In honor of our excellent Parks and Recreation department and offerings, I proclaimed July as “Parks and Recreation Month” during our last council meeting on July 18th. Recreation Manager, Noreen Leek compiled a video of photographs from the last 12 months, which I highly recommend watching, however I suggest equipping yourself with a tissue as it’s a tear-jerker. With the many decisions surrounding the Baylands and what often feels like overwhelming challenges, it’s important to zoom out and recognize that we are so blessed to live in Brisbane and take time to appreciate what we have in our community. Parks and Recreation is the glue that brings people together and provides opportunities to build memories that will last a lifetime.
To celebrate our vibrant community, I want to inform you of some of upcoming events that promote the outdoors and connecting with neighbors and friends. Sponsored by Midtown Market, the Brisbane Police department will participate in National Night out on August 6th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Brisbane Community Park. This event held on the first Tuesday in August across the United States and Canada, aims to promote relationship building between a city’s officers and citizens. Come out and enjoy food, drinks, and meet our hard-working men and women of law enforcement.
The not-to-be-missed Star City Music festival will take place on August 17th at the Brisbane Community Park from 1PM-8:30 PM. Early bird tickets are available for $20 (kids under 10 are free) and a portion of proceeds will benefit San Bruno Mountain Watch. Bands include: The Stone Foxes, Dead Winter Carpenters, Diggin Dirt, Eric McFadden, and the Star City All Stars. Food and beverage offerings will be available with everything from local food trucks to the Brisbane Lions Club’s famous BBQ, and alcoholic beverages from 47 Hills and Longboard’s Margarita Bar. Under the gazebo you’ll find booths from local businesses and non-profit groups as well as t-shirt tie-dying for the kids. I hope to see you there!
Prior to the music festival, Brisbane will host the Excelsior Running Club’s 2nd annual Star City San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon. 95% of the race takes place on our mountain’s trails and covers 2,400 ft of elevation with sweeping views of the Pacific, the Bay, and San Francisco. The half marathon includes a complimentary ticket to the music festival along with a food voucher, the first race of its kind to connect with such event. Half Marathons not your thing? Partake in the 5k or cheer on the runners at the finish line. The half marathon begins at 10 am with the 5k to follow at 10:15 am.
To close out the summer season, join San Bruno Mountain Watch for their famous Pancake Breakfast and Native Plant Sale on September 8th at 1 Mountain Flora Parkway in Brisbane. The Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will occur from 9 am-12 pm with the plant sale lasting from 9 am-2 pm. Tickets for the breakfast are $15 for adults and $10 for children, available at the door or online at www.mountainwatch.org/panackebreakfast2019. I’m not a pancake girl but these are hands down the best pancakes I’ve ever had and the only ones I look forward to eating. The top-secret recipe makes the pancakes slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. You can drizzle yours with homemade Brisbane Blackberry syrup, which is so delicious you could eat it by the spoonful. Fill your belly with pancakes and your backyard with native plants and support a great cause at the same time.
Last but not least, here’s my Brisbane Fun Fact of the month: In 1918 and again in 1929, a fire leveled the “City of Visitacion.” Upon her rebuilding for the third time, she became the “City of Brisbane.” That is the very, very, very short version of how we were “born of fire.”
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