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"Baby Sign Language gives parents the opportunity to communicate with children long before babies can verbalize their wants and needs. Research studies show that signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child's self esteem, and deepens the bond between parent and child." 

It's true - while Baby Sign Language classes tend to be quite expensive and fill up very quickly around the Peninsula, the Friends of the Brisbane Library and Mothers of Brisbane are thrilled to provide a free seven week series right here in town at the Brisbane Library.

Learn signs from an instructor from the acclaimed and experienced Touch Blue Sky school and provide your baby the tools they need to express themself!

Space is limited and advance sign up is required - sign up in person at the Brisbane Library. Save money, stay local, and get to know a local group of parents who can help practice and reinforce the lessons long after the classes have concluded. For additional information, please contact Carine Risley,

When? 11:00am - noon Tuesdays beginning August 14th through September 25th at the Brisbane Library (250 Visitacion Avenue). Weekly themes include mealtime, animals, colors, family, bedtime, and more!

NB Sierra Point Pkwy Ramp

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The Northbound off-ramp to Sierra Point Parkway will be closed between 7am - 5p Tuesday, July 31st, due to the installation of ramp metering equipment.  Traffic will be detoured off 101 northbound at the off-ramp to Bayshore Boulevard, to northbound Bayshore Boulevard, to northbound Tunnel Avenue, to eastbound Lagoon Road, to southbound Sierra Point Parkway.  This closure will facilitate completion of the ramp metering work, while special equipment needed for work on the elevated portion of the ramp is still on-site.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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Did you happen to see them?  Or even better, drop by for a Japanese-style burger or fried chicken sandwich with cilantro slaw?  Down San Francisco Ave. near the picnic tables yesterday were two food trucks, Saruno Burger and Pollo Fritto.  Jerry Lami, Executive Director of West Coast Farmers Market Association, and his son Joe, are proud to have in their Association a number of food trucks, as most do have their own "followers" on Twitter who keep on top of where their favorite food trucks will be each day.

Saruno Burger and Pollo Fritto, and possibly others, will be at the Brisbane Farmers' Market on a weekly rotation after the City Council this past Monday evening approved there to be no more than three food trucks at each farmers' market (item B under 'New Business').  So grab some hot food while out shopping - Mary Gutekanst, Open Space and Ecology Committee Member, made sure to before heading home.  Or, eat it there - the picnic tables afford one a great place to enjoy a chicken teriyaki burger or fried chicken sliders!

Make sure you come out to the Community Park (11 Old County Rd.) between 3:00pm - 7:00pm for next Thursday's Farmers' Market - food adventures await!

Playground Update Week 2

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Mike Glynn and his subcontractors sure work fast.  This morning, concrete was already being poured into the edges of the existing playbox, where the wooden concrete forms wil be removed tomorrow once the concrete sets. 

By next week, the playbox area will be ready for the next phase in the playground replacement project - the installation of the actual play equipment!  One of the new features the playground will boast is a push-valve water spigot, which will allow kids playing in the sandbox area to have a dedicated water source for sand and water play.  In the picture below, the concrete is being re-laid after the water line which serves the water fountains was extended so that it could be run to the opposite side of the playbox. where the water spigot and sand area will be located.

Thank you to those who responded to the call for volunteers in last week's Playground Update post.  We are still looking for more folks who would be willing to spend a Saturday in September helping install the new play equipment.  The actual date for "Build Day" will be confirmed next week.  But if you know this is not something you want to miss, please e-mail Caroline Cheung at or call her at 508-2157 to let her know you'd be willing to roll up your sleeves to help install the new playground!

Thank You, Sponsors!

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At the beginning of the City Council's Monday, July 23rd meeting was a very special presentation - recognizing those Sponsors who generously gave towards the 2012 Concerts in the Park Series. Here they are in front of Brisbane Councilmember O'Connell, Mayor Pro Tem Miller, Mayor Lentz, and Councilmembers Conway and Richardson, proudly displaying the banner which will be hung in-between the trees on Old County Rd. early next week:

Of the 25 total Sponsors, 13 were in attendance to receive Commendations from the Council, including (from left to right): Jonathan Scharfman of Universal Paragon Corporation, Ron Davis of Ron Davis and Co. Real Estate, Lori Liu for her husband Ray and herself, Paul Formosa and Barbara Bernardini of SSF Scavenger Co., Stuart Schillinger for the Glazman-Schillinger Family, Linda and Bill Dettmer of Dettmer Associates, Dilmohan Chadha and wife Ameeta of Integrated Resources Group, Sue Cochran of Sue Cochran Construction, Brendan Murphy (and son Tiarnan, age 8) of Kingdom Pipelines, Menelik Michael, also of Integrated Resources Group, Raquel Laqua of Garden Chapel, Johnny Nava of John Nava Insurance Company, Mitch Bull of the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, Rich Borghello and John Legnitto of Recology Sunset Scavenger Co., and finally, Joe Peters, also of Universal Paragon Corporation. 

Thank you to each of the Sponsors who are making this year's Summer Concert Series possible - we look forward to seeing you all at the first Concert on Friday, August 24th with Stompy Jones!

Farmers' Market Items of Note

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The Farmers' Market yesterday may have looked a little sparse in terms of the number of vendors present.  That's because two of the vendors' trucks broke down en route to the market (KettlePop being one of them, Schletewitz Family Farms being the other), Rick of Sapore Messo (olive oils and pastas) fell and broke his wrist, Yogi's Cooking (chutneys and samosas) has left the market, Crepe Brioche (French pastries and breads) was an hour late in arriving, and another produce vendor completely failed to show up.  Jerry Lami, ED of West Coast Farmers Market Association, wasn't happy with that last vendor, but it's part of the business, and he's still learning.

Beckmann's is currently on "probation" (they need to sell at least $700 per market), if you enjoy their pies, granola, shortcake, brownies, and breads, it's time to let them know that.  Fortunately, if they do need to leave Brisbane, Jerry has other bakeries producing equally fine baked goods that he can substitute in.

But, there is good news!  Relatively new vendor, Little Red Dot Kitchen, has been doing remarkably well, selling their Southeast Asian "Bak Kwa" (a moist and delectable jerky) - using a delicate balance of more than 10 distinct seasonings, spices and a properietary blend of wood to create a flavor explosion with every bite.  Their bak kwa contains no fructose, MSG, nitrates, or trans fat, and contains 50% less sodium than traditional beef jerky.

And what's nice is that this vendor, along with various others such as Sapore Messo and Nut 'n Bean, accepts credit card payments using a device called Square, which is plugged into their mobile devices.  Just apply your signature after your card has been swiped, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and you're good to go!

Here is Karen from Little Red Dot Kitchen, using Square to complete a transaction.  Oh, and if you want to try their "Pork LITE" version of their bak kwa, better to get there early, because yesterday they sold out.

On Monday, July 23rd, Jerry will be at the City Council Meeting, asking for his weekly fee to be waived and if food trucks can participate in the market.  If you have any thoughts on these items, or the farmers' market in general, we invite you to come and participate!  If not, be sure to shop the farmers' market - every Thursday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).

Playground Update Week 1

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It's only been a week since the Brisbane Lions Club took to the old and dilapidated Community Park play structure, where they carefully unbolted, unscrewed, and unattached various fixtures and wooden beams.  This was all done in just under two hours last Friday.  It was clear that they are all professionals, and are very good at what they do.  Thank you, Brisbane Lions, and to each of the volunteers who came to help!!

On Saturday, it was local contractor Mike Glynn's turn to play in the sandbox.  With his equipment, and assistant Kessell, he was able to clear out the sand (which went down more than 2 feet!), and the portion of rubber surfacing located near the bathroom facility.  The sand was offhauled using a city dump truck, where it was dropped into a bin at the Public Works Corporation Yard and later will be re-purposed into sand bags.  During the day, Lions Past-Presidents Filipio and Abney came by to lend their assistance, along with Mayor Lentz.

Mike Glynn was also one of two contractors who submitted bids for Playground Site Prep.  This involves getting the two areas ready for the actual installation of the playground equipment (i.e. filling the areas with the appropriate amounts of baserock, and constructing the 72' seat wall which the gold donor stars will be affixed to).  Below are a couple pictures of them getting started!

This Site Prep part of the Playground Replacement Project is scheduled to be completed by August 15th.  The playground manufacturer, Miracle Playsystems, will install the playground with any assistance from volunteers sometime in September.  If you're interested, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or to be a "Build Day" volunteer!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/20/2012

Pacific Gas and Electric
Open House
Tue., July 24, 5:30-7:30, Comm. Ctr.

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Posted 7/16/2012

Ben J. Hodge
30 Year Brisbane Resident
Celebrate Ben's Life: July 21, 2-4 pm, Eagles Hall


Be a Good Neighbor

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Dog waste contaminates the ground and is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet, family, and community.  Be conscientious about cleaning up after your dog when out on walks.  Picking up after your pet shows pride in your community, in yourself, and in your dog.  And, it's the law.  Section 6.14.020 of the Brisbane Municipal Code says,

"It is unlawful for the owner or person having custody of any dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in a closed or sealed container and depositing in a trash receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog upon private or public property not owned or controlled by the owner or person having custody of such dog. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any blind person accompanied by a guide dog."

Because it is the law, the City has provided mutt mitts around town for disposing of your pet's waste.  Therefore, if you happen to see anyone in violation of this law and not picking up after their dog, please report it right away by calling Police Dispatch at 467-1212.  Let's work together to make this Community a safer, happier, and cleaner place for us all.

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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Yesterday was a fantastic day at the Brisbane Farmers' Market, weather-wise.  It was also special in that there were a couple new vendors on-site, having heard of the Brisbane Market and the warmth and sense of pride this Community has.  One of those new vendors was Organo Gold Coffee, a purveyor of fine coffees and teas - which make for the perfect after-dinner beverage.  Be sure to sample their beverages if you haven't already!

Brisbane resident Pete Davis and his son Kaii are ready to supply you with raw Brisbane honey - and it's all from Brisbane!  Their mini honey bear containers are only $3 and would make a great little gift for a friend or neighbor.

Have you entered your name yet to win a weekly basket, chock full of items from each of the vendors?  If not, be sure to drop your name into the jar next time, as this is a weekly free giveaway. You do not need to be present to win.

Lastly, look for "Moola Money" on the next edition of the City STAR, dropping in mailboxes the first week of August.  On the front cover will be a Moola Dollar, which can be clipped and used as cash at any one of the vendors at an upcoming market.  Keep on the look-out for your Moola Money and be sure to bring it with you the next time you shop the market!

Striping on Kings & Humboldt

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UPDATE 7/16, 4:16pm: The contractor completed all the striping work today for the slurry seal project, so residents can park as normal tomorrow.  Thank you for your cooperation!


With Kings and a part of Humboldt having been slurry sealed at the end of June, it's now time for striping work to be completed.  This work is scheduled to last two days only; therefore, please remove any vehicles from Kings on Monday, July 16th and Humboldt (between Trinity and Placer) on Tuesday, July 17th.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/13/2012

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Updates on Kinder-Morgan Tank Farm from A.
Karpowicz, SF Bay Water Board and Schlage
Site from Mary Hashem, Brownfiled Partners
Tues., July 17, 7-9 pm, Comm. Ctr.

Posted 7/11/2012

Friends of the Brisbane Library
Citywide Yard Sale Reminder
Submit forms by July 21st to be on the Map

Posted 7/10/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Music Together Classes
Fun Parent & Child Music Classes
Start Wed., July 25, Info: 508-2143

"Sharing Artists Sharing"

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The Brisbane Public Library is proud to present an evening with the filmmaker and artists featured in “Sharing Artists Sharing,” the upcoming documentary about Brisbane Artists, their art and their lives in Brisbane, California. 

This special event will feature discussion, presentations of new material and ‘behind the scenes’ footage by filmmaker Keith Moreau, as well as brief presentations by some of the cast of the film, including artist Beth Grossman, filmmaker David Brown, Brisbane Dance Workshop founder Camille Salmon, harpsichord maker Kevin Fryer, harpsichordist JungHae Kim, and Singer-Songwriter Jeff Cotton.

In addition the Brisbane Library will be unveiling a very special display that will reside in the library, highlighting “Sharing Artists Sharing” and local artists.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Brisbane Public Library (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane), and the public is welcome. For more information, contact Carine Risley,

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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It's been just shy of 3 months since the first Brisbane's Farmers' Market opened in the Community Park, on April 12, 2012 - click on the blue link in each post and see all the previous posts written about the farmers' market.  With those 3 months came more wind and harsh weather than the vendors (and shoppers) woud have liked, but most of the original farmers are still coming out to Brisbane week after week.  And that is due to the consistent farmers' market shoppers, whose favorite items the vendors know by heart by now.  Some of them are even willing to put those favorite items aside, if requested, because they know that Brisbane's faithful shoppers won't let a week go by without them.

If you haven't already heard, there will be a new honey vendor, whose jars of honey come right from Brisbane!  Pete Davis was at the market the week before, and SOLD OUT of the honey he brought with him that day.  We hope he's busy jarring some more, as that is definitely a popular item that many want to get their hands on.

Sapore Messo has a great selection of gluten-free pastas.  You may even win a bag of it if you put your name into the container for the weekly basket drawing.

And lastly, if you know of anyone who would like to play music during the farmers' market, Jerry Lami is looking for talented local musicians - who, by the way, will be paid, and that's not just in tips.  Call him at (650) 290-3549 if you or someone you know may be interested.

2012 Summer Playground Challenge

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KaBOOM!'s 2012 Summer Playground Challenge has officially launched! Get started on rating playgrounds you visit by downloading their Tag! mobile app, available on both iOS and Android:

iPhone | Android

Everyone who registers on Tag! will be automatically registered for the Challenge, and as soon as you begin sharing playground photos, you'll be entered into their first weekly drawing. The more you share, the better your chances of winning!

Here's what's up for grabs this week:

  • One (1) $100 ToysRUs gift card
  • Four (4) $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards
  • Five (5) $10 Ben & Jerry's gift cards
  • Five (5) iPod shuffles

And remember, every playground photo you submit via their Tag! app will earn you points and badges toward one of their three Grand Prizes -- a week-long trip for two to Washington, DC!

If you can't participate using their mobile app, you can still share photos online on their Map of Play. You won't be eligible for their weekly drawings but you can qualify for their Grand Prize. To participate this way, please enter the Challenge by completing these two easy steps:

  1. Sign up for an account on their Map of Play (if you have a KaBOOM! account, you are already signed up and can skip this step)
  2. Send a blank email to Portia Obeng, Program Outreach Coordinator, by clicking here

Now, get thee to the playground!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/6/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Thomas B. Gonzales
Svcs:  Mon., July 9, 11 am, Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Posted 7/5/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Arts and Crafts Fair
Sat., Oct. 6, 10 am - 5 pm, Comm. Park
To Reserve A Table:   (415) 508-2143

Posted 7/4/2012

Happy 4th of July!

Posted 7/2/2012

Ray Nowakowski
Gone Fishin'
"Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

Playground Structure Demolition

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If your kids love playing on the current play structure in the Community Park, you may want to visit it as often as possible over the coming two weeks.  Because come Friday, July 13, the Lions Club will start unscrewing the bolts of the structure, leaving just the vertical beams, sand, and rubber pad which will be extracted the following day, Saturday, July 14th, by volunteer Mike Glynn.  The structure will be off limits by Friday afternoon, around 2pm, with the area barricaded off so that the Lions can get to work in the late afternoon.  Private parties taking place in the Park on Saturday, July 14th had been informed upon booking the picnic tables that the play structure would be off-limits and their parties have been re-located to a safe distance from the construction site. 

The wooden beams of the old play structure will be re-purposed by Parks and Recreation Commission Chair, Cris Hart, for "cribbing", which will help aid his locomotive restorative work at the old railyard, and any excess beams will be used at the Dog Park for planter boxes.  We are glad that these playground parts can be alternatively used in a safe manner.  The existing sand in the play box will be brought to the Public Works Corporation Yard to be re-purposed for sand bags which will be made available for Brisbane residents during the rainy season.

Stay tuned for more playground updates here.  Work will continue on the project through the months of July, August, and September, with the new playground scheduled to be dedicated to the Community by late September...just in time for the Day in the Park Festival, which takes place on Sunday, October 6th.

July 2012 CityNews

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Click here to read the July 2012 CityNews.

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Posted 6/26/2012

Fireworks are Dangerous and
Illegal in Brisbane

July 4th Reminder: No Fireworks

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The Brisbane Police Department wants to remind all citizens of and visitors to Brisbane that fireworks are illegal and dangerous in Brisbane.  This July 4, think twice before buying, let alone lighting them.  Any person who causes a firework, including "safe and sane fireworks", to be discharged will be issued a citation.  Please report any instances of fireworks being discharged within the city limits to the Police Department by calling 467-1212.  Thank you for your cooperation to ensure the nation's holiday is celebrated safely.

Farmers' Market

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Help spread the word about the Brisbane Farmers' Market and all the goodies it has to offer by clicking on the flyer to download and print it, or simply forward this post to your friends in the area!  The market could use more brave shoppers who are willing to shop in sometimes unpleasant conditions.  To those who support the market rain, WIND, or shine, Thank You! 

West Nile Virus

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On June 21st, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District released a press release stating that a dead bird which had been collected in Woodside on June 11th had tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  This is the first instance in 2012 that a case of WNV was reported in San Mateo County.  For this reason, it is important that everyone be aware of the "Three D's" - Drain, Dawn and Dusk, and DEET.  View the press release to learn more, or visit the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District's website and listen to an audio file where you will learn how you can protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus.

Credit-Union-Friendly ATM

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Thank you to the over 200 residents who signed the petition (either online or in-person) to bring a credit-union-friendly ATM to Brisbane.  This indicates that there is a true need, and such an ATM would be highly supported.  Thus, the San Mateo Credit Union's VP of Marketing is currently considering the prospect of expanding their ATM locations to include Brisbane.  When a decision has been made, we will provide another update here on the Blog.  If you have any questions, or have a business in Brisbane and would like to learn how you could have a credit-union-friendly ATM in your place of business, please contact Prem Lall at

Scorekeeper Wanted

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If you like watching softball games and are interested in how you can make some money while doing so, keep reading.  A Scorekeeper is needed for Adult Softball, which takes place Wednesday nights starting in July.  There are two games played per night, with the Scorekeeper earning $14.00 per game.  If you're interested, please contact Recreation Supervisor Russ Carmick at (415) 508-2143 or

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/21/2012

City of Brisbane
P/T Lifeguards Wanted
Open Until Filled or

Posted 6/18/2012

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Training for E.I.R. Review
Tuesday, June 19th, 7 p.m.
Note Location:  Comm. Mtg. Rom, 50 Park Pl.

In Loving Memory Of
Bill L. Ellison
Brisbane Resident for 40 Years
Services: June 30th, 2pm, 348 Visitacion


Slurry Sealing on June 25 & 26

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As part of the City's pavement maintenance efforts, Kings Road will be slurry sealed on Monday, June 25, 2012 and Humboldt Road between Trinity Road and Placer Way will be slurry sealed on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 between 9 AM and 5 PM.  During these time windows, the street will be closed to all traffic, and no parking on the street will be allowed.

Installation of thermoplastic striping will occur at least a week after the slurry seal placement.  Another notice will be provided, as no parking will be allowed while the striping is performed.

“No Parking” signs will be placed along Kings Road and the project segment of Humboldt Road at least 72 hours prior to the start of work. The contractor will also notify residents with a letter and door hangers. The signs will indicate the date and times for which road closures will be in place and parking on the street will be restricted.

Should you plan to use your vehicle during construction periods when on-street parking has been prohibited, please make arrangements to park your vehicle on an adjacent street.  Due to the street closures, motorists are advised to expect delays at each location and area asked to take alternate routes around the work areas.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 415-508-2130 if you have any questions.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time

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The Brisbane Library is pleased to announce its newest program, "Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time". Combining singing, dancing, reading, and playing, "Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time" is a great way to connect with your young child. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too!). Using babies’ unique ways of learning about the world, you and your child will explore familiar nursery rhymes as well as some new ones. There will also be a variety of board books available so that parents or caretakers can read to their baby.

Studies have shown that many of the reading problems children struggle with could have been avoided or corrected during their early childhood. As such, the Brisbane Library created "Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time" to introduce small children to the joy of word play, reading, and songs. Songs and chants are a particularly great way to show babies what fun language can be. Studies have shown that children who are comfortable with manipulating language through rhymes become better readers. By being a part of "Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time", you will not only have a fantastic time with your child but you will be helping them get a great start in life!

"Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time" takes place at the Brisbane Library (250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane) on the following Thursdays at 1:15pm -

  • June 14
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 26
  • August 9

If you have any questions, please call the Brisbane Library at 415-467-2060. 

Enjoy and have fun checking out this newest program by the Brisbane Library!

Farmers' Market

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It's looking like it's going to be a BEAUTIFUL day for the Brisbane Farmers' Market - come on out and pick up your farm-fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh-baked breads, French pastries, kettle corn, hummus and spreads, cheeses, fresh fish, and much, much more!  Today's market will feature a new jewelry vendor, Jewelry by Geri, so make sure to check out her designs.  Also - don't forget to drop your name into the plastic container at the Information Booth for a chance to be the lucky winner of the weekly market basket - chock full of items from each of the vendors.  It's all happening today in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane) from 3pm - 7pm.  Don't miss it!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/14/2012

North County Fire Authority
It's Fire Season
Cut Down All Weeds by Sunday June 17
Final Deadline!

Posted 6/11/2012

City of Brisbane
Community E.I.R. Training
for Baylands Project
Sat., June 16th, Noon-3 pm, 50 Park Pl

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