November 16, 2017
Be Storm Ready
Check Out Parks & Rec's New Video
Food For Fines
Last Chance for SunShares
Paid Environmental Internship
Temporary Closure of Washington Field
Citywide Challenge
Carolan Complete Streets Project
Events Around Town
Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar

stormBe Storm Ready

How the City Prepares to be Storm Ready
The City of Burlingame's Public Works Department has been working to minimize flooding with the implementation of storm drain improvement projects as outlined in the Capital Improvement Program. Here are some ways the City prepares to be storm ready:
  • Monitoring and controlling stormwater pump stations.
  • Allocating additional staff on standby during storms.
  • Inspecting and cleaning trash capture devices installed in catch basins as well as "hot spot" areas that historically have issues during storms.
  • Conducting weekly street sweepings  to help remove leaves and debris off the ground and out of storm drains. 
What the Community Can Do to Be Storm Ready
Community members are encouraged to take precautions and prepare for the upcoming storm season. Here are some tips on how you and your neighbors can be storm ready:
videoCheck out Parks & Recreation's New Video

Check out Parks & Recreation's new video by clicking this link
For a chance to win a gift card, 1) comment on this post, and 2) share the video post on your Facebook wall. Three lucky winners will be selected to win a gift card for Crepevine ($50), Sky High (4 one-hour passes), or Sixtos ($40). The deadline to enter is November 30 at 1:00 p.m. The winner will be announced later that day!
foodFood for Fines
Clear library fines while providing food for those in need! From now until the end of the year, bring in non-perishable food items to the Burlingame Library and get your library fines cleared. Fines must be from items belonging to participating libraries. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
sunsharesLast Chance for SunShares
SunShares is ending this month. Don't miss out on your chance to get trustworthy, reliable, and discounted solar for your home. Last year, 145 homes went solar with SunShares. Join the movement and get a free solar audit and discounted prices from vetted solar contractors. Sign up by November 30 by clicking here.
internshipPaid Internship for Sophomores & Juniors

The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, in partnership with the City of Burlingame, is pleased to announce a paid Environmental Internship Program for high school students with an interest in sustainability issues, beginning in February 2018. The purpose of the program is to help motivate and nurture the next generation of environmentalists.
The program is open to current sophomores or juniors who live or attend school in Burlingame. They must be available to meet on a Tuesday, once per month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Burlingame Public Library.
Students will discuss and research topics from four primary areas of sustainability concern: transportation, energy, water and waste.  Applications are due January 15, 2018.  Click on this link for more information and application guidelines
fieldTemporary Closure of Washington Field

Healthy turf is important to maintain safe playing surfaces for our field users. In order to accommodate annual turf renovation, the Washington ballfield will be closed from November 20 through January 2.
We apologize for this inconvenience. The renovation will include soil aeration to reduce compaction, over-seeding to re-establish turf in bare areas, and, the addition of compost and soil to level low areas to protect the seed
Though the renovation will likely only take one day, time is needed for the grass to establish. Typically, this is achieved in a 6 week time period. Soil temperature, moisture and availability of sunlight can greatly impact the length of time needed to establish the turf. We use large grow mats to help combat the cold temperatures and lack of sunlight. These will be moved every 2 weeks.
Thank you for your patience as we work to establish healthy and safe playing surfaces for people and pets. Please direct any questions to the Parks Supervisor at (650) 558-7335
challengeCitywide Challenge
Reach 100% Clean Energy
Do you pledge to leave a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation? Local sustainability leaders and the City of Burlingame did and switched their home and commercial electricity to Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) ECO100 - 100% carbon free.
Now, the #OptUpBurlingame campaign, a Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) program, provides business owner and resident incentives that challenge you to do the same.
Are you ready to #OptUpBurlingame? Learn about this CEC campaign, supported by Burlingame, PCE, and San Mateo County office of Sustainability:
*           Join us to Win Prizes and Get Recognized
*           Reduce GHG Emissions and Drive Green Tech growth
*           Email us to get involved
carolanCarolan Complete Streets Project Update
As a part of the Carolan Avenue Complete Streets Project, Ghilotti Construction Company will be performing asphalt paving on Carolan Avenue between Broadway and Oak Grove Avenue, December 4- 7, all day, weather permitting.
What to Expect During Construction
  • Grinding will be performed in the parking and right lane areas on December 4.
  • Construction hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During construction hours, two lanes of through traffic (one lane each way) will be maintained at all times. The contractor will use flagmen or use barriers to direct vehicular traffic.
  • There may be possible delays for businesses and residents to access property driveways and side streets. The Contractor will be paving and will need to block off side streets and driveways for short periods of time until the asphalt can accept vehicular traffic.
  • Temporary parking restrictions on all streets will be posted at least 48 hours in advance.
  • There will be uneven pavement during various stages of the paving activities. 
We will do our best to minimize any disruption caused by the construction. Field inspectors will be present on the job site and will be happy to answer your questions or provide assistance if needed. If you cannot locate an inspector during construction, or have any questions regarding the project, please contact Nick Panayotou at (650) 642-5299. Your patience during construction is greatly appreciated.
EventsEvents Around Town
Author Event: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Tonight! 7:00 p.m.
AV Room, Burlingame Main Library
Join us for a reading and a discussion with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton! With special guest, author and editor, Jane Vandenburgh, Margaret will discuss her debut book, "A Kind of Freedom", longlisted for the 2017 National Book Awards.
Indoor Holiday Movie Series
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
Friday, November 17 at the Burlingame Recreation Center
Concessions open at 5:30 p.m. and the m ovie will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department invites you to our Indoor Holiday Movie series! Bring a blanket and enjoy time with family and friends for a classic holiday movie shown on our inflatable indoor movie screen. The event is free and open to the public, but there will be concessions available for purchase. Our first movie of the series is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000). Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. For more information about this special holiday movie event series, contact Nicole Rath of the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558-7308 or
Bay Pointe Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sunday, November 19, 1:30 p.m.
Children's Room, Burlingame Main Library
Bay Pointe Ballet will be performing selected dances from The Nutcracker. There will be a reading of the story as well. This event is for all ages.
Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 1, 5:00 p.m.

City Hall at 501 Primrose Road and Burlingame Avenue


Celebrate the holidays on Friday, December 1 at the Burlingame Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade.  Starting at 5:00 p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in front of City Hall.  After the lighting ceremony, head over to Burlingame Avenue for the parade, live entertainment and kids' rides.  For any questions, please email

Ski and Snowboard Teen Trip - Soda Springs
Saturday, December 9
The Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department is excited to offer this ski and snowboard trip! On December 9, we will ski and ride at Soda Springs. This location is great for beginners, but still fun for all skill levels! Cost includes transportation, continental breakfast, lift ticket, after-ski snacks, and adult supervision. The trip is open to 8th graders and high school students aged 12-18 (12 to 14-year-olds must register with a friend). While at the ski resort, participants will be expected to check in with staff multiple times throughout our day.

Ski and board rentals are available for an additional fee. This is a small group trip. Space is very limited, so register soon by clicking here!.  For any questions, please email
Holiday Helping Hand Toy Drive
Sunday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center
Join Moms Against Poverty in partnership with Central County Fire and the Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee for their annual Holiday Helping Hand Toy Drive. This will be a day of gift wrapping donated toys for families in need these holidays. Come with your families and bring your donations, big or small! Families will be able to wrap toys together, write cards, and celebrate with the community. We hope to see you there!
Third Annual Elves Workshop (Parents' Night Out)

Thursday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Burlingame Recreation Center


This event will be an opportunity for a "Parents Night Out" this holiday season. Parents can register their child(ren) in grades K-5. Recreation Staff along with our Burlingame Youth Advisory Committee will lead games, crafts, provide dinner and watch a movie. Finish your last minute errands while we take care of the kids! To register, click here. 

CommunityCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Help Feed a Need Senior
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Trapeze Restaurant, 266 Lorton Avenue, Burlingame

Fund A Need is hosting a FREE Thanksgiving meal for low-income seniors. This event is co-hosted by Trapeze Restaurant. Please donate and help fund a needy senior's Thanksgiving meal. Learn more at

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