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What a Beautiful Gift!

I didn’t expect a Mother’s  Day present,  I was so happy to talk to my very busy, hard-working daughter on our special day- she’s a Mom herself.


… but when I ripped open the box – look what I found! A colorful, beautiful “happy birds” cold bag , monogrammed with Greeneroo and a beautiful stripped blanket – matching colors with a waterproof base. Wonderful, functional and so sweet of her and her family  to think of me! So Happy, So Blessed!

As a working Mom, there were times, I was giving up being with my family, but it meant that we had health insurance, a better life, vacations and more. There were many times I wanted to be with them and a project at work took that time. Now my kids are working hard and striving for their own great success. You cannot go backwards, you can just do your best everyday. The work-life balance is not easy, but the incredible support of my family made it possible for me to go to work. It is wonderful to be acknowledged.

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” — Brian Tracy

You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you cannot do.  — Eleanor Roosevelt 

To my family: YOU are the best part of my life ….. everyday. No other accomplishment comes close. Even in hard times. Even with distance. You fill my heart.  Love, Mom.


SF Symphony at Stern Grove July 6! Smokey Robinson June 22!

SF Symphony in Stern Grove
Stern Grove is a SF institution: a beautiful, unique place, and a perfectly relaxing way to spend a Sunday listening to a free concert in SF. This free concert given by the SF Symphony. Come join the fun, get there early to reserve your spot, bring a blanket or a small chair, and enjoy the concert filled with melodies and music you all know and love.
  • Parking is a night mare! There, I said it. Take the bus or plan on a nice hike to the Grove. That makes it fun.
  • Getting to the flat grass area to set up your picnic is a well worn dirt / paved trail.

Entrance at 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94132
415 252 6252

If you cant make the Symphony, consider getting tickets (a guaranteed seat) for this fantastic fund-raiser for the GROVE!
Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin!! Sunday, June 22, 2014
Celebrate Stern Grove Festival’s 77th Season at
The Big Picnic, an afternoon of music, food, drinks, and dancing in beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove.

The Big Picnic

Treasure Island Wineries, Month-end Flea Market and Art

Treasure Island Wineries and Art 
Don’t want to drive to Napa? Why not  sample wine on Treasure Island!
Start at Fat Grape Winery (always a free tasting!), and then stroll on the island to see the SF and Oakland skylines and also view the interesting art.
Stop at least a few more times, select one or two other wineries, there are at least 14 on the island, and even stop to pick up some lunch for a picnic. There are burger places and delis nearby.
Some wineries have a small tasting fee so bring cash for your tasting and food if you don’t want to stop at a deli for the picnic.
It can be windy or foggy, so dress in layers. Comfortable walking shoes are also a good idea.
There are also special events with more activities:

Treasure Island FleaTreasure Island Flea

Saturday, Jun 28 10:00a to 4:00p, and the end of EACH MONTH, but check the website listing for the Flea (above) just to be sure!More dates & times (11)

Treasure Island Flea Moves Back to the Great Lawn!
Pet Friendly & Free Parking. $3 Entry. Kids Free.

It’s that time of the year. The sun is shining, eggs are being hatched, flowers blossoming and the Treasure Island Flea makes the annual move back to the Great Lawn location on Treasure Island.We’re celebrating our move with over a dozen wineries for local wine tastings, our brand new produce park, a new section for DIY workshops, and more!

Escape the Fog? Picnic at Tilden Park!

Orchard Picnic Site at the wonderful Lake Anza and can be reserved just for your group! Located in the East Bay, it feels so far away from city life, wonderful  Tilden Park, and the swimming area of Lake Anza offers ample space to swim, picnic, and play plenty of games. There is plenty of shade there, picnic, tables and BBQ pits to serve up a great time! Plus, it is the closest picnic area to the lake!
The cost covers the picnic reservation fee as well as your water, napkins, silverware, plates, charcoal, and all the badminton, bocce ball, volleyball, kickball, stuff. Make it easy on everyone and share the work – everyone brings a dish to share something to grill and be ready to have fun! BYOB and soda as well.
Just so you know: There are over 100 picnic areas, and reservations are necessary in the summer.  Details Here! 
About Tilden Park: 
Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. The carousel has given so many children lifetime happy memories – it is really a joy! From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet places in Tilden’s 2,079 acres to shelter the wildlife and preserve natural beauty. Tilden was named for Charles Lee Tilden, first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.
Please note:  there is an individual fee to access the water area.  It costs $3.50 and there is a changing room/bathroom on site as well as a cafe there.
How to get there: 
Follow I-80 to Buchanan St in Albany. Take the Buchanan St exit from I-80 Continue on Buchanan St. Take Marin Ave and Wildcat Canyon Rd to Lake Anza Rd. in Contra Costa County Turn right onto Buchanan St Continue onto Marin Ave Turn left to stay on Marin Ave At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Marin Ave Turn left onto Grizzly Peak Blvd Slight right onto Sunset Ln Continue onto Wildcat Canyon Rd Turn left onto Central Park Dr Turn left to stay on Central Park Dr Turn right onto Lake Anza Rd.