Access the San Mateo County alert system at is.gd/smcvax or the state system at myturn.ca.gov.
People may also call a state COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
"We appreciate the tremendous public interest in understanding how we are doing in this critical work to achieve the fastest, safe reach possible for those eligible to be vaccinated," said Louise Rogers, chief of San Mateo County Health, in a statement.
As of Sunday, Jan. 31, 63,702 people had received COVID-19 vaccinations in San Mateo County and of those, 13,977 had received both doses.
Buck's co-owner returns to his Woodside roots
For Woodside's Tyler MacNiven, the journey home has included a 2,000-mile walk across Japan, an "Amazing Race" around the world and business ventures ranging from film production to meal kits. He grew up lending a hand at his parents' restaurant, Buck's of Woodside, the well-loved local eatery. But after college, it looked for a time as if MacNiven's future would be in travel or entertainment, or perhaps a combination of the two.
MacNiven shares his unusual trip back to the food world, and to Woodside, in an online talk on Feb. 5 hosted by the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee, part of the committee's First Friday series.
MacNiven first made headlines as a high school student who mounted a political-style campaign to "run" for admission to Stanford University. When it turned out that wasn't in the cards, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz. Post-college, he backpacked the length of Japan, a distance of 2,000 miles, and created a documentary about the experience. He later produced travel documentaries about Iran, Cuba, India and Mongolia.
MacNiven also appeared on — and with teammate BJ Averell won — the ninth season of the TV show "The Amazing Race," a reality show that combines travel and competition.
Back in the Bay Area, he opened a restaurant in San Francisco and co-founded meal kit delivery service Sun Basket.
His latest adventure, which began last year, brought him back to the Midpeninsula to join his brothers, Dylan and Rowan, in taking over ownership of Buck's from their parents, Jamis and Margaret MacNiven, following their retirement.
This year marks the restaurant's 30th year in business.
MacNiven's talk takes place on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit woodsideartandculture.org.
Free Valentine grams for pet owners
Fun fact: 1 gram of dog waste contains 23 million fecal bacteria, states a new campaign by Flows to Bay, the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program.
What's more fun, though, is that the agency is sponsoring a Valentine Gram program in which people can send free dog bag dispensers, along with a cute "Life is ruff without you" Valentine's Day message to the pet owners in their lives this year.
The campaign is aimed at mitigating the environmental impacts of dog waste, which contains bacteria that can threaten animal and human health. Pet waste is one of the largest contributors to water quality programs in the county. It should not be used as lawn fertilizer or incorporated into compost piles and can contaminate soil and water, according to Flows to Bay.
Recipients of Valentine grams should live in San Mateo County, and while the program could certainly be used to send a hint to one's neighbors and their fecally flagrant furry friends, people are encouraged to also consider sending them to friends, loved ones or co-workers. People can send as many of these Valentine grams as they'd like, according to the agency. Go to is.gd/flows2bayvalentine to learn more.
People can also treat themselves to the free disposal bags and dispenser by taking a "Scoop the Poop" pledge at is.gd/flows2baytreat.
Library hosts virtual film screening for Black History Month
Between 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, the Menlo Park Library is hosting a virtual film screening of the film "Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation." The film follows activists from a group called Life After Hate that works to deradicalize white nationalists.
The film will be available for those 48 hours for free at is.gd/mpfilm.
At 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, director Peter Hutchison is set to talk about his experiences making the film with the community. People can register for the event at is.gd/mpfilmtalk.
Police phone line scheduled for maintenance
The Menlo Park Police Department announced it will undergo system maintenance on its non-emergency phone lines, including its general number, 650-330-6300, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, between 5 and 10 p.m.
People should call 650-325-4424 for non-emergency matters. They will still be able to access 911 via phone and text.
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