The Annual Fall Festival at Aviso Adobe Park is back again

Location:  3465 Old Foothill Road

Date:  Saturday, September 23 from 11 – 3 p.m

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Fall here in the Tri Valley wouldn’t be complete without the 4TH Annual Fall Festival at Aviso Adobe Community Park. This is the kick off event for the fall season.

This event is the perfect place to take the family and enjoy the food, games and crafts. Also, a few interesting events like the local 4H live animal display, authentic Californios music and dance by the California Fandango Project and of course, the must see, the Park’s life sized fiberglass milking cow.

A few other fun it’s to occupy the kids like: Ice Cream Churning, Apple Cider pressing, soap carving, horse roping and of course, the adobe brick making project. The Alviso Adobe park wouldn’t be complete without the onsite taco vendors, Yum!!

This should be a fun day for the kids and parents too. Maybe we will see you there.

The fall events to follow here in Pleasanton are:

  • The Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  • The Brew Crawl
  • and The Ghost Walk

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Thinking of adding a pool to your home? Things to consider before you start.

We can all agree that we are having some unusually hot weather this summer in the Tri Valley. Nothing better on a hot day than to slip into that new swimsuit and dive into that crisp, cool oasis in your back yard.

Before you google the best pool builder in your area and break out your check book, let us help you with a few options and factors to consider when planning the design of your new pool, like types, shapes, water, extras and costs. Your pool type, style and cost may vary depending on weather conditions, frequency of use, topography and a number of other factors.

East Bay Pool Types

Here are the most common Pool types’ materials. Ask your pool builder which will be the best for you. Sometimes soil and topography are major factors when choosing:

– Concrete
– Fiberglass
– Vinyl

And of course, most importantly, which style of pool would best suit your lifestyle and family needs? Here are a few of the popular styles today, and are illustrated in some of the photos.

– Infinity Pool
– Lap Pool
– Plunge Pool
– Exercise Pool
– Indoor Pool

Chlorine or Salt Water Pool??

Salt water pools can be more expensive, mostly due to the need for a specific salt water generator. Now, remember that even a salt water pool has chlorine in it, but much lower levels so it doesn’t dry out your skin as much. The good thing is that you don’t have to add the chlorine yourself. It is actually created by chemical electrolysis, which happens within a salt water chlorinator (or generator).

Even though upfront is more expensive to build your Salt water pool, the money you save monthly will add up and depending on the link that you have your pool, you will end up saving money long-term by not having to buy as many chemicals.

Pools in Pleasanton California

A few extras to consider when making your budget:

– Fencing? Sometimes required by code
– Slide or no slide?
– Diving Board?
– Hot Tub attached?
– Bar? Especially if you plan on entertaining
– Cave attached? Sometimes fun for kids and a shaded area from the sun.
– Lighting, for night time enjoyment
– Rock Structures for maybe a waterfall or plant features
– Automatic Cleaners. Ask your designer about the best for you
– Tile Trim. Like any design, it can be the small extras that pull it all together and express your taste and style.

Most of all! Remember to enjoy the creation and design of your new pool. It’s like adding a new addition to the family.

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The Alameda County Fair is back – Starts this Friday

It’s that time of year again YAY!!! The Alameda County Fair Starts this Friday

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre facility located here in Pleasanton, California. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events.

Here is some information, locations and schedules for you.

Address: 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Use Gate 8 Valley Rd., Pleasanton, CA 94566  Phone: (925) 426-7600

Getting Here:

The Alameda County Fair is located off of the Bernal Ave Exit from the 680 Highway in Pleasanton, California.

There are 4 entrance gates to the Fair for the public:

Green Gate – Known as the “Main” entrance, the Green Gate is located right off of Valley Ave, cross street of Bernal Ave.

Blue Gate – Accesed from the main parking lot.

Red Gate – Red Gate is accessible from the Gate 12 entrance located about a 1/4 mile up on Valley Ave. from Bernal Ave.

Yellow Gate – Located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. off Bernal Ave. This is the location of: Administration Offices – Will Call Ticket Booth -VIP Parking Lot

From BART

View Wheels Shuttle schedule from E. Dublin/Pleasanton BART

Here are just a few of the attractions at the Fair:

  • Rides
  • Concerts
  • Stage Acts

Here is the schedule of performances – http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/entertainment/live-music-special-events/concerts

Alameda County Fair Stage

 

There is also a list of companies that are giving away FREE tickets at the link above!

Pleasanton CA Cattle Drive Route

  • Horse Racing

http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/horse-racing/live-horse-racing  Free with Fair admission

Pleasanton Horse Racing

Must see the over 14 wineries that will be here, and there will be entertainment specifically for the Beer and Wine Garden.

And here is the full schedule of events at the Fair.

Alameda Fair Schedule of Events

We hope to see you there!!

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Color Trends in 2016 – It’s all about the White but How Do You Choose?

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It should be simple as black and white. You need to use a white paint to decorate your apartment but upon your arrival into the do-it-yourself store, you are faced with so many different shades of white paints. Confused? You will be.

It wouldn’t be so bad if it boiled down to being simply “spoiled for choice”, only here you are left wondering whether to select an eggshell white, ivory, brilliant white, bright white or even a beige. How on earth have paint designers and manufacturers come up with so many different whites? Apparently, there are over a hundred different ones to choose from.

Shades of color white

Now, we can accept there may well be 50 shades of grey or several shades of just about any other color (save black) but over a hundred different whites? Surely there has to be some sense in this somewhere?

Believe it or not, there are people out there who call themselves colour consultants. These sort of artists will definitely help you out on the best colors to use when designing a living room, bathroom or bedroom.

White paint colors

These color consultants and paint manufacturers even have a Color of the Year award. We find it jaw-dropping to believe there are those who actually dress up in a tux, attend a gala award night with individual private cabaret seating and listen to some CEO guy unwrap an envelope and announce the winner of this year’s Color of the Year…awesome.

Glidden white “And the winner is [long pause] Cappuccino White!” Apparently that was the color selected by paint manufacturer Glidden Paints for its 2016 award. But seriously there really are ways where you can select the right white for your room. Think about crisp white for a country kitchen, using too much sheen on your white may show up flaws and a warm and creamy white for bathroom or living rooms. Go down this road and it really will be all white on the night! 🙂

Just be sure to have fun and get your family and friends opinions too. Happy painting!!

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Spending a day in Danville California

 

Danville CaliforniaDanville is positioned in the San Ramon Valley of California. As of 2010, it had a total population of 42,039. Danville is a popular East Bay suburb for many reasons, like some of the cultural and tourist attractions below. It’s location is perfect for those commuters and families that want to be within a 30 minute drive or Bart ride from Oakland and San Francisco.

Here are just a few facts about Danville:

History:

Danville has experienced many transformations over last 130 years. Also known as the ” Heart of the San Ramon Valley”, it was primarily populated by Native Americans. The city is named after Daniel Inman, who with his brother (Andrew), bought 10,000 acres of land in 1854 via his gold rush earnings. Farming in the area switched from farming wheat to fruits and nuts. It was all possible after 1891 when Southern Specific Railroad was constructed. Gradually, around the late 1940s, the residential suburb was formed and the population started expanding which boomed during the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of Danville’s attractions:

  • The Iron Horse Regional Trail that runs through Danville is an 80 foot wide corridor that is used by bikers and incorporates some great hiking trails.
  • Monte Vista High School and San Ramon Valley High School are the two popular Schools in Danville. Del Amigo School is also nested in the foothills of Mount Diablo State Park and supports grades 6 through 12. These schools are also among the some of the best in California.
  • Danville Library conducts a number of community events and fundraisers. Also has a few Book Sales every year.
  • The Museum of San Ramon Valley organises a large number of regional exhibitions portraying the valley’s history and culture.

Danville CA

Spending the day in Danville:

  • Downtown Danville has a charming farmer’s market that runs on Saturdays between 9:00 am- 1 pm. Items here rotate with the season. Local goat cheese, nuts and fruits are its most famous items.
  • Diablo State Park is 3,900 feet high with many camping areas, hiking trails and is a cyclist’s paradise with trails and amazing view spots.
  • Shops and restaurants: The heart of Danville is pedestrian friendly and a great place to have a lazy stroll in the evening, do some shopping and to have dinner at one of their great restaurants.
  • The Village Theatre and Art Gallery is a recognized historic site that features amazing art openings and live performances in it’s main theatre and art education in the children’s theatre.
  • Blackhawk Automotive Museum: Known for it’s extensive collection of classic, rare and unique automobiles.
  • Even Larry Allen the former football player and Leroy Chao the famous astronaut have resided in Danville.

For more information on Living in Danville or within the Tri-Valley, Contact – armariovenemahomes.com

Everything fabulous & white for your kitchen…

50 White Kitchen Ideas that Work

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A kitchen remodel is one of the most common renovation projects in homes today, and also one that can have a significant effect on resale value.

And since the average homeowner will spend tens of thousands of dollars when doing a major kitchen remodel, it’s crucial to do it right. So how do you accomplish that? We’ve assembled a number of white kitchen ideas to simplify the design process.

When spending a lot of money on a remodel you’ll want to create a space you love, but if you’re planning on selling at some point you’ll also want to secure a return on your investment (you’ll also want to like the room yourself 20 years from now as your tastes change).

Today’s home buyers are turned off by dated kitchens, and are looking for modern additions like granite counters and updated appliances. Those things can both be done in white, and according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, white and off-white are the most popular color schemes for those spaces. Make your design decisions easier by creating an all-white room that’s fresh, bright and aesthetically pleasing.

In addition to a timeless look, white can make a small kitchen feel bigger and brighten a room that lacks adequate natural light. And while you don’t want to offend anyone’s taste with your kitchen design, you also don’t want a white kitchen to feel bland. Add depth by using accent colors and insert personal style in changeable features like light fixtures, furniture and cabinet pulls.

From the appliances to the cabinets, we’ve broken down 50 different white kitchen ideas.

White Kitchen Countertops

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There are a number of ways to approach white countertops. White marble is warm, classic and its natural veiny appearance adds texture. It is more expensive than other options as well as higher maintenance. You’ll need to wipe up spills right away, avoid putting hot pans or abrasive items on the surface and seal it on a regular basis. White granite is lower maintenance than marble (seal it once a year and wipe up spills ASAP) but also offers a classic look. Engineered white quartz is durable and non-porous so it’s more sanitary and resists stains, scratches and corrosion. White concrete can achieve that pure white look and it’s also incredibly durable. White glass can be pricey, but in addition to being sleek and bright it’s also non-porous and perhaps the most hygienic option. If you’re on a budget, today’s laminates mimic more expensive granite and marble and also resist scratching and chipping.

Are you feeling a little adventurous?

7 Geodesic Domes You Can Rent Right Now

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Sick and tired of your traditional antler-heavy mountain retreat? This summer, break the alpine monotony by booking a vacation in a geodesic dome. One of Curbed Ski’s 7 Essential Styles of Ski Town Architecture, geodesic domes are part kit-house, part retro, and all cool. They flourished in the 1960s and 1970s and although rare, almost every ski town has a few domes hanging around. Many of them have popped up on Airbnb and VRBO, where their…

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