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San Carlos Symphony at Sunset: Saturday August 23rd

San Carlos Park and Rec Foundation

4th Annual Fundraiser

Looking for something fun and unique to do this weekend in San Carlos?  The Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos is proud to present the 4th Annual Symphony at Sunset on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the new Burton Park Stage.  This great event is making its fourth consecutive appearance this year, and all proceeds benefit the San Carlos Parks & Recreation Foundation, which raises funds for our city’s 14 Parks. Most recently the Foundation contributed $250,000 for the completion of Burton Park Phase II which includes the new stage, Bocce Courts and renovated basketball courts.

The festivities start at 6:00 PM.  At 7:15 pm, relax at your table or comfortable chair to listen to beautiful music.  Musicians include the Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco, Pianist Stacy Yi, vocalist Mona Dena, and former members of the San Francisco Symphony, Sarn Oliver & Amos Yang.

Enjoy complimentary food from Piacere, Dessert and coffee from Peets AND complimentary wine tasting by Domenico Winery. Fabulous bottles of wine available for purchase. Great raffle prizes, too!

Individual & group seating available at: www.prfsancarlos.org  Enjoy some great music outdoors while supporting your San Carlos Parks!

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“FLX”: SamTrans Launches Pilot Program for Low-Cost Rides in San Carlos..

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The other day I was driving through San Carlos, and was following an immaculately clean SamTrans shuttle bus with the letters “FLX” emblazoned across the back.     I certainly hadn’t seen one of these before, nor did I have any idea what “FLX” stood for.  So as usual, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to check it out.

As it turns out, back in January of this year SamTrans launched pilot programs in both San Carlos and Pacifica to provide low-cost “flexible” transit services (hence the letters FLX) for local residents along a fixed route within both communities.   The system simply runs on clearly defined loop at certain intervals during the day, and residents can wait at one of the stops for a quick, cheap ride downtown.   The route stops at logical places, such as the Caltrain Station and the Adult Activity Center downtown.

The added twist to FLX is that residents also have the ability to arrange to be picked and drop-off anywhere within the city –  but they need to call a day in advance to arrange for that service.

For those of you who have lived here long enough, this sounds quite similar to the long-defunct S.C.O.O.T. program that once provided free rides throughout San Carlos.  FLX is not free, but fares range from $1.00 per ride for seniors, to $2.00 for adults.  Day passes for the same groups are available for $2.50 and $5.00, respectively.

Light Ridership.

According to this article in the San Jose Mercury news, ridership on the pilot service has been light — either because people are reluctant to try it, or they simply don’t know about it.  I certainly fall into the latter category, as I’m sure many of you do.  Consequently, only an average of about 12 riders per day are using the service, which is probably not going to be enough to keep SamTrans interested in continuing the service beyond the pilot period.   Figures for the Pacifica were not mentioned in the article.

Below is a map of the FLX route in San Carlos and Redwood City, along with the fare schedule:

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Customers can arrange to have the bus pick them up and drop them off at locations throughout San Carlos when it’s not on a fixed schedule by calling 650-560-0360 a day in advance. This is a pretty unique approach to helping alleviate the parking crunch downtown, while providing rides to people who may not have convenient modes of transportation.

For those very reasons, I certainly hope it survives the pilot period and becomes a regular service in the City of Good Living….
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White Oaks Celebrates National Night Out: Tuesday, August 5.

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Free Ice Cream.

White Oaks residents, mark your calendars for this coming Tuesday August 5th.  Just as they have done for the past 5 years, the White Oaks neighborhood will lead the way in San Carlos in embracing the National Night Out initiative.  And they will do so in their trademark fashion of offering free ice cream to all attendees.   This year, however, there’s an added culinary twist as Sancho’s Taqueria will also be offering their tasty food for sale from their mobile truck.

Ever since the White Oaks Neighborhood Watch was founded over 6 years ago, the National Night Out event has been an integral part of the group’s efforts to unite the White Oaks neighborhood, and to raise awareness about crime and public safety in the community.   This year’s event will once again feature a strong showing by San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, as well as San Carlos Fire Department.

This year’s festivities will center around 121 and 125 Sunnydale Avenue, courtesy of the Widner and Demeo families who have volunteered to organize this year’s event.  In fact, the entire block of Sunnydale will be cordoned off from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which will make it essentially a good old-fashioned block party, thus making it easy for everyone to congregate and get to know one another.

A huge thanks for the gracious participation of the San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Redwood City/San Carlos Fire Department — especially Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Rothaus and the fire department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Christy Adonis for all of their help in coordinating their resources for this important event.  The White Oaks National Night Out is a great opportunity to meet and greet the first responders who are close by when we need them, and to learn about programs that can help us stay safe and secure.

Here’s a flyer with all the details:

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Bianchini’s in San Carlos to Host “Bagging for Bucks” – Friday August 1.

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3rd Annual Benefit.

The great folks at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office along with Bianchini’s Market have announced the date for the 3rd Annual “Bagging for Bucks” event, which benefits the Special Olympics.  Here’s how it works:  Between 3:00 and 7:00 PM on Friday August 1, simply shop for your groceries at either of the Bianchini’s locations in San Carlos or Portola Valley.   Your courtesy bagger will be a uniformed member  of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.    They’ll even help carry your groceries to the car.    After they are done helping you, simply tip them generously and those proceeds go to benefit the Special Olympics.  It’s just that easy!

The Sheriff’s Department will be there in full force during this event, with fingerprinting for the kids, and free giveaways for everyone.   It’s a great event for an even greater cause, so please make a point of doing your shopping at Bianchini’s this Friday!

More details regarding the event can be found in the flyer below….

 

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Special Hearing Tonight: San Carlos Land Swap.

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Critical Juncture.

If you haven’t been keeping close tabs on the local news lately, the City of San Carlos and the San Carlos School District have struck a tentative deal to effectively “swap” two key parcels of their respectively owned properties in San Carlos.     Under the terms of the agreement, the School District would get the 4-acre plot of land on Crestview Drive known as North Crestview Park to build a new facility for the San Carlos Charter Learning Center (SCCLC).   In return, the City of San Carlos would receive the land at the top of Tierra Linda Middle School, which would likely be utilized as additional recreation space.

At their May 27, 2014 meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution 2014-053, initiating the process of abandoning the North Crestview site designation as a “Park” – a key requirement to enable the site to be developed.    At 7:00 tonight in the San Carlos City Council Chambers, the Council will hold a special meeting to hear and consider all public protests to this Resolution.  At the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, the Council is expected to vote to either accept or override the protest.   At least 4 of the Council members must vote to override the protest.

If the protest is overridden, the Resolution then goes on the November ballot for the voters of San Carlos to decide its fate.   If the protest is not overridden, the land swap effectively dies on the dais.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the City Council Chambers at 600 Elm Street in San Carlos.

If you have a strong opinion one way or the other on this issue, obviously tonight is a golden opportunity to have your voice heard by the Council.   It should be a very interesting meeting regardless.
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San Carlos Announces Concert in the Park 2014 Schedule.

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Free Friday Fun.

If you’ve been a resident of San Carlos for a while, then you’re probably already a veteran of the long-standing summertime tradition of the free concerts in that are held in Burton Park on Friday evenings.    But if you’re new to this town, this is an event that you’ll want to make part of your San Carlos summer schedule.

Starting on July 11 and running every Friday evening for 6 straight weeks, there will be a different band playing a free concert in the playground area of Burton Park.   This is a great opportunity to hang out and see some of your old San Carlos friends, and also to make new ones.   Bring a blanket, some wine, and your dinner spread (no barbecue, though) and enjoy the wide variety of live music.   But get there early, because it’s usually pretty packed by the time the music starts.

The event is organized every year by the San Carlos Park and Rec Department, and is always free because of the generous sponsorship of local businesses.

Here is the lineup for the 2014 Concert in the Park Series:

Date Band Artist  Music  Sponsor 
July 11th Journey Revisited Journey Tribute Band Recology San Mateo County
Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos
July 18th 7th Street Jazz Band Big Band San Carlos Elms
July 25th Tom Rigney & Flambeau Cajun & Zydeco Palo Alto Medical Foundation
August 1st E-Ticket Oldies Rock n’Roll BOWWOW Meow
Today Sotheby’s International Realty
August 8th Houserockers Rock & Soul Provident Credit Union
August 15th Chris Gardner Band Country Crippen & Flynn Funeral Chapels

 

This summer’s series also marks the first year that concerts will be played on the cool new permanent bandstand that was built as part of the major overhaul that was just completed on Burton Park’s play area:

 

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So mark your calendars, and come hang out with your San Carlos friends this summer.  Good times!
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5 Great Places to Get Breakfast in San Carlos.

January 15, 2014 Downtown San Carlos, Living in San Carlos Comments Off
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Got Breakfast?

San Carlos gets a lot of attention for its seemingly ever-growing collection of upscale restaurants. Over the past decade, Laurel Street and the adjoining side-streets have been transformed from a sleepy, small town shopping district into a modern-day “restaurant row”. There’s no shortage of fine dining to suit just about anyone’s taste, and this has made downtown San Carlos a destination of choice not only for San Carlos residents, but for many people outside the community when they decide to step out for lunch or dinner.

But what about breakfast? Does anyone even “do” breakfast anymore?   The answer is a resounding “yes”, and San Carlos has some really cool spots to grab a hearty breakfast to fuel your day ahead.   Although I have lived on the Peninsula for most of my life, I originally hail from the mid-west where breakfast is ingrained in the fabric of life, so it’s just as much as a social event as it is a meal.  So just a fair warning that I have a soft spot for down-home hearty breakfast joints.

In this post, I will highlight five places that you can go in San Carlos to get your early morning fix. It’s by no means a complete list, so if you know of a great place that I have not covered below, please feel free to brag about it in the comments. That will simply make this post an even more valuable resource when you want to dash out and grab breakfast.

So in absolutely no particular order….

1- The Depot Cafe

Located at the San Carlos train station, the Depot Cafe has been a San Carlos institution for as long as I can remember.  When I used to take Caltrain every day  to college (many years ago), Friday morning breakfast at the Cafe before the train arrived became a weekly tradition.    It’s a cozy atmosphere, with small tables and hundreds of train photos throughout.   The food is great, and the service is fast — the latter being essential if you are going to service the commuter crowd — and it seems like the owner knows everyone who walks in the door.   Quintessential small-town diner feel..

There are about 50 different variations of omelettes on the menu, but if you can’t find exactly what you want you can simply design your own.   The country potatoes are off the charts, too.

Here’s their review on Yelp:  The Depot Cafe

2- The Omelette House.

If you’re truly a hard-core Midwesterner and miss the visceral sensation of eating in a old-school breakfast diner, then The Omelette House is for you.  The minute you walk through the door, you feel like you’ve been transported in a time machine from chic San Carlos back to a typical Ohio diner in the 60′s (minus the smoke, thank goodness.)    No frills here – just lots of booths and tables, and good food.

The menu at the Omellete House looks similar to the Depot Cafe in that they both have and entire page of omellete variations (you’d expect that with the name).   They also carry some of the more traditional midwest breakfast items, too.   It’s really fun to have a place like this in San Carlos.   The Omelette House is located at 66 El Camino Real in San Carlos — click here for the map.

Here’s their review on Yelp:  The Omelette House

3- My Breakfast House.

You can’t miss the bright red awning on Laurel Street that guides you into My Breakfast House.   In true diner style, this place is all about checkered tablecloths and good breakfasts.  No frills here either, which is a huge plus in my book.  It’s not as heavily omelette oriented as the previous two diners (although the omelettes here are excellent), so you find some great variations of french toast, pancakes and other fare.

Another plus for families with children is that they have a small play room off to the side to keep the little ones occupied while you enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast.   My Breakfast House is located at 1137 Laurel Street in San Carlos — click here for the map.

Here’s their review on Yelp:  My Breakfast House.

4- Sky Kitchen

If you’re looking for a unique location for breakfast, check out the Sky Kitchen at the San Carlos airport.   What the Depot Cafe is to trains,  the Sky Kitchen is to airplanes.    It’s still one of the best-kept breakfast secrets in San Carlos.  You can eat a great breakfast while you’re watching the planes take off and land from our own commercial airport.    The Sky Kitchen is smaller than the other 3 places, so plan your breakfast time accordingly if you don’t want to wait for a seat.    The Sky Kitchen is located on Airport Way in San Carlos — click here for the map.

Here’s their review on Yelp:   Sky Kitchen.

5- Broiler Express.

As far as location goes, you can’t beat Broiler Express.   They are on the prime corner of Laurel Street and Arroyo Avenue, in the hot part of the San Carlos downtown shopping district.  The comment that seems to resonate about the Broiler Express is that you get great food and it’s cheap.    There are a number of good breakfast options for under $5, which is something you usually won’t find at the other places.   Broiler Express is located at 895 Laurel Street in San Carlos – click here for the map.

Here’s their review on Yelp:  Broiler Express

Honorable Mention:  Stacks

No article on great breakfast spots in San Carlos would be complete without props to Stacks on El Camino.  It’s obviously a favorite for many folks in San Carlos, since it’s so close.  But technically they’re located in Redwood City, and I wanted this post to pay homage (or fromage?) to those places that are truly San Carlos institutions.

Got a Favorite?

Obviously, there are more than 5 places to grab a great breakfast in San Carlos.  I just highlighted 5 of the more established and traditional diner-style breakfast spots.   Do you have a favorite that everyone should know about?  Feel free to show them some love in the comments below!

Bon Apetit!
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What To Do With Your Old Christmas Tree.

December 31, 2013 Living in San Carlos No Comments
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Curbside Pickup.

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is knocking on the door, it’s time for many to start taking down their holiday decorations, and to dispose of the old, dry Christmas tree.     Recology San Mateo County can’t help you with the decorations, but they certainly can help you get rid of your old tree.

Through January 31, all you need to do is put your old tree out on the curb next to the green bin on your normal recycle day.   Recology will pick up the tree and then compost it to prevent it from going to the landfill.    You simply need to make sure that everything is off the tree when you put it out at the curb (no decorations, stands, or grandma’s stale fruitcake,  please.)

But be sure to do this before January 31st.  First of all, keeping an old dry tree in your home for that long is a potential fire hazard.  Second, if you wait until after the 31st, you will then have to cut the tree into small pieces yourself and stuff it into the green bin.   That doesn‘t sound like fun.   For more information, see Recology’s site or contact them at 650-595-3900.

On that note, Happy New Year from the White Oaks Blog.   May 2014 be safe, healthy, and prosperous for you!
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