Don’t Miss National Bike Month In May

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Get your bicycle ready because, May is National Bike Month and millions of people across the country will be biking to work plus enjoying their bikes more locally rather than driving all the time.

About National Bike Month

Since 1956 National Bike Month has been an opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to encourage others to get started with bicycling especially for these benefits:

• Cycling can being people together in a fun group activity
• Riding a bike is fantastic exercise that can also reduce stress
• Biking can save money that would normally be spent on gasoline or public transportation
• Riding a bike is great for our environment since it doesn’t release any chemicals or carbon monoxide into the air.
Where To Bike Locally

Besides just getting started with riding a bicycle again during National Bike Month you can also find out where are the best places to bike locally thanks to the League of American Bicyclists by clicking here to visit their website and try their searchable map.

Pleasant Hill Bike Shops

You can get your bike fixed up if you haven’t ridden in a while at any of these local bike shops:

Pleasant Hill Cyclery
1100 Contra Costa Blvd
Concord, CA 94523

Big Dave’s Bikes
609 Gregory Ln
Ste 120-130
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Biking To Work

Did you know that since the year 2000 the percentage of Americans who bike to work has grown by close to 50 percent?

Biking to work makes sense because, thanks to a recent US Census Bureau survey we know that almost half of Americans live about five miles or less from their workplaces.

May will also mark the beginning of this year’s National Bike Challenge, an event that’s specifically designed to encourage and challenge new cyclists to start riding bikes again.

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Pleasant Hill City Wide Clean Up: June 16-20 2014

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Another great thing about living in Pleasant Hill is that the city does more each year to maintain its reputation as one of the cleanest cities in the East Bay.

I’m excited about Pleasant Hill’s City Wide Clean Up: June 16th through 20th 2014 because it will enable locals to clean up their homes and dispose of annoying things like their old wood, yard waste, batteries and electronic devices.

City Wide Clean Up Rules

Thanks to Republic Services we can get rid of our old junk that’s been lying around our homes during Pleasant Hill’s City Wide Clean Up but before we take just anything out to the curb there are a few rules that we have to follow in order to participate in the cleanup:

Yard Waste

  • Must not be more than two cubic yard (3X6X6).
  • Stack your yard waste pile in one place next to the curb.
  • Prune all tree branches down and tie together in bundles.
  • No yard waste item can weigh more than 150 pounds and lawn bags can’t weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Place everything by the curb before 5:30am

Recycling Batteries

  • Place all old batteries and cell phones (maximum four cell phones per family) in plastic bags next to your trash cans on collection day.

Wood

  • If you’re recycling wood make sure that it’s cut down and tied in easy to transport bundles that don’t weigh over 75 pounds.
  • You can place wood in containers for easy transport but make sure that you leave a note for the trash company to not take the containers because, they will take and recycle unless they are alerted to do differently.

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Save the Date – Free e-Waste Recycling Event: June 21st 2014

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Another important date to add to your calendar is June 21st 2014 because there will be a free e-waste recycling event at Diablo Valley College from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at their overflow parking lot #7.

What to Bring

At this e-waste recycling event you can bring the following items and have them safely recycled:

  • Old desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Cables
  • Audio / visual equipment
  • Monitors
  • Cell phones
  • Copy machines
  • Microwave ovens
  • DVD players
  • VCRs

Recycling your e-waste is important because, many people throw away their old electronic devices and these items typically end up in landfills and destroy our environment.

You can count on having your e-waste safely recycled because, at this event Diablo Valley College will be partnering with Electronic Waste Management to insure that all e-waste is safely and professionally recycled.

Before Recycling Old Computers

An important thing to do before recycling your old desktop or laptop computers is to remove your personal files from your old machines and then either wipe the memories or restore them back to factory settings before recycling or selling them at a garage sale

This step is critical when it comes to recycling old computers because; every year millions of people are the victims of identity theft because they forget to remove the personal data from their old computers before they recycle them.

How Is E-Waste Recycled?

One of the most common ways that e-waste is recycled is incineration where the metal components such as lead and copper are able to be resold for profit once they are melted down.

Although many people were able to get in to the e-waste recycling business 10 years ago the industry has become regulated in California and only licensed companies like Electronic Waste Management are legally able to recycle e-waste.

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Don’t Miss the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale – May 31st 2014

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If you love visiting garage sales, yard sales and thrift stores in Pleasant Hill you will love the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale.

Date – Saturday May 31st 2014 from 7:00 am to ?

Why Come To The Pleasant Hill Garage Sale?

This annual event is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is searching for that special something that they can’t find in stores.

Besides being great for shoppers the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale will also be excellent for anyone who lives in Pleasant Hill to sell their unwanted items or stuff that they might be thinking about throwing away because, as the old saying goes, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

To find great deals at the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale make sure you come early because, in the world of garage sales it’s not uncommon for shoppers to be out as early as 6:30 or 7:00 am sharp and it’s usually the early risers who find the best deals.

What to Do If You Want To Sell

Pleasant Hill locals are encouraged to participate in the city wide garage sale.

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Don’t Miss the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale – May 31st 2014

 Pleasant Hill locals are encouraged to participate in the city wide garage sale.

In order to participate you have to go to www.pleasanthillgaragesale.com and register for this event before 5/29 or you can register by phone by calling (925) 671-5806.

Once you’re registered for the Pleasant Hill Garage Sale you can advertise your garage sale by promoting it in the classified section of the newspaper or online via websites like Craigslist.org.

What are your tips for making money with garage sales? Feel free to leave us a comment below!

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Gas Prices Rise by an Average of 14 Cents per Gallon at Stations across Northern California

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Yikes!

Gas prices have gone up by at least 14 cents per gallon at gas stations across Northern California in the last month alone and thanks to the American Automobile Association of Northern California we know that the average price for a regular gallon of gas in Northern California is now at $3.98 per gallon.

Below California Average?

What’s shocking about the price of gas now is that it’s still lower than the California average of $4.05 per gallon but with the national average for a gallon of gas sitting at $3.59 per gallon we could see some bigger increases in the price of gas as we approach the summer months.

The “New Normal”?

Gas prices are high right now but could the current state of prices at the pump be a sign of things to come?

The answer may be yes as California is requiring refiners to add more additives to their summer blends of gasoline and that cost has to be passed down to the consumer of course which means that w ultimately will have to pay the price for gas regardless of how expensive it gets.

Money Saving Options

Thankfully we can do more as consumers to fight back against having to be stuck paying the high price of gasoline especially if we make the effort to maintain our vehicles by doing the following:

  • Get a tune up
  • Rotate and balance your vehicles tires
  • Replace tires (two at a time) if they have worn tread
  • Clean your vehicles fuel system

Demand for gasoline in Northern California and across the United States is at a three month high but thankfully we have more options for avoiding the pain at the pump especially if we take public transportation like BART.

What is your favorite way to avoid high gas prices? Feel free to leave us a comment below.

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Low inventory in Northern California fru

Low inventory in Northern California frustrates #homebuyers http://www.homeinsight.com/Newsletter/East_Bay_Real_Estate/FVWULwlQ3U2jsA7mVv6E6A$

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Free Admission to National Parks April 19-20 – Don’t Miss It!

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Are you searching for fun things to do in Pleasant Hill? 

During National Park Week (April 19th through 27th) you can have free admission to any national park for two days: Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th.

Free Is Awesome

Besides being a great way to experience our nations parks, National Park Week is a great way for anyone to have a couple of nice adventures without having to spend a lot of money.

You can also access our National Parks for free on these days:

  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day

400 National Parks To Choose From 

There are more than 400 national parks featuring diverse wildlife, incredible landscapes and lots of history. 

Click here to find National parks near you.

Click here to learn more about National Park week events.

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