Thursday, 27 February 2014

Events Happening In San Mateo in February

San Mateo is a vibrant city that has something for everyone at any given time of the year.  Citizens and tourists have their diaries packed with parties and events to attend whole year long. Here is a list of things happening during the month of February:

The Fifth Annual Lion Dance:

Downtown San Mateo Association will sponsor the Annual Lion Dance wherein famous West Coast Lion Dance troupe will perform throughout city centers. Booths with activities will be present for family fun! Kids too will get a chance to take part as Lion Dancers and display their skills!

Family story time:

On February 1st at the Children’s area-book bubble, stories, songs and rhymes for kids under the age of 3 will be performed. All children will be accompanied by participating adults.  The event is scheduled to start at 11:15 AM.

Walking tots baby story time:

The event has been organized for babies, twelve months to 2 years, to enjoy action-packed movement, music, and short books. It is an introduction to books and reading. The event is to be held on February 13th at 11:45 AM. Children will be accompanied with adults.

Crafternoon story time:

February 5th will see the recital of engaging stories for kids of ages four to eight. The event is to be held at San Mateo’s main library at 4PM. There is no entry fee.

Valentine’s Day crafts:

At San Mateo Main Library on February 8th at 2PM children of all ages are invited to create fun valentine crafts. The entry to this event is free.

Bilingual story time:

San Mateo Main Library has organized a Bilingual story time on February 11th that will feature songs and stories in Spanish and English. This is basically for primary and preschool grade children.

Movie: "Monsters University"

The movie will be shown on February 27, at 3:30 PM at the Oak Room. It is rated G and is suggested for school age kids. It is about two mismatched monsters that overcome their differences and become best friends.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting

On Tuesday, February 18th, children have been invited to provide their feedback about library services and programs, recommend materials and books and assist in planning library programs. This is for ages thirteen and eighteen.

Lafayette String Quartet- Music Program

The event is to be held on February 20th at 7PM at San Mateo Main Library. Since 1986, Lafayette String Quartet has taken out time to entertain audiences all across Northern America and Europe.

Complete streets:

The workshop will take place on February 6th at the Oak room, public library. Workshop facilitators Paul Zykofsky and Michael Moule will tell the invitees what the complete streets policy is all about and how it can help transform the way people think about the city’s streets.

Many more events apart from these happen in the city to ensure people stay connected with each other and with their community.  While the city tries to keep everything free some of them have to be paid for. The good part is anyone, near or far, can attend these events due to a well developed transportation system. Apart from taxi cabs and mass transit, the city takes extra caution for physically challenged individuals. There are several non-medical transportation available to travel comfortably from one event to another. These vans are mostly run by private transportation companies and are available at competitive prices. Drivers are well trained and vehicles are equipped with state of the art gadgets such as GPS systems and credit card machines for the convenience of the customers. Vehicles can also be booked online through the provider’s website.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Valentine's Day Guide: San Mateo

It’s February again and the festivities have begun! Whether you're planning to go out dancing, eating, sending flowers, or buying a present for your loved one, San Mateo gives you ample of options to celebrate the holiday with a romantic flavor. Scroll through the list to see the various Valentine's Day events happening around you, as well as where you can eat in town, and what gifts you can buy.

What to do?

11th February: Saturday

In this era of web technology such as, Twitter, Facebook, computer generated e-greeting and cell phone texts, Flywheel Press is giving the community an opportunity to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with traditional methods and delivery. This service is limited to the Burlingame and San Mateo city limits but is sure to put a smile on any receiver!

12th February: Boogie Woogie Ballroom:

From 7Pm to 12 Am, a fun event is scheduled to take place at Boogie Woogie ballroom in Foster City. The event will involve dancing, prizes, games and drawings, mixer dance, snack buffet, food and desserts. It is the best place to be for couples who love to dance.

Where to eat?

There are several restaurants in San Mateo that offer the best romantic dining experience. Reservations can be made online for the following eateries. It is a good idea to make reservations in advance, as dinner slots are likely to fill up quickly.
  • 231 Ellsworth: considered to be one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco peninsula, 231 Ellsworth is set to offer a special five course meal with options on every course.
  • All Spice: enjoy a special four course chef’s menu at All Spice, located in El Camino. The price is $75 per person.
  • Astara: this place is sure to impress any couple looking for a romantic evening out. Their seasonal winter menu and scrumptious desserts will certainly cater to every taste.
  • Fassia: this is an authentic Moroccan restaurant that offers mouth watering dishes prepared in traditional ways. It is a great place to dine if the couple is looking to explore a new cuisine.
  • Poplar Creek Grill: executive Chef Scott Kendig will serve special entrees for couples on Valentine’s Day. Dishes start from $17 and are served with a complimentary glass of champagne.

What to get your partner for Valentine’s?

Valentine’s Day is all about loving gestures and red roses. Make sure your partner feels special on this beautiful day. There are plenty of options to choose from.

Flowers:

San Mateo blooms with flowers shops that create beautiful arrangements at great prices. There is certainly no better way to say “I Love You” than a bouquet of your lover’s favorite flowers. Here are some shops that can be called for delivery:
  • San Mateo Florist; 2341 S El Camino Real
  • Elaine's Florist; 254 Baldwin Ave.
  • Dana's Flower Basket ; 40 37th Ave.
  • Blossoms Flower Shop; 147 Hillsdale Mall

Chocolates:

Another popular gift during Valentine’s is a box of decadent chocolates. There are several chocolate shops in San Mateo such as,
  • Sharona's Chocolate Shop: if your partner loves truffles then this is the place you must visit. They have a huge selection of white, dark and milk chocolates that cater to everyone.
  • Sweet Factory: they offer a large selection of candy and chocolate treats. One can also find chocolate covered gourmet treats
  • Draeger's Market: The place has lots of hard to find specialty items. It is a treasure trove for people who love to eat and try out new things.
San Mateo is a great place for everyone. It offers plenty to do, see and buy for lovers of all ages. Another great thing about the county is that it offers the best transportation system. There are taxis, buses and even non-medical transportation vans for those who will like to attend events and shop for their respective partners. Non-medical transportation vans are run by private companies that can be contacted online or by looking through yellow pages.