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It’s Finally Fall

September 26, 2014

You’ll soon need to prepare for cooler weather in NorCal! Here are some fall maintenance tips to keep your home and garden in tip-top shape.

Get to work! Having clean gutters makes all the difference to ensure that water is diverted off of your home’s exterior and foundation walls. Clogged drainage systems can lead to major damage, so once the leaves start to fall, it’s time to call a landscaper – or grab the ladder and get to work.

Fall fire safety. It’s that time of year to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Vacuum the systems with a soft brush to remove dust and press the test button to test the detectors. It’s also a great time to check for damage and replace fire extinguishers. Replace these units every six years, and keep one in the kitchen and on each floor of the home. Here’s how to check a fire extinguisher:

  • Check that the indicator on the pressure gauge is charged
  • Make sure the lock pin is intact
  • Inspect the discharge nozzle for clogs

Staying dry. Remember to clean the space under and behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Also clean the vent and exhaust duct periodically to prevent fires and to keep your dryer running smoothly. It’s especially important to clean the lint trap after every load. Hopefully you’ll even find a lost sock or two!

Love your yard in fall. Don’t neglect your landscaping during fall. Fix dead patches in your lawn by laying sod and planting perennial flowers that will blossom in cold weather. You’ll need to adjust the height of your lawn mower to its normal height. Care for your patio by packing up and storing patio furniture as the weather cools down.

Stay warm and enjoy a fun-filled fall in the Bay Area!

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It’s Soon To Be Fall

September 19, 2014

Enjoy giving back to the community, culture and art this weekend in the Bay Area!

An afternoon of opera is coming to Livermore this weekend! During a one-hour program of arias and duets, the Livermore Valley Opera will preview Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Livermore Public Library on Sunday at 2PM. For more info, click here.

Help some paws in need this weekend in Livermore! Come out for the Paws & Outlaws Barbeque where you’ll enjoy delicious eats, dance to the music of Blues House band and have a chance to win raffle prizes on Saturday at 3PM. The barbeque benefits the Paws In Need Just Like New Fund and spay/neuter programs. Click here for tickets. 

It’s all about food, wine and creative culture this weekend in Dublin! The “splatter…not your ordinary food, wine & art festival” on Saturday from 12PM to 8PM, features a tasting pavilion, best in food truck eats, live entertainment and a marketplace – plus fireworks at dusk at Emerald Glen Park. Click here for more info. 

Do something good for the environment and beautify the area this weekend in San Jose! Help remove debris from the river channel at Guadalupe River Park & Gardens with local residents during the Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday at 9AM. To learn more, click here.

Celebrate art this weekend in San Jose! Come watch artists create live works at The Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, listen to music and indulge in delicious bites from a variety of food trucks on Saturday at 10AM at Backesto Park. To purchase tickets, go here. 

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We Love Weekends in NorCal

September 12, 2014

There’s plenty of family fun happening in the Bay Area this weekend – so don’t miss out! Check out what’s going on in your neck of the woods on Saturday and Sunday.

Journey through the music of Motown this weekend in Pleasanton! Bay Area favorite Top Shelf is hitting the stage at the Firehouse Arts Center on Sunday at 3PM. Listen to the tunes from Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops and more during this high-energy performance. For tickets, click here.

Get ready to learn the best places to take a fall hike this weekend in Dublin! REI Dublin will help you learn the facts about trip planning, tell you what you’ll need for your hike and give safety tips this Saturday at 9AM. Click here to learn more.

Be a part of culture, tradition and community this weekend in San Jose! The 7th American Indian Heritage Celebration is taking place at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and features dance, a powwow and American Indian Market on Saturday from 12PM to 10PM. For more info, go here. 

Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local wildlife this weekend in San Jose! Frog and Lizard Night is happening this Saturday at Santa Teresa park’s Historic Bernal Ranch at 7:30PM. And don’t forget to stick around for movie fun after the program and watch campy horror flick Godzilla vs. Mothra. Learn more here. 

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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors! Enjoy a beautiful weekend out and about in the Bay Area.

Experience an evening of music in San Jose this weekend! A Night of Classical Singing brings together classical and Broadway hits, East and West culture, and young and professional artists at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre on Sunday at 7PM. For tickets, click here.

Arts and crafts are calling your name this weekend in Pleasanton! The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show features jewelry, clothing, specialty foods and more – plus plenty of entertainment on the outdoor stage on Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. To learn more, click here.

Gather fresh produce this weekend in San Jose! The Evergreen Farmers’ Market is taking place on Sunday from 9AM to 1PM at Evergreen Village Square. Spend the morning with family and friends while shopping for the best in California-grown fruits and vegetables. Click here for more info.

The untold story of the Witches of Oz is coming to San Jose this weekend! Wicked, winner of three Tony Awards® is coming to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday at 2PM. To purchase tickets, click here.

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