Pelosi Team - Your source for local community events and real estate expertise. 
In this issue...
  • Happy 4th of July!
  • Did You Know?
  • Local News - July 4th Around the Bay
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • 2017 Best of the East Bay 
  Happy Father's Day!
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Why is it that time seems to be going faster and faster these days. My boys are growing into men right before my eyes. It makes me tear up, especially around holidays like the 4th of July when Facebook sends me a Time Hop of 4th of Julys past. I just cannot believe how much younger they look. I'm excited for another year of watching  a parade, swimming, grilling out and watching fireworks! So much fun!

On this day of celebration I also want to recognize all the men and women who fought and are still fighting for our freedom. We can never thank you enough for your service. Every year we drop off American Flags in nearby neighborhoods to help celebrate our nations birthday! Message me if I missed your house and you'd like me to send your way!

Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!

One last note: Remember to take Uber, call a cab or walk if you feel like you've had a little too much fun.  Let's have a great time and be safe too. Ok, Public Service Announcement over ;)

  Did you know?
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Did you know three of the first five U.S. presidents died on the Fourth of July? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on Independence Day. Even weirder, Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the country’s 50th birthday.

Kind of eerie.....

July 4th Around the Bay
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There are so many fun things to do in the Bay Area on July 4th! Get out and check out what is going on in your local community! You'll have a blast! Parades are always so much fun. The floats, the bands, the kids on bikes! What's not to love! 

Antioch
Parade: 11am
Festivities, Car Show, Entertainment: 4-11pm

Berkeley
Live Entertainment, Kids Adventure Playground and Food: Noon - 10pm
Fireworks: 9:30pm

Concord
Stars and Stripes Run: 7am
Parade: 10am on Grant
Festival: 4pm at Mt. Diablo High School

Clayton
Pancake Breakfast : 7am
Parade: 10am

Danville
Parade: 9-11am
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Livermore
Fireworks: 9:20pm

Martinez
Pancake Breakfast: 8-10am
Parade: 10am

Moraga
All-day event with pancake breakfast, parade, community booths, food, wine and beer, entertainment and fireworks, starting at 7:30am and fireworks at 9:30pm

Orinda
Pancake breakfast, parade, flag-raising ceremony, Hailey's Run for a Reason, music, activities 7:30am - 1:30pm

Pittsburg
Fireworks: Dusk at Pittsburg Marina

Pleasant Hill
Firecracker Run: 8am
Parade: 9:30am
Party in the Park: 10:30am
Fireworks: 9pm (College Park)

Pleasanton
County Fair: All Day
Fireworks: 9:30pm

San Ramon
San Ramon Run: 8am
Independence Day Celebration: 5-8pm

Walnut Creek
July 4th ParKoncert: 6-7pm

Credit: Bay Area News Group Print Newspaper

Recipe of the Month
Whether I am hosting or just attending a 4th of July BBQ, I am always stressed about what to cook (I like to keep it fun and celebratory). Better Homes had the idea for Patriotic Candy Bark for a July 4th picnic. It's a great idea. It will be a big hit with the kids and the leftovers will taste just as good the next day. Big Bonus ;) I am going to try it out this year!
Patriotic Candy Bark
Ingredients
  • 6ounces white candy coating disks
  • 6ounces blue candy coating disks
  • 6ounces red candy coating disks
  • 1cup red, white, and blue-colored candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1/2cup chopped pretzel pieces or kettle-cooked potato chips
  • 1/4cup assorted sprinkles
 
Directions
  1. Line a large baking sheet with heavy foil; grease foil and set aside.
  2. In three separate microwave-safe bowls melt each color candy coating on 100 percent power (high) for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
  3. Pour all three mixtures onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a skewer or butter knife, gently swirl colors together. Spread to about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle candy, pretzels, and sprinkles over mixture on baking sheet, pressing lightly.
  4. Chill candy until firm, about 30 minutes. Use foil to lift candy from baking sheet; carefully break candy into pieces. Store candy between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Credit: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/patriotic-candy-bark/

Real Estate News
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The Power of a Good Remodel
I just saw an article that a shotgun style house that was renovated on the HGTV show Fixer Upper is on the market for $950,000. In Waco, TX that is a HUGE price tag. Real Estate experts in the area are saying the "Magnolia Effect" can help sell any house. They just need to find a buyer that really like Chip and Joanna's work.

This just shows that an amazing, thoughtful remodel (with the right colors, finishes, layout) can go a long way, regardless of  your neighborhood. If you can fix up a home in an up and coming neighborhood, you could be sitting on a gold mine when you sell. Think about it..... call me if you want to talk!

  2017 Best of the East Bay
I love to read the Diablo Magazine Best of the East Bay every year and 2017 is no let down! I always start with the food section (who doesn't) and then check out the Kids section to see what cool places I should check out with the boys!

Below is the food list. There are some old favorites (because they are just that good) and some new spots that I really want to check out!

Steak house
Forbes Mill Steakhouse
Danville

Mexican
Maria Maria
Walnut Creek, Danville

BarbeCue
Sauced BBQ and Spirits
Livermore, Walnut Creek

Chef
Rodney Worth

Italian
Montecatini Ristorante
Walnut Creek

New Restaurant
Rooftop Restaurant and Bar
Walnut Creek

Special Occasion
Esin Restaurant and Bar
Danville

Pizza
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
Berkeley, Oakland, Pleasant Hill and San Ramon

Coffeehouse
Coffee Shop
Alamo, Lafayette, Walnut Creek

Asian
Uncle Yu's
Lafayette and San Ramon

Seafood
Walnut Creek Yacht Club
Walnut Creek

Mediterranean
Babalou's Mediterranean
Walnut Creek

Brunch
The Peasant and the Pear
Danville

Healthy Eats
True Food Kitchen
Walnut Creek

Deli
Morucci's
Walnut Creek


If you have topics about our local East Bay scene that you would like to see covered in Beyond the Fence, please send me an email at janel@pelositeam.com and I'll do my best to include your suggestions.  
Janel Pelosi |  Pelosi Team | 925.408.8990 | janel@pelositeam.com