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Cañada College’s Fashion Department’s 20th annual “Artistry in Fashion” Event – Sat. Sept. 24

Good morning –

Here is information about a great event happening this Saturday up at Cañada College – it’s their 20th Annual “Artistry in Fashion” event, which features a fashion shows, workshop demonstration, artisans, pattern design info, a Fashion Department open house, and ad lot more. Please below for details, and visit For more information contact Ronda Chaney – Fashion Department Coordinator at (650) 306-3370 /


~ malcolm

Cañada College’s Fashion Department’s 20th annual “Artistry in Fashion” Event!

Come join fashion students, over 60 guest artisans, pattern designer and author Lyla Messenger, and the staff of Cañada College’s Fashion Department for the 20th annual “Artistry in Fashion” event in Redwood City, Saturday, September 24. Once again, AIF’s Designer Sale showcases the best of local and not-so-local designers, who offer unique items such as hand-dyed silks, ethnic-inspired jewelry, eco-friendly recycled-fabric fashions, and handmade knitwear.

At 1 pm in the College’s Main Theater, Lyla Messenger hosts a fashion show with original designs from her popular independent pattern line, which features fun, fashionable clothing and accessories that are easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and perfectly suited for embellishment. Ms. Messenger, author of Ordinary to Extraordinary:  Terrific Treatments for Garment Sewing, and American Sewing Expo’s 2009 Teacher of the Year, has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Sew Beautiful, and Australian Stitches magazines and on DIY Network’s Sew Much More. Before the fashion show, at noon, Ms. Messenger begins with a workshop demonstration upstairs at the Fashion Department’s Open House.

At 11am and 3pm in the outdoor amphitheater, guest artisans present their own fashion shows, in outfits selected by professional stylists. See how the right accessory can add “pop” to your wardrobe, and learn about the latest trends in designer looks.

Throughout the day, visitors can tour the Fashion Department’s Open House and meet the instructors, learn about course offerings and certificate programs, and view student-constructed garments.

Artistry in Fashion provides a learning experience for students in event planning and marketing, while serving as a fundraiser for student scholarships and classroom equipment. The event builds relationships between students, the department, and professionals in the fashion industry, and promotes awareness of the outstanding Fashion Design Department at Cañada College.

On-site refreshments will be offered by Pacific Dining, Butterscotch on the Go, and Pony Espresso.

Cañada College is located at 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City. Admission is a $10 donation ($9 with coupon from the website). Tickets are available on-campus at marked kiosks near the visitor parking lots. The event is 10 am-4 pm.

For more information, maps, and a $1-off coupon, go to


in 1968, the Fashion Department offers Certificates in four major coursework areas:  Apparel Industry, Custom Dressmaking/Small Business, Custom Design/Theater Costuming, and Fashion Merchandising. This diversity in coursework provides training for all students interested in the fashion industry, whether geared toward a retail and merchandising career or to a technical or couture design and construction path. Classes include computerized pattern design, fashion illustration, clothing construction, pattern creation and fashion draping, apparel analysis, fashion show production, and visual merchandising.



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2nd Annual PortFest at the Port of Redwood City – Sat. Oct. 1 – family fun all day, come discover the Port!

The 2nd Annual PortFest is on for Saturday, October 1, 2011, and it just keeps getting better! This’ll be great fun for everyone, and a wonderful chance to discover and enjoy the Port of Redwood City. It’s going to be filled with an astounding variety of activities, from a pancake breakfast to rowing races, sailboat rides to a Redwood City Fire Department boat display, and from a beer and wine garden to live music and a special kids activity area. Please read on, visit for all the details and directions, and put this great event on your family’s calendar!

~ malcolm


The 2nd Annual Redwood City PortFest!

Saturday, October 1st at Seaport Court, off of Seaport Boulevard.

The fun starts at 8 am and goes all day long! Live music, working waterfront tours, fun kids activities, dockside tours of an eco-friendly high-speed ferry boat, food & beverage vendors, info booths, drawing for free door prizes and much more. Go to for all the details.

The morning kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Sequoia Yacht Club starting at 8 am, followed by the Redwood City Planning Commission rowing against the City Council for the coveted Golden Oar! Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony at 10:30 am, and “The Groove Kings” on stage from 12:30 to 2 pm.  Visit for the event schedule, video and photos of last year’s event, and other details. FREE admittance and FREE parking.  Sponsored by the Port of Redwood City and the Redwood City Education Foundation.

Special Note: The very popular harbor tours sponsored by the Marine Science Institute are sure to sell out at only $5 per person. You can make a reservation by visiting the PortFest website at and clicking on . “Preregister for tours on the Robert Brownlee” to reserve your space. Children on the harbor tour must be over 5 years old, closed toe shoes are required, and you must come to the MSI booth at PortFest 30 minutes before the tour time to purchase your tickets in order to keep your reservation.

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4th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival – This Saturday, 9/24 Downtown – Fun for Everyone!

Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 4th annual Salsa Festival, happening on Saturday September 24th, 2011 from noon to 8 pm, on Courthouse Square!

Three stages featuring Latin Rock, Salsa, and Latin Jazz music, plus a DJ Salsa stage, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing (including free Salsa lessons) all day long. Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory, at the mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition, where the public takes part in the judging. Public tasting is from noon – 5pm, and the early attendees will get the best tastes, as popular contestants may run out sooner! Along with tasty salsa, Downtown Redwood City’s wonderful local restaurants will also offer their delicious fares throughout the day.

The festival features Tequila Tasting, FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more. Art on the Square will also be showcased, where artisans exhibiting their inspirational work will transform the streets surrounding Courthouse Square into an outdoor gallery. Redwood City’s Salsa Festival guarantees a fun-filled day of tongue-tingling salsa, great activities, music, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family from noon until 8 pm.

All the details are at, but here are the basics to get you started:

• Music spread throughout Downtown! Courthouse Square Salsa Stage, Latin Rock Stage, Latin Jazz Stage, and Salsa DJ Stage.
• Competitions galore: $500 prize and award for “People’s Choice” salsa, award for Best Decorated Booth, Best Mild and Best Hot Salsas, and public salsa tasting from 12-5pm.
• Fun activities for everyone: Salsa dance instruction, hands-on FREE art projects, tequila and Microbrew tasting, family area with carnival rides
• Culture abounds in Downtown: City and Community booths, local food vendors, Art on the Square

Encompassing 11 city blocks of Downtown Redwood City, much of the event takes place on Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton and on the beautiful Theatre Way. Theatre Way and parts of Broadway will be pedestrian-only, making this a family-friendly event not to miss! Downtown Redwood City, with its lively and active music, theater, dining, and shopping scene, is truly the heart of the community and is becoming the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula. Plus, Redwood City’s Caltrain station is just a short walk from Downtown and the festival. Be a part of the community with Redwood City’s Salsa Festival and celebrate the culture and heart of the SF Peninsula.

Redwood City Salsa Festival is presented by Chavez Supermarket and sponsored by Xfinity, NBC Bay Area, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, T48 Telemundo, 93.3 La Raza, and the Redwood City Downtown Business Group. More information at

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Reminder: Fall Cleanup Day is TOMORROW – meet @ 8:30, Public Works, 1400 Broadway (plus compost giveaway!)

Here is an important reminder: the Redwood City Pride and Beautification Committee invites you to participate in the annual Fall Cleanup Day/Coastal Cleanup Day, TOMORROW, Saturday September 17th. This year’s cleanup will focus on Little River Park, Redwood Creek, Seaport Centre area, the Historic Union Cemetery, and other sites.  Meet at 8:30 am at our Public Works Services building, 1400 Broadway (near Woodside Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast, clean-up teams will move out to this year’s targeted areas. Then at noon, meet back at Public Works for a free lunch.

Redwood City thanks the generous sponsors of the Annual Fall Cleanup Day – San Mateo Credit Union, Recology San Mateo County, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, Shinnyo-en, and SIMS Metal Management.

Oh, don’t forget that on the same day, Recology is sponsoring the Great Compost Giveaway at the Public Works Services parking lot from 9 am to 3 pm. Redwood City residents can take up to one cubic yard of free compost – a limited supply will be shared among our community’s neighbors on a first-come, first-served basis.

~ malcolm

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“One Book – One Community” County-wide Reading and Community Activity – 9/15, through October!

It’s back – the annual County-wide reading and community event called “One Book – One Community!”

This is a fun and exciting community activity that invites everyone in Redwood City and throughout San Mateo County to read the same great book, at the same time. This October, we invite the community to read San Francisco Chronicle #1 Bestseller “Packing for Mars – the Curious Science of Life in the Void” by Mary Roach – and you can attend some great community events all built around this book. Get the book at the Library, then join the fun!

What happens when science and humor intersect?  Science becomes interesting.  And Mary Roach understands this.

What are people saying about “Packing for Mars?”

“This completely awesome book’s awesomeness is so awesomely awesome that it’s difficult to get across just how awesome it is. It’s a fun, intelligent, and engrossing read, something that a dude can get excited about.”
– Douglas Lord,

– Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

There are a number of fun events involving “Packing for Mars” and they start TOMORROW September 15 – continuing through October, and featuring the exciting main event in Downtown Redwood City:
Author Mary Roach in Conversation at the Fox Theatre, Redwood City – Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM

Other events to be held in Redwood City include:

Let’s Talk Books – Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void
Thursday, Sept 15 at Noon
Join the community discussion of a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.  Location: Downtown Library Fireplace Room.

It Came from Outer Space – Music Program – Guitarists John Schott & Michael Dionne
Thursday, October 6 at 7pm
Guitar duo John Schott and Michael Dionne will perform space-themed songs through the decades. From Fly Me to the Moon to Space Oddity, we’ll explore the musical universe. John Schott is a Grammy-nominated guitarist (T.J.Kirk) and composer. Michael Dionne has toured the West Coast in the late ‘80s with his rock-punk band, The Garden.  Location:  Downtown Library Fireplace Room.

Astronaut or Alien? – Fun Space Crafts for Kids
Make your own rocket ship or UFO. Create spacemen and cosmic creatures.
Get ready to blast off with fun space crafts.  Locations:
Wednesday, October 12 at 2 pm – Redwood Shores Library – 399 Marine Parkway
Wednesday, October 19 at 3 pm – Fair Oaks Library – 2510 Middlefield Rd.
Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm – Downtown Library – 1044 Middlefield Rd.
Thursday, November 3 at 2 pm – Schaberg Library – 2140 Euclid Ave.

Another Science Fiction – Advertising the Space Race
Thursday October 20 at 7 pm
With author Megan Prelinger presenting a vivid slideshow of space art from her recent book.  Learn how rockets and spaceships were imagined before they were real, and how some fantasies of fifty years ago have taken to the sky, while others live only in science fiction. Based on ‘50s and ‘60s era lushly illustrated rocketry recruitment ads.
Location:  Downtown Library Fireplace Room

The annual “One Book – One Community” is always great fun for book lovers, and newbies alike. Bring a friend or family member to any or all of these events.



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Great Events This Week and Weekend in Downtown Redwood City!

Good afternoon –

This week brings a lot of fun, free activities to Downtown Redwood City – including the satirical and thought-provoking San Francisco Mime Troupe, the fun, festive Fiestas Patrias, and the family-oriented Target Family Days. Here’s some brief info, but be sure to go to for all the details.

1. Wednesday, September 14, 7 pm at Courthouse Square – the San Francisco Mime Troupe
The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime – they mean ‘mime’ in the ancient sense, that is, to mimic. They are satirists, seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life. Join the fun at Courthouse Square this Wednesday!

2. Saturday, September 17, 4 – 8 pm at Courthouse Square – Fiestas Patrias
This FREE event features LIVE music by Grupo Mojado, Ronadalla Zap y Roma and Mariachi San Jose, plus dancing, hands-on art for the kids, great authentic Mexican food, a flag ceremony, and fun for the entire family!

3. Sunday, September 18, 11 am – 3 pm at Courthouse Square -Target Family Days
The theme for this event is “Create & Build.” Generously sponsored by Target, this event will transform Courthouse Square, into a walkable assortment of themed family entertainment this summer. Featuring Live Music, Street Performers, Cooking Demonstrations, Themed Face Painting, Hands-on Art Projects, Food, Bounce Houses and More, there will be something for everyone! Plus, the street will be closed to through traffic, making a stroll along Broadway a fun and relaxing family experience.

And of course don’t forget our “regular” weekly features, Dancing on the Square (September 13), Movies on the Square (Thursday September 15), and Music on the Square (September 16). That’s a full week of fun! See for information on these and all the other great free events in Downtown Redwood City.



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Reminder of Two Commemorative Events This Weekend: 2nd Annual 9/11 Stair Climb & 10th Annual Public Safety Memorial

I know there are quite a number of related events this weekend, but I wanted to remind you about two in particular: one is the 2nd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and the other is the 10th annual Memorial for Fallen Public Safety Members. Please read on for more information on both.


~ malcolm

2nd Annual Memorial Stair Climb
Saturday, September 10, 2011
7:30 am
Oracle, 300 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City

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. This 2nd annual special event is 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 (, and 9/11 memorial T-shirts will be available for $10 with proceeds also going to the Foundation.

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

10th Annual Countywide Public Safety Memorial
Sunday, September 11, 2011
10 am
Cunningham Memorial Chapel/Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont

Local public safety agencies throughout San Mateo County will be taking part in the Tenth Annual San Mateo County Public Safety Memorial Service, and invite the community to join in this special commemoration. The service in honor of fallen public safety professionals will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 10 am in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The service will be non-denominational.

This formal tribute is organized annually by Redwood City Fire Department Captain Greg Da Cunha, whose personal interest in the effort stems from the loss of his friend and co-worker, Firefighter Matt Smith, who died in the line of duty in 2001. This memorial tribute is a County-wide way of giving recognition to those public safety professionals who have passed, and honoring those who have selflessly served the public.

Local public safety agencies including police, fire, California Highway Patrol, San Mateo County’s CalFire, American Medical Response, the County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies from San Mateo County will all have representatives present to read the names of their fallen members and retirees who have passed away. Members of the San Mateo County Chaplaincy will be conducting the ceremony.

Ceremonial music will be offered by the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco. All are invited to join in the commemoration and honoring of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. An informal reception will immediately follow the service.

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E-Waste Recylcing Event This Saturday at Redwood Shores 10 am – 2 pm; Other Items May Also Be Recycled

Good afternoon – here’s information on an upcoming electronic waste (and more) recycling event, sponsored by the Redwood Shores Community Association, and taking place in the parking lot at the Redwood Shores Library. It’s this Saturday, so you’d better pull out that e-waste now and get ready (and note that with the involvement of Goodwill, they can take stuff besides electronics)!

Read on for details –

~ Malcolm


RSCA Announces Free E-Recycling 

Date:               Saturday, September 10
Time:              10 am – 2 pm
Place:              Redwood Shores Library – Parking Lot, 399 Marine Parkway @ Bridge Parkway

Here’s your chance to clean out your closets & garage. Bring old TVs, computers, monitors, stereos, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, batteries, and other electronic equipment for safe & proper disposal. (Hard drives are 3X erased and shredded for data security.)

Again this year in collaboration with Goodwill Industries, the list of what we can accept for donation is expanded. In addition to electronics, we can accept:
• Consumer electronics
• Clothing
• Books, CD’s, & videotapes
• Boots and shoes
• Kitchenware and small appliances
• Bicycles

Take advantage of this opportunity to clean house. Bring in your old stuff and receive a charitable donation (tax) receipt.

(Sorry; NO large appliances and furniture, mattresses, sofas, toys, snow skis, or auto parts, will be accepted!)

Partnering with Goodwill makes sense and boosts our local economy. A major recycler of electronics in San Mateo County, Goodwill employs many people. In conjunction with e-waste recycling the organization retrains many more. This greatly benefits our wider community and they deserve our support.

Information on  Redwood Shores Community Association: Please visit or contact Michael Whatmore at 650 444 5881

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FREE Water Efficient Landscaping Classes – Learn How to Create/Maintain a Water Wise Landscape for Your Home

The City of Redwood City and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) are presenting a series of FREE Water Efficient Landscape Classes for the community. There are over 20 classes offered throughout the peninsula, south bay, and east bay, with two of them in Redwood City. Attend one, attend all, or any number you’d like!

These classes offer interesting and useful classroom lectures and/or hands-on workshops across a wide range of water efficient landscaping practices for your yard, including sustainable landscaping, use of California native and drought tolerant plants, creating healthy soil, understanding water conservation, alternatives to lawn, habitat gardening, edible landscaping, parent/child gardening workshop, water efficient irrigation practices, and hardscape design.

The two Redwood City workshops are:

• “Hardscape Design” – Saturday, September 17th, 2011, 9 am to noon. Participants will learn about permeable surfaces and their water conserving benefits. This hands-on workshop will teach how to design and install pathways and patios using decomposed granite, gravel, flagstone and pavers. Instruction provided by Lyngso Garden Materials. Location: Lyngso Garden Materials, 19 Seaport Boulevard.

• “Graywater for Landscape Irrigation” – Saturday, October 22, 9 am to noon. Graywater is water from the shower, clothes washer and bathroom sink that is re-used for landscape irrigation. Participants will find out how graywater systems might work for their households. Instruction provided by Deva Luna. Location: Redwood City Public Works Services, 1400 Broadway

Registration is required – call (650) 349-3000 or email For more information about water conservation in Redwood City, visit

There are lots of other great water efficient landscape workshops and classes scheduled through October – the complete schedule and much more information on water wise gardening for your home is online at

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City Seeking Top Notch Developers to Partner on Depot Circle Project – New Gateway to Downtown

Good afternoon –

I want to share some really great news with you, something that we are all very excited about – the City has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking developers interested in partnering with the City on the Depot Circle project. With the approval earlier this year of the Downtown Precise Plan, this project can really get off the ground.

This is the start of something fantastic, the next big step in the renaissance of Redwood City’s Downtown!

In case you haven’t heard of the concept of Depot Circle, let me update you with this paragraph from the news release we sent out today:
Depot Circle is proposed to be a unifying urban landmark, including an elegant traffic circle centered with a monument at the confluence of realigned Winslow and Hamilton streets, providing a dramatic focal point for what will become the western gateway into Downtown Redwood City. Surrounding the circle may be medium-rise buildings featuring a variety of possible uses including residential, office, retail, and boutique hotel. Depot Circle is envisioned as an enhanced link between the Sequoia Station shopping center, the Caltrain station, and Downtown.

This is something that developers have already been showing an interest in, and we have sent out the RFQ to a couple of dozen of them already.

Please take a look at the RFQ, and I think you’ll be as enthusiastic and thrilled as we are, at the great possibilities that are about to come to fruition. The RFQ includes some basic renderings that will show you what’s in mind. Go to to get there. You can read the news release at

By the way – happy Friday!


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