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Winter Events

January 31, 2017

Now that the holidays have come and gone, don’t let those winter blues settle in just yet. There are so many great events in the Tri-Valley, so check your schedule and plan ahead.

Go On a group hike and experience the natural beauty of Little Yosemite in Sunol, CA. A moderate level trail with canyon views and waterfalls, this scenic hike will get your blood pumping and stomach rumbling just in time for lunch. Bring the whole family and have fun exploring this nearby wilderness area.

Still feel like being in the great outdoors? Then join the Community Harvest event in Danville – the perfect way to enjoy the day and give back to the community. Here you will get the chance to help harvest fruit and other fresh produce to give to local soup kitchens and food banks. It’s a great opportunity to meet others and start the year by giving back.

Step back inside the big top and prepare for awe-inspiring acrobatics, Cirque Du Soleil is stopping by San Jose with their show, LUZIA: A Walking Dream of Mexico. Prepare to be transported to a whole other world where nothing is quite as it seems. Make it a date night or bring the whole family, with a limited tour you wont want to miss this critically-acclaimed show.

And finally, February is the month of love so get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a wine and chocolate evening at Concannon Vineyard, a historic winery in Livermore. Whether with your Valentine or Galentine, you can indulge in delicious chocolate and wine at one of America’s oldest ongoing wineries in the country. Enjoy the perfect pairings and keep the day sweet with that special someone.

With so much happening it’s hard to believe it’s only February!

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Winter Maintenance Tips

January 23, 2017

With a new year comes new home care and maintenance tips here at Ponderosa Homes! With all this California rain, we found some helpful tips to keep your sanctuary safe from this winter weather.

There’s no better time to sip on hot chocolate and get cozy around the fireplace, but make sure to clean and inspect the chimney for any signs of damage. Take a flashlight and safely look inside, you’ll want to make sure there are no obstructions in the chute and that there isn’t a buildup of debris along the interior. Afterwards, sweep up the floor and remove any leftover ash from previous use. You never know what good old St. Nick could have left behind!

Pro-tip: ash is a natural source of calcium and nutrients for plants, so feel free to sprinkle some on your flower beds and watch your garden morph into spring.

It can be hard to leave nature at the door, especially when you’re on the go. After a few holiday parties and friendly gatherings, your carpets could need a little TLC – get them deep cleaned and see what a difference it makes just in time for allergy season.

It’s always important to clean your gutters and drains – in rainy weather they get backed up, so stay consistent and your home will thank you later. Same goes for rooftop checks to make sure there aren’t any leaks. As our state recovers from the drought, you’ll want to make sure your home doesn’t have to recover from the rain.

Lastly, enjoy your beautiful home and get started making more memories with your loved ones, the season isn’t over yet.

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