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Our Favorite Walks and Hikes

The sky is blue, the wildflowers are blooming, and the East Bay’s multitude of open spaces beckon. There’s no better time to enjoy our trails. I love hiking the ridge in Burton Valley’s Lucas Ranch. Start at the Lucas Ranch gate (at the very end of Lucas) and walk up the paved streets. Turn left at the gravel road at the top of the hill...

Recipe Round-Up

With a bit more time in the kitchen these days, Lafayette Realtor Dana Green and her team share the recipes to which they turn again and again.

Support LPIE!

Lafayette Realtor Dana Green supports her community by contributing time and resources to Lafayette’s varied non-profits such as Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), Lafayette’s education foundation supporting stellar public schools.

Shop Local for Valentine’s Day

Whether it be for a loved one, a friend, or a neighbor, a Valentine’s Day treat given and received is always welcome. And, while we at the Dana Green Team never turn down chocolates and flowers, these two mainstays are not the only ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Lafayette is chock full of retailers offering both caloric and non-caloric ways to show you care. The...

Spring Clean Early to Help Those in Need

The post holiday period is a great time for a little pre-spring cleaning. As you make room for new items that require space in cupboards and closets, take stock of items that continue to be useful and that continue to ‘give you joy,’ as Marie Kondo would say. For any item that has outlived its usefulness, consider donating it to one of the many Bay...

Lafayette’s History

Brown’s Mill, Brown’s Corners, Centerville, La Fayatte – our suburban community has had many names through the years. It was 1857 when the name ‘Lafayette’ was officially granted, thanks to the efforts of Benjamin Shreve, the town’s first school teacher, who applied for a post office for the small village. Rancho owner Elam Brown, who left Missouri with his family in 1846 in search of...

Find Your Holiday Spirit at One of These Bay Area Festive Happenings

Warm and sunny fall days are behind us and we’re on to embracing the holiday spirit! The Bay Area is full of wonderful ways to influence a festive mood. We might not have snow, but we can surely find some mistletoe. Start your holiday spirit search at Orchard Nursery’s Holiday Shop. The theme this year is Holiday Handmade from Around the World. Find beautiful, one-of-a-kind...

“It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette”

I am a fan of all of Lafayette’s various events, and “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration is one of my favorites. Along with Branagh Development, I am proud once again to sponsor this festive tradition that brings together our entire community for songs, local entertainment, and visits with Santa. Please mark your calendars for December 8, 2019, 4:00-6:30pm and join me and...

Gratitude

When my children were in preschool, their teachers would ask them at Thanksgiving what they were thankful for. Their replies were translated to paper in the teacher’s handwriting, and their answers (the dog, etc.) always made me laugh. But I appreciated the exercise, and I continue it myself to this day. I love Thanksgiving for its reminder to us all to count our blessings. It’s...

Fall Home Maintenance

Lafayette Realtor Dana Green recommends that all Bay Area homeowners perform these home maintenance routines in preparation for winter weather.

Giving Back

Lafayette realtor Dana Green’s commitment to the community runs deep. Providing local and regional support to worthy causes both personally and via the Compass Cares program, Dana knows that healthy communities begin and end with selfless giving.

Fall Festival Fun

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival: Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, Downtown Lafayette. The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s annual Art & Wine Festival is perhaps the largest weekend event in Contra Costa County. Join the more than 85,000 visitors who stroll among the art and handmade crafts while sampling foods from top local restaurants and enjoying quality wines and microbrews, and musical entertainment on...

Sports and Our Community

The benefits to students of participating in high school sports are many. Physical activity is good for the body and the soul. Participation within a team fosters cooperative skills and helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem. Teamwork encourages leadership and social skills. And practice brings discipline. Student athletes often do better academically, as the determination and goal-setting skills required of a sport can be transferred...

Our Favorite Local August Treats

The sun is high, the temps are warm, and the lazy days of August are upon us. Just as winter weather makes us crave soul warming dishes and drinks, summertime has its own culinary rewards – think ice cream or a chilled glass of wine. I love the grilled peach bruschetta at Metro. I also love the iced coconut orange latte at Coffee Shop Lafayette....

Outdoor Living

Lafayette Realtor Dana Green provides simple and economical suggestions to transform your yard and garden for outdoor living during warmer weather. Move the party outside with these easy lighting, music, and design ideas.

Take Me to Your Reader

It’s hard to imagine in our world of technology that sitting down with a book once filled the lazy summer moments between swim team competition, family vacations, and time outdoors with friends. These days, adults and children are more likely to be found scrolling through their phones than relaxing with a good read. But even the innovators who created and rely on technology are attempting...

Night at the Library

One of my favorite ways to kick off summer is Lafayette’s Night at the Library, benefitting the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. I love this event, and I love our library for so many reasons. I believe a great library can serve as the foundation of a great community, and our library is a perfect example. In this one central place at the corner of...

Lafayette Juniors Annual Kitchen Tour: 20 Years Strong

The Lafayette Juniors Annual Kitchen Tour turns 20 this year! I cannot believe it has been two decades since I first proposed this fun idea while serving as major fundraising chair of this fabulous organization. This was at the same time that I formed my company ‘The Tailored House’ and was providing interior design and staging services. I knew from my clients that they had...