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Coastside Weekend Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The month of August is quickly coming to a close, the kids are back to school in many areas and others will be heading back any day. However, there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy and a lot of things are happening along the coast. Here is a brief round of local events this weekend.

Big! The Musical

Friday night the Coastal Repertory Theater in Half Moon Bay will feature the endearing story of Big! in its musical adaptation from the 1998 Tom Hanks film. For more information on this must see performance visit here.

Mary Poppins - Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater

The classic Disney film comes to life with “Mary Poppins” Broadway adaptations at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theater.  This family friendly performance is sure to impress. For show times and more information, visit here.

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Start your Saturday off with some a yoga class with Wah.  All levels welcome and more information about the class can be found here.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Celebrating its 35th year the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto will feature more than 300 artisans.  A variety of art will be on display such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs, and unique sculptures.  The event will also have musical entertainment, a Kid’s Art Studio, and a wide variety of gourmet foods and beverages.  More information about the Festival of the Arts can be found here.

San Mateo Japanese Garden 50th Anniversary

The Japanese Garden in San Mateo celebrates its 50th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy the Japanese Garden, Central Park Japanese Garden Ceremony, the Japanese Taiko Drum performance, speeches from local dignitaries and representatives from our sister city Toyonaka. A Dinner Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available for the dinner here.

Wildlife of America - A Photo Exhibition

Pasta Moon Ristorante & Bar will host an exhibition by Jeremy Fratkin who has spent over 15 years exploring the world.  His latest exhibit titled “ Wildlife of America” will be on display through September.  Details on the exhibition can be found here.

San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off

Chili and cold beer while listening to live music means you are in for a good time at this year’s San Mateo’s Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off.  Saturday from 11-5 at San Mateo’s Central Park you can taste homemade chili by firefighters from each station. More information is available here.

Big Bad Barn Dance and BBQ

Kick up your heels for a good cause and head to the historic Folger Stable in Wunderlich Park for an old-fashioned Barn Dance. The event is being hosted by Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. This charity event will help support programs and projects in the parks.  The event will have catered BBQ, craft beer and wine, live band and caller, and prizes.  More information can be found here.

High Water Blues

Unwind at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Saturday evening to the tunes of High Water Blues.  You can expect a lot of energy and soul along with a good time. More information can be found here.

For a full list of events happening along the coast this weekend visit here.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

A Story We Wanted To Share

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help."  There were only a few coins in the hat. 


A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the  sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. 

Soon the hat began to fill up.  A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. 


That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. 
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my  sign this morning?   
What did you write?" 

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." 
I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." 

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. 
The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. 
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? 



Moral of the Story:   
Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. 
Think differently and positively.  
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. 

Face your past without regret.  Handle your present with confidence. 
Prepare for the future without fear. 

Keep the faith and drop the fear. 

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… 

And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason 
behind it!!! 

Pacifica Chili & Chowder Cook-Off August 14th and Call For Local Artists

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The 7th Annual Pacifica Chili & Chowder Cook-Off is back again by popular demand and will take place on August 14th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Pedro Point Firehouse.  There will be live music along with family – friendly entertainment.  Both local restaurants and home chefs will compete with each other for the title of Best Chili and Best Chowder in Pacifica.  Attendees will enjoy all-you–can-eat tastings and sides along with being able to cast their vote for People’s Choice Awards. All proceeds from the event will go towards the historical Pedro Point Firehouse.  Advance tickets can be purchased here.

There is also a call out for local artists by the Coastside Land Trust, which is working to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources for Half Moon Bay and along the San Mateo Coast.  They are currently looking for art pieces for their upcoming show, “Celebrating the Coast,” which celebrates the ordinary and astounding beauty of the coast.  They are looking for pieces of art that focus on coastal land and/or those who inhabit it.  However, artwork in all media will be considered. They will be taking submissions from August 15th to the 22nd and you can find more information here about submitting your art pieces. The show dates are September 23rd through October 7th.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

 

 

Clean Your Coastside Home With This Wholesome Ingredient For Less Than $5

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We urge you to consider helping to clean up our environment as well.  The Sharp Park Beach cleanup will take place on August 13th, from 9am to 11 am.  Volunteers will be meeting at the corner of Beach Blvd and Clarendon.  Street parking is free and you are encouraged to bring buckets and reusable gloves. For more information visit here.

If you are looking for a wholesome way to clean your coastisde home, and do so for under $5 then you’re going to want to keep reading.   Not poisonous to humans and a weak acetic acid, vinegar is the ideal cleaning tool for any room in your home.  The uses for vinegar are endless.  Here are just a few areas in your home you can tackle by cleaning with vinegar.

Kitchen

The last thing you want to use in an area you store food is toxic chemicals.  Opt for a mixture of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar.   This can be used to clean out the inside of your refrigerator and to wipe up any spills. Clean your microwave by heating up a glass bowl with ½ cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of water until boiling. Then simply wipe away the built up grime with ease.   If your kitchen sink drain has a foul smell add some vinegar to a scrub brush and sprinkle with baking soda and wipe away. Not only will this remove residue, it will eliminate odors.

Bedroom

Dust mites can cause your allergies to be out of control. This can be helped by disinfecting your bed’s mattress. Create a mixture of a small amount of rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and use on your mattress.  If your mattress could use a more thorough cleaning, sprinkle it with baking soda after spraying the mixture, then remove by vacuuming.

Bathroom

Vinegar makes a great overall bathroom cleaner and doesn’t even need to be diluted.  To clean your toilet simply add a cup of vinegar to the bowl and let it sit overnight. In the morning add a sprinkle of baking soda then scrub and you’re done. To clean the sink or tub, close the drain and pour in some vinegar and let it set for a few hours. Simply scrub away the buildup. Don’t forget to rinse. For that hard to get rid of soap scum in the shower, head to the kitchen and boil vinegar. While it is warm (not too hot) use it to wipe down the shower. Continue to wipe down your shower every five minutes for 30 minutes. Then soak a nonscratch sponge with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. Wipe off any remaining soap scum.

Floors

To get rid of carpet odors and dust mites, add vinegar to a spray bottle with  a few drops of essential oil and apply lightly throughout.

Wood & Glass

Clean your wooden furniture by mixing 1 cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of vinegar plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Wipe on your furniture’s surface. Clean glass by mixing a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and then wipe down your glass surfaces.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are considering selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

 

5 Pollution Causing Things You May Be Doing You Are Unaware Of

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Curbing pollution is something all coastside residents should be working together to improve. There are ways we potentially harm our environment and use unnecessary energy that we may not even be aware of.  Here are five pollution/energy-sucking activities that we can easily change to help make our world around us a little greener.

Liquid Soaps

The use of liquid soaps, such as body wash, require five times the amount of energy for the production of raw materials and almost 20 times the amount of energy for packaging than that of bar soaps. When it comes to staying clean, use bar soaps instead of liquid soaps to reduce pollution in our environment.

Electronics

For some, it’s hard to imagine a life without electronics.  On average, a home in this nation has 24 devices that are using energy. Reduce energy and pollution by setting the device’s automatic brightness feature on them, and you could be cutting energy use by nearly 50 percent. Unplugging devices while not in use is another way to reduce energy use.

Home Appliances

Both your dishwasher and clothes dryer use a lot of energy along with producing a great deal of humidity and heat. If you are using an air conditioner, heat and humidity cause it to work harder resulting in more energy use. Save energy by running these home appliances in non-peak hours.  Hanging your clothes out to dry is another way of saving energy.

Coffee Pods

The Keurig machine has revolutionized the coffee industry, but it has also brought with it pollution.  The pods from the K-cup are not able to be recycled at many plants, and as a result, they end up in our landfills.  If you are stuck on using your machine, search for recycling facilities that will accept “number 7” plastic.

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil will take centuries to biodegrade and yet many of us still use it. Replace it with unbleached parchment paper.  Not only is unbleached parchment paper biodegradable, it is also compostable.

Let’s all do our part to reduce pollution. Little changes can make big impacts.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

San Mateo County Weekend Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It’s about to be another wonderful coastside summer weekend.  Here is a brief roundup of events along the coast.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Half Moon Bay Library - July 29th

On behalf of the city of Half Moon Bay in partnership with San Mateo County and the County Library Joint Powers Authority, you are invited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Half Moon Bay Library on July 29th at 11am.  There will be light refreshments served at noon.  The new library is being designed to meet the needs of those living along the coast in today’s digital world. The new facility will serve as a community gathering place, provide internet access to those in need of it, and host various events and activities.  There will be something for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Movies In The Park- Burlingame - July 29th

Head to Washington Park to enjoy “Movies In The Park.”  Enjoy the movie “Minions” under the stars at sunset for free. There will be cotton candy and popcorn provided.

Music On The Square - Red Wood City - July 29th

Come to the Square for a free live concert by Native Elements in Redwood City. The concert will run from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Redwood Symphony - July 30th

Enjoy an evening at the symphony hosted at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. The Redwood Symphony will be performing Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, one of the most monumental of all creations.  For more information about the performance and to purchase tickets visit redwoodsymphony.org.

Contact us via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903 with any of your real estate needs or questions.

 

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach, Montara, and PacificaYour complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

Clever Vacation Packing Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We are in the height of the summertime travel season and along with traveling comes the chore of packing. Here are a few creative packing hacks that will make your traveling this summer easier.

Toiletries

Many toiletries are liquid based and tend to spill during the trip. To prevent this from happening cut a small square of cling wrap and put it under the lid of your toiletries to prevent them from leaking all over your suitcase. If you have larger bottles of toiletries (think shampoo, conditioner, and lotion) and you want to save space put them in an empty prescription bottle.  Most razors come with a cover to go over the blade, but if you are like us you misplace them quickly. To keep your fingers safe while traveling with a razor use an oversized binder clip to go over the head of the razor.

Shoes

Not only are the soles of your shoes dirty they also are known to carry loads of bacteria. The last thing you want when packing is your shoes touching the rest of your stuff. To prevent this from happening use a shower cap and place your shoes inside of it before packing them.

Accessories

Traveling with a hat and worried it will go flat during the travel? Use a shirt and stuff it inside the hat to keep it from getting smashed.  Jewelry is another accessory that can be tricky to travel with as it tends to become tangled during travel.  To prevent tangling use cling film. An old pill box is the perfect tool to use to pack earrings in.

Clothing

Traveling with delicate dresses and keeping them safe can be tricky.  To keep them safe roll them between two pieces of tissue paper to provide an extra layer of protection. Make sure the paper is white.  To save space roll your clothing by first folding it in half then roll from the shoulders down. Not only does this make your shirts nice and compact it leaves them wrinkle free.  To keep your clothes smelling fresh, layer them with dryer sheets.

Cash

Keep your cash safe by secretly stashing it away. You can do this by rolling it up and placing it in empty chapstick tubes. Just keep track of it as it can be easy to lose.

Make lots of memories and safe travels!

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

 

Weekend Round Up Of Coastside Events

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

11:00 AM Saturday, July 16 - Group Picnic at Half Moon Bay

Bring your picnic food, drinks, adult beverages, beach chairs, towels, and sunscreen and head to Half Moon Bay State Beach for a group picnic. Don’t forget to bring your favorite beach games.  Don’t forget that fires and fireworks on the beach are prohibited.

July 15-31 - God of Carnage at Pacifica Spindrift Players

Opening night of God of Carnage at Pacifica Spindrift Players is July 15th and will run through July 31st. This 2009 Tony Award Winner for Best Play centers around a playground altercation among eleven-year-old boys which brings together two sets of parents from Brooklyn for a meeting to resolve it.  Visit Pacifica Spindrift Players here for more information about this award winning play.

July 16 & 17 - Menlo Summerfest

Head to Menlo Park for the 30th annual Menlo Summerfest, formerly known as Connoisseurs’ Marketplace to celebrate everything that summer has to offer. Enjoy contemporary fine arts and crafts by over 200 of America’s best artists, live music both on the main stage and throughout downtown, specially foods and drinks, premium wines, microbrews and special summer cocktails.  There will also be fun and games with a kids’ fun zone.  Read more about the upcoming event here.

July 15 - Artists Capture The Coast Half Moon Bay

There will be over 14 artists displaying more than 80 paintings that depict San Mateo County’s beautiful trains and beaches, yacht harbors, one of a kind ocean waves, and local ranches and barns. Location is the Coastal Arts League Gallery.

July 15 & 16 - The Bead Show-San Mateo County Event Center

Head to San Mateo County Event Center to the Bead Show where you will have the ability to purchase at an affordable price top-quality beads and beading supplies.  Exhibitors from around the world will be on hand displaying their wares and demonstrating their unique beading techniques.

Enjoy this wonderful summer weather and get out explore the coastside.  The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority. 

 

City of San Mateo Launches New Pay By Phone In Parking Lots

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you plan on going to San Mateo to do any shopping you should know that changes have come to the parking lots downtown. The city of San Mateo added a new feature this month that is designed to make parking in downtown more convenient. With the launch of PayByPhone, drivers can pay via the app easily by just a few steps on their phone.  The pilot launch of this app in San Mateo is at the Worker’s Resource Center Parking lot and the Kinko’s park lot.

PayByPhone is currently a parking payment leader in the United States and has partnerships with parking venues across all of North America.  Nearby Redwood City and San Francisco already utilize this app.

With PayByPhone being available in these two lots, free parking has come to an end. As of the 1st of this month, the city of San Mateo has started charging $.25 an hour and your only method of paying is via the PayByPhone app or by calling an 800 number.  All funds collected from parking downtown will be reinvested into helping to keep the city of San Mateo’s downtown area clean and appealing.

To create your account with PayByPhone, visit their website at paybyphone.com or call their toll-free number at (866) 234-7275. The goal is to have PayByPhone available in all downtown lots by the end of the year.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

 

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

Your Guide To July 4th Fireworks Throughout San Mateo County!

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

The 4th of July is quickly approaching and the county of San Mateo is gearing up to host numerous festivals and fireworks displays.  Independence Day in the county is full of parades, picnics and fireworks. Here is your personal guide to celebrating Independence Day in San Mateo County.

Half Moon Bay:

Half Moon Bay’s 46th Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade will start at noon on the 4th on Main Street.  The Half Moon Bay Lions Club will also be hosting their annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 am at City Hall.

Pacifica:

Plan to head to Frontierland Park in Pacifica for a day full of games, music, arts and crafts, and more on the 4th. The event kicks off at 10:00am and will run through 4:00pm.  For more information about the event visit, here.

San Mateo:

Family fun , music and free recreational swimming is what is in store for the July 4th in the Park Festival in San Mateo.  A highlight of the festival is the family cardboard boat race. For more information about this free event taking place from 11:00am to 2:00pm, visit here.

Foster City:

Leo Ryan Park in Foster City will host an all-day event on Monday, July 4th and there will be something for everyone. The event will have games, food, a dog parade, and family entertainment. The day concludes with a fireworks display. For more information about this full day family event, visit here.

Redwood City:

The 78th annual 4th of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association will once again take place in Downtown Redwood City. The day starts off with the pancake breakfast at the Redwood City Fire Department at 7:30am followed by the Parade Run 5K.  Additional events scheduled throughout the holiday weekend include a festival, carnival, car show, DJ, concert, and fireworks. To see the schedule of events, visit here.

Mountain View:

Enjoy a unique experience this 4th of July with the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.  Enjoy the sounds of the symphony at the 30th annual fireworks concert. For tickets to this event, visit here.

Menlo Park:

Menlo Park will host a parade that kicks off the morning of the 4th at 11:45am beginning at Chestnut Street.   Children are encouraged to dress up their bikes or wagons and take part in the parade. Following the parade at Burgess Park there will be a wonderful celebration with bounce houses, enormous slides, crafts, games, laser tag, and much more. For more information on the event, visit here.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!  The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon BayEl GranadaMoss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority. 

 

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