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Holiday Boutique, Fair Trade Fudge Tasting, Friends of the Library Sale, “Food for Fines”…

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I hope you and your family are having a great holiday season so far. This morning I want to let you know about some fun activities, I’m sure you’ll be interested in some or all of them!

Read below to learn about the St. Pius Women’s Club Annual Holiday Boutique, the Sierra Club’s Fair Trade Organic Chocolate and Heavenly Local Fudge Tasting, the continuation of the Friends of the Library Holiday Sale, and the return of the holiday “Food for Fines” program.

Of course you already know that Hometown Holidays is tomorrow, and our new winter Downtown feature “Holiday Skating on the Square” continues through mid-January! (see and


~ malcolm


The St. Pius Women’s Club Annual Holiday Boutique
Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm at the St Pius Church – Fitzsimon Center, 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

This festive holiday boutique helps raise funds to support the St. Pius Parish Community through social events, service, and charity. You’ll find lots of gift ideas from the great variety of quality items such as clothing, jewelry, home decorator items, holiday decorations and gifts. And this year it features a wide range of vendors

The community is invited to join the festive fun, and meet a friend at the boutique’s Pine Tree Café which will have delicious homemade items and drinks to enjoy while shopping. More information is available by sending an e-mail to

Please tell friends, neighbors and family about this fun holiday event, and help make it a successful fundraiser! The purpose of the St. Pius Women’s Club is to provide a forum for women of all ages to develop their spirituality, sense of community and friendship. As a group, they support the St. Pius Parish Community through social events, fund raising, service, and charity.


The Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter invites you to a
Fair Trade Chocolate and Divine Fudge Tasting Social

When: Monday, December 5th, 7 – 9 pm Where: Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road What: Chocolate and Fudge Tasting, light dessert goodies, Fair Trade and Save the Baylands Program, Buy Fair Trade gifts Why: Buy Fair Trade Holiday gifts and support your local chapter! Program and Social: Fair Trade -Why it is good for the Environment!!…..Intro. to Sierra Club Activities for 2012….meet local club leaders Donation Suggested: $5 RSVP: or 650-851-3355


Season’s Greetings from the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library!  
The Friends’ Holiday Sale continues – the perfect place to find wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family!

The Friends’ bookstore, the countertop by the window, plus a special sale cart are all filled with Holiday-themed books and ‘like new’ quality books perfect for gifting. Lots of children’s books and plenty of fun items for adults. A Sale Cart was recently stocked with great gifts including Harry Potter, Shel Silverstein, American Girl, Lemony Snicket, Narnia and more! Come to the Friends’ Bookstore at the Downtown Library for the best selection.   This is a terrific way to buy very affordable Holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and/or hostess thank yous for everyone on your list.

SPECIAL TREAT: Santa will be at the Downtown Library between 6 and 8 pm. on Wednesday, December 14th, and the Friends will be selling kids’ books in the lobby during his visit. We have reserved Christmas children’s books and videos for this special sale. Great way for your kids or grandkids to visit Santa without traveling to the mall – and it’s fun for all!

See you at the Library – cheers!


“Food for Fines” Helps Second Harvest Food Bank and Families in Need…and Pays-Off Your Library Fines!

Following up on last year’s very successful program, the Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Library, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and Second Harvest Food Bank, presents a unique way to both clear up unpaid library fines, and build community by donating food to those in need. It’s the second annual “Food-for-Fines” program, which allows library patrons to pay-off their library fines by donating food through December 29.

Anyone with outstanding library fines is invited to deliver nonperishable food items to any Redwood City library (or to any of the San Mateo County Library’s twelve branches) during regular business hours. The higher the amount of the unpaid fines, the more food they should donate! They’ll leave the library with a cleared account, and the wonderful feeling of having helped others as the holidays approach. Don’t have any outstanding fines? Feel free to donate food anyway – it’s a great thing to do!

Each library has a special Second Harvest Food Bank bin where donated food items can be placed. Last year, between both the Redwood City Library and the San Mateo County Library system, “Food For Fines” collected nearly 31,000 pounds of food for distribution by Second Harvest Food Bank, feeding over 1,000 families for one week each, and cleared fines for 4,401 library users.

Please note that food donations as part of the Food for Fines program cannot be applied towards the cost of lost or damaged library items, unique collection items, or printing fees. The program is only valid for fines and fees of to San Mateo County Libraries and Redwood City Libraries. Libraries can accept only store-sealed items, and cannot accept glass containers.



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