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Hayward: Registration opens for Junior Giants baseball

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Registration has opened for the 2015 season of the free Hayward Junior Giants Program.

Boys and girls age 5 to 14 can sign up online at www.jrgiants.org.

Entering its 14th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Both boys and girls ages 5 to 14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.

A record number of families signed up last year and another large turnout is expected for the 2015 season.

There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best. The Hayward League of the Junior Giants was named as one of the top five “exemplary leagues” in an impact report prepared by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Hayward Junior Giants are a partnership between the Hayward Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

The Giants Community Fund developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime.

Beyond baseball, players interact with school resource officers who coach the teams. The league also encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education.

The season will kick off with the First Pitch Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The first day of practices will be June 15. All games and practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.

Those taking part should register online before the First Pitch Meeting. Parent and community volunteers are also welcome.

Youth and Family Services Bureau staff will be available to help with online registration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Weekes library branch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Main Library.

For more information, call 510-293-7048 or go to http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.

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San Leandro: ‘Call the Cops!’ at library

SAN LEANDRO — Police will read to children during “Call the Cops!” Thursday, April 16.

The officers will be reading out loud 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the Manor Branch Library’s Preschool Story Time. Children also will be able to look over a police cruiser in the library’s parking lot.

No reservations are required, but space is limited; people are encouraged to arrive early.

The Manor Branch Library is at 1241 Manor Blvd. For more information, call 510-577-7964 or CSteward@sanleandro.org.

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Hayward 70th annual Easter egg hunt, bonnet parade April 4

HAYWARD – The Hayward park district’s 70th annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade takes place Saturday, April 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Bonnets must be homemade; they will be judged on the most colorful, most unusual and prettiest. The parade is limited to children ages 6 and younger.

The Easter egg hunt will take place after the parade. It will be divided into four age groups: 1 to 2 years old; 3 to 4 years old; 5 to 6 years old; and 7 to 9 years old.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free celebration.

For more information, call Hayward Area Recreation and Park District at 510-881-6700. Kennedy Park is at 19501 Hesperian Blvd.

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‘Into the Beautiful North’: San Leandro panel to discuss Urrea book

From the city of San Leandro:

SAN LEANDRO — Local author Mitali Perkins will moderate a panel discussion about The Big Read 2015 novel “Into the Beautiful North” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the San Leandro Main Library Lecture Hall, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Perkins will moderate a panel of four librarians from the Biblioteca Para La Gente, who will discuss the themes referenced in the book by Luis Alberto Urrea.

“No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother,” journalist Bill Moyers said of Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

In his third novel, “Into the Beautiful North,” Urrea transcends the “us against them” discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars.

Urrea invites readers to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations: He reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins.

Perkins, the guest speaker and panel moderator of The Big Read 2014, will return to moderate this year’s discussion.

Her eight novels include “Rickshaw Girl” (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and “Bamboo People” (listed as American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred and described in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”).

The panel discussion is a free event and no prior registration is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, call Mary Beth Barloga at 510-577-3992

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Cherryland ‘Easter Egg-stravaganza’ March 28

CHERRYLAND — Cherryland is having its seventh annual “Easter Egg-stravaganza” on Saturday, March 28.

The festival at Meek Estate Park will include Easter egg hunts by age groups for kids up to age 12. Those taking part should bring a basket.

Children ages 3 to 12 can compete in an egg roll; bring your own hard-boiled egg.

Other activities include an Easter bonnet parade and contest; categories include most unusual, Victorian, funniest, character theme and best in show.

Community, food vendor, face painting and craft booths will be set up at the park. The Easter Bunny will pose for pictures; don’t forget your camera.

The free festival will start at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. at the park, 240 Hampton Road. It is sponsored by the Cherryland Community Association and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

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San Leandro downtown farmers market opens April 1

SAN LEANDRO — The downtown farmers market will open for the season Wednesday, April 1.

The market will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Parrott Street from East 14th Street to Washington Avenue through mid-October.

This will be the downtown market’s eighth season. It will have weekly themes

The first Wednesday of the month: Cooking demonstrations.

The second Wednesday of the month: Green Market Days sponsored by San Leandro Recycling.

The third Wednesday of the month: Bicycle Wednesdays.

The fourth Wednesday of the month: Wine tasting.

It will have weekly live music and merchant and community booths. The market accepts CalFresh/EBT cards (food stamps).

The market is run by Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.

 

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San Leandro: School readiness forum March 28

From San Leandro Unified:

SAN LEANDRO – Every parent has experienced the discomfort—and possibly avoidance—of discussing sensitive issues and having difficult conversations with their child.

San Leandro parent Rebecca Day-Rodriguez, a trainer and facilitator with twenty years’ experience, will be presenting a workshop titled “From Challenges to Connection: Strategies for Tackling Difficult Conversations with Our Children” at 10 a.m., at the School Readiness/Early Learning Forum, on Saturday, March 28, at Jefferson Elementary School, 14300 Bancroft Ave.

Day-Rodriguez, the parent of three children in San Leandro schools, has extensive experience running support groups and training youth and providers on subjects ranging from reproductive health and substance use to sexual assault prevention and meeting the needs of LGBTQ and people of color communities.

“As a parent,” Day-Rodriguez said, “I have found this experience only moderately prepared me for the anxiety and pressure of answering my own children’s questions.”

Also newly added is a workshop for Spanish speaking parents, “Ideas: Como ayudar a su hijo(a) a tener exito en Kindergarten,” presented by preschool teacher and parent educator Gloria Bustamante.

Other workshops at the forum include:

• Building Strong Foundations: Making the Connections between Play and Later Academic Success, presented by Julie Nicholson, Mills College, Center for Play Research; and Michelle Grant-Groves, founding director, Inquiry, Intention and Innovation Institute

• Cardboard Creations: STEM Activities to Spark Creativity and Learning, presented by Bobby Hawke, Lakeshore Learning

• Cracking the Communication Code: the brain puzzle, presented by Dale Gregory, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool

• Exciting, Engaging, and Interactive Reading with JaNay Brown-Wood, presented by the children’s author and professor of early child development.

• Is Your Child a Fern or a Cactus? presented by Colleen Trujillo, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool

• Safe, Strong, & Free, presented by Claudia Arce, Child Assault Prevention Center

• Yoga in the Classroom, and The Yoga of Parenting, presented by Christina Robohm

The day will feature remarks by Alameda County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe and San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter, strong advocates of early learning.

Lunch will include a panel discussion featuring educators Victoria Forrester, Rachelle Parham, Sonal Patel and Christie Anderson, moderated by Linda Olivenbaum, director of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program at Chabot College, and the vice chair of the California Association for the Education of Young Children Public Policy Committee.

This event is free, with child care available. It is funded through the generosity of First 5 Alameda County, and supported by Davis Street Family Resource Center and Primary Care Clinic, East Bay Agency for Children, Lakeshore Learning, Kenneth Pon, CPA, Kidango, and the San Leandro Education Foundation.

To register, visit www.slusd.us, and click on the link under announcements.

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Hayward bunco madness April 25

HAYWARD — The Hill & Valley Women’s Club will hold its annual Bunco Madness Game Day fundraiser on Saturday, April 25.

Tickets are $15, and include a salad bar lunch and door prizes in addition to bunco. Reservations are required; call Joann Silviera at 510-785-2053  Ticket deadline is April 18.

The fundraiser will be 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill & Valley club house, 1808 B. St.

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‘Telling Tales’ March 23 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD –Storytellers will share tales of spring fever Monday, March 23, at Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Using no scripts, the storytellers will tell personal, true stories of spring and new possibilities.

Audience members will be invited to share their stories during open mike at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $5, with open seating. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Douglas Morrisson Theatre,  22311 N. Third St. Details at 510-881-6777.

This is the theater’s fourth “Telling Tales” this season.

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Supposed Internal Revenue Service phone calls are a scam

A warning from Hayward police about supposed calls from Internal Revenue Service claiming money owed. A simple thing to remember: the IRS ONLY CONTACTS BY MAIL  But those phone messages are scary; I received one and it was intimidating.

From Hayward police:

This is a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Treasury Department in an effort to collect money from you.

The Hayward Police Department received numerous calls from concerned citizens claiming they have received calls with pre-recorded messages, such as, “This message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by U.S. Treasury/IRS.” Callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. They would leave the return contact name of “Steve Martin” or other IRS personnel.

According to the IRS, they contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS/U.S. Treasury asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

To report a scam: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml