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Free Hayward outdoor summer concerts

HAYWARD — The Odd Fellows are once again putting on free outdoor concerts Sunday afternoons.
This is the sixth year of the concerts at Hayward Memorial Park, behind the Hayward Plunge on Mission Boulevard.
The concerts are free, but each one features a local nonprofit group. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the nonprofits.
This Sunday (Aug. 9) will have a blues concert with Chris Marquis and Sycamore 129 Blues Band. The concert is a benefit for the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, commonly known as FESCO. www.fescofamilyshelter.org
 Sezu with Kari & the SweetspOts will perform what is being billed as “original feel-good music” on Aug. 23. Donations will be accepted for South Hayward Parish. www.SouthHaywardParish.org
A jazz concert featuring What’s Up Big Band on Aug. 30 will benefit the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, a summer camp for middle school and high school students in the Santa Cruz Mountains. www.lahondamusiccamp.org
The jazz theme continues Sept. 13, with 3 O’Clock Jump and Mount Eden High School choir members performing to benefit the school’s choir program. Hayward City Councilman Francisco Zermeno will be grilling sausages from Fabrique Delices.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge teams up with the park district to put on the concert series, called “Plunge into Music, Arts and Dance for Summer Sundays in the Park.”

The concerts are in the bandshell at the park. If going, grab a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol). In addition to the music, the concerts will have a chalk art area and picnic tables for chess players. Chess players will be on hand to teach anyone interested.

The concerts generally run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hayward Memorial Park, 24176 Mission Blvd. The park has a tot lot and tennis courts. Indoor swimming is offered at the Hayward Plunge, and a trail at the back of the park follows a creek into the hills.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 was re-formed in 2010, with a focus on supporting local music and the arts. For more information about the lodge, go to www.haywardlodge.org .
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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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San Francisco Giants World Series trophies coming to Hayward Jan. 29

HAYWARD — You can have your picture taken with the San Francisco Giants’ three World Series trophies on Thursday, Jan. 29, and it’s all for a good cause.

The 2010, 2012 and 2014 world championship trophies will be on display at City Hall. Viewing is free, but a contribution of $2 a person is suggested to support the local Junior Giants program.

The Hayward stop is part of a tour of Junior Giants communities in Northern and Central California, Oregon and Nevada.

“As a huge San Francisco Giants fan myself, I’m obviously very excited to welcome the trophies to Hayward,” said Mayor Barbara Halliday in a statement.

“The Giants have also made an important contribution to our community through their sponsorship of the Junior Giants program, which served more than 750 Hayward area children in 2014. Even if you’re an A’s fan, come out to check out the trophies and support our local kids,” she said.

The trophies will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in City Hall Rotunda, 777 B St.

Junior Giants is a free co-ed baseball program run by the Hayward police department for the past 13 years. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming eight-week season that starts June 15. If interested, contact Emily Young at emily.young@hayward-ca-gov or 510-293-3333.

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SantaCon returns to Hayward on Dec. 6

HAYWARD — SantaCon returns to the city Saturday, Dec. 6.

Proceeds from the celebration will be donated to the Hayward Animal Shelter.

SantaCons take place throughout the world, with large gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus stopping at local businesses. Hayward’s is the only SantaCon scheduled in the East Bay.

This year’s SantaCon starts at 6 p.m. at the Turf Club, 22519 Main St. It proceeds to Bijou Restaurant & Bar, 1036 B St., at 7 p.m., then Metro Taquero, 1063 B St., at 8 p.m. and The Bistro, 1001 B St., at 9 p.m.

Forty people took part in Hayward’s first SantaConHayward in 2012 that raised $250 for the Hayward Animal Shelter. Three times as many Santas participated last year.

There will be a Best Santa/Ms. Santa Suit Contest at each stop.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SantaConHaywardCA.

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San Leandro: Volunteers, donations needed for homeless warming center

SAN LEANDRO — Some San Leandro nonprofits are trying to open a warming center to provide shelter for the homeless this winter on cold and rainy nights.  They have the support of the city, but they need help.

A meeting is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 22, to explain the program. The nonprofits need volunteers and donations. Please read their press release below about this urgently needed warming center to help the less fortunate.

Questions? Contact Building Futures with Women and Children, 510-357-0205, www.bfwc.org.

SAN LEANDRO – In October, the City of San Leandro formed a Homelessness and Housing Task Force. The Task Force was convened as a human response to the needs of San Leandro’s unsheltered, chronically homeless residents. Members include the City of San Leandro, Interfaith Task Force/April Showers, Building Futures, and Davis Street Family Resource Center.

Last winter when temperatures dipped several times below freezing, seven Bay Area homeless people—including one Hayward man—died on the streets. San Leandro has about 50 homeless people who live outside. Some are senior citizens. Many have long histories of homelessness and a high level of vulnerability.

This winter, April Showers/Interfaith Homeless Network and Building Futures aim to identify and reach out to these people, and provide overnight shelter in a three-month “Warming Center” during rainy or very cold weather.

On nights when the weather is forecast to be 38 degrees or colder or rain is predicted, the Warming Center would be open. The Center would be overseen at all times by the project’s paid Outreach Coordinator, supervising at least two Building Futures’ staff members associated with the project, and by the community volunteers staffing the Warming Center.

All guests will be pre-screened. This is not a drop-in center.

An important meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church (1600 Bancroft Avenue)  on Saturday, November 22 from 10 am to 11:30 am.

The meeting will provide an overview of this critically needed initiative, and outreach to prospective volunteers. Many volunteers are needed to staff the Warming Center, secure the donation of food, bedding, sleeping mats, jackets, scarves, and socks, collect/cook/serve dinner and breakfast to go.

The hope is that the San Leandro faith communities and service groups will enthusiastically embrace this ministry. Interfaith Homeless Network/April Showers has twelve years of service to unsheltered homeless persons here in San Leandro.

The seed that was to become Building Futures was founded by faith volunteers and the community at Saint Leander Catholic Church in 1986. Today Building Futures brings to this project expertise in running three emergency shelters.

Based upon the similar program which has been successfully running in Fremont, we anticipate the Warming Center being open about 50 nights during the three-month pilot period beginning in early December.

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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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Castro Valley holiday art fair

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.

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Hayward libraries taking donations of Halloween costumes

HAYWARD — The city library is collecting Halloween costume donations, recycling the outfits while at the same time making sure every kid can afford to dress up for what has become one of the year’s biggest holidays.

During September, you can drop off Halloween costumes and accessories for children ages 10 and younger at city libraries. Face it: Your growing darling can’t fit into last year’s costume. So why not pass it on to another kid?

Parents, here’s an extra incentive: When you donate a costume, you receive a ticket to a Halloween Costume Swap in October, with first pick of costumes.

Pretty cool, right?

The swap meets will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Main Library, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Weekes Branch.

For more information, call 510-881-7946.

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Cops and ‘cue in Hayward for a good cause

HAYWARD — Police department employees will be celebrity waiters at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que on Sept. 11, with all tips donated to the Special Olympics.

Law enforcement agencies have been big supporters of the Special Olympics for years. Money raised at Famous Dave’s will help pay for training and competitive opportunities for Special Olympic athletes.

According to a press release: “This event is one of hundreds of events conducted by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California. The goal is to partner with communities to support Special Olympics programs through raising funds and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life for the athletes.”

The fun will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at Famous Dave’s, 790 W. Winton Ave. (Southland Mall).

For more information, contact Mary Fabian at 510-293-1043 or
mary.fabian@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.