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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.

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Know someone who needs a car?

Pit crew is not included.

Here’s a story about a Hayward auto shop that’s doing something nice. If you know someone who is as philanthropic as they are car-less, think about nominating them to win a set of wheels. As you can see, it’s a sharp-looking ride and has a Kelly Blue Book value in the $2,200 range. And if you know anyone in the auto repair business who would be interested in joining this national endeavor of giving away cars, direct them to the Wheels to Prosper website.

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San Leandro woman leaves $25K surprise gift to homeless shelter

The Hayward-based Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was recently surprised by a donation from the last will and testament of Gertrude “Trude” Bloomfield Campe, a San Leandro resident who died nearly a year ago.

According to a FESCO spokesperson, Campe was “a retired nanny, an immigrant from England and a woman of modest means.” Read more about Campe and her gift in the press release after the jump. Continue Reading

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Volunteers honored, and shrinking CDGB funds at Hayward council

volunteersHayward had its annual proclamation ceremony honoring the various city volunteers on Tuesday. It also happens that National Volunteer Week is coming up, April 10-16. There’s been a “surge of volunteers,” said staff, with 630 names submitted for the honor this year compared with 520 last year. By the end of the ceremony, the front of the council chamber was packed with those receiving certificates for their good deeds.

 The council also received recommendations about how to divvy up federal Community Development Block Grant funds, which are given out by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. Hayward received 29 applications this year, eight of them new, asking for a total of $2.4 million. Staff projects a decline in fed funding of 10 percent, which would bring available funds down to about $1.6 million. According to the staff report, “This projection is based on the information that is available at this time. It is unlikely the allocation will be increased; however, it is possible that the allocation could be reduced by an even greater percentage.”

Hayward’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission and staff made the recommendations to the City Council, which will come up for approval at a public hearing later this month.

Three of the applying organizations were considered ineligible for the CDBG funds because they didn’t meet certain criteria. For example, to get a federal Public Services grant, the city requires the service to be related to providing housing. While programs such as immigrant case management assistance, or a request for palette racks at a warehouse that distributes food to the needy, or an established child-care program may support residents find and keep housing, staff ruled the links were not clear and direct enough to qualify.

Three others were not recommended for various reasons, and the rest were recommended funding for the amount requested. The city’s Minor Home Repair Program, Animal Shelter and Small Business Revolving Loan Program were recommended to receive the most funding, the three accounting for over 40 percent of the total funds.

You can read the full staff report and see the recommendations here.

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Lighthouse LGBT center Casino Night fundraiser was aces

We had a blast at the Lighthouse Community Center Casino Night fundraiser Saturday, held in the Hayward City Hall rotunda. Delicious food, well-poured drinks, flashy entertainment and boisterous gaming while it lasted — I blew my fistfull of chips in rapid fashion at the Texas Hold ‘Em table, but my more skilled or luckier wife shared her winnings to keep me in the game a little longer.

lighthouse1Took this pic of the Golden Follies Dancers, a revue featuring performers ages 60 to 85.

“It’s a Las Vegas kind of singing revue,” director Susan Bostwick told the Contra Costa Times last year. “Our costumes are very elaborate, a lot of feathers.”

The Follies were one of many acts that would start at the top of the rotunda stairs and then descend into the crowd to raise the roof. There are a bunch more pics on this site – wife and I can be found in No. 66. Organizer Kari McAllister posted the following shout-outs on her Facebook site: Continue Reading

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FESCO honored for work with homeless

The Hayward-based Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was named a 2010 Food and Shelter Award recipient for the second straight year.

The coalition is one of 76 nonprofits nationwide to receive the award, which is aimed at getting the word out about nonprofits rated highly by GreatNonprofits.org.

FESCO helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency through services such as mental health counseling, money management and cooking classes. Its goal is to end homelessness in Alameda County. Read the press release after the jump. Continue Reading