Welcome to the October edition of the San Mateo County e-newsletter.
This is our opportunity to share with you stories about the work we do in the community, provide you with updates on our initiatives and invite you to participate in a variety of events. We begin with a look at the 10th annual Art Showcase, featuring local artists with disabilities.
Art Showcase: Reception and Silent Auction Friday, October 26
Fitu Petaia sees the world with an artist’s eyes, and he expresses himself through music, poetry and illustration. When inspiration strikes, the South San Francisco resident loves to “sing it out,” improvising poetry in a clear, sweet falsetto. “I like freestyling a poem,” said Petaia, 24. “But when I sketch and paint and color, I think about it ahead of time.”
Petaia is one of two dozen San Mateo County artists featured in the 2012 Art Showcase, taking place through Friday, October 26, at the Caldwell Gallery, located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, in Redwood City. Viewing is free.
Petaia and his fellow artists live with a range of serious disabilities. But the works at the exhibit show that inspiration and talent can transcend physical limitations.
Pegasus by Yukari Sakura
Members of the public have the opportunity to meet the artists, experience the work up close and possibly take home a beautiful work of art at this year’s Artists Reception and Silent Auction on Friday, October 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Gallery.
Petaia’s silent auction piece is a large illustrated panel from his Lethal Weapon comic strip, an action adventure series featuring the artist’s alter ego, an undercover cop named Roger Murdoch. “He’s a rogue,” said Petaia of his fantasy double. “But I’m mostly an artist and a comedian.”
Freedom by James Dawson
(Petaia’s art work was not available for a photograph.)
Proceeds from the auction benefit both the artists and the programs that supply instruction, studio space and supplies. Admission to the Silent Auction is $10, and tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271980.
What: Artists Reception and Silent Auction
When: Friday, October 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Caldwell Gallery, first floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City
The event is sponsored by the Board of Supervisors and the Commission on Disabilities. For more information, contact the Commission on Disabilities at 650-573-2700 (voice) or the California Relay (711) for the deaf or those with hearing or speech impairments.
Vision for San Mateo County Parks
San Mateo County Parks is undertaking a strategic planning process to ensure that our vision for our park system remains relevant and sets priorities for the next five years. As we look forward to 2018, we would like to hear from you about your experience in our parks and how you would like to use our parks in the future.
We hope that you will take a few minutes to rank your priorities for our parks.
Completing the survey takes approximately five minutes. It can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMCParks2018
Please complete the survey by October 28, 2012.
San Mateo County Youth Town Hall 2012
If you work with youth or care about the future of our county, then you are invited to attend the San Mateo County Youth Town Hall this Saturday, October 27, at the College of San Mateo.
Issues being discussed are bullying; stress and mental health; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; foster care; youth violence and gangs; environment and sustainability; career preparation and jobs; LGBTQ; education; nutrition; and sexual health.
While adults are welcome to observe the entire forum, the ideal time to attend will be starting at 2 p.m. when youth will be presenting ideas for collaboratively addressing the various issues.
View a complete agenda and learn more details. (Note the lunch order is strictly for the youth!)
The event is a project of the San Mateo County Youth Commission, StarVista, the County of San Mateo and other community partners.
If you plan to attend, contact Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Youth Commission Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-401-8617 ext 20.
Discover & Go
Your San Mateo County Library card allows you free or discounted access to the Marine Mammal Center, Asian Art Museum, Oakland Zoo, Lawrence Hall of Science and many other Bay Area museums and cultural institutions.
The Discover & Go program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.
Access to museum pass reservations is limited to SMCL cardholders who are 16 years of age and up. The savings can be substantial.
Learn more at Discover and Go.
Supervisors Take Stand for Environment
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 23, voted to protect the environment by banning the free distribution of single-use carry-out bags at retail outlets, the first step in what the Board hopes will be a region-wide effort.
The Board voted 5 to 0 to phase out the use of plastic bags by retailers in unincorporated areas of the county by April 22, 2013, giving time for stores and consumers to comply with the new law and to locate reusable bags.
Read the entire news release.
Improving Health One Step at a Time
Have you seen a number of County employees walking around with a small black plastic device on their shoe or belt and wondered what it was? The device is called a Pebble™ and is an all-day activity tracker that motivates people to be active anytime, anywhere.
It is one component of Healthrageous, an 8-week pilot program the County is testing with its health insurance partner, Blue Shield of California. As it fights rising health care costs, the County is looking for tools to engage its employees in adopting the habits that prevent or control chronic conditions. The County believes utilizing interactive tools and programs like the Pebble™ and Healthrageous will allow the County to:
- Engage employees in their own health and
- Target programs to prevent chronic illness, and improve the management of chronic conditions
Once the pilot program has concluded the County will use the data and feedback gathered from participants to determine if the program will be rolled out to a larger population of employees.
With more than 900 requests for interpretation and document translation over the last two years, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is seeking people to review documents for accuracy and literacy.
Translated documents should ideally be reviewed by clients, consumers of behavioral health services (mental health and substance abuse) and their family members. If you know someone who fits this description and would be available to help, please contact Joe Balabis at 650-573-3474 or JBalabis@smcgov.org. Stipends are available.
Help is needed in all languages.
Volunteer Opportunities and Things To Do
Join the Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers assist Park rangers by hiking in County Parks to note safety issues along the trails. These volunteers also serve as park ambassadors by answering visitor questions, providing trail recommendations and hiking directions. Hours are flexible. This is a wonderful opportunity to hike the trails you love while helping San Mateo County Park rangers. For more information, contact Carla Schoof at email@example.com.
Day of Remembrance: October 30
Help raise awareness about domestic violence and learn about resources in the community at the Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City. Call 650-599-1009 for more details. The Board of Supervisors has declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In addition to casting a ballot for U.S. president, voters on November 6 will decide on numerous local and state measures and candidates. Be sure to mail in a ballot or get to the polls.
This newsletter was produced by the San Mateo County Manager’s Office. Please contact Marshall Wilson, the communications director, at 650-363-4153 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.