Monthly Archives

November 2015

Black Friday line, shoppers, and employees
25th Avenue, Downtown, Parks and Recreation

Black Friday Options

To Shop or Not

After Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping frenzy begins! We all know this day too well and it is Black Friday. Some get a rush out of scoring deals on holiday gifts while others prefer to find their own little treat, and some would rather avoid the crowds and spend the day relaxing with family and friends. Whichever you prefer, San Mateo has some great options for you.

Get your Shop On

Hillsdale Shopping Center is a central San Mateo shopping venue with many options in one convenient location. The shopping center is home to four mega stores, including Nordstrom, Sears, Macy’s, and Forever 21, and 120 specialty shops and restaurants where you will be sure to find the perfect gift.Woman holding a sale sign

If the mall isn’t for you 25th Avenue is a wonderful alternative. Take a stroll and wander through the charming shops to find the ideal gift for that special someone this holiday season. When you’re done shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants offering tasty creations.

The hustle and bustle of downtown provides a charming atmosphere that will put you in the holiday spirit. Its specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment options provide a quintessential experience to find unique gifts, sample local cuisine and have some fun along the way.

Rest and Relaxation

San Mateo Central ParkIf shopping on Black Friday is not for you, take it easy and visit one of San Mateo’s fabulous parks. San Mateo is home to 35 parks and recreation centers each offering  special features such as the Japanese Tea Garden, dog parks, walking trails, playgrounds for children, and much more! The parks are a great way to spend time outside – playing, relaxing and exercising after yesterday’s feast.

Don’t forget, San Mateo also has an ice rink in Central Park this winter season! San Mateo on Ice is open daily with 9,000 square feet of real ice for recreational skating. Enjoy the day with your family and check out this cool winter attraction.

Whether you decide to go shopping or spend the day outdoors, San Mateo is certainly the place to do it. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list at local shopping districts and will take in plenty of fresh air while playing in neighborhood parks. Whichever you choose it is bound to be a great day in San Mateo.

People donating Thanksgiving food
Community, Community Events

Give Back this Thanksgiving

Many of us are fortunate enough to have meals on the table every night to enjoy with our friends and loved ones. During Thanksgiving we are especially thankful for our families, health, and the good food. It is important to recognize that not everyone is this fortunate and there are many who go hungry not only on Thanksgiving, but on many nights.

Helping others during the Holidays is a wonderful way to give thanks and give back to our community. San Mateo is home to many programs that give food to those in need. This holiday, consider volunteering at one of these organizations to spread some holiday cheer and give to those less fortunate.

Samaritan House   People being served at a food bank

Samaritan House generously gives food to those in need in multiple ways. The organization provides low-income families with boxes of groceries, the basic staple of bread, they serve hot meals all year round, and have more programs to offer those in need food.

Dining Room

Samaritan House Dining Room offers a sit-down dinner, including a hot meal and dessert, nightly, to single adults and families. Diners are encouraged to take advantage of eating with the community but diners can take their meal to go if necessary.

Samaritan House Dining Room is located at:

400 E. 5th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402 Phone: 650-344-1651

Food Pantry

Samaritan House Food Pantry supplies boxes full of groceries for low-income families who struggle to buy them. This option allows familiesJar with coins that says "tis the season to give" to prepare fresh meals together at home.

Samaritan House Food Pantry is located at:

4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone: 650-703-3398

Samaritan House Kitchen

Samaritan House Kitchen feeds over 3,000 hungry people every month with a significant portion being children from low-income families. Meals are supplied to the kitchen through Samaritan House programs such as the Dining Room, food pantry, and others.

Samaritan House Kitchen is located at:

4031 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone: 650-347-3648

Child packing boxes of foodSt. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul offers basic necessities such as clothing, sleeping bags, bus tokens, ID cards, laundry, mail service, and perhaps most importantly a hot meal. The organization serves hot meals to those in need year round and will also host a special Thanksgiving meal on November 25th at their Homeless Help Center.

Homeless Help Center 50 N. B Street (650) 343-9251

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank distributes nutritious food to low-income people in need in every zip code of their service area, all over the bay area. The Second harvest Food Bank does not only give to individuals but also to other organizations that give to those in need. For example, Second Harvest assists in supplying food for meals at the Samaritan House and St. Vincent de Paul.

Second Harvest Food Bank is assisting in serving a hot Thanksgiving meal on November 26th at the King Center in San Mateo located at 725 Monte Diablo Ave.Family volunteering together

To volunteer on Thanksgiving or throughout the holiday season, please contact the organizations directly to see what opportunities are available. Volunteering provides a chance to serve your community and bond with friends or family while working for a good cause.

Please visit the City’s website for additional volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

If you know of another organization that will be hosting volunteer activities such as these, please leave a comment and share with the rest of our community so others can learn more and participate. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving table with food and people reaching for food

Celebrate with a Non-traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you are looking for ways to ignite your meal, look no further! We have some non-traditional Thanksgiving recipes that will be perfect to make you look like a 5-star chef cooking right out of your own kitchen.

Autumn quinoa salad

A salad is a staple to any meal and it is no different when it comes to Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving try a different take on the classic salad with a unique autumn quinoa salad. Guests will love the flavors of fall with the butternut squash, pecans, and honey wrapped up in the healthy goodness of quinoa.

Sweet potato friesSweet potato fries

A side of sweet potatoes is a traditional hit at Thanksgiving dinner. Typically mashed, baked, or candied they are a family favorite for all ages. Try something different for this holiday and go with some trendy sweet potato fries. Crunchy and sweet, the beloved cousin to the French fry will be a fun alternative guests will be sure to gobble up.

Poblano cornbread stuffing

Spice up your meal by kicking your stuffing up a notch and try this poblano cornbread stuffing. Stuffing is a necessity at the Thanksgiving table and this recipe is sure to excite your family and friends with something they won’t expect. This stuffing filled with kale, cilantro, currants, and of course peppers is sure to spice up the night and your guests.

TurkeyCitrus and herb turkey

Ignite your taste buds with a sweet, savory, and tart combination of flavor in the star of your meal – the turkey. The citrus will be a different flavor guests will enjoy, while the herbs will be a familiar flavor of comfort. The citrus and herb turkey is a great way to pair the new with the old this Thanksgiving.

Goat cheese pumpkin tacos

(vegetarian alternative)

Tacos for Thanksgiving are far from traditional but these pumpkin tacos are sure to blow you away. These tacos mix together traditional fall flavors, such as those of pumpkin, and the fun of building a meal with your family when you create your taco. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans (omit cheese) these are sure to create a new favorite.

A chocolate and sweet potato layer cake with molasses buttercream Chocolate sweet potato layer cake with molasses buttercream

Not everyone is in love with pie, so what do you do for Thanksgiving in this dessert catastrophe? Perhaps try a chocolate sweet potato cake with molasses buttercream. Chocolate, sweet potato, and molasses are flavors that pair perfectly with the holiday. Guests will be sure to indulge and savor the last few bites of their Thanksgiving meal with this decadent dessert.

Have some fun this holiday and try something new, your friends and family around the table are sure to be surprised with every delightful bite.  Leave us a comment and tell us what you’re cooking up this Thanksgiving!

Community, Community Events

San Mateo Events Update

November 20th – November 24th


Another week means new events! Get out there and try something different. Try Off the Grid for a fun afternoon lunch or listen to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair Carolers to get into the holiday spirit. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a blast in San Mateo!

Holiday Ice Skating in Central Park San Mateo on Ice banner

Friday, November 20th – Sunday, January 10th

Holiday skating is finally here! Skate on 9,000 square feet of REAL ice in Central Park during the day and even under the stars at night. The rink is open to all ages; the fee is $15 which includes your skate rental. Check out San Mateo On Ice for more information.

Daniel Tiger Meet & Greet

Friday, November 20th 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Daniel Tiger of KQED Television series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be at Hillsdale Shopping Center to greet guests and kick off the holiday season. Bring your child to meet and take photos with Daniel! Then he’ll light the holiday tree, open the kid’s activities, and clear the way for visits with Santa. Children will receive jingle bells just for attending! (While supplies last)

Teens Friday Night Fun – 9 Square in the Air

Friday, November 20th 6:30pm – 8:45pm

The King Center is hosting a free night of games and fun! Get your head in the game and play a twist on the old playground game, 4 square.

Off the Grid sign and food trucksOff the Grid: Hillsdale Caltrain Station

Saturday, November 21st 11:00am – 3:00pm

Come out for great food and live music! Choose from one of these tasty food vendors: Naked Chorizo, Frozen Kuhsterd, Me So Hungry Too, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, Ark Grill, Izzy’s Cheesesteaks, Don Pablo, and Capelo’s Hill Country BBQ. Off the Grid is at the Hillsdale Caltrain Station every Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm.

ACT Practice Test

Saturday, November 21st 12:00pm – 4:00pm

This test is presented by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Registration is required. Call (650) 522-7812 to sign up or visit the 2nd floor reference desk at the Main Library to register. Results will be emailed.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair Carolers  Caroler

Tuesday, November 24th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in a Victorian London where it’s always Christmas Eve and the streets resound with celebrations of the Season! Hillsdale will ring with merry carolers who will be giving away free tickets to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at Cow Palace Exhibition Halls in San Francisco.

We hope you enjoy these events next week! Leave us a comment and let us know what your plans are. Also subscribe so you don’t have to keep checking back for more awesome events – they’ll be emailed right to you!

PLEASE NOTE: We strive to ensure all events listed here are accurate and up-to-date. However, event dates, times, locations, and other details are subject to change without prior notice. Therefore, we recommend you contact the specific event organizer to confirm details. Thank you for visiting!

Wind art at a San Mateo park
Community, Sustainability

San Mateo Awarded for Combating Climate Change

San Mateo has made great strides in combating climate change and has been awarded for its efforts. Sustainability is a top priority for San Mateo and hard work has paid off.

SMART sign in San Mateo City HallSan Mateo was awarded the Silver Spotlight Award for 9% community GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions and the Gold Spotlight award for sustainability best practices. To earn these awards San Mateo implemented numerous programs to conserve water, promote alternate methods of transportation, reduce energy consumption, and reduce waste.

To help these programs succeed San Mateo took on numerous projects. City streetlights were replaced with energy-efficient LED lights to reduce energy consumption. A water conservation program was developed to reduce water usage at all city parks and city-owned facilities. Three public shuttles were funded to serve tens of thousands of riders annually as an alternate method of transportation.

Last but certainly not least, you were a part of making these awards a reality. San Mateo achieved 97% participation from single family homes in the City’s voluntary composting program. These awards may not have been earned if it was not for you participating in this program with your household.Children participating in composting

San Mateo as a whole earned these awards, not just the City but also the residents. As climate change is still an issue it is important that the whole community do their part and take action against this problem. Together San Mateo can come to achieve great things and these awards are some for all to be proud of.

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Pumkin pie with a slice cut out

City Employees Bring You Beloved Pumpkin Recipes

It’s Pumpkin season! With the cold weather comes a desire for the warmth of baked goods and that craving for something tasty that matches the season. Baked pumpkin goods are perfect for that fix. We went to some of our City of San Mateo employees to find out which pumpkin recipes they like best and are here to share them with you!

Pumpkin Cheesecake – Simon V.

“If you don’t like pumpkin but you do like cheesecake, you should try this. It’s a nice contrast between the pumpkin and sweet cheesecake. You can also do a lot with it and be creative.”

  • 2 (8 ounce packages) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extractSlice of pumpkin cheesecake
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth, then blend in the eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into the bottom of the crust and set it aside. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread the mixture over the batter in the crust. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

Layered Pumpkin Cake (Brought to you by Williams Sonoma) – Toni D.

“I like this because I find it more flavorful and moist than other pumpkin cakes.”

For the cake:

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamonPumpkin cake in the shape of a pumpkin
  • 1¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground all spice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1¼ sticks unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup diced candied ginger

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree (optional)
  • Food coloring as desired

For the cake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves and set aside. In a mixer beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, add the brown and granulated sugars and beat until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until incorporated, add the pumpkin puree and beat until incorporated. Then remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a spatula, fold in the walnuts and crystallized ginger. Divide the mixture into two pans and bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes, then let cool.

For the frosting, In the bowl of the mixer beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, add the butter and beat until combined, add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Divide the frosting into two parts and stir the pumpkin puree into one, reserve the remaining frosting for decorating.

To put it together, Using a bread knife, cut 1/4 inch off the flat side of each cake half. Place one cake half, flat side up, on a plate and spread the pumpkin frosting on top. Place the other cake half, flat side down, on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add food coloring, as desired, to the frosting you had set aside and decorate once your cake has cooled.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Lily L.

“I like making these in the fall because they’re fun sized and the spices remind me of the holidays.”

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flourPumpkin cupcakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-15 ounce can pumpkin puree (or roughly 1 ¾ cup of fresh pumpkin puree)

For the frosting:

  • 2-8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter and beat until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice) and mix until they are all combined. Be careful not to over mix. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined. Fill a lined cupcake tin with approximately 4 teaspoons (halfway) of batter. Bake for 18-24 minutes and cool on a wire rack. When cool, frost with frosting.

For the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter, mix in vanilla, and then gradually mix in confectioners’ sugar. If the frosting is too soft, add more confectioners’ sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add milk, a few drops at a time, until desired consistency.

City employees sure know how to bake! If you’re stumped on what to bake this season, we hope this gave you some ideas. Leave a comment and share your favorite pumpkin recipes with us. Don’t forget to subscribe to get more fun from the City sent directly to you. Interested in more articles about food? Check out the blog at Happy baking!

Map of Bay Meadows
Community, Community Development

Transit Oriented Development Series – Part Three

Bay Meadows

This article featuring Bay Meadows is the last in a three-part series about the Transit Oriented Development projects currently under construction in San Mateo. The City’s Rail Corridor Transit Oriented Development Plan sets development goals to help maintain the quality of life for those living and working in San Mateo while providing additional opportunities for high density affordable and market rate housing and class ‘A’ office space.

Bay Meadows emulates these goals through the guiding principles and design guidelines established in its Specific Plan adopted by the San Mateo City Council. The principles and standards establish a vision for the look and feel of Bay Meadows and will facilitate the creation of a high-quality development.

Meadow Walk homes at Bay MeadowsBay Meadows is now in phase two of development. Currently under construction are two apartment buildings, The Russell and Rendezvous. These multi-use buildings will have retail space on the bottom and residential living on top. Station 4 is also currently under construction and will be used as office space. These buildings will form the town square which will feature an exciting public art piece. The Brightside and Meadow Walk residential areas are currently completing construction as well.

When completed, Station 4 will be used to house the company SurveyMonkey. The prospective date for SurveyMonkey to move in is January 2017. This is also when The Russell and Rendezvous are scheduled to be completed. Currently all infrastructure is complete for these buildings.

The Russell and Rendezvous will go up for lease when they are completed. Bay Meadows does not take a waiting list but they do have an interest list so people can receive e-mails with information about Bay Meadows.

When finished, Bay Meadows will include more 1,000 homes, 750,000 square feet of office space, and 18 acres of parks. There is no completion date for phase two because the start of construction for the next buildings is driven by the market.Brightside homes at Bay Meadows

“For sale houses have more demand than we can supply and for rent spaces have leased up very quickly. Part of it is the quality of the buildings and part of it is the quality of the community. People like being close to the train, like the parks, and like the overall feel of Bay Meadows.” Said Janice Thacher, Partner at Wilson Meany – the company that developed Bay Meadows.

We hope you enjoyed this Transit Oriented Development series and found it informational. While this was the last article in this series stay tuned, by subscribing, to get updates on other development projects in San Mateo sent directly to you.

Central Park Music Series
Community, Community Events

San Mateo Events Update

November 12-17

Another week in San Mateo means there is tons to see and do! Take your family and friends to any of these fun-filled community! Enjoy a dazzling tree lighting in Central Park, or check out the Harvest Festival for some unique shopping. Check out the rest of this listing to learn about more events happening in San Mateo this week.

25 “Glimmering” Years

Thursday, November 12th 12:00pm-7:30pm

Glimmers Inc. in San Mateo is celebrating “25” years with the sale of new products. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Peninsula Family Service and Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation. 

Tree Lighting San MateoTree Lighting and Opening Event

Friday, November 13th

Join the San Mateo community for a magical Tree Lighting Ceremony and Opening Celebration of San Mateo on Ice. Be amazed by professional figure skating performances and dazzled as the tree lights up in Central Park.

Harvest Festival

Friday, November 13th – 15th 10:00am-6:00pm

Do some holiday shopping at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft show. Shop hundreds of booths filled with American handmade and embellished jewelry, holiday decorations, blown glass, wood art, personal products and much more. Also enjoy the live stage entertainment and strolling performers who will keep you entertained as you shop.

Movies at King Center – We Bought a Zoo

Friday, November 13th 6:00pm-8:30pm

Come have some family fun! Play games and watch the movie We Bought a Zoo at the King Center. Remember to bring blankets and chairs to get cozy as you enjoy the film.

Holiday Ice Skating In Central ParkIce Skates on Ice

Saturday, November 14th 12:00pm – January 10th 2016, 10:00pm

Holiday skating is finally here! Skate on 9,000 square feet of REAL ice in Central Park during the day and even under the stars at night. The rink is open to all ages; the fee is $15 which includes your skate rental. Check out San Mateo On Ice for more information.

A Wish for Wings

Saturday, November 14th 1:30pm-4:30pm

Make this year’s production of “A Wish for Wings” come to life at the Costume & Prop Making Party! Stop by and repair props, assemble costumes, and meet other members of our community to support the Holiday Festival of Dance.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting

Tuesday, November 17th 4:00pm-5:00pm

Join the San Mateo Library Teen Advisory Group to volunteer, plan events, share ideas, and provide feedback about library programs and services. Bring your friends!

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PLEASE NOTE: We strive to ensure all events listed here are accurate and up-to-date. However, event dates, times, locations, and other details are subject to City of San Mateo Sealchange without prior notice. Therefore, we recommend you contact the specific event organizer to confirm details. Thank you for visiting!


Station Park Green rendition of the community
Community, Community Development

Transit Oriented Development Series – Part Two

Station Park Green

This article featuring Station Park Green is the second of a three-part series about the Transit Oriented Development projects currently under construction in San Mateo. The City’s Rail Corridor Transit Oriented Development Plan sets development goals to help maintain the quality of life for those living and working in San Mateo while providing additional opportunities for high density affordable and market rate housing and class ‘A’ office space.

Station Park Green emulates these goals through the guiding principles and design guidelines established in its Specific Plan adopted by the San Mateo City Council in 2011 with updated modifications being adopted in 2014. The principles and standards establish a vision for the look and feel of Station Park Green and will facilitate the creation of a high-quality development. This project will help to meet the goals of the Rail Corridor Plan by providing new housing and office opportunities in close proximity to transit.

Rendition of Station Park Green with labled streetsCurrently located at 1700 and 1790 S. Delaware is the Station Park Green project. You may remember this space previously being used for the Kmart store and Michaels craft store. The new space, currently under construction, will include four buildings which will include, 599 rental units, 10,000 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, and almost two acres of green space, including a one acre park in the center. When finished, the buildings will have Station Park Green Addresses.

Demolition began in May of 2015. This project will be built on a rolling construction schedule, meaning that construction will begin on the first building, followed several months later by the second building, followed by the third, and finally the fourth. Residential leasing is scheduled to begin in the Winter of 2017 and this will be on a rolling schedule, as the buildings are completed, as well. The entire site is projected to be complete by the Winter of 2018.

So far the demolition of Kmart and Michaels is complete. Looking forward, rough-grading (clearing the surface to prep for final grading and further construction) will be complete in mid-October and pier drilling (drilling into in the ground to prepare for installation of foundation structures) for the first building is scheduled for November and December, weather permitting.

Rendition of Station Park Green multi-use buildings“We are excited about being in San Mateo. We believe Station Park Green is a great transit-oriented infill opportunity – meaning that we are building on an under-utilized parcel of land in an already developed area – in a core location…Being located right off of the train is something we are excited about.” said Rachael Stoddard, Development Manager at Essex Property Trust.

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Tree Lighting San Mateo
Community Events, Downtown, Parks and Recreation

San Mateo Tree Lighting & Opening Ceremony

San Mateo on Ice comes to Central Park

Earlier this week we told you about the exciting event for the opening of San Mateo on Ice. This event is sure to dazzle with a tree lighting and celebration in Central Park brought to you by the City of San Mateo and the San Mateo United Homeowners Association.

In addition to the tree lighting the event will feature live skating performances! Be amazed with performances by the Nazareth Ice Oasis Production group, Olympic skater Polina Edmunds, National skater Sarah Zhang, rising stars Alain Sandraz, Lily Sun, and Maria Yang and the ice dance team, Jeffery Chen and Layla Karnes.Ice Skates on Ice

The Nazareth Ice Oasis Production group puts on an event that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theatre and dance. It is sure to be a performance you will never forget.

Olympic Skater Polina Edmunds holds the titles and awards of 2015 Four Continents Champion, 2014 US Senior Ladies Silver medalist, 2014 Olympian and 2014-2015 World Team Member. You will not want to miss out on seeing her show off her skills!

Alain Sandraz, Lily Sun, Maria Yang, and Sarah Zhang have all placed in recent Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships. Show these stars your support and cheer them on.

At the 2015 Silicon Valley Open Jeffery Chen and Layla Karnes placed 1st in their category as a team. Do not miss out on their brilliant duet.

SnowflakeThese performances are sure to get you excited about San Mateo on Ice opening. Enjoy the tree lighting, be inspired by the performers, and enjoy the night with family and friends. Make sure you stop by Central Park on Friday, November 13th at 6:00pm to take part in these festivities!

Refreshments will be provided by the San Mateo City Parks and Recreation Foundation.

The ice is not open to the public at this event. The rink will open to the public on Saturday, November 14th for skating.