It's that busy time of year again filled with fundraisers, school parties, graduations and weddings, and I want to make sure you don't overlook some important opportunities.


If you want to know how Burlingame spends its money, come to our Budget Study Session this Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. At our next regular council meeting on Monday, May 18, we'll consider water conservation measures now that the state has weighed in and, as always, will listen to what members of the public have to say before making decisions.


If you, like me, have ever wondered about how to recycle some items, you'll want to come to the Zero Waste Challenge on Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the Lane Room at the library. This friendly competition will be run like a game show - and offers a trophy for the winning team. Read on for details.


Interested in saving money by making energy- or water-efficiency improvements for your home? See this fact sheet on the city's website and look below for more information.


See you around town,


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Terry Nagel
Mayor, Burlingame 

Come to the Zero Waste Challenge  


You're invited to the Zero Waste Challenge on Wednesday, May 20 - a friendly competition with the excitement of a TV game show that's designed to teach you how to recycle ordinary, odd and even hazardous items. The winners will take home a bizarre trophy and everyone will receive a tote bag from Recology, sponsor of this event. Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC), this fun learning exercise will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library 480 Primrose Road.


Professional emcee Jeff Tateosian will add to the fun with game show bells and whistles. This is a fun, no-pressure game open to participants of all ages. Families and school groups are welcome. The winning team will receive a trophy and everyone will take home a Recology tote bag.


Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, email by Monday, May 18. Click here for more details.


Tips about recycling are available on the Recology website.


Other environmental programs offered by CEC this year are a showing of the film "Fed Up" on June 17, a program on drought-tolerant landscaping on July 22 and a screening of the documentary "Chasing Ice" on August 19. All programs are free and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library. A flyer with details is available here.

Tips on Saving Energy and Water  


At a recent program hosted by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, four speakers described a variety of programs that can help you save money and make your home more energy and water efficient. They also explained how you can obtain state-backed loans that let you pay for improvements over time as part of your property tax. (Seismic retrofits are also eligible.) If you sell your home before the loan is paid off, the new owner assumes the payments.


Sigalle Michael, sustainability coordinator for the City of Burlingame, has summarized the energy- and water-saving programs available for Burlingame residents in this fact sheet. 


Some programs are only eligible for a limited time. In addition, Sigalle has listed other ways you can save money and live more sustainably. Click here to see the "What Burlingame Residents Can Do" section of the city's website.  


Many of these suggestions apply to residents outside of Burlingame.

Coming Up


Sunday, May 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Mothers' Club Annual Flea Market. $3 per person, $5 per family. Burlingame High School Gymnasium, 1 Mangini Way.

Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m. Zero Waste Challenge, presented by Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame and sponsored by Recology. Free. (Details above.) Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library.

Friday, June 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Live music in downtown Burlingame, located under the pergola by The Gap. 

Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. Screening of "Fed Up," a documentary that could change the way you eat. It argues that the sugar loaded into processed foods causes obesity and shorter life spans. Free. Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library.
Friday, June 19, 5 p.m. Deadline for Burlingame Library Board applications.
You must attend a Library Board meeting in order to apply; meetings are May 19 and June 16. More info here. 


Through June 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday - The Peninsula Museum of Art is exhibiting "3D Printing: The Radical Shift." See what happens when artists utilize three-dimensional printers to create works of art. 1777 California Drive, Burlingame.