Spreading Christmas “Cheers” with our PVI Signature Drink for December

Maricruz & Ted
First of all, thank you Valley Center for sharing the “buzz” about our new monthly coffee promotions with Spins Coffee Truck! Our premiere drink for November – Brandon’s Buzz – featured at half price, proved a honey of a deal!

With the success of last month’s promotion, we are excited to announce PVI’s Signature Drink of the Month for December!

As we all know, this time of year can keep us on the go with all the work and personal activities and events we have going on. So if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, be sure and stop by Spins Coffee Truck and order “Maricruz’s Marvelous Cinnamon Dulce Latte.” This drink is just too good to rush, so take a cue from Maricruz Avelar (PVI agent) and Ted Hackleman (proprietor at Spins), and kick back and enjoy the moment, savoring the holiday flavors.

Also, in the spirit of the season, we know that it is more blessed to give than to receive, so we are offering a BOGO (Buy One, Get One free!) so you’ll have one to share! What a “tasteful” gift to share with a friend or coworker!

Just stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of December and ask for “Maricruz’s Marvelous Cinnamon Dulce Latte” (must mention by name) and you’ll receive two drinks for the price of one! (One BOGO purchase per person per day through December 31st.)

A free, delicious drink to share compliments of PVI – what a sweet deal, and you can’t spin it any better than that! Cheers!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.
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Thankful to Continue Family’s Legacy of Community Service


One of the things that Brandon Strausbaugh takes great pride in is his family’s legacy in his hometown. To honor his family’s longstanding contributions and service to our community, it is Brandon’s pleasure to follow in their footsteps. He does this in several ways, including serving on the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and he wanted to thank the business community for having just re-elected him to serve another term.

In addition to appreciating the trust the community has placed in him to serve, Brandon also is thankful for the opportunity to give back, in the same way that his grandfather, Van Quackenbush, did (who served on the Board for 17 years) as well as other community leaders for whom he has tremendous respect.

Brandon served as a Chamber Ambassador in 2011, and then was first elected to the Board for 2012 and served as its President in 2013. During his tenure, he has had the opportunity to work with other community-minded Board members to promote our community, which has been a rewarding experience.

He already is looking forward to an exciting 2019 and, again, thanks you for your support!


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A Fire-Hazard-Free Holiday Tree

By David Crystal and Sam Watson, Fire Prevention Specialists with VCFPD

Christmas tree comparison

In December, the air is filled with the energy of the holidays. Everyone all around is gearing up for either gift giving, festive eating, family gatherings, or all the above.

One of the centerpieces of a home celebrating the holidays is a Christmas tree in the living room. The tree provides a happy reminder of the season, plus, being the hub for all the children’s presents. Some of our fondest memories as a child were during this time of year. We loved seeing the presents pile up every day, leading up to December 25.
But, at the same time, the Christmas tree also can be a hazard. If not properly maintained, a Christmas tree can pose a significant threat to your safety.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 170 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average $12 million in direct property damage annually, as well as 12 injuries and 4 deaths.*

One way to prevent this is by keeping your tree hydrated. A dry tree is a dangerous one. The average Christmas tree can use as much as 1 gallon (3.79 liters) of water a day. It’s important to keep an eye on your tree’s daily water levels to ensure it doesn’t dry out.

So this holiday season, fire safety should be on every homeowner’s mind in order to enjoy the holiday season while keeping your family safe.

To see a dramatic demonstration of the importance of keeping your tree hydrated, please click the Travelers Insurance video below :


*Source: NFPA’s “Fireworks” report
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What’s the “Buzz” with PVI and Spins?

Ted & Brandon

As we all know, no one spins coffee like Ted Hackleman, so PVI is excited to announce our newest partnership with Spins Coffee Truck! Beginning this month, PVI will feature a signature drink each month with a special promotion for you to enjoy!

What’s the “buzz” behind this fun, new venture? Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI’s General Manager, (who is a regular feature at Spins himself) was feeling a little fallish and suggested a new flavor combination he wanted Ted to try. They both loved the result and thought it would be great to share with other customers. So after discussion, the decision was made not only to share the flavor, but PVI decided to treat our friends and neighbors as well! Thus, our newest community connection was born.

So what is the PVI signature drink for November? It’s “Brandon’s Buzz!” – a delicious latte with a flavor combination of honey and cinnamon, making it the perfect Fall drink!

Just stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of November and order “Brandon’s Buzz” and enjoy your drink for half price, compliments of PVI. (One drink per person per day through November 30th.)

But remember, you have to order it by name to receive the discount, so mention “Brandon’s Buzz” and you’ll receive a honey of a deal!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.
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“I’m Thankful”

Phyllis & VCCAG thankful

VCCAG Officers, Suzie Durant, Larry McKenzie, Diane Conaway and John Yeager with PVI’s Phyllis Knight kicking off the “I’m Thankful” campaign.

For those of us who live in the Valley Center area, we know that we are fortunate to be able to call this  community home. Not just because of the beautiful location and not just because of the great weather, but – most importantly – because of the people who live here. And, yes, it’s true that most of us have so much for which to be thankful.

But, as many of you know, we have friends and neighbors who may not be as fortunate as we are. Sadly, there are those in our community who are struggling with their circumstances. Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one, or maybe it’s health issues, a bad accident, or perhaps the loss of a job, or other financial means have disappeared. The bottom line is they are going through a tough time and need a little help. Unfortunately, those situations can be exacerbated by the coming winter months and the holidays.

We know that you – like those of us at PVI – love to help and support our community, but sometimes we just don’t know where the needs are, how to go about it, or if it’s a charity we can trust. That’s where the Valley Center Community Aid Group (VCCAG) comes in.

The VCCAG is the nonprofit organization started by the Valley Center Real Estate Professionals to help meet acute needs in our community. Members of the group pay dues to belong, as well as donate a portion of their sales, commissions, etc., to support this fund that helps members of our community who need a helping hand. Even more importantly, in some ways, is that they get involved, not just to hand out money, but to give a hand up, and help those in need actually move forward to a better way of life.

That’s why we are pleased to be sponsoring the “I’m Thankful” campaign in conjunction with the Valley Center Community Aid Group – because they are the answer to those three issues: they know the needs, they know how to help and you certainly can trust them.

The VCCAG has a long history of “pitching in” where needed in our community. From providing financial assistance, to groceries, to transportation, to shelter and repairs, VCCAG has been the safety net for many in our community. They also have successfully utilized local resources and business volunteers to help as well.

So if you feel thankful for what you have this holiday season and have a heart for those in our community who are less fortunate, we hope you’ll support the “I’m Thankful” campaign by making a financial donation, or a donation of goods and/or services to the VCCAG. All types and amounts of donations are welcome and will be used in the best way possible to bless our community.

Donations (cash or check) can be dropped off at the PVI office (27357 Valley Center Rd) or mail your check to VCCAG at the address below. Please make checks payable to VCCAG and note “I’m Thankful” on the memo line. Donations also can be made through the VCCAG website and Facebook page. (As a reminder, donations are tax-deductible, so don’t forget VCCAG for your year-end donations!)

If you’re a local business, we would be happy to stop by and pick up your donation and do a photo op showing your community support! Just email Phyllis Knight to schedule.

Although the VCCAG accepts donations year-round, the “I’m Thankful” campaign will conclude on December 13th, so to participate, please submit your donations by that date.

Thank you in advance, Valley Center, for your continued generous support for our community!


PO Box 962

Valley Center CA 92082


VCCAG is a 501-C3 tax-exempt non-profit charity, Tax ID # 26-46-53266


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Medicare – How to be a Party to It

Bill H. pvi

If you’re like most people, insurance is not one of your favorite subjects. In fact, many of us probably would describe it as boring. I mean, how many of us walk into a party and say, “Hey! Who wants to talk about insurance?!”

I think the reason for our attitude is not that insurance really is boring, per se, but that – for most of us – we just don’t understand the finer points and that can make the details seem overwhelming, which translates to, you guessed it, boring.

And if that’s how we feel about regular insurance, don’t even get us started on Medicare, right?

But if you are in (or fast approaching) the large demographic in Valley Center that is 65 or older, then you know that Medicare is an important part of your healthcare. And, speaking of care, wouldn’t it be great to have someone on your side who not only does understand the finer points of Medicare, but also cares about helping you along the way?

Of course it would! And that’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Bill Heublein, PVI’s Medicare and Benefits Specialist! With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Bill not only knows all the finer points and how to navigate the system, but he is anxious to share that knowledge with you! Whether you want someone to explain in detail, or simply someone who can guide you along the way, Bill is your go-to person for all things Medicare.

So we hope you’ll plan to join Bill at the Medicare Presentation / Q & A scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, at 9:30 am (immediately following the CAN (Community Action Network) meeting at the Valley Center Community Center. PVI is pleased to sponsor the meeting free of charge with no obligation.

And, maybe the best part, with all the knowledge you’ll learn from participating in this meeting, the next time the subject of insurance comes up, you’ll be the life of the party!

Medicare Meeting



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Nine “Chief” Ways to Stay Fire Safe

Joe Napier 2017

If you live in Valley Center or the surrounding area, you know we tend to think of fire season as in the fall, after a long, hot summer with little or no rain. However, as Valley Center Fire Chief, Joe Napier, says, “In our area, if it’s not raining, it’s always fire season.”

With that in mind, and since our “traditional” fire season is right around the corner, it’s important to be prepared and ready to act if the need arises. To that end, Chief Napier shared the following nine recommendations to help you stay fire safe:

  1. Register your cell phone with http://readysandiego.org/ to receive reverse 911 calls.
  2. Make a plan. Since your family may not be together when a disaster happens, it is important to have a plan already in place so you will know how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. A template is available at http://readysandiego.org/make-a-plan/.
  3. Build a kit. Use a clear large, tub that is easily transportable to store necessary emergency items for your family (including pets) in the event you have to evacuate. Items include medications, personal care items, comfort items, non-perishable food, water, flashlight/batteries, blanket, small tools, etc. For a checklist of items and their purpose, please click here.
  4. Protect your home. Maintain a 100-foot clear radius of combustible vegetation around your structure(s). Make sure smoke alarms are present and test regularly. For information on defensible space, click here.
  5. Protect important papers. Scan important papers and save on a thumb drive or in a “cloud.” Give a thumb drive to a non-resident family member/friend to safeguard or use a safety deposit box. (Fireproof safes are not always adequate.)
  6. Pets/animals. If you have pets and/or other animals at home, and you’re not, when a fire strikes, notify the Fire Department and/or Sheriff’s Department. They work closely with the Department of Animal Services to help protect our “other family members.”
  7. Be safety conscious. Be aware of your surroundings and use caution when doing anything that might generate sparks or cause a fire.
  8. Get involved. Join/support CERT, DAS VC DART and other local Emergency Response Teams to help serve your community.
  9. Obey fire evacuations. Evacuate immediately if instructed to do so. Your life, or the life of someone else, may depend on it. Most things are replaceable, YOU are not!

No matter where you live, most of these recommendations can be used to help protect yourself, your family and even your neighbors in the event of a fire. Being prepared and working together can help insure a better outcome for all involved!

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