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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The Annual Scottish Games in Pleasanton 2017 – This Weekend

The Scottish Games this weekend in Pleasanton California – September 2nd and 3rd

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Heritage and culture are always a fun celebration. Some cities and towns have small celebrations and others have large ones. There are things like Italian Fest’s, Medieval Fairs, and Mardi gras and then there is San Francisco’s “Scottish Games.”

California has been the home to the Scottish games since 1866. The Caledonian Club of San Francisco hosts this celebration every year. This is 2 day event now rather than the one day event that it began as. The Scottish Games has been going on for over a hundred years.

The gathering and games started as more of a family picnic and grown more and more over the years. They have been held in San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, Santa Rosa and have finally come to rest in Pleasanton. This particular celebration has lasted through the economic depression, wars, earthquakes, and bridge closures.

In tradition the Scottish games, were known as heavy athletics. These events were held in Scotland, they began as strength training for the Scottish military soldiers. During those events, strong men would heave tree trunks, toss large river rocks, and lead weights. As time went on and progression happened the games became more of a family picnic gathering for the town folk.

Scottish Games in Pleasanton CA 2017

The California Gold Rush attracted many scots’s to San Francisco. Along with them came their heritage and their culture. Seventeen men, worked together to organize and plan the Inaugural Scottish Games, they made them happen a week later on Thanksgiving day in November 1866,

What started as tree trunk heaving, river rock distance tossing and lead weight tossing this has definitely evolved into a more modern set of events. The games have grown from 9 events to over 60 competitive games, with additional venues. The games have also extended from 1 day to 2 days. The original events may appear barbaric and well behind the times, however they were designed for men and proving strength.

Some of the modern day events have gone beyond being a test of strength. Just like with anything as time goes forward, things evolve and change to match the current time period. They have drum major events, dancing championship, pipe band competitions and so much more. There are also archery exhibitions, bird of prey shows, reenactments and more.

The games occur at different venues around the fairgrounds. You can now find the Traditional Entertainment stage, Irish Pavilion, Celtic Heritage Stage, Game Grand stands and more. Each stage offers something different dating from original events to modern day events. The stages have been spread out around the fairgrounds so different events can run concurrently.

With the attraction of almost 50,000 attendees, the Scottish Games are an amazing event produced on all on volunteer participation. The event is an amazing honor of the heritage and culture of the Scottish. If you enjoy traveling the world and experiencing culture then the Scottish games at the Alameda Fairgrounds is a highly recommended experience.

HERE is their website for full information, events and tickets.

Contact Us for more information on the Games here in Pleasanton and maybe we will see you there 🙂

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Proud to Support Our Children and all Students of our Award Winning Pleasanton schools.

We are so excited for the concert on August 5th to benefit music in Pleasanton schools! Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier will be performing at Firehouse Arts Center and all proceeds benefit music in Pleasanton Schools!!!

We are proud to have supported our Local kids and this event!!  www.armariovenemahomes.com

Pleasanton Schools

Join us for a night of GREAT music for a GREAT cause! Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier will be at the Firehouse Arts Center on Saturday, August 5th holding a concert to help us raise funds for music in Pleasanton schools. Tickets range in price from $10-$25. Get your tickets now. Invite your friends and family – get a group together – for a fun evening that will impact our kids for years to come. The Flyer is below and Get more details and tickets here:
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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

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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!

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  • 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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A Little History of a Big Valley – Pleasanton California

History Pleasanton CA

Few towns or cities have been blessed with such a great name like the one in the Amador-Livermore Valley has. Pleasanton was sighted for the first time in 1772 by a Spanish foot patrol soldier and half a century later the land was settle on as Alisal. This beautiful place later changed its name to Pleasanton – an adaption of the name of a Civil War general, Alfred Pleasonton – and Spanish settlers were the first people to make their homesteads here. The town soon became popular among those stopping over on route to the gold fields of the Californian valley.

The railroad soon arrived in Pleasanton and this increased the population from a small 500 to a populace into the thousands. By 1870, the town was attracting many ranchers and breeders of thoroughbred horses. They loved the climate, the abundance of rain, fertile soil and agricultural-friendly land. Such an area also meant it attracted dairy farmers, hop-growers, wine growers and the economy of the town simply boomed because of it. Brewers across America heard of the fine hops that grew here and wanted them for its beers. So sought after were they that even brewers in the big markets of Europe began to import hops from Pleasanton.

It quickly became a place with a bit of international fame and by the start of the 20th century Pleasanton was about to make a bustling and thriving community complete with its own bank, world-renown vineyard at Ruby Hill, internationally famous hop industry and several top graded hotels.

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It developed a main central area where business and communities became part of the town’s character. It was well on the way to becoming a thoroughly modern community and started to leave its agricultural roots behind.

However, raw industries like sand and gravel mining started to take place in the 1930s just on the town’s outskirts. It was the gravel industry that gave Pleasanton another 20th century economic boost. The ballast much demanded by America’s ever-growing road building industry. And so the profits for the town boomed and the community here began to grow strong.

Around the 1960s the population began to grow rapidly, and by the 1980s most of the town supported opulent homes, schools and international businesses. The Hacienda Business Park was completed in 1982 and this thriving, bustling network of industries created jobs for thousands. Today, the city is a legacy to what was once an agricultural backwater to today’s bustling community and city status.

It’s location is only a short drive from either San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Palo Alto. If you get a chance, a visit to Pleasanton is a must do.

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Val Vista Park in Pleasanton CA – A kid friendly park in the Tri Valley

Val Vista Park Pleasanton CAThere are so many exceptional parks and recreation areas in the Tri Valley but the Val Vista Park in the town of Pleasanton California is an oasis for parents wanting to spend the day with the kids. A place to play sports, enjoy the snack bar and nature trails to take in the fresh air and unwind. It is the ultimate activity day where Pleasanton and East Bay children can play for hours to their hearts content.

There are two play areas within the park. There is also a large picnic area where families can gather and have lunch on any afternoon during the week. There are soccer fields here, a giant skateboard park, roller hockey rink and a climbing wall for the more adventurous.

Val Vista Park also has a nature trail walk and don’t forget to bring your swimwear to experience either one of its two water sports areas. There are three play structures to keep kids occupied all day and those coming from all around East Bay will be pleasantly surprised to learn there is plenty of parking around the park.

Val Vista Park East Bay

The approach to the park is down Stoneridge Drive where you will notice the roller hockey rink, several soccer fields and a skateboard park. These are just a taster of things to do within the park. Once you have parked, you will notice the two huge play structures, a big area for families enjoying a picnic and a water feature to take your selfies at.

The play structures are for kids of all ages. There are tiny tot swings, four slides for larger children and a small water feature boat. There is also one huge play structure for kids and juniors up to the age of 12, a main playing structure that has so many different ways of climbing up that children will be spending most of their day on this, and six different slides to accommodate all the kids. There is also a safe high bridge and plenty of wheels to spin on or just hang onto.

The play areas are a haven for the kids and there are areas specifically designed for smaller children (aged two to five). This wonderful park has a snack bar area and bathroom facilities and a lovely little stream running through the nature trail walking area.

If you are ever at a loss of what to do with your family one afternoon in the Tri Valley, you should bring them here to the Val Vista Park. It is what childhood memories are made of and makes for a complete day out.

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The Pleasanton and Dublin California Farmers Markets

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Dublin Farmers Market:

Dublin has one of the finest farmers’ markets in the entire state of California. And as of April 13th it’s back in its usual home too. Emerald Glen Park is the setting for the farmers’ market event and it could not be a finer place to hold the market, which runs right through the summer months until September 21st. The Emerald Glen Park is like walking in to a small part of the Emerald Isle itself. The green, green grass and trees give the visitor a small feel like you could be in Ireland.

The Dublin Farmers’ Market is for everyone. Even you can set up a booth by filling out an online form or simply by sponsoring a stall at the market to promote your services or goods. There are a number of weekly special events which take place through the summer at the farmers’ market and this year you can see musicians regularly performing while you stroll through the stalls and check out the newest unique items and freshest produce.

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There will be beer tasting events, wine tasting and cooking demonstrations that will give you some great ideas for entertaining. The emphasis will occasionally center on the fun and competitive element, so you can cheer on their favorites. How fast can your partner cook and deliver an omelette? Will your friend be able to create a tasty burger in a quicker time than a competitor? It’s all good fun at the Dublin Farmers’ Market.

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Pleasanton Farmers’ Market:

Unlike the Dublin Farmers’ Market, which is only open from April through to September, the market in Pleasanton is open all year long. Whether rain or shine, it’s always open every Saturday.

It sells fresh vegetables, delicious fruits and delicacies all grown in the lush California orchards and fields so close to home. You can buy delicious healthy blueberries by the pint; imagine sprinkling them on your morning cereal for breakfast to ensure a delicious treat and one that is considered superfood healthy too.

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The Pleasanton Farmers’ Market also specialises in olive oils, delightful cheeses, ground or root vegetables, pastries, sausages, baked breads, chicken and you will always be entertained by live musicians performing as you browse the stalls and organic groceries on Angela Street.

So be sure to get out to the markets and support your local hard working vendors, and save time by picking up those items you need for the upcoming week’s dinners.

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