Monday, April 25, 2016

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


Hillcrest Congregational Church - Food Room
404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 686-3663
For those who need food or assistance
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00am - 11:45am


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
For those who need food or assistance:
199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 682-2486
For those who need food or assistance:
2390 Grant St. (near Almond St.)
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 825-0350
1650 Ashbury, Concord, CA
For those who need food or assistance:
Phone to confirm food distribution schedule.
Saturday Mornings
Groceries at 9:00am
(925) 685-4343

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Contra Costa County Public Pools for Spring and Summer Recreation UPDATED April 2016 . . .




Year 2016 Recreational Swim Hours
Where children can simply splash, swim, slide and have fun!
Public Swimming Pools, Aquatic Parks, Water Slides,
Thursday and Friday Night Swim Events.
Contra Costa County and Alameda County

Many city operated public pools are open year-round for lap or exercise swim for adults. Until late Spring, recreational swim opportunities for children and families are rare. TIP: Clarke Memorial Swim Center / Heather Farm in Walnut Creek offers year-round weekend recreational swimming for children and families.

Located in Heather Farm Park
1750 Heather Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 943-5856
Open Year Round - Big +++
Public Recreational Swim
Fall thru Spring WEEKENDS 12pm - 4pm
Summer Weekends 12pm - 5pm

Summer hours begin June 2016
Rec Swim Monday thru Thursday opens at 12:30pm
Our family favorite for a quick afternoon dip, close to home!

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


2. NOW OPEN Friday Nights and Weekends MARCH 2016
Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark, CA 94560
Station Rd
Get Directions
(510) 578-4620
INDOOR Facility!
Friday NIGHTS INDOOR swimming available.

CLICK HERE for Operating Hours and info.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



3. BRENTWOOD Family Aquatic Complex
CLICK HERE for 2016 operating schedule
195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5430

REOPENS Spring 2016
Weekend Recreational Swimming
12pm - 6pm Water slides - Sure are fun! 

YELP Reviews - Water slide photos on yelp.


3501 Cowell Road
Concord, CA 94518
(925) 671-3480

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(510) 544-3085 or (510) 544-3086
Cool, woodsy, shady area of mature trees around the pool.
Pool Open until 6pm
Weekends and Holidays Only
May 28 – Sept. 18
Thursdays and Fridays: 
Jun. 16 - Aug. 19
Lifeguard Hours: 
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 682-7830
Public Recreational Swim Hours begin May 28, 2016
Friday Night Family Swimming in 2016:
June 24, 2016 - 6pm - 9pm

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


7. MARTINEZ, CA: Rankin Aquatic Center Martinez
100 Buckley Street
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 370-6451
Hot Summer Nights Pool Open Evenings Selected dates.

A family favorite, close to home for water splash fun!

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


8. ANTIOCH, CA Prewett Family Water Park Antioch
4701 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
(925) 776-3070
Opening Day Saturday, May 28, 2016

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


9900 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon, CA
(925) 973-3240
CALL FOR OPENING DAY 2015


YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA
(925) 314-3400
Monday, June 18 – Friday, August 5
(closed for the July 4 holiday)
Open until 6pm Fridays.
Oak Hill Park and Community Center is a Beautiful woodsy setting, paved trails, ponds, ducks, creeks, play structures.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp



11. AQUA ADVENTURE Fremont Water Park
40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 494-4426
Open May 2015

Fun looking Twisty Water Slides! +++
CLICK HERE: OPENING WEEKEND May 24, 2015

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


12. LIVERMORE: Robert Livermore Community Center Pools
4444 East Ave., Livermore, CA
(925) 373-5700
For Pool Hours, call (925) 373-5702 (then press 4)
Public Recreation swim hours began May 2016
Saturday and Sundays 12pm-6pm.
Zero entry pool with water feature and fantastic water slide.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


1765 Adams Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513
Parks & Recreation
(925) 516-5444
City of Brentwood website indicates there are three parks with water features.

**Special Note: As of August 1, 2014 - City of Brentwood, CA website indicates this water spray ground has been closed. CLICK HERE for that information: http://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/parks/default.asp

May be best to telephone City of Brentwood directly to confirm operating hours. Many of the "free" water park features operated by this and other California cities can be unexpectedly closed due to drought and water restrictions. Something to consider.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


14. MEADOW HOMES Spray Park CONCORD
1351 Detroit AvenueConcord, CA
(925) 671-3366
Admission is Free to everyone.


May be best to telephone City of Concord directly to confirm operating hours. Many of the "free" water park features operated by this and other California cities can be unexpectedly closed due to drought and water restrictions. Something to consider.

15. Solano County
181 East J Street, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 746 - 4286 

Yelp Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


16. Napa County
100 California Drive., Yountville, CA
(On the Veterans Home Property)
(707) 944-4908
June 7 - August 12
Recreation Swim  (all ages)
12:00pm - 4:00pm 
Tuesday-Sunday

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FREE Pony Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini-Petting Zoo, Saturday March 26, 2016 . . .

In years' past, I've taken three little girls to this wonderful event. It isn't often a child can experience a pony ride, rock climbing wall, face painting, jumpy house and more, with ease! We stopped for lunch, a super afternoon in the quaint town of Orinda.

Free WIFI is now available at the square. Entertainment can't compare! - all FREE, all within walking distance. Even the Orinda Library is open late on Saturdays.



2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, CA 94563, (925) 253-4820
Enjoy a beautiful Spring day full of FREE family fun at Orinda Theatre Square! Be sure to mark your calendars. The afternoon is packed full of activities for kids and adults of all ages, including:

- a rock climbing wall
- a petting zoo and pony rides
- a jumpy house
- face painting
- and more










And, here was the line from last year. All of 4 children in line at any given activity. Couldn't have asked for better timing. It probably became busier later in the day. Go early! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

PEOPLE Magazine Article - On Newsstands Nationwide Current Issue...






UPDATE:PEOPLE Magazine, Heroes Among Us
Once Hungry, She Now Feeds Others
May 30, 2011, page 74. CURRENT ISSUE.


April 2011, I was contacted by People Magazine to be included as a "Hometown Hero" for my volunteer work of harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the hungry. We finished the People Magazine Interview and photo shoot a few weeks ago. I understand the "lemon lady" article may publish in this week's edition of People Magazine.

Friends and Family, please keep a look out at newsstands nationwide for People Magazine.

More important - Have YOU walked on by a fruit tree today?
Do nothing. Nothing will ever get done. I can't harvest every fruit tree in America, all by myself.

FREE Fruit Harvesting for the Hungry.
FREE pick-up and delivery to local food pantries.

Any one of us can step up and make a difference to those in need. Any Town, USA. Please be inspired to help. Fruit truly matters. Thank you.

AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
(510) 406-1625
http://thelemonlady.blogspot.com

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/annaandava

People Magazine Writers and Editors:
THANK YOU for your interest in sharing my story with your readers. This most definitely will inspire others to donate fresh fruit from their own trees to feed the hungry!


Saturday, February 27, 2016

FREE Admission Tickets San Francisco Bay Area Attractions and Museums - MARCH 2016 . . .



First Full Weekend of the Month is upon us! MARCH 2016

Field Trip Ideas? Visit one of the Bay Area's world class museums and local attractions. Often, there is a FREE MUSEUM DAY in MARCH 2016, located in a town near you. (Nationwide.) San Francisco, Oakland, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, Boston and beyond.

First Weekend of the month has the most FREE Museum Admission opportunities. Have fun. Be inspired. Below is a partial list. CLICK other Links for additional dates and venues.

CLICK HERE to find more FREE MUSEUM DAYS in a city near you.


San Francisco Bay Area Museums & Gardens:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lindsay Wildlife Experience is FREE Third Friday to the general public.
FRIDAY, March 18, 2016

Pier 39 San Francisco - FREE Parking Printable Coupons and Buy One Get One Free Restaurant and Attractions. Ongoing thru June 2016
Pier 39 Local Advantage Printable Coupons - CLICK HERE

Pier 39 FREE Parking Coupon: CLICK HERE

Pier 39 - Local Advantage Coupons: CLICK HERE

Aquarium of the Bay - Buy One Get One Free Admission - Printable Coupon with the Entertainment Book, online access. Expires 12/31/2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum of SF w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

Legion of Honor w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

San Jose Museum of Art w/BofA Card FREE First weekend
Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tech Museum w/BofA Card FREE First weekend
Saturday, March 5, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, March 6, 2016

CuriOdyssey Museum - COMMUNITY FREE DAY to the general public
Friday, March 4, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Napa Valley Museum - FREE Family Fun Days, 2nd Saturday of the Month.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 

Jump Sky High - PRINTABLE Coupon - FREE Hour of Jump Time, BOGO
ONGOING Thru March 2016

EXPLORATORIUM - FREE Day, Note your calendars a month ahead on Mother's Day.
Sunday, May 18, 2016 


As an added bonus, there are special FREE days at gardens, Regional Parks, Swimming Pools, Museums not normally advertised:

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (located at Golden Gate Park) - FREE Admission SECOND Tuesday of the month, general public
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

John Muir National Historic Site - FREE ADMISSION seven days a week. Tour the historic fruit orchards and former home of Naturalist, John Muir.

Amazing Selection of DAILY FREE Passes through your local Library

CLICK HERE: DISCOVER and GO - Find your County. Entire list of Participating Counties.

CLICK HERE: Contra Costa County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.

CLICK HERE: Alameda County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Jump Sky High Sports in Concord, California. FREE 1 Hour of Jump Time. Printable Coupon . . .




Purchase Full Price First Hour and Receive a Second Hour Jump Time for FREE. Valid Monday - Thursday only. Not valid on holidays. Coupons may not be combined with any other offer. Must present coupon at time of order. Coupon void if altered. Expires 03/07/2016.