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Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 29-31!

by Imad Najjar 14 April 2016 14:16

The Gilroy Garlic Festival AKA ‘Summer’s Ultimate Food Fair’ is an incredible Festival to attend if you plan to be in the Bay Area during Summer time, towards the end of July. Founded in 1979, this event is hosted by over Four Thousand of community volunteers who have raised millions of dollars to aid local schools, Charities, and non-profit organizations. The Festival is held at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles South of San Jose, off Highway 101. Plenty of signs are placed on Highway 101 to direct you to the event during the Festival dates.

The festival is held in a outdoor park mostly grass with some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. You should plan on wearing comfortable shoes, dress in layers for the morning hours, and anticipate Super warm weather (98+) during late mornings and afternoons. Sun protection, sun screen, and sunglasses are highly recommended.

    Some of the items presented:
  • Garlicky Food from Gourmet Alley
  • Free garlic ice cream
  • Flame- Ups
  • Garlic Cook
  • 100 Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Wine Pavilion
  • Garlic Mercantile Shops

Although festival is held outdoor, no pets are allowed!

Visit: gilroygarlicfestival.com for additional information.

Have fun!

The Month to Think Taxes and Future Finances

by Guest Author 11 April 2016 07:46

In addition to spring showers, the month of April also brings the legality of having to file tax returns. While there's not a lot of joy in preparing these forms, it does give you the opportunity to get your financial house in order.

The perfect resource to assist you in finding a local business to prepare your taxes or help you determine your financial goals is your Valley Yellow Pages directory. Almost 5 billion references are made to the Yellow Pages each year, with over 63% making a contact, visit or purchase after a search.

Look under the Tax Return Preparation Services or Tax Consultants headings to find companies that service both individuals and small businesses with their tax and accounting needs.  If you need assistance in resolving a tax issue, you can find nearby companies under the Tax Consultants to aid you in finding a solution.

Once your taxes are filed, it's time to breathe a little easier and start thinking about your financial future. Peruse the Financial Planning Consultants heading for a personal discussion with an expert on your current status and future financial goals.

Look under Charitable Organizations section to consider making donations for tax write-offs. Also, if you are like a lot of people and need to get a handle on your credit card spending, contact a local business under the Debt Consolidation or Debt Adjusters headings that will work with your creditors to repair your credit and get you back on your feet in no time.

The Valley Yellow Pages directory has all the local tax and financial businesses you need in one place. If you're one of the lucky taxpayers that will receive a tax refund, you can look under the Investment Advisory Service heading to invest your windfall or take your family out to eat at a new place under the Restaurant headings.

"Leap Year"

by Shirrelle O. Shiel 26 February 2016 07:19

The Power of a Bargain... 

Who would have ever thought that Leap Year was due to a battle of will, the desire to WIN! The bargain was for time vs talent and so Augustus outwitted his opponent winning the extra days...

Every four years February has an extra day added and is known as leap year.  A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days.  Leap seconds and leap years are added to our calendar in order that our clocks and calendars remain in sync with the earth and its seasons.  Every month in the Julian calendar has 30 or 31 days. Under the rein of Julius Caesar February had 30 days, July which was named after him had 31 days and August had only 29 days.  When Caesar Augustus became Emperor his ego got the best of him and he added two days to make his month of August the same as July.  So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.  Julius Caesar vs Pope Gregory  The Roman calendar did have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years until Julius Caesar became Emperor and ordered his astronomer Sosigenes to devise a better system in the 1st Century.  Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorporate the extra hours, thus February 29th was born. Therefore leap years are not directly connected to leap seconds, but both are for the purpose of keeping the earth's rotations in sync without clocks and calendars.  Leap seconds are added to bring the earth's rotating into line with atomic time.  

All of us could have more of what we desire in life, if only we fight for it. There is no limit but the limits we place on ourselves.  If we need to lose weight then get involved in an Exercise & Physical Fitness Program.  Perhaps you've just purchased property and now need some Home Improvements or you're looking for a good Financial Planner to secure your future. As Augustus changed the hands of time so can you.  

Leap years are also marked as a time for women to propose to men.  So ladies get ready to plan your ideal wedding for that special occasion and take your mother, sisters or your best friends with you to find your beautiful gown at your local Bridal Shops.  One theory is that this custom dates back to the 5th Century, when, legend has it, an Irish nun called St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose.  St Patrick then supposedly gave women the chance to ask the question every four years.  The tradition is not thought to have become commonplace until the 19th Century.  

In Denmark, if a man turns down a proposal they must give the woman 12 pairs of gloves and in Finland the penalty is fabric for a skirt.

The city of Anthony which straddles Texas and New Mexico in the US, is the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World.  A four-day leap year festival is held there each leap year that includes a huge birthday party for all leap year babies.  This is a great time to call your local Tourist & Sightseeing Information agents and your Party Planning & Event Consultants so you can have a memorable event in the next 4 years.  Don't forget to stop by your local Wineries to buy your favorite bottle for the upcoming festivities in the year 2020.

We keep learning new things everyday and the main thing is that your future have the opportunity to change.  How sure are you that August has 31 days and February only 28 except for leap year, 29? Whatever changes you want to make then it's up to you to go after your dreams, make the necessary changes needed today no matter how big or small they may be.  If you want new Window Coverings for your home or your Septic Tanks & Systems needs replacing or you just want to get more involved in your Community Organizations then just open up your yellow pages and make that call.  

You too can claim an extra day by leaping into your New Year, by taking the time to make the change.

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