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San Mateo Co. Fair Returns!

San Mateo Co. Fair
The San Mateo County Fair will return to the Event Center after a year of the grounds serving as a vital site for responding to COVID-19 related needs.

“The fair is the heart and soul of who we are,” said Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Event Center. “We’re very proud of being able to be there for the community at this time of crisis but at the heart of it we’re about celebration.”

Traditional fan favorite attractions will all be featured at the fair, said Stoehr, including carnival rides, outdoor entertainment and live music, food booths and the 4-H livestock show. The event will be one of the first large public events in the state since the start of the pandemic, Stoehr noted. READ MORE...

Perservering Through COVID-19

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In March 2020, San Mateo County schools were forced to close school site operations with almost no notice and school food service directors and their staff were tasked with immediately re-tooling their operations to feed kids in new and rapidly changing conditions. Districts immediately developed pickup and delivery operations, innovating to meet community needs as the pandemic has stretched on.

For this project, we invited San Mateo County school districts with a high proportion of students eligible for free and reduced priced meals to participate in a one-hour phone interview about their experience providing school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 5 school districts participated in interviews, and a brief profile of each follows this summary.   READ MORE...

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UC Elkus Ranch Adventure Day

A private outdoor day of fun at UC Elkus Ranch for social bubbles of children and adults.

Learn more: ucanr.edu/adventure

UC Elkus Ranch Small-Group & Family Tours

Small-Groups and Families are invited to venture out to a new learning environment at UC Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. UC Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center, providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth. Due to COVID-19 precautions, UC Elkus Ranch has temporarily opened to the general public for private family tours only. Learn more...

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