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KEEP YOUR LAWN AND YARD PRESTINE WITHOUT BLEEDING THE GREEN!

To stay green, your lawn requires a lot of water and fertilizer. Reduce these costs by:

- watering your lawn only one to two inches per week;

-keeping mower blades sharp and clean to trim grass for maximum moisture retention;

-mowing your lawn to no lower than two to three inches to reduce root exposure and water evaporation;

-investing in a self-mulching lawn mower and letting the cuttings fertilize the lawn;

and

-reducing the size of your lawn or removing it all together – less lawn does not mean a more vibrant yard!

MAKE YOUR YARD GREEN AND COST-EFFECTIVE BY PLANTING:

-drought-resistant plants;

-seeds or young plants, as they are cheaper than buying fully grown plants; and

-trees and plants native to your are to eliminate the need for extra watering.

Balance out your yard beautification costs by planting fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Growing food reduces grocery costs while adding color and greenery.

Remember, a beautiful, low-maintenance yard attracts buyers!

Want more advice on how to get your yard and house market ready? GIVE ME A CALL. I’ll help you get the most out of your home sale!

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Toys are among the world’s most popular collectible items. Among the most collected toys are
beanie babies, Barbie dolls, Pez dispensers, miniature cars, Transformers, pogs, and action
figures. Here’s a list of the Bay Area’s best toy collector clubs.

DOLLS

Avid doll collectors typically join the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), to keep
informed of sales, shows and gatherings all over the world. Visit ufdc.org for scheduled events,
workshops, and club locations.

Among the Bay Area’s local doll clubs are the 101 Doll & Study Club in Benicia. For more
information, call Stephanie Blythe at 415-455-8415.

Also visit the Alameda County Fashion Doll Club in Hayward. This group meets monthly.
Scheduled activities include luncheons, raffles, and theme parties. Call Carrie Freitas at 510-
219-3603.

CARS

Hot Wheels cars are the best selling toy cars on the market, with Matchbox cars not far behind.
A Hot Wheels collector club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5 pm to 7
pm. Meetings are held at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, located at 85 North Milpitas Boulevard in
Milpitas.

Matchbox car enthusiasts can visit the Bay Area Matchbox Cars Association at bamca.org.

VINTAGE TOYS

Nostalgia lovers will find many wonderful childhood treasures at the Antiques and
Collectibles Faire. The Faire is held on the first Sunday of each month from 6 AM to 3 PM, at
the Naval Air Station in the charming Island City of Alameda.

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Over the past twenty years, Scrabble has emerged as an extremely addictive pastime and a
highly competitive sport. Local Scrabble players run clubs and tournaments all over the Bay
Area. Players are encouraged to bring a pen, some paper, a Scrabble set, and a chess clock.
Here’s a detailed list of well established Bay Area Scrabble clubs.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
The San Francisco Scrabble Club meets at Rincon Center on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM. Contact
Chris Patrick Morgan at (415) 573-5926.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club meets at the Boston Market Restaurant, located at 3375 El
Camino Real. Admission is free, but players are expected to purchase something from the
restaurant. This club meets on non-holiday Monday evenings, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Players are allowed to choose from two sections: “Social” and “Competitive.” Players in the
social section are NOT required to keep score or use a chess clock. Contact Mitch Bayersdorfer
at 650-326-6243 for more information.

ALAMEDA COUNTY
The Oakland Scrabble Club meets at It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies, located at 4920
Telegraph Avenue at 51st Street. Players congregate on the first, third, and fifth Saturday of the
month at 1:00 PM. Admission is one dollar. For complete details, contact the lovely and
endearing Cynthia Pughsley at (510) 839-4090. Tell her Judee said hello.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
You can also play Scrabble at Carl’s Junior, located at 1530 Kirker Pass Road in Clayton, on the
second and fourth Saturday of each month, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is one dollar.
Contact Mike Treshler at (925) 672-8332.

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Bay Area Magic Clubs

by Lisa Doyle July 24, 2014 Latest News

  Magicians, also known as illusionists, share the unusual skill of executing magic tricks.  Magic tricks are divided into categories such as card tricks, optical illusions, escapes, and mentalism (a.k.a. mind reading). Among America’s most famous Illusionists are Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Harry Houdini, Penn & Teller, and James “The Amazing” Randi.  Here’s a descriptive […]

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Quieter Market Predicted for 2014

by Lisa Doyle July 21, 2014 Latest News

Pete Carey, of the Mercury News, writes: “After the Bay Area housing market’s biggest price run-up in years in 2013, with frenzied bidding wars in some markets and cash investors snapping up homes in others, experts are predicting a much calmer market in 2014. That’s good news for potential homebuyers, since there will be more […]

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Best COIN COLLECTORS CLUBS in the Bay Area

by Lisa Doyle July 17, 2014 Latest News

Coin collecting is a popular activity for a number of reasons. Not only are coins interesting and beautiful, but some people see numismatic study as a viable investment opportunity. Here’s a detailed list of Coin Collector clubs in and around San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO Most San Francisco coin collectors belong to the Pacific Coast Numismatic […]

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Grand Opening 828 Spring Brook Drive in San Ramon, CA 94582

by Lisa Doyle July 11, 2014 Latest News
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Best Bay Area BACKGAMMON Clubs

by Lisa Doyle July 10, 2014 Latest News

Backgammon is an exciting two-player board game involving both luck and skill. The game is typically played for money, and the world’s strongest players can earn a fortune. Here’s a detailed list of Backgammon clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Backgammon club meets on Monday evenings at the San […]

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Open Mic’s in Sonoma County

by Lisa Doyle July 3, 2014 Latest News

  The once agricultural county of Sonoma is nowadays bursting with opportunities for local performing artists to show their stuff. Here are some top rated open mics ongoing throughout Sonoma County. The Black Cat Bar is an amazing music venue in Penngrove, frequented by many talented local artists. The predominant theme is a musical mixed […]

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