Wednesday, July 23, 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.


Cell: (510) 406-1625
Office: (925) 672-1988



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.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

CuriOdyssey Museum at Coyote Point, San Mateo, CA FREE Admission . . .

Last weekend, we escaped the inland heat wave with a visit to Coyote Point in San Mateo.

At Coyote Point, there is fun, entertaining museum called CuriOdyssey, definitely worth visiting if you have preschool and young children.  Ava will be entering 2nd grade and she never gets bored here. The museum combines fascinating science exhibits in an expanded hall with bright Bay views, a meandering garden path, outdoor mini-zoo, otters, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, reptiles, atrium with birds and ponds, better than most local wildlife museums in the Bay Area. The bay and harbor views are impressive to little children, too.

CLICK HERE: CHECK CuriOdyssey website for Daily Animal Shows.

CLICK HERE: CuriOdyssey Facebook page for photos to inspire you. 

CuriOdyssey offers FREE Admission with the Discovery and Go Program through our local libraries.  If you plan in advance, it really is easy to get FREE tickets.  FREE tickets for today and every day thru the next few months are offered on my Discover and Go account. We actually have a different museum membership and CuriOdyssey is a participating reciprocal museum, so our entire family is always admitted for free.

CLICK HERE for Discover and Go Program FREE Ticket information. Search your city, here.

CLICK HERE for CuriOdyssey upcoming FREE Admission Community Days.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014

CuriOdyssey Museum
1651 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-7755

Photo courtesy of website.

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

FREE Admission Days: Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th, 2014. Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley, CA . . .

FREE Admission Days: Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th, 2014. 10:00am-12:00pm at Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley.

**Best to telephone the museum first to confirm event dates, times, details.
2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 647-1111

2014 Early Childhood Safety Fair
10:00 am–12:00 pm 
Join us for our annual two-day Safety Fair to help prevent early childhood accidents and injuries. Community experts from the Red Cross, Berkeley Public Health, and others will be at Habitot to demonstrate ways to keep young kids safe including poison control, earthquake safety, non-toxic homes, toddler helmet fittings and sales, stranger safety ID cards and more. Free admission from 10:00am-12:30pm. Sponsored by State Farm.
More Information >>
State Farm Insurance EarlyChildhood Safety Campaign Sponsor

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Public Swimming Pools, Aquatic Parks, Water Slides Contra Costa and Alameda County...

Spring and Summer 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
Now Open Weekends - beginning May 3, 2014
Weekend Recreational Swimming
12pm - 6pm
Weekday Recreational Swimming
1pm - 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

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

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

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.

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
Season Opening May 10, 2014

CLICK HERE for San Ramon Aquatic Center(s) Operating Hours.

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.

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 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

California's Great America in Santa Clara, CA - $19.85 Admission after 4pm July 17, 2014 and $28.00 tickets on August 16, 2014...

If you've got nothing planned for tomorrow, an adventurous spirit, seeking a last-minute amusement park getaway. Thursday night is for you! $19.85 admission on Thursday, July 17, 2014 after 4pm. Rock with the KFOX. Sounds fun! CLICK HERE for info.

Not so spontaneous? More of a planner? California's Great America Tickets $28.00 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during AAA Member Appreciation Day. (I would imagine you have to be a AAA member.)  CLICK HERE for info.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FREE Things To Do With Kids in Contra Costa & Bay Area. Staycation - Enjoy Summer Fun, Almost FREE Goodies and Entertainment...

Summer Fun in Contra Costa County and beyond.

Free Museum Days almost every day.
Dozens of local museums, gardens, zoos to choose from.

San Francisco Zoo Printable Coupon Expires 12/31/14
One Free Child Admission
With One Paid Adult General Admission

Cinemark (Nationwide) Summer Movie Clubhous.
Ten Fun Films for kids $5.00 or $1.00 per show
On the big screen Tuesday and Wednesday a.m. shows

Public Aquatic Centers, so many to choose from.
Brentwood Aquatic Center admission after 4pm weekdays, $2.00

Orinda Theatre Square has an AWESOME FREE Kid's Club and Family Events throughout the year.

Upcoming: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7pm: FREE Movie Screening of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL at the Orinda Theatre.

Orinda Theatre Square past events have included Puppet shows, Horse Carriage Rides, Face painting, Pony rides, Rock Climbing Walls, Haunted Houses, and so much more. The line up for July and August 2014 is very impressive! 

What can I say? This is an AWESOME opportunity. 2 free games, per child, each day, all summer long. Splurge for some bowling fun!

Pier 39 Kids Eat & Play FREE Local Advantage resumes July 5, 2014

Aquarium of the Bay San Francisco
$2.00 off coupon Expires 12/31/14, CLICK HERE

Among other festivities, East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks.

CLICK HERE: FREE Movie Nights, Summer Movie Clubs, Moonlight Movies - Clayton, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, Orinda, Martinez, California