Don’t Miss the Annual Hike for Shelter Fundraiser – October 19th 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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You Can Help To Stop Homelessness In The East Bay. Here’s how

 

By Pleasant Hill times

 

Did you know that over 8,000 people will experience homelessness in the East Bay this year?

 

Homelessness doesn’t just mean people who have been living on the streets of the East Bay for long periods of time, it affects everyone.

 

Hike For SHELTER

 

The annual Hike for SHELTER will raise funds for SHELTER, a Contra Costa based non-profit which has been in the business of fighting homelessness in the East Bay since 1986.

 

Besides helping homeless people to get off the street, SHELTER also provides affordable housing options for low income families and helps to meet basic needs like food, clothing and so much more.

 

White Collar Homelessness

 

Christopher Gardener, author of the well-known book The Pursuit of Happyness introduced the term “white collar homelessness” to the world in an effort to point out the fact that homelessness doesn’t just affect people of certain ages or races, it can affect anyone.

 

Approximately 12 percent of homeless were fully employed back in 2007 (prior to the official start of the current recession), according to Gardner. And statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that over a five-year period, roughly 5-8 million people (about 2-3 percent of the U.S. population) will experience at least one night of homelessness.

 

In 2014 there are many people who are struggling with homelessness across the East Bay and the United States due to job losses, foreclosures or economic problems, and children often suffer the hardest.

 

The good news is that you can make a difference in stopping the spread of homelessness in the East Bay by attending the 5th Annual Hike for SHELTER on Sunday October 19th 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

There will be three hikes available so it doesn’t matter what fitness level you are currently at you can make a difference by getting involved with the Hike for SHELTER and help to stop homelessness.

 

To learn more about the 5th Annual Hike for SHELTER click here.

 


 

 

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Local Resident Kevin Kieffer and East Bay Pro Team Rank Number 1 for Closed Sales Volume in California

 

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If you’re planning On Buying or Selling a Home There’s Nobody Better than the East Bay Pro Team

By Pleasant Hill Times

2014 has been an awesome year for Real Estate, especially in the East Bay, where local resident Kevin Kieffer, a broker associate with Keller Williams Realty and his East Bay Pro Team are number one for closed sales volume in California.

Kieffer and his team are well-known in the Pleasant Hill and Central Contra Costa market for their track record of providing excellent service and support for every client they serve.

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An Asset for East Bay Real Estate

What’s awesome about the news that Kevin Kieffer and his East Bay Pro Team are leaders for closed sales volume in California is that they are also a leader for closed units in California as well.

About Kevin Kieffer

As a broker associate and Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty, Kevin Kieffer takes pride in serving the East Bay, where he has lived and managed the residential Real Estate market since 1999.

Kieffer has been a recognized leader in the local Real Estate market for years including 2012 & 2013 where he closed out the year in the top 1 percent of all Real Estate agents across Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Kevin Kieffer and his East Bay Pro Team currently have agents throughout the East Bay area; this gives his team the ability to serve both buyers and sellers wherever they may be in the East Bay.

Planning On Buying or Selling a Home in the East Bay?

If you’re planning on buying or selling a home in the East Bay you deserve the best team to help you accomplish your goals.

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Contact Kevin Kieffer and his East Bay Pro Team today by calling (925) 300-8000 or visiting their website at http://www.livemls.com or click here to connect with Kevin on Google+.

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Save The Date – Don’t Miss the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill – October 12th 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm

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By Pleasant Hill Times

One of the great things about living in Pleasant Hill is that there are so many things to do in Pleasant Hill including the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill Sunday October 12th 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Amazing Race Location

Magoo’s Grill

Address: 1250 Contra Costa Blvd.

Cost

To enroll your team in the amazing race you will have to pay a registration fee of $50.

Teams can consists of 4 people or less but this event will be the perfect opportunity for you to invite your friends, family, business associates and so much more.

Team Spirit Encouraged

Organizers of the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill encourage teams to show their team spirit by dressing in matching outfits and be ready for fun activities because, the questions will resemble those asked on popular game shows like Minute to Win it.

After the event all teams will meet at Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane to determine the events winner and prizes will be awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and most spirit.

Event Proceeds

All proceeds from the Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill will go to the 2015 FPHE school grant program, a great organization in Pleasant Hill which has raised close to $200,000 since 2009 alone.

To learn more about the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education visit their website at www.fphe.org.


 

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Pleasant Hill is a great town to live and there are plenty of things to do here all year long.

If you’re interested in learning more about Pleasant Hill or would like to view homes for sale in the area contact us today by calling (925) 300-8000 or click here.

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Disaster Preparedness in Pleasant Hill – Get Prepared With the CERT Monthly Speaker Series

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By Pleasant Hill Times

Thanks to the recent earth quakes in Napa it’s become more important than ever before for homeowners and residents to make sure they are ready for a disaster in Pleasant Hill.

One of the best ways to learn more about disaster preparedness in Pleasant Hill is by attending the monthly CERT speaker series.

CERT Speaker Series Location

The first session in this speaker series will kick off on October 16th, 7:00 pm, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center 320 Civic Drive and it will continue on the third Thursday of every month until March 2015.

At the first session of the CERT speaker series Dr. David P. Schwartz, a senior geologist with the USGS will talk about the effects from the Hayward and Loma Prieta earthquakes on the Hayward fault and what we can expect in the coming years as more scientists are predicting that the next “big one” could strike in the near future.

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FEMA Presentation

Besides the presentation from Dr. Schwartz, you can also expect an excellent presentation from FEMA on what you can do to prepare for an earthquake in Pleasant hill including covering important topics like what the City of Pleasant Hill’s protocol is for earthquakes, what you shouldn’t store in your home and so much more.

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Flooding In Pleasant Hill

If you’ve lived in Pleasant Hill for a while you already know that rainfall in December can sometimes be heavier than any other month out of the year, especially if you live in a lower elevation next to a nearby creek.

Although flooding can be difficult when it occurs there are a variety of things you can do to protect your home and family from flood waters.

The CERT speaker series will cover how to be prepared for flooding, earthquakes and any other disaster which may occur in Pleasant Hill.

To learn more about this event and reserve your seat please contact Jim Bonato at (925) 938-5433.


 

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For more information about Pleasant Hill including homes for sale in the area contact us today by calling (925) 300-8000 or click here to contact us online.

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How to Protect Pleasant Hill Seniors from Phone Fraud

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By Pleasant Hill Times

 

Thanks to recent news from the FBI we know that in the last year alone there were about 14,000 illegal telemarketing operations running across the United States.

 

What’s the total cost of illegal telemarketing? $40 billion dollars….

 

Sadly, most of the victims of illegal telemarketing in Pleasant Hill and across the United States are senior citizens over the age of 60 years old.

 

How to Protect Seniors from Phone Fraud

 

Protecting Pleasant Hill seniors from phone fraud is easier than many people think and it can be accomplished starting with simple acts of prevention.

 

  1. Check the FTC.gov website to learn more about common phone fraud scams which are active across the United States then educate seniors on what to look out for.
  2. Instruct seniors to never give out their credit card number, address or other personal information out over the phone.
  3. Install call screening technology on a senior’s phone so they can screen calls and decide if they want to answer the call or not.
  4. Register a Pleasant Hill senior citizens phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry.

 

If it seems Like a Scam it probably is

 

Many times phone scam artists will rip off seniors using classic bait and switch scams like free vacations but the reality is if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is.

 

No matter how old you are you can save yourself the time, money and heartache of getting scammed by doing your due diligence simply by following these easy tips in this post or using the Internet to research a company first before buying from them.

 

To learn more about Pleasant Hill or homes for sale in the area contact us today by calling (925) 300-8000 or click here.

 

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Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie walk off hit and victory vs Astros September 6, 2014

Did you see it?

A’s 4-3 walk-off victory vs.Astros – Watch this video filmed from row 4 behind A’s dugout – Lowrie brings home the winning run on a ground ball through the left side of the infield off Astros closer Chad Qualls, and Josh Reddick raced home from second base to beat the throw from shallow left field to secure the victory.

Jed Lowrie hit a game-ending RBI single in the Athletics’ three-run ninth inning, sending his club to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros Saturday in Oakland, Calif.

Lowrie and fellow Red Sox alums Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp had two hits apiece as Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak. The Athletics are six games back of the AL West-leading Angels, but are on top of the wild-card standings.

Reddick hit a two-run double off Chad Qualls (1-5) before Lowrie drove him in with a single to left. Oakland is hitting .571 (16 for 28) against Qualls this year.

Luke Gregerson (4-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Houston wasted a solid start by Scott Feldman, who was charged with three runs, two earned, and seven hits in 8⅓ innings. The right hander is 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in his last eight starts, including two complete games.

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Pleasant Hill Market Snapshot

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Are you considering selling your Pleasant Hill home?

Inventory is down 47% but buyers are still very active in the market.

The real estate market despite popular belief, does very well in the bay area year-round.

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To check your Pleasant Hill home value or to get a free CMA, please visit www.livemls.com or call us at (925) 300-8000.

 

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