hikeTake a Hike...
to Mills Canyon where good things are happening!

This past month, the City commenced work on the Mills Canyon trail. To date, work completed includes: rebuilding retaining walls, improving drainage, repairs to the trail and steps, and the addition of rocks in areas to provide better drainage and transition of roots. This work marks the beginning of a multi-year project to improve Mills Canyon and allow for greater ease of access to this local treasure. Pictures of some completed work can be found here.
adultsActive Adults Day Trips
Register for spring and summer trips

The spring and summer Active Adults day trips are now available for registration!  We will be visiting locations all over the Bay Area including Berkeley, Half Moon Bay, and Mt. Diablo, as well as fun outings such as Cabaret the Musical and a casino trip!  We've got you covered with transportation, admission, and meals.  See all of the trip details in the Burlingame Gazette, the Active Adults Newsletter.  Hope you will join us!
dispatchersThis Week is 911 Dispatchers Week
The City of Burlingame thanks our public safety dispatchers for their service!

Each year, the second week of April is dedicated to the women and men who serve as public safety 911 dispatchers. The City of Burlingame is proud to recognize the women and men of the Burlingame Police Department Dispatch Center during National Dispatchers Week. See pictures of our dispatchers on our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook
Many take for granted the service provided by dispatchers who are the true "first responders" to a citizen's call for help. These professionals are not only the calm voice to citizens, but also to firefighters and police officers faced with life and death decisions on the street. For the team of dispatchers who work at the Burlingame Police Department, their work is essential to saving lives and property. The skills, knowledge, and dedication each dispatcher exhibits while assisting the public deserves recognition not only during this week of celebration, but throughout the year.
progressProgress Update
Police station landscaping renovation

New hardscape features, including winding pathways and geometric designs, are shaping the Police Station's landscaping renovation. The City's Parks crew installed large rocks repurposed from a local business landscape remodeling project, constructed pathways from decomposed granite, and used recycled plastic bender board and recycled crushed concrete for the hardscape features.
Next up, the crew will continue to remove sod, complete the hardscape, and install water efficient irrigation.
Water efficient irrigation uses drip and sprinkler nozzles that use significantly less water than conventional irrigation systems. Learn more about how to install water efficient irrigation at an upcoming City sponsored workshop. See the details in the "Events Around Town" section below!
conservationWater Conservation Update
Both City and State make progress!
Since the implementation of the Water Conservation Mandate by the Governor in June 2015, the City of Burlingame has reduced water consumption by 29% - nearly double the 16% reduction  mandated for the City.  At the state level, Californians have conserved approximately 24% water throughout the state from June 2015 through February 2016, close to the 25% required by Governor Edmund G. Brown's water conservation mandate .  This resulted in 1.19 million acre-feet of water being conserved, which is enough to supply water to 5.9 million state residents for a year!  Although the Sierra snowpack  is at 97% of normal, a significant improvement from last year , the Governor has extended  the mandate until October 2016 to improve the State's long-term water needs. The State Water Board is holding a public workshop  on April 20 for input regarding the conservation mandate.  Meanwhile, please remember to conserve water during the upcoming dry months.  Limit irrigation, mulch planting beds and visit a car wash facility that recycles water.  For more information, click here.
highwayState Highway System Bike Map
Covering 9 Bay Area counties

Caltrans is developing a District 4 Bike Map, which covers the State Highway System within the nine Bay Area counties. The District 4 Bike Map shows which state routes are available to bicyclists and, for freeways or sections thereof where bicycling is prohibited, an alternate route available to bicyclists. The public draft map  is now available for local agencies, stakeholders, and the public to review and provide feedback. Caltrans District 4 is asking for input on accuracy and selection of alternate routes identified (where bicycling is prohibited on a state route) and general map usability and features. Comments or questions may be sent to Sergio Ruiz with Caltrans at sergio.ruiz@dot.ca.gov . The public draft map is accessible  here .
communityparksYou Can Help Our Community Parks!
Parks build community

In recognition and celebration of Earth Month, the National Recreation and Parks Association is offering every community, including our community, an opportunity to enter a random drawing for a chance to win $20,000 to support park restorations and renovations. Follow this link Parks Build Community  and click "Let's Get Started." Nominate your favorite Burlingame park when you register.  Is it Washington? Village? Pershing? Cuernavaca? After that, you may help select parks from across this great nation to receive grant funding (3 parks are eligible in San Francisco).
Thanks for helping us build better community here in Burlingame! Now, go outside and play!
leadersLeaders in Training Program
Applications due this Friday, April 15 by 5:00 p.m.!
The Leaders in Training program is a volunteer position, but the hours may be applied towards community service requirements. The LIT program's mission is to provide participants the opportunity to learn leadership skills through interacting with the youth enrolled in the summer camps and aiding staff. There will be a mandatory training on Saturday, June 18 at the Burlingame Recreation Center from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. For more information visit the website or contact Nicole Rath at (650) 558-7308.  
playgroundPlayground Repairs
Next week!
The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled repairs and maintenance to some of our playgrounds during the week of April 18. The nature of the repairs will require all or part of the playground to be closed for 48 hours. Weather permitting, we expect repairs and curing to begin and conclude at the following times:
  • Washington Park - Complete closure from 7:00 a.m., Monday, April 18 through 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20
  • Laguna and Paloma Playgrounds - Complete closures from 7:00 a.m., Tuesday April 19 through 7:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21
  • Cuernavaca Playground - Complete closure from 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 - 7:00 a.m., Friday, April 22
  • Pershing Playground - Partial closure from 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 through 7:00 a.m., Friday, April 22 
We appreciate your patience as we perform necessary maintenance to keep our playgrounds safe. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (650) 558-7330.
millsMills Canyon Trail Maintenance
Tuesday, April 19

On Tuesday April 19, The California Conservations Corps (CCC) will be assisting the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department with trail maintenance along the Mills Canyon trails. The CCC will be trimming broom, poison oak and other vegetation that have encroached upon the trail. During this time, all trails will be open. However, we urge caution when approaching a CCC work zone. Please contact us at (650) 558-7330 if you have any questions or concerns.
caltrainBurlingame Caltrain Station Bus Bridge
Saturday, April 16

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, Caltrain will again operate a bus bridge between the Burlingame Caltrain Station and Hayward Park Caltrain Station as part of the San Mateo Bridges Replacement project.  SamTrams buses will shuttle passengers between the Burlingame Caltrain Station and Hayward Park Caltrain Station.  In order to accommodate the bus bridge at Burlingame Station, South Lane and West Lane will used as a bus pick up and drop off zone and vehicular traffic will be limited to SamTrans buses only. Caltrain will have ambassadors at the impacted stations to assist and direct customers to the bus bridge. For more information, please visit Caltrain's website at www.caltrain.com/busbridge.
earthdayEarth Day is April 22
Take action and celebrate your planet 

Since its inception on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated in over 193 countries to celebrate and demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Earth Day is upon us again, and it is a reminder that each one of us can do a little (or a lot!) to take care of our shared environment.  Please keep the following tips in mind as small steps in which we can all take part:
  • Use non-toxic household products.
  • Visit the Environmental Working Group's helpful database.
  • Store and dispose of household paint and chemicals appropriately.
  • Drop off at a hazardous waste facility, or call to set up a curbside pickup
  • Always pick up your pet's waste (or a fellow owner's), and throw the bagged waste in the trash (not the compost!).
  • Never litter, and dispose of trash properly.  Help keep it out of our Bay and oceans.
  • Take your car to an oil change facility, or if a DIYer, dispose of oil appropriately.
  • For more information, visit Flowstobay.org

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in one of the following local events:


Earth Day at Shoreway - Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Spend the day where our trash goes at the Shoreway Transfer Station. Enjoy fun activities for kids and adults including tours of Shoreway, arts and activities, a raffle, and free compost pick-up.

Beach and Park Cleanup - Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Help at a beach and park cleanup day at Coyote Point Park. Come at 9am, sign-in, grab a bag, and help clean the beach and park.

Water-Wise Irrigation and Landscaping - Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Take care of the Earth by using less water. Learn about the cost savings and benefits of water efficient irrigation and landscaping from a Master Gardner who will provide tips on selecting plants and converting conventional irrigations systems to water efficient ones. The program is presented by the   Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and co-sponsored by the  City of Burlingame and Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Event is at the Lane Room, Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road. Refreshments will be provided.
Streets Alive! Parks Alive! -  Sunday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The annual event celebrates being outside, parks, and healthy outdoor activity. Enjoy the Streets Alive day, held in conjunction with the Burlingame Farmer's Market in Downtown Burlingame on Park Avenue at Howard Avenue. There will be music, fun activities, and a great opportunity to learn more about parks and recreational activities in Burlingame. Kids will have a chance to decorate reusable tote bags to shop with at the farmers market at the event's Earth Day table.
Bike to Work Day - Thursday, May 12, 2016
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than riding your bike? Bike to Work Day, part of May National Bike Month, is your chance to try commuting by bike. Pick up treats at the Burlingame Caltrain station energizer station on your morning commute bike ride.
Bike to Shop Day - Saturday, May 21, 2016
Load up your bike basket and take your bike out shopping. Bike to Shop Day, now in its third year, promotes bike riding as a way to shop and spend more money locally. Check out which local businesses are participating and providing discounts to people who ride their bike to shop.
EventsEvents Around Town
Youth Advisory Committee Fundraiser
Friday, April 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
at the Burlingame Recreation Center
Next Friday, 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.
Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door and $5 for kids. The Parks and Recreation Foundation will be selling drinks. Tickets to the event are available at the Recreation Center now! For more information contact Nicole Rath at (650) 558-7308.
Water-Wise Irrigation Landscaping
Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Lane Room, Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road

Julie Montanari, Master Gardener, will explain the cost savings and other benefits of water efficient irrigation. She will provide tips on selecting water-wise plants and details on how to convert conventional irrigation to be water efficient. The program is presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and co-sponsored by the City of Burlingame and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Refreshments will be provided.
Book & Author Luncheon
Saturday, May 7
10:00 a.m. Boutique Shopping
12:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Author Luncheon
Green Hills Country Club, 500 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae

The Burlingame Library Foundation is hosting its Tenth Annual Book & Author Luncheon on May 7.  Reservations on are online only. Please visit the Foundation's website for more information and to purchase tickets.  The online auction opens Sunday, April 10.  Visit often!
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Harlem Quartet Concert
Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Kohl Mansion at 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame

A bit of classical, a bit of jazz ...b ack by popular demand, New York's fiery Harlem Quartet returns to mix it up with Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and a medley of American jazz standards. Visit www.musicatkohl.org for the program, tickets and more information.
There will be a free Master Class with the Young Chamber Musicians at 5:00 p.m., a pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m., and a complimentary Meet-the-Artists wine and buffet reception following the concert.
State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Open House
Tuesday, April 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Caltrans District 4, Park Room on 15th Floor, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA

Caltrans is developing the first ever State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. As part of this policy plan, Caltrans is conducting regional forums in April to engage with the public. The focus of the meetings will be on local and regional roads, public transit, intercity and passenger rail, and  Caltrans coordination on bicycle and pedestrian needs and opportunities. The public is invited to attend an open house forum which will provide updates and inputs on all elements of the plan. For more information, please visit http://www.cabikepedplan.org/
Downtown Burlingame Sidewalk Sale
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8
Visit participating shops on Park, Primrose, Howard, Donnelly, Chapin, California and Burlingame Avenue

Visit the downtown Burlingame sidewalk sale and get great deals on apparel, clothes, accessories, gifts, stationary, toys, books and more!
Green Business Workshop
Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County of San Mateo, Office of Sustainability, 455 County Center, 4th Floor, Redwood City

Through the Green Business workshop, business owners and participants will have the opportunity to work on their own business certifications under the County's Green Business Program and directly engage with a local certified green business, Aly's on Main in downtown Redwood City, to learn about their experience in the County's Green Business certification process, including the benefits and challenges of becoming a green business.
This free workshop is hosted by the County of San Mateo's RecycleWorks Volunteer Academy.

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