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Join Friends of Edgewood for Spider Hike

Good morning –

Here’s another Halloween-themed activity, this has to do with spiders…take a look at the info below from Friends of Edgewood, about their arachnid nature walk.

Thank you,

~ malcolm


Free, Family-Oriented, Docent-led Nature Walk
Spiders! with Jack Owicki and Debbi Brusco
Third Saturday Nature Walk at Edgewood Natural Preserve

Just in time for Halloween, arachnid enthusiasts Debbi Brusco and Jack Owicki will focus on spiders on this 3 hour, three-mile hike.

Saturday, October 20
10 am – 1 pm
6 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City
(just off Edgewood Road, 1 mile east of 280)

Explore the many ways spiders hunt and make homes at Edgewood Park. We’ll discover funnels, turrets, orbs, bowl and doilies, and maybe even trash lines! Great for families, seniors, and the whole family. We’ll teach parents and children to identify poison oak, common along the trails. Visitors can complement their docent-led walk by visiting the new Education Center located near the main entrance. Interactive exhibits explain Edgewood’s connection to the surrounding landscape and its history.

Where to meet:
Walks start from the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center. The parking lot can fill up early. Use extreme care when parking along Edgewood Road. Watch for new “No Parking” signs on Edgewood Road.

What to bring:
Bring water, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a snack if you wish. We don’t stop for lunch, but picnic tables are usually available after the walks in the Old Stage Day Camp area.

Restrooms and water are available only at the main entrance.

No reservations are needed unless you have a group of 10 or more. For group reservations, please email

More Third Saturday Hikes:
Friends of Edgewood’s trained docents guide free nature hikes at 10am on the third Saturday morning of each month. The 3 – 4 mile walks vary according to the docent and the current happenings in the Preserve. For information about upcoming hikes, contact Friends of Edgewood at 866-463-3439,, or


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Pre-Construction Work Begins for Redwood Tower

Good afternoon –

If you’ve been over to Middlefield Road near Theatre Way and the Caltrain station today, you’ve seen the bright yellow construction fencing now installed around parts of the Middlefield Road parking lot, and parts of Middlefield and Winslow Street. This area will be under construction for the next few months, to relocate an underground culvert in order to make room for Redwood City’s next milestone project – Redwood Tower.

There’s a news release online, but I wanted to share with you some of the information in an email so you know what’s going on right away, and what the impacts will be.

The culvert relocation work will continue into spring, 2013 (to be followed by Redwood Tower construction). A couple of the main impacts during this initial culvert relocation phase:

  • Theatre Way is pedestrian-only
  • NO through-traffic for vehicles on Middlefield/Winslow (pedestrians have full access)
  • Only one entrance to the Middlefield parking lot (and loss of some spaces)

If you are driving (or walking) in the area, please be aware of detours, signage, and heavy equipment. Please visit for updated info, artist renderings, and more.

Parking options:

  • Jefferson Avenue underground garage
  • Marshall Street garage
  • Sequoia Station underground garage
  • Middlefield Road parking lot (enter the Middlefield lot only from the entrance nearest to Jefferson).

Ask you friends from the peninsula or south bay to take Caltrain to Redwood City, and enjoy easy pedestrian access to Theatre Way and all of Downtown.

We do apologize for any disruption, dirt, and noise – the end result will be something that the entire community can be proud of. Thank you for patronizing all of our Downtown businesses, and especially these businesses near the construction site: Arya Global Cuisine, Café La Tartine, Century Theatre, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Corner Café, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, LL Brown Jewelers, The Melt (coming soon), Pizza My Heart, Pizza & Pipes, Portobello Grill, Quinto Sol (coming soon), Saba Café, Yoppi Frozen Yogurt.

Thank you,

~ malcolm

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Halloween Spooktakular is October 27!

Good morning –

I know many of you have been waiting for info on this fantastic family Halloween event – it’s the 16th Annual Halloween Spooktakular! Great for kids under 10, and just $5. Please read below for the details.


~ malcolm


The fall season is here, and as the nights get colder and the leaves start to change color, children’s thoughts are turning to…Halloween! And with Halloween comes Redwood City’s 16th annual Halloween Spooktakular!

Saturday, October 27th
Noon to 3 pm
Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Avenue

Spooktakular is suitable for kids up to age ten – admission is just $5 per child.

Carnival games, Costume Parade at 1:30 pm, the mysterious Monster Maze, festive fall crafts, Transylvania Treats, and other fun activities and prizes!

It’s a safe, creative, and festive family Halloween atmosphere. More information is available online at or by calling 650-780-7311.

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1st Coffee with the Cops is This Thursday

Good afternoon – The first “Coffee with the Cops” is scheduled for this Thursday, October 18 from 8 – 9:30 am at Summit Coffee Shop in Roosevelt Plaza.

I’ll be reminding you about these dates, so you can be sure to try and make one of them during the course of October and November. And please note that there are two new dates added, below (Nov. 17 and 20).

This is a great idea by our police department! It’s a series of informal visits at local coffee shops, for officers and a sergeant to meet and talk with neighbors and community members. Just chat, ask questions, and learn about police programs and efforts in your neighborhood. No formal presentations, you are invited to drop in any time during the 90 minutes that police staff are there. For more info, see the news release at Here’s the list of all the Coffee with the Cops events:

  • Summit Coffee Shop, 2137 Roosevelt Avenue (in Roosevelt Plaza) Thursday, October 18th – 8 to 9:30 am
  • 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, 3636 Florence Street (in Marsh Manner 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 o 2 pm
  • Starbucks Coffee, 690 El Camino Real Tuesday, November 20th, 5:30 to 7 pm


~ malcolm

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Zoppé, OktobeRun, Oktoberfest

Good afternoon – the weather is definitely changing…but there’s still plenty of fun to be had this weekend, with a number of great activities! Saturday’s OktobeRun fundraiser and the Oktoberfest on the Square, and the return of Redwood City and peninsula favorite, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus!

Please read below for info and links.


~ malcolm


Zoppé – An Italian Family Circus
Starts today, Friday October 12!

It’s back! Redwood City and peninsula favorite Zoppé brings old world circus charm right to our Downtown, for the entire family to enjoy. A joy for young or old, this circus will bring a smile and a laugh, thrills (and spills!), animals, clowns, acrobats, and more.

This is the remarkable 7th generation of theZoppé family to bring the circus to communities around the world, and Redwood City (where the youngest Zoppé was born “on the road” three years ago!) is one of the circus’ favorite stops.

October 12-21, 2012
Matinee & Evening Showtimes

Buy Tickets NOW – tickets sell fast!

Join the fun! Zoppé brings a spectacular two-hour performances that will enthrall the entire family! The Circus tent is set up next to the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City and will host matinee and evening performances.



This Saturday, October 13 is the 2nd Annual OktobeRun Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, benefit for the Redwood City Education Foundation!

Last year’s inaugural race was one of the first half marathons on the Peninsula in years. The half marathon course is flat, scenic, and mostly off-road, perfect for a personal record. Beginning at historic Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City, runners travel off road and join the Bay Trail by the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge to Redwood Shores and back. The 5K course follows the first part of the longer course and is mostly on city streets.

Weather is likely to be perfect for runners, with moderate and comfortable temperatures.

After the race, runners and their families can stay for a full day of food, drink, and live entertainment at the Peninsula Oktoberfest celebration at Courthouse Square!

All proceeds from the race and festival will go to the Redwood City Education Foundation. The RCEF has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich educational opportunities for the 9,200 students of the Redwood City School District.

Make a donation today! Although the deadline has passed for Family Sponsors to get their names on the T-shirts, we welcome donations of any amount to support our local schools. All donations in excess of the registration fee are tax deductible.


The Third Annual Peninsula Oktoberfest!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
10 am – 6 pm – Courthouse Square in beautiful Downtown Redwood City

Join the fun at this festive Oktoberfest event! Beer, food, music, vendors, kids play area, and more. We invite you to join beer lovers from around the SF Bay Area. Centrally located in City of Redwood City, and adjacent to public transportation, Courthouse Square is easily accessible to everyone from San Francisco, San Jose, the East Bay area and everywhere in between.

Visit for details.

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Open Houses to Learn About After School Programs

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Our Parks Dept and local schools are holding special open houses next Wednesday afternoon/evening, as part of “Lights On Afterschool” – an opportunity for parents (and their kids) to come and check out the kinds of after school programs that are being offered. It’s part of a nationwide effort to bring attention to the need for and value of after school programs. Please read below for the details.


~ malcolm


Lights On Afterschool

On Wednesday, October 17, the seven after school programs of Redwood City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department are holding open houses as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide rally for afterschool programs that is expected to include some 7,500 events around the country this year. In all, a million Americans are expected to join in events across the country to draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs.

In America today 15.1 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. After school programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults.

Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services partners with Redwood City School District to provide after school programs at seven schools – choose the one near you and plan on dropping-in to learn more about after school programs:

~ Lights On Afterschool Events – Wednesday, October 17~

  • Hoover School – 701 Charter Street, 5 -7 pm
  • Selby Lane – 170 Selby Lane, 4 – 6 pm
  • Garfield – 3600 Middlefield Road, 4 – 6 pm
  • John Gill – 555 Avenue del Ora, 4 – 5 pm
  • Henry Ford – 2498 Massachusetts Avenue, 5 – 7 pm
  • Fair Oaks – 2950 Fair Oaks Avenue, 5 – 6:30 pm
  • Hawes – 909 Roosevelt Avenue, 4 -6 pm

For more information, contact Adilah Haqq Smith, Recreation Manager, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 650-780-7315 or More information on the national Lights On Afterschool effort is available at Learn more about all the great programs and activities offered by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at

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Your Invitation to “Coffee with the Cops”

Update: Two new dates added! See below.

Good afternoon – well here’s yet another great innovation by our Police Department!

You already know about all the social media and technology they use to communicate with you, and which helps you to stay informed and get assistance. On the other end of the spectrum is a decidedly low-tech tool – it’s a pilot program called “Coffee with the Cops” and it’s just that! Coffee shop “hours” for officers and a sergeant, designed simply to provide you with an opportunity to sit down and chat. Please read the news release below for all the details, and the schedule for upcoming “Coffee with the Cops.”


~ malcolm


JR Gamez, Redwood City Police Chief

Redwood City Police Department Invites Community to Join Officers for “Coffee with the Cops”

Redwood City, CA – In another innovation to further engage with the public, the Redwood City Police Department is inviting community members to join police staff for “Coffee with the Cops.” This pilot program brings officers and sergeants to a series of sit-down visits at local coffee shops, to meet and talk with neighbors. It’s a great opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn about police programs and efforts in their neighborhoods.

There won’t be any formal presentations – neighbors are invited to drop in any time during the 90 minutes that police staff are there, to chat with an officer who patrols that area. Community members can discuss and learn about neighborhood issues, traffic concerns, crime prevention, and how to get connected to all the great social media and other technological tools the Department uses to communicate with the community, and to help the public access information and assistance.

There are five” Coffee with the Cops” events scheduled, each in a different area of the City. Neighbors are invited to attend the one in their own area, but anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of these informal get-togethers:

Summit Coffee Shop, 2137 Roosevelt Avenue (in Roosevelt Plaza)
Thursday, October 18th – 8 to 9:30 am

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, 3636 Florence Street (in Marsh Manner Plaza)
Thursday, November 8th – 8 to 9:30 am

Bagel Street Café, 254 Redwood Shores Parkway (in Market Place Shopping Center, Redwood Shores)
Tuesday, November 6th – 8 to 9:30 am

Peet’s Coffee, 2600 Broadway
Saturday, November 17th – 12:30 o 2 pm

Starbucks Coffee, 690 El Camino Real
Tuesday, November 20th, 5:30 to 7 pm

The Redwood City Police Department’s website is Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services. Subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting


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2 School Events – North Star’s “Henry V” and Taft Community Fair

North Star Academy performs:
Shakespeare’s Henry V October 18-21
North Star Academy, a Redwood City public school serving gifted and high achieving children in grades 3-8 and recently nominated to be National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, is proud to present Henry V by William Shakespeare.

Henry V is the rousing tale of the 26 year old Henry taking the reins of power and his campaign to become the King of France, as well as England. The play is directed by Neva Hutchinson who has been recognized by the Folger Shakespeare Library and has taught and produced the Bard’s plays for over two decades. This production has been edited for length and age appropriateness and is suitable for all children.

The cast includes over 60 youth actors, sword fighters and dancers, period costumes and live music by the North Star Youth Orchestra.  See the You Tube Henry V commercial

Show times: Evening performances are on October 18, 19, and 20 at 7pm; and a Sunday matinee on October 21 at 2pm

Location: McKinley Auditorium at 400 Duane Street, Redwood City, 94062

Tickets: Advanced reserved seating tickets are $8 on Thursday 10/18 and Sunday 10/21 for Seniors and Students under 18, adults are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Friday 10/19 and Saturday 10/20, all tickets are $12 advance and $14 at the door.

Visit for more information.


Taft Community Fair

You are invited to the annual Taft Community Fair, where you and your family will enjoy great food, entertainment, community info and lots of fun, while helping to raise funds for Taft Community School.

Saturday, October 20, from noon to 4 pm, at Taft Community School, 903 10th Avenue Redwood City. Entrance is FREE!

This is a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with resources both within and outside their local community. Proceeds from purchases at the fair will go directly towards purchasing materials and funding field trips for Taft students. There’ll be jumpers, face painting, games, ice cream, a cake walk, tacos, tamales, pozole, corn on the cob, cotton candy, popsicles and lots of great performances throughout the day. Music will be provided by DJ Bay Boss Luis Rodriguez and performances include students from Mrs. Morales dance group, Zumba, Mexico Vivo!, Community Street Jam, PAL Karate and Salto Norteno.

Taft Community School is dedicated to providing a quality education to all students. We currently serve 570 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Within our student population 76% are English Language Learners, 100% are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals, and 57% come from homes in which the parent did not graduate from high school.

This fundraiser is a wonderful way to support these students and help them to gain the education they need to continue successfully in school, and in life.

For more information contact Esmeralda Martin, Taft Community School Coordinator, 650.569.3868 X306

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Apply for Architectural Advisory Committee!

Good afternoon –

I’d like to let you know about a great opportunity to serve your community: one seat is available on Redwood City’s Architectural Advisory Committee, to be appointed by the Planning Commission.

Please note that 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 that qualification, and you have a strong desire and willingness to work diligently on behalf of the community, then I really encourage you to apply.

The application deadline is 5 pm, Monday, November 12, 2012. You can apply online by going to, or call 650-780-7220 to request an application. The final appointment is expected to be made later this year. Applicants meeting the professional qualifications will be invited for oral interviews. 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 – advisory committees like this one serve an essential function in helping to manage the significant issues our community faces. 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.

Again, applicants for the Architectural Advisory Committee must be licensed architects or landscape architects. Please visit for the details and to apply.


~ malcolm

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Your Invitation to “History Makers Dinner”

Good morning –

Many of you have visited the wonderful San Mateo County History Museum downtown, and enjoyed the many beautiful and informative displays and exhibits, which help bring our region’s history to life. Brought to you by the San Mateo County Historical Association, this is a true gem in our community, and I want to let you know of an opportunity for you to be involved in supporting its programs. Please read below about the History Makers 2012 Dinner, honoring Willie Mays. And be sure to visit the Museum on Courthouse Square!


~ malcolm


San Mateo County Historical Association’s
History Makers 2012 Dinner

You’re invited to the San Mateo County Historical Association’s History Makers 2012 Dinner, to both honor a local legend and help support the Association’s programs.

This year we will be honoring baseball legend Willie Mays who has been a resident of the Peninsula since 1969. We honor Willie Mays for his activities as a concerned citizen of San Mateo County with charitable interests across our country. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be San Francisco Giants baseball announcer Jon Miller.

The History Makers Dinner is a benefit for the San Mateo County Historical Association, and is an annual event that recognizes an individual and/or a family who has made significant contributions to California history and beyond.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hotel Sofitel 223 Twin Dolphin Drive | Redwood City, CA 94065


The event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, film presentation and Live Auction. Live Auction and Fund-a- Need to support education and public programs of the San Mateo County Historical Association.
Tickets ~ $175
This is also an opportunity to become more involved, as a History Makers Sponsor. There are many levels available, from “Museum Master” and “Grand Historian,” to “Historian,” “Benefactor,” and “Friend.”
For more information call 650.299.0104, ext. 229 or see the History Makers Dinner web page. View the invitation here. Visit the San Mateo County History Museum’s website here.

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