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Art on the Square Begins…”Take a Hike” Continues!

Good morning –

Here are two items for your weekend! First, the world-famous (well, almost world-famous!) Art on the Square starts tomorrow night, Friday, June 15. And, San Mateo County’s “Take a Hike” program continues with a hike a Edgewood Park on Saturday, June 16. Please read on!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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ART ON THE SQUARE 2012 STARTS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City.  Complementing Music on the Square and the PAL Blues Festival, Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and more at prices for every budget.  And at each show you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate good to use in any artist’s booth.   Art on the Square 2012 dates & times: • Fri 6/15, 5 – 8:30 pm with Music on the Square featuring Santana tribute band, Caravanserai • Fri 7/13, 5 – 8:30 pm with Music on the Square featuring Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks tribute band, Bella Donna • Sat 7/28, 11 am – 8 pm with the PAL Blues Festival featuring eight great blues bands • Fri 8/24, 5 – 8:30 pm with Music on the Square featuring Pop/Soul band, Pride & Joy

For more information go to www.redwoodcityevents.com or email Art on the Square at ArtontheSquare@sbcglobal.net.

****************** San Mateo County Take a Hike Continues – This Saturday Features Edgewood Park

San Mateo County invites you to join the 2012 Take A Hike program, which continues this Saturday, June 16, 9 am at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City.

The Preserve is located on Edgewood Road in Redwood City near Highway 280. Easy access to the Preserve makes it a wonderful get-away for hikers, joggers and native plant enthusiasts. The Park’s grassland are famous for their magnificent springtime wildflower displays and draws visitors from throughout the Bay Area.

It’s hard to imagine that in the early 1980s, the Park’s 467 acres of woodland and grasslands were slated to be the site of a golf course. Approximately 480 different plants have been identified in the Preserve and 75 percent of these are natives. Two plant species are endangered: San Mateo Thornmint and the white-rayed pentachaeta. In Edgewood you will find the state rock (serpentine), the state flower (poppy) and quail, the state bird.

This month, Take A Hike will offer at least two hike options accompanied by the insights of Park rangers and Edgewood volunteer docents. After the hike, visitors are invited to visit the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center, the recent recipient of a Sustainable San Mateo County Green Building Honors Award for a public project. Interactive exhibits that help is located at the Park’s main entrance. The Center is a wonderful setting to learn about the preserve and its unique natural features before you head out for a hike.

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. Enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie of family and friends while increasing your activity level. Learn about the history of our local parks as staff and volunteers guide you along picturesque trails.

For driving directions and additional park information, visit www.SMCoParks.org/. For more information, find us on Facebook, visit www.SMCoParks.org/TakeAHike, or call (650) 599-1009.    Take A Hike 2012 Schedule:

• 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)

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