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Posted 5/11/2012

Brisbane Eagles Kidney Fund Fundraiser
Tri-Tip BBQ Dinner
Sat., May 12, 1 - 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Tickets :  $10.00

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Spring Plant Sale
Sat., May 12, 9am-2pm, Behind 3445 Bayshore
Info:  467-6331 or

Posted 5/8/2012

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Annual Spring Show
Sat., May 19, 7:30 pm &
Benefit Gala: Sun., May 20, 1 pm
Advance Tickets 467-8751 

National Assoc.of Letter Carriers Union
"Stamp Out Hunger"  Food Drive
Saturday, May 12th
Place Non-perishables by mail box or USPS

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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The weather was just perfect at yesterday's farmers' market - not too windy, but not too warm, either.  Perfect strolling, sampling, and in some cases, schelpping weather!

This was the scene at around 6:00pm.  Still bright with blue skies in Brisbane! 

If you're on the City's Public Notification e-mail list, you probably saw a notice come through last Friday about a recall on the Italian Herb Extra Virgin Olive Oil sold at the farmer's market, only to have that recall lifted the following Monday.  Well, upon visiting with Rick, who is the vendor for Sapore Messo - distributors of the olive oil - it was clear he had learned a lot about the product since the previous week.  Italians love the tangy bite that the Italian Herb olive oil gives off, but for the average American, it's considered much too bitter.  And it definitely was.  But not all palates are created equal, and at the Brisbane farmers' market, there is definitely something for everyone.

For the palate that prefers a more mild-tasting olive oil, without losing its distinct olive taste, then Sapore Messo's California Arboquina Olive Oil is for you.  Paired with their Aged Balsamic Vinegar (which has been barrel-aged for 18 years!), the result is simply divine.  Imagine the two in your next caprese salad, or with a crusty dipping bread!  Rick's even got fancy bottle stoppers with automatic open-close pour spouts.  The above trio cost $30.

And, do allergies have your sinuses reeling?  Well, Bee Happy Honey may have just the solution - locally-sourced bee pollen!  (By local we're talking San Mateo!)  Take a teaspoon of bee pollen every day and you could have a much more enjoyable allergy season.  You can also try mixing it in yogurt or blending it in a fruit smoothie.

Next week, there will be a cheese vendor - Achadinha (pronounced "osh-a-deen-a") Cheese Company.  Be sure to check them out!

Remember, the farmers' market takes place every Thursday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).  Invite your friends and family to enjoy Brisbane's farmers' market.  And with that, happy shopping!

Bike to Work Day in Brisbane

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Being one of the first stops outside of San Francisco, Brisbane gets plenty of visitors to its two Energizer Stations during Bike to Work Day.  This year, the Energizer Station at Bayshore and Old County had 50 ride-bys and 58 stops, and the Energizer Station at Lagoon and Tunnel had 260 ride-bys and 307 stops!  (Overall, San Mateo County’s 2012 Bike to Work Day saw a 61% increase over last year’s counts - read  more about the "record-breaking sucess" of the 18th Annual Bike to Work Day in this news release from  As you can imagine, volunteers like Dee Sano, Susan Maynard Sullivan, and her husband, Bob, stayed quite busy throughout the morning hours of 6:15am - 9:30am when the Energizer Stations were open.

Despite the busy morning, they were still able to snap some photos.  Check them out on the City's Flickr account by clicking on the image above.  Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers, and all the cyclists who made Bike to Work Day another successful event in Brisbane!

Summer 2012 STAR

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Click here to read the Summer 2012 STAR publication.

May Native Plant Sale

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Did you ever want to grow a garden with native plants?  Well now is your opportunity to get started.  Attend the Mission Blue Nursery's second annual May Native Plant Sale (click here for the flyer) and go home with plants native to, and adapted to, San Bruno Mountain.

The nursery is located behind the Brisbane Firehouse next to the Machinery Equipment facility.  Take the first right turn off of Old Bayshore when you leave central Brisbane heading north - before you get to the fire station.  For directions, please click here.

Stompy Jones

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Thinking about summer plans yet?  Well you may want to make sure you're in town between August 24th - September 30th for this Summer's Concerts in the Park Series.  Kicking off the Series is Stompy Jones, a swing band who actually recorded a video in Brisbane at The 23 Club, back in 2007.  You can see that recording on their website by clicking here.  Don't they look like a fun band?

Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Erv Ervin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Christopher Binnings' soulful vocals have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.

Stompy Jones will be performing in Brisbane under the Gazebo in the Community Park on Friday, August 24th from 5:45pm - 8:30pm.  Tell all your neighbors and friends that they won't want to miss this!

If you're a Brisbane Business or even a resident who would like to help sponsor the Concerts, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or  Deadline to become a sponsor is Friday, June 29th!

National Public Works Week

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Since 1960, the American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week.  We'd like to take this moment to thank the Public Works Department for their work behind the scenes to make sure we can live our fullest lives...with healthy drinking water, an environmentally-friendly wastewater system, paved roads, and clean parks and facilities.  They are also the ones who ensure the grass is nicely mowed before each Thursday's farmers' market.  So next time you see them out there emptying trash cans, checking water pressure, repairing pot holes, taking water readings, maintaining the facilities, or mowing the grass, make sure you show them your appreciation!

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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Have you visited the farmers' market yet?  What are your thoughts?  We've been hearing that there aren't enough vendors.  Right now, there are 24...and the farmers' market association can't bring in any more unless there is more attendance at the market.  So far, the vendors have been happy with the turnout, but more folks shopping the market wouldn't hurt!  Check out the pics for what you can find at the market, and the previous posts if you missed them.

The nice thing about farmers' markets is you have the option to buy as little or as much as you'd like.  These baby bok choy were $1 apiece and taste great when stir-fried with just a pinch of salt and light oil.

Who doesn't like a sweet, juicy orange?  This bag-full was only $5!

Spices and dried herbs aren't something you'll find at every farmers' market, so we're fortunate to have Samantha and Ashley Farms Organic Herbs and Salts.  They were having a special yesterday - two jars for $10.  And did you know that Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts available, containing a bunch of minerals, but with very little sodium?  They sold out of this jar yesterday.

And, there's a sweet side to Beckmann's.  Their Bodacious Brownies are more fudgey than cakey, and have chocolate chips inside and a sprinkle of walnuts on top.  Print out a coupon and get this mini tray for only $5!

Check out the rest of the vendors next Thursday for yourself!  It's worth waiting, and stocking up, for!


  • J & M Ibarra Farm
  • Mellows Nursery & Farm
  • Medina Berry Farms
  • Las Hermanas C.C. Produce
  • Heirloom Organics
  • Rio de Parras Organics
  • Swank Farms
  • Bay Fresh Produce
  • Rezendiz Fruit Barn

And what's a farmers' market without some food vendors sampling their tasty offerings.  Every Thursday, you'll find:

Food Vendors:

  • Nut N Bean
  • Be Happy Honey
  • Dalex (sausages, dips, and other German Food Products like piroshkies)
  • Hummus Heaven
  • Sinbad Catering
  • Debbie Does Dinner
  • Miz Lynn's Pies
  • Yogi's Cooking
  • Kettle Corn
  • Frittle Factory
  • Grain Sweet
  • Beckmann's Bakery

Arts and Crafts:

  • Table of Light Jewelry


  • Prem Lall - San Mateo County Credit Union

Brisbane Named Playful City USA

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Update 5/5/12 - Thank you to everyone who "Liked" Brisbane's picture on Facebook!  We didn't win the contest, but KaBOOM! did tell us that they were so impressed with Brisbane that they're still going to send us some free t-shirts and - most importantly - we're still in the running for a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground.  That announcement will be made on June 4, 2012.

Today, May 1st, marks a very exciting day in Brisbane history.  For the first time ever, Brisbane was named by the national non-profit KaBOOM! as one of its 2012 Playful USA communitiesWe are now participating in an online contest to see which of the cities given this distinction is the most playful!  Click on the image above and "Like" it.  Feel free to "Share" it on your Facebook pages, as well, so that others can do the same!  If we win first place, then it could open the door to a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground in town!  Hurry, the contest ends Friday 5/4 at midnight!

KaBOOM! is dedicated to saving play, having built more than 2,000 playgrounds, successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country, and provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  Click here to read the press release which announces Brisbane's recognition as a KaBOOM! 2012 Playful City and see which other communities across the nation which were also named Playful Cities.

The City would like to thank KaBOOM! for this notable recognition, as well as the Mothers of Brisbane who have engaged the public to inventory and audit all playspaces and provide suggestions to the City.  With that, enjoy this YouTube video featuring Mayor Lentz which was submitted along with our Playful City USA application to KaBOOM!

SFO Roundtable Meeting

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On April 23, 2012, Councilmembers, city staff, and members of the community met with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) staff and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staff to continue the dialogue of the impact of aircraft noise over the Brisbane community.  During the meeting, FAA staff provided their analysis of recommended changes to departure procedures and identified some initiatives to attempt to alleviate the over-flight situation.  Some initiatives are ones that the FAA are implementing currently, such as FAA operational personnel briefings on noise abatement procedures and noise sensitive areas surrounding the airport.  Other initiatives are still in the analysis process for future implementation.  Representatives from the FAA will present the information provided at this meeting at the May 2 SFO Roundtable Meeting, located at the David Chetcuti Community Room at Millbrae City Hall, 450 Poplar Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030.  Click here for the agenda.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and concerned community members are encouraged to attend.