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Black History Month: Bill Patterson to give talk in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — Bill Patterson, one of Oakland’s civic champions, will give a talk Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month.

Patterson has been active in political campaigns and community organizations for more than four decades.

The past president of the Oakland NAACP is a retired Oakland Parks and Recreation manager. He has been credited by many athletes who have gone on to gain Hall of Fame recognition, including basketball’s Bill Russell and baseball’s Joe Morgan.

Patterson was a confidant and adviser to Lionel Wilson, Oakland’s  first African-American mayor.

Information about elder care resources also will be provided at the gathering from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the San Leandro City Hall  Sister Cities Gallery, 835 E. 14th St. Admission is free; to register for breakfast, contact maecity@aol.com.
The Rev. Betty Clark will present information about colon cancer and its effects on the black community. Clark is the spiritual care coordinator for Senior Moments, which provides support for isolated, disabled and home-bound older adults.
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San Leandro: Traditional Mexican dress on display starting Feb. 13

SAN LEANDRO — Costumes from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano of Oakland will be displayed at the Main Library starting Feb. 13.

“Trajes Regionales de Mexico” (“Regional Costumes of Mexico”) explores the role of regional dress in Mexican folk dance, music and costuming.

The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the library atrium. Carlos Moreno, artistic director and choreographer for Ballet Folklorico de Mexiano, will open the exhibit with a demonstration of dances from his company and a discussion of the display, which brings together costumes from the regions of Mexico.

“Trajes Regionales de Mexico” showcases 20 costumes, including the huipil (“gala”), an  embroidered dress from Oaxaca, home of the Zapotec and Mixtec; a charros suit with a wide sombrero trimmed in silver from Jalisco, known for its horsemen and mariachi; and costumes from Veracruz.

Moreno will discuss regional influences, details and history of the costumes, such as the mens’ Cuban “Guayabera,” named for having pockets big enough to hold more than one guava fruit.

The library is at 300 Estudillo Ave.

 

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Castro Valley holiday art fair

CASTRO VALLEY — A holiday art fair will be Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Kenneth Aitken Senior and Community Center.

Items for sale include handmade ceramic bowls and mugs, vases, pottery, garden art, hand-sewn items, jewelry, wood crafts, and knitted and crocheted items.

Proceeds will support special needs and arts programs.

The fair will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 17800 Redwood Road.

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Hayward offers community emergency response training

Press release from Hayward fire department:

When a disaster strikes, do you know what to do before professional help arrives?

The Hayward Fire Department is providing a free CERT Training Program which will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor “hands on” skills class. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and immediate neighbors as well as organize a neighborhood team response. Training will begin during the month of October, 2014 at City Hall. Dates and times are as follow:

• Class #1, Monday, October 20th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #2, Monday, October 27th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #3, Monday, November 3rd, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #4, Thursday, November 10th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Skills #5, Thursday, November 17th, 6-9:30pm (Fire Station #6 W. Winton)

You must attend all classes in order to receive certification. CERT training is for all City of Hayward and Fairview residents. Residential verification will be required during the final application process and all applicants must be 18 years-of-age or older.

Residents who are interested in this free training can sign-up by sending their name, phone number and address by email to Hayward.CERT@hayward-ca.gov. Space is limited. Successful applicants will receive notification by email acknowledging enrollment into the program and further directions.

For more information, call the Hayward Fire Department’s Public Education Officer at (510) 583-4948.

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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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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 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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Free pet adoptions this weekend in Hayward

Press release from the city of Hayward:

Have you been thinking about adding a new four legged, furry family member to your household? Come to the Hayward Animal Shelter  on Saturday and Sunday, May 31st and June 1st for the fifth annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption days.

We have many amazing  animal companions longing for a family to love them. All adoptions are FREE to qualified homes during this incredible weekend. Licensing fees apply to dogs adopted to Hayward residents.

This record-breaking adoption weekend is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. For every dog and cat adopted from our shelter during this weekend Maddie’s Fund with give our shelter an adoption stipend ranging between $500-$2000. These funds help to provide additional care to our homeless shelter pets.

Save a life. ADOPT! For more information visit www.Haywardanimals.org and www.adoptmaddiesfund.org.

 

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Hayward youth job fair May 9

HAYWARD — The Hayward adult school is hosting a youth job fair May 9 at City Hall.

The fair is open to people ages 16 to 25. More than 50 businesses and agencies will have representatives at the fair, which will include a “dress for success” presentation by Macy’s of Hayward and door prizes. Those attending are asked to bringing resumes.

The adult school, officially called the Hayward Center for Education and Careers, is partnering with the city, the Employment Development Department/Youth Employment Opportunity Program, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Community Resources for Independent Living, Dr. Jennifer Ong, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Southland Mall.

The fair takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. For more information, contact For more information, contact Juan Romero at 510-459-7056 or jromero@has.edu.

Anyone bringing two cans to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank will get an additional ticket for door prize drawings.

 

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Hayward open house to share vision for city’s future

HAYWARD — People’s eyes often glaze over when hearing the words “general plan,” but if you ask them what they want their city to look like in 25 years, most have suggestions.

Over the past 18 months, Hayward has been asking its residents the vision thing, and on Saturday, March 8, the staff will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon to share the results.

The general plan often has been called a blueprint for future growth and development, though some question how people now can anticipate what the future may bring. Still, the overall direction helps the city make day-to-day decisions.

To get to the draft 2040 General Plan (named for the year it will expire?), city staffers held public workshops and Planning Commission and City Council study sessions. The liveliest discussion has been at the online community forum, www.Hayward2040.org, though it appears city planners may have tried to make the site dull while at the same time not checking their spelling. From the site: “What are your comments related to the enviornmental analysis for the draft General Plan?”

Now, you may be asking why you should get up early on Saturday and make yourself presentable. Seriously, this is something that affects all Hayward residents. At the open house, you’ll find a series of stations for the topics covered in the plan and that oh-so-popular EIR (that’s government-speak for environmental impact report, which is a boring way of saying that if a project could harm the environment, you’d better spell out what you’re going to do to make sure that doesn’t happen).

City staff members and consultants who worked on the general plan will be at the open house to answer questions. Overview presentations are planned every 45 minutes. It’s a drop-in event, so feel free to wander over from the Saturday farmers market any time during the three-hour event.

For those who don’t know, Hayward City Hall is at 777 B St.