SUPERINTENDENT JIM LIANIDES ENJOYING A “JOB OF A LIFETIME” YOU CAN BE YOU CAN BE &“AS I WAS SAYING...”
The Spectrum.JUNE.2013 Table of Contents Inside The Spectrum – 4 RCSD Corner – 5 “As I Was Saying...” – 6 Mobius: A Continuous Path to Better Fitness – 7 Cultural Events – 9 Shop Redwood City – 12 Superintendent Jim Lianides - And So Much More – 14 T he beginning of summer brings additional activities throughout our community. Graduations, getaways, end-of-the-school-year parties, Father’s Day and the June 2013 issue of The Spectrum Magazine. Our cover story this month is on Redwood City’s own James Lianides, who is the current superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District. Having graduated from Woodside High, he brings a unique perspective to the district and hometown objectives. We hope you enjoy being introduced to him by contributing writer Julie McCoy. Now that summer is here, many in our community are focusing on getting fit and building strength and endurance for the season’s outdoor and recreational activities. The personalized and very challenging programs at Mobius Fit on Woodside Road have our town excited about fitness. Read about how their facility is changing the way we all get fit. Again this month we 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.” Publisher Steve Penna writes about the North Fair Oaks neighborhood in his column, “As I Was Saying….” 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. When you are looking for up-to-the-minute community news or information, visit us online at www.spectrummagazine.net. Have a great month, Redwood City! Community Interest – 17 Insurance Tips: Protect Yourself Before Hitting the Road by Getting RV Insurance Coverage – 25 Senior Activities – 25 A Minute With Robert Foucrault – 26 Steve Penna Owner and Publisher email@example.com Anne Callery Copy Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Dale McKee Julie McCoy Nicole Minieri Contributing Writers email@example.com James Massey Graphic Designer firstname.lastname@example.org James R. Kaspar Cover/Cover Story Photography email@example.com Contact Information: Phone 650-368-2434 www.spectrummagazine.net The Spectrum 3
Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot T his month’s cover photo shoot was arranged through phone messages between Spectrum Magazine contributing writer Julie McCoy and Sandy Rick, who is the administrative assistant to our cover subject, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Jim Lianides. After checking with Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna, they scheduled the shoot for Friday, May 24, at 4 p.m. Cover photographer James Kaspar showed up first at the district offices on James Avenue and was soon joined by Penna. They checked in and were met by Rick, who led them to Lianides’ office. Penna and Rick have known each other professionally for several years, so they took the opportunity to do a fast catch-up. Lianides then greeted the two and they entered his office, where the first of a series of shots were taken. Kaspar and Lianides compared travel experiences and chatted about their upcoming trips abroad. The lighting in the office was extremely good; they did not stay there long, as the needed photos were taken quickly. They all moved out to the front arch area of the building and continued the shoot there. The entire shoot took about 30 minutes. The Spectrum Magazine is proud to feature someone who has grown up in our community, attended schools in our community and now leads the educational opportunities for high school students in our community. Lianides is an excellent example of giving back to our community! As he reflected on his experiences in Redwood City, Lianides said, “I have very fond memories of growing up here.” It is very inspiring to know that he is now able to pass on those memories by providing safe, exciting and academically challenging opportunities to the students he serves. Thank you for all you do, Jim! Never late for the Theatre when you eat at Little India. All You Can Eat Lunch Mon - Fri 11am - 2pm Regular $9.95 Vegetarian $7.95 All You Can Eat Dinner Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm Regular $12.95 Vegetarian $10.95 Little India Restaurant 917 Main St., Redwood City 650-361-8737 • www.littleindiacuisine.com Donate Your Vehicle 650-363-2423 10 % off with your Parking Valadation! • Catering • In-House Parties Available • Takeout Advertise with The Spectrum Call Us Today 650.368.2434 Painting, moving, gardening or construction needs? Hire a Reliable Worker through the Proceeds support Kainos Home & Training Center Providing quality residential, vocational and support services to developmentally disabled adults, enabling them to become active, contributing members of the community. Maximum Tax Deductions – We handle paperwork A non profit organization Call: (650) 339-2794 Or go to: www.mionline.org All wages go directly to workers www.SpectrumMagazine.net
RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District Award-Winning Schools, Students and Staff Bring Honor to Redwood City School District During the 2012–13 school year, students who attend Redwood City School District schools, teachers who teach in the schools, district administrators and school board trustees won numerous awards celebrating notable achievements, including: Students • North Star fifth-grade student Adrienne Evans was one of six winners in the SamTrans “Art Takes a Bus Ride” Contest! • Roosevelt students won the BizWorld Challenge, competing against teams from other local schools, including Harker School, Woodside Elementary and North Star Academy. • Kennedy Middle School Concert Band was the only middle school band to receive the very prestigious rating of “Unanimous Superior” from the California Association for Music Education. Kennedy String Orchestra received the rating of “Excellent.” • Adelante Spanish Immersion School was selected as one of 15 finalists for the Embassy of Spain’s prestigious Spanish Immersion School of the Year program. • North Star Academy was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. • North Star Academy was named a California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School. Roosevelt sixth-grade teacher Sarah Coyle was named 2013 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for elementary schools! • Fair Oaks teacher Wendi Brown won the Redwood City–Woodside Patch Teacher Appreciation Contest. • Superintendent Jan Christensen was named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators for Region 5, encompassing San Francisco and San Mateo counties. The Roosevelt School team brought home medals after winning the 2013 BizWorld Challenge. • Hoover eighth-grade student Orlando Mayen was named Youth of the Year. • 472 students were reclassified from English language learners to English proficient. • Former Kennedy student Sofia Dueñas received Outstanding Student Award from the Sequoia Awards Program. Schools • Henry Ford School won a J. Russell Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Boards Association for its professional learning community. • Kennedy Middle School won a J. Russell Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Board Association for its drama program. Staff and Volunteers • Sarah Coyle, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Roosevelt School, was named the 2013 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year for Elementary Education. • Hoover volunteer Dick Imperiale was named Citizen of the Year by the Sequoia Awards Program. • Hoover teacher Mrs. Zuno and her husband, Hoover volunteer Mr. Zuno, received the San Mateo County Reading Association Award for Familias Unidas, a nine-week family literacy series they started eight years ago. • Roosevelt teacher Gillian Parkhurst received a San Mateo County Reading Association Literacy Award for her vocabulary skits. • Trustee Dennis McBride was recognized by the 17th District PTA with an Honorary Service Award for his volunteerism and tireless work on behalf of public education. • Trustee Shelly Masur was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 100 Women of Influence. Nearly 500 students were reclassified from English-language learners to “fluent English proficient” for attaining levels of proficiency equivalent to a native English speaker in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English. The Spectrum 5
As I Was Saying… Publisher | Steve Penna I, like many residents of San Mateo County, was not in favor of changing the election process for the county supervisor seats from “at large” to districts. Voters approved that change last year and, since then, sitting supervisors have been concentrating more on the cities and areas within their boundaries. The main argument to wanting “at large” seats was that supervisors voting on issues outside of their represented area should be held accountable by voters if they are making decisions for all districts. They still vote that way today although elected now by individual districts. I hope that is not too confusing. Anyway, for those of us who are passionate about and have been waiting for a county supervisor to pay some much-needed attention to the North Fair Oaks (NFO) unincorporated area of Redwood City, this change has now been welcomed as Supervisor Warren Slocum is making an attempt to focus on the neighborhood I was born and raised in. Now, I am not saying that Slocum holding regular community meetings, cleanup days or glorified festivals is a large step forward, but it is a step nonetheless and it should be noticed and acknowledged. But let’s take it a step further and not just concentrate on all the touchy-feely good stuff that gets those doing it mentioned in media outlets. Let’s get to work! I always get a real laugh from all the elected officials and wannabes who attend the NFO Community Festival in the summer, where they try to act like they are supportive and a part of the neighborhood when you know that is the only time you will see them in that neighborhood. It is absolutely embarrassing for me to watch them pretend that they care when, in reality, they attend that event to create the illusion that they do. It is actually pathetic and is one of the reasons that the neighborhood continues to cope with the existing problems they have. The ones who can really help don’t spend any time there. There are some unique issues facing that neighborhood, and we should all be concerned and get involved with them because we interact with each other on a daily basis. I would bet most of you probably don’t even realize that our community is split and represented by different governmental agencies. Let me try to break it down in simple terms. Incorporated areas of Redwood City are represented by our City Council and served by the Redwood City Police and Fire departments, water districts, Parks and Recreation Department and so on. Unincorporated areas are represented by county supervisors, the county Sheriff’s Office, county fire services and so on. The areas www.SpectrumMagazine.net of Redwood City that are unincorporated are the NFO and Emerald Hills neighborhoods. Got it? So if you live in the incorporated area and your local tax dollars stay there and vice versa, why should we care about “them”? Well, let me give you a few reasons. In many areas of our city, one side of the street is incorporated and the other is not. That alone should be enough. But if that is not, here are a few others. 1) Students in both areas go to some of the same schools. 2) Crime control information is shared and the involved agencies work together to reduce and control it. 3) We share garbage and recycling services and therefore the same concerns and pricing. I could give a few more examples, but I think you get the idea that we are neighbors regardless of boundaries. We need to communicate and need to interact. The NFO Community Center location on Middlefield is a prime example. Part of the property is unincorporated and part is incorporated. But they work together to provide services like the senior center and the library. So what do we need to concentrate on or give some attention to? Well, I am no expert, but I do keep track of activity in my old neighborhood by shopping there, volunteering there and visiting friends and associates who live there. The issues in that neighborhood are more societal than anything else, and those types of issues are hard to work on. I mean, the federal government cannot even do that. But we must try. I was impressed to read a statement from Slocum that captured the neighborhood: “I have come to learn, however, that in many ways there are two San Mateo Counties. One is punctuated by wealth, software and biotechnology. The other is a place where 40 percent of third-graders don’t read at grade level, 67,000 adults don’t have health insurance, 180,000 are without dental insurance and more than 50,000 cannot afford necessary medications. The percent of families living in poverty has increased significantly countywide, and there is an area between Atherton and central Redwood City where more than 20 percent of the people live in poverty. Government policies that shape our work, families and lives could be better, and we all know it. We also know that government can be more efficient, more responsive and cost less, and I made it my personal responsibility to do just that during my time in office. I like nothing better than rolling up my sleeves, tackling problems one by one and making things work better,” Slocum stated. Low-income families are among the biggest issues facing that area, and those are the issues that need attention. I sometimes wonder who is actually supposed to feel good after the cleanup days, outside office hours and coffee-with-cops type outreach? But gathering information is a vital first step and what those types of activities are supposed to foster. Someone once told me that “most of us are just a paycheck or two away from poverty.” That has always stuck in my mind and is probably the reason I buy the special things I like in bulk. That way, if I can’t afford it next month, I have it. So how do Slocum and others like him address those issues? It sounds clichéd, but it is most definitely “thinking outside the box.” Knowing your community and the existing problems and developing new ways of addressing them is key. All you need to do is look at the violence in East Palo Alto and realize that they need someone to “think outside the box” and try something different. In fact, the Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency needs to intervene there to assist as they had to do a decade or so ago to reduce the crime and killings that have exploded again recently. How many lives have been lost because of the lack of leadership in finding solutions? That is something a county supervisor might want to take on. In fact, one of the current supervisors, Don Horsley, was county sheriff when they had to assist back then and might be the one to lead the effort now. As you may remember, cursed by a flourishing drug trade and violent gang wars, East Palo Alto recorded the highest murder rate in the nation during 1992. A partnership of sorts with the Sheriff’s Office quickly reduced crime and the murder rate. At that time, that was “thinking outside the box.” Slocum’s approach in part seems to be gathering information, and he is doing quite well at that. Every Wednesday, he holds weekly evening office hours in NFO. Residents are encouraged to drop in and share their concerns. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. In response, he is getting interest. He also has a great communicator of information in his own home. His wife, Maria Diaz-Slocum, attended Hoover School in the NFO area and graduated from Sequoia High School. She currently works at the NFO library and serves on the board of trustees for the Redwood City School District. She has years of knowledge to share. Recently the “Be Seen Keepin’ It Clean” cleanup event in NFO attracted over 225 residents volunteering to help in the effort. The neighborhood is better off because of this collaborative effort with the North Fair Oaks council. The CityTrees organization is currently working with Slocum to try to get a tree pruning and (continues on page 24)
Mobius: A Continuous Path to Better Fitness By Julie McCoy, contributing writer Do you want to get in shape this summer, or simply stay in shape? Mobius Fit, a unique 6,000-square-foot gym at 1709 Woodside Road, can help you do just that. “This is a personal health club,” explained Gordon Bliss, manager/partner at Mobius Fit. “This is a full-blown club that caters to individuals.” RAW classes Specializing in small group personal training, Mobius Fit provides what is known as Real Athletic Workout (RAW) classes, which involve using TRX cables and weights. RAW classes provide a totalbody workout. You can burn approximately 600 to 700 calories for each RAW class you take. There are several different levels, including Vitality RAW for beginners, seniors and people with injuries; Foundation RAW, which provides a great workout and a stepping stone to some of Mobius Fit’s advanced classes; and Active RAW, for those who want to challenge themselves. Class size is limited to 12 people per class. The instructors provide personal training, so when people take the RAW classes, they don’t have to pay for a personal trainer. Kickboxing, stretch and yoga classes too In addition to the RAW classes, Mobius Fit provides kickboxing, spin, stretch/yoga, roller and Zumba classes. Bar Method classes taught by Wicked’s Melissa Chait Mobius Fit also recently began offering classes that use the Bar Method, which helps you burn fat, carve muscle, reshape your body, sculpt your arms, trim your waist and enhance your posture. The Bar Method provides the same training ballet dancers use. Melissa Chait, an accomplished actress and dancer who is most well-known for her performance in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, is leading the Bar Method classes. Managing partners have decades of experience Bliss, who has 40 years of experience in the fitness industry and a degree in human performance from San Jose State, runs Mobius Fit with Ross Headley, who also serves as manager/partner. Headley, who played football in college, holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and has been a personal trainer since 1998. Many members from surrounding areas Approximately 40 percent of Mobius Fit’s members live in Redwood City, while 60 percent are from surrounding cities and towns, according to Bliss. He estimates that 20 percent of the gym’s membership is from Menlo Park, 20 percent is from Atherton and 20 percent is from Woodside. Owners Ross Headley and Gordon Bliss greet members every day! Trainer Ulises Lemus instructs a member in proper workout form. Named after Mobius loop Why is the gym named Mobius Fit? “Mobius loop is an infinite loop,” Bliss explained. “We call it our continuous path to better fitness. Diet and exercise have to be a continuous loop.” Training people to be like athletes DeAnn Teixeira, exercise instructor at Mobius Fit, instructs the RAW classes, runs the Shape of Challenge 12-week weight-loss program and is an on-site nutritionist. As a trainer, nutritionist and wellness coach, she uses her background to help people get set up for success. “I want people to go beyond what they think their limitations are and to surprise themselves,” she said. “People are not looking to be skinny; they’re looking to be fit. Their role models are athletes now, so we train people to be like athletes.” Giving you the tools to succeed Redwood City resident Pam McNair, who walks to Mobius Fit, said, “They give you the tools to succeed. It’s a lot of fundamentals and then you build on those as you move up in class. You’re building on core movements. As you join, you move Different responsibilities While both Bliss and Headley do a little bit of everything at Mobius Fit, Bliss focuses on Mobius Fit’s website, kickboxing classes and spin classes while Headley concentrates on teaching the RAW classes. The two have known each other for 30 years. “We have a good friendship,” Headley said. Like family Mobius Fit is like a family, Headley stressed. “We’re really developing that family feel,” he said. “Everyone knows your name. You’re not just a number.” Goal is to be 500 strong by the end of the year Mobius Fit currently has about 400 members. The goal is to have 500 members by the end of the year, according to Bliss. “By the end of the year, I’m hoping to have a waitlist,” Bliss said. “That’s kind of our goal.” Offshoot of Fitness 101 Mobius Fit, which opened in October 2011, is an offshoot of Fitness 101, a former health club that was in Menlo Park. Prior to opening Mobius Fit, Bliss and Headley worked together at Fitness 101. from Foundation to Active. Your core strength increases.” McNair added, “It’s a very small environment. They’re very motivating. They help you achieve whatever your goal is.” A total-body workout Bonnie Black of Menlo Park participates in the RAW, stretch/yoga, roller and spin classes at Mobius Fit. “I love the trainers,” she said. “It’s just so focused. You get the most excellent workout because of the variety and trainers. What they offer here is a total-body workout. It’s just amazing the results (continues on page 20) The Spectrum 7
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Cultural Events Dragon Productions Theatre Company 2120 Broadway St., downtown Redwood City Tickets: www.dragonproductions.net or 650-493-2006, ext. 2 The new Dragon Theatre houses a 70-seat intimate theater area, a classroom and a studio space. Becky’s New Car By Steven Dietz Directed by James Nelson July 12–Aug. 4 “When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job. When she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband. And when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.” Becky Foster is suddenly offered a chance at an adventure and gets entangled in a web of lies that results in a hilarious ride. Written by playwright Steven Dietz, author of 2011’s comedy Private Eyes. Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Pay-what-you-can preview Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m. Opening night gala July 12 after the show Talkback with the director and cast after the show on Sunday, July 28 Fox Theatre and Club Fox 2209 Broadway St., downtown Redwood City Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.com, tickets.foxrwc.com, 650-369-7770 or 877- 435-9849 Club Fox • Terry Hiatt & Friends (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. $5. • Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha with DJ Hong, DJ Rulas, DJ DannyG (salsa lesson at 8:30) 9 p.m. Friday, June 7. $10. • Tony Lindsay, lead singer for Santana & Soulful Obsession with Special Guest Tom Politzer from Tower of Power. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8. $16. • Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa (2 Full Sets) with Fran Guidry 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. $22 • Sista Monica (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. $5. • Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha with Salson. 9 p.m. Friday, June 14. $15. • The Cheeseballs. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. $18 • Daniel Castro (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. $5. • Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha with DJ Rulas, DJ DannyG (salsa lesson at 8:30) 9 p.m. Friday, June 21. $10. • Desert Dance Company presents Mosaic of Dance. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23. $15. • Amy Lou and the Juke Junkies! (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. $5. • Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha with La Fuerza Gigante (LFG). 9 p.m. Friday, June 28. $15. • Powerage: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Experience with Jungle Rooster. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 $15. San Mateo County History Museum 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City 650-299-0141 www.historysmc.org 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 July 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 athletics. They will make a paper mobile with images of various types of sports gear to take home. The museum staff will conduct a special program in the Sports Hall of Fame exhibit area, which features displays about great athletes of the Peninsula. Here the youngsters will hear the story Just a Baseball Game. At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. 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. Book Signing With Joann Semones The San Mateo County History Museum will present maritime author JoAnn Semones, who will discuss her new book, Sea of Troubles: The Lost Ships of Point Sur, on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. Other books written by Semones include Shipwrecks, Scalawags and Scavengers and Hard Luck Coast. Presentation on Preservation of Family Photos Photograph conservator Gawain Weaver will make a presentation on preserving family photographs on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Weaver completed a two-year fellowship in the advanced residency program in photo conservation at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, N.Y., in 2007. Today he teaches photograph preservation at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. Weaver will discuss types of photographs found in family collections, clues to dating them and procedures for preserving them. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum. This presentation is a part of the museum’s “Courthouse Docket” series, which is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation. Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse Sunday, Aug. 18, from noon until 4 p.m., the San Mateo County History Museum will present “Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse.” Activities will include children’s crafts, a Victorian tea served in historic Courtroom A and re-enactors playing as the great and wealthy residents of the Peninsula during the Victorian era. Admission will be free on this special day. The Main Gallery 1018 Main St., Redwood City 650-701-1018 www.themaingallery.org 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. Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response “Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response” opened (continues on next page) The Spectrum 9
Cultural Events (Continued from previous page) Clockwise from top left: Joyce Converse, “Spirit of Aspen,” oil on linen, 30”x30”, 2013. Katinka Hartmetz, “You Get Used to It,” mixed media, 30”x20”, 2013. Diana Herring, “Road Ends,” print, 19”x13”, 2013. Jeanne Gadol, “Trapped,” archival print on paper, 18”x12”, 2013. David Scouffas, “Diamond Light,” inkjet photo, 21”x9”, 2013. Elizabeth Noerdlinger, “Survivors II,” oil on canvas, 24”x30”, 2013. Wednesday, May 29, and runs through Sunday, June 30. This exhibit showcases eight of The Main Gallery artists: Joyce Converse, Jeanne Gadol, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Terri Wilson Moore, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, David Schuffas and Arena Shawn. An intelligent, creative conversation is posed between artist and viewer regarding climate change. This show raises questions and sparks contemplation about the future of the planet. Through irony, humor, comparison, rhythm and more, the depth of the show is sure to ignite a reaction from viewers. The Main Gallery will be hosting an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is a sampling of the creative style and artistic observations presented in the “Climate Crisis” exhibit: “Too much to lose” is the focus for Joyce Converse. Converse explains how her house rests on a ridge with 360-degree views. A recent visit to her 20-acre property by the U.S. Department of Agriculture resulted in estimates that due to Converse’s care and choice of native tree and shrub plantings, as many as 70 different species of native birds are suspected to live on her land. Converse describes her oil paintings as projecting deep passion, inspiration and understanding of landscape’s “spirit, beauty and habitat, especially the local Santa Cruz mountain landscape.” www.SpectrumMagazine.net The digital art of Jeanne Gadol focuses on birds and animals. The images of these creatures, combined with geometric forms and repeated in patterns, suggest extinction and loss, the need for hope and balance, and the uncertainty and burden associated with climate change. Gadol explains that her art’s aesthetic rhythm, form and pattern are a “visual merging of the rugged Northern California landscape and wildlife, with images absorbed while on three life-changing Africa safaris.” Using an old window, a birdcage, a table and a library card file, multimedia artist Katinka Hartmetz uses altered photographs and paintings in combination to express nostalgia. Hartmetz asks, “Does anyone remember what the old days were like?” Her images of stormy sea give a sense that something perilous may be waiting in the future of humankind. The prints by Diana Herring use humor to show how current human behavior is leading to a potentially deadly situation. In “The Road Ends,” a happy little girl and a skeleton are in an old jalopy, running off the road’s edge. In “Carbon Footprint,” a man’s face is being swept over by a wave as a foot looms over his head. Herring states that she “came to the conclusion that climate change is the result of entropy (lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder).” She further describes climate change as the “accumulation and population of human waste and activity. Such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and overpopulation of our earth.” Painter Terri Wilson Moore combines detailed graphite drawings, layers of paint, acrylic gels and elements of collage onto panels to illustrate the unchecked growth of bark beetles (that are destroying pine forests) and human destruction that’s gradually eliminating the rain forest. In her pieces Moore includes text from U.N. reports on climate change and incorporates red threads throughout to underscore a sense of unraveling, suggesting things coming apart that can lead to serious consequences. Moore asks, “As the evidence of harm keeps accumulating, why don’t we respond in a way that matches the threat?” For this exhibit, oil painter Elizabeth Noerdlinger focuses on animals and plants that will benefit in a warmer, higher carbon dioxide environment. Incorporating information from laboratory reports and her own observations of thriving animals in her local environment, she paints collage-like scenes of predicted survivors, of animals and plants that seem likely to thrive in a disturbed, higher CO2 environment. Photographer David Scouffas employs photomontage for his elegant digital prints that illustrate the theme of cause and effect. His images of rich, luxurious lifestyles juxtaposed with environmental disasters are clear yet startling, inviting the viewer to look again and think about what they are seeing. “Climate Crisis: An Artistic Response” is a show not to be missed. Come view The Main Gallery’s artists’ ominous insight into climate change and join the conversation through creative works of art that will inform, alert, sadden, energize and urge you to react. Art on the Square Call for Artists and Crafters for June– August Shows Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts each month between June and August at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Complementing Music on the Square and the PAL Blues Festival, AOTS showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics and more at prices for every budget. Plus, Jewelry on the Square (JOTS) will return in July. Monthly jurying until each show is filled. Apply today at www.redwoodcityevents.com. For more information, email ArtontheSquare@sbcglobal.net. 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 Redwood City presents SUMMER SERIES 2013 Free, Fun Events and Activities in Downtown Redwood City Redwood City welcomes the community downtown for its seventh season of free events and entertainment. Every week throughout the summer at beautiful Courthouse Square, engaging evenings will showcase fabulous, free, fun-filled activities on Thursdays with Movies on the Square and on Fridays featuring Music on the Square. Other ongoing events in the coming months include classical concerts, Shakespeare in the park, a new kids’ concert series on Sundays called Kidchella, as well as special outdoor exhibits featuring Art on the Square. The beautiful, inviting atmosphere of Courthouse Square, with its cooling fountains and surrounding variety of shops and eateries, offers friends, family and neighbors a stunning place to gather and enjoy balmy summer evenings. Redwood City has grown to be known as the Entertainment Capital of the Peninsula! Below is the rundown of this season’s Downtown Redwood City entertainment. Find details at www.RedwoodCityEvents.com. Movies on the Square Redwood City’s summer movie experience continues with free movies on Thursday evenings starting at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m., then earlier as the summer progresses). Enjoy (continues on page 18)
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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. www.littleindiacuisine.com The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With a motto promising to change your life “one sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere www.SpectrumMagazine.net 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 www.glaubert.com. John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315 – John has been a resident of Redwood City for 21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18 years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork, keeping them up to date with new listings and conditions as they impact the market. He will make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience for you as he can. Let John guide you through the complexities of buying or selling your home, eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at www.johnnelsonhomes.com. 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 www.vickycostantini.com. 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 www.flamencoinsurance.com. Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready to assist you with a variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see exactly what products and services are available. Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see why their service makes the difference. St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry, shopping local does not get better than this. Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650- 366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that in choosing a senior living community, residents are looking for much more than a comfortable living environment to call home. Brookdale Living’s Redwood City community delivers inspired independent living with the promise of exceptional experiences every day. As residents’ needs change, they are provided with a variety of ancillary services and a personalized assisted living environment that encourages them to continue to live as they please.
Superintendent Jim Lianides • And So Much More! • By Julie McCoy, contributing writer Jim Lianides is passionate about education and happens to be a well-known and well-respected figure in the local education community. For decades, he has helped ensure youth in Redwood City and other parts of the Bay Area are provided with access to a quality education. Superintendent role a “job of a lifetime” Lianides currently serves as superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, a public school district that includes the communities of Redwood City, Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, Belmont, East Palo Alto, Ladera, San Carlos and Portola Valley. “This is a job of a lifetime to be superintendent of the Sequoia High School Union District,” he said. Diverse student body The Sequoia Union High School District has a diverse student body, according to Lianides. He estimates that 40 percent of students are Hispanic. Knowing Spanish helps him interact with parents While the Hispanic students tend to speak English, often their parents don’t, Lianides pointed out. But fortunately it’s not a problem when he needs to talk to those parents, because he knows Spanish. Regular meetings with parents, principals and the school board As superintendent, Lianides meets not only with parents but also with principals. He also attends school board meetings and provides board members with weekly updates about what’s going on. “All day I’m constantly interacting with people,” he said. Reward is working with great teachers and administrators The reward of being superintendent, Lianides said, is the opportunity to be part of “an amazing school district with great teachers, a great administration and a beautiful campus.” Top challenges are achievement gap, enrollment growth Meanwhile, the challenges are the achievement gap that exists among students, which can be affected by their diverse experiences, and the growth in enrollment that the district is experiencing, Lianides said. The Sequoia Union High School District currently has 8,300 students and enrollment is expected to grow to 10,000 by 2020, something the district needs to plan for and be prepared for, Lianides pointed out. He obtains input from parents about how to handle www.SpectrumMagazine.net the enrollment growth. “They know we need to build additional facilities, that we will need to go to the community for additional funding,” he said. A great future ahead What does the future look like for the school district? “The school district has a great future,” he said. “It has great people, great staff. It will continue to serve students. This is a district that will continue to meet its challenges.” Nearly five years with the district Lianides has been with the Sequoia Union High School District for nearly five years. He started off as chief business official in October 2008 and became superintendent in July 2010. Thirty-five years of experience overall Prior to joining the Sequoia Union High School District, he worked in the Pacifica School District, first as chief business official for six years and then as superintendent for three years. He also was an elementary and middle school principal in Mountain View and taught at Garfield High School in Redwood City. He has been in the field of education since 1978, he said. Mom talked to him about education being a good career What inspired Lianides to get into the field of education? He enjoyed his own educational experience and teaching, he said. Also, his mom, who was a secretary at Woodside High School, talked about how teaching was a good career to get into. Longtime Redwood City resident Lianides, who was born in San Francisco, has lived in Redwood City most of his life. He and his parents, mom Aggie and dad Charlie, moved to Redwood City when he was just 1 year old. “I think I had a great childhood here,” he said. “It is a great community today, but it was a great community then.” Lianides attended Redwood City elementary schools, Kennedy Middle School and Woodside High School. He participated in baseball, football and basketball before high school and cross-country running and track while at Woodside High School. “I have very fond memories of growing up here,” he said. His 90-year-old dad continues to live in Redwood City While Lianides’ mom has passed away, he lives close to his 90-year-old dad, who continues to reside in Redwood City and is in good health. A love of Redwood City Lianides likes the weather in Redwood City, that Redwood City is close to parks and other outdoor activities, and that it isn’t far from San Francisco. He also is pleased with all the developments going on in Redwood City, he said. “This is just a nice place to raise a family,” he said. “My kids grew up in pretty much the same neighborhood. That doesn’t happen that often.” Two sons living in South America Lianides and his wife, Nancy, who is from Peru, have two sons, who currently live in South America. Matt, 30, resides in Lima, Peru, where he is starting a bathing suit business, and Justin,
28, lives in Santiago, Chile, where he works for a large multinational engineering firm. His specialty is designing structures for long tunnels. Enjoys traveling, hiking and reading When he is not busy with his superintendent job, Lianides enjoys traveling. He’s been to not only Peru but also Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Italy, Spain and Holland. Additionally, Lianides enjoys hiking and reading. Good at construction Lianides is pretty good at construction. His father was a sheet metal worker and he has been able to apply those skills in his home. “I know how to frame, how to do plumbing,” he said. “I have installed tile floors.” Loves rocks and minerals What’s one thing most people don’t know about Lianides? He is passionate about geology and collects rocks and minerals, he said. He has a large collection at home and a small collection in his office. He likes to know the names of different formations, how they were formed and where they are found, he said. Extremely loyal to everyone Gary Bulanti, broker associate for Alain Pinel Realtors in Menlo Park, has known Lianides for about 41 years. Even though they are both from Redwood City, they never met one another until they were freshmen at the University of California at Berkeley. And they’ve been friends ever since. “He is extremely loyal,” Bulanti said. “He is loyal to his family, his friends, his students and his coworkers. He is very intelligent but has a calm about him that is very assuring. And he is unflappable. He will remain calm in all matters and any crisis. His intellect is very steady and unmeasured. “Over the years, we have traveled together with our wives and children to Peru and the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have watched him start as a teacher who is bilingual, [then become] a middle school principal, business manager for a school district in Pacifica, to business manager with the Sequoia Union High School District, to his current position as superintendent. “He is well-respected by co-workers because he has a great ability to be empathetic because he has done those jobs. I would imagine that not that many superintendents have that much experience or that diverse of a background [when they take the position]. I know he cares deeply for the district, that it is important for him to keep the district moving in the right direction now and in the future. “Jim is one of my very, very best friends. He is like family. He makes himself accessible to everyone in his organization, to parents. He really cares that every child in the district gets the best possible education they can. … He is just a really caring person. He is a loving husband and father. He’s golden. I’m a lucky guy to have a friend like him.” Wonderful to work with, honest and forthcoming Susan Vickrey first met Lianides around 1996, when she was principal at Roy Cloud Elementary School in Redwood City. Lianides was a principal in another district at the time, but his two sons attended Roy Cloud. A few years later, Vickrey and Lianides worked as peers in Pacifica when Lianides was the business manager and Vickrey was director of curriculum. At Vickrey’s retirement dinner in 2010, Lianides asked if she would be interested in helping him out for a few weeks because his human resources person had left suddenly. He needed someone to start the school year while he looked for a replacement. “Somehow, at the party, that seemed like a good idea,” she noted. “So I went to work for him in Sequoia for the month of August. Well, a few weeks became two years. I retired the second time from Sequoia in 2012.” Vickrey noted that Lianides “is wonderful to work with. He is honest and forthcoming. His word is good 100 percent of the time. He has a quick understated sense of humor that can leave one wondering if he was joking or not. He is thoughtful and careful in his decisionmaking process. He collects information and communicates with those affected by the outcome. There have been a number of times over the years when I have disagreed with him. But I knew he had evaluated the situation and done what he honestly believed to be best. “We are friends. Jim and his wife have been longtime friends with my husband and me. He was supportive through my cancer in 2008. He is kind. He is a wonderful father for his two successful sons. “Professionally, Jim has made a difference to thousands of kids. He taught bilingual education in Redwood City. He was a successful middle school principal. He balanced a difficult budget in Pacifica. He remodeled every school in Pacifica on time and on budget. He found funding for my many curriculum projects that increased the district’s Academic Performance Index (API) to over 800. “He is working to better the educational opportunities for all students of Sequoia. He is magic at school funding. He understands it better than anyone else in education and he can explain it. He works to secure every dollar that a district is entitled to and ensures that the money is spent appropriately to enhance education for kids. San Mateo County has been lucky to have him in each of his varied positions.” “Professionally, Jim has made a difference to thousands of kids.” “This is a district that will continue to meet its challenges.” “It is a great community today, but it was a great community then.” The Spectrum 15
Events Around Town South Bay Opening Day 2013 The 75th annual South Bay Opening Day of the sailing season included the blessing of the fleet, a decorated boat parade, exhibits in the Sequoia Yacht Club parking lot, police and fire departments, West Marine/Leukemia Foundation, Dock-walkers, Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Water activities also included a Coast Guard cutter, rowing club and kayaking demonstrations and the Sea and Mariner Scouts. The Sequoia Yacht Club offered a breakfast. The theme of the event was “75 years of making waves on the South Bay.” This year’s grand marshal was Coast Guard Rear Admiral Karl Schultz. www.SpectrumMagazine.net
Community Interest Redwood City Residents Take Public Safety Into Their Own Hands Redwood City residents are banding together and hitting the streets after recent burglaries near their homes have left them feeling unsafe. About 40 people hand-delivered fliers to their neighbors that detail tips from the Redwood City Police Department on how to prevent burglaries. Foster Kinney walked through the neighborhood near John Gill School. “I did this because I want to meet more people in my area,” Kinney told Patch. com. “I will concentrate on late afternoons, when more people are home, so I can deliver the message directly,” Kinney said. People were generally friendly and receptive, according to the block walkers. As residents went door to door, they shared stories about their experiences with burglaries. Kinney was told tales of burglars entering through open windows and tools disappearing from construction sites. Many of the volunteers who patrolled their neighborhoods said they were inspired to take to the streets by “the LKs,” Larry and Loretta Knight. Loretta Knight said she was very worried about how bold criminals are becoming in her community. “There was a man going door to door, shaking door knobs on James Street to see if anyone was home,” Knight said. “He was obviously not selling anything,” she said. Although she was not able to join her neighbors because of an injury, Knight said that volunteers would be walking through Eagle Hill and the Roosevelt neighborhoods each weekend through the month of June. The plan is to get many Redwood City residents involved, so neighbors can get to know each other and create a neighborhood watch. Knight said she got the idea from Ernie Schmidt, chair of the Redwood City Planning Commission. On May 10, Schmidt shared a message with his neighbors on Nextdoor, a private social network, asking them if they wanted to watch out for one another. People immediately replied en masse. Schmidt gave 800 fliers to volunteers to distribute. “We had neighbors volunteering from Woodside Plaza, the Farm Hill area and even San Carlos,” Schmidt said. “We are going to be hitting as many neighborhoods as we can; we are not limiting it to our own neighborhoods. Reason being is that we hope that we can inspire more neighbors to walk as the weekends go by,” he said. Some residents, such as Doraine Couillard, said they were able to do only half of their planned routes because they ran out of fliers. “I found that the people I actually got to speak with were both gracious and receptive, and very happy to see that people are being proactive in this effort to build a more secure community,” Couillard said. “I also found along the way that many people have installed security systems, although it remains to be seen if they are actually effective to deter thieves,” Couillard said. Editor’s note: This article first appeared on www.redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com. RCSD schools, including: • Three RCSD schools — Hawes, Henry Ford and Taft — have been removed from the state’s Program Improvement list. • Three RCSD schools were named California Distinguished Schools: Adelante, Orion and North Star Academy. • North Star Academy was awarded a National Blue Ribbon Award. • The district’s Academic Performance Index (API) score rose 24 points in 2012, the highest one-year gain since 2003. • Several schools, including Kennedy and Roosevelt, made dramatic API gains in 2012 of 81 and 62 points, respectively. • Adelante, Clifford, Henry Ford, Hoover, Kennedy, North Star, Orion and Roosevelt have received Kent Awards from the San Mateo County School Boards Association for innovative practices. • The entire RCSD K–3 teaching staff won a San Mateo County Literacy Award for their work in using assessments to improve reading. • The Redwood City School District was one of 11 districts statewide to win a “Champion for Fitness” Spotlight Award from the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Christensen has developed and strengthened partnerships between RCSD and local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including Stanford University, that have resulted in the district’s ability to continue providing strong support services to students during a time of declining state revenue. Christensen has been an active member of the Redwood City community, serving as president of the San Mateo County Superintendent’s Association, chair of the San Mateo County of Education SELPA Board, vice chair of the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and on the Sequoia Hospital Community Advisory Council. She was born and raised outside of Detroit, Mich. Christensen began her work in education in 1978 in Plymouth, Mich., as a middle school teacher, teaching grades 6–8. In 1981 she moved to Alaska and served in teaching and administrative positions, eventually serving as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Anchorage School District. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and minored in English. She also earned a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in educational leadership. She has completed postgraduate course work in leadership, curriculum and instruction at Gonzaga University in their doctoral program. She has also been an adjunct professor at University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she taught courses in curriculum and leadership, organizational development and leadership, and politics and education. Christensen was honored on April 29 at the Grosvenor Hotel in South San Francisco. Redwood City School District Superintendent Jan Christensen Named Superiendentent of the Year Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts and Bar-B-Que Festival on July 27 & 28 Jan Christensen, superintendent of the Redwood City School District, has been The Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts and Bar-B-Que Festival on July named Superintendent of the Year for Region 27 and July 28 features blues musicians from the Bay Area and beyond. 5 by the Association of California School This year, for the first time, the festival is going to two days of music! There Administrators (ACSA). Region 5 includes will be a full range of blues musicians on Saturday. On Sunday, the stage San Mateo and San Francisco counties. will include gospel, R&B and much more. The festival offers wonderful live Board president Shelly Masur said, “As music, a family area with an arcade for children, and delicious food, and board members we are proud of Jan. She is showcases Redwood City’s Courthouse Square, along with Redwood City’s a recognized leader across the state and is downtown merchants and restaurants. Thank you to San Mateo Credit Union consistently sought after for her input and for being a major sponsor this year! thoughts. We know that our district’s children In its eighth year, the festival will feature a Bar-B-Que Cook-off Competition directly benefit from all her hard work and are so grateful for her leadership.” sponsored by the Redwood City Downtown Business Group, where amateur Christensen joined the Redwood City School District as superintendent and professional chefs compete for fun, plaques and barbecue glory. Plus, the in May 2006. Under her leadership, the Redwood City School District has unique artist booths of Art on the Square will fill the square with stunning art embraced educational reforms and new instructional strategies that have all day on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from this fun and exciting family resulted in significant academic gains, a narrowing of the achievement gap among its diverse student population, and numerous awards and honors by (continues on page 23) The Spectrum 17
Cultural Events (Continued from page 10) movies that will delight kids and adults alike, including classics like “My Fair Lady” on June 13, along with newly released flicks such as “The Hunger Games” on July 18 and “The Croods” on Aug. 15, among many others. Come early for the best seats (a limited number of chairs and tables are available), bring your blankets and pick up take-out food from any of the nearby wonderful restaurants. Redwood City is the only city in California offering surround-sound movies, so come enjoy the scene and experience outdoor “theater” with our 25-foot screen. Music on the Square Free music every week throughout the summer! The 2013 season features 17 impressive concerts not to be missed on Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning with Steelhorse on June 7. With top-quality local and national musical performers — from rock, blues and pop to Latin, reggae and much more — music fans of all ages will be thrilled to discover and enjoy our free summer concert series, this year through Sept. 27. Art on the Square Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and crafts for six juried special events, starting on June 14 at Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Complementing Music on the Square and the PAL Blues Festival, Art on the Square showcases original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics and more, at prices for every budget. It’s great fun to wander the booths and discover unique items at prices for every budget. There’s also exquisite jewelry at every show, and for those who can’t get enough of it we’ve added Jewelry on the Square on July 12. Plus, every Art on the Square event is combined with great music, food and fun! Kidchella: Kids’ Concert Series Redwood City is proud to offer Kidchella, a new music series especially for kids. For three Sundays this summer, the ubiquitous Andy Z will be the Master of Music and Play by bringing his high energy to Courthouse Square. Sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library, this new series will provide a safe and fun environment for kids to dance and enjoy live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first event, on June 30, will feature Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. On Aug. 18, Andy Z will also be performing with The Andyland Band, and The Hip Waders will complete the series on Sept. 15. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy free live music along with an inflatable play land at the new Kidchella series this summer! Classical Music Series For the classical music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent, Redwood City continues its Classical Music Series in June. The series launches at 6 p.m. on June 29 with Redwood Symphony and continues on July 20 with Opera San José and on July 21 with the West Bay Community Band at 5 p.m., then winds up on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. with Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Families will love these free classical concerts, performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square. www.SpectrumMagazine.net Shakespeare in the Park Celebrating its 31st year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings its performance of “Macbeth” to Redwood City for three weekends in August! Shakespeare in the Park will offer three evening shows on Saturdays and three afternoon shows on Sundays while providing an opportunity for everyone to see high-quality, professional theater in the relaxing setting of the Sequoia High School campus, free of charge. Treat yourself to some Shakespeare this August! Society of Western Artists 2625 Broadway, Redwood City 650-737-6084 www.societyofwesternartists.com The Society of Western Artists will be presenting a watercolor demonstration by artist Michael Reardon on June 15 at 1 p.m. at the SWA. Reardon is an award-winning artist, teacher and avid traveler. He is inspired to create by landscapes and architecture from around the world. Using his extensive background in architecture and illustration, he composes convincing and evocative watercolors, both in plein air and studio painting. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the California Watercolor Association. He is also an artist member of the California Art Club. Reardon will take one of his plein air watercolors and recreate it during his demo. SWA demonstration meetings are free and open to the public. The Caldwell Gallery 400 County Government Center, Hall of Justice, Redwood City The San Mateo County Arts Commission sponsors three galleries located at San Mateo County Center in Redwood City. The Caldwell Gallery is located at 400 County Center with the Community Gallery located downstairs near the café. The Rotunda Gallery exhibits 3-D works and is located at 555 County Center. The galleries are open during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit our website at www.co.sanmateo.ca.us. Clockwise from top left: Joyce Barron Leopardo, “Delightful,” mixed media. Marianne Lettieri, “What the Poet Left Behind,” mixed-media assemblage. Debora Crosby, “Life Cycle,” mixed-media collage. Joyce Savre, “There Is Light,” mixed-media collage. Dave Putnam, “Jellyfish,” aluminum, stainless steel and concrete. JinHee Lee, “Fire,” acrylic. Two young Academy of Art University graduates, Brandi Lee of San Bruno and JinHee Lee of Pacifica, are showing their abstract mixed-media paintings in the show “Hot and Cold” at the Caldwell Gallery in Redwood City now through July 5. “Experimental Evaporation: A Visual Record of Water, Gravity and Time” is the inspiration for this series of mixed-media paintings by Brandi Lee. She used copious amounts of water and various inks on mylar while utilizing the gentle process of evaporation “in an ongoing attempt to unify the seemingly opposing passions in my life: art and science.” She continues, “Each piece is a culmination of numerous artistic experiments similar in progression to the scientific method. Texture and form are created through an everexpanding arsenal of unique application and manipulation techniques.” This award-winning growing artist is a founding and current member of the female artists’ group CLIQUE and is interning with and writing gallery reviews for Alan Bamberger of Art Business.com. Born in South Korea, JinHee Lee bases her abstract acrylic paintings on her unique experiences with nature. “I portray mankind’s sensibility in abstraction, expressing impressions I have gained by witnessing mystical and beautiful things happening in Mother Nature with nonobjective forms and colors.” She is currently in the master’s program at Academy of Art University and also a member of the female artist group CLIQUE, founded by Brandi Lee. Concurrently with this show in the Caldwell Gallery, which is on the first floor at 400 County Center, is “Colorful Mysteries,” featuring acrylic and oil paintings by Helga Christoph of Redwood City and acrylic and mixed-media paintings by Fleur Spolidor of San Carlos. The Community Gallery is located on the lower level of the 400 building. In the adjacent 555 County Center building’s Rotunda Gallery is furniture and sculpture by Belmont resident Paul Rubas. Rubas recycles and reshapes materials, including metals, various woods and sandstone. All three shows are sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and curated by Teresa Silvestri. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Visit www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.
Your summer of change! Change your habits! Mobius Fit is not a fad, it’s a lifestyle. We can change your life. Special Event, Free to the Public Join us for a Super Group Class on Sat., June 22nd. at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Take one of these classes (call for a reservation) and receive a one week pass. Join the club and take 50% off the initiation fee! www.mobiusfit.com 1709 Woodside Road • Redwood City, CA 94061 • 650-365-3300 Mobius: A Continuous Path to Better Fitness (Continued from page 7) you get. I’ve noticed my body is so much happier. It shapes your muscles. It relieves tension on your body. I don’t have any strains or pains.” The trainers are really strong, professional and qualified, Black noted. “There’s no place I’d rather go,” she said. “I feel like I’m not missing anything, not to mention it’s fun. I definitely would recommend it to other people. They’re so encouraging. They really help you meet your goals. They offer the total person. They’re so personal. It’s very personal.” Motivation to work out and challenge yourself Stephanie Rudd, another Menlo Park resident who participates in the RAW classes at Mobius Fit, said, “I like it because it motivates me to work out and challenge myself. It’s a great gym. Good classes.” Something for everyone Atherton resident Joyce Gelbach said what stands out for her as a Mobius Fit member is the small group training. “I like the routine,” she said. “I like the variety. I like that the trainer is pushing you at every station you’re at. And the trainers are really good, too. There’s something for everyone.” Interested? What: Mobius Fit Address: 1709 Woodside Rd. Hours: Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Phone: 650-365-3300 www.mobiusfit.com www.SpectrumMagazine.net
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Community Interest (Continued from page 17) festival will directly benefit the important programs of the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL). The PAL offers prevention and intervention programs to the youth of the community, including citywide sports programs and after-school programs. Sponsorship and food and business booth opportunities are still available. Call Steve Penna at 650-218-0358 for complete details. www.palbluesfestival.com New Location Identified for Kiwanis Farmers Market The Redwood City Kiwanis Club’s Saturday farmers market has been a beloved fixture in downtown Redwood City for over three decades. The market operates April through November from 8 a.m. to noon, presently at the corner of Winslow Street and Hamilton Street, directly across from the Middlefield Road parking lot. With construction of the new Redwood Tower building in the Middlefield lot anticipated to begin in fall of 2013, along with other development possibilities in the vicinity, the Redwood City Kiwanis Club and city staff have been working together to find a suitable new location for the farmers market. The city and the Redwood City Kiwanis Club are pleased to jointly announce that the Saturday farmers market will move to a section of Arguello Street north of Marshall Street, as early as September of this year, pending final approval by the City Council. To accommodate the market’s Saturday morning operations, Arguello Street will be closed from Marshall Street north to about halfway down the block toward Brewster, along with a half-block of Bradford Street from Arguello. Parking will be encouraged in the Perry Street Caltrain lot, and the San Mateo County Center garage. Use of Caltrain for out-of-town patrons will also be encouraged, offering easy, direct access between the Redwood City Caltrain station and the market’s new location. This move is being proposed to assure that the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market’s successful operation can continue, and that it remains the wonderful Saturday morning Redwood City tradition that has endured for so many years. If approved by the City Council, it’s anticipated that the first market in the new location will be on Sept. 7. However, that may move to a later date depending on the final construction schedule for Redwood Tower. “Our staff’s close work with the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market has made this transition possible, and we’re very pleased to be able to come to such a positive outcome for a new location,” said Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre. “I want to encourage everyone to be sure to visit the market on Saturday mornings, both at the current location and at their new home on Arguello once they relocate this fall.” Caroline McHenry, president of the Redwood City Kiwanis Club and manager of the farmers market, noted, “The Redwood City Kiwanis Club is all about supporting the community, and through our close relationship with the city, we’ve been able to both find a great new site and do our part to support the future of downtown.” The Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market is the oldest and largest farmers market on the Peninsula. It was started in 1979 with the intention of supporting local independent farmers and supplying the community with fresh produce. • The Geri Mayers Memorial Community Service Award: Marissa Scully, Woodside High School • The Walter Butler Memorial Scholarship: Leah Bustos, Woodside High School • The Bogart Family Scholarships: Michelle McLaren, Woodside High School • The Charles and Jean Rigg Scholarship: Ze Martinho, Sequoia High School • The Maggie Cuadros Memorial Scholarship: Manuel Espinoza, Sequoia High School • Yamada Family Scholarships: Rebekah Steiner, Andrea Vidal, Kristal Padilla, Sequoia High School Fourth of July Parade Run Registration Open Registration is now open for this year’s Parade Run in downtown Redwood City on July 4. Last year, the number of participants reached full capacity, so there is a chance there may be a cap on the number of entrants this year. Don’t miss out! Register early to secure your spot. It’s easy; just go to www. paraderun.org. For families, there is the Family Pack Special (two adults and two children). If you register together, you will receive a $20 voucher good toward a new pair of shoes at one of the two packet pick-up locations, Fleet Feet Sports and Roadrunner Sports, on pick-up day. Family T-shirt sponsorships are also available until June 1 — make your family famous by putting your name on a stylish race T-shirt. All proceeds go toward supporting the Redwood City Education Foundation. The RCEF has been working since 1983 to advance and enrich education opportunities for all students in the K–8 Redwood City School District. Learn more at www.rcef.org. Kiwanis Awards Scholarships to Local High School Students The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club of Redwood City has selected 10 local high school students as recipients of their annual scholarship program. Senior students from Sequoia and Woodside high schools were honored at the annual dinner on May 22 at the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City. The following senior high school students have demonstrated academic achievement and commitment to community service and volunteerism and will receive these awards: • Phillip Wang Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Andrew Blatner, Woodside High School • The Key Club of Sequoia High Scholarship: Banyra Michelle Vasquez, Sequoia High School The Spectrum 23
As I Was Saying… (Continued from page 6) planting program going in the NFO area. The group did some work at the community center and now wants to expand their efforts beyond the incorporated boundaries and work in the unincorporated areas as well. It is all Redwood City after all, right? That is how we all have to think! Now, as you may have already heard, Slocum recently announced that Safeway will run the new pharmacy that is part of the south county clinic that will open on Nov. 4. At this time, there isn’t a pharmacy in North Fair Oaks, so this will be a wonderful and needed addition. The new south county clinic in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood will offer adult primary care, pediatric primary care, dental care, a lab, a fullservice pharmacy, a health educator and health library (complete with Internet access), mental health counseling, community rooms and a garden. The facility will have 174 parking spaces as well as a SamTrans bus stop in front. SamTrans is planning to increase the number of routes between East Palo Alto and Redwood City in November to transport patients formerly seen at Willow Clinic to the new clinic. Needed improvements to the entrance to the clinic (which is actually a driveway) are planned as well. The clinic will be home to 108 staff members who will provide care to 19,000 individuals each year and offer approximately 70,000 patient visits, according to Slocum. Things are happening in NFO! There are obviously more issues to be discussed and addressed in the NFO area, but things are finally moving forward. The Sheriff’s Office has two substations in the area, crime and gang violence seems to be at least controllable and businesses seem to be taking an interest in getting involved. The recent cleanup had the San Mateo Credit Union, Recology, El Grullense, the City of Redwood City, the North Fair Oaks Youth Group, St. Anthony’s, the Bay Area Gardeners Association, the Fair Oaks Biblioteca and Redwood City schools helping out. That is what we need: residents, government and businesses all working together, and Slocum is showing strong leadership in gathering the community coalition that will step up and make a difference. So, in conclusion, with district elections come supervisors who can work harder for those they actually represent instead of having to try to appease voters districtwide. We are seeing that here in the NFO neighborhood, and so far the results are outstanding. What we are also seeing is a supervisor who does not have to discount a portion of the electorate because they don’t vote or contribute to campaigns and therefore only need to be visited during festivals and publicity events. That is additional freedom to really get to work, really know the community and really make a difference. After all, isn’t that what elected officials are ultimately supposed to do? I think I like the elect-by-district structure. Who woulda thought! As I was saying… .… Advertise with The Spectrum Call Us Today 650.368.2434 GREG GARCIA REAL ESTATE Broker Associate Sequoia Realty (650) 771-0656 or 363-2009 GregGarciaHomes@gmail.com CA. DRE 01009536 www.SpectrumMagazine.net
Insurance Tips: Protect Yourself Before Hitting the Road by Getting RV Insurance Coverage By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum Ahhh… Recreational vehicle and motor home travel. But, as you are relaxing, have you made sure you have adequate motor home or trailer insurance? Yes, it is a nice convenience to travel by motor home or trailer, because you get to take along the comforts of home. Whether camping or just RVing, having the comfortable luxuries of furniture, cookware, TVs and even a cell phone and computer access right at your side makes for a nice vacation. Unfortunately, though, by forgetting to review their motor home insurance and trailer insurance coverage, many RVers don’t take the time to adequately insure all of those comforts. You do need a separate motor home insurance policy or trailer insurance policy A common practice for RV owners is to insure their RV under their current auto policy instead of purchasing a separate motor home insurance policy. But too often the owner does not take the time to read what and how much is covered under their auto policy. In many instances, RVs are not adequately covered under auto policies. Don’t forget about personal property RV owners often hesitate to buy RV insurance for their personal property because they think that the personal property in their RV will be covered under their homeowners policy. This is true, but coverage on personal property is limited when the property is kept somewhere other than the “residence premises.” Often the limit in a standard policy is very low and the usual policy deduction would apply. You may need to search for a specialty trailer insurance or motor home insurance company To insure proper and adequate coverage, an RV owner should add separate RV insurance coverage to their current auto policy. If the RV owner’s insurance carrier does not have this type of coverage available, there are insurance companies that specialize in RV insurance coverage. Usually the cost is minimal, especially compared to the alternative of finding out the RV and its contents were not covered after a disaster happens. Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a professional consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com. 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 June. 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! We always try to have popular recent releases. Please note: Movies may be changed at any time due to availability. Whenever possible, movies are shown with captioning. June 7: “Silver Linings Playbook” June 14: “Hitchcock” June 21: “Zero Dark Thirty” June 28: “Promised Land” SamTrans Trip to the Senior Day at the San Mateo County Fair Tuesday, June 11, $1 each way Learn how to ride the bus to the fair. To participate in this fun-filled “field trip,” you must attend the planning meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 1:15–2:30 p.m., in our Goldstar Room in the Main Building. To sign up, call Donna at 650-369-6650. Space is limited. This will be a day of fun; don’t miss out! Bingo, Bunko & Bridge June 22, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $35/person 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. Call 650-366- 6860 to make your reservation for this fun-filled event. Lunch 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 variety and quality of the meals he’s preparing. Our meals always include soup or salad, an entrée, dessert and your choice of beverage: coffee, tea, milk, water or all four. Make your reservation for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 650-780-7259. Chair Yoga With Ruth West Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Sunset Room, Main Building, $5 drop-in Want an easy exercise program that will help improve your flexibility and overall heath? Then this is the program for you. This is an ongoing class, so no registration is required. Just come on in and start or continue your journey to greater wellness. For more info, call the Adaptive PE folks at 650-368-7732. SAVE THE DATE Fourth of July Gathering: A Traditional Barbecue With All the Fixins Wednesday, July 3, noon, $8/person Come and celebrate our nation’s birthday. If you’ve been before, you know this is a fun time to spend with old friends and new. If you haven’t been to our July Fourth gathering yet, now’s your chance to join in the fun. Holiday Closure Please note: The center will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. We will reopen for our regular hours and programs on Monday, July 8. Active Aging Week Sept. 23–27 Once again our good friends in the Adaptive Physical Education program will be hosting this health and wellness minded week of activities and presentations. We will have more information for you as the event draws nearer. To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780- 7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks. The Spectrum 25
A Minute With Robert Foucrault Robert Foucrault was born in Daly City and attended local grammar schools. He graduated from El Camino High School in South San Francisco in 1981. He then attended Skyline Community College and joined the San Bruno Police Department. He joined the Coroner’s Office in 1992 and was promoted to chief deputy coroner in 1998. As deputy coroner, he assumed the duties when Coroner Adrian “Bud” Moorman died on April 10, 2001. He was re-elected to the position in 2002, 2006 and 2010. His duties include maintaining emergency operation centers throughout San Mateo County to better prepare us in the event of a major disaster, developing educational programs for end-of-life caregivers and hospices, and improving our overall efficiency in responding to the community. He began the Save-A-Life program in the hope is that those completing the class will have an opportunity to examine their past decisions, take control over their lives and, ultimately, end their reckless behavior. The program is designed for at-risk juveniles who have demonstrated a disregard for their own safety and the safety of others by engaging in risky, reckless or violent behavior. The program includes classroom instruction and a tour of the coroner’s morgue at the San Mateo Medical Center. He has been married for seven years to his wife, Robin. He has two stepchildren, Josh and Nicolas. He is a member of the California State Corners Association and the One Hundred Club. He served as president for both groups. He is on the board of the Redwood City Police Activities League, is a member of the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and attends Redeemer Lutheran Church. His hobbies include golfing, swimming, bike riding and enjoying the Napa Valley during the summer. County budgets are? Challenging. As coroner, what is your main responsibility? To provide compassion and respect to the community during a most trying time. Use one word to describe the business climate in Redwood City? Prosperous. What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know? That I am a very caring person. Who did you wish you were when you were a kid? A fireman. What phrase do you most overuse? You gotta be kidding me. Memorable moment? My wedding. What is your motto? It can be done. You are inspired by? Positive people. What is a dream you have or something you’d like to accomplish in your life? Making sure my stepchildren get a good education. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending time with the people I love. If you’re happy and you know it? Clap your hands. When you die, what would you like to come back as? Myself. www.SpectrumMagazine.net
Alpio and his team support local youth groups! You should too!