Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Realty Rave, November 2014

RealtyRave Newsletter
David Burke
Tel: 760-250-2570
November 2014

Welcome to this month's edition of the RealtyRave newsletter. We hope that you find it filled with interesting and useful information!

Please think of me with any real estate related questions you may have - now and in the future. It would be my pleasure to be of assistance to you.
The single highest and best compliment a Real Estate Professional can receive is a referral to friends, family or colleagues. As appropriate, please feel free to forward this Newsletter and/or my contact information. Thank you!

David Burke

5 Ways to Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

If you're trying to reach your feel great weight, Thanksgiving can be a very stressful holiday. With so much delicious food tempting you, it's difficult to keep your healthy habits in check. Who doesn't pile their plate high at Thanksgiving dinner?

If you're anything like me, however, too much splurging on Thanksgiving often sets off a domino effect for the rest of the holiday season. Instead of embarking on a six-week food fest, take control of the day and jump-start your motivation for a healthy and active holiday season—one where you lose weight, not gain!

Plan a post-meal walk
As soon as you arrive at your Thanksgiving celebration, announce that you plan to take a walk after the meal. Most likely, some of your family and friends will want to join you. Once you get a few people on board, it'll be tough to bail out. A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and likely put you in the right mindset to turn down a second piece of pumpkin pie!

Walk around and talk to people
Rather than obsess over the food at Thanksgiving, I focus my attention on the entire celebration, including the once-a-year sights, sounds, and people at the event. Instead of sampling each and every appetizer before dinner, I walk around and catch up with family and friends.

 Plan a workout date the next morning
Instead of feeling bloated and lethargic the day after Thanksgiving, schedule a fitness date with a friend for that morning—then you have to show up!

Knowing you've committed to burning off those extra calories from Thanksgiving allows you to splurge without feeling guilty. Plus, the thought of an early-morning workout might keep you from having too many glasses of wine during dinner!

Volunteer to help clean up
Instead of picking at the leftovers or helping yourself to a second (or third) dessert, offer to help the host clean up. They will appreciate the gesture, and physically removing yourself from the table will help take your attention away from the food. Cleaning up will also help you burn some calories!

Stop eating when you're full
OK, this tip probably seems pretty obvious, but Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people plan to eat until they are stuffed to the brim.

Instead of seeing how much you can eat, serve yourself a small, golf-ball-size serving of everything you want—no restrictions—but have only enough to satisfy your stomach without overdoing it. Remember, Thanksgiving is one day. Done right, you won’t set yourself back too far!

No sneeze reprieve: Surprising cool-weather allergy triggers
(BPT) - When the weather cools and fall arrives, do you sigh in relief, assuming your allergies will settle down until spring? Don’t let your guard down so soon – fall and winter present unique risks for people with allergies and asthma. If you don’t want asthma and allergy symptoms to ruin your the season, it’s important to know how to find and remove the allergens in your home and how to avoid bringing any more inside. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends you take steps to reduce allergens from these seasonal sources:

Things that burn
For some people, nothing strikes a more comfortable mood than a fire on a cool evening. Scented candles can make the season feel even more festive by filling the air with traditional aromas like spice, pumpkin and pine. But any combustion, whether it’s wood in your fireplace or a wick surrounded by perfumed wax, releases particles and gasses into the atmosphere. And for many people, those irritants can trigger asthma or allergy symptoms. Never use an unvented or improperly vented combustion source in your home – it’s a safety hazard as well as a health one. Avoid wood fires and use battery-powered candles to create seasonal ambience, rather than burning scented candles.

Cleaning up your cleaning products
While it’s important to keep a clean house to reduce exposure to dust and dust mites – allergy triggers for many people – be careful of the cleaning products you use. Many can contain harsh chemicals that irritate airways, nasal passages and eyes. Others may not be as effective at reducing other known allergens. Look for more friendly cleaning products. AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program certifies cleaning products based on their ability to remove bio-allergens from surfaces, the amount of airborne allergens and other particles remaining after cleaning with the product, the product’s toxicological profile, and whether it emits volatile organic compounds or other particles that could be irritants.

Seasonal decorations
Some of the ornaments and decorations you use to give your home seasonal flare may be a source of triggers that cause your allergies to flare up, too. Seasonal decorations stored for 11 months in garages, attics or basements may accumulate mold and dust – both well-known triggers. If you decorate with live greenery, such as a fir tree or pine boughs, they can carry mold, pollen, dust and other allergens into your home. The same is true of the pumpkins, corn stalks, husks and leaves often used in seasonal decor. Wipe seasonal ornaments with a damp cloth before hanging them, and be sure to discard real decorations as soon as they begin to show signs of mold or drying out.

Your best friends
The human members of your family aren’t the only ones who spend more time indoors when the weather cools. Pets are inside more often, too, and that can mean a buildup of dander inside the house. Brush and wipe pets regularly – at least once a week – to reduce dander, and bathe them regularly based on your vet’s advice for your breed. Use a certified vacuum cleaner and vacuum carpet weekly, and consider a certified steam cleaning service every three to four months, especially in areas frequented by pets or allergy-prone family members. Change furnace air filters quarterly or according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.

Unwelcome gifts
Yes, even holiday gifts can be more trick than treat if they are dusty or have been treated with chemicals to preserve them. Some clothing and toy manufacturers use chemicals to keep pests off products. Always wash clothing articles before wearing them, and look for toys that have earned the AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly certification. To learn more about the program, and to see certified products in other categories, visit www.aafa.org/certified.

Rosemary Roasted Turkey


Original recipe makes 1 (12 pound) turkey

  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
    2. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil, Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt. Set aside.
    3. Wash the turkey inside and out; pat dry. Remove any large fat deposits. Loosen the skin from the breast. This is done by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin. Work it loose to the end of the drumstick, being careful not to tear the skin.
    4. Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the rosemary mixture under the breast skin and down the thigh and leg. Rub the remainder of the rosemary mixture over the outside of the breast. Use toothpicks to seal skin over any exposed breast meat.
    5. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan. Roast in the preheated oven 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).
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La Quinta, CA 92253

Household Tips
Candle Wax
To remove candle wax drippings from the surfaces of furniture, turn your portable hairdryer on the spot and when it softens, remove the large chunks. Use a tissue to wipe the rest away.

Removing Scratches
Rub mayonnaise into scratches on furniture with your finger, let it stand, and remove with a soft cloth.

Deep Scratches
For a deep scratch, break a walnut or pecan meat in half, and rub the scratch with the broken side of the nut.

Easy Dusting
Slip an old woolen sock over your hand, spray with polish, and run you hand over furniture to dust easily.

Nicks and Scratches
Mix enough water with instant coffee to make a thick paste. Rub it into the scratch or nick, let it dry, rub off the excess, and wax as usual.
This should only be used on very dark wood

Sliding Furniture
A piece of foam rubber glued under the legs of furniture will keep it from sliding on the floor

Outdoor Furniture
Turn redwood furniture upside down and nail a metal bottle cap to the bottom of each leg. It will slide easily across the patio.

Inexpensive Furniture
Paint or stain a small picnic table (the kind with attached benches) to use as inexpensive and attractive kitchen furniture.

Wrought Iron Furniture
To remove rust spots on wrought iron, use oily furniture polish.

Mahogany Repair
To cover scratches in mahogany, cover the mark with iodine and then furniture polish.

DID YOU KNOW?"Did you know" Fun Facts:
  • Did you know stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand
  • Did you know there is no such thing as a naturally blue food
  • Did you know honey is the only natural food which never goes off
  • Did you know M&M's chocolate stands for the initials for its inventors Mars and Murrie
  • Did you know that you burn more calories eating celery than it contains (the more you eat the thinner you become)
  • Did you know the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia
  • Did you know the longest street in the world is Yonge street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km (1,178 miles
  • Did you know sound travels almost 5 times faster underwater than in air
  • Did you know toilets use 35% of indoor water use
  • Did you know the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Hidden Gem in La Quinta.Located in Parc La Quinta.3 bedroom 3 bath home.Living room with fireplace, family room, formal dining area.Stainless Steel appliances and granite counter tops in kitchen. Master bedroom with walk in closet, spacious master bathroom with granite counter tops, double sinks, large tub and separate shower.Bedrooms 2 and 3 with mountain views. Fully Landscaped east facing backyard with patio.3 Car Garage.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

South La Quinta Home with BIG Price reduction for quick sale!

49070 Serenata Court 
La Quinta, CA 92253
3 Bedrooms
2 Baths
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1,804 Sq Ft
Built in 1989
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Hidden Gem in La Quinta. Located in Parc La Quinta. 3 bedroom 3 bath home. Living room with fireplace, family room, formal dining area. Stainless Steel appliances and granite counter tops in kitchen. Master bedroom with walk in closet, spacious master bathroom with granite counter tops, double sinks, large tub and separate shower. Bedrooms 2 and 3 with mountain views. Fully Landscaped east facing backyard with patio. 3 Car Garage.
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Home energy Tips!

Real Estate Advisor: November 2014
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How to Save Energy in Your Home

Fall is upon us and in the months generally known for colder weather, keeping our homes warm is a top priority. Even in those geographic regions where the mercury doesn't drop below 50, knowing your home is not losing energy is a relief when you spend your hard earned dollars keeping your home warm or cool.
Saving energy in your home is not a difficult process. There are many easy free and low-cost ways to save energy and money on your heating and cooling bills. Listed below are some steps you can take in your home to help conserve energy and save yourself some money in the process:

Install A Programmable Thermostat:

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs you more money than any other area or system in your home. Heating and cooling makes up almost half of your utility bill, so knowing how to eliminate energy waste when it comes to heating and cooling will save you money each month. By installing a programmable thermostat you help to automatically adjust your home's temperature to when you've programmed, which helps it stay warm (or cool) when you need it to be.

Seal Air Leaks:

A home is rarely air tight, and checking for air leaks is a great way of determining where warm or cool air could be escaping and adding money on to your energy bill. There are a number of areas where air escapes: windows, doors, electrical boxes, ceiling fixtures, attics and more. You can help reduce or eliminate leaks by caulking and/or weather-stripping doors and windows, installing foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates, or using foam sealant on larger gaps around windows and baseboards. Taking the time to find air leaks and fix them will help save you money and keep your home warm or cool.

Improve Insulation:

Heating and cooling make up the majority of your energy bill, over 50 percent, so knowing your home is insulated properly can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Checking the insulation in your home's attic, walls, floors, and ceilings will tell you how much air is flowing between the inside and outside of your home and help you determine the best way of controlling the temperature inside. One important place to look for insulation is your attic – a well-insulated attic can help slash your heating and cooling bills in both the winter and summer months by helping to maintain indoor temperatures and seal air leaks through your roof.

Install Efficient Windows:

Window glass is not known for being very thick, and single-pane windows are notorious energy loss culprits. One option is to replace current windows with storm windows. Storm windows "reduce temperature loss by sealing leaks and creating a dead airspace between window panes" (motherearthnews.com). Storm windows can be expensive, but their return on investment is about 10 years, which is relatively short. Another option, if installing new windows is not feasible, is to cover windows with transparent material to help improve insulation. This site has great techniques on conserving energy in your home by implementing winter window treatments.

Conserve Water:

Using less water benefits you, your water bill and the environment. When you use less water, you also use less energy needed to heat the water. The Department of Energy lists water heating as the third most energy consuming function in a home. To help conserve water, you can take shorter showers and be conscious of the water used when washing dishes, food and clothes. When running the dishwasher or the washing machine, make sure the machine is filled to capacity to save water and energy on extra washes. You can also save energy by lowering the temperature on your hot water heater. The Department of Energy says 120 degrees is sufficient for most household uses. You can also save water and money by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances throughout your home.

Turn Off Electronic Devices:

Do you leave your coffee maker plugged in when not using it? According to the US Department of Energy, "In an average home, 75 perfect of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off." This is called a "phantom load," or the energy appliances or electronics use when not turned on. You can minimize phantom loads and save on your energy bill by unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use, or plugging them into a power strip and turning the strip off when not using the appliances or electronics

Change Out Light Bulbs:

One cost-effective technique for saving energy and money is replacing the traditional incandescent light bulbs in your home. There are a number of options available that will help you save energy, and some offer longer life and greater savings than others. From halogen incandescent bulbs, to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), each bulb has its benefits. Halogen incandescent bulbs are energy-efficient incandescent bulbs and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. CFLs last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and are extremely affordable. LEDs are becoming more and more popular and their prices have significantly dropped in recent years. LEDs use 20%-25% of the energy traditional incandescent bulbs use, and LEDS can last up to 25 times longer, some even being touted to last up to 25 years.

You also have the option of performing a home energy audit. An energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, assesses how much energy your home consumes and helps you evaluate the best measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. There are a number of options for home energy audits, from Do-It-Yourself audits, to professional audits that include blower door tests, thermographic inspections and PFT air infiltration measurements. Find an option that best suits your needs, wants and wallet and discover how you can make your home more energy efficient and save yourself some money.
If you'd like more tips on saving money and conserving energy throughout your home, here are some helpful links for more information:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

November 2014 La Quinta Events

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Future Special Events
Mark your calendars and tell your family and friends!

12/5 - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Old Town La Quinta

12/6 - Hike with Philip Ferranti @ Back of Cove Loop, La Quinta

12/7 - Nature Hike @ Boo Hoff Trail

12/20 - Explore Boo Hoff's History and Trail @ Bear Creek Trail

La Quinta Museum
77885 Avenida Montezuma
(760) 777-7170
Life in La Quinta and Early California
Become familiar with the local history of the Cahuilla Indians, native desert animals, and the first resorts. Experience pioneer life in early California with artifacts, dioramas, and hands on activities!
Journey Stories

The Smithsonian comes to the La Quinta Museum!
Journey Stories is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Exhibit Envoy.
November 25, 2014  through January 3, 2015
La Quinta Library
78275 Calle Tampico
(760) 564-4767
It's Your Library
The La Quinta Public Library offers FREE programs for the whole family. Weekly story times, monthly book clubs, and special programs are just a few of the activities you can find at the Library.
Click here for a list of November programs.

La Quinta Fitness Center
77865 Avenue Montezuma
(760) 564-9921
La Quinta residents can join today for only $50 
  • Spa Like setting
  • Wellness System
  • Smart Key Equipment
  • Fitness Assessments
  • Personal Trainers 
November In La Quinta

La Quinta is a little piece of paradise surrounded by the majestic Santa Rosa mountains offering year-round sunshine, scenic hiking and biking trails, spectacular golf, magnificent views, fabulous shopping and dining venues and so much more.  
Community Activities

Pick-up the November issue of The Gem for upcoming community activities. The Gem is packed with classes, events, hikes, and much more. Click here for a listing of current programs. Register for classes at www.la-quinta.org.
Veteran's Day
The City of La Quinta is proud to be home to many distinguished Veterans. A ceremony will be held on Veteran's Day to honor those men and women who have served our country. 
Date:  Tuesday, November 11
Time:  11 AM
Location:   Civic Center Campus
Nature Walks and Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes around the Coachella Valley with Philip Ferranti:

November 8 - Mecca Hills

Join us at 9 AM for a beautiful easy 5 mile hike. Meet and carpool from the Albertson's shopping center in Palm Desert at 42185 Washington Street. Park in the first two rows in front of the Postal Connection. All participants should dress appropriately and bring water.

Provided by the Stewards of the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. Join us each month for a unique look at our local environment with special guest leaders and topics.
Nature Walk:
Third Saturday of the month beginning at 8 AM. All Nature Walks begin at the Shade Shelter on the Bear Creek Nature Trail at the corner of Calle Ensenada and Avenida Montezuma in the La Quinta Cove.
November 15 - Gardening with Nature  easy

Nature Hike:
Hikes meet at the Top of Cove parking lot on Calle Tecate.

November 22 -  Bear Creek Wash    9am   easy, 2-3 miles

Disc Golf
Grab your discs and join us for some high flying action at the Civic Center Campus. All ages and experience are welcome. We will have a division for everybody so gather the family and join us for an exciting event.

Date:  Saturday, November 22
Time: 10 AM
Cost:   Free! 
Location:  Civic Center Campus

For more information please contact us 760.777.7094.
Flag Football

The City of La Quinta has partnered with the YMCA of the Desert and Friday Night Lights to offer more exciting flag football at Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School. 

Winter Season

Family YMCA of the Desert:
  • 5 vs 5 Flag Football ages 6-14, $90
  • Y-Rookies ages 3-5, $80
  • Season: Fridays,  January 23 - March 13, 2015
  • Registration: November 3 - December 5, 2014
If you have a flag football team do not forget to join the YMCA's Flag Football Tournament on December 14 for $90 per team. Please call theFamily YMCA of the Desert at (760) 341-9622 for more information or to register. 

Spring Season

Friday Night Lights:
  • 6 vs 6 Flag Football grades K - 8
  • Season: Fridays, beginning March 2015
  • Registration Now Open
Join the largest flag football league in the United States. Everyone plays 3 out of 4 quarters in this fun and exciting new league. For more information or to register please visit www.desertsandsfnl.com orcall 760.636.0477.

The Center

Construction on the La Quinta Community Health and Wellness project is underway. The facility is closed off to the public while we prepare for the new addition. Classes have been relocated to other City facilities.
New Amenities coming Early 2015:
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • 5,990 extra square feet
  • Aerobic Room  
  • Cardio and Weight Training
  • Outside Patio Area 
Click here to view the La Quinta Active Newsletter.

For more information about classes/programs please visit us on the web at www.la-quinta.org or call us at 760.564.0096
La Quinta Community Services Department
78495 Calle Tampico 
La Quinta, CA 92253 
760.777.7090   |  communityservices@la-quinta.org