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“Redwood City Together” Presents Free Movies 6/6, 7/11, 8/1

Good morning –

I thought you might want to take a look and put these on your calendar. It’s a once-a-month series of movies presented by “Redwood City Together,” a collaborative coordinated by Redwood City 2020 and the City of Redwood City. The movies are exceptional and really offer an interesting perspective.

Please read on!

Thanks,

~ Malcolm

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“Redwood City Together” announces a series of free monthly movies over the summer, featuring some of the most interesting and thought-provoking films of the last few years. These films will inspire new perspectives on our lives and those of people in other parts of the world, and offer an opportunity for discussions and new insights into our own community. These films are part of the Movies at the Library program, sponsored in part by Friends of the Library, and screened in the Community Room of the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

BABEL
Wednesday, June 6 – 6:30 pm
Three intertwining and tragic stories are set in Morocco, Tunisia, Mexico and Japan. A series of unintended consequences leads to the shooting of an American wife and an ill fated trip to Tijuana in this film that explores terrorism, immigration and American entitlement. In English, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese and French with English subtitles. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Rated R; 142 minutes; 2006.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
Wednesday, July 11 – 6:30 pm
Renowned filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of Waiting for Superman. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Directed by David Guggenheim; Rated PG; 102 minutes; 2010.

SIN NOMBRE
Wednesday, August 1 – 6:30 pm
Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman, Sayra, joins her father and uncle on an odyssey en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with a Mexican gang member who is trying to outrun his violent past and elude his former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey towards the hope of new lives. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Cary Fukunaga; Starring Henry Paulina Gaytan, Edgar M. Flores, Buillermo Villegas; Rated R; 96 minutes; 2009.

Redwood City Together is a collaboration of caring community members and organizations working to build a stronger, inclusive, and welcoming community. Redwood City Together believes we’re most successful when we appreciate our shared values and build on the strength of our diversity. People from all backgrounds want safe streets for our children, neighbors who look out for each other and a thriving community where we can prosper together. The group is coordinated by Redwood City 2020, a collaborative of key public and private organizations in our community working to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, the partners of RWC 2020 identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. Visit www.rwc2020.org

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Redwood City Police Chief “Town Hall” Meetings – Next is June 5

Redwood City Police Chief Hosting “Town Hall” Meetings Throughout Spring/Summer

Redwood City, CA—Redwood City Police Chief JR Gamez invites you to attend one of these upcoming town Hall community meetings. Come meet the Chief and his command staff, help create connections between the community and the Police Department, exchange information, discuss neighborhood concerns, and provide your perspectives and opinions on law enforcement and related issues.

Food will be provided, and free childcare is available for participants.

Each meeting will be facilitated by Redwood City 2020, and Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. You’re invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the Police Chief’s Town Hall meeting for their areas:

• Centennial, Stambaugh-Heller, Friendly Acres, and Redwood Village Neighborhood Areas
June 5, 2012, 7 – 8:30 pm
Boys and Girls Club, 1109 Hilton Street

• Woodside Plaza, Oak Knoll/Edgewood Park, and Farm Hill Neighborhood Associations
July 10, 2012, 7 – 8:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue

• Redwood Shores Community Association Area
October 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway

Contact: Officer Diana Villegas, 650-780-7104

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Family Festival…Climate Corps…Free Compost

Good morning –

Here are three items that may be of interest to you: first, a fun benefit festival this weekend at St. Pius, second, an opportunity to learn some new skills in the area of climate change, and third, an announcement about free compost for Redwood City residents.

Oh, and just a quick reminder – the fabulous Music on the Square starts THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at 6 pm, Downtown in Courthouse Square! Visit www.redwoodcity.org/events for all the details on this and the many other fabulous events during the entertainment season!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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St Pius of the Caribbean Festival Fundraiser

St. Pius Catholic Church presents their annual festival – St. Pius of the Caribbean, the 61st  annual festival for the Redwood City Parish!

June 1: 6 – 10pm
June 2: 1 – 10pm
June 3: 1 – 8pm

1100 Woodside Rd. (at Valota), Redwood City

Please join us for children’s games, arts and crafts, entertainment, basketball and baseball toss, radar gun, bounce house, slide, dime pitch, dip bowling, frog jump, jingle board, newspaper toss, pan games, face painting, spin art, karaoke, sports booth and Silent Auction. Food and Drinks: Full Bar, Margaritas, Pizza, Caesar Salad, Garlic Fries, Root Beer Floats, Sundaes and more!

Full Dinners are available for purchase:

Friday, June 1 is the Rib dinner ($18 half slab) with Live music
Saturday, June 2 Pasta dinner with Live Music
Sunday, June 3 BBQ chicken dinner

Admission is Free to the general public. Rides, food, drink and some extra activities may have a minor fee. These funds go 100 percent to St. Pius Parish for services and community outreach.

About St. Pius:

St. Pius Church is a Catholic center that ministers to people of all ages, sexes, and races in areas including liturgy, faith journey, personal and spiritual nourishment, cultural experiences, service work, and group fellowship. We hope to build and maintain a community of faith that will be sustained by the hope that comes from the unswerving love and support of our God, and by the true generosity of spirit which has always marked the life of our people and of our parish.

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Climate Corps Bay Area is looking for 30 passionate, committed individuals who want a unique opportunity to work on community climate change projects in the SF Bay Area. Applications are currently being accepted for service starting in September. To learn more or apply visit www.climatecorps-bayarea.org

Climate Corps members have the opportunity to spend 10 months learning cutting edge, and valuable skills while helping Bay Area communities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Benefits of participation include:

  • Access to highly skilled community leaders
  • In-depth emissions reduction experience
  • Networking with other emerging leaders
  • Contribute to important community change
  • Stipend, health care, and educational award
  • Participation in AmeriCorps – the largest Community Service Program in the country.

Susan Wright
Resource Conservation Specialist
County of San Mateo, Department of Public Works
(650) 599-1403
swright@smcgov.org

www.smcenergywatch.com

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Free Compost!

Redwood City residents can now pick up free compost at the Shoreway Environmental Center at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos, courtesy of South Bay Recycling (Shoreway Transfer Station & Recycling Center).

Just go to the scale house through Gate 1, provide proof of residency (a utility bill or ID card), and you’ll be provided with up to two empty paper bags for the compost. Each bag holds about 3 cubic feet. From there, you’ll be directed to the Transfer Station to get the compost. It’s self-serve – you fill the bags yourself (they do provide shovels). There is a limit of two bags per visit, and it’s for residents only – not for commercial use.

Visit the South Bay Recycling website for hours of operation and other info. More information on these and other services is available at www.rethinkwaste.org.

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Two events Tuesday – Desalination Project Info Mtg; Sequoia Charter School Option

Good afternoon –

I wanted to be sure to get you this info, about a couple of activities happening Tuesday May 29 that may be of interest. One is a public meeting/open house about the potential for a regional desalination project, and the other is an info meeting about a charter school option coming to the Sequoia Union High School District. Please read on!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Info Meeting on Joint Regional Desalination Project

Since 2003, five of the Bay Area’s major water agencies – the Contra Costa Water District, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Zone 7 Water Agency — have been exploring the potential for a joint regional desalination project that could provide an additional water source, diversify the area’s water supply, and foster long-term regional sustainability.

A public meeting and open house to learn about this project is being held on May 29th at 6 pm.  Information will include the results of studies conducted by the agencies, what the next steps in the project are and how you can become involved.

A presentation and question and answer period will be followed by an Open House featuring agency representatives who can address any particular questions or concerns:

May 29, 2012 6  – 8 pm Redwood City Hall Council Chambers 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

AGENDA: 6 – 7 pm: Presentation on the project background, current status, planned activities, followed by Q&A 7 – 8 pm: Open house format so you can speak to agency representatives and talk more specifically about different aspects of the project including environmental impacts and the project planning process

Additional information can be found at the project website at: www.regionaldesal.com

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SEQUOIA BIG PICTURE HIGH SCHOOL: INFORMATION NIGHT

Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. Fair Oaks Community Center 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City FREE Admission and Refreshments

Parents, students and community members are invited to learn about the Sequoia Big Picture High School (SBPHS), an exciting new charter school option coming to the Sequoia Union High School District!

Big Picture Schools are based on individualized learning, where each student explores his/her own passions and affinities (“one student at a time”). Parents play a key role in the Big Picture School experience, and students experience real-world learning through internships in the community.

SBPHS is part of a national network of Big Picture Schools (www.bigpicture.org). There are now more than 100 Big Picture Schools in the United States and abroad. President Obama has called Big Picture Learning a “model for educating students.” Big Picture Learning works!

To learn more about the Sequoia Big Picture High School: http://www.sequoiabigpicture.org/

For more information about the event, email: info@sequoiabigpicture.org or call 650.868.0590 (Charlene Margot).

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Memorial Day Commemoration

Good afternoon  –

I wanted to let you know that there will be a Memorial Day commemoration this Monday, May 28th at 10 am, at the Historic Union Cemetery in Redwood City on Woodside Road. This is known as the most colorful Memorial Day ceremony on the peninsula, and is very popular so arrive a little early if you want a bleacher seat (or bring your own portable chair).

Mayor Alicia Aguirre will be the master of ceremonies at this year’s commemoration.

There will also be the firing of the anvil – this is a gold rush-era process that entails putting gunpowder and a wick between two anvils, lighting the wick, and standing back as the resulting explosion throws the top anvil into the air (along with an impressive amount of noise!).

Hope you can make it to Redwood City’s Memorial Day ceremony on the 28th.

For more information contact John Edmonds, 650-593-1793 or jedmonds1@earthlink.net

Thank you,

~ malcolm

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DUI/License Checkpoints This Weekend

Good morning, and happy Friday!

This morning, as we approach the Memorial Day Holiday, I’d like to let you know that the Redwood City Police Department will be conducting DUI/Drivers License checkpoints this weekend. This grant-funded checkpoint program is a measure designed to help ensure the public safety and reduce the incidence of drunken driving. There will be multiple checkpoints within the City limits, utilizing the police department’s mobile equipment. They’ll be starting at 6 pm on Saturday May 26, continuing until 2 am Sunday morning. Please read below – and have a safe, fun holiday weekend!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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RCPD Conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint for this Weekend
Contact: Sgt Ashley Osborne 650-780-7654

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for this Weekend

Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on May 26, 2012 between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am. The checkpoint will be mobile and will move between four different locations within the city limits, operating for about an hour at each location. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

This checkpoint is part of a series of checkpoints funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Previous checkpoints have been held to coincide with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and future checkpoints will coincide with the Fourth of July, and Labor Day holidays, as well as other select dates. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Redwood City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.

 

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REMINDER – Street closures for Presidential visit today

REMINDER: Street closures for Presidential visit – FYI!

 

Starting at 3 pm today and continuing for the duration of the event:

 

  • Broadwaywill be closed to vehicles at Jefferson. Pedestrians may enter Broadway, but only those with tickets to the Presidential event may go beyond Middlefield Road.
    • Businesses on Broadway between Jefferson and Middlefield may stay open.

 

  • Broadwaywill be closed to vehicles at Winslow. Pedestrians may enter Broadway, but only ticket holders may go beyond Hamilton Street.
    • Businesses on Broadway between Winslow and Hamilton may stay open.
  • Broadway businesses between Hamilton and Middlefield, including the San Mateo County History Museum, will need to close by 3 pm.
  • Theatre Way/Middlefield Roadwill be closed to vehicles between Marshall Street and Winslow/Middlefield. Pedestrians may enter Middlefield Road at Marshall.
    • MOST businesses on the east side of Theatre Way (the Century Theatre side) may remain open.
    • Businesses on the west side of Theatre Way (the Fox side) will need to be closed at 3 pm.
    • Businesses on Middlefield Road between Broadway and Marshall may stay open.

 

  • Hamilton Streetwill be closed to vehicles at Marshall. Pedestrians may enter Hamilton, and go as far as Broadway.
    • Businesses on Hamilton between Marshall and Broadway may stay open (no exiting from parking lots onto Hamilton).

 

  • Hamilton Streetsouth of Broadway will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians.
    • Businesses on this section of Hamilton will need to close by 3 pm.
  • Winslow Street will be closed to vehicles from Broadway (pedestrians are ok up to the curve), then along the Middlefield Parking Lot, and as it transitions into Middlefield, all the way to Jefferson Avenue. The rest of Winslow remains open.
  • Jefferson Avenuewill be open to vehicles and pedestrians (parking restrictions remain; no street parking after 3 pm).
    • Businesses on both sides of Jefferson between Middlefield and Marshall may stay open.

 

  • Marshall Streetwill be open to vehicles and pedestrians.
    • Businesses on Marshall may stay open.
  • The Middlefield parking lot next to the railroad tracks will be closed at 3 pm.
  • The Jefferson parking garage underneath the retail/cinema complex will be open.
  • The library parking lots on Middlefield will be closed at 3 pm.
  • Those holding tickets to the Presidential event will be allowed to enter a staging area on Courthouse Square at 4:30. The line will start near the Theatre District archway on Middlefield at Marshall.

 

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Opportunities to work the polls on election day June 5

Good afternoon – I just got this information, and thought some of you might be interested – it’s a chance to be hired to work the polls on election day, June 5. Could be fun, and you get paid, too! Take a look – they need people, so if you have some time available please consider participating.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Earn a Hundred Bucks!
June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election

You Can Make a Difference!

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to our democracy and make a difference. We’re looking for some good people to fill some important Election Day jobs.

For more information: (650) 286-2810 • www.shapethefuture.org

Position – Election Officers
Hours – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Duties – Serve as a member of a Precinct Board that is staffed with a team who ensure the integrity of the election process at an assigned precinct.
Money – $100/day; a $25 training stipend
Training – Procedures Class (3 hours for first time Election Officers)
Sign Up – Sign up online at www.shapethefuture.org

For more information: (650) 286-2810 • www.shapethefuture.org

Office of MARK CHURCH Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

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Event Reminder: “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping Our Future” This Sunday

Good morning –

This is a reminder about a great event coming up this Sunday, put on by Redwood City Together. It takes place at Courthouse Square, and in the San Mateo County History Museum – take a look, and plan on bringing the family to this fun and meaningful activity!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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“Celebrating Our Past, Shaping Our Future”
Coordinated byRedwood City Together

Please join Redwood City Together for a fun-filled, festive event on Sunday May 20, in celebration of our diverse Redwood City and North Fair Oaks communities! This free event offers an opportunity to share in the varied backgrounds of Redwood City’s community members, see how human connections can be built through the arts, share life experiences of immigrants, immigrant youth, and long-time residents in our community, and help build stronger intergenerational connections.

Enjoy live music and dance, children’s arts and crafts from around the world, photo exhibits expressing the incredible array of backgrounds of our community members, video stories, and more. Activities take place on Courthouse Square as well as inside the San Mateo County History Museum – under the beautiful rotunda, in historic Courtroom A, and throughout the rest of this jewel of Downtown Redwood City.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2012
    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Courthouse Square and the San Mateo County History Museum
    2200 Broadway, Redwood City

It’s a great family-friendly event, sponsored by the San Mateo County History Museum, The City of Redwood City, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, and Redwood City International. The event is coordinated by Redwood City Together,” a collaboration of caring community members and organizations, including Redwood City, working to build a stronger, inclusive, and welcoming community.

The key principle of Redwood City Together is that  people from all backgrounds want the same thing: safe streets for our children, neighbors who look out for each other and a thriving community where we can prosper together. As our community continues to grow and change, Redwood City Together believes we’re most successful when we appreciate our shared values and build on the strength of our diversity. The group is coordinated by Redwood City 2020, a collaborative of key public and private organizations in our community working to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, the partners of RWC 2020 identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success.

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eBook/eReader Workshop; S.Bay Opening Day Festivities

Good afternoon – just a quick note with two items: 1) Learn about using eBooks and eReaders at a free Library workshop Wednesday night; 2) Join the fun at the 74th Annual South Bay Opening Day boating festival and boat parade, this Sunday.

Take a look!

Thanks, ~ malcolm

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Learn About eBooks and eReaders
Wednesday May 16 • 7 pm
Downtown Library – Computer Lab

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.

The workshop takes place in the Computer Lab at the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. Space is limited, and RSVPs should be sent to jdavis@redwoodcity.org. This is a fun, engaging one-hour workshop – a great opportunity to explore the various computers and devices that can be used with library eBooks and audiobooks. You’ll learn how to get started with the right software you 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 this hands-on eBook workshop.

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.

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The 74th Annual South Bay Opening Day
Boating Festival and Decorated Boat Parade May 19, 2012

The public is invited to join the yacht clubs and boating organizations of the South Bay and the Port of Redwood City for the 2012 South Bay Opening Day. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ & Rollin’ on the South Bay”.   The highlight of the weekend will start on Saturday after 10:30 am line up for the parade. The Opening Day Decorated Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet will take place at the observation deck of the Port of Redwood City at 11:00. Spectators will vote for their favorite decorated boat to determine who will receive the coveted “Spectators Choice Award”.

Enjoy the many exhibits in the Sequoia YC parking lot area Saturday, including booths by the Marine Science Institute, Police and Fire departments, West Marine/Leukemia Foundation, Dock-walkers, Power Squadron’s special fire extinguishing simulator, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our Grand Marshall this year is Assemblyman Jerry Hill!

 

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