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New Jensen Ranch principal

CASTRO VALLEY — Dustin Gacherieu was named principal of Jensen Ranch Elementary School on Thursday.

Gacherieu has been assistant principal at Castro Valley Adult
and Career Education for the past two years. Before that, he taught at Chabot Elementary School, including  kindergarten and fifth grade.

He graduated from Castro Valley High School and served as a student school board member his junior and senior years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Mary’s College.

The school board made the appointment at its May 8 meeting.

 

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Hayward youth job fair May 9

HAYWARD — The Hayward adult school is hosting a youth job fair May 9 at City Hall.

The fair is open to people ages 16 to 25. More than 50 businesses and agencies will have representatives at the fair, which will include a “dress for success” presentation by Macy’s of Hayward and door prizes. Those attending are asked to bringing resumes.

The adult school, officially called the Hayward Center for Education and Careers, is partnering with the city, the Employment Development Department/Youth Employment Opportunity Program, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Community Resources for Independent Living, Dr. Jennifer Ong, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Southland Mall.

The fair takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. For more information, contact For more information, contact Juan Romero at 510-459-7056 or jromero@has.edu.

Anyone bringing two cans to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank will get an additional ticket for door prize drawings.

 

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Hayward Chihuahua Palooza

A press release from the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Bay Area Animal Shelters continue to be filled with Chihuahuas looking for the homes. Come and meet one of these pint-sized bundles of love during the Hayward Animal Shelter’s annual Chihuahua Palooza special adoption event Tuesday, May 6 – Saturday, May 10.

In an effort to find homes for all these little dogs, the Hayward Animal Shelter is offering discounted adoptions throughout the event. All Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes are available to qualifying homes for $20 plus the cost of a dog license if you live in Hayward.

In an effort to decrease the number of Chihuahuas that end up in shelters, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 10, the Hayward Animal Shelter volunteers will be offering a limited number of spay and neuter vouchers at 50 percent off the regular price to Hayward Chihuahua owners. Contact the Hayward Animal Shelter for more information about the event and voucher pricing at 510-293-7200.

Contact information:
Jennie Comstock, Animal Services administrator
Hayward police, animal services
510-881-7922
jennie.comstock@hayward-ca.gov

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Meals on Wheels to mark sixth anniversary with May 17 luncheon

SAN LEANDRO — SOS/Meals on Wheels is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a luncheon May 17.

The nonprofit agency serves 1,200 meals each day to seniors in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland.

Proceeds from the luncheon, which includes wine from local vineyards, will help fund the program. There also will be a raffle and silent auction for prizes, such as a weekend at a Lake Tahoe cabin, Disneyland tickets and a playhouse made and donated by Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St. Tickets are $25; for more information, email connie@sosmealsonwheels.org. or call 510-582-1263.

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Marina fundraisers for worthy causes

SAN LEANDRO — Some groups that do a lot of good in the local communities are hosting spring fundraisers at the San Leandro marina.

On Saturday, April 26, Stepping Stones Growth Center will hold its 12th Annual Every Step Counts Walk/Run at the marina, starting at 8:30 a.m. Every Step Counts is a family-friendly event that encourages people with developmental disabilities to be active. The $30 entry fee includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments and a chance to win prizes. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/everystepcounts/12th-annual-every-step-counts-event.

The Mourning Mothers Walk to Prevent Violence takes place on Saturday, May 10. KGO’s Cheryl Jennings will emcee the walk, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $20 donation includes a T-shirt and lunch. The walk is sponsored by 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, started by Lorrain Taylor, a Hayward woman who lost her twin sons to violence. To register, call 510-581-0100, email mothers1000@aol.com or go to www.1000mothers.org.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition will have its Shelter Shuffle on May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 and includes snacks and a T-shirt; those taking part are encouraged to sign up sponsors. Last year’s shuffle raised $35,000. To register, go to www.firstgiving.com/fesco or email shuffle@fescofamilyshelter.org and ask for a registration form. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and works to get families off the street and off welfare.

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Help available to apply for health insurance

Covered California Health Insurance certified enrollment counselors and insurance agents will be at three Alameda County libraries to help people complete applications. The deadline to apply to the insurance program, which is California’s version of the Affordable Care Act, has been extended to April 15.

The schedule:

Castro Valley Library – 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8 and 15
San Lorenzo Library – 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Fremont Main Library – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12

Note: The San Lorenzo Library has moved while its building is being expanded. It is temporarily around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.

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Silent auction of longtime artist Eva Best’s work March 2

CASTRO VALLEY — The art legacy of Eva Best will be displayed at a silent auction on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm at the Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley.

Best, a San Leandro teacher and artist, died Dec. 26. Over the years, she received many awards for her art, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Alameda County Fair, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, the East Bay Watercolor Society, The Oakland Art Association and the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley.

The exhibit and silent auction is a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, collages and drawings. More than 50 watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings will be on display.

Proceeds from this event will help support art programs, classes and demonstrations at the Adobe Art Center. Best was an avid artist who explored a variety of mediums well into her 90s. She also was a member of A.R.T., Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes the visual arts.

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Sea level rise forum Saturday in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — Climate change and rising sea levels can be scary topics, but a community forum is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, to help people prepare

“What?! Sharks in My Backyard?” will explore what is happening with climate change and what residents can do. It takes place at the Castro Valley Library.

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center naturalists will lead a community discussion, and representatives of the Adapting to Rising Tides Project will talk about local effects.

Also taking part in the forum are Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church, Hayward; Hayward Area Recreation and Parks Department, MoveOn.org, 350Bay Area.org, the American Association of University Women, Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency Citizens Advisory Committee and the American Association of University Women and others.

The forum starts at 2 p.m. at the library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley.

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Hayward challenge grant to aid homeless

HAYWARD — A $3,000 challenge grant to help the homeless has been issued in honor of community activist Jim Forsyth, who died last year.

Proceeds will go to the South Hayward Parish Joe White Movement, named for a homeless man who died while sleeping outside on a cold night in December.

Every dollar donated through the end of February will be matched; donations are tax-deductible.

The parish has been providing drop-in services to connect people to housing, employment, training and support through the Community Action Network (CAN) for the past four years. Its site is small, making it difficult to provide services.

Funds from the grant will help CAN get a larger place to help move people into housing.

To donate, send a check to South Hayward Parish, 27287 Patrick Ave., Hayward, CA 94544, with The Joe White Movement in the memo line. Details: 510-432-7703 or southhaywardparish@gmail.com

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San Lorenzo Library expansion groundbreaking on Feb. 19

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan will lead a groundbreaking Feb. 19 for expansion of the San Lorenzo Library.

The project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years, according to a press release. When the $9.4 million work is finished, the library will be almost 20,000 square feet, twice its current size. It also will be the first certified green building in San Lorenzo, according to the release.

The San Lorenzo Library expansion will be the first project under Alameda County’s Project Stabilization Agreement, which promotes training and hiring of target populations, such as veterans and low-income residents.

The groundbreaking will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the library, 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.

During construction, a temporary library has been set up around the corner at 16032 Hesperian Blvd.