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 revised and updated April 2019

Year 2019 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, California

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 2019
Recreation 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 APRIL 2019
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 2019 operating schedule
195 Griffith Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5430

REOPENS Spring 2019
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.

2019 Schedule
Weekends and Holidays Only
May 25 – Sept. 15, 2019
Thursdays and Fridays: 
June 13 - Aug. 19, 2019
Lifeguard Hours: 
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 682-7830

2019 Public Swimming Hours


 May 25 - June 9
Saturday / Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm


June 10 - August 11
Monday - Thursday, 1:15 - 4:15 pm
Friday - Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm 

Late Summer

August 17 - September 2
Saturday / Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm


May 27, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
July 4, Noon - 5:00 pm
September 2, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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.

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

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA
(925) 314-3400

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! +++

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 2019
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.
Blue Goose Park is located at 1765 Adams Lane (at the corner of O'Hara Avenue and Adams Lane).  The park water features operate 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 1st through October 31st.   

YELP Reviews - Photos on Yelp.

1351 Detroit AvenueConcord, CA
(925) 671-3366
Admission is Free to everyone.

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

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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

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

Saturday, July 2, 2016

FREE Admission Tickets San Francisco Bay Area Attractions and Museums - JULY 2016 . . .

First Full Weekend of the Month is upon us! JULY 2016

Field Trip Ideas? Visit one of the Bay Area's world class museums and local attractions. Often, there is a FREE MUSEUM DAY in JULY 2016, located in a town near you. (Nationwide.) San Francisco, Oakland, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, Boston and beyond.

First Weekend of the month has the most FREE Museum Admission opportunities. Have fun. Be inspired. Below is a partial list. CLICK other Links for additional dates and venues.

CLICK HERE to find more FREE MUSEUM DAYS in a city near you.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums & Gardens:

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Lindsay Wildlife Experience is FREE Third Friday to the general public.
FRIDAY, July 15, 2016

Pier 39 FREE Parking Coupon: CLICK HERE

Pier 39 - Local Advantage Coupons: CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum of SF w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016

Legion of Honor w/BofA card FREE First weekend
Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tech Museum w/BofA Card FREE First weekend
Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, Sunday, July 3, 2016

CuriOdyssey Museum - COMMUNITY FREE DAY to the general public
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Napa Valley Museum - FREE Family Fun Days, 2nd Saturday of the Month.
Saturday, July 9, 2016 

As an added bonus, there are special FREE days at gardens, Regional Parks, Swimming Pools, Museums not normally advertised:

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (located at Golden Gate Park) - FREE Admission SECOND Tuesday of the month, general public
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

John Muir National Historic Site - FREE ADMISSION seven days a week. Tour the historic fruit orchards and former home of Naturalist, John Muir.

Amazing Selection of DAILY FREE Passes through your local Library

CLICK HERE: DISCOVER and GO - Find your County. Entire list of Participating Counties.

CLICK HERE: Contra Costa County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.

CLICK HERE: Alameda County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.