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Toys for Tots Event and Holiday Carol Sing-Along, Friday, December 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Chit-Chat Café, sponsored by Marva Seaton, Rick Halloran, and Patty Thompson. Kids are welcome and will be given goodie bags by Santa Claus! Songbooks will be provided. Artist Boris Lyubner will be donating the proceeds of any portrait that he draws then. A box for Toys for Tots is already in place at the Chat and a toy donation is requested on Friday night or at any other time. I don’t know the deadline.
Skyline College Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, and others, including Jazz of Japan, perform at Skyline College Theater, Friday, December 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 donation at the door suggested. Anyone fortunate enough to have heard the John Hall & Friends SingAlong Circus knows that, as a member of its Women's Auxiliary, Becky really wails on the sax!
Saturday, December 14, an absolutely fabulous double-header for Beatles fans at the Chit-Chat Café! First up, from 2 – 4 p.m., the monthly Sing the Beatles event hosted by Jeannine Menger, featuring the B2s band accompanying us as we sing songs from Revolver and a couple of Bird Songs, followed by requests.
Then, beginning at 7:30-ish, the Plastic Onion Band doing Beatles songs as only they can. This band has become so popular that I recommend that you get there early, although the cold may make more seats available than usual. Better yet, you could come for the afternoon SingAlong, stay for dinner, and then you’ll already be in place for the Onions!
Please remember to support the Chit-Chat Cafés, Florey’s Book Co., and other local businesses while you are out shopping and celebrating. They are here for us all year long and deserve our patronage. (In addition, many of the bands that play for us have CDs for sale. For instance, Scott Hill of the Onions has a great one.) Our lives would be sadly diminished without all of these wonderful people and their talents!
Planting Season Has Begun! Our volunteer propagators have grown more than 10,000 locally native plants this year, and we need your help to plant them all before the rains end! Join our Stewardship Saturdays, rain or shine, to improve native habitat on San Bruno Mountain, December 14, 27, 28.
Growing Natives @ Mission Blue Nursery Join our team of volunteer propagators as we grow next season's batch of locally native plants for restoration and public sales. In case of rain, meet at San Bruno Mountain Watch in Brisbane for seed processing, Wednesday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Take a Hike Experience San Bruno Mountain on a guided educational hike to the Native American shellmound. Meet at San Bruno Mountain Watch in Brisbane at 10 a.m. and hike until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21.
Tom Borden, owner of mobile food truck Poppy's Crab Shack, writes: "I wanted to keep you up to date on what's happening with Poppy's this season. We had a great first year but have turned the wheel over to a couple of chefs from SF, Mark Furr and Angela Chavez. Mark and Angela are seasoned in the mobile food truck biz (they ran the now closed Smoke BBQ truck in SF, check it out, they got great reviews) and were looking to move to HMB and start a new seafood based mobile food business. They are a great fit to take Poppy's to the next level. Everything will be staying the same, although they plan to update the menu with some new seasonal items -- surf & turf is in the plans. Mark & Angela are outfitting their 1965 Commander food truck as we speak and they expect Poppy's to be open for business in the next few weeks. Amy and I will continue to help them in the business as they are getting established. We are also going to be releasing our Poppy's Crab Shack Cookbook: The Story of a Season in the next few months. We will let you know when that happens."
Back in April 2013, Ian Butler reported: "I spotted this food truck parked at Montara Beach last weekend and pulled over for the best crab sandwich ever! Poppy's Crab Shack is run by Tom Borden, an adventurous Coastsider with a penchant for tasty crustaceans. He will be setting up shop at the Pacifica Farmer's Market next month, but now I'm dreaming of crab delicacies at our own Linda Mar Beach."
Angelicas Bistro, 863 Main Street, Redwood City, Sunday, December 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mike Galisatus Big Band—Christmas Series, Bell Stage Main Dining Room. Tickets Online. Minors welcome, student tickets available. Original and contemporary compositions, and hard-swinging standards, led by Mike Galisatus, freelance trumpeter and director of bands at College of San Mateo. Band member credits include Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete Escovedo, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Louis Walker, Jr., and many more. Native San Franciscan Duane Lawrence’s rich baritone voice croons a smooth ballad, swings with the best, and belts out R&B tunes as heard in his group Lawrence Expressway Band. For more than 13 years, he was one of the featured vocalists with the 16-piece Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl’s and a featured vocalist with the fabulous Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band. He also credits more than 500 performances with the Starlight Orchestra at the historic Starlight Room.
"Have you noticed UPS-uniformed cyclists towing small trailers full of parcels in your neighborhood recently? I did a little research and discovered that they are refilling their trailers at pods strategically placed around town. The pods are refilled regularly by one of the familiar big brown trucks that used to trundle up and down the street. I think that it is rather charming to see a cyclist pedaling up the street with a trailer full of parcels, later to be seen coasting back down the hill with an empty trailer. Not only is it much more environmentally friendly, it is a whole lot quieter."