Monday, November 17, 2014

Food Pantry Locations: Contra Costa County, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and more local resources...




4010 Nelson Ave, Concord, CA 94520, (925) 676-7543
www.foodbankccs.org
(800) 870-FOOD
Distributed by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

CLICK HERE: For ALL Community Produce Locations
East, West, Central Contra Costa County and Solano County

Local Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, CA
Food Pantries Distribute Food and Accept Walk-in Donations.

Please call individual pantries to confirm hours for
food distribution or hours for donation drop offs.

Dial: 2 1 1 - It's a National Hotline with Local Resources for people in Crisis
CLICK HERE: for 211 Referral information.


SHARE Food Pantry - At The First Christian Church
3039 Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA 94519
(925) 827-4273


The Salvation Army - Concord Community Church
3950 Clayton Road, (at West street)
Concord, CA 94521
(925) 676-6180


Monument Crisis Center
For those who need food or assistance:
1990 Market St, Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-7751


NorthCreek Church

(non-perishable food only)
For those who need food or assistance:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm
2303 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 210-9036


St. Bonaventure Church
For those who need food or assistance:
Food Pantry Tuesday and Friday mornings only.
5562 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521
Phone: (925) 672-5800 * Fax: (925) 672-4606


Inside the: St. Francis of Assisi Church
860 Oak Grove Road, Concord, CA 94518
For those who need food or assistance:
Operated by: St. Vincent de Paul (925) 682-5811
Mon-Thurs. 9 to 11 am,
Friday 1 to 3 PM, Sat. 9:30am to 11:30am


Christ the King Church
For those who need food or assistance:
199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 682-2486


Queen of All Saints
For those who need food or assistance:
2390 Grant St. (near Almond St.)
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-0350


Church of the Nazarene
1650 Ashbury, Concord, CA
For those who need food or assistance:
Phone to confirm food distribution schedule.
4th Monday every month, Possibly Saturday Mornings.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(925) 685-4343

Friday, November 14, 2014

Seed Catalogs FREE. 2014. Dream. Garden. Grow Inspired...

I encourage parents, educators, schools, garden clubs, civic groups to order free seed catalogs; they're excellent teaching resources!

If I had a class of students, I would send the list of FREE SEED CATALOGS home so parents can order for rainy day reading. This is free education at it's best, in my humble opinion.

If we can inspire children (and adults) to learn about nutrition, biodiversity and self-sustaining agriculture, perhaps they will learn to make more intelligent food choices and promote healthier living. I have read many seed catalogs in their entirety. I believe and hope future generations will come to understand how wonderful growing our own organic food and saving seed truly is. My daughter Ava understood what a seed was long before her second birthday. It is never too early to give the gift of gardening to our babies.

Let us also teach our children what an heirloom vegetable is, how to save seeds, and which seeds can even be saved! Have fun. Grow something and happy harvesting!

FREE Seed Catalogs. NEW YEAR 2014
A few to get you started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
http://rareseeds.com/requestcatalog/
(417) 924-8917

Seeds of Change
http://www.seedsofchange.com/catalog_request.aspx#.US6yk6WIyiY
(888) 762-7333

Bountiful Gardens
http://www.bountifulgardens.org/inforequest.asp
(707) 459-6410

Botanical Interests
http://www.botanicalinterests.com/heirloom-seeds-catalogs

Seed Savers Exchange
http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx
(563) 382-5990

Territorial Seed
http://www.territorialseed.com/catalog_request
(800) 626-0866

Wild Garden Seed
http://www.wildgardenseed.com/requestcatalog.php
(541) 929-4068

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
http://www.southernexposure.com/free-2013-catalog-garden-guide-p-1639.html
(540) 894-9580

Select Seeds
http://www.selectseeds.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/mngmnt/catalog_request.htm
(800) 684-0395

National Gardening Association
http://kids.garden.org/inquiry.php
(800) 538-7476

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Children's Theatre Companies and Performances Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Solano County, and Silicon Valley...


Del Valle Theatre
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek, CA

http://www.lesherartscenter.org

Bay Area Children's Theatre
San Ramon, CA
Berkeley, CA
http://www.bactheatre.org

Berkeley Playhouse
Berkeley, CA
http://berkeleyplayhouse.org

California Theatre Company
Sunnyvale, CA
Livermore, CA
San Ramon, CA
http://www.ctcinc.org/plays_and_tickets.html

Byron School District
https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerParentsoftheArtsClub
Excelsier Middle School
Byron, CA
http://www.edline.net/pages/excelsior_ms

Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA
http://www.dvc.edu/events/arts/drama.htm

Civic Arts Youth Theatre Company
Walnut Creek, CA
http://www.youththeatrecompany.org

Pacifica Spindrift Players
Pacifica, CA
http://www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org/Season/index.html

Town Hall Theatre
Lafayette, CA
http://www.townhalltheatre.com/tickets/single-tickets

Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton, CA
http://www.firehousearts.org

Village Theatre
Local Elementary Schools perform here.
Danville, CA
http://www.villagetheatreshows.com

Orinda Intermediate School
Orinda, CA
Seasonal Musicals / Drama Productions
http://ois-orinda-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x...

Defying Gravity Foundation
Diablo View Middle School, Clayton, CA
Pine Hollow Middle School, Concord, CA
http://www.defyinggravityfoundation.org
Upcoming Events: http://www.defyinggravityfoundation.org/#!the-club

Walnut Acres Elementary
Walnut Creek, CA
Walnut Acres Children's Theatre
http://www.walnutacrespfc.org/activities/fifth-grade-play

Peter Pan Foundation
Various Venues from Pleasant Hill, CA to Lafayatte, CA
http://www.peterpanfoundation.org/UpcomingShows/

Actors Theatre For Children
Santa Rosa, CA
http://www.actorstheaterforchildren.com/events.shtml

City of Santa Clara
Roberta Jones Junior Theatre
Santa Clara, CA
http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=2535

Playful People Productions
San Jose, CA
http://playfulpeople.net

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NBC Bay Area - The Lemon Lady. Happy Thanksgiving...

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NBC Bay Area, Joe Rosato, Jr. visited the Lemon Lady on location in Concord, CA. For other details about this story from Thanksgiving Day 2009 newscast, please CLICK HERE.

What do you do when you see a fruit tree with fruit rotting to the ground? Do Nothing. Nothing will ever get done.

Let us remember Thanksgiving Day as a day to help others less fortunate. Please help harvest fruit for the hungry. Apples, oranges, lemons, persimmons, peaches, pears, pomegranates. All grow in abundance along our urban sidewalks. Call the Lemon Lady to help harvest fruit for the hungry. Or, drop a flyer and make friends with a neighbor. SHARE Fresh fruit with a local food pantry. Hunger knows no season.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Anna, The Lemon Lady
Cell: 510.406.1625

Persimmons. Donate fruit to feed the hungry!...


Persimmons are ripe and ready for harvesting all over the Bay Area. Thousands of Fuyu and Hachiya persimmon trees thrive in our Contra Costa climate.

I see trees everywhere in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Martinez. Please don't let your harvest go to waste. Food pantries and families in need truly appreciate the kindness of strangers who wish to share fresh fruit. Local fruit needed to feed those who are hungry at local food pantries, churches, seniors, families, and children!

Let's help nourish the Contra Costa Community together.

For Harvest Help, Fruit Pick-up or delivery, please contact:

Cell: (510) 406-1625

Office: (925) 672-1988

Find a Food Bank or Food Pantry, Nationwide: CLICK HERE.
Find a Food Pantry in Concord, California: CLICK HERE.

Lemons and Limes - One of The World's Healthiest Foods...


Most frequently asked question:
What does everyone do with all those lemons?

Answer: Here's a great website, a wealth of food related history and nutrition information, very entertaining A-Z foods list to search favorite fruits and vegetables. For those with a passion in health and nutrition, this site can be a real time zapper, yet worth every minute in educational value, inspiration and menu-planning ideas.

As reported on "The World's Healthiest Foods" website:
Health Benefits
Phytonutrients with Antioxidant and Antibiotic Effects

Like many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our website, lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Of special interest in limes have been flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related molecules. While these flavonoids have been shown to stop cell division in many cancer cell lines, they are perhaps most interesting for their antibiotic effects. In several villages in West Africa where cholera epidemics had occurred, the inclusion of lime juice during the main meal of the day was determined to have been protective against the contraction of cholera. (Cholera is a disease triggered by activity of the bacteria called Vibrio cholera).

Researchers quickly began to experiment with the addition of lime juice to the sauce eaten with rice, and in this role, lime juice was also found to have a strong protective effect against cholera. Several other fascinating research studies on the healing properties of lemons and limes have shown that cell cycles-including the decision a cell makes about whether to divide (called mitosis) or die (apoptosis-are altered by lime juice, as are the activities of special immune cells called monocytes. In addition to their unique phytonutrient properties, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature....

Monday, November 3, 2014

Apple Season. Donate Apples From Your Tree. Share Fruit. Join "the lemon lady" mission . . .


My daughter joyfully harvesting apples for the hungry.


















Food Pantries and Hunger Relief organizations struggle to meet the demands of the poor economy. Sometimes the person struggling is the FAMILY NEXT DOOR. Together, we can SHARE THE LOVE. SHARE FRUIT. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are an abundant harvest, yet a real luxury for most on a limited food budget. Perhaps you know a family struggling with unemployment or a health crisis. Let's boost nutrition to our neediest neighbors! Please, I ask that you take action today. Join me. Find a tree. Share Fruit.

In Concord, California, donating fruit from Summer 2014 harvests is easy! Apples, peaches, plums, oranges, lemons, the summer fruit is endless.

Do you have a fruit tree? Do you wish to donate fruit?

Register your fruit tree before it is too late!

"The Lemon Lady Foundation" and Volunteers offer FREE Pick-up and Delivery service to hunger relief organizations in Contra Costa County, California: Concord, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Martinez, Pacheco and other cities by arrangement.

SHARE FRUIT / DONATE FRUIT

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For NATIONWIDE donation locations, Visit Feeding America.

The Lemon Lady Foundation's mission connects Gardeners and Tree Owners across America to food pantries and county food banks. Any Town, Every Town, USA. Where to deliver fresh garden produce:
Feeding America
Donate excess garden produce, tree-ripened homegrown fruit to any of thousands of food banks, food pantries, Salvation Army, Churches, Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens Nationwide. From California to the Carolinas, New York to Florida and every state in between.

CLICK HERE - ZIP CODE SEARCHING