Calendar for week of May 16

Just announced: Hayward school board will have another meeting on board governance and goal setting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the district office board room.

baby20possum11And if you’re concerned about close encounters with raccoons, possums or other esteemed representatives of wild Hayward, the Hayward Animal Shelter will hold an informative meeting on interacting with our native wildlife at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 2A at City Hall, 777 B St.

Remember, if you are interested in a more comprehensive list of Hayward government-related events, check out the City Clerk’s site, with links to the various agendas. This week, that includes Library Commission, Youth Commission, Downtown Business Improvement Advisory Board, Climate Action Management Team and a weekend cleanup event at Weekes Park.

May 16

Documentary film — 6 p.m. Water is essential to every living thing on the planet. “Flow” is an award-winning documentary investigation into an important political and environmental issue — the world water crisis. Free screening at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C St. For more information, call 510-881-7980, or to to www. library.hayward-ca.gov.

May 17

Percussion Ensemble recital — Noon. Performance in Music Building 1055, Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Free admission. 510-885-3167. Parking fee will apply.

MAY 19

Free consumer fraud workshop for seniors — 1:30 p.m. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from scam artists and rip-offs. Speakers from Legal Assistance for Seniors offer tips for protection and prevention of scams targeting seniors, and identity theft. Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave. For more information, call 510-667-7900, or contact Alameda County Library’s Older Adult Services at 510-745-1491.

May 20

Spring High Tea — 2 p.m. The Hayward Area Senior Center, 22325 N. Third St., Hayward, will celebrate spring with a High Tea. Sample sweet and savory delights. Decorate your own table (service for four) using imagination — table will be judged for creativity and the spirit of the spring season. Bring a tablecloth, napkins, luncheon plates, sugar and creamer bowls, teapot, teacups with saucers, and decorations. A quilt show by the quilting class students will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There’s also entertainment by Golden Follies and raffle prizes. Bring your friends to this special event. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call the Senior Center at 510-881-6766.

Fundraiser dinner — 5-8 p.m. Spaghetti feed, auction and student talent show at The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. Spaghetti dinner with a variety of sauces, a live and silent auction and a student talent show. A jumper, food and activities are available for the kids. There’s also a 50/50 raffle with half the proceeds going to the winner. Advance tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 for ages 3-14), children age 2 and younger are free. Price increases at the door. For tickets and information, call Nancy at 510-351-6400.

Friday night film — 6:30 p.m. Cal State East Bay is showing the film “Art School Confidential” at the Art and Education Building, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Free admission/snacks, but parking fee will apply — pay stations in lots E2, G, K and N. 510-885-3299, or go to http://csueastbay.edu/arts.

“Annie Jr.” — 7 p.m. Since mid-October interested students at Eldridge Elementary School in Hayward have been rehearsing during their own lunch hour to learn how to sing, act, and dance. The end result is “Annie Jr.,” a 70-minute, condensed version of the original Broadway show “Annie,” that was designed for middle-school students. The play is being performed in the Eldridge Elementary multipurpose room, 26825 Eldridge Ave., Hayward. Tickets are $5 each for children age 4 through adults. For more information, email: gcanterberry@husd.k12.ca.us.

May 20-June 12

“The Dixie Swim Club” — A comedy about friendships that last forever is performed at the Chanticleers Theatre, 3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley. The play follows the alumna of the Pemberton College swim team as they reassemble over the course of 33 years at an Outer Banks beach cottage where they catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. Performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Admission $18 general, $15 for students/seniors/military. For tickets and Information, go to www.chanticleers.org, or call 510-733-5483.

“Rodgers & Hart, A Celebration” — The works of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart are the subject of the production at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. Rodgers & Hart collaborated on 28 musicals from 1919 to 1943, and left the American musical theater with some of its most memorable songs. Their works have been performed and recorded by many cabaret singers and jazz artists. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $28 adults, $25 seniors, and $20 for students and are available online at www.dmtonline.org, or by calling the box office at 510-881-6777.

May 21

Jeans drive for the homeless — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. El Shaddai Ministries of San Leandro is collecting jeans for the homeless at the Harley Davison Dealership, 181 Hagenberger Road, in Oakland. The donated jeans will be distributed on Wednesdays along with meals, showers and haircuts at El Shaddai’s San Leandro church, 565 E. Lewelling Blvd. For additional information, call Pastor Mike Cambra at 510-385-6176.

SoulCollage workshop — 1:30-4 p.m. The San Lorenzo Library, 395 Paseo Grande is offering a free SoulCollage workshop led by Aikya Param, a licensed professional practitioner and spiritual counselor at Oakland Center for Spiritual Living. Param shows others how to explore their creativity, and the adventure of self-discovery. Workshop materials are provided. For more information, call the library at 510-670-6283, ext. 14.

Ramayana — 7 p.m. The Chhandam School of Kathak Dance presents India’s epic, the Ramayana, at Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. (between Cathy Way and Depot Road), Hayward. A tradition told through classical Kathak dance, drama, and music is performed by 350 students of the school, with special appearances by members of the Chitresh Das Dance Company. Production is also narrated by Sanskrit chanting and English translation. Tickets, $40 VIP, $20 general, $16 students and seniors, are available at: www.sulekha.com. For more information, call 415-333-9000, or go to www.kathak.org.

May 21, 22

Plant sale — The Eden Garden Club’s annual plant sale is being held at a member’s home, 3785 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley. Sale includes a wide variety of succulents (both potted and in dish gardens), geraniums, day lilies, irises, flowering sage, miniature agapanthus and many more. Sale hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Also offered are baked goods and handcrafted garden-related objects.

Evergreen art show — The San Leandro Art Association has been invited to show their artworks in the garden area of Evergreen Nursery, 350 San Leandro Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Public is invited. For more information, call 510-632-1522 or 510-636-1130.

May 21-July 31

Gateway to the Salt Marsh exhibit: History of the Hayward Interpretive Center. Reception 10 a.m.-noon May 21. Celebrate the center’s 25th anniversary by visiting the Hayward Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., and viewing their newly installed exhibit highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of the interpretive center during the past 25 years. Participate in their oral history archive in the “recording booth.” Light refreshments served. 510-670-7270.

May 22

Bay Area history hike — 1-2:30 p.m. Travel back in time to learn about the geologic, Native American, and recent history of the Bay Area, including the first settlers at the Hayward Shoreline while hiking by the remnants of their past. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. Adults only. $5.

The Golden Follies present “Dazzle” — 2 p.m. A fast-paced, high-energy Las Vegas-style revue featuring senior performers ages 60–86, strutting their stuff at Chabot College’s Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. The Golden Follies Dancers present magical moments with memorable music, and the grand finale features a sparkling tribute to the USA, with flags waving and feet tapping, conjuring up great memories with unforgettable ’40s tunes. Tickets are $25. For tickets or information, call 925-803-9020, or email thegoldenfollies@yahoo.com.

“Carmina Burana” — 4 p.m. Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” performed by the East Bay Choral Union, Palo Alto High School Concert Choir, Las Positas Chamber Choir, and alumnae of the Cal State East Bay Dance Ensemble, is conducted by Buddy James. Performance is at the Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. Admission is $7 general, $5 youth, senior, and alumni, and free for those with Cal State ID.

May 23

Documentary film — 6 p.m. “Pushing the Elephant.” When civil war came to a Congolese village, a mother managed to escape with nine of her 10 children, but was separated from her 5-year-old daughter. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the United States, where they must come to terms with the violence and devastation of the past and build a new future. Free screening at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C St. For more information, call 510-881-7980, or to www.library.hayward-ca.gov.

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 presentation on the police department’s recent national accreditation, creation of a joint authority related to parking around the South Hayward and Downtown BART stations.

For the full agenda, visit www.hayward-ca.gov.



A regular meeting will begin at  7 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center council Chamber, 835 East 14th St.

Topics include a presentation on the proposed budget and a discussion regarding the proposal for San Leandro Hospital and the Eden Township Healthcare District.

For the full agenda or to listen to streaming audio of the meeting, visit www.sanleandro.org.

School Board

A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, 835 E. 14th St.

Topics include an update on Measure M bond improvements and a tentative agreement between the school district and the California School Employees Association.

For a full agenda, go to the district office, 14735 Juniper St.



A study session will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 15510 Usher St.

The study session will include the district library plan and California High School Exit Exam report. The regular session will include a reduction in classified staff and an alternative governance plan for Colonial Acres Elementary School.

Eric Kurhi

  • Eric Kurhi

    PRESS RELEASE from South Hayward Parish:

    What will our corner of the Bay Area look like in next five years? Transportation? Housing density? Urban development? Do you have some ideas on these issues that you would like to share?

    The Metropolitan Transportation Commission would like to hear from you. Plan Bay Area is an ambitious study undertaken by MTC to determine the course of transportation and urban development in the seven bay area counties over the next five years. On Monday, May 23, 2011 7:00 PM a Community Meeting will be held at the Day Labor Center, 680 W Tennyson Road, Hayward. Participants will see a Power Point presentation on the planning process and will be able to share their ideas thought an available survey. A free dinner will be provided for those attending and completing a survey.

    The South Hayward Parish is hosting this event for the Hayward/Union City area. Transportation and urban development are issues that affect all residents of the community. This is your opportunity to be heard. For information please contact the South Hayward Parish, 510 752-3663.

  • Teresa Conti

    Okay, maybe I don’t understand but what is the deal with all these meetings on board governance and goal setting? Does this really mean let’s fight not so publicly about cuts?

  • Teresa,
    you pretty much hit it on the head. They are trying to find a way to make the public think that they are getting along. I do know that at the last “board govrnance” meeting they all agreed that they couldn’t communicate with each other or with district staff. They also are trying to come up with a new Mission Statement, not that the old one was all that bad. Of course to write a new one they first have to find a way to get along…so it may be a while before we see the fruits of their collective efforts.

  • John W. Kyle


    A little more than three hours since our great pundit rendered her last interpretation of what goes on behind closed doors at HUSD.

    Perhaps she has taken time to visit her husband?

  • Funny how lap tops and wireless can keep me connected, but then I guess Mr. Kyle is too ignorant to think of that.

    While I wasn’t there for the last governance meeting, someone I know was and they reported the information that I gave you regarding the purpose(s) of the meeting to come on Thursday. If you are interested in what the Mission Statement said, go to Eric’s posting of the last week or so..He took a cell phone picture of it and you can enlarge it and read it for yourself. Maybe you will disagree with my opinion of the content, but at least you will have had a chance to read it.

  • Monica Ruiz

    Lots of fun events going on! Thanks for the info Eric.

  • Eric Kurhi

    HUSD’s special Thursday meeting has been cancelled, will be rescheduled. Also, for those interested in San Leandro Marina par course:

    The City of San Leandro is seeking feedback regarding the proposed upgrades to the paths and par course renovations. City Staff encourages users of the Marina Park par course and paths to come to the Marina Park Par Course on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. to review proposed plans and give feedback.

    If you are interested in reviewing the proposed plans and providing feedback but are unable to attend either of these meetings, please contact Carolyn Knudtson, Recreation and Human Services Director, at 510-577-3466. You may also provide electronic feedback about how you use the paths and par course for consideration as we move forward by emailing us at citycomments@sanleandro.org.

    For more information on the City of San Leandro and its programs and services, visit the City’s website at http://www.sanleandro.org. To register to automatically receive press releases, meeting agendas or other electronic notifications, go to http://www.sanleandro.org/portal/default.asp.

  • Teresa Conti

    Anyone remember the Zucchini festival held on the third weekend at Kennedy Park? Well, due to the fees charged by HARD, the festival is more than likely going to move to Union City next year. Who would ever had thought that Union City would grab something from Hayward? First all the yearly shows at the Convention Center, now zukes are moving on.

    Was kind of hoping some car dealers might come back to Mission Row, but other types of business seem to be filing in or nothing. Hayward is becoming a collection of empty lots in the Mission area. How sad to see these.

  • Sherry Blair

    Teresa, I can tell you are feeling uncomfortable with the way things are going. It’s not clear, though, what it is that is making you feel that way. Maybe you see the loss of something or fear something? What is it that you need or want? Would you mind sharing with us?

  • watchdog

    I mentioned in a blog long ago about using the Adult school site @ Sunset as a possible alternative to the decommissioned Hayward Centennial Hall to hold events.

    They could have placed the ” Grand Central Cooking Kitchen” there and utilized utilities such as gas and water already sized for such a facility and catered for such events that have now moved out of Hayward.

    From what I understand, grant money was used to renovate the facility for Project Eat, and all the grant money was used for renovation, and now the program is in limbo.

    Was the city council or Nate Miley aware of the revenue that may have been possibly generated for the local community and H.U.S.D. by relocating the “Grand Central Kitchen” to the Sunset site?

  • Sherry Blair

    Watchdog, I’m totally ignorant about what the Grand Central Cooking Kitchen was. Do you mind catching me up?
    I see new innovative ideas emerging for Sunset now coming from the partnership of Nate Miley and the Ashland Cherryland community. The people there are connected with the people in my neighborhood in Burbank. I would like Sunset to be availabe to all of us, across the governmental boundary lines between the county and city of Hayward.