Monday, February 16, 2015

Online Garage Sales - Shop & Sell Concord / Clayton / Walnut Creek, California...

A tip for my local friends. Something I've been having quite a bit of fun with lately...and making a few extra dollars selling accumulated household items, children's toys and clothing.

If you have a Facebook account and wish to join a private, exclusive (closed) group of over 1800 members, one of our area's best online garage sale shopping sites, I highly recommend:

The admin of the site, Jennifer is a pleasure to communicate with. She is responsive to message inquiries and does an exceptional job of keeping the site fresh and fun. (Can't be flakey or you'll get deleted quickly!)  Shop & Sell is free to join, by REFERRAL ONLY. You must reside or work in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, California or be willing to purchase in these cities. The most fantastic part about this unique site is they are currently accepting new members, by referral only.

Join while you still can!

So many fantastic items for sale. Are you a savvy shopper? Love to shop? This is a wonderful opportunity.

Sell something today. What about those golf clubs sitting in the closet or your child's gently used crib sheets? Toddler bikes just sitting in the garage collecting dust? Gently used soccer shoes? Ballet outfits? Pretty much anything is up for sale. It's easy. It's fun.

If you know me - For a PERSONAL REFERRAL to join, please send an email or Facebook message.


Have a great weekend.

CLICK BELOW to link to Shop & Sell

Sunday, February 15, 2015

California Academy of Sciences FREE Admission Sunday, February 22, 2015 . . .

California Academy of Sciences Free Admission

All guests receive free admission on:
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mark your calendars and plan a family outing...

EXPLORE The Academy: Just one ticket lets you explore the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, 40,000 live animals and engaging exhibits all housed beneath a living roof.

FREE Museum Tickets / Admission for February 22, 2015.

Regular Price General Admission for a Family of 4 is $130.00.
$130.00 reason to go on a free day! Need I say more?

From "The Academy is free to everyone on selected Sundays throughout the year. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 4:00 pm."

(415) 379-8000

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nationwide FOOD BANK locator. Where to deliver fresh garden produce in 2015...

Connecting Millions of Gardeners across America to food pantries and county food banks. Any Town, Every Town, USA. Zip Code Search - Locations 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.


ONE STOP RESOURCE - Covering the State of California

California Association of Food Banks


Any one of us can take on one tree a year. Just as simple as if you're harvesting a few apples, oranges, lemons, pears, plums for your own family, you can set a healthy bag of fruit aside and deliver to your nearest food pantry. Someone in need will be grateful for your kindness. Isn't kindness what it's all about?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Buttercup Farms Garden in Clayton, California - super local Community Supported Agriculture - Thank you!...

An overdue THANK YOU to Jorie, staff and volunteers at Buttercup Farms Garden, Clayton, California. Buttercup Farms Garden has been a wonderful supporter of "the lemon lady" mission of helping bring healthy produce to feed those in need who are hungry. They have donated countless beautiful boxes of produce including: kale, chards, cherry tomatoes, starburst squash, patty pan squash, radishes, collard greens and so much more.

Of special note: **Just this past weekend, I received a call from a friend, volunteer, Registered Nurse who visited a Clayton Family and found they were in urgent need of food. I immediately contacted Buttercup Farms Garden to see if they had any vegetables to share in this special situation. I've known how generous Buttercup Farms has been throughout the years. It was a joy to receive their prompt reply that they would deliver fresh food to us "tomorrow." 

Another Clayton family came through with a 70+ canned food donation!

Clayton's Local Farm came through to nourish neighbors in need. Bless your hearts and efforts of all, Buttercup and the "anonymous" Nurse who cared enough to share fresh food with a needy patient via special personal delivery. What better offerings than locally, naturally grown, fresh from Buttercup Farms Garden! How awesome is that?

For those in the Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, and surrounding areas, please take a moment to visit Buttercup Farms Garden, a one-acre, all natural garden nestled in the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Clayton, California. It's summer - a perfect time to join a super local CSA!  Buttercup offers an almost year-round CSA with EASY local pickup of their fantastic vine-ripened produce at sites in Clayton and Walnut Creek.

Buttercup Farms Garden
5181 Morgan Territory Rd, Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 672-1474 or (925) 935-1973

CLICK HERE for info on Buttercup Farms CSA.

CLICK HERE to view the Buttercup Farms slide show of delicious strawberries and colorful summer offerings.

Buttercup Farms Garden, Clayton, California.
Photo Courtesy of Yelp
Buttercup Farms Produce, Clayton, California
Photo courtesy: Yelp

San Pablo Reservoir. 2015 Season Now Open - Boat Rentals, Beauty On the Lake...

San Pablo Reservoir

The Bay Area is such a beautiful place with easy access to reservoirs and boat rides, simple enough for an afternoon adventure. This scenic park and reservoir is located only a few miles outside of the quaint town of Orinda, California.

Have you ever visited San Pablo Reservoir?

CLICK HERE for EBMUD info on San Pablo Reservoir.

Boat Rental info is on a separate website:

CLICK HERE for boat rental info.

CLICK HERE for directions. We were pleasantly thrilled to find such a spectacular place, only minutes from home. A relaxing boat ride is a peaceful, perfect way to introduce little ones to the wonders of nature.

According to the park brochure, Seniors, POWs, and Disabled receive 50% off boat rental fee Monday thru Friday. A great incentive to take Grandma and Grandpa out for a boat ride with the little ones!

On the EBMUD website: SPECIAL: Rent a boat six times and receive a free 1/2 day weekday rental. Awesome!

This is a fantastic after school or weekday adventure! The San Pablo Reservoir is open February thru October. Don't look for us under any lemon trees, because we'll be making memories, boating, picnicking and having fun.

We also enjoy that San Pablo Dam Reservoir has a Cafe on premises. Even if only to buy a refreshing ice-cream, sandwich, or cup of coffee on a whim! Cafe is closed on Mondays and closes early before the facility closes, so be sure to make note of the times.

San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, Ca. 94803
(510) 223-1661

Boat Rentals Managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation

CLICK HERE: YELP Reviews, mostly 5 stars. No surprise!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

4010 Nelson Ave, Concord, CA 94520, (925) 676-7543
(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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Seed Catalogs FREE. New Year, 2015. Awesome List! 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 2015
A few to get you started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
(417) 924-8917

Seeds of Change
(888) 762-7333

Bountiful Gardens
(707) 459-6410

Botanical Interests

Seed Savers Exchange
(563) 382-5990

Territorial Seed
(800) 626-0866

Wild Garden Seed
(541) 929-4068

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
(540) 894-9580

Select Seeds
(800) 684-0395

National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476