climateBurlingame Wins Awards for Climate Actions
Recognized at Monday's City Council meeting

From making Burlingame Avenue more pedestrian and bicycle friendly as part of the new Downtown streetscape to significantly conserving water in landscape irrigation, the City's sustainability actions are being recognized. The Institute for Local Government awarded the City with four Beacon Spotlight Awards at Monday's (10/19/2015) City Council meeting. The Beacon Program honors local governments for implementing policies and programs that address climate action and promote sustainability. Learn more about the City's achievements here.
voteExercise Your Right to Vote!
Election day is November 3rd

Election Day is right around the corner, so here are a few reminders to get you ready!
  • Please contact the County Elections Office at (650) 312-5222 or if you haven't received your ballot in the mail by now.
  • Find out more information about the candidates by clicking here or look up your Sample Ballot here.
  • Remember to sign your return envelope. If you don't sign the envelope, your ballot won't count!
  • If you want to drop off your ballot at Burlingame City Hall, the ballot box is available weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in front of the City Clerk's Office. Remember to visit the City Clerk's office and get your "I VOTED" sticker.
  • If you want to vote on an eSlate or get a new ballot prior to Election Day, stop in at one of the two Voting Centers in the County. For more information on voting hours and locations click here.
  • If you want to vote in person on Election Day or drop off your ballot at a polling place, you can do so at any one of the 32 Universal Polling Places within the County. The polling place in Burlingame will be located at City Hall, Conference Room A. Parking spots will be reserved in front of the building for voters on the day of the Election. For a full list of universal polling places click here.
Lastly, don't forget to vote! In the 2013 General Municipal Election, only 32.3% of the registered voters in Burlingame voted in the City Council contest. Let's increase our voter participation!
NozzlesSave Water with New Nozzles
Eligible, residential water customers may receive up to 25 free nozzles
A new free sprinkler nozzle head program is now available for residential Burlingame water customers seeking to save water with efficient landscape irrigation. The free sprinkler nozzles use 20-30% less water than conventional sprinkler heads and will save on water bills as well.
Sign up on-line  to receive a voucher for up to 25 free nozzle heads. Determine the right nozzles needed with this helpful video and then visit a participating supplier  to pick-up the free nozzles. Install and enjoy the water savings!
Learn more about the drought here  and check out other water conservation tips here .
taskJoin the County Community Task Force
Address sea level rise outreach and community engagement efforts

The County of San Mateo is convening a Community Task Force to inform its sea level rise outreach and community engagement efforts. The suggested application deadline for the San Mateo County Community Task Force (CTF) is Friday, October 30. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.
Who should apply? The Task Force will consist of community group representatives who are actively involved in the community and are able to help plan and conduct outreach efforts to raise public awareness on sea level rise. Click here to apply.
Help spread the word! Please forward this announcement to anyone who you think might be interested. If you have any questions, please email Tj Carter at or call (650) 363-1931.
coolicaliJoin the CoolCalfornia Challenge
Earn dollars for "green" projects in Burlingame

Burlingame residents are invited to join the CoolCalifornia Challenge and earn dollars for "green" projects in our city. Participants earn points by reducing their household energy, water use and transportation emissions. Every point earned increases the city's rank in the statewide standings. Prize money is awarded to fund sustainability efforts that benefit communities.
Click here to learn more and signup. Signups began October 1st and will continue through December 15, 2015. During that period, the cities that get the most participants to sign up can earn double points. The Challenge continues through March 31, 2016, when the city with the most points is crowned the "Coolest City in California" and all cities participating receive prize money based on the percentage of points earned by households in their city.
This is the second year that the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame has administered the CoolCalifornia Challenge on behalf of the City of Burlingame. Last year, our city earned nearly $3,000. This funding sponsored projects including the "Green Programs on Hot Topics" series at the Burlingame Public Library, educational handouts and an organic garden that Burlingame High School students planted on campus.
safetyHalloween Safety Tips
Practice safety first this season

The Burlingame Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Halloween season. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick-or-treating.

Safety Tips for Adults
  • Know your kids' route.
  • Take a flashlight.
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
  • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away.
  • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk.
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
  • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and gunsaremade from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!
  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
  • Be sure to show your children how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks.
  • Turn on the front door light and walkway to welcome trick-or-treaters.
Safety Tips for Kids
  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry a cell phone and know how to reach your parent. Know how to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Never enter a stranger's home.
  • Never eat any candy until a parent inspects the wrapping and candy.
  • Watch out for cars.
Safety Tips for Drivers
  • Watch for children in the street.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Turn on your headlights earlier, as children often begin trick-or-treating while it's still daylight. With your headlights on, you'll be able to spot children quicker. Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Don't use your cellular telephone while driving - It's Illegal.
  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pickup your kids, turn on your hazard lights.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
Safety Tips for Pet Owners
  • Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets.
  • When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
  • If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability yto breathe, bark or meow.
  • Consider keeping pets in a separate room away from the trick-or-treating visitors.
EventsEvents Around Town
Ghostbusters at Cuernavaca Park
Thursday, October 22 at dusk
Cuernavaca Park off Hunt Dr. and Alcazar Dr. in Burlingame

Tonight, October 22nd at dusk, the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Ghostbusters at Cuernavaca Field! Experience the Throwback Thursday Movie Series! This event is brought to you in partnership with our Platinum Sponsor Gold Medal Martial Arts.
The Parks & Recreation Department will be showing movies on our 30-foot inflatable screen. If you are looking for a good date night or an evening out with friends, the Throwback Thursdays series is your chance to have a fun night out in Burlingame, enjoying some classic movies. Families are welcome, but please keep in mind Ghostbusters is rated PG. Snacks and drinks (including wine and beer) will be available for purchase. For more information contact the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558-7308.
Registration Ends Tomorrow
Youth school sports basketball registration deadline is tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Department.
Please note that the Elementary Sports registration deadline for 4th and 5th grade basketball through the Burlingame Recreation Department ends tomorrow, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.
The 7th and 8th grade basketball registration deadline is Friday, October 30. For more information call (650) 558-7300.
Envision Burlingame Workshop
Saturday, October 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Burlingame Recreation Center at 850 Burlingame Ave

Join your neighbors and City staff for our family-friendly event this weekend at the Recreation Center! 
At this interactive workshop, we'll introduce Envision Burlingame to the community, collect ideas about  the future of our city and share information about our planning process and how you can stay engaged. 
The workshop will be an open house format so please feel free to drop in at any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Brief presentations will be held once an hour. All are welcome! 
For those unable to attend on Saturday, there will be an opportunity to share your ideas next week via a brief online survey. Check back soon or keep an eye on your inbox. 
Energy Upgrades for Multifamily Buildings
Monday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room, 55 W. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo

Owners of multifamily buildings are invited to attend a free workshop to learn about energy and water saving opportunities for their building. The workshop will connect owners to rebates and programs for free energy and water consultations and audits. Rebates up to $750 per unit are available for saving energy and water. For more information, visit here .
Halloween Dance For Active Adults (55+)
Wednesday, October 28 from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
Burlingame Parks & Recreation, 850 Burlingame Ave
Come to the only Halloween party in town that's just for Active Adults!  The event will include a DJ with dance lessons, a costume contest, and delicious treats. Come help make this 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular a monster-mashing success! Admission is free, but please RSVP to 650-558-7300. 
Acting Out & About Performing "War of the Worlds"
Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Ristorante Rocca, 1205 Broadway, Burlingame

Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department's Community Theatre, Acting Out & About, will chill and thrill lunch-goers at Ristorante Rocca on October 31st with the classic thriller, War of the Worlds. The show will start at 1:00 p.m., right after lunch beginning at 11:30am. 

War of the Worlds was originally broadcast on October 30, 1939 with Orson Welles as the young star performer.  However, it was so expertly crafted that radio audiences believed Martians had really invaded and were destroying the United States.  It caused quite a furor and there was widespread panic. 

Newcomers Jeff Keleher, Daniel Keohane, Leslie Brush and David Ruettiger join veteran AOA actors Kevin Tully, Jeff Cleary, Linda Milliken, Alida Hinton, and Kiki Arnaudo.  Cathy Foxhoven is the "folley" artist and director.

For more information, please e-mail or call 650-697-6936. For lunch reservations, please call 650-344-3900. The performance is open to the public but non-lunch guests cannot be guaranteed seating.    
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Burlingame High School Playathon
Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
At the Burlingame Avenue Train Station
The Burlingame High School Music Boosters invites you to its annual BHS Playathon! Come and support the Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Choir, as music students perform.  Home-baked treats will be on sale all day at the CalTrain station. Enjoy mouth-watering cakes, cookies and more as you support music programs for our students. Also, don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at $2 each for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a $250 cash grand prize. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Playathon or from BHS music students ahead of time. Winners will be announced between 3:30-4:00 p.m. Don't miss this big day of instrumental and vocal music, while supporting Performing Arts at our public schools!
Lifeguard Certification Course
Classes begin Saturday, November 14

Burlingame Aquatic Club (BAC) will be hosting a lifeguard course this month, starting Saturday, November 14th. The class is open to anyone who will be 15 or older by the first day of class and who is able to swim 300 yards consecutively. To sign up and for detailed class information, please click here.


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