Today is FREE Jamba Juice Day! Treat Yourself!


Get a free Jamba Juice smoothie on Thursday, April 23, 2015. No coupon or purchase is necessary.

Stop in from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday to get a free 12-ounce Tropical Greens, Strawberries Wild or Caribbean Passion smoothie at participating stores, while supplies last.

This is a nationwide promotion! The giveaway celebrates the brand’s 25th anniversary. Only one per person.

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Free Medical Care Clinic – Accepting New Patients


The Rotary Club of Concord opened a free urgent care medical clinic at Cambridge Elementary School, 1135 Lacey Lane, Concord, CA 94520. The Clinic will be available to patients who live in the Concord area and have no health insurance. The Clinic will be open every Thursday from 5 P.M. until 9 P.M.  Patients will be seen by appointment only. The clinic will be accepting appointments between the hours of 1 P.M. and 2 P.M. on each Thursday at Concord RotaCare Phone #: 925-429-6409.  Appointment slots are limited and only patients who make appointments will receive service.

This RotaCare Clinic is operated and underwritten by the Rotary Club of Concord.  Supporters of the clinic include John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, Anka Behavioral Health, Inc., The Mt. Diablo Unified School District, La Casa Via Associates, LLC, and many dedicated health care providers, Rotarians and other caring people who live in Contra Costa County.

FREE Admission to National Park – This Weekend!


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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:

  • April 18-19, 2015
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • 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.

Online DMV Appointments – Save Time


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Don’t get caught up in all the drama and stress! Save Time, Go Online!

Doing business with the DMV online has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including online advance appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at(800) 777–0133.

For more information about the DMV or to access the online services, visit their website at www.dmv.ca.gov.

I know we have ALL experienced frustrations at the DMV, what was your worst one? What was your longest wait time? Have you ever had a quick and painless experience? Tell us about it and comment below!

FREE Admission to National Parks – April 18-19


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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:

  • April 18-19, 2015
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25, 2015
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26, 2015
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2015
    Veterans Day

Yosemite Great Falls, US

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.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!


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Just wanted to start off this lovely Sunday by wishing everyone a very Happy Easter! I hope you all have a beautiful day with your families and friends. Thanks again for continuing to support this site and to all my new readers: Welcome! You have been all so very kind and I always want to remind you that I do appreciate it! You all truly are the best and make this website so much more fun for me! Again, Happy Easter.

Be safe everyone and most importantly have a wonderful day!  :) XOXO,

~The Diablo Reporter

Calling All Music & Outdoor Lovers – The Event of the Summer Is Here!


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The most awesome event of the year is coming up: Mountain Vibe Music Gathering VI! This 2 day music concert and camp-out will leave you begging for more and returning year after year. The sweet blend of local rising bands and the relaxing nature of the great outdoors can make Mountain Vibe VI an event you simply should not miss! Did I mention the trails for OHV? Bring your toys and check out local trails, then come back and enjoy the show!

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Mountain Vibe Music Gathering VI: 
2 Nights of Camping + 2 Days of Music

Where: The Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, Ca
When: July 17th and 18th, 2015
Cost: $60.00 early bird pricing (until April 15) , $75.00 after.
Price of Admission Includes: Weekend of Camping, Music and OHV Activity.
Kids under 10 – free.

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Past bands include Arden Park Roots, Planting Seeds, Lavish Green, Massive Delicious, Zuhg and Stone Foxes. This year’s schedule to be announced.

~CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW~

Tickets purchased through Pay Pal will be at will call under purchaser’s name and will be available the day of the event. Please bring Pay Pal receipt and picture I.D.

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This event will feature live local music and a scenic camping environment. Plus it also will be the weekend home to some incredible people and awesome vendors. Past sponsors included Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, California.

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Mountain Vibe Music Festival is an annual event hosted by Mountain Vibe Entertainment. They have a wonderful staff made up of local East Bay residents who work year around to support the Northern California music scene.

Mountain Vibe Entertainment has partnered with Guitars Not Guns for a second year. Mountain Vibe Entertainment has the honor of raising funds for their amazing program, which benefits underprivileged children and teaches them how to play music. Once each child completes the program they get to keep their instrument. For more information about Guitars Not Guns, click here.

To have the best experience at Mountain Vibe, bring everyone you know! Get your tickets early (they are cheaper that way) and start planning your awesome Mountain Vibe weekend today!!! Earlier bird pricing won’t last long!

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Join the hundreds of hardcore Vibers that make this event a must each and every year! The experiences, the memories, and the new friendships that will come from this event make these tickets not only a steal, but truly priceless.

~DON’T HAVE TICKETS? GET EM HERE!~

To see what all the fuss is about check out the video below!!

For more information about Mountain Vibe Entertainment or Mountain Vibe Music Gathering, click here to visit their website. For awesome pictures of past events, “like” Mountain Music Gathering on Facebook.

 

Are you veteran Mountain Viber or newcomer? Were you a trooper at Desert Vibe? What bands are ready to see again? Tell us what’s your best memories from past Mountains! We would love to hear from you and let’s tell others why they should be there this year!!! Comment Below!!

Got some crazy & cool pictures of past Mountain Vibe Events??? Email them to DiabloReporter@Hush.com to have them featured in one of our upcoming articles!!!

Dyed Baby Chicks Get Dumped After Easter (Please Share)


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All across America thousands of chicks, bunnies and even ducks are dumped after Easter according to ASPCA.

They are dyed, terrorized by kids and killed a few days later. Sadly, most don’t even get put up for adoption. Baby chicks are drowned, flushed down the toilet and even adopted bunnies are released and left to fend for themselves in the wild.

Local animal rescue groups always see a spike in abandoned rabbits and chicks in the weeks following the spring holiday. “A big problem is that people get cute, fuzzy baby bunnies or chicks . . . at Easter and don’t always know what is involved. It’s a long-term commitment,” said an animal rescue volunteer.

“Rabbits can live about 10 years. Once they hit puberty, if they are not spayed or neutered, they turn into “raging hormonal bunnies” and can become territorial”, said another volunteer.

This is a pattern that has happened for years and it’s sadly it’s still going on, even here in Concord.

Below is a Craigslist ad put up yesterday from one Concord family who’s husband purchased the chicks from a local pet store, brought them home, and the family dyed them pink and blue. “We give them to our year old daughter as a toy” (their words not mine), said the women who adopted them out.

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The chicks were dyed with food color she explained to me and given to our child as a novelty gift. One problem, these aren’t novelty items. They are living, breathing animals that trusted you to be good to them.

Some may think that dying chicks and bunnies is harmless fun, however, according The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently published a comprehensive report called “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks” (pdf) which details the inherent risks of nine different dyes widely used in cooking. “New studies show that seven common food dyes contributed to cancer in lab animals, including brain and testicular tumors, colon cancer, and mutations” according to the article.

I can only imagine what happened after the chicks were dyed. Were they crammed into a plastic egg? Wrapped up in an Easter basket? Or were they a squeeze toy for a one year old?

After the “novelty” wore off, the family then choose to dump them on Craigslist for free to the first stranger that wanted them.

Luckily the first stranger that picked them up and adopted was from the DiabloReporter household. We were shocked by the condition that they were kept. They were left in a cardboard box crawling all over their own mess. The owners had a make shift light over the cardboard box on the cement floor. They failed to add a heated bulb so there’s was nothing to keep them warm in the drafty atrium type patio that they were left in. The chicks were even cold to the touch. There was even dye surrounding the chicks beaks, face and eyes.

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These chicks will receive a bath to try and remove the remaining dye. We will get them into a clean cage with heated lamp and get medical care for them if needed. Then we will try to find them a suitable home and if not,  they will be added to the growing happy free range chicken and duck flock that resides on the DiabloReporter’s mini farm.

These chicks are the lucky ones. 

You can help chicks and bunnies like these by sharing this post!!! Every person that see this is less likely to do repeat this awful pattern.

If you are interested in giving your child a chick or bunny experience during Easter, you can take them to pet store and let them interact with animals in a safe environment for free. You can also connect with friends and family that have chickens. In recent years there has been a spike in chicken ownership, in fact backyard chickens are quickly becoming the most popular pet. If you don’t know anyone, try a petting zoo or other facility.

Or give your kids a chocolate or stuffed bunny or chick, not a living, breathing one. You can also help spread the word that rabbits are not disposable pets by getting involved in the Make Mine Chocolate! campaign. Started in 2002 by the Columbus House Rabbit Society, the campaign aims to educate the public about the challenges of owning a rabbit and encourages parents to give chocolate or toy bunnies as Easter gifts instead of live rabbits. Check out the group’s website, MakeMineChocolate.org, for more info.

~Original Article Published by DiabloReporter.com on April 23, 2014~

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UPDATE: The chicks involved are happy healthy egg layers living peacefully in a green lush free range environment. They are now apart of a flock that includes both chickens and ducks! While these guys have a happy ending, many do not. Please take a moment to SHARE this post everywhere! It may save a life. Thank you!

Free Kids Workshop – Chalkboard Planter Stand


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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!

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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!

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