 2015 (Alpine) – The 18th annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 1-3 will feature five private home gardens plus a hummingbird haven and a raptor rehabilitation facility for close-up viewing of wildlife.

YOUR GARDEN NEEDS A DOSE OF MEDS : MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS

 

April 6, 2015 (San Diego)--Want a California native garden to save water? Your choice of plants is a lot better than you think, because California plants have friends around the world. There are five regions with a Mediterranean climate including South Africa, a portion of South America, Australia, the Mediterranean and right here in Southern California. Beautiful plants that thrive in these regions can add color, texture and water-wise plantings to your garden, too. 

The County has a new video you can view by clicking the  image above.

FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY OFFERS "SPECTACULAR" GARDEN TOUR APRIL 25

 

April 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Friends of East County Arts, Inc. presents its 20th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm.

COUNTY TO AUCTION 324 PROPERTIES MARCH 24

 

March 3, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister has announced that the County will be auctioning off  324 local properties on March 24th.  Registration to bid on these properties is now open.

TOMATOMANIA: MARCH 14 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

February 7, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)—Tomatomania, the world’s largest heirloom tomato seedling sale, is coming to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College (12122 Cuyamaca College Drive) in the Rancho San Diego neighborhood of El Cajon.  Tomatomania will take place on March 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN OFFERS GARDEN CLASSES

February 6, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) -- If you're looking for some creative ideas for landscaping your yard, the Water Conesrvation Garden has classes coming up on Hillside Gardening February 7th and Garden Design February 28th.  The Water Conservation Garden is located at Cuyamaca College in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

Below are details.

2015 HOUSING MARKET FORECAST LOOKS BRIGHT, LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS SAY

 

Photo caption:

From left to right: Clint Daniels, Carey Guthrie (PSAR president-elect), Bob Olivieri (PSAR 2014 president), Alan Nevin.

Realtors hear 2015 housing forecasts at El Cajon meeting

December 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors, recently hosted a program on forecasts for the 2015 local housing market. Speakers at the program, held at the PSAR East County Service Center in El Cajon, included real estate economist Alan Nevin, director of economic and market research at Xpera Group, and Clint Daniels, manager of regional models, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

FORECLOSURES FALL

 

 

East County News Service

December 23, 2014 (San Diego)--Fewer San Diego County residents are losing their homes to foreclosure.  From November of last year to November of this year, the number of foreclosures countywide fell 23 percent, according to CoreLogic DataQuick.

FROM WESTERN FLAIR TO A DAIRY ON LAKESIDE'S HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

 

By Janis Russell

December 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Lakeside Historical Society’s holiday home tour this year included five homes distinctively different homes, all decked out for the holidays.

DETER DEER DAMAGE: EIGHT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT DEER DURING THE COLD WEATHER SEASON

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer, numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 6 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

By Kathleen Jorgensen

November 22, 2014 (Borrego Springs) -- Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs will hold its Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 6 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You will tour five lovely homes in the Borrego Valley, each uniquely adorned for the holidays. From "ultra-modern" to "old school", each home will reflect the distinct decorating style of the homeowner.

LAKESIDE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 6

 

December 1, 2014 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual HOLIDAY HOME TOUR on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a,m to 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the History Center, 9906 Maine Avenue (corner of Parkside) from 10am until 2pm Tuesday through Saturday. They can also be purchased at the homes on the self guided tour.

DREAMING OF HOME OWNERSHIP? HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD 6 HOMES IN EL CAJON: LEARN HOW TO APPLY AT NOV. 18 MEETING


November 15, 2014 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon is providing financial assistance to help San Diego Habitat for Humanity build six new homes in El Cajon.

ASK THE EXPERTS: NOV. 15 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

East County News Service

Drought got you down? Need garden tips, conservation insights and ideas for drought-resistant plants to make your fall landscape more beautiful with less water?

Get help at Ask the Experts, an event set for Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. Presentations and exhibits include a home compost workshop, toss the turf class, life after lawns, horticultural displays, how to hire a landscape contractor and save money, ask the designers, personalized landscape design consultations, free garden tours, and shopping for water-saving plants.

GREEN HOMES TOUR NOV. 9 INCLUDES INNOVATIVE EAST COUNTY RESIDENCES

Photo: This house rocks! Boulder in center of Jamul home absorbs heat by day and gives off warmth by night.

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The San Diego Green Building Council will hold its Green Homes Tour this Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour features innovative, sustainably designed homes throughout San Diego County.  There is a $5 fee for non-members. Several East County homes are on the tour.

CALVET LAUNCHES VETERAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM AND PARTNERS WITH HOMES FOR FAMILIES

 

October 13, 2014 – Today, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) launches a new affordble home ownership program, Residential Enriched Neighborhoods (REN), for Veterans and their families through a partnership with Homes for Families. This important new program offers manageable loan payments and enrichment services, with permanent home ownership for California’s Veterans.

MASTER GARDENER REPLACES LAWN WITH WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY PLANTS

 

 

 

September 28, 2014 (San Diego) -- With San Diego knee-deep in a drought, it might be a good idea to ditch that thirsty turf grass in favor of a vibrant, easy-care garden that's also a haven for butterflies and other native species. San Diego County News Service met up with a San Diego Master Gardener who did just that.  Click the video to check out her beautiful yard.

KEEP GROWING WITH SEASON-EXTENDING GARDENING TIPS FOR FALL

 

 

Article courtesy of Bonnie Plants

October 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

THERE'S A LOT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A HOME INSPECTOR

 

By Bob Hunt

Originally published in Daniel Guefen’s Real Estate Update for MG Realty/MG Mortgage www.DanielGuefen.com

August 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Many times, in the course of reviewing transaction files, I will read that an agent has recommended to the buyer that he or she should have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. While one has to appreciate the earnestness of such advice, it is nonetheless at least a trifle amusing. This is because there is no licensing of home inspectors here in California. California is one of 21 states that do not regulate home inspection services via some sort of licensing mechanism.

STUDY FINDS THAT HALF OF PLANTS SOLD AT BIG BOX STORES HAVE PESTICIDES THAT KILL BEES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Are the roses and other garden plants you’ve purchased recently killing off bees and butterflies?

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS FILING PERIOD OPENS SOON

 

June 30, 2014 (San Diego) -- Do you disagree with your property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 year? San Diego County residents and business owners who do may file an application to appeal their assessment from July 2 through Dec. 1, according to Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards Thomas J. Pastuszka.

JAMES HUBBELL'S ANNUAL FATHER'S DAY OPEN HOUSE TO INCLUDE GRAND OPENING OF NEW ILAN-LAEL FOUNDATION BUILDING

 

Tour to unveil the first brand new building on Hubbell Hill in 10 years

May 26, 2014 (Julian)--Iconic San Diego artist, global humanitarian and cultural leader, James Hubbell, will once again invite the public to tour his family’s magical and historically-designated compound in Julian, Calif. for the annual Father’s Day Open House on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The tour will also unveil the brand new ninth building on the compound – the Ilan-Lael Foundation building, which has been under construction since early 2013. The archive and gallery spaces of the new building will be open for the first time ever, which will showcase some of Hubbell’s most recent work.

AFRICAN GARDEN, AIRPLANE MODELS AND LOTS OF COLOR AT 19TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY'S GARDEN TOUR

 

By Janis Russell

April 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Despite windy weather and some rain, the 19th annual garden tour presented by Friends of East County Arts on April 26 was still held, providing visitors with an array of colorful and fascinating gardens to enjoy.

SAGE & SONGBIRDS PREVIEW: NIGHT-TIME GARDENER REAPS RARE REWARDS

 

This garden and others will be on view at the Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour May 2-4 in Alpine

Story by Maureen Austin, CHIRP

Photos by Mendi Wyatt, CHIRP

April 15, 2014 (Alpine) - Laughingly labeled as a “plant hoarder” by a friend, Pete Swoboda prefers the title “plant collector.” He says he never met a plant he didn’t like, and although he has hundreds of different plants growing in his near-acre garden, he purchased less than 20 percent of them.  The balance were gifts or starts he propagated from cuttings.

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