December 2011

There are 16 blog entries for December 2011.

San Clemente SpringtacularCome to the FREE Springtacular Easter event you don't want to miss on Saturday April 7, 2012 at San Gregonio Park in San Clemente!

Start the morning off with a awesome pancakes prepared by the San Clemente's Kiwanis Club (for a nominal fee). Enjoy enormous entertainers and a great BIG egg hunt. 

Visit with the huggable bunny, wander through the Path of Random Facts, play games and enjoy the day eating scrumptious snacks (for a nominal fee)! Arrive on time for the BIG hunt (bring a basket!), from newborns up to 10 years! 

When:
Saturday April 7, 2012

Location:
San Gregonio Park
2916 Via San Gregonio
San Clemente, Ca

Information:
Contact the San Clemente Recreation Division 949.381.8264

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A recent survey by Houselogic.com, the consumer website from the National Association of Realtors®,finds that jobs and the housing market will be two of the most important issues for voters in the 2012 election. Nearly one-third of respondents said housing will be the top issue on their mind when they head to the polls next November.Respondents were asked “What issue area will have the greatest impact on your vote in 2012?” National security, healthcare, and energy/environment trailed housing and unemployment by wide margins:

  • Jobs/unemployment – 54 percent
  • Housing – 27 percent
  • National security – 8 percent
  • Healthcare – 4 percent
  • Energy/Environment – 2 percent
  • Other – 4 percent

With unemployment still high, it is easy to see why so

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The Orange County CA Real Estate Report below reflects the number of resale single family residences and condos as well as new homes selling in Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Also reflected is the % of change is from the same month last year.

Orange County CA Real Estate - November 2011

Orange County Community

Median
Price

Change From
2010

Homes
Sold

Change From
2010

 Dana Point - 92624

 $431,750

 -14.8%

6

 +20.0%

 Dana Point - 92629

 $641,500

 +24.4%

32

 -11.1%

 Laguna Beach - 92651

 $1,372,500

 +18.6%

 32

 -11.1%

 Laguna Niguel - 92677

 $443,000

 -12.3%

85

 +14.9%

 Mission Viejo - 92691

 $416,000

 -7.6%

52

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Four major celebrations occur during December in San Clemente, both secular and religious (or a combination of the two) and include the following:

December 20 -28.  Hanukkah (or any one of a dozen spellings). 

menorahThis  Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt of the second century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the ;lighting of the candles on a nine-branched menorah, one candle on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the

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Come ring in the New Year as only the OC Fair knows how at the OC Fair New Year's Eve Block Party featuring a courtyard full of gourmet food trucks, a casino, carnival rides and games, and four stages of tribute bands covering four decades of music. Tributes to U2, The Cure, David Bowie, Elton John, Jim Morrison and more are already on the schedule.

Unlike other New Year's Eve celebrations, the New Year's Eve Block Party is offering great fun in a casual setting. No black ties here!

Saturday, December 31
7:30 pm – 1:30 am


Join us in welcoming the new year!

Enter to Win a New Year’s Eve Getaway

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The California Association of Realtors@ closely monitors and analyzes trends in the residential California real estate industry. The table below contains the latest reported existing home sales series, median home prices, unsold inventory index, median time on market, first-time buyer housing affordability index, and the latest mortgage rates.

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Here are some sensible travel tips for you…

While many people choose to stay in—or close to—their San Clemente home during this busy season, a large number of folks travel via plane, train, or car to celebrate with family and friends.  To maximize holiday travel happiness and minimize coal-in-the-stocking disappointment, follow these basic but helpful tips compiled by ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) as they reveal secrets that will help you and your family arrive at Grandma's house full of holiday cheer.

Before leaving:

  • Packing light saves time and energy when it comes to filling the trunk with fragile bags packed with gifts or racing to fill the last empty space in the overhead bin.
  • Be sure to secure your San Clemente home. Lock
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A recent HouseLogic survey finds that jobs and the housing market will be the two most important issues for voters in the 2012 election. More than 54% of respondents said lowering the unemployment rate will be the top issue on their minds when they head to the polls next November, while 27% of respondents thought housing was more important.

Respondents were asked: “What issue area will have the greatest impact on your vote in 2012?” National security, health care, and energy/environment trailed the top two responses by wide margins.

  • Jobs/unemployment — 54%
  • Housing — 27%
  • National security — 8%
  • Health care — 4%
  • Energy/Environment — 2%
  • Other — 4%

With unemployment still high, it’s easy to see why so many Americans are concerned about the job

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Get in the spirit of the season with these holiday events in and around San Clemente.

Stewart Surfboards 3rd Annual Holiday Surf Swap
When:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday, December 10
             9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday, December 11

Where:  Stewart Surfboards, 2102 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

Details:
Website:  www.StewartSurfBoards.com
Phone:949.492.1085
Email:info@stewartsurfboards.com
 
The Surf Swap is a great opportunity to clear out your garage and make some money on all the surf/beach-related gear that’s gathering dust. 

Lyon Air Museum 2nd Anniversary Celebration – Includes Santa, Toys for Tots, C-47 in ‘History Takes Flight’ Program

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday, December 10

Where: Lyon Air Museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA

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