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Wildfire Awareness/Action Helps Protect Homes

Good morning –

The beautiful weather we’re enjoying is great, but it’s also an indicator that the 2012 fire season is rapidly approaching. California has experienced another season of below-average rainfall and the green grass and vegetation is drying out earlier than expected. When combined with summer temperatures, the dry vegetation will pose an increasing threat for fire danger. With projected meteorological indicators suggesting a hot and dry summer, the fire danger for 2012 is very worrisome. In preparation, Cal Fire has declared May 6 – 12 as Wildfire Awareness Week, and urges residents to visit for information about steps they can take to increase the chances of their homes surviving a wildfire.

At the same time, the Redwood City Fire Department is offering important information for residents in the hilly portions of the City to help reduce the possibility of fire, and protect life and property. A key point is to clear brush and grasses to a minimum of 30 – 100 feet from their homes or to the property line, whichever comes first. Doing so creates the fire-defensible space as required under state law. Specific methods for performing the clearing can be learned by visiting the Fire Safe Council of San Mateo County site at and Cal Fire at The Redwood City Fire Department is an active member of the Fire Safe Council of San Mateo County, and makes inspection of the hillside sections of the City each spring through fall, looking for violators not conforming to state fire codes. California will make the determination of precisely when the fires season officially begins for the entire state, but it’s crucially important for those homes at risk to be prepared year-round.

Here are more fire safety tips for residents in those areas which may be susceptible to wildfire:

  • Cutting and mowing grasses and  weeds to a height of no more than 4 – 6 inches will greatly reduce the  hazardous fuels and reduce the spread of wildfires.
  • Planting low-growing fire  resistant vegetation around the home is also encouraged as a preventative  measure.
  • Removing dead and dry brush  around the home should be done in the same fashion as with the grasses.
  • Removing dead and dying tree  limbs 6 – 8 feet from the ground will further increase this important  defensible space
  • Removing pine needles and other  debris from roofs and gutters is also a critical measure in protecting  homes from a fire.

The Redwood City Fire Department will be out before the start to fire season, inspecting residential areas to make sure homeowners are complying with local and state Fire Codes. Residents can contact the Redwood City Fire Department for additional information regarding wildfire awareness and creating a defensible space at (650) 780-7400. The Department offers one final reminder: all forms of fireworks are illegal in Redwood City. These include fireworks advertised as safe and sane as listed by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. Any person found using such illegal fireworks can be cited and will be held financially responsible for the fire suppression cost.


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Library Events in May

Good afternoon –

This is the last item today, I promise…!

I just wanted to be sure you have some info on the great stuff coming up at the Library in May. Please read below – this is a partial listing, so be sure to go to for more. Programming funded by the Friends of the Library.




Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
Crafts, snacks, music, and lots of fun!
Saturday. May 5, 2012
10 am – 1 pm
Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road

Louis Pearl the Amazing Bubble Man
The incredibly fun science of Bubble-ology!
Downtown Library: Wednesday May 16th at 7 pm
Redwood Shores Branch Library: Saturday, May 19 at 11 am

Quinteto Latino – A Family Program
Explore Hispanic musical roots with members of the Peninsula Symphony
Saturday May 26th, 1 pm
Dowontown Library

And don’t forget these ongoing programs:

READ along online with BookFLIX!
Books especially for beginning readers – many books also available in Spanish. Go to

LEARN at the Homework Centers
A fun and supportive place to do homework and skillbuilding activities for grades 1 – 5.
Downtown Library: Monday through Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Redwood Shores Library: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 3 – 6 pm & Wednesday 1 – 6 pm
Schaberg Library: Monday through Wednesday 2 – 5 pm & Thursday 1 – 5 pm

Need homework help? Get Help Now! Free online help from EXPERT tutors now available every day from 1 – 10 pm, visit for details

The award winning Redwood City Public Library connects the community and inspires a love of reading and learning through innovative, visionary programming and services such as literacy programs, access to technology, and safe, inviting spaces for youth and families. It’s all online at

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Reminder: Police Chief Town Hall Meetings

Good afternoon-

Redwood City’s new Police Chief JR Gamez is hosting a series of Town Hall-style community meetings. Each one will be held for a different section of the City, and is an opportunity to discuss issues which may be of importance to your particular area.

Here’s a reminder about the first meeting, focused on the Palm Park, Redwood Oaks, and Roosevelt areas. Please plan on attending and participating!

May 1, 2012, 7 – 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue

This is a great way for people to meet the Chief and his command staff, and gain opportunities to create connections between the community and the Police Department, exchange information, and engage in small-group discussions around neighborhood issues. The Chief will also gain the community’s perspectives and concerns on law enforcement and related issues for each area.

For more info and the list of other dates, please see the news release.



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Upcoming Events: Cleanup Day, SEPTAR Fundraiser, Sequoia Benefit

Good morning, and happy Friday!

So much going on…ok, this morning I want to 1) remind you about tomorrow’s Spring Cleanup Day and RecycleWorks “Be Seen Keepin’ it Clean” event, 2) notify you about Sunday’s SEPTAR benefit at Jigsaw Java on 3) let you know about the All American Truck Show benefit for Sequoia High School. Please read on, and enjoy the weekend!


~ malcolm


Redwood City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day
Saturday, April 28, 2012
8:30 am – noon

Meet at 1400 Broadway

Help clean up Redwood Creek, historic Union Cemetery, Hoover School, Woodside Road, and more, plus some cleanup and restoration at Stulsaft Park. Sponsored by Redwood City and its Pride and Beautification Committee. Free continental breakfast, and free BBQ lunch. And, Recology San Mateo County sponsors the Great Compost Giveaway on the same day from 9 am to 3 pm – Redwood City residents can come to the Public Works Services parking lot and get up to a cubic yard of free compost (equivalent to about three full garbage cans). Limited supply; Redwood City residents only. Visit for call 780-7300 for more info.

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Be Seen Keepin’ it Clean
Saturday, April 28, 2012
9 am – noon

Meet at 2600 Middlefield Road

NOTE: for this event only (NOT for the City’s event, above), you must sign a waiver – go to

Neighborhood community clean-up event, sponsored by RecycleWorks, a program of San Mateo County, especially for the North Fair Oaks area. Breakfast treats provided by San Mateo Credit Union, lunch provided by El Grullense. Please register in advance at or by calling 888-442-2666. Forms will be available for students who need to complete community service hours.


Art Gallery Showing and Benefit for SEPTAR Special Education PTA of Redwood City and Wings Learning Center

Sunday April 29, 2012 from 2 – 5 PM
Jigsaw Java
846 Main Street, Redwood City

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Jigsaw Java or online at

  • Live Entertainment
  • Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks
  • Silent Auction
  • Puzzle and Note Cards of Art Created
  • Live Demo of Mneme Therapy

This unique puzzle art being auctioned during the event was created by youth with Autism in 30 minute individualized sessions with Nicole Keating, and artist and certified Mneme Therapist.

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

Learn more about Mneme Therapy at


All American Truck Show

Benefit for Sequoia High School Programs
Sunday May 6, 2012
Gates open at 8 am

-Part of Cool School Car Show Tour

Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Avenue – Corner of El Camino Real & Broadway
Redwood City

Featuring PT Cruisers, Sedan Deliveries, Panel Trucks, Semi Tractors and more

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Safely Dispose of Old Prescription Drugs

Good morning – some of you have asked about this program, and I’m happy to let you know that this Saturday you can safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This is a collection program involving the Redwood City Police Department and the Stanford Pain Management Center, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Please read below, and take this opportunity to clean out the medicine cabinet.


~ malcolm


National Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Stanford Pain Management Center with the Redwood City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Redwood City Police Department at 1301 Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94061.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Redwood City Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

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Two Great Author Events at the Library

Good morning – I wanted to let you know about a couple of author events taking place in early May at the Downtown Library, presented by the Sierra Club. One features the author of Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the other is about wolf recovery in the western US. Both should be quite interesting!

Please read below and consider attending these free events. Note that advance registration is requested.


~ Malcolm


The Sierra Club invites you to a special event:

Western Arctic: Adventures in Alaska
Monday, May 7th from 6:15 – 8:30 pm
Downtown Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Road

A presentation by Debbie S. Miller, noted naturalist and author of the  book Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Ms. Miller will draw you  into her three-year journey with a team of photographers that included hiking and canoeing over 600 miles discovering the largely unknown western Arctic. She’ll speak about why we should not drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and also share her love of the natural beauty and adventure of the Refuge and the Alaskan Wilderness.

Social and light dinner precedes the presentation

Event is free but register on at or by emailing


The Sierra Club is excited to host a presentation by Carter Niemeyer, a respected Wildlife Society certified biologist

Wolf Recovery in the Western U.S.: A Primer for California
Wednesday May 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Downtown Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Road

Mr. Niemeyer is author of the 2010 book “Wolfer” and he is the former head of wolf recovery for US Fish & Wildlife Service in Idaho. Since their reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995, the gray wolf has been the subject of intense field study.

A lifelong naturalist and trapper, Carter tells it like it is, regarding working with wild wolves and dealing with the social aspects of controversy surrounding wolf conservation in the western United States

Register for this event on at or by emailing

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Redwood City Education Foundation Gala Fundraiser May 4

Good afternoon – the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is putting on their premier fundraiser, for the benefit of students in the Redwood City School District. You all probably already know about RCEF, and know the great work that this non-profit group does on behalf of our youth, so you’ll really want to consider attending this event.


~ Malcolm



Join the Redwood City Education Foundation and Wells Fargo on Friday, May 4 at 5:30 pm for a fun and inspirational evening in support of the students of the Redwood City School District!

Benefit for a Brighter Future features a festive social hour with open bar, Guckenheimer hors d’oeuvres, heartwarming student success stories, Investor Award presentation to the Sequoia Healthcare District, and the Pat Crawford Inspirational Volunteer Award presentation to Debra Adler. The MC for the evening is Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre.

Tickets are on sale now at Regular tickets are $65. RCSD teachers and staff are $45. Learn more about RCEF at

Help support our schools, join the fun with the RCEF Benefit for a Brighter Future!

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2nd Annual Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase This Friday Evening

Good morning –

Here is information on a great event this Friday evening that I think will interest you. We frequently read in the news about the challenges and issues of teens. Well, this special event – the 2nd Annual Teens in Action Showcase – presents a great opportunity to celebrate how much teens contribute to our community.

Please read on and plan on attending on Friday evening!


~ malcolm


2nd Annual Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase

Friday, April 27th the Redwood City 2020 Community Youth Development Initiative presents the second annual Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase from 5 to 7 pm, in the heart of downtown Redwood City, at beautiful Courthouse Square. This fun and informative FREE family event celebrates the positive and change-making efforts of young people in our immediate community. The entire community – teens, families, community leaders, business owners, educators, and others – is invited and encouraged to attend and join in the fun!

The program features over 20 information tables and displays by local youth leadership groups, and includes hip hop and break dance demonstrations, musical performance, live DJs and spoken word – all by local teens. Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre will give the welcoming address, alongside youth Masters of Ceremonies. Fabulous raffle prizes will be offered throughout the evening.

The program includes:

  • 5:00 – DJs
  • 5:30 – Welcome by Mayor Alicia Aguirre
  • 5:45 – Performances by Community Street Jam, Young Dreamer Network, Bay Area Bolly Girls, Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy, Elidex, Kathlyn and Jocelyn and the Molano Twins
  • 7:00 – Raffle, DJs, and “Shufflers”

Participating groups include Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula – Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy; Citizen Schools; Community Street Jam; El Centro de Libertad/The Freedom Center Youth Advisory Board; Grupo MAAC; Immigrant Youth Action Team; Kids in Partnership Program; Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Youth and Teen Advisory Boards; Redwood City Library; Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL); San Mateo County Youth Commission; Sequoia Teen Resource Center Youth Advisory Board; Sequoia Key Club; Sequoia Union High School District’s Migrant Youth; StarVista; The Dream Club; Woodside High School Octagon Club; Youth Leadership Institute – Youth Organizing San Mateo (YO! Mateo); and the Young Dreamer Network.

Redwood City 2020 is an initiative which brings together key public and private organizations in our community in ongoing efforts to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, RWC 2020 partners identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. Redwood City 2020’s website is The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University partners with local communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth. More information is online at their website:

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Spring Cleanup Day and North Fair Oaks Cleanup Both on April 28

Can I fit in just one more item this week? Thank you!

Even though our Spring Cleanup Day isn’t until  Saturday the 28th, I wanted to get this reminder to you now, in the spirit of this Sunday’s Earth Day.

Please plan on attending the City’s Annual Spring Cleanup, and this year we want to also point people to a concurrent event focused on the North Fair Oaks area; both are on April 28. Take a look!




Join Redwood City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day – Also, “Be Seen Keepin’ it Clean” With RecycleWorks’ North Fair Oaks Neighborhood Cleanup
~ Both events are Saturday, April 28, 2012 ~

Spring Cleanup:
8:30 am – noon
Meet at 1400 Broadway

This year’s focus is Redwood Creek, historic Union Cemetery, Hoover School, Woodside Road, and more, plus some cleanup and restoration at Stulsaft Park. Sponsored by Redwood City and its Pride and Beautification Committee. It’s a great, easy, and fun project for kids, adults, and the whole family, and is perfect for doing your part in the spirit of Earth Day. Meets community service requirements for many schools. Free continental breakfast, and free BBQ lunch as a ‘thank you’ for participating!

And, Recology San Mateo County sponsors the Great Compost Giveaway on the same day from 9 am to 3 pm – Redwood City residents can come to the Public Works Services parking lot and get up to a cubic yard of free compost (equivalent to about three full garbage cans). Limited supply; Redwood City residents only.

Visit for call 780-7300 for more info.

Be Seen Keepin’ it Clean:
9 am – noon
Meet at 2600 Middlefield Road

NOTE: for this event only (NOT for the City’s event, above), you must sign a waiver – go to

Join this fun Neighborhood Community Clean-Up Event, sponsored by RecycleWorks, a program of San Mateo County, especially for the North Fair Oaks area.

Breakfast treats are being provided by the San Mateo Credit Union and lunch will be provided by El Grullense for all volunteers. On the day of the clean-up, each volunteer is assigned to a group and leader. Each group will get a map of their location and some collection bags. Every volunteer gets a pair of gloves, or you can help even more by bringing your own gloves and a reusable bucket. Dress in layers, wear closed-toe shoes, and be prepared to get a little dirty.

Please register in advance at or by calling 888-442-2666. Forms will be available for students who need to complete community service hours.


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Weekend activities

Good morning, and happy Friday to you!

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, and coincidentally there are a lot of activities going on. I’ve compiled a handful of them here, perhaps some will be of interest to you:

  1. Free Document Shredding Event
  2. San Mateo County “Take A Hike” Program Begins Tomorrow
  3. Fundraising Yard Sale to Benefit Henry Ford Elementary School
  4. Friends of the Redwood City Library – Spring Update and Newsletter
  5. Taiko Drumming performance at Redwood Shores Library

Please read on, and enjoy the weekend!


~ malcolm


FREE Document Shredding Event
for Redwood City Residents

Bring your personal documents* for safe and secure on-site shredding – for FREE!

Saturday, April 21st 9 am – 3 pm
Redwood City Public Works Parking Lot
1400 Broadway, Redwood City

No need to worry about paper clips or staples.

*Limit of 3 (three) boxes (10”x12”x15”) worth of materials per household.

Please be prepared to show proof of Redwood City residency.

For more information contact the Redwood City Public Works Department at 650-780-7464 or Recology San Mateo County at (650) 595-3900


Take A Hike Begins a New Season on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson invites you to celebrate the season opener of Take A Hike and Earth Day at Wunderlich Park.  Take A Hike offers a fun way to discover San Mateo County Parks as great places to exercise and learn about plant and animal life unique to our area. Earth Day is the perfect day to join Take A Hike. The first 100 hikers to check in on April 21 will receive a Take A Hike t-shirt.

For the first time, Take A Hike visits Wunderlich Park in Woodside. Known for beautiful stands of mixed redwoods, madrones, and oaks, the park offers 942 acres of hills and open meadows.  Wunderlich is also home to the Folger Estate Stable which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hikes will be led by Park rangers.  Two hike routes are planned to accommodate those interested in a leisurely walk as well as those who are interested in a bit of a challenge.  Hikes can take between 45 and 90 minutes.  Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and hats and bring water bottles.

Following the hike you are invited to take a tour of the Carriage Room in Folger Stable. Docents will be available to discuss the history of the Folger and Wunderlich families and the displays which include original carriages, a replica of a blacksmith shop, and discoveries made during the 2010 stable renovation.

Because parking is limited, please plan to car pool.  For driving directions and additional park information, visit For more information, find us on Facebook, visit, or call (650) 599-1009. 

Take A Hike 2012 Schedule:

  • April 21             Wunderlich Park, Woodside
  • May 19             Memorial Park, Loma Mar
  • June 16 Edgewood Park, Redwood City
  • July 21              Crystal Springs Trail, Sawyer Camp Segment, San Mateo
  • August 18         Pillar Point Bluff, Moss Beach
  • September 15   San Bruno Mountain, Brisbane
  • October 20        Huddart Park, Woodside
  • November 23    Pick a Park & Take A Hike (Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday exploring a park on your own)


Fundraising Yard Sale at Henry Ford Elementary School

Henry Ford Elementary School announces it’s fantastic Yard Sale taking place TOMORROW Saturday April 21 from 8:30 am – 3 pm, right in front of the school, located at 2498 Massachusetts Avenue.  Come see a great selection of clothes, books, toys, household items, and lots more!

All proceeds go directly to Henry Ford Elementary School, some come out, browse, buy some great stuff at great prices, and help the school!


Friends of the Library Spring Update and Newsletter

Bookstore Update – April, 2012

In the Friends of the Library bookstore at the Downtown Library, our Feature Sale is Spring Cleaning. This sale features a wide array of books that we are cleaning out of our back room – come in for bargains galore!

Our sale carts contain paperbacks for 50 cents each or 7 for $2.

We’ve remodeled slightly in the store. There are no more 25 cent paperbacks. The large bookshelf outside the store’s door now contains 50 cent paperbacks. Inside, where the 50 cent paperbacks used to reside, the shelves now hold very new hard back fiction for $4 or $5. These books are in alphabetical order by author. So, if there is a new book you are interested in, please stop by the shop and check out this shelving unit before you spend three times or more for the book somewhere else. This new book display will make it easier for you to find your favorite authors’ newest books.

Our Spring Newsletter is now available – get it at

Last, Redwood City Farmers’ Market is OPEN! And Friends’ booth is back. Please support the Farmers Market and visit our booth.

Visit us online at

See you at the Library – cheers!


Taiko Drumming Show

Come enjoy the incredible San Jose Taiko in a special perofrmance on Saturday April 21st, 11 am at the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway.

Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. In North America, this term is used to describe both the Japanese drum itself and the art form of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming with Japanese drums).

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