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3 great events: youth talent show, lecture on concept of nirvana, & “Gran Kermes” library fundraiser

Here are three community events coming up, I figured you’d be interested in at least one or two of them, if not all three!

And what a wide range of options we have here!

–       Our Library’s annual Youth Talent Show
–       A free lecture on the concept of “nirvana”
–       Gran Kermes fundraiser for Fair Oaks Library

Read on for the details, and mark your calendars!


The Redwood City Public Library Celebrates its 20th annual Youth Talent Show!
Here’s a great opportunity for kids to show off their hidden (or not-so-hidden!) talents! The Redwood City Public Library is sponsoring a talent show for youth. Kids can audition and perform, and everyone else is invited to see the big show!

Kids up to 11 years old can drop by the Downtown Library for auditions:

Saturday, April 16, 1 – 3 pm
Sunday, April 18, 3 – 5 pm
Tuesday, April 19, 4 – 7 pm 

Then, the big show is Wednesday, April 20 at 7 pm in the Community Room! Everyone is invited! 

All acts must audition. Acts can be solo, duo or group, but each act is limited to 3 minutes. For more information about the Talent Show contact Jacky Averill at 780-7016 or

Here are a few of the incredible acts that over 600 kids have performed at these talent shows over the last 20 years:

Singing, dancing, karate, poetry, gymnastics, playing instrumentals / bands, standup comedy, puppet shows, storytelling, cheerleading, Elvis and Michael Jackson impersonators, hula hoop, paper airplane folding, baton twirling…

Come see the next big thing!

Shinnyo-en USA and the Shinnyo-en Foundation present Griffith Foulk, in a free lecture – Nirvana. 

Friday, April 15, 2011, 4:30 reception/5:30 lecture.

Shinnyo-en USA Head Temple, 3910 Bret Harte Drive, Redwood City. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Nirvana as part of the teachings of Buddhism is an ideal that is universally embraced as an ultimate good, but one that has been interpreted in very different ways by competing parties over the course of history. This lecture traces developments in the concept of nirvana from its multiple roots in ancient India to its various meanings in the Mahayana Buddhism of China and Japan.

The featured speaker is Griffith Foulk, Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor, Religious Studies. A graduate of Michigan who teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Professor Foulk is best known for his studies of the ritual and institutional aspects of the Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen traditions. He serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Soto Zen Text Project.

The Shinnyo-en Foundation helps build more caring communities by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service. By providing financial support and resources, the Foundation partners with non-profit organizations that share our vision for bringing out the best in ourselves, our children and our communities.

Visit the Shinnyo-en website at

The Redwood City Library Foundation & Latino Community Council Sponsor “Gran Kermes” Family Festival for Fair Oaks Library

“Gran Kermes” is a wonderfully entertaining and fun community festival that will raise funds for new children’s books at the Fair Oaks Library. Gran Kermes takes place on Saturday, April 9th from noon to 5 pm in the parking area adjacent to the Fair Oaks Library, 2510 Middlefield Road, in Redwood City.

This family-oriented event will feature vendor booths, food booths, fun games and prizes for kids, engaging arts and crafts, and local groups performing live music, ballet folklorico, and drama. All funds raised will be used to buy picture books, beginning-to-read books, novels, and series for junior readers at the Fair Oaks Library.

The Fair Oaks Library serves the North Fair Oaks neighborhood including four schools where 94% of the students are designated socioeconomically disadvantaged. The Library focuses on family literacy, supporting school success, and access to computers. The need for more children’s material for the Fair Oaks Library is at a critical point, and this is a great way to help!

Since its formation in 1998, the Redwood City Library Foundation has raised nearly $2 million that has been used to hire a Traveling Storytime librarian, establish a teen homework center, support the Dad and Me in the Library program, help fund an interpretive center, and purchase the complete collection for the new Redwood Shores Library. Donations for children’s books for the Fair Oaks Library may be made online at or mailed to Redwood City Library Foundation, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063. Donations are fully tax deductible. For more information call the Foundation’s Executive Director Georgi LaBerge at (650) 780-7045.


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