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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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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Interview with the new Arroyo School Principal

This morning I sat down with Marie Crawford, Principal of Arroyo School. Marie graciously answered my questions amidst the flurry of activity to get the new school ready for their ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, August 22nd at 4:00PM and the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24th. Alana: What are you most excited for? Marie: It’s the excitement in general; I have noticed it with all of the children - they are thrilled! They will come by, peek in and I’ll let them know we are still setting up and they’ll yell, “Thank you!” It’s all exciting -- the energy from the kids, the parents, the teachers. To...

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