An Unsung “Lion”ess
Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Nonprofits in Action – 8
CityTrees Adding a Little
Green to Redwood City – 9
Cultural Events – 11
Volunteerism Shines at
Sequoia Awards – 14
Shop Redwood City – 16
Chris Cheshire: Her Warm
Heart “Roars” Throughout
the Community – 18
Community Interest – 21
Drunk Driving - One of the
Most Expensive Mistakes
You Can Make – 31
Senior Activities – 31
A Minute With
Michael Akana – 34
t is all about service and giving back to our community as we present the April 2013
edition of The Spectrum Magazine. We have several stories and features that we know
will have you clapping in support of those who are giving back!
We start off with a real unsung hero in our community. This month contributing writer
Julie McCoy brings us a “doer” who has been doing so for many years. From cars to
historic houses, to scholarship pageants, to being a master Lion, Chris Cheshire puts her time,
sweat and joy into helping many in our community. We hope you will be inspired by her story
and use it as your inspiration to get involved.
Then we have features on the CityTrees organization and on two special youths in our community
who recently were awarded scholarships at the Sequoia Awards. Can it get any better?
In Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he updates us on the November
City Council race. He also wonders what is good about Redwood City and whether the City
Council deserves to be informed of what that might be.
We also bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of community interest,
cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco, information from the
Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
This month’s cover photo shoot was arranged through email
correspondence between Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna
and cover subject Chris Cheshire for Wednesday, March 27,
at 2:15 p.m. at Wellesley Crescent Park in the Edgewood Road
neighborhood of Redwood City.
Penna arrived at the shoot first and started working on his
mobile phone while waiting for the others. Cover photographer
James Kaspar arrived about 15 minutes later and the two walked around
the park looking for a location where the lighting was perfect. It was not
hard because it was a beautiful Redwood City–weather day.
The location was chosen because of the lion statues that greet visitors
entering the park. There was no question that the lions would be used,
considering Cheshire is in the Lions Club service organization. After she
arrived, they started shooting.
Penna has known Cheshire for many years through the nonprofit work
they both do, and they seemed to have a nice, admirable bond. Kaspar
and Cheshire were meeting for the first time but hit it off grandly. They
shot throughout the park and, while doing so, the conversation led to how
the lions needed a little painting and details. Perhaps we will see another
Lions Club project in the works?
The entire shoot took about 30 minutes.
The Spectrum Magazine salutes volunteers in our community who do
so without the expectation of any reward except self-fulfillment and the
satisfaction of making a difference in our community. Cheshire is one of
those people. She has given her time to various and diverse individuals
and organizations and has done so without any call to “self.”
We hope that Cheshire will serve as another example of community
spirit and encourage you to get involved. You may notice we are running
the Nonprofits in Action section this month. We hope you will let
Cheshire’s story inspire you to make a call to one of those organizations
and volunteer your time. Thank you, Chris Cheshire, for all you do!
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Hoover School Volunteers Make a Difference in Students’ Lives
When Dick Imperiale retired from his job at
United Airlines, he was looking for something to
do. His wife, Judy, worked for the Redwood City
School District at the time, and she suggested that
he volunteer at one of the local schools. “Mr. I”,
as he is affectionately called by students, began
working with students at Hoover School 13 years
ago. The rest, as they say, is history. Mr. I is
at Hoover five days a week from 8:30 to 11:45,
except for Fridays when he leaves early — so that
he can volunteer at Selby Lane School!
“Mr. I is an icon at Hoover,” said Assistant Principal
Katherine Rivera. “If you have been a student at
Hoover for a few years, you have probably worked
with Mr. I.”
Mr. I reads books with students and works with
small groups on their math and reading skills. He
spends time one-on-one to help students learn
numbers, shapes and patterns, reinforcing what
the teacher does in the classroom.
School Board Trustee Dennis McBride describes
the first time he met Mr. I 10 years ago. “It was a
rainy day and he was at a little table under the eaves
working with three second-graders. You could see
the students were engaged and Mr. I enjoying himself.
Two years later there was an assembly and all the
students were in the cafeteria for the event, and
Mr. I walked in wearing his Cat-in-the-Hat hat.
Kids stampeded over to say hi to Mr. I and then
spontaneously they started chanting ‘Mr. I, Mr. I.’ ”
Amazingly, Mr. I is not the only volunteer who
makes a significant investment in Hoover students
on a daily basis. Mr. Zuno, the husband of Hoover
third-grade teacher Ninfa Zuno, also volunteers
every single day at Hoover and has been doing so
for 10 years. Mr. Zuno is at Hoover every morning
Boards Association Kent Award in 2010. Familias
Unidas is an eight-week family literacy program
that teaches Spanish-speaking parents how to best
support mathematics and biliteracy at home. As
a result of the workshops, parent involvement has
steadily increased at Hoover Community School.
When asked about why he invests so much
time in students and families, Mr. Zuno, who
“Many families need help understanding the culture. I love to help
families figure out how to help their students get homework done.”
by 7:45 a.m. He helps direct traffic to keep students
safe as they arrive at school, and then he works
with students in his wife’s classroom. Mr. Zuno
is not retired, and after putting in a few hours at
Hoover each day, he leaves to work at his regular
job. Mr. Zuno explained that since he was a university
student, he always loved helping other students,
particularly in the area of math and science. Mr.
Zuno is a biologist.
Mr. Zuno, who always has a big smile on his
face, is not only passionate about working with students,
he is passionate about working with families.
Mr. Zuno and his wife started a family literacy
program at Hoover called Familias Unidas (Families
United through Literacy and Learning), which
was recognized with a San Mateo County School
is originally from México, responded, “Many
families need help understanding the culture. I
love to help families figure out how to help their
students get homework done.” Mr. Zuno added
that he enjoys coaching parents on how to work
effectively with their child’s school. “If you welcome
parents, they feel trust. I like to talk with parents
and give them ideas for increasing knowledge in
their students, and how to talk with their child’s teacher.”
Mrs. Zuno beamed when talking about her husband
and said, “He is a natural teacher. I go to training
to learn how to teach better, and all the things
they tell us to do, my husband is already doing!”
Mr. I works with a kindergarten student at Hoover School.
Mr. Zuno helps students with math in Mrs. Zuno’s third-grade classroom.
Hoover Principal Amanda Rothengast also
commented on Mr. Zuno’s teaching abilities. “Mr.
Zuno has been teaching math to our students for
so many years now, learning the best teaching
strategies. Walking into the classroom, you would
think that he is a member of our teaching staff.
He attends Back to School Night every year and
shares with parents what fathers can do to support
learning at home. He also donates a bicycle each year
to one student who the class decides has shown
the most effort. Mr. Zuno is a true gem — he is an
outstanding role model and an amazing volunteer.
He has done so much for our community.”
Hoover also benefits from a strong corps of
parent volunteers who have taken classes on how
to be more effective volunteers in the classroom.
The volunteer training was provided by a grant
from the Sobrato Foundation. Sixty parents have
participated to date and the number of parent
volunteers has doubled on the Hoover campus in
the last year.
The Spectrum 5
As I Was
| Steve Penna
After watching a few recent Redwood City City
Council meetings and seeing how some groups
and individuals make it their goal to bash them
(and city staff) and the decisions they make on an
almost weekly basis, I thought it would be interesting
to write about what is right about our community.
I know one of a journalist’s responsibilities
to their readership is to hold elected officials
accountable for their actions and decisions. As you
know, I do that. I also feel that pointing out the good
decisions made is one of those responsibilities,
and I do that when I feel it’s warranted.
I have my own opinions about decisions the
council makes that improve the quality of my
life and I write about those all the time. I also
understand that “quality of life” means different
things to almost everyone, so my opinion, of
course, is not the end-all. In fact, I offer those
opinions as a beginning to provoke community
conversation and foster community involvement.
As a responsible journalist who wants to be
fair, just in case there really was nothing in our
community residents were feeling positive or good
about, I went to my readership and social media
outlets to gather some information about how
community members are feeling about the positive.
My message to them was “Redwood City
readers: I need your input! I am gathering
information for my column for April and want
to hear about what things you feel the City of
Redwood City and/or the City Council is doing
RIGHT in Redwood City. It can be anything from
funding programs to construction approval to
sidewalk repairs and maintenance. Let’s hear from
you! Your name will not be used in my column but
your input will. Let’s hear it.”
I got a very wide range of answers, and listed
below is a small sampling of them.
Some were about financial concerns.
“I’m pretty pleased with how they handle Redwood
City public funds. In an age when municipal bankruptcy
almost seems the norm, the council has managed
to hold on to an effective reserve and work with
unions and employees to keep costs under check
while keeping service cuts almost unnoticeable.”
I “like to pay the water bill online,” and they
make it possible and convenient.
Others pointed to (1) the new dog park in the
downtown area and the good maintenance of
the existing ones, (2) fixed sidewalks, (3) more
family-oriented free programs, (4) all the concerts
in all the parks, obviously, (5) the Tuesday night
farmers market, hoping they bring it back this
year, and (6) the Fourth of July and Hometown
Holidays — no one parties better than RWC.
“The Friday concerts on the square and the
presence of RCPD downtown mostly by the movie
complex area. When the movie place first started, I
thought the young kids were going to have a free-for-all,
but RCPD presence there gets a handle on that.”
“Best of all, the libraries. They are the most
amazing free resource in our community. As a
teacher, the library supports me every day in so
many ways, and as a member of the community,
I have access to a well-run, well-stocked library
with employees who enjoy what they do.”
“Pairing up with YMCA to open a larger facility
with more adequate parking!”
“I have seen the effort by a great many to make
Redwood City a great place to eat, shop [and]
spend time listening to a weeknight concert,
dancing, watching a movie outside and enjoying
the diversity available in the county seat. I believe
it has involved paid and volunteer efforts and
brought greater commerce to a wide audience. I
know the police officers have helped people feel
safer out at night. I really enjoy my city.”
Some pointed out the individual councilmembers’
involvement and support in our community in
ways not outlined in their official job descriptions.
“I think it showed a great deal of class and
support for former Mayors Diane Howard,
Barbara Pierce and current Mayor Aguirre to
attend the funeral service of Officer Jamie Mateo.
As the wife of an officer and 18-year resident of
this city, I was deeply touched to see them there.”
“Being able to sit next to Councilwoman
Rosanne Foust and former Mayor Jim Hartnett at
a fundraiser was thrilling for us. I was impressed
they had time to attend the event let alone mix and
mingle with anyone that approached them.”
“I moved to California from the interior of
Alaska eight-and-a-half years ago. I left behind a
strong, caring, loving community. I feel blessed;
it is wonderful here in Redwood City. I love the
sense of community that Redwood City also
offers. There is something for everyone here!”
Fifty-three years old and “born and raised here, I
saw things come down, I saw things go up, for the
better. But for me it’s the people that live here that
make our community what it is today. Redwood
City, you rock. Love this town!”
“I appreciate the opportunities for a citizen/
resident to get involved. You can share an idea
of how to make something better, have access to
people to share your ideas, and support to help
bring those ideas to life. The people involved
with our government have been open, resourceful,
dedicated and responsive. It feels like everyone
really wants RWC to be the best place to live, work
and visit and works to make that vision a reality.”
The opportunity to voice one’s opinion is such
a given right in our country and community. I feel
privileged that I exercise that right every hour,
day, week, month and year through my column,
social media and other outlets.
Each Monday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, the City
Council gives all of us the opportunity to voice
our opinions under “Public Comment and Consent
Calendar.” This means you can comment on
anything that is not on the set agenda. The issues
and concerns brought up during that 15-minute
time frame (each speaker is given at least three
minutes) sometimes result in policy setting, a
change in direction of council and city staff on
important issues, awareness of a problem in our
community and, yes, even a compliment or two.
Exercising your right to an opinion does not
always mean that opinion has to be adversarial.
You can just go down and tell them you appreciate
their work, appreciate the fact that the quality of
your life is better because of the decisions that are
made on our behalf. Once in a while is it not our
responsibility to do just that?
Now, what say you?
Now on to the November 2013 election, where
three council seats are up for grabs. Two of the
incumbents, Jeff Gee and John Seybert, will be
running for re-election. Jeff Ira is termed out and
cannot run. That means regardless of the outcome
we will see at least one new councilmember elected.
Small business owner and Rotary Club member
Corrin Rankin has filed all the State of California
documents for candidates, has opened a campaign
bank account and is collecting donations already.
It is expected any candidate this election will need
at least $40,000 to win a seat or be considered a
viable candidate. She will be able to achieve that.
Rankin is a political newcomer but is already
running her campaign like she is a veteran. She
is an attractive candidate for various reasons,
including bringing the perspective of a small business
owner to the council. She is very knowledgeable
about safety and law enforcement issues, is not
considered a “status quo” candidate and will bring
a fresh perspective to city government.
Considering her profession — she owns a bail
bonds agency and is married to a Redwood City
police officer — she is needless to say very popular
in the safety and law enforcement agencies and
will tap into that support. I would expect her to run
an aggressive campaign and be a strong contender.
He’s in: “It is with a great deal of pride and
excitement to announce that after very careful
and serious consideration and consultation with
friends, community leaders and family that I
have chosen to run for the City Council seat for
the great city of Redwood City,” stated Planning
Commissioner Chairman Ernie Schmidt.
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Nonprofits in Action
CASA of San Mateo County
Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo
County, is actively seeking caring and consistent
adults to mentor and speak up for the best interests
of these children. Over 130 children are waiting
for someone who cares. If you would like to become
a volunteer advocate, or just want to learn more,
please attend an orientation held in their San
Mateo office. Visit www.AdvocatesFC.org or call
650-212-4423 for more information.
City Talk Toastmasters
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication
and leadership skills. The club meets the second
and fourth Wednesday of each month 12:30–1:30
p.m. in the Community Room at the Redwood
City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.
Contact John McDowell at johnmcd@hotmail.
com or 202-390-7555 if you would like to check out
a meeting, or just stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.
org for more information about the Toastmasters
public speaking program.
CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public
Works Department to enhance and care for Redwood
City’s urban forest. They usually plant or prune on
the third Saturday of each month. Check www.citytrees.
org for a listing of events, dates and how to join.
This nonprofit group is the only parent-participation
preschool in San Mateo County focusing on lowincome
families. Their Redwood City classrooms
offer children through age 5 and their parents a
tuition-free learning environment that’s supportive
and fun. They are always looking for volunteers to
play with the children while moms and dads attend
parent-ed classes, organizers to help coordinate
fundraisers, and people from the business world to
initiate new corporate partnerships. Check www.
familyconnections.org for more information.
Family Service Agency
of San Mateo County
Looking for a dependable source of skilled, reliable
workers? Family Service Agency of San Mateo
County provides employers with mature, readyto-work,
experienced workers who are 55 years
and older. Employers contact the service because
they appreciate the superior work ethic and the
commitment to quality that mature workers possess.
There are no fees for hiring candidates. Contact
Barbara Clipper at 650-403-4300, ext. 4368, to
place your job order.
For those who are looking for work and are at least 55
years of age, Family Service Agency provides a
range of services, including referrals for classroom
training, vocational counseling, job referrals and
on-the-job training for qualified participants.
Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-4300, ext. 4371,
if you are looking for work.
Friends for Youth
Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,
watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you
have what it takes to be a mentor! As a mentor, you
can hang out with a young person like Reggie.
He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza, baseball and
cars. He lives with his grandmother and three sisters
and would love to hang out with a guy and have
fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie waiting to be
matched with a mentor like you. Most of the boys
wait more than a year to meet their mentors.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
you are invited to attend a one-hour information
session in Redwood City. For upcoming sessions, call
650-482-2871 or e-mail email@example.com.
Friends of the Redwood City
The Friends support the mission of the four Redwood
City libraries to fully serve the community. Through
membership and sales of donated books, the Friends
fund a variety of community programs, including
school literacy outreach at Redwood City grammar
schools. The Friends fund approximately $65,000 in
programs each fiscal year.
Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the Main
Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where they sell
a wide variety of books in excellent condition and
at extremely low prices. Or visit them at the Redwood
City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, where
they sell books for 50 cents each. When you visit
the store, consider becoming a Friend — support
starts at only $10.
If you haven’t wandered into the Funders Bookstore,
you have missed one of Redwood City’s hidden
treasures. This project is a volunteer effort by a
group of dedicated people interested in supporting
the San Mateo County History Museum and
simultaneously providing a community bookstore
for everyone’s pleasure. A large collection of hardback
first editions, trade paperbacks, children’s books,
cookbooks and an entire room of $1 paperbacks
are featured. Bookstore hours are Tuesday through
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of
the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200
Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton
Street. Stop by for a browse!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit
organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing
and homelessness from the world, and to make
decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Formed through the merger of Peninsula Habitat
for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity San Francisco
in August 2008, Habitat for Humanity Greater
San Francisco provides a unique solution to the
local housing crisis and has enabled nearly 150
families to purchase affordable housing. Contact
Jennifer Doettling, communications director, at
650-568-7335 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit
their website at www.habitatgsf.org.
Hearing Loss Association
of the Peninsula
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer, international
organization of hard-of-hearing people and their
relatives and friends. The nonprofit, nonsectarian,
educational organization is devoted to the welfare
and interests of those who cannot hear well but
are committed to participating in the hearing world.
A day meeting is held on the first Monday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational
speakers and refreshments are provided. A
demonstration of assistive devices is held on the
first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the
second-floor conference room at the Redwood City
Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please call
Marj at 650-593-6760 with any questions.
HIP Housing, funded by the County of San Mateo,
cities in the county and private individuals and
foundations, offers programs for people in need
of housing and for renters and homeowners who
could use some help with their housing costs.
Programs include a one-on-one service linking
people who have housing to share with those
seeking a place to live, housing support and case
management for families with children who are
working toward educational and career goals, and
subsidized and below-market rent in units owned
and managed by the organization.
Nursing Mothers Counsel
Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit organization
since 1955, provides free breastfeeding education
and assistance by highly trained counselors (moms
who breastfed for at least six months). To speak with
a counselor (no fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).
NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding
supplies available for purchase and rent. Call
650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained
counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their website at
Optimist Club of Redwood City
Optimist International is one of the largest service
organizations in the world, where “bringing out the
best in kids” has been their mission for over 80
years. The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets
every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020
Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.
org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or
Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-
8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn
more about how you can make a difference to the
youth in our community.
Peninsula College Fund
PCF enables underrepresented graduating high
school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve their
dreams of college education by providing fouryear
mentors, summer jobs and internships, and
critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your
support. Become a mentor; provide a summer job
or internship; spread the word with your public
relations, marketing or grant-writing skills; help
read applications or interview candidates; become
a donor or create a donor team; or contribute to the
general fund. Visit www.peninsulacollegefund.
org or contact Charles Schmuck at cschmuck@
pacbell.net or 650-561-9534.
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CityTrees Adding a Little Green to Redwood City
Nearly everyone knows trees produce oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide, regulate
ground temperatures and are visually appealing — but they sometimes need
a helping hand.
That’s where CityTrees comes in. The Redwood City nonprofit was founded
in May 2000 by Jane Taylor and Jack Stephens to promote and support urban
forestry in Redwood City.
CityTrees has planted approximately 2,700 trees around Redwood City and
the goal is to get to 7,000. The Department of Public Works assists CityTrees
by picking the area that needs trees as well as selecting the appropriate trees to plant.
“The trees need to correlate with the environment they are in or else they
will not survive,” Stephens said.
For CityTrees to plant and maintain trees in the city, it relies on more than 2,000
volunteers and money through grants, membership and business sponsors
such as Oracle and San Mateo Credit Union, said Dave Hyman, chair of CityTrees.
Before anything gets started, CityTrees volunteers canvas each assigned
neighborhood for a water agreement. In the first year it is always crucial
for a new tree to get a lot of water. Neighbors will sign a water agreement
committing to taking care of that specific tree on their property. If they
disagree, “the city has to come and water it with a watering truck, which
takes up more manpower,” Hyman said.
What exactly does a volunteer do? They will generally start working at
about 9 a.m. drilling holes so that the ground is softened to plant. An arborist
will assist CityTrees and its volunteers to ensure they are planting correctly.
After about a year, the city will help in removing the stakes and tubs that hold
the young tree in place. “CityTrees will revisit those trees and prune them so
trees are shaped properly to be a healthy tree,” Stephens said.
Plantings are typically done on the third Saturday of each month, Stephens said.
CityTrees also holds events such as the Prune and Pub. It works great
especially on a summer evening. After a couple of hours of pruning,
volunteers grab a beer. There is also the successful Haunting fundraiser held
on Halloween night at the historic Union Cemetery.
“Twenty trees were planted because of it,” said Hyman.
The essence of CityTrees is helping the ecosystem in an urban environment
through community bonding. Meeting new people through the experience of
bettering the community is something implanted in volunteers forever, both
Stephens and Hyman said.
It doesn’t matter what walk of life you’re from, Stephens said, “It is the
tangible benefit of seeing that tree you helped plant grow 10 years from now.”
To volunteer or to donate money or tools, visit CityTrees.org for more information.
Editor’s note: This article, written by David Egan,
appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.
Dave Hyman, chair of CityTrees, with one of around 2,700 trees the nonprofit has
planted in Redwood City.
Volunteer for City Trees
The heart and soul of any volunteer effort like CityTrees is its membership.
You can make a difference in the way that suits you best. They can use your help
hands-on at a Saturday morning planting, doing pruning and maintenance or
building community support for urban forestry. Or, if you belong to a service
group looking to have an impact, contact them. Of course, their efforts can
always use your financial support, so please consider making a contribution.
CityTrees is currently looking for a number of volunteers to work with
them. You can help shape the direction of CityTrees’ work in the future by
becoming an active board member. Board meetings are on the first Thursday of
each month, 7–9 p.m., at the downtown public library. Meetings are open to
prospective members. The group could also use the talents of someone interested
in doing public relations/community outreach, which involves cultivating and
maintaining strong relationships with print and media professionals, drafting
and disseminating press releases and support material, and advising on
strategies to increase involvement and awareness of CityTrees throughout the
community. CityTrees is also looking for tree enthusiasts in these positions:
education coordinator, volunteer outreach, photographer, tree planters and
pruners. Visit www.citytrees.org for more information.
“In My Life”
Musical at Fox Theatre May 4
In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the
Beatles is the award-winning musical biography
of the Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian
Epstein and features the live music of renowned
tribute band Abbey Road. The show is widely
considered by industry insiders to be the most
unique Beatles show in decades. The multimedia
musical plays May 4 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre
located at 2219 Broadway St. in Redwood City.
Tickets are $24–$40 and may be purchased online
at www.foxrwc.com, by calling 650-369-7770 and
choosing option 1 for tickets, or by visiting the
theater’s box office.
More than just a Beatles tribute concert, In My
Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at
pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of
the Beatles: Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club,
The Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium, Abbey
Road Studios and the final live performance on
the rooftop of their Apple Corp offices. With
manager Brian Epstein serving as narrator, In My
Life allows the audience to get a glimpse inside
the world of the Beatles from their point of view,
as well as hear some of the greatest songs ever
written. Historical settings such as the Cavern
Club are established on stage with videos and
images that play behind the actors and musicians
on a video screen.
Four Beatles tribute musicians and actors
were cast to portray the Fab Four in the musical.
With their tight harmonies, flawless renditions,
custom-tailored costumes, vintage instruments,
Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to
detail, they recreate the magic of the Beatles,
including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities
and familiar onstage banter. In My Life takes the
audience back to February 1964 when America
watched the Beatles for the first time on The
Ed Sullivan Show, playing “I Want to Hold
Your Hand.” Progressing through their various
musical stages, the audience re-experiences the
psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club
Band, the creation of the haunting “Blackbird”
and the raucous rock ’n’ roll of “Revolution.”
“There have been so many different Beatle band
concert shows over the years, but in In My Life
we get a chance to see the Beatles up close and
personal, and hopefully gain a deeper insight into
who they really were,” said Tom Maher, one of
the show’s producers.
The four musician/actors cast to play John, Paul,
George and Ringo were selected from 220 Beatle
tribute musicians, most of whom showed up for
auditions in costume and in character. The band
features Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”), Gregory
Wilmot (“John”), Jesse Wilder (“George”) and
Axel Clarke (“Ringo”).
“The show delivers!” said the L.A. Times. “If
you see one tribute show, see this one — smart
and loads of fun,” said the O.C. Register. “This
is the ticket for you,” said the Idaho Statesman.
“The most original of all the shows on the Beatles,”
said the San Diego Theatre Review.
The Main Gallery
1018 Main St., Redwood City
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with
23 members, showcases the work of some of the
best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is
located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at
the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery is
open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Above, from top left: Oliver Klink, “Watering Hole,”
archival pigment print, 2012. Cathy Cakebread, “Cala
Glow,” archival pigment print, 2012. Dany Suk, “Swirling
Dreams,” archival pigment print, 2012. Tony Williams,
“Disney Concert Hall in Fog,” archival pigment print,
Lightworks Photography: A Group Show
Lightworks, an invitational exhibit showcasing
eight fine art photographers at The Main
Gallery, opens Wednesday, March 20, and runs
through Sunday, April 21. The group is showing
captivating landscape photographs from their farflung
travels and stunning portraits. The gallery
will host an opening reception with the artists on
Saturday, March 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a
closing reception Saturday, April 20, from 4 p.m.
until 6 p.m.
There will also be two Meet-the-Artist days at
The Main Gallery. The first will be Palm Sunday,
March 24, with Oliver Klink and Tony Williams;
the second will be Easter Sunday, March 31, with
Rick Saal and another artist TBD. Please contact
the gallery for more information.
The Lightwork photographers are a diverse creative
group and The Main Gallery is excited to present
their work. The artists exhibiting are as follows.
Award-winning photographer Tony Williams
focuses on landscape and cityscape images.
He will display both his 2-D and his patented
Williams Dynamic Images. The WDI system
transforms a normal 2-D digital image into a
photograph that appears to have depth and thus is
To pursue his art, photographer Bruce Beron
is an intrepid world traveler, visited four or five
different countries in 2012 alone.
Also displaying work is Oliver Klink. Oliver
is the founder of Incredible Travel Photos. Using
his vast store of energy, Oliver conducts photo
tours and photographs in far-flung places, such as
Alaska, Venice, Italy, East Africa and Antarctica.
Steve Johnsen, known in the group as the
“Sharpness Guy,” specializes in very large, crystalclear
interpretations of stunning landscapes and
wildlife. He is able to execute his work through
great skill, vast experience and almost obsessive
devotion to the latest and greatest equipment.
He, too, travels extensively, pursuing the elusive
Joel Simon is a world-renowned wildlife, aquatic
and native peoples photographer. His work has
appeared in such prestigious publications as
National Geographic Magazine. Currently Joel
splits his time between his home in Menlo Park
and guiding diving tours and photographing in
the South Pacific.
Rick Saal is a former prosecuting attorney who
gave up that rough-and-tumble life for the more
ethereal, soul-satisfying pursuit of the “perfect portrait.”
Also doing marvelous work in portraiture is
Dany Suk. He focuses on creating high-impact
portraits. Along with his exquisite camera skills,
Dany has the ability to generate drama and
narrative through the adroit use of the “Painter”
And Cathy Cakebread’s photographs are rich
with color and clean, sensual lines. If you are seeking
artwork that is calm yet vibrant, hers are the photographs
you certainly should experience.
The Main Gallery is fortunate to host such a diverse
and interesting group of photographers! Don’t
miss seeing the world through the eyes of these
photographers! Following the Lightworks display,
look for the Mainly Clay show and an exhibition
centering on climate change. Not to be missed!
Fox Theatre and Club Fox
2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City
Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.com,
tickets.foxrwc.com, 650-369-7770 or 877-
• Leah Tysse (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3. $5.
• Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha
(DJ). 9 p.m. Friday, April 5. $10.
• Raksa by the Bay – Dance & Drumming
Workshops. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6. $55.
• Lydia Pense & Cold Blood plus Dakila. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6. $16
• Raksa by the Bay – Live Dance & Drumming
Show. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7. $15
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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)
• Andy Just and Friends (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7
p.m. Wednesday, April 10. $5.
• Barron Edwards Motown and Mo Soul Revue.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. $20.
• Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha
Cha with Montuno Swing. 9 p.m. Friday, April
• Foreverland. 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20. $18.
• HAPA. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25. $20.
• Turn It Up! Night of Classic Rock ’n’ Roll
Tribute. 8 p.m. Friday, April 26. $12.
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,
free for children 5 and under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic
1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people
visit the museum each year, and the number of
local residents who hold memberships is growing.
The History Museum teaches approximately
14,000 children each year through the on- and
off-site programs. The museum houses the
research library and archives that currently hold
over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
documents collected by the San Mateo County
Free First Fridays Program
The San Mateo County History Museum continues
its “Free First Fridays” program on April 5. Not
only is admission free the entire day (10 a.m. to 4
p.m.), but two programs are planned for the public
without any fees. At 11 a.m., preschool children
will be invited to learn about farms. They will make
a paper-plate cow to take home. The museum staff
will conduct a special program in the Plowing
Ahead: Historic Peninsula Farming exhibit. Here
the youngsters will hear the story “Does a Cow
Say Boo?” At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead
tours of the museum for adults. The Free First
Fridays program is sponsored by Safeway.
Presentation on the First Lady of the Peninsula
On April 13 at 1 p.m., the San Mateo County
History Museum will present the Burlingame
Historical Society’s Joanne Garrison, who will
give the talk “There Was Something About
Agnes,” describing the life of Agnes Poett, who
participated in the founding of San Mateo,
Burlingame and Hillsborough. Early deaths,
disasters, murder and unusual romances are
all part of this thrice-married Chilean beauty’s
remarkable life story. Garrison is author of the
book Burlingame Centennial: 1908–2008.
• “Honoring Steve Jobs.’’ A new addition to the
museum’s permanent exhibits honors the late
Steve Jobs with displays featuring an original
1988 NeXT computer, part of the company that
Jobs founded in Redwood City when he left
Apple in the 1980s for a time. A variety of other
objects, including books, brochures and more,
are also on display.
• “Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant
Experience in San Mateo County.’’ This
exhibition tells the stories of the diverse
people who came to the area. It highlights the
experiences of the early immigrant groups
— Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Italians and
Portuguese — in the late 1800s.
• “San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.”
Visitors are invited to review biographies of
such innovators as A.P. Giannini (who created
the Bank of America and lived in San Mateo)
and other entrepreneurs whose innovations
have left a substantial impact.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Opens April 19
The New Dragon Theatre
2120 Broadway, Redwood City
A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats,
this drama explores decadent sexuality, morals
and manipulation played as the ultimate battle of
the sexes between the Marquise de Mertuil and
the Vicomte de Valmont. In this classic story of
revenge, love, lust and betrayal, Les Liaisons
Dangereuses shows us that “the only thing which
might surprise one is how little the world changes.”
Who: Written by Christopher Hampton, based
on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, and directed
by Jeffrey Bracco. Starring Laura Jane Bailey*,
Lessa Bouchard, Stephanie Crowley, Jean Conger,
Katie Rose Krueger, Maria Giere Marquis,
Jeremy Ryan, Evan Michael Schumacher and Kit
Wilder* (* denotes members of Actor’s Equity).
This is an Equity-approved project. Designed by
Jason Arias (company manager), James Kasyan
(sound), Scarlett Kellum (costumes), Solia Martinez-
Jacobs (stage manager), Will Poulin (lighting)
and Julia Sussner (set). This show is sponsored
in part by Globalpress Connections Inc. and the
Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission
When: April 18–May 12, Thursdays–Saturdays
at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Sundays at
2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.). Opening night
gala after the April 19 show. Post-show discussion
after the show Sunday, May 5.
How much: $15–$35. Pay-what-you-can preview
on April 18. $10 rush tickets on Thursdays and
Fridays after opening week.
Tix & more info: www.dragonproductions.net/
50th Annual Redwood City
Spring Art Show
The Sequoia Art Group of Redwood City will be
presenting its 50th annual Redwood City Spring
Art Show on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 5
p.m. at the Community Activities Building, 1400
Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
This juried show showcases over 125 adults’
paintings and photographs, plus over 150 middle
and high school art works and photographs.
Painting demonstrations will be held throughout
the show and admission is free to all. This cultural
event is sponsored by the Redwood City Civic
Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Parks
and Recreation Department with additional cosponsoring
from the Port of Redwood City, San Mateo
Credit Union, Redwood City Nursery, the Canyon
Inn and Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cordozo.
Artists, photographers and students living
within the boundaries of the Sequoia Union High
School District are eligible to enter. Entry forms
are at the CAB Building and the downtown
Redwood City library or can be obtained at www.
sequoiaartgroup.com under the ART SHOW
menu tab. Entries are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on
Thursday, May 16, at the CAB Building. Student
entries are free, while there is an entry fee per
painting for adults.
Society of Western Artists
2625 Broadway, Redwood City
Sharon Hogan Watercolor Demonstration
The Society of Western Artists will be presenting
a pastel demonstration by artist Sharon Hogan
on April 20 at 1 p.m. The gallery is in the first
block off El Camino Real; find directions at www.
Sharon Hogan has studied with many well-known
artists and has exhibited in many local events and
galleries. She teachers watercolor, judges shows,
is a member of several art societies, has won many
awards and will demonstrate a specific watercolor
technique used to paint a brilliant sunset and
reflections over the ocean with a multicolored sky.
SWA demonstration meetings are free and open
to the public. For additional information, please
contact Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084.
Art on the Square
Call for Artists and Crafters
for June–August Shows
Art on the Square features the best in fine arts
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Volunteerism Shines at Sequoia Awards
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Student award winners
Twenty-five high school seniors who live in Redwood City were honored for
their volunteer work at the 22nd annual Sequoia Awards, held at Hotel Sofitel
in Redwood City on March 7.
The two top winners, Sofia Duenas and Jeremy Smith, both seniors at
Sequoia High School, will each receive a $10,000 scholarship.
The remaining 23 students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The
students will put their scholarships toward furthering their education and to
help pay for whatever college they attend.
The recipients of the $5,000 Community Service Scholarships are Martha
Acosta-Mendoza, Nicolas Andrighetto, Caroline Baltay, Matthew Boland,
Edwin Cano, Samantha Castaneda, William Dahu, Aureliano Davila, Sam
Ek, Manuel Espinoza, Jordon Fowler, Nereyda Guzman, Stephan Kim, Ze
Martinho, Samantha Mast, Josh Pitkofsky, Marian Pool , Rossmeri Ramirez,
Valeria Torres, Sean Traynor, Maritza Triveno, Tanya Valle and Serena Wickstrom.
in a rural community in Mexico
Last summer Duenas spent eight weeks living and working in a rural community
in Mexico through the Peninsula Chapter of Amigos de las Américas, an
international, nonprofit organization that empowers high school and college
students to develop leadership skills and increase multicultural understanding
through community service in Latin America.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I learned so much and I gained
such a better understanding of the people around me. It was humbling. For
me culturally it was difficult at times. It was overall a great experience.
Being away from my parents and being in a community of 500 people was a
completely new experience. I improved my language skills. I taught nutrition
to kids who were underweight and worked with their families as well.”
Duenas also helped create a science-in-the-schools program to help kids
learn more about science. “We wanted to encourage science education in the
Redwood City community,” said Duenas, who plans to major in education
and pubic policy when she goes to college.
The science-in-the-schools program has reached five schools in the
Redwood City community and more than 120 students, according to Duenas,
and it will continue when she goes to college this fall.
David Amann, chair of the Sequoia Awards, said Duenas stood out for
“showing entrepreneurial spirit by creating an organization that could last
beyond her own effort.”
Duenas also is president of College Track, an East Palo Alto–based
nonprofit that helps low-income minority students from East Palo Alto and
Redwood City who want to go to college and graduate from school. She
estimates that she has completed 2,000 hours of community service over the
last four years.
“Being recognized for something I do because I love it and having people
recognize it and say thank you meant a ton,” she said. “I’m so grateful to be
recognized. It was wonderful to see all the other youth in the community. It
was an amazing award and I am honored to receive it.”
Smith volunteered in rural Ecuador
Smith, the other top winner, like Duenas, also participated in the Peninsula
Chapter of Amigos de las Américas last summer, spending eight weeks in a
rural town in Ecuador that was 13,000 feet above sea level and volunteering
his time with teens and families there.
“I lived with a host family who I loved dearly and I worked with youth
in the community. It was really, really challenging,” said Smith, who is
currently training students who will be part of Amigos this summer.
Smith also is president of the American Cancer Society Youth Council of
San Mateo County. “It is something I feel personally connected to in that my
family has been affected by it,” he said. “I feel like I have to do something
about it if I have a problem with it.”
Additionally, he tutors an AVID class at his school for students who want
to go to college and are in the first generation of their families to do so.
“It’s amazing. I’m still in disbelief,” Smith said of receiving the top Sequoia
Award. “You can tell they care about you. They understand and recognize
you with the awards. It’s nice to feel loved by people in your community like
that. Getting the award has encouraged to me to expand on the things I did in
high school when I go to college.”
Too hard to name just one winner this year
Typically one student is honored for the Sequoia Award’s top scholarship.
This year, though, there was a tie. Both of the top winners were what the
Sequoia Awards are all about, said Jeri Richardson-Daines, who becomes
president of the Sequoia Awards this month.
“What stood out for both of them was just their enthusiasm to volunteer,”
she said. “Both of them spent thousands of hours on their volunteer work.
The goals that they have set for themselves are just amazing.”
How it got started
Paula Uccelli, who owns Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City, started the Sequoia
Awards with her late husband, Pete. Uccelli said she and her husband —
whom she describes as the “brainchild” of the awards — found there were a
lot of scholarships for academics but not for volunteerism. There were youth
volunteering their time with seniors and at the library, for example, who
weren’t ever getting recognized. Pete Uccelli helped gather a group of people
together and the first Sequoia Awards were held in 1991.
“My husband and I have always been involved in scholarships for young
people,” Uccelli said. “We’ve always felt the future of tomorrow are the
young people today. This is really for their volunteerism in the community.”
The Sequoia Awards gave away a total of $135,000 in scholarships this
year, according to Uccelli. By comparison, $500 was given away when the
Sequoia Awards first started. Since the Sequoia Awards were established,
$1.5 million worth of scholarships have been given away.
Businesses and individuals contribute
Businesses and individuals donate money to make the Sequoia Awards possible.
Ted Hannig, CEO of the Danford Foundation, a community foundation
that supports 100 local charities, said his foundation contributes more than
$25,000 a year to the Sequoia Awards. Hannig’s Redwood City–based law
firm, Hannig Law, also donates to the Sequoia Awards.
“The money goes 100 percent to kids,” he said. “When you give money,
you know where it’s going. Some of the stories have been amazing. You want
to cry when you hear some of the stories. Education is just so expensive now.”
Belmont resident Carmen Mahood, a retired educator, and her husband,
Joseph Mahood, assistant principal at Aragon High School in San Mateo,
contributed to the Sequoia Awards for the first time this year.
“We’re really devoted and dedicated to supporting youth who are making
something of themselves and contributing to the community,” Carmen Mahood said.
“They’re going to be our future. I think we should take good care of them. They’re
really wonderful. They bring a lot to our lives. We like to think we bring
something to their lives as well.”
The Mahoods attended the Sequoia Awards in 2012 and were impressed,
Carmen Mahood said. “We were impressed by the whole organization,” she said.
“Not a dime goes to administration. All the money goes directly to the scholarships
for the students. The less money goes to administration, the more goes to the kids.
This scholarship awards community activity and volunteerism, which is not always
honored. Students who have this social consciousness are going to be the
backbone of our government. They’re going to be our future teachers, people
who look at society and say, ‘I want to be in it.’ They’re very impressive kids.
They do all this while making good grades. They’re all-around good kids.”
The Mahoods plan to donate to the Sequoia Awards next year as well. “You
couldn’t spend your money in any better way, we feel,” Carmen Mahood
said. “We also like that they [the students] are local and that they are going
to be giving to our community, or whatever community they get involved in.
Wherever they go, they are going to be doing this. This is just part of their
personality. These kids have affected many people in positive ways. Those
people show up at the Sequoia Awards to thank them.”
recognized for its Rocket Fuel Gives Back
Councilwoman Rosanne Foust with Rocket Fuel CEO George John and Community
Outreach Lead Kiwoba Allaire
In addition to recognizing high school students for their volunteer work, the
Sequoia Awards also recognized Redwood City–based Rocket Fuel, a fastgrowing
advertising technology company, for its Rocket Fuel Gives Back
program, said Kiwoba Allaire, community outreach lead for Rocket Fuel and
founder of the Rocket Fuel Gives Back program.
Through the Rocket Fuel Gives Back program, each month staff give back
by helping to serve meals at one of two homeless shelters: the Maple Street
Adult Homeless Shelter in Redwood City and First Step, a homeless shelter
for children and their mothers in San Mateo.
“What sets us apart from the [other] candidates is our hands-on, be-compassionate,
give-them-some-dignity approach,” Allaire said, noting that staff will sit down
and talk with the homeless people while they are eating.
Typically between 20 and 30 staff members participate each time. There
are so many people involved that Rocket Fuel now rents a bus. Staff wear
Rocket Fuel Gives Back T-shirts and the homeless people also receive Rocket
Fuel Gives Back T-shirts.
Rocket Fuel also donates food, clothes and supplies biweekly to the
“We’re always finding a way to give back to our community,” Allaire said.
“I’m excited to take the Rocket Fuel Gives Back program to the next level. It
is an honor and a blessing. It really is.”
The Rocket Fuel Gives Back Program is being expanded nationally this
year and the goal is to make it a worldwide effort next year, Allaire said.
Along with the award itself, Rocket Fuel was awarded with a variety of
proclamations and recognition from California state Sen. Jerry Hill, U.S. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier.
“To be recognized not just by community but local politicians, it was
huge,” Allaire said. “It creates a lot of buzz about our give-back program. It’s
really exciting and it’s such an honor.”
named Volunteer Citizen of the Year
Additionally, the Sequoia Awards
recognized Richard Imperiale, who
has volunteered since the early 1970s,
as Volunteer Citizen of the Year.
Imperiale has volunteered at Hoover
Elementary in Redwood City, which
has predominantly Hispanic students,
since 2000. Currently he volunteers
Monday through Friday, helping
kindergarten students at Hoover
Elementary with math or other things
the teacher would like him to help
with. He also reads to second-grade
students at Hoover Elementary.
Many of the students come to
Hoover Elementary knowing very
little English and it’s rewarding to see
the progress they make, Imperiale
“The most pleasure I get out of
this is seeing the children progress.
Seeing them come in knowing no
English and leave being able to
converse with you in English,” he said.
On Fridays, Imperiale, through the Traveling Storytime program sponsored
by the Redwood City Public Library, also reads to kids at Selby Lane
Childhood Development Center in Atherton.
Known as Mr. I to the kids, Imperiale has children but no grandchildren.
To him, the kids he spends time with are his grandchildren.
“I don’t have any grandchildren, so it’s kind of like having a couple hundred
grandchildren a week,” he said. “I get lots of hugs.”
Imperiale doesn’t do what he does for the recognition. “It meant a lot of
embarrassment,” he said. “I don’t do this to get honors or rewards or whatever.
It keeps me busy and it does a lot of good for the children.”
Imperiale also is on the financial advisory committee for the Redwood City
School District. He estimates he has volunteered 10,000 hours over the last 13 years.
“He really is an inspiration to anyone who meets him,” Uccelli commented.
“He’s very involved. He’s a very sweet man.”
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Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –
Redwood General Tire was founded on the
principles of good customer service and quality
products at fair prices. Many satisfied customers
have been with them since their founding.
Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or
need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood
City institution has been providing quality vehicle
services since 1957. They even have free Wi-Fi
Internet hookups so you can work while you wait
for your vehicle to be serviced.
Eating and Catering:
Arya Global Cuisine — 885 Middlefield Road
– Redwood City’s new “it” restaurant lives up to
its name, serving Italian, American and Persian
food. “We loved the whole concept of Italian and
Persian food. We tried the chicken kabob and Pollo
Firenze. And wow — the food was great. Our server
gave us a good suggestion in white wine to go
with our dinner. Can’t wait to bring my friends in
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison
and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from
their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of
sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border
specialties while various sports play on the big,
flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their
closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,
fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do catering
too for all occasions!
D. Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St.
– “We went there and it was fabulous! We were
impressed by their food menu, and the burger I
had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen TVs for
watching your favorite sports team, having a
drink with friends or dancing the night away.”
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good
restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There
are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,
the magic ones. You come back again and again
because the food doesn’t just taste good and
satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”
Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com
The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With
a motto promising to change your life “one
sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere
that has already made it a popular spot in
downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will
have you wondering where this place has been all
your life, and whether or not you can get some of
their signature Bomb Sauce to go.
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City
locations – As a member-driven organization,
SMCU does everything possible to ensure that
all of your financial priorities are anticipated and
fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate
home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725
or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the
advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded
in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from
one small, portable machine to a company of six
employees and five working vans. The Lewis
family works and lives in Redwood City and is
committed to our community. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet
cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get
your home ready for entertaining during the year.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –
Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and
litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The
professionals at HLF are committed to knowing
and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term
relationships and value-added services, and to
supporting and participating in the communities
where they live and work.
at Coldwell Banker –
650-722-1193 – Michelle has
been a full-time, top-producing
real estate agent since 1978. With
a proven track record, she has
helped buyers achieve their
dreams of home ownership and sellers make
successful moves to their next properties. The
majority of her business is garnered through referrals
from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald
Hills, she knows the area well and is involved
in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of
experience to guide you through your next real estate
transaction. Visit her online at www.glaubert.com.
John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
– John has been a resident of Redwood City for
21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18
years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,
keeping them up to date with new listings and
conditions as they impact the market. He will make
the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience
for you as he can. Let John guide you through the
complexities of buying or selling your home,
eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at
Vicky Costantini at Sequoia Realty –
650-430-8425 – Born and raised in Redwood
City, Vicky is known for her honesty and
availability. She believes those qualities foster
strong working relationships with her clients.
In turn, those same clients have referred her to
countless friends and relatives. With an approach
that is simple yet effective, she treats every listing
as if it is her first, and her clients know that they
will get the very best effort as they enter into the
purchase or sale of a home. Visit her online at
Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –
“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases
and they know what they are doing. All they
carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about
anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with
your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.
I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested
in great pricing and even better service. The focus
is appliances and service.”
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –
A women-only, body-positive fitness center in downtown
Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and
cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic
massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with
several options available for members and
nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.
com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956
Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance
business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local
resident, he also provides servicio en español!
Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The
friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready
to assist you with a variety of storage products
and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit
their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see
exactly what products and services are available.
Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see
why their service makes the difference.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a
great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He
crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an
incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I
would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are
looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,
shopping local does not get better than this.
Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-
366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that
in choosing a senior living community, residents
are looking for much more than a comfortable
living environment to call home. Brookdale
Living’s Redwood City community delivers
inspired independent living with the promise of
exceptional experiences every day. As residents’
needs change, they are provided with a variety of
ancillary services and a personalized assisted living
environment that encourages them to continue to
live as they please.
Events Around Town
Chamber of Commerce - Tribute to Larry Buckmaster
The Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce honored Larry Buckmaster, who retired as the president and CEO of the chamber after 30 years of outstanding
service to our community. Described as “the type of person who creates a community through performing multiple acts of stewardship each and every day,” Buckmaster was
celebrated by an affectionate group of community leaders. From top left: Businesswoman Paula Uccelli and Realtor Larry Aikens. The Buckmaster family celebrated. Connie
Paniagua, Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Councilman Jeff Gee. Gee and Jack Castle. Past chamber presidents showed strong support for Buckmaster. Councilwoman Rosanne Foust,
RCSD Superintendent Jan Christensen and City Manager Bob Bell.
Her Warm Heart “Roars” Throughout Our Community
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Chris Cheshire is an unsung hero. For decades,
she has given her time and talent to numerous
organizations in Redwood City — without ever
wanting, expecting or asking for anything in return.
“I just feel that people need help and why not
help them if you can,” Cheshire said. “If I can
help them, why not?”
Eight years with the Lions Club
Cheshire has been involved with the Redwood
City Sunrise Lions Club since 2005. She served
as the organization’s president for three and a
half years, from 2008 to June 2012, and currently
serves as immediate past president.
The Lions Club has given Cheshire the “Lion
of the Year” award four times. “It actually was a
great honor to receive that [award],” she said.
“She dedicates herself to doing whatever she
needs to do to get the job done,” said William
Jackson Jr., who serves as first vice president and a
board member of the Lions Club and will become
president of the organization this summer. “I support
her 100 percent. Whatever it is she sets out to do,
she’ll do an outstanding job. Everything she does
stands out. She wears many hats. She is a great
person and she gets involved with the community.
She’s a great community liaison person and a facilitator.”
Al Hernandez, another member of the Lions
Club, who has known Cheshire for more than 40
years, added: “I think she’s the most involved
person I’ve ever known. Sometimes she’s up at the
wee hours of the morning working on projects.
People sometimes don’t realize the [tremendous
amount of] time and energy she puts into all of
her projects. … She has put a lot of work into our club.
She certainly deserves the unsung-hero award.”
The Lions Club received the “Club of Excellence”
award last year, something it couldn’t have done
without Cheshire’s service projects and the contributions
she made, Hernandez said.
“She dedicates herself to
doing whatever she needs to
do to get the job done.”
“She’s dynamic,” he said. “She’s all over the
place doing good for the community. She’s a great
person. Very unassuming.”
When a child was shot and killed in Redwood
City in 2011, Cheshire organized a fundraiser through
the Lions Club to help raise money to cover the
funeral costs. It took a week to organize the fundraiser
and the club ended up raising $6,500 in one night
by holding a spaghetti dinner and silent auction.
“Without a doubt she is one of the most energetic
people I’ve ever known,” said Marilyn Schappert,
eyeglass chairman for the Lions Club. “She’s one
of the most caring people I’ve ever known. She led
our Lions Club for three-and-a-half years and was into
every project we did and brought us into some
different ones, most of which were successful.
One or two were just adventures. She was always
in a good mood and willing to take anything on.”
In addition to her involvement with the Lions
Club, Cheshire serves as secretary for the Peninsula
Council of Lions. She assists with the council’s
newsletter and the Police & Fire Award Banquet
that the council holds.
Redwood City Women’s Club
Cheshire also has been involved with the Redwood
City Women’s Club since 2005 and served as the
club’s president from two years, from 2007 to 2009.
Through her involvement with the Women’s
Club, she worked on having the last of the
Mission Bells along El Camino Real installed in
front of the Women’s Club.
The last bell was found in a warehouse. A
committee wanted to put it somewhere on El
Camino in Redwood City, and Cheshire worked
with the city and the committee to get it in front
of the Women’s Club.
“I felt like I accomplished something, and I did
something that would be longstanding,” Cheshire
Car show organizer
Cheshire also is executive director for the Palo
Alto Concours d’Elegance, a job in which she
helps produce a car show featuring historic,
antique and classic cars to raise money for charity.
She receives a small stipend for her role as
Rosemary Fischer, president of the Redwood
City Art Center, has known Cheshire for 10 to 15
years and collaborated with her on the Concours
“She is just a remarkable person,” Fischer said.
“She has so much energy. She freely gives it to so
many things that happen in our community. …
She’s just a wonderful person. She is a dear personal
friend. I think she’s extremely intelligent. She is
just a brilliant manager. She is a people person.
“I have never known her to lose her temper.
She is good with people. She has got great ideas.
She really knows about implementation of the
ideas. She has great ideas but she is not afraid of
grunt work either. I certainly have enjoyed her
friendship and working with her.
“She has great family values. We’re both Italian
girls. She has two great kids and a husband
who understands the many hours she works on
community projects. She’s fun to be with and
funny. I enjoy her company. The community is
lucky to have her give of herself in so many ways.
She is just great. … She is a good role model. She
doesn’t promote Chris Cheshire. She doesn’t need
the ego gratification. She promotes her work, not
herself. That’s really who she is. She knows so
many people in town. She really does.”
Inner Service Coordinating Council
Additionally, Cheshire serves as first vice president
for the Inner Service Coordinating Council, which
represents a group of nonprofits that meet once a month
to share what’s going on in their organizations.
She has done the council’s calendar for many
years. She served as president of the council in
2011 and 2012.
A cook for Lathrop House
On occasion Cheshire also cooks for Lathrop House
in Redwood City, which is a historic house across the
street from the San Mateo County Courthouse.
It’s all volunteer work
About 99.9 percent of the work Cheshire does is
on a volunteer basis. “I’m fortunate enough that
I’ve been able to do all these things,” she said.
“This is the way I have been able to give back.
When I see pleasure in the eyes of other people,
it warms my heart. It’s not just me. It’s everyone
who is involved with the clubs. It’s a joint effort.
… When I receive recognition, it shouldn’t just go
to me. It takes everybody to get the project done,
not just me.”
Peninsula Celebration Association
volunteer for 25 years
For 25 years, Cheshire has volunteered for the Peninsula
Celebration Association, which puts on Redwood
City’s Fourth of July festival, parade and fireworks.
It was her first introduction to volunteer work, she said.
“I loved seeing the faces of the people in the
parade and how happy it made them, and the kids
and the balloons,” Cheshire said. “It warmed
my heart. When I see people happy, it makes me
happy. That’s my reward.”
Former executive director of Miss
Redwood City pageant
Cheshire also was co-executive director with her
daughter for the Miss Redwood City/San Mateo
County Scholarship Pageant. In the years she
was at the helm, the pageant experienced its most
success in popularity and scholarships given.
Her daughter did the recruiting while she
worked with the girls on how to present
themselves and how to interview.
Her two children live in Redwood City
Cheshire and her husband, Chuck, who is recently
retired from Lockheed Martin, have two children,
daughter Krista, 31, and son Chaz, 35, who live in
Her heart is here
Cheshire, who was born in San Francisco, has
lived in Redwood City nearly her entire life, with
the exception of spending a few years in Austin,
Texas, when her husband’s business took the
couple there and some time at Lake Almanor in
Redwood City is where her heart is, she said,
noting that she missed it when she was in Austin.
“I left my heart in Redwood City,” she said.
“Every chance I would get, I would fly home. My
heart is here. It’s good to go but better to come home.”
What does Cheshire love about Redwood City?
“I like the people,” she said. “I like the climate. I
like to be able to see people I know just at random.
All of my family is within the general vicinity.”
She’s held a lot of different jobs all over
the South Bay
Cheshire has worked several different jobs all
over the South Bay. Her first job was at the Sears
audit department in Mountain View. She also
worked in the curriculum office of the Palo Alto
Unified School District and Gunn High School’s
registration department. Additionally, she
served as executive director of a venture capital
company, West Bridge Captial, in Burlingame
before going into real estate.
Real estate interfered with her volunteer work
Cheshire became involved with real estate in
2008 but found it wasn’t for her and retired in
2012. “As long as something is challenging to me,
I’m happy,” she said. “As soon
as it loses its challenge, I move
on. Once I’ve mastered it, it’s not
fun anymore.” She added, “Real
estate is a harsh business. It kind of
interfered with my volunteer work.”
Hobbies include cooking, entertaining,
reading and gardening
When Cheshire isn’t busy volunteering, she enjoys
cooking, particularly Italian food. She also enjoys
entertaining and reading and has a garden
she likes to work in. She doesn’t have any
grandchildren but enjoys spending time with her
many godchildren. “It’s been a wonderful life,”
she said. “I’m happy and content.”
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Rotary Club Irish Night
Enjoying the annual Rotary Club Irish Night were (from top left) Keith and Nina Kadera with former Mayor Diane Howard; Susan Regan with Carole and Barry Jolette; Chamber of
Commerce CEO Amy Buckmaster with her niece Maddie; former Mayor Jim Hartnett with his wife, Councilwoman Rosanne Foust; Pat Black striking a pose while Dave Hyman
watches; Mayor Alicia Aguirre, Lourdes Carini and Olivia Aranda; Mary Albitz showing her Irish pride.
Redwood City Police Department Cadet Program
Receives Post of the Year Award
The Redwood City Police Department’s City Explorer Post No. 836 was selected
to receive the Pacific Skyline Council Explorer Post of the Year Award. The
Post of the Year Award is the highest recognition available to an Explorer post
and is awarded to a post that has shown overall excellence in youth programs
and outstanding volunteer service to their local community.
Exploring is a coed, career-education program for youth 14 to 20 years of age.
Exploring, which is the career-based branch of the Learning for Life program, is
designed to help teens explore various career options. Local Exploring groups,
called posts, are attached to a variety of career fields, but the most popular Exploring
programs surround law enforcement and fire services. Participants in each
Exploring post work with career professionals and get to participate alongside
them in many of their professional activities. Redwood City’s Explorer Cadet
program, Post No. 836, is chartered by the Exploring Division of the Boy Scouts
of America and is coordinated in conjunction with the Explorer program of
the Pacific Skyline Council.
The Redwood City Police Department has an active police Explorer unit called
Cadets made up of local youth who volunteer for assignments to support the
police department. This year, the Redwood City Police Department’s Cadet program
was recognized for the dedication, determination, persistence, hard work and
compassion shown by the youth volunteers who make up the unit. In the past
year, participation in volunteer activities has doubled, resulting in hundreds
of volunteer hours given to further the quality of life for Redwood City residents.
Cadets routinely volunteer hundreds of hours for police events, PAL services,
traffic details and internal police projects, but last year the Cadets went above
and beyond the call of duty by initiating new ways to help the agency. Specifically,
the Cadets organized a community project to identify areas targeted for graffiti
and worked with the Investigations Unit to identify tag-specific perpetrator
information. The post organized a “Bulls-eye Challenge” for allied Explorer
groups to compete using the Redwood City facility. The local Cadets chose
not to participate in the event to allow their sister posts the opportunity to have more time
on the range. The post also assisted the East Palo Alto Police Department
with a very successful gun buy-back program in their jurisdiction. Additionally,
Post Commander Gustavo Chavez and Sgts. Dylan Mendiola and Estrella
Madrigal are “redshirts” or staff leaders in the 75–76th Explorer Academy.
The dedicated volunteers in the Redwood City Police Department Cadet
program exemplify the highest levels of leadership, courage, compassion
and dedication to public service, and the department is extremely honored to
work with the next generation of leaders in the Bay Area. Additionally, the
department extends their deepest gratitude to each and every Post advisor,
officer, support group, benefactor and volunteer who has contributed tireless
hours and resources to help make the Redwood City Explorer Cadet Post 836
a success. Congratulations on winning this prestigious award.
Earth Day/Spring Cleanup Day
Celebrate Earth Day by joining Redwood City’s Pride and Beautification
Committee for the annual Spring Cleanup and Recology’s “Great Compost Giveaway.”
The community is invited to join the Redwood City Pride and Beautification
Committee for the fun, family-friendly annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday,
April 20. Get a head start on Earth Day, which is April 22, by participating with
friends and neighbors in this very popular community-building cleanup activity.
This year, Redwood City’s Earth Day/Spring Cleanup Day will focus on
Bayfront Canal, Hoover Park, Downtown, Little River Park, Marshall Street
and Chestnut Street, Redwood Creek, Union Cemetery and Woodside Road.
The more debris and litter that is cleaned up in these areas, the nicer our community’s
appearance and the less that ends up in our coastal waterways and the bay.
Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the City’s
Public Works Services building, located at 1400 Broadway (near Woodside
Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast, cleanup teams will
move out and descend on this year’s targeted areas. Then at noon, volunteers
will meet for a special, free barbecue lunch as a thank-you for participating in
this annual fun project that helps the entire community.
Redwood City thanks the generous sponsors of the annual Spring Cleanup
Day: San Mateo Credit Union, Recology San Mateo County, Shinnyo-en,
SIMS Metal Management and Keep California Beautiful.
On the same day, Recology San Mateo County sponsors the Great Compost
Giveaway at the Public Works Services parking lot. Compost is an excellent
addition to existing soil and also makes a great ground cover to help with
weed and erosion control. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20,
residents of Redwood City can take up to one cubic yard of free compost
(that’s about three garbage cans full). A limited supply will be shared among
Redwood City community members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Twice a year, Redwood City’s Pride and Beautification Committee holds
these special volunteer cleanup days to focus efforts on beautifying specific
sites or areas, and to promote a year-round pride in Redwood City. In past
years, Redwood City’s Fall and Spring Cleanups have targeted school sites,
the waterfront, parks, streets and other areas. These cleanup days have shown
great success, bringing together volunteers from all walks of life who share
the pride of helping to keep Redwood City clean and attractive.
Visit www.redwoodcity.org/prideandbeautification for more info on
this and other beautification projects. Please call 650-780-7300 for more
information about the Spring Cleanup.
Police Chief Gamez Receives Computerworld Premier
100 IT Leader Award
IDG’s Computerworld recognized
Redwood City Police Chief JR Gamez
as a 2013 IT Leader honoree at their
Premier 100 Awards and Evening
Gala. This year’s Premier 100 IT
Leader Awards honor individuals who
have had a positive impact on their
organization through exceptional
technology leadership and innovative
approaches to business challenges.
“The Premier 100 awards program
showcases the exceptional work of a
dedicated group of technology-savvy
business leaders who are driving
huge change in their organizations
through IT,” said Scot Finnie, editorin-chief
of Computerworld. “Every
day, these exemplary business leaders
make strategic technology decisions
that track to their organizations’ top
priorities. These 100 men and women
keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political, economic, regulatory
and technology trends that are driving significant shifts in IT. We are very
pleased to recognize the leadership and honor the achievements of the 2013
Premier 100 honorees.”
In June 2012, the Redwood City Police Department took public engagement
to the next level when it launched Netop’s “Live Guide” video and text chat
to allow community members the opportunity to have real-time, interactive
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video chats directly with a Redwood City police officer. The Live Guide service
utilizes the latest technology for two-way text messaging with audio and video
chat features that offer another way for the community to connect with the
Police Department. Members of the public can use Live Guide to receive live
online assistance with any concerns or questions they may have about police
services or to receive help with reporting crimes online. This emerging technology
placed the Redwood City Police Department on the leading edge of customer
service strategy by providing a new standard of “community-centric” policing
and making the department the first municipal law enforcement agency in the
United States to provide such video interactivity directly between its police
department and its community.
Redwood City Police Chief JR Gamez noted that, “It is truly an honor to
be recognized as a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld. The need to
embrace emerging technologies is a priority for our department because
it allows our officers to provide a smarter and a more efficient manner of
interacting with our residents while presenting timely information to our
community. The Redwood City Police Department remains a forwardthinking
agency committed to embracing innovative technology partnerships
that provide our residents with the highest level of customer service.”
The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who
have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These
are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate
their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment,
envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage
and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey
that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience
and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT
Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches
the definition of the IT Leader, the data is analyzed. Each year, 100 honorees
are selected to receive this lifetime recognition award.
25th Annual Mayor’s Beautification Recognition
Program Honors Community Building Efforts in Making
Redwood City More Attractive
For the 25th consecutive year, Redwood City residents, nonprofit organizations
and businesses are showing their civic pride by submitting nominations for
the Mayor’s Beautification Recognition program. The community is invited
to participate in this remarkable anniversary of the renowned Mayor’s Beautification
Recognition program by nominating a worthy project or property.
Applications for the 2013 program are available online, by visiting City
Hall (1017 Middlefield Road) or by calling 650-780-7300. The deadline for
nominations is 5 p.m. May 31. Recognition awards will be presented at a
subsequent City Council meeting.
Individuals, homeowners associations, apartment complexes, businesses,
nonprofits and others are invited to participate by nominating their own or
others’ projects in a variety of categories, including best architectural design,
best remodel, best historical restoration, most beautiful garden or landscape,
best compatible building and garden or landscape, and more.
The purpose of the recognition program is to encourage the efforts of
community members in beautifying and improving their homes, buildings
and properties, and to publicly acknowledge and recognize their pride in
being part of the Redwood City community. The Mayor’s Beautification
Recognition Program helps to promote and enhance a positive community
image both within Redwood City and beyond its borders. The awards show
our neighbors and visitors that Redwood City recognizes the importance and
value of keeping our city beautiful.
The program is sponsored by the city’s Pride and Beautification Committee
and encourages attractive structural and landscaping improvements in our community.
Single- or multi-family residences, apartment complexes, homeowners associations
and nonprofit or commercial properties are eligible. A panel of volunteer
judges will review all entries, including a site visit to the nominated properties.
“Before” and “after” photos of all nominated projects are required.
The Mayor’s Beautification Recognition program is an easy and fun way
to foster civic pride in the Redwood City community, beautify the entire
city and, of course, honor people and organizations for their work to make
Redwood City a better, more attractive place to live and work.
Calling All Redwood City Artists: T-Shirt Design Contest!
Submit your original design for Redwood City’s first-ever Summer Event
T-Shirt Contest. The City of Redwood City is looking for the artist who creates
the image that best captures the excitement and fun of our Downtown “on the
Square” events, including Art on the Square, Dancing on the Square, Movies
on the Square and the wildly popular Music on the Square. Submissions must
be received no later than April 22. Go to www.redwoodcity.org/events for all
the details and the contest entry form.
Images may be used on T-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts, as well as on the
web and for other advertising/PR purposes by the City of Redwood City.
The winner will receive $250, courtesy of the Redwood City Parks & Arts
Foundation, and be acknowledged by the city via email and social media platforms.
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Peninsula Hills Women’s Club
Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,
a member of the General Federation of Women’s
Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s
Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the
community through charitable, educational and
service programs. Meetings are held the third
Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional
information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,
Redwood City, CA 94064.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
In addition to sheltering and finding new homes
for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent
placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),
PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The
shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into
low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free
“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides
a free animal behavior help line in English and
Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.
And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave
their abusive situation but are fearful of doing
so because they have pets can receive temporary
sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call
650-340-7022, ext. 330.
Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered
in April 1988. In the years since that time, the
club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and
to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at
Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with
22 members, has frequently been honored as an
outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,
which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part
of Marin counties. For more information or to
join, call 650-556-9380, ext. 3.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula
RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides
free home repair and renovations for low-income
families, seniors and people living with disabilities
throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s mission is to
promote independent living in safety and warmth
through volunteer partnerships with individuals
and groups in the community. RTP is currently
seeking skilled volunteers and construction captains
for its annual National Rebuilding Day, when
thousands of volunteers and sponsors unite to
rehabilitate the homes and community facilities of
our low-income neighbors and revitalize communities
across the Peninsula. Come see how one day of
your time can make a difference in someone’s
life. If you are interested in volunteering, call
650-366-6597. For more information, visit
Redwood City Art Center
The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity
and community by providing art education,
exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach to
the local community and schools. The Art Center has been
involved with several local events, offering fun, creative
art projects for children, and the center hopes
this is just the beginning of their involvement
with the community. For scheduling or donation,
For more general information, visit www.
redwoodcityartcenter.org or call 650-369-1823. Or
visit in person at 2625 Broadway, Redwood City.
Redwood City Eagles #418
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international
nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice
and equality. They support our police, firefighters
and others who protect and serve. The Eagles
have provided support for medical centers across
the country to build and provide research on medical
conditions, including heart disease, cancer, spinal cord
injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s
disease. They raise millions of dollars every year
to help handicapped kids, uplift the aged and
make life a little brighter for everyone.
They meet on the second Tuesday of each
month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6
p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They
play cards on the third Thursday and would love
to have you join them. For more information,
call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or
Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or
check out their website at www.foe418.org.
Redwood City Education Foundation
The Redwood City Education Foundation is an
all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated
to providing students in the Redwood City School
District with a strong education that lays the
foundation for future success. They raise private
money to provide enrichment programs to all
students in the district. Their funding is focused on
academic achievement, music and art, and health
and wellness. They are currently seeking new
board members. Board members are responsible
for attending monthly meetings, chairing board
committees, participating in fundraising and
outreach activities, and promoting RCEF in the
community. If you are interested in the possibility
of serving on the board, please contact Adam
Borison at 650-363-7271 or email@example.com. For more
information on RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
Redwood City Orators
Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner
or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City
Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly, supportive
and diverse group that meets every Friday morning
from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178
Clinton St. (at Brewster). Look for their sidewalk
sign or check them out at www.rcorators.org.
Redwood City Rotary
Redwood City Rotary performs many service
projects, provides college scholarships and
donates to international relief efforts. The club
meets in a spirit of good fellowship and fun
each Tuesday at 12:15 to hear speakers and plan
community benefits, including the annual July 4
raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities. For
more information about joining, contact Dr. Paul
R. Piccione at drpaul@woodsidewellnesscenter.
com or 650-703-5957, or visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.
Redwood City Señors Softball Club
These recreational and tournament-level senior
men and women play slow-pitch softball all year
long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50
years old within the calendar year. Many of the
players are in their 60s and 70s and still going
strong. Club members play every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin
Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more
information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby
at 650-366-5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org (include
“Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).
Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club
This group is small but has a growing
membership. All members either live or work
in our community and share a common goal of
making our city a better place to live. This club
is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.
Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously
active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our
schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.
Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every
Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,
2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill
Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.
Redwood City Woman’s Club
The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established
in 1909 and a member of the California and General
Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets at its historic
clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149 Clinton St. the first
Thursday of each month from September through
June. Typical agenda: social at 11:30 a.m., lunch
at 12 p.m., followed by meeting and program.
Guests and new members are always welcome.
For more information about membership or
clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-1266, email info@
rwcwc.com or visit www.rwcwc.com.
Sequoia High School
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at
the Sequoia District Board Room, 480 James Ave., at 7 p.m.
All alumni and friends of Sequoia are welcome
to attend. For more information call Nancy at
650-592-5822, visit sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or
Sequoia High School
The Sequoia High School Education Foundation
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
the high school experience for all students.
Their mission is to support student success by
investing in projects and programs that will have
a substantial impact on the school community.
If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise
to academic prominence, consider a financial
contribution that will guarantee the continuation
of the programs and resources that have made
Sequoia a winning school. For more information,
go to www.sequoiahs.org.
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Cultural Events (Continued from page 12)
and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square
in downtown Redwood City. Complementing Music on the Square and
the PAL Blues Festival, AOTS showcases original painting, photography,
jewelry, glass, ceramics and more at prices for every budget. Plus, Jewelry on
the Square (JOTS) will return in July. Monthly jurying until each show is filled.
Apply today at www.redwoodcityevents.com. For more information, email
Art on the Square 2013 dates & times
Friday, June 14, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Friday, July 12, 5–8:30 p.m. Jewelry on the Square with Music on the Square
Friday, July 26, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Saturday, July 27, 12–8 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival
Sunday, July 28, 12–5 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival
Friday, Aug. 24, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square
Taste of the Exotic in Redwood Symphony’s
“Notes From Persia”
Notes From Persia, a world premiere of six songs by soprano Raeeka Shehabi-
Yaghmai, will be featured at the April 13 concert of the Redwood Symphony.
The symphony, under the direction of Dr. Eric
Kujawsky, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Main
Theatre of Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill
Road, Redwood City.
The program also will include Debussy’s
Petite Suite and the West Coast premiere of
Christopher Theofanidis’s fiery and cinematic
First Symphony. Theofanidis is familiar to
local audiences as the composer of a recent
San Francisco opera premiere, Heart of a
Kujawsky will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.
“Time to revel in the exotic and unfamiliar!”
he said. “We start with an absolute delight,
Debussy’s youthful Petite Suite, a piano four-hands work that was given
brilliant orchestration by a colleague of the composer. In Notes From Persia,
Shehabi-Yaghmai returns with six songs of her native Iran, skillfully orchestrated
by David Garner, a world premiere and a salute to the Persian new year.”
Tickets are $20 purchased ahead of time or $25 at the door; students are
$10, and children 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an
adult. For tickets and further information, go to www.redwoodsymphony.org
or call 650-366-6872.
Redwood Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to the performance
of ambitious, contemporary repertoire as well as the great orchestral classics
with a special emphasis on education. Its August 2012 performance of the Berlioz
Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco was critically acclaimed.
As I Was Saying… (Continued from page 6)
He said that his decision to run was “born out of the love I have for Redwood City,
[and] my desire is to ensure its continued progress and success in the areas of
fiscal responsibility, public safety, economic development and a quality of life
that is second to none, for all of our residents, small businesses and visitors.”
Schmidt points to his experience as a “community leader” having given him
a “fantastic opportunity and privilege to continually interact with many other
community leaders and residents in and around our county and neighboring
counties about the many issues we all come face-to-face with as a city, as an
elected official, an appointed official or as a member of the community.”
Schmidt ran a modest campaign for county supervisor last year and gathered
some valuable campaigning experience. In that race he was strongly endorsed
by Mayor Aguirre and most of his fellow planning commissioners. He has yet
to announce any supporters list yet but it is assumed they will be in his camp.
If that is the case, he will have a solid base to build his campaign on and that
will be important.
He is in the process of developing his website (www.ernieschmidt.com) and
is encouraging residents to email him questions and concerns at vote4ernie@
aol.com. No indication whether that means press as well.
Other potential candidates include highway patrolman Paul McCarthy
and former Mayor Diane Howard. I am sure there will be other candidates
stepping up to run, but as of yet there is no real buzz on any of them except
for the ones mentioned.
Oh, and that former mayor who was thinking about running? He is not.
As I was saying…
Redwood City Sunrise Lions
Raising money for local charities
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April 27, 2013
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Insurance Tips: Driving Drunk – One of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
Once you’ve had your license for a while, it’s easy to forget that driving is
a dangerous business. Recently, a spate of fatal crashes across the country
has drawn renewed attention to the fact that car accidents are the top killer
of U.S. teenagers. And for those who drink and drive, the dangers are also
incredibly high: In 2011, 31 percent of traffic deaths — and 2.5 percent of
deaths overall — were caused by drunk driving.
But even for those who manage to avoid getting into an accident, getting
caught driving under the influence can have steep financial consequences.
Recent research by CoverHound, a company that compares car insurance
rates, revealed the economic costs of drunk driving. According to their
findings, insurance premiums go up an average of 86 percent — or $5,130 —
in the first year after a DUI. Most of the economic pain from a DUI hits in the
first three years, but drivers can expect to pay more for insurance for seven
years after a conviction.
That’s assuming, of course, that they can still get coverage. “If you get
a DUI, some carriers will drop you, and some will increase insurance
premiums by 300 percent or even 400 percent,” notes Basil Enan, founder
and CEO of CoverHound. “Some carriers refuse to insure anyone who has
been convicted of a DUI.”
The effect of a DUI depends a lot on individual circumstances. The age of
the driver, his or her prior driving record, and whether or not the DUI was
a first offense all factor into the cost. Many insurance companies are more
likely to work with younger drivers who have had a DUI, Enan says.
There are a few things that drivers can do to limit the price of a DUI.
“One option is to take a defensive driving course, which can offset insurance
costs by up to 15 percent,” Enan points out. “Another way to save is by
downgrading your car to something safer. Put another way, if you’re a higherrisk
driver, it’s a good idea to drive a lower-risk car.”
But even under the best of circumstances, getting caught driving drunk is
sure to increase insurance rates. The only sure way to avoid that is to avoid
taking a drink before getting behind the wheel. And, with new smartphone
apps to test your sobriety or call you a cab, there’s no reason to risk your
wallet — or your life.
Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a
professional consultation. Always seek information from a licensed insurance professional.
Hector Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.
The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City,
is providing the following activities that are open to the public during the
month of April.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a free feature movie in our
state-of-the-art movie theater! Please note: Movies may be changed at any
time due to availability.
April 5: “Argo”
April 12: “Playing for Keeps”
April 19: “Life of Pi”
April 26: “Hyde Park on Hudson”
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon
Redwood Room, $5
Our new chef, Gavin Gonzado, executive chef at Portobello Grill here in
Redwood City, is now cooking on site and our diners rave about the meals
he’s preparing. Our meals always include soup, an entrée, dessert and your
choice of beverage. Make your reservation for Tuesday, Wednesday or
Thursday at 650-780-7259.
AARP Free Tax Preparation
By appointment only
Wednesdays through April 10
Call the AARP tax appointment hotline at 650-489-6023. You will be asked
to leave a message and an AARP volunteer will contact you to schedule an
appointment. You must have an appointment for this service.
Blood Pressure Screening
Tuesday, April 1, 9–11 a.m. (Goldstar Room) and 11 a.m.–noon (Adaptive PE Room)
Did you know you can get a free blood pressure screening here at the center?
Well, you can! On the first Tuesday of the month, we are glad to be able to
offer this service sponsored by Sequoia Health & Wellness Center. Come get
your free blood pressure screening.
Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
By invitation only
April 18, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
It’s time again to thank the wonderful people who volunteer here at the center.
If you are a VMSC volunteer and haven’t received an invitation, please call
650-780-7264 and leave your name, phone number and the area in which you
volunteer so you don’t miss out and we can update our records. Hooray for volunteers!
SAVE THE DATES
Annual Memorial Day Celebration
Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $8
We will have a special barbecue. There will be a guest speaker and
opportunity drawing. Free lunch and opportunity drawing ticket to all
veterans wearing their uniform.
West Bay Community Band Spring Concert
Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m.
$8, tickets at the door
The VMSC is happy to welcome back the band for a very special spring
concert. Come enjoy this group of dedicated amateurs who will play beloved
favorites. High school music students with a valid student ID will be
admitted free of charge. Refreshments will be available at intermission.
Bingo, Bunko & Bridge
June 22, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Peninsula Hills Women’s Club, this event will be held to
raise funds to support families of veterans in recovery at Fischer House in
Palo Alto. Lunch will be included in the price of your ticket.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-
7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and
supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City
Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as
well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in
Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more
than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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Events Around Town
The sold out Kiwanis Club event was a huge success. Having fun were (from top left) Larry Graves; friends enjoying their all-you-can-eats; Michael Akana with Donna Vaillancourt;
one of the many student volunteers; Canyon Inn owner Tim Harrison and his wife, Stephanie, getting crabby; the folks from San Mateo Credit Union having a blast.
Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 29)
Sequoia Stamp Club
This club was established in 1947 and welcomes
all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The
club meets at the Community Activities Building,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Tuesday of each month. There is a program
every meeting and refreshments are served. The
dues are only $3 per year. Contact Hank at 650-
593-7012, e-mail email@example.com
or visit www.penpex.org.
Soroptimist International by the Bay
The Soroptimists invite you to become a member
of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest
service organization for business and professional
women, where improving the lives of women
and children has been their mission since 1921.
Soroptimists work through service projects to
advance human rights and the status of women
locally and abroad. They meet the second
Thursday of every month. For more information,
please contact their president, Teresa, at 650-743-
1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable San Mateo County
Established in 1992, this local nonprofit
is dedicated to the long-term health of our
county’s environment, economy and social
equity. Programs include an annual report, an
annual awards event with over 450 attendees,
sustainabilityhub.net, green business workshops
and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact
the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or advocate@
sustainablesanmateo.org. For more information,
Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club
Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.
Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community
service in Redwood City. Through the decades,
the club has provided funds to help many worthy
community programs and continues to add more
community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia
High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace
A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and
has been involved in raising money and donating
time and effort to many programs. The Woodside
Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday
evening 6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El
Camino Real (one block north of Woodside
Road). They invite you to come to their meetings
and check out the club’s website at www.
Woodside Terrace Optimist Club
This is a unique club made up of senior citizens
who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come
from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club
is open to all of the community and provides an
opportunity for seniors to be useful. The club’s
funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale
held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the
main lobby at 485 Woodside Road, open to the public.
Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the
second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in
the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside
Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call President
Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at
650-366-1392 for reservations.
This local organization is dedicated to
empowering students through literacy and
investing community members in underserved
public schools. YES Reading recruits and trains
community volunteers to provide one-on-one
tutoring for elementary and middle school
students reading below grade level. YES Reading
operates several reading centers on the Peninsula
and in the South Bay, including a site at Selby
Lane School in Atherton. If you are interested in
becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs
your help, please call 408-945-9316 or email
email@example.com. Visit the YES Reading
website at www.yesreading.org.
Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit
organization and want your information printed in The
Spectrum, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or The
Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064.
Let our community know your contributions and maybe they
will want to join you.
A Minute With Michael Akana
Michael Akana was born at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto and grew up in Menlo Park. He is
the youngest of four siblings.
He attended grammar and middle schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto. He graduated from
Menlo-Atherton High School in 1981.
He then attended Cañada College, where he earned an AA degree in philosophy in 1984.
He went on to attend San Jose State University and then graduated from Excelsior College in
Albany, N.Y., in 2009 with an English literature degree.
He currently works as chief financial officer for El Centro de Libertad, a nonprofit
organization in downtown Redwood City that provides outpatient substance abuse treatment
services to adults and adolescents.
Michael has been heavily involved with the Redwood City Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club
since 2000. During that time, he has served as a district trustee, lieutenant governor and local
club president. He is active in the Key Club program, which provides leadership training for
high school students.
He currently lives in Half Moon Bay with his significant other of 17 years, Thanos. They have
Michael’s hobbies include travel, racquetball and swimming.
Redwood City is?
Volunteerism in Redwood City?
What is one thing you could tell us about
yourself that others would be shocked to know?
One of the original kids involved with the Tinsley
Who did you wish you were when you were a kid?
What phrase do you most overuse?
Standing on the Great Wall.
What is your motto?
Let’s build it together!
You are inspired by?
What is a dream you have or something you’d
like to accomplish in your life?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Cycling on the bluffs by the beach.
If you’re happy and you know it?
So will everyone else.
When you die, what would you like to come back as?
Do I have to wait until I die?
Kiwanis Club of San Carlos
Kiwanis Show 2013
“Jukebox Saturday Night”
April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Central Middle School
Ticket Information Hotline (650) 590-4440
Wells Fargo presents:
Cañada College’s The Grove
Guckenheimer hors d’oeuvres!
Program in the Theatre
Student Success Stories, Lifetime
Achievement Award: Barbara Pierce;
Inspiration Award: Ron Talain and
Tommy Vargas; Investor Award: Silicon Valley
birthday cake & beverages
Dan Chan the Magic Man
JOIN THE REDWOOD CITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION ON
MAY 3, 2013
Purchase tickets online: www.benefitforabrighterfuture.org
The Spectrum Magazine encourages our readership to GET INVOLVED in our community!
Take a look at the Redwood City nonprofit groups on pages 8, 29 and 32.
Choose the group that is right for you and contact them and GET INVOLVED!
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