The 11th “Honoring Veterans Day” in Pleasanton

The 11th annual “Honoring Veterans Day” takes place on Thursday, November 9, at Las Positas College. All are invited to attend the free event.

Pleasanton Veterans Day 2017

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with the Honor Guard Presenting the Colors, Elaine Johnson singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and the Travis Air Force Band of the Golden West performing. The opening ceremony takes place at the flagpole located near the Veterans Resource Center, Bldg. 1310. Parking is $2, and the nearest lots are C, D and E.

Veterans Day Pleasanton CA

At 11:30, those interested may attend a barbecue luncheon that is free for veterans, and $10 for all others. “At 1 p.m., we’ll have Retired Senior Chief U.S. Navy SEAL Thom Shea as our keynote speaker,” says LPC’s Veterans First Coordinator Todd Steffan. “Each year we have great keynote speakers like Tuskegee Airmen, survivors of the USSArizona, Vietnam Huey pilots, and now a former Navy SEAL.”

At 7 p.m., Shea will give his talk a second time at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 301 Main Street in Pleasanton. Following the one-hour presentation, Shea will answer questions and autograph books. Although both talks are free, donations to LPC’s Veterans First Program are welcomed.

Pleasanton CA Veterans Day Event 2017

See You There!

For more information call 925-200-9849 or visit AmericanLegionPost237.org

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Get Ready – It’s Pleasanton’s Annual Ghost Walk – Starts Tomorrow

Pleasanton 2017 Events

It’s that time of year again! The temperatures have dropped, the colors orange and black are more abundant and the annual Pleasanton Museum On Main’s Ghost Walk is here again. This event has been a community favorite for 10 years now.

For 2 weeks, on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8, starting tomorrow Friday the 20th, is the spooky Pleasanton Ghost Walk. The 90 minute guided tour is a unique and goose bump producing event that also teaches you a little something about Pleasanton’s haunted sites and paranormal activities that have been reported here over the years.

Pleasanton CA Ghost WalkSuch a great time for the entire family and costumes are recommended but not required. If tickets are still available, grab them quickly as they sell out every year. The tours take place no matter the weather so be sure to dress accordingly.

Tickets are from $13 to $18 and the tour starts at the Museum on Main here in Pleasanton.

Tours leave every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 at:

603 Main Street  Pleasanton, CA 94566

For tickets or more information, call 925-462-2766 or visit MuseumOnMain.org

Hope to see you there.

Armario Venema Homes Team

This Years Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Faire.

Pleasanton CA Antiques Faire

One of our favorite Pleasanton events of the Fall season (although it does happen here twice a year). It’s coming this Sunday October 8th from 8:00 till 4:00 on Main Street close to our office here in Downtown Pleasanton. NO admission fee and yes… your dogs are welcome to attend although appraisals can not be done on your pet, sorry LOL.

But how fun!! Bring those beloved items that your curious about. Maybe it’s origin, it’s age and of course maybe it’s value. We all have those pieces in our home that may have been handed down from our ancestors, or maybe we picked up in our travels abroad, or maybe even picked up at garage sales locally. You never know what you may have stumbled upon.

The Faire has 400+ dealers who specialize in Antiques and Collectibles. So if you are looking to maybe pick up a new piece for your home or as gift, this is the place to be. Some of the categories are: repurposed, upcycled, rustic, collectible, antique furniture and more (clothing, furniture, jewelry, toys, ephemera, home décor, etc).

Steve Yvaska, a very well known Appraiser and Columnist will be doing FREE appraisals from 10:00 till 1:00, so be sure to be there early to reserve a spot of time with him. Limit 1 item per person. His booth will be at the corner of Main and Division.

It’s important to remember that the Faire is no longer being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. It is on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton only. Keep that in mind when finding parking this Sunday morning.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

The Armario Venema Homes Team
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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

Pleasanton CA events

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?

Color Palette

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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