Hayward: Free screening of power of music documentary

HAYWARD — “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, will be screened free Thursday as part of the city library’s Book-to-Action program.

The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen for three years as he takes iPods with personalized playlists into nursing homes, where the music not only awakens memories in unresponsive elderly people, but also triggers the brain so some have lucid conversations with those around them.

The April 30 film showing is the keynote event of the library’s Music and Memory Book-to-Action program to raise awareness and encourage people to share music with seniors.

Cal State East Bay has donated 150 copies of the book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music of the Brain,” to help people learn about the importance of music in sustaining health and wellness. The author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, appears in the documentary.

The free film screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward. There also will be a performance by Cal State East Bay’s Aphasia Tones Chorus. Aphasia, a communication disorder that often occurs after a stroke, affects talking, understanding, reading and writing. Chorus members benefit by singing in a group.

To register and request a copy of the book and learn more about local music-sharing events, go to http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015. For more information, call 510-881-7700 or email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov.


Alameda County seeks poll workers for May 19 election

Alameda County is looking for poll workers for a special election in the 7th state Senate District on Tuesday, May 19.

Poll workers earn from $110 to $190.

The county also is looking for bilingual poll workers fluent in English and one of the following: Chinese, Spanish, Filipino/Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, or Korean. Bilingual workers receive additional pay.

Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) may serve as bilingual poll workers. Otherwise, poll workers must be registered voters.

Bilingual poll workers will need to pass a fluency assessment and attend a mandatory training class.

For more information and to apply, contact the Registrar of Voters office at www.acgov.org/rov/workers.htm,  rov_pollworker_info@acgov.org or 510-272-6971.


Supposed Internal Revenue Service phone calls are a scam

A warning from Hayward police about supposed calls from Internal Revenue Service claiming money owed. A simple thing to remember: the IRS ONLY CONTACTS BY MAIL  But those phone messages are scary; I received one and it was intimidating.

From Hayward police:

This is a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Treasury Department in an effort to collect money from you.

The Hayward Police Department received numerous calls from concerned citizens claiming they have received calls with pre-recorded messages, such as, “This message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by U.S. Treasury/IRS.” Callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. They would leave the return contact name of “Steve Martin” or other IRS personnel.

According to the IRS, they contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS/U.S. Treasury asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

To report a scam: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml


Hayward to honor women

HAYWARD — Four women of different ages, backgrounds and professions will explore gender equality issues in a panel discussion March 26.

The conversation will take place at the city’s third Hayward Honors Women.

The panelists are Gail Steele, former Hayward councilwoman and Alameda County supervisor; Cecily Joseph, a vice president at Symantec; Farima Pour-Khorshid, a doctoral student and part-time bilingual kindergarten teacher; and Ana Rangel, a UC Berkeley graduate who earlier took part in Puente and Upward Bound. All four are from Hayward.

Janet Reilly will moderate the panel discussion. Reilly is host of “The Mix,” a news magazine show on NBC Bay Area.

Hayward Honors Women was started as a teach-in by former Hayward City Councilman Mark Salinas.

“We’ve assembled a truly remarkable group of Hayward women for this year’s event,” Mayor Barbara Halliday said in a statement.

“They reflect the city’s unparalleled diversity, and each one of them brings a completely different, incredibly valuable voice to the discussion. This should be an interesting and engaging event,” she said.

The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.


These shoes were made for donating

HAYWARD — If you have any gently used shoes that you no longer need, you can donate them for a good cause while clearing space in your closet.

The Hayward-South Alameda County NAACP Youth Council is accepting the shoes to raise money for its activities, including a planned trip to Washington, D.C.

Shoes may be dropped off at the NAACP office, 1218 B St., from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Pickup is available; call 510-581-4111 or email hsacnaacp@gmail.com to make an appointment.  The council is accepting all sizes of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes.



Hayward workshop on starting your own food business

HAYWARD — A free workshop March 11 will give some of the nuts and bolts of starting your own food company.

The workshop will include tips on how to define a concept, understanding food costs, financial planning, operations, marketing and cottage food industry laws.

The workshop will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. It is being sponsored by the city of Hayward, the Small Business Development Center and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. To register, go to http://acsbdc.org/events2 or call 510-208-0411.


India consul general Ashok to speak in Hayward

From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:

HAYWARD — Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, newly appointed consul general of India, will speak on opportunities for international trade and business, new initiatives and new leadership in his country at a March 6 luncheon.

The event, hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 24989 Santa Clara St., Hayward. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the chamber website www.hayward.org.

“Hayward is a perfect place for the consul general to discuss the bright future for trade between our countries,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “Here at the center of the Bay Area, a growing number of Hayward companies are keeping our chamber busy issuing certificates of origin for their exports.”

The ambassador’s topic is “India-US: Make in India.” Make in India is a major new national program designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure.

Last year the chamber and the city of Hayward hosted an international trade conference with the U.S. Commercial Service, which will be among the co-hosts of the March 6 event. Other hosts will include the city of Hayward, California State University East Bay, and East Bay companies with international connections that include India.


Castro Valley orthodontist to collect Halloween candy

CASTRO VALLEY — An orthodontist will once again trade prizes for candy brought to his office.

Dr. Ronald Griggs will donate money to Blue Star Moms; the size of the donation depends on how much candy is brought in.

Kids can get a prize token for each pound of candy they bring in.

Trick and treating is fun, but candy can damage braces or aligners used in orthodontic treatment.

People with braces should avoid any candy that is sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. That includes jellybeans, jawbreakers, bubblegum, hard candy, gummy candies, caramels and nut-filled candies.

Candy can be dropped off at Griggs’ office, 20265 Lake Chabot Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Nov. 3-25.

For more information, go to www.griggsorthodontics.com


Hayward Coffee With a Cop Saturday

HAYWARD — City police will hold a Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The informal get-together will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at John Muir Center (formerly John Muir Elementary School), 24823 Soto Road.

Residents are encouraged to drop by to voice any concerns, ask questions and get to know police officers.

For more information, contact Alicia Romero at 293-7179 or Gale Bleth at 293-7151.


Hayward: What do you want your downtown arborteum to look like?

From Hayward library:

Please join us for a special community presentation of the 21st Century Library design, including Hayward’s Historic Plaza + Arboretum.

The presentation begins Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Main Library meeting room at 10:15am, and then will move to the Farmers Market (Watkins at C St) at 11:30am.


One of Hayward’s most impressive yet underutilized assets is its historic tree-filled central “plaza.” In the early days of Hayward in the mid-1800’s, the plaza was part of the homestead of the first ranch owner in the area, Don Guillermo Castro.

Some of the trees standing there today date back to these early days of Hayward. This unique arboretum features more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including native Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods, century-old American elms, and some of the largest and oldest specimens of exotic tree species in the Bay Area, including a mature Chinese Gingko, a rare Dawn Redwood, and the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Australian Bunya Pine.

The 21st Century Library project presents the unparalleled opportunity to restore these grounds to their historic roots as Hayward’s central plaza and arboretum. Very few cities can boast of having such a beautiful and stately central plaza with century-old historic trees in the heart of downtown.

Creating a vibrant and welcoming community plaza in place of the 1950’s-era library structure will transform Hayward’s civic center. The restored plaza will be an ideal location for community festivals, music performances, cultural events, farmers markets, and other civic events for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Hayward community.

For more information, please visit the project website: www.HaywardLibrary.org