Calendar for week of March 7; Bunker Hill meeting tonight

There’s a meeting tonight that I just found out about, regarding the disposal of Bunker Hill properties currently owned by Caltrans. A Bunker Hill resident faxed me a city document that she’d gotten hold of through a public records request. It outlines potential troubles, such as “limited ingress and egress” and “unsafe nature of the existing roadway,” and the need for road and infrastructure improvements. It also points out that Caltrans wants to get a fair deal for the land, money which will then be used to fund transportation projects in Alameda County.

Bottom line: “Caltrans has made a preliminary finding that it would be preferable to market the property as one large piece, which would maximize return on the entire parcel and allow flexibility in ultimately configuring development so as to make development more economically feasible, while meeting the zoning and health and safety requirements of the city. It is this preliminary finding that we will be discussing with attendees at the upcoming meeting at Hayward City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.”
March 11
Fundraiser — 5:30 p.m. “Mardi Gras Casino Nite,” hosted by LeTip, will be at The Englander, 101 Parrott St., San Leandro. Tickets, $35 per person, includes $100 in gambling chips and appetizers — no host bar. Casino games include Texas Hold ’em, craps, roulette, blackjack, casino war, and three-card poker. More chips means more chances to win great prizes at the end of the evening. An evening of fun with all proceeds benefiting the Davis Street Family Resource Center. For tickets, call Sarah Galvin at 510-483-0359.

Mah jong meet-up — 6 p.m. The San Leandro Main Library is hosting a free mah jong meet-up as part of the Big Read program. Learn to play, or enjoy a mah jong marathon. Library is at 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. For more information, call 510-577-3986.

Preshowtime reception — 6:30-8 p.m. Join Cal State East Bay Friends of the Arts, before the 8 p.m. performance of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum,” for a special reception including wine, chocolate, cheese, fruit, coffee and tea, plus a silent auction. Reception held in Robinson Hall, Room 137, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Tickets, $40 each, can be reserved by calling 510-885-3118, or online at http://class.csueast.edu/theatre/Ticket_Reservations.php.

March 12
Animal mask making — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the mysteries of animal adaptations, then create a mask to highlight your adaptation secrets. Program is for ages 12-19. Fee is $20 per child. Safety waivers required — will be using sharp cutting knives. Registration is required. Register online at www.haywardrec.org, or call 881-6700. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., Hayward. For more information, call 881-6747.

McConaghy’s Irish heritage — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Listen to Irish songs, find something green inside the house, and make your own shamrocks. Includes activities for families with children ages 3-12 years old. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children 10 and younger, and for Hayward Area Historical Society members. McConaghy House is at 18701 Hesperian Blvd., next to Kennedy Park, Hayward. For more information, visit www.haywardareahistory.org, or call 510-581-0223.

Open house — 1-3 p.m. The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Hancock Squadron and Training Ship Midway invite you to attend their open house at headquarters, 1525 W. Winton Ave., Hayward. The sea cadets are a youth organization for young men and women ages 11-17 years old. Through the cooperation of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, the program encourages an interest in basic seamanship and teaches patriotism, courage, self reliance, and kindred virtues in a drug, gang and alcohol free environment. For more information, visit the website at www.hancockseacadets.com, or e-mail lantz.martha@yahoo.com.

Writer workshop — 1-4 p.m. Author Denise Michelle Harris leading a free writer workshop. Participants will learn when to write from a first-, second- or third-person point of view. Hayward Main Library, 835 C. St. Registration is required — call 510-881-7980 to sign up. For more information, contact Sally.Thomas@hayward-ca.gov, or call 510-881-7700.

March 14
Blood drive — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eden Medical Center, Conference Rooms A & B, 20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2627 or go to redcrossblood.org. (Sponsor code: EH)

Social and book review — 1 p.m. The literature section of Hill & Valley Club is having an ice cream social and book review of “Unbroken,” with guest book reviewer Roxanne Ansolabehere. Will be held at the Hill & Valley clubhouse, 1808 B St., Hayward. Suggested donation is $5 per person. For tickets, call Joanne Silveira at 510-785-2053.

Music department fundraiser — Dave Eshelman, emeritus professor of music at Cal State East Bay, will be the featured guest at this year’s “Night of Jazz” music department fundraiser at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland. Advance tickets are $25 for the 8 p.m. show, or $15 for the 10 p.m. performance (add $5 to prices for tickets sold at the door). Advance tickets available online Feb. 1: www.yoshis.com, or at 510-238-9200. For more information, call 510-885-3167.

Government listings

Castro Valley
School Board
A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the district’s office, 4400 Alma Ave.
Topics include a report from the superintendent and student board.
For the full agenda, go to www.cv.k12.ca.us.

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 proposed revisions to the South Hayward BART mixed-use project.
For the full agenda, visit www.hayward-ca.gov.

A special meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chamber at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.
It will be broadcast on Hayward cable Channel 15 and online at www.husd.k12.ca.us.
Topics include approving terminations, approving budget revisions, a presentation on potential changes to year-round education, public hearing of the district’s contract proposal to the teacher’s union.
For the full agenda, visit www.husd.k12.ca.us.

Also, Fiscal Integrity and Transparency Advisory Group meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office boardroom.

A regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Council chamber at City Hall, 777 B St.
The meeting will be broadcast live on Hayward cable Channel 15 and online at www.hayward-ca.gov.
Topics include a hearing to allow the sale of beer at Chalk it Up billiard parlor on Foothill Boulevard, and increase the occupancy from 100 to 250 people.

San Leandro
A joint meeting with the city’s redevelopment agency will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center City Council Chambers, 835 E. 14th St.
Topics include authorizing the transfer of property from the redevelopment agency to the city, and allocating redevelopment funds for specified projects.
For the full agenda, visit www.sanleandro.org.

Eric Kurhi