Friday, June 19, 2015

Village High School

The biggest problem with Village High School is that you have to fail in order to go there. But once there, the environment is such that the children thrive. The teachers are highly committed

My son attended Village for 3 years and I have never been more impressed with a school (and with 4 children, they have attended quite a few between them). He was at Amador for a year and I felt the school was too big and he was lost. The small school, warm environment of Village was just what he needed to succeed. And then they asked him to speak at graduation. Here is his speech:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

David Glass House and Forest Home Farms, San Ramon

source: Wikimedia

If you drive north on the 680 through San Ramon you will see a prominent white house on the left. The house is the David Glass House and is part of the Forest Home Farms complex. This is the home of San Ramon's Farmer's Market every Saturday from May through October. In the fall the farm turns into a pumpkin patch and at other times of the year you can see Civil War reenactments and sheep shearing. There is always plenty of parking.

Forest Home Farms also run trips for school parties which may or may not include the David Glass House. Here are some photographs taken by Stephanie Marcopulos on a recent school field trip.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Where to buy English food in Pleasanton

For those of us originally from a different country, we have cravings of food not found in most supermarkets. But if you look a little deeper, there are places where English food can be found. The three places I know of in Pleasanton are Gene's Fine Foods on the corner of Hopyard and Valley, Raley's on Sunol Blvd and Cost Plus World Market by the Mall.

If you don't find what you are looking for, then it's worth a trip to Draeger's in Danville as they have a larger selection.

I went in Gene's and Raley's and photographed their British selection. Obviously it changes from time to time, but this is what is was on offer when I went in recently.

Gene's Fine Food
The English section is by the produce section. Look at the first aisle with your back to the produce and you'll find it. There is also some British candy by the checkout stands that I didn't photograph, usually Aero and Turkish Delight.

The English section is at the end of aisle 8. 

If you don't find what you are looking for, there's always Amazon

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Sound of Music at Valley Christian Schools. March 2015

Here are some photographs from the Sound of Music Production at Valley Christian Schools on Friday March 20th.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Photographs from Pleasanton Ridge

Here are some photographs taken by Brent Lokker from Pleasanton Ridge (posted here with permission from Brent).

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And here is Brent's book for sale on Amazon:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Best Places to see Christmas Lights in Pleasanton

There are two places that I always go to see Christmas lights in Pleasanton, and they are both run by someone named Bob.

So they have been called Bob's World and Bob's World Two.

Bob's World is located at 2612 Calle Reynoso.

Bob's World Two is located at 3671 Chelsea Ct.

For both of these houses, you must get out and walk. Bob's World is on a corner lot and includes the garage. Bob's World Two has a lot of lights in the back yard, so make sure you go round the back.

Santa has been known to visit Bob's World and Bob's World Two on occasion (usually at weekends)

Here's a video of Bob's World:

Bob's World Two has now been renamed Widmer World and you can see more at their own website Widmer World.

The real street name of Candy Cane Lane is Walnut Drive. It is situated near Main Street, just off Ray Street and all 28 houses have decorations outside. So park and walk for this street.  

Another place I recommend is Livermore Lights the address is 646 Zermatt Street, Livermore. You drive up and tune your radio into the given frequency and then watch the lights in time to the music. 

Here's the video of Livermore Lights

And while you are in Livermore, visit Deacon Dave's at 352 Hillcrest Ave. Here's a video from Deacon Dave's: