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  September 1, 2011
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It's Back-to-School Time!
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Even if you don't have school-age children you may have noticed the school year has started with its usual increase in Tiburon Boulevard traffic. Reed School District has been working to address the Tiburon Boulevard traffic issue with some success - and there are now some great programs encouraging kids and their parents to walk, bike, bus or carpool to school, but anyone who lives on the Peninsula knows it's still a challenge. Meanwhile, if you have the flexibility to schedule trips on or off the peninsula around school peak traffic, find out school days and hours by clicking here. And, remember, drive safely! 

Everybody Loves A Parade! Catch One This Weekend!  
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!

2011 Golf Header.jpgGolf Tournament Two Weeks Away!
Still Time To Sign-Up!

This year's beneficiary is the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.  Funds from the Golf Tournament will be used in support of essential library services, particularly for young children.   We received a tremendous response to sponsorships (see the list below), but to make this tournament really successful (and truthfully, a whole lot fun), we need players and raffle prizes.  Sign-up to play via the links below in the Golf Tournament article.

Generous Sponsors of the 2011 Tournament Include:

  • Mill Valley Refuse Services
  • Belvedere Community Foundation
  • IDEAL Restoration
  • Wulff, Hansen & Co. | Jones Hall
  • Code Source
  • WK McLellan Co.
  • Rob Epstein, City Attorney
  • EHDD Architecture
  • Tiburon Lodge
  • Tiburon Peninsula Foundation
  • The ARK Newspaper
  • ILS Associates | Smith Denison
  • Bill Smith | Frank Howard Allen Realtors
  • Ireland-Robinson & Hadley | Sutton Suzuki Architects
  • Directors of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation
  • Belvedere Land Company
  • Trustees of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Agency
  • The Hanna Group | CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group
  • Servino's Ristorante | Cafe Acri
  • Colver | Bradley | Johnson | Osenton | Guzzardo
  • Gay Keil
  • Vigilant Employment Screening

A big thank you to these generous sponsors!


George Rodericks
City Manager

Table of Contents
CalTrans Work on Tiburon Boulevard
Celebrating China Month @ the PS China
Snapshot BCF Photo Contest
Visit The Marin Zero Waste Museum
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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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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2011 Belvedere Community Foundation Photo Contest!
snapshot.jpgApplications Must Be Received by: October 30

Grab your Smartphone and Get out your camera, the Belvedere Community Foundation Photography Contest is under way…..

A picture may be worth a thousand words but in this years BCF photography contest, a picture may also be worth a delicious dinner for two at one of your favorite Tiburon restaurants. All entrants in the Belvedere Community Foundation Photography Contest receive a gift this year. The people’s choice award winner and judge’s award in each category will receive a gift certificate to; the Caprice, Servino Ristorante, Sam’s Anchor Café, or Waypoint Pizza. The winning photographer between the ages of 5-18 will also be receiving a brand new digital camera.

This is a fun contest celebrating our local beauty you need not be a professional photographer to enter or to win.

The categories of for the photographs are

• Celebrating the Beauty and Spirit of Belvedere and Tiburon
• Smartphone Photos of the Tiburon Peninsula
• Life on the Tiburon Peninsula for Ages 5-18

The Tenth Annual Photography Contest is taking place online this year. Our contest is open to all, but photographs must reflect life in Belvedere and on the Tiburon Peninsula.

• Register at the Belvedere Community Foundation Website
• Upload your photo entries
• Take a few moments stroll through the online photography gallery
• Be sure to vote for your favorite photographs for the people’s choice award.

For more information, please visit Or send an email to

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Marin Zero Waste Museum

Plastic_Bottle_Ad.jpgHelp Marin go zero-waste by 2025. This month, sign up to give up plastic water bottles. We're making a huge impact on Marin's future, one step at a time. Join the movement at

Zero Waste Marin is sponsored through the Marin HHW JPA? Who or what is the Marin HHW JPA? We’re all community members, and we rely on people like you to get involved. We’re the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste JPA (Joint Powers Authority), with representatives all over Marin County. It’s our job to help residents and businesses reduce and recycle their solid waste and safely dispose of hazardous materials. We provide household hazardous waste collection, information on recycling and disposal, and ensure our county’s compliance with state recycling mandates—all while educating the citizens and businesses of Marin.

For more information on the Marin JPA, visit the website at:

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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

Various Locations...
Thursday, September 8, Wednesday, September 14, & Monday, September 26, 2011 - From 7 pm to 8:30 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. All workshops run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm - workshop dates and locations:
  • Thursday, September 8 @ Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley
  • Wednesday, September 14 @ Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael
  • Monday, September 26 @ San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

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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