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Reporters’ notebook
May 02, 2014, 05:00 AM

The Coastside Land Trust will hold an educational workshop and an engaging bird walk May 10 in Half Moon Bay. The Songbirds and Seabirds of the Coastside will be led by renowned birder Alvaro Jaramillio and focus on behavior, field marks, ecology and migratory patterns of local birds. The workshop is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Coastsiders, 925 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. The walk is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wavecrest open space and will meet at Smith Field Ballparks. Tickets are $20 for each event and must be purchased in advance. For more information visit or call 726-5056.


The San Carlos Sister City Association is seeking homes for exchange students from Omura, Japan, the first two weeks of August. The association is looking for host families between San Mateo and Menlo Park. The teenage students speak English and host families receive first priority if their own high school age children wish to visit Omura next year. The association is also scheduling numerous events for the students so hosts needn’t worry about providing constant entertainment. For more info contact Ed Sanders at 637-0497 or


Dishcrawl’s underground supper club launches in Redwood City this May with featured Chef Manuel Martinez of LV Mar and Chef Michael Mazaferri of Aly’s on Main. The event will take place on 7 p.m. May 21 and includes six surprise courses. All those invited will be notified of meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event.

Sign up at Tickets start at $79.


South San Francisco Public Library is celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a series of events, including learning how to create origami lilies, tulips and pinwheel envelopes on 4 p.m. May 12, making the dessert Ginataang Bilo-Bilo — sticky rice balls in coconut milk 4 p.m. May 14 and watching a Hawaiian dance performance 4 p.m. May 16.

These free events will be held at South San Francisco Main Library, 840 West Orange Ave. in South San Francisco.

For more information call 829-3867. No reservation or RSVP required. Refreshments will also be served. All ages welcome.


Learn how to grow a bountiful summer vegetable garden using sustainable measures at the “Growing Your Own Organic and Sustainable Garden” workshop in Millbrae. This free workshop will be held on 7 p.m.-9 p.m. May 7 at the Millbrae Library Community Room, 1 Library Ave. in Millbrae. Call 259-2339 to sign up.


Facebook gave away 20 laptops and $5,000 to kids at the Siena Youth Center in Redwood City.


San Bruno will be holding its annual “Operation Clean Sweep” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Those people who are interested in joining, can go to sign up. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion. Children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact the city clerk’s office at 616-7058 with any questions.


The Senior Showcase Information Fair returns to Burlingame this Saturday. The fifth annual free community event will be held on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturday, May 3 at the Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. This event is presented by The Daily Journal and Health Plan of San Mateo. Learn about senior services in San Mateo County and visit more than 40 senior-related businesses. Free services at the event include health screenings, refreshments, goody bags and giveaways. Admission is free and  everyone is welcome. Be sure to say hi to Daily Journal staff while you are there.


Streets Alive! Parks Alive! event activities are being held in cities throughout San Mateo County on May 3 and 4. Children and families are invited to enjoy the outdoors from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 at the Belmont Sports Complex located at 550 Island Parkway in Belmont. Activities will include free bike checks and repairs, a bike handling skills course, bike races, bike decorating, spin art and other outdoor games.


Friday, May 2 is second annual Tour de San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School. Cyclists will be riding to all 20 district schools, stopping at each to provide a brief message to students promoting walking and biking to school for National Bike to School Day.


South San Francisco resident LeAnn Thornton received Thursday the national USO Volunteer of the Quarter Award. She was chosen from volunteers from more than 101 centers in the continental United States. Thornton works for the Hillsborough Police Department and began volunteering five years ago, now averaging 25 to 30 hours each month including work with the welcome home team and a member of the Families of the Fallen Response Team.

“LeAnn exemplifies the pride the Bay Area community has in our troops and families,” USO Bay Area Director Jeff Herndon said in an announcement of her honor.


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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