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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Celebrates 135th Birthday with Downtown Bash!

Redwood City, CA - March 19, 2003 - Redwood City, CA – Downtown Redwood City will reverberate with the strains of "Happy Birthday" on Saturday, March 29th as the City celebrates its 135th Birthday, with help from Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, Downtown Business Group, and the San Mateo County History Museum. The big birthday bash is on, and all are invited to join the fun on Hamilton Street between Broadway and Marshall Street, starting at 12:00 noon. Come early and hear the Elks Band play their music.

Birthday parties aren't just for kids – this one promises to be great fun for the entire family, from toddlers to seniors! Even with the street closed down, there's barely enough room for all the fun and celebration:

  • An incredible BMX bike stunt show by "Planet X," the renowned stunt bike team that will amaze and astound as they negotiate an urban "mousetrap" made of a junk car, ladders, boxes, and planks. Look for stunts by "Planet X" throughout the afternoon.
  • Live big band music and fantastic singers to entertain the party-goers.
  • The incredible frisbee dogs putting on a high-flying show of canine agility.
  • An exhibit of classic cars and a vintage fire truckto bring back memories from the last century…and before.
  • Skateboard demonstrations on a 60-foot half pipe
  • Free entry that day to the San Mateo County History Museum
  • Inflatable slide and bounce house for kids (get free coupons from downtown merchants).
  • A cycling clinic featuring coaches who work with the world's top professional bicycle racers, sponsored by Sea Otter Classic (limited to 30 participants, advance registration required, starts at 8:00 am; contact Sea Otter Classic at 530-661-9500 or for information)
  • Food booths
  • See a spectacular Birthday cake shaped like a dome and cookies, bird release, color guard, and singing of Happy Birthday and the National Anthem.
  • Hear reflections on the Redwood City of yesterday, today, and tomorrow by local officials and from the oldest living ex-mayor of Redwood City, Carl Britschgi.
  • Goodie bags and free stuff.
  • Raffle of a mountain bike courtesy of Specialized Bicycles and Sea Otter Classic, to benefit the San Mateo County History Museum and the Downtown Business Group.

There's nothing like a birthday party, and this one will be the biggest yet in Downtown Redwood City.

When: Saturday, March 29, Noon to 4:00 pm
Where: Hamilton Street between Broadway and Marshall Street in Downtown Redwood City
What: Redwood City's 135th Birthday Party, fun for the entire family from toddlers to seniors!

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Contact: Susan Moeller
Downtown Development Manager

Jeri Joseph
San Mateo County History Museum

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