American Flag Etiquette

Memorial Day is next Monday! As an important symbol of our country, everybody should understand the significance of flying the flag. On Memorial Day fly the flag at half-mast, a position reserved for when the country is in mourning, until noon, before raising it to full mast for the remainder of the Day.

Here is the full list of the proper way to fly the American Flag:

  • The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect.
  • When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window, or door, the Union (blue section) should be to the observer’s left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union should be to the observer’s left.
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
  • The flag should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.
  • In a procession, the American flag should be to the right of any other flag or, if in a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  • The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
  • When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis.
  • No other flag should be placed above the American flag or, if they are to be placed on the same level, to the right of the American flag.
  • The United Nations flag may not be displayed above or in a position of superior prominence to the United States flag except at United Nations Headquarters.
  • The flag, when displayed with another against a wall—both from crossed staffs—should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the other staff.
  • The American flag should be at the center and the highest point when displayed with a group of state flags.
  • When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the American flag should be at the peak.
  • When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the American flag should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff.
  • When the flag is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out; or so suspended that its folds fall as freely as though the flag were staffed.
  • When displayed over a street, the flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.
  • On a platform, the flag should be above and behind the speaker, with the union uppermost and to the observer’s left.
  • When displayed from a staff in a church or auditorium, the flag should occupy the position of honor and be placed at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience.
  • When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag must be flown at half-staff on all buildings on the death of any officer listed below, for the period indicated:
    • For the President or a former President:30 days from the date of death.
    • For the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives:10 days from the day of death.
    • For an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a member of the Cabinet, a former Vice President, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives:From the day of death until interment.
    • For a United States Senator, Representative, Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico:the flag should be flown in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, on the day of death and on the following day; in the state, congressional district, territory, or commonwealth of such Senator, Representative, Delegate, or Commissioner, from the day of death until interment.
    • For a Governor:Within the state, territory, or possession, from the day of death until interment.
  • When the flag is used to cover a casket, the union should be at the head and over the left shoulder.
Pleasanton CA Homes

SOLD! 4380 Entrada Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566

SOLD! 4380 Entrada Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 1,249 sqft
Lot: 9,088 sqft
Year Built: 1955
4380 Entrada Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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(925) 621-0680



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Summer Learning for the Kids

Summer vacation is coming for the kids, but our adult lives keep on going as usual. Trying to fit their schedule into ours can be challenging and more often than not our propensity to “plug them in” becomes too easy.

Just because they will be away from their daily source of higher learning does not mean that they can’t still stay engaged in summer learning and have a blast doing it.

Here are five ways to keep kids going in a positive direction this summer.


They are bound to create many experiences this summer, some good, some rooted in life learning. Keep a daily journal recording your summer experiences – this will keep reading and writing skills sharp.

Library Cards

It’s free, it’s local, it’s quiet and usually has much more to offer than just books with puppet shows and classes. Many libraries have reading competitions that kids can take part in.

Reading Lists

Just because school’s out, doesn’t mean story time needs to come to an end. Keep reading each day to help your child develop their reading skills. Have them make a list of the books that they want to read this summer. Their selections might surprise you.

Plug In (the Right Way)

There is more to the iPad than Minecraft and YouTube. There is a wide range of fantastic and free resources for just about every type of learner. Some of the most popular games that encourage creativity for younger children include drawing game SketchUp, building online with Lego Digital Designer or creating a digital flip book with FlipSnack.

Field Trips

Visit a museum of art, history, natural history or science. Go to a zoo or aquarium. Many museums have one day or evening per week offering free or reduced admission. Take advance of museum education programs and classes like pottery, painting, fused glassmaking, bird watching, scientific experimentation or photography.

Once they return back to school they will be asked by teachers and peers what they did on their summer break. A regiment of summer learning will give them experiences worth boasting about!

Let’s Go Camping!

We love the idea of the outdoors! We want to expose our kids to it or further woo our partner, but the problem is your only memory of actually camping is from when you were 8 years old and if memory serves correctly it wasn’t that great. That is because your parents were right where you are now, but they didn’t have the power of the Internet to help.

Here are some basic things that you need to make your maiden voyage outdoors a successful one that can be repeated time and time again.


This is going to be your biggest up front cost, but done right, should last you for many camping trips. The first thing you need to figure out is are you a tent or trailer family. DON’T go “all in” right away. You don’t need a 40 foot 5th Wheel to figure out if you like camping. Either get a 6-10 person tent or a used pop-up trailer until you know if camping is going to work for your family. Your shelter should evolve with your desire to be outdoors. DO spring for some decent sleeping bags and air mattresses. You won’t (and shouldn’t) always have access to electricity so stay away from electric air mattresses. Get pads or individual mattresses that the sleepers can blow up themselves.

Among the other necessities for heading out are:

  • Headlamps
  • Lanterns
  • Small Propane Stove
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Activity Gear (based on what recreation you plan)


If this is truly your first time out, go the National Park route. Here in California we have 28 National Parks to choose from. Explore the coast or the redwoods! The best thing about National Parks is the resource for planning. Generally everything can be done online. Book your site in advance, download trail guides and activities, and plan for amenities. Some National Parks have showers and general stores.

Upon arrival spend some serious time in the visitor center and meet with the Rangers. They are there to share their expertise and tell you the best things to do and what to look out for. Tell them that you are new to camping and you will receive that extra attention you need.


A 45-degree night is much colder when you’re outside in it for a long period of time. Pack warmer than you think and pack in layers. Wool caps and fleece are crucial to staying comfortable. Plan for the unexpected like rain or frost. Extra socks are a must too. We loose our heat through our feet and top of the head.

Boots are suggested to protect your feet, but don’t bring any footwear you need to “break-in”. There is nothing worse than having unhappy feet 10 miles from civilization.


Treat it like a two-day long dinner party or barbecue and take food that’s easy to prepare over a fire or propane stove. You’ll also want a frying pan and a kettle to boil water in for coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Sausages, steaks, cans of beans and similar fire-friendly foods are good for dinner. Make lunch simple and cold — sandwiches you make and pack ahead of time. There is no better breakfast in the world than eggs and bacon, but packets of instant oatmeal are more convenient if you want to get going first thing in the morning. Visit Trader Joes and buy a bunch of snacks, hanging out around a campfire is hungry work. Be sure to keep any perishables in a cooler.

Before going to bed, make sure all foodstuffs and similar are tidied up and packed away. There will be other critters around who will try to steal your food. Lock it in your car’s trunk at night and keep it out of your tent.

More than anything do your research. Check the weather and talk to people that have gone out before you. If your first camping trip is a success than you return and you might just be setting the table for your family to follow into their adult lives.


Easter Extravaganza’s in the East Bay!

The “hopping season” is upon us and our local area has a ton to offer for the little’s and their desire to find brightly colored eggs!


Saturday, March 31st from 830-1130am!

Join the 7th annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at YMCA Camp Arroyo in Livermore.

The whole family is invited to join us for a delicious breakfast, and egg hunts are for kids 9 and under beginning at 9am and happen every 30 minutes after. Breakfast will be served for all ages until 11:15am.

The cost is $25 per family, regardless of number of members and includes food and egg hunts.

No advance RSVP is required and tickets are only sold at the door.

Camp Arroyo is located at 5535 Arroyo Road, Livermore CA 94550


Spring Eggstravaganza

Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy springtime fun at the Eggstravaganza featuring:

Egg Hunts at 8:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m., Photos with Peter Rabbit and Flopsy, Arts and Crafts, Games, Bounce Houses, Entertainment, Face Painting

Children must be pre-registered to participate.  (Parents and grandparents are free.)  Onsite registration is not available.  Space is limited for each session. Please register early to guarantee your preferred time.
Dublin Residents $14 per child~Non-Residents $17 per child

Emerald Glen Park
4201 Central Parkway


Eggstravaganza March 31, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Hop down to the Danville Community Center for a fun-filled morning of egg hunts, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. The egg hunts and activities are by registration only (non-residents may register) with timed egg hunts by age. The City of Danville hosts this well-organized and lively holiday celebration.

Rain or shine, no refunds. In case of rain event will be moved to the Community Center.

Age 1 years 9:15 & 11:30 a.m.
Age 2 years 9:30 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Age 3 years 9:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Age 4 years 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Age 5 years 10:15 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
Age 6-9 years 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Additional parking: 177 Front Street, Village Theatre Parking and street parking.
(925) 314-3400
$6-8, ages 1-9 years, danville.ca.gov | danvillerecguide.com go online and register. There may be waiting lists due to popularity

Danville Community Center & Town Green
420 Front Street
Danville, CA


Bunny Hop Scavenger Hunt

Date: March 31, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Downtown Pleasanton

Explore downtown with the fourth annual Bunny Hop Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Children 10 years and younger are invited to participate. Start your journey outside of the Museum on Main at 603 Main Street anytime between 10am and noon.* Children will receive a goody bag and adults will receive a list of clues and locations to lead them to goodies throughout downtown at over a dozen participating businesses. Parents will be given the answers to all of the clues to help children find the treat locations. There will be goodies and special offers for the adults as well.




583 Montori Ct, Pleasanton, CA 94566

583 Montori Ct | Pleasanton | CA | 94566

Offered at $1,450,000

Fabulous single story in Ruby Hill with huge lot!  4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2296 sq ft, 18,204 sq ft (.42 acres), 3 car garage.  More details and photos coming soon!

Top 5 Ways to Go Green with your New Home

Top 5 Ways to Go Green with your New Home

There is absolutely no better time to make a positive impact on the environment and in a large way that when you are building a new home. With so many competitive products designed around making your home as energy efficient as possible a little research can save you a good deal of money, time and the planet. Everybody wins!

Here are some ideas to consider:

Get a “Cool” Roof

The material used on your roof can make a dramatic difference in your home’s energy efficiency.  You may want to consider a product that reflects the sun’s energy away from the roof, cools faster at night and holds less heat for less time in order to help reduce energy costs and usage related to heat. Slate, terra cotta, white tiles, special membranes, and metal roofing are a few of the roofing products available with varying degrees of green benefits

Old Paper Walls

Not really “paper walls”, but use recycled material to insulate your walls. Total-fill insulation made from recycled materials pays off in the short term and the long run and because you’re using recyclables, your initial material cost is often lower than it would be for other materials. You’re also saving money over time by using insulating products that perform as well or better than first-use insulation.

Water, Water Everywhere..Sometimes

We have been slapped on the wrist recently with a drought and the restrictions that come with it. Plan ahead for water consumption the first time. Consider fixtures and appliances that conserve water such as low flow faucet aerators, tankless water heaters and Energy Star rated washers. The list of water conscience products is growing and a little research can save you a lot of money and headache later!

Take Heating and Cooling to the Next Level

High-tech thermostats are not just for the extremely wealthy anymore. They can be programmed to adjust heating and cooling activities that take into account time of day, times when no one is home, vacations and more. There are even options that can be monitored and controlled from your phone. This type of thermostat reduces your heating and cooling bills and saves the environment by reducing energy production.

Light Up Your Life

Choosing the right lighting for your home throughout is one of the best ways to “go green” long term. Both LED and CFL cost more upfront but use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Just think of the time and money you will save not having to change your bulbs as often.

Going green used to mean taking a financial hit but the times have changed. More often than not you are now rewarded for making an effort to minimize your carbon-footprint with special financing and tax breaks. As long as you are starting from scratch, you might as well start on the right foot.

4176 Casterson Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566

4176 Casterson Court | Pleasanton | CA | 94566

Coming Soon!

Imagine a gorgeous single story floor plan with upstairs guest suite/bonus room in a spectacular setting. Imagine soaring volume ceilings bathed in light. Imagine an open floor plan designed for modern living. Imagine custom quartz counters, hardwood, granite, Brazilian cherry, and the finest in designer finishes and amenities throughout. Imagine a private .40 Acre lot with sweeping views. Welcome Home!

SOLD! 7579 Honey Ct, Dublin, CA 94568

SOLD! 7579 Honey Ct, Dublin, CA 94568

This fabulous home features soaring volume ceilings bathed in sunlight, gleaming wide plank hardwood floors and new two-tone paint, dramatic living and family rooms, remodeled gourmet quartz/stainless kitchen with breakfast bar and breakfast nook, huge family room with cozy fireplace, built-in entertainment center, and French door to rear yard.

Large master bedroom with bay windows, large closet and inviting master bath featuring updated vanity, step in shower, and tile floor. There are 2 large secondary bedrooms plus a spacious office (could be converted to 4th bedroom). There is a spacious 2 car garage with laundry hook-ups and plenty of storage plus side yard access and a second driveway. The private rear yard features a deck, stamped concrete patio, and large grass area. The corner location is walking distance to award winning Dublin Elementary School and park, and offers easy access to I-680, I-580, BART, parks, and shopping. Welcome Home!


SOLD! 7579 Honey Ct, Dublin, CA 94568
Market Stats
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Main Features
4 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Lot: 8,854 sqft
7579 Honey Ct
Dublin, CA 94568

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Venture | Sotheby’s International Realty
(925) 621-0680
[email protected]



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