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Staycation - Livermore

This is a blog about my summer staycation in Livermore.

There is very little I love more than vacation. I love to travel. I love to go to far off places, see new things, and meet new people. I love to sample new cuisine and experience new cultures. So last spring when my husband suggested a staycation, I almost had a heart attack. I set some ground rules that we had to try and go new places and experience things that we never have. As the week goes,  I am sure we will visit some familiar places but for now, we are trying to try new experiences. This blog will chronicle our week and highlight some awesome activities close to home. 

Saturday June 16 – Day One 

We started today with the hottest day of summer thus far. Me, I love the heat so bring it on. I am feeling much like I am in the tropics so my mindset is ready for vacation. We head into the downtown, park the car and head to the bank.

As with all vacations, we needed some money. So we walked to Chase Bank. I am always in awe of the businesses in Livermore. The service was so friendly and prompt. There was no waiting, we were greeted with a smile and were readily served. Off we went.

We then walked over to  Mike’s Café. Mike’s was recently renovated and this is our first time here. Located next door to the Alehouse, Mike’s has a nice atmosphere and excellent variety of breakfast choices. We both opt for the spicy sausage and cheddar cheese omelet. I love that they have the option of substituting fresh fruit for the potatoes and toast. The menu is varied and offers the option of eating on the lighter side or carb loading. Our waitress took excellent care of us. Service was prompt and friendly. I could not have asked more for my first meal on vacation.

The next stop on our tour was the Art Glass Studio. The studio is one of the many in town that participate in the monthly Art Happens This is a program where local studios open their doors for viewing and participating in various art activities. Art Glass has a make and take activity for each of these events and then they also extend the time to the following Saturday. This month, they featured a mosaic glass flag. For 15 dollars, you make the project and then take it home. Roberta, the owner was very helpful and various people in the studio were available for instruction. The studio has many other classes listed on their website. There is no air conditioning so bring some cold water with you to keep hydrated.

Next, we went to Café Art. Café Art is the ceramics studio in town. Here you can paint a piece of art and then they will fire it for you. We then walked around downtown stopping at Doms to look for water filters for my upcoming trip to Fiji. We went into the music store to look at drums, and then to Vans for some local honey. By then it was 105 so we decided to head home.

After refreshing a bit, we headed off to a local home for a wonderful fundraiser for the Relay for Life.

Then we headed over to the Neely’s for an excellent evening of swimming, dinner and fun. Day one complete, we head home and pour into our beds. One reflection on the day, a tremendous benefit of staycation is that you can spend time with people you know and care about and still have the ability to have new experiences. Livermore is a great place for this week. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings. 

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Laureen Turner June 24, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Hello Gina, Thank you for taking the time to reply and to take an interest in your city. It is citizens like you that make this a wonderful place to live. As I am sure you already know, the gang task force was eliminated long before my election. At that time, there was a significantly high amount of trafic accidents resulting in injury and sadly some deaths. Thankfully, this focus on traffic significantly improved the safety of our town. However, since that time, we have identified the need to reinstitute the gang task force and the police department is currently in the process of doing so. As for fluff, I am writing this blog as a private citizen to highlight summer activities here in Livermore. If you do not like reading my fluff, don't. I will continue with the blogs on summer activities. I will be posting an "anything goes" blog that is yours to write on any city issue you like in the near future. Im sorry if the blog does not appear as quickly if you like. Feel free to contact the Patch to become a blogger. They are very receptive and will let you blog on any topic of your choosing. Again, thank you for caring about our town. Sincerely, Laureen
Laureen Turner June 24, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Mr Buckley, Thank you for sharing this activity. I have never been there and it looks like a great place. Livermore is certainly full of and surrounded by a plethora of fantastic summer activities. Laureen
George S June 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Being that the city council position is a part time job why is it possible to draw benefits from here but not from your part time job as a nurse? Are you saying you made a conscious decision to get benefits from the public sector that you can't get in the private sector? Isn't that what pension reform is all about? This is a REPOST from TrueRealist on the TOPIX blog.
Laureen Turner September 05, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Mr Duenas, I would love to sit down and discuss my benefits with you. I have not blogged on this topic yet as council member benefits will be an item of discussion on a future council agenda. Thus, I am limited in what I can discuss to this topic at present time. However, if you, as a citizen of Livermore, have a direct question of me, you can email it to me. I will also be happy to meet you in person to discuss the role of a "part time" council member. When would you like to meet? Laureen Turner
Laureen Turner September 06, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Mr Duenas, as previously stated, YES I take the health care benefit - or at least I did. I consider my commitment to Livermore to be a 24/7 commitment - not a "part time" commitment and considered the benefits as part of the compensation when I chose to run for office. You obviously disagree. It is ok to disagree. As I have stated many times, I would be happy to discuss this with you one on one via email or in person. My commitment to Livermore is to that of the tax payer and as one, I am beholden to you and certainly appreciate your opinion. My blog about the benefits is not done. I apologize. I have worked on it over the summer yet am not ready to release it. However, all you need to do is ask any council member, and/or the city clerk and we will all be happy to provide you with the actual dollar amounts of our compensation. This information is your right as a tax payer. You simply need to ask in the appropriate forum. As we look to the future, I invite you to join us in the conversation. So... what is a council member worth? Do you want someone with a full time commitment to Livermore or a part-timer with a part-timer attitude. I no longer need the health care benefits. However, I feel that they should remain a benefit as I want MY city council, when I vote them in, to adopt a FULL TIME commitment to me, the tax payer. Just my two cents worth. Have a wonderful evening. Laureen Turner

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