6 Summer Concerts Near Pleasanton For the Whole Family

6 Summer Concerts Near Pleasanton For the Whole Family

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Music lovers in and around Pleasanton are going to have a GREAT month this June, because our area is packed with fantastic concerts that are suitable for the entire family.

Here are six to keep your eyes on (and the sixth is actually more than a dozen concerts extending into July):

June 3 – OTR, Concert in the Park

June opens with a bang when OTR brings a mix of rock and roll, R&B and dance from the 1970s to today to Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First Street and Neal Street.

This is the kickoff to the 2016 Concert in the Park series put together by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, and it’s going to be a great time!

June 10 – The CoolTones, Concert in the Park

The Pleasanton Downtown Association’s Concert in the Park series is really going to “swing” on June 10 when The CoolTones bring their big band swing to town.

This band brings a whopping 18 musicians to stage for a sound that is as big as it is fun. The show starts at 7pm and is happening at Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First Street and Neal Street.

June 11 – Rudy Colombini & The Unauthorized Rolling Stones

Who says you need to spend $100+ to see an authentic Rolling Stones experience? This Stones tribute act has been around for 15 years for a reason: they pack in a lot of showmanship, fantastic musicians, and some of your favorite songs of all time. The show is at 8pm at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

June 13 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bankhead Theater

For more than 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has brought the sounds of New Orleans to the world, conjuring up infectious rhythms, uplifting horns, and songs that will make you want to sing and dance.

In other words, this will be a great night out! Enjoy the show at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, starting at 7:30pm.

June 17 – Crawdad Republic, Concert in the Park

Another Concert in the Park, this time with the folk and bluegrass of Crawdad Republic. This band’s soaring melodies, clever storytelling and fantastic musicianship will have the whole family dancing! As always, the show is at Lions Wayside Park, located on the corner of First Street and Neal Street.

June 15-July 4 – Alameda County Fair

This is one of the region’s biggest events. The Alameda County Fair draws loads of people to the area to take in food, music, games, horse racing, and much more.

This year’s epic fair will have fantastic FREE concerts almost every day, including Tom Kiefer from Cinderella, Tony Toni Toné, a Queen tribute, Eric Burdon & The Animals, a Beatles tribute, country superstar Joe Nichols, Tower of Power, Great White, Smash Mouth, LeAnn Rimes, Kool & The Gang, a Journey tribute, The Guess Who, and loads more.

It’s music overload all month at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and overall, it’s going to be a gorgeous, music-filled month in Pleasanton this June. Get out there and enjoy it.

4 Fantastic Things To Do This Spring Near Pleasanton

We know how to usher in spring in Pleasanton.

For proof, here are four great upcoming events that you’ll want to bring the family to:

The 2016 Daffodil Show: Alden Lane Nursery

Gardening enthusiasts already know and love the Alden Lane Nursery, which has been a part of the community since 1955. The annual daffodil show, coming this year on March 5 and 6, is a great time for the entire community to take in the beauty of nature here in Pleasanton.

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Co-sponsored by the Northern California Daffodil Society, this event will showcase some of the most gorgeous flowers and displays in the region, and will make it easy to see why this is such a great place to live and work. 

Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair: Alameda County Fairgrounds 

If you have an interest in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – this is an essential event that should not be missed.

Being held at the historic Alameda County Fairgrounds March 11, 12 and 13, this is a great opportunity for students and educators to explore their educational and career options, meet others with similar interests, and most important of all, to compete for scholarships. 

Dublin’s St Patrick Day Celebration: Parade and Fair

Dublin, CA’s St. Patrick Day Celebration is the best in the region, spanning two days (March 12 and 13) and featuring a fantastic parade and fair. The festival kicks off at the Dublin Civic Center, and includes vendors, entertainment and much more. The festival is only one part of the good times, too.

The parade is Saturday at 9:30am, the Alameda County Firefighters – Local 55 are sponsoring a pancake breakfast that day from 7am to 10am, the Green and White Gala is being held by the Dublin Sister City Association Friday at 6pm, and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk is set for Sunday at 8:30am on Dublin Boulevard at Civic Plaza. 

Good Guys All American Get Together: Alameda Fair Grounds 

Now entering its 34th year, the Good Guys All American Get Together at Alameda Fair Grounds is the perfect excuse to get you and the family out of the house and enjoying the outdoors together. Scheduled for March 19 and 20, expect two days of the most gorgeous classic vehicles you’ve ever seen – over 3,000 in all.

There will also be live music, a swap meet, autos for sale, dragster exhibitions, and more. And for the kids, there will be tons of free activities, including arts and crafts and more. This event always draws a crowd for a reason: because it’s a great time!

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4 Kid-Friendly Places To Eat In Pleasanton

If you’ve ever struggled to find a restaurant that is right for the whole family, kids and all, we feel your pain. Many restaurants are not very accommodating to children.

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To help you avoid the hassles we’ve encountered, here are four places around Pleasanton that are suitable for you and the whole family, with an atmosphere, staff and service that is kid-friendly.

Red Robin – 4503 Rosewood Dr.

Lots of menu options at this gourmet burger chain, with great chicken for kids who don’t like big juicy burgers. Kids are welcome here; the whole place is designed to be accommodating to families.

And because it’s a chain, you know your experience will be pretty consistent. Red Robin is quick, easy, and hassle-free – and we know parents like that!

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Sweet Tomatoes – 4501 Hopyard Rd.

If you and the family lean towards the vegetarian side of things, you’ll want to add Sweet Tomatoes to your list of places to visit. This is a salad buffet restaurant with just about anything you could want available.

Service is good, but the most important part for families is that Sweet Tomatoes is very affordable. Plenty of variety for healthy eating means you can indulge without guilt.

Alberto’s Cantina – 435 Main Street

When you’re in the mood for a Mexican night, consider taking the family to Alberto’s Cantina in Pleasanton. This place is bustling and energetic, so there’s no chance the kids will get bored.

They boast great drinks for the adults, plus fantastic outdoor seating that is ideal for nice days. Good food, too, that isn’t too hot and spicy but that still tastes authentic. It’s perfect for the whole family.

Erik’s Deli – 4247 Rosewood Dr.

Sometimes you just want a good deli sandwich. Erik’s Delicafe, on Rosewood Dr., provides exactly that. It rarely gets crowded, but even more important, it provides that classic deli food and classic deli atmosphere you can only get in a hometown deli.

Places like this are a rarity these days. Fresh sliced meats, old school checkerboard tablecloths, hearty portions. This is what delis are all about!

Have a recommendation of your own? Leave it in the comments!

5 Great Places to Volunteer In Pleasanton, CA

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We’re honored to share a community with some truly amazing charitable organizations here in Pleasanton.

If you’d like to give back, we urge you to consider volunteering with some of the groups listed below.

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Tri Valley Animal Rescue

Serving the Tri-Valley area since 1992, this rescue works with local shelters and rescue groups to help avoid the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals.

They help animals socialize, find them foster homes, and give them a second chance at life. They also provide medical care when needed and help educate the public about spaying and neutering.

Most importantly, their adoption program matches homeless animals with new owners.

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East Bay SPCA

The SPCA is one of the most well known and respected organizations in America devoted to helping animals in need, and the East Bay SPCA is one of the longest running.

They began as the Oakland SPCA all the way back in 1874!

Their mission is to look out for the welfare of dogs and cats in our area, including eliminating animal abuse and helping educate people on ways to eliminate animal overpopulation.

As dentists in Pleasanton, CA and as animal lovers, we wholeheartedly endorse their efforts.

Pleasanton Library

Did you know that your local library can use volunteers, too? You can help them provide their vital services – and in today’s day and age, the library’s services extend far beyond just books.

They are a valuable resource for those seeking jobs, they offer movies, music and other media, and provide a free conduit to the world’s information, including the World Wide Web.

They are looking for volunteers to help with being reading coaches, to read to children, to support their book sales, and more.

Open Heart Kitchen

Preparing meals for the hungry in the Tri-Valley area is no small task, but since 1995 that’s exactly what the Open Heart Kitchen has been doing.

Every single weekday they are at multiple locations in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin helping to serve those in need. No judgment, just help to those who need a little boost.

They serve nearly 300,000 meals annually, and they do much of it with the help of volunteers like you.

Tri Valley Haven

They’ve been around for four decades, and during that time the Tri Valley Haven has been an essential resource for those who have been victims of domestic violence, abuse, sexual abuse, and homelessness.

Their mission is to provide a safe place for those people, allowing them to rebuild their lives and get off to a fresh start.

They began as a mere crisis line in 1977, and now offer a full range of help, from legal services to a food pantry and much more. Volunteers like you are an essential part of their mission, too.

If you love your community, consider volunteering with one of these valuable organizations.

The Best Places to Discover the Outdoors in Pleasanton

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Being a Pleasanton, CA dentist is an honor, and it’s also a great deal of fun. The reason is simple: our city features some of the most outstanding outdoor getaways in the area. Here are a few of our favorites: 

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Callippe Preserve Golf Course

Set on the floor of a gorgeous oak-lined valley, the Callippe Preserve Golf Course opened 10 years ago as a course designed for the thinking golfer. It has been repeatedly praised as one of the best values among public courses in the Bay area, but in truth we like it for another reason: it’s beautiful.

This is an Audubon Certified golf course that maintains high environmental standards. It even includes nature preserve areas that are home to endangered species. Callippe is a course at one with nature – just how we like them!

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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Outdoor lovers are sure to enjoy Pleasanton Ridge. Located off Foothill Road, this sprawling park boasts over 5,000 acres of gorgeous natural land. There is plenty of room to roam thanks to the many hiking trails, and if you’re really want to go crazy, the park is connected with the 150 miles of interconnected trails in the Interpark Regional Trails system.

Pleasanton Fairways Golf Center

No matter your age or skill level, Pleasanton Fairways, also known as the Pleasanton Golf Center, is a great place to spend an afternoon. Located in the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this is a par 3 course almost exclusively featuring shorter holes.

It won’t give you the kind of nature getaway of some other courses, but it will give you lots of fun under the California sun. This is a great spot for your Pleasanton dentist to practice his or her game!

Del Valle Regional Park

Another getaway for those who like to retreat to nature, Del Valle Regional Park is a gorgeous 4,400-acre park that features a five-mile long a lake and miles worth of hiking trails, as well as a resort, swimming, picnic grounds, horse riding, and a whole bunch more. If you want to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors, you can’t go wrong at Del Valle.

Alameda County Fairgrounds

If you’re looking for things to do around Pleasanton, you can’t skip the Alameda County Fairgrounds. This award-winning location boasts more 300 events each year, from music to trade shows and much more.

You can have picnics, catering is available, and there is easy access to the BART and local highways. It’s pretty much everything you could want from an outdoor events location. Plus you can’t forget the Alameda County Fair!

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area

You won’t have to travel to the middle of nowhere to get this outdoor experience. Located at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, this is a great spot for fishing, and boating. There are a number of public beaches, as well as many walking trails to explore as well.

Sunol Regional Wilderness

There is Mother Nature and then there is Sunol. If you like to get completely immersed in the outdoors when you go for a hike, this is the place for you. Located off Geary Road, the nearly 7,000 acres of this massive park features pastoral hills, herds of grazing cattle, and beautiful vistas. It doesn’t get much lovelier than this!

7 Obvious (and Not-So-Obvious) Reasons To See Your Dentist

Let’s be honest, very few people like seeing the dentist. They’ll invent any reason possible to avoid it!

However, there are some great reasons to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment. Here are seven of them:

7) You Have Bad Breath

Sometimes it just takes a quick mouthwash or minty gum to cure it, but chronic bad breath can indicate that there is a more serious condition to address. Liver problems, kidney ailments, sinusitis, diabetes and more could trigger episodes of bad breath. 

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6) Because Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Well Being

Study after study confirms it: your dental health is intrinsically linked with your overall health. Your teeth and gums have an impact on a number of your body’s other systems, including the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Good oral health means a better chance of good overall health!

 5) To Get A Bright Smile

If you already have a bright smile, routine visits to your dentist are an essential way of ensuring you keep it. Even better, if your smile had faded over the years, your dentist can help revitalize it, making it bright and shiny again thanks to modern teeth whitening techniques that work far better than you imagine – and they’re more affordable than you imagine, too!

4) You Have Bleeding Gums When You Brush

Notice a little blood when you spit out your toothpaste? That means it may be time to see a dentist. You don’t need to panic — bad brushing or flossing techniques can cause bleeding gums — but it’s best to have it checked out, because it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition. Let your dentist in Pleasanton, CA check it out.

3) To Correct The Beating Your Teeth Have Taken

Your teeth may have gotten some wear and tear over the years. It happens to the best of us. Lots of coffee, plaque buildup, decay that has gone unnoticed or untreated – all of these things have taken their toll on your teeth. The good news is, your dentist can fix it!

2) To Avoid Losing Your Teeth

If you want to avoid losing your teeth, there is an easy way to do it: See your dentist more often. It all begins at home, of course, with good brushing and flossing habits. Next comes the regular checkups. Catching problems early is an essential ingredient to ensuring that minor problems don’t become major problems – and trust us, it can happen if a lingering issue is left untreated for too long.

1) To Boost Your Self-Esteem

Nothing makes you feel good like looking good, and there is no better way to make a good first impression quickly than with a great smile. Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, so getting a great smile means good first impressions, and good first impressions mean a boost in confidence – all from visiting your dentist!

5 Great Places In Pleasanton To Walk Your Dog

(New to Pleasanton or to our dental practice? All new patients are eligible for our New Patient Special on cleaning/exam and professional, in-office whitening.)

If you want to enjoy a gorgeous day in Pleasanton with your pet, we have good news for you: This is a great place for dog owners to get some outside activity. There are or so many park and trails to explore, you’ll spend an entire summer doing it. 

Here are our 5 suggestions for places to walk to your dog in Pleasanton.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Located off Foothill Road, this sprawling park boasts over 5,000 acres of beautiful natural land. It has a number of great trails for hiking with your dog, and if you’re really ambitious, the park is connected with the Interpark Regional Trails system.

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That means over 150 miles of interconnected trails are waiting for you and your furry friend. We bet they’ll enjoying getting back to nature as much as you will!

Pleasanton Sports Park 

The Pleasanton Sports Park, aka the Ken Mercer Sports Park, offers wide expanses of open flat land that is perfect for power walking, catching some fresh air, and meeting other dog lovers.

Located at 5800 Parkside Drive, the full walk around the park is about two miles, with lots of open grassy fields to explore. There are also plenty of sports fields, which are a perfect place to take a quick break and relax while watching people get their game on.

It’s easily accessible, too, making it a great place to get some activity with your dog without having to take a lot of time out of your day.

Del Valle Regional Park

Does your dog like the water? If so, they may enjoy Del Valle Regional Park, a gorgeous 4,400-acre park that boasts a lake five miles long, a resort, walking trails, and much more.

The park has an area especially made for dogs to go swimming, plus picnic grounds, horse riding, and loads more.

If you want to spend an afternoon out with your dog in nature, or even make a weekend excursion of it, you can’t go wrong here.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area 

Located at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, this is a haven for fishing, swimming and boating.

Your dog will enjoy seeing the abundant wildlife here even more than you will, but he or she will likely most enjoy a chance to romp around in the water.

There is plenty of it here for them, too, with great swimming beaches they will love. If you want to get some activity, there are good walking trails to explore as well.

Sunol Regional Wilderness 

If you like to get fully immersed in Mother Nature when you and your dog go for a hike, this is the place for you.

Located off Geary Road, the nearly 7,000 acres of this park features rolling hills, grazing cattle, and beautiful vistas.

Make sure you bring water with you – there is none available in the park – but otherwise enjoy one of the most robust nature experiences in the area. Your dog (and your health) will thank you for it!

Why Do People Get Dental Implants?

dentist pleasanton smiling womanThese days, few dental procedures are becoming more commonplace than getting dental implants.

To put it in the most basic terms, a dental implant is an artificial root used to support various dental prosthesis, such as dentures, crowns, and so on. They are a part of a wide array of procedures, from some types of false teeth to full dental reconstruction.

What kinds of people get dental implants?

  • Those who have lost a tooth or teeth in an accident
  • Those facing major tooth replacement due to decay
  • Athletes who lost teeth during competition
  • Actors and models seeking to improve their smile
  • Older patients who do not want traditional dentures
  • Anyone who is missing teeth

As you can see, Pleasanton dental implants cover a wide range of people and a wide variety of needs. With such a broad demographic, you might assume that the reasons people get dental implants are just as varied.

That assumption would be correct. Here are just a few of the reasons why patients seek out dental implants from their dentist in Pleasanton, CA:

Prevent Jawbone Loss – Choosing a fixed bridge over a dental implant means your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. A root tooth is required to adequately stimulate the bone. A dental implant supplies that stimulation.

Maintain Your Appearance – No dental reconstruction procedure goes further in maintaining your appearance than dental implants in Pleasanton. This is because other procedures can result in a “sunken” appearance around your jaw, among other issues.

Help You Speak Better – Unlike other procedures, dental implants effectively recreate the condition your jaw should be in. Other procedures can impact the way you speak, forcing you to relearn certain ways of speaking. This is not the case with dental implants.

Longer Lasting – Most other dental restoration procedures do not last nearly as long as dental implants do.

More Permanent Than Traditional Dentures – Traditional dentures have been a necessity for some people, but no one likes them. Dental implants can replace traditional dentures with a more permanent, more comfortable option.

Prevent Shifting Of Your Teeth – When there is an empty space in your jaw, your teeth have a natural tendency to shift into that space. In time, this will result in crooked teeth. Dental implants will prevent this.

Based on the above, the reasons why people get dental implants should be obvious. No matter how you look at them, they are superior to traditional dentures and tooth replacement.

They are catching on nationwide, too. Consider these facts:

  • 3 million Americans now have dental implants
  • 10 percent of dentists now perform the procedure
  • Dental implants are a $1 billion market in the United States
  • The success rate for dental implants is 98 percent
  • Only modern materials, such as titanium alloys, are used in dental implants
  • The surgery is painless
  • Dental implants cannot get cavities

We pride ourselves in having educated, knowledgeable patients. That is why it comes as little surprise to us that when people visit their Pleasanton, CA dentist for dental reconstruction, they are quick to ask about dental implants.

Because the bottom line is that dental implants work better than the other options.

6 Celebrities With Unconventional Smiles

pleasanton dentistHollywood is a town filled with people seeking perfection, so it’s always a surprise when a top name decides to forgo the cosmetic procedures so common in show business and chooses to pursue their rise to stardom without cosmetic assistance. This is especially true given how easy it is to get dental implants in Pleasanton and other California communities.

For most of us, a good smile is an essential and irreplaceable part of a confident, successful life. But for these six celebrities, something a little more unconventional has become part of their identity.

Gary Busey – Gary Busey is a wildly talented actor and eccentric personality with a big smile – literally. His large teeth are a signature part of his look. It’s so much a part of who he is, in fact, that after a motorcycle accident in 1988 he made sure the veneers used to replace his damaged teeth were extra large. His dentists did a great job of it, too!

Anna Paquin – Anna Paquin’s gap-toothed smile was adorable when she was a child actor, but many expected her to correct it when she got older. Paquin chose not to. Not only has it become a known part of her look, it hasn’t stopped her from amassing a slew of adoring fans who find her sexy, too.

Clint Howard – Clint Howard wouldn’t be Clint Howard if he wasn’t Clint Howard, if that makes any sense. He has had more roles than most actors can ever dream of in part because he has embraced the idea that he’s not a matinee idol. The public has loved him for it. He’s one of the most likeable actors of the last few decades.

Kirsten Dunst – She has been given some cruel nicknames by anonymous Internet types, but that hasn’t stopped Dunst from being considered one of the sexiest young stars of the last decade. From art films to blockbusters like Spider-Man, she has eschewed the pursuit of perfection so common in Hollywood and has become a big star regardless.

Steve Buscemi – If ever there was an actor who has made unconventional looks work for him, it’s Steve Buscemi. There are few actors more distinctive looking. Buscemi himself will be the first to tell you that he’s not going to star in a Cary Grant biopic. Massive amounts of talent have been the key to his success. Couple that with the fact that he’s one of the most likeable people in Hollywood and you have a winner on your hands.

Jewel – This gorgeous Canadian singer/songwriter didn’t need a straight smile to climb the charts and establish herself as a hitmaker. People have made fun of her imperfections, but the jokes usually go quiet once they hear her sing.

For most people, the decision to see a dentist in Pleasanton CA to get implants or veneers is a logical choice to make. A good smile is about more than appearance. It’s about more than confidence. Good, straight teeth are also an important part of good oral health, which is why people seek dental implants in Pleasanton. When you’re rich and famous you can afford to play games with your health and appearance. The rest of us don’t have that luxury.

Choosing the Right Family Dentist in Pleasanton CA

family dentist pleasantonIf you’re considering a family dentist in Pleasanton CA, how do you know that you’re going to work with the right one? How do you know that they are going to be everything that you need, and that you will enjoy going there for all of your dental work? Learn what you need to know about the company prior to signing up with them. Being prepared ahead of time, knowing who they are and your comfort level when it comes to working with them is key. Feel confident and reassured that you’re choosing the right dentist in Pleasanton CA.

What to Look for in a Family Dental Practice

When it comes to choosing the ideal family dental practice, there are some things that you should keep in mind when the time comes. You should make sure to have exactly what you need, when you need it. You should feel confident about going to see the dentist, and even bringing your kids to see the dentist. This shouldn’t be a scary experience to go through, and when you choose the right dentist – it doesn’t have to be.

  • How do you feel about their office when you walk in? Is it a place that is relaxing and comforting, and welcomes you to their practice?
  • Is the dentist nice, friendly, are they able to explain their practice, who they are and any procedures that you may need to have done?
  • Are they able to take on both adults and children, so you can bring the whole family to the same practice for dental care?
  • Do they offer specialty dental services? Can you stay within this office for everything that you need to have done? Including dental implants in Pleasanton, if they are needed?
  • What insurances do they cover? Is yours covered, and if you have to pay for the services or some of them – do they take payments?

You want a family dentist in Pleasanton CA that is able to provide you with the help that you’re after. You want someone that can make you feel welcome, and someone that is able to provide you with the care that you’re after. If you do not feel comfortable with a dentist, you’re not going to be able to get the dental work that you need – until you find someone that you can feel comfortable working with.

Choose to work with a dentist that provides you with the compassionate care that is needed. You should feel secure working with the right person for the job. If you do not feel this way, you’re not going to be able to move forward with them. So make sure to ask the questions that you need answers too, set up an appointment to see the office and speak with the dentist and make sure that this is the ideal situation for you.

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