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4th of July ParadeRun – Fundraiser for School Music

Good afternoon –

Here’s some additional 4th of July info – don’t forget, it’s not too late to join the 4th of July ParadeRun, and help the Redwood City Education Foundation! Register in advance, or the day of the race (that’d be…the 4th of July!). Proceeds from ParadeRun benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation “Save Our School Music” campaign to keep instrumental music education in our schools.

Please read below, but be sure to visit www.paraderun.org for all the details and to register.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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4th OF JULY PARADE RUN Get Ready for the Annual 4th of July Parade Run – register today, and help our schools!

Go to www.paraderun.org for information and to register.

The race starts at 8:45 am at Brewster & Arguello, and follows the Redwood City parade route. After the run, stay for the 4th of July festival, carnival, and family fun!

(and don’t forget the OktoberRun RCEF fundraiser – www.oktoberun.com!)

 

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Film Competition for Peninsula Teens

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Here’s a quick note about a film competition for peninsula teens, sponsored by AT&T and non-profit digital arts center Fresh Takes. Please read below, and pass this along to teens who you think might be interested!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Film Competition for Peninsula Teens

AT&T and Fresh Takes, a Redwood City based youth digital arts center, are partnering to challenge the creativity of young filmmakers at Peninsula High Schools.  AT&T is sponsoring Fresh Takes’ PenFlick Challenge, which features online voting for the best “video pitch” for film ideas in three categories: (1) Short Film or documentary, (2) Flash animation or (3) digital photography. The author of the winning “video pitch” will have his/her film idea produced in association with Fresh Takes Productions. The film will have its premier showing at the company’s Night of Stars fundraiser at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on October 10th. The winner will not only walk the red carpet but also take home an iPad.

Fresh Takes executive director Pete Liebengood is excited by AT&T’s participation. “AT&T’s involvement gives the competition instant authenticity,” says Liebengood.

Students interested in entering the PenFlick challenge and producing a “video pitch” will find instructions on how the process works on the Fresh Takes website at www.freshtakes.net. The deadline for submitting “video pitches” is August 6th. “Creating a “video pitch,” says Liebengood, “could be a valuable learning experience for some young movie maker of the future. Every movie project starts with a great pitch.”

Contact: Pete Liebengood. pete@freshtakes.net 650-207-2623

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Newest Farmers Market Starts Tomorrow!

Good afternoon –

Here’s a reminder that Redwood City’s newest farmers market starts tomorrow, Friday June 29, in the Redwood Shores Library parking lot. It runs between 11 am and 6 pm, so be sure to check it out!

Redwood Shores Farmers Market (West Coast Farmers Market Association)
Fridays, 11 am – 6 pm, year-round
Redwood Shores Library Parking Lot 399 Marine Parkway

Thanks,

~malcolm

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Updated Info and Tips on 4th of July Downtown Parade – and More!

Good afternoon –

Here are some key reminders, tips, and updates about this year’s fabulous 4th of July event “A Family 4th” – get more info at www.redwoodcity.org and www.parade.org.

  • The Parade has a NEW ROUTE in the heart of Downtown, and the Festival will be taking over several blocks Downtown – see www.parade.org or http://www.redwoodcity.org/parade2012.pdf for details (both are put on by the Peninsula Celebration Association)
  • THE CARNIVAL IS ON, at the County parking lot at Veterans and Winslow (by Woodside Terrace Kiwanis)
  • FREE SHUTTLE from Fair Oaks Community Center or Community Activities Building! Avoid parking hassles and take the shuttle. Visit www.redwoodcity.org/July4Shuttle.pdf for the schedule.
  • HELICOPTER FLYOVER at the parade! Sponsored by the Living Room Lounge, the ‘copter, owned by non-profit EMU, Inc., will do several flyovers as the parade starts down Marshall Street.
  • FIREWORKS will be launched at the Port of Redwood City! Parking is limited at the Port; Seaport Boulevard will be closed to incoming traffic as early as 7 pm, for the duration of the fireworks show. More details at www.redwoodcity.org.
  • CAÑADA COLLEGE TO OPEN UPPER PARKING LOT 7 at 6:30 pm for fireworks viewing! Go to http://canadacollege.net/stories/Fireworks.php for details! (Note: alcohol, barbecues, pets, and personal fireworks are not permitted on campus)
  • SIGN UP TO GET INFO ON YOUR CELL – parking, festival, and fireworks information can be sent to your cell phone. Text keyword RCJULY4  to  888777 to be added to the Redwood City 4th of July information group.
  • THANKS TO THESE GREAT SPONSORS for helping to bring the fireworks show to the community: • Sims Metal Management (our top-level “Red, White, and Blue” Sponsor!) • Lyngso • Cargill Salt • Cemex • One Marina, New Redwood City Housing • Recology San Mateo County • Sares Regis • Informatica • Kaiser Permanente • The Port of Redwood City • The City of Redwood City • Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation • Two anonymous donors

Thanks,

~malcolm

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Police Provide Live Video Chat w/Community

Good morning –

I wanted to share some really exciting news with you. This morning, the Redwood City Police Department became one of the first departments in the country to implement Netop’s “Live Guide” video and text chat – it’s a system to allow Redwood City community members to have real-time, interactive video chats directly with a Redwood City police officer.

This new service utilizes the latest technology for two-way text, audio and video chat, offering another way for you to connect with your Police Department. And Redwood City is one of the first municipal government agencies in the United States to provide such video interactivity directly between its police department and its community.

While text-based chat is not uncommon, the future for innovative governments like Redwood City is a communication model offering two-way dialogue with a face-to-face interactive exchange of information. This emerging technology will effectively place the Redwood City Police Department on the leading edge of customer service strategy by providing a new standard of “community-centric” policing.

You can use Live Guide to receive live online assistance with any concerns or questions about police services, and help with reporting crimes online. The video chat service will also facilitate assistance with the Police Department’s other online tools, information on how to handle traffic complaints or abandoned vehicles, direction and web page links for which City departments or other resources are most appropriate for their concerns, or any other community policing inquiries they may have. This service is NOT for use in life-threatening emergencies – people should call 911 in those cases. Live Guide is available to the community at www.redwoodcity.org/police.

The pilot program will be launched immediately; operating Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. Based on customer usage the program may be expanded to include weekend and evening hours. More information and access to the Redwood City Police Department’s new Live Guide interactive video chat service is available by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/police.

Please take a look at the full news release at www.redwoodcity.org for some additional information – and don’t hesitate to use the new service to enhance your communication with the police department.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

PS: Media contact for this new service is with Police Chief JR Gamez, 650-780-7122 or jrgamez@redwoodcity.org

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Council to Discuss Public Process for Inner Harbor Precise Plan

Good afternoon –

You’ll be interested to know that the City Council has scheduled a study session to develop the community engagement process for the creation of a Precise Plan for the Inner Harbor (the area east of Highway 101, between Whipple Road and the Malibu Grand Prix Raceway, plus Pete’s Harbor and the Bair Island Marina area).

This study session is taking place on Monday, June 25th, 2012, starting at 7 pm, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

There will be no development recommendations or decisions made at this study session. Its purpose is for the Council to provide direction on the process of public involvement, which will in turn lead to the production of a Precise Plan for this area. Subsequent to this study session, City staff will return at a later meeting to confirm the Council’s direction, process, and interest groups/stakeholders. There will be ample opportunities for members of the community to be involved in and comment on the Inner Harbor Precise Plan throughout the process.

As you know, a Precise Plan provides strategic guidelines for future development – you may be aware of the Downtown Precise Plan which went through a lengthy community input process. By going through a public involvement process, the Inner Harbor Precise Plan is intended to reflect the Council’s and the community’s vision for what the Inner Harbor area will be in the years to come. Therefore it’s important that the wide variety of residents, businesses, property owners, and others with an interest in this area are involved and engaged as the Precise Plan takes shape.

The entire public process and creation of a draft Precise Plan and draft environmental impact report is estimated to take a minimum of one year. The staff report related to this study session will be online at www.redwoodcity.org by the end of the day on Friday, June 22nd. Here is a map of the Inner Harbor Area (www.redwoodcity.org/InnerHarborMap.pdf)

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Farmers Markets in Redwood City!

Farmers Markets in Redwood City!

Our community is very lucky to have several great farmers markets to choose from! Buy directly from the farmers and producers, and enjoy products including fresh, seasonally-grown food. Farmers Markets are a ready source of healthy, fresh food for the community, and sales of locally grown food represent an investment of the community’s food dollar close to home, which is good for the local economy. A farmers market is also a community gathering spot, strengthening local social ties and building community.

Here is the list of Farmers Markets in Redwood City, so you can make plans to visit them when it’s most convenient for you – be sure to try them all!

• Tuesdays, 4 – 8 pm, May through September Rotary Farmers Market Hamilton Street/Broadway

• Wednesdays, 10 am – 2 pm, May through September Kaiser Hospital Farmers Market – open to all (Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association) Next to Shari’s Java Hut, between the Oak and Cypress buildings (accessible via Maple Street or Veterans Blvd.)

• Thursdays (selected – see below), 10 am – 3 pm, June through October San Mateo County Employee Farmers Market – open to all (Kiwanis) County Government Center 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/13, 9/27, 10 11, 10/25

• Fridays, 11 am – 6 pm, year-round (expected to start June 29!) Redwood Shores Farmers Market (West Coast Farmers Market Association) Redwood Shores Library Parking Lot 399 Marine Parkway

• Saturdays, 8 – noon, April through November Kiwanis Farmers Market 850 Winslow Street near Theatre Way

• Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm, year-round Cañada College Farmers Market (West Coast Farmers Market Association) Parking Lot 7, Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard

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Help for Job Seekers/Ayuda para los que buscan empleo

Good morning –

The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library is sponsoring a new program at the Downtown Library, which will be of great use to many job seekers in our community – it’s the JobTrain Community Outreach Job Seekers Assistance Program, and it is offered bilingually. Véase más abajo para información en español.

This important and valuable event takes place:

• Thursday, June 21, 10 am – 2 pm
Community Room of the Downtown Library
1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

At this event, JobTrain will provide one-on-one résumé and interview skills assistance (bilingual English/Spanish). Plus, this program offers an opportunity for participants to meet with staff of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), to get questions answered and gain even more job-seeking tools and resources.

JobTrain’s adult services include daytime vocational programs, evening classes, and an assessment center.  They also provide job placement counseling to trainees, assist students in developing skills for conducting a job search, and help individuals learn the computer skills they need to find and keep a job. JobTrain (http://jobtrainworks.org) is a non-profit educational and training institution.

The Library also offers a regular Job Lab every Tuesday from 10 am – noon in the second floor Teen Center at the Downtown Library – this ongoing program offers help with participants’ job searches, filling out online applications, résumé writing, job seeking advice, and more.  Volunteers with human resources experience offer coaching in the 21st century skills that people need to get the most out of their job search.

www.redwoodcity.org/library

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Asistencia bilingüe en la Biblioteca Central el 21 de junio para los que buscan empleo

Los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de Redwood City patrocinarán un programa nuevo en la Biblioteca Central que será muy útil para las personas que buscan empleo en nuestra comunidad – “JobTrain Community Outreach Job Seekers Assistance Program”. Este importante y valioso programa se presentará en inglés y español. •     Jueves 21 de Junio, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sala Comunitaria de la Biblioteca Central 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

En este evento, JobTrain proveerá asistencia individual para su currículum y para mejorar su habilidad de entrevistas. Además este programa les ofrece a los participantes la oportunidad de conocer el personal del Departamento del Desarrollo del Empleo del estado de California (EDD), de obtener repuestas a sus preguntas y obtener más recursos para encontrar empleo.

Los servicios para adultos de JobTrain incluyen programas vocacionales durante el día, clases por las tardes y un centro de evaluación. También proveerán asesoramiento para colocación laboral, asistencia a los estudiantes en el desarrollo de habilidades para llevar a cabo una búsqueda de empleo y ayudar a las personas a aprender las habilidades de computación que necesitan para encontrar y mantener un empleo. JobTrain es una institución sin fines lucrativos de educación y entrenamiento.

La biblioteca también ofrece un taller laboral cada martes de 10:00 am – 12:00 pm en el centro de computación para jóvenes en el segundo piso de la Biblioteca Central. Este programa les ofrece ayuda a los participantes con la búsqueda de empleo, llenando solicitudes en línea, consejos laborales, y mucho más. Voluntarios con experiencia de recursos humanos ofrecen habilidades de entrenamiento del siglo 21 que las personas necesitan para sacar el máximo provecho de su búsqueda de empleo.

www.redwoodcity.org/library

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2 events: Healthy Foods Presentation; Help for Those Facing Foreclosure

Hi, just two more items I wanted to pass along today, coming up soon: first is a Healthy Communities Forum on June 18, a discussion about healthy food strategies, and second is an important workshop for anyone facing foreclosure. Please read below, and feel free to pass these along to others who may be interested.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Healthy Communities Forum: Access to Healthy Food–
“Carrots and Sticks on the Menu: Local Strategies to Support Healthy Food Environments”

• Monday, June 18th; 5:30-8:30
Redwood Room, Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center
1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061

Space is limited, light dinner and refreshments provided, no charge, reserve your seat online at www.healthycommunitiesforum.org

Join us for a presentation by Heather Wooten of Changelab Solutions on healthy food and its connection to a sustainable community. Local communities around the Bay Area and across the country are creating innovative policy solutions that promote healthy, local, and sustainable food systems. This talk will highlight some of these exciting strategies, drawing from examples both near and far. Come learn about how your city can promote urban agriculture, healthy restaurants, healthy food retail, and more!

Who should come: Decision makers, community leaders, labor, developers, food advocates, business leaders, environmentalists, health reformers, educators This Forum organized by: Sustainable San Mateo County, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, San Mateo County Health System

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FACING FORECLOSURE? LEARN ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS!

JUNE 20, 2012   9:30-11:30
AM FAIR OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER
2600 MIDDLEFIELD ROAD, REDWOOD CITY, CA

Presentation on:
• THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS AND TIMELINE
• THE DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO YOU
• RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, SUCH AS THE NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

FREE Consultations:
• MEET WITH AN ATTORNEY OR HUD-APPROVED HOUSING COUNSELOR TO DISCUSS YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION AND OPTIONS

Presentation and Consultations provided by: Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) AND Able Works (formerly known as NCUD)

Both CLSEPA and Able Works provide free services for homeowners seeking to modify their mortgage

TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN JUNE 19, 2012 (650) 326-6440 ext. 314

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Udpate on July 4th – Sign Up for Text Alerts!

Good afternoon –

I hope you’re as excited as we are about this year’s fabulous 4th of July event “A Family 4th”

Along with the festival, there’ll be a great parade with a new route in the heart of Downtown, both put on by Peninsula Celebration Association, a carnival at the County parking lot by Woodside Terrace Kiwanis, and the return of the fireworks extravaganza at the Port of Redwood City! Details are at www.parade.org.

And now for something new –  sign up to get the most accurate and up-to-date parking, festival, and fireworks information delivered directly to your cell phone!  Just text the keyword:  RCJULY4  to  888777 and you will automatically be added to the Redwood City 4th of July information group. This group was set up to provide specific 4th of July-related information to subscribing residents, businesses, and visitors. You will not get other notices that you didn’t sign up for – this is ONLY for 4th of July information. Check it out!

Please join in thanking these great sponsors who are helping to bring the fireworks show to the community (this is an updated list):

• Sims Metal Management (our top-level “Red, White, and Blue” Sponsor!) • Lyngso • Cargill Salt • Cemex • One Marina, New Redwood City Housing • Recology San Mateo County • Sares Regis (new sponsor!) • Informatica (new sponsor!) • The Port of Redwood City • The City of Redwood City • Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation • Two anonymous donors

Thanks,

~malcolm

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