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Moonlight offers theater under the stars this summer!

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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The 37th season of theater under the stars has opened at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista! Taking a show at Moonlight has been a tradition for so many in North County San Diego!  Check out the 2017 season line up here and make plans for a date night or family outing! Supporting local theater is a great way to invest in your community!  The line up at Moonlight is awesome this year!

Shows begin at 8pm.  Tickets can be purchased online.  Numbered seats, reserved lawn seating, and open seating is available.  Tickets have a wide range from $10 – $55.  If you love theater, the best value is to lock in your summer entertainment with Season Tickets.

Ticket booth and dinner options open at 6pm.  Our favorite tradition is to bring our own picnic.  Food and beverages are allowed into Moonlight, but leave alcohol at home (it is available for purchase, but not permitted to be brought in).

Aida – playing NOW – July 1st

“The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. The love Aida and Radames has for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a rock version of the Verdi opera.”


The Little Mermaid – plays July 19th – August 5th

“Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human, Prince Eric, in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But, the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.”


Sunset Boulevard – August 16th – September 2nd

“Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star, Norma Desmond, longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Based on the film noir classic by Billy Wilder that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden, it received seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most soaring melodies including, With One Look and As If We Never Said Goodbye.”


In the Heights – September 13th – 30th

“From Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the current Broadway hit Hamilton, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.”


This season we are attending opening night at every show and will share our thoughts on social media!  Make sure to be following @HighlightsAlongtheWay on Instagram and also San Diego Deals and Steals on Facebook!

Moonlight Amphitheatre is located at 1250 Vale Terrace Drive Vista, CA 92084


Get the Fair’s Best for a Lot Less Passport to Savings Coupon Book Saves Your Money at the Fair and All Summer Long

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik 1 Comment

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June is Fair time in San Diego and there’s nothing better than a full day at the Fairgrounds that ends with windblown hair, a full stomach, great memories AND a wallet with some cash left inside.  With a Passport to Savings coupon book it’s now easier than ever to eat, drink, ride and play yourself silly and save a ton of money.  The book is available online and at five stands in the Fair for just $5. It includes a free return ticket to the fair and 200 more coupons for favorites like Chicken Charlies, Australian Battered Potatoes, the Win-a-Goldfish Game and the Alpine Bobsleds. There are two-for-one offers for just about anything on a stick as well as keepsakes you can take home like Pony Ride photos of the kids or Old Time photos from a date night.  Prefer to shop your day away? Why not try $15 off Multi-Use Turkish Towels, sixty percent off teeth whitening or 10 percent off a six pack of Napa valley wine.

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The Passport pays for itself in just one day at the Fair and ensures you can come again for free. And if you buy the book at the Fair you can also Spin to Win great prizes. Every spin wins with choices ranging from Knott’s Berry Farm tickets and indoor skydiving experiences to free Slurpees or pizza.

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After the Fair the Passport to Savings keeps the fun going with discounts for restaurants, theme parks and shops in San Diego and throughout Southern California.  The book includes a discount code for 25 percent off Padres tickets, two-for-one unlimited rides at Belmont Park and $26 off Knott’s Berry Farm tickets or $8 Soak City for up to six people.

San Diego County Fair rides

Come enjoy the best of the Fair and save money this summer with Passport to Savings. You can learn more or buy your books online here or visit us at any of our five booths inside the Fair. Just look for the green banner and get your little green savings book.

Things to do in North County in June

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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Summer is HERE!! There are some fun and affordable things to do in North County this month! Here’s a list of events and activities in June in North County San Diego.

6/10 – SAN MARCOS| San Marcos Summer Music Fest, 12pm-8pm (Cost: $12-$20 per person | Buy Tickets)

Live bands include Peace Frog (Doors tribute), Calphonics (80s tribute), Craig’s Band (classic rock), Bill Magee Blues, the Sea Monks, and Dani Arribere. Food and beverages will be sold on-site, and a beer and wine garden will be available for those 21 years and older. Local craft beer vendors including Stone Brewery, Rip Current, Black Market Brewing, Markstein and Lost Abbey will be pouring. Bring your own beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating.


Walnut Grove Park and Barn

Olive Street at Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Get directions



6/17 – ENCINITAS| Surfrider Cleanup Meet-up, 9am (FREE)

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter and San Diego Coastkeeper have coordinated a beach cleanup at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas. Meet on the sand by the beach stand and showers/restrooms. All you have to do is show up with comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen.


All volunteers are welcome to participate and must sign a liability waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver before the minor can participate.


Moonlight Beach

200 B Street, Encinitas, CA 92024

Get directions



6/17, 6/18 – VISTA| North County Mini Maker Faire, 9am-4:30pm (Cost: $12-$15 per person | Buy Tickets)

The North County Mini Maker Faire is back! Join in the celebration of the Maker Movement and do-it-yourself culture. There will be steampunk exhibits, robots, 3D printers, pixelated art, antique tractor parades, battle pond shows, cardboard combat bots, air rockets, and more.


Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

2040 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
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6/24 – ENCINITAS| Switchfoot BRO-AM, 7am-5pm (FREE)

This is the event of the summer that you won’t want to miss! The Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM Beach Fest is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego Community. Surf contests, free concert, numerous vendor booths… all to celebrate community and to raise awareness and funds for local youth organizations.


Moonlight Beach

200 B Street, Encinitas, CA 92024

Get directions


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Kara Courtney is a San Diego local and REALTOR® with Windermere Homes & Estates.


Kara loves understanding the needs of home sellers and home buyers and putting a plan in place that will get them what they want while putting the most money in their pocket. As a result, Kara has created a business that meets the needs of sellers and buyers by making sure that they have the valuable information they need, their plans and transaction details happen on time and that they end up with the most net in their pocket.


Selling or buying a home is a big decision. Call Kara today before selling or buying a home in North San Diego County so you can get the best advice and end up with the most net in your pocket.


Call or text: 760-583-2226 |







Things to Do in San Diego in June!

Posted on: May 27th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik 1 Comment

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Summer is almost here!! Kick off the start to an incredible summer with this recommended list of FREE or budget-friendly activities in San Diego.  We are always so thankful for our partners that bring us these fantastic lists of things to do in San Diego with our families.  Thank you to Michelle from Harvey Homes who brought us this list of things to do in June!  Make sure to follow the Harvey Homes Facebook page for up to date listings, giveaways, and more information!


San Diego

FREE (with admission or if you are a zoological society member!)

Nighttime Zoo begins June 19th and ends Sept.5th. Evenings at the zoo will be filled with live music and fun activities!


Balboa Park

Balboa After Dark

Beginning on Memorial Day and ending September 1, get more for your money! Museum hours are being extended in 8 different museums on Friday nights.

Enjoy special rates (as low as $5) at Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and the Mingei International Museum for tickets to their evening hours only.

In addition, throughout the park there will be food trucks and entertainment

Check here to see all discounts, times and museums participating!


 June 23, 2017


Event is FREE (parking is $10 per carload)

 Movies and More by the Lake will be showing “Secret Life of Pets”. There will also be food trucks, snack bar and activities.

Ocean Beach

OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

FREE entry


June 24, 2017

Enjoy 5 continuous stages of music, a chili cook-off (tasting begins at 11am), artists alley, beer garden, experiential music booth and community mural. Free bike valet as well as five free trolleys are being offered to get you to the event.

For more information:

Seaport Village

Center for World Music presents outdoor summer world music series


June 3rd, 12-2pm

Music of the Cayman Islands. Natasha Kozaily will perform folk songs and tell stories from the Caribbean


June 12th, 12-2pm

Music of Japan. Kyoko Takeda, koto zither player, and Jonathan Crick, shakuhachi flute player, will play traditional and contemporary Japanese instrumental music.


For more information:


The Old Globe (Copley Plaza)

Part of the Center for World Music outdoor summer world music series


June 17th, 4:30pm- 6:45pm

Vintage Brazilian Jazz. There is a Brazilian instrument workshop at 4:30pm. At 5:30 there is a performance of melodies and beats of Rio De Janeiro.


Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management at Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. Michelle opened a second business, Harvey Homes Designs, this

10 ways to save at the San Diego County Fair

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

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The San Diego County Fair is a tradition for so many! Growing up in North County San Diego I have many fond memories of what was once “The Del Mar Fair”.  We love to share budget saving strategies here on San Diego Deals and Steals. Here are ten ways to save at the San Diego County Fair.

The “Best Pass Ever” is really the best deal if you plan on going to the fair more than once. For just $26 you can enjoy the fair every single day.

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Kids get in FREE – There are so many opportunities for kids to get in FREE! Kids ages 5 years and younger are always free! Kids up to age 12 can get a free ticket simply by reading! (Printable certificate for your teacher is in the link).  On June 27th all kids 12 and younger get in FREE! Kids can also enter contests for a free admission the day of! Make sure to check out the link for info on kid’s meals, ride discounts, and more!

Military FREE day – Grab your 2 free tickets on base for opening day of the San Diego County Fair. Active duty, Reservists, Retirees, Dependents, and DoD employees are eligible. Thank you for your service.

Unemployed?  Unemployment Day is on June 14th. Those who can show proof that they are unemployed can get 2 free tickets to the fair to kind of forget about being down on their luck for the day.  Make sure to read up on where to grab free parking and also remember you can pack your own food.  The Fair can be very pricey, but there are several things to do that do not involve an additional charge.

$5 fair days – There are three days of the Fair where you can get in for only $5!  Tickets must be purchased at Albertsons.

$10 tickets for College Students – on June 9th – College Students can get a $10 ticket – an $8 discount!

Groupon has an awesome deal for 42% off tickets for any day! Hot tip! Groupon often has a bonus code for an even greater discount! The code SALE3 is currently available for a bonus 20% off – what?!

Costco members – Make sure to check out the awesome package currently available at your Costco.

San Diego County Fair

Pack your own food! Did you know you can bring outside food into the Fair with you?  We love fair food, but it can add up.  When we go as a family we always bring our own water bottles and also some snacks. This always saves our family of five quite a bit!

Park in a free lot!  Don’t pay to park!  Our kids actually think parking in the free lot is part of the experience.  Not only do we get to check out horses when we park, we also get to ride a bus! If we are lucky we even get to ride a double decker bus.  The shuttle buses are completely free and run all day and night during the fair.

San Diego County Fair rides

More about the San Diego County Fair – “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons | Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair will feature a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on into Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and runs through Tuesday, July 4; it is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit

Jersey Boys is playing NOW in San Diego – discount tickets available!

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

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Jersey Boys is playing NOW at the San Diego Civic Theatre!  We were so excited to attend media night last night and the touring cast was perfection!

Jersey Boys is the story of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. This Tony and Grammy Award winning show  has been seen world wide by over 24 million people. This is a great show for all generations, I wish we had brought our kids and our parents. The Four Seasons somehow channel the real life characters they are portraying, we almost forgot it was a reenactment a few times!

We attended on a Wednesday night with a packed audience! While we attend live theater regularly, I don’t recall ever being in a theater with such an enthusiastic crowd.  People of all ages were dancing out of the aisles after an awesome standing ovation for the entire cast.

Jersey Boys is playing NOW and will only be at San Diego Broadway for a few more days! Live theater is a splurge, but there is nothing like it!

Please follow BroadwaySD on Instagram – they offered RUSH seats for only $25 last night and this happens often! Always check out their Instagram Stories for behind the scenes fun, but also information about Rush tickets. We have also noticed that there are limited Jersey Boys tickets still available on LivingSocial starting at only $19!

My husband gifted me with 2017/2018 Season Tickets this year for our anniversary – because Hamilton is coming to San Diego!!! Make sure to check out the entire line up – there are so many great shows still in the 2016 / 2017 season, but it is also great to look ahead!

Here is a little sneak peek at Jersey Boys….

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