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Horses to Horsepower Car Show Benefitting Sequoia High School Students Sunday Oct 2

Good morning –

Yet another great event this weekend, it’s the Horses to Horsepower fundraising car show at Sequoia High School. It’s this Sunday – read below for details, or go to


~ malcolm


Horses to Horsepower Car Show!
Benefitting Sequoia High School Students

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Sequoia High School Campus – Redwood City
Gates Open at 7am – Event Goes On Rain or Shine!

The Horses to Horsepower Car Show features up to 500 cars of all kinds – it’s a great, fun day, and the Sequoia student groups come out and raise money for their interests and the needs of their classrooms. This is a great way to give back to the Sequoia community!

The Show began in 1993 as a way to support student activities at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. We are now 15 going on 16 years strong, and in the process have raised over $90,000 benefiting the students! This fundraiser has involved city leaders, local businesses, major sponsors from the automotive industry, and a group of energetic former students who saw a vision and a way to give back to their school. This show has grown from less than 200 cars to over 500.

Visit to read more, and see pictures of last year’s great show!

For more information contact Lets Talk Events at


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Become a Green@Home Volunteer – Do Energy Efficient Housecalls – 2 training sessions soon

Many of you know that Redwood City partners with environmental non-profit group Acterra ( to provide their great Green@Home house calls – free home energy reviews that give homeowners easy tools to save energy and money in their houses.

The program depends on volunteers to do the house calls – and I want to let you know about this wonderful opportunity to be part of the Green@Home! It’s just two short training sessions to give you the info to be a Green@Home volunteer, and then be ready to make scheduled house calls in Redwood City.

Please read below, and I hope you’ll consider attending these two training sessions and becoming a Green@Home volunteer for your community. The immediately upcoming trainings (you must do both days) are in Palo Alto – not too far from us, so think about going!


~ malcolm

Acterra’s Green@Home Energy Specialist Volunteer Training


Energy Specialist Volunteers meet with residents in their homes to install basic energy and water saving devices and create home energy conservation plans.  Each HouseCall is performed by 2 volunteers and takes 2.5 hours.

The next training will be:
Two Wednesdays, October 5 AND 12, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., in Palo Alto

For more details and to register for this training visit,


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FYI – PG&E Venting Gas Today at Edgewood Near 280 – Noise and Smell Possible in Hillside Areas

FYI, this from PG&E

PG&E is performing a hydrostatic pressure test on a section of natural gas pipeline in your community.  The section of pipeline to be tested is being temporarily removed from service and will be safely vented of all natural gas.  Outlined below are the next steps in the testing process:

Tentative Date:  Wednesday, 9/28/11
Approximate Time:  5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Work Location:  Edgewood Road and Highway 280
Work to be completed:  Releasing of natural gas to the atmosphere.

Tentative Date:  Wednesday, 9/28/11
Approximate Time:  8:00 a.m. to midnight
Work Location:  Edgewood Road and Highway 280
Work to be completed:  Air movers (compressors) will be used to push out the remaining natural gas from the lines.

We want to ensure you are provided with the most up-to-date information but please note, these dates and times are subject to change.  We will inform you of any scheduling changes as they occur.

Depending on the location of gas venting and weather patterns, there may be a smell of natural gas.  We want to assure you that this situation is safe. The pipeline is cleared of gas utilizing a safe and common technique.  As part of our normal protocol, we have notified the appropriate public safety agencies of this work.  While gas odors are likely from the work being done nearby, safety is our top priority and we encourage any resident who has questions or concerns about the smell of gas to call us 24 hours a day at 1-800-743-5000 or call 9-1-1 immediately.

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14th Annual Cañada College Arts & Olive Fest, Sunday Oct 2 10am – 5 pm

Good morning – in case you haven’t received this information, you’ll want to know that this Sunday, October 2 is the 14th Annual Cañada College Arts and Olive Festival. You can get all the details at, but I can tell you that you and your family will enjoy a day of fabulous fun, food, entertainment – all in the beautiful environment of Cañada College amidst more than 350 olive trees. Please read on for some of the basics, and go to for more information. A $5 scholarship donation is suggested.


~ malcolm


14th Annual  Arts & Olive Festival
Sunday, October 2, 2011 10am-5pm
Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

The Arts & Olive Festival at Cañada College began in 1998 as part of Cañada’s 30 year anniversary celebration to benefit student scholarships. The festival has since grown to be one of the largest scholarship fundraisers of the year providing much needed financial assistance to students. The celebration brings together more than 70 vendors consisting of some of the olive industry’s top experts to provide the community with olive education, olive and olive oil tasting, olive related products, and an abundance of quality art works and gifts.

2011 Entertainment & all!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 14th Annual Arts & Olive Festival at Cañada College to be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011. The Arts & Olive Festival is a celebration with a rustic olive theme. The event takes place on the hilltop campus of Cañada College, featuring more than 350 olive trees.

Olive Information
1 p.m. – Home Cured Olive Workshop by Don Landis
Don Landis is presenting a home cured Olive workshop. He’ll talk about the history of the Olive, the history of the Olive in California and a thorough description of the Greek Style of Olive curing with no lye. Olive tasting.

Kids’ Corner
10 to 5   Arts & Crafts and Face Painting for children
12:30     Carnival of the Animals – Fratello Marionettes
2 to 3     Armando  Ramirez, Storyteller from Redwood City Library
3:30      Carnival of the Animals – Fratello Marionettes
11 to 1   Cañada Student Juggler – Ben Farber
1 to 3    Cañada Student Balloon Art – Joe Simbardi

Music & Dance Entertainment
11:30 to 12:40 p.m. – Orquesta Pacheco (Salsa band)
12:50 to   1:20 p.m. – Zambalita Middle Eastern Dance Company
1:40 to   2:50 p.m. –  Cold Feat (Modern blues)
3:00 to  3:30 p.m. – Samba Mundial Brazilian Dance Troupe
3:50 to  5:00 p.m. – Swoop Unit (soulful funk and jazz)


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South San Mateo County Foreclosure Resource Fair on Oct. 1 in Menlo Park

San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson is offering a Foreclosure Resource event on October 1, that will be helpful to anyone facing possible foreclosure. It’s taking place in Menlo Park.

If you or someone you know is in that situation, this is a good opportunity to get some solid information about options and how best to proceed. Read on, and share this with anyone you think might benefit.

This is not a City event, so if you need more info, please call (650) 363-4570 or visit



South San Mateo County Foreclosure Resource Fair on Oct. 1

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Homeowners facing foreclosure are invited to meet with loan representatives from banks, learn about their rights and discover ways to avoid foreclosure at the second annual South San Mateo County Foreclosure Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free fair will be held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The fair is sponsored by San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson.

Tenants living in homes or apartment buildings facing foreclosure are also invited to learn about their options and rights.

Loan representatives from Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Bank, PNC Mortgage, and Bank of America will be available to meet with clients. For those who have mortgages though other banks, HUD-approved housing counselors will be on hand to help them find solutions to their housing issues and discuss assistance programs, including President Obama’s Making Home Affordable Program. Non-profit attorneys will also be there to offer free legal advice. Translators (Spanish, Tongan, Mandarin, Hmong, Vietnamese, and more) will be available to assist.

The fair will include free information sessions and panel discussions on predatory lending and loan modification, foreclosure rescue scams, surviving foreclosure, seniors and reverse mortgages, transitional housing and developing a crisis budget.

Partners in the event include Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, North California Urban Development (NCUD), Project Sentinel, Keep Your Home California, City of East Palo Alto, City of Menlo Park and City of Redwood City.

For more information, please call (650) 363-4570 or visit


Rebecca Irwin
Legislative Aide
Office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson
(650) 363-4801

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Involved, Engaged, Informed Community Members Invited to Apply for Redwood City Boards, Commissions, & Committees

Good morning – I know many of you will be interested to know that there are now 21 seats available for appointment on Redwood City’s boards, commissions, and committees. This is a great opportunity for you to step up and offer your skill, knowledge, and expertise to your community. The deadline to apply for appointment is October 28.

Please read below and take a look at to see if there is a seat that you’re inspired to apply for!


~ malcolm


Involved, Engaged, Informed Community Members Invited to Apply for Redwood City Boards, Commissions, and Committees

The City of Redwood City announces a great opportunity for residents to serve their community. There are 21 seats to be filled on a variety of the City’s boards, commissions, and committees, and residents with a strong desire and willingness to work diligently on behalf of the community are encouraged to apply. The application period opens September 26, 2011 and will close on October 28, 2011. Applications and complete information are available online at, or may be requested by calling 650-780-7220.

Seats are available on the Planning Commission, Senior Affairs Commission, Housing and Human Concerns Committee, Civic Cultural Commission, Board of Building Review, Library Board, Historic Resources Advisory Committee, and Architectural Advisory Committee.

In order to best prepare applicants to be effective, productive, and successful board or commission members, a special Orientation Workshop will be held on Monday, October 24 at 6 pm at City Hall, open to anyone interested in applying for one of these seats. The workshop will provide general information about the City’s boards, commissions, and committees, roles and responsibilities of members and commissioners, and other important aspects of serving.

Serving on a board, commission, or committee is an important way to offer new perspectives and ideas, and contribute to the City’s discussions and decisions on a variety of substantial matters. Members of these boards serve an essential function in helping to manage the significant issues our community faces – and being appointed requires a strong commitment to carrying out the responsibilities of serving. The City Council will be interviewing applicants in late October and will be interested in a number of characteristics and qualities, as well as applicants’ current involvement in community activities and knowledge of the issues facing the board in which they’re interested. Further, applicants’ ability to build consensus, their willingness to offer thoughtful, productive recommendations, and their motivation to be prepared, informed, and engaged in their board’s work are all critical factors contributing to being appointed to a board, commission, or committee.

“This opportunity is a real call to action for Redwood City residents – your help is needed!” said Jeff Ira, Mayor of Redwood City. “Serving on a board requires a real commitment to put in the necessary time and effort. And those who serve will experience rich rewards in being a great asset to the community.”

General basic requirements are that applicants must have a strong interest in civic involvement, must be 18 years of age or older, and must be an elector and resident of incorporated Redwood City. It will also be important for applicants to exhibit a knowledge of the issues that are being addressed by the board for which they’re applying. More information on the specific boards, commissions, and committees for which the City is recruiting can be found online at

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CartSmart Community Forum – Get Your Garbage/Recycling/Composting Pickup Service Questions Answered – 9/29, 7 pm at CAB

Good morning – here’s something of interest that I think many of you may want to attend.

Next week you have the opportunity to learn more about your garbage/recycling/composting service at a CartSmart Community Forum. This forum is being organized by some neighbors who wanted to help provide up-to-date information about this service.

It’s a great opportunity to meet staff from Recology and Rethink Waste, and get all of your questions answered. And at this forum you’ll also be able to sign up for a tour of the new recycling facility.

Come to the CartSmart Community Forum:

Thursday, September 29
7 – 8:30 pm
Community Activities Building, Room 1
1400 Roosevelt Avenue
Light refreshments will be served.

NOTE:  Space is limited, so RSVP by 9/27 if you are attending – send your RSVP to

To learn more about CartSMART, visit or, or call (650) 595-3900.



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Small Businesses Save $ With Health Care Tax Credit – Get Info at

Hi – here is information that will be of interest to anyone who owns or operates a small business – it’s about a health care tax credit for small businesses, and it can save your small business money. This information is provided by the Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and the California Endowment.

Please take a look, and be sure to pass this along to others who may be interested.


~ Malcolm


Take Advantage of the Health Care Tax Credit
Up to 35% right now for small businesses!

Tax credits for small businesses are available right now to reduce the cost of insuring your employees. It’s easy. Save up to 35% on your premium costs. Learn more at


Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
Your small business qualifies if:
1. You have fewer than 25 full time equivalent employees
2. You pay average annual wages below $50,000
3. You contribute at least 50% of each employee’s premium

If you qualify, file IRS Form 8941 – Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums – to claim your tax credit. Or, talk to your accountant.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act. For information visit Insurance Options – your broker can help you find insurance options and programs that meet your needs.

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Join Redwood City Fire Dept. Plaque Dedication for 150th Anniversary – 10/6 10 am at Station 9

The Redwood City Fire Department’s sesquicentennial is being celebrated throughout 2011, and the community is invited to join in as a commemorative plaque is dedicated at Fire Station #9 in Downtown Redwood City.

  •  Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    10:00 am
    Fire Station #9, 755 Marshall Street, Redwood City

This very special commemoration and celebration will help to recognize and honor the century-and-a-half of service provided to the community by the professionals of the Redwood City Fire Department. The celebration of this extraordinary 150-year anniversary milestone during 2011 opened earlier this year with a news conference, commemorative badge distribution, and display of historic fire-fighting equipment. Our fire department and its sesquicentennial were then featured during the City’s annual 4th of July parade. The keynote of the event on October 6th will be the dedication of a bronze plaque commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Redwood City Fire Department, which will be presented by the Native Sons of the Golden West, Redwood Parlor #66.

Historic fire-fighting equipment will be on display, and light refreshments will be served. The entire community is invited to come to a closed-off Marshall Street (parking is available in the Marshall Street garage, by entering from the Broadway side) and be part of this remarkable occasion.

The mission of the Native Sons of the Golden West is to help in efforts to preserve California’s rich history – which certainly describes the Redwood City Fire Department. It was 1861 when the Redwood City Fire Department first came into being, six years before the City itself was even incorporated. America was in the midst of a civil war, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States, it was the final year of the Pony Express mail service, and the territories of Nevada and Colorado were created. Against that historic backdrop, the “Redwood City Fire Company No. 1” was formed for the protection of the community, which at that time numbered less than 2,000 people. The first Redwood City Firehouse was built on Main Street in 1862. Today, the Redwood City Fire Department consists of five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff, all in service of a core population of over 75,000 people, as well as to provide mutual aid to other communities nearby.

Please join in on October 6 for this special ceremony.

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What could be better than the Salsa Fest? Add Art on the Square! Saturday, 9/24, noon – 8 pm

Good afternoon – just a quick a reminder that as part of this Saturday’s fabulous Salsa Festival, you will love the concurrent Art on the Square, which takes place on Hamilton from noon to 8 pm.

(I’ll say it quietly…what a great way to get a head start on your holiday shopping!)

Art on the Square showcases the best in original fine arts and crafts 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 Salsa Festival and enjoy remarkable art, fine food and beverages at Downtown restaurants, and the rest of the Salsa Fest. Visit for details.

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