Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. FREE Admission September 27, 2014. Print your tickets . . .



Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is Saturday, September 27th 2014. FREE admission to 1,500+ museums Nationwide on this special day. Something so fun to look forward to. We've printed our FREE tickets. Have you printed yours?

Can't remember if the ticket is good for only one person. You can register other members (children) using an email address and just their first name. Don't have to be so specific on the details.

CLICK HERE to select a favorite museum and PRINT your tickets!

CLICK HERE to find a participating museum near you.

For free museum admission, you must print a required ticket in advance.

This is a nationwide offer, so friends and family near and far can enjoy their own complimentary tickets. Just to name a few Bay Area Museums on the FREE TICKET list:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville, CA
Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
Pleasanton's Museum on Main, Pleasanton, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Exploratorium Museum - FREE Admission, General Public on October 12, 2014 & California Teachers FREE ticket (by request)...

Teachers: FREE Ticket (by request) to the Exploratorium Museum for the first 20,000 California K-12 Public School Teachers. Is this information helpful, or do teachers already know all of this? CLICK HERE

General Public: FREE Day is coming soon: Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Mark your calendars! CLICK HERE

The Exploratorium is an awesome Bay Area museum, worth visiting at least once in your children's school-aged years. Enjoy!

Exploratorium the museum of science, art, and human perception
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 528-4444

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Public Swimming Pools, Aquatic Parks, Water Slides Contra Costa and Alameda County (Summer and Fall Update) . . .



Late Summer and Fall 2014 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.


195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5430

Open Thru September 28, 2014
Weekend Recreational Swimming
12pm - 6pm

Water slides - Sure are fun! 


YELP Reviews - Water slide photos on yelp.



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 16, 2014
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.



Located by the Lindsay Museum 
2771 Buena Vista Ave, Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 943-5861
Recreational Swim Opens June 16, 2014 to Mid-August
Monday thru Thursday pool opens at 12:30pm
Friday opens at 1pm, Saturday and Sundays open at 12pm
YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


3501 Cowell Road
Concord, CA 94518
(925) 671-3480
FALL HOURS open WEEKENDS thru September 28, 2014

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 24 – Sept. 21
Thursdays and Fridays: 
Jun. 16 - Aug. 22
Lifeguard Hours: 
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA
(925) 314-3400
Monday, June 21 – Friday, August 15
(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



147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 682-7830
Public Recreational Swim Hours begin Saturday May 24, 2014
Friday Night Family Swimming in 2014:
June 20, July 18, Aug. 22, 6:00–9:00 pm

FALL HOURS: Until September 14, 2014.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



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

CLICK HERE: City of Martinez WEBSITE for Public Recreational Swim hours.
A family favorite, close to home for water splash fun!

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



Prewett Family Water Park Antioch - (Closed for the Winter)
4701 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
(925) 776-3070
Opening Day May 24, 2014

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark, CA 94560
Station Rd
Get Directions
(510) 578-4620
Aquatic Center opens in April 2014 - INDOOR Facility!
Friday NIGHTS INDOOR swimming available April thru August 2014.

CLICK HERE for Operating Hours and info.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



9900 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon, CA
(925) 973-3240
Fall Hours: Open Thru September 28, 2014


YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 494-4426
Open May 2014
SNEAK Peek $5.00:
Open Saturday May 17, 2014 from 2-5pm
Fun looking Twisty Water Slides! +++
CLICK HERE: 2014 Operating Schedule.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



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 3, 2014
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.


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.


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

Yelp Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



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

FREE Museum Admission - California Academy of Sciences: Sunday, September 14, 2014 . . .


California Academy of Sciences Free Admission

All guests receive free admission on:

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 Sunday, September 14, 2014.

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 http://www.calacademy.org/visit/ "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."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Celebrating a Birthday Soon? FREE $30.00 at Benihana and FREE $30.00 at Kobe Japan...


Happy Birthday!  Celebrating a birthday soon?

FREE $30.00 certificate at Benihana, you must sign up in advance. Good for use during your birthday month. http://profile.benihana.com/registration/

FREE $30.00 certificate at Kobe Japan in Pleasant Hill, must sign up in advance: http://www.kobejapanrestaurant.com 


Monday, September 8, 2014

September 2014 - FREE: Mad Science Shows, Tutu School, Origami, Lawrence Hall of Science Motion Festival, Read to a Dog And More...



Contra Costa County Library locations in many cities host wonderful (Free) family entertainment, such as Science Shows, Live Theatre, Magical Puppet Shows, Appearances by Famous Authors, other fun, educational, after school and preschool programs.

Best tip of our childhood years - visit the library website DAILY to find recently added programs. www.ccclib.org. Below are handy links to the performers' websites - sure to spark your enthusiasm and mark your calendars! 


CLICK HERE for Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar.
Please Confirm Dates and Times on the Library Website.

Just a few to pique your interest:

MONDAY, September 8, 2014: ARF's All Ears Reading®
Downtown Branch - Walnut Creek, CA Library at 4:00pm

MONDAY, September 8, 2014: Tutu School Goes to the Library
Ygnacio Valley Branch - Walnut Creek, CA Library at 3:30pm
An event filled with music, dancing, twirling and leaping! Learn about a beautiful ballet story read by a real-life ballerina! There will be artwork and coloring, and everyone goes home with a special treat fit for a prince or princess. 

TUESDAY, September 9, 2014: Mad Science - Crazy Chemistry
Danville, CA Library at 4:00pm
The Danville Library welcomes back Mad Science of Mount Diablo to kick off the school year! The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist uses an array of chemicals to make color changes and melt a head. They will watch as the Mad Scientist creates an extra hand, to help with some of the more complicated experiments, including making a science genie come out of his bottle. An explosion of foam will help to end this event and leave the audience cheering for more! Registration not required. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of the Danville Library

TUESDAY, September 9, 2014: Origami by Charles Esseltine
Martinez, CA Library 3:30pm

TUESDAY, September 9, 2014: ARF's All Ears Reading®
Ygnacio Valley Branch - Walnut Creek, CA Library 4:00pm (registration required)

TUESDAY, September 9, 2014: ARF's All Ears Reading®
Lafayette, CA Library 3pm (registration may be required)

WEDNESDAY, September 10, 2014: Julian Sterling's Magic Show
Pinole, CA Library 7pm

WEDNESDAY, September 10, 2014: ARF's All Ears Reading®
Lafayette, CA Library 3pm (registration may be required)

WEDNESDAY, September 10, 2014: PAWS to Read
Orinda, CA Library 3pm (registration may be required)

THURSDAY, September 11, 2014: Appearance by Author, Marissa Moss 
Lafayette, CA Library 6:30pm - 8pm
Join us as we kickoff this year's Lamorinda Kids Read, featuring Marissa Moss and her newest book, Mira's Diary: Bombs over London. Stop by the library beginning Sept. 2 for a free copy and pick up the activity guide. Join us for a month full of fun events. A Lamorinda Kids Read! event. Read the Book! Join the Fun!

SATURDAY, September 13, 2014: Lego's Creator Club
Pleasant Hill, CA Library 2pm
Drop in to our weekly meet-up of creative builders. Make anything you choose with our HUGE collection of bricks. Advanced builders can invent and program their own robots with our Lego Mindstorm EV3 kits. New themes and challenges every Saturday.

TUESDAY, September 16, 2014: Appearance by Penny Warner, Author, Crack The Code
Moraga, CA Library 4pm
Meet the author of the Code Busters Club adventures. Learn how to create and decipher secret codes using Morse Code, Sign Language, Semaphore Code, Caesar's Cipher, and more. Meet the author and join the club! Signed copies of the author's books will be available for purchase. A Lamorinda Kids Read! event. Read the book! Join the fun!

TUESDAY, September 16, 2014: Tutu School Goes to the Library
Downtown Branch - Walnut Creek, CA Library at 4pm
An event filled with music, dancing, twirling and leaping! Learn about a beautiful ballet story read by a real-life ballerina! There will be artwork and coloring, and everyone goes home with a special treat fit for a prince or princess. 

THURSDAY, September 18, 2014: Lawrence Hall of Science Motion Festival
Lafayette, CA Library 6pm - 8pm (must Register in Advance)
Explore the ups and downs of gravity & motion through creative experiments! Investigate what makes objects travel distances. Have fun designing a roller and watch it go! Let's get moving!! Ages 5+/Free! Register at ccclib.org or call 925-385-2280


CLICK HERE for Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar.
Please Confirm Dates and Times on the Library Website.

CLICK HERE for MOBILE WEBSITE of the Contra Costa County Library Events Calendar


Sunday, August 31, 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