The 13th annual "South San Francisco Day in the Park" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Orange Memorial Park, on Orange Avenue between Memorial and Tennis drives. Free parking will be available at SSF High School, with shuttle bus service to the park.

Initiated in 1997 and sponsored by the city of South San Francisco with donations from a number of local businesses, the outdoor fair is so popular that it has been repeated every year since.

"The event includes an outdoor fair, children's events, a community stage with local entertainment, food booths, public safety displays and special interest cars (exhibited on the soccer field)," said Sue Perotti, SSF recreation and community services manager.

It also features more than 200 booths occupied by businesses and organizations that operate in South San Francisco: youth sports and community groups; nonprofit clubs and social service agencies; city departments, boards and commissions; more than 30 local crafters; and many others.

Free samples, informational brochures, and the chance to network and ask questions will be offered.

The community stage has acts scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ronald McDonald also will make an appearance. Local youth talent includes Ballet Folklórico, SSF Civic Ballet, middle school cheerleaders, high school bands, Basque and Polynesian dancers, martial arts demonstrations and more. Raffle prizewinners will be announced at 1 p.m.


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Several local service clubs will offer hot sandwiches, ethnic food and snacks. Commemorative beer glasses, wine glasses, and logo T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Children's activities include Cosmo Jumps, face painting and a petting zoo. Demonstrations include the Police Department's K-9 program. The Fire Department will show its department apparatus, antique fire engine, technical rescue display, fire prevention information and feature the Survive Alive House.

For more information, call the SSF Parks and Recreation Department at 650-829-3800.

Genentech is the major sponsor and Centennial Towers, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Gimbals Fine Candies, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 467 and South San Francisco Scavenger Co. are supporting sponsors.

Pets on parade

The sixth annual Burlingame Pet Parade, being held Sept. 26 for kids of all ages starting at 10 a.m., will provide plenty of laughs for the public.

The 30-minute stroll, led by tots dressed as animals, will feature the music of the Burlingame High School and the Los Trancos Community Marching bands and go up Broadway to Capuchino, turn right and then circle back down Broadway. The San Mateo Elks Concert Band and the Burlingame Show Choir will play before and after the parade.

Clowns will make free animal balloons, and children will be invited to make art projects.

Participants must report no later than 9:30 a.m. to the parking lot near Broadway and Chula Vista as the parade starts and ends there. No entry fee or registration required.

All types of pets, even stuffed animals, are welcome.

Judging will take place during and after the parade; all participants will receive souvenir ribbons.

First place ribbons will be awarded at a ceremony after the parade for Best Dressed Pet, Best Dressed Pet/Owner Combo, Best Dressed Group, Most Original Float or Wagon and Grand Prize.

No political entries, foot power only (exceptions may be arranged), and groups are urged to carry a banner or sign.

The Broadway Merchants Association, Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA, and the Daily Journal sponsor the fun event.

For more information, call Ross Bruce, Broadway Merchants Association president, weekdays at 650-342-2073 or visit www.burlingamepetparade.com.

Garden center open house

San Mateo Garden Center will hold its 4th annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at 605 Parkside Way in San Mateo to encourage early holiday shopping. No admission charge.

Local master artists, crafters, Peninsula Succulent Club, Yarn Arts Guild, and the San Mateo Park and Recreation Department will man 18 tables set up in the Redwood Hall and on the patio.

In the gazebo, enjoy Mike McMorrow's live guitar music in the morning and the Hillsdale High School Jazz Combo in the afternoon.

Drawings will be held for a special raffle at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Great plant buys also will be available in the center's garden shop.

For questions or directions, call 650-574-1506 or visit: www.sanmateogardencenter.org.

Women's Hall of Fame

The nomination deadline is Oct. 30 for the 26th annual Women's Hall of Fame, sponsored by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women.

Commission Director Honora Miller says nominees must be at least 19 years of age, live or work in San Mateo Count, and have excelled in any of the following areas:

  • Achieving leadership in business and community service;

  • Helping others;

  • Taking risks that improve the community;

  • Striving for equality and peace;

  • Pursuing justice.

    "We are also seeking nominees who are high school juniors or seniors or equivalent for the Young Women of Excellence award," Miller said. "They must have performed outstanding volunteer service, have academic excellence and display unusual courage or perseverance in daily life."

    Individuals and organizations may submit more than one nominee, including past or posthumous nominees. A selection panel from another county reviews nominations without knowing the candidates' names.

    The Women's Hall of Fame dinner is March 18 at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

    For applications, guidelines, and/or sponsorship details, visit www.co.sanmateo.ca.us./hr/csw or call Miller at 650-363-4463.

    Baseball exhibit

    San Francisco International Airport invites the public to view its free, new exhibition, Pacific Coast League: the West Coast's Major League 1903-1957, which highlights baseball's Pacific Coast League's classic era. It is on view 24 hours a day in the International Terminal Main Hall, pre-security, through Oct. 30.

    Nearly 300 objects including complete uniforms from all of the historic franchises, equipment, score cards, souvenir items and historic photographs documenting the colorful players, coaches and managers who thrilled crowds from Lane Field in San Diego to Sick's Seattle Stadium, are displayed.

    The exhibition traces the league's development from its formation in 1903 to the 1950s, when the arrival of the National League in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1958 caused the Pacific Coast League's exit from the West Coast's largest cities.

    Highlighted are the league's primary eight teams: San Francisco Seals, Oakland Oaks, Los Angeles Angels, Hollywood Stars, Seattle Rainiers, Portland Beavers, San Diego Padres and Sacramento Solons.

    Oakland Oaks pitcher Cy Parkins' championship watch fob (1912), a San Francisco Seals Opening Day pennant (1915), and the Seattle Rainiers championship team-signed platter made by trainer Louis "Doc" Richard (1939) also will be featured.

    Visit exhibition images at: www.flysfo.com/web/page/about/news/pressres/exh.-baseball.html.

    To learn about other current or future exhibitions, call 650-821-6722.

    If you have any news tips about our County communities, call or fax Carolyn at 650-355-5533 or e-mail: carolynlivengood@sanbrunocable.com.