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Artistic Photography on Exhibit
February 9 & 10
Award-winning Photography on Extended Exhibit in the MSB Atrium Display Window

The SSF Cultural Arts Commission invites the public to its first 2018 art gallery show, a Photography Exhibit. This two-day, juried event will feature variety of subjects, including nature, action scenes, landscapes, animals, cityscapes and people. Selected works will be available for purchase. A 30-day extended exhibit of award-winning art in the SSF Municipal Services Building atrium display window follows the show.

The program takes place in the Betty Weber Gallery, at the SSF Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. Event dates are Friday, February 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public, and admission is free.

For more information, visit the Cultural Arts webpage or contact the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.
Valentine's Day Social Dance
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Magnolia Center, 601 Grand Ave

Magnolia Center will be hosting a Valentine's Day Social! There will be music, dancing, and refreshments. This will be a great way to socialize and meet new friends!  Advance registration will be required.  
Call (650) 829-3820 for more information.
Spring Class Registration
Resident Registration Begins February 26
Spring session activity guides are scheduled to be mailed out in mid-February. Make sure to check out classes, special events, the latest Parks 11 update and more! Resident registration will begin online at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26.  Non-resident registration will begin online at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12. Make sure to prepare ahead of time and contact the Recreation Office if you are in need of your client ID and family pin numbers by calling (650) 829-3800.
Winter Drop-In Classes 
Begin the week of January 8, 2018

Looking to stay busy and active for the New Year? Join us for a variety of drop-in classes from Pickleball, Zumba and our newly added class, Billiards! The Winter drop-in classes begin the week of January 8, 2018. No pre-registration is necessary. Please note all drop-in fees are cash only and exact change is suggested. Drop-in classes are subject to cancellations, please check with instructors or specific sites for dates classes will not be held on. If you have questions or need more information on the drop-in programs, please contact the Recreation Office at (650) 829-3800. 
Save the Date for the 18th  Annual 
Youth Art Show
Enjoy hundreds of art exhibits by SSFUSD students
Mark your calendars for the eighteenth presentation of the extraordinary Youth Art Show, on March 23 and 24. The program features hundreds of visual art exhibits created by SSF Unified School District students. Youth performing artists will also participate in this exceptional event. Open to the public, it takes place at the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. Admission is free. For updated information on this and other SSF Cultural Arts activities, visit the Cultural Arts Webpage or phone the Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.
Don't miss a special Cultural Arts Exhibit in the MSB Atrium Display Window
Announcing the 2018 Art Gallery Schedule
Be sure to enjoy an exhibit highlighting art and collectibles by select members of the South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission. The exhibit features 2 and 3-dimensional pieces that include whimsical miniature figurines, a hand-crafted doll, oil paintings and pencil sketches. The display is currently in place, at the SSF Municipal Services Building atrium window, through February 10.
The Cultural Arts Commission invites the community to the following art gallery events in 2018. The Photography Exhibit, on February 9 and 10, launches the art gallery program. March 23 and 24 features the eighteenth presentation of the Youth Art Show, with remarkable visual art exhibits by SSF Unified School District students from kindergarten through high school, and youth performing arts. Fine art in two-dimensional painting is featured at the General Art Show, May 11and 12. For the first time a Karaoke Night event is presented in conjunction with the General Art Show opening on May 11. With a final art gallery program, yet to be determined, on October 12 and 13. Also, mark your calendars for the annual Cultural Arts Barbecue on Sunday, August 26. This important fundraising event supports cultural art programs in South San Francisco.
The commission sponsors a series of annual art gallery exhibits designed to showcase the visual creativity of local and Bay Area artists. Visit the Cultural Arts webpage  throughout the year for updated information on the 2018 art gallery events, as well as, other upcoming cultural art opportunities, public art news and activities. For more information, contact the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.
Orange Memorial Park Pool Schedule 
Winter Session: January 8th - March 4th

The Orange Memorial Park Pool schedule for the Winter is now available.  Click  here to view the full winter session schedule.

Please note, the pool will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President's day.

For questions, please call the Aquatics department at (650) 875-6973 or visit the Aquatics webpage .
Community Health Survey
Please submit your survey by February 15th, 2018

As someone aware of the important role that Parks and Recreation can play in promoting health and wellness, we encourage you to participate in this important Community Health Survey

This survey will help provide workshops and information to link residents to the wide range of health and behavioral health services provided by San Mateo County. 

Tree Myth: Tree Roots Break Sewer Lines
Information brought to you by the Arbor Day Foundation 

In the next couple of months, we will be sharing with you the Top 10 tree myths about community forestry by the Arbor Day Foundation. In this months issue, we will discuss tree roots and sewer lines.

Myth: Tree Roots Break Sewer Lines

It's no surprise that roots grow best when in favorable conditions such as moisture, texture and oxygen. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, most roots are found in the top 24 inches of soil, which are well away from sewer lines.

When a sewer pipe breaks or leaks through the joints, there could be a possibility that a root that has grown deep within the soil, receives nutrients from the water flow. In this case, they can enter the defective pipe and eventually block the flow of it's sewage.

There is a difference between water and sewer lines. Sewer lines are commonly made of cast iron, screwed, and designed to not break or leak. Sewer lines on the other hand, are usually made up of clay tiles that are glued together. Over time the glue will wear out and the clay will eventually deteriorate. Other factors that may cause the breakage could be soil settlement and earth tremors. 

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, problems can be prevented by:
  • Proper construction of new sewer lines, including tight joints and a firm soil base that won't settle or unevenly. 
  • Repair or replacement of defective sewers. Repeated root blockage may indicate a collapsed or badly damaged pipe.
For questions, please call the Parks division at (650) 829-3837 or visit our webpage.
Facility and Picnic Rentals
Now Taking Picnic & Building Reservations for 2018

The Parks and Recreation Department is taking reservations for indoor facility rentals and picnic sites. We offer several halls and meetings spaces for nearly any event, including corporate meetings, weddings, dances, birthday celebrations, and banquets. Picnic rental reservations for 2018 are now being accepted.
For more information on our offerings, including sample room diagrams, fees, and room capacities, please visit the rentals website. You can reach our rentals team at (650) 829-3800 or by emailing 

Saturday, February 3rd, 12:00 p.m.
Roaming Readers
Oyster Point Marina 95 Harbor Master Road, SSF, CA 94080

Get moving in the New Year and exercise your health literacy. Meet with other readers to discuss your favorite books while walking local trails. A variety of routes will be mapped out with various distances. We will also have some of the library's wearables available to check-out for you to track your fitness progress. Club will meet in front of the fishing pier at the Oyster Point Marina .

Every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.
Creative Cafe-Coloring for Adults
SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Take a break from your everyday routine and join us in coloring at the library! Choosing different colors and patterns will help you de-stress from your daily lives while stimulating your creative brain. Color a page or two and enjoy some friendly conversation. We will have some supplies but please feel free to bring your own projects.

Monday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m.
SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

In 2013, Kristine Poggioli and coauthor Carolyn Eidson became the first people known to have walked San Francisco's historic 49 Mile Scenic Drive. The new walking adventure launched them into a new healthy lifestyle and resulted in a combined 75-pound weight loss. Authors Kristine & Carolyn will take us on a visual tour of the entire 49-mile drive-in under 45 minutes. Get ready to hear about their adventure and learn some of the quirky, unknown, and most-likely-true history they discovered along the historic route.

Tuesday, February 13th and 27th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Textile Tuesday:  Custom Pillow Case
Stitch up a new custom pillow case! Take advantage of the huge assortment of fun fabrics at your local craft store. These make great gifts for kids and adults.
Supply List ( for best results buy 100% cotton fabric) :
  • Main color: ¾ yard
  • Trim: ¼ yard
  • Contrast band: ¼ yard
Textile Tuesday is held twice a month.  At the first meeting we work on a specific project.  The next workshop is an open sewing lab where participants can finish up past Textile Tuesday projects or bring in their individual sewing projects.  Make new friends, learn some new shortcuts and tricks, or just share your knowledge and experience with the group!

Friday, February 23rd, 1:00 p.m.
Adult Crafternoon: Paper Quilling
SSF Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, SSF, CA 94080

Paper quilling is a craft that utilizes strips of paper that have been shaped and manipulated to create a decorative design. These designs are then used to decorate greeting cards and to make jewelry. In this session, we will learn about the tools and techniques used in quilling, and will practice making basic shapes.



City of South San Francisco

Parks and Recreation Department

33 Arroyo Drive

South San Francisco, CA 94080