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Fun Fall Events on the Peninsula!

Fall is a busy time along the San Francisco peninsula. I’ve compiled a list of fun events ranging from San Mateo to Redwood City — so many excellent choices! For the second year in a row, Dwell Realtors is a Beverage Sponsor for the San Carlos Art & Wine Faire Saturday 10/7 and Sunday 10/8. Come find me pouring wine on Sunday 12:30 to 3:30PM and I’ll give you a wine/beer token. Cheers! Click here for my list: Fun Upcoming Events  ...

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Redwood City Schools Update

This morning I attended an informational session for local Realtors about the Redwood City School District to get an update about all of the exciting changes happening in the district. It was very informative and I enjoyed the update from Dr. John Baker, Redwood City School District Superintendent, the Redwood City Education Foundation and Redwood City School Board Trustee President, Hilary Paulson. There are many factors to consider in choosing a neighborhood. School choice is a very big one, especially if you have children or may in the future. Strong public schools have even proven to help insulate property values in market declines. I often talk with families and...

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National Night Out — Tuesday 8/1!

National Night Out is observed the first Tuesday evening in August annually. This year's NNO is Tuesday, August 1st. A national tradition celebrated across the US and Canada since 1984, National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities by the National Association of Town Watch.  Events can range from small back yard BBQs to block parties and to full-scale festivals. The National Night Out website says, "Together we are making our communities safer, more caring places to live." On the peninsula we are lucky to have several National Night Out Celebrations. Here are the details of a few local events: White Oaks, San Carlos Sunnydale Avenue...

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Spreading Music in San Carlos & Beyond!

Highlighting another mom-owned business in our community, Hummingbird Music School teaches music to students in San Carlos and nearby cities.  In typical parent networking fashion, I discovered Francesca Draughon, founder and owner of Hummingbird Music School, was teaching piano lessons from a friend. I knew Francesca from White Oaks Elementary but didn’t know she was a gifted piano instructor and musician. Now, two of my children are students of Hummingbird and I have watched Francesca’s business grow in the past year -- for good reason! In my continued spirit of supporting other mompreneurs in the community, I thought it would be fun to sit down with Francesca to...

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New Craft Coffee & Tea Café in San Carlos – Mints + Honey

Tucked in the southern end of San Carlos, there is a brand new craft coffee and tea café, Mints & Honey. I sat down with one of the owners, Dot Teng, to learn more about their story.  The bright and sunny spot started as an event space in 2015 with frontage on El Camino Real.  Dot and her sister, Canna, always envisioned a café as part of their space, it took time and planning for their vision to come to fruition. Dot and Canna’s Mints & Honey journey began in 2005 when they partnered to start a floral design business, Mints Design. Their floral business grew and their...

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An Interview with Renee Barton of Redwood Grill

As you might have learned from some of my earlier blog posts, I am a big fan of community interest stories, especially when they are about local, entrepreneurial women. I recently sat down with Renee Barton, the owner of Redwood Grill in the Woodside Plaza shopping center in Redwood City. Redwood Grill opened this summer and has quickly become a locals' favorite restaurant.  Their menu focus is California comfort food and they have an excellent wine list plus a full bar...

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Holiday Happenings

The holiday season is a busy one here on the peninsula with a plethora of fun activities. I've compiled a list of some of my favorites for you to enjoy! Friday 12/2 - San Carlos - Night of Holiday Lights Two blocks along Laurel Street are closed down for music, holiday lights, family fun and rides. They do a special lighting ceremony at 6:30PM and snow will fall at the intersection of Laurel Street and Cherry Street. In fact, myself and Horticare are this year's snow sponsors! We will have a tent and table next to Peet's  -- look for the Dwell orange pop-up tent and come by and say...

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“How Did You Find San Carlos” Blog Contest Winner!

Many thanks for the submissions to my "How Did You Find San Carlos" Blog Contest. It was fun reading the stories of native San Carlans along with folks like myself who heard about "The City of Good Living" from friends or family. The contest winner is Gail Langkusch, who has lived in San Carlos since she was 1 year old! Here is Gail's story: My parents moved me here in 1952 when I was one-year-old! Bought new house on Brittan Avenue between Tamarack and Cordilleras. Sidewalks were not yet put in, and Brittan Avenue ended at Alameda de las Pulgas. Once we had sidewalks and lawns, the neighborhood kids would...

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Contest – How Did You Find San Carlos?

In my last blog post I told you how I found San Carlos. I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and hear how you found San Carlos via a contest! Everyone likes a background story so here is your chance to share your story AND win a $50 gift card. Submit your story of how you found San Carlos in 250 words or less to alana@alanacorso.com by Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00PM. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the San Carlos restaurant of their choice. Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 6th at 5:00PM. I can't wait to read your stories!...

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