Friday, January 30, 2015

California State Parks Passes Year 2015: Reduced admission to State Parks and Beaches...

Raising a family in the Bay Area provides many opportunities for day visits to California State Parks. With regular parking at $10.00+ per day, it was a better value to purchase a California State Parks Annual Pass in advance. Six weekends, and it pays for itself. (You can even share this with a friend or family member.)

Or, if you only visit a State Park or State Beach a few times a year, you can save a bit on admission fees by becoming a "Parks Sampler" member of the California State Parks Foundation. For only $25.00 basic membership fee, first-time members receive 4 - Single Day Use Passes for FREE and a subscription to Sunset Magazine. Not bad! Seniors 62+ can pay less than that. These prices simply can't be matched any other way. It's like getting a free day+ and a free magazine subscription for joining.

If you live locally and have never visited Mt. Diablo State Park's Rock City, you're missing out! Most Santa Cruz, San Mateo County and Half Moon Bay beaches charge a $10.00 fee. I hear Southern California beaches even charge $15.00 per day. $25.00 for four days of parking and exploring is worth every penny.

For an index by Region of State Parks, CLICK HERE.

A few of the California State Parks our family has visited:

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Seacliff State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Mt. Diablo State Park

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Pescadero State Beach

Carmel River State Beach

Join the California State Parks Foundation to help protect, enhance and support California’s 280 state parks. Plus, you'll receive exclusive member benefits to help you visit and enjoy state parks. All membership levels include a one-year subscription (12 issues) to Sunset magazine. View a complete list of membership benefits and park passes. Benefits subject to change.

Thursday, January 29, 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

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. 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?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FREE Museum, Zoo, Garden Tickets February 2015 - Play tourist at the Bay Area's Fantastic Museums - For FREE! . . .

First Full Weekend of the Month is upon us!

Chilly Outdoors? Find us indoors at a cozy museum! Often, there is a FREE MUSEUM DAY in February 2015, 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 Admission opportunities. Have fun. Be inspired.

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

San Francisco Bay Area Museums & Gardens:

Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015 and Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Napa Valley Museum - FREE Family Fun Days, 2nd Saturday of the Month.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturdays Without Reservations.

Access to the site is by National Park Shuttle only.

The park is closed to visitors Monday through Thursday. Guided tours are only available on Fridays and Sundays at 10 AM & 2 PM. Reservations are required for guided tours of the site. Self-guided tours are offered on "Saturdays Without Reservations" at 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM.

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, February 10, 2015
Tuesday, February 2, 2015

Wednesday, February 3, 2015

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Oakland Zoomobile (FREE EVENT) at the Lafayette, CA Public Library, Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:00pm . . .

FREE EVENT: MONDAY, January 26, 2015 at 12:00pm. Oakland Zoomobile at the LAFAYETTE Branch of the Contra Costa County Library. Visit: and search EVENTS. Program Presenter:

Event Type: Education
Age Group(s): Young Children (0-5), Kids (5-11)
Date: 1/26/2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM
An Oakland Zoo Education Specialist will bring small live animals to the Lafayette Library! Join us for a wild afternoon!
Library: Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Location: Community Hall
Presenter: Oakland Zoo

Insect Discovery Lab (FREE EVENT) at the Martinez, CA Public Library on Monday, January 26, 2015 . . .

FREE EVENT: MONDAY, January 26, 2014 at 6pm. Insect Discovery Lab Presentation at the MARTINEZ Branch of the Contra Costa County Library. Visit: and search EVENTS. Program Presenter:

Event Type: Special Events

Age Group(s): Kids (5-11), Teens (12-17)
Date: 1/26/2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
Join us for a special presentation from the Insect Discovery Lab! Discover the diversity and wonders of one-of-a-kind arthropods from around the globe. See, touch and hold millipedes, beetles, and more while becoming immersed in the lives of these incredible creatures! Registration is required. 
Library: Martinez Library
Registration Ends: 1/26/2015 at 8:00 PM
Contact: Amy Pipkin
Contact Number: 925-646-9900
Status: Openings

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Diablo Magazine - On A Mission With The Lemon Lady

Diablo Magazine, November 2011 - Special Food Issue.On newsstands now.
On a Mission With the Lemon Lady, by Justin Goldman

Thank you Diablo Magazine, Susan Safipour, Justin Goldman and Mitch Tobias. You are definitely helping the hunger cause and getting the word out around our community! Beautiful work. Happy Harvest Season to all.

For Fruit Donations, Free Pick-Up or Delivery, to schedule a harvest date or volunteer opportunities:

Anna, The Lemon Lady
Cell: (510) 406-1625
Home: (925) 672-1988