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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.

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Ruby’s Place to honor Della-Dora

HAYWARD — Civic leader Delmo Della-Dora will be honored May 13 at Ruby’s Place’s annual awards.

Della-Dora is a long-time supporter and former board member of the shelter for domestic violence victims. He also  is active in the League of Women Voters, the Hayward Task Force to End Homelessness and Hunger, and the Hayward Rotary Club.

He taught at what was then Cal State Hayward for 21 years and has received several awards for his work with local nonprofits.

The awards breakfast buffet is at 9 a.m. at the Elephant Bar at Southland Mall. Tickets are $42 and can be purchased by going to  www.rubysplace.org. emailing info@rubysplace.org or calling 510-581-5626, ext. 901.

 

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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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Hill and Valley Club fundraiser March 8

HAYWARD — The Hill and Valley Club is hosting a “Louisiana Shrimp A-Peel” fundraiser on March 8, with proceeds going toward Canine Companions for Independence and EDGE. Cost is $20, which includes shrimp, spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 28; Call 510-785-2053.

The Hill and Valley Club is at 1808 B St., Hayward.

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Downtown Hayward Restaurant Walk on Oct. 17

HAYWARD — If you like good food, the Downtown Hayward Restaurant Walk on Thursday, Oct., 17, will give you a chance to sample fare from local restaurants.

Restaurants taking part include the Bijou, Buon Appetito, Buffalo Bill’s, Julian’s Barbecue, Shark Shack, Turf Club, Yogurt Hill, the Bistro, Swiss Delices, Los Pericos, Kupe, Something Sweet and Century Theatres.

Proceeds will benefit the Hayward library’s After School Homework Support Center and Leadership Hayward.

The walk is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C St., or the Chamber of Commerce, 22561 Main St.

For more details, call 510-537-2424 or go to www.hayward.org.

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Fashion show to help others

HAYWARD — Nina’s Bode, a boutique on B Street downtown, is hosting a fashion show Saturday, Oct. 19, to raise funds for Eden I&R (2-1-1).

Eden I&R is a nonprofit agency that connects people with services available to them. It’s the only centralized source for health, housing, and human services information exists anywhere else in Alameda County.

According to its website, it serves thousands of at-risk individuals, including youth, non-English speakers, the economically disadvantaged, people living with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence survivors, the elderly, disabled, the homeless, and human service agencies seeking services or housing for their clients.

The fundraiser, entitled “The Gift of Giving,” begins at Nina’s Bode, 1037 B St., with appetizers at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the boutique, 510-537-3900.

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‘Rocky Horror’ fun for a good cause

HAYWARD — It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right as folks do the “Time Warp” again Saturday, Oct. 5, at a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” celebration.

The party is a fundraiser for Community Resources for Independent Living, which assists people with disabilities.

The band Razor Train will play a medley of the cult classic’s songs. Movie clips will be screened, with audience participation bags for singalongs. Costumes are encouraged but not required. A makeup artist will be available to complete the “Rocky Horror” look.

The party will be at the Bistro, 1001 B St., Hayward.

Tickets are $20 with a movie fun bag and $15 admission only in advance and at the door for $25. They can be purchased at www.crilhayward.org/events, the Bistro or at 439 A St., Hayward, CA 94541. For more information, call 510-881-5743.

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Golfing for good

HAYWARD — Golfing may be a requirement to rise through the ranks of corporations, but it can sometimes be used for the public good, too. Witness the recent Waste Management Charity Golf Tournament, which raised half a million dollars for East Bay charities.

That’s a pretty impressive number, even for a tournament with a less-than-sexy name. Well, the tournament plus a gala at the Claremont in Oakland.

The tournament, in which more than 200 people took part Sept. 4-5 at Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills, was the first that Waste Management has held in California, according to a press release.

The money raised will benefit six charities:

Alameda County Community Food Bank ($95,000)
Funds will be used to buy a 26-foot truck for food distribution in Alameda County.

Chabot Space and Science Center ($95,000)
The money will pay for an environmental education exhibit and programming.

Cypress Mandela Training Center ($65,000)
The grant will expand training programs, emphasizing reuse of green construction materials and safe handling of hazardous material.

East Bay Community Foundation ($90,000)
The money will be used to create a fund to provide mini-grants to environmental issues groups in Alameda County.

Friends of Oakland Parks & Rec ($75,000)
Using matching funds, the grant will upgrade toddler lots, install shaded picnic areas and resurface tennis court at the East Oakland Sports Center.

The YMCA of the East Bay ($80,000)
Funds will underwrite a Bullying Prevention program and We Dig the Y, an urban garden/healthy eating initiative.