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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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!
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!
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)...so, 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be a "Build Day" volunteer!