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National Screen-Free Week

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Art, not Instagram.  Music, not iTunes. 

April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life.  The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language. 

According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions.  You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us.  And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”

National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time. 

This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages.  While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week."  Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."

For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit http://www.screenfree.org/.

A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.

Habitat Restoration Day Photos

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A big Thank You to all the 30 volunteers who participated in Habitat Restoration Day.  Costaños Canyon has never looked better.  Special thanks to Councilmember O'Connell, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Michele Salmon and Barbara Ebel, plus the leadership of San Bruno Mountain Watch, who led a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain following the clean-up.  Click here to view the rest of the photos.  Well done, everyone!

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Posted 4/15/2013


Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Discuss Recology's Planned
Expansion in the Baylands
Tues., Apr. 16, 7pm, 250 Visitacion


Excelsior Running Club & City of Brisbane
Zippy 5K Fun Run
Sun., April 21, 8:30 am, Starts on Park Lane
BBQ, Refreshments, Farmer's Market, Music

Zippy 5k Race

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On the morning of Sunday, April 21st, runners from all over the Bay Area, state, and even country will be descending upon Brisbane to participate in the 2013 Zippy 5k.  The race starts at 8:30am, with registration taking place at the basketball courts located at the corner of Park Lane & Park Place.  The course map shows participants heading up Valley and around the entire Crocker Industrial Park before returning to the finish line on Park Lane next to the basketball courts.  Online registration closes Friday, April 19th at 11:59pm. 

Post-race festivities include:

  • A refreshment station, aka Zippy Tavern, set up on San Francisco Ave. by BEST/PTO and the Mothers of Brisbane (MOB) from 9:00am - 2:00pm with all proceeds benefitting the Skate Park Project
  • Breakfast burritos in the morning and burgers, turkey burgers, and hot dogs by the Brisbane Lions Club later on
  • Corporate sponsors such as PowerBar, NESQUIK, and Hint Water
  • 9 vendors from the Farmers' Market (including fresh blueberries, honey, hummus, flavored popcorn, churros, cotton candy, lemonade, hand-crafted jewelry, woven baskets, and fresh oysters with all the fixins'), as well as booths manned by local businesses and community organizations in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).  It's sure to be a fun day to hang out and enjoy springtime in Brisbane!

April 2013 CITY NEWS

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Click here or the image to read the April 2013 CITY NEWS.

Feral Cats Presentation

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UPDATE 4/16: The presentation was very informative with the most important message being: Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to solve the feral cat problem in communities.  One unspayed or unneutered cat could in their lifetime be responsible for 300 kittens being born!  And if you think trapping a bunch of cats and bringing them to the Peninsula Humane Society is going to solve anything, know that it won't.  It will do the opposite, as there are now more available food sources, drawing new populations of feral cats!  It's very counterintuitive, but something that Dr. Rutiger, with her 15 years of experience as Head Veterinarian for the Nine Lives Foundation, was adamant about.  To pick a trap and start trapping feral cats (which should NEVER be done at night), call the Nine Lives Foundation at (650) 368-1365 or e-mail ninelivesfoundation@gmail.com.  More helpful information can be found at Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/).

The topic of feral cats in Brisbane began with a meeting back in November hosted by the Brisbane Police Department with volunteers from non-profit cat rescue centers.  At the beginning of Monday night's City Council meeting, Dr. Monica Rudiger will be giving a presentation to the City Council on Brisbane's feral cat population.  Come and hear about the importance of the trap-neuter-return process and how doing so has a positive direct effect on the feral cat population, as well as procedures for how and when to feed feral cats.  Dr. Rudiger will also be providing handouts for interested residents to take home.  Come and get educated on how the feral cat population in Brisbane can be positively curbed.  If you can't make the meeting, make sure to tune in online via the Live Streaming page or on Comcast Ch. 27.

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Posted 4/11/2013


In Loving Memory Of
Eleanor "Ellie" Blanchard
Long Time Brisbane Resident
Rosary: Sun., Apr. 14, 7 pm, Garden Chapel, SSF
Funeral: Mon., Apr. 15, Church of Visitacion, SF


Posted 4/8/2013


BEST/PTO Fundraiser
Annual Spring Thing
Sat., Apr. 27, 6 - 11 pm, 485 Valley Dr.
Food, Drinks, Dancing, Live/Silent Auction
Tickets/Info:  www.thebestpto.org


City of Brisbane
10th Annual Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 13, 9 am - 1 pm, Humboldt and Placer
Lunch, T-Shirt, and Reusable Bag for Volunteers
Info:  508-2113 or LPontecorvo.ci.brisbane.ca.us

 

 

SamTrans Summer Youth Pass

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The 2013 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass is back! Get Out & Ride this summer for only $40, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Pass for each summer month.  The pass allows unlimited rides on all SamTrans routes from June 1 through Aug. 31 and is available to kids 17 and younger.  This pass is not available on Clipper.  Sales start May 21 so orders are encouraged to be placed early.  For more information or for help planning your next road trip, visit www.samtrans.com/syp or call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448).

Shared Housing Opportunities

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Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing's Home Sharing program, one of the largest in the nation, facilitates a living arrangement in which two or more unrelated people share a home or apartment.  For individuals seeking housing, here is a partial list of over 60 housing opportunities through the Home Sharing Program as of April 2013.  For individuals with a room to spare, here is a partial list of individuals seeking housing opportunities.  To schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing, please contact HIP Housing at (650) 348-6660.

What's the Bag Deal?

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At their March 18th meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the requirements set forth in San Mateo County's Reusable Bag Ordinance.  The ordinance goes into effect mid-June in Brisbane (Monday, April 22nd for other cities within the County), and requires retailers to stop giving out single-use plastic bags and instead only offer recycled-content paper or reusable bags for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag.

If you're looking for a creative way to fashion your reusable bag, take a look at Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel's instructions on How to Make a 100% Upcycled Shopping Bag.  All you need is an old pair of pants, pencil, scissors, and a sewing machine would help.

Click here to read San Mateo County Environmental Health's Spring Pollution Prevention Newsletter, where you can read more about the Reusable Bag Ordinance, how to get an oil recycling container if you change your own oil, a list of antifreeze recycling locations, and how you can help keep San Mateo County clean.