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Fire Department Events

  1. Breakfast with Santa at Fire Station 21

    December 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Fire Station 21

    Breakfast with Santa event on December 10th at Station 21 from 9am-11am. Carl Ward Photography will be taking pictures of children meeting with Santa on the 1921 Fire Engine. Firefighters will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys to benefit the community.

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Library - Children's Calendar

  1. Books, Babies and Rhymes -- Hillsdale Library

    December 7, 10:15 AM

    Rhymes, songs and short books for infants to 23 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  2. Toddler Storytime

    December 7, 10:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  3. Toddler Storytime -- Hillsdale Library

    December 7, 11:00 AM

    Books and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  4. Toddler Storytime

    December 7, 11:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  5. Crafternoon Storytime

    December 7, 4:00 PM

    Stories, with accompanying craft, for children ages 4 to 8.

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  6. Walkin' Tots Storytime

    December 8, 10:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for 12 to 24 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  7. Walkin' Tots Storytime

    December 8, 11:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for 12 to 24 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  8. Movie: "Elf"

    December 8, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Attend our December movie: "Elf" on Thursday, December 8th at 3:30 pm. This movie is rated PG and lasts 1 hour and 37 minutes. All attendees ages 12 and under will be eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the movie. Movies are recommended for school aged children.

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  9. Family Storytime

    December 10, 10:30 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children up to age 3, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  10. Tween Holiday Crafts

    December 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Tweens: Join us for an afternoon of winter themed crafts on Monday, December 12th from 3:00-5:00 pm. We will be making poinsettia pins, snowmen tealight ornaments, star ornaments, snowy mason jars, snow tree suncatchers, and holiday cards. Tween programs are for kids in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This program is limited to 40 participants and requires registration. Sign-up at the Children's Desk or by calling 650-522-7838.

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  11. Paws for Tales

    December 12, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Children's Area -- Book Bubble

    Independent readers can read to real dogs, trained by the PHS and SPCA. Dogs love to listen to books! Make an appointment (call 522-7838) or just drop in.

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  12. Baby and Me Lapsit

    December 13, 10:15 AM

    Rhymes, songs and short books for infants sitting on the lap of a participating adult.

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  13. Books, Babies and Rhymes -- Marina Library

    December 13, 10:15 AM

    Rhymes, songs and short books for infants to 23 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  14. Toddler Storytime -- Marina Library

    December 13, 11:00 AM

    Books and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  15. Baby and Me Lapsit

    December 13, 11:15 AM

    Rhymes, songs and short books for infants sitting on the lap of a participating adult.

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  16. Bilingual Spanish/English Storytime

    December 13, 4:00 PM

    Bilingual English/Spanish stories and songs.

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  17. Family Storytime -- Hillsdale Library

    December 13, 6:45 PM

    Stories and fingerplays for the family.

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  18. Books, Babies and Rhymes -- Hillsdale Library

    December 14, 10:15 AM

    Rhymes, songs and short books for infants to 23 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  19. Toddler Storytime

    December 14, 10:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  20. Toddler Storytime -- Hillsdale Library

    December 14, 11:00 AM

    Books and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  21. Toddler Storytime

    December 14, 11:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  22. Crafternoon Storytime

    December 14, 4:00 PM

    Stories, with accompanying craft, for children ages 4 to 8.

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  23. Las Posadas

    December 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Come celebrate a Latin American cultural tradition for the whole family with a candlelight procession, live music, live dancing and refreshments. For more information please call 650-522-7838.

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  24. Walkin' Tots Storytime

    December 15, 10:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for 12 to 24 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  25. Walkin' Tots Storytime

    December 15, 11:15 AM

    Stories and rhymes for 12 to 24 months, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  26. Family Storytime

    December 17, 10:30 AM

    Stories and rhymes for children up to age 3, accompanied by a participating adult.

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  27. Storytime Break

    December 18, 2016 - January 2, 2017

    All San Mateo Public Libraries - Main, Marina and Hillsdale - will be on a storytime recess starting December 18th, 2016. Regular storytimes will resume at all three libraries the first week of January.

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Library - Front Page Events

  1. Exhibit: Paintings by Rosine Abergel Ferber

    November 3, 2016 - January 3, 2017 @ Library Art Gallery, 1st Floor

    Rosine Abergel Ferber was born and raised in Paris, France, and immigrated to the United States in her teen years. Rosine is a trained Art Therapist and she has recently completed a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. Her favorite medium is collage/mixed media but she also enjoys painting, monotype, quilting, hand knitting and other creative activities such as photography, and playing the guitar.

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  2. Food For Fines

    November 14 - December 31

    Clear fines while providing food to those in need. Beginning Monday, November 14, bring non-perishable food items into one of the participating libraries, and fines/fees will be waived. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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  3. Winter Holiday Card Exchange

    November 21 - December 31 @ 2nd Floor

    Hesitant to send out your leftover holiday cards from last year? Participate in our greeting card exchange at the Main Library by dropping off your cards on the second floor and taking new ones in return. By participating you will be eligible to win a $10 Books, Inc. gift card. Contest forms available at the second floor reference desk. Cards should be unused with envelopes. Please bundle sets. You may take one card for each card you leave.

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  4. Exhibit: Sculpture by Varoujan Mardirian

    November 30 - December 31 @ Art Gallery, 1st Floor

    Varoujan Mardirian is an Armenian sculptor who originally hails from Lebanon. A practicing civil engineer and architect, he started sculpting during the Lebanese Civil War to fight man’s inhumanity to man with the creation of beauty with one’s own hands. His solid wood sculptures are contemplations on the subtleties of femininity. With great care and delicacy, he melds the natural beauty of wood in its three dimensional glory with the poetry of the female experience. As the color and texture of wood change, so do the sizes of the sculptures.

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  5. Anime Club

    December 13, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Teen Lounge, 3rd Floor

    Love anime? Want to hang out, watch, and talk about it? Come to the San Mateo Public Library's Anime Club on the first and second Tuesday of each month! There will be games, fun, snacks, and anime! For ages 13-18.

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  6. Las Posadas

    December 14, 6:00 PM

    Come celebrate a Latin American cultural tradition for the whole family with a candlelight procession, live music, live dancing and refreshments. For more information please call 650-522-7838.

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  7. Yalda

    December 18, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Oak Room, 1st Floor

    Celebrate Yalda, the Winter Solstice! Presented by the Iranian American Cultural Committee.

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  8. Teen Advisory Group

    December 20, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Teen Lounge, 3rd Floor

    Join the San Mateo Public Library Teen Advisory Group! Earn volunteer hours and provide feedback about library programs and services. For ages 13-18. Bring your friends!

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Parks and Recreation Commission Meetings

  1. Park and Recreation Commission Meeting

    December 7, 7:30 PM

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Parks and Recreation Events

  1. 44th Anniversary of the Holiday Festival of Dance

    December 10, 5:30 PM @ San Mateo High School, Gymnasium

    More than 500 dancers will converge for the “Holiday Festival of Dance.” This annual event is co-sponsored by the San Mateo Parks & Recreation Dept. and the San Mateo Dance Association. Through the magic of theatre, dance and a lot of hard work by many volunteers, the San Mateo High School gym is transformed into a Holiday theatrical production complete with lighting, music, costumes and choreography. This year’s presentation will feature dancers currently within the City’s Youth and Adult Dance Programs, as well as city employees. The production is entitled “A Toy Shop Tale” and is sure to warm hearts both young and old. For more information about options for volunteer work or tickets, please call at 522-7444 or 522-7448. Public sale for tickets begins Monday, November 21st at 9am at Beresford Recreation Center.

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  2. 44th Anniversary of the Holiday Festival of Dance

    December 11, 5:30 PM @ San Mateo High School, Gymnasium

    More than 500 dancers will converge for the “Holiday Festival of Dance.” This annual event is co-sponsored by the San Mateo Parks & Recreation Dept. and the San Mateo Dance Association. Through the magic of theatre, dance and a lot of hard work by many volunteers, the San Mateo High School gym is transformed into a Holiday theatrical production complete with lighting, music, costumes and choreography. This year’s presentation will feature dancers currently within the City’s Youth and Adult Dance Programs, as well as city employees. The production is entitled “A Toy Shop Tale” and is sure to warm hearts both young and old. For more information about options for volunteer work or tickets, please call at 522-7444 or 522-7448. Public sale for tickets begins Monday, November 21st at 9am at Beresford Recreation Center.

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Planning Commission Meetings

  1. Planning Commission Meeting

    December 13, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ San Mateo City Hall City Council Chambers

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Public Works

  1. Public Works Commission Meeting

    December 14, 7:30 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

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Public Works Commission Meetings

  1. Public Works Commission Meeting

    December 14, 7:30 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

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Senior Center

  1. AARP Driver Safety Course Refresher

    December 8, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM @ Senior Center

    Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle safely in today's challenging driving environment. Tips on how to manage common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time will be discussed. This is the refresher course.

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  2. Movie Daze and Discussion - Noel

    December 8, 1:00 PM @ Senior Center

    Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker It's Christmas Eve in New York City, and with a little help from each other, five people will discover new meaning on Christmas Day: Jules finds the courage to step beyond his past; Artie's own tragic history shows Mike where jealousy can lead, bringing renewal to his relationship with Nina; and Rose discovers new hope as Charlie--an unexpected friend--reminds her that no one is ever truly alone at Christmas.

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  3. Travel Fridays - Adrenaline

    December 9, 1:15 PM @ Senior Center

    Prominent adventure sports photographer Krystle Wright captures the immersive world of free-diving in Vanuatu, athletes who appear to walk on air in the canyons of Colorado, and powered para-gliders on the flooded salt pans of Utah.

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  4. Disinherit the IRS from your Retirement

    December 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Senior Center

    Don’t let the IRS be the largest beneficiary of your retirement accounts. Outside of your personal residence, your retirement may be the largest asset in your estate. Careful planning is critical. Presenter: John Lau, LFS Asset

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  5. Movie Daze and Discussion - The Family Stone

    December 15, 1:00 PM @ Senior Center

    Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton A man brings his ice-queen girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his eccentric family. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, the girlfriend begs her sister to join her for emotional support, only to trigger more problems.

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  6. Travel Fridays - Wild

    December 16, 1:15 PM @ Senior Center

    Legendary nature and cultural photographer Art Wolfe captures the great brown bear with the stunning backdrop of Alaska’s mountains and glaciers, immigrating wildebeests in the plains East Africa, and the hard-to-find gorillas of Uganda.

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  7. Holiday Luncheon

    December 19, 12:00 PM @ Senior Center

    It’s time to celebrate the Holidays in the San Mateo Senior Center tradition, with good food and good company. Join us for a festive luncheon. The Executive Chef of Creekside Grill, will be creating an appetizing holiday lunch. There are going to be some surprises along the way including door prizes and entertainment. Sign up for course #71763

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  8. Movie Daze and Discussion - White Christmas

    December 22, 1:00 PM @ Senior Center

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney This Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby is a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge- where it is almost always, a "White Christmas."

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  9. Travel Fridays - Panorama

    December 23, 1:15 PM @ Senior Center

    Leading landscape photographer Peter Eastway follows in the footsteps of Frank Hurley – the pioneering Australian photographer on Shackleton’s expedition to the south a century ago – to capture the wilderness and wildlife of Antarctica and South Georgia.

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  10. Movie Daze and Discussion - Holiday Inn

    December 29, 1:00 PM @ Senior Center

    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds Music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire all add up to a really delightful musical that also just happened to launch the hit 'White Christmas'.

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  11. Travel Fridays - Tribes

    December 30, 1:15 PM @ Senior Center

    Legendary nature and cultural photographer Art Wolfe captures the famous mud men and the Huli people in Papua New Guinea, and works on his human canvas project with the Surma people of Ethiopia.

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