Pelosi Partners - Your source for local community events and real estate expertise. 
In this issue...
  • Cold and Flu Season
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day
  • Did You Know?
  • Local News
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Flood Preparation
  • Real Estate News
  Cold and Flu Season
Does anyone else feel like they have been sick since January 1st? This cold season has been a monster. We have been coughing and sneezing every other week for months. No wonder half the cold medicine is sold out at CVS. If the never ending cough has been wreaking havoc on your family too, my thoughts are with you. Let's hope Spring comes soon ;)
Happy St. Patrick's Day
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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

- Traditional Irish Blessing
  Did you know?
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Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. However, elaborate carnival festivities draw crowds in other parts of the United States during the Mardi Gras season as well, including Alabama and Mississippi. Each region has its own events and traditions.

Credit: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras

Local News
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We are so lucky to live in an area where there are new restaurants opening up all the time and lots of fun things to do. Some of them are family friendly, others are definitely for adults night out. Either way the sun has finally emerged so get out and have some fun this weekend!

WHAT SHOULD I EAT?

NOW OPEN:

Momo's Walnut Creek at 1444 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

OPENING SOON:

Burger Lounge at The Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek: Coming soon 

Wayback Burgers on Clayton Rd in Concord: Coming soon

Pizza My Heart in Walnut Creek: Spring 2017

Nobu (popular sushi restaurant in SoCal in Palo Alto: June 2017

Capital One/Peet's Coffee Bank & Coffeehouse in Walnut Creek: Spring 2017

Philz Coffee: Will open in Downtown Walnut Creek in the former Marie Callender's location


WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Giants vs. Athletics
3/30–4/1 (THE FINAL GAMES OF SPRING TRAINING)
The first two games of the series are at AT&T Park and the last game is at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Matthew Morrison in Concert
3/2
at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Jerry Seinfeld
3/3
he will be at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre for two back-to-back performances. 

9th Annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival
3/10–3/12
at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center. 

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration
3/18–3/19
Celebrate the luck of the Irish, with Celtic music, dancing, food and drink, a parade, and more at Dublin’s 34th annual celebration, at the Dublin Civic Center. 

Barrels, Bottles, and Brews
3/25–3/26
featuring more than 25 Livermore Valley wineries, breweries, and distilleries. 

Credit: http://www.diablomag.com/March-2017/Top-March-Events-in-the-East-Bay/

Recipe of the Month
St. Patrick's Day Mint Shakes
Total: 5 min
Active: 5 min
Yield: 1-2 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 or 4 drops green liquid food coloring 
  • Whipped cream and green sanding sugar, for garnish

Directions

Blend the ice cream, milk, peppermint extract, vanilla and food coloring in a blender until smooth. Pour into one or two serving glasses and garnish with whipped cream and sanding sugar.

Copyright 2013 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved

Photo and Recipe Credit: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/st-patricks-day-mint-shakes

  Flood Preparation
Northern California has been hit hard this rainy season and many areas are in danger of flooding. Please be careful and take precautions to keep you and your family safe. The California Department of Water Resources wants everyone to Be Aware, Be Prepared and Take Action:

BE AWARE!

When a Flood Warning (or Flash Flood
Warning) is issued, a flood event is imminent
or occurring. Move household possessions
to upper level of home and be ready to
evacuate. Your gas tank should be full in case of evacuation order.

BE PREPARED!

On the Road: When you approach
water in the road, no matter how shallow it appears, be prepared to Turn Around Don’t Drown. ® Visit tadd.weather.gov to watch a message from the National Weather Service and pick up some potentially life-saving driving tips.

At Home: To find out what should go into your home emergency kit, visit ready.gov/kit. You can also visit redcrossstore.org to purchase an emergency kit or emergency supplies. Take the time to prepare now because you might not have time later. It’s vital to be prepared

TAKE ACTION!
  1. Share flood preparedness information with neighbors, students, family and friends. Using online resources, demonstrate how to prepare an emergency kit and an evacuation plan.
  2. Store emergency kits at work, home and in your car. Periodically check supplies and refresh water, food, batteries and first aid items when needed.
  3. Establish a family communication plan for emergencies. Your family may not be together during an emergency, so think about how you will communicate and where you will meet following an evacuation. Periodically review your plan.
  4. Keep storm drains clear. If your property is prone to flooding, have sandbags, plastic sheeting and other flood-fighting materials on hand.
  5. Consider flood insurance. Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Ask your insurance agent about obtaining flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Typically, a 30-day wait period is required before a flood insurance policy takes effect.  Contact your insurance provider for more information.

Credit: http://www.water.ca.gov/floodsafe/ca-flood-preparedness/fpw_takeaction.cfm

Real Estate News
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German mortar smear
Did anyone watch Fixer Upper last week? I absolutely fell in lover with this renovation. The house turned out so beautiful. One of my favorite parts of the reveal was the exterior. They whitewashed the brick with a technique called "German mortar smear". It gives the brick a totally new look with tons of charm. If I ever end up living in a brick house (doubtful as I never want to move again), but if I did I would love to try this look. Check out the picture of the Fixer Upper house below (photo credit: http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/fixer-upper-old-world-charm-for-newlyweds-pictures):
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@pelosipartners.com and I'll do my best to include your suggestions.  
Janel Pelosi |  Pelosi Partners | 925.408.8990 | janel@pelosipartners.com