Master Gardeners Hosts Annual Plant Sale – $3



Thousands of heirloom tomato and other vegetable plants will be on sale at the Sixth Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale, Heirlooms of the World.  Don’t miss it!


The Central County Sale will be held at Our Garden in Walnut Creek on Saturday, April 1, 10 am to 3 pm.  Subject to inventory availability, a second Walnut Creek sale will be held at Our Garden on April 8.

→ Whichever sale you attend, come early for best selection, and remember to BYOB…bring your own box.  Even better, BYOW…bring your own wagon!

What can I find at the Great Tomato Plant Sale?

  • dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, including lots of new varieties for 2017, hailing from many worldwide locations.
  • several tough high-performing hybrid tomatoes as well (by popular demand!).
  • numerous types of peppers, many unusual and hard-to find—from sweet and juicy to hot and spicy.
  • a wide variety of eggplants, tomatillos, herbs and other veggies.

Please check back next month for variety lists and shopping lists by sale location.  Plants will cost $3 each (cash or check only, please!), and the income will support the community education work of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.


UC Master Gardeners will be available at the sale to advise on plant selection, site location and preparation, planting, fertilizing, pruning, and harvesting.  Strategies to minimize plant disease and maximize production will also be discussed.

For more information, please visit the Master Gardeners Website.

FREE St Patty’s Day Uber Ride – Happy St Patty’s Day


Stay safe this St Patty’s Day! Want to drink and get around safe? Ride free with Uber tonight!

Disaster Strikes – Are You Prepared?

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.


Prepare for summer 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).


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


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

Free Tax Assistance Available For Low Income People

Contra Costa County’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program, assists low-income people and families to claim their full, correct tax refunds, at no charge. They aim to make sure that families collect all benefits due to them through underutilized tax provisions such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

This program also saves taxpayers hundreds of dollars in preparation fees by eliminating all preparation costs. If you have a household income below $52,000, this program can help you file your taxes and get your full, correct refund at no charge. Plus they have access to many other useful resources.

For Concord:

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services
2702 Clayton Rd., Ste
202 925-309-4670
2/1 – 4/17
By Appt

Concord United Methodist Church
1645 West St.
2/1 – 4/13
Wed & Thu: 8:45am – 3pm

Concord Library
2900 Salvio St.
925- 405-5135
2/3 – 4/15
Fri & Sat: 10am – 3:30pm

For other areas, click here.

(make sure to bring these items with you on the day of the event)

  • For each person on your tax return: photo ID and Social Security Card or ITIN
  • W-2′s forms for all jobs held in 2013
  • All 1099’s, 1098’s and any other tax forms
  • Checking and savings account and routing numbers for direct deposit
  • Last year’s tax return (if you have it)

For more information visit

IHOP Offers FREE Pancakes Tomorrow! – All Day!


On Tuesday, March 7th from 7 am – 7 pm — with select locations offering extended hours until 10 pm — celebrate National Pancake Day® at IHOP® and get a FREE short stack of our Original Buttermilk Pancakes!

In return, IHOP is asking that you consider making a donation to their charitable partners. Every stack served helps us reach our goal of raising $3.5 million for children battling critical illnesses.

For more information, visit IHOP FREE Pancake Day Website.

FREE Kids Workshop: Build a Rain Gauge – Mar 4


Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a rain gauge house, so you and your budding scientist can measure the rain dropped by spring storms. Once the gauge is built, your child can paint their project to personalize it.

All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Saturday, Mar 4, 2017   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

For more information and to register for this class, visit

Concord PD Now Accepting Applications For Citizen Police Academy


The Concord Police Department is currently accepting applications for the spring session of the Citizen Police Academy.

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA)  provides community members with an understanding of the purpose, function, and challenges faced by modern law enforcement. The curriculum and teachings are real examples of police methodology and casework; however, the weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer.

Academy classes are taught by police executives and veteran police officers, and participants are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns to police employees.

Citizen Police Academy Participants are selected by the Chief of Police through an application process. Applications are available on-line, in the police department Front Lobby. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty students per Academy Class.

Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 16 years.
  • Live or work in the Concord Area.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application.
  • Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the Chief of Police.

For an application, click here or contact Community Impact Unit (925) 671-3075 or for more information!