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Reporters’ notebook
March 07, 2014, 05:00 AM

San Mateo residents between the ages of 16 to 20 can now apply for the opportunity to travel to Japan this summer as a student ambassador for the city.

Two students will have an all expenses paid trip to Toyonaka, San Mateo’s sister city, to act as cultural ambassadors and stay with host families.

San Mateo’s sister city relationship with Toyonaka goes back 51 years and is one of the oldest in the country. Residents can apply to the exchange program by submitting an application and copy of school transcripts by 5 p.m. Friday, March 21.

Visit the city clerk’s office or www.cityofsanmateo.org for a copy of the application that should be turned in to Councilman David Lim via email at dlim@cityofsanmateo.org.

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The Foster City Parks and Recreation Department and Baybasi, Inc. invite the public to join in the second annual celebration of Holi, the Festival of Colors, Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leo Ryan Park Meadow.

Community members will find vendors with a variety of food from different regions in India, traditional Indian music and dance and throwing of powder colors.

For more information contact Jennifer Liu jliu@fostercity.org.

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Hillsdale Macy’s shoppers can help support San Mateo’s Central Park in March by donating to help plan for and fix the city’s signature park.

Shoppers can tell cashiers to add $1 or more to their transactions from March 7 through March 31 and Macy’s will match dollar for dollar up to $250,000.

San Mateo is working on its Central Park Master Plan and has a list of desired improvements but needs public input and assistance.

For more information visit www.cityofsanmateo.org.

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During the same time, customers at the Serramonte Mall in Daly City can donate $1 or more at the register to benefit Orange Memorial Park in South San Francisco. Macy’s also will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000.

Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds and ball fields.

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The Belmont/Redwood Shores Little League Baseball Program and the Sequoia Healthcare District gathered 75 parents and coaches Feb. 26 to teach basic live-saving skills. The “Safety First!” campaign taught CPR and how to use automatic electronic defibrillators that the district donated and installed at the Belmont baseball fields. For more information on how to access free CPR and AED workshops contact Glenn Nielsen (650) 421-2155.

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Miss the annual Redwood City “State of the City” address last month? Check out the 12-minute detective-style movie “Where is Deadwood City?” which played at the Feb. 28 Chamber of Commerce event and even see the entire speech at http://www.redwoodcity.org/government/council/stateofcity.html

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will deliver the keynote speech at the 30th annual San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame awards March 21. O’Connor, who began her legal career in San Mateo County, is being inducted into the hall along with Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, Fatima and Soarches and 2014 Young Woman of Excellence Nina Luo. The event is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 21 at the History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City and tickets can be purchases at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/569660.

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Aragon High School is hosting the first Peninsula Student Film Festival 7 p.m.-10 p.m. March 7 in the school’s theater at 900 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo. The intent is to recognize and celebrate the talent of filmmakers in the San Francisco Peninsula area. Eighteen short films by students from 10 junior high and high schools will be shown, and the audience and critics will select their favorite films respectively for “Popular Vote” and “Critics Choice” awards.

As a grand prize, VMA Lighting and Grip has donated a one-day complete professional video production package (equipment and personnel) worth approximately $6,000.

The festival was planned and organized by Aragon students Jeremiah Rondo, Kevin Wang and Richard Shu, with support from their club advisor Nick Carrillo.

The Reporters’ Notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff. It appears in the Friday edition.

 

 

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