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Upcoming Events & Activities!

Good morning – happy Friday!

Here is a handful of events and activities coming up that you may want to check out:

1. Reminder: “Reading is So Delicious” Kick-Off Party is Tomorrow, June 15

2. Reminder: CityTrees Planting/Pruning Event Tomorrow, June 15

3. The Next Chief’s Town Hall Meeting is next week – June 19

4. More Library Stuff: two outstanding Meet the Author Events, June 20 and June 26

5. Reminder: Vote for Your Favorite Arts & Olive Fest Poster before June 24

6. Redwood City Recognized as “2013 Playful City USA”


~ malcolm


Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party!

Join the fun TOMORROW at the Downtown Library at the Fantastic Kick-Off Celebration for Redwood City Public Library’s “Reading is So Delicious” Summer Reading Club program!

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15th, 2013 11 am – 2 pm Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road Three hours of fun and games with prizes,  crafts, books, Daffy Dave, Bubblemania, and food! All are welcome, and  it’s a chance to sign up to read or listen to books this summer and get  prizes from the library.

Your Library is helping to fight Summer Brain Drain by offering a multitude of fun incentives and family programs to keep everyone reading all summer long! The Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Club starts this month – it helps kids keep their reading skills sharp during the summer!

For more info on TOMORROW’s BIG BLAST and the Summer Reading Club see this news release, or visit



CityTrees Presents a Great Planting/Tree Care Event!

Join CityTrees for their last planting and tree care event of the season:

Saturday, June 15th 

9 am

No experience necessary! Help green and beautify our city.

We’ll be planting 20 trees in the area of Madison, Ruby, and Topaz, plus pruning ones we’ve planted in prior years. Tools and refreshments provided. Look for our canopy on the Vera side of Roosevelt Elementary School towards Alameda.

Go to for details and to sign up.


Chief’s Town Hall Meeting Next Week 

The Redwood City Police and Fire Department are hosting a series of Town Hall-style community meetings, to talk with neighbors, answer questions, and provide information about public safety for our community. The theme of this year’s Town Hall meetings is: “Residents and Public Safety working in partnership to improve our neighborhoods.”

The next Chief’s Town Hall Meeting is next week:
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7-8:30 pm
Peninsula Covenant Church

3560 Farm Hill  Blvd

For more information about this great community safety/engagement program, including the schedule for future Town Hall Meetings and monthly Coffee with the Cops events, please read the news release.


Redwood City Library Presents Two Outstanding “Meet the Author Events” in June!

Meet the Author – Beth Barany
Start Your Writer’s Adventure – Write Your Book in 2013

Thursday, June 20 * 7:00 PM
Downtown Library Community Room  – 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

In this presentation by Beth Barany, Creativity Coach and award-winning writer (Uncover the 12 Stages to Writing Your Book and The Writer’s Adventure Guide)

  • Get clear on your Big WHY for writing your book
  • Rediscover your passion for writing
  • Forge a clear path from inspiration to completion


Meet the Author – Tim J. Myers
Author of Dear Beast Loveliness: Poems of the Body

Wednesday, June 26 * 7:00 pm
Downtown Library Fireplace Room, 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

These meditations on the blessed carcass move us from bed nest to city street, from cellular self to divine sensation. How do we humans recognize who we are in Vietnam, in Rwanda, on a back porch where rain softly falls? Through the body, says Myers, through the body.” – Rebekah Bloyd, author of Seabook  

Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and university lecturer. He’s been nominated for two Pushcarts, won a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has two books of poetry and 11 children’s books out, and has published much other poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His Glad to Be Dad reached #5 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Fatherhood.”

Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Don’t forget to…

Cast Your Vote in the Arts & Olive Fest Poster Contest!

Deadline is June 24

View and Vote at

The poster contest for the annual Arts & Olive Festival at Cañada College is nearing the deadline! Each year the college holds a contest for its design students to choose a promotional poster for the upcoming festival. This year, 21 students from Cañada’s multimedia classes have submitted designs.

Now it’s up to the Redwood City Community to help pick a winner!  

You can view the posters online at From there, you can email your vote for up to four options. The competition will run through Friday, June 24.   This year’s Arts & Olive Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 am to 5 pm. The festival features live music, dancing, and more than 80 vendors featuring some of the region’s top olive and olive oil experts. The festival began in 1998 as part of Cañada’s 30th anniversary celebration and has grown into the school’s largest scholarship fundraising event. All proceeds from the festival are used to provide scholarships for students.
For more information, visit


Redwood City Recognized as “2013 Playful City USA” by Nationwide Non-Profit Group, KaBOOM!

Redwood City is proud to announce that it has earned national recognition as a 2013 Playful City USA community, presented by nationwide non-profit park and play advocate, KaBOOM! This is a national awards program honoring cities and towns determined to prioritize play and ensure that children are healthy by providing the time and space for play. For 2013, KaBOOM! designated 217 cities across the country, including Redwood City,  as a Playful City USA community, for each city’s efforts to increase play opportunities for children.
Redwood City was recognized by KaBOOM! for its devotion to children’s athletics, recreation, and providing opportunities for play, as well as for making a commitment to play and physical activity toward increasing the quantity and quality of play in our community. With this recognition, Redwood City serves as role models for other communities and illustrates that enhancing children’s well-being by increasing the opportunity for play is an attainable goal for every community, even in difficult budget times.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is important to healthy brain development and allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generations in part because only 20-percent live within walking distance of a park or playground. This Play Deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically as well as mentally and socially because children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy.
A key platform in combating the Play Deficit is Playful City USA, a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children. KaBOOM!, the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the Play Deficit by ensuring their children have the time and space they need to play.


In addition to this year’s honor, Redwood City was selected in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for its outstanding dedication to play, and its efforts to provide safe and enriching places for kids to play by creating joint-use agreements with local schools. The City is able to offer after-school programming and increase access to other recreational facilities. Visit Redwood City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services web page at More information about KaBOOM! and the Playful City program is available at


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