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Reminders: Neighborhood Organizing Workshop; Free Water Efficient Landscape Classes

Good afternoon –

Just a quick double-reminder, about the upcoming Neighborhood Organizing 101 workshop, and the first of several free water-efficient landscape classes. Please read below!

~ malcolm


Don’t’ forget this great opportunity for you and your neighbors to gain valuable tools for bringing your neighborhood together:

Redwood City’s “Neighborhood Organizing 101” workshop!

Thursday, March 15th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue

The workshop content provided by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (

• Hands-on, informative, fun workshop!
• Prepared resources • Flyer templates
• Contact list forms to assist you in neighborhood organizing
• Refreshments will be served!
• 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

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!


FREE Water-Efficient Landscaping Classes

Redwood City and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) present free Water Efficient Landscape Classes for the community. There are over 30 great classes offered throughout the peninsula, south bay, and east bay, with four of them in Redwood City. See the news release at

Here’s a reminder of the first one in Redwood City:

“Graywater for Landscape Irrigation” – Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to noon, Redwood City Public Works Services, 1400 Broadway.

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.

There are lots of other Spring 2012 Water Efficient Landscaping Classes – Register Now! Go to for the complete list of classes and workshops. The other Redwood City workshops are • Water Efficient Drip Irrigation” – Saturday, April 14 • “Hardscape Design” – Saturday, April 28 and May 19

These classes offer interesting and useful classroom lectures and 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.




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