Hayward hosts galactic belly-dancers and more

Those of you who were sitting in front of the tube in late 1967 might or might not remember Star Trek: Episode 43, “The Wolf in the Fold,” in which an interplanetary belly-dancer named Lara is found dead and Scotty, everybody’s favorite spaceship engineer, is wrongly accused of her murder.

What does this have to do with this blog? Well, this weekend, almost 40 years after the episode aired, Tanya Lemani aka “Lara the belly-dancer from Argellius II” will be making an appearance in downtown Hayward.

She will be joined by John Stanley, host of the Bay Area’s “Creature Features” horror TV theater show of the 1970s and 1980s and author of a new autobiography.

The event, the Fourth Annual Carnival of Stars, happens from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will feature belly-dancers, comic book artists, an international bazaar with Moroccan cuisine, three dance workshops on Saturday and a costume contest with cash prizes on Saturday evening at Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd., (at City Center Drive), in Hayward.