Calendar for week of March 21

Lots of stuff this week, night meeting after night meeting after night meeting means I’m on the late schedule. Tonight we have San Leandro talking about the future of the Marina at 5:30 p.m., followed by Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s State of the City speech at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Hayward’s going to get an update on what’s going on with the proposed gang injunction program, and they’re going to be looking at adopting a negative declaration and approval of a plan to widen Winton Avenue. And HUSD will have a hearing on latest proposal to the teacher’s union. Also, Bully Awareness Forum on Friday night.

Through April 8
Art exhibit — The work of eight Cal State East Bay art students will be part of the “Art IS Education – a Continuum of Learning” show at the new Cinema Place Gallery, 1061 B St. Reception 5-7 p.m. March 26. Exhibit includes various mediums created by students at several East Bay public schools and universities. The gallery opens at noon, closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, 6 p.m. Saturdays, and at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
March 21
“Book to Action” program discussion — 6:30 p.m. The program invites you to discuss a timely book, followed with an opportunity to volunteer for a local organization that implements the ideas read about. Book being discussed is “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,” by Novella Carpenter. Hayward Main Library, 835 C St. Free program, no registration necessary. For more information, call 510-881-7980 or go to www.hayward-ca.gov.

Through April 15
Free tax preparation — Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) is offering all low-income Hayward area residents free tax preparation services on Monday and Friday from 4-8 p.m. through April 15, at its main office, 439 A St. If you had any earned income in 2010, you could be eligible for an earned income tax credit or other tax refunds. If you are low income (under $52,000 for 1-2 people in a household) you can have your taxes prepared free by CRIL’s IRS certified tax specialists. Bring last year’s tax return, W-2s for all jobs, Social Security card for each family member, and all 1099 forms. Call 510-881-5743 for an appointment.

March 22
Job interview success — 6:45 p.m. Workshop to empower yourself for a job interview. Time is provided for questions and discussion about five important things: attitude about interview, message employers love to hear, control and self-care, questions to ask, and handling challenging interview situations. Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave. For more information, call 510-667-7900.

March 23
Senior living presentation — 1-2 p.m. Free presentation at the St. Regis Retirement Center, 23950 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Featured are “The Gadget Lady,” showing gadgets to make life easier for seniors, and the technology coordinator from Community Resources for Independent Living. Refreshments follow presentation. RSVP to 510-504-3652.

March 24
Zumba Gold classes — 4-5 p.m. Thursdays. Program for adults age 50 and older at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro. Zumba Gold incorporates Latin rhythms and music and fun into a dance fitness program. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring a hand towel and bottle of water. Fee is $40 for residents; $50 for nonresidents. For more information, call 510-577-3462, refer to course #23058. Register online www.sanleandrorec.org, or in person at the community center.

through May 7
Winter “Members Show” — Exhibit at the Green Shutter Gallery, 22654 Main St., Hayward, showcases unique artwork created by Hayward Arts Council member artists. Includes photography, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, greeting cards, decorative gourds and jewelry. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call 510-538-2787, or go to www.haywardarts.org.

March 25
Bully Awareness forum No. 3 — 7-9 p.m. Presented by Lighthouse Community Center, 1217 A St., Hayward. Discussion, led by Kari McAllister, explores media portrayal, parental intervention, and community/neighborhood activism. Educators, parents, students, community leaders, and all are welcome to join the discussion. Light refreshments. For more information, call 510-881-8167, or go to http://www.LGBTLighthouseHayward.org.

March 26
Blood drive — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, Jensen Hall, main room, 20080 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2627 or go to redcrossblood.org. (Sponsor code: CVFAITH)

Keep Hayward clean and green — 8:30 a.m.-noon. Clean up will be held at Longwood School, 850 Longwood Ave., Hayward. For information and registration forms, go to the city of Hayward website and click on KHCG logo. For more information, call Blytha Bowers at 510-303-7924, or Frances Sagapolu, 510-303-7893. Community service hours available. Volunteers younger than age 18 need adult supervision.

Love Caps for Cancer event — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Love Caps, an organization that makes and delivers crocheted love caps to cancer patients in the Bay Area, is celebrating its first anniversary with a celebration at the Boy Scouts youth training offices, 1001 Davis St., San Leandro. Includes a presentation by the founder, food and beverages donated by the San Leandro Lion’s Club, and a tutorial for those interested in crocheting caps. For more information about the event, and to RSVP, contact lovecaps4cancer@gmail.com.

Shoreline snapshots — 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beginner photographers can bring their cameras and hone their photography skills. Brief lecture, followed by a hike to snap some shoreline shots. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. Fee is $5. For ages 12 and older. 510-670-7270.
n West Winton bird hike — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Last chance of the season to explore seasonal wetlands that are wet only in winter and spring, and look for dabbling ducks. Meet at the parking lot at the west end of Winton Avenue. Free program for ages 12 and older. 510-670-7270.

Well & Fitness forum — 1-3 p.m. A three-part presentation at Lighthouse Community Center, 1217 A St., Hayward, begins with understanding energy flow and budding health through chiropractic care, a talk on nutrition, then a presentation on yoga. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 510-881-8167, or go to http://www.LGBTLighthouseHayward.org.

Author appearance — 2 p.m. Meet author Novella Carpenter at the Hayward Main Library, 825 C St. Her book, “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,” is a memoir about urban farming in an abandoned lot in downtown Oakland, and is the library’s “Book to Action” selection. Free event, no registration necessary. For more information, call 510-881-7980 or go to www.hayward-ca.gov.

Psychic encounters — 2 p.m. Psychic author Irma Slage will be at the Castro Valley Library, in the Chabot Room, to discuss her psychic experiences and answer personal questions from the audience. The library is at 3600 Norbridge Ave. For more information, call 510-667-7900 or see “Events” at www.aclibrary.org/branches/csv.

March 27
Fundraiser flea market — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Castro Valley flea market is a fundraiser for the Castro Valley High School softball teams. It will be held at Castro Valley High School, 19400 Santa Maria Ave., Redwood Road parking lot. Call 510-415-4555, or e-mail maragon6@yahoo.com, for information on how to reserve a space to turn your unwanted treasures into cash.

Fish printing — 2-3 p.m. Learn about Gyotaku, the ancient Japanese art form of fish printing. Paint real and rubber fish to make pictures and prints. Paper is provided, but bring a bandanna or shirt to put a print on. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. Fee is $8. For all ages. 510-670-7270.

Leopard shark feeding frenzy — 2-3 p.m. Assist the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center staff during the daily feeding of the shark tank, and learn about the other creatures that inhabit the tank along with the resident leopard sharks. Free program is for all ages. The center is at 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270.

March 28
Eden Garden Club — 9:30 a.m. Plant expert Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia Nursery is a special guest speaker. Meeting at the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 510-881-1794.

Government listings

A special joint meeting of the City Council and Housing Authority 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 an a work session on a gang injunction, Winton Avenue widening at Hesperian Boulevard, a final vote on amendments to the city’s noise ordinance and an Eden Housing development at B and Grand streets.
For the full agenda, go to 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 a report on disabled access to facilities, and public hearings related to a labor contract with the teacher’s union.
For the full agenda, go to www.husd.k12.ca.us.
San Leandro
A work session on the Marina plan will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. that will include the mayor’s State of the City address.
Monday at the Civic Center City Council Chambers, 835 E. 14th St.
Topics include a presentation on the San Leandro Marina Harbor Basin Alternatives Study.
For the full agenda, go to www.sanleandro.org.

Eric Kurhi