Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4th Of July 2016 Event Details In Los Angeles

Here is a great list for a ton of different firework shows and events across LA this 4th Of July 2016
brought to you by Amber Dolle the San Fernando Valley Real Estate Expert

July 3rd- Firework shows in 2 habors at sundown. 
Annual 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino
Gold cart parade down Crescent Ave starts at 1PM.
Annual 4th of July dinner in the Casino Ballroom starts 6:15PM
1 Casino Way 
Avalon, CA 90704 
(310) 510-1520

Starlight Bowl - July 4th An American Celebration
1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. 
Concert includes Stones Soul and The Kings of 88 
Purchase tickets online or at the Community Services Building, located at 150 North Third Street.

Calabasas High School
Gates open at 5 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Celebration includes live music, rides, crafts and games
2855 W. Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302
$10 admission price includes parking, entertainment and all activities
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Let Freedom Ring Celebration
Begins at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Cerritos Civic Center
18125 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 916-1254

4th of July Festival & Contests
Memorial Park
840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.

The day will be filled with a festival of games, concert, food, fun, parade and fireworks

Culver City
West LA College
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 287-4200
Date: July 4, 2015 at 4pm

Diamond Bar
 Diamond Bar High School
21400 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, California 91765

Downtown Los Angeles
4rth of July Block Party in Grand Park
200 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 887-4427
Attendance is free, event begins at 3 p.m.
Rowley Park (Baseball Field)
13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
(310) 217-9537
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 

Hansen Dam
11770 Foothill Blvd. 
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Celebration includes gourmet food trucks, music, raffles and live entertainment
4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; 
Event is free to the public
(818) 891-9399 

Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave
July 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
July 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m


(323) 850-2000 

Irwindale Park
4th of July Fiesta and Fireworks Spectacular
Fiesta begins at noon, Firewroks at 9 p.m.
(626) 430-2224

La Crescenta
Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. It is recommended to buy them early
Food, rides and music by Stinky Felix. Gates open, 4 p.m.; fireworks, after 9 p.m. Admission $7 until July 3; $10; free for ages 7 and younger (first come, first served at the gate on July 4). Check website for advance ticket sale locations (recommended). Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.
(818) 248-2271

Gates Open: 4pm
PBR: 7pm
Fireworks: 9:30pm tentatively 
TICKET PRICES (Reserved Grandstand seats):
Adult (12+):  $10/$15/$20/$25*
Children 2 yrs & under: FREE w/paid adult

Long Beach 

Fireworks cruise:

Tickets $35 dollars ages 3 and up; Boarding approximately 7:30 pm. Cruise approximately 2-2 1/2 hrs. in length. To purchase tickets please:

Call (562) 983-6880,



The Queen Mary All-american July 4th                                                                                                                                       A day of entertainment for the whole family ends with a giant fireworks extravaganza. Event begins at 2PM. General Admission $44. 

Marina del Rey
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are launched from barge across the Marina's main channel
9:15 p.m.
Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) and Fisherman's Village (13755 Fiji Way) are premier viewing locations
Parking fees range from $7 - $15
(310) 305-9545

Pacific Palisades
Palisades Rocks The Fourth
Food trucks and upper stage performances in Pali High parking lot starting at 4pm.
Gates Open at 5:00pm
 Fireworks at 9:00pm

"Americafest 2016" at Rose Bowl Stadium 
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103 
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Festival begins outside the stadium at 2 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies begin at 7PM
Americafest fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $13 - General (5 and under free), $25 - Reserved (2 and under free)
(626) 577-3100

Pico Rivera
El Rancho High School
6501 S. Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Gates open at 6 p.m., live entertainment begins at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
Parking and admission are free
(562) 801-4430 

Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley

It's the 30th annual fireworks spectacular at Fairplex.
 Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. (gates open at 5 p.m.)
Combine your fireworks with a buffet - priced $28 to $58

Porter Ranch
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch
The Free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.
July 4, 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gates open at 4:00 

Redondo Beach
Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach
The event will be alcohol free

Rosemead Park 4343 Encinita Ave. 
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 569-2100

San Pedro - Cabrillo Beach
3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro
For the 66th Annual 4th of July Spectacular
Cabrillo Beach will host a free 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show.

Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Old Town Newhall. 
Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center, starting at 9:15 p.m

Santa Monica
2016 4th of July Parade
Begins at 9:30 a.m. 
Parade route travels down Main Street, starting at Pico Boulevard, turns right on Marine Street, then right on Barnard Way
Parking available at Civic Center garage, Santa Monica Place and parking meters west of Main St.

South Gate
South Gate Park
9615 Pinehurst Avenue
South Gate, CA 90280
Carnival begins at 5 p.m. at Tweedy Blvd. and Hildreth Ave. and runs through entire weekend
Fireworks display at 9 p.m. 
(323) 563-5479

Stevenson Ranch
Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park
26233 W Faulkner Dr.
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
Festivities begin at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. 

StubHub Center
Soccer game and fireworks
Game starts at 7:30 p.m., fireworks to follow
18400 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

Studio City
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.
July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., gates open at 4:30 p.m. (2016 details to be confirmed)
Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.
Free parking

Sunland Tujunga
Parade on Foothill Boulevard at 10 a.m. 
Starts at Mt. Gleason and proceeds down Foothill Boulevard to the Sunland Park
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Verdugo Hills High School
Fireworks display at 9 p.m.
10625 Plainview Ave.
Tujunga, CA 91042 
(818) 352-3420

Van Ness
Van Ness Recreational Park
5720 2nd Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 296-1559

West Covina
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hurst Ranch & Edgewood Middle/High School
1625 W. Durness Street
West CovinaCalifornia 91790

Woodland Hills
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Warner Ranch Park
21820 Califa St.
Woodland Hills, 91367
Concert begins at 6 p.m., fireworks around 9 p.m.

Where Is The Market Headed With Everything Going On In The World?

In a matter of a couple weeks we've seen a lot of news making stories.  And you're not alone in this feeling of being unsettled by it.  And as an expert in real estate here in the Valley, I get asked all the time where things are headed.  I hear "my friends say the market is going to stabilize" or "my co-workers say we are headed for another crash".  But let me be very clear on something...if your friend or co-workers knew these things to be true, then they would be buying, selling or what-have-you to back up their predictions.  Fact is, no one knows where things are going.  And anyone who says they do is giving you lip service.  But we can talk about what we know and what that means.  We know interest rates are incredibly low.  We've all been waiting for them to rise and that hasn't happened YET.  And of course I put that in caps because it will...that is one thing that is for sure.  We also know that here in LA we are still in a seller's market.  But things are starting to shift a little.  And here's what we are seeing.  If seller's price their home just barely too high, the house will sit.  If the house is priced very well, their will be multiple offers but seller's aren't in a position to play high-and-mighty with buyers because buyers are willing to walk away and wait.

So, if you are looking to buy...get out there and find your home.  Interest rates are superb and that won't last.  Also, the horror stories of the past couple years with insane multiple offers and requests from sellers are slowing down.

If you are looking to sell.  We don't know what the future holds.  Or how the election or any other major event may play a roll in the real estate market.  So if you would like to walk away from your home with a good price and get into something you're hoping to stay in for a while, this may be the right time for you.  If you are more of a gambler and want to wait, or this just isn't the right time, then there is the chance you may not sell your house for what it is worth today.  Or you may have to stick with living in your home for a bit longer than you thought if the market does dip.

Again, no one knows where things are headed.  But I would love to talk with you about what we can do now and what your house would be worth today.  Give me a call and let's set up an appointment.  I'm always here to help.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

8 Reasons Your House Isn't Selling

You've seen my name in the LA Times, you've seen me on HGTV and this time I was lucky to be contacted by a writer from Trulia to talk about reasons your house isn't selling.  Check out the article here

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7 Best Tips For Navigating the School Systems In LA

Selling Real Estate is my career.  But when I'm not in the office, or at my open houses, I'm a Mom. And I work with many families who are looking to sell their home or buy a first home and move into an area where they think the schools will be best for their children. So naturally, the subject of buying a home close to a good school is a topic I work with a lot.  But frankly, it's not for me to answer that question. And the reason is, that what is a good school for one, may not be best for another.  So last week I hosted an event for parents in the Valley who wanted to learn more about the schools here in LA.  We have neighborhood schools, charter schools, magnet schools, public schools with magnet programs, and private schools.  And in LA, we aren't pushed into only having our local neighborhood schools to send our kids.  This is a great thing. But at the same time, it leaves our choices being confusing for most.  So here 7 of the best tips I learned from the speaker at my workshop Amy Walia-Fazio who is the director of P.E.L , Parent's Education League.

1. Don't assume your neighborhood school is not good or, at the other end, the best for you.  
Looking schools up online and going by a ranking of 1 to 10 is not the way to solely judge a school.  Call the school and schedule a tour.  Go to their website and read about what the school's mission statement is and see if that seems like it fits with what you want.
2. Make sure you have an idea of a few things that you think will be important for your child and keep them in mind when looking for a school.  
Does your son need a strict curriculum? Is your daughter a very shy and smart girl who needs someone to work a little extra with her? Do you want your kids to have a lot of diversity in their school?
3.  Just because private schools cost a lot of money doesn't automatically exclude you from keeping it as an option for your child. 
There are financial aid plans available and, from what I understand, you should really look into whether you can qualify for one rather than assume you might not qualify within the income range necessary.
4.  A magnet school can be a whole school or just a program (maybe a few classes) that are within a public school.  
Magnet schools, or programs, are more focused on a certain area such as math/science.  Here is a website where you can see more about Magnet Schools
5.  There are certain areas that may allow your child to attend a school based on your work location and not just your home address.
Check into whether that applies to you.
6.  A Charter school is a public school and requires a lot of the same things that a LAUSD school does but there may be more leniency as to how the teachers and school work to help their students reach their goals. 
7.  There is a method to the madness when it comes to the points, how you get them, who is eligible for more, and how they are used. 
While there are resources out there to help, Parents Education League is a non-profit one-stop-shop for learning all about our LAUSD school system.  I will continue to hold workshops that will be paid for by me but free to parents that are interested in learning about entering their children into the first few years of school here in LA.  If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please email me directly and I will let you know when the next one I will be hosting will be.  You can also join P.E.L and attend any of their workshops or receive one-on-one consultation for your family's needs.  See their website for more information.