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  November 23, 2011
Belvedere E-Notifications

Annual Town Meeting
Meeting Set for January 23, 2012

The Annual Town Meeting is set for January 23, 2012 at 7 pm.  Mark you calendars!  In addition to the Citizen of the Year and Citizen Emeritus Awards, there will be a State of the City presentation by the Mayor and City Manager.  Of keen interest by then will be the Land Use Recommendations from the Planning Commission to the City Council on changes to development standards applicable to properties in the FEMA Flood Zone.

Also scheduled prior to the Town Hall Meeting will be an unveiling of the new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations set to be installed in November/December.

SD5_1_thumb.JPGW.R. Forde Continues Progress with Sanitary District No. 5 Project

Things are a bit busy in front of City Hall again as W.R. Forde, contractor for Sanitary District No. 5 begins the cross-over onto Acacia as part of the sewer line replacement project.  For details on the project and its scope, contact Sanitary District Offices at (415) 435-1501.

Patio Project.jpgCity Hall Patio Project Nearing Completion

This project has gone on far longer than any of us anticipated, but hopefully soon, the fabricated rails will be delivered and installed and the patio area will be opened up again.  While there may continue to be punch list items to complete (painting, electrical, etc.) and the planting, the installation of the railings is a key safety component to allowing public access again.  It will all be over soon - at least that's what they keep telling me.

Mid-San Rafael Underground District

Like most underground district projects, there ends up being a lot of delays and a lot of confusion - particularly when dealing with the utility companies.  PG&E has delayed their start of work on the project three times.  PG&E has finally agreed to start next week, but on an intermittent basis (as their other commitments allow). 

Following this project (and following Sanitary District No. 5's project) the City is creating an ADA-compliant sidewalk plan for the Lagoon side of San Rafael Avenue.  This is certainly going to be a sensitive project - without a doubt.  The process will include significant time for public input, but complete satisfaction by all will probably be a bit unrealistic.  ADA compliance is not an option.  We have to deal with the issue along San Rafael Avenue at some point. Several of the elm trees must be removed due to Dutch Elm Disease.  Replacement trees in the area will be considered in concert with the ADA Plan for the area. 


George Rodericks
City Manager

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TibHolidayFestival_1E21BF8-672x1024.jpgTiburon Holiday Festival 2011 - Ice Skating is Back!
Friday, December 2 at 5:30 pm

The (almost) perfect little town of Tiburon, CA just got a little more Norman Rockwellesque this holiday season.

On Friday, December 2nd – for one magical, fun-filled night only – Tiburon Holiday Festival 2011 will feature an OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK for families, couples, ice skating enthusiasts, and everyone to delight!

So grab your coziest scarf and hat and get ready for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ice skate along the shores of the San Francisco Bay with the most breathtaking backdrop of the twinkling, present-wrapped San Francisco skyline.

The evening’s festivities will include: the traditional Fountain Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm with classic holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along magical Main Street, wonderful holiday treats, yummy gingerbread house decorating, Winterland Snow Globe Making/Photo Shop for kids, and more!

In addition, the town’s eclectic shops and tasty restaurants will be offering specials to while away the hours. With spectacular views of the SF skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Angel Island (plus ice skating too), only a Scrooge would dare miss this memorable San Francisco Bay Area holiday event!  Reservations for ice skating will be taken starting Tuesday, November 1.

For more details, visit

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Individual Tickets start at $75
Click here to purchase tickets

Sponsorships start at $500
Click here to become a sponsor

For over 50 years the Angel Lights have shined brightly
throughout the month of December, thanks to donors like you
ADOPTING A LIGHT to support this historic California State Park.

Click here to adopt an Angel Light
Support Angel Island Association - Donate Now

LandmarksAG.jpgLandmarks Holiday Art and Craft Sale
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cottage at the Art & Garden Center

This popular holiday fair with art and crafts from local artists, includes jewelry, pastel and watercolor paintings, scarves and sweaters, cards, pottery, gift boxes, and goodies (chocolates, cookies and preserves), as well as Landmarks famous pear brandy!

No charge. Free cider for all who shop, and fun door prizes.

The Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd., between Gilmartin and San Rafael Avenue.

Visit for more info!

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OSH_BroomBusters_Before.jpgOpen Space Workday, Nature Walk & Lunch
Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tiburon Peninsula Club Parking Lot

Get a good workout, learn about local wildlife and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday, December 3 when the Broom Busters of Old St. Hilary's Open Space host their biggest workday of the year from 9 am to 1 pm. 

Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Tiburon Peninsula Club (1600 Mar West Street) and will pull broom on the open space behind the club.  Marin County Parks Rangers will be on hand to direct the efforts, provide tools, snacks and lunch.  Naturalist David Herlocker will lead a walk to show how plants and animals benefit from habitat restoration and point out unique features of the open space.

The Broom Busters have been battling broom, bull thistle and other non-native plants since 1997, and they need reinforcements.  Workdays are usually the first Saturday morning each month.  The requirements are simple:  "Come when you can; leave when you must."  No experience is needed.

To volunteer or to receive e-mail announcements of future workdays, call the Volunteer Coordinator at Marin County Parks - (415) 499-3778.

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Spaghettistock - a Far Out Fundraiser
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview, Belvedere
Friday, December 9 from 6 pm to 10 pm

The Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere invites members of the community to get on board for Spaghettistock, a celebration of peace, love and spaghetti with a 1960s theme, on Friday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere. Tickets are $25 per person and include an open bar for the first hour, a delicious spaghetti dinner with a choice of three sauces and a contest for the best ’60s costume. The evening’s festivities will also include a live auction with the opportunity for attendees to bid on a trip to New Zealand, a silent auction with items ranging from a fabulous Indian cooking class and dinner to premium wines and holiday gifts, a 50/50 raffle (in which the winner gets half of the proceeds from raffle sales, and the club gets the other half) and a dessert auction.
Proceeds will go to help fund the club’s local, national and international projects. Among its accomplishments are peace poles at Reed School and Tiburon Town Hall, the Hilarita community garden, Bel Aire School’s project to send a village-size solar cooker to Liberia, teacher of the year awards and support for Rotaplast’s mission to perform cleft-palate surgery on needy children around the world.

For tickets, please contact Laurie at 435-7386 or

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St Stephens.jpgJoyful Sounds of Christmas
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview, Belvedere
Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm

St. Stephen's Choir with String Orchestra presents "Joyful Sounds of Christmas" featuring Part 1 of Handel's Messiah and favorite Christmas standards.  Reserved seating is $45 for adults and $30 for children.  General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

To order tickets, visit and select the Christmas Concert.

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Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere

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