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August 14, 2011
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Art Festival Fast Approaching!
Ark Row, Downtown Tiburon

Art FestivalAt the end of August is the 2011 Tiburon Art Festival & Plein Air Competition.  Visit Ark Row on August 27 and 28 from 11 am to 6 pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment, and featured juried artists!  New this year is the Tiburon Plein Air Competition.  Local artists will be invited to paint in the "open air" on Saturday, August 27 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Jurors will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for cash prizes.  The artwork will be displayed Saturday, from 4 pm to 6pm and Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm.  This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase paintings of local scenes from local artists at very reasonable rates. 

Artist applications and full details on the competition are available on the Tiburon Art Festival website, or call Cathleen Andreucci at (415) 435-4355.

Pathway Footprints Increase Cost

Pathway FootprintsMany of you have certainly noticed the ongoing San Rafael Pathway Project.  The project involves new plantings, irrigation, and a new decomposed granite pathway. During the last week and this week the contractor has been attempting to install the pathway which involves laying out the material, hydrating it, and compacting it.  The material must then "cure" over a few days before it can be used.  During the curing process, it is very important to stay off the pathway.  Yes, there are barricades, cones, fencing, signs, and heavy machinery; but that has not stopped some from jumping onto the path, even with the contractors working on the site.  Such activity has already damaged sections of the path. 

Every time the pathway is damaged due to unauthorized access the contractor has to redo the work.  The City ends up paying for this additional work as part of increased project cost.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


George Rodericks
City Manager

Table of Contents
CalTrans Work on Tiburon Boulevard
Celebrating China Month @ the PS China
America's Cup - EIR Available
Main Street Parade - Sign-Up Now!
Golf Tournament! Sign-up Today!
Blackie's Hay Day - Lots of Fun!
Marin Home Energy Workshop
Gondolas and More!  A Night in Venice!
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CalTrans Work on Tiburon Boulevard
CalTransBeginning Sunday Night

Caltrans will be embarking on a much appreciated project to repave Tiburon Blvd (State Route 131) from Mar West St. to Main St.  The $1.15M project is estimated to start on August 22nd. The project will consist of some day shifts, such as concrete work and traffic signal upgrades at the Beach Road intersection. However, the bulk of the grinding and paving work will be in the evenings from 7 PM to 6 AM with noisy operations restricted between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM. The work week will start on Sunday evening and end Friday morning. The approximate completion date is September 30th barring any major incidents or inclement weather. The roadway should be passable at all times in both directions during this work.

Caltrans will place an electronic message sign near Mar West St. to inform inbound traffic of the upcoming project 2 weeks prior to the start. Flyers to businesses and residences near the project limits will be handed out one to two weeks prior to construction. Please call Christopher Blunk of Caltrans at 415-257-4844 if you have any questions.

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Celebrating the Chinese Immigration via the PS China
China CabinMonth of the China Cabin - September 2011
China Cabin, Belvedere

An upcoming historic exhibit at Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society’s “China Cabin” will tell the story of the 30,000 Chinese immigrants who traveled on the P.S. China from Hong Kong to San Francisco in the 1800s. Their contribution to the development and growth of California and the entire U.S. is of major significance.

The different exhibits, including artifacts, paintings, and posters of the era, will highlight not only the epic journey, but also three areas of contribution to California and the U.S. - Agriculture, Mining, and Railroad development.  Starting in 1866, the Pacific Mail built wooden steamers, such as the PS China, to fulfill their mail contract. These ships sailed a route to the Far East and back delivering mail. As well, on the outbound voyage, the black-hulled ships carried 2,000 to 2,800 pounds of famed California flour as well as money - gold and silver bars and Mexican and U.S. Trade Dollars. The return trips brought back rice, tea, silk and general Chinese goods and the immigrants.

While earlier ships had brought over limited immigrants, during the late 1800s over 30,000 Chinese immigrants made the long and arduous 18-day voyage. Chinese passengers at $40 steerage brought in good revenue, approximately $32,000 sailing to Hong Kong and $40,000 from immigrants sailing to San Francisco. Beginning in 1867 about 75 Chinese crewed these wooden titans.

The exhibit will be presented at the restored China Cabin, once the elegant social hall of the paddle steamer China that sailed between San Francisco and the Far East starting in the 1860s. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the restoration and opening of the China Cabin to the public. A private event, which will include distinguished guests from the consulate of the People's Republic of China, will kick off the exhibit on September 1; subsequently the China Cabin will be open to the general public every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4pm throughout September. The China Cabin is located at 52 Beach Road in Belvedere, California.

The Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society manages and maintains Old St. Hilary Landmarks and the surrounding wildflower preserve, Landmarks Art & Garden Center, the China Cabin, and the Railroad Ferry & Depot Museum. The Landmarks History Collection includes photographs, fine art, artifacts, maps, documents, and a reference library. The Landmarks sites are open to the general public from April through October each year.

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Want Some Details on the America's Cup?
How About the EIR?

America's Cup MapThe Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 34th America's Cup is available for review and comment. Public comments on the EIR will be accepted until 5pm on August 25, 2011.

Questions and comments regarding the Draft EIR can be made to Joy Navarrete, Senior Environmental Planner, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103. (415) 575-9040 or email

Additional Info...

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Everybody Loves A Parade!

Tiburon/Belvedere Main Street
Labor Day Weekend - Sunday, September 4 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Parade LogoThe 2011 Main Street Parade will be more fun than ever!

Belvedere Tiburon Recreation is livening up this year's event with the theme "Life on the Bay." Consider creating a themed float that represents what "Life on the Bay" means to you. Get a group of neighbors together, teams, clubs, a neighborhood, family and friends and come strut your stuff!

You can decorate bikes, trucks, scooters, wagons, or even you pet! Do a little dance or whatever makes you smile! This year, there will be prizes for best floats and entries, as well as a formal grand stand in front of which your group can perform. We will even create a memorable DVD of the day's grand stand groups that you can purchase after the event.

PLUS! This year there will be balloons, face painting, food, and drinks along Main Street and at the terminus of the parade, Belvedere Land Company Mini Park at San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road in Belvedere.

For more details and an application to join the fun, visit the Recreation website, send them an email, or give them a call!

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Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament
San Geronimo Golf Course
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 11:30 am

LibraryHow about playing in the 2011 Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament? This year the beneficiary is the Belvedere-Tiburon Library - nothing like a good book! Or an E-book!

Play! Sponsor! Volunteer! We'd love to have you!

For more information, contact City Hall at (415) 435-3838 or the Library at (415) 789-2665. You can also download a Sponsorship Form or a Player Registration Form here!

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Blackie's Hay Day
Blackie's Pasture
Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 3 pm

Blackie's Hay DayHosted by Bookmarks to benefit the children and teen programs of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, this country fair offers numerous children's activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, climbing walls, train rides, and jumps as well as live entertainment and fresh food.

General Admission is $10 but children under two are free.

Come for the fun on September 24 at Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon; 10 am to 3 pm!

For more information and tickets visit

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Marin Home Energy Workshop

San Rafael Community Center
Monday, September 26, 2011 - From 7 pm to 8 pm

Energy Upgrade CaliforniaAre you interested in making your home more comfortable, durable, and efficient?  Come join others to learn how you can get started now!  This workshop explores the benefits of home energy efficiency and will introduce you to a new state-wide rebate program available to homeowners for making home energy upgrades. 

For more information about the workshop, contact Ana Toepel at (415) 473-4197 or via email at  Visit the Energy Upgrade California website for more details on the State program.

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A Night In Venice

China Cabin, Beach Road, Belvedere
Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:30 pm

A Night In VeniceThis year's annual Landmarks event reaches back into the history of Belvedere and Tiburon to return Venice to the Beach Road Canal! This magical celebration of song and lights first appeared in Belvedere in 1894 - that's right - 1894! The breathtaking event spread across several days and involved nearly everyone in the community.

Set to return in October 2011 for one night only, Landmarks invites you to visit Venice along Beach Road with music, food, celebration, lights, strolls along the canal, and yes, even gondola rides! Mark your calendar now, October 8, 2011 - don't miss out!

For more details, visit the Landmarks website or call the Landmarks Offices at (415) 435-1853.

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Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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