Free Kids Workshop – Chalkboard Planter Stand


lowes1

Registration is now open for the FREE Chalkboard Planter Stand Workshop on Saturday, April 4! Do your kids have the need for speed? Bring them into Home Depot’s to build this cool chalkboard planter stand!

This free kids workshop is a great way to spend some quality time with the kids and get a free craft item! These hands-on workshops are designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a free Workshop Apron, and a free commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the free craft item, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

See your local Home Depot store for additional details.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE KIDS WORKSHOP

 

Free Online Police Scanner – LISTEN LIVE


Listening live to local police frequencies and police scanners is easier than ever!

Click on the icon above to start listening live to Concord Police Department, Clayton Police Department, Martinez Police Department, Antioch Police Department, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Emergency Medical Services, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Richmond Police Department and many more!

Martinez PoliceAntioch PoliceContra Costa SheriffContra Costa SheriffBay Area Rapid Transit

What’s the crazy thing you have heard on the scanner? Is there any departments or other scanner feeds that we should add to our page? Comment below!

Like this article? Share it using the tools below! Thank you for your support!

Disasters Happen – Are you prepared?


cert

If a major disaster happened, what would you do? Are you ready? Is your family prepared?

Martinez CERT is offering a FREE 20 hour (6 week) Disaster Training Course. This priceless training includes medical triage, disaster psychology, terrorism as well as field work like fire suppression and search and rescue.  Along with this training, graduates better prepared to help others in their neighborhood or workplace during a disaster.

This course is open to all Contra Costa County residents!

~ Click here to register for this CERT Disaster Training Course ~

For the full schedule of the training & more information about the class, visit the Martinez CERT’s website.

 

Visit the link below to find classes for your area

You can take the CERT course for your own personal knowledge or join the team to help others. To become a CERT member, you must complete a FREE 20 hour CERT Basic Training course and take part in at least one exercise per year. Continuing Education opportunities are available for free to all CERT members. CERT is a great opportunities for those that want to help during a disaster. Your training and knowledge learned today, may save a life tomorrow.

FREE Six Flags Ticket For Students – Ends 3/25


rtsheader2013

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket ($45 value) to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.

Final deadline is March 25, 2015 to register!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Know someone with school age kids? Share this opportunity with them using the tools below! Want more opportunities like this? Sign up for our email list, “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

AAA Offers FREE Tipsy Tow – No Membership Required


tipsy

AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” initiative will be offering St Patrick’s Day partygoers a free ride home tonight in the hope of getting people home safely on many of the biggest party nights of the year.

Anyone who has celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a little too much to drink will be able to catch a free ride with Tipsy Tow rather than risking more dangerous ways to get home.

The Tipsy Tow program is open to everyone. You do not need to be an AAA Member to take advantage of this service to the community.

AAA typically offers the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on the holiday to 6 a.m. the following day in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. For specific dates and times, see the list below.

During the period Tipsy Tow is available, drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” and a truck will be on its way.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver’s home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver’s home as long is there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck. You cannot make a reservation.

AAA provides its Tipsy Tow service for the following holidays:

St. Patrick’s Day: 6:00 p.m. March 17th – 6:00 a.m. March 18th
Cinco de Mayo: 6:00 p.m. May 5th – 6:00 a.m. May 6th
Independence Day: 6:00 p.m. July 4th – 6:00 a.m. July 5th
Halloween: 6:00 p.m. October 31st – 6:00 a.m. November 1st

Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive. Take the Pledge! Join AAA’s commitment to driving only while drug and alcohol-free.

AAA offers the following tips to stay safe and keep others safe on the roads:

  • Drive only while drug and alcohol-free
  • Plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver before a celebration begins
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away
  • Never ride in a car with someone who is impaired
  • Plan to take a cab or stay with a friend

Check Out These St Patrick’s Day Freebies


Besides indulging in a wee bit of green beer cheer and some fabulous Irish-inspired entertainment, some establishments are offering free goodies and special deals in honor of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

♣ FREE St Patrick’s Day Buttermilk Pancakes at IHOP

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Beer Bottle Label Printables

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Party Printables

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Fonts

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Screensavers

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printable Coloring Sheets

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Craft Projects from HP

♣ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Photo Free iPhone

Like freebies? Join us on Facebook, Twitter or bookmark us at DiabloReporter.com to stay informed on all the best local freebies!

 

IHOP Offers Free Buttermilk Pancakes – St Patty’s Day


ihop-st-patrick-day

WOW! Two Free Pancake Days in a month! IHOP is at it again! This time it’s for St. Patrick’s Day. Just wear green and get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes! No purchase necessary.

BONUS: When you get your receipt and complete the survey on the back you will have a coupon code good for an additional free short stack!

The IHOP on Clayton Rd in Concord is participating! Call ahead to the others to confirm participation.

Like freebies? Join us on Facebook, Twitter or bookmark us at DiabloReporter.com to stay informed on all the best local freebies!

 

1.
4619 Clayton Rd
CONCORD, CA 94521-2932
925-687 1124
Sun – Thu 6am – 10pm
Fri & Sat 6am – 12am
More Info

2.
2910 North Main Street
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-2003
925-938 3111
Sun – Thu 7am – 10pm
Fri & Sat 7am – 12am
More Info

3.
2290 Loveridge Rd
PITTSBURG, CA 94565-5022
925-427 6870
Sun – Thu 6am – 10pm
Fri & Sat 6am – 12am
More Info

4.
1190 Arnold Dr
MARTINEZ, CA 94553-4133
925-228 3322
Sun – Thu 7am – 10pm
Fri & Sat 7am – 12am
More Info

Dairy Queen Offers Free Ice Cream – Monday


Screen-Shot-2015-03-03-at-8.21.28-AM

Dairy Queen is celebrating its 75th anniversary with Free Cone Day on Monday. Participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill stores will serve one free small vanilla soft-serve cone per customer. No purchase necessary.

Customers will be asked to make donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Dairy Queen has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the last 30 years.

Contact your local Dairy Queen for more information:

  • 4463 CLAYTON RD CONCORD, CA   925-692-2100
  • 171A SUN VALLEY MALL  CONCORD, CA   925-363-9777
  • 607 E 18TH ST  ANTIOCH, CA 925-757-4845
  • GATEWAY CENTER  SAN RAMON, CA 925-560-6509

Like freebies? Join us on Facebook, Twitter or bookmark us at DiabloReporter.com to stay informed on all the best local freebies!

 

Spring Forward – Daylight Savings Time Today


springforward

Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2014 began at 2:00 AM today, Sunday, March 8. So if you don’t want to be late, be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour.

Remember the trick to clock changing by the old quote of “spring forward, fall backward,” which reminds us to set the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time in the spring and backward for Standard Time in the fall.

Which do you prefer — more daylight or more sleep? Weigh in below.

Emergency Preparedness – Are You Ready?


When you turn your clocks forward this weekend, take a few extra minutes to make sure that you and your family are better ready for the unexpected. By spending a few extra minutes now could make a huge difference in how you and your family handle a disaster or an emergency.

Are-You-Prepared

Prepare for winter by checking your smoke alarm batteries.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Check monthly that smoke alarms are working properly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Check your fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to make it a point to practice fire drills at home.

  • Make sure all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and set up a meeting place outside in case of fire.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day.
  • Teach household members to stop, drop and roll if their clothing should catch on fire.

There’s many other things that you could do to prepare for whatever may come.

  • Updating the emergency contact information in your family communications plan.
  • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in your family can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.
  • Check your emergency preparedness kit for expired food items, restock anything missing such as food, water and batteries.
  • If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed to your emergency preparedness supplies.

There’s a lot that we can learn from major disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. Food and water can be invaluable resource during a disaster. It’s recommend to keep at least a 10-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day).

emergency-preparedness

Organize a family night and spend time together creating a 72 hour emergency go bag. These bags include food, water, a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank radio, can opener, first aid kit, copies of important documents (like emergency contact lists), and special items such as medications, diapers, and infant formula. They can also include a change of clothes and some extra cash in small denominations. These bags can be kept near the front door to be grabbed at a moments notice or preloaded in the car and available to people where they happen to be.

By doing some of these few simple actions, you could help keep your family aware and prepared during an emergency or disaster.

For more information check out the Basic Emergency Supply Kit flyer and link below! 15 Emergency Preparedness Tips

emergencykit

Are you ready? Is there a tip or suggestion that we missed? Leave your comments below!