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Posted 9/24/2016


Brisbane’s 55th Anniversary Party
Sat., Oct. 1st, 6:30-10:30pm
at Mission Blue Center
Dancing, Appetizers, Dessert and more!


Underwater Pumpkin Patch
Brisbane Community Pool
Saturday, Oct 8th, 1:00-3:00pm


Posted 9/21/2016


Underwater Pumpkin Patch
Brisbane Community Pool
Saturday, Oct 8th, 1:00-3:00pm


10th Annual Brisbane Derby
Saturday, September 24th
8:00am – Noon
Come Cheer on the Racers!


Posted 9/20/2016


30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am - 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!

Day in the Park Run-Down!

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There are a lot of changes this year for the City's Day in the Park Festival, taking place on the LAST SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.  That's right, instead of the traditional 1st Saturday in October (which is the City's 55th Anniversary Celebration), the 30th Annual Day in the Park Festival will be happening on Saturday, September 24th from 8am - 3pm.  And there is so much fun to be had between those hours!  Because of all the activities and new additions this year, we wanted you to have the day-of schedule well in advance to acquaint yourself with the day's layout and festivities.  There will also be hardcopies available the day-of.  Note: if you happened to miss the New Brisbane Library Meeting where the current concept designs were shown, don't worry, they will also be on display at the Day in the Park.  Click on the brochure cover below to see what else will be filling the Community Park and Old County Rd. that day!

St. Vincent de Paul Book Drive

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St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) was founded in 1933 in San Mateo County with the initiative of helping the poor.  They currently have a campaign called Books 4 Hope, with a goal of bringing in 1 million books by next year.  How do they do this?  They host citywide drives for people to come and donate their books.  For every book SVDP is able to sell, whether online or in their stores, SVDP is able to provide approximately 3 meals to individuals in need. 

On the weekend of October 8 & 9, from 9am-4pm each day, representatives from St. Vincent de Paul will be on-site at the Christmas Tree Lot (corner of Old County Rd. & Bayshore Blvd.) for their Brisbane Book Drive.  Let’s help them make their goal!  If you would like to volunteer on either day of the book drive, or if you have any questions, please contact Kristen Trojel at (408) 420-0307.

Council Commencing Baylands Review

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The City Council will commence its review of the Baylands project and related EIR on Thursday, September 29, 2016 (Council's 9/16/16 Notice of Public Hearing).  The first meeting will be a workshop providing an overview of the Council’s review process, the project components, EIR, and Planning Commission recommendation.  Please visit the Baylands Council Proceedings webpage to review their schedule. - See more at: http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-information#sthash.rHGXqSfR.dpuf

The City Council will commence its review of the Baylands project and related EIR on Thursday, September 29, 2016 (Council's 9/16/16 Notice of Public Hearing).  The first meeting will be a workshop providing an overview of the Council’s review process, the project components, EIR, and Planning Commission recommendation.  Please visit the Baylands Council Proceedings page to review their schedule.

Baylands Hearing page has been created for the public to view both Planning Commission and City Council schedules and correspondence.  To go directly to posted written comments to the City Council, a Baylands City Council Correspondence page has also been created.  This page will be updated on a continual basis.

Climate Fact #37

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading and links: 

Rooftop Solar Panels: Benefits, Costs and Smart policies

Bay Area SunShares website

October 8th workshop registration

Caltrain Construction Work

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Since April of 2015, Caltrain has been performing work within the railroad right-of-way in Brisbane as part of the Advanced Signal System Project to upgrade the safety, performance, and operating efficiency of the Peninsula’s commuter rail system. 

On September 17 – 18 and September 20 – 23, Caltrain will be conducting safety tests on the corridor as part of the final phase of implementing the Advanced Signal System Project.  To test the Advanced Signal System, including the roadway crossings, a test train will run through the corridor between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Tests are conducted at night to avoid disruption of most of regular train service and properly record the results.  Neighbors may experience standard gate crossing noise and horns during this time and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Advanced Signal System, also called Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS) Positive Train Control (PTC) will equip the corridor with federally-mandated safety technology and increase system capacity to help accommodate future ridership demand. The Project will monitor and, if necessary, control train movement in the event of human error. This will increase safety by:

  • Eliminating the risk of train-to-train collisions
  • Reducing risk of potential derailments by enforcing speed limits
  • Providing additional safety for railroad workers on the tracks
  • Improving grade crossing performance to reduce gate downtime and improve local traffic circulation

The CBOSS PTC system is scheduled to be operational by 2015 and is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will electrify the Caltrain Corridor by 2019.  An electrified Caltrain will be cleaner and quieter and will upgrade the system to provide faster and/or more frequent service to more stations and riders.

To implement the CBOSS PTC system, there are several installation phases (boring, conduit, fiber pulling, testing) that will occur within Caltrain's right-of-way, usually at night (8pm to 6am) in order to maintain regular train service.  Testing of the fiber cable and the overall system is scheduled for spring 2015.  Residents may experience some minor installation noise during this time.  For more information, please view the Caltrain's CBOSS PTC Project page or contact Caltrain at (650) 508-6499; e-mail: caltrainptc@samtrans.com .

Climate Fact #36

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Tthe Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats

Brisbane's Sustainability Framework

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In November 2015 the Brisbane City Council officially accepted the Sustainability Framework for the Baylands (http://brisbaneca.org/baylands-sustainability-framework), a document that was the product of five years of effort by the Baylands Sustainability Committee, multiple drafts and numerous rounds of community review and feedback.  We wanted to share with you this article, which was recently featured in Western City, the monthly magazine of the League of California Cities (notably, this article appeared as part of an issue that was centered around the topic of Sustainability).  We are excited to see the Framework and its 10 principles being shared with other cities in the state!

Airport Roundtable Response

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This attachment to the Roundtable’s response to the FAA Initiative is to expand on information in the letter to the FAA, detailing specific procedure operations as they fly today and any changes the Roundtable is requesting.

Each of the “Attachments” has the following sections:

  • Description – details the procedure(s) as they are flown today
  • Primarily Impacted Cities – notes the cities that are most directly under the flight path(s) of the procedures being described.
  • Noise Issues – the primary existing noise issues due to the procedure.
  • Roundtable Requests (Short Term, Long Term) – details what mitigation efforts the Roundtable is requesting the FAA implement either in the short or long term, depending on the detail of the request.
  • Collaboration – requests the appropriate agencies to work on each mitigation effort. Initial Requested FAA Research – if applicable, requests the FAA research specific operational items related to the mitigation efforts.

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Posted 9/17/2016


30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am - 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!


Calling All Pups & Pooches!
Come Participate in the
Dog Costume Contest at
Day in the Park, Sept. 24, 11am


Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Join the Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
Open House, Tues. 9/20, 6:30-7:30pm
City Hall


Posted 9/15/2016


Lagoon Clean-up Event
Sat., Sept. 17th, 9am-Noon
at Fisherman’s Park


Brisbane Eagles Club
Alzheimer Fundraiser
Sat., Sept. 17, 3-5pm @ Eagles
$10/Person, Steak Fajitas & Fixin’s


Posted 9/13/2016


Brisbane’s 55th Anniversary Party
Sat., Oct. 1st, 6:30-10:30pm
at Mission Blue Center
Dancing, Food, Dessert and more!


Meet the School Board
Candidates w/ BEST/PTO!
Sun., Sept. 18th, 11am-1pm
at the Community Park Gazebo

Free Landscape Design Lecture

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Want to learn how to garden beautifully, yet sustainably?  Attend a free lecture about how to design and plan your landscape.  In this class you will learn about how to design your landscape and conserve water.  The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) works in partnership with the City of Brisbane to offer these free courses to community members.  Visit BAWSCA's website to sign-up for the course offered in Brisbane on Thursday, September 29th from 6-7pm.

 

City Clerk Announces Her Retirement

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Brisbane City Clerk Sheri Spediacci officially announced this week that she will be retiring from the City of Brisbane on September 16, 2016 after serving as Brisbane's City Clerk for nearly 20 years. 

Sheri started with the city in 1992, providing administrative assistance to then City Manager Robin Leiter.  Her strengths in organization, working with people, and friendly demeanor as she tackled issues and helped residents find solutions to their problems led her to the role of Deputy City Clerk two years later and in 1997, assuming full responsibilities as Brisbane's City Clerk.  Since 2010, Sheri also administered Brisbane's affordable housing programs including first-time homebuyer loans, new project development and support to the Redevelopment Successor Agency.

"Sheri has been a constant source of support for me and the City of Brisbane organization and will be sorely missed," remarked City Manager Clay Holstine.

Though officially retiring from the City of Brisbane, Sheri is not, and has never been, one to just sit around.  She will be assuming the position of City Clerk for the City of Orinda at the end of this month.  The residents and community there will soon find they have found a true gem in Sheri.

The City Council will be recognizing Sheri at their meeting of Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm and break for a reception shortly thereafter with refreshments.  Please join them in recognizing Sheri for her many years of dedicated service to the City of Stars.

Sheri, congratulations on your retirement and we wish you all the best in this new, exciting chapter in your life!

Brisbane Gets Platinum Level Award

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The Institute for Local Government and the League of California Cities have awarded us the Platinum Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices!  This replaces the Gold Level Award in Sustainability Best Practices that was awarded to the City last October.  Hear more about this notable distinction at the September 15th Council Meeting.

 

 

Brisbane Acres Oak Woodland Restoration Work

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Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 and lasting approximately one week, The Urban Arborist, a City-hired contractor, will be removing invasive, non-native eucalyptus trees from the newly acquired Brisbane Acres parcel #79, at the top of Paul Ave.  Removal of these trees will help to restore and preserve the native Coast Live Oak woodland ecosystem in the Brisbane Acres and reduce fire fuel loads in the hills above Central Brisbane.

During the week, while the tree work is in progress, the trail that begins at the end of Paul Ave. and leads up into the mountain will be closed to pedestrians.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important restoration project.

Like and Follow us!

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Stay connected with the City by Liking or Following us!  In addition to the City's official Facebook page, there is also the Parks and Recreation Facebook page and the Brisbane Police Department's Facebook page.  We've been using social media as another way to communicate current city news and upcoming events with the Brisbane community.  Go ahead, get social with us! 

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Posted 9/11/2016


The Collective Camp – Roar
#CRZYhaveMERCY
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY SEPT 19th


30th Annual Day in the Park
Saturday, September 24th
10:00am – 3:00pm
Join us for a day of fun!


Calling All Pups & Pooches!
Come Participate in the
Dog Costume Contest at
Day in the Park, Sept. 24, 11am


Posted 9/7/2016


San Bruno Mountain Watch

Pancake Breakfast & Plant Sale
Sun., Sept. 11, 9am – 12pm
Miss. Blue Nursery, 3401 Bayshore Blvd.


Dive-in Movie at the Pool!
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat. Sept, 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!


The Collective Camp – Roar
#CRZYhaveMERCY
M-F / 6AM / 30 MIN+ / 18YRS+ WOMEN
STARTS MONDAY SEPT 19th

Speed Humps in Brisbane?

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While Brisbane is miles from the dense traffic challenges of downtown San Francisco, we do experience our own unique traffic issues. At times, residents feel that speeding is an issue on certain streets in town and then ask, “Why can’t I get a speed hump installed on my street?” Speed humps are raised sections of pavement or rubber that are placed mid-block and are designed to slow vehicles on residential streets. According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), they typically range from 12 to 14 feet in travel length and are about three inches in height. Speed humps were introduced in the U.K. in the 1980s and were adopted by multiple U.S. municipalities as a popular traffic calming measure.

Speed hump.  Photo courtesy of https://brentwood-tn.org/index.aspx?page=215

Unfortunately, speed humps have unintended consequences. They cause an increase in noise from vehicle acceleration, braking, and suspension rattling, affecting those who live near them. Based on general engineering practice, speed humps are not installed on steep streets with grades greater than five percent (5%) because they can gather water, creating unsafe braking conditions. In addition, speed humps are rough on automobile suspensions and drivers’ backsides when they are driven over on a regular basis. Perhaps most seriously, speed humps impact emergency vehicle response. According to the ITE, speed humps can cause up to a ten-second delay for an ambulance with a patient. 

Because of the unintended consequences and resulting backlash from the public, some cities have had to recover from installing too many speed humps. For example, the City of Berkeley installed over 150 speed humps in the early 1990s. After their placement, the Berkeley Fire Department claimed that these devices caused damage to fire trucks and led to significantly longer response times. Residents with disabilities stated that the rough motion when driving over speed humps, even at very low speeds, caused serious pain and discomfort. These concerns led the City to impose a moratorium on the installation of speed humps in 1995 while it explored other traffic calming measures.

The traffic calming “toolbox” has grown over the years, and there are other effective alternatives to speed humps that have less physical impact on moving vehicles. Dragon’s teeth, a method widely adopted in the U.K., are teeth-shaped pavement markings that slow drivers through psychological measures. “Botts dots” are small ceramic bumps that are primarily used as lane dividers, but can be arranged into rectangular rumble strips that create a vibrating sensation.  Traffic calming measures such as these are being widely implemented in municipalities to address speeding issues.

      

Left: Dragon’s teeth markings on Solano Street in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Right: Botts dots. Photo courtesy of http://www.paverpatch.com/traffic-calming-devices/

If you have concerns regarding speeding on your street, please contact Public Works. Staff will observe the location in question, and if necessary, will conduct a more thorough technical investigation, possibly including 24-hour speed surveys, to determine if a hazard that can be corrected through engineering techniques is present. 

Please make an effort to slow down and to be mindful of bicyclists and pedestrians. Enjoy the beauty of your home while driving safely!

For any questions or concerns regarding speed humps, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works Karen Kinser at 415.508.2130 or kkinser@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

 

BVHH Community Get-Together

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You have probably read or heard about Brisbane Village Helping Hands (BVHH) by now.  They are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization committed to helping older Brisbane residents age in place.  And who wouldn't want to do that in this beautiful City of Stars.

BVHH is hosting a social event next Saturday, September 17th, from 3-5pm at the Senior Sunrise Room for those interested to learn more or get signed up to either be a volunteer or begin receiving help in the areas of transportation, home repairs, technology, gardening, and more!  Hope to see you there!  Light refreshments will be provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them at Brisbanevillagehelpinghands@gmail.com or call 415-508-2185.

NPM Week 3: Preparing Through Service

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September 11 – 17 is week three of National Preparedness Month.  The theme for this week is “Preparing Through Service.” September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

This week, we wanted to make sure you knew about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Open House taking place on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm at City Hall.  Joining the Brisbane CERT is a great way to get involved AND serve your community.  Come and learn how CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness!  For any questions, please contact Shelley Romriell at sromriell@ci.brisbane.ca.us.

Climate Fact #35

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

For further reading:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/how-energy-efficient-light-bulbs-compare-traditional-incandescents

 

Modified Pool Hrs on Labor Day

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Below is the modified Brisbane Community Pool hours for this Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016:

9:30am-1:00pm Lap Swim

9:30am-10:30am Water Aerobics

1:00pm-6:00pm Recreation Swim

Happy Swimming!

September is National Preparedness Month

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Don't Wait.  Communicate.

This is the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month, as disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends.  It’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency.  It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.  

This September, make an effort to create & practice your family emergency planBy having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens. This month, we'll be bringing you tips on how you can #GetReady!

September 2016 STAR

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Click here to view the September 2016 STAR. 

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Posted 9/1/2016


Calling All Arts & Crafts Vendors
Now Accepting Applications for
Day in the Park on 9/24, 10am-3pm
Contact Parks & Recreation to Apply


Calling All Businesses!
Now Accepting Applications for
Day in the Park on 9/24, 10am-3pm
Contact Parks & Recreation to Apply


Dive-in Movie at the Pool
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat. Sept, 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!

September 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the September 2016 Marina Newsletter

Peninsula Clean Energy

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The Peninsula Clean Energy workshop on August 29th was a success.  Several community members came to ask questions and learn more about San Mateo County's new default electricity provider.  Concerns were addressed ranging from owning solar panels to the mix of energy supplied to one’s home.  The video contains the presentation given by Carolyn Raider, of the County's Office of Sustainability, and the question and answer period.  Watch the video below and and learn more about this exciting new program and its product offerings.  If you have any questions, please visit the Peninsula Clean Energy website, www.peninsulacleanenergy.com, or call their call center: 1 (866) 966-0110.

Social Media Safety Workshop for Parents

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The Brisbane Library will be hosting a Social Media Safety Workshop for Parents on Thursday, September 15th from 7:00-8:00PM.  Thomas Dodson, social media professional, parent, and CEO of Above the Fray, will discuss the different issues young people face online and how parents can help their children safely navigate the social media landscape. He will address topics like cyberbullying, social media, internet safety, sexting, gaming, and more.  Parents will leave with tangible tools they can use to start meaningful conversations at home before issues arise.  For more information, please click here.

Climate Fact #34

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide the community with one climate fact each week. These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure - See more at: http://www.brisbaneca.org/climate-fact-22#sthash.MACBypYY.dpuThese facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Planning Comm. Wraps Up Baylands Meetings

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At last night's final public meeting regarding the Brisbane Baylands, where the Planning Commission has for the past year been deliberating over the applicant's (UPC's) Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan, amendments to the 1994 Brisbane General Plan, and of course the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Baylands, they arrived at the following recommendation to the City Council:

  • That the Brisbane General Plan be amended as it relates to the Baylands to allow for a 1- 2 million square foot net increase in building area and a utility-scale renewable energy generation facility;
  • That the Baylands Final EIR be certified as it pertains to the General Plan recommendation;
  • That permitted land uses include Light Industrial, Research and Development, Office, Retail, Commercial Recreation and Open Space; and
  • That no housing be developed.

The Baylands Planning Process now moves to the City Council, with the Council's first scheduled meeting to take place on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm at City Hall.  Click here for a Draft City Council Baylands Review Schedule, which the City Council will be reviewing at their September 1st meeting under City Manager's Reports.  Deliberations and public hearings are expected to continue through early-mid 2017.

Don't miss an update about the Brisbane Baylands Planning Process by signing up for project updates here.

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Posted 8/26/2016


Peninsula Clean Energy Workshop
Mon., Aug. 29, 5:30pm @ City Hall
Info or Questions
Contact Kirsten: kpringle@smcgov.org 

 
City Council will review
Parkside Plan Alternatives
Sept 1st, 7:30pm @ City Hall


Michael Rodman Art
Showcase & Reception
Wed., Aug. 31st, 6-8:30pm
at City Hall, 50 Park Pl.


Posted 8/23/2016


New Brisbane Library Concept Plans Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8pm
With City Staff & Architects
We hope to see you there!


Brisbane Eagles Club
Breast Cancer Taco Feed
Sat., Aug. 27, 1-4pm @ Eagles
$10/person, 50/50 & Awesome Raffle


Dive-in Movie at the Pool!
Showing “Inside Out”
Sat., Sept. 10th @ 7:30pm
$5 per person – Fun for All!


Brisbane Community Pool
Fall Swim Lessons
Registration Now Open!
www.brisbaneca.org

 

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