In this edition:                             March 9, 2017

City Wins 38th Tree City USA Designation
Over 55 Dresses Collected for Princess Project
Library Now on Meetup
BIS Wins Prestigious Award
Home Sharing
City Priorities and Needs
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
Link to Weekly Caltrain Notices
treesityCity Celebrates 38th "Tree City USA" Designation
Exceptional community participation at Arbor Day ceremony

 (Mayor Ortiz picture above with students from Burlingame schools)
Also known as the "City of Trees", the City of Burlingame celebrated 38 years as a designated Tree City USA this week. The City hosted an Arbor Day celebration on March 7 in Washington Park. Burlingame is proud of its designation as a Tree City USA!

On behalf of the City of Burlingame Parks Division and the Burlingame Beautification Commission, we wish to thank Mayor Ortiz, Vice Mayor Brownrigg, Councilmembers Beach and Colson, city staff, Parks and Recreation Foundation board members, Burlingame School Board members, and Forester Jimi Scheid from CalFire for attending the  ceremony.  In addition,  thank you to the students from Franklin School, Washington School, St.Catherine of Sienna, Our Lady of Angels and Burlingame High School, for their participation in our Arbor Day Program. 

To commemorate the day, trees were planted in Honor of  former Beautification Commissioner Leslie McQuaide and Green Business Award winners Putnam Automotive and Que SeRaw SeRaw. 
dressesOver 55 Dresses Collected
Thank you for your donations to the Princess Project!

During the month of February 2017, The Princess Project, in partnership with Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee, sought new or gently used formal gowns and accessories for deserving high school teens who cannot otherwise afford them. The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty. Their effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor, and community support. By creating a positive environment that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, their work goes far beyond the dress to instill a sense of pride and confidence in the thousands of teens that they reach each prom season across California. The City of Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department and our Youth Advisory Committee is happy to announce that we have gathered over 55 dresses this year. Last year we collected 42 dresses. Thank you to all who donated!
meetupLibrary Now on Meetup
Find out about upcoming events

Meetup with the Burlingame Public Library! The Burlingame Public Library is now on!  Join us to find out an array of goings-on at the Library. 
bisBIS Earns Prestigious 'Schools To Watch' Award

Congratulations to Burlingame Intermediate School for earning recognition as a "School to Watch." The California League of School (CLS), State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California Middle Grades Alliance today announced that 11 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2016-17 Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage (STW™-TCS) program. 

There are 90 schools identified in the state of California out of about 1300 middle schools in the state. Currently about 450 schools in the U.S. out of about 23,000 middle schools are designated.These 30 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student's school career.   

The STW™-TCS program is sponsored by the  California League of Schools (CLS) and the California Department of Education, in partnership with the  California Middle Grades Alliance.  BIS will receive their national recognition in Washington, D.C. June 21 - 24, 2017. For more information about the STW™-TCS program, visit the  CLMS High Performing Middle School Models  web page
homeshareHome Sharing
HIP Housing offers housing assistance throughout SM County

HIP Housing works as a resource to the community by providing creative, affordable solutions for low-cost housing in San Mateo County. Click here to visit their website.
cityprioritiesInterested in Hearing About City Priorities & Needs
Schedule a short presentation
Do you belong to a community organization that would like to hear more about City priorities and needs? Schedule a short presentation by City staff and Join the Conversation about the budget by contacting Kimberly Rosales at or (650) 558-7316.
EventsEvents Around Town
Spring Compost Give Away
Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
420 Carolan Avenue (at the Parks Yard near the grandstands)

Each resident can fill two large garbage cans full of compost. Brought to you by the Burlingame Parks Division along with Recology.   For further information, please contact the Parks Division office at (650) 558-7330.  Don't forget to bring a shovel and two large garbage cans!
Mission ImPASTAble
Friday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center

Save the Date! Burlingame's Youth Advisory Committee (Y.A.C) will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Mission ImPASTAble, to help raise money for the Youth Scholarship Fund and assist with future Y.A.C programming.
Join us at the Burlingame Recreation Center for a delicious pasta dinner with all the trimmings. This is a great family event! Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door and $5 for seniors and children. For more information or if you are with a local business and would like to contribute a donation to the raffle, contact Nicole Rath at (650) 558-7308.
Upcoming Events at the Library
Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road

Community Discussion on Immigration
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Lane Room

Lee Ryan Miller, Ph.D., Political Science Professor at the College of San Mateo, will moderate an open forum on the topic of immigration! Miller will frame the issue, set some ground rules, and ensure that the discussion moves forward in a productive manner. Please join the conversation as we work towards a better mutual understanding of the issue!
Images of Ireland
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. in the Lane Room
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with photographer and musician David Couzens in a journey through historic Dublin, through medieval Kilkenny, along the coast of County Cork, and onward to Killarney National Park and County Kerry in search of panoramic vistas, ancient monuments, traditional villages, and elusive rainbows in the greenest of nations.
Teen Student Group Showcase - The Future is NOW
Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Did you know Burlingame High School has over 60 student groups? Don't miss this chance to meet and hear from teens working on cancer research, mental health awareness, funds for homeless youth, saving the ocean, and more! Refreshments, music, and special presentations, including one by Heirs to Our Oceans. Free! All Ages!

Multifamily Building Improvements Workshop
Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

If you own or manage a multifamily building with five or more units, please attend Burlingame's upcoming workshop to learn about ways to save money and energy. Building owners can earn $750 per unit to upgrade windows, lighting, appliances, water fixtures, and other improvements for energy efficiency. Program participants will receive free energy consultations and rebates that will significantly reduce energy bills and upgrade buildings at a low cost. The City of Burlingame is cohosting the workshop with the County of San Mateo Sustainability Office.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Prepare for Emergencies & Prevent Theft
Saturday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

Suzanne Tateosian of will offer emergency planning advice and handouts. Officers from the Burlingame Police Department will provide tips on preventing home and car thefts. This event is resented by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network. Admission is free and a complimentary light breakfast will be served. For more information about BNN, visit  or email .
How Will Sea Level Rise Impact You?
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
Lane Community Room, Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road

Whether you live near the Bay or in the hills, you rely on roads, airports, medical facilities and other services that could be crippled by increased flooding from rising sea levels of up to two feet by 2050. Hilary Papendick from San Mateo County's Office of Sustainability and Gary White of the San Mateo Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby will explain what sea level rise means for Burlingame and the Bay Area, what regional agencies and governments are doing to prepare for it, and how you can make a difference by making your voice heard.

No admission charge. Everyone attending is eligible for a free raffle prize. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame. For more information, visit or email
Alexander String Quartet with Eric Gaenslen, Cellist
Sunday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame
Members of the Music at Kohl family for many years and San Francisco's own chamber music royalty, the Alexander String Quartet returns to our stage with a program that includes the West Coast premiere of a new work written for the quartet by award-winning British composer Tarik O'Regan. Completing the "family reunion", Burlingame-born cellist Eric Gaenslen, formerly of the Rossetti String Quartet, joins the Alexander to perform Schubert's final chamber work, the monumental String Quintet in C Major.
Pre-concert Talk at 6:00 pm, complimentary Meet-the-Artists Wine and Buffet Reception following concert. Call (650) 762-1130 or visit for tickets.

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