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Hayward: Garin Apple Festival Sept. 6

HAYWARD — On Saturday, Garin Regional Park invites everyone to taste fruit from its heritage apple orchard, which boasts heirloom varieties seldom found elsewhere.

The family-friendly Apple Festival will include music, dancing, crafts and old-fashioned games. A cider press and ice cream maker will be put into use, and there will be tastings.

The free festival is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 6 at the park, 1320 Garin Ave. There is a $5 parking fee.

For more information, call 510-544-3220.

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San Leandro bike party Sept. 7

SAN LEANDRO — The city will have its third annual bike party in three parks on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Bike Mobile will make free minor repairs on bicycles of those taking part in the ride, starting at 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt Elementary School playground area, 864 Dutton Ave. There also will be a bike rodeo, games and other activities.

The actual ride starts at 1 p.m. at Farrelly Pool at Roosevelt. Riders will head to McCartney Park (behind Washington Elementary at Breed Avenue and Sunnyside Drive) for musical entertainment and activities. The bike party then will ride to Siempre Verde Park (Park Street and San Leandro Boulevard) for bike decorating, before returning to Farrelly Pool where participants can enjoy a free family swim until 5:30 p.m.

Those taking part should take helmets, bike locks, sunscreen, snacks, water and a picnic dinner for the pool party. Children under age 18 are required to wear a helmet, though smart cyclists of all ages use the protective headgear.

For more information, call 577-3462 or email youth@sanleandro.org.

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Hayward creates library website

HAYWARD — The city has created a website to give updates for its new downtown library, which will be built after voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in June.

The site, www.haywardlibrary.org, includes schematics for the new three-story library, which will be built across the street from the current one, at C Street and Mission Boulevard.

The site also has information about plans for the park surrounding the old library, which will be torn down. The park dates back to the time of Don Guillermo Castro, who had his homestead at C and Mission, with his corral in what is now the park. By 1889, it was the town plaza.

Some of the trees date back to that era; the block has more than 40 varieties of rare and mature trees, including examples of century-old American elm, Giant Sequoia, coastal redwood and a  100-foot-tall Australian bunya pine (the size of the bunya cones has been compared to bowling balls, watermelons and footballs).

Hayward is still trying to figure out the best use for the plaza; the City Council has not taken a formal vote.

While the name 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center was probably a good marketing tool during the campaign, Hayward might want to reconsider adopting it as a formal title. For one thing, “21st century” likely soon will sound dated. And it’s just way too long a name.

Whatever the city decides to call the building, people probably will still call it “the library, “the main library” or “the downtown library.”

 

 

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Galapagos Islands photos on exhibit in Hayward

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HAYWARD — Photographer Tom Debley is showing some of his work shot in the Galapagos Islands at an exhibit at the shoreline interpretive center.

The exhibit, “In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin,” runs through Oct. 5 at the center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. An artist’s reception is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 510- 670-7270.

Below is a press release from the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District:

Ever since Charles Darwin first described life in the Galápagos Islands for the world in 1839, they’ve remained an enchanted place. The artist, in this show of photographs of the diverse life and volcanic scenery of the Galápagos archipelago, seeks to capture the spirit of Darwin’s observation that “no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved.”  Enjoy images ranging from those of a Blue-Footed Booby to the Galápagos hawk to the Galápagos giant tortoise. The artist pursues the philosophy of the late Dorothea Lange that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Tom Debley first studied photography at California State University, Los Angeles as an undergraduate journalism major.

Over the years as a reporter and editor, including a stint at the Hayward Daily Review, he frequently shot news photographs, winning a California Newspaper Publishers Association statewide award for spot news photography.

Later, as an award-winning public affairs officer at the University of California and Kaiser Permanente, he often oversaw photography for news releases, web sites and publications.

Debley returned to his avocation of photography a decade ago, planning to become an artist in his retirement in 2011.

He has attended many workshops with nationally recognized photographers and taken part in numerous photography competitions.

His work has received honors from the Alameda Photographic Society, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, Marin County Fair, Photographic Society of America, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge and the Road Scholar Travel Program.

Debley’s work has been published by newspapers, magazines and websites, and shown at the Commonwealth Club of California and the University of Maine Museum of Art, among other venues.

Debley lives in Oakland. He is a past president of both the Alameda Photographic Society and the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs.

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Hayward state of the city luncheon June 26

HAYWARD — Outgoing Mayor Michael Sweeney and Councilwoman Barbara Halliday, who take over the post next month, will give an overview of the state of the city and what to expect in the year ahead at a luncheon Thursday, June 26.

The luncheon is hosted by the incoming Hayward Chamber of Commerce board of directors and will include a ceremony for the 24th graduating class of Leadership Hayward.

The luncheon is at the Chabot College’s Community Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Reservations are $25 and can be ordered at www.hayward.org. For more information, contact the chamber at 510-537-2424.

 

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California Highway Patrol accepting cadet applications

Press release from California Highway Patrol:

For the first time in 2014, the California Highway Patrol will be accepting online applications for the position of Cadet. Do you have what it takes? Courage, dedication, and integrity are just some of the characteristics you must possess. It isn’t an easy job, but it is definitely one to be proud of as we serve the many communities in this great state of California.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and ending on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. You will be able to submit your information through the online application located at http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/officer.html.

In order to help you with this life changing decision, Golden Gate Division recruitment officers will be hosting seminars throughout the Bay Area. We have found that applicants who are well-informed about the duties and demands of a CHP Officer, as well as the rigorous hiring process, are the most successful.
Recruitment Seminars

Our Recruitment Seminars provide an overview of the duties, functions, and responsibilities of a CHP Officer. The information will also assist in the preparation for the selection and hiring process. The attire for these seminars is Business Casual. Attendees should RSVP to our Recruitment Team at 30Recruitment@chp.ca.gov or at 707-648-4195.

San Jose
Friday, June 20, 2014 6:00 PM
202 Junction Avenue, San Jose CA

Hayward
Thursday, June 26, 2015 6:00 PM
2434 Whipple Road, Hayward CA

Applicant Preparation Program
The Applicant Preparation Program focuses on physical fitness preparation. Workout attire is recommended for this event, and attendees should bring necessary hydration and food.

East Bay – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Redwood High School
18400 Clifton Way, Castro Valley CA

North Bay – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 6:00 PM
435 Southwest Boulevard, Rohnert Park CA

South Bay – Monday, July 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue, San Jose CA

Contact Information:
Daniel Hill
Golden Gate Division
707-648-4180
danhill@chp.ca.gov

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Castro Valley: Aitken senior center to celebrate 25th anniversary

CASTRO VALLEY — The Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center will marks its 25th anniversary with entertainment by Stagebridge Senior Theatre on Friday, June 20.

Stagebridge, an Oakland senior acting group, performs musical revues, improv sessions, radio dramas and music.

The free celebration will be 1 to 3 p.m. June 20 at the center, 17800 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6738.

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Hayward Coffee With a Cop on June 14

HAYWARD — Police are inviting residents to join them for Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, June 14.

This is a chance to voice concerns, ask questions and get to know Hayward police officers.

Coffee With a Cop takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks coffee shop, 20523 Hesperian Blvd. (A Street and Hesperian)

For more information contact Gale Bleth, 510-293-7151 or gale.bleth@hayward-ca.gov

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Hayward seeks applicants for boards, committees

 

From a Hayward press release:

HAYWARD – The city is seeking individuals interested in serving Hayward. There are openings on the following bodies, which serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council:

  • Community Services Commission (2 vacancies, 4 potential vacancies)
  • Council Economic Development Committee (1 vacancy, 3 potential vacancies)
  • Downtown Hayward Business Improvement Area Advisory Board (3 vacancies, 1 potential vacancy)
  • Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force (3 vacancies)
  • Library Commission (2 vacancies)
  • Personnel Commission (1 vacancy, 2 potential vacancies)
  • Planning Commission (3 potential vacancies)

Applicants must be registered voters living in Hayward city limits. Applicants for the Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board do not need to live in Hayward; however, they must own a business in the city’s Downtown Business Improvement Area and pay assessments.

Applicants for the Council Economic Development Committee must be residents of Hayward, own/operate a business in Hayward, be senior management at a corporate business in Hayward or be formally affiliated with and represent another entity or agency concerned with economic development in Hayward.

People appointed to the Planning Commission, Community Services Commission, Council Economic Development Committee, and Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force are required to file a Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

Interested individuals can apply online at www.hayward-ca.gov; pick up applications at the city clerk’s office, 777 B St.; or call 510-583-4400.

The deadline to apply is July 10, and interviews with the City Council will take place July 22. Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force applicants will be interviewed by the Task Force Panel on July 16.