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California Assembly honors Chabot College women’s basketball team

The Chabot College women’s basketball team, which won the state championship, was recognized on the floor of the California Assembly Monday.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward presented a proclamation honoring the team to its members and coaches.

The team made history in March by winning the Hayward college’s first state championship. The Gladiators defeated Mount San Antonio on March 15 at the state tournament. Mount San Antonio had won six of the previous 10 state championships.

The team also was honored by the Hayward City Council, which presented it a certificate of commendation at its March 24 meeting.

The team had a 31-3 season.

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Hayward: Cal State banners win award

Cal State banners

HAYWARD — Banners placed around Cal State East Bay campuses have won a bronze award.

More than 120 light post banners created by Jesse Cantley, Cal State’s director of creative services, and Cal State graphic designer Garvin Tso were placed around the Hayward and Concord campuses. The banners are part of a branding effort and also highlight the diversity of its students.

The university won a bronze award of excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District VII. This is Cal State’s first award from the council.

Cal State was chosen from about 700 entries for seven awards in the Design: Specialty Pieces category.

 

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Hayward landmarks focus of new exhibit

HAYWARD –A new digital art exhibit highlights Hayward’s natural beauty and distinctive landmarks.

“In My Own Backyard” featuring the works of Jeanne Bertolina opens Wednesday, April 15, at the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History and Culture.

Jeanne says of her work, “My passion is seeing beauty and artistic possibilities everywhere and making interesting (and sometimes surprising) compositions from ordinary subjects,” Bertolina said in a release.

An artist reception will take place at noon Saturday, April 25. Those at the reception can vote for their favorite art piece from the exhibit. A drawing will take place, with the winner being given the artwork after the show concludes.

The exhibit also includes trivia about each subject: Buffalo Bill’s was one of the first brewpubs in California. The Ranch restaurant was built with the wood of a pilfered train trestle from Sacramento, and the Hayward Plunge is on some lists of haunted places in California.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. Call 510-581-0223 for more information.

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Castro Valley schools to survey parents

CASTRO VALLEY — Castro Valley schools are asking parents to fill out a survey about its programs and services.

The district is seeking feedback on how it is spending money through the Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan is required as part of a state program designed to give school districts more flexibility in how they spend state education funds.

The state program allocates additional money for low-income and English-learning students.

There is a link to the online survey at the school district’s website, www.cv.k12.ca.us.

The survey will be available April 27 in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The district also will be holding meetings to hear from residents on the programs. The next one will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 21 at Marshall Elementary School, 20111 Marshall St.

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San Leandro Easter egg hunt April 4 at Marina Park

SAN LEANDRO — A children’s Easter egg hunt is planned for Saturday, April 4, at Marina Park.

Children under age 10 are asked to take their own basket for the hunt, which will begin at 10 a.m. The hunt will be divided into age groups, and parental supervision is required.

The Easter bunny will be available for photos.

The free hunt is being put on by the city’s Recreation and Human Services Department with a donation from the San Leandro Optimist Club.

The park is at 13801 Monarch Bay Drive. For more information, call 510-577-3462.

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Hayward: Registration opens for Junior Giants baseball

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Registration has opened for the 2015 season of the free Hayward Junior Giants Program.

Boys and girls age 5 to 14 can sign up online at www.jrgiants.org.

Entering its 14th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Both boys and girls ages 5 to 14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.

A record number of families signed up last year and another large turnout is expected for the 2015 season.

There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best. The Hayward League of the Junior Giants was named as one of the top five “exemplary leagues” in an impact report prepared by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Hayward Junior Giants are a partnership between the Hayward Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

The Giants Community Fund developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime.

Beyond baseball, players interact with school resource officers who coach the teams. The league also encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education.

The season will kick off with the First Pitch Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The first day of practices will be June 15. All games and practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.

Those taking part should register online before the First Pitch Meeting. Parent and community volunteers are also welcome.

Youth and Family Services Bureau staff will be available to help with online registration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Weekes library branch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Main Library.

For more information, call 510-293-7048 or go to http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.

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San Leandro: ‘Call the Cops!’ at library

SAN LEANDRO — Police will read to children during “Call the Cops!” Thursday, April 16.

The officers will be reading out loud 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the Manor Branch Library’s Preschool Story Time. Children also will be able to look over a police cruiser in the library’s parking lot.

No reservations are required, but space is limited; people are encouraged to arrive early.

The Manor Branch Library is at 1241 Manor Blvd. For more information, call 510-577-7964 or CSteward@sanleandro.org.

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Hayward 70th annual Easter egg hunt, bonnet parade April 4

HAYWARD – The Hayward park district’s 70th annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade takes place Saturday, April 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Bonnets must be homemade; they will be judged on the most colorful, most unusual and prettiest. The parade is limited to children ages 6 and younger.

The Easter egg hunt will take place after the parade. It will be divided into four age groups: 1 to 2 years old; 3 to 4 years old; 5 to 6 years old; and 7 to 9 years old.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free celebration.

For more information, call Hayward Area Recreation and Park District at 510-881-6700. Kennedy Park is at 19501 Hesperian Blvd.

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‘Into the Beautiful North’: San Leandro panel to discuss Urrea book

From the city of San Leandro:

SAN LEANDRO — Local author Mitali Perkins will moderate a panel discussion about The Big Read 2015 novel “Into the Beautiful North” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the San Leandro Main Library Lecture Hall, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Perkins will moderate a panel of four librarians from the Biblioteca Para La Gente, who will discuss the themes referenced in the book by Luis Alberto Urrea.

“No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother,” journalist Bill Moyers said of Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

In his third novel, “Into the Beautiful North,” Urrea transcends the “us against them” discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars.

Urrea invites readers to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations: He reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins.

Perkins, the guest speaker and panel moderator of The Big Read 2014, will return to moderate this year’s discussion.

Her eight novels include “Rickshaw Girl” (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and “Bamboo People” (listed as American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred and described in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”).

The panel discussion is a free event and no prior registration is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, call Mary Beth Barloga at 510-577-3992

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Cherryland ‘Easter Egg-stravaganza’ March 28

CHERRYLAND — Cherryland is having its seventh annual “Easter Egg-stravaganza” on Saturday, March 28.

The festival at Meek Estate Park will include Easter egg hunts by age groups for kids up to age 12. Those taking part should bring a basket.

Children ages 3 to 12 can compete in an egg roll; bring your own hard-boiled egg.

Other activities include an Easter bonnet parade and contest; categories include most unusual, Victorian, funniest, character theme and best in show.

Community, food vendor, face painting and craft booths will be set up at the park. The Easter Bunny will pose for pictures; don’t forget your camera.

The free festival will start at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. at the park, 240 Hampton Road. It is sponsored by the Cherryland Community Association and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.