SAN LEANDRO — Bill Patterson, one of Oakland’s civic champions, will give a talk Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month.
Patterson has been active in political campaigns and community organizations for more than four decades.
The past president of the Oakland NAACP is a retired Oakland Parks and Recreation manager. He has been credited by many athletes who have gone on to gain Hall of Fame recognition, including basketball’s Bill Russell and baseball’s Joe Morgan.
Patterson was a confidant and adviser to Lionel Wilson, Oakland’s first African-American mayor.
Information about elder care resources also will be provided at the gathering from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the San Leandro City Hall Sister Cities Gallery, 835 E. 14th St. Admission is free; to register for breakfast, contact email@example.com.
The Rev. Betty Clark will present information about colon cancer and its effects on the black community. Clark is the spiritual care coordinator for Senior Moments, which provides support for isolated, disabled and home-bound older adults.
CASTRO VALLEY — A holiday art fair will be Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Kenneth Aitken Senior and Community Center.
Items for sale include handmade ceramic bowls and mugs, vases, pottery, garden art, hand-sewn items, jewelry, wood crafts, and knitted and crocheted items.
Proceeds will support special needs and arts programs.
The fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 17800 Redwood Road.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-670-4156 or go to www.projecteat.com.
HAYWARD — Police are inviting residents to join them for Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, June 14.
This is a chance to voice concerns, ask questions and get to know Hayward police officers.
Coffee With a Cop takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks coffee shop, 20523 Hesperian Blvd. (A Street and Hesperian)
For more information contact Gale Bleth, 510-293-7151 or email@example.com
CASTRO VALLEY — A free outdoor screening of “Frozen” is planned for June 13 at Adobe Park.
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. Starting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN LORENZO — A Block Party to Die For will raise funds for the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.
The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at College and Usher streets. There will be tours of the historic cemetery, carnival games, crafts and food. Live music will be provided by the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan and Leo Oliver and the Blues Knockouts.
The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and the Hayward Area Historical Society are hosting the event, and all proceeds will support preservation of the cemetery.
The cemetery at Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo recorded its first burial in 1854. East Bay historic figures William Meek and John Lewelling are among the 2,500 buried there.
Tickets are $10, or $5 for children and seniors. They can be bought at the event or in advance at 510-581-0223.
HAYWARD — Patricia Smith will recite some of her latest poetry Thursday, April 25, at Cal State as part of the Distinguished Writers Series
The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Biella Room of the University Library, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free, and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow. The event is hosted by the university’s English department.
Smith, who is also a playwright and performing artist, has published six books of poetry, including “Blood Dazzler,” a National Book Award finalist, and “Teahouse of the Almighty,” a National Poetry series winner.
The Chicago native is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion.
“We’re fortunate to celebrate April, National Poetry Month, with a reading by one of the nation’s foremost writers and performance artists,” Susan Gubernat, English professor and director of the Distinguished Writers Series for 2012-13, said in a release.
Smith is a professor of English at City University of New York and a faculty member of the Sierra Nevada masters of fine arts program and Cave Canem Foundation.
She has performed on stage and on film, CDs and in the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” She has been published in numerous literary journals.
Campus parking is $2 per hour, payable at kiosk machines in the parking lots.
HAYWARD – Sherlock Holmes is on the case starting Feb. 14 at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by Steven Dietz combines two of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, “The Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem.” The production, based on the original 1899 script by William Gillette and Doyle, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The whodunit previews Feb. 14 and opens at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, running through March 10. Tickets are $10 preview, $29 other performances, with discounts for seniors and students. A special Saturday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2, followed by a “talk-back” session with the director and cast. Call 510-881-6777 or go to www.dmtonline.org.
If you haven’t been to the Douglas Morrisson Theatre at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, it’s a lovely theater, but it can be a little tricky to find. The website, www.dmtonline.org/Getting%20Here.htm, has fairly detailed directions, but a GPS or an old-fashioned map might not hurt. The theater used to be called Hayward Little Theatre, next to the Hayward Senior Center and Japanese Gardens. It’s run by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
Are you 60 or older and do you live in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo area? If so, you can sign up for a free 10-minute massage by a trained massage therapist. The massages, held the second Monday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., are by appointment only. They will be given at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road. Call 510-881-6738.
The massages are only one of the many things going on at the Hayward Recreation and Parks District. The Aitken Senior Center is organizing a day trip to Cache Creek casino Feb. 6. Cost is $33 for HARD residents, $43 for others. Call 510-881-6738.
The center also is hosting a flea market March 2. Tables are on sale now for $25 residents, $35 others.
And there’s a new exhibit at the Adobe Art Gallery. The A.R.T. annual members exhibit runs through March 2. The gallery is at 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. For details, contact email@example.com.
The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is hosting an exhibit of artistic walking sticks by Rick Boreliz, “Take Art for a Walk,” through March 3. Call 510-670-7270 for more information.
Did you graduate from Castro Valley High School in 1963? If so, your fellow alumni would like to hear from you. The grads are planning a 50th reunion for Sept. 21, with some socializing Sept. 20. The tentative schedule includes a get-together Friday evening, Saturday barbecue and picnic, and Saturday evening main event.
Those interested are asked to contact Tara O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.