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Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project – Info Meetings Scheduled

Good afternoon – I want to share some information with you, it’s about the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project.  This is a proposed trans-bay commuter rail service between the Peninsula and the East Bay. Information is available online at www.smcta.com/dumbartonrail, but I primarily wanted to let you know about the public information meetings coming up on this project. One is in Redwood City at 6 pm at the Downtown Library on Wednesday, November 9.

Please read the info below – and for more information, you can call Cathy LaFata at (650) 622-7824, email Dumbarton_Information@caltrain.com or visit the project website at www.smcta.com/dumbartonrail.

Thanks,
~ malcolm

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Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project
The Dumbarton Rail Corridor project is a proposed trans-bay commuter rail service between San Mateo County along the San Francisco Peninsula and Alameda County in the East Bay.

The Dumbarton Rail Corridor (DRC) Project was initiated in the 1990s through several planning efforts and preparation currently is underway of environmental documentation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

What is the DRC Project?
The DRC Project proposes to provide commuter rail service in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay by improving 20.5 miles of existing rail infrastructure in the corridor.

The project includes:
• the improvement, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of tracks, including rehabilitation of a rail bridge currently not in use;
• new stations and modification to existing stations;
• improvements to signals and grade-crossing
• warning systems;
• the replacement and/or retrofit of structures; and
• marsh enhancements

DRC Stations are Proposed at:
• Redwood City (existing Redwood City Caltrain Station)
• Menlo Park (new station at Willow Road)
• Newark (new station at Willow Street)
• Fremont (existing Fremont-Centerville Station)
• Union City (existing Union City BART Station)

Where Do You Come In?
Five public information meetings will be held from November 2nd through 10th, 2011 to provide more information on the Dumbarton Rail Corridor project and what it will mean to the residents and communities proposed to be served by this rail extension.

The public information meetings will be in an open house format at which you will have the opportunity to examine details of the DRC Project, to meet with Project Team staff, review project exhibits, ask questions, and share any concerns you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the following meetings:

• Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, 6 pm – 8 pm
Silliman Aquatic Center
Newark: 6800 Mowry Avenue

• Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, 6 pm – 8 pm
Fremont Community Center
Fremont: 40000 Paseo Padre Parkway

• Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, 6 pm – 8 pm
Kennedy Center
Union City: 1333 Decoto Road

• Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, 6 pm – 8 pm
Redwood City Main Library
Redwood City: 1044 Middlefield Road

• Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 6 pm – 8 pm
Menlo Park Senior Center (Belle Haven)
Menlo Park: 110 Terminal Avenue

For more information:
– Contact Cathy LaFata at (650) 622-7824, or
– E-mail: Dumbarton_Information@caltrain.com
– Visit the project website at www.smcta.com/dumbartonrail

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Woodside High School Harvest Festival/Craft Faire This Saturday

Good morning – here’s another great fundraiser for one of our local schools. It’s the Woodside High School Harvest Festival/Craft Faire taking place this Saturday. Take a look, drop by and get your holiday shopping started early, for a good cause!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Woodside High School Harvest Festival/Craft Faire

Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 3pm, 199 Churchill Avenue, in the MUR building.

Before you know it the holiday season will be upon us. To help you get your shopping started early Woodside High School is having a Harvest Festival/Craft Faire on November 5th from 10am to 3pm in the MUR Building.

With 30 vendors exhibiting, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list — including that “hard to shop for” person. With a broad selection of jewelry, clothing, crafts, and much more, there will be unique gifts for all.

Raffle prizes provided by the vendors.
Fresh baked goods such as brownies, cookies, and seasonal items will be available, all made with love by Woodside parents.

Don’t miss this chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping while ensuring a safe and sober graduation party for the Class of 2012!

Admission $1 per person (with admission you receive 1 raffle ticket)

Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the door.

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County Commemorating “Day of Remembrance” for Domestic Violence, November 3 in RWC

Good afternoon –

I was asked to forward this information to you, about San Mateo County’s Day of Remembrance, commemorating, acknowledging, and raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence. It takes place in Redwood City – please read below and consider joining in this meaningful commemoration.

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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County Commemorates Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Nov. 3

You’re invited to join San Mateo County Supervisors Don Horsley and Rose Jacobs Gibson and the County’s Domestic Violence Council in commemorating a Day of Remembrance, a time to acknowledge the losses the county has suffered as a result of domestic violence and offer information and hope to those who still fear for their safety.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Redwood City Library Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Resource tables open from 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 12:00 noon

This ceremony commemorates the memory of those who died because of domestic violence, celebrates those who have survived, and connects those who work to end violence in San Mateo County.

The Day of Remembrance begins at 11:30 a.m. with an opportunity for the community to view and interact with the Silhouette Project and domestic violence service providers staffing resource tables. At noon leaders from the faith community will offer messages of hope and condolence, survivors of violence will share personal testimony, and community leaders and service providers will read the names of those who have died, accompanied by the ringing of bells. Counseling and referral services will be available on site.

Please join our efforts to bring awareness to this epidemic in our county and to eliminate family violence in our communities.

For more information, please call (650) 599‐1009.

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Last Day to Apply for Redwood City Board, Commission, or Committee!

Good morning, and happy Friday!

This is a reminder that today is the last day to apply for a Redwood City board, commission, or committee – and if you ever thought to yourself, “hey, I have some strong opinions and good knowledge, and want to be involved with the City Council’s decision making…” – well, this is your opportunity! Please visit www.redwoodcity.org/clerks and click on the 2011 Opportunities link to learn more, and apply. Also, please feel free to pass this along to others who you think may be interested. We have a lot of seats to fill – and I’m sure that one of them will appeal to you!

Thanks,

~malcolm

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Frightful, Fun Family Festival…Adelante School Benefit, Friday Evening

Hello – just a quick note about an event tomorrow evening, a benefit for Adelante School, and includes food, prizes, maze, haunted house, and more  – please read the information below, and plan on attending!

Thanks,
~ malcolm

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Adelante School’s Fall Festival/Festival de Otoňo

Looking for a fun, safe family activity in Redwood City? Adelante Spanish Immersion School is having its annual Fall Festival & Fundraiser.

Festivities include:
• Dinner, drinks, and dessert
• Spooktacular Haunted house
• Dizzying Maze
• Cup cake Decorating
• Costume parade

The festival is open to the entire community!  So bring your friends and family to join us for a frightfully scary good time!!!

All proceeds will help fund school enrichment activities.

Date: Friday October 28 from 5:00 to 7:30
– Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.
– The Haunted House and Maze will open at 5:30 p.m.
– Costume Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. (Ribbons for Funniest, Most Original, Cutest, and Best Overall Costume will be awarded.)

Place:  Adelante School
3150 Granger Way, Redwood City

We are dying to see you there!!!

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Take a Hike, San Mateo County (and Redwood City, too)!

Good afternoon –

Here’s your invitation to enjoy the outdoors and get more fit and healthy with friends, neighbors, and others from our community – it’s the final hike of the year in San Mateo County’s Take a Hike series, which encourages you to discover a County Park one Saturday each month. Read on for the details about this fun program, provided by the County of San Mateo.

Thanks,

~ malcolm
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San Mateo County Take a Hike!

It’s a great way to explore the natural beauty of San Mateo County’s parks. Enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie of family and friends while increasing your activity level. Learn about the history of our local parks as staff and volunteers guide you along picturesque trails.

The final hike this year is THIS SATURDAY, October 29 starting at 9 am at Coyote Point Recreational Area.

Bring your sneakers as we hit the trails for our final group hike of the 2011 season at Coyote Point Recreation Area, 1701 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. County Park rangers and environmental educators from CuriOdyssey will lead the hike and provide information about park history and local habitat. Coyote Point Recreation Area is a family friendly park and a great place to introduce children to hiking. Most of the trails are paved and suitable for strollers. Don’t be surprised if you see some hikers in Halloween attire – costumes are encouraged for this hike and they’ll be a prize for the best costume.

Bring water, dress in layers, and wear comfortable shoes. Take A Hike is sponsored by Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who encourages you to discover the trails in all our county parks as a way to stay active and healthy.

After entering the park, follow the Take A Hike signs to the starting point.

For more information, including driving directions, visit: www.SMCoParks.org/takeahike, find us on Facebook at Take A Hike San Mateo County, or call 650-599-1009.

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Help Plan Renovation of Mezes & Jardin de Ninos Parks; Go to Ford Elementary Fall Festival Fundraiser!

Good afternoon –

Today may I share two items of interest? First is an opportunity to be involved in workshops to help plan renovations of two City parks (Jardin de Ninos, and Mezes); second is a fundraising fall fiesta to benefit Ford Elementary School, that your family will love. Please read on, and pass this information along to others who may be interested!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Workshops to Help Plan Mezes and Jardin de Ninos Park Renovations

Redwood City is ready to launch community workshops to get your input and ideas on renovation of Mezes and Jardin de Ninos Park!

There are TWO workshops for each park, and we want neighbors and park users to get involved by offering suggestions for how we can improve the parks.

At the first workshop, the we’ll ask for input on renovation options to improve the parks’ play areas. The design team will gather your ideas and provide budget overview and alternatives. At the second workshop, we’ll present the draft renovations plans for each park. Revisions to the plans will reflect input from this final meeting.

Both workshops will be bilingual, offer tasty snacks and beverages, and have a Kids Zone to keep the little ones occupied (City recreation staff will be on hand).

JARDIN DE NINOS PARK
First workshop: Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Tapestry Church, 1305 Middlefield Road
Second workshop: Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Tapestry Church, 1305 Middlefield Road

MEZES PARK
First workshop: Wednesday, October 26th, 7 – 8 pm at Orion School, 815 Allerton Street
Second workshop: Wednesday, November 16th, 7 – 8 pm at Orion School, 815 Allerton Street

The City will also have a booth at the OYE Latino Youth Festival at the Fair Oaks Community Center on Saturday, November 5th.  There, youth and parents can get involved by offering suggestions, tell us what is both good and needs improvement at the parks, and to sign up for more information.

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Announcing Henry Ford Elementary School’s 7th Annual Fall Fiesta!

Come help Ford Elementary and have a great time for the whole family on Friday, October 28th from 5 – 8 pm (rain or shine!).

Amazing food including pupusas, tamales, pozole, rice, beans, pizza, hot dogs, chips,  & drinks. Only $8 for adults and $6 for kids – and there’s a great $6 pizza or hot dog meal deal!

And don’t forget the fabulous Henry Ford Elementary BAKE SALE! Incredible baked goods to suit every appetite!

Carnival Games will be $1 per ticket OR $20 for an unlimited games wristband. Check out the Bat Cave, the Haunted Classroom, the Pumpkin Walk, and more…

For more information contact Rhonda Ohea of the Henry Ford PTA at 650-465-6211 or ohea@sbcglobal.net

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Learn about Rebates at Energy Upgrade California Workshop

Good evening –

Many of you will be interested in this upcoming home energy workshop, provided by the County as part of the Energy Upgrade California program. Please read on and plan on attending on October 26 in Redwood City (there are also two others, in San Mateo and Pacifica). Please note that RSVPs are requested, below. Get all the info at www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/energyupgrade

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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 Save Up To $8,000 in Rebates on Energy-saving Home Upgrades

San Mateo County homeowners are eligible to get up to $8,000 in energy-upgrade incentives plus special financing through the Energy Upgrade California program. Don’t miss the window.

Join Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a workshop to learn how a home energy upgrade can help to:
• Lower utility bills
• Protect the environment by saving energy
• Improve home comfort
Upcoming workshops offered in San Mateo County are:
• Redwood City: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road
• Pacifica: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
• San Mateo: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
These workshops are free. To take advantage of this limited-time opportunity, RSVP at http://euc.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, please call 1-831-515-1EUC or contact Deb Kramer at dkramer@ecoact.org. Also, see www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/energyupgrade for much more information.

 

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7th Annual Taft Community Fair This Saturday – Fundraiser For Taft Community School

Hello – I was asked to let you know about this great event on Saturday, the Taft Community Fair. It’s an important fundraiser for the school, and should be a lot of fun! Read below, and plan on spending some time at Taft for this fun family event.

~malcolm

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7th Annual Taft Community Fair

This Saturday, you can enjoy great food, entertainment, community info and lots of fun, while helping to raise funds for Taft Community School at the 7th annual Taft Community Fair. It takes place from noon to 4 pm, at Taft Community School, 903 10th Avenue Redwood City. Free!

This is a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with resources both within and outside their local community. Proceeds from purchases at the fair will go directly towards purchasing materials and funding field trips for Taft students. There’ll be jumpers, face painting, games, ice cream, a cake walk, tacos, tamales, pozole, corn on the cob, cotton candy, a pumpkin patch, nachos, fruta picada and lots of great performances throughout the day.

Taft Community School is dedicated to providing a quality education to all students. We currently serve 570 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Within our student population 76% are English Language Learners, 100% are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals, and 57% come from homes in which the parent did not graduate from high school.

This fundraiser is a wonderful way to support these students and help them to gain the education they need to continue successfully in school, and in life.

For more information contact Esmeralda Martin, Taft Community School Coordinator, 650.569.3868 X304

 

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Do Not Miss the Zoppé Italian Family Circus! Runs Through Sunday Oct 23

Good afternoon –

Ok, you’ve seen the giant white big top next to the Downtown Library – so now it’s time to get your tickets for the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, which runs through Sunday, October 23rd. Your family will love the spectacular two-hour performances Get more details and promos at www.redwoodcity.org/events/WOW_Weekly/Wowweekly_10.17.11.html.

Tickets are available online now at www.redwoodcity.org/events/Zoppe.html

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into their intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation.

The latest addition to the Zoppé family, Giovanni’s two-year old son Julian, was actually born in Redwood City during a previous tour, and has been performing with his family for his entire life.

The Zoppé Circus, in existence since 1842, evokes something from a picture book: the clown, the trapeze, the dancing dogs, the ring and the tent, created to be reminiscent of the one-ring European family circuses of the last century and will thrill and amaze children and adults alike with its breathtaking stunts and astonishing acrobatics. Plus, Zoppé brings thrilling new acts this year, including the beautiful low wire walker, Ariele Ebacher, as well as the Rosales Family from Mexico City, a family of acrobats and jugglers with 8 year old twin boys who will melt your hearts.

The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, and tickets go fast so families are encouraged to reserve their seats quickly!

By the way, you can keep in touch with our Parks Department and get special deals and promos by following on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RedwoodCityEvents) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/rwcevents)
Thanks,
~malcolm

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