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Our Lady of Grace joins South Hayward Parish

HAYWARD — Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has joined South Hayward Parish.

The interfaith parish advocates for social justice and the rights and dignity of all people.

It runs a food pantry that serves more than 75 families daily. Its Family Resource Collective sponsors community health, GED, community gardening and other community services.

The parish’s Community Action Network (CAN) provides services aimed at helping the homeless become self-sufficient.

The Castro Valley church is the parish’s eighth congregational member. Others include New Bridges Presbyterian of Hayward, Starr King Unitarian Universalist of Hayward, South Hayward United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Hayward, St. Clement Catholic of Hayward, Congregation Shir Ami of Castro Valley and United Church of Hayward.

Our Lady of Grace has long supported groups that help the elderly and people in need. It has an active St. Vincent De Paul society and convalescent hospital ministries and supports Family Emergency Shelter Coalition in Hayward and St. Mary’s Center in Oakland.

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Alameda County seeks poll workers for May 19 election

Alameda County is looking for poll workers for a special election in the 7th state Senate District on Tuesday, May 19.

Poll workers earn from $110 to $190.

The county also is looking for bilingual poll workers fluent in English and one of the following: Chinese, Spanish, Filipino/Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, or Korean. Bilingual workers receive additional pay.

Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) may serve as bilingual poll workers. Otherwise, poll workers must be registered voters.

Bilingual poll workers will need to pass a fluency assessment and attend a mandatory training class.

For more information and to apply, contact the Registrar of Voters office at www.acgov.org/rov/workers.htm,  rov_pollworker_info@acgov.org or 510-272-6971.

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Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council seeks applicants

CASTRO VALLEY — Applicants are being sought for two vacancies on the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

The council, known informally as the MAC, advises Alameda County supervisors on Castro Valley issues and concerns. Applicants must be Castro Valley residents; the term is four years.

Council members typically spent 12 to 15 hours a month on MAC-related matters. The council, which reports to county Supervisor Nate Miley, meets the second, third and fourth Mondays of each month at the Castro Valley Library.

Miley’s District 4 also has existing or upcoming vacancies on the Local Planning Council, Human Relations Commission, Consumer Affairs Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Septic Commission and Fire Advisory Commission.

Those interested can download an application at www.acgov.org/clerk/apply.htm and send it along with a resume to Anna Gee at anna.gee@acgov.org, fax 510-465-7628 or mail 1221 Oak St., Suite 536, Oakland, CA 94612.

 

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Castro Valley: Bike and pedestrian advisory panel applications sought

CASTRO VALLEY — The county is looking for residents to serve on a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee.

The newly created Castro Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will work with county public works staff on a Castro Valley bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

To be eligible, those applying must be Castro Valley residents or own property or a business in the community. Applications are due by Feb. 6.

To apply, go to www.acgov.org/pwa or call senior transportation planner Paul Keener at 510-670-6458.

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Hayward: Free improv Jan. 15

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre is having a free night of improv Thursday. Did we mention it’s free?

It will feature members of Made Up Theatre who will use audience suggestions to create improvised skits.

Made Up Theatre will have two different formats of improv during the show: Laugh Track City for the first half of the evening and 5 Play for the rest.

Laugh Track City is a fast-paced short-form improv similar to television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The Laugh Track City cast plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions.

Then using a made-up title provided by an audience member, 5 Play will create an improvised “movie.”

It starts at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. www.dmtonline.org, 510-881-6777.

 

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Supervisor Chan to host holiday party

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan is inviting community members to join her for a holiday open house Nov. 20.

The celebration will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. at her district office, 15903 Hesperian Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be a door prize of two field-level Oakland A’s tickets.

Those who are planning on attending should contact Steven Jones at 510-278-0367 or Steven.Jones@acgov.org.

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Hayward holiday boutique fundraiser Nov. 21-22

HAYWARD — A holiday boutique fundraiser Nov. 21 and 22 will benefit SOS/Meals on Wheels.

More than 20 local craftspeople will sell jewelry, paper crafts, clothing and specialty food. The Meals on Wheels chef will be preparing meals, and a cookbook compiled by the nonprofit group can be purchased. A raffle also is planned.

The boutique will run from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Hill & Valley club, 1808 B St.

SOS/MEALS on Wheels serves residents in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland. The agency delivers 1,200 meals daily to home-bound seniors, according to its website.

 

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Hayward: Weekes, San Felipe parks to be overhauled

HAYWARD — Two popular parks are due for facelifts, and people can weigh in on what they would like to see there.

Weekes Community Park in South Hayward was developed in the 1960s, and San Felipe Community Park on upper D Street dates back to the 1970s.

Hayward Area Recreation and Park District will hold two community meetings on the parks’ master plans, which will guide any makeover decisions. People will be encouraged to share their ideas of what the parks should look like in the future.

The Weekes meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and the San Felipe one will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The meetings will be held at the parks.

Consultants hired by the park district will take people’s ideas shared at the meetings and draw up possible park design concepts. The designs will be presented and refined at later meetings, with district directors ultimately voting on the master plans.

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November election filings

Friday was the candidate filing deadline for the November election, and some races have drawn several candidates while others had only one.

The deadline for San Leandro City Council District 5 was extended because incumbent Pauline Cutter is not seeking re-election, instead running for mayor. Three people jumped into the race late: Leah Hall, Corina Lopez and Mia Ousley.

District 1 will have a four-way race: David Anderson Sr., Deborah Cox, Mike Katz-Lacabe and Kenneth Pon.

Allen Schoenfeld, Victor Aguilar and Thomas Lee will square off in San Leandro City Council District 3.

Running against Cutter for mayor will be fellow Councilwoman Diana Souza and businessman Dan Dillman. Incumbent Mayor Stephen Cassidy is not seeking re-election.

Several races have already been decided when no opponents filed against the incumbents or only one person filed for each open seat; these will not appear on the ballot: Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Paul Hodges and Carol Pereira; Washington Township Healthcare District Jacob Eapen, Bernard Stewart and Michael Wallace; East Bay Municipal Utility District Ward 7 (Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, portions of San Leandro and Hayward) Frank Mellon; Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 4 (Castro Valley) Donald “Dobie” Gelles and Area 6 (Hayward and San Lorenzo) Hal Gin; San Leandro Unified School District Area 2 Lance James; San Leandro Unified Area 6, Ronald Carey; Fairview Fire Protection District Sven Andersen and Leslie West; East Bay Regional Park District Ward 3 Dennis Waespi; Eden Township Healthcare District Lester Friedman, Roxann Lewis and Thomas Lorentzen.

Hayward Unified incumbents Lisa Brunner and William McGee are being challenged by Marita Cheng. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 2 (San Leandro) incumbent Isobel Dvorsky is being challenged by Gene Judson.

In Castro Valley Unified, incumbents Janice Friesen and Gary Howard will be running against Dorothy “Dot” Theodore.

Six candidates are running for two seats in San Lorenzo Unified: Incumbents Helen Randall and Isabel Polvorosa, plus Steven Kirk, Guillermo Nevarez, Ronald Pereira II and Janet Zamudio.

A sanitary district race in Castro Valley has generated interest: Incumbents Melody Appleton and Ralph Johnson are being challenged by Marc Crawford, John Maher and Kunio Okui.

Five candidates are seeking three spots on the Oro Loma Sanitary District board: Timothy Becker, Howard Kerr, Chike Udemezue, Dan Walters and Sheila Young.

Other races include:

San Leandro Unified at large: Evelyn Gonzales, Elsie “Jeanne” Kinkella, Peter Oshinski and Monique Tate.

San Leandro Unified Area 4: Latrina Dumas, Leo Sheridan and Chike Udemezue.

AC Transit District at large: Incumbent Joel Young, Adrienne Andrews, Joel Dewitt, Clarence Fischer, Dollene Jones, Tyron Jordan, Igor Tregub.

AC Transit District Ward 4 (West unincorporated Alameda County, part of San Leandro, part of Hayward): Incumbent Mark Williams, Murphy McCalley and Timothy McGowan.

AC Transit District Ward 5 (South Hayward, : Incumbent Jeff Davis and Kewal Singh.

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July 4 celebration in South Hayward

HAYWARD — A Fourth of July celebration is planned on Tennyson Road in South Hayward.

The party will celebrate the area’s diversity with games, performances, food and handcrafts. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Tennyson and Leidig Court.

The event is sponsored by South Hayward Parish, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Cal State East Bay Diversity Center, Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno, Councilwoman-elect Sara Lamnin and Liberty Tax Service-South Hayward.

For more information, call 510-470-3377.