#55 – “Four Alarm Celebration” of Fire Dept’s 150th Anniversary

The Redwood City Fire Department invites the community to join its 150th Anniversary at a spectacular  Four Alarm Celebration  at the beautiful Fox Theatre in Downtown Redwood City. Proceeds from this magnificent night of music and dancing go to the Create-a-Smile Foundation, a non-profit sponsored by the Redwood City Firefighters  Association which gives back to those in our community who are in need.

When? Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City VIP Lounge opens at 7pm Doors open at 8 pm  – Showtime at 9 pm Featuring music by Pride and Joy (www.pridejoy.com)

General admission ticket prices are $20 in advance/$26 at the door. A special VIP Package is available for those who want to enjoy a pre-concert hosted cocktail reception, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, preferred seating, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with Redwood City s finest. The VIP Package is $50. Advance tickets are available at http://tickets.foxrwc.com (service fee may apply to all tickets).

This gala celebration is part of the Redwood City Fire Department s year-long 150th Anniversary, which opened earlier this year with a news conference, commemorative badge distribution, and display of historic fire-fighting equipment. Then the fire department and its sesquicentennial were featured during the City s annual 4th of July parade, and now the celebration continues with the upcoming October 6th dedication of a bronze commemorative plaque at the main fire station (10 am, Thursday, October 6, 755 Marshall Street), culminating with the fabulous Four Alarm Celebration at the Fox Theatre on November 4.”

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#54 – Second Annual Redwood City PortFest

The 2nd Annual Redwood City PortFest!

Saturday, October 1st at Seaport Court, off of Seaport Boulevard.

The fun starts at 8 am and goes all day long! Live music, working waterfront tours, fun kids activities, dockside tours of an eco-friendly high-speed ferry boat, food & beverage vendors, info booths, drawing for free door prizes and much more. Go to www.rwcportfest.org for all the details.

The morning kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Sequoia Yacht Club starting at 8 am, followed by the Redwood City Planning Commission rowing against the City Council for the coveted Golden Oar! Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony at 10:30 am, and “The Groove Kings” on stage from 12:30 to 2 pm.  Visit www.RWCPortFest.org for the event schedule, video and photos of last year’s event, and other details. FREE admittance and FREE parking.  Sponsored by the Port of Redwood City and the Redwood City Education Foundation.

Special Note: The very popular harbor tours sponsored by the Marine Science Institute are sure to sell out at only $5 per person. You can make a reservation by visiting the PortFest website at www.RWCPortFest.org and clicking on “Preregister for tours on the Robert Brownlee” to reserve your space. Children on the harbor tour must be over 5 years old, closed toe shoes are required, and you must come to the MSI booth at PortFest 30 minutes before the tour time to purchase your tickets in order to keep your reservation.

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#53 – A Moose Inside the Fox?

Coming to the Fox, on Sunday October 30

A Moose inside the Fox? Believe it or not, it’s true!

Join the Fox family for a fascinating, live theatre performance based on the book by Laura Numeroff, If You Give a Moose a Muffin! If a big, hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it. When he’s eaten all your muffins, he’ll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix. Has this ever happened at your house? In this hilarious sequel to The Magik Theatre’s 2009 runaway hit If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Last year, the boy was visited by a tiny, fast-moving mouse. This year, his guest is bigger and his head is adorned by a gigantic set of antlers. Join us as we see what kind of havoc a moose can make when you invite him into your home and offer him something just as sweet as – but perhaps just a little larger than – a cookie.

Doors 12:15 pm/ Show 1 pm

General Admission Ticket Price:
Adult $19 Adv + fees/ $22 Day of Show + fees
Children $14 Adv = fee/ $17 Day of Show + fees

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#52 – Super Diamond Comes to Redwood City!

Friday, September 9

Super Diamond

When your parents popped in a Neil Diamond tape on repeat during long interstate road trips, you reluctantly sang along. Never thought you’d turn out to be a Diamond fan now, right? But singing along to “Sweet Caroline” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” is so addictive now, you’d do anything to see Neil on stage. A band out of San Francisco can put a rest to that Diamond thirst. Super Diamond delivers a high-octane Diamond tribute show that rocks!

After assembling a band of truly kindred spirits, Surreal Neil and Super Diamond began to perform regularly in San Francisco and then all over the U.S., and something quite wonderful happened: People turned out in large numbers to see them, and returned again and again and again…

Doors open 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM

$18 Advance + fees / $23 NOS + fees
Reserved $30.00 + fees
For more information visit
Super Diamond
You Tube
Super Diamond

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#51 – Rockin’ at the Fox

The intro to “Rock Candy”….how can that not give anyone goosebumps?

Ronnie Montrose with Michael Lee Firkins and Ol’ Cheeky Bastards

Saturday, September 3 @ 8 pm

Tickets $20-$35

www.foxrwc.com or 650-369-7770


Montrose has returned full force, playing the tunes that rocked a nation with heart-thumping, foot-stomping, fist-pumping energy. The legend has been reborn. “a scorching outfit…” “incredibly impressive…” “part [Jeff] Beck, part Led Zeppelin, and three-fourths nitroglycerin…” “sheer rock and roll ecstasy.”

Michael Lee Firkins
Michael’s current release “Blacklight Sonatas” features Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) on Drums, Kai Eckhardt on Bass, as well as guest appearances by Matt Abts (drums,Gov’t Mule), Andy Hess (bass,Gov’t Mule), Chuck Leavell (keys,Rolling Stones), Michael Bland (drums,Prince) and Steve Evans (Bass). Lookout for Michael’s 2011 release TBA featuring Matt Abts and Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule) and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) on Magnatude.

Ol’ Cheeky Bastards
First generation punk-rocker Dave Dalton got bored and pissed off with the whole modern punk scene, and started busking “bastardized” Pogues tunes with bagpiper Sean Cummings.

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#50 – 4th of July Parade and Festivities

The 4th of July Redwood City tradition continues, as the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA) brings tons of family fun all day long to Downtown Redwood City. It’ll be another great family 4th, and the entire community is invited to join family, friends, and neighbors for a spectacular day of celebration at the finest 4th of July party on the peninsula. All of the day’s details are online on PCA’s website at www.parade.org.

The day starts with a gourmet pancake breakfast benefit by the Redwood City Firefighters Association from 7:30 – 10:30 am at Station 9, 755 Marshall Street ($6 adults/$4 kids). As a special treat, as part of the Redwood City Fire Department’s 150th anniversary, there will be an antique fire engine display behind the fire department, at 700 Bradford Street.

Then comes the annual Parade Fun Run, this year benefitting the Redwood City Education Foundation. Information and registration is at www.paraderun.org. The race starts at 8:45 am at Brewster and Arguello streets, and goes 3.5 miles along the Redwood City parade route. Proceeds from the Parade Run support RCEF funding of music in our Redwood City schools.

After the run, the fabulous 4th of July extravaganza gets fully underway! It’s the 73rd Annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10 am. This year’s featured theme will recognize the Redwood City Fire Department’s remarkable 150 years of service. Leading the parade will be fire-fighting units from a number of local cities, including antique fire-fighting equipment. There will also be a fly-over of a restored Vietnam era Huey helicopter. The fly-over is sponsored by the Living Room Lounge at 2048 Broadway in Redwood City. This year’s parade is expected to have over 1,500 participants representing 78 organizations and will include the newly crowned Miss California, bands, floats, equestrian units, drill teams, vintage vehicles, and local performing groups.

The Annual Independence Day Festival will be going on from 9 am to 5 pm with fabulous arts and crafts vendors, a Main Stage featuring live entertainment, food booths, a children’s entertainment stage, and info booths from local non-profit service organizations. The festival will also have a children’s play area which benefits Adelante School. And, the ever-popular Battle of the Bands between Stanford University and UC Davis, plus a Classic Car Show from 8 am to 4 pm on Broadway featuring custom and classic vehicles with live entertainment in the Court House Square.

Please note that a fireworks display will not be provided this year. PCA reports that in the current economic environment it has been difficult to generate the funding and sponsorship needed to support the fireworks show. Both the PCA and Redwood City regret this situation, but remind the community that this year’s festival, parade, and other activities will be second-to-none. Over 40,000 people are expected to participate, as Redwood City’s 4th of July extravaganza is renowned throughout the region.

The Peninsula Celebration Association is very proud that the members of their organization have been involved since 1939 as a true volunteer group. Their goal is to help make Redwood City not just a place to live, but a real community of people who care. Visit their website at www.parade.org.

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#49 – Groovin’ in the Grove: A Community Day of Music


A full day of live music on Memorial Day Weekend


Save endangered band & orchestra classes in Redwood City middle schools


Saturday, May 28
1 to 4:30 p.m. — Band Fest, starting with the Stanford Band
6:30 p.m. — American roots and blues band Jake Jacobs; rock and roll band High ‘n Tight, with vintage light show


Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave.– off Woodside Rd. — town of Woodside


$5 student/$10 general for the daytime Band Fest; $20 for evening concert.


Online at www.rcef.org/groovin and at the door day of the event


Available for sale 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.


The Redwood City Education Foundation, as part of a community-wide effort to keep band music alive for 800 Redwood City middle school students.

To donate, co-sponsor or volunteer, go to:  www.rcef.org/groovin or email Georgia Jack: georgia@casajack.com.

Discount cards:

Available at Main St. Coffee, Pamplemousse, The Grind, Canyon Coffee, and Dr. Killen’s office.

For more information:

Visit www.rcef.org/groovin or contact Linda Thomas, RCEF Media Volunteer at lmthom@sbcglobal.net

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#48 – GeoKids’ Family Green Fest in Downtown RC

GeoKids, a Peninsula preschool and early learning center, hosts an annual Family Green Fest to make it easy for local families and schools to go green–this event raises eco-awareness and puts the best earth-friendly, family-oriented products within reach. In addition to demos on composting and a kids’ area with crafts and face painting, their pop-up retail store features Northern California’s best green companies and their eco-conscious products for Bay Area families, preschools, and childcare providers.

Event date: 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Location: 2120 Broadway (at Jefferson Ave.) in downtown Redwood City

Admission: None! This is a FREE event!

GeoKids’ Family Green Fest is open to the public and free to attend. Stop by to shop at the pop-up retail store, and stay for free demos (learn to compost!), crafts for kids (origami with newspaper!), and face painting.

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#47 – Sequoia Stampede 5K – Running for a Good Cause

The Sequoia Stampede 5K Run is a fundraiser for Sequoia High School sports programs.  It takes place Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Sequoia High School – check in at 7:30 am, warm up at 8:30 am, and race start at 9 am. That’s just one month away – you can register now by going to http://sites.google.com/site/sequoiaboosterclub/stampede-run.

The Sequoia Stampede is going to be a fun-filled, community event, and it’s one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia Athletics – something our entire community should all support. Families, neighbors, friends, students, athletes, and businesses are gathering together for this event with the common goal of supporting Sequoia High School athletic programs.

The Stampede goals are to raise funds to support all Sequoia sports programs; to bond Sequoia High School and the local community; to involve all athletes, students, and faculty; to involve all of Sequoia’s extracurricular programs; and to create a learning experience for students by allowing them to

help organize the event and volunteer on event day.

Register today, and help Sequoia High School sports!

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#46 – Historic Tall Ships at the Port of Redwood City


The Tall Ships Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftan are at the Port of Redwood City from January 21 through February 3.  Launched in 1989, Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the west coast. Hawaiian Chieftain is a 1988 replica of a typical early 19th-century European trading vessel.

Dockside tours are 4 pm to 5 pm Monday – Friday, and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday and Sunday. A $3 donation is appreciated for the tour.

Additionally, you can purchase advanced tickets for special sailing excursions with these boats, and others,  at www.historicalseaport.org or call 1-800-200-5239.

It’s all at the Port of Redwood City – Seaport Court off of Seaport Blvd. Guest Dock next to Seaport Conference Center and Bella Restaurant. For information call 650-306-4150.

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