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  December 7, 2012
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Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Holiday Event and Tree Lighting CeremonyTPCC logo

Saturday, December 8
Downtown Tiburon

Gifts, Specials & Discounts from Local Shops, Photos with Santa, Carolers, Spiced Wine and Cider. Kids Eat Free with purchase of adult entree at Sam's, Guaymas, Salt & Pepper, Lily Kai and the Tiburon Tavern. Come see what treats your favorite shops have in store for you - draw for discounts, gifts with purchase, free gift wrap, holiday cheer and more!

As you may know, the Town's annual tree lighting ceremony, scheduled for last week, was cancelled due to rain and wind (the tree went down!).  It has been rescheduled for this Saturday, December 8, which combines it with a slate of other new festivities. We hope everyone can come downtown on Saturday to enjoy the small town holiday feeling and support our local merchants in the process.  It's a great way to celebrate!


11am-1pm Zelinsky Properties' Window Decoration Contest
The Merrie Old Christmas Carolers
Raffle & Gifts for Kids
Cash Prizes
Judging parade follows route from The Boardwalk, to Ark Row, Main Street, Point Tiburon Plaza, ending at Fountain Plaza

1pm-5pm Photos with Santa
Free with same day purchase receipt
90 Main Street, Ark Row (by Christopher's Salon)

4pm-8pm Christmas Ornament Decorating
All Ages Welcome - $5/Ornament
Ark Row Center for Enrichment, 122 Main Street, Ark Row

2pm-5pm Live Music with Wayne Canney
the music of Tiburon's favorite singer, songwriter and guitarist, Wayne Canney, performing holiday favorites and the classics. Ark Row

5pm-8pm Jazz at the Main Street Wine Bar
84 Main Street, Ark Row

6pm Tree Lighting Ceremony with Performance by SingersMarin
Fountain Plaza

For more information:
Call (415) 435-5633 or email

St. Stephen’s Christmas Concert - Joyful Sounds of Christmaschorus

Sunday, December 9th
St. Stephen’s Church
3 Bayview Avenue

The St. Stephen’s Choir will be joined by orchestra members from American Bach Soloists for this year’s annual concert.  The program will include classical selections by Purcell, Schutz and Durante with excerpts of Handel’s Messiah, along with classical holiday standards.

Tickets are limited, as the concert is a sellout every year.  Ticket information is available at

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Emergency Preparedness Tip: Back-up Your Important Documents and Store a Copy Off-Siteget ready logo

Prepare to Recover After a Disaster

Are yo
u and your family prepared for a flood, fire, earthquake or other disaster? Keeping copies of important documents at a site away from your home will make it easier to recover from a disaster that could damage or destroy your personal property and/or your home.  Consider having back-up copies of important documents such as:

  • Insurance information
  • Titles to homes/properties
  • Social security cards
  • Tax returns
  • Medical information
  • Household inventory list

And why not store your photos off-site as well? Put them on an external hard drive or save th
em to "the cloud." If your home is destroyed, having these documents safely stored somewhere else will make the recovery process a lot easier.  Download a complete Disaster Preparedness Manual at the GetReady94920 website. How's this for a great gift idea this holiday season? Help your loved ones be prepared!

Contact the Tiburon Peninsula Emergency Services Coordinator to subscribe to the Office of Emergency Services Newsletter. Call Laurie Gordon at 435-7386 or email at
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Open Space Workday, Nature Walk and Lunchplants

Saturday, January 5th
Tiburon Peninsula Club
1600 Mar West St.
9am - 1pm

The first rains of the season mean we'll soon be seeing a flush of yellow French broom blossoms on local hillsides. Winter is the best time to remove this invasive plant, so on Saturday, January 5th, the Broom Busters of Old St. Hilary’s Open Space will host their biggest workday of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be rewarded with a good workout, a nature walk and a hearty lunch.

Participants of all ages are invited to meet in the parking lot of the Tiburon Peninsula Club (1600 Mar West St.) at 9am. Marin County Parks rangers will provide tools and direct the group in pulling broom on the open space behind the club. After a chili lunch, naturalist David Herlocker will lead a walk to point out unique features of the open space and how plants and animals benefit from habitat restoration.

The Broom Busters have been battling broom, bull thistle and other non-native plants since 1997, and they welcome new volunteers. 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 email announcements of future workdays, contact Faith Brown at or 435-5320.

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The Belvedere Police Department Invites You to Take the Safe Driving Pledgelogo

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children 3 and older?

Did you know that every year, distracted driving contributes to 3 million crashes in the United States?

Did you know that the percentage of children walking to school in Marin has increased from 16% in 2003 to 21% in 2008?

The Safe Driving Pledge Campaign encourages residents to drive safely while spreading the message about this program. The members of the Belvedere Police Department are asking you to join us in making the pledge.

The purpose of the Pledge campaign is to raise awareness and encourage motorists to:
- Drive within the legal speed limit on neighborhood streets.
- Share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists, be courteous, and drive safely.
- Reduce cell phone use to urgent calls only and always hands-free. Never text, use the internet, or use any other handheld devices while driving.

For more information, and to help spread the word...

Take the Pledge

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Holiday Safety Tips from the Tiburon Fire Protection Districtchristmas tree

Selecting Your Christmas Tree

·  Select a fresh-looking, green tree. Run your fingers trough the branches. The needles should hold firmly. Avoid trees with needles already shedding or loose to the touch.

·  Water your tree at least three times a week, keeping the tree's water container full at all times.

·  Clean the reservoir with a mixture of 1 cap full of bleach to 1 cup of water before placing your tree in it. This will reduce the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree's ability to absorb water.

·  Check the tree stand for leaks and make sure that the reservoir can hold at least one gallon of water. Fill it with plain water.

·  When a tree is cut, a seal forms over the base, preventing water from being absorbed. You need to make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk. The cut should be at least one-half inch, and should be made even if a hole is drilled to accommodate a pin type stand. The fresh cut surface should be creamy white, not yellow brown.

·  Place the tree in water as soon as possible once you've made the fresh cut.

· Trees can consume up to a gallon of water per day. Water your tree daily! If the water level drops below the end cut of the trunk, a seal will form and water will not be absorbed by the tree unless another fresh cut is made. A dry tree is highly flammable.
· Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves and fireplaces, wood stoves and fireplace inserts, radiators, television sets or sunny windows.


· Miniature lights produce much less heat than larger varieties. Use only U.L. listed lights on your trees. Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.

· Be careful not to overload electrical circuits. No more than three strings of lights should be connected. It is a good idea to use power surge protectors to help reduce the risk of power over current on the circuit.

· Check all lights for frayed or cracked wires. Check wire insulation and look for broken sockets. Do not attempt to repair lights. Discard broken sets and purchase new ones. Always make sure that you have turned the lights off before leaving home or going to bed.

· Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

· Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the light from wind damage. Use only insulated staples to hold strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or, run strings of lights though hooks.

For the latest news, upcoming events, or more information, please visit the Tiburon Fire Protection District's website at or call Fire Inspector Jessica Power at 435-7200.

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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.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, December 10, 2012. Click here for a link to the agenda.

Belvedere Planning Commission
Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall
Council Chambers. There will be no meeting in December. The next regularly scheduled meeting
is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

Citizens' Flood Zone Committee
Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers. The next regularly scheduled meeting
is Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Click here for a link to the agenda.

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Felicia N. Wheaton

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

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