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San Leandro to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

SAN LEANDRO — The city will holds its 17th annual Cinco de Mayo festival Tuesday, May 5.

The Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno and the Mariachi Halcones de Oakland will perform. Craft booths will feature traditional Mexican art.

The fiesta begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center Plaza, 835 E. 14th St. in downtown San Leandro.

For more information, contact Lydia Rodriguez at 510-577-3477 or lrodriguez@sanleandro.org.

 

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San Leandro Easter egg hunt April 4 at Marina Park

SAN LEANDRO — A children’s Easter egg hunt is planned for Saturday, April 4, at Marina Park.

Children under age 10 are asked to take their own basket for the hunt, which will begin at 10 a.m. The hunt will be divided into age groups, and parental supervision is required.

The Easter bunny will be available for photos.

The free hunt is being put on by the city’s Recreation and Human Services Department with a donation from the San Leandro Optimist Club.

The park is at 13801 Monarch Bay Drive. For more information, call 510-577-3462.

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San Leandro: ‘Call the Cops!’ at library

SAN LEANDRO — Police will read to children during “Call the Cops!” Thursday, April 16.

The officers will be reading out loud 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the Manor Branch Library’s Preschool Story Time. Children also will be able to look over a police cruiser in the library’s parking lot.

No reservations are required, but space is limited; people are encouraged to arrive early.

The Manor Branch Library is at 1241 Manor Blvd. For more information, call 510-577-7964 or CSteward@sanleandro.org.

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‘Into the Beautiful North’: San Leandro panel to discuss Urrea book

From the city of San Leandro:

SAN LEANDRO — Local author Mitali Perkins will moderate a panel discussion about The Big Read 2015 novel “Into the Beautiful North” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the San Leandro Main Library Lecture Hall, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Perkins will moderate a panel of four librarians from the Biblioteca Para La Gente, who will discuss the themes referenced in the book by Luis Alberto Urrea.

“No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother,” journalist Bill Moyers said of Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

In his third novel, “Into the Beautiful North,” Urrea transcends the “us against them” discourse of immigration and writes with compassion, complexity and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars.

Urrea invites readers to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations: He reminds us that it is a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins.

Perkins, the guest speaker and panel moderator of The Big Read 2014, will return to moderate this year’s discussion.

Her eight novels include “Rickshaw Girl” (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and “Bamboo People” (listed as American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred and described in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”).

The panel discussion is a free event and no prior registration is required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, call Mary Beth Barloga at 510-577-3992

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San Leandro downtown farmers market opens April 1

SAN LEANDRO — The downtown farmers market will open for the season Wednesday, April 1.

The market will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Parrott Street from East 14th Street to Washington Avenue through mid-October.

This will be the downtown market’s eighth season. It will have weekly themes

The first Wednesday of the month: Cooking demonstrations.

The second Wednesday of the month: Green Market Days sponsored by San Leandro Recycling.

The third Wednesday of the month: Bicycle Wednesdays.

The fourth Wednesday of the month: Wine tasting.

It will have weekly live music and merchant and community booths. The market accepts CalFresh/EBT cards (food stamps).

The market is run by Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.

 

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San Leandro: School readiness forum March 28

From San Leandro Unified:

SAN LEANDRO – Every parent has experienced the discomfort—and possibly avoidance—of discussing sensitive issues and having difficult conversations with their child.

San Leandro parent Rebecca Day-Rodriguez, a trainer and facilitator with twenty years’ experience, will be presenting a workshop titled “From Challenges to Connection: Strategies for Tackling Difficult Conversations with Our Children” at 10 a.m., at the School Readiness/Early Learning Forum, on Saturday, March 28, at Jefferson Elementary School, 14300 Bancroft Ave.

Day-Rodriguez, the parent of three children in San Leandro schools, has extensive experience running support groups and training youth and providers on subjects ranging from reproductive health and substance use to sexual assault prevention and meeting the needs of LGBTQ and people of color communities.

“As a parent,” Day-Rodriguez said, “I have found this experience only moderately prepared me for the anxiety and pressure of answering my own children’s questions.”

Also newly added is a workshop for Spanish speaking parents, “Ideas: Como ayudar a su hijo(a) a tener exito en Kindergarten,” presented by preschool teacher and parent educator Gloria Bustamante.

Other workshops at the forum include:

• Building Strong Foundations: Making the Connections between Play and Later Academic Success, presented by Julie Nicholson, Mills College, Center for Play Research; and Michelle Grant-Groves, founding director, Inquiry, Intention and Innovation Institute

• Cardboard Creations: STEM Activities to Spark Creativity and Learning, presented by Bobby Hawke, Lakeshore Learning

• Cracking the Communication Code: the brain puzzle, presented by Dale Gregory, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool

• Exciting, Engaging, and Interactive Reading with JaNay Brown-Wood, presented by the children’s author and professor of early child development.

• Is Your Child a Fern or a Cactus? presented by Colleen Trujillo, co-director, Broadmoor Parent Cooperative Preschool

• Safe, Strong, & Free, presented by Claudia Arce, Child Assault Prevention Center

• Yoga in the Classroom, and The Yoga of Parenting, presented by Christina Robohm

The day will feature remarks by Alameda County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe and San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter, strong advocates of early learning.

Lunch will include a panel discussion featuring educators Victoria Forrester, Rachelle Parham, Sonal Patel and Christie Anderson, moderated by Linda Olivenbaum, director of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program at Chabot College, and the vice chair of the California Association for the Education of Young Children Public Policy Committee.

This event is free, with child care available. It is funded through the generosity of First 5 Alameda County, and supported by Davis Street Family Resource Center and Primary Care Clinic, East Bay Agency for Children, Lakeshore Learning, Kenneth Pon, CPA, Kidango, and the San Leandro Education Foundation.

To register, visit www.slusd.us, and click on the link under announcements.

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Chabot College to remember Reed Buffington, its first president

HAYWARD — Chabot College will honor Reed Buffington, who led what would become Chabot-Las Positas Community College District for 20 years, on April 12.

In 1961, Buffington was named superintendent of the South County Community College District  and founding president of Chabot College, a position he held for 20 years until his retirement in 1981. He died June 9 at age 94.

A celebration of Buffington’s legacy will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the performing arts center named in his honor, 25555 Hesperian Blvd.

Before then, the college is recording recollections of people who want to share memories of Buffington. Those include people who worked with Buffington, knew him or were his neighbors when the family lived on Oakes Drive. If interested, please contact Maria Ochoa at mochoa@chabotcollege.edu to schedule a taping in the college’s television studios.

 

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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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Coffee with mayors, cops

Hayward police and San Leandro’s outgoing and incoming mayors are inviting people to come join them for a cup of Joe and conversation this week.

The cops will be at Tyrrell Elementary School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The school is at 27000 Tyrrell Avenue.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, outgoing San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy and incoming Mayor Pauline Cutter will be available to listen to residents’ and merchants’ concerns. The mayors will be at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Downtown San Leandro to celebrate holidays Dec. 5

SAN LEANDRO — Downtown will hold its annual “It’s a Wonderful Night” holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 5.

Festivities will be downtown between Washington Boulevard and East 14th Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriages will carry passengers through downtown, leaving from Joaquin Plaza. Performers will include Prescott Circus Theater, DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating and kids’ art and crafts. Holiday movies will be shown on an outdoor screen.

People are encouraged to take unwrapped new toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The clippity clop of horse hooves herald the annual “It’s A Wonderful Night” holiday celebration as horse-drawn carriages transport their passengers to another time and back again as they make their rounds through historic downtown San Leandro. Passengers may embark in Joaquin Plaza for the round-trip.

Taking a little time out from holiday preparations to join the festivities, Santa Claus will be sitting to pose for pictures with little ones.

The evening is chock-full of free holiday entertainment including performances by DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba. So you know, dancers, prancers, singers and martial artists.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating, make-and-take art and crafts for children. Kid-friendly costumed characters will ramble about. Catch an elf selfie! Prescott Circus Theater performers will also join us, enchanting young visitors with their unique skills.

Holiday movie favorites will be showing on an outdoor screen. Bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots collection drive and receive a free bag of popcorn. Sit a bit, relax, have some fun and join us for a wonderful night!