The Burlingame Library Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Tea

One thing I love about Burlingame is there is so much packed into our small little town. Where else can you find a quaint branch of your library right in the heart of a neighborhood (in this case, the Easton Addition) that is a hub for the community?

In Burlingame, we are exceptionally proud of our Library, which many consider to be the crown jewel of our community. We have incredibly diverse programming that appeals to a wide array of residents, from lectures from well known authors to job seeking classes to in-school visits by librarians, to name a few. Our selection of books and media is first class…you can practically find anything! Both the main library and the Easton Branch have the perfect look of what every American might dream what a library should look like…I am only surprised a movie hasn’t been filmed in it (yet!). As a young boy growing up in Burlingame, I have many fond memories of sitting in the book stacks reading Hardy Boys books for hours on end.

Having recently joined the board of the Burlingame Library Foundation, I began to better see firsthand the broad and deep impact our Library has in Burlingame, and I was immediately impressed with the devotion and passion that my fellow board members had for all things related to the Burlingame Public Library. I soon learned the Foundation supports many of the wonderful programs in the library, raises tens of thousands of dollars a year from our used book sales, puts on a very popular Book & Author Luncheon, and promotes the Library as a whole to the Burlingame and Hillsborough community. It is exciting to see how the Foundation has played an important role in helping our Library become one of the best and most recognized in California.

The video you’re about to see below is all about the Children’s Holiday Tea, which I produced for my online web series Burlingame Buzz. The event is sponsored by the Library Foundation. It was a challenging piece for my filmmaker Paul Keller and me to shoot because of the limited space (there were tons of kids and parents squeezed in like sardines in the library!) and lots of loud noises too. We tried quite a few angles and shots on the slider to get it just right and we think we captured the essence of what this event is all about. I hope you enjoy it!

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Music at Kohl Mansion

One of the hidden gems of Burlingame has got to be Music at Kohl Mansion. Having grown in Burlingame, like many Burlingamers, I was well aware of the Mercy High School campus and the beautiful Kohl Mansion. Interestingly though, I had never set foot on the campus until about a year ago, when the Music at Kohl Mansion program was brought to my attention. I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Patricia Kristof Moy, the Executive Director of the Music at Kohl program. Music at Kohl is the longest running chamber music series of the peninsula. As she gave me a tour of the pristinely manicured grounds and the stately room where the concerts and post concert tea with the musicians, I knew this was the perfect setting to produce a video in support of her program. I hope this video will serve as an introduction to those who may not yet be familiar with all of the wonderful work Patricia and her team are doing to foster the love and enjoyment of  high quality of music to children and adults in the Burlingame and greater community.

This video was filmed in one evening in December 2011 for their holiday program which featured four amazing musicians from the San Francisco Symphony. We  rented an incredible lens in order to capture the fine details of the performers in a low light setting, and I think this resulted in a beautifully cinematic effect. Special thanks to Richard Links of Links Sound for providing us with the master audio track of the evening. I’ve also had this video closed captioned for those who are hard of hearing (just click the CC button in the bottom right of the player). I hope you enjoy it!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video, so please feel free to drop me a line! If you have suggestions for future videos, please let me know too.


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Washington Elementary School

Washington Elementary School is a jewel in Burlingame. Located in the heart of the Lyon Hoag neighborhood and right next to Burlingables, Washington Elementary is one of the most sought after schools on the peninsula.

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The Pez Museum

The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia is a pretty neat place. Watch this fun video and meet the owner of the museum, Gary Doss!

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The Burlingame Garden Show

The Burlingame Garden Show is an annual event at the home of Burlingame resident John Ward. Watch this video to see it all!

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A Short, Fun History of Burlingame, CA

Hear some fun tidbits about Burlingame’s history from our residents that you’re likely not to know but will be sure to repeat! In this video you’ll meet John Horgan, a well known journalist and longtime Burlingame resident, Blanche Duffey, who has lived in Burlingame for most of her life and recounts the price of the first home she bought, and Joanne Garrison, a local historian and author with an amazing knowledge of Burlingame’s special history.

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Paint Burlingame

Paint Burlingame is one of Burlingame’s most popular artistic events of the year. Dozens of painters of all ages meet at the Burlingame train station off Burlingame Avenue for a day of painting their favorite images of the town. Prizes are awarded based on age…it is pretty impressive to see the great talent we have in our community! For more information about the next event, visit the Paint Burlingame website.

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Burlingame Pet Parade

The Burlingame Pet Parade is one of the largest pet parades anywhere! It takes place every September on Broadway, and is one of Burlingame’s biggest free events of the year. The Pet Parade is sponsored by the Broadway Merchants Association, the Peninsula Humane Society, and the Daily Journal, with huge participation from the Burlingame Mothers’ Club, Burlingame High School Band, the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Bank, Burlingame Show Choir, and the San Mateo Elks Concert Band.

In this video, you’ll hear from Ross Bruce (the unofficial “mayor” of Broadway), Jacquie Cooke Haggarty (Burlingame Mothers’ Club President), Tim Graczewski (Burlingame resident, pet lover, and U.S. service member), Terry Nagel (the real Mayor of Burlingame, and Pet Parade co-founder), and Brian Probst (Volunteer Services Coordinator, Peninsula Humane Society). And, special thanks to Stephen Hamilton for doing a wonderful job as MC of the pet trick competition!

More information can be found at the official website.

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Burlingame High School’s Taste of the Town

Burlingame High School’s Taste of the Town is your best opportunity of the year to sample the best cuisine in Burlingame all in one spot all at one time. The value of your ticket is a fraction of the value of the quality food you’ll be eating! Plus, all the proceeds go directly to the BHS Parents Group.The next Taste of the Town is Sunday, March 4 from 1-4 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame.  That’s right. . .it’s a new location, and day of the week.

30th Anniversary of BHS Taste of the Town: Party Like It’s 1981!

To donate, sponsor, or buy raffle tickets, please visit the Taste of the Town website by clicking here.

WHAT: This is BHS PG’s biggest fundraiser, netting over $100,000 in prior years.  “Your participation in this event continues a long tradition of community support for BHS,” says Chris Holleran, Principal at BHS. “Our students benefit directly from the funds raised at the event and throughout the year by our amazing parent volunteers.  Thank you for your generosity and for attending Taste of the Town.”

It is an excellent opportunity to sample food and drink from Burlingame’s restaurant and beverage companies all under one roof: the Burlingame Recreation Center.  Although this venue is familiar to all, it will be transformed for the event. ‘PARTY LIKE IT’S 1981’ has been chosen as this year’s theme to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the event. Jim Skeels, Burlingame’s Parks and Recreation Director says, “The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to again join forces with Burlingame High School in hosting their annual fundraiser, Taste of the Town. We value the importance of this event for the school and the impact that it has for the students, faculty and families that support school activities.  The City of Burlingame and BHS have had a long positive relationship and this is yet another example of how well this works.  With the event celebrating its 30th anniversary, the last four of which we have hosted at the Recreation Center, we value not only this remarkable event but also the cooperative spirit between the school and the community.  We encourage all to participate, enjoy, and support this significant event.”

Fabulous prizes could be yours with the purchase of a winning raffle ticket.  The 150+ item silent auction for the event will be available for on-line preview as the date approaches. Live music by BHS’s finest musicians and performers will set the mood for a fun evening!  And a DJ will be playing ‘80s tunes!

WHERE: Burlingame Recreation Center – 850 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame

COST: $50 in advance; $60 at the door

MEDIA CONTACT: Kathleen Williams, kathleen at or Nancy Agatiello, nagatiello at

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Meet the Burlingame Mayor and City Manager

How many of you know who the mayor or the city manager of your town is? Well, in Burlingame, most people seem to know – it’s just that kind of place.

Hear from Burlingame’s Mayor Cathy Baylock and City Manager Jim Nantell as they share their thoughts on what makes Burlingame so special.

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Burlingame Criterium & Ryan’s Ride

Every June, the Burlingame, California downtown is transformed into a cycling capital for the Burlingame Criterium and Ryan’s Ride.

The Burlingame Criterium is one of the largest downtown cycling races in California. It attracts hundreds of amateur and pro riders from throughout the state who compete on the under one mile track through downtown Burlingame. The race is sponsored by the Peninsula Velo Cycling Club, one of the most successful clubs in Northern California.

In addition to the Burlingame Criterium, Ryan’s Ride is the largest children’s bike ride in the country, with over 700 participants aged 3 – 10.

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Youth Sports in Burlingame

Want to learn about the high caliber of sports in Burlingame? Hear from Burlingame coaches and athletes, and get a first hand glimpse at our stellar athletic facilities!


Jeff Dowd, Burlingame High School varsity basketball coach

Bill Smith, Burlingame High School tennis coach

Hank Sauer, Burlingame Youth Baseball Association co-founder and President

Drew Shiller, Burlingame High School 4 time Athlete of the Year, Stanford Basketball Point Guard

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Burlingame Parks and Recreation

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Center is a vibrant hub of activity for the Burlingame and Hillsborough communities, and offers something for everyone…sports leagues, art and yoga classes, summer camps, and more – you name it, they likely have it! The Rec Center is situated in the tree-filled Washington Park next to the popular playground, lighted tennis courts, rose garden, basketball courts, and the Wrigley Field-esque Burlingame High School baseball field.

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Watch Raziel on PenTV Channel 26 talking about BurlingameBuzz!

Just last week I was featured on PenTV’s 1 on 1 show with Dani Gasparini. I was on the air for 10 minutes on Channel 26, which reaches over 170,000 homes in San Mateo County. It was a huge honor to be interviewed in the same episode with Tom Mohr, the President of Canada College, and John de Miranda, the CEO of Faces and Voices of Recovery. I asked the producers if they could show the BurlingameBuzz trailer for the last two and a half minutes and they were more than happy to.

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Meet Jeff Riddle: 4th Generation Burlingame Resident

Jeff Riddle represents all things that are great about Burlingame. He is from a fourth generation family, played baseball at Burlingame High School, and returned home to Burlingame after attending college at UCSD. He is now an entrepreneur and plans to eventually raise his family in Burlingame.

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Lincoln Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School is in the heart of the Easton Addition and bordering Ray Park.

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McKinley Elementary School

McKinley Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in all of Burlingame. McKinley is well known for its incredibly popular (and always sold out!) dual language Spanish immersion program, the emphasis on academics, and its warm community. Hear why students and parents love McKinley!

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Franklin Elementary: A California Distinguished School

Franklin Elementary School is one of the top rated elementary schools in California.

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Park Road Fitness

Park Road Fitness adds a new twist to working out. No workout is ever the same at this Downtown Burlingame gym with a phenomenal outdoor facility perfect for cross training and boot camp style workout guaranteed to leave you carrying yourself out.

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Burlingame’s Oldest Retail Store: The Studio Shop (and still family owned!)

The Studio Shop is Burlingame’s oldest retail business, having opened its doors in 1915. It is the place to get your favorite family photos and art pieces matted and framed, and their work is of the highest quality. The current owners, Janet and Carl Martin, live in Burlingame, and are very active in the community, supporting the Art on the Line exhibition in their museum quality gallery in downtown Burlingame. Most recently, they have gracious supported My Monet: A Burlingame Children’s Art Exhibition at Burlingame’s annual flagship event, Art in the Park, by donating all the custom matting of children’s art.

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Burlingame Optical

When you walk into Burlingame Optical, you’re guaranteed to be happily greeted by Stuart Brickman, its longtime proprietor and Burlingame resident. Stuart’s shop prides itself on selecting the highest quality eyewear available as well as having an incredibly diverse selection for its discriminating local clientele.

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Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream

Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream is one of Burlingame’s favorite ice cream and candy stores! For the first time ever, watch how owner and Burlingame resident Irene Preston makes her famous thin mints! It’s not as easy as you think.

This family-owned business makes candy every day in small batches to insure freshness and high quality. Preston’s has been around for over 60 years and will continue to be a part of Burlingame lore for decades more. Preston’s is proud to have employed dozens of Burlingame students over the years.

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Que Seraw Seraw – Arguably Burlingame’s Healthiest Place to Eat

Que Seraw Seraw is one the hidden secrets in Burlingame. They serve healthy fast food to go, and it’s all fresh, gourmet, organic, vegan, and raw! I know that’s a mouthful, but you will be blown away when you try their vegan tuna salad and other delectable treats like almond milk…it’s so good!

And, for those who have food allergies, their food is wheat, dairy, and gluten free. Where else can you get all that?

Que Seraw Seraw is located just off Broadway next to Earthbeam Natural Foods. They are open Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, and closed on Sundays.

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Where do the Burlingame locals get their coffee? Easy – Il Piccolo Cafe.

Il Piccolo Cafe on Broadway in Burlingame is one of the best coffee shops on the peninsula. You’re always guaranteed to run into someone you know there…and they’ve just expanded by doubling their current space – which is awesome considering they’re across the street from Starbucks….go locally owned businesses!

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A Taste of Regal Paris: La Boheme Restaurant

La Boheme is one the newest restaurants in Burlingame, importing authentic French cuisine (and a French chef!) straight to The Ave. Their food is incredible – particularly their almond croissants – and their coffee bar in the front is a hit.

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Stella Alpina Osteria: A Taste of Northern Italy in Burlingame

Step inside Stella Alpina Osteria and you’ll feel like you’re dining on some great secret family recipes reserved for special occasions. Owned and run by Burlingame residents Matteo and Alisa Ferrari since 2005, the restaurant features a nightly sellout Osso Buco and an ambience second to none. BurlingameBuzz is proud to feature Stella Alpina as one its personal favorites and local hotspots.

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Drew Shiller: Burlingame’s Most Famous Basketball Player

Drew Shiller is one of the most prolific athletes to ever come out of Burlingame…a three sport athlete at Burlingame High School, and the starting point guard at Stanford, Drew exemplifies the best of what a student-athlete can be. Enjoy!

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Meet Janice Wolfe: Artist Extraordinaire!

Step inside Janice’s world as she shares with us her zest for art and drama, and why she loves Burlingame!

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You know you’re safe when the Chief of Police lives in Burlingame. Meet Jack Van Etten!

Where else can you find a chief of police who not only loves where he works, but lives and breathes his hometown? Meet Jack Van Etten, our proud (retired) Chief of Police!

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Burlingame Intermediate School

Burlingame Intermediate School is the sole public middle school in Burlingame.

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