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Redwood City Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Fair Oaks Community Center

Redwood City , CA - May 10, 2004 -This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Redwood City 's Fair Oaks Community Center , a remarkable collaborative of public, private, and non-profit agencies serving the community's critical needs. From emergency food to shelter referrals, legal services to childcare, senior services to cultural and educational events, the Fair Oaks Community Center has made a huge, positive difference in countless lives throughout Redwood City and the North Fair Oaks community.

On May 27th from 4 to 7 pm , the public is invited to celebrate this unique and irreplaceable community resource, located at 2600 Middlefield Road . The event features a walk-through display highlighting the center's 30-year history, inter-generational art exhibit, open house, great food, exciting music and dance, and a variety of other activities celebrating this extraordinary place, and honoring the exceptional people that have built it into one of the most vital and indispensable community service centers in the bay area. Flyers and more information are available by clicking here.

In many ways, life was very different thirty years ago when the Fair Oaks Community Center first opened; but the need for community services which fostered its founding has continued to grow. Today, with support from the County of San Mateo, the Center accommodates nearly 100,000 visits each year, helping families, children, seniors, the homeless and jobless, and anyone in need.

"The Fair Oaks Community Center is one of our most precious and valued resources," said Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira. "It's a model for community service centers throughout the region. The people who created it and those who work there today are truly outstanding in their commitment and dedication to our community. I invite everyone to participate in honoring the Fair Oaks Community Center on its 30th Anniversary."

Maureen Borland, Director of the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency, adds, "The County, City, and private partnerships which have created centers like the Fair Oaks Community Center are significant. By pooling resources, we can ensure that individuals and families are able to access critical services within their own neighborhoods."

The Redwood City Parks , Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Fair Oaks Community Center , providing social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at

Visit Redwood City 's website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.


Teri Chin
Human Services Manager
(650) 780-7510


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