Thursday, December 18, 2014

NBC Bay Area - The Lemon Lady. Happy Thanksgiving...

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NBC Bay Area, Joe Rosato, Jr. visited the Lemon Lady on location in Concord, CA. For other details about this story from Thanksgiving Day 2009 newscast, please CLICK HERE.

What do you do when you see a fruit tree with fruit rotting to the ground? Do Nothing. Nothing will ever get done.

Let us remember Thanksgiving Day as a day to help others less fortunate. Please help harvest fruit for the hungry. Apples, oranges, lemons, persimmons, peaches, pears, pomegranates. All grow in abundance along our urban sidewalks. Call the Lemon Lady to help harvest fruit for the hungry. Or, drop a flyer and make friends with a neighbor. SHARE Fresh fruit with a local food pantry. Hunger knows no season.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Anna, The Lemon Lady
Cell: 510.406.1625

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Children's Theatre Companies and Performances Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Solano County, and Silicon Valley...


Del Valle Theatre
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek, CA

http://www.lesherartscenter.org

Bay Area Children's Theatre
San Ramon, CA
Berkeley, CA
http://www.bactheatre.org

Berkeley Playhouse
Berkeley, CA
http://berkeleyplayhouse.org

California Theatre Company
Sunnyvale, CA
Livermore, CA
San Ramon, CA
http://www.ctcinc.org/plays_and_tickets.html

Byron School District
https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerParentsoftheArtsClub
Excelsier Middle School
Byron, CA
http://www.edline.net/pages/excelsior_ms

Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, CA
http://www.dvc.edu/events/arts/drama.htm

Civic Arts Youth Theatre Company
Walnut Creek, CA
http://www.youththeatrecompany.org

Pacifica Spindrift Players
Pacifica, CA
http://www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org/Season/index.html

Town Hall Theatre
Lafayette, CA
http://www.townhalltheatre.com/tickets/single-tickets

Firehouse Arts Center
Pleasanton, CA
http://www.firehousearts.org

Village Theatre
Local Elementary Schools perform here.
Danville, CA
http://www.villagetheatreshows.com

Orinda Intermediate School
Orinda, CA
Seasonal Musicals / Drama Productions
http://ois-orinda-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x...

Defying Gravity Foundation
Diablo View Middle School, Clayton, CA
Pine Hollow Middle School, Concord, CA
http://www.defyinggravityfoundation.org
Upcoming Events: http://www.defyinggravityfoundation.org/#!the-club

Walnut Acres Elementary
Walnut Creek, CA
Walnut Acres Children's Theatre
http://www.walnutacrespfc.org/activities/fifth-grade-play

Peter Pan Foundation
Various Venues from Pleasant Hill, CA to Lafayatte, CA
http://www.peterpanfoundation.org/UpcomingShows/

Actors Theatre For Children
Santa Rosa, CA
http://www.actorstheaterforchildren.com/events.shtml

City of Santa Clara
Roberta Jones Junior Theatre
Santa Clara, CA
http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=2535

Playful People Productions
San Jose, CA
http://playfulpeople.net

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Best Lemon Bars On Earth! - These are made for sharing...



Photo courtesy: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

Ahh...what memories. Back when I was single and fancy free, before trading cookbooks for Dr. Seuss books, I lived and breathed from one dinner party to the next. Baking trays and trays of scrumptious desserts. A tried and true recipe from Cook's Illustrated still tops my list as an all-time favorite. Give it a try. Find a neighbor with a lemon tree. Glean a few for the food pantry. Make friends and bake yummy lemon bars!

From Cook’s Illustrated, May/June ’98.
The crust:
1 ¾ cups flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for decoration
¼ cup cornstarch
¾ tsp. salt
12 tbl. unsalted butter at very cool room temp., cut into 1-inch pieces

Lemon filling:
4 large eggs, beaten lightly
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tbl. flour
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest from 1 large lemon
2/3 cup juice from 3 large lemons, strained
1/3 cup whole milk
1/8 tsp. salt

For the crust: Lightly butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan and line with one sheet of parchment paper. Dot paper with butter and then lay a second sheet crosswise over the first.

Pulse flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor to blend. Add butter and process to blend, 8 to 10 seconds, then pulse until mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal, about three 1-second bursts. Sprinkle mixture into lined pan and press firmly with fingers into even, ¼-inch layer over entire pan bottom and about ½ inch up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake crust until golden brown about 20 minutes.

For the filling: While crust is baking, whisk eggs, sugar and flour in a medium bowl then stir in lemon juice, zest, mile and salt to blend well.

To finish the bars: Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Stir filling mixture to reblend; pour into warm crust. Bake until filling feels firm when touched lightly, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; cool to near room temperature, at least 30 minutes. Holding edges of parchment paper, lift whole cake out of pan and transfer to cutting board, fold paper down sides and cut into serving-size squares or bars, wiping knife clean between cuts. Sieve more powdered sugar over bars, if desired.

P.S.
To find a food bank or local food pantry, zip code search, nationwide, CLICK HERE.

Concord and Clayton, CA After School Enrichment Classes Online Registration Now Open for 2015 Semesters!



CLICK HERE: After School Enrichment Classes for Mt. Diablo Elementary, Ayers, Highlands, Monte Gardens, Westwood, and other local schools. Online Registration OPENS, 11/24/2014 for the 2015 Semesters! Worth signing up before class is full. Mt. Diablo Elementary School, After school Piano is only 6 students per class and almost sold out, with one spot remaining.

Especially convenient about these classes is they are held on the campus of the child's school. No need for parents to endure traffic rush of after school pickup. Children walk to their after school class and have fun learning for an extra hour!


There are fantastic opportunities to choose from:

Chess Wizards
Animal Drawing Workshop
Mad Science - Eureke: Inventor's Academy!
Peer Piano
Gymnastics
West African Drumming & Dance
Chess Wizards
NEW: Anime and Manga Drawing Workshop
After School Flag Football
Mad Science - Wacky Wonders

CLICK HERE for Online Course Schedule and Availability on the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Website. Or, telephone Concord, CA Parks and Recreation directly at: (925) 671-3404

From the City of Concord Parks and Recreation website:

The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is offering After School Enrichment classes at select elementary schools in Concord. A wide variety of fun and exciting recreation classes are offered for children in grades 1st-5th. Benefits include increased self-esteem, new skills and abilities, improved social skills, higher school performance, and encouraging life long learning. Thank you for choosing Concord Parks & Recreation Department and the After School Enrichment Program



Monday, November 24, 2014

San Francisco Zoo Coupon - One FREE Child Admission with One Paid Adult Admission...



One Free Child Admission with One Paid Adult General Admission.
Expires 12/31/2014. Printable coupon. Print coupon in advance.

CLICK HERE for San Francisco Zoo Website.

CLICK HERE for Coupon Link from the Visit California Fun Spots website.

Enjoy!

SLOAT BLVD at THE GREAT HIGHWAY
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132
(415) 753-7080

And...if you're in San Francisco, head on over to Pier 39 for FREE Aquarium of The Bay Tickets, FREE Garage Parking, Dinner and much more. CLICK HERE for those details. 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jefferson Awards Co-Founder Sam Beard and Anna Chan Receiving The Jefferson Award...


Jefferson Awards Co-Founder Sam Beard and Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady
2009 Jefferson Award Winner
Herbst Theater, San Francisco, California
To learn more about the Jefferson Awards, go to: http://jeffersonawards.org/

Jefferson Awards Co-Founders:
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities. CLICK cbs5.com logo to view The Lemon Lady Jefferson Award Television interview.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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

http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/November-2011/On-a-Mission-With-the-Lemon/

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
 

AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
Cell: (510) 406-1625
Home: (925) 672-1988