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Check out the great things happening in Pleasanton and Livermore on Saturday and Sunday.

Your little ones are sure to love this weekend event! Family Storytime is happening this Saturday, February 28 at the Civic Center Library in Livermore. Enjoy singing, dancing, reading and more at 10AM. To learn more, click here. 

Kids can become an inventor this weekend in Pleasanton! The Lawrence Hall of Science Inventor’s Workshop: Roller Coaster Engineer is taking place this Saturday, February 28 for children in first through fifth grade. They’ll custom design and make a table-top marble roller coaster and learn about physics while they’re at it. The fun starts at 1:30PM. Click here to register.

Friends of the Livermore Library are hosting their monthly sale this weekend! Come out for great deals on books on Sunday, March 1 from 12PM to 4PM at the outdoor plaza of the former library. For more info, go here.

Get ready to be taken to the opera this weekend in Pleasanton! The Livermore Valley Opera will perform arias and duets from Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday, March 1 at the Pleasanton Library at 2PM. This one-hour performance also includes a question and answer session for the audience. Get more info, here.

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A Weekend Filled With Art

February 20, 2015

You’ll enjoy a wonderful weekend of artistic endeavors in the Bay Area!

Spend the afternoon learning about Dr. Seuss in Pleasanton this weekend! Children’s storyteller and magician Bob Kann will delight the audience with inspirational tales of the author and his play with language. The fun starts this Saturday, February 21st at 2PM at the Pleasanton Public Library. To learn more, click here.

Explore classical ballet this weekend in Livermore! Ballet Basics, led by Vineyard Ballet Academy instructors, is a free interactive program for children in second to fifth grade. Your little ones will learn basic positions as well as the French terms for each step this Saturday, February 21st at 2PM at the Civic Center Library. The event is part of Livermore Reads Together 2015. Click here to learn more. 

Visit the homes of artists Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more this weekend in Livermore! Carol Nelson, from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, presents a captivating slideshow and lecture at the Civic Center Library this Sunday, February 22nd at 2PM. Click here for more info.

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Come out next Saturday, February 28th for the Phase 7 sales release at Cameron Place in Pleasanton. Potential purchasers must be pre-qualified by 4pm on February 27th, 2015 with one of Ponderosa Homes’ preferred lenders to participate!

This phase of homes will be sold by lottery on February 28th, with prices expected to start in the high $1,000,000s. Lottery and sales release guidelines are available upon request.
Things you need to know to purchase in Phase 7:

1. Preview the site map, floor plans and amenities online:

2. Then contact one of Ponderosa’s preferred lenders to get
pre-qualified for financing or to have liquid cash assets verified for a
cash purchase. Pre-qualification letters from outside lenders will not be accepted. Contact them early; do not wait until the last minute.

Omni Mortgage: Charlene Low at 800-719-9898 Toll Free Voice

Wells Fargo: Devoreaha (Devora) Smith at 877-868-0295 or Email at [email protected]

3. Bring your pre-qualification letter to Cameron Place by Ponderosa Homes, located at 2157 Cameron Circle, Pleasanton, CA 94588, during business hours (Thurs – Sun, 10am – 5pm and Mon, 2 – 5pm) and you will be entered in the lottery for Phase 7. Registration for Phase 7 will end on Friday, February 27 at 4pm.

And don’t miss out on your opportunity to own our featured home: Homesite 18. This home boasts up to approximately 3,725 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths plus study.

See you on February 28th!

Cameron Place

2157 Cameron Circle

Pleasanton, CA 94588


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Treat your sweetheart to a scrumptious dish this Valentine’s Day.

Rack of Lamb with Mustard-Shallot Sauce





3 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 1/2-pound frenched rack of lamb

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 medium shallots, thinly sliced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons chopped thyme

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until simmering. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Add the lamb to the skillet, fat side down, and cook over moderately high heat until richly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the lamb fat side up and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the rack for about 20 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat registers 125°F for medium-rare. Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.

2. Discard the fat in the skillet. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and the shallots to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the whole grain, Dijon mustard and the thyme. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

3. Carve the lamb into chops and arrange on warmed plates. Spoon the sauce over the lamb and serve.

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Spring is in full swing and after a long winter, it’s time for you and your home to bask in the radiant sunshine outside. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home is prepped and ready to take on the rays and heat bound to come in the months ahead.

Here are five quick spring maintenance tips for your home:

  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. Then, when weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
  • Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure they’re ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work that much easier.

There are so many great things happening in the Bay Area this weekend! Take a look.

Get ready to sing along to your favorite tunes from the 50s this weekend! The Taffetas will pay tribute to the girl groups of the poodle skirt-wearing decade at the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre on Sunday, February 8th at 2PM. For tickets, click here.

Take a trip to the “Big Easy” this weekend in Livermore! The New Orleans Bash at the Bothwell Arts Center is complete with Louisiana-style cuisine and a French Quarter atmosphere. Be a part of this fun event this Saturday, February 7th. Click here for tickets. 

Happy Lunar New Year! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of music and dance performances, games, goodies and more as the Friends of the San Jose Public Libraries celebrate the new year on Saturday, February 7th at 2PM. For more info, go here.

It’s all about wine this weekend in Livermore! Join Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser for a fun afternoon learning about his experience in the industry and his tasting project – and you’ll have the opportunity to ask him all your questions about wine on Sunday, February 8th at 2PM. To learn more, click here.

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