Tuesday, July 26, 2016

San Pablo Reservoir. Boat Rentals Open February thru October. Beauty On the Lake...






San Pablo Reservoir

The Bay Area is such a beautiful place with easy access to reservoirs and boat rides, simple enough for an afternoon adventure. This scenic park and reservoir is located only a few miles East of the quaint town of Orinda.

Have you ever visited San Pablo Reservoir?

CLICK HERE for EBMUD info on San Pablo Reservoir.

Boat Rental info is on a separate website:


CLICK HERE for directions. We were pleasantly thrilled to find such a spectacular place, only minutes from home. A relaxing boat ride is a peaceful, perfect way to introduce little ones to the wonders of nature.

According to the park brochure, Seniors, POWs, and Disabled receive 50% off boat rental fee Monday thru Friday. A great incentive to take Grandma and Grandpa out for a boat ride with the little ones!

On the EBMUD website: SPECIAL: Rent a boat six times and receive a free 1/2 day weekday rental. Awesome!

This is a fantastic after school or weekday adventure! Hurry. The San Pablo Reservoir will close during the winter months. They're only open mid-February thru October. Don't look for us under any lemon trees, because we'll be making memories, boating, picnicking and having fun.

We also enjoy that San Pablo Dam Reservoir has a Cafe on premises. Even if only to buy a refreshing ice-cream, sandwich, or cup of coffee on a whim! Cafe is closed on Mondays and closes early before the facility closes, so be sure to make note of the times.

San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, Ca. 94803
(510) 223-1661

Boat Rentals Managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation


CLICK HERE: YELP Reviews, mostly 5 stars. No surprise!







Monday, July 25, 2016

Contra Costa County Public Pools for Spring and Summer Recreation UPDATED April 2016 . . .




Year 2016 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.

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 2016
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.


2. NOW OPEN Friday Nights and Weekends MARCH 2016
Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark, CA 94560
Station Rd
Get Directions
(510) 578-4620
INDOOR Facility!
Friday NIGHTS INDOOR swimming available.

CLICK HERE for Operating Hours and info.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.



3. BRENTWOOD Family Aquatic Complex
CLICK HERE for 2016 operating schedule
195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5430

REOPENS Spring 2016
Weekend Recreational Swimming
12pm - 6pm Water slides - Sure are fun! 

YELP Reviews - Water slide 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 28 – Sept. 18
Thursdays and Fridays: 
Jun. 16 - Aug. 19
Lifeguard Hours: 
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 682-7830
Public Recreational Swim Hours begin May 28, 2016
Friday Night Family Swimming in 2016:
June 24, 2016 - 6pm - 9pm

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


7. MARTINEZ, CA: Rankin Aquatic Center Martinez
100 Buckley Street
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 370-6451
Hot Summer Nights Pool Open Evenings Selected dates.

A family favorite, close to home for water splash fun!

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


8. ANTIOCH, CA 
Prewett Family Water Park Antioch
4701 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
(925) 776-3070
Opening Day Saturday, May 28, 2016

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


9900 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon, CA
(925) 973-3240
CALL FOR OPENING DAY 2015


YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA
(925) 314-3400
Monday, June 18 – Friday, August 5
(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



11. AQUA ADVENTURE Fremont Water Park
40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 494-4426
Open May 2015

Fun looking Twisty Water Slides! +++
CLICK HERE: OPENING WEEKEND May 24, 2015

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


12. LIVERMORE: 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 2016
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.

**Special Note: As of August 1, 2014 - City of Brentwood, CA website indicates this water spray ground has been closed. CLICK HERE for that information: http://www.brentwoodca.gov/gov/parks/default.asp

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.


14. 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.

15. Solano County
181 East J Street, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 746 - 4286 

Yelp Reviews - Photos on Yelp.


16. 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 
Tuesday-Sunday

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Jefferson Award Winner - CBS5 Television, Lemon Lady feeds East Bay Families in Need. Volunteers Still Needed!

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Just an update:Nationwide campaign against hunger. Still collecting produce (400+ tons), gleaning fruit trees (tons and tons) and visiting farmers' markets (800+ farmer friends), eight daze a week. If you feel inspired, please donate fresh fruit to a county food bank or local food pantry.

A special heartfelt thank you to the many volunteers who have helped haul produce to hunger relief organizations over the past couple of years! Without your help and the generosity of farmers and urban fruit tree owners, those in need may never enjoy fresh fruit at their breakfast table. It takes community awareness to increase fresh fruit and vegetable donations to local food pantries.

In any city across America, there are Share Project Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Salvation Army, Homeless Shelters. The poor and hungry will greatly benefit from your gift of fresh produce.
Join the fun. Pick some lemons, grow a garden.
 
Feed the hungry! Visit a food bank today.Visit a farmers' market too.
For more information, volunteer opportunities or to DONATE FRUIT, please call or email.
Anna, The Lemon Lady
Cell: (510) 406-1625
AnnaAndAva@gmail.com
 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

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

Friday, July 8, 2016

Anna 'the lemon lady' Fruit Harvesting Mission - Television News Interviews...



Filmed on location at SHARE Food Pantry, Concord, California





Filmed on location at Salvation Army Food Pantry, Concord, California


Media Inquiries
Or to VOLUNTEER
Please Contact:

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


Join The Hunger Cause. Donate Fruit!

FIND A FOOD PANTRY - Local - Concord, California, CLICK HERE

FOOD BANK LOCATOR - Nationwide - Feeding America - Zip Code Search, CLICK HERE

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Seed Catalogs FREE. 2016. Dream. Garden. Grow Inspired...

NEW YEAR 2016. 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 2016
A few to get you started:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
http://www.rareseeds.com/request-catalog/
(417) 924-8917

Seeds of Change
http://www.seedsofchange.com/catalog_request.aspx#.US6yk6WIyiY
(888) 762-7333

Bountiful Gardens
https://bountifulgardens.org/catalog_requests/new
(707) 459-6410

Botanical Interests
http://www.botanicalinterests.com/heirloom-seeds-catalogs

Seed Savers Exchange
http://www.seedsavers.org/CatalogRequest.aspx
(563) 382-5990

Territorial Seed
http://www.territorialseed.com/catalog_request
(800) 626-0866

Vermont Bean Seed Company
http://www.vermontbean.com/RequestCatalog.asp

Kitazawa Seed Company
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/catalog.html
(510) 595-1188

Potato Garden
http://www.potatogarden.com/pcatalog.html
(877) 313-7783

Wild Garden Seed
http://www.wildgardenseed.com/requestcatalog.php

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
https://www.southernexposure.com/request-a-catalog-c-215.html
(540) 894-9580

Select Seeds
http://www.selectseeds.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/mngmnt/catalog_request.htm
(800) 684-0395

Sow True Seeds
https://sowtrueseed.com/2015-sow-true-seed-catalog/

Johnny's Selected Seeds
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/catalog.aspx

Urban Farmer Seeds
http://www.ufseeds.com/Garden-Seed-Catalog_.html

National Gardening Association
http://kids.garden.org/inquiry.php
(800) 538-7476

Monday, July 4, 2016

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