Emergency Preparedness Fair – Are You Ready?


September is National Preparedness Month. Local residents are offered the opportunity to pick up useful information and free give-aways from local emergency service organizations on Thursday, Sept. 1st at Concord’s Emergency Preparedness Fair. It will be held from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.

The fair will feature representatives from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and Hazmat team, the American Red Cross, Contra Costa County Animal Services, the Salvation Army, Contra Costa County Public Health Division, Concord CERT, PG&E, CC Sheriff Department, the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club and many more.

Demonstrations by citizen volunteers involved with Community Emergency Response Teams will be presented throughout the evening.


For more pictures from previous years, click here.

For more information, click on the flyer below or contact Margaret Romiti, (925) 671-3184.

Free Vaccines & Exams For Veterans’ Pets


Free Vaccines & Exams for Veterans’ Pets at the Martinez VA available on Friday, August 26rd at 150 Muir Road, Martinez – Center Ave entrance (in front of the police house). Check-in begins at 9:30 am and check-ins will be accepted until noon or FULL. First come, first served

ARF’s Mobile Clinic will be onsite at the Martinez VA on an ongoing basis to perform wellness exams, give vaccinations, and answer questions about basic pet wellness for veterans.

Cats and dogs only; limit 2 pets per veteran.
Services are provided at no cost to veterans presenting military ID.

Dogs must be on-leash and under control at all times. Cats must be in carriers.
Please clean up after your pets. Wait times may vary; please wear comfortable clothes. Water will be provided for people and pets.

Upcoming Mobile Clinics at the Martinez VA:
Friday, September 9
Friday, September 23

For more information, visit ARF at their website.

National Parks Offering Free Admission – 8/25 – 8/28


Everyone can enjoy Free Admission to National Parks in 2016. Check the list of dates below, when admission to national parks is FREE for anyone.   If you’re active military or family, you can also get a FREE Annual Pass to our National Parks.

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessionaires are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your 401 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit and share this with a friend!

*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.

West Wind Offers Free Drive In Movie Night


West Wind Theaters (off Solano Drive in Concord) is hosting their FREE ADMISSION on Thursday, August 25th!  The featured movies are Tarzan, Central Intelligence, Angry Birds and Ghostbusters

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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711: Fill Up Your Cup For $1.50 – Any Size or Shape!


Slurpee fans, get ready to fill up your favorite cup one more time at 7-Eleven stores at yet another Bring Your Own Cup event.

For the second time this year, 7-Eleven is letting customers bring any size or shape cup and fill it with their favorite Slurpee flavor for the $1.50 price of a medium Slurpee. The event will take place from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday August 19 and 20.


Here are the guidelines:

  • Cup must fit upright through a 10″ hole. (You might want to measure before you leave home!)
  • Your cup must be food safe.
  • Cup must be water tight (e.g., no leaks!).
  • One cup per person.


I’m seeing some pretty interesting pictures on the Slurpee website – people seriously bringing in gallon-size water bottles or reusing 48-oz juice containers. So long as it meets the guidelines above, you could potentially get a *really* good deal here and have enough Slurpee to share with the family!


For more details and to find a location near you, please see Slurpee.com.


Free 6 Week Emergency Preparedness Class


Help your community survive the zombie apocalypse! Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a FREE 6 week emergency preparedness course. During the course you will learn medical triage, fire suppression, search and rescue techniques, radio communication and much more! They are also giving graduates a free emergency preparedness backpack kit.


This CERT basic training is 6 Tuesday evenings, September 13, 2016 – October 18, 2016 from 6:30PM t0 9:30PM.  If you cannot attend all 6 classes, you will be able to attend a make-up class to fulfill the FEMA 20 hour requirement.


In the course you will learn how to take care of yourself and family after an emergency, especially the first 72 hours and maybe up to 10 days. You will learn what kits and food you should have on hand, how to use a fire extinguisher properly, basic first aid, light search & rescue and triage. After you have taken the series of class, the final class will be a simulated disaster drill on Saturday Novenber 5, 2016.

The course will be held in Concord at the Concord Police Department. Concord residents and non Concord residents welcome! Space is limited!

Click here to Register!

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A&W Offers Free Root Beer Floats Tomorrow!



August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day, the one day every year where A&W is happy to share their signature treat completely on-the-house. Come visit an A&W location between 2 p.m. and closing time on Saturday will receive one small root beer float free of charge upon request. No purchase necessary. Cheers!

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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