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Performers from the Shaolin Culture Center rode their unicycles during a celebration of the New Lunar Year held  Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, which symbolizes grace, beauty, mercy and good luck.

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Julia Cohen of Belmont, Manpreet Kaur of Daly City and Malgorzata Klatt of Pacifica were among the fall 2022 graduating class at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

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In just a few short days, members of several local Kiwanis Clubs, led by the San Carlos Kiwanis Club, amassed almost 600 pounds of clothing for Ukrainians — coats, children’s pajamas, and other winter clothing.  Shown here are Menlo Park Kiwanis Club members Doug Scott, Louise DeDera, Tim Wr…

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Following the success of their school-wide Diwali festival last October, the San Carlos Heather School community gathered again to showcase and celebrate Lunar New Year. Dancers and drummers from Yau Kung Moon SF performed for over 350 PreK through 3rd grade students the morning of Monday, J…

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Volunteer Robert Park adjusts Haley Ahn’s helmet to ensure maximum protection during Family Bike Day, held Sunday at Central Middle School in San Carlos. Participants visited learning stations that covered bicycle safety checks, driving in traffic, and how to yield to pedestrians.

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Local high school students with a demonstrated dedication to equestrian activities are encouraged to apply for a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by the Mounted Patrol Foundation and the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association.

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San Mateo High School senior Alexis MacAvoy was recently named one of 300 top scholars as part of the Society for Science’s 82nd Regeneron Science Talent Search, one of the nation’s oldest competitions aimed at identifying and empowering the county’s most promising young scientists.

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More than two dozen San Mateo County elementary schools were among more than 350 in the state to be honored as distinguished schools for making progress closing the achievement gap and producing strong student performance. 

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Charlie Chin, left, taught a ukulele player’s workshop and performed songs at Take A Break, a free event held at the San Mateo Main Library on Dec. 6. Here Chin leads the Hokey Pokey, while young Arthur, second from the left, follows along with Robert Balopole, and City Librarian James Moore.

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Vicki and Jim Kirkland stand in a tunnel of pulsating holiday lights at the edge of the garden of the more than 20 miles of lights during Holidays At Filoli, an annual event  with decorations in both the mansion and in the gardens on the estate. For ticket information go to: www.filoli.org. …

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“Step into the Light,” a new art event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in 2023 and hosted by the Cow Palace, calls on high school seniors to share their own compelling thoughts through creations of their own.

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Step right up for unquestionably one of the sweetest cats you will ever met. Johann is an eight-month-old neutered male orange tabby with such a loving disposition that your heart will melt. This creamsicle lad is mostly blind, so as a special needs feline he will need to be indoor-only to k…

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If you’re able to step outside at around 7 p.m., the brightest star in the west is actually Saturn. Jupiter is overhead and now we have Mars joining them in the southeast. It too travels across the south sky toward the west as the night passes. Then the Geminid meteor shower peaked Wednesday…

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Deborah Smith, HIP Housing senior home sharing advisor, left, holds the microphone for first grader Claire Sheng, whose painting, projected on the screen behind her, was selected for the month of January in the 2023 Hip Housing Calendar at a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 8. HIP Housing is an af…

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The Foster City Girl Scouts troop 61829 gathered to create handmade cards for veteran patients. Their cards were coupled with patient gifts purchased by the six American Legion Auxiliary Units of District 26 San Mateo County and delivered on Dec. 6.

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Charlie Chin, left, taught a ukulele player’s workshop and performed songs at Take A Break, a free event held at the San Mateo Main Library on Dec. 6. Here Mr. Chin leads the Hokey Pokey, while Arthur, second from left, follows along with Robert Balopole, and City Librarian James Moore.

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A successful fundraiser by Capuchino High School’s Black Student Union sent chapters from all San Mateo Union High School District campuses to see a private showing of the new Black Panther movie, “Wakanda Forever.”

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Frontline hospital workers at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center were honored by first responders for their work during the COVID pandemic Friday morning. Above: South San Francisco Sergeant Amy Sariotti takes a selfie with nurses and staff members from Kaiser.

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CityTrees and Redwood City’s Department of Public Works are celebrating their 40th year designation as Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The designation is conferred to towns and cities that encourage the growth of the urban forest through planting, maintenance and policy support. T…

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Joanne Garrison was named Burlingame Citizen of the Year Nov. 17, for her extensive work researching, documenting and sharing local Burlingame-Hillsborough history. Each year since 1930, the Burlingame Lions Club has awarded the honor to a citizen who has given outstanding service to the com…

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Rescue Mama Rachel Leon of The Lost Cats and rescued kitten Cassandra reenact their first encounter. The Lost Cats traps, vaccinates, and fosters homeless cats in San Mateo, Hillsborough, and Burlingame. It also provides food and water nightly to the dozens of street cats in north San Mateo.…

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Veterans saluting while the national anthem was being song during a Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Courthouse Square last Friday in Redwood City.

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Troop 42 was founded in 1958 in San Mateo and meets regularly at Saint Bartholemew’s Catholic Church. The troop participates in many community service projects in the area including working with Second Harvest Food Bank, conservation projects, and with San Mateo Rotary Club. The scouts also …

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Westmoor High School held a Dia de los Muertos celebration during which 450 students displayed pieces of artwork in the school’s library. Teachers assisted by building an ofrenda, or altar, in honor of the dead and more than 150 French class students participated by creating a Tous Saint Mem…

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Charu Gulati, assistant principal at Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, will be one of 50 educators selected to participate in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, setting sail to the Galapagos Islands Nov. 10.

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A house on 16th Street in San Mateo went all out this year with a yard of inflatable Halloween decorations.

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Lines of volunteers packing care boxes filled with food, clothing and toiletries for deployed troops as Redwood City Elks Lodge No. 1991 hosts Bay District Lodges, American Legion Post 105 Redwood City Family’s Legionnaires and Auxiliary, San Mateo County Blue Star Moms, Operation Care &…

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San Mateo County Executive Officer Mike Callagy, left, visiting a Fall Rebuilding Day home project site for Rebuilding Together Peninsula in San Mateo on Friday, Oct. 14, with, from second left, volunteer Construction Captain Don Kirk, Tencent Americas’ Aaron Bresler, RTP’s Rachel Poythress,…

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Maulete Cardenas, literacy and ELD coordinator for San Carlos School District; Hans Barber, assistant superintendent, educational services and human resources, SCSD; and parents Purnima Renjen and Chandni Jain at a Diwali event at Heather Elementary School Monday. Parents of students of Indi…

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Liam Canniffe of Burlingame, Carly Johnson of Hillsborough, Kelly Tobin of Half Moon Bay and Natalie Amanian of San Mateo were named to the spring 2022 Dean’s List at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, in honor of their academic excellence.

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Hillsdale is staging ‘9 to 5,’ a take on a timeless message about female friends who unite to fight sexism in the workplace. (Showing at Hillsdale High School’s Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30) Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/Hillsdale9to5. Pictured a…

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The Peninsula Outdoor Painters will exhibit their work at the Twin Pines Art Center in Belmont through Oct. 30. POP is an established group of outdoor painters whose membership is open to all painters and every skill level. Exhibitors include, seated from left: Caroline Garbarino, Susan Mend…

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Elias, 10 months old, plays in the pumpkin patch Sunday, Oct. 9 at ABC Tree Farms & Pick of the Patch Pumpkins at the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno.  One of approximately 20 locations in the Bay Area, the pumpkin patch includes a children’s playground with bouncy houses and a paint ball…

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Saxophonist Catcher Sanchez performed ‘Willkommen’ from the musical ‘Cabaret,’ as San Mateo High School celebrated its 120th anniversary Saturday. The day’s festivities featured tours of the campus, a historical slide show, and performances from advanced dance, chamber choir, and drama group…

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Former state senator Jerry Hill, left, speaks as Senior Coastsiders Executive Director Sandra Winters, middle, and Burlingame City Librarian Brad McCulley listen at the Age-Friendly Cities Celebration in the Farallon Room of Skyline College. Hill guided representatives of 10 participating ci…

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of more than 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarship…