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Things To Know: It's Coats for Kids Time

Also, don't forget about the Halloween costume swap, the St. Dunstan dance in Millbrae, a Star Wars-themed reading day at the library and a financial workshop at the mall.

Here are some important things happening around town that everyone should know about this upcoming week.

TODAY through Oct. 20. The San Bruno PTA Council is sponsoring a free costume swap.  By October 20th drop off clean costumes in good repair to  the public library, the Park & Rec, or City Hall.  On Saturday October 20th, Allen School will be open for families to pick up the free costumes.  More information available at local San Bruno Park District schools.

TODAY through Oct. 30.  Recology San Bruno is sponsoring the 2012 Coats For Kids” where new or gently used coats for ALL ages are being collected for distribution.  Currently drop off containers are available at City Hall, the Management Office at "The Shops At Tanforan", and at the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce at 618 San Mateo Avenue.   Additional drop off locations to be advised.  Flier attached.

Today. 7–10 p.m.  St. Dunstan School (Millbrae) will be holding its “St. Dunstan Pirates of the Caribbean” Fall Festival Friday Night Dance for all 6th, 7th, & 8th graders at the St. Dunstan Parish Center 1133 Broadway Ave. Millbrae (behind McDonalds on ECR).  Cost $15.00 per person at the door.  Soda and water available for $1.00.  Dress Code:  No Hats – No Spaghetti Straps.  Please dress appropriately to the Catholic School standards.  Pickup by parent/guardian required. NO in and out privileges.  Questions:  Joann 415-652-5626  Flier attached.

Saturday, Oct. 6.  Join California Assemblyman Jerry Hill and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne E. Campbell for a Town Hall Meeting on Education at the San Mateo City Hall, Council Chambers, 330 West 20th Avenue (Use O’Farrell Street Entrance)  8:30 am – registration;  9 – 10 am Program.  Admission is FREE.  To RSVP call the District Office at 349-1900.  Flier attached.

Saturday, Oct. 6. 10 a.m.–noon.  “Star Wars Reads Day” at the San Bruno Public Library in the children’s Room.  Have your picture taken with a Jedi!  Participate in the paper airplane flight school, and Do-it-yourself origami, make Star Wars bookmarks, and you can check out a Star Wars book.

Saturday, Oct. 6. Noon-3 p.m. “Rare Book Appraisal Day” at the San Bruno Public Library Community Room.  A professional book appraiser will value your books for only $1.00 per book.  First come, first serve.  No appointment necessary.  All proceeds benefit the Friends of the San Bruno Library.  Info:  Tim Wallace 616-7084.

Sunday, Oct. 7 & Oct. 14. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  The Sunday Farmers’ Market on ECR in front of “The Shops At Tanforan” will be holding their Special “How Much Does This LARGE Pumpkin Weigh” Contest.  Advance Photo of the LARGE Pumpkin attached.  Find Sunday Market Manager Ashley wearing the yellow shirt or jacket for all of the details.  Entries will be accepted until 1 pm Sunday October 14th.  PCFMA will draw the winning entry (weight closest to the actual weight but less than the actual weight) in their office and PCFMA will notify the winner and request that the winner to be present at noon October 21st to pick up the prize of a LARGE Basket of fresh seasonal fruits & vegetables.  Also on Sunday October 7th there will be a Jumpy for the children.  Application for a booth rental attached.  Info: PCFMA 925-825-9090 or the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce 588-0180.

Monday, Oct. 8 and continuing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, the San Bruno Library Homework Center will be open in the Community Room and it is FREE and open to students in grades K-8. Students and parents must sign a registration form (available in the children’s room) before a student uses the Homework Center. It is recommended that parents of children younger than 10 years old remain in the library building while their child is at the Center. The Homework Center will provide computers to complete assignments, access to online tutoring, and a Homework Center Site Manager will create an atmosphere  conducive to studying, as well as help children complete their homework, as time permits. The Homework Center does NOT provide one-on-one tutoring. Info: 616-7078 or sbpl@plsinfo.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. 7 p.m.  The San Bruno Park School District Board of Trustees’ meeting will be held at the Belle Air School. Info: 624-3100

Thursday, Oct. 11.  3-5 pm.  Financial Aid Workshop at “The Shops at Tanforan” on the upper level outside JCPenney.  Meet potential employers and discover available local resources and services.  Spin the Mystery Wheel of Fortune.  Info:  802-3371.

Upcoming Events So You Can Plan Accordingly

Saturday, Oct. 13.  Family Resources Fair at “The Shops At Tanforan”, 1st & 2nd levels by J.C. Penney from noon – 5 pm.  Meet local businesses and learn about family resources available from with-in San Mateo County. There will also be a free face painter for kids!  The Family Resources Fair is presented by the Daily Journal and is co-sponsored by The Shops at Tanforan.

Tuesday, Oct. 16.  U. S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier will be holding her 9th Job Hunters Boot Camp at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds.  This important event helps job seekers enter or reenter the job market through employer connections, resume and interview skills workshops and presentations from powerful job coaches.  Call 650-342-0300—for info and to register.  Flier attached.

Who’s Who and What’s What

1. The San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District just confirmed that a bird recently collected in Hillsborough tested positive for West Nile Virus.  The District reminds all readers to DUMP ALL STANDING WATER and report freshly killed birds to 1-877-WNV-BIRD.  Questions can be directed to the District at 650-344-8592.

2. The Belle Air neighborhood has PG&E Line 101 running through the open space just east of the residential property lines along Seventh Avenue.  This column has reported that PG&E has discovered a short section of pipe that has become exposed.  PG&E will be videoing the inside of a possibly unused storm drain right in the vicinity of this line 101 and if it is still used would cause water to flow right over this exposed section of pipe.  If it is still in use, this storm water output will need to be redirected; if not in use, this drain will be capped.  The video inspection is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, and the repair of the pipeline coating and re-covering of the exposed section is scheduled for the week of Oct. 22 with all work being completed by Oct. 31.

3. Dena Gunning, chair of the San Bruno Community Preparedness Committee, reports:  “Thank you to everyone for participating in or attending the San Bruno Community Preparedness Committee's First Annual Emergency Preparedness Day Saturday, Sept. 29.  We had a pretty good turnout for a first time event and look forward to making next year bigger and better!  We estimated between 80-100 participants dropped by the center including Congresswoman Jackie Speier who has been a long time proponent of emergency preparedness in our county.  Please join us for our next Community Preparedness Committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the City of San Bruno's Emergency Operations Center at City Hall (downstairs).  I also want to remind everyone to register for the Great CA ShakeOut drill at www.shakeout.org/california/ to be held Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Another great opportunity to practice what we need to do and share vital information with others. You can register individually or as a city group etc.

4. On Tuesday...Black, Green & Blue - these colored bins along with square, oval, and triangle are colors and symbols you need to know when you dispose Landfill items: Compost items: or Single Stream  Recycle items.  Photo taken at the fifth Annual San Bruno Chamber of Commerce's "Taste of San Bruno" shows volunteers manning the black, green, and blue containers as attendees disposed of their used plates, forks, etc.  Photo attached.

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