Friday, October 02, 2009

There Ain't Nothing Like a "Day in the Park"

Especially when it takes place in Brisbane, CA. Tomorrow, 10/3, marks the City's annual "Day in the Park" community festival, where there will be MUSICAL PERFORMANCES by three Brisbane bands: The Kathleen Enright Band, The Al Molina Quintet, and The Cole Tate Band (you may recognize them as having performed at Concerts in the Park). ACTIVITIES include carnival games, face painting, hay rides, bounce houses for kids, information booths, and an arts & crafts festival. And the FOOD...the Women's Club will have baked goods & ice cream, the Lion's Club - BBQ, Eagle's Club - Nachos, Boy Scouts - Popcorn, Mothers of Brisbane - Cotton Candy, and Citizens for a Brisbane High School - Corn on the Cob. You'll want to be sure you drop by between 10:00am - 5:00pm to partake in all the fun, food, and entertainment!

And what would be a Day in the Park without the Brisbane Derby to kick it all off? Beginning at 8:00am, join over 40 soapbox derby cars and their owners as they prepare to race down to the finish line on San Francisco St. Check out a couple photos from years past:

Get there early so you can be in a good spot to watch the contenders zip by!

Did you know that the Brisbane Derby has been a long-standing tradition in Brisbane? Once sponsored by the Brisbane Volunteer Fire Department, it's been enjoyed by many in the community...some of which may still remember when the soapbox derby cars looked more like this:

This photo was taken in 1940, with drivers sitting in their classically-appealing entries at Santa Clara and San Bruno Ave. (across the street from Brisbane Elementary School).

Would you like to see more historic prints of Brisbane like the one above? Well you will soon have your chance, as Arcadia Publishing has just published the newest in their Images of America series, simply titled, Brisbane. The book was co-authored by Dolores Gomez and Christy Thilmany, both former staff members of the Brisbane Library (for 27 and 31 years respectively). Thanks to them, a stunning collection of vintage photographs have been compiled and brought to life with their supportive narrative. The books are presently being shipped to CA and should be available at area retailers by the end of next week (or you can order online by clicking here). Stay tuned for updates as to where Brisbane will be available for you to purchase.

Lastly, the official ballot box made its way to City Hall this remember to vote, or register to vote if you haven't done so already! You can also pick up a Voter Registration Form in the lobby at City Hall (next to the Finance Counter). On it you can specify if you'd like to be a permanent absentee voter, where you will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election in which you are entitled to vote. Once you have that filled out, come down to City Hall anytime before or on the day of the election, November 3rd, and drop it in the ballot box (located outside the City Clerk's office). If you have any questions, please call 508-2113 or e-mail our City Clerk, Sheri Spediacci, at Thanks for making our democracy stronger by participating in elections!

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