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Castro Valley schools to survey parents

CASTRO VALLEY — Castro Valley schools are asking parents to fill out a survey about its programs and services.

The district is seeking feedback on how it is spending money through the Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan is required as part of a state program designed to give school districts more flexibility in how they spend state education funds.

The state program allocates additional money for low-income and English-learning students.

There is a link to the online survey at the school district’s website, www.cv.k12.ca.us.

The survey will be available April 27 in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The district also will be holding meetings to hear from residents on the programs. The next one will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 21 at Marshall Elementary School, 20111 Marshall St.

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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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Hayward: Registration opens for Junior Giants baseball

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Registration has opened for the 2015 season of the free Hayward Junior Giants Program.

Boys and girls age 5 to 14 can sign up online at www.jrgiants.org.

Entering its 14th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Both boys and girls ages 5 to 14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.

A record number of families signed up last year and another large turnout is expected for the 2015 season.

There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best. The Hayward League of the Junior Giants was named as one of the top five “exemplary leagues” in an impact report prepared by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Hayward Junior Giants are a partnership between the Hayward Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

The Giants Community Fund developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime.

Beyond baseball, players interact with school resource officers who coach the teams. The league also encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education.

The season will kick off with the First Pitch Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The first day of practices will be June 15. All games and practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.

Those taking part should register online before the First Pitch Meeting. Parent and community volunteers are also welcome.

Youth and Family Services Bureau staff will be available to help with online registration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Weekes library branch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Main Library.

For more information, call 510-293-7048 or go to http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.

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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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Hayward 70th annual Easter egg hunt, bonnet parade April 4

HAYWARD – The Hayward park district’s 70th annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade takes place Saturday, April 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Bonnets must be homemade; they will be judged on the most colorful, most unusual and prettiest. The parade is limited to children ages 6 and younger.

The Easter egg hunt will take place after the parade. It will be divided into four age groups: 1 to 2 years old; 3 to 4 years old; 5 to 6 years old; and 7 to 9 years old.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free celebration.

For more information, call Hayward Area Recreation and Park District at 510-881-6700. Kennedy Park is at 19501 Hesperian Blvd.

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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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Cherryland ‘Easter Egg-stravaganza’ March 28

CHERRYLAND — Cherryland is having its seventh annual “Easter Egg-stravaganza” on Saturday, March 28.

The festival at Meek Estate Park will include Easter egg hunts by age groups for kids up to age 12. Those taking part should bring a basket.

Children ages 3 to 12 can compete in an egg roll; bring your own hard-boiled egg.

Other activities include an Easter bonnet parade and contest; categories include most unusual, Victorian, funniest, character theme and best in show.

Community, food vendor, face painting and craft booths will be set up at the park. The Easter Bunny will pose for pictures; don’t forget your camera.

The free festival will start at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. at the park, 240 Hampton Road. It is sponsored by the Cherryland Community Association and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

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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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Hayward bunco madness April 25

HAYWARD — The Hill & Valley Women’s Club will hold its annual Bunco Madness Game Day fundraiser on Saturday, April 25.

Tickets are $15, and include a salad bar lunch and door prizes in addition to bunco. Reservations are required; call Joann Silviera at 510-785-2053  Ticket deadline is April 18.

The fundraiser will be 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill & Valley club house, 1808 B. St.