April 2009

Fun on Main Street

Fun on Main Street

The car show is well underway and crowded.  I wish I could estimate the crowds but unfortunately I cannot.  I can tell you it was difficult walking down Main Street.  There was pedestrian gridlock from people just stopping to admire the many vehicles on display.

There was music scheduled at three bandstands up and down Main Street.

It’s not even 7:30 am yet, but there are reports already of many cars entering Seal Beach.  These reports describe them as vintage and most with throaty sounds – in other words, with lots of muscle.  They’ve been seen as early as 6 am.

Today’s the Seal Beach Classic Car Show.  See you on Main Street.  Have fun!

Stop by and visit me.  We have some nice homes in the area that are available so next year you can walk to town.  Seaside Brokers.  Pat Hale.  www.pathaleonline.com

According to DataQuick (www.dqnews.com) home sales in Southern California increased in March.   The median price paid for a home was unchanged from January and February, indicating that the market may be exploring price floor levels.

19,486 new and resale homes sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month, an increase of 27.9 percent from February, and up 52.1 percent from March 2008.

A February to March increase is normal for the season. Last month was the ninth in a row with a year-over-year sales increase.

One of my friends (now a client, too) took a walk on Monday with his grandchildren to the sands of Seal Beach.  They noticed ladybugs.  We don’t often get ladybugs at the beach but I did read that it may occur at this time of year concurrent with Santa Ana conditions.

I don’t think ladybugs do well at the beach.  They’ve been spotted in Huntington and Newport.

The Bay Theatre is Seal Beach’s home for the classic film.  They use real 35mm archival film prints direct from the studios. 

Recently showing at the Bay was Dr Strangelove.

April 26 – 29 is the showing of Irving Berlin’s Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Visit the Bay’s website at www.baytheatre.com for show times.

Top Hat (1935) is one of the great 30s dance musicals.  It is reportedly the best, most characteristic, and most profitable Astaire and Rogers musical ever.  It features wonderful, magical dance and song numbers (with straight-on, full-length views of the dancers without a lot of camera cuts or unusual camera angles). Its tagline was: “They’re Dancing Cheek-to-Cheek Again.”

The Bay is located at 340 Main Street – just a short distance from our real estate offices.  Stop by if you get a chance to see what’s hot (real estate) in Seal Beach.

AnEarth Day celebration will be the Aquarium of the Pacific’s ninth annual Earth Day Celebration.  There will be family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple and everyday tips to protect our environment.  Earth-friendly organizations will host booths with hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

Festival activities are FREE with general admission. FREE for members. Members’ guests receive 20% off admission.

Protesters hit the streets across the country to remind the President about the Boston Tea Party – a reminder from citizens feeling that Americans are being “taxed to near death”.

Seal Beach’s Tea Party attracted a crowd estimated between 600 to 1,000.  Participants said there were fantastic people, dogs, signs, flags, and t-shirts!  They walked from the City Hall to the pier, then to Pacific Coast Highway.

The Surfrider Foundation announced it will host the Ohana Day on April 19, 2009 at the Seal Beach Pier.

Ohana means “extended family”.  This activity is an Earth Day awareness celebration.   The foundation invites all to come for free surf lessons, free marine biology classes for kids, a free bodyboarding clinic, and a skateboarding demo – all courtesy of local merchants.

There will be a raffle to benefit the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation (http://www.sbhbsurfrider.org).

This celebration runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

There were approximately 4,000 participants in the 35th running of the 5K/10K  in Seal Beach.  Everyone was a winner, including the Cancer Support Foundation.

The races began with a 1K for youngsters.

First in the 10K was Fistum Tesfa of Chino. Other  finishers of note were Will Stacey, who came the farthest to race (Omaha, NE).  Nathan Thomas of Seal Beach was the youngest finisher.  Nathan is seven years old. Paul Simonian, of Claremont was the oldest finisher at 78. Paul just beat out Pat Kerns of Seal Beach who is 76.