Elena Mendelson
Direct: (925) 935-7100
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I am privileged to welcome you to my "synopsis page" covering a range of products, services and activities available in East Bay and nearby areas. I am making constant updates based on my new experiences and encourage you to share yours. I hope you will find it useful.

Adventure
Bay Area Mountain Biking
Glider Rides
Professional glider flight instruction that will take you from your first flight to solo, and all the way through your FAA Private Pilot Glider certificate
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Napa
Unleash the adventure of ballooning and book an invigorating ride in the sky
Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Paddleboarding
Whale Watching
Randy’s Fishing and Whale Watching Trips, Located on Monterey, California's Historic Fisherman's Wharf is a full service boat chartering company that has the distinct privilege to offer Whale Watching and Recreational Sport Fishing Trips, as well as Specialty Cruises and Sailing.
Whale Watching is within The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a prime area for observing such exotic species as the Blue Whale, Gray Whale, Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, and Killer (Orca) Whales. Sea Otters, Sea lions, and Seals as well as a wide variety of Dolphin, Porpoise and Birds grace the Sanctuary with their presence.
White Water Rafting

Beauty
Changes Salon and Day SPA
Full service Salon and Day SPA
Hair by Angel Nicole Steeter
Look no further! Most professional, tasteful, attentive and talented stylist I have ever met. Edgy or traditional, funky or conservative, - Angel can make it happen. Yes, she is a God send indeed!
Lafayette Park Hotel and SPA
With beautiful poolside setting, and full menu of signature massages, facials and body treatments, come experience the winning Best Day Spa in the East Bay.
Marsha Tobias Salon
Hair, nail and spray tan services
Mika Salon
A highly enjoyable and memorable salon experience. Make sure to ask for Angel Nicole Steeter, - she is not a stylist, she is a magician!
R SPA at Club Sport Renaissance
Complete menu of services will awaken your senses and help you rediscover the 3 R’s – Relax, Rejuvenate and Restore.
Tan Angels
Great quality airbrush tanning. Become a magazine cover model in 20 minutes without photoshop.

Business
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
Community events, business directory

Community
- Alamo: statistics and data
- Concord: statistics and data
- Danville: statistics and data
- Lafayette: statistics and data
- Martinez: statistics and data
- Moraga: statistics and data
- Orinda: statistics and data
- Pleasant Hill: statistics and data
- Walnut Creek: statistics and data
Bart (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Easy and cost effective way to get around Bay Area
Contra Costa County Official Web-site
Everything you need to know about living, working and playing in Contra Costa.
Diablo Magazine
Covering topics ranging from travel, culture, and personalities to entertainment, recreation, and food, Diablo magazine is your one-stop resource on East Bay
East Bay Regional Parks
108,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study
Lesher Arts Center
Premier destination for an exceptional arts and entertainment experience
Ruth Bancroft Garden
The Garden offers an array of workshops, classes, and seminars for the home gardener and horticulture/green industry professional
San Ramon: statistics and data
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation
Situated on a prominent corner in Walnut Creek, California, the ARF campus is bringing people and animals together in a family oriented park-like setting
Walnut Creek Library
The new facility, which opened in July 2010, has a large children’s wing and garden, a Teen Zone, a Business and Career Center, a Technology Center, and three group study rooms

Dining (completely subjective but utterly amazing)
1515 Restaurant and Lounge, Walnut Creek
With an innovative and eclectic Californian cuisine you are always able to find a myriad of fresh and flavorful dishes within the upscale ambiance.  1515 serves lunch and dinner daily, presents a delicious dessert menu, an outstanding wine and cocktail selection along with an inviting lounge and patio.
Bridges, Danville
In it's 18-year history, Bridges has received many accolades and awards, including being honored as one of Diablo magazine's "Seven Best Restaurants in the East Bay". Whether dining on the lush, vine-covered patio while enjoying the sounds from our natural granite waterfall, or relaxing indoors amid a sophisticated, comfortable ambiance you will discover why Bridges is a favorite Bay Area dining destination. Executive Chef Kevin Gin awes with his innovative interpretation of California cuisine featuring European and Asian influences.
Extreme Pizza
It will be extreme if you do not control your appetite. The best!!!
Lark Creek, Walnut Creek
Lark Creek® Walnut Creek is located in historic downtown Walnut Creek. The atmosphere is light and airy, with American country charm, sidewalk seating, an exhibition kitchen, and the new Oakville Room seating up to 36 guests for private functions. The changing menu, created by Chef Scott Wall includes seasonal, farm-fresh American fare featuring traditional and updated recipes.
Piatti, Danville
With their open kitchens and stone pizza hearths, each of the Piatti restaurants reflect the warm charm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. While every Piatti has its own character and ambiance suited to its specific locale, all are characterized by simple, unpretentious designs, rustic yet flavorful cuisine and family friendly service. Lemon ravioli is a MUST!!!
Postino, Lafayette
With its roots planted firmly in the Italian countryside, Postino is nestled in the hillside town of Lafayette in the East Bay. Postino’s brick walls, slate tiled floors, fireplaces and intimate dining rooms evoke images and feelings of Italy and the Mediterranean. The dramatic ambience at Postino is captivating and enchanting.
Skipolini's Pizza
While I am a bigger fan of Extreme pizza, these guys allow your kids to make their own (just make sure they don't eat it :-) AND HAVE A PLAY STRUCTURE. You are guaranteed a drama-free evening with your 2-year old!
The Peasant and the Pear, Danville
simply mouthwatering
Vi de Vi, Walnut Creek
Voted best of East Bay outdoor dining by Diablo Magazine

Entertainment
ACT Theater
American Conservatory Theater nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing engagement with its community. Today A.C.T. is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting.
Cal Performances, Berkeley
Cal Performances presents over 100 performances annually in five venues—Zellerbach Hall, Zellerbach Playhouse, Hertz Hall, and Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, and First Congregational Church of Berkeley—and in site-specific locations and other spaces. The performances range among Modern and Classical Dance, Theater, Instrumental and Vocal Recital, Early Music, Opera, Chamber Music, Jazz, New Music, World Music, Dance & Theater, and a speaking series. Cal Performances serves some 300,000 patrons annually through performances and arts education, residency and community programs.
Century 14 Movie Theater, downtown Walnut Creek
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Philharmonic
Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

Festivals
Berkeley Kite Fest
Annual summer event (link may expire)
Chevron Family Theater Festival
Annual summer event (link may expire)
Gillroy Garlic Festival
Annual Summer Event
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Annual Fall event (link may expire)
Napa Valley Festival del Sole
Festival del Sole takes place every summer in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. The Festival features concerts by some of the world’s most celebrated musical artists, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa’s top vintners, blended in a unique celebration of the art of life (link may expire)
Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival
Annual summer event (link may expire)

Health & Fitness
John Muir Medical Center
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek has been ranked one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek
"May you live long and thrive!"
Renaissance Club Sport
More than a fitness club, Renaissance ClubSport helps create healthy lifestyles.
Yaron Friedman, OBGYN
Uncompromising gynecologic and obstetric care, and the most comfortable experience possible

Kids' Activities
Bay Mountain Martial Arts
For young Tigers and Dragons! The classes are intended to teach basic social and physical skills to build a child’s confidence
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Bring the Teddy Bear to life and teach your child about friendship, caring and love
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
The striking 52,000 square foot purple building signals the purpose of Children's Discovery Museum to serve the needs of children and families as a center for learning and discovery. Exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations, while programs provide facilitated, focused, and sustained interactions

Children's Fairyland
Since 1950, Children’s Fairyland has been delighting children and their parents with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals, wonder-filled puppet shows, and inspired live entertainment
Dance Connection Studio
Voted "Best of the East Bay" by Parent Magazine
Encore Gymnastics
Building strong, healthy, happy kids since 1983
HABITOT Children's Discovery Museum
Founded by parents and educators in 1992 to meet the unique needs and interests of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and appropriate community setting, Habitot opened its first facility in downtown Berkeley in 1998 and became the most popular and award-winning children’s hands on discovery museum in the East Bay.
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
San Jose’s premier family destination, offers amusement rides, puppet shows, interactive play areas, educational programs, unique events, and exciting adventures the whole family will enjoy
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
A unique natural history and environmental education center where live, wild animals are just inches away.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Yes, it may take 2.5 hours to get there... but... you and your kids will be at awe - penguins, sea lions, sea horses, otters, play area, special exhibits, - all in the largest center for marine life research... You don't want to miss it!
Muir Woods
Seeing the beauty of a primeval redwood forest can be a shared adventure especially if you have your copy of Redwood Discovery: A Quest at Muir Woods. This playful, rhyming riddle leads young and old alike through Muir Woods in search of clues to unlock the mysteries of the ancient forest and a hidden box of treasure at the end of the quest.
Music Together
Internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them
Oakland Zoo
Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.
Pixie Land Amusement Park
Lovely local amusement park for toddlers and pre-schoolers
Pump it Up
Kids will love jumping in bounce houses and playing in indoor inflatables. Parents will appreciate attentive staff that takes care of everything for your child’s birthday party.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
America's only combined marine life, wildlife and wild rides theme park; delivering Northern California's best family entertainment experience
Steve and Kate's Summer Camp
A tantalizing array of activities with support from inspiring instructors and state-of-the-art tools, facilities and equipment.
The Jungle Fun and Adventure
A "WOW" indoor entertainment experience in a jungle themed 20,000 sq. ft. play facilities.
Waterworld in Concord
BIGGEST and BEST water park experience with more than 30 world-class waterslides and attractions. From the region's largest wave pool and longest lazy river to heart-pounding waterslides and kid-friendly water adventures, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy

Leisure
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
One of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. But more than just an art museum—it's a ticket to Asia where you can travel through 6,000 years of history, trek across seven major regions, and sample the cultures of numerous countries
Boundary Oak Golf Course
Located in Walnut Creek, Boundary Oak Golf Course boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, a driving range and practice area with putting and chipping greens, the perfect venue for Golf Tournaments, weddings, banquets, golf lessons, clinics and camps.
de Young Museum San Francisco
Filoli Gardens
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.
Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
Napa Wine Tasting Tours
Enjoy the company of a knowledgeable local wine tour guide at the wheel, sit back and relax, and take advantage of the most elegant and safest method to enjoy our outstanding Napa wine tours or Sonoma Wine Tours
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Private Schools
Dorris Eaton
The Dorris-Eaton School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school pre-K through 8th Grade.

Palmer School
The Palmer School is a private, co-educational day school serving Junior Kindergarten to Eighth Grade students dedicated to offering an academic yet well rounded program to meet the intellectual, physical and social needs of the students
Seven Hills School
Founded in 1962, Seven Hills is an independent, not-for-profit, day school educating 375 students in preschool through 8th grade.

Springfield Montessori
A top notch school for pre-schoolers

Real Estate Industry
Contra Costa Association of Realtors
Local Association of Realtors
Mortgage Brokerage
Nanette Voluntine, In-House Sr. Loan Consultant for Coldwell Banker, Walnut Creek office
Title and Escrow Services
Coldwell Banker alliance partner

Romantic Get-Aways
Kenwood Inn and SPA, Sonoma
Condé Nast Traveler named Kenwood Inn and Spa to its annual Gold List - The World's Best Places to Stay. The inn achieved a perfect score of 100% in the service category and an overall score of 94.7%, making them one of the top 3 hotels in California.

Shopping
Blackhawk Plaza
Blackhawk Plaza is the East Bay’s premier shopping and dining destination featuring an aquatic landscaped interior courtyard with terraced shopping and dining establishments. Blackhawk is also home to the world-renowned Blackhawk Auto Museum and many fine restaurants.

Broadway Plaza
East Bay's most established and elegant shopping experience
Costco
Sams Club
Sun Valley Shopping Center
Sunvalley Shopping Center is the largest regional shopping center in Contra Costa County featuring approximately 160 retail shops, services and restaurants
Target
Vacaville Premium Outlets
120 Outlet Stores. Find impressive savings at Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Gucci, Guess, J.Crew, Nike, Puma, Polo Ralph Lauren, True Religion, Tommy Hilfiger. Located between San Francisco and Sacramento.