HAYWARD — Hayward Area Recreation and Park District will recognize its volunteers Saturday, April 18.
In 2014, 915 district volunteers donated more than 55,000 hours. They helped out in various programs: aquatics, arts, camps, dance, special needs, theater arts, gymnastics, nature, parks, youth, sports and senior adults.
The volunteers will be honored at a brunch at 10 a.m. at the Hayward Area Senor Center. The volunteer of the year will be announced.
The senior center is at 22325 N. Third St.
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.
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.
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.
HAYWARD — The Hill & Valley Women’s Club will hold its annual Bunco Madness Game Day fundraiser on Saturday, April 25.
Tickets are $15, and include a salad bar lunch and door prizes in addition to bunco. Reservations are required; call Joann Silviera at 510-785-2053 Ticket deadline is April 18.
The fundraiser will be 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill & Valley club house, 1808 B. St.
CASTRO VALLEY — Residents are being asked what qualities they would like to see in their next school superintendent.
Current Castro Valley Unified Superintendent Jim Negri is retiring at the end of the school year, and the board is starting its search for his replacement.
The board wants to hear what traits, skills, abilities and experience the community feels are important for the new superintendent.
Consultants assisting the board in its search will hold two community forums: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. Both meetings will be in the district office board room.
Residents also can fill out a survey questionnaire available at the schools, district office and the district website, www.cv.k12.ca.us. The surveys can be returned to Rick Brewer care of Aimee Cayere, Castro Valley Unified, 4400 Alma Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546
To schedule a one-on-one appointment, call 510-537-3000 ext. 1211.
HAYWARD — The Douglas Morrisson Theatre will stage a “Bare Bones” reading of “The How and The Why” on March 30.
The play by Sarah Treem will have one performance only.
“The How and The Why” premiered January 2011 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.
According to the theater, the play explores science, family and survival of the fittest. On the eve of the prestigious National Organization of Research Biologists conference, two scientists meet for the first time — Zelda, an established leader in the field, and Rachel, an up-and-comer with a radical new theory that will rattle cages in the male-dominated field of evolutionary biology. Treem explores generational divides and the choices women face, both in their personal and professional lives
The reading will be 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the theater, 22311 N. Third St. Tickets are $10 (open seating), and are available through the Box Office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.
The reading will be directed by Katja Rivera, an actor and director with local credits at Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Boxcar Theatre and CustomMade Theatre. She is an artistic associate with Shotgun Players and Playground and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Treem’s plays include “A Feminine Ending,” “Empty Sky,” “Against the Wall,” “Orphan Island,” “Human Voices” and “Mirror Mirror. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Repertory and been in residence at The Sundance Institute and The Ojai Playwriting Conference, among others. Her television credits include writing/producing HBO’s “In Treatment,” “How to Make It in America” and “House of Cards.”
CASTRO VALLEY — Residents can give their opinion on what a new park should look like at a meeting Thursday, Feb 26.
The 26-acre undeveloped site was purchased for $5.6 million last year by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District from the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The hilltop site is one of the last large parcels of land in Castro Valley.
East Bay MUD at one time planned to build a filter plant there but declared it surplus about 10 years ago. Some developers bid on the property but then backed out, and the utility district took it off the market until 2013.
The site is bordered by Sydney Way, Carlton Avenue, Jennifer Drive and Stanton Avenue in northwest Castro Valley.
The district is starting a master plan process that will decide on park design.
The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Castro Valley Community Center, 18988 Lake Chabot Road.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 510-465-7628 or mail 1221 Oak St., Suite 536, Oakland, CA 94612.
HAYWARD — The park district is hiring for both full-time and summer jobs.
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District has part-time openings in its sports, aquatics, facility rentals, day camps, tennis, after-school programs, nature, ranger and theater programs.
Pay ranges from $9.49 to $20.82 an hour.
For more information and to get an application, go to www.haywardrec.org/451/Part-Time-Employment-Opportunities or call 510-881-6700.