Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No Impact Man - Looks like a fun movie I hope to see soon...

CLICK HERE to watch trailer and link to No Impact Man website.

No electricity. No television. No automobile. Locally grown, seasonal produce. Urban Gardening. Healthier living. Happier living? I believe it!

I'm working on my own version of healthy - with friends all over our city who share excellent edibles year round. No plastic wrap, no pesticides. Only green leaves and luscious, tree-ripened fruit. Lots of smiles.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Green $$$ available to promote recycling...

Be inspired to begin a recycling project and keep our Mother Earth green.

Would you be interested to know there is funding available to non-profits or schools to promote recycling or other green programs?

CLICK HERE to read all about Earth Day Every Day. Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids. Won't you join me?

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Money on Monday! Giving Back to our schools...

There's so much we can do to encourage our youth and support our community. (Even in tough times!) Please join me in nominating a local school today. CLICK HERE to learn more. This is an easy and ongoing way to bring a little green to a deserving classroom. Best of success in all you do this week.

For fun contests and grants for our community, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sunday. Rain or Shine. A Happy Place on Sundays...

Sunset Magazine votes are in! The place to shop is Downtown on Sundays at the Walnut Creek Farmers Market on N. Locust! Voted the "Best" in Contra Costa County!

"In the East Bay From knife sharpening and music to barbecue and snow cones, the Walnut Creek market ― Contra Costa's biggest, with close to 80 vendors ― supplements summer fruits and vegetables with plenty to do. Bought more than you can carry? Drop off your produce at the Veggie Valet table while you fetch your car. 8–1 Sun (9–1 Nov–Apr); N. Locust St. between Giamona St. and Lacassie Ave.;"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

More Volunteers Welcome! Thank you Concord Garden Club...

Thank you Concord, California Garden Club for helping grow seedlings for donation to The Concord Children's Community Garden. Your support is gratefully appreciated to help bring healthy, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables to this thriving neighborhood garden. Gardeners are the true angels who plant love and watch it grow.

CLICK HERE for history and related posts to the Children's Community Garden in Concord.

CLICK HERE for Seedling Donation Project Seeking Volunteers. Together, we are helping to combat hunger in our very own community. We welcome volunteers and your support is a blessing to so many. Thank you.

CLICK HERE for FREE Seed Catalogs.

By the way, did you know there are garden clubs in almost every city? Visit California Garden Clubs, Inc. to find a Garden Club in a town near you. This is a wonderful way to make the world a better place. Plant. Garden. Grow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I always find money for someone I know...

I found thousands of dollars that belong to friends I know. Seriously. This is a fun site and you may find a little green today. CLICK HERE to search. These are the State Controller's Offices nationwide. Fun and free if you've never heard of it.

I even found money for the City of Concord and the City of Walnut Creek. Wonder if they'll take a peek?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Invitation to Friends and Family...Event is Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KQED and Wells Fargo Invite you to
A Celebration of Women's History Month

Honoring Five Outstanding unsung local heroes

From: Siouxsie Chiemi Oki at KQED
Telephone: 415.553.2435

"Congratulations again on being selected this year’s Local Hero! We are excited about the event on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 and are proud to honor your leadership and strong commitment to community service in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, March 24th at 5:30pm
KQED Public Broadcasting
2601 Mariposa Street (cross street Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Who may I invite? We are still accepting RSVPs so please invite your family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. I have included the email invitation below.

Please RSVP to Siouxsie Chiemi Oki at KQED: or contact her at (415) 553-2435."

If you are interested in attending this event, kindly let me know too. Thank you.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Super Local Seeds! Contra Costa County, California grown...

Wanted to share something wonderful with you today.

Last year, I was invited to pick apricots from Annie Appleseed's backyard tree and enjoyed touring the lovely oasis of gorgeous flowers and interesting seed pods. Annie is a super sweet, generous and caring gardener, school teacher, and seed saver too! She offers an extensive selection of locally harvested flower seeds for purchase. I never knew this little venture existed in our very own backyard in Pleasant Hill, Calfiornia.

Take a look at her lovely website:, sooooooo many beautiful seeds. If you love flowers, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy and delights your senses.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Contra Costa Times - Saturday, March 20, 2010 - Earth Day Caps

Earth Day Caps, by Joan Morris
Bay Area News Group, Saturday, March 20, 2010
Home and Garden Indoors and Out

CLICK HERE to learn about Earth Day Every Day. Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids. Go Greener today!
(510) 406-1625
(925) 672-1988

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Are you a good recycler? Think outside the box and beyond the water bottle...

Craft morning at our house.

More items to add to the list of hard, rigid plastic caps and lids,
polypropylene, that is not recycled by some curbside recycling vendors.

Pen and marker caps
Paint caps
Playdough caps
Glue stick or glue bottle caps
Plastic tape rolls
Vitamin Bottles
Sunscreen caps

Think outside the box and beyond the water bottle! Go greener today with The Lemon Lady.

CLICK HERE for Earth Day Every Day. Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids info.

For a collection flyer, Any Town, USA.

Other recycle centers WILL process this material. They simply will not pay for redemption. Get the Facts. CLICK HERE for facts, Plastic Myths Debunked.

CLICK HERE to zip code search for a recycler in a city near you!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Curbside Recycling Services - Cities in Contra Costa County

Contact Phone: Jennifer Brennan (925) 671-5806
Contact Email:

Service Area: Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Benicia, Blackhawk, Clayton, Clyde, Concord (County Area), Concord (Morgan Territory Area), Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, Martinez, Martinez (Alhambra Valley Area), Moraga, Mt. View Sanitary District, Orinda, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, Unincorporated Pleasant Hill, Unincorporated Pleasanton, Walnut Creek

Valley Waste Management
****NOTE**** We service the following areas: Cities and Unincorporated areas of: Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek and some areas in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill.

Contact email:
Contact Phone: (925) 935-8900

Collection Locations - Drop of plastic caps and lids for recycling...

Earth Day Every Day. Don't throw away! Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids.

Collect them at home, office, school. Bring saved caps and lids to one of several convenient drop off locations throughout Contra Costa County. Thank you for helping keep earth a little greener every day!


Sonoma Bank - Concord Downtown
Virginia Thomas, AVP Branch Manager
1900 Grant Street
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 521- 9922

Share Food Pantry
3039 Willow Pass Road
Concord, CA 94519
(925) 827-4273


Contra Costa Certified Farmers' Market
Walnut Creek, CA - SUNDAYS ONLY
Keith Farley, Manager - at the information booth
Locust Street adjacent to Target

VILLAGE MARKET - Clayton Downtown
6104 Main Street
Clayton, CA 94517-1202
(925) 672-0188

For A Collection Flyer, or to help Go Greener today!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Anyone interested in Going Greener with the Lemon Lady? Earth needs a few good heroes...

How to recycle caps and lids, hard, rigid plastic:

EMAIL: or call: 510.406.1625

This "hero" needs a little help from area businesses, non-profit groups, individuals, anyone who is willing to host a collection container to collect plastic caps and lids. Our Earth needs a hero. Won't YOU be a hero today. (I can't do it all alone.) I will refer your business as a collection point for the public to drop off plastic caps and lids.

Residents all over the Bay Area are interested in collecting these plastic items for recycling. Curbside recycle companies usually do not accept this type of plastic. Go ahead, call your local waste management organization and learn the facts today. Once you learn the facts, doesn't it just make you feel like going GREEN?


The Lemon Lady Goes Greener. Earth Day Every Day. Recycle Plastic Caps and Lids.

CLICK HERE to read all about my new campaign.

For a list of Plastic Caps and Lids Collection locations:

In Concord, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A photo is worth a thousand words...

The photo above is only what our family has collected in the past couple of months. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE and see greater detail.

Amazing to see all that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Imagine what we can do if more people become inspired. This is one person making a difference. It all begins with one person. Won't you please join us? Email:

I'm so impressed with the spirit of our community. Overnight, a hundred people have emailed me to begin this collection effort.

Thank you all - each and every ONE of you. Earth Day is Every Day.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thank you for your help!

Ava and I are delivering cans for collecting caps. Thank you in advance for your helping any way you can! Happy Earth Day - Every Day. (510) 406-1625 or

From Aveda's website:
"This program educates students and underscores the impact of
positive change.

This project teaches students that we are all responsible for
taking care of our environment. It empowers us all to stimulate
change on a local and national level. And beyond the benefits of
environmental conservation, it teaches students that when we all
work together with a common purpose, we can effect change."

How awesome!

CLICK HERE for my earlier post about Recycling Bottle Caps in Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Danville and beyond. We need your help! Anywhere, anyone who generates bottle cap garbage, shampoo, containers, toothpaste caps, salad dressing, soda, juice, milk...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Volunteers Needed This Sunday, March 7th

A friend, Edi Birsan has asked me to blog about this event.

Volunteers Needed This Sunday, March 7th! School Supply Initiative's Third and Final 1.7 Million Dollar Assembly

CLICK HERE for flyer and info.

Perhaps our community can lend a hand and be inspired to help. Many of these backpacks are being distributed to children in Concord schools too. All they're asking is for volunteers to assemble backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Easy way to do good for someone. I wish their efforts success!

A little inspiration for teachers today...

Even amidst budget cuts and education woes, we are still a community that must nurture our young. If I were a teacher, I'd write a 250 word essay...and get lost in my thoughts. I hope and dream for a better tomorrow. CLICK HERE to be inspired. $10,000.

CLICK HERE for previous Lemon Lady Blog posts for other inspiring CONTESTS and GRANTS.

Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Children ages 6 - 18, Don't miss out!...

As a Community Service Blog for Contra Costa County, Bay Area and beyond, I hope to inspire others about the joy of volunteering - especially opportunities for children.

How better to inspire youth, than to be rewarded grant money for your favorite charity? Do good. Love your neighbor! Hurry, this one expires in less than ten days.

CLICK HERE for details.

BTW, if you are reading my blog - please let me know your thoughts on these postings. Comments are welcome! Would you enjoy to learn more on a weekly basis? Are these helpful to you? Has anyone out there actually applied for any of these? Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower...

Good Morning Sunshine and friends of The Lemon Lady,

A simple request. Please save gallon milk jugs. Rinse them thoroughly after use, and save the lids too. My gardening project can leap to greater bounds if I have more milk jugs. I'm growing and inspiring others to grow all over Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek and Alamo.

Seedlings are being supplied to four community gardens, so I can always use more help with my volunteer seedling donation project. For those who don't have time to about saving a few milk jugs for me? Thank you kindly.

Happy Gardening and Sweet Lemonade.