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May is a wonderful month for celebrating! Graduations, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day to name a few of them. I have to admit though, I kind of feel like celebrating all the time now that the sun is out!
Quick reminder for all: Mother's Day is Sunday May 14th! Get out there and shop before all the good cards are gone ;)
I wish all of you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy your time celebrating with friends and family!
I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has served or is currently serving our country. We appreciate you and are thankful for you everyday.
WHAT SHOULD I DO THIS MAY?
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Scottish Ballet’s award-winning interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ melodrama follows the tragic story of Blanche DuBois. Catch the play turned dance, with a jazz-inspired score, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. calperformances.org.
This networking opportunity, at San Ramon’s Roundhouse Market and Conference Center, is designed to inspire, teach, and connect working moms—through panel discussions, workshops, real Mom Warrior stories, and more. bentogirl.org.
Livermore Valley Craft Beer Festival
The third annual beer festival at the Shrine Event Center, which benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s transportation fund, is an afternoon outdoors with unlimited pours from more than 30 local breweries, along with bites and live music.
Rakestraw Books and Orinda Books Present an evening with Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins, author of the thriller
The Girl on the Train
, makes a special stop on her U.S. tour for her latest book, Into the Water, at Lafayette’s Bentley School. Her East Bay visit will be one of only seven in the entire country, so make sure to grab a seat before the event sells out
. rakestrawbooks.com, orindabooks.com.
Notes and Words
Musicians and writers unite for this UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland event at the Fox Theater. Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, East Bay author Michael Lewis, and indie band The Head and the Heart are just a few of the many performers this year.
As You Like It
Spend an evening at the theater under the stars in Orinda. Cal Shakes kicks off its season with one of Shakespeare’s classic rom coms. Follow the story of Rosalind and her journey into the Forest of Arden.
Bay Area KidFest
Celebrating its 28th year, this festival offers three days of activities, sports, learning, exploration, and more. From BMX riders to a reptile show, the downtown Concord event is perfect for kids of all ages.
Carnaval San Francisco
Visit California’s largest annual multicultural event at this year’s 39th annual festival and parade. Enjoy dancing, music, food, art, and more representing cultures from around the world, all right in the Mission District.
Watermelon Slices With Mint and Lime
Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 chilled seedless watermelon, about 5 to 6 pounds
1/2 bunch fresh mint
4 limes, 2 zested, 2 juiced
3/4 cup sugar
Cut the watermelon into 2-inch-thick rounds and cut each into 4 wedges.
Chop the mint leaves and place in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons of the lime zest. Add the sugar and stir well.
Place the watermelon on a serving plate and squeeze the lime juice over the wedges. Sprinkle on the mint-lime sugar.
There are two kinds of wine shopping experiences. The first is casually browsing, reading labels and looking for something interesting.The second options is more what I am used to. Running down the wine aisle, shopping in a whirlwind.
When you are either shopping with three kids or are rushing home to make dinner for the family, casually shopping for wine is impossible. Lucky for me, Safeway has been doing a great job labeling wines that are either trending, are a top seller or have a high rating from Wine Spectator. It makes it easy for me to pick a new, good wine in a hurry.This system has not failed us yet. We do have a million baseball games a week for the boys right now, so maybe I'm not that picky ;)
Garage Makeovers are a BIG trend in home renovation. I'm not saying it is the first thing that you should remodel. Kitchen, Bathrooms and Landscaping are always the most important starting points. They get you the most return on your investment.
However, having a garage with insulation, drywall and new floors can make it a more usable space. Luckily, since we live in sunny California we don't necessarily have to park our cars in the garage. It can be turned into a playroom for kids or a hang out for teenagers.
Garage innovations are not cheap, it can cost thousands of dollars, but it can also bring a lot of organization to a cluttered space. Imagine putting all the kids sporting equipment, and gaming systems in the garage, along with a couch, an area rug and a TV. Sounds like plan to me!
We love to go camping during the summer. We take the RV and we just hit the road. There are so many beautiful campgrounds in Northern California that there are always new places to check out. Red Tricycle put together a great list of campgrounds to check out that are within an hours drive of San Francisco. We will definitely be checking out some of these this summer! Make sure to call for reservations!
9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, Ca
10840 Coyote Reservoir Road
201 Sunset Beach Rd.
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, Ca
1500 Cloverdale Rd.
9999 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, Ca
888-327-2757 x. 4502
3801 St. Helena Way
San Juan Canyon Road
San Juan Bautista, Ca