Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aquarium of the Bay Tickets - Discount Admission, Free Parking, and other Pier 39 coupons January 2015...

Family Memberships at Aquarium of the Bay are on sale until January 31, 2015. With this special offer, 50% off an entire year of membership, for a family of four, less than a single visit to the Aquarium. You must visit the museum before January 31st and purchase membership in person.

CLICK HERE: for information about the Discounted Membership offer and FREE Parking Coupons.

CLICK HERE: for Aquarium of the Bay website.

The best part of actually becoming a member are the reciprocal privileges through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums available at Museums and Zoos nationwide. Most are at least 50% off to members. Some favorite destinations are Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose.

CLICK HERE:  to see the reciprocal list of Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Free Boat Rental at Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Byron, CA - A Little Incentive For a Little Adventure...

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Have you ever considered an afternoon boat ride at Los Vaqueros Reservoir or a day trip fishing to bring adventure to your routine? We have! To my surprise, I found Contra Costa Water District is sponsoring a FREE boat rental to their district rate paying customers. 

I telephoned the reservoir to check on program guidelines. Turns out, they are more flexible than I expected. The Ranger was very helpful, offering all sorts of excellent tips and suggestions about visiting the Reservoir. Even town home and multi-unit water bill customers can bring proof of address, join the Ratepayer club, and the LV Reservoir will honor the free boat rental. Sometimes town home residents don't have an individual water bill to "bring." When in doubt, phone the Reservoir and discuss the details before heading out there.

There are many other things to do at the LV Reservoir, such as hiking trails, tarantula run, fantastic opportunities for children to learn about the local environment and wildlife that depend on the watershed for survival.

Call ahead (925) 371-2628 to reserve one free boat rental (not sure of promotion end date.)

CLICK HERE: To learn about Los Vaqueros Reservoir.

CLICK HERE: For Free Boat Rental Information.

CLICK HERE: For Directions to Los Vaqueros Reservoir.

How do I join the Ratepayer Club?

1. You must be a Contra Costa Water District customer. You pay your water bill to one of the following:
City of Pittsburg
City of Martinez
City of Antioch
Diablo Water District
Golden State Water
City of Brentwood

2. Bring your water bill & your photo ID to the LV Marina, and get a Ratepayer Club card.

3. Use the card immediately for $10 off a half-day boat rental or $15 off a full-day boat rental. (This discount is not available for rentals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays when boats are already half-price). 

4. Call ahead (925) 371-2628 to reserve one free boat rental and confirm promotion end date.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Best Lemon Tart Recipe...

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Cooks Illustrated January & February 2000, The Best Lemon Tart Recipe.

I've always enjoyed Cooks Illustrated Magazines and cookbooks. Just dusted off a joyful surprise old box from a life once lived. Found a ten year old gem in mint condition.

Baking sweet lemon treats to share with a friend gives a little more incentive to urban fruit foraging. Here's a great idea: make friends with a neighbor with a lemon tree and share a lemon tart for two. Happy Harvesting! Happy Baking!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Lindsay Wildlife Museum Open This Holiday Monday, January 19, 2015 . . .

If you're looking for a fun indoor activity, a visit to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum is always a hoot! They even have live owls perched atop the display cases.

The museum IS OPEN this Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 19, 2015 - (normally closed on Mondays.)

My daughter, Ava and friends have grown up at this darling local museum. We've enjoyed membership for years. We always feel good to support the local museums. Ava has attended classes and summer camps since she was about 3 years old.

Many Mommies I know are unaware that Lindsay Wildlife Museum offers such a wonderful selection of preschool classes for their little ones. Fantastic opportunity for early learning science instruction. We've always loved the teachers and the fun classes.

CLICK HERE: Lindsay Wildlife Museum for EDUCATION and CLASS information.

CLICK HERE: Museum Hours, Lindsay Wildlife Museum for out of the ordinary fun. Then run around in the adjacent Larkey Park of Walnut Creek, CA.

CLICK HERE: For many other posts about Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Enjoy the Moment. Love science! Help the animals. Have Fun!

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 935-1978

Thursday, January 15, 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

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Missing Money? Unclaimed Property Search. It may be your lucky day...

I've 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. 

CLICK HERE: For California State Controller Unclaimed Property Search.

CLICK HERE: For Nationwide MAP of all states.

Many businesses have lost and unclaimed money. Search variations of your name, city, maiden name, etc. It may surprise you what is out there.

Searches are FREE. You should never, ever pay for this service. State Controller's offices provide this search at NO COST to the owner of the property.