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COUPLE'S NET

It’s ‘International Being You’ Day

It’s good to be you, because everyone else is already taken! The world needs YOU, as you are (and yes, of course all of us have things to learn...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on May. 22, 2023
Last comment by Ryan Briscoe, 13 hours ago | 17 comments | 2000 Views

TIM TALK

How muddled are the Pleasanton council's priorities

It’s wisely said that your budget—whether household, business or government—reflects your priorities. The Pleasanton City Council has conducted budget...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 25, 2023
Last comment by Michael Austin , on May 26, 2023 at 6:26 pm | 1 comment | 666 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Expanding access to Yosemite's wonders

One of the most awe inspiring treks I’ve been on in California is located in Yosemite National Park. The Mist trail is a seven-mile round trip which takes hikers...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 24, 2023
Last comment by Flora Jessup, on May 26, 2023 at 12:19 pm | 5 comments | 855 Views

ART SPACE

The New Ekphrasis: Exhibition 2023

By Bill Carmel Three creative nonprofit organizations—Lamorinda Arts Council, Lamorinda Arts Alliance, and California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch—collaborat...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on May. 24, 2023
There are no comments yet. 255 Views

TIM TALK

Valley Link rail will be powered by hydrogen

Come 2024 and 2025, the final plans for the Valley Link rail line should be set and construction should commence on the 42-mile rail line linking the Dublin-Pleasanton...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 18, 2023
Last comment by Bill Rafferty, on May 24, 2023 at 11:00 am | 7 comments | 1874 Views

TRI-VALLEY FOODIST

Whereto for birthday celebrations

Every year, I ponder how to celebrate my birthday. Some folks attend a special concert, see a show, or hike a new trail. My birthdays usually center around a fun...

Original post made by Deborah Grossman on May. 22, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1020 Views

COUPLE'S NET

Be the Gift that your Partner gets to Open Every Day

In Addition to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day . . . I propose that everyday is wife/husband/significant other day. No, it doesn’t mean you have...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on May. 14, 2023
Last comment by Mavis Templeton, on May 22, 2023 at 8:13 am | 20 comments | 2709 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

A tale of sister cities

In April, Pleasanton welcomed more than two dozen officials and community representatives from Tulancingo, Mexico. As Jeremy Walsh documented in a

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 17, 2023
Last comment by Carole Lee Manning, on May 18, 2023 at 10:14 am |
1 comment | 974 Views

TIM TALK

Much at stake beyond Oakland in school teachers' strike

There’s plenty at stake in the Oakland teachers’ union strike against the district that is ongoing this week. As usual, students are being held hostage...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 11, 2023
Last comment by James Reed, on May 14, 2023 at 8:29 am | 12 comments | 2355 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The simple beauty of arranging nature

As a kid whenever I went to the library or bookstore with my mom I would always head straight to the comic section. While I was absorbed in the stories about people...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 10, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1233 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What is the best type of irrigation?

What is the best type of irrigation? If you ask three different people you may well get three different answers. But I expect a lot of you are wondering about...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 30, 2023
Last comment by Seer, on May 10, 2023 at 8:26 am | 5 comments | 6236 Views

TIM TALK

Developer fees increase cost of housing

It’s been more than 50 years since California voters overwhelming passed Proposition 13 and locked in predictable property taxes at a time when they threatened...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on May. 4, 2023
Last comment by John B, on May 8, 2023 at 9:57 am | 3 comments | 1258 Views

TIM TALK

Looking through a foggy crystal ball

Predicting the future is a risky game. For instance, what will federal government policy be come 2025—depends largely on who is in the White House and what...

Original post made by Tim Hunt on Apr. 27, 2023
Last comment by MichaelB, on May 3, 2023 at 1:34 pm | 7 comments | 1641 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Strawberry trails forever

The lower trailhead of the Strawberry Canyon fire trail is easy to find. The road touches the south eastern edge of the Berkeley campus and then takes you through...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 3, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1012 Views

TRI-VALLEY FOODIST

Tipping takes a digital turn in restaurants

Before credit cards and apps, tipping was easy. If restaurant service and food was good, you tipped around 15-percent. Tipping in its purest sense is an expression...

Original post made by Deborah Grossman on Apr. 30, 2023
There are no comments yet. 2316 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Bay Area to begin phasing out gas heaters this decade

In a momentous and likely highly influential vote at the end of a six-hour meeting on Wednesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) voted to...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 15, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 26, 2023 at 4:53 pm | 33 comments | 9417 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

The rich history of Reinhardt Redwood Park

The beautiful weather over the past week finally managed to pull me out of a cold funk. This winter was so long there were moments that I thought I would never be...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 26, 2023
There are no comments yet. 1150 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How to plant a plant

The weather is beautiful so I thought some of you might be doing some planting this weekend. It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday! (See below...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 21, 2023
Last comment by Walter, on Apr 25, 2023 at 5:22 pm | 4 comments | 3994 Views

NOTES ON THE VALLEY

From beans to bargaining: Baristas organize for unionization

It took me a few months to finally try out the espresso machine at work. Right next to the drip coffee brewed once at seven in the morning is a beautiful Simonelli...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 19, 2023
Last comment by Bay Area Native, on Apr 25, 2023 at 4:42 pm | 5 comments | 1773 Views

COUPLE'S NET

“Love like a Man” Men: Read this book! (Women, too.)

Love like a Man, A Frenchman’s Guide to Help American Men be Better Partners, by Guy Blaise is a must read. As I was reading it, I thought to myself,...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Apr. 7, 2023
Last comment by Joselyn Peck, on Apr 21, 2023 at 9:17 am | 17 comments | 4837 Views
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It’s ‘International Being You’ Day
By Chandrama Anderson | 17 comments | 2,000 views

Whereto for birthday celebrations
By Deborah Grossman | 0 comments | 1,020 views

Expanding access to Yosemite's wonders
By Monith Ilavarasan | 5 comments | 855 views

How muddled are the Pleasanton council's priorities
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 666 views

The New Ekphrasis: Exhibition 2023
By John A. Barry and Bill Carmel | 0 comments | 255 views

 

2023 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

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