It’s hard to believe that the 2014 Earth Day weekend is right around the corner as locals are once again planning to participate in Earth Day Celebrations in the East Bay including cities like Martinez where the life and memory of conservationist John Muir will be honored.
Where? – John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave. at Highway 4 in Martinez
Time – Saturday April 26th 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost – FREE! You can also park for free off Alhambra Avenue and F Street then take a shuttle to the festival site where there will be awesome food and drinks for you to purchase.
Besides being a great event for celebrating Earth Day 2014, and also the life of naturalist John Muir, this festival will also be a great time for all because, there’s going to be live entertainment, guest speakers, tours and plenty of youth activities.
About John Muir
This year will be John Muir’s 176th birthday, he was born in Scotland and is credited as being one of the first naturalists in the United States.
Muir faced an uphill battle when it came to drawing the attention to conservation and ecological issues in the United States because, in the 19th and early 20th centuries the United States was right in the middle of the industrial revolution but thanks to Muir’s hard work we have the National Forest Service and our National Parks including Yosemite.
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The deadline is quickly approaching for local “Save Mount Diablo” contest which is open to all students who attend school in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.
What’s great about this contest is that it’s a celebration of public parks across California and the goal of this contest is to add a renewed spotlight on preserving Mount Diablo plus open spaces across the state for future generations.
Any student who wins the Save Mount Diablo contest will be presented with a $1,000 Apple Gift card and their photography will gain recognition in the East Bay and California
Students who want to participate in the Save Mount Diablo contest have until April 30th 2014 to enter this contest since finalists will be announced on May 12th via email.
By May 21st winners will be announced for each category and the winning photographs will be displayed at various locations across the East Bay.
About Mount Diablo
Did you know that as of 2014 only half of Mount Diablo is preserved? That’s right.
If all of Mount Diablo isn’t preserved for future generations we could see homes, shopping malls and development across Mount Diablo, years from now, in areas where we only see green grass and wildlife now.
Besides working hard to defend and preserve Mount Diablo the organizers of this contest will also use the funds that are generated from the contest publicity to improve Mount Diablo’s trail system and restore neglected areas of the mountain.
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Spring is here in Pleasant Hill and more people are looking for staging tips online because they are thinking about selling their homes because thanks to the huge demand in the East Bay it’s possible for the average homeowner to get far more than their asking price when they ultimately do list their home for sale.
Although selling a home right now is a great idea many homeowners will make the mistake of not removing the clutter from their homes making it difficult for their Realtor’s to sell homes that have obviously not been well maintained.
In today’s post were going to cover the top things you can do to de-clutter your home especially if you plan on selling it in the coming months.
Search for “Landmines”
The first step to de-cluttering your home is to search for “landmines” in your front yard if you have pets.
This step is important because, most home buyers do not have pets of their own and leaving waste from your pets in the front or back yard will only dissuade potential home buyers from entering your home.
Besides cleaning up pet “deposits” in your yard you should also consider sending your pets to a pet sitter for the day or doggy day care just so they won’t be a distraction when home buyers show up to see your home.
Essentional Staging Tips – Prioritize Your Belongings
When it comes to staging your home the goal that you should have in the back of your mind is that you’re selling your home and that means you should not keep items around your home that you’re not using right now because, they will only serve to make your home look more cluttered.
To prioritize which belongings to keep out and which things to put into storage you should place the contents of each room into piles of items that you either want to store or keep out and for the items that you want to keep out you should organize those items in containers to help each room look tidy and well organized.
This tip is especially important if you have small children because they aren’t always able to clean up their toys quickly before an open house but if you have baskets or totes for their toys you can easily clean them up just in time to leave before the open house.
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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
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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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:
- 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
- Place all old batteries and cell phones (maximum four cell phones per family) in plastic bags next to your trash cans on collection day.
- 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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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
- Audio / visual equipment
- Cell phones
- Copy machines
- Microwave ovens
- DVD players
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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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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