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FREE Drop-In Legal Workshop for small business owners – Cañada College TONIGHT 8/29, 6 – 8:30 pm

I’m sorry for the short notice, but this might be of great interest to some of you – anyone who owns a small business, or is thinking about starting one, will find great value in this FREE legal workshop. Take a look at the info below – and pass this information along to others who may be interested!


~ malcolm

FREE Drop-In Legal Workshop for small business owners

Cañada College and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs are once again co-sponsoring a free workshop offering helpful advice to small business owners. If you are in business or are thinking about starting your own business, this workshop is truly worth your time.

Bring your questions about forming businesses, employment law and contracts, and any other legal topic you are interested in. No reservations needed.

TONIGHT Monday, August 29, 2011
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cañada College, Building 17, Room 203
4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Redwood City


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Apprenticeship with Citizen Schools at Kennedy Middle – connect with youth , offer your experience/skills

Citizen Schools is a national non-profit educational program, and here in Redwood City it’s at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Part of their program involves recruiting volunteers (which they call Citizen Teachers) to teach apprenticeships in their areas of expertise. These apprenticeships run for about 11 weeks and take place on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons for just 90 minutes.

You may be an excellent fit as a Citizen Teacher. You do not need to have teaching experience, and you get partnered with a staff member at all times. Apprenticeship topics can range as wide as the experience of the volunteers – from cooking to business to entrepreneurship to graphic design or anything else you may have as a career, skill, or passion.

What a great way to connect with the youth in our community, and offer them the benefit of your experience, skills, and perspective. Instead of complaining about “those kids,” take this opportunity to get involved in helping them to learn about life!

If this sounds like something you are interested in, or if you know someone who may be interested or you have any questions, please contact Benjamin Arnold, Kennedy Middle School, Citizen Schools Master Teaching Fellow, at either or 650-387-3048. You can also get more information at I encourage you to check into this wonderful opportunity to impart your experience and wisdom to the youth in our community.

Anyone interested should note that there will be Apprenticeship Fairs on Tuesday September 13th or Wednesday September 15th. Please visit the website or call Benjamin for details.


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TONIGHT – Art on the Square 5 – 8:30 pm, PLUS Music on the Square w/Springsteen Tribute “The Rising”

Here is a reminder that tonight’s Music on the Square (featuring Springsteen tribute band, The Rising) also brings Art on the Square, from 5 – 8:30 pm (music from 6 – 8 pm).

Art on the Square showcase the best in original fine arts and crafts at Courthouse Square in beautiful Downtown Redwood City. You’re invited to discover unique painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more at prices for every budget. Come for the art, enjoy fine food and beverages at Downtown restaurants, and stay for the great music. It all happens on Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

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Save the Date – 10/6 for Fire Dept’s 150th Anniversary Plaque Dedication – also see great videos

Many of you know that 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Redwood City Fire Department – it was kicked off with a news conference in January, and it was featured during the magnificent 4th of July parade. This is a quick “save the date” for a very special 150th Anniversary plaque dedication – Thursday, October 6 at 10 am at Station 9 (755 Marshall Street) for. More details later!

In the meantime, take a look at these really nicely done videos that offer a great overview of the fine work of the professionals in the Redwood City Fire Department, including some historical photos and video.

150 Years of Public Trust

150 Years of Pride

150 Years of Care beyond the Call


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3 Quick Items: Nighttime Roadwork…Levee Cleanup Saturday 8/27…Blood Drive Sunday 8/28

Please read these three quick informational notes.

1. HEADS UP to anyone who works or lives (or will drive) on or near E. Bayshore Road between Whipple and Bair Island Road: as part of the road improvements taking place on E. Bayshore Road, the contractor will be working overnight TONIGHT (Thursday) starting at 9 pm and continuing until 6 am Friday morning, to do the “overlay” during which a layer of new asphalt will be placed on top of the existing surface. While there will be traffic controls in place, cars will have access at all times. The area will be lighted, and there may be some noise. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate the patience of anyone who is affected.

2. Annual Levee Cleanup at Redwood Shores – Saturday, August 27 from 8 am to noon, starting at Mariner Park, located at Tiller Lane/Bridge Parkway. Get outside, enjoy some of Redwood Shores’ beautiful summer weather, and help to clean up and beautify Redwood Shores’ levees for the benefit of all of Redwood City! Join dozens of volunteers to remove debris and trash from the levees. For non-Redwood Shores volunteers, it’s a great opportunity to learn about the beauty of the Redwood Shores levees, enjoy the sight of a variety of wildlife, and experience incredible views of the bay. Coffee, juice & bagels will be available at 8:30 am before assignments are doled out. After the cleanup, a free barbecue for the volunteers will be served at Mariner Park, as a small ‘thank you’ for helping to beautify and enhance this important Redwood City resource. Bring gloves and wear good work shoes… everything else will be provided.

3. A Blood Drive is scheduled for this Sunday, August 28, in the parking lot at the Redwood Shores Branch Library from noon to 4 pm. Please consider donating – did you know that one out of every three people will need a life-saving blood transfusion at some point? Schedule your appointment online at  Click on “Donate Blood”, enter sponsor code:  RWSLibrary, or contact JoEllen at 650-652-4124 with any questions.

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Call for Entries – Redwood City Salsa Tasting Competition – $500 Top Prize – Entry Deadline 9/2/11

I wanted to be sure you have a heads-up about the call for entries for Redwood City’s famous Salsa Tasting Competition – you could win the $500 prize for the top salsa! It’s part of the 4th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 8 pm.

Teams can enter the salsa challenge as individuals, or businesses. Choose either Mild or Hot category. Festival goers will be able to purchase a tasting kit in order to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” Salsa will be judged by a qualified panel of judges based on aroma, consistency, color, appropriate heat level, taste and after-taste. This panel will also judge each team booth for Best Decorated.

The deadline for entries is September 2, 2011 (entries must be postmarked by this date). Fees are $75 for professionals and $50 for amateur teams. Space is limited, first come, first served.

Please print & fill out the entry form at and mail it along with check made out to Redwood City Salsa Tasting Competition, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. For more information please call or email Lucas Wilder 650.780.7340 or

Contestants must bring all equipment necessary for making their salsa. The Salsa, including prep work, must be done on-site at the event. Canned ingredients are acceptable including tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies, onions, garlic, salt, lime, and various spices, however all ingredients must be mixed together on-site. Pre-made or pre-mixed salsa will be disqualified from the competition.

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“Red Cross Ready” Disaster Preparedness Class – Free, 8/17, Shores Library, 6:30 – 7:30

There will be a “Red Cross Ready” guide to disaster preparedness workshop on Wednesday, August 17, from 6:30  – 7:30 pm at the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway. This is a great, easy, and quick way for you to get the basics of disaster preparation for you and your family. It’s free.

From their flyer:
“Are you prepared for the next major disaster? Learn techniques to become Red Cross Read and to improve personal preparedness. By attending this one-hour course, you will learn how to set up a communication plan after a disaster, important items for a disaster kit, and what to do during an earthquake or fire. This course will leave you with emergency contact cards for each member of your family, a Be Red Cross Ready booklet, and earthquake preparedness information. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a disaster kit and other supplies. For more information on how you can be prepared visit or call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY”


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Friends of the Redwood City Public Library – Great Amazon Storefront, Feat. Top Books and More

Here’s a reminder that the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library has a wonderful storefront that they recently upgraded.

You can visit it by going to – there, you’ll find an incredible variety of high quality, gently used, hand-picked books and media, great for gifts or for your own enjoyment. These are the “best of the best” of materials from the Friends of the Redwood City Library, all at great prices – and of course every purchase you make helps the Friends to continue providing great Library programs for the community. And don’t forget you can get great deals on books at the Friends’ brick-and-mortar store at the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road.

The Friends of the Redwood City Library is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are committed to furthering the excellence of the Redwood City Public Library. They raise funds solely to benefit Redwood City’s four libraries, and make significant gifts to expand Library collections, programs, and services. Visit the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library website at



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Redwood City’s Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Taking Place at Oracle on Sat. Sept. 10

Redwood City’s Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Taking Place at Oracle

As you know, this year is the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and on Saturday, September 10th, 2011, a special memorial and remembrance will take place at Oracle in Redwood City, hosted by the Redwood City Fire Department. It’s the 2nd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and it’s intended as not only a memorial for the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) who lost their lives on that day, but also as a recognition and remembrance for the family and friends left behind.

Last year, nearly 250 firefighters from throughout the Bay Area participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and even more are expected to attend this year. And, to recognize other public safety members and first responders who lost their lives or friends on 9/11, invited participants this year include police officers, sheriff’s deputies, medics/EMTs, and other responders. During this memorial stair climb, participants will carry the names of fallen FDNY firefighters with them as they enter an Oracle building and climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs – the number of floors in the World Trade Center.

More information and participant registration is online at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb web page at Registration on the morning of September 10 is also available on-site, starting at 7:30 am. Then at 8:30 am, there will be a brief ceremony and speakers, followed at 9 am by a moment of reflection accompanied by bagpipes. At 9:05 am, the participants will begin their un-timed climb. Family, friends, and media can follow their progress as they exit the building several times, in order to re-start climbing stairs to accomplish the 110-floor equivalent.

Community members can participate by helping to provide water to the climbers, distribute pre-registration packets, and handle other tasks on that day. Donations on-site can be made to the Redwood City Create-a-Smile Foundation (, with proceeds forwarded to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (

More information and registration are available at or by contacting Redwood City firefighter/paramedic Michelle Noack at or 408-205-5521.

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Learn about great volunteer opportunities to help keep music in schools!

Here’s a great volunteer opportunity, especially for those of you who may be musically-inclined. Music for Minors is a nonprofit organization located in Mountain View, which is devoted to keeping music alive in local schools by providing music education programs for children in kindergarten through fourth grade throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, including in Redwood City.

If you’d like to help kids with music, please read on and consider volunteering.

~ malcolm


Volunteer! Music in Schools
Keep music in schools! Music for Minors is recruiting volunteers to train as music educators and teach in local schools where music programs have been reduced or cut completely. Join us and make a difference!

Learn more by attending our Volunteer Information Meeting on Wednesday, August 17th, 7 – 8 pm, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Please call 650-237-9130 to save a spot.

For more information please contact Jean Tyan at 650-237-9130 or Visit the MFM website at

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