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San Mateo County Libraries Unveils Revitalized Brand

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For the first time in more than a decade, we’re unveiling a new brand—and we’re thrilled to invite you along on our latest adventure! Our services, collections, and spaces are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our community, and we’ve updated our look to reflect where we are today and where we hope to go in the future.

Shaped by our communities, the San Mateo County Libraries have become incomparable destinations for learning and growth. We’ve opened worlds of discovery and provided unmatched technological opportunities. As we continue to grow our commitment remains the same—but what we offer will only become more extraordinary. By redesigning our visual identity, this welcoming spirit and dedication to knowledge will continue to be reflected in everything we do.

Our new logo consists of a simple and imaginative “Burst of Knowledge” symbol representing the spread of information, our family of libraries, and radiating excitement that comes from experiencing something new. It also alludes to a central hub where shared ideas converge to ignite growth through transformative experiences.

Our corresponding brand tagline, Open for Exploration™, extends this spirit by conveying the essence of who we are, our mission, and our vision. It speaks to our various roles in the community, open access to information, a celebration of open-mindedness, and the welcoming atmosphere our patrons can expect to encounter.

With the adoption of these elements, we are excited to share our story with everyone who steps into our spaces or enjoys our services.

We have many locations, but we’re all part of one unified vision. In order to fully capture this, we’re making the switch from “San Mateo County Library” to “San Mateo County Libraries.” Each of our libraries is part of a larger family offering a world of opportunities, all accessible through a single card. Our name change makes this clear and allows us to more effectively stand together as one.

Our bright new look is a reflection of you—our community. So we’re welcoming you into our family of libraries to see the brand’s fresh burst of energy, and take part in fun activities that celebrate who we are together. Stop by for a new library card in your choice of four creative designs, and share your vibrant personality on one of our coloring bookmarks. Keep the excitement going with Open for Exploration™ Bingo and take part in a variety of experiences throughout our libraries. Each activity earns you one stamp. Complete a row to win a prize, or fill up the whole card for something really special!

We’re overjoyed to share our brand with you. Together, we will continue to strengthen our community by offering inclusive environments for learning and enriching experiences.

The San Mateo County Libraries are Open for Exploration™. Come discover something new today!

Click here for more information regarding our Brisbane Library.

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Posted 5/26/2016


Parkside Plan Study Session
June 2, 7:30pm at City Hall


Memorial Day Pool Hours
9:30am-1:00pm – Lap Swim
9:30am-10:30am – Water Aerobics
1:00pm-6:00pm – Recreation Swim


City of Brisbane
Water Bills Are
Due June 6th


Living Lighter
Water Aerobics Classes
M,W,F 11:15am-12:15pm
Sat.  9:30am-10:30pm


Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Club Rec Summer Camp
The Fun Begins June 20th!
Register Online on in Our Office




Shuttle Stop Relocation

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Please be advised of the recent changes to the shuttle stop location on San Bruno Avenue.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

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Cleaning out your closet, basement, storage unit or boat? Looking to properly dispose of garden chemicals, pesticides, contaminated motor oil, antifreeze, unused chemicals and solvents? You can do so at the household hazardous waste event coming up in South San Francisco!

San Mateo County residents can make an appointment to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) for free at collection events held the first Saturday of the month in South San Francisco (except holidays and holiday weekends) from 8:30am–11:30am.

Remaining SSF HHW events for 2016 include:

· June 4
· August 6
· October 1
· November 5
· December 3

To participate, you must schedule an appointment at San Mateo County’s HHW Program: or by calling (650) 363-4718, select option 3. The event location will be disclosed once your appointment has been confirmed. No commercial waste is allowed. Limit 10 gallons.

Earn up to $148

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 As this year’s June 7 Presidential Primary Election gets closer, the San Mateo County Elections Office is calling on you to serve as an Election Officer, also known as poll workers, at polling places on Election Day. It is not too late to sign up!

For a countywide election, the Elections Office recruits and trains up to 2,000 Election Officers. 

To become an Election Officer, the signup process is very easy. You can call the Elections Office at 650-286-2810. Their staff will be happy to take down your information and sign you up. You can also visit to sign up online. The process only takes a few minutes. After signing up, you will be required to take a three-hour training, and you will receive an Appointment Letter. You will be paid a stipend of up to $148.

Election Officers are responsible for the smooth operation of all polling places on Election Day. They are there to ensure that every single voter can cast his or her ballot successfully. Election Officers are at the frontline of an election, and they are truly the faces of our democracy. 

Serving as an Election Officer will not only give you an opportunity to make a direct contribution to our democracy and local community, it will also help you to gain a deeper understanding of our election process. If you want to volunteer your time and service, if you want to make a difference, serving as an Elections Officer on Election Day is a great way to do so. We look forward to seeing you at the polls in the coming election.


Modified Pool Hours for Memorial Day

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The Brisbane Pool will have modified hours on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.  The pool will operate with the following schedule for that day only:

9:30am-1:00pm Lap Swim
9:30am-10:30am Water Aerobics
1:00pm-6:00pm Recreation Swim

On another note, please be advised that our Summer pool schedule will be in effect starting June 18th.  The schedule can be found in our Summer Activity Guide and online here.

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Posted 5/20/2016

Relay for Life
Benefit Rummage Sale
Sat., May 21, 8 am, Comm. Park
Fundraiser to Support Donna’s Stars

Measure B Passed with 71% Support!
The School Board Thanks You for
Bringing Art and Music to Our Kids!

Congrats Ryan Patterson
2016 Olympic Gymnast
For South Africa

Oil Painting Workshop
May 21st, 9am-4pm, Miss. Blue Center
First Time Painters Welcome!
For Info Call: 415.286.3707


Skatepark now OPEN!

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The wait is over...the newly remodeled Brisbane Skatepark is now open! Spohn Ranch completed construction earlier than anticipated and as of Friday, May 20th, the Skatepark is officially open for public use. The City will host a formal Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, June 11th. Further details to come regarding the event but in the meantime, it is our pleasure to invite you out to view the donor bricks and explore the new Skatepark!


National Public Works Week

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Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored National Public Works Week.  Across North America, more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

At the Thursday, May 19 City Council meeting, the Public Works Department will be present to receive a Proclamation from the Council declaring May 15-21, 2016 as Public Works Week.

The 2016 National Public Works Week Poster theme is "Public Works Always There." This theme showcases the pervasiveness of the men and women of the profession who are always there and always ready to serve their communities.

Thank you, Department of Public Works, for truly living this year's theme out!

Our Public Works Dept. receiving a Proclamation for National Public Works Week (May 15-21, 2016) from Mayor Lentz at the 5/19 City Council meeting. Thank you for being "Always There" as this year's theme declares, and always being ready to serve your community.

Climate Fact #20

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

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Eyesight Conservation Program

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Did you know that the Brisbane Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses for anyone who's not able to afford them, so long as they live or work in town?  This is what is known as their Eyesight Conservation Program, where the Lions are truly Knights for the Blind.  To fund this program, the Lions Club takes donations on White Cane Day, which is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964.  The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.  Come early October, you'll see Brisbane Lions Club members taking donations on Visitacion beginning in the wee hours of the morning.

Also, if you have an old pair of glasses, the Lions Club will gladly take them off your hands.  You can turn them in to the Lions Club via the drop box at Melissa's Taqueria.  For any questions about the Lions' Eyesight Conservation Program, please contact them at

Bike to Shop Day

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Like Bike to Work Day, Bike to Shop Day is an annual program that encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month celebrations.  This day is a one-day promotion to encourage people to shop by bike at local businesses.  Bike to Shop Day for Silicon Valley is May 21, 2016.

Shopping by bike is a great way for people to have fun and get a little exercise while taking care of daily or weekly errands.  Unlike most work commutes, most errands are local trips of under 2 miles.  That’s less than 15 minutes of bicycling for most people and only about 5 minutes more than a trip by car.  Other benefits include:

  • Shopping by bike is an easy way to get the 30 minutes a day of exercise that health professionals recommend.  Plus you’re “double dipping” by using errand time for exercise.
  • Bike parking is usually closer to the shop door.  It’s great to roll up to premium parking.
  • Since you buy only what you can carry, there’s less temptation to buy more than you need.
  • Many bike shoppers come home feeling energized instead of feeling drained, especially after a long chain of errands.

Melissa’s Taqueria, Julie’s Deli and Subway are participating in Bike to Shop Day 2016, with each offering a 10% discount to bikers that visit their shops on May 21st during their normal operating hours.  Have fun double-dipping!

Climate Fact #19

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

Climate Fact #18

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

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Posted 5/5/2016

Virginia (Esther) Fassett
1921 – 2016
Forever in Our Hearts
Memorial Saturday 5/7, 415.597.6910

Posted 5/3/2016

Brisbane Hosts 22nd Annual
Bike to Work Day Thursday, May 12, 2016

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14th, 9am – 2pm
Miss. Blue Nursery, 3401 Bayshore Blvd.

Bike to Work Day

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The 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day takes place on Thursday, May 12th.  Brisbane will again be hosting two Energizer Stations - one at Bayshore Blvd. & Old County Rd., and the other at Tunnel Ave & Lagoon Way, between 6:15am - 9:30am.  For more information about Bike to Work Day 2016, please visit  If you'd like to volunteer at one of Brisbane's two Energizer Stations that morning, please send an e-mail to

May 2016 Marina News

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 Click here to read the May 2016 Marina Newsletter

May STAR Newsletter

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Click here to view the May STAR Newsletter.

2016 Summer Concerts

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This summer tradition is made possible due to the generous tax deductible donations made by Brisbane businesses as well as local families who have come to eagerly anticipate the concerts each year because of the value they add to the community.

Would you consider being a sponsor for the 2016 Concert Series?  Please contact Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 for more information.  Here is the 2016 Sponsorship Form.

4/30 is National PrepareAthon Day

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On Saturday, April 30, National PrepareAthon! Day will inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for emergencies.  It’s an entire day dedicated to action and doing preparedness activities.

America’s PrepareAthon! is promoting ten ways to participate in preparedness and is asking everyone to take action, be counted, and spread the word.  Examples include:

Pets are family members too.  As you prepare your family for emergencies, don’t forget about your pets.  Click here to read about what items you should include in your pet emergency supply kit, as well as how to care for your pets during and after a disaster.

Thank you for practicing preparedness with your family and loved ones this Saturday!  For any questions, please contact the City's Office of Emergency Services at (415) 508-2130.

Calling all Teens

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The Brisbane Parks & Recreation Department is actively seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, and motivated teens to join the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).  Committee members have the important duty of advising the Parks & Recreation Commission and  Recreation staff on the programs and issues that concern the youth and teens in the Brisbane community.  This is a great way to get involved in your community and make a difference.  YAC members will also participate in the annual YAC Attack event through the California Parks & Recreation Society.  YAC Attack is a one day educational leadership conference for YAC members from all over Northern California.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received by YAC Advisor, Ricardo Monroy, and Recreation Supervisor, Steve Beaty.  Once a committee is established, meetings will be scheduled on Wednesday evenings once per month.  (Be advised that the Committee generally does not meet in the Summer and YAC meetings are conducted only August-May.)  For additional information, please contact Ricardo directly at or 415-508-2143 – Application available online here.  Apply today! 

Climate Fact #17

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

Brisbane Marina Caps for Sale

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Brisbane Marina mascot, Zuri, shown modeling their new caps for sale!  Caps are available for $11.00 in the Marina office during business hours at 400 Sierra Point Pkwy - colors include khaki, navy, olive, and red.

Zuri, however, is not for sale!

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!  We thought we'd take this opportunity to remind the community about the plastic bag recycling receptacle located at the Brisbane Post Office.  Take your clean, dry plastic bags there and drop them in the receptacle located near the P.O. Boxes. Thank you, South San Francisco Scavengers!

Also, the 13th Annual Habitat Restoration Day is tomorrow on Monarch Dr. b/t Mission Blue Dr. & North Hill -- come out from 9am - 1pm and help remove invasive, non-native plants from habitat.  Free lunch and t-shirt provided!

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Posted 4/22/2016

In Loving Memory OF
Roy Peters
1917 – 2016
40yr. Resident
Memorial Service 4/24, 6pm, 348 Visitacion

Posted 4/18/2016

Midtown Water Payment Box
Closed for Routine Service
April 21st to April 29th

Posted 4/15/2016

Parkside Plan Study Session
Rescheduled to June 2nd
7:30pm at City Hall

City of Brisbane
13th Annual Earth Day
Sat., April 23, 9am-1pm, Monarch Dr.
Between Mission Blue Dr. and North Hill Dr.
Info: or 415.508.2118

Posted 4/13/2016

Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School
Annual Luau Fundraiser
Sun., Apr. 17, 1-5pm, Mission Blue Ctr.
Island Buffet, Aloha Dancers, Silent Auction

City of Brisbane – Now Hiring
P/T Sr. Recreation Leader
Application Deadline:  Apr. 25th or City Hall

Parkside Study Session on 6/2

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MIG’s presentation of preliminary Parkside Plan concept alternatives has been rescheduled to the June 2, 2016 City Council meeting.  The preliminary alternatives will illustrate different land use and design options for the Parkside Area reflecting the community’s cumulative feedback to date and informed by technical studies pertaining transportation and economic feasibility.  These technical studies and summaries of community feedback received to date are available on the City’s Parkside Documents webpage.

Brisbane residents, please plan on attending the June 2, 2016 City Council study session and give your feedback on the alternative scenarios!  Materials will be posted on the City's All Meetings page the Friday before the meeting.

Climate Fact #16

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:

2016 Lifeguard Training Course

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This course, based on the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, will certify students in Lifeguarding, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.  Students must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class and pass a prerequisite test (swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes with no hands, retrieve a 10 pound brick from 8 feet and return it to designated spot).

Course dates: May 13-15 (Friday-Sunday)
Time(s): Friday 6-10pm; Sat/Sun 8am-5pm

Register online at starting April 5th.  View the course flyer here.

For more information, please contact Jeff Franco at (415) 657-4320.

Kara Drop-In Support Groups

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“Kara” means “to grieve with, to care”.  As a non-profit organization serving the Bay Area since 1976, Kara provides comprehensive grief support, crisis intervention, and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of grief and loss.  Last month on April 4th, representatives from Kara held a Drop-In Grief Support Session at the Community Center from 6-8pm.  It was a beneficial and informative evening for those who attended.  Kara is now offering Drop-In Grief Support every Thursday from Noon-1:30pm through June 9th at their San Mateo location (205 E. 3rd Ave., Suite 200D, San Mateo).  Registration is recommended as space as limited.  For more information and to register, please call Kara at (650) 321-5272 or visit  There is no fee to attend this group.  Donations are suggested and can be made online at or sent by mail to their main office in Palo Alto (457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301).

Jaymie Byron, Kara’s Director of Community Outreach, and Leighsa Montrose, Community Outreach Programs Support Specialist, welcoming attendees on 4/4.

Climate Fact #15

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The Open Space and Ecology Committee is endeavoring to provide to the community one climate fact each week.  These facts are to call community awareness to global warming impacts as a measure of the Climate Action Plan of the City of Brisbane.

For further reading:


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