West Wind Offers Free Drive In Movie Night – Tonight


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West Wind Theaters (off Solano Drive in Concord) is hosting their FREE ADMISSION tonight!  The featured movies are Furious 7, Home, Avengers, and Pitch Perfect 2

Other activities include a live band, games and well stocked concession stands. Gates open at 6:00pm and the first movie starts at 8:00pm. Pack the picnic basket, grab an ice chest and enjoy a fun night out. Visit the West Wind Theaters for more information.

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Walnut Creek Safeway Closing, Offering 50% Off All Merchandise – Starts Today


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The Safeway off Ygancio Valley Rd in Walnut Creek is closing. The store launched its 50% off the sale price on all merchandise excluding alcohol. The wine, beer and hard liquor are 40% plus and additional 10% when you buy 6 bottles of any kind. The 50% sale is store wide and includes floral, foods, drinks, pet supplies, toiletries and baby items including diapers.

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Absolutely everything is on markdown in the store.

According to management, the store will be closing on September 5 and the sale will continue until all the merchandise is gone.

Safeway’s sale started today and the smaller store was packed by 5:15am, only 15 minutes after opening. By 5:20am shopping carts were in short supply as a mad dash for local Walgreens carts broke out in the parking lot.

Inside, entire families came in with game plans and coordinated their shopping. The rush was for 40-50% off high-end liquor, wines and beer.  Some individuals pushed around two shopping carts at once all stuffed full of everything from bread to wash soap. One family have 4 carts filled of only booze.

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The lines were stretched over the entire store as the 4 check out clerks desperately tried to keep up. One checker said “Today is worse than Thankgiving and Thanksgiving is a nightmare”.  Shoppers waited over an hour to rack in the good deals. One patron we spoke with asked “Is this what panic buying looks like? I mean.. It’s tense in here. People are aggressive. It’s like a fight will break out over the last can of corn.”

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We have to admit, it was intense in there. There was some pushing, a few verbal disputes, some line cutting and even some old-fashioned theft. That’s right theft. We saw people stealing items out of unattended carts as well as shoppers loading up their cloth grocery bags with merchandise.

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When we left some of the shelves were bare but there was still plenty left.  Also you can use coupons in addition to the 50% off mark down.

Check out these videos clips of the massive long lines, full carts and the somewhat bare shelves.

FREE Admission to National Parks – Aug 25


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Anyone looking to explore a national park for free in 2015 should mark his or her calendar. The National Park Service has nine fee-free days on the calendar in 2015. On the dates, all 401 national parks will offer free admission, though only 133 usually charge admission, according to the National Park Service (NPS). See the list below for this years dates and plan a trip to your local park. If you’re active military or family, you can also get a FREE Annual Pass to the National Parks.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-FREE dates in 2015:

  • August 25, 2015
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26, 2015
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2015
    Veterans Day

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This includes some of the most stunning places on earth including:

  • FREE Admission to Denali National Park in Alaska
  • FREE Admission to Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • FREE Admission to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • FREE Admission to Yosemite National Park in California
  • FREE Admission to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • FREE Admission to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Zion National Park in Utah
  • FREE Admission to Acadia National park in Maine
  • FREE Admission to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado

View list of participating National Parks HERE

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Disturbing: Concord Planned Parenthood Featured In “Human Capital” Documentary – Graphic Video


The Center for Medical Progress has released a nearly 12 minute long video featuring the Concord Planned Parenthood clinic. In this video, Bay Area local Holly O’Donnell, 24, worked at Planned Parenthood Concord as a Procurement Technician. She tells in graphic detail of what really happens behind the clinics doors and it has shocked the world. Concord Planned Parenthood is specifically mentioned and pictured at 7:30 minute mark.

As of late the video has received over a 1 million views and has gone viral. The video comes at the release of several videos by the Center for Medical Progress exposing the sell of human baby body parts by tax payer funded Planned Parenthood.

Watch at your own discretion. The video is graphic and not suited for younger viewers.

IHOP Offers $1 Pancakes – End Childhood Hunger!


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IHOP will have $1 pancakes to raise funds for charity on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Get a short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Dubbed “Share a Smile” Day, 50 cents from each $1 short stack sale will benefit No Kid Hungry.  No coupon is required to get the IHOP $1 special.

IHOP announced that it has joined forces with No Kid Hungry to provide 2.5 million meals this year. “No Kid Hungry’s mission is to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food,” the pancake chain said in a press release.

“One in five American children struggle with hunger, which can have serious long-term effects on their development and success,” said Darren Rebelez, President of International House of Pancakes, LLC. “We are so proud to partner with No Kid Hungry to bring smiles to children’s faces as we fight to end childhood hunger.”

IHOP’s “Summer of Smiles” celebration is devoted to celebrating individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to making the communities they serve better.  No Kid Hungry’s initiatives to feed children will benefit not only from the $1 short stack program on August 25, but also a month-long online and social media campaign, as well as a donation line on all IHOP receipts.

“The simple act of feeding kids a healthy breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health and economic futures,” said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit that runs the No Kid Hungry campaign. “A leader in breakfast, IHOP is an ideal partner to help us raise awareness and end childhood hunger, and by Sharing a Smile IHOP guests and the brand will kick off Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in a rewarding and exciting way.”

To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger or to donate, please visit www.ihop.com or nokidhungry.org.

Local Locations for IHOP include:

  • IHOP  4619 Clayton Road CONCORD, CA 94521-2932
  • IHOP 2910 North Main Street WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-2003
  • IHOP 2290 Loveridge Road PITTSBURG, CA 94565-5022
  • IHOP 1190 Arnold Drive MARTINEZ, CA 94553-4133

Happy International Left-Handers Day!


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Lefties who are feeling left out in a right-oriented world have reason for cheer today. August 13th is observed as International Left-Handers Day and is the day that left-handed people can claim as their own.

International Left-Handers Day  was established in 1990, as a day to bring attention to the struggles which lefties face daily in a right-handed society.  Lefties, commonly called Southpaw, face challenges in doing ordinary things because so many tools are created for the right-handed. #thestruggleisreal

Approximately 10% of the population is a Southpaw.  Scientists haven’t discovered why a person is left-handed, but it more probable that you will have a left-handed child if one of the parents is left-handed.

Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it”. …Brilliant Author unknown

Random Fun Facts About Left Handed People
  • 10% of people are left-handed according to a report by Scientific American.
  • Geniuses are more likely to be left-handed – 20% of the top scoring SAT takers are left-handed.
  • In 2013, 31% of Major League Baseball pitchers are left-handed.
  • Of the last 5 Presidents, 3 were lefties – Obama, Clinton and Bush Sr.
  • All lefties: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo da Vinci
  • Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handedness or things on the left side.
  • While many people are left handed, very few are 100% left handed. For example, many Left handers golf and bat right handed. On the other hand, there is a high percentage of righties who are 100% right-handed.
  • The term Southpaw was coined in baseball to describe a left handed pitcher.
  • During the 1600’s people, thought left handers were witches and warlocks.
  • International Left Hander’s Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976. It was started by Lefthander’s International.
  • It is believed that all polar bears are left handed. Also see Polar Bear Day.
  • There is a rumor that octopuses have but one right hand. Scientists are diligently studying this issue.

Fun Things To Do To Celebrate Left Handed Day

  • Eat with your left hand today.
  • Attempt to use only your left hand while writing today.  If typing or navigating on a computer, use the mouse with your left hand.
  • Look around you and notice how many people you know are left-handed.
  • Attempt to cook using your left-hand as the primary one.
  • Create a “Lefty Zone” where everyone who enters must only use their left hand for the day.

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Do you know there is even a super cool left handers club?? The Left-Handers Club was formed in 1990 aiming to keep members in touch with developments, make their views known to manufacturers and others, provide a help & advice line, to promote research into left-handedness and development of new left-handed items.

FREE “Backwards” calendar and certificate when you join! To join, click here!

And if you can’t tell by now, the mastermind and writer behind the DiabloReporter.com is a lefty! #Leftiesunite

Smog Checkpoint Didn’t Go Unnoticed – Upsets Local Residents


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Facebook is buzzing with upset local residents after unconstitutional checkpoint surprised traveling motorists. Checkpoints are becoming more and more a part of the scenery in many parts of the country. The most well known checkpoint being DUI checkpoints. Today’s checkpoint however, wasn’t trying to catch drunks it was trying to catch polluters.

The smog checkpoint was earlier today on Ygnacio Valley Rd between Alberta Way and Ayers Road in Concord. The checkpoint was ran by California Highway Patrol and expensive tax payer funded smog equipment was used at the checkpoint. The smog tests are run by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). These tests are technically voluntary, but with the hype, road signage and the presence of a highway patrolmen flagging people down, it does not come off that way to many drivers.

Angry residents have taken to Facebook and Twitter; posting pictures, videos and even their own meme calling the checkpoint “fascist”.

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Concord Mom, Tammy, shared some of her frustrations over being stopped. “This is the first day of school! And they picked an already congested area to set it up! Ridiculous!”  Doug Morgan of Clayton said “It’s an inconvenience. People have things to do and there out there wasting time and tax payer money!”

The Bureau of Automotive Repair do advertise that the tests are voluntary and only take about 10 minutes. What isn’t mentioned in their public service announcements is that if you fail the test you will be issued a citation. Even if you pass, many drivers are complaining that CHP will issue citations for check engine lights and other petty infractions.

The tests are set up similar to smog checks at a service station. Technicians drive the vehicle up onto an elevated metal dynamometer to check the car’s components and systems, indicator lights, ignition timing, gas cap and exhaust recirculation system.

Initially set up as a “one-time inspection” in 1966 by the California Highway Patrol, this program has continued to grow and expand. 1996 gave way to bi-annual inspections that were tied to the registration process of the vehicle. This means that by accepting a California driver’s license and registration, you are agreeing that you will comply with this law or that you will be subject to legal consequences.

In 2002, the California Health and Safety Code added Section 44081, which was meant to give the code and existing smog laws some “teeth.” This specific section gives police officers in California the authority to randomly stop vehicles to “ensure their compliance with state smog laws.” The first portion of the section reads:

44081. (a) (1) The department, in cooperation with the state board, shall institute procedures for auditing the emissions of vehicles while actually being driven on the streets and highways of the state. The department may undertake those procedures itself or seek a qualified vendor of these services. The primary object of the procedures shall be the detection of gross polluters. The procedures shall consist of techniques and technologies determined to be effective for that purpose by the department, including, but not limited to, remote sensing. The procedures may include pullovers for roadside emissions testing and inspection.

Combined with the bi-annual inspections that are tied to vehicle registration and Section 44081 and what do you end up with? Today’s smog checkpoints.

California drivers are required to pass emissions test to be registered in the state. It would seem that these checkpoints are more than a little redundant. Not to mention that California is bankrupt. California Taxpayers Association researchers counted $443 billion in state and local debts. That’s a whooping $11,600 for each of California’s 38 million residents.

In light of the redundancy of the testing, and with the state budget statistics in mind, one can only conclude that the California legislature wants to spend money it doesn’t have, and wants the public to grow accustomed to being flagged down by police in broad daylight for customary checkpoints.

Special thanks to Ghost Rider for the photos and the meme. Also special thanks to “The General” for the video below.

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Sweet Treat: AW Offers Free Root Beer Floats – 8/6


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If you could use a little break from the heat, a popular restaurant may give you a cool down; totally free!

A&W Restaurants will celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on Aug. 6 by giving away free root beer floats to patrons. Organizers say that anyone visiting a participating restaurant between 2 p.m. and closing time on Thursday will receive one small root beer float free of charge upon request. No purchase necessary.

In addition to the root beer floats, guests are also encouraged to support veterans by donating to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, A&W patrons donated more than $200,000 to the organization.

A&W locations include: (Or find an A&W location near you)

  • 4660 Clayton Road Concord, CA 94521
  • 635 Contra Costa Boulevard Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
  • 2410 Mahogany Way Antioch, CA 94509
  • 6371 Lone Tree Way Brentwood, CA 94513
  • 7810 Brentwood Boulevard Brentwood, CA 94513
  • 6797 Village Parkway Dublin, CA 94568

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FREE Admission to Over 400 National Parks!


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Anyone looking to explore a national park for free in 2015 should mark his or her calendar. The National Park Service has nine fee-free days on the calendar in 2015. On the dates, all 401 national parks will offer free admission, though only 133 usually charge admission, according to the National Park Service (NPS). See the list below for this years dates and plan a trip to your local park. If you’re active military or family, you can also get a FREE Annual Pass to the National Parks.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-FREE dates in 2015:

  • August 25, 2015
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26, 2015
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2015
    Veterans Day

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This includes some of the most stunning places on earth including:

  • FREE Admission to Denali National Park in Alaska
  • FREE Admission to Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • FREE Admission to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • FREE Admission to Yosemite National Park in California
  • FREE Admission to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • FREE Admission to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Zion National Park in Utah
  • FREE Admission to Acadia National park in Maine
  • FREE Admission to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado

View list of participating National Parks HERE

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Applebee’s Giving Away Free Appetizer Sampler – Today Only


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Today, July 21, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will offer free sampler plates of its popular new Sriracha Shrimp and Churro S’Mores appetizers to guests at restaurants around the country, including all Bay Area area locations.

Applebee’s is hosting a National “Taste the Change” day to showcase better drinks, atmosphere and a celebration of 35 years of service. The food chain anticipates serving about two million plates of Sriracha Shrimp and Churro S’Mores during “Taste The Change Day” at nearly 2,000 restaurants across the country. The offer is available to dine-in guests all day, with the option of adding other new appetizers at low sampler prices.

Free sampling offers will be available at nearly all Applebee’s locations nationwide on July 21 from 11a.m. to close.

Offers valid at participating locations on 7/21/15 only. Dine in only. Minimum one sampler per party. No purchase necessary!

For more information, contact your local Applebee’s location:

  • Applebee’s  Encina Grande, 2819 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
  • Applebee’s  1041 Admiral Callaghan Ln, Vallejo, CA 94591
  • Applebee’s  2737 Hillcrest Ave, Antioch, CA 94509
  • Applebee’s Pinole Vista Crossing, 1369 Fitzgerald Dr, Pinole, CA 94564
  • Applebee’s  1350 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, CA 94533
  •  Applebee’s 17900 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon, CA 94583
  • Applebee’s 195 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559
  • Applebee’s  2263 S Shore Center, Alameda, CA 94501
  • Applebee’s  2770 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Applebee’s  4808 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568