safetyPractice "Safety First" this Holiday
Avoid dangerous and illegal fireworks

As Independence Day approaches, the Central County Fire Department reminds you that the possession and discharge of any fireworks, including fireworks that claim to be "safe and sane", is illegal in the Town of Hillsborough and Cities of Burlingame and Millbrae (Municipal Codes 9.88.035, 10.48.010, 9.30.210).  In addition to being illegal, they can be very dangerous to people and property.  Any violators of the City ordinances listed above will be charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Decades of tragic experiences have proven that fireworks are too dangerous to be used by the public.  More than 8,800 Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries associated with fireworks; with over half the injuries being burns to the hands, eyes, and head.  Annually, fire departments responded to more than 25,000 fires started by fireworks alone.  Even harmless looking fireworks can be dangerous.  A burning sparkler can reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and stay hot for a long time. 

For a fun and safe experience, Fourth of July firework shows should be enjoyed at public displays, presented by trained professionals. Within San Mateo County, the Cities of Foster City and Redwood City both host public firework shows. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring our nation's holiday is celebrated safely!

For more information, please call the Central County Fire Department at (650) 558-7600.

treesBurlingame Trees 101
How much do you know about our City's trees?

Did you know that Burlingame's Tree Crew, under the leadership of the Parks Division, maintains 16,368 City street trees and 4,640 open space/City park trees with over 294 distinct tree species? The City tree canopy covers approximately 274 acres or 7.8% of the total land area and 71% of the total street and sidewalk area in the City.

The Park Division has recently posted a two page flyer, "Trees - A Big Deal", brimming with interesting facts and information about trees, in both English and Spanish, on the City's website. For example, did you know?:

  • Deep watering trees prevents surface roots

  • Trees require 5-10 gallons/week in the summer but 5-10 gallons/month in the winter

  • Each single family residence is entitled to one street tree at no charge

  • "Excessive pruning" is defined as the removal of more than 25% of the tree

  • A "Protected Tree" is any tree with a circumference of 48" at a height of 54" above the ground

  • Shade of an urban street tree adds 40-60% more life to costly asphalt

  • Street trees absorb 9 times more pollutants than more distant ones

  • Motorist road rage is less common in green urban areas versus start suburban ones

For more interesting facts about trees, view this flyer. For any questions about tree maintenance or pruning needs on City trees contact the Parks Division at or (650) 558-7330.

pancakeCCFD Pancake Breakfast a Success!
Proceeds benefit burn prevention and education efforts

Congratulations to the Central County Firefighters for hosting a successful pancake breakfast and fundraiser this past Saturday.  The CCFD raised $7,000 - $2,000 more than last year - in support of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation which works to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and promotes burn prevention education. 

The event was attended by members of Burlingame City Council, members of the Fire Board, U.S. Congresswoman Speier, and most importantly, the families from our communities who come back year after year to support our firefighters and the Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation. 
murraysoccerMurray Soccer Field
Closed for renovation through August 14, 2015

The Murray Soccer Field, located at 250 Anza Blvd., is currently closed due to renovation. During this renovation city staff will be fertilizing, over seeding and top dressing in an attempt to germinate grass seed for the upcoming fall soccer season. The field is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Please contact the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department if you have any questions.


adultreadingJoin BPL's Adult Summer Reading Program
Pick up a free copy of Pride and Prejudice

Have you heard about the Burlingame Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program? Spend the summer with us as we explore and celebrate Jane Austen's beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice.

  • Stop in anytime to pick up a free copy of the novel, Pride and Prejudice, for you to keep!
  • Reading a book and/or attending programs will earn a stamp on your passport. Earn two stamps and you'll be entered in the grand prize raffle. Earn 4 or more stamps and you'll get two entries. This year we are giving away a wonderful Jane Austen themed gift basket, which includes a Kindle.

Check out a list of our upcoming programs here.

adventurecampAdventure Camp
Make this a summer to remember!

Make this a summer to remember by joining Burlingame Adventure Camp in swimming, sports, scavenger hunts, weekly cooking lessons, crafty project, field trips, and hanging out with some of the best camp counselors in town Summer camp is open to Kindergarten through 8th grade and are held at the Burlingame Recreation Center, conveniently located at 850 Burlingame Ave! Registration is now open by visiting  or calling 650-558-7300.
EventsEvents Around Town
Water Conservation 101 Class
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.

SAVE THE DATE!  Would you like to learn more about the State and City water use restrictions or about what extra step you can take to conserve water?  Join us at a Water Conservation 101 class to be held with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency on July 14th from 6:30-7:30pm at the City's Recreation Center (850 Burlingame Ave).  Look out for the class agenda coming soon!  Visit to learn more the City's efforts to meet the State conservation mandate. 

Summer Hot Dog & Ice Cream Social for Adults 55+
Wednesday, July 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave.


You're invited to join the Burlingame Active Adults on Wednesday, July 1 for a Hot Dog and Ice Cream Social at the Recreation Center.  Get in the 4th of July spirit and come meet old and new friends while enjoying some classic American treats.  This fun event is FREE with RSVP.  Please call the Recreation Center at 650-558-7300 to reserve your spot.

Tech Donation Drive & Paper Shredding
Saturday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Caltrain Burlingame Parking Lot "O"
400 Block of California Drive

The City of Burlingame, in collaboration with Recology, Rethink Waste and SFGoodwill is hosting an e-scrap recycling event and tech donation drive on June 27.  In addition to contributing to zero waste, your donation will help the Goodwill create jobs and provide job training. Residents may also bring up to three standard size bankers boxes (10"x12"x15") of paper per household for secure, onsite shredding.
Free Medicare Informational Seminar
Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave

Do you need help walking through the complex Medicare programs and finding what is most suitable for you? Would you benefit from a review of different Eligibility Periods? Are you eligible for extra help with the costs of your prescription drugs?If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we encourage you to join us for a free educational seminar. The presenters are professionals licensed by the State of California and are knowledgeable in answering your questions about Medicare.  Light refreshments will be provided. Seats are limited. To reserve your seat, please contact the Burlingame Recreation Center at (650) 558-7310 or email

CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Ryan Phua Memorial Kids' Ride
Sunday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.
California and Lorton Avenues, Downtown Burlingame
Today is the last day to register online!

Come join the fun! The 12th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids' Bike Ride, part of the 29th Annual Burlingame Criterium, is the largest kids' bike ride in the US. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2015. Each year, close to 700 children twelve & under (including 250 four & under) pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their "win," each child happily receives a medal, popsicle and goody bag.


Ryan's Ride is a labor of love to memorialize Ryan, who died to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in July 2003 at age 2 years old. Ryan and his twin brother Matthew were born after their father battled and survived cancer.


While the event is free, children participants raise pledges for the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Over $650,000 has been raised so far. There will be free entertainment for the whole family after the ride. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Burlingame Community for Education (BCE) Foundation.

The race starts at 10:30 a.m. at California and Lorton Avenues in Downtown Burlingame.  Click here, for more information or to register.  View the event flyer here

Peninsula Health Care District Regular Scheduled Board Meeting
Monday, June 29, 5:45 p.m.
Burlingame Council Chambers, Burlingame City Hall, 501 Primrose Rd


Free Live Music
Friday, July 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
At the intersection of Park Rd. and Burlingame Ave. (under the pergola)

Come out and listen to Mauro Pannito and his band,  "A Sharp Trio"!

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