San Carlos City Wide Garage Sale

September 23, 2012

The 2012 City Wide Garage Sale will be on Sept. 29, from 9am to 4pm. It is really neat, the city makes a map of all the garage sales and mentions items listed. A great way to support San Carlos and surrounding cities.

A list of registered sellers will be available online on Wed, Sept 26. Paper copies will also be available at the library.

Called to action in 2005 as part of the “Enhancing the City of Good Living Initiative” San Carlos Together (SCT) is dedicated to strengthening our San Carlos Community. SCT is a non-profit organization. We encourage community building through cultural, educational, recreational, and neighborhood improvement programs & activities. 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes back into the community through our operations and affiliated programs.

Our mission is to support local community enriching groups, volunteers & committees.

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Goblin Walk in San Carlos Friday

October 27, 2011

The City of San Carlos and the Parks & Recreation Department are hosting this GOBLIN WALK on October 28th!

For information call: 650-593-1068  If more information is needed please see

This event is for children under 7 that are accompanied by their parent’s or an adult. The time is 4:00 – 5:30 pm. in the 600 – 800 Blocks of Laurel Street. Please make sure to wear your Halloween costume. Trick or treat at Laurel Street businesses displaying the ‘Goblin Walk Stop’ sign. Pick up your Goblin Walk Trick or Treat Bag at the Downtown Park or from any Goblin Walk Volunteer. I will be volunteering, so please stop by and see me. This is a  Free Community & Downtown Event.


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Sherlock Holmes

March 7, 2011

This is a great program for all ages young and old.

  • Where: Barrett Community Center, 1835 Belburn Dr, Belmont, CA 94002
  • Date: March 11, 2011 / March 12, 2011 / March 18, 2011 / March 19, 2011
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Next on: Friday, March 11, 2011
  • A highly entertaining adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s famed detective story, combining mystery, romance, action, danger and laughter.  Alice Faulkner has letters written by a dead girl that will cause grave international problems.  Moriarty wants those letters; so does Holmes.  The game’s afoot!  But not before the Professor’s gang has London in its grip.  Only young Holmes understands the true objective the Professor has in mind (too sinister to reveal here), and he’s willing to put his own life on the line to stop. 
  • Price: $12
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San Carlos & Belmont Mother’s Club

January 31, 2011

The San Carlos/Belmont Mothers’ Club was founded in 1990 and our mission continues to be “Mothers Helping Mothers.” The purpose of our Club is to provide support, education and friendship to fellow moms. Developing a network of other mothers going through the same life experiences enables us to share our feelings and ideas in hopes of gaining more confidence and a better understanding of our roles as mothers.

Our club is primarily geared for mothers of children from 0-5 years of age. Many expecting mothers join as well. The mothers’ club is a great place to connect with other moms and to find resources, referrals and get involved. We are very active in our communities and donate one third of our dues collected to local charities that support mothers and children.

We usually meet on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Twin Pines Senior and Community Center, 20 Twin Pines Lane in Belmont. Meeting topics vary, but include guest speakers and social events. You can drop in on one meeting to check it out before joining. Dads and kids are always welcome at our general meetings.

In addition to an active online community we have a variety of activities and sub groups that our members enjoy.

  • playgroups
  • babysitting co-op
  • in-a-pinch meal service
  • volunteer opportunities
  • family events
  • children’s outing
  • camping trips

We also send a monthly newsletter to all of our members. The newsletter includes a calendar of events, tips and interesting articles as well as general information about the club. We offer advertising for local businesses in the newsletter. For more information about advertising, contact us at or download more information.

Dues are $40 per year or $70 if you sign up for 2 years at-a-time. We have a rolling membership roster.

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San Carlos Reading Room

December 5, 2010

This welcome addition to San Carlos is awesome. The kids just love it. They have events during the month. One of the best parts is the beautiful murals that are painted around the store. Very kid friendly….even for adults as well.

Sequoia Update on New Gymansium

July 20, 2010

 I was at Sequoia, viewing the new gymansium that is being built. Construction started in Janurary.

The new gym will feature a tournament basketball court, a tournament volleyball court, two practice basketball courts and 16 badminton courts as well as dressing rooms and an area for food concessions and booster sales.

The new facility has been designed to qualify for certification as a LEED Gold Building, one of the highest nationally recognized sustainability standards for green design.

Saving more than 50 percent of the baseline energy costs of current California energy standards, the new building will be constructed with wood products from renewable forests, a high-efficiency HVAC system supplemented with natural ventilation, and a groundwater system that utilizes redirected storm water. Wherever possible, rapidly renewable or recycled materials will be chosen over conventional alternatives.

A prominent skylight – running the full length of the main gymnasium – will flood the main space with indirect natural light during the day, resulting in a significant reduction in energy consumption year-round. The entire sloped roofing system will be lined with a direct-applied photovoltaic film that will generate over 50 percent of the energy consumed by the building.

The project also includes two athletic plazas, a 200-square-foot ticket kiosk, and a new front entrance onto James Avenue. The school’s two existing gyms will also be refurbished as part of the project.

Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Palo Alto, is the architectural firm spearheading the project, and W. L. Butler Construction, Inc., Redwood City, is the general contractor. Awesome!

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Final Exam in 1895 for 8th Grade…

April 2, 2010

I just couldn’t resist sharing this with you. Makes me wonder about my education!

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895….          

 Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out.. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895? 

 This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.  
    8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS – 1895 
                                               Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications. 
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie,”play,’ and ‘run..’ 
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation. 
7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar. 
                                         Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes) 
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic..
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare? 
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals? 
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs.. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.. 
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. Long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods? 
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt 
                                      U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes) 
1. Give the epochs into which U..S. History is divided
2.. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus  
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States  
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas  
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion. 
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865. 
                                 Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??] 
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals 
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u..’ (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each. 
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last. 
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays…
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication… 
                                  Geography (Time, one hour)
1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ? 
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America  
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco   
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude? 
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.          Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.

Gives the saying ‘he only had an 8th grade education’ a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?!  

Also shows you how poor our education system has become and,

NO, I don’t have the answers!

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The Reading Bug in San Carlos

November 21, 2009

PA100409This is a great place in San Carlos, a new store that opened. I especially love the murals on the walls and the friendlyness of the staff. The Reading Bug is open every day from 11 AM. with a special craft time at 4 PM on Friday and Saturday. The Bug does a special service and delivers to local hospitals when a new baby is born.

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San Carlos Library Book Clubs

September 22, 2009

The San Carlos Library has 3 different books clubs. Starting in October:

The DayTime Book Club:  meets the first Monday of the month at 10:00, starting Oct. 5 with “Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories” by Azar Nafisi.

The Non-Fiction Book Club: meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:15, October 8th with “Money For Nothing: One Man’s Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions” by Edward Ugel.

The Mystery Book Club: meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm, October 28 starts with “In The Woods” by Tana French.

More Info… contact Rhea Bradley, Public Services Librarian at 650.591.0341 X237

Happy Fall Reading!

Shelter Networks’s Annual Benefit Breakfast

July 31, 2009

I participate in supporting our shelters. Please come and join me in the “Network’s Annual Benefit Breakfast”.

A real treat is the guest star, Dan Rather, it is always a treat to see him. Event is on October 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame. from 7:30 – 9:00 am. (YES, it is breakfast).

More info. is at 650-685-5880 X115 or JLUCIANO@SHELTERNETWORK.ORG

Dan Rather is deeply committed to protecting the least fortunate amoung us and supporting organizations like the Shelter Network that help people overcome homelessness and return to self-sufficienty.

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