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 Lindsey Glasgow, of The Log NewspaperAugust 27, 2020

 

DANA POINT—The Ocean Institute in Dana Point has partnered with maritime museums and vessels from around the world to host the first ever Virtual Maritime Festival. The interactive and educational event features challenges and a three-day global stream marathon Sept. 11-13. 

The event replaces the annual Tall Ships Festival, as Covid-19 related restrictions continue to prohibit large public gatherings.

 “We’re thrilled to be partnering with maritime museums and vessels from around the world to present this exciting streaming event during such extraordinary times,” Ocean Institute’s president and CEO Wendy Marshall said in a released statement. “As they say, ‘a rising tide

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7 Home Renovations That Add Major Value, According to Real Estate Experts

Increase your home's value with these remodeling ideas guaranteed to be worth the time and money.

By Sheryl Geerts Updated May 23, 2020

Whether you're preparing for a move or looking to update your home, remodeling can be a huge undertaking, so it's important to know if the reward is worth it. Knowing what renovations will yield the highest return for the money is key so that when it comes time to sell, you can demand a higher price. Ultimately, you'll want to make the best home improvements to add value to your home. Before you decide on a remodel project, evaluate its cost versus its value, and decide if the renovation you want to do is a worthy investment of your

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Are you dreaming of some beach time this Memorial Day weekend?  Many Orange County beaches are open now with restrictions. 

Don't get excited about plopping down on the sand with your beach towel, cooler, and umbrella but do go down and enjoy some exercise, cool breezes, and wave action.  Some parking is available at most beaches too but it's limited so plan ahead.  To see which beaches are open and what their rules are, check out OCGov.com/visitors/beaches for details.  

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The 2020 Safewise Team has released their 6th annual Top 50 Safest Cities in California based on their compilation of crime reports for each city from the FBI Crime Statistics and US Census Bureau population data.  They looked at the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city in order to make even comparisons between cities of differing populations. 

Dana Point clocks in at #46 while San Clemente ranks #34.  Also making the list are San Juan Capistrano at #24, Lake Forest at #17, Irvine at #12, Laguna Niguel at #9, Mission Viejo at #8, Aliso Viejo at #5, and congratulations to Rancho Santa Margarita for making the #2 spot!

 

 

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Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

  1. Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with multiple adjustments is ideal so it fits you just right.
  2. Switch up your lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been proven to be hard on the eyes. Make the switch to LED or halogen light bulbs in your home office and try to let in as
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Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway.

To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

Add a wall or border.

Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your

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The Festival of Whales is returning again this year, making it the 49th anniversary of this family fun event. The Festival celebrates the return of the migratory gray whale to our coastal waters. Spring brings many other types of marine life to our waters, making it the perfect time to see nature’s splendor on the sea. The Festival takes place during the first two weekends in March every year, and here's a highlight of the most famous events that are fun for the whole family.

  • When: March 7-8th and 14-15th
  • Where: several locations in Dana Point - mostly the Harbor

Our First weekend favorites activities include:

  • Annual Parade:

The Parade kicks off the two-weekend celebration of the California Grey Whale migration. The parade

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Happy Chinese New Year 2020!

Also called Lunar New Year - this Chinese festival celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival - also called Spring Festival in mainland China- is also one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat.

Celebrations around us!

The celebration of Chinese New Year is a festive, colorful, loud, and incredibly fun holiday to enjoy, even if you aren’t Chinese. So, check out this list of the Best Lunar New Year Celebrations in Southern Orange County and mark the special

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This article is being reposted from the Washington Post, Real Estate section on Jan. 6, 2020 by Kathy Orton.

Experts predict what the 2020 housing market will bring

By  Kathy Orton  Jan. 6, 2020 at 10:05 a.m. PST

A strong job market and low mortgage rates should sustain the housing market in 2020. The problem will be finding enough homes for buyers.

With unemployment hovering at a 50-year low and interest rates well below historical norms, the real estate industry is being dragged down by scarcity in housing stock, especially at lower price ranges. Not enough homes are being built, and homeowners are staying put longer, creating a bottleneck.

Still, the market is on better footing

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Is that time of the year and with this darker, rainy winter days, what a better excuse to get out of the house, run those errands that you are procrastinating, get the family a hot cocoa for the ride and look at Christmas Lights! Peeps in Orange County are very lucky with some famous neighborhoods always lit up and other annual lights traditions.  Here's a few ideas of what we have liked in the past:

1. Dana Point

Not only does Dana Point have their annual Boat Parade of Lights ( December 6-7th, and 13 - 14th), but also the Dana Point Harbor has a wonderful themed display with thousands of lights, giant light sculptures and pathways completely lit up. Our recommendation is to go there on one of the Boat Parades, park at the Harbor, walk around and

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