By Matt Wilson, @wilsonstcomms

A ‘Golden’ (K)night of Hockey

Canadians and other denizens of frosty places may have trouble stomaching it, but professional hockey has come to the dry, snow-less desert of Las Vegas. The National Hockey League’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, step onto San Jose ice at 7:30 p.m. against the Sharks for the first time on Thursday, February 8, at SAP Center.

In just their first season on The Strip, the Golden Knights are shockingly atop the Western Conference standings, resulting in more than a few hockey purists and observers muttering casino floor lingo like “beginner’s luck.”  The SAP Center, better known as the Shark Tank to the teal-clad crowd, is a slap shot away from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain station. For game tickets, visit

Sweet, Sweet Music With Redwood Symphony

The Redwood Symphony promises “a vivacious concert of wit at the highest level” when Bay Area composer Kirke Mechem comes to Cañada College’s Main Theater on Saturday, February 10. The concert will feature Symphony No. 2, Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, and Stravinsky: Petrushka presented with supertitles. There will be a lecture at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35, and free for music lovers under age 18. Cañada College is quite a trek from the Redwood City Caltrain Station, but SamTrans routes 274 and 278 can get you to the college from the station’s transit center.

Talk Housing On Your Lunch Break

The regional housing shortage remains at the forefront of many Bay Area residents’ minds, and one local organization is using its lunch break to talk about it.

SPUR is hosting “Addressing Housing and Equity Needs in the Suburbs” on Thursday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on housing needs, government policy, ways to address the housing shortage, and creating more integrated, mixed-income communities throughout the region. Representatives from Harmonie Park Development, Eden Housing, Zacks, Freedman & Patterson, and California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund will lend their voices.

SPUR, which is short for the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, will hold the event at its Urban Center, 654 Mission St. in San Francisco. You can jump on Caltrain and ride up to the San Francisco Station, then take a roughly 20-minute walk to the Urban Center.

Admission is free for SPUR members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is not required.

SamTrans Board Meeting on Wednesday

The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors will have its second meeting of the year on Wednesday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in the Edward J. Bacciocco Auditorium, located on the second floor at SamTrans Administrative Offices, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. The office is located two blocks west of the San Carlos Caltrain Station.

On the agenda this month: Quarterly Investment Performance Review, Update on 2017 Employee Survey District Actions and Mobility Management Bus Technologies. For the full agenda and future board meeting dates, visit the SamTrans website.


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