September 2011

Found 6 blog entries for September 2011.

Wondering why the South Coast Botanic Garden is called the "Jewel of the Peninsula"?

Once you step inside the gates, you won't even need to ask. The 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden is home to more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa.

About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens that are infrequently seen elsewhere. Popular features within the garden include include a small lake, Mediterranean garden, rose garden, water-wise garden, cactus garden, children's garden, fuchsia and dahlia gardens, herb garden, and Japanese garden.

But if you keep exploring beyond the carefully-tended gardens you'll find more acres of natural wilderness, perfect for a day hike. On…

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Who's hungry? On Saturday, October 15, the South Bay Food Fest is coming to the Home Depot Center - which means that more than 30 of the area's best food trucks and restaurants will be serving up some top-notch eats.

You'll also find multiple stages with live entertainment, eating competitions, and a kids' zone with a pumpkin patch.

Some food trucks we're looking forward to checking out: Uncle Lau's Island BBQ, SlapFish, the ShrimpPimp Truck, the White Rabbit Truck, Del's Lemonade and Refreshments, Bap Pul, Bollywood Bites, Rebel Bite, and more.

Presale general admission tickets are $10 each; a family four-pack is available for $30. VIP tickets - which give you entry one hour prior to general admission ticket holders, access to the VIP Lounge in the…

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Been hankering for a face-painting and funnel-cake fix?

The 39th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is set for October 1-2, and it's shaping up to be a great weekend for food and family fun.

Great fair food, beautiful arts & crafts, live entertainment, games for kids of all ages, and of course the longstanding favorite Beer Garden are all on tap for the weekend. 

The fair also provides a great fund-raising opportunity for many local nonprofit organizations, especially those benefiting local youth groups, so come on out and support your favorite group or team at their booth.

You can also get your little ones in on the fun by entering them in the always-entertaining Diaper Derby (for little ones who are still crawling) or the Toddler Trot…

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Plenty of distress followed the popping of the housing bubble and the hard landing of the economy.  
Lenders are taking hits from all directions - they lose money on short sales, and often face worse damage from foreclosures.  
But as the excess paper value of homes from the bubble era is shed, and red ink on the lenders' balance sheets grows, investors see opportunities.  
They're out there looking for opportunities to pull off what I call "foreclosure flips." The concept is simple: Buy low, sell high.  
An investor may scan upcoming foreclosures or research new bank-owned offerings to identify a property that can be purchased for well below its market value. They buy it, fix it up as needed, and try to sell it for more. If it works, the investor pockets the…
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