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San Carlos Community Movie Night: August 27.

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Toy Story 3 at Burton Park.

The San Carlos Park and Recreation Department has pulled together what sounds like an absolutely fabulous community event:  The San Carlos Community Movie Night.  On Saturday August 27th the Park and Rec Department, along with the Sheriff’s Activity League and the San Carlos Youth Advisory Council, will present an outdoor showing of Toy Story 3 at Burton Park.    Everyone is encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs and catch a great movie outdoors!   There will even be free popcorn and lemonade while they last.

Redwood City holds a similar event every Thursday night called Movies on the Square, where they show outdoor movies in the huge square in front of the old courthouse building.  They utilize a huge inflatable screen and lots of remote speakers, so the fidelity of the presentation is surprisingly good.  It’s a very popular event in Redwood City, and the square is usually packed with families taking in a free movie.  I hope the Park and Rec Department is able to make this a recurring event — movie nights are very popular in small towns in the mid-west, and if our Friday Night Concerts are any indication, it will catch on here too.

The Details:

Community Family Movie Night

What: Toy Story 3
Where: Burton Park
When: Saturday, August 27th
Time: 8:00pm (Sunset)

Bring your family, friends, chairs, blankets and dessert. Free popcorn and lemonade while it lasts.

Click here for the official flyer on the event:  San Carlos Community Movie Night
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White Oaks Neighborhood to Celebrate National Night Out.

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Ice Cream Social:  August 2.

For the second year in a row, the White Oaks neighborhood of  San Carlos will throw a bash to celebrate National Night Out – a time to strengthen neighborhood spirit and unity – with a delicious Ice Cream Social.  The date is next week, Tuesday, August 2nd  from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, and the location is 2125 White Oak Way. This is like a huge block party – and everyone in White Oaks is invited.

National Night Out is an event that’s held every year across the entire country to highlight the Neighborhood Watch programs.  Its goal is to create a fun and casual environment for neighbors to meet one another, and more important, educate them on important crime prevention tactics such as:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs.
  • Help neighbors prepare for emergencies.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Bring Your Favorite Ice Cream.

If you missed this event last year, you won’t want to miss this one.  Last year the San Carlos Police Department hosted a K-9 demonstration, and the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department dropped by in one of their new fire engines.  This year, the police department is now the San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and Captain Greg Rothaus says there will be some special surprises from his agency at this year’s function.   This is a great educational event, but it’s also an opportunity to get reacquainted with your neighbors.

Please bring your favorite ice cream or topping to share, and chairs to sit on if you like.  Residents of the 2100 block of White Oak Way will supply the plates, eating utensils and some tables.  Once again, Diane and Laila Adle are graciously organizing and hosting this event.  And they would greatly appreciate some help.  If you can volunteer, please drop them an email.

Come one, come all!! Enjoy a nice summer evening and bring the entire family.
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Trinity Presbyterian Nursery School in San Carlos Has Openings.

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Space Available!

Now those are two words I thought I’d never see associated with this educational institution.  In the 22 years that we’ve lived in San Carlos, I can’t recall the last time that there wasn’t a wait list to get into Trinity Presbyterian’s very popular nursery school program — and for good reason.  We have known many families whose children have attended this program, and have had nothing but rave reviews about this school.   It’s located on the grounds of the Trinity Presbyterian Church on the corner of Brittan Avenue and Alameda, and has been providing play-based education for San Carlos toddlers for more than 50 years.  It’s a safe bet that many of their early graduates now have their own children attending this school.

Trinity is a little bit different than other pre-schools in that it’s a co-operative school, which means that parents are required to volunteer some time at the school during school hours.   Depending on the class size, that usually equates to one or two days per month — certainly doable, even for working parents.   But because this year several families moved out of the area, and a few other moms had to go back to work full-time, there are a few openings in the following classes:

  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 – 11:30 AM class for 3-year olds.
  • Tuesday/Friday 12:45 – 3:15PM class for 4-year olds.

Interested?

This is a great opportunity to get one of the toughest pre-school tickets in town, since there’s almost always a waiting list to get in.  For more information, email the school at [email protected], or you can call directly at (650) 593-0770.
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Air Conditioning? Not in San Carlos.

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A Luxury More Than a Necessity.

Next to not having a full basement, the most scarce amenity in the typical San Carlos home is probably air conditioning.  If you’ve tripped through enough open houses in San Carlos, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the conspicuous absence of air conditioning in the vast majority of homes.    But as the temperature in San Carlos has been teetering around the 90 degree mark over the past few days, that nagging thought always starts to creep into the mind of homeowners — should we get air conditioning?

The reason most homes in San Carlos don’t have air conditioning is that they don’t need it.   Why?  Today is a perfect example — at 6:00 today in San Carlos it was about 85 degrees — certainly warm enough to get an itchy trigger finger to flip on the AC (if you indeed have AC).  But at exactly the same time in Half Moon Bay, only about 10 miles away as the crow flies, it was 62 degrees and socked in with fog.    That’s a 23 degree difference in a relatively short distance.   Two hours later in San Carlos, it’s a perfect 70 degrees.

That’s why most homeowners forgo the expense of an air conditioning unit – because Mother Nature already provides the service for free.   On the typical summer day while the rest of the country is sweltering, the marine layer that pushes onto the coast every afternoon and evening provides natural cooling for communities on the north peninsula.

The Two Week Exception.

Because Mother Nature likes to throw things into reverse every so often just to see if we’re paying attention, there’s usually two or three weeks in the entire year when the marine layer goes surfing, so to speak.   This reverse weather pattern brings in all of that distressed and foreclosed air from the central valley toward us and makes things downright uncomfortable as temps then top the century mark.  It’s particularly noticeable in older homes that aren’t that well insulated, and in the upper floors of multi-level homes.  For those in San Carlos who do have air conditioning, it’s during these times that you’re able to laugh at the rest of us tightwads.   But those heat waves only last a few days to a week at a time, and then we’re back to our typical blissful weather.

So if you’re new to the area and wondering why you don’t see air conditioning in most of the homes, now you know why.  Hey, if you’re going to shell over a million dollars (or more) for a home, something better be included, right?
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Election Season 2011 Is Officially Open in San Carlos.

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Call for Candidates.

Yesterday, San Carlos City Clerk Christine Boland formally announced the City’s intention to hold a general election on Tuesday November 8 for two city council seats and one treasurer position, and opened the doors for interested parties to submit their paperwork.  Candidates for any of the above positions have until Friday August 12 to submit the necessary documents to be included in the upcoming election.

If early indications are accurate, there may be 6-10 candidates vying for just two city council seats.  This is in stark contrast to the last election to fill a city council seat, when now-Mayor Andy Klein ran unopposed for the single seat.  It’s great to see so much renewed interest in civic duty, and it should make for some interesting weeks of campaigning leading up to the election in November.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat in the ring for any of these positions, all of the details about the election as well as the list of qualifications and the links to the documentation, can be found on the election page on the City of San Carlos website.
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San Carlos Needs to Become More Bike-Friendly.

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Not the City of Good Cycling…Yet.

San Carlos is a great place to live if you’re a avid bicyclist, or even a casual recreational rider.   That’s because we’re just a short jaunt from some of the most spectacular series cycling loops in all of Northern California.   The roads that meander through the hills of Woodside, Portola Valley, Emerald Hills, and San Mateo are some of the most scenic roads in the entire Bay Area, and offer challenges to cyclists of all levels.  Whether you’re out for an easy 10-mile spin, or you want to ride your bike all the way to the Pacific Ocean, there are numerous, spectacular ways to do just that.

And while people from all over the Bay Area must shlep their bikes on the backs of their cars to enjoy our scenic roads, San Carlos residents are lucky in that they can simply roll right out of their garages and into pedal into cycling paradise.    It has literally become one of many positive decision factors when home buyers choose to make San Carlos their new home.   You only need to see the exodus of lycra-clad residents spinning toward the hills each weekend morning to understand this.
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White Oaks Neighbors Rally Around Fire Victims.

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Support Coordinated Through Facebook Page.

In the wee hours of this past Sunday morning, a fast-moving fire raged through the Kuramoto residence on St. Francis Way in San Carlos.  According to news reports, by the time the family was able to scramble to safety, the entire garage and kitchen were fully involved in fire.   Thankfully everyone escaped from the home safely, but the damage rendered their home uninhabitable, and the fire claimed almost all of their belongings.  In the end, damage was estimated to be nearly $500,000.

The swift outpouring of support from the San Carlos community has been wonderful and extremely generous in this time of crisis for the Kuramoto family.   As you can imagine there are still many opportunities to help — the question is what to do and when.  To help coordinate some of the efforts, residents have created a Facebook page for the community.  The purpose of this page is to:

  • Establish a place where the community can post messages of support to Jasmine, Randall, Reece and Jules.
  • Provide central space for anyone to seek volunteers for various needs.
  • Link an option to collect donations for the family.
  • Keep folks in the loop on how the Kuramoto’s are doing and if there is anything they can do to help.

The link to the site is:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kuramoto-Family-Update/189746384417399?sk=wall

Once you are on the page, you can click the “like” button and then post messages.    Neighbors and friends will be working with the Kuramotos to identify the best ways to help them both in the next few days/weeks as well as over the coming months.  Please leverage the Facebook site to share your messages of support and to learn more about how you can help the family.

It’s in trying times like these that you truly understand why San Carlos is such a great community to be a part of.

 
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Wheeler Plaza Development in San Carlos: 3 Reasons Why it Needs to Happen.

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Time for a Change.

The other morning while I was making my normal run for sourdough bread at Le Boulanger (if you haven’t tried their fresh sliced sourdough, it’s out of this world), I was struck by how much of an eyesore the rear parking area behind the building has become.  Sure, during business hours it serves a valuable purpose as a main downtown parking area.  But during non-business hours, it’s just vast sea of empty parking spaces that’s sometimes strewn with litter on windy days.  For those of you who may not know, that very area on the corner of Walnut Street and San Carlos Avenue (including many of the buildings), is a city-owned plot of land known as Wheeler Plaza.  And for the past couple of years, the City has been investigating different ways that it might re-develop that entire site.

I hope the City will be able to take one of those solutions beyond the idea stage and actually re-develop this prime area of San Carlos, because there are three key reasons why it needs to happen: >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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