Friday, December 05, 2008

There is Much Celebrating to be Had...Due in Part to All That We Have.

There is true meaning behind the name "City of Stars". This coming Sunday marks the day that Brisbane's mountain hillside will tranform into an even more stunning canvas, as it becomes aglow with holiday stars of all sizes. It is the brilliance of these stars that further distinguishes Brisbane's small-town charm, quickly felt by all who stop by (or drives by, for that matter).

This was the sentiment expressed by a fellow citizen, saying that he's only been living in town for 6 weeks now, but quickly realized how special of a place Brisbane is. He went on to say that he's hoping to one day retire here.

The rest of Monday night was nothing short of distinct and memorable. With a Resolution presented by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in dedication to the new "old" City Hall, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance of the first-ever Community Meeting Room (as Senator Leland Yee and SF Board of Supervisors member Sophie Maxwell looked on), it was an outstanding turnout by the community to celebrate former Mayor Michael Barnes' past year of service to Brisbane and welcoming newly-appointed Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem, Sepi Richardson and Clarke Conway. Enjoy the pictures that highlight the night's festivities, courtesy of Beth Grossman.

We look forward to all the things that will be celebrated in Brisbane in the year to come. But first, one of the most celebratory nights in town is taking place this Sunday with the Festival of Lights. Start the night by lighting your holiday star at 4:00pm and then join in with the carolers at the top of Visitacion starting at 5:30pm to help spread some cheer as you progress down the hill to the Community Park for a short holiday program performed by the children in the Brisbane Dance Workshop and the traditional lighting of the Festival Tree. There will be cookies and cocoa to warm you through the night.

As this evening approaches, may we all be reminded of all that we have, and remember those less fortunate. Look for donation boxes near the Festival Tree for canned food and/or unwrapped toys. The Brisbane Lions Club and the Brisbane Fire Department will cheerfully distribute your gifts to those in need. There will also be a collection bin at City Hall for the next few weeks to afford you the chance to give a little this holiday season.

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