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;
-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:
-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!
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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.
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-
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
Matchbox car enthusiasts can visit the Bay Area Matchbox Cars Association at bamca.org.
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.
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.
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.