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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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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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San Carlos 2013 Art and Wine Faire is This Weekend.

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23rd Year of Vino and Fun.

The San Carlos Art & Wine Faire celebrates its 23rd year this weekend, October 12 and 13. Sponsored by the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, this fun-filled, outdoor family event features a beautiful array of artwork, live entertainment, a classic and hot rod car show, some of the areas finest wines and micro-brews, delectable food and much more. Back by popular demand, mimosas will also be served on both days.

Taking place in the heart of downtown San Carlos, this much-anticipated fall festival offers two full days of enjoyment for people of all ages.  This includes a Family Fun Zone with a variety of children’s activities and live entertainment each day from noon to 4:30 p.m.  The Fun Zone features live children’s music, singing and dancing, the magic of Gerald Joseph, and Ballet Folklorico.  In addition, more than 275 artists will be showcasing their original work ranging from ceramics, pottery, watercolor and oil paintings, photography, wood working, jewelry and much more.

Musical performances on Saturday include Jazz by Design, which will play from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Caravanserai (Santana Tribute Band) from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Downtown Park Stage.   Kickback (dance, Latin and soul) will play from noon to 2:30 p.m. and The Riptides (60’s oldies rock and roll) will perform from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the San Carlos Avenue Stage.

On Sunday, Inoahband (R&B, soul) will play from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Apple Z (dance band) will play from 3:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. on the Downtown Park Stage.   Stompy Jones (swing) will play from noon to 2:30 p.m. and the Mersey Beach (60’s music party band) will perform from3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the San Carlos Avenue Stage.

Wine tasting will be offered by Coppola Winery, Cuvée Wine Cellars, Domenico Winery, Perelli-Minetti Winery, Simi Winery and Wild Horse Winery. Sparking wines include Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs & Sonoma Brut, J Vineyards, Coppola Winery-Sofia, Mumm Napa Brut and Ruffino Prosecco and Moscato. Beers on tap from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will be Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, Kellerweis, Torpedo Extra IPA and Northern Hemisphere Harvest.

Car enthusiasts will enjoy a Classic and Hot Rod Car show on both days of the Faire, put on by Let’s Talk Events, which will include prizes awarded for best of show. Those interested in exhibiting an automobile are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (650) 593-1068.

The San Carlos Art & Wine Faire takes place on both sides of San Carlos Avenue between El Camino and Walnut, and on Laurel Street from San Carlos Avenue to Arroyo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Because parking in downtown San Carlos is at a premium during the Faire, the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce encourages Faire attendees to use public transportation such as SamTrans or CalTrain or to ride bicycles to the event. A convenient Bike Parking Corral is available at 1250 San Carlos Avenue to store your bike.
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San Carlos Healthy Cities Needs More Tutors.

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Help Needed!

Are you looking for a very easy and rewarding way to give something back to our community?  Something that will cost you nothing more than an hour or so of your time, but will make a HUGE difference to a child?  Then you should consider becoming a tutorHealthy Cities Tutoring is an outstanding local non-profit organization that’s dedicated to tutoring and mentoring children of ages 5-14 to raise their academic success and self esteem.  Established in 1996, Healthy Cities has improved the life of hundreds of local children…and now they need your help.

Right now, there is a great need for volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students in our schools.   Tutors only need to contribute as little as about one hour per week, and it truly makes a huge difference to help kids improve and find greater success in school.  During the 2012-2013 school year,  175 volunteers from our community stepped to the plate at Healthy Cities and a tutored 196 children!

It’s very easy to help out — no prior tutoring or teaching experience is needed and scheduling is very flexible. Tutoring takes place before, during or after school and they are serving kids in all seven schools in San Carlos.

If you’re interested in helping out, please consider attending an orientation/training on Wednesday October 23. There are two sessions being offered: 8:30-10:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm, and both are being held at White Oaks School in the Multi-Use Room.   For more information, email Donna Becht, or you can go directly to the Healthy Cities website to fill in an application directly.

There’s no better way to feel good than by doing good!

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San Carlos City-Wide Garage Sale is Tomorrow.

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October 5, 9AM – 4PM.

The volunteer organization San Carlos Together has once again organized the San Carlos City-Wide Garage Sale, which will take place tomorrow all across the city.   If you haven’t registered your junk precious valuables for the sale, unfortunately it’s too late to get on the list.  But if you’re one of those that just dreams of spending your Saturday morning hitting garage sales, then this is absolutely your Super Bowl weekend.

The list of homes that have registered and are participating in the garage sale can be downloaded from the website.  There’s also an interactive map to help you navigate all of the bargains.

Happy shopping!
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Harmony Frozen Yogurt Closes Its Doors in San Carlos.

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A FroYo Fave.

The loyal fans who embraced the tangy, organic frozen yogurt and the fresh toppings will be sad to learn that Harmony Frozen Yogurt on Laurel Street has closed its doors.   From the person I spoke with today, slower sales and increased competition from other establishments on Laurel Street took its toll on what was a mainstay of the downtown shopping district of San Carlos.   It’s probably not too much of a stretch to think that they lost a big chunk of business when Tutti Frutti opened shop on San Carlos Avenue.

This flies in the face of the common misconception that every business on the hot section of north Laurel Street is a guaranteed home run.    The more shops that open along this stretch, the more it creates competition for the established businesses, regardless if they are direct competition or not.

There’s no word yet on what will take over this prime spot on Laurel Street, or if any of the other Harmony locations will be impacted.   But it certainly is a bummer to see something so uniquely San Carlos quietly slip away.
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