Calendar through Jan. 25

Hey, I really appreciate the feedback that came in, both in the comments and emails. I like Kelly’s idea about a place to put info regarding upcoming public events. Here’s what I can do — post what the Review has in the calendar section, looking forward about a week or so. Then everyone can use that post as a springboard to add events in the comments section. Let’s try it out, let me know what you think. You’ll find the community event calendar after the jump, followed by government listings.

Through Jan. 27
Art display — The San Lorenzo Adult School art students of Monica Satterthwaite will be showing their paintings and drawings at the San Leandro Library Gallery, 300 Estudillo Ave., during regular library hours. Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.

Through Jan. 31
Theatrical props and costumes — The small exhibit includes props such as a plate of foam brownies, plywood handsaws, a realistic-looking tombstone made of plastic foam, and much more. Each item includes a card telling what it is, what show it was made for and lists the materials used. The exhibit, “From Script to Stage: Where Props and Costumes Come From and How They Get There,” will be displayed at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 510-667-7900.

Through Feb. 11
“Pen Women Show” — Exhibit presented by the Hayward Arts Council at the John O’Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. The National League of American Pen Women began in 1897 in Washington, D.C., when three well-known writing and art professionals were denied access to the Press Club because they were women. The three formed their own organization of 17 women of achievement in letters, art, and music composition for networking and support. Exhibit information and sample photos at www.haywardarts.org, or call the Hayward Arts Council at 510-538-2787.

THROUGH March 20
Art exhibit — A new art exhibit by classically trained East Bay artists Will Tait and Rebecca Fogg is showing at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. “In Their Element” exhibits works on paper and wood relief carvings, artwork that intensifies the patterns of nature experienced while exploring the boundaries of land and water. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (other days by appointment only). An artist’s reception will be held at the center from 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 22. For more information, call 510-670-7270. To learn more about the artists, visit http://www.willtait.com, or http://www.westcoastfogg.com.

Jan. 20
CERT training — 6:30-9:30 p.m. First night of a six-week, 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course for the public, presented by the Alameda County Fire Department in the Chabot Room at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave. Those age 18 and older are invited to complete the course, which teaches skills necessary to save lives and protect property in case of large scale disasters (such as the Oakland hills fire or Loma Prieta earthquake). CERT team members will be taught basic fire safety, light search and rescue, triage, utility control, and learn about disaster psychology and incident management. The CERT course is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 510-618-3490, or e-mail emergency manager Marla Blagg at marla.blagg@acgov.org.

Jan. 21
Blood drive — Noon to 5 p.m. Kaiser Permanente, conference rooms C1, C2 and C3, 27400 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767, or go to redcrossblood.org. (Sponsor code: HKAISER)

Jan. 22

Hayward cleanup — 8:30 a.m.-noon. Keep Hayward Clean and Green cleanup in the Jackson triangle — meet at Whitman and Mardie Streets, adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Grabbers, gloves and bags are provided, but if you have your own gloves please bring them. Community service hours are available. Download registration forms at the city of Hayward website. Additional information available from Doug Grandt, 510-532-1452, doug.grandt@comcast.net; or, Ryan Belden, 510-852-7164, ryanbelden85@gmail.com.

Flea market fundraiser — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At the Hill and Valley Clubhouse, 1808 B St., Hayward. Free admission. All money raised will be used to further the club’s community involvement (scholarships), home life programs (emergency shelter, Hedco House, sheriff’s department and more), and public issues (any soldier program, veterans, etc.). For more information, call L. Silvestri at 510-886-2661, or e-mail: Lsilvest3@pacbell.net.

Volunteer tutor orientation — 6-8 p.m. Literacy Plus, Hayward Library’s adult literacy program is seeking volunteer tutors to help English-speaking adults learn to improve their reading and writing skills. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Orientation is at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C. St. Free training class begins Jan. 22. For more information and application, call 510-881-7910.

Big Read kickoff event — 2 p.m. Hollywood actress Tamlyn Tomita, who starred as Waverly in the movie “The Joy Luck Club,” will visit the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., to help kick off events for the Big Read, a program that provides people an opportunity to read and discuss a single book in their community. Tomita will discuss her career as an actress, including her experiences during the filming of “The Joy Luck Club.” a film. For more information, call the information desk at 510-577-3971.

“The Joy Luck Club — 7 p.m. Based on the novel of the same name by California author Amy Tan, “The Joy Luck Club” will be screened at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.The film is part of a series of events kicking off The Big Read program. Free admission. Film is rated R — children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. For more information, call the information desk at 510-577-3971.

Jan. 23
“Stitch-Along” — 1-3:30 p.m. For those who love to knit, crochet, sew, embroider or cross stitch. Hosted by Needle Crafters” at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Light refreshments, free raffle for needlecraft prizes. For more information, call the information desk at 510-577-3971.

Concert — 3 p.m. Tenor Lee Steward, a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus, is performing a varied musical program at Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch St., Hayward, as part of the Eden Performing Arts Series. He will be accompanied by local pianist, Loris Coburn. Tickets, $15 adults and $10 for students, may be purchased by calling 510-582-9533, or at the door.

Jan. 24
Eden Garden Club — 9:30 a.m. The topic of guest speaker Kathleen Elliot, from Regan Nursery in Fremont, is “bare-root fruit trees.” Moose Lodge on Rutledge Road in Castro Valley (just off Castro Valley Boulevard near Lake Chabot Road). Free, guests welcome. For more information, call 510-538-1431.

Jan. 25
Gadgets for older adults — 10:30-11:30 a.m. Partnering with Community Resources for Independent Living, the Castro Valley United Methodist Church is hosting a workshop on gadgets for older adults, such as grabbers to reach high or low items, phones with hearing adapters, jar opening items for arthritic hands, equipment to increase the size of fonts for those with vision impairment, and much more. Free presentation will be in the Fireside Room at the church, 19806 Wisteria St., Castro Valley. Call the church office at 510-581-3486 to register, and provide your name and telephone number.

Government listings:

A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 777 B St.
It will be broadcast on Hayward cable Channel 15 and online at www.hayward-ca.gov.
Topics include a work session on the Regional Sustainable Communities Strategy, and an extension of the negotiating agreement regarding the residual Burbank School site.
For the full agenda, go to www.hayward-ca.gov.

A special meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school district board room, 24411 Amador St.
Topics include a work session on English Language Learners programs and services.
For the full agenda, go to www.husd.k12.ca.us.

A joint meeting of the council and redevelopment agency will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at Civic Center, 835 E. 14th St.
Topics include a budget update and summary of recent Finance Committee meetings, annual redevelopment agency fiscal report, and a motion to eliminate the mayor’s pay through June.
For the full agenda, go to www.sanleandro.org.

San Lorenzo
School Board
A regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s office, 15510 Usher St.
Topics include a report from the superintendent and an update on Measure E and Measure O money.
For the full agenda, go to www.slzusd.org.

Oro Loma Sanitary District
A regular meeting will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s boardroom at 2655 Grant Ave.
Topics include reports from the solid waste and construction committees.
For the full agenda, go to www.oroloma.org.

Eric Kurhi