Pelosi Team - Your source for local community events and real estate expertise. 
In this issue...
  • End of Summer
  • Did You Know?
  • The Walnut Festival
  • Keep A Lookout!
  • Wine of the Month
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Lark Creek CLOSED
  • Real Estate News
 End of Summer
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Summer is ending (even though it does not feel like it...whoa it's been hot out). There is definitely more traffic on the roads, longer lines in the morning at Starbucks and Peets and more people looking for ideas for packing the kids lunch at Safeway! Back to the regular schedule it seems....

Labor Day Weekend is almost here and it is a chance to get in that last fun summer vacation! Whether you take a road trip or have a stay-cation, it is going to be scorching in most of California, so make sure to stay hydrated and bring lots of sunscreen!

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!!
 Did you know?
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September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name as the number of the month: it is the ninth month and has nine letters.

The Walnut Festival
It's time for the Walnut Festival! As soon as I start seeing the signs I immediately want to ride the Gravitron and eat a funnel cake! I loved going to the Walnut Festival growing up and now it's fun to take my kids too. Hopefully it will feel more like Fall by then.

Twilight Parade: September 16th, 2017

Walnut Festival: September 21st - 24th

The Fishing Derby will take place Sat & Sun 7:00am - 11:00am at the Heather Farm Lake before the festival opens.

$10.00 General Admission - $1 off with a can of food donation

Free Admission for 65+, Kids 5 and under and People with an active military ID

Hours:
Thursday 9/21, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 9/22, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 9/23, 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 9/24, 11:00am - 8:00pm

There will be fun, food, music, rides, games, etc. Check it out!!!

Keep a Lookout!
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Be on the lookout....when I have been driving to school recently I have seen police officers hiding in the areas around a lot of the schools in the area (SFA, DLS, YVHS, Oak Grove, Woodside, Northgate, Foothill, etc.). It's more important than ever to drive safely and watch out for bikes and pedestrians. We need to keep our kids safe. Please keep this in mind when you are running late or feeling distracted. Plus, getting a ticket is never a good way to start your morning :(
Wine of the Month
I love Pinot Grigio. This bottle by Ecco Domani is crisp, light and not too sweet. It goes wonderfully with white fish and is refreshing on these really warm nights.I love that it tastes great, but doesn't break the bank!
Recipe of the Month
School is back in session and we need some super quick weeknight recipes! I love Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Here is a quick and easy way to make your own version at home!
Buffalo Chicken Pizzas
Makes: 4 servings
Bake: 10 minutes at 450 degrees
Start to Finish: 20 minutes

Ingredients
  • 4 pita bread rounds
  • 1/4 cup bottled blue cheese salad dressing
  • 1 9 ounce package refrigerated Southwest-flavor cooked chicken breast strips
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • Blue cheese crumbles (optional)
  • Bottled hot pepper sauce or buffalo wing sauce (optional)

  Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pita rounds on baking sheet. Brush with blue cheese dressing. Scatter chicken strips and celery on dressing. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through and pitas are crisp.
  2. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Pass hot pepper sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Lark Creek CLOSED
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Lark Creek Restaurant in Walnut Creek has officially closed after 22 years. I can't believe it. I loved eating there and the staff was always so nice. I have not heard what will be going in it's space, but it will be a difficult spot to replace.

Real Estate News
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Patio String Lights
I am hoping that in September and October we will have some amazing 70 degree nights. The kind that make you want to sit outside for hours with a nice glass of wine! Get inspired to spend more time on your patio by hanging string lights. It has become a great way to dress up the outside for entertaining or just relaxing! Follow the below fool proof guide from BHG to hang them up:

What You Need
  • String lights and bulbs
  • Ladder
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Wood-bearing drill bit slightly smaller than your screw eyes
  • Screw eyes
  • Mini metal carabiners
  • Outdoor extension cord
  • Outlet timer, if desired

Step 1: Select Anchor Points
Lay string lights around the perimeter of your deck. Eyeball where you would like each strand to hang, and adjust lights until they're in desired position. Make sure the plug is near a power outlet. Using a ladder and a pencil, mark the rough placement of each light on your deck's overhang.

Step 2: Install Screw Eyes
Predrill holes in marked locations, then twist a screw eye into each hole.
Editor's Tip: How you want your lights to hang determines how many holes to drill and how many screw eyes to install. If you want taut lights that stretch around the deck, install a screw eye for every light. If you'd like your lights to swag, install eyes every other or every third light.

Step 3: Attach Carabiners
Use mini metal carabiners to attach the lights to the screw eyes. Simply thread the carabiner through the hole at the top of each light, then thread it through the eye of the screw. This installation makes it extremely easy to install and take down the lights as desired. 

Step 4: Install Light Bulbs
Place one bulb in the socket of each light. Twist until the bulb is secure. 
Editor's Tip: We used Edison-style bulbs for our deck, but you can use any desired light bulbs. Keep in mind that while LED bulbs have a distinct look, they'll save energy if you plan to use your lights frequently throughout the year. 

Step 5: Attach Power
Attach the outlet on the string lights to an extension cord. Snake the cord down to your power source, and plug it in. Secure the cord to a wall or a post with cord clips. If desired, install an outlet timer so your lights automatically turn on and off.

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