Northern California Realtors Giving Back to their Communities

First of a four-part series

Many real estate agents give back to their communities by volunteering, collecting thousands of coats for the needy and some even are elected to public office.

John Lazar, Mayor of Turlock, CA

John Lazar, Mayor of Turlock, CA email-jlazar @turlock.ca.us

“I think being a Realtor really helps me being mayor,” said John Lazar, Mayor of the City of Turlock and a broker associate at Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates in Turlock.  “I think it helps with my people skills.  In real estate you negotiate with contracts and as mayor I want to find common ground.  That’s what I’ve been trained to do.”

Lazar was elected to the city council in 1992 and became mayor in 2006.  He said he did not become mayor to enhance his realty sales.

“I think it’s more public service,” he said.  “If I was not mayor, I’d volunteer with a nonprofit.  I enjoy being involved in the community.”

Jerry Jones, Oakdale Office (209)844-1745 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (209)844-1745 end_of_the_skype_highlighting email-jjones @c21mm.com DRE#01309267

Jerry Jones, a Realtor at Century 21 M&M and Associates in Oakdale, is a very active community leader in his native city.  “I do it because I love Oakdale.”

Jones, vice president of economic development for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, also is president of the local Rotary Club.  The Oakdale Rotary Club recently donated $17,000 for a city-run outdoor cinema.  The family-night events have been very popular.

He said community service is good for business, but networking with his community contacts is not the main reason for his participation.

“Yes, you do get business from it,” Jerry Jones said about his volunteerism.  “But you’re doing it for yourself and for the community.”

Not just individuals Realtors, but entire companies can get involved in community service.

Jesse Gibbs, Realtor and Sales Manager for Century 21 M & M in Central California

Jesse Gibbs, Sales Mgr-Merced (209)531-3951 email-jessegibbs @c21mm.com DRE#01281741

Last December, Century 21 M&M joined News 10’s Coats for Kids campaign to bring warmth to those in need.  Jesse Gibbs, Century 21 M&M’s business development officer, was confident the firm’s more than 750 Realtors and staff in 20 locations throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties could make a difference.

“We’re going to have boxes at each of our offices where people can drop off coats,” he said. “Our goal is 2,500 coats just from our company.”

As a special incentive, for every coat dropped off at a Century 21 M&M office, the donor received one raffle ticket for a chance at first prize of $1,000, with second place worth $250 and third $100.

Mountain of Coats for Kids in Modesto, December 2009

The staff at Century 21 M&M offices and their communities rallied around the coat campaign.  When the final numbers were tallied, the realty group nearly doubled its goal by bringing in more than 4,600 coats.

“Knowing the Century 21 M&M team the way Larry Matos and I do,” said company CEO John Melo, “we are not surprised at their greatness and ability to help others.”

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Dardanelle’s Resort in Northern California, $1,700,000

Jan Brennan, Realtor for Century 21 M & M in Northern California is offering this really special investment property. Take a look, the scenery is spectacular!

Jan Brennan, Century 21 M & M Real Estate-VP of Relocation

Jan Brennan, Oakdale Office, (209)844-1707 email-jbrennan @c21mm.com, DRE#00854055

Dardanelles Resort founded in 1918 is located on 12 acres with a restaurant, general store, rustic cabins and camping. Current owners owned and operated the Resort from 2003 until August of 2007 at which time the Resort was sold. They then once again resumed ownership of the Resort in the Fall of 2009

Resort sits on Approx 12 acres of forested area (approx 5,000 ft level) along the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River within the Brightman Recreation Area on permitted Stanislaus forest Service Land and is operated under a special use permit. Seller owns all the buildings which include the main resort building, 8 cabins, 4 plex motel, 35 RV sites, store, gas Station, Restaurant and Bar.
In the past, the Resort has been open from Memorial Day to Labor day. This year the resort opened January and will close March. Then reopen again Memorial Day to Labor day.

Dardanelles Resort for Sale in Northern CaliforniaThe main building is a 2 story unit that’s houses the store, restaurant, Bar and gift store. The top unit is 10’X105’ 3 brms 1.5 bath with living quarters and an office space. The bottom floor is 21’X105’ which included a 20’X20’ gift shop/Lobby, a 21’X43’ store, 37’X22’ kitchen/storage area, 21’X20’ Dinning area that seats 28 for inside dinning and a 30’X45’ bar and back deck that seats 80+ for outside dinning.

8 cabins rent for $129.00-189.00 per night completely furnished

4 Plex motel, rooms rent for $89.00 per night

35 RV site average $30.00 per night with 13 rented out from 6-1 to 9-1 @$550.00 & $450.00 per month. A total 85% is already booked for 2010

Dardanelles Store, Northern CaliforniaPost office receives $250.00 per month from June to September

Not included in price: Liquor License #20 is for the Store, Liquor License #41 Beer and Wine, owners are in the process of purchasing a #47 for a full bar.

Dardanelles Resort has the following amenities:
* Restaurant and Bar
* Country General Store – Groceries, firewood & ice
* Public pay showers
* Public pay phones
* Free public restrooms
Dardanelles Northern California* Playground equipment for the children
* Karaoke on Friday Nights
* Evening Campfires, Dancing & Family Recreation
* Gift Shop
* Rustic Cabins & Motel
o Cabins feature full kitchens including cooking utensils and dishes.
o Each cabin has it’s own bath. Bed sizes vary based on availability.
o Motel units include personal showers and bathrooms.
* Free Wireless Internet in the Restaurant and Lounge area.
* Tent & RV Camping

Dardanelles Resort in the winter, Northern CaliforniaDardanelles Bar & Restaurant, Northern California

Dardanelles Resort, Beautiful view, Northern California

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June 8-13, Northern California Events and Festivals

Stockton – Wednesday June 9, 2010 at 6pm-8pm – Concert in the Park

Northern California community events, concerts in the parkSpend an evening in the park with your favorite person, a picnic supper, and some great music as the Concert in the Park series continues for the 57th year! The City of Stockton Community Services Department presents the annual series in partnership with the Stockton Musician’s Association. The FREE summer concerts are held in conjunction with the Music Industry Music Performance Trust, Stockton Musician’s Association, and co-sponsored by various businesses and community organizations. Located at Victory Park, Pershing and Argonne, Stockton

Oakdale – Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

New produce vendors this year include Windy Hill Farms of Waterford and Hickman Chicks. A number of community groups will once again have displays, and other businesses will also have booths with their goods. Another first time offering will include artists displaying their work at the market. And entertainment will be featured each week.

Lodi – Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

Downtown Lodi – School Street – Time: 5 p.m. The Downtown Certified Farmers Market is the family friendly market held every Thursday evening beginning in June throughout the end of September. Over 25 certified farmers offer an array of fresh produce, wine and flowers. 50 homemade and commercial arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown attracting over 5,000 attendees each week. An upscale beer and wine garden which showcases local breweries and wineries is located adjacent from the entertainment stage.

Dixon – Thursday, June 10, 2010 – Farmers Market

Farmers Markets in Northern CaliforniaCelebrate the Bounty! The Downtown Dixon Business Association with the help of the City of Dixon brings the Pacific Coast Certified Organic Farmer’s Market to downtown every Thursday starting Thursday, May 20 through mid-September 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Women’s Improvement Club Park next to the Dixon Public Library on the corner of North First and East C Streets.

Modesto – Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 8:00pm-10:00pm– Concert in the Park

Every Thursday evening beginning in June join Moband for Concert in the Park at Graceada park. Come early and bring your picnic dinner, lay out your blankets and enjoy the music. Concerts are June 10-July 15. For more information visit www.modestoband.org .

Stockton – Thursdays & Sundays at 8am-1pm – San Joaquin Certified Farmers Market

Located at 4994 Claremont Avenue, Stockton, CA. We are proud to announce the opening of our San Joaquin Certified Farmers’ Market. SJCFM will bring to the San Joaquin Valley a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables! Certified growers will be providing plenty of produce to fulfill everyone’s needs and desires, fresh from their fields. Come to the Farmers Market and enjoy the large variety of fresh produce!

Clovis –Friday, June 11, 2010 at 5:30-9:00pm – Farmer’s Market

Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season!

Sacramento – Friday, June 11, 2010 at 8am-12noon – Play Golf America Day

FREE event located at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento. If you’re looking for an excuse to take up the game of golf or return to the game, the free Play Golf America Day at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex will fit you to a tee! This fun-filled Play Golf America Day will offer free instruction by PGA and LPGA professionals from throughout Northern California, in addition to a special clinic conducted by Sacramento PGA TOUR Professional Kevin Sutherland. For beginners or to take off some of the winter rust for returning players, these free lessons will get you going in the right direction.

Sacramento – Fri-Sun, June 11-13, 2010 at 9am-7pm & (Sun)10am-5pm – Horse Expo

Come and enjoy the largest and most comprehensive equestrian exposition in North America!!! –Magnificent 7 All-Around Stock Horse Championship –Equestrian Extravaganza–Art Show–Young Rider Park–Trial Symposium–Driving Derby–Horse Sale–Breed Showcase–And More…at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA. 1 Day Ticket- $18; 3 Day Pass- $45; Kids ages 7-13- $5; Kids ages 6 and under- FREE

Stockton – Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:05pm-10pm – Baseball, StocktonPorts are in a Tripleheader with the Modesto Nuts.

Baseball in Northern California, Stockton PortsFriday giveaway: Who can resist anything cute ‘n’ cuddly? Certainly not the Ports. The first 1,000 Ports fans will receive a Webkinz stuffed elephant. Saturday: Post-Game Fireworks, Bike & Car Show, and Girl Scout Night
Fans can enjoy a Bike & Car Show at the ballpark. Cars will be in the parking lot prior to the game, and fans can enjoy an on-field motorcycle parade. Area Girl Scouts can enjoy camping in the outfield after the game. Stick around to see the Downtown Stockton skyline illuminated by post-game fireworks! Contact: info@stocktonports.com
(209) 644-1900

Modesto – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 7pm – Graffiti Classic Car Parade

The Classic car parade will be downtown starting at 7 pm. This is FREE to the public, join us for classic cars, live music and 50’s fun! If you would like to register your car to be in the parade please contact the North Modesto Kiwanis at www.nothmodestokiwanis.org , or phone (888) 746-9763 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (888) 746-9763      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Modesto – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8pm – Summer Graffiti – Beach Party

Beach Boys, Graffiti Summer Concert, Northern CaliforniaCelebrating Modesto’s “Graffiti Summer,” it’s a spectacular show full of music from the heyday of 1960’s surf rock. Dean Torrence and his Surf City All Star band perform original Jan & Dean hits including Surf City, Dead Man’s Curve and Little Old Lady From Pasadena, while Grammy-nominated surf band Papa Doo Run Run (made up of former Beach Boys members) performs the great Beach Boys tunes such as Surfin Safari, Little Deuce Coupe, Good Vibrations, as well as their own hit songs, including Be True to Your School, from two Gold-certified albums. Tickets $29-65, Call (209)338-2100.

Modesto – Sat-Sun, June 12-13 at 9am-3pm – American Graffiti Car Show & Festival

The 2010 American Graffiti Car show and festival will again be held on the weekend prior to Father’s Day. The parade will be downtown Friday evening at 7 pm and the car show will be at MJC WEST Campus. The Car show is Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm, featuring the Ford Motor Company display. Call (888)746-9763.
**note location change this year**

Stockton – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 5:00pm-8:00pm – Downtown Stockton Art Walk

The Art Walk is held on the 2nd Friday from June to August. It is a self-guided tour (pick up a free guide with map at participating venues) featuring art work in every medium; from photography to sculpture, and from fine art to live music and spoken word. All demonstrations and exhibits are free of charge. The Tidewater Art Gallery and San Joaquin Law Library host their monthly Meet the Artist Receptions featuring guest and resident artists as well as live music. Downtown Art Walk is FREE to attend and there is no commission fee for art sold at the event.

Modesto – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 7:30am to 12:20am – Gourmet Farmers Market

Enjoy farm fresh fruits & vegetables grown and brought to market by certified growers. Just picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other tree-ripened stone fruits; melons, grapes and citrus will be available at their peak during their annual seasons. Vine ripe tomatoes, eggplants, squash, peppers and spicy chilies, artichokes, sweet corn, gourds, and herbs are all coming fresh to you as they are ready to pick. Regional vendors will display farmstead goat cheese, locally produced variety olive oils, classic wine vinegars, fresh eggs, honey, sausages, fine meats & smoked salmon, and Pacific Ocean fresh-caught fish. Wholesome local dried fruits, fresh whole nuts, kettle corn, gourmet coffees & teas, donuts, breads, pastries, pies and more. Located at 10th Street between H & I, call for more info (209) 485-2323

Sacramento – Saturday, June 12, 2010 – For the Love of Horses, Wine Tasting & Benefit

Northern California Horse ExpoDinner, Live Music, Dinner, Silent Auction, Raffle and Special Guests. All in conjunction with the Horse Expo in Sacramento! All proceeds benefit the rescued horses at Safe Haven Horse Rescue! Seating is limited. Early reservation is strongly advised. Located at the Hilton Arden Sacramento West, the host hotel for the Horse Expo with special guest pricing. Call for information at (530)347-3494.

Madera – Saturday, June 12, 2010 – Flippin’ 40 Motorcycle Rally & Poker Run

Tackle Box Too with The Smoking coal presents the Flippin’ 40 Motorcycle Rally and Poker run with live music by Ron Thompson and His Resistors & The Good Souls. Also included a Clamper dart booth, mechanical bull, food court, full bar, tattoo booth and party bus to poker stops. $15 for single riders, $20 for a couple. Located at 29815 Hwy-145, Madera, CA. Call (559)673-6612 or email info@tackleboxtoo.com

Tracy – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 7:00am – 4th Annual Jail House Scramble (golf)

4th Annual Jailhouse Scramble: “18 Holes for Hope Together we can change the world” benefiting Hospice of San Joaquin and Rotary Scholarship Programs. Hole In One Prizes of A Polaris RZR4, sponsored by Delta Power Sports, Lathrop, $10,000 Cash Prize Sponsored by Old River Golf Course, Tracy. Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes, Goodie Bags, Snacks and Much More. 7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration, 8:00 a.m. Tee Off – Scramble, 12:30 p.m. Lunch – Ribs & Pulled Pork from Texas Roadhouse, Salad & Dessert. $100.00 green fee per person (includes card). Early Registration $ 5.00 Discount per player by June 1. $ 25.00 Non-Player Food Drink Tickets. Located at the Old River Golf Course, 18007 MacArthur Dr., Tracy, CA. For more information call (209) 471-2751.

Lodi – Saturday, June 12, 2010 – Stogies Cigar Lounge Third Annual Poker Run

Stogies Cigar Lounge is hosting its third annual Poker Run, benefiting Pinky’s Patrol, on Saturday, June 12th starting at 8:30a.m. in the Habanero Hots Parking Lot. $20 for a single rider, $25 for dual riders. This includes Poker Hand, Lunch, Drink Ticket & more. Join them for a great ride through the foothills and returning to Stogies Cigar Lounge for food, music & raffle prizes. For more information please call Stogies Cigar Lounge at (209) 334-5764 or visit the website at www.stogiesoflodi.com. Located at Habanero Hots Parking Lot, 1024 Victor Rd., Lodi. Registration: 8:30am

Rio Vista – Sunday, June 13, 2010, 8am-12pm – Rio Vista’s Country Fun Run

Come join the fun and run in the country. Rio Vista High School Booster Club’s 1st annual Country Fun Run; 1 mile kids run, 5k and 10k.  Meet at the gym, 40 N2nd St.. at 8:00am. To register go to active.com. The price is $30 after May 30th. A T-Shirt is included with your registration.  All proceeds to benefit Rio Vista High School. For information call Lenese Coughran at 374-5911

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Waterfront Homes in Northern California at Bargain Prices

View from Lake Tulloch home in Northern California

View of Lake Tulloch

Tough times and bargain pricing has hiked vacation home sales 7.9 percent to 553,000 nationally in 2009 from 513,000 in 2008, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The jump in vacation home sales is the direct result of a dramatic dip in prices and desperate homeowners no longer able to afford to maintain a second mortgage.

Jesse Gibbs, Realtor and Sales Manager for Century 21 M & M in Central California

Jesse Gibbs, Sales Mgr-Merced (209)531-3951 email-jessegibbs @c21mm.com

“In this economy, they can’t pay the second mortgage,” said Jesse Gibbs, sales manager of Century 21 M&M and Associates in Merced.  “So people had to let them go.”

Glenn Chu, a broker associate at Century 21 M&M in Madera, said vacation properties are found at nearby Oakhurst, Bass Lake and Yosemite.

Glenn Chu, Realtor for Century 21 M&M Madera CA

Glenn Chu, Madera Office (559)664-9100 email Gchu@c21mm.com

Chu said compared to conventional homes, selling vacation homes often requires expertise in areas that include water wells and septic tanks.

“You want to be fairly knowledgeable in that area before you start steering your client,” he said.

Terri Cantrell, a Realtor at Century 21 M&M in Oakdale, has sold vacation properties at Lake Tulloch for more than 25 years.  She has been stunned that owners of Tulloch’s exclusive waterfront properties were impacted by the downturn.

Terri Cantrell, Realtor for Century 21 M & M Oakdale, CA

Terri Cantrell, Oakdale Office (209)844-1721 email-Tcantrell @c21mm.com

“Those people were so solid they didn’t lose them,” she said.  “I would say a dozen have been foreclosed.  That’s unheard of.”

Also unheard of is the dramatic drop in the price of waterfront properties.  Cantrell said listings that are selling, range from $450,000 to $1 million.  There are property listings that top $2 million.

“I would say prices are absolutely 50 percent from the high,” she said. “It has been 20 years since you could buy something on the water for $450,000.”

Cantrell said nearby Copperopolis also is popular for vacation homes. She has a Los Gatos client that has offered $255,000 for a Copperopolis home with a view of Lake Tulloch.  The house, which was used by the owners as a second home and is now bank owned, sold for $460,000 in 2003.

Cantrell, who recently relocated from Copperopolis to Oakdale, said she was prepared to sell conventional homes and properties after the move.

“I came to Oakdale, but I keep getting drawn up there (Copperopolis) because I had so many clients,” she said.

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Wedgewood Inn; Jackson, CA – 7Bdrms/8Bths, 4500sq.ft.

Unique Property! 7-Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, 4500 sq. ft.  in Jackson, California. Listed at 1,200,000

Billie Cropper, Lodi Office (209)327-1315 email-bcropper @c21mm.com

Billie Cropper, Century 21 M & M Realtor in the Lodi office is offering the Wedgewood Inn, a unique property located five miles out of the City of Jackson in Northern California. Situated on 5+ acres of quiet and secluded land, this property has been known as one of the  “10 Best, Bed and Breakfast Inns in the Mother Lode”.

Wedgewood Inn, Jackson CA 7bdrms/8bthsThis home sits on a raised foundation, with shingle roofing, dual paned windows, central heat and air conditioning, as well as propane and wood stove heating units. There is a two car garage and two parking spaces under a covered carport.

There is a second structure on the property know as the Carriage House, which has it’s own LivingRoom and Bathroom with jetted tub.

Besides seven bedrooms (including a downstairs Master Suite) and eight bathrooms, there is a Livingroom, Familyroom, Sun room, inside Laundry room, Dining Area in Kitchen, Formal Dining Area,  and Formal Dining Room.

Wedgewood Inn Sun Room, Jackson, CAThe kitchen features a pantry, a gas built-in oven, a gas cook top, dishwasher, disposal, a free standing refrigerator and a kitchen island.

Most bedrooms have walk-in closets and jetted or sunken tubs and some include shower facilities. There are ceiling fans throughout.

For years the Wedgewood Inn was a thriving Bed & Breakfast business that had many visitors return again and again. The owners who designed and built this beautiful ‘look into historical past’ are moving on with the next chapter of their life.

The ‘turn of the century’ furnishings, lovingly collected and cared for can be negotiated into the sales price.

For more information contact Billie Cropper, Century 21 M & M and Associates, at (209) 327-1315

Wedgewood Inn Gardens, Jackson, CA

Gardens

Wedgewood Inn Blue Room, Jackson, CA

Blue Room

Wedgewood Inn Rose Room, Jackson, CA

Rose Room

Wedgewood Inn Carriage House, Jackson, CA

Carriage House

June 1-6; Northern California Events and Festivals

Sacramento – June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, at 3:30pm & 7:30pm – Cirque duSoleil-Alegria

Cirque du Soliel-Alegria, Sacramento. Events in Northern California

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil (French for “Circus of the Sun”) is a Canadian company self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. The company was founded in 1984, by Guy Laliberte, in Montreal, QC, Canada. Tickets $40-$90, located at One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Vacaville – June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, at 10am – Vacaville Art Wine & Brew Festival

Historic Downtown welcomes the sounds and tastes of Art, Wine & Brew Fest. Come enjoy music in Town Square, taste beer and wine as you stroll through the streets of crafters. Located at the Downtown Café, 374 Merchant St., Vacaville, CA, call for info at (707)448-0490    6,000 attendees expected.

Lodi – Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 5:00pm – Downtown Lodi Certified Farmers Market

Northern California Farmers MarketsThe Downtown Certified Farmers Market is the family friendly market held every Thursday evening beginning in June throughout the end of September. Over 25 certified farmers offer an array of fresh produce, wine and flowers. 50 homemade and commercial arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown attracting over 5,000 attendees each week. Located at Pine St. and School St., Lodi, CA.

Dixon –Thursday June 3, 2010 at 4:00pm-8:00pm – Farmer’s Market

Celebrate the Bounty! The Downtown Dixon Business Association with the help of the City of Dixon brings the Pacific Coast Certified Organic Farmer’s Market to downtown every Thursday starting Thursday, May 20 through mid-September 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Women’s Improvement Club Park next to the Dixon Public Library on the corner of North First and East C Streets.

Clovis –Friday, June 3, 2010 at 5:30-9:00pm – Farmer’s Market

Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Ave.

Sacramento – Friday, June 4, 2010 at 8pm – Super Summer Soul Jam

R&B and Soul, Rock, Pop, Blues, Rap, Disco, Freestyle, Hip-Hop at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Ln, Sacramento, CA. Tickets $45 at www.ticketmaster.com

Modesto – Friday, June 4, 2010 at 8pm – Modesto Symphony Orchestra-Broadway Rocks.

Modesto Symphony Orchestra ConductorBroadway ROCKS! Steven Reineke, conductor, Christina Norrup, vocalist, Mark Willett, vocalist, Kirsten Bracken, vocalist, Zachary Prince, vocalist. Broadway Rocks! is sure to bring the house down with selections from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Grease, West Side Story, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Fame, Wicked, Hairspray and more! Located in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, Modesto, CA. Tickets cost – $34 – $77. Call for info – (209)338-2100.

Modesto – Saturday, June 3, 2010 at 7:30am to 12:20am – Gourmet Farmers Market

Enjoy farm fresh fruits & vegetables grown and brought to market by certified growers. Just picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other tree-ripened stone fruits; melons, grapes and citrus will be available at their peak during their annual seasons. Vine ripe tomatoes, eggplants, squash, peppers and spicy chilies, artichokes, sweet corn, gourds, and herbs are all coming fresh to you as they are ready to pick. Regional vendors will display farmstead goat cheese, locally produced variety olive oils, classic wine vinegars, fresh eggs, honey, sausages, fine meats & smoked salmon, and Pacific Ocean fresh-caught fish. Wholesome local dried fruits, fresh whole nuts, kettle corn, gourmet coffees & teas, donuts, breads, pastries, pies and more. Located at 10th Street between H & I, call for more info

Lodi –Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 9:00am – ACS Relay for Life of Lodi

Follow ACS to a world with more birthdays by fighting back against the continuous struggle with finding a cure for cancer. For more information please call 209-327-1997 209-327-1997. Location: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford Street.

Livingston – Saturday, June 5th – Sunday, June 6th at 8:00am – The Pick and Gather at Riverdance FarmsPick your own produce at Riverdance Farms, Northern California

The Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms is an annual Family Festival on the Merced River near Highway 99 that celebrates the best of the Valley’s local and organic foods. Features U-Pick Organic Blueberries and Cherries * Workshops * Poetry * Local Artisans * Crafts * Farmers Market * Live Music * Lots of Activities for Children * Petting Zoo * Farm Tours * River Fair * Fishing Lessons * Local and Organic Foods * Camping Saturday Night * Sunday Morning Organic Breakfast. Adults-$10, Children-$5.00, Campsite Saturday nite-$10.00. Located at 12230 Livingston Cressey Rd, Livingston, CA, call for more info at (831)763-2111.

Read more: Riverdance Farms Pick Your Own Produce

Manteca – Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 11am – Ride the Tide

Take part in the 1st Annual Ride the Tide, a 13 Mile relay that runs through the city of Manteca, CA. Participants are encouraged to contribute or raise additional funds to benefit breast cancer awareness. This event will host skateboarders, bikers, runners, walkers and supporters to the city of Manteca to support breast cancer awareness. Meet at Tidewater Bike Path, Library Park at 7am to 10am Registration & Warm up, 10:30am Starting line, 12 pm Hydration Stop & Photo opportunity,12:30 to 2pm Ride toward the finish line, closing ceremony. Entrance Fee: $25 – Includes sponsor goodie bag and event t-shirt, call for info (209)482-2115.

Madera – Big Brothers, Big Sisters 2nd Annual Youth Soccer Clinic – Saturday, June 5, 2010, Registration 8am-9am, Clinic 9am-3pm.

This clinic is FREE to all children between the ages of 8 and 15.  No experience necessary.  This clinic will be conducted by the men and women soccer coaches from local area High Schools.  You may register online at www.bigs.org or you may register the morning of the event.  REGISTRATION & PARENTAL RELEASE FORM must be completed. Located at Sunrise Rotary Park (across from Millview School). Contact Ren Hallet (559)673-4862, or email-hallettsan@gmail.com. Free lunch, free coaching, free t-shirt.

Fresno –Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 7:05pm – Fresno Grizzlies Staycation Night

Fresno Grizzlies Staycation Night 6-5-10Fresno Grisslies –vs- the Sacramento RiverCats. Want your business to stand out? Set up a raffle and giveaway an exciting prize package! Exclusive offer only to businesses looking to promote fun and exciting activities around the area! For more information contact Laura Pimentel at (559)320-2528, or email at lpimentel@fresnogrizzlies.com

Sacramento – Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 6pm-8pm – Jazz in the Park, Sunday Concert Series

FREE, Featured Performers: The Hucklebucks. Bring the family and encourage your neighbors to attend. There will be children’s activities provided by the City of Sacramento. Located at Winn Park, 2715 P Street, Sacramento, CA. For more information call (916)808-3821

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30-Year, Fixed-Rate Mortgages Dropped to Under 5%

Mortgage Analysis 5/26/2010 from http://www.bankrate.com

Tracking Mortgage Interest Rates With 33 years of experience selling real estate, Joannie Selman-Prince thought she had seen it all. That is until earlier this month when interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped to record lows.

Joanie Selman-Prince, Lodi Office (209)484-7321 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (209)333-8875 end_of_the_skype_highlighting email-jprince@c21mm.com

“This is a very unusual market,” said Selman-Prince, a Lodi-based Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates. “I don’t think we’ll ever see it again in my lifetime.”

She was commenting on the dynamics of the current residential real estate market, low prices and low-interest rates. “Usually when you have low prices, interest rates are high,” she said. “And when you have high prices, interest rates are low.”

According to Bankrate.com, in a recent national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year, fixed-rated mortgage dropped to 4.96 percent. The rate was the lowest recorded in the nearly 25-year history of Bankrate’s survey.

The record low rates don’t have people running to buy a home, in fact, Selman-Prince said her recent home sales have taken a dip.

“The rates have been low since the first of the year,” she said. “We’ve seen a drop because of the tax credit expiring.”

Gus Saar, Tracy Office (209)820-3306 email-GSaar@c21mm.com

The conclusion of the federal tax credit of up to $8,000, which created a rush to meet the April 30 deadline for a binding contract, has helped the working-class buyer, said Joseph “Gus” Saar, a Century 21 M&M Realtor in Tracy.

“With the tax credit gone away, it allowed FHA and VA buyers to get their loans accepted,” he said. “I had a couple of FHA and VA loans accepted on REO sales and that’s rare. Those primarily go to all-cash buyers.”

Sonny Nguyen, a Century 21 mortgage consultant, said FHA loans require a 3.5 percent down payment and conventional loans mandate 10 percent down. “Right now, both are under 5 percent interest,” he said.

Sonny Nguyen, Century 21 Mortgage (209)534-7211 email-sonny.nguyen @mortgagefamily.com

Nguyen said with the recession and real estate crash, many mortgage brokerages and agents did not survive. “The fall-out rewards the people that are still here,” he said.

John Anaya, Century 21 Mortgage (209)758-3948 email john.anaya @mortgagefamily.com

Today’s mortgage shoppers, having witnessed sub-prime loans and questionable lending practices, are much more wary, Nguyen said.

“Buyers are not just shopping for rates,” he said. “They’re looking for someone they can trust.”

Fellow Century 21 mortgage consultant John Anaya confirms the sub-prime era has made today’s buyer much more knowledgeable about the process and the importance of a good credit score. “Most of my clients have already been pre-qualified by real estate agents,” he said.

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