By Matt Wilson, @wilsonstcomms

Show Off Your Love For Parks

Do you like parks? More specifically, does your heart go aflutter at just the thought of beautifying local parks? If so, you and the little ones in your life can spend Valentine’s Day evening at the San Francisco Civic Center expressing that love.

All are invited to celebrate the opening of Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, creative play spaces with interactive lights outside San Francisco’s iconic government offices. The Helen Diller Family Foundation donated $10 million through The Trust for Public Land to fund the design and construction of the playgrounds. They’re connected by 52 lighting fixtures with animated patterns that also project light on the nearby plaza.

The event is set for Wednesday, February 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, at Larkin and Fulton Streets. There will be fun for all ages including crafts, face painting, food, refreshments, a DJ, a ribbon cutting, and a dance performance. If you want to give some love to public transportation, then you can get to the fun by taking Caltrain and walking a little more than a mile walk from the San Francisco Station. If the walk is too long, MUNI Metro Rail’s N Judah will get you there.

Comedians @Red Rock

With the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in the Bay Area lately, it’s been pretty tough to feel low energy. But if you’re looking for a lift in the form of some laughter, paired with a nice cup of coffee or tea, then you might want to drop by Red Rock in downtown Mountain View for a free comedy show.

Local comedian, Kevin Wong, is hosting a two-hour night of comedy on Saturday, February 17, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Local comedians are slated to step up to the microphone for a night of laughter. Seating is limited, so come early to grab a prime spot. Donations are also welcome.

The Mountain View Caltrain Station is so close to Red Rock that it’s, dare I say………laughable!?

Get Us Moving San Mateo County

Get Us Moving San Mateo County, a collaborative effort between the San Mateo County Transit District, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and partner agencies and organizations, will host a couple more meetings this month to get public feedback about strategies to address the County’s critical transportation needs.

Town hall meetings will be held at the following locations:

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Ballroom, Menlo Park Senior Center

110 Terminal Avenue, Menlo Park

Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building

33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

GUM is designed to inform the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors about San Mateo County residents’ transportation priorities. The Transit District and the County will use this feedback to develop a San Mateo County Transportation Expenditure Plan that will be included in a potential ballot measure creating new transportation revenues. The town halls are part of a larger public outreach effort that includes an online survey and coordinated presentations to City Councils, chambers of commerce and other community organizations throughout the County.

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