December 13, 2018
Buy a Brick and Support a Burlingame Park

Are you looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? Consider ordering a custom-engraved brick to be placed in the new Ray Park playground and patio area, which is undergoing a major renovation. Through the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation’s BUY-A-BRICK Program, you can be part of an enduring piece of Ray Park. 

For more information, click here .
Free Equipment for Food Service Businesses

Food service businesses can qualify for free dish sprayers and commercial dish machines that save hot water and energy, and cut their utility bills, through a nonprofit program called “ WaterLink .”

Businesses should schedule an appointment soon, since funding is on a first-come, first-served basis, and installations must be completed by February 28.

A grant from the California Department of Water Resources, in collaboration with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, will help restaurants and grocery stores in San Mateo County install:

  • Dish sprayers and faucet aerators – WaterLink replaces inefficient equipment for free during a single visit that takes about an hour. Installing these devices will save the average restaurant $1,000 per year.

  • Commercial dish machines – WaterLink provides a $3,500 incentive to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR model. The new dish machine can be leased or owned. Evaluation of existing equipment, and arranging installation of the new machine can take about two months, so act quickly to get the process started.

To request an appointment, call the WaterLink program at 855-815-1385, or visit .
Environmental Tip of the Week
Use a reusable straw instead of a plastic one

According to the National Park Service, Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. That’s enough to fill 125 school buses with straws every day. Reusable straws comes in multiple types (metal, bamboo, silicone, glass, etc.) and sizes (normal, and wide for smoothies and boba). Just like reusable grocery bags, make it a habit to carry a reusable straw when you’re out and about.
Events Around Town
Winter Concert and Cider with the Alegre Sisters!
Tonight! 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Main Level, Burlingame Main Library
The Alegre Sisters are a harmonizing, ukulele-strumming sister band. Mama Alegre taught sisters CJ and Lauren to sing when they were knee high to a grasshopper, and today their precise, intimately blended vocals conjure the one-of-a-kind magic of homegrown music. Sean Michael Norris rounds out their sound with his original and poppy/jazzy take on the saxophone, flute, and clarinet.

Bring a donation of non-perishable food and/or a new toy if you can! The Burlingame Library is working with Second Harvest Food Bank and CALL Primrose to brighten the holiday season for families in need.
Third Annual Elves Workshop (aka "Parents' Night Out")
Tonight! 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center

This event is an opportunity for a “parents' night out” during the busy holiday season. Parents can register their child(ren) in grades K-5. Recreation staff, along with the Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee, will lead games and crafts, provide dinner, and show a movie. Finish your last minute errands while the Rec Center team takes care of the kids!

Winter Break Adventure Camp 12/26-12/28 and 1/2-1/4

Sign your children up for the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department's Winter Adventure Camp today! Campers will enjoy an abundance of art projects, entertaining games, new friends, and winter themed fun!

Winter Break Camp offers child care from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact the Burlingame Recreation Center for more information, or click here.
A Volunteer Opportunity for the Whole Family - Holiday Helping Hand Toy Drive
Sunday, December 16, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center

Join Moms Against Poverty, in partnership with Central County Fire Department and the Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee, for their annual Holiday Helping Hand Toy Drive event.

This will be a day of gift wrapping donated toys for families in need. Come with your family and bring your donations, big or small! Families will be able to wrap toys together, write cards, and celebrate the season with the community.
Save the Date for the Royal Ball
For ages 3-11 years old accompanied by an adult
Saturday, January 12, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center

Get dressed in your best outfit, and prepare to dance the night away with your date. Princesses and princes (ages 3-11) may ask anyone (over 18 years old) to accompany them as their evening companion. A great feast will be provided along with a royal Master of Ceremonies and DJ; as well as a photo booth! Chaperones with multiple young royals can purchase additional, discounted tickets, if needed! And remember, no one is too old for fairy tales! We hope to see you all there!  Click on this link to register
Community Corner (events not sponsored by the City of Burlingame)
Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 14, 4:00 p.m. 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame

Tickets are still available to hear the acclaimed St. Paul’s choirs present a Christmas program with music spanning nine centuries.   The choirs will be accompanied by a string quartet, woodwinds, organ, piano, hand bells, a Tibetan bowl, and water-tuned glasses.  A festive reception is included in the ticket price (general admission $35/students $20). Proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s Choir School. Click here for tickets and details of the program .
Free Electronics Reuse & Recycling Drop-off Event
January 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Caltrain Parking Lot O, 1090 Burlingame Ave.

This event is free for San Mateo County residents. However, residents must provide proof of residency in the County by presenting a driver's license, utility bill, or garbage collection bill.

Items that will be accepted include:
  • Small appliances such as microwaves, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners, lamps (without bulbs), etc.
  • Radio and stereo components
  • Phones and cell phones
  • Fax machines, copiers, printers, and scanners
  • Televisions, VCRs, and DVD players
  • Computers (CPUs), monitors, laptops, keyboards, and hard drives
  • Electronic video games, and toys

Items that will NOT be accepted include: 
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Fluorescent light bulbs, tubes, and ballasts
  • Large appliances such as stoves, dryers, washing machines, and air conditioners
  • Smoke detectors
  • Solar panels
  • Thermostats
  • Refrigerators and other items containing freon (such as water and wine coolers)

Items in working condition will be donated to local Goodwill stores for reuse!
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