The final days of Redwood City’s world-renowned roller skating mecca

Long before the internet, Redwood Roller Rink was exporting artistic roller skating to the rest of the world. How a Redwood City icon became the home of world champions. by Kali Shiloh (Photos by Philip Wartena and Kali Shiloh) Competitive skater Ashley Clifford has traveled abroad six times for world championships. Here in the U.S., the college student has won 29 national championships. In the heart of the high-tech capital of the world stands a vault ...

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Lagers ’n’ Lederhosen: Your guide to Oktoberfest in Silicon Valley

Geek out, drink up and flex those Chicken Dancing muscles—it’s time for Oktoberfest on the SF Peninsula. Ein, zwei, trinken, baby. First up is the Redwood City Oktoberfest, Sept. 21–24. Photo by Joel Wade Photography. News flash: Oktoberfest is not always in October! In fact, the big Oktoberfest in Munich started last weekend, and Peninsula revelers are following suit. Don’t be caught unawares. It’s bad luck to go all fall without at ...

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Apple rustling and pie wrangling: Family fun on the San Mateo coast

This Labor Day, keep it low-stress with an outing to the farm country south of Half Moon Bay. The slice of bucolic heaven that lies on the other side of the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best things about Silicon Valley. Goat farms, produce stands and quaint towns turn a trip down Highway 1 into an odyssey to another time. And then there’s the scenery: miles of blue Pacific Ocean ...

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Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

How to Get Your Art on at the Palo Alto Arts Fest Tips from a local on getting the most out of the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts by Caitlin Wolf It’s the end of August in Palo Alto, and that can only mean one thing: time for the annual Festival of the Arts! Having grown up here, I remember being dragged along University Avenue as a child waiting impatiently as my mother and grandmother ...

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Dear Bay Area Parents: Your Toddler Is Falling Behind In the Following Ways

We noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Illustration by Shannon Corey/The Six Fifty Dear Mr. and Mrs. Veron, Printed on this Etsy-sourced eggshell stationery is your child’s progress report for today. Overall, Emma Gladstone-Fitzgerald Veron was well-behaved, but we noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Here at Los ...

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How Vinyl Solution is feeding Silicon Valley’s record store addiction

Vinyl Solution in San Mateo is one of the Peninsula’s last vintage music holdouts. And yes, they have cassettes. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino Vinyl Solution stocks all manner of analog doohickeys, like this turntable. Photo by Jody Troxel. On a Tuesday morning, in the middle of a quiet street in San Mateo dotted with nail salons and Asian restaurants, Vinyl Solution Records is buzzing. Twentysomething employees rack records, customers stream in and out picking through ...

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5 Silicon Valley Beer Week events you don’t want to miss

SV Beer Week will be in full swing starting July 21, with tap takeovers happening all over the Peninsula. It’s an exciting time for Silicon Valley craft brewers: Our nano-breweries are growing in reputation, mainstays like Freewheel Brewing are expanding their repertoire and the whole brewing community is exchanging ideas, recipes and marketing know-how. The brewers we talked to about Beer Week were most excited for the (sold out, sorry) San ...

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Stanford’s most-overlooked spaces for learning or lounging

Whatever you want to say about the traffic Stanford causes or the tuition it charges, it’s the mid-Peninsula’s central park: free, open to all and full of little surprises. You’ve done the Rodin Garden, the Cantor and Anderson, Memorial Church and Hoover Tower. So here are five spots to learn, lunch, think and chill we bet you haven’t discovered yet. And, yep, free and open to all. Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion Sitting in ...

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Parties and patriotism on the Peninsula

Every Independence Day brings innumerable prospects for capturing that artsy Insta posts — and many Peninsula netizens haven’t failed to deliver. We scoured Instagram, sifting through countless long-exposure firework shots, pics of flags flapping in the wind, and endearing family iPhone snaps. Redwood City’s parade was a clear favorite destination, as was Palo Alto’s Chili Cook-Off and Shoreline’s annual SF Symphony performance. Here are some of our favorite shots from various festivities. No ...

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Four easy ways to feed your kids’ railroad addiction on the SF Peninsula

It’s the train’s time again in Silicon Valley. Caltrain electrification. High speed rail. Renewed interest in the dormant Dumbarton rail corridor. Railroads are more than transportation: they’re a visceral, ground-shaking, ear-splitting, whoop-whooping link to what brought people out West in the first place. All you need to see is the look on a kid’s face when one whooshes by to know why railroads still inspire bold ideas and big hopes in all ...

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