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EVENTS! Lunar New Year…Orion Authors/Illustrators Event…Green Business Course

Good morning!

Well, we’re starting to get back to the point where there are just too many great events and activities going on, you’ll have to choose! Here are a couple of great events this weekend, along with a community college course in Effective Green Business Marketing, that I thought you’d like to know about (even though the course is at Skyline College). The events are: the fabulous Lunar New Year Celebration, the Orion School Children’s Authors and Illustrators Festival.

Please read below, and check your calendar to see if one or more of these are right for you.


~ malcolm


Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the

Lunar New Year Celebration

At Courthouse Square!

This Saturday, February 4, 2012
Courthouse Square

Join friends, family, neighbors, and other community members for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Opening Ceremonies featuring Kristen Sze of ABC7 Morning News
  • Lion Dancers, Martial Arts, and more from Shaolin Culture Center
  • Red Panda Acrobats
  • Taiko performance by Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble
  • Demonstration by California Kung Fu & Tai Chi
  • Performance by Vân-Ánh Võ Vietnamese musician and master of the dan tranh zither

PLUS as part of the Lunar New Year Celebration, you’re invited to join the reception at The Gallery Annex from 1 to 4 pm! Featured artists include photographer Beth Mostovoy, showing her timely and award winning China Series, Bill Szarowicz, with his fascinating work in graphite and charcoal, Alisan Andrews showcasing floral watercolors of spring, photographer Marla Lehr and her San Francisco Bridge Series, and more! The Gallery adjoins the Century 21 Theatre on the corner of Broadway and Theatre Way, across from Courthouse Square.

And on that same day, you’ll get free admission to the San Mateo County History Museum all day, and enjoy their featured Lunar New Year Celebration activities:

  • Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
  • Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
  • Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
  • Chinese Classical Arts presentation

This is Redwood City’s second annual Lunar New Year celebration! The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations – all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.

Visit for all the details!


You’re Invited to the


WHEN:  Saturday, February 4th, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Orion Elementary School, 815 Allerton Street, Redwood City
WHY:  A unique and FREE opportunity to hear presentations by a wide range of children’s authors and illustrators.  The lineup includes Jennifer Holm, 3 time Newbery Honor Winner as well as the author of the best selling Babymouse series.  Also presenting,  Elisa Kleven, Bruce Hale, Deborah Underwood, Teri Sloat, Thacher Hurd (not just a wonderful author/illustrator in his own right, but the son of Clement Hurd – illustrator of Goodnight, Moon), Shirin Bridges and our own amazingly talented Orion Parent – Elizabeth Gomez.

The purpose of the Festival is to have children meet the people who create the books that they love, and tohelp break down the barriers between reader and author.  The festival is free. Each classroom adopts an author or illustrator and studies her/his work in depth.  They then create beautiful banners based on their person’s art.  Every child in grade 2 and above may serve as a docent to the author(s) of their choice.

It truly is a school wide event and Orion’s gift to the greater Bay Area community!


No-cost training with the HERO (Home Energy Retrofit Occupations) Program!

Skyline College, in collaboration with San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board, is offering a training program n Effective Green Business Marketing with the intent to provide entrants into the green home improvement market powerful framework from which to successfully grow their companies.

Where: Skyline College, San Bruno
When: February 7th to March 8th – Tuesdays & Thursdays 4pm-7pm

NOTE: participants must meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program enrollment criteria.

 For more information and to inquire about the WIA application process, please contact Robert at

Class provides a foundation of knowledge and tools to effectively market and acquire customers for a host of green and sustainable businesses and industries, including solar, energy efficiency, green building, corporate sustainability measures, and other sustainable products and services. The class represents state-of-the art best practices in marketing, branding, lead generation, and customer management to drive new green and sustainable business.

Topics include: (1) branding strategy, (2) customer relationship management, (3) marketing techniques and tools, and (4) best practices for green and sustainable business development.

Apply learned marketing techniques to real-world businesses in order to gain practical experience and grow your business. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to drive demand in a variety of clean energy industries and companies offering sustainable products and services. No fees for program, just avid participants!



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5th Annual Bluegrass on Broadway Event-A Weekend Full of Great Music Downtown

Good morning!

Did you know that this year marks the 5th Annual Bluegrass on Broadway event in Redwood City? It’s true, and this weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Downtown, visit a few of our wonderful restaurants, and enjoy world-class bluegrass music at a variety of venues. Please read below for the details, and go to for more info. The Annual Bluegrass on Broadway event is a wonderful tradition in Redwood City, and it’s free.

~ malcolm


Fifth Annual Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Set For Redwood City This Weekend

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival at various venues in Redwood City Friday-Sunday, January 27-29, 2012. The fifth annual festival receives strong community support from the City of Redwood City and local businesses and organizations.

The weekend includes the Northern California Bluegrass Awards ceremony and concert all day on Saturday, January 28, and the nation’s only bluegrass documentary film festival on Sunday, January 29. Live performances and informal jams will fill the weekend. All events are free and open to the public, and are a great opportunity for Redwood City residents to explore bluegrass music.

Bluegrass is an original American music genre that originated in the uplands of the Southeastern US and is played on acoustic musical instruments — the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro guitar, and bass fiddle. There are currently over a hundred Northern California-based bands that play bluegrass music.

Additional information can be found on the Northern California Bluegrass Society website or by calling festival director Michael Hall (650) 596-9332. Here is the complete schedule for festival this weekend:

FRIDAY, January 27
An Evening of Bluegrass Dining In Downtown Redwood City, 7-9pm, (Reservations recommended):
27strings – Little India (Indian), 917 Main Street, (650) 361-8737
Just Picked String Band – Sweet Basil (Thai) 911 Main Street, (650) 257-7594

SATURDAY, January 28 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert Tapestry Church Main Hall, 1305 Middlefield Road, 10am-5pm 10am:
The Abbott Brothers 11
Windy Hill Noon
Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players 1pm
Bean Creek 2
Dark Hollow 3-5
Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with special guest performers) 5-ish to whenever – Award Winners Jam (ALL jammers are welcome), Little India, 917 Main Street. Jam Hosts: Lisa Burns, Alex Sharps, Yoseff Tucker, Sullivan Tuttle, and Marty Varner.

SUNDAY, January 29 NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival Community Room, Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Noon-5pm (Host: IBMM Trustee Carl Pagter):
Bill Monroe – The Father Of Bluegrass Music (Larry Nager, TN) Fanning The Fire – Bluegrass For A New Generation (Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, TX) Bluegrass – A Documentary (Frank Grabowski, Mountain View High School, CA) American Folk Dancing – A Week With Evo Bluestein (Chip Curry, Chrysalis Films, CA) Strawberry Music Festival 30th Anniversary (Alec Oyung, CA) I Hear What You See – The Old Time World Of Kenny Hall (Chris Simon, Sageland Media, UT) The 2007 Legends Concert (International Bluegrass Music Museum, KY).

6:30pm — Sunday Evening Concert — Bluegrass Gospel & African-American Spirituals: Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road. Healing Stream Gospel Bluegrass Band Woodside Road Players

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Redwood City Public Library, One World Montessori School, Wickersham & Murphy, and the Tapestry Church.

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Grand Opening – Cañada College’s new Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Hi, here’s one more quick note today, it’s all about Cañada College’s new Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities and its grand opening celebration TOMORROW evening. You’re invited!

This program makes perfect sense for Redwood City, the peninsula’s hub of Silicon Valley – it’s all about business skills, taking advantage of local knowledge and skills, and working to be successful in business. It’s an educational ‘incubator’ hub for small businesses – and it’s really something you’re going to want to check out if you have or are starting a small business.

Please read below, and plan on attending the grand opening of this great new program at Cañada College.

~ malcolm


Join the Grand Opening Celebration of Our New Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities at Cañada College!

Wednesday, January 25 5 to 7 p.m. Building 6, Room 102 on campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.

The grand opening is free and open to the public.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities is designed to help small business owners in San Mateo County. Using a mini-grant award, the center will provide an educational ‘incubator’ hub for small businesses.

Through distance learning and hybrid on-line courses, business owners will learn current and comprehensive skills they need to create and maintain successful small businesses. The center will offer feature speakers from local industries and provide student internships for local businesses.

A new 24-unit Certificate of Achievement in Entrepreneurship will incorporate industry specific contextualized tools to engage students from diverse backgrounds to become successful entrepreneurs.

For more information about the center, contact Catherine Fraser at (650) 378-7301 or Here’s a link to their site

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Your Invitation to Celebrate Redwood City’s First Latina Mayor-Alicia Aguirre

Good afternoon –

I wanted to make sure you get your invitation to a reception this Friday evening celebrating Redwood City’s first Latina mayor, Alicia Aguirre.

This special event is being put on by appreciative community members, including Steve Cortez and Connie Guerrero, and co-sponsored by Club Fox. Please read below, and note that RSVPs are required, due to limited space – go to


~ Malcolm


You are Cordially Invited to Attend a Reception in Honor Of Our First Latina Mayor


• When: Friday January 27, 2012, 6-8 pm (Salsa Party Follows!)*

• Where: CLUB FOX 2209 Broadway in beautiful Downtown Redwood City

• Cost: $10 fee at registration – see below link *fee does not include Salsa Party.

Join in on the social with appetizers and no-host beverages, and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Mayor Alicia Aguirre!

This is an invitational event. Please RSVP via Eventbrite:

For more information contact Steve Cortez


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Note from Mayor Aguirre on Garbage Rate Increase

Good afternoon –

Mayor Aguirre asked me to forward to you this note regarding the recently-approved increase in garbage/recycling collection rates.

Thanks, ~ malcolm


Dear Redwood City Residents:

I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on the City Council’s decision-making process regarding the increase in garbage/recycling rates. As you may know, after a thoughtful discussion at our January 9, 2011 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a rate increase of 7.2% . This increase is less than the 7.81% increase that was originally proposed. The lower increase resulted from the Council deciding not to implement a proposed new curbside household hazardous waste collection service (which would have added 0.61% to the increase).

For the majority of Redwood City households, which have the 32-gallon cart, this amounts to an additional $1.78 per month/per cart (for those with 20-gallon carts the increase is 75¢ per month/per cart). Corresponding increases are reflected in the rates for larger bins and for commercial customers. More detailed information is available online at

It’s important to remind you that all revenues from this rate increase are used only to provide garbage service to the community.

This was a difficult decision, especially in light of the 85 official protest letters we received, and knowing that this increase is of some level of concern to everyone in the community.  During the Council’s discussion on the rate increase, we directed staff to update rate projections for future years and also asked that an analysis be done of the current rate methodology. We want to make sure that the most equitable and fair approach is in place, in order to ensure predictability and certainty in future rates for the community.

Thank you for your understanding, and please be assured that I and my colleagues on the Council appreciate your concerns with rate increases, and their impact on households during these difficult economic times. I encourage you to become involved in issues like this which are of concern to you – your involvement in important City matters is of great value to the entire community. You can keep up to date on City activities and issues through our website, or via this email list.


Alicia Aguirre



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Reminder-Redwood City Annual Report is Online

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I heard that some of you may not have received this link for some reason, when I sent it out earlier in the week.

So, I want to remind you that Redwood City’s 2010/11 Annual Report is online (direct link:

It’s also linked from the Annual Report/Strategic Plan page located at

The Annual Report is a good look at what each of our City departments has been doing during the last fiscal year (our fiscal year is July – June). We’ve tried to make it very readable and not overwhelming with numbers and statistics (although there are some of those!). You’ll read about each department’s key accomplishments, selected innovations and performance measures, some facts and figures, and a look at upcoming challenges and opportunities.

I hope you’ll find this Annual Report to be an interesting and illuminating perspective on what the employees of Redwood City are doing in service to the community.



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Redwood City Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010/11 is Online

Good afternoon –

I’m happy to provide you with a link to the Redwood City Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. The document can be found at It’s also linked from the Annual Report/Strategic Plan page located at

The Annual Report is a good look at what each of our City departments has been doing during the last fiscal year (our fiscal year is July – June). We’ve tried to make it very readable and not overwhelming with numbers and statistics (although there are some of those!). You’ll read about each department’s key accomplishments, selected innovations and performance measures, some facts and figures, and a look at upcoming challenges and opportunities.

I hope you’ll find this Annual Report to be an interesting and illuminating perspective on what the employees of Redwood City are doing in service to the community.



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Health Talk; Tools for Job Seekers – 2 Programs at Downtown Library

Good morning  –

Here are two programs coming up at the Downtown Library that may interest you.

Thanks, ~ malcolm


Community Health Talk, Thursday, January 12, 6 – 7 pm, featuring Jeanna Wong, Pharm.D. Kaiser Permanente and the Redwood City Public Library are proud to present another year of health talks for the community, including two presentations in Spanish at the Fair Oaks Library. For questions, please contact the Health Education Department at Kaiser Permanente (650) 299-2433.

Tools Program for Job Seekers, Presented by PeninsulaWorks, Wednesday, January 18 from 10 am – 2 pm. The Tools program provides ways to improve job-seekers’ résumés with on-on-one coaching, assistance with interview preparation,  feedback on interview skills, workshops with experts, information on emerging industries, and more.


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FREE home energy house call; volunteer to do energy housecalls

Good morning –

Redwood City would like to thank all of you who have been taking advantage of Acterra’s free Green@Home program and getting an energy house call at your residence. Those that have implemented Acterra’s great energy-saving tools are enjoying the benefits of saving both energy and money.

I wanted to let you know that if you have not yet requested your energy house call, now’s a great time to do it! Just go to or call (650) 962-9876 ext. 380 to schedule your house call, and start saving more energy and money on your monthly power bill.

As you probably know, Green@Home is a City-sponsored program to help Redwood City residents save energy and money, which we coordinate with our partners at Acterra ( The program trains volunteers to become Energy Experts – and many of them are also your neighbors. Each HouseCall is implemented by 2 volunteers in 2.5 hours. The volunteers develop an energy saving plan and install various energy and water saving devices for free, such as energy efficient light bulbs, clotheslines, shower-heads, and a power strip. And they’ll weather-strip a door and provide you with other available resources for further savings. Each HouseCall is schedule at a date and time that is convenient for you. Anyone who lives in Redwood City, whether they rent or own, can participate. They also have Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Green@Home also has training opportunities – this is perfect for those of you who’d like to know more about energy efficiency, and help your community by providing that information to others. I urge you to sign-up for Acterra’s next training, which will be in Redwood City on January 18 AND 25 (both sessions required for training), from 5:30-9:30 pm. To register and become a Green@Home energy efficiency volunteer, go to

If you know of others who might want to take advantage of this program and/or get trained to perform energy house calls, please forward this email to them and help spread the word.


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Kids-Register to Perform in Seussical the Musical!

Redwood City Community Youth Theater presents…


Directed by Bill O’Neill & Maureen O’Neill

Kids age 6-14 – register now! Go to (

Be a part of this fun production! Follow the adventures of the mischievous Cat in the Hat in this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo.

The Redwood City Community Youth Theater, which debuted with a spectacular Production of Alice in Wonderland this past summer, will be presenting this exciting production at Carrington Hall. In this program, students will perform a full Production of Seussical The Musical, complete with costumes, sets, makeup, lighting and sound. The program focuses on building confidence, creativity and creating community.

Rehearsals begin the week of January 9th at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061

Rehearsals will be: Mondays 5-8pm / Saturdays 10am – 1pm Performance: March 15, 2012 @ Carrington Hall Fee: $225 / $245 NR Materials Fee: $30 paid directly to the Director (includes a Student Libretto/vocal book, show CD, and costumes)

Use code: 10.115 to register ( Plus, we are offering a special FREE Open House on Monday, January 9 from 5-8pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, where kids can experience the joy of theatre games, learn about Seussical and families can meet the Directors!

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