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Hayward free concerts in the park begin June 15

HAYWARD — Free Sunday concerts in the park start June 15 at the bandstand in Memorial Park.

The Hayward Municipal Band will perform every Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. through July 13 at the park, 24176 Mission Blvd. (next to the Plunge). The band will play big band, classical, pop and John Philip Sousa.

Those attending are encouraged to take blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.

 

 

 

 

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San Leandro to host a cappella performance as part of gay pride celebration

SAN LEANDRO — The choral ensemble Voices: Lesbian A Cappella for Justice is performing Sunday, June 1, at the San Leandro Main Library.

The performance is part of San Leandro’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

“I am pleased that San Leandro will be joining a national campaign to honor the LGBT community as part of Pride Month in June,” Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a release. “I encourage San Leandrans to come out to the Library on June 1 to join in these celebrations.”

The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. Admission is free.

The ensemble was founded in 1988. It strives to promote lesbian visibility and musical excellence and reflect diversity, according to the release.

For more information, call 510-577-3971.

 

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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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‘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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ID theft, free legal advice, author reading at Hayward library

HAYWARD — Identity theft is becoming more common and sophisticated. The latest information and tips on how to protect yourself — and your bank account and credit — will be shared at a two-hour session Saturday, Sept. 21, at the main library.

Speakers will talk about common scams and forms of fraud, give practical advice on how to recognize scams and protect yourself, share referral information and where to get help.

The workshop begins at 2 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

For more information, email or call Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

The library also will be having its monthly Lawyer in the Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Weekes Branch Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Main Library.

Each person gets 15 minutes of free legal advice with a licensed attorney. Onsite registration begins 30 minutes before the first session, and space is limited, with consultation being assigned by lottery.

For more information, call 510-881-7980.

Hayward’s library is a busy place, with lots of free events, including book discussions and signings by authors. The next one will be with artist Salma Arastu, who has illustrated some of 13th-century mystic poet Rumi’s works in “Turning Rumi.” It takes place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Main Library. Arastu will bring some of her artwork and have copies of her books for sale.

For details, please call or email Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

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A book with a powerful message

HAYWARD — In April, 30 volunteers handed out free copies of the book “The Language of Flowers” in Hayward to people who don’t normally read as part of World Book Night. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the book’s author will give a free talk at Hayward City Hall.

“Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about Victoria, 18, who has aged out of the foster care system. She sleeps in a San Francisco park, where she plants a garden. The discovery of her garden leads to discoveries of herself.

In addition to sharing the book, Hayward Library’s Book-to-Action program focused on raising awareness about foster youth. The program connects reading a book with a civic engagement project.

Volunteers let the community know about Bay Area and national organizations that help foster youth, including The Camellia Network (co-founded by Diffenbaugh), Hayward-based Bay Area Youth Centers, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and Adopt a Special Kid, according to a release.
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Representatives of those groups will be at Diffenbaugh’s talk, which begins at 2 p.m. in Hayward Council Chambers, 777 B St.

Those interested in becoming a World Book Night book giver next year can sign up for the WBN mailing list at http://www.worldbooknight.org/ .

The Aug. 17 event is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Library, and the Book Shop on B Street. For more information, call 510-881-7700, email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or visit http://library.hayward-ca.gov

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Business comings, goings

HAYWARD — Famous Dave’s is close to opening at Southland Mall. A sign in front says it’s opening July 22. There’s also a sign indicating the barbecue chain is hiring.

Famous Dave’s is moving into the old Marie Callendar’s building facing Winton Avenue that has been vacant for some time. The barbecue restaurant was serving up food at the recent downtown street fair.

And in downtown Hayward on Foothill Boulevard between A and B streets, a Filipino restaurant is opening at the former crepes restaurant. I haven’t seen a sign showing when it will open.

The consignment shop at A and Foothill is closing. It’s started a going out of business sale. Meanwhile, a few doors down, Dollar Tree has been open for awhile.

The Zumba place that was on Foothill in the same block as the consignment shop and Dollar Tree has moved to B Street next to Eden Jewelry, near Mission Boulevard.

Avocado Freddy’s is scheduled to reopen July 26. It’s on Main Street near the Jackson-Mission-Foothill intersection (the building was formerly a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet) and close to Bret Harte Middle School and St. Regis Retirement Center Avocado Freddy’s is offering some specials with its reopening; check its website for details.

If you hear of other places opening (and yes, closing, sadly), please share. Thanks!

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Local author, musician at Hayward library Saturday

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HAYWARD — A local author and a musician will combine their talents Saturday, June 15, at the Hayward Main Library.

Amy Franklin-Willis of Castro Valley will talk about her debut novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” and Andrew Castro will perform original songs inspired by Franklin-Willis’ book. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

“The Lost Saints of Tennessee” tells the story of three generations of a working-class Southern family from the 1940s to the 1980s. Library Journal wrote in its review, “Franklin-Willis plumbs the depths of family dynamics, compassionately depicting her characters as they struggle with situations over which they have no control.” After losing his twin to a drowning accident and his wife to divorce, Zeke Cooper leaves his mother and two daughters in Tennessee and travels to Virginia, where he considers his responsibility to repair his fractured family.

Librarian Sally Thomas selected the novel for the Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group, which discussed it last month. “The novel provoked passionate discussion about love between parents, siblings and married couples, and the ways that our intentions to protect our loved ones go awry if secrets are involved,” she said.

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Southgate Swim Club pool to reopen

HAYWARD — The Southgate Swim Club will dedicate its refurbished pool at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

Rebuilding of the pool, which started leaking last year, was dealt two setbacks. The original contractor left with the project only half completed. Club members decided to rebuild the pool themselves, under the guidance of John Sydow, owner of Sydow Pool Service and Repair. Sydow only asked that club members pay the favor forward.

Then in October, thieves broke into the club, stealing members’ tools that were being used to rebuild the pool, plus the sound system for swim meets and pop-up tents.

But pool is now finished, along with new plumbing and a new electrical system.

The community is invited to join Saturday’s celebration at the club, 24900 Magnolia St., which is a little south of Southland Mall. Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney is expected to present a commendation to Sydow.

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Cinco de Mayo celebration in Hayward

HAYWARD – The city will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 4, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St.

The day will be filled with entertainment, starting with karate with Morning Glory at 10 a.m. The activities are free, but there is a charge for food and beverages.

The rest of the entertainment lineup:
• 11 – Coro del Kínder de Burbank School
• 11:15 Coro de Bridges Academy at Melrose
• 11:20 – Dancing horses and Banda
• 11:30 – Balé Folclórico Jalisco
• 12 – Ballet Folclórico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
• 1 – Ballet Costa de Oro
• 2 – Ballet Herencia Mexicana
• 2:30 Ballet Xochipilli
• 3 – Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward
• 4 – Ballet Tlapalli
• 5 – Danza Azteca
The celebration is hosted by La Alianza de Hayward, with the collaboration of the city of Hayward, Shasta, Kaiser, PG&E, Manada Roofing and others.