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Castro Valley: Aitken senior center to celebrate 25th anniversary

CASTRO VALLEY — The Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center will marks its 25th anniversary with entertainment by Stagebridge Senior Theatre on Friday, June 20.

Stagebridge, an Oakland senior acting group, performs musical revues, improv sessions, radio dramas and music.

The free celebration will be 1 to 3 p.m. June 20 at the center, 17800 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6738.

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Ashland: Open house at new community garden

ASHLAND — A new community garden is holding an open house Saturday, June 21.

The garden is being developed on an empty lot owned by Alameda County at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Paradise boulevards. The garden is being developed by Project EAT, a county Office of Education program to promote healthy lifestyles.

Activities at the open house will include seed planting, kids’ games, nutrition information, healthy snacks and garden box applications. It will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20095 Mission Blvd., north of Mattox Road and south of Lewelling Boulevard.

For more information, contact Project EAT at projecteat@acoe.org or 510-670-4156 or go to www.projecteat.com.

 

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Hayward: Douglas Morrisson Theatre announces 2014-15 season

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre’s 2014-15 season focuses on journeys.

The season begins with “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abaire, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 21. “Candide,” with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, will be Nov. 6-30.

Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” plays Feb. 12-March 8, followed by “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik April 16-26. Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” closes out the season May 21-June 14.

“Every play this season tells the story of a journey, whether it’s to teeter on the brink of Niagara Falls, to find the true meaning of life, to escape a small town, to climb to country music fame and fortune, or even to time-travel through all of human history,” wrote artistic director Susan E. Evans in the theater’s brochure.

The theater’s Alt. Mondays program features Bare Bones staged readings series; Telling Tales, which are storytelling evenings; and a Broadway sing-along night.

Season tickets are available in a variety of packages, with an early-bird discount through June 20. For more information, call 510-881-6777 or go to www.dmtonline.org. The theater is at 22311 N. Third St.

 

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Hayward area outdoor summer movie season begins June 13

The local free family-friendly outdoor movie season starts Friday, June 13, with “Frozen” at Adobe Park in Castro Valley.

The free family-friendly movie night is being put on by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Those going are encouraged to take picnic dinners, flashlights and low-back small chairs or blankets.

The movie starts at 8:15 p.m. at the park, 20395 San Miguel Ave. Beginning at 6 p.m., people can listen to music, chat with local vendors, get health and wellness information, and play at the park district’s mobile recreation program.

For more information, call 510-881-6700 or email info@haywardrec.org.

The park district also is showing “Despicable Me 2″ at 8:15 p.m. July 18 at Hayward City Hall Plaza, at the corner of B and Watkins streets. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ also will be screened at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at City Hall Plaza.

The park district holds its final free summer outdoor movie night at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Little League Park, 1062 Grant Ave.”Monsters University” will be the featured film.

In San Leandro, free movies will be shown July 9 at Halcyon Park, 1245 147th Ave.; July 23 at Chabot Park, 1698 Estudillo Ave.; and Aug. 6 at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St. Allo shows start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Customer Service, 510-577-3462.

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San Lorenzo flag dedication Sunday

flagraising

SAN LORENZO — A flag will be raised Sunday during a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of this unincorporated community.

The San Lorenzo Village Volunteers are hosting the event at 1 p.m. May 18 at San Lorenzo Village Public Storage, 15951 Hesperian Blvd.

An excerpt from an Daily Review article that ran in the 1940s:

“With its more than 2200 occupied homes and 360 others under construction at present, San Lorenzo Village – the David D. Bohannon scientifically planned community as shown above-offers country living with city conveniences. The ground breaking ceremony on the site of the Village was held May 18, 1944, and the first track of 1329 residences was completed by Dec. 25 of that year – setting a record in wartime private residential construction in the building industry. War department and Navy officials told Mr. Bohannon they wanted housing – and immediatedly! They got it. At the right is shown a barren piece of land which was a section of the present Village site. Part of the land consisted of the famous Smyth ranch.”

The new flag was designed by San Lorenzo resident Marcy Weiss. The flag has ocean blue to represent the nearby San Francisco Bay and features the shape of a sunset. The town was named San Lorenzo in 1854.

The project was funded by the San Lorenzo Village Volunteers.

 

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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.