5 Amazing Places to Volunteer near Pleasanton

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We’re honored to serve the community as Pleasanton dentists, but we’re even more honored to share a community with some truly amazing charitable organizations.

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

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.

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.

5 Haunted Spots near Pleasanton to Visit This October

Take a walk around Pleasanton today and you’d never guess that it was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West,” but it was.

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Some even say that much of Pleasanton is haunted. We’ve picked out some of the more interesting sights to see on a tour of haunted Pleasanton. 

Blue Agave Restaurant
625 Main Street

You might know them for their yummy food, but the Blue Agave is also known for being haunted, too! It’s one of the oldest buildings in town, and many years ago was owned by the Arendt family.

Mr. Arendt allegedly still haunts the place, with other apparitions, including one of a young girl, also taking up residence there. 

The Rose Hotel
807 Main Street

This gorgeous Main Street hotel has allegedly had ghosts mess with their lights, move around furniture, and other odd happenings. One worker even claims to have see a man walk down the basement stairs and then through a wall. Pretty weird!

Kottinger Barn
200 Ray Street

Once used as a jail with a secret underground tunnel connecting it to the local justice’s house so prisoners could be transported in secret, the Kottinger Barn is now a gift shop – a shop allegedly haunted by somewhere near 20 ghosts.

The ghosts are supposedly of old criminals and bandits, so they’re probably not the kind of spirits you want to mess with!

Dental Offices
219 Division Street

If you have to have ghosts, they might as well be helpful ghosts.

Built circa the 1880s, the ghosts here supposedly help deliver helpful things around the office and warn the doctors there of danger, including once helping a doctor spot a potentially dangerous fire before it got out of control.

Town Center Books
555 Main Street

We can’t think of a better place to be haunted than a bookstore. So many great opportunities for ghostly shenanigans!

Here, there are said to be floating lights, odd cloudy substances fogging up windows, books getting moved around, and more. Maybe the ghosts are just looking for something interesting to read!

11 Interesting Facts About Our Beloved Pleasanton

We’re not telling you anything you don’t know when we say Pleasanton is a fantastic place to live and work. We love serving our patients here. The town and its people are amazing in every way.

But here are 11 things you might now know about our gem of a community:

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  • This one is no secret: Pleasanton is widely considered one of the best places to live, ranked #4 in the country by USA Today in 2014, #63 by Money in 2010, and in 2009 by Forbes.
  • Pleasanton is also financially comfortable. In 2013, NerdWallet named it the third richest city in the U.S.
  • Before there was Pleasanton, it was Alisal, located where Rancho Santa Rita is now.
  • The early town of Alisal was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West.”
  • Despite what you may have heard, the town didn’t get its current name because it’s a nice place to live. It was actually named after Major General Alfred Pleasonton, a friend of Alameda County justice of the peace John W. Kottinger.
  • But wait, you say, Alfred Pleasonton’s name is spelled differently. That’s right! Thanks to a typo by the U.S. Postal service, Pleasanton has the spelling you know today.
  • The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton was a whopping 115 degrees. Wow!
  • Pleasanton has been home to a great number of famous and influential people. Among them is Phoebe Hearst, mother of famed mogul William Randolph Hearst, who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ legendary film Citizen Kane.
  • None other than John Madden, perhaps the best known football commentator in history, has also called Pleasanton home.
  • Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert is also from Pleasanton.
  • Many huge corporations call Pleasanton home, including Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems.

As you can see, Pleasanton is an endlessly fascinating place with lots of fun trivia attached to it.

We have a great community, and that’s thanks to the great people who live here. We’ve been serving the community for years, and hope to do so for many more years to come. We love Pleasanton!

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!