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2 Important Items – Career Education Workshop; Clocks, Smoke Alarms, Disaster Prep

Hi, here are two big items you may find of interest! Read first about this upcoming free workshop about how your can advance your career through education (workshop brought to you by the Redwood City Public Library), then read the reminder to change your smoke/CO alarm batteries when you change your clock this weekend, plus some good disaster preparation links!

thanks,

~ malcolm

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ADVANCING YOUR CAREER THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
10am – noon
Redwood City Downtown Library
1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

FREE!

10am – Presentation: How Furthering Your Education Can Advance Your Job Search
11am – Panel of Educational Providers

In this career presentation, you will:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of education strategies for your career plan
  • Hear and interact with a panel of local educational providers
  • Learn how their specific programs are unique
  • Learn about the application process and how to pay for tuition
  • Develop an education plan that will further your career goals
  • An opportunity to network about your future in a supportive environment

And, you will learn and discuss:

  • Why Consider Advancing your education and what are your options?
  • How do you determine your potential time commitment?
  • What are two very important considerations you should make before choosing a school or program?
  • Are online classes right for you?

The 11 am Panel of Educational Providers includes representatives from:

Cañada College
Notre Dame de Namur University
Skyline College
UC Berkeley Extension

For more information and to register visit www.phase2careers.org

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Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 am, and that means our clocks will be set back an hour (“fall back”).

I will take this opportunity to let you know that it’s a good time to test smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) alarms in your home, and replace batteries if needed. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) points out that two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms (or no working smoke alarms). That’s one key reason it’s important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. The CPSC recommends families have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

CO is called the “invisible killer” – it is a poisonous gas which is colorless and odorless, and because of this people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills. It’s very important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area. And by the way, as of July 1, 2011,  CO detectors are required in nearly all California homes (combination smoke/CO alarms are available).

And as long as we’re on the subject of disastrous fires, the Redwood City Fire Department would like to remind you that disaster preparation is something that everyone should think about – and now is a good time!

Disaster can strike quickly, without warning, and with devastating consequences. Preparing your family and home for a possible disaster – earthquake, flood, or fire, for example – can make a life-or-death difference.

The Redwood City Fire Department offers information and tips for disaster preparedness at  www.redwoodcity.org/disasterprep. There, you’ll find links and tips on putting together emergency kits, creating a disaster plan for your family, and more.

Plus, be sure to sign up for Redwood City’s CodeRED emergency notification system at www.redwoodcity.org/codered, and consider organizing a free Are You Ready? two-hour emergency preparedness workshop for your group of 20 or more

In the event of a major disaster, public safety personnel will be on the scene but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to ensure the safety of your family, home, and business is to be well-prepared before disaster strikes.

Ok, so there are three great disaster prep things for you: check your smoke/CO alarms, sign up for CodeRED, and consider an Are You Ready? workshop.

 

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Clocks, Smoke Alarms, and Disaster Prep

Good morning –

I probably don’t need to remind you, but Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 am, and that means our clocks will be set back an hour (“fall back”).

I will take this opportunity to let you know that it’s a good time to test smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) alarms in your home, and replace batteries if needed. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) points out that two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms (or no working smoke alarms). That’s one key reason it’s important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. The CPSC recommends families have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

CO is called the “invisible killer” – it is a poisonous gas which is colorless and odorless, and because of this people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills. It’s very important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area. And by the way, as of July 1, 2011,  CO detectors are required in nearly all California homes (combination smoke/CO alarms are available).

And as long as we’re on the subject of disastrous fires, the Redwood City Fire Department would like to remind you that disaster preparation is something that everyone should think about – and now is a good time!

Disaster can strike quickly, without warning, and with devastating consequences. Preparing your family and home for a possible disaster – earthquake, flood, or fire, for example – can make a life-or-death difference.

The Redwood City Fire Department offers information and tips for disaster preparedness at  www.redwoodcity.org/disasterprep. There, you’ll find links and tips on putting together emergency kits, creating a disaster plan for your family, and more.

Plus, be sure to sign up for Redwood City’s CodeRED emergency notification system at www.redwoodcity.org/codered, and consider organizing a free Are You Ready? two-hour emergency preparedness workshop for your group of 20 or more

In the event of a major disaster, public safety personnel will be on the scene but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to ensure the safety of your family, home, and business is to be well-prepared before disaster strikes.

Ok, so there are three great disaster prep things for you: check your smoke/CO alarms, sign up for CodeRED, and consider an Are You Ready? workshop.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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2 events this Saturday

Good afternoon –

Here are two events taking place on Saturday, perhaps one or both will be of interest! One is an opportunity to go to one of the first craft fairs of the season (!), as a benefit for SEPTAR, and the other is a fun “Truck Day” event for kids to get an up-close view of their favorite vehicles, including Redwood City police and fire vehicles – a benefit for Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Holiday Craft Fair

Benefiting SEPTAR – Special Education Parent Teacher Association of Redwood City

Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 am to 3 pm
Location: Redwood City Women’s Club
149 Clinton Street, Redwood City

Crafters! Start your holiday selling early and build a new holiday tradition.  Shoppers! Plan for a fun day of early shopping, with refreshments, at the beautiful, historic Redwood City Woman’s Club (RCWC). The Holiday Craft Fair features our favorite local crafters, jewelers, artists, and bakers!

Proceeds benefit the SEPTAR Special Education PTA and the RCWC.

More information at  www.septar.org.

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Truck Day Gives Kids an Up-Close Look at Great Vehicles

Benefits Nonprofit Bright Horizons Foundation for Children 

“Truck Day” will feature dozens of trucks of all sorts, from Fire Trucks and SWAT vehicles to Monster Trucks and classic cars. Kids of all ages will have the chance to get an up close look at some of their favorite trucks, and even climb and crawl around some of them. FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
10 am – 2 pm
Bright Horizons Preschool
403 Winslow Street Redwood City

In addition to exploring the vehicles on site, additional activities will include: face painting, truck washing station, and truck-theme craft activities. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

More information on Truck Day is available by calling 650-363-4939 or emailin Allison.rock@brighthorizons.com.

All proceeds benefit the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization focused on brightening the lives of children and families in crisis. The Foundation’s goal is to make the world a better place by creating comforting spaces for children in crisis to grow and play, strengthening families, supporting our communities, sharing knowledge, and encouraging others to help make a difference. Additional donations are welcome. More information is at www.brighthorizonsfoundation.org.

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children was founded in 1999 to help forward the vision of Bright Horizons Family Solutions to brighten the lives of children, youth, and families in crisis.

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Pete’s Harbor – Setting the Record Straight

Good afternoon – we just posted the information below on the City’s website, under the “Setting the Record Straight” link, and thought you might find it of interest. By the way, we’re also posting staff reports and other information on the Pete’s Harbor proposal at www.redwoodcity.org/petesharbor.

thanks,

~ malcolm

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On October 24, 2012, an opinion piece was posted on the Redwood City Patch website, concerning the proposed development at Pete’s Harbor. This article contained a number of inaccurate statements about the City’s work toward an “Inner Harbor Precise Plan.”

The Inner Harbor Precise Plan we are contemplating does not include Pete’s Harbor. The area under consideration for this precise plan includes the Docktown Marina, the County Women’s Jail facility, a homeless shelter, the City’s Police headquarters, the planned County Jail, Bair Island Aquatic Center, and several vacant properties owned by the City (see map).

The purpose of the City Council’s initial discussion of an Inner Harbor Precise Plan, at their meeting of June 25, 2012, was to provide staff with general guidance as to the desired public process for developing the precise plan for that area. As a bayside property, Pete’s Harbor is considered a stakeholder in the process – but that property does not lie within the boundaries of the contemplated precise plan. At that meeting, it was stated that it would take at least a year to produce a precise plan. That estimate for completion, as a minimum, still stands.

The June 25, 2012 Inner Harbor Precise Plan staff report, as well as minutes and video from that City Council meeting, are available online (scroll down to the June 25 meeting and select Agenda, Minutes, or Video).

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Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos – November 2 Celebration!

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Here’s something for your calendar – you’re invited to join the celebration of Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, on Friday, November 2 at 6 pm, in front of the Downtown library. Traditional Dia de los Muertos food, face painting, ceremonial altars, floor mural, vendors, and kids’ activities. Please read below for info on this celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Library Foundation and the Redwood City Public Library.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration!

The Redwood City Library Foundation and Circulo Cultural are pleased to invite you to join us as we celebrate “Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos.”

Friday, November 2, 2012
6 PM   Welcome speech; Procession begins at 7 pm
Redwood City Downtown Library
1044 Middlefield Road

SPECIAL GUEST: Alicia Aguirre – Redwood City Mayor

As part of this celebration guest artist Luis Pinedo will display an art installation at the Redwood City Art Center located at 2625 Broadway Street on View from October 16th till Nov. 3rd.Attendees can enjoy the ceremonial altars created by Redwood City residents, local crafts people demonstrating and selling wares, a procession, catrinas face painting, children’s activities, music and food throughout the evening. There will be several booth vendors of traditional Día De los Muertos food such as, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, tamales and more!

Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead is a cultural event celebrated in the Latin American countries in commemoration and remembering of the loved ones who passed away and whose spirits visit the Earth once a year. On November 2,  Mexican families go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their relatives, clean and sometimes paint the grave, place flowers and light candles. Also at home, Mexican families make special altars dedicated to dead relatives. The altars range from simple to very elaborate, often full of pleasure objects giving life to their dead relatives, including food and favorite drink. The altars dedicated to the souls of dead children include toys, candy and other goodies.

The community is invited to build Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead altars for a special Altar Exhibit at the Redwood City Downtown Library. Those interested in creating an altar should contact Connie Guerrero (650) 465-2024, Veronica Escamez (650) 346-8468, or Maria Kramer (650)780-7043, or email circulocultural09@gmail.com. The Altar Exhibit will be at the Redwood City Main Library, from November 2 through Sunday, November 4.

The Día de los Muertos event is sponsored by Circulo Cultural, Redwood City Library Foundation, Federacion Jaliscience, Chavez Market,  Paula & Peter Ucelli Foundation, Community Consultants Group, Nuri’s Donut House, Swinerton Management & Consulting, N4 Design Lab, and the Redwood City Public Library.

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Coffee with the Cops, & Friends of the Library Book Sale

Hi, here are two items for you, that I think you’ll find of interest. One is a reminder about Monday’s 2nd “Coffee with the Cops’ and the others about the Friends of the Redwood City Library’s great Halloween book sales!

thanks,

~ malcolm

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Coffee with the Cops

Last week’s “Coffee with the Cops” was a great success, with lots of people dropping in to the Summit Coffee Shop to chat with officers about neighborhood issues, traffic concerns, crime prevention, all of the PD’s great social media and other technological tools, and how to best access information and assistance.

The second “Coffee with the Cops” is scheduled for Monday, October 29 from 8 – 9:30 am at Breakers Café in Woodside Plaza.

For more info, please see the news release.

Here’s the schedule for all the upcoming Coffee with the Cops events:

  • Breakers Café, 270 Woodside Plaza, Woodside Road
    Monday, October 29th – 8 to 9:30 am
  • Back Yard Coffee Company, 965 Brewster Avenue
    Tuesday, November 6th – 8 to 9:30 am
  • Starbucks, 995 Marsh Road (corner of Florence St., Marsh Manor Plaza)
    Thursday, November 8th – 8 to 9:30 am
  • Bagel Street Café, 254 Redwood Shores Parkway (in Market Place Shopping Center,      Redwood Shores)
    Wednesday, November 14th – 8 to 9:30 am
  • Peet’s Coffee, 2600 Broadway
    Saturday, November 17th – 12:30 to 2 pm
  • Starbucks, 490 El Camino Real
    Tuesday, November 20th, 5:30 to 7 pm

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Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

Here is an update from the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library -their annual Halloween Feature is happening now in the bookstore at the Downtown Library. There are loads of scary reads for sale along with fun children’s books. This sale is very popular so visit the Bookstore asap!

Additionally, both of their sale carts contain a crazy mix of books ranging from 50 cents to $2. You’ll be amazed at the deals to be had – poetry, memoirs, how-to, history, cook books, young adult and other books covering a wide range of topics. Visit the Friends of the Library bookstore, and start thinking about holiday gifts…

Don’t forget, the Friends also have a booth at the Kiwanis Farmer’s Market Downtown every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to Noon through the end of November.

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Survey Request from San Mateo County Parks

Good afternoon – San Mateo County has asked if I would send out information on a  survey they’re doing about County Parks, as part of their five year strategic planning process. Below is the information from San Mateo County Parks, along with a link to their survey – I hope you can take just a few minutes to help by filling it out. Note that the survey deadline is October 28.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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San Mateo County Parks is undertaking a strategic planning process to ensure that our vision for our park system remains relevant and sets priorities for the next five years.

As we look forward to 2018, we would like to hear from you about your experience in our parks and how you would like to use our parks in the future. In addition, we hope that you will take a few minutes to rank your priorities for our parks over the next five years.

Completing the survey takes approximately five minutes, and can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMCParks2018

Please complete the survey by October 28, 2012.

Thank you for taking a few minutes of your valuable time to help us improve San Mateo County Parks and better meet your needs.

 

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Narnia – The Musical, Featuring Students from Throughout the County

Good morning – here’s a really fun activity for the whole family, coming up in early November. It’s the Bay Area Educational Theater Company’s presentation of Narnia, The Musical, featuring kids from schools throughout the county. Please read below for details!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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The nonprofit Bay Area Educational Theater Company invites you to their joyous interpretation of one of the most beloved childhood stories of all time: C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

Narnia
The Musical

  • Fridays, November 2 & November 9: 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays, November 3 & November 10: 2:00 pm
  • Sundays, November 4 & November 11:  2:00 pm

School Groups Special Show Dates:

  • Friday, November 2, 2012  10:00am
  • Thursday, November 8, 2012  6:00pm (benefits charity)

Location: Cañada College Main Stage Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

Tickets and more information: www.bayareaetc.org or email tickets@bayareaetc.org or narnia@bayareaetc.org

Four children from our world find a portal that leads them into the magical land of Narnia, where brave mythical creatures and intelligent talking animals live unhappily in a perpetual winter imposed by the evil White Witch. The children embark on a quest with the great lion ruler of Narnia, King Aslan, to defeat the White Witch and bring life and joy back to the land while discovering courage, selflessness and wisdom within themselves.

Narnia bursts with song, from the excitement of the opening number, “Aslan’s on the Move,” to the beauty of “Narnia (You Can’t Imagine),” you and your children’s spirits will soar with all the good Narnians.

Featuring Bay Area performers ages 6-18 representing dozens of San Mateo County schools (as well as some theater-loving adults!).

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Reminder: Apply for Architectural Advisory Committee

Good afternoon –

REMINDER: Redwood City is seeking applicants for appointment to one available seat on the Architectural Advisory Committee (to be appointed by the Planning Commission).

Members of the Architectural Advisory Committee are required to be licensed architects or landscape architects, residing or working in the City of Redwood City or its sphere of influence (as described in the City’s General Plan).

If you meet the qualifications and have a strong desire and willingness to work diligently on behalf of the community, then please apply!

The application deadline is 5 pm, Monday, November 12, 2012. Go to www.redwoodcity.org/clerks, or call 650-780-7220 to request an application. The appointment is expected to be made later this year. This seat will expire on May 31, 2016.

If you think you can offer new perspectives and ideas, and contribute to the City’s discussions and decisions on a variety of substantial matters, then please consider applying. Your ability to build consensus, willingness to offer thoughtful, productive recommendations, and motivation to be prepared, informed, and engaged in the committee’s work are all critical factors contributing to being appointed.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

 

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Events, and Construction Reminder

Good afternoon, and happy Friday!

Here’s a brief recap of what’s going on this weekend, and another reminder about  Downtown construction on Middlefield near Theatre Way.

First, see www.redwoodcity.org/RedwoodTower for information about the culvert relocation project now underway on Middlefield near Theatre Way. And please be sure to visit and support these businesses near that location (these and all businesses Downtown are OPEN during construction!):

Arya Global Cuisine
Cafe La Tartine
Century Theatre
Chipotle Mexican Grill
The Corner Cafe
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Pizza My Heart
Pizza & Pipe
Portobello Grill
Quinto Sol (coming soon)
Saba Cafe
The Melt (coming soon
Yoppi Frozen Yogurt
LL Brown Jewelers

Here are a few quick points to remember:

Detour: While the culvert relocation is going on, there is no through-traffic for vehicles on Middlefield/Winslow near Theatre Way (pedestrians have full access). Theatre Way will be pedestrian only, Monday-Friday.

Parking: Although some parking spaces in the Middlefield lot are lost due to construction, there are still about 200 available there; enter the Middlefield lot ONLY from the southern entrance, near Jefferson. Plenty of other parking options (see map): the Jefferson Avenue underground garage, the Marshall Street garage, and the Sequoia Station underground garage.

Shuttle: The Climate Best Express offers on-demand service within a certain service area boundary (see map), including Downtown, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (24 hour advance reservation required – call 650-248-9643).

And finally, some activities to remind you about:

Faces of Our Community – remarkable photo display representing the diversity of Redwood City. Open tonight, Friday, October 19, 5 – 7 pm; The Gallery Annex, 2115 Broadway (next to the Old Spaghetti Factory). Coordinated by Redwood City Together and Redwood City 2020.

Spiders! Nature walk at Edgewood Natural preserve with Jack Owicki and Debbi Brusco. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, 10 am – 1 pm, 6 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City (just off Edgewood Road, 1 mile east of 280). For information contact Friends of Edgewood at 866-463-3439,  events@friendsofedgewood.org or www.friendsofedgewood.org.

Zoppé – An Italian Family Circus, on now through October 21, under the tent next to the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Matinee & evening showtimes – more info is online.

Thank you,

~ malcolm

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