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An Unsung “Lion”ess

The Spectrum.APRIL.2013

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

Insurance Tips:

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.”

The Spectrum encourages you, our readers, to support our valuable business advertisers by

using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community

with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you to cut out and present,

including discounts on services, food and beverages, so please take the time to look over their

ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. They want you to visit them. Businesses

are an important component of our community because they create sales tax revenues that

contribute to our overall city budget while providing much-needed services to all of us.

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Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writers

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

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Phone 650-368-2434

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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

Saying… Publisher

| 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.

(continues on page 30)

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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 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.

Family Connections

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. 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

Friends of the Redwood City

Public Library

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.

Funders Bookstore

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 Visit

their website at

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,

Get Involved

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

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@ or 650-561-9534.

(continues on page 29)

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 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 for more information.

Cultural Events

“In My Life”

Award-Winning Beatles

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, 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

“perfect image.”

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”

software system.

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,, 650-369-7770 or 877-


Club Fox

• 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

19. $15.

• 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

History Museum

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

Historical Association.

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.

Ongoing Exhibits:

• “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:


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. 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.

Duenas volunteered

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.”

Rocket Fuel

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

homeless shelters.

“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.”

Richard Imperiale

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

pointed out.

The most pleasure I get out of

this is seeing the children progress.

Seeing them come in knowing no

Richard Imperiale

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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Auto Care:

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

for lunch!”

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.

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.

Financial Institutions:

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.

Home Improvements:

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.

Legal Services:

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.

Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert

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

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

Specialty Businesses:

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

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 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.

Chris Cheshire

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

executive director.

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

Redwood City.

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

northeastern California.

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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Events Around Town

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.

Community Interest

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 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 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

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Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

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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. 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

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 For more

information on RCEF, check out

Redwood City Orators

Toastmasters Club

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

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

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 (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@ or visit

Sequoia High School

Alumni Association

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 or


Sequoia High School

Education Foundation

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

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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 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

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 ( and

is encouraging residents to email him questions and concerns at vote4ernie@ 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

Tri-Annual Fundraiser

Raising money for local charities

Since 1966

Come One Come All


April 27, 2013

Rain or Shine

Parking Lot

American Legion Post 105

651 El Camino

Redwood City

For Space Information, Fees and Application Contact

Marilyn Schappert


No Commissions-No splits

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Call Us Today 650.368.2434

Open to the Public

8:00 AM To 4:00 PM

No gate fee

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.

Senior Activities

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.

Redwood Room

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!


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

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Events Around Town

Cioppino Night

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

or visit

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

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,, green business workshops

and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact

the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or advocate@ 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

Get Involved

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.

YES Reading

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 Visit the YES Reading

website at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit

organization and want your information printed in The

Spectrum, send it to 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

two cats.

Michael’s hobbies include travel, racquetball and swimming.

Redwood City is?

Best climate.

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?

Too kewl.

Memorable moment?

Standing on the Great Wall.

What is your motto?

Let’s build it together!

You are inspired by?

Research volunteers.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

Social tolerance.

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

Proudly Presents:

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:

5:30 PM

Reception at

Cañada College’s The Grove

cocktails &

Guckenheimer hors d’oeuvres!

7:00 PM

Program in the Theatre

Student Success Stories, Lifetime

Achievement Award: Barbara Pierce;

Inspiration Award: Ron Talain and

Tommy Vargas; Investor Award: Silicon Valley

Community Foundation

Followed by

Dessert Reception

Theatre Lobby

birthday cake & beverages

Dan Chan the Magic Man

Special Entertainment


MAY 3, 2013


Cañada College’s


Purchase tickets online:

May 3



5:30 pm










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!

Alpio and the

Team support

our communities

non-profits and

encourage you

to too!

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