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Volume 42 Number 11

Redwood Shores Community Association

Be Prepared

November 2014

RSCA Calendar

November is Disaster
Preparedness Month

For the third year in a row we are addressing emergency preparedness in our
November issue of the Pilot. Most of us are aware of the recent Napa earthquake.
Although the Napa quake was the strongest quake in Northern California in the past
25 years, and did cause a single fatality, it was small compared to some other well
known quakes in this area:
2014 Napa
1989 Loma Prieta
1906 San Francisco

Santa Comes To The Shores

Sunday - December 7th RWS Library - 1 to 3pm

Light Up The Shores Judging

December 18th
RSCA Annual 2015 Meeting
Wednesday - February 11th
Redwood Shores Library

The San Francisco earthquake was almost 100 times as powerful as the recent Napa quake. We
must plan now to protect our families for the future. While it is not possible to remove all risk,
there are many things that we can do now to prepare for what might happen. This issue of
THE PILOT will address some of them.

RSCA is once again including a red/green Disaster Signal Card in this issue of THE PILOT for
newcomers to the SHORES and for those of you who may not have saved your cards from last
year. This tool will improve the ability of first responders such as the Fire, Police and our
Community Emergency Management Teams (CERT) to quickly identify homes in need of help
when land line, cell phone and on-line communications are not working. Store the card somewhere near your front door, but do not leave the card in front of a window. Sunlight will fade
the card to the point where it will be hard to see if a disaster does occur.

In addition to the signal card, this issue contains short articles that deal with the three most
important issues following an earthquake. The first article contains instructions on when and
how to turn off your gas. The second article addresses Creating a Go Bag, and the third article suggests items that should be in an Emergency Supply Kit. See page 4 for articles and our The rain came and went, and didnt
Presidents Message on page 3.
rain on RSCAsHalloween Parade.
Submitted by Mike Mancusi
More pictures on page 12

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274 Redwood Shores Pkwy #PMB 603
Redwood Shores, CA 94065 - 1173

2014 Officers
Harris Rogers....................................harrisrogers@rsca.org
Sue Nix......................................................suenix@rsca.org
Lynn Adams........................................lynnadams@rsca.org
Stephen Bellingham...............stephenbellingham@rsca.org
Doug Crisman................................dougjcrisman@rsca.org
Lynn Adams
Mayling Bellingham
Stephen Bellinghan
Nina Boire

Doug Crisman
Jim Cvengros
Carol Ford
Mike Mancusi

Sue Nix
Harris Rogers
Clemencia Rodriquez
Andrew Young

RSCA Board of Directors meet @ Redwood Shores

Library on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m.
Our next meeting will be November 13th, 2014

The deadline for the December Pilot is the
week of November 11th to the 18th

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Sue Nix

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Circulation: 6,000 Redwood Shores Households & Businesses

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not the expressions of RSCA unless so officially designated.

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Table of Contents

Presidents Memo

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RWC Hometown Holidays

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Disaster Preparedness Articles

Save The Music, Recap
Hazardous Waste

Scouting For Food

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Brssd Superintendant News

Grilling Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Tips For Pets

Birdwatching in RWS
Stuck In a Style Rut
Therapists Corner

Nutrition Horizons

Lynns Kitchen, Library Events

Hometown Holidays

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Presidents Memo for November 2014

Disaster Preparedness in the Shores

We want to reinforce the need for you and your family to be

personally prepared for an emergency. It might be a big
earthquake, or it could be some other natural or man-made
disaster. Some of the things in this issue are about being
prepared for a large scale disaster like the big one, but
others are things that could help you recover from a more
local event like a house fire.

Redwood Shores is an island. We live in a community that

is physically separated from our Belmont, San Carlos, and
Redwood City neighbors by water on three sides and a
multi-lane freeway on the fourth. Our access to the outside
world uses two overpasses that could become inaccessible
in a large seismic event.

Although we have a fire station located here in the Shores,

we need to assume that in response to a large earthquake
or other emergency ALL area fire & police resources will
be pulled toward hospitals or other city centers deemed
more critical than our local neighborhoods. This may not be
what we would want, but it IS the reality.
We are fortunate to have an airport which if undamaged
would likely be heavily used for local emergency relief services. But we cant even rely on that.

These simple facts mean that all Shores residents should

plan for such emergency events as though we will be without the most basic services for some period of time. I dont
think we can begin to understand the total disruption that a
truly large seismic event would bring.

You MUST assume that:

There may be NO emergency services in the Shores. Fire &

police resources will be pulled toward hospitals or other
centers deemed more critical than residential neighborhoods.

You may have NO electricity or gas service.

You may have NO city water.

You may have absolutely NO way to communicate with the

outside world. NO telephone, NO cable television, NO
internet service, NO cell phone service!

You may be advised to vacate your home because of probable aftershocks. (Aftershocks sometimes cause more
damage than the original earthquake.)
Your ONLY source of information may be AM radio
(740 KCBS).

Shores residents should plan for such a disaster as though

we will be without the most basic services for some period
of time, possibly a week or more.

Use the articles in this issue of the PILOT to plan and get
your household ready.
In the words of the Boy Scouts motto


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by Harris Rogers

How You Might Help in an Emergency

Think about what skills or equipment you have that might be

of use to your neighbors in an emergency.
If you have military or any medical training, you can help.
If have a ham radio and are not already a member of our
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), you can
If you have a motorcycle or ATV that might be able to get
around on broken or blocked streets, you can help.
If you have a gas powered chain saw that could clear
downed trees, you can help.
Im sure there are other skills or equipment you might have
that could be used to help.
Be prepared to find and go to the local emergency response
center. (This may not be a shelter, just a coordination center.) That spot will probably be next to the fire station on
Redwood Shores Pky.

Lets Be Careful Out There

Its beginning to look as though the winter rains are finally

coming back. Our streets get wet and slick, but we are still
seeing speeds of 45-50 mph on the main roadways in the
residential areas east of Bridge Pky.
This is just way too fast in our residential neighborhoods!
Take a few extra seconds to get where youre going and
slow down on your way in or out of the Shores.

Support Our Shores BUSINESS Neighbors

We want to again recognize the important contributions that

our local businesses make to the high quality of life we
enjoy here in the Shores. Redwood City has for many years
worked hard to create a great business climate, and we are
fortunate to have many great business neighbors here in
Redwood Shores AND Belmont Shores.

We have large companies like EA and Oracle and satellite

offices of several multi-nationals, but we also have many
smaller businesses which provide important services to our
Shores community.

Many of these businesses, with their advertising sponsorship, support RSCAs communications outreach to the
Shores. This includes the (significant) cost of printing &
mailing these issues of The PILOT each month to every
household and most businesses in the Shores all at no
cost to you.
Please look carefully through each issue and take special
note of those businesses which support RSCA in The
PILOT. Make an effort to patronize these local businesses
whenever possible.

One final request

If you received your Membership notice for 2015 and

havent yet returned it, please get it back to us in the next
week or two. Let our volunteers enjoy their holidays, too!

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Your Family Disaster Plan

Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could

be anywhere: at work; at school; or in the car. How will you
find each other? Will you know if your children are safe?
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you
to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home.
What would you do if basic services water, gas, electricity,
telephones, cable and internet were cut off? Local officials and
relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they
cannot reach everyone right away.
Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in
advance and working together as a team. Follow the following
steps to create your familys disaster plan. Knowing what to
do is your best protection and your responsibility.

1. Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare
for disaster. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely
to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
2. Pick two places to meet: right outside of your house, by a
tree or street light and a second meeting place outside of
your neighborhood, at a friends home, for example. In case
you cant return home, everyone must know the address and
phone number.
3. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your family contact. After
a disaster, its often easier to call long distance. All family
members should call this person and tell them where they
are. Everyone must know your contacts phone number.
4. Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what
to do.

Instructions on When and How

to Turn Off Your Gas

If you are in the house and smell gas, you and your family
should leave the house at once leaving windows and doors
open behind you.


Once everyone is out of the house, turn off the gas.
It is important to know exactly where your gas meter is located
so that in the event of an emergency, you can shut it off. For a
single family house, the meter will be located where it can be
read by a meter reader on the outside of the house. It may be
located in a cabinet that opens to the outside. As you face the
meter you will see a pipe running from the ground to the
meter. Approximately 6 to 8 inches above the ground there is a
shut-off valve running parallel with the pipe (See diagram)
Use a wrench or a gas shutoff tool (sold at all large home stores)
to turn the valve until the valve is crosswise to the pipe. You
will find the valve is hard to turn so use a long tool to get a lot
of leverage.


Contact PG&E to safely turn the gas back on and relight the

Emergency Supply Kit

Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or

shelter in place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these
materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special
cupboard. One possibility is to store all the emergency
supplies in large, black garbage bags in a clean, rain proof
garbage can stored outside in a secure location. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your
clock during daylight-savings time. Here is a starter list for
your kit. Add to it to meet the special needs of your family.


One gallon of drinking water per person per day

Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and a can opener
First aid kit
Battery-operated AM/FM radio with extra batteries
Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach for disinfecting water
* Personal hygiene items: soap, toilet paper, large black
garbage bags, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and
toothpaste, etc.
* Child care supplies or other special care items
* Blankets or sleeping bags
* Food, collar, leash, ID tags for your pets

Preparing Your Home For

A Big Shake

* Install a fire extinguisher near your kitchen and learn how to

use it.
* Check that all tall furniture (book shelves, china cabinets,
etc.) are anchored to the wall.
* Use earthquake picture hooks for all pictures/wall hangings
above beds.
* Check that your water heater is strapped to the wall.
* Install child locks on the doors of cabinets where you store
your best dishes.
* After an earthquake, your escape doors may be stuck. Buy
an inexpensive pry bar, store it in your house and use it to
force open the door.

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When we think of vaccines, what we usually think about is the prevention of diseases like Polio,
Small Pox and Hepatitis. Have you ever thought about a vaccine for the dental cavity? Cavities are formed when bacteria that normally exist in your mouth use carbohydrate-containing foods (candy, fruit, soda, etc.) to produce acid. This acid can penetrate the
hard surface of your teeth to make those painful damaging holes that bring you to the dentist. A new hope exists for a vaccine to
prevent cavities. Several months ago, British scientists published a study. (May, Nature Medicine) describing a new vaccine that
they herald as a safe, effective and painless way to prevent dental cavities. The vaccine was developed by a California-based company called Planet Biotechnology, and was tested by a team of researchers at Guys Hospital Dental School in London. The vaccine
is said to produce antibodies against the cavity causing bacteria Streptococcus mutants. The vaccine was tested on people in a four
month study. The results revealed that a group who received the vaccine had no evidence of the cavity causing bacteria (S.
mutants) for up to four months whereas a placebo group was without bacteria for only two months. While these results are encouraging, I can think of a few potential problems with the study. The first problem is that the results lasted for only four months. Also,
this study does not look at other bacteria (Lactobacillus casei and acidophilus, Actinomyces naeskundii) that have also been shown
to cause cavities. Finally, no other major clinical trial has confirmed the results of this study. Despite these limitations, Im still
optimistic that there may be an effective cavity vaccine available in the future. I think it is important to keep in mind that even if
we had a viable cavity vaccine, there would still be a need for brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Save the Music

With colorful banners and music in the air, the

twelfth annual Save the Music Festival in
Belmont was yet another success this year to
raise money for our local school music programs.
The festival, also the largest annual community event in Belmont, took place on Oct. 5 at
Twin Pines Park in Belmont. Local musicians gathered to perform
on outdoor stages and artisan booths were set up for activities
throughout the park, all as an effort to raise funds for music programs in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District.
Save the Music featured a variety of local performers and bands,
including school musicians, who performed in front of a live audience throughout the day. Groups featured included the Ralston
Middle School Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Heartbeat Dance
Academy, Stanford University and UC Davis marching bands, and
many other local musicians and artists.
The festival also featured a variety of activities for all ages,
including pumpkin painting, carnival games, and tie-dye shirts.
Local artisans also featured handmade-crafts and clothing, along
with local specialties such as raw honey. The unforgettable
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo offered a variety of instruments
for children and families to explore.
And no festival would be complete without food, which appeared
on every street. Featuring local restaurants and food trucks,
including the Counter, Club Mistral, and Comebuy Drinks, customers enjoyed a variety of foods. Other booths also served tasty
snacks such as kettle corn, shaved ice, and root beer floats.
Save the Music benefits all local music programs in the BelmontRedwood Shores School District. By Kelly Song

Scouting for Food

On the morning of Saturday

November 15th, Boy Scout Troop 27
and Venture Crew 27 will be collecting food in Redwood Shores as part
of Scouting for Food, the largest one
day food drive by the Boy Scouts of America.

Items needed include canned foods such as stew, chili,

soup, fruits/vegetables, fish and meat. Cereals, peanut
butter, and juice boxes are also needed. Food collected
will be delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank. Please
leave items on your doorstep by 9:00am.
Last year over 1,300 lbs. of food was collected to help
feed the hungry. Scouting for Food is one way that our
scouts live out the Scout slogan Do a Good Turn Daily.

Chartered in 1951, Troop 27 is known for its active outdoor program including a built from scratch wilderness
summer camp. Membership is open to boys ages 11
through 17. Venture Crew 27 is a high-adventure unit,
open to boys and girls aged 14 through 20. Many current
and past members are from Redwood Shores. Find out
more about us at www.t27.org and www.v27.org.

Thank you on behalf of Troop 27 and Second Harvest

Food Bank!
Submitted by Winslow Lee

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Spirits Abound in San Carlos Production

San Carlos Halloween

is over, but theres still
plenty of spirited family
fun ahead this fall as
San Carlos Childrens
Theater presents Legend
of Sleepy Hollow
November 14-23.

Featuring over 40 youth

performers from the
mid-Peninsula, this fun
adaptation of the classic
Washington Irving ghost
story is filled with suspense and hilarious
action suitable for young and old. Its packed with eerie
effects and silly laughs the kids will love!

Angered that his sweetheart Katrina has grown fond of

Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollows goofy new schoolmaster,
tough Brom Bones determines to scare off his rival by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman
who rides through the graveyard. Crane laughs at the silly
legends until one fateful stormy night when he is confronted by the galloping phantom. Can he outrun this strange
spirit? Come to the theater and find out! Tickets available
online at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com or at the
door while supplies last.

Since its establishment in 1990, San Carlos Childrens

Theater has become a family favorite and leader in youth
theater on the Peninsula. SCCT offers theater classes,
camps and full-stage productions throughout the year for
youth ages 5-18, as well as working with local school districts to bring dramatic arts into the classroom. SCCT provides children and teens creative enrichment, while teaching the fundamentals of acting, singing, dancing, stage and
technical production.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow is directed by Melody Cole

under special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service,
Inc. Written by Vera Morris.

Production: Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Dates: November 14-16 & 21-23
Time: Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm / Sundays at 1 pm
Location: Mustang Hall, 828 Chestnut St., San Carlos
Tickets: $12 Students / $15 Adults
Order online: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com

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Many thanks
to the hard
working RSCA
Board, (pictured above)
that make these
events possible.
Stay tuned for
next month!
Santa Comes to
the Shores on
December 7th
and Light up
the Shores
judging on
December 18th.

Cont. From
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Dear Redwood Shores Community,

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We are ten weeks into our school year, and our Belmont-Redwood Shores schools have
long-since hit full stride. As usual, there is a lot happening! Our District has a bond measure on the ballot, we are continuing our strategic planning, and we have new report cards
for our parent-teacher conferences later this month.

Bond Measure
Back in August, our Board of Trustees voted to put a facilities bond measure on the
November 4 ballot. We encourage you to vote, and we encourage you to learn more about
the work and thought that has gone into this measure. With the help of a well-respected demographer, a representative committee reviewed our enrollment last year and made a recommendation at the end of May to our
Board to build 30 additional classrooms. The Board met multiple times over the summer, and came to the conclusion that this measure was in the best interests of the students and the community. Importantly, this measure will add capacity at both Sandpiper and Redwood Shores elementary schools to allow for students living in
the Shores to attend local schools in the Shores. To learn more, please go to the superintendents page on our
website or brssd.org/fcexp.

Strategic Planning
As I mentioned last month, our school district is engaged in an inclusive strategic planning process to set our
course for the next three to five years. From my perspective, the strategic planning process does two things:
(1) it articulates the communitys interests and aspirations for our students and aligns staff efforts with those
interests and aspirations; and (2) it allows us to think more ambitiously about our improvement efforts. We can
take on bigger changes if we look ahead multiple years instead of just one year at a time. If you would like to
learn more about the strategic planning process, please see our website. We have our proposed outcomes
posted, and you can learn about opportunities to participate in the development of the implementation plan.
New Report Cards
In our elementary schools, we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences from November 18-25 to discuss students progress over the first third of the school year. We have redesigned our report cards to align with the
new curriculum standards in English, Language Arts and Mathematics. This will help families better understand
the new curriculum and the implications for student learning.

Staying in Touch with Us

As a reminder, the meetings of our Board of Trustees are open to the public. You are welcome to attend. This
months board meeting will take place at Redwood Shores Elementary School on November 13 at 7:15pm. In
addition, you can subscribe to my email updates via our website. You may also contact me directly with questions or comments. Our office phone is 650-620-2703, and my email is mmilliken@brssd.org.
Thank you for your support!, Michael Milliken, Ph.D. Superintendent

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Redwood Shores Library - November 15 - 12pm to 4pm

Book Signing by
Author Captain Bob Norris
Art Glass Display
Local Artist Dee Norris

Did you know, Bob & Dee Norris are among the first residents in Redwood Shores.
Bob Norris was the first editor of the Pilot in 1969.

Handmade Imported Jewelry

from Mexico
Offered for the first time in the U.S. by

First time showing on November 15th - 12-4pm
Location: Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City
Fine obsidian and other stones designed and created by Master Jewelers from Mexico.

The stones used for our necklaces and earrings are carefully selected - hand cut and
polished from raw materials and quarried from a family mine in the middle of Mexico.

Each piece of jewelry is unique and has gone through a very selective process to ensure the highest quality.
Get started on your holiday shopping early with us!!

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Stand-out Side Dish Using Your Grill

Make your dish stand out from

the traditional holiday sides

Now that the summer has come to an end, many think that
grilling season is over; however, The Grill Houses Executive
Chef James Hayes shares a fall recipe that will stand out from
the traditional holiday dishes.

Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salsa

1 ear fresh corn
1 1/2 cups black beans
1 avocado
1/2 cup tomatoes
1 scallion
2 tsp cilantro
1/2 cup red onion
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 jalapeno pepper
juice of one lime
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Soak the ears of corn (in their husks) in a bowl of cold water

for 1 hour, placing a heavy object on top of the corn to keep

it fully submerged.
2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
3. Lay the corn on the grill and cook for about 20 minutes,
turning frequently, until the outer leaves are blackened.
4. Slice the red onion into 1/2-inch slices and brush with oil.
5. Grill onion and jalapeno 4-6 minutes, turning frequently to
prevent burning.

Once cool, remove cornhusks and cut kernels in a large bowl.

Stem, seed and finely chop jalapenos (Pro tip: leave some of
the seeds if you want to add a little kick to your salsa). Dice
the red onions and add to the bowl along with the rest of the
ingredients. Chill before serving.

The Grill House of Redwood Shores is a seasonally inspired,

grill-based restaurant, featuring local craft beer, wine and
cocktails. For more information, please visit us at
www.grillhousebar.com or search for us on Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter and Google+.
Submitted by Kasey Broach

Happy Thanksgiving

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If you own any real property or your total gross assets

are more than $150,000, without a living trust, your heirs
will pay at least $14,000 in probate fees.

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Probate Fees (per Statute)

$14,000 - $46,000
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Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on

probate fees, a one-time flat fee of $1,500 and up, to set up
an estate plan that includes a revocable trust would
eliminate the need for probate, the fees associated with
5 Thanksgiving Tips for Your Family Pet
probate, and up to two (2) years of wait time for heirs to
Its hard to believe the holidays are here again! We all get caught receive their inheritance due to probate. Also, an estate plan
up this very busy time, regardless if you are the one cooking the allows you to decide who receives your inheritance, what
family meal, traveling to see family or having family visit you. It they receive, and when they receive it.
is a fun, but hectic time, and its easy to forget about your fur
V. Winnie Tungpagasit, attorney, and John F. Farbstein,
kids. Here are 5 tips to keep them safe this Thanksgiving.
1) Do not feed any cooked bones to Fido or Fluffy, no matter how paralegal, assist individuals and/or couples with their estate
much they may beg you! Those bones can splinter and lodge in plan tailoring to each person(s) specific needs.
their throats and stomachs, resulting in an emergency trip to the No estate is too large or too small for an estate plan.
Ms. Tungpagasit also speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Thai.

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2) Make sure you keep any chocolate out of reach of Fido! Some
dogs can smell that chocolate even when the box has not yet been
opened. Put it in the cupboard, where it cannot be reached.

3) Secure your garbage can lid! Im talking about the one in the
kitchen. Once you have sat down to enjoy your turkey dinner,
more than one dog or cat has decided to make a meal of the
garbage can contents.

- FINKELSTEIN BENDER & FUJII LLP 1528 South El Camino Real , Suite 306, San Mateo, California

wtungpagasit@dgflaw.com | Tel (650) 353-4503 | jfarbstein@dgflaw.com

The San Mateo County Audubon

Society will host a bird-watching
trip in RWS on Nov 16.

4) Do not leave any food out unattended. This includes hors

doeuvres as well as any leftovers in the kitchen. I have seen
dogs clear an entire table of nicely arranged hors doeuvres when Time - 8:30am until noon
The walk is open to anyone, there is
no one was paying attention.
no cost, and we will have loaner
5) Are you having wee folk visiting you? You dont want your binoculars available for beginners.
dog or cat biting or scratching anyone. Do not allow children to
play with your dog or cat unsupervised! Do not allow children to Redwood Shores is more than Radio
hug your dog or cat! Give your dog and cat a safe room where Road. Learn some of the other great places to bird. Nob Hill Pond,
Davit Lane, Starboard and Marlin Parks, and the Sofitel Lagoon are
they can hang out and not be stressed by your young visitors.
some of the sites we will visit. We will take an approximately 5
Make sure before the festivities begin, you also communicate mile walk over flat terrain, passing several restrooms.
these guidelines to those who also live in your household.
Getting everyone on board before the festivities will mean you Directions: Meet at 8:30 in front of Starbucks, next to Nob Hill
have more than just you to ensure your dog and cat are going to Market located on Redwood Shores Parkway, about 1/3 mile east of
the Holly Street/Redwood Shores Parkway exit off Highway 101.
be safe.
Leader: Sonny Mencher soccerquiz@yahoo.com
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take some time out
Submitted by Susan Stratton
of your day to remember those things you are thankful for.
Audubon Society board member (and RWS resident)
Jan Brown is the Owner of Jans Pet Sitting and is a Pet Tech
Pet First Aid Instructor. She can be reached at janspetsit@com-

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Why You Might Be Stuck in a Style Rut

Change is difficult and we can come up with all sorts of reasons to

stay with whats comfortable. Do any of these sound familiar?

Ill do something about my wardrobe when Ive lost

___ pounds. The truth: You can feel confident at any size.
Clothes that fit you well make you look great and feel confident,
and can even make you look thinner.

Id be too embarrassed to let someone see the inside of my

closet. The truth: Maybe your friends or family might raise an
eyebrow at the condition of your closet, but an image professional only wants to help you move forward and into solutions.

Ill just get my stylish friend to help me, or maybe the personal shopper at the department store. The truth: Your friend(s)
will want to be helpful but are limited by their own style and preferences, and honestly, the personal shopper at the department store
is there to make sales. An image professional knows how to dress
individuals of every shape and size, and is interested in making
your wardrobe work for you.

Why bother? Ill leave styling to the fashionistas. The truth: Your
appearance tells others about you whether you like it or not. Why
not tell the story you want to tell?

Adena DiTonno is a wardrobe and image consultant in Redwood

Shores. Visit her website for useful tips and to sign up for her
monthly Style Bulletin and/or blog: www.adenadesigns.net.

The Therapists Corner

More than Just a Day Off

Think for a moment about the various holidays we have during the year, and how often
most people actually reflect on the meaning
of the day. Memorial Day honors soldiers
who have died serving our country and
Veterans Day honors all who have served in
the Armed Forces. I think most people
would agree that our countrys veterans
deserve a special day(s), yet how many of us actually think of them
during those holidays? Not enough, in my opinion.

Well, what about Thanksgiving? Pilgrims are generally credited

with starting the tradition, though it didnt become an annual holiday until 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed it as such during the Civil War. Im sure the holiday has evolved over the years,
but I assume the essence of it hasnt. Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie have all been staples of it for years, and in my family sweet
potato pie topped with melted marshmallows has long been a tradition on that day, too. The comedian Kevin James (televisions
The King of Queens) said it very well: Thanksgiving, man. Not a
good day to be my pants. Yes, we eat and then we eat some more.

I dont doubt that most think of Thanksgiving as one of the most

American of all holidays, along with July 4th. Its a day when we
take a break from the pressures of day to day life to be with those
closest to us. Its really about gratitude; about being thankful. Of
course, this isnt a concept which needs to be limited to one day a
year. Its been well studied that living with gratitude can promote
a greater sense of happiness, improve sleep, give us more energy
and decrease anxiety and depression. If youre so inclined, try
doing what is called a gratitude journal. Write down 10 items per
day for which you feel grateful. Im not referring to just the big
ticket items like buying a house or a new car (though those certainly are worth feeling grateful for, too), but also those things we
often take for granted on a daily basis: the health of our family and
ourselves, having a bed to sleep in at night, taking a shower with
hot water, and even lifes simple pleasures of feeling the warmth of
the sun or hearing the sound of laughter coming from our children.
Thanksgiving really is more than just a day off from work or from
school. I prefer to think of it as a day when, as John F. Kennedy
once said, we must find time to stop and thank the people who
make a difference in our lives. Enjoy the meal and the football
games, but lets not forget what the holiday is really about: a day
to give thanks.

Scott M. Granet, LCSW is a long-time resident of Redwood

Shores, and is director of the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern
California in Redwood City. He would like to hear your suggestions for future columns, and can be reached at 650-599-3325 or

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Broaden Your Nutritional Horizons

and Please Your Palate with
Great-Tasting Winter Veggies!
For many of us, veggie consumption drops
during the winter as our summer favorites
fade away, leaving us short on the broad
array of nutrients needed to keep us healthy.
But winter offers some surprisingly tasty
options if youre willing to experiment.
Here are some top picks from this winters

Winter Squash: Spaghetti, acorn, butternut

and pumpkin, to name a few. Loaded with
fiber, carotenes and vitamin C, these are an
excellent choice of complex carbohydrates.
They also contain vitamin B1, folic acid, pantothenic acid and potassium. Try them baked or roasted with olive oil, organic butter, coconut
oil or ghee; use them in place of mashed potatoes; or thin a puree and
add a healthy fat and warming seasonings, such as ginger, cinnamon
and/or curry, to create a creamy soup.

Brussels sprouts: Dont write them off so fast, particularly if youve

only experienced the taste of plain boiled Brussels sprouts! These
veggies are an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as folic acid, vitamin K and beta-carotene. They also serve up good amounts of vitamin
B6, thiamine, potassium and fiber and contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Cut them in half and roast with olive oil, salt, pepper and
Parmesan cheese. Use Google to discover a variety of other cooking
ideas, including delicious caramelized Brussels sprouts I think your
taste buds will be pleasantly surprised!
Parsnips: These look like carrots, but are really more like potatoes.
Parsnips provide an abundance of fiber, vitamin C, pantothenic acid,
manganese and copper, as well as a variety of B vitamins, magnesium
and vitamin E. Try them roasted in strips to make parsnip fries,
saut them with your favorite herbs, or steam them to make a parsnip

Cauliflower: This is my favorite veggie to puree and use as a base for

soup steam until soft and blend with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper, or try other seasonings, such as curry with a dash of organic
cream. Its also great baked with ghee and topped with Parmesan
cheese. And just because its not green, doesnt mean its not good for
you!. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamins K and C and also provides fiber, potassium, boron and B vitamins. And if thats not
enough, like all cruciferous veggies, it protects the body from cancer.

Other veggies youll find fresh and in season this winter include artichokes, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery root, kale,
leeks, radishes, rutabaga, snow peas, sweet potatoes and turnips.

Winter is a wonderful time to broaden your nutritional horizons by

consuming veggies you dont likely eat much during the other seasons.
This seasonal variety keeps eating more interesting and ensures a more
complete range of nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals
over time.
Pick a new veggie at least once per week; use the ideas above or
Google to find a recipe that appeals; and give it a try! Youll find that
the best textures, flavors and nutrition come from local veggies that are
in season discover and enjoy what winter has to offer!
Lauren Picciani, MA Health & Nutrition Consultant

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(Or how a former Connecticut Yankee embraced California
Cuisine) Lynn Kathleen Adams


Well, it is November, and were all looking forward to a festive
Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. November brings our
best weather to the SF Bay Area, as any good Californian knows. The Storytime and Crafts
days are usually bright and sunny, and then our wonderful fog creeps Saturday November 8 at 11:00am
under the Golden Gate Bridge and brings cooling relief to the many Enjoy a special storytime and crafts program for
microclimates adjacent to the Bay. Its great hiking or cycling weather, ages 3-5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
or for visiting with friends and watching Saturday college football and
Sunday NFL games.
Puppet Art Theater Presents
This is a great chili recipe that is easy to make, fragrant while sim- Hansel and Gretel
mering away, and yummy as a good mid afternoon or early evening
Saturday November 15 at 11:00am
lunch or dinner. And yes, its made with beef but you can easily subWill Hansel and Gretel escape the Witch and find their way home?
stitute ground turkey!

2 large onions, chopped (about 3 cups)

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 carrots, small dice
3 pounds boneless beef chuck, ground coarse or 3 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon crumbled dry oregano
Dried red pepper flakes, to taste
2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce or 2 cups fresh tomato sauce or tomato
1 1/4 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 3/4 cups or 1 19-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green bell peppers, chopped
In a large pot (I used a 5-quart, and just fit it all), heat the oil over
moderately low heat and cook the onions in it for 5 to 10 minutes,
until softened. Add the garlic and carrots and cook for one minute
more. Raise the heat to medium and add the beef, stirring and breaking up any lumps until it is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the
chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and pepper flakes and cook for
another minute. Add the tomato sauce, broth and vinegar and simmer
the chili, covered, for 35 to 40 minutes (if you used ground beef) or
50 to 60 minutes (if you used coarse chuck). Add the kidney beans,
bell peppers, salt (I used 2 teaspoons to get the seasoning right for my
tastes) and pepper to taste and simmer for an additional 15 minutes,
until the bell peppers are tender.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/4 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 425F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Either cut the butter pieces into the
flour mixture with a pastry blender or rub them in with your fingertips
until well-combined. Stir in the cheddar and sour cream until the mixture forms a sticky dough. Pat it out to a 1/2-inch thickness on a very
well-floured counter and use a 3 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut six

Find out in Hansel and Gretel!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Seaside Storytime

Saturday November 22 at 1:30pm

Stories and live animals with the Marine Science Institute.

Co-sponsored by the Redwood City Library Foundation

Weekly Storytimes

Mondays 3-5
Tuesdays Thursdays Thursdays -

11:00am - Preschool Stories & Crafts Ages

6:30pm - Pajama Time Stories for All Ages

10:30am - Toddler Storytime Ages 2-3
11:30am - Tiny Tales Ages 0-18 Months

Visit Sea link Caf at the Redwood

Shores Branch Library!
Caf hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30am-6:30pm,
Saturday 7:30am-2:30pm and Sunday 9:30am-2:30pm

Volunteer with the Friends of the


The Friends operates a resale book store inside the Downtown

Library to generate funds to support library programs

Each year on the first Saturday of December, Redwood Citys

Downtown Business group throws a party in celebration of the
Holiday Season! We have a parade, entertainment, SNOW, Santa
Claus, and a grand finale with a FIREWORKS show and late night
Holiday Movie! More info. at redwoodcity.org

The Annual Childrens Festival and Fireworks Show

will be held in downtown Redwood City on Saturday,
December 6, 2014 starting at 10 a.m.
Join us, Rain or Shine! FREE* admission!
Bake on an ungreased (or parchment-lined, if your baking sheets are
as weathered as mine are) for 15 to 17 minutes, until golden on top.
Lynn has been an RSCA boardmember since 1994


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AAUW November Meeting - The San Carlos branch of

AAUW (American Association of University Women) will have

its November meeting Saturday, November 15, at 1pm at the San
Carlos Library 610 Elm Street. This AAUW branch serves all
AAUW members in South San Mateo County, Belmont Menlo
Park. So please join us for this discussion of a current topic. Our
speaker will be Hayley Zemel, a habitat restoration staff scientist
at Save the Bay. She will be discussing, How King Tides Can
Prepare Us for Sea Level Rise. Since we all live very close to
sea level, this is a topic that should be of interest to us all.
This meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be

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KiwanisFarmers Market

Saturdays - April through November

2014 from 8am-12pm
500 Block of Arguello, near the Sequoia
Train Station.

The Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market

is the oldest and largest farmers market on the Peninsula. It was
started in 1979 with the intention of supporting local independent farmers and supplying the community with fresh produce.

The Pilot

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