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Don’t Miss These December Coastside Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The holidays are in full swing and there is a lot going on along the coastside. Here is a roundup of local events not to miss this December.

Night of Lights-Dec. 2nd

Night of Lights is scheduled to take place in downtown Half Moon Bay on Friday, December 2nd.   Enjoy roasted chestnuts, live carolers and musical entertainment, holiday shopping, a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Plaza, as well as, a Parade of Lights down Main Street. More information about this event can be found here.

Winter Wonderland In Central Park- Dec. 2nd-3rd

The fun of the holidays continues in Central park with family fun activities, holiday lights, horse drawn carriage rides, painting, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and last but not least - snow! Enjoy this free event! Also in Central Park is one of the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rinks that will be open till January 16th. More information and details can be found here.

75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary Remembrance Dinner- Dec.2nd

Plan to attend the 75th Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner at the Naval Postgraduate School on Friday, December 2nd. The theme of this year’s dinner is Pearl Harbor 1941- Reflections Building for the Future. This year’s guest speaker is none other than the Honorable Mayor of the City of Monterey, Mr. Clyde Robertson. Mr. Robertson’s own father was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. More information on this event can be found here.

Nutcracker Sweet by the Peninsula Ballet Theatre- Dec. 3rd

Perfect for younger children, the Nutcracker Sweet is a short 45 minute magical performance at the Studio One Theatre. New this year is the Sugar Plum Tea for families. Each performance includes hot chocolate, tea, and sweet treats. For more information about this performance visit here.

Pacifica Spindrift Players Presents: Greetings! Dec. 2nd-18th

Starting December 2nd and running through December 18th, the Pacifica Spindrift Players will be presenting a wonderful performance of Greetings.  What happens when a man brings a Jewish fiancé home to meet his devout Catholic parents for Christmas? Find out at this wonderful performance. More details and tickets can be found here.

Rockaway Beach Cleanup- Dec.3rd

Head to Rockaway Beach on December 3rd to help with beach cleanup. Bags and gloves will be provided to volunteers and you are encouraged to bring your own bucket. More information and details can be found here.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told- And Then Some- Dec. 2nd-3rd

The Coastal Repertory Theatre will have its final performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told- And Then Some on December 2nd and December 3rd.  No holiday pop icon is missing from this wonderful holiday performance.  Laugh and cheer while enjoying this family friendly performance. Performance times and ticket information can be found here.

Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival- Dec. 4th

The annual tree lighting in Rockaway Beach along the coast of Pacifica will once again take place this year.  Santa is scheduled to arrive on his firetruck promptly at 5pm. The festival will include free Cable Car rides, live music and performances, pony rides, snow flurries, and a wide array of food. More information on the tree lighting can be found here.

Harbor Boat Lighting At Pillar Point Harbor-Dec.-10th

View boats festively adorned for the holidays as they sparkle their lights for the Harbor Boat Lighting at Pillar Point Harbor. This annual event is what small coastal town living is all about.  Learn more about the event here.

44th Anniversary of the Holiday Festival of Dance- Dec. 10th

500 dancers will perform for the “Holiday Festival of Dance” in this year’s annual event that is co-sponsored by the San Mateo Parks & Recreations Department and the San Mateo Dance Association. This annual event is family friendly and more performance details can be found here.

Pacifica Education Foundation’s Winter Gala- Dec. 16th

The Pacifica Education Foundation would love to have you attend an elegant evening out to celebrate Pacifica elementary schools. Pacifica students will perform Slam Poetry. Enjoy dancing the night away. Don’t forget about the silent and live auction.  More information about this event can be found here.

Breakfast With Santa-Dec. 17th

You and your children can dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. This breakfast will feature a buffet full of traditional morning fare along with Christmas selections and a Christmas style candy table. Tickets may be purchased here.

Enjoy this holiday season. If you are interested in buying or selling your coastside home this holiday season don’t hesitate to contact us. The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San MateoCounty, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Add These Home Maintenance Tasks To Your To Do List For November

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We are well into November. The days are growing shorter and the weather is slightly cooler. Now is the time to do some fall maintenance around your coastside home.  If your busy schedule doesn’t allow for upkeep, consider hiring a professional to help.

Here are your November home maintenance tasks.

Fire Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make it a point this month to check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to see that they are still in working order.  Replace the batteries and test it afterward. Almost a quarter of smoke alarm failures were a result of dead batteries.  If the fire alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in your home are over ten years old replace them completely.

HVAC Service

Have your home’s heating system checked by a professional to make sure it’s running efficiently and safely for when you will need to use it. 


With the leaves falling from the trees, the gutters on your coastside home can quickly become clogged.  Remove all leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to prevent water from diverting towards your home instead of away from it.

Guest Rooms

The holidays are a busy time and many homeowners have overnight guests. Prepare your guest rooms in your home for those that are coming. Wash linens and give the room a deep cleaning so that your guests feel welcomed.

Yard Maintenance

Rake up any leaves that are in your yard and complete other general yard maintenance during November. Get your yard ready for spring by having it aerated and fertilized.  Prune any small trees and shrubs.

Clean Garage

Fall is the perfect time to clean and organize your garage. Store away summer equipment and clean the floor. Before organizing your garage, familiarize yourself with hazardous chemicals in your garage and the proper way to store them.   

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) or your home to advise you what it’s worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903

Don’t Miss The 5th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser For Table Of Plenty HMB

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Join fellow coastside residents in a fundraiser to benefit the Table of Plenty Half Moon Bay, while enjoying wine with your closest friends. The 5th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Table of Plenty is this Saturday, November 19th. There will be over 25 fine wines from Southern and Northern California, Down Under, Spain/Portugal, Italy, Southern and Northern France, Germany and Austria this year at the event. You’ll have a choice of three to sample.   Additional samples may be purchased before or at the event.  To accompany the wine enjoy the complimentary cheese bar with crackers and other delicious treats. Take advantage of the silent auction which will include items, such as, gift certificates to local shops, coastside dining venues, and local entertainment.   Live music will once again return this year.   Your Wine Tasting Passport can be purchased here for $25.

The Table of Plenty (TOP) Half moon Bay was founded in 2012 by Fr. Charlie Fermeglia in partnership with Clyde Beffa Jr., with their goal being to love one another.  TOP is there to provide a weekly supper to families that are struggling, the elderly, and the homeless on the coastside. Each Thursday volunteers arrive to create a wonderful meal along with a warm inviting experience for those in our community in need.  Volunteers work hard to make the dining environment inviting by adding table cloths, fresh cut flowers, real plates and flatware, as well as music.  Even though San Mateo County is among the top 25 wealthiest in the country, there are one in four individuals in our community at risk for hunger.

All proceeds from the event will go directly towards TOP’s weekly sit-down, beautifully served suppers in a fine restaurant style environment. If you’re free this weekend attend this wonderful fundraiser.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Start Composting With These Easy Tips

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Compost is one of the easiest and most important things you can add to your garden soil to supplement it.  It will provide you with larger produce, healthy colorful flowers, a beautiful lawn, and all of that at no cost to you.  To get started composting here are a few easy tips.

1.Create a place for your pile or bin

Begin by choosing a place outside where you can begin your compositing. Hint - a sunny spot will help the soil reach optimal levels faster. Water your pile only enough to keep it moist without being oversaturated.  Create a way to protect your pile from animals. Usually a fence will do the trick. If you‘re concerned with the look of a compost pile then consider using a bin that is closed. Choose a bin that is at least 3 feet in diameter and no taller than waist height.

2. Start adding to your pile

Now that you have established a place for your compost pile or bin, it’s time to start adding stuff to it. Add waste products from your kitchen, garden, and lawn. Fall is the perfect time to add downed leaves to your compost pile. The idea is to have equal parts brown waste and green waste.  Green waste is made of vegetables and fruit, while brown waste is made of things such as dried leaves, wood shavings, and even your old daily newspaper.

 On top of brown and green waste, your compost pile will need moisture and oxygen.  If there is no oxygen, the pile will have an awful odor and will rot. Adding moisture to your compost pile helps it break down. This should be done every few days.  If you have the right mix of green and brown waste, oxygen, and moisture your compost pile should not produce an obnoxious odor, but instead should smell like dirt.

3. Let it process

It should take a few weeks after you add leftover waste to your pile before it turns to soil.  While it’s in the process of composting, turn it over using a garden fork every week or two.  If after a few weeks your compost does not resemble soil, add more green waste to it and be sure that the pile is staying moist. If the compost pile has an odor and is wet and not resembling soil, then it’s time to add more brown waste and start turning the compost pile more frequently.

4. Use your new soil

Your compost pile is ready when it resembles and smells like soil. Begin using it in your garden beds by sprinkling it right on top. Compost should not be replaced by soil altogether, as its job is to act as a fertilizer for your soil.  Adding compost to your soil a few times throughout the year will help your lawn or garden produce its best results.

Good luck with composting. If you are looking for a new coastside home this fall don’t hesitate to contact us. The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San MateoCounty, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.





The Do’s And Don’ts When It Comes To Your Dishwasher

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

To help your dishwasher run its best and for the cleanest dishes follow these do’s and don’ts.

Do load the larger items first. By adding larger items first you are working more efficiently and can fill in spaces with those smaller dishes.

Do take the time to organize all your utensils while loading the dishwasher. When it comes to unloading your dishwasher you will save time if your utensils are sorted with their own kind - forks with forks and spoons with spoons and so on during loading. Keep fork and knife handles upward to prevent getting injured during unloading.

Do run the dishwasher later in the evening. When it comes to energy usage, late in the evening is a less demanding time and many utility companies charge customers less in non-peak times.  You could potentially save money on your energy bill by running your dishwasher at night.

Do clean your dishwasher regularly. Over time, pieces of food and soap scum can build up and cause unpleasant odors.

Don’t have all your plates going the same direction. Arrange your plates all on the bottom rack facing inwards with smaller plates in front of bigger ones. Arranging them this way also allows for the spray of water to reach all plates.

Don’t unload the top before the bottom.  Always unload the bottom dishes first as a dish on the upper rack may have some pooled water that may spill and would get bottom rack dishes wet. To avoid this always unload the bottom rack of dishes first.

Don’t rinse dishes. With today’s modern dishwashers there is no need to rinse everything off every dish as newer machines are designed to tackle food residue. Scraping leftover food from dishes is sufficient so no need to keep over-rinsing. However, you should always remove rice from dishes as it has the capability to clog the hose that drains the water from the dishwasher.

Don’t overuse detergent. More isn’t always better when it comes to getting things clean. Using too much detergent can leave behind unneeded residue causing your dishwasher to not operate at its best

Don’t overload. When you overload your dishwasher it prevents the needed space between items to get them clean. However, don’t run partially full loads as this is a waste of water.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.



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