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  October 12, 2012
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The Great Shakeout 2012logo
Thursday, October 18
10:18 a.m.

On Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 am the City of Belvedere will participate in the Great Shakeout! The Great Shakeout is the largest earthquake drill ever held! Already this year over 9 million people from California and 17 million people globally, have registered to participate in the event.

Taking part could not be easier.  At 10:18 am on Thursday, October 18, simply drop, cover and hold under a large sturdy piece of furniture or properly seek shelter in a doorway. The drill will only last a minute and during this time you are encouraged to think about what would happen in a real earthquake and how you would respond after the shaking stops and in the days and weeks ahead.  Do you have the necessary supplies at home, in your car and at your workplace? Disaster supply checklists can be found on pages 7 and 8 of the Get Ready manual. If you need a free manual or have any preparedness questions please go to or call Laurie Gordon at 435-7386.

Click on the below link for a 60 second audio clip you can play on your computer at the time of the drill.

For more information on the Great Shakeout, please go to

Laurie K. Gordon
Emergency Services Coordinator
City of Belvedere & Town of Tiburon
(415) 435-7386 

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Understanding Islamstained glass
A community forum on the beliefs of Islam and its similarities with other mainstream religions

Thursday, October 18
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church
3 Bayview Avenue

Who do Muslims believe will lead all believers in God to the Day of Judgment?  You may be surprised at the answer; it is not Mohammed. If you would like to know more about Islam, come to this presentation by:

  • Dr. Amer Araim, Imam of the Walnut Creek Islamic Center
  • and comments by Rev. Barbara Rowe of Westminster Presbyterian and Rev. Rob Gieselmann of St. Stephen’s Episcopal

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Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary Waters Closed to Boat Traffic Starting Oct. 1stmap
Annual closure from Oct. 1 through March 31 protects important migrating bird species that use the bay for over-wintering.

Staff at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary are reminding the community that Sanctuary waters are closed to all boat traffic and in-water activities (including kayaks & paddleboards) from October 1st through March 31st. The closure protects tens of thousands of migratory ducks, geese, and shorebirds that use the Bay for re-fueling on their southward travels, or while they over-winter right here in on Richardson Bay.
“We are grateful for the community support and understanding regarding the importance of protecting this habitat,” said Kerry Wilcox, the Center’s Sanctuary Manager. “As the summer winds down and migratory birds start to make their way into the Bay Area, we want to spread the word that the closure is just around the corner.  With the herring spawn successes of the last couple years, the number of birds in the Sanctuary is expected to be high, and it is especially important to avoid disturbing them while they feed and rest.”  Over-winter health can be an especially important factor in determining reproductive success for these birds during the following summer.
The annual closure is mandated by an ordinance of the Richardson Bay Regional Agency.
Approximately 900 acres of bay waters are covered by the ordinance, extending south from the edge of the Cove housing complex to the tip of Strawberry Point, east to Belvedere and north to Blackie’s Pasture. Audubon manages this area as a wildlife sanctuary, focused on the waterbirds using the bay. The Sanctuary boundaries are designated by buoys and permanent, marked pilings.
No boats or watercraft--including non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and sailboats--are allowed within the Sanctuary waters during this critical season for migratory birds.
About the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary is located on the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Northern California. Primarily a Sanctuary providing habitat for migratory waterbirds and other wildlife, it also involves the community through education, conservation and restoration programs.
More information is available at

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San Rafael Ave Water Pipeline Replacement Projectstreet water

The City has received notification from Marin Municipal Water District about an upcoming Pipeline Replacement Project on San Rafael Ave. Following 3 major waterline breaks (over a 2-3 year period) that caused damage to private property in the 200 block of San Rafael Ave, the Board of Directors at MMWD approved the replacement of the main waterline pipe on San Rafael Ave (between Golden Gate Ave and Leeward Rd). The project was awarded to WR Forde Associates and is scheduled to begin in Early October and complete before the holidays in December. Construction hours will be from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Residents will be notified 24-48 hrs in advance of short interruptions in water service that will be necessary as the cut-over is made from the old system to the new system. City of Belvedere Public Works Staff will monitor the construction crews during the construction project.

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Belvedere Community Foundation's 2nd Annual Clean and Green Daylogo

Saturday, October 20
10:00am - Noon

The city of Belvedere held its first Clean and Green day last April. More than a hundred and fifty of your neighbors took part in projects spanning from the Golden Gate Avenue cul-de-sac to Tom Price Park, from one end of our beautiful city to another.

We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day October 20th and here is how you can help...

Suggest a project:
Have you passed a public spot in Belvedere and said “I wish they would do something about this”?

Send us your suggestions and we will see if we can make it happen during Clean and Green Day. Remember the area must be public and cannot require city irrigation.

Volunteer to be a Project Lead:
Project leads will know what the plan for each project site is, where to weed, sweep, prune and put the garbage. Our coordinator will provide you details prior to Clean and Green Day.

Volunteer to Help Out on Clean and Green Day:
No matter your abilities we will have a job for you on Clean and Green Day. Let us know you’ll be joining us and we’ll help you find a project in your neighborhood and let you know what tools you can bring.

Volunteer to help before Clean and Green Day: Bake cookies!
Can you bake cookies? We need hospitality volunteers to bake some goodies for our hard working Clean and Green volunteers in the days before the event, let us know what you can do.

Please send your suggestions and sign up to volunteer with James Campbell at:

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Discovery Day Open House
“Building Bridges between Science and the Community”

Sunday, October 21
11:00am - 4:00pm
Romberg Center
3150 Paradise Drive

  • Get an up-close look at a real environmental research laboratory!
  • Meet the scientists, students and staff of our laboratory and learn about our research.
  • Enjoy interactive science displays and talks, marine touch tanks, bridge engineering activities, art activities and more.
  • Admission and parking for bikes and cars are free!
For more information, go to Discovery Day Open House or call (415) 338-3757

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2012 Belvedere Community Foundation
Photo Contest 

The Peninsula online photo contest is underway.

Whether you are looking back on Belvedere from your sailboat on the bay or looking down on the Tiburon Peninsula from atop Saint Hillary’s open space, there is no denying we live in one of the most beautiful and photogenic places on earth. For the past decade, the Belvedere Community Foundation has been inviting professional and amateur photographers alike to share their most captivating images of our home in their annual photography contest. For the eleventh year of the photography contest we have six categories to submit photos under:

  • Architecture of the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Events on the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Wildlife on the Peninsula
  • Views of Belvedere and the Tiburon Peninsula
  • People of the Tiburon Peninsula
  • Life in Tiburon and Belvedere (Entrants aged 5-18)

The contest is open to everyone. Photographs must reflect some aspect of the Belvedere Tiburon Peninsula in color or black and white.

  1. All visitors to the Photo Contest will register to submit photos. After users are approved, they will be able to upload their photos.
  2. Any photos uploaded will be previewed to ensure they are in the spirit of the contest.
  3. There is no fee to enter. There is a limit of 5 photographs per entrant. Photos should not be larger than 3MB in size.

The contest is already open and accepting photographs. All submissions must be received by October 31, 2012. A panel of judges will determine a winner in each of the three categories. There will also be a People’s Choice Award determined by community voting on our website so even if you don’t submit photos, visit the Photography Contest on the Foundation website to vote for your favorites.

To vote, please go to the gallery page and select one of our six photo contest category galleries, then highlight the picture you wish to vote for. Scroll down to the rating stars. To vote, roll your cursor over the blue stars until they turn green and click at the number of stars you wish to give to the photo.


For more information, please visit their website at

Belvedere Community Foundation Photo Contest

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Counci_Chambers.JPGPublic Meetings

Belvedere City Council
Second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. Due to the Veteran's Day Holiday, the next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, 2012.

Belvedere Planning Commission
Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall
Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is October 16, 2012.

Citizens' Flood Zone Committee
Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting is November 14, 2012.

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Felicia N. Wheaton

Community Development Director/Assistant City Manager
City of Belvedere
(415) 435-3838

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