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In this issue...
  • Happy Father's Day
  • Did You Know?
  • Smart 911
  • Father's Day Events Around the Bay Area
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • Summer Safety Tips
  • Electric Lemonade
 Happy Father's Day
To all the amazing, caring and supportive men in our lives we wish you a very Happy Father's Day! We hope that you have a wonderful day. We love celebrating you and all you do for us!
 Did you know?
"According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 72 million cards given every year."

Credit: CNN
Smart 911
Last year Concord launched Smart 911. This FREE service gives you the opportunity to upload information about yourself and your family that will be available to 9-1-1 dispatchers in the event of an emergency. When you make an emergency call, this profile is displayed so that the right response teams can be sent to your location. (i.e. 9-1-1 would know that in an emergency they should be looking for two adults and three children at my house and no pets). This service is available nationwide and over 3,100 communities and 45 million people are signed up. I just signed up and it was super easy. You can input as much or as little information as you want. Check it out! The website is

Credit: Concord City News & Activity Guide Summer 2018
Father's Day Events Around the Bay Area
For those of you that do not have plans for Father's Day yet, there are some great events going on around the Bay Area. Check out the list below:

Let Dad be captain for the day at the Northern California Pirate Festival. Dress in your scallywagging best and ship off to enjoy pirate encampments, gourmet food, four stages of continuous entertainment and a special kid’s area complete with a School of Piracy and a 30-foot slide. Plus you just gave him carte blanche to eat a turkey leg while gazing at mermaids. Epic win, pirate style.

Date/Time: Sat. & Sun., June 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $12/general admission; free for children 12 and under

Vallejo Waterfront Park
298 Mare Island Way
Vallejo, CA

Jam to Grateful Dead hits with your best dad buddy at this concert where kids can be kids (and dads can be kids, too). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement and stories and an opportunity to rock out.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, `11:30 a.m.
Cost: $17.50/person

UC Theatre – Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

Dad can put one of those annual neckties to good use at this swanky jazz concert located on a beautiful, historic estate and features perks like a BBQ buffet and cigar lounge. Be sure and tour the mansion after the concert and take in the beautiful grounds. This event encourages families with father figures of all kinds—stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers—so book your spot and enjoy a day with dad.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, 2-6 p.m.
Cost: $30/adults; free/children 12 and under

Dunsmuir Hellman Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA

Head with Dad into Pinball Alley for his special day where he can play all the pinball he wants. Let him win at skee-ball, arcade games or Fascination or treat him to peeks in the Penny Arcade. Dad gets $2 off admission this weekend.

Date/Time: Sat. & Sun., June 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $15/adult; $10/child

Playland Not-at-the-Beach
10979 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA

Wanna know what it would be like to fly Korean War MiG-15? You can find out at Open Cockpit Day at the Oakland Aviation Museum. Get a glimpse of flight training in a simulator and let the imagination run wild in the Navy A-3 Sky Warrior. You can even tour the Solent Flying Boat from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Date/Time: Sun., June 17, noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $10/adults; $7/Military & Teens; $5/Kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free.

Oakland Aviation Museum
5252 Earhart Rd.
Oakland, CA

Recipe of the Month
Summer BBQ season is upon us! I am always looking for new recipes that are good for both kids and adults! On really hot summer days, I try not to turn on my oven to avoid adding heat to an already hot house. This recipe is perfect! Strawberries during the summer. YUM!!!
No-Bake Icebox Cake
3 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds fruit, peeled and sliced, about 4 cups
25 to 30 graham crackers, from about 4 sleeves
2/3 cup chopped nuts or additional fruit, to garnish

Stand mixer, hand mixer, or large whisk
9x13-inch baking dish
Plastic wrap

Beat the cream until it holds stiff peaks: Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt with the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl). Beat on low, then high, until the cream holds stiff peaks. You can do this with a stand mixer, hand mixer, or whisk.
Divide the cream into 4 parts: Use a spatula to evenly divide the cream into four quadrants.
Smear a spoonful of cream in the bottom of the baking dish: Smear just a small spoonful of cream in the bottom of the dish. This will hold your first layer of graham crackers in place.
Cover the bottom with graham crackers: Lay down a full layer of graham crackers in the dish, breaking some down the middle if necessary to form a full layer.
Spread whipped cream on top of the crackers: Gently spread 1/4 of the cream (one whole quadrant) on the crackers.
Spread 1/3 of the fruit on the cream: Lay about a third of the fruit (1 1/3 cups) on top of the cream.
Top with a second layer of crackers: Top with another full layer of crackers, again breaking some if necessary to make a layer that fits snugly in the dish.
Top with cream and fruit: Top this second layer of crackers with another 1/4 of the cream and another third (1 1/3 cups) of fruit.
Top with a third layer of crackers: Add another full layer of graham crackers.
Top with cream and fruit: Top with another quarter of the cream and the remaining fruit. At this point you'll have three layers of graham crackers, three layers of cream, and three layers of fruit.
Top with a final layer of crackers and cream: Add a fourth layer of crackers and the final quarter of the cream. Spread gently or swirl the cream.
Garnish the cake: Sprinkle chopped nuts or fruit on top of the cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate: Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. The cake is ready when a knife inserted in the center goes in easily and comes out with soft crumbs. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe Notes
Best eaten within two days. It does get soggy after more than two or three days in the fridge, especially if very juicy fruit is used.
Any kind of soft, juicy fruit is very good. Try thinly-sliced banana and strawberries, as shown here, or kiwi, mango, chopped raspberries and blueberries, or peaches

Real Estate News
Purchasing Million Dollar Homes in Walnut Creek...that Aren't Built!
The rising demand for housing in the bay area continues with people clamoring to purchase new condominiums in downtown Walnut Creek that are still in development. As the Mercury News reports, developer Lenox Homes has sold 1 of the 12 upcoming condos at their downtown Walnut Creek project, the Three for more than $1 million. The article cites Redfin in saying "44 percent of new homeowners in the San Francisco metro region surveyed in late 2017 made at least one offer without ever setting foot on the property."

Call me if you have any questions about the market!!

Summer Safety Tips
This weekend it has been HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I love warm weather, but with these really high temperatures it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves and loved ones. PG&E just sent out the below safety tips on staying cool and safe:

-Drink plenty of water, even when you are not thirsty
-Take a cool shower or bath
-Wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing
-Stay out of direct sunlight
-Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages
-Check on elderly, neighbors and pets
-Plan ahead-check your local weather forecast

Credit: PG&E
Electric Lemonade
There are days in the summer that seem too hot for wine (...even chilled white wine). Sometimes I would like a refreshing cocktail with ice! My sister in-law has a lemon tree so we have access to fresh lemons all the time! I saw this recipe for electric lemonade on BHG and it looked so good! I am going to try it this weekend!
Makes: 4 Servings
Start to Finish: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sparkling mineral water
  • Splash ginger ale
  • 2 - 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Frozen vodka or sparkling mineral water
  • Mint sprigs and lemon slices for garnish
  1. Chill 4 serving glasses in the freezer. Combine lemon juice, sugar, mint, mineral water, ginger ale, and ice in a blender. Slowly blend until thick.
  2. Remove the four glasses from the freezer and pour a jigger (1/4 cup) vodka into each. Top with frozen lemonade mixture.
  3. Add a straw and garnish each glass with a fresh mint sprig and a slice of lemon. Makes 4 servings.

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