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SEPTAR Fundraiser, and Great Events in March at the Library

Good afternoon – today I want to share two items with you, which I’m sure you’ll find of interest:

1. A fundraising event this Saturday for the Special Education PTA of Redwood City (SEPTAR)
2. Some fantastic events at your public library in March!

Please read on and plan on participating in these community activities!

Thanks, ~malcolm


SEPTAR, the Special Education PTA of Redwood City, invites the community to a fantastic evening at its
Starry Night fundraiser

Saturday, March 3, 2012
6 pm to 10 pm
Redwood City Women’s Club
149 Clinton Street, Redwood City
$25 per person

This fun and informal evening features singer Tan Ping and author Jennifer Byde Myers; a silent auction including original art; and good wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres. The MC for the evening is San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine. Tickets are $25 each, available online at

SEPTAR brings families, educators, and community members together to support the special education needs of children in Redwood City. We host workshops and conferences, provide facilitated support groups, offer teacher microgrants, and hold social events. More information is available at


March is coming in like a lion at the Redwood City Public Library, with a bunch of great events for everyone in the family! Every day, we’re Connecting Community Through Literacy and Learning.

You’ll enjoy Seaside Storytime with the Marine Science Institute, the unbelievable Short Attention Span Circus, and the hilarious Comic Magic Show with magician Ash K. The Pretty Good, just for starters (thanks to the Friends of the Library!).

Plus, beginning readers can advance their skills when they read along online with BookFLIX, students can get free homework help, and everyone can enjoy the countless books, DVDs, CDs and other materials.

Take a look at the March flyer at for a sampling of what your library is bringing to the community, and be sure to go to to learn more about all the great things you can experience at the library.





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Two Events – Residential Energy Efficiency Workshop & North Star Academy Musical

Good morning –

Here are two events you may want to check out – one is a community forum on residential energy efficiency put on by the Sierra Club, and the other is an invitation to experience Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” put on by North Star Academy (with all funds going to help the school). Take a look!


~ malcolm


Redwood City Cool Cities and Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter present a
Community Forum on Residential Energy Efficiency

Redwood City Cool Cities and Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter are co-sponsoring a community forum on residential energy efficiency for homeowners and renters:

“How to Go Green without Going Broke”

Monday, March 5, 6:30 to 9 pm
Redwood City Public Library, Upstairs Community Room
1044 Middlefield Road

After a short talk on indoor air quality, seven green experts will answer your questions about greening up the home — everything from caulking to remodeling, and where to find funding. Bring us your problems and get real solutions. Plus, learn whether you qualify for FREE insulation and FREE kitchen appliances, offered by the State of California to tenants as well as homeowners.

This event is FREE but RSVP is requested (for refreshments count): go to to RSVP

Sponsored by Redwood City Cool Cities. Co-sponsored by Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter. Additional promotional support by USGBC-NCC.


North Star Academy in Redwood City is proud to present
Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

Anything Goes is a high seas romantic adventure filled with mistaken identities and broken hearts.  Filled with hilarious characters, catchy tunes and uplifting dance numbers, this production with a cast of over 100 students is sure to please everyone.

Anything Goes will be performed by North Star Academy from March 8 – 10 at 7 pm and March 11 at 2 pm in the newly renovated McKinley Auditorium at 400 Duane St. in Redwood City.

See for ticket purchase or purchase tickets 1 hour before performance. 100% of funds go back to the school.

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Two Law Enforcement Items

Good morning – here are two very timely law enforcement-related items, which I think will be of interest.

First, a quick warning to anyone buying gift cards – be sure to check gift cards carefully before purchasing, and if the package has wrinkled cardboard or glue on it, you may want to get a different one.

There have been reports (not in Redwood City, but in nearby communities) of thieves stealing cards from store displays, removing the activation tab from card 1 and putting it on card 2, and then placing card 2 – which has the other stolen card’s activation tab – back on the rack. Card 2 is bought by an unsuspecting customer, and when it’s activated at the check stand, it’s actually activating card 1, which the crook has. So the customer has paid for a card that is un-activated and worthless, and the thief has a card that is activated. So be sure to take a good look at gift card packaging before buying one.

And the second law enforcement item – you’ll be pleased to know that since February 2nd, Redwood City Police have arrested a total of six people for burglary, including one on the 18th for burglary of a storage locker. It’s good to know that our detectives and officers are catching these people!



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“Neighborhood Organizing 101” Workshop on March 15

Good morning – Here’s a great opportunity for you and your neighbors to gain valuable tools for bringing your neighborhood together – it’s Redwood City’s “Neighborhood Organizing 101″ workshop!

Thursday, March 15th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue
Refreshments will be served!

This will be a hands-on, informative and fun workshop . You’ll get prepared resources, flyer templates, and contact list forms to assist you in neighborhood organizing. The workshop content provided by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (

  • What makes a healthy neighborhood and community
  • How to assess the health of your neighborhood and identify possible issues or concerns
  • Tips on how to organize your neighborhood and bring people together around an issue or opportunity
  • What the City can do to help bring your neighbors together
  • City programs and grants, and other resources and opportunities
  • Upcoming opportunities to participate and get involved
  • Neighborhood Watch information

There are lots of good reasons to organize the people in a neighborhood, ranging from purely social and fun purposes, to more serious issues-driven aims. First and foremost, everyone will experience better communication among neighbors – to put together a block party, hold a neighborhood meeting, identify issues, and find common ground. Just the act of getting people introduced to their neighbors will often bring more openness, interaction, and exchange of information – and that really helps to build community, help everyone feel like they belong, and establish strong neighborhood bonds. And, it provides a common sense of responsibility and pride in the neighborhood, and ownership of the issues which neighbors find important. This leads to positive action and the opportunity for people to solve problems together, as a neighborhood. When neighbors know and communicate with other neighbors, it helps make the neighborhood a safer place. By working together, looking out for each other, and coordinating with the City and the police department, neighbors can help to create a safer, more secure environment.

One of the most common efforts in any neighborhood is to help improve or beautify their area, which can both strengthen property values and reduce crime. A neighborhood-wide effort can target problem areas and assist in their solution, especially if the issue involves an elderly person or someone who would otherwise have difficulty in that effort on their own. With an organized neighborhood the residents can work more effectively with municipal service providers, like public works, the police department, or others. This makes it easier to communicate with the City to voice concerns, access resources, resolve problems, or take advantage of opportunities.

The entire community is invited to find out what neighborhood organizing is all about, on Thursday, March 15th!

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CityTrees Free Tree Pruning Workshop This Weekend

Good morning – Many of you know about CityTrees, the great local non-profit whose volunteers are very active in helping to maintain a healthy urban forest in our community. Please read below about their 9th Annual Tree Pruning Workshop, which will give you the information and hands-on experience to better care for your trees. It’s this weekend, and space is limited so be sure to rsvp at the website noted below.




CityTrees and the Redwood City Public Works Department are Proud to Announce the
9th Annual Tree Pruning Workshop  

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
9 a.m. to Noon
Redwood High School
1968 Old County Road

The workshop will consist of over one hour of classroom training on tree maintenance given by a certified arborist from Davey Tree Service. The focus is on younger trees. We will discuss the care of trees and related aspects in basic tree biology.

Other topics include: the reasons for pruning, the priorities of tree maintenance, tree growth types, and safe work practices. The class will then meet outside, on campus and nearby, for hands-on practice of pruning techniques.

Coffee and bagels will be served.

Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending this workshop please sign-up here:

A suggested donation of $10 or more is requested to help us in our ongoing mission to plant more trees.


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Redwood City School District’s 2012 Annual Report

Good morning –

I want to pass along to you a link to the Redwood City School District’s 2012 Annual Report. The City successfully partners with the District in many ways, toward ensuring a bright future for our community’s youth. Please take a look at their Annual Report, at the link below.


~ malcolm


Redwood City School District Launches Annual Report

Like school districts across the state, our local schools face serious challenges as a result of California’s budget woes, but we also have a lot of good news to share with our community! We want to make sure that you hear about the many ways our community is supporting the children in our schools, so we are launching this annual report, which will be sent out each year to provide you with an update on the academic progress and financial status of your local schools

For information contact Naomi Hunter, Director of Communications, 650-423-2282 /


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3 Items: Digital Library Workshop; Tall Ships at the Port; Apply for Civil Grand Jury

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I want to close out the week with a few great items for you. First is a workshop on how to access and use the Library’s eBooks – if you’re a digital library user, this’ll be great information. Second, the Tall Ships are returning to the Port of Redwood City, with lots of fun activities planned so get that on your calendar. And finally, I’m passing along a note from the County seeking applicants to serve on the Civil Grand Jury.

Please read on – and have a great weekend!

~ malcolm


Digital Library Workshops

More and more people are accessing the Library’s materials electronically with their eBook readers such as iPads, Kindles, Nooks, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and other devices. This is just one more way that members of the community can check out reading materials and audiobooks, and the Redwood City Public Library is offering two workshops to bring these digital library users up to speed.

There are two identical workshops scheduled:

• Wednesday, February 22, 7 – 8 pm
• Wednesday, February 29, 7- 8 pm

Both workshops take place in the Computer Lab at the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. Space is limited, and RSVPs should be sent to These engaging one-hour workshops are a great opportunity to explore the various computers and devices that can be used with library eBooks and audiobooks. Participants will learn how to get started with the right software they’ll need, see live demonstrations of how to browse, checkout, and download eBooks, and learn a bit about the Library’s lending policies such as how many items can be checked out, and for how long. There’ll be plenty of time for question and answers at these hands-on eBook workshops.

In addition to the Redwood City Library collection, cardholders also have access to the Peninsula Library System’s eBooks. The Library’s eBooks and audiobooks are downloadable 24/7.


Historical Tall Ships Coming to the Port of Redwood City

The brig Lady Washington and topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain are scheduled to arrive at the Port of Redwood City at  p.m., Feb. 23 and berth at the Guest Dock on Seaport Court.

The ships are scheduled to stay in Redwood City through March 7. Here’s the list of activities:

• 2/24: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.

• 2/25-26: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.

• 2/25-26: 2 p .m. to 5 p.m. Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail. $40-$60

• 2/26: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lady Washington Adventure Sail. $35

• 2/28-3/2: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.

• 3/3-4: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.

• 3/3: 2 p .m. to 5 p.m. Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain Battle Sail. $40-$60

• 3/4: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lady Washington Adventure Sail. $35

• 3/6-7: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-on tours. $3 donation per person. No reservation required.

The three-hour Battle Sails feature the recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish involving two ships. Both vessels will fire real cannon charged with real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to verbally taunt their adversaries and they have a chance to take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Three-hour Adventure Sails include a chance to raise a sail, sing a sea shanty, and hear maritime stories. Tickets are available online or by calling 800-200-5239.   Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will also host a number of K-12 school groups from these area communities: Fremont, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Redwood City, and San Jose. Space is still available for  programs. Title I schools are eligible for large discounts on program pricing. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, education programs manager, 800-200-5239,


 Grand jury applicants sought

Applications are now being accepted for service on the 2012-2013 civil grand jury.

The positions are open to any county resident of more than one year who is a United States citizen, 18 years or older, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment and good character and with sufficient knowledge of the English language. Public officials are not eligible.

After interviews by Judge Richard Livermore, the appoint grand jury advisor, jurors will be chosen through a random drawing.

Applications are being accepted until April 3 for the term July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Forms are available from the Grand Jury Clerk, Court Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, Ca 94063 or 599-1200.

See for information about the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.

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2 items – State of the City address is online; the Port of Redwood City is on TV

Good afternoon –

I want to let you know that this Monday, February 20, 2012 at 7 pm, CBS 5’s “Eye on the Bay” (channel 5) will have a feature story about our own Port of Redwood City and the South Bay. Be sure to set the DVR, or watch it live if you get the chance. Congratulations to the Port for this great publicity!

And, some of you may have seen Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Vice Mayor Jeff Gee present the annual State of the City address – it’s an opportunity to provide the community with the “big picture” about what’s going on in Redwood City, and to offer a perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by the City for the coming year.

The entire address is online, at, by clicking on “I want to” and selecting “See State of the City Address.” (direct link:

I hope you can take a look – I think you’ll find it interesting and informative.



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Burglary Prevention Tips from the Redwood City PD

Good afternoon –

Our police department offers these quick tips for helping to prevent your home from being burglarized. Please feel free to distribute these to your neighbors – and you can also go to to see other useful information, including a link to the police department’s Crime Prevention Connection online newsletter.




Burglary Prevention Tips

1. Make your home look like someone is at home.

 2. On sliding glass doors, use a wooden dowel, or a track blocker to prevent opening.

 3. Always lock exterior doors and windows.

4. Don’t hide your house key in close proximity to entry doors.

5. Mark valuables with your driver’s license number, using an engraving tool, take photos of valuables.

6. Secure guns in safes that are bolted to the floor or large enough that someone could not move without a lot of help.

7. Establish a relationship with your neighbors so that they will keep an eye on your home, especially if going out of town. Encourage neighbors to call the police if they see suspicious activity around your property. Give them contact numbers for reaching you.

8. Start a neighborhood watch group in your neighborhood.

 9. If out of town, have your neighbor collect mail, newspaper, packages; leave radio, lights on automatic timer, etc.

10. Report suspicious people, door-to-door solicitation, strange vehicles in area, people asking for work, anyone with stories that don’t add-up, and anyone carrying items from someone’s home, or carrying back-packs, bags in the area.

11. Be careful of who you invite into your home.

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Seeking historical info on the tank at Mezes Park!

Good afternoon –

Many of you are familiar with Mezes Park, over in the Centennial Neighborhood Association area, at the corner of Warren Street and Standish Street. You know, the one with the WWII tank in one corner!

Well, later this year the City will be making some improvements to Mezes Park, including new restrooms, some re-grading, new picnic tables, improvements to the toddler play area, some tree replacement, and improved walkways.

The tank will stay, and in fact we will be adding some tan bark around it, as well as an informational panel explaining its origins. The purpose of this email is to ask the community for any information, photos, recollections, or any other details pertaining to the tank. Further, if there are any veterans groups interested in exploring restoration of the tank, we’d love to hear from you!

It’s an M5 Stuart tank (built by Cadillac!) from WWII, and according to our records it was put in the park in 1946 at the request of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as a memorial and commemoration to everyone who served in WWI and WWII.

We’re excited about the impending improvements to the park, and to putting together an informational panel for the tank that helps carry forward the commemoration for which it was intended.

Do you have any information about the tank at Mezes Park? Pictures of you and your friends, as kids, playing on it? Recollections from when it first was installed, or thereafter? Really, any information would be helpful – we are also pursuing other courses of investigation to fill in our understanding. Please email your thoughts on this to Claudia Olalla in our engineering division, at Your help is appreciated!

Thank you,


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