November 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm


The La Jolla office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was a spooky-safe place for kids to trick-or-treat on Halloween day during the annual Pillage the Village event sponsored by local Realtors, merchants and Kiwanis. Left to right are Candi DeMoura, Nick Marcellino, Teresa Schumacher, Jaxen Schumacher, Sarah Robinson and Mark Coleman.

Nun – Candi DeMoura
Witch – Nicki Marcellino (Regional Vice President and La Jolla Branch Manager )
Dia de los Muertos Woman – Teresa Schumacher
Ninja – Jaxen Schumacher
Dia de los Muertos Woman – Sarah Robinson
Dia de los Muertos Man – Mark Coleman


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November 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm


The decision to rappel down San Diego’s tallest waterfront hotel might not be an easy one for some people, but Berkshire Hathaway California Properties real estate agent Carlos Gutierrez sees it as an excellent way to raise awareness for the fight against brain cancer. With his participation in Over the Edge, an event featuring 82 volunteers venturing down the Grand Hyatt San Diego, Gutierrez personally helped raise $4,700 for the Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure organization, making a strong contribution to the event total of $200,000.

The event was completely sold out and featured a number of local celebrities, such as Hannah and Susie Nancarrow, family of Loren Nancarrow, Maria Parker, a record setting long-distance cyclist, and Monika Carlson, a brain tumor survivor. Spectators gathered by the pool at the Grand Hyatt for high-energy entertainment, food, and fitness opportunities.

“This was an incredibly memorable experience and a great chance to support the fight against brain cancer,” said Gutierrez.

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November 5th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Where can you go to experience beautiful fall weather in San Diego County? Look no further than North County! As the weather cools down, it transitions into the perfect time of year for gardening. Celebrate the sprit of fall at the 2nd Annual Fall Garden Party at Waterwise Botanicals. The event features speakers, workshops and a variety of vendors.


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November 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am


Author: Beth Weitzman
Photography provided by: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
Information provided by: Angeleno

Paradise can be described as a state of delight—and for anyone who appreciates good food, fine wine and breathtaking oceanfront resorts, it can also be defined as Cayman Cookout.

I embarked on my maiden journey to the Caribbean’s premier culinary event this past January, and it’s safe to say it won’t be my last. Set to enter its eighth year, the annual epicurean celebration is co-hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and French chef Eric Ripert, whose flagship New York City restaurant, Le Bernardin, holds three Michelin stars. Each incarnation of the event brings world-famous chefs and wine and spirits experts together to contribute to island- and trends-inspired discussions, demonstrations and tastings. Last year’s extravaganza featured such luminaries as Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Rick Bayless, along with Daniel Boulud, Daniel Humm, Martin Picard and award-winning chefs from The Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide. All provided a source of constant (not to mention mouthwatering) entertainment in one of the most beautiful settings in the Caribbean.

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November 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

“I am hoping this will bring laughter and joy where it’s needed most,” said Lisa Straza when asked about her Santa Toy Box, a toy drive that is slated to run from November 24 through December 15. Straza is partnering with several local businesses to coordinate the drive, which will benefit St. Germaine Children’s Charity.

Unopened toys can be dropped off at Margaret’s Cleaners and Carmel Valley Pharmacy, as well as Anthony’s Luggage and Shoe Repair. “I would like to extend a heartfelt note of gratitude to the local businesses that have chosen to partner with me,” commented Straza. “I can’t imagine a group of people more deserving of our kindness and generosity than abused children.”

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