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Pleasant Hill Mayor's Message

Oct 30, 2014 08:39PM ● By Jennifer Neys

By Tim Flaherty, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

As the days grow shorter and the nighttime temperatures drop, you may not be venturing out in the community as much as you did in warmer months. However, there are many activities and events in Pleasant Hill that will surely entice you to put on a sweater or jacket and get out and enjoy our wonderful town.

Annual Harvest Fair

Join me at Pleasant Hill Elementary School on Friday, November 7, 2-7pm, for the Fall Harvest Fair, which will showcase the talents of PHE families and local small businesses. You will be able to purchase everything from handmade crafts, homemade jams, jewelry, to other, home-based business products. Bring your family and friends and, together, we can enjoy an afternoon/evening of shopping while supporting PHE and our local community.

Turkey Trot Trail Run

The 39th Annual Turkey Trot Trail Run will take place on November 23 at 9am. You can experience the tradition of this 8.4-mile race in the beautiful hills of Briones Regional Park. Winners take home a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! This is no ordinary Turkey Trot and is not for beginning joggers. Pre-registration closes 11/19, but you can also register the day of the race at 7:30am. For more info or to register, call (925) 682-0896 or [email protected]

Light up the Night Holiday Celebration

This is something a bit less challenging than the Turkey Trot. Everyone is invited to join Santa at the 7th annual Light up the Night Holiday Celebration on Crescent Drive in Downtown Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, December 3, 5 - 8pm.

The lighting of the city’s 25-foot decorated tree next to the clock tower building on Crescent Drive takes place at 6pm. Music, dance performances, and caroling will be on two stages at the Downtown Plaza next to Sweet Tomatoes. Enjoy free, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee.

Search for the “Elf on the Shelf” at nine different merchants in Downtown, with lots of prizes for the winners. Families can have pictures taken with Santa and his merry elves, and look out for Frosty, Rudolph, and other costumed characters. Stroll through the holiday crafts fair on Crescent Drive, with lots of wonderful holiday gifts on sale. If you wish to be a vendor, call Allison Klippel at 788-9677.

The City of Pleasant Hill, Downtown Pleasant Hill, and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce jointly organizes this event. For more information, call (925) 671-5229 or email [email protected].  

Off the Grid

Have you been to the Wednesday night Off the Grid event? If you have not, I urge you to come out to the City Hall grounds where Trelany Road is closed off on Wednesday nights, 5 - 9pm. You will encounter hundreds of people socializing, milling about and enjoying delectable food and drink from ten food and beverage trucks. Off the Grid will continue, year-round, rain or shine, but will close for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays. More often than not, you can find me there. I’m easy to spot; I’m 6’3” and usually the only person wearing a suit and tie. (Hint: look near the Lucky 13 beer truck.)

Last, But Definitely Most Important

Don’t forget: Election Day is November 4. I urge you to do your homework on the issues and candidates, and cast your vote. As to our local election, I favor those candidates who actually show up and organize and participate in civic and community events and organizations. I support those who lead by example, through volunteerism and service, in civic groups and foundations that strengthen our community and enhance the quality of life for everyone in Pleasant Hill. 

I guess I am a bit old-fashioned and still enjoy the act of voting on Election Day at my polling place. However, many if not most people now cast their vote by absentee ballot. Starting this year, rather than trekking to the post office or the County Election Office, you can now drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at City Hall in a metal drop-off box during normal city business hours. City staff will be able to provide you with the coveted “I Voted” sticker for those who drop off their ballots. And you will save the cost of postage.