WEEKLY ROUNDUP: NATURE DOCUMENTARIES, REFUGEE EXPERIENCES AND BIKES!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

CuriOdyssey Cinema Nights: Located in scenic Coyote Point, CuriOdyssey offers up education fun for fans of animals, nature and science. This Friday, June 16, they’ll be showing a series of short films in the museum aimed at a young audience. You can get to Coyote Point by taking the SamTrans 252 from the San Mateo Caltrain Station and also get an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the park on your walk in.

Oxfam Refugee Road: Oxfam represents an international confederation of nonprofits and charitable organizations that has been fighting global poverty since 1942. Tonight, June 12, they’re holding a free interactive event at the Microsoft Conference Center that will give participants a firsthand look at the challenges faced by Syrian refugees. The event is free, and promises to be an impactful and unforgettable experience. Attendees can ride the VTA 40 from near the San Antonio Caltrain Station and be a part of this rare opportunity to step into another’s shoes.

Silicon Valley Bike Summit: The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, is holding its 7th Annual Bike Summit on Tuesday, August 8. Featuring Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the summit will focus on how to make biking safer, easier and more popular. If you get around on two wheels on the Peninsula, this is an event worth checking out. Registration is open, and the venue is biking distance from the Mountain View Caltrain Station, so no excuses are necessary. Sign up today!

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SamTrans Participates in Annual Veterans’ Open House & Resource Event

By Elizabeth Renteria, @CaltrainLiz

The SamTrans Veterans Mobility Corps will be participating in the 2nd Annual San Mateo County Veterans’ Open House and Resource Event tomorrow, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 105, 651 El Camino Real, Redwood City.

Stop by the booth and learn more about SamTrans Veterans Mobility Corps and the services SamTrans provides regarding transit. Learn how transit keeps veterans on the move.

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If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, don’t miss this opportunity to connect with agencies that are dedicated to serving you.  Learn about education, employment, housing, VA benefits, and other opportunities.

Free lunch will be served to the first 200 in attendance provided by the American Legion Charitable Foundation and Central Peninsula Church. Free parking on-site.  For more information visit: hsa.smcgov.org/veterans.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: SALSA, WALKING AND LONG-TERM PLANNING POLICY!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Cinco de Mayo Salsa Dancing: If your plans for Cinco de Mayo are drinking mediocre beer bottled in Chicago and calling it “Cinco de Drinko,” let me stop you right now before you embarrass yourself and your loved ones further. Instead, you should get yourself up to Dance Fridays in San Francisco and learn how to salsa. Take Caltrain to the Bayshore Station, then take a short walk to catch the MUNI 9, and your hips will be moving in ways you never thought possible in no time.

Jane’s Walk SJ:  If you want to learn more about San Jose’s history and get outside to enjoy the wonderful weather we’ve been having, Jane’s Walk might be your cup of tea. Named for urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs, these walks are designed to let people learn more about their neighborhoods, get engaged in local issues and promote walkable cities. Both A beginner’s guide to downtown San Jose (as told by a New Jerseyan) and the Ride to Silicon Valley Bikes Festival & Bicycle Show depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station, and VTA can get you to many of the other tours scheduled.

Draft Plan Bay Area 2040: Since you’re reading a public transportation blog (like all the cool kids) it’s safe to assume you have opinions about transit (same). Then you’ll be happy to hear that the draft of Plan Bay Area 2040 is open for public comment, and the MTC and ABAG want to hear what you have to say about it. The plan is a holistic view of transportation and land-use planning, and may well lay out the future of what the Bay Area looks like, so make sure you speak up on what matters most to you and yours.

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: EASTER BRUNCH, KUNG FU MOVIES AND BIKE TO WORK WEEK!

By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Waterbar Easter Brunch: Whether or not you spend Sunday morning in church, Easter calls for brunch. If you’re feeling more than the standard pancakes and eggs, make your way to the Embarcadero’s Waterbar and do it big. Reservations are recommended, and you can easily make it there after a short stroll from the San Francisco Caltrain station at 4th and King. Then you can nosh on twice-cooked pork belly and grits, smoked tri-tip loco moco over gochujang fried rice, and cocoa nib bread pudding just like mom used to make (provided your mother is an award-winning chef).

Crouching Tiger @ Asian Art Museum:  Ang Lee’s masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the sort of visual spectacle that demands the big screen. Thankfully, the good people at the Asian Art Museum agree, and will be hosting a showing at 6:45 p.m. this Friday, April 14. Take Caltrain to BART, get off at Civic Center, take a quick walk to 200 Larkin, and prepare to be dazzled by wuxia majesty.

Volunteer for Bike to Work Week: Bay Area Bike to Work Day is coming up on May 11, but volunteer trainings have already begun. Catch the next one at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Redwood City Public Library, so you can help enable bikers throughout the Bay Area to swap four wheels for two and keep our air cleaner and our roads emptier. The library is quite close to the Redwood City Caltrain Station, and our bike cars are happy to have you.

Reminder: SamTrans Conducts Online Customer Survey

SamTrans would like to hear from current, former and new riders to assist us in creating the best possible ride experience for passengers. Feedback from the survey will assist SamTrans in identifying short-, mid- and long-term improvements, such as amenities and service.

Riders can go to www.samtrans.com/customerexperience to complete the online survey, which will be open and available to the public until Sunday, March 19, 2017. If you would like to take the survey by phone, or need a translator, please call Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287 (TTY: 650-508-6448), weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let SamTrans know what you think. The questionnaire should about 10 minutes and at the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win one of five SamTrans Monthly passes.

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 79 routes throughout San Mateo County. Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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