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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!

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‘Shop Hayward’ promotion this weekend

HAYWARD — The first 200 shoppers who make purchases from city merchants totaling $150 Dec. 5-7 can qualify for a gift bag filled with goodies and discounts.

The receipts need to be taken to City Hall information kiosk at 777 B St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. The 200 bags will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

The purchases must be from retail businesses within the city of Hayward, excluding gas and services such as salons. Only one bag per family.

The gift bags also will have two movie tickets to the Cinemark Theatre on B Street.

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Hayward greets the holidays Dec. 4

HAYWARD — The city’s downtown will mark the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 4, with its traditional Light Up the Season celebration.

The night event along B Street will include bands, choirs, dancers, children’s rides, an “ice”-skating rink in front of City Hall and sessions with Santa Claus leading up to the tree lighting inside City Hall.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment will include the Dancing Christmas Trees, the Hayward High School marching band, the Mount Eden High School choir and orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County and the New Dimension Chorus.

If it rains, many events will be moved inside City Hall.

Merchants will have promotions and discounts. St. Rose Hospital and Walgreens will provide free flu shots.

Children’s rides will include oversized tea cups and a holiday train. Hayward Salvation Army will serve coffee and cocoa at its emergency services food truck.

For more information, call 510-537-2424.

 

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SantaCon returns to Hayward on Dec. 6

HAYWARD — SantaCon returns to the city Saturday, Dec. 6.

Proceeds from the celebration will be donated to the Hayward Animal Shelter.

SantaCons take place throughout the world, with large gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus stopping at local businesses. Hayward’s is the only SantaCon scheduled in the East Bay.

This year’s SantaCon starts at 6 p.m. at the Turf Club, 22519 Main St. It proceeds to Bijou Restaurant & Bar, 1036 B St., at 7 p.m., then Metro Taquero, 1063 B St., at 8 p.m. and The Bistro, 1001 B St., at 9 p.m.

Forty people took part in Hayward’s first SantaConHayward in 2012 that raised $250 for the Hayward Animal Shelter. Three times as many Santas participated last year.

There will be a Best Santa/Ms. Santa Suit Contest at each stop.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SantaConHaywardCA.

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Hayward police blotter Nov. 13-18

THUR, 11/13/14 at 09:00 AM, TRUANCY SWEEP. Hayward PD School Resource Officers along with the Hayward Unified School District conducted a city wide truancy sweep. 18 students were contacted and returned to their respective school sites.

THUR, 11/13/14 at 8:58 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON/SHOOTING occurred on the 600 block of Marin Avenue. The victim was riding his bicycle on Marin Ave when three subjects approached him and asked if he wanted to “bang” and who he “claimed?” One subject produced a revolver and shot the victim twice. The Victim rode away and was found on the driveway suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male adult, 20 years old, with a ponytail hair style. He was wearing a black beanie, white t-shirt and black pants armed with a revolver. Suspects’ #2-3 were Hispanic male adults with no further description.

FRI, 11/14/14 at 3:16 PM, a MURDER SUSPECT were arrested in the area of Mohr/Middle. Hayward PD’s Special Duty Unit received information that murder suspects from Modesto were in Hayward. Surveillance was set up and the suspects were located and arrested.

SUN, 11/16/14 at 7:52 AM, a RESIDENTIAL FIRE occurred on the 25000 block of Soto Road. Hayward Police and Hayward Fire responded to a fully engulfed residential fire. The occupants of the home were able to escape the fire; however, two cats did not. The fire was caused by an unattended cigarette. Hayward Police closed Soto Road for approximately one hour, until firefighters were able to contain the fire.

TUE, 11/18/14 at 7:26 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY WITH A TASER occurred on the 26000 block of Mission Boulevard. The victim withdrew $100 from a bank ATM. The suspect approached him and said “give me that.” The suspect grabbed the victim’s wallet and simultaneously “drive” stunned the victim’s abdomen. The suspect ran away toward Harder Road. The victim sustained a sprained thumb from the altercation. The suspect was described as a Black male adult, in his mid-20’s, 6’0”, 180 lbs., with a slim build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket/sweater and possibly a hat of an unknown style.

WED, 11/19/14 at 2:18 AM, a SHOOTING INTO DWELLING occurred on the 26000 block of Patrick Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) fired several rounds into a residence. There was no suspect description and nobody was injured.

WED, 11/19/14 at 2:16 PM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill Boulevard. A male suspect punched the female victim and snatched her purse off her arm. The victim suffered multiple lacerations to her face. The suspect fled on foot and was described as a Black male adult wearing all black clothing.

WED, 11/19/14 at 6:36 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON/SHOOTING occurred on Harder Rd near Kmart. The victim was walking down Harder Rd when the suspects drove up and shot at the victim. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a 2006-2007 black Audi A5 with dark tinted rear windows and lightly tinted front windows. The front passenger suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, 18-20 years old, heavyset. The rear passenger suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, 30 years old, with a thin build. He was armed with a small black semi-auto handgun. The driver’s description is unknown at this time. The victim suffered minor injury.

WED, 11/19/14 at 8:00 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 32000 block of Mission Boulevard. Six armed Black male adults wearing masks and gloves entered a store and took money at gunpoint. One of the employees was robbed of about $300 in cash as well. The suspects fled in a dark 4 door vehicle southbound on Mission Boulevard-no further description. There were no reported injuries from the incident.

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San Leandro: Volunteers, donations needed for homeless warming center

SAN LEANDRO — Some San Leandro nonprofits are trying to open a warming center to provide shelter for the homeless this winter on cold and rainy nights.  They have the support of the city, but they need help.

A meeting is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 22, to explain the program. The nonprofits need volunteers and donations. Please read their press release below about this urgently needed warming center to help the less fortunate.

Questions? Contact Building Futures with Women and Children, 510-357-0205, www.bfwc.org.

SAN LEANDRO – In October, the City of San Leandro formed a Homelessness and Housing Task Force. The Task Force was convened as a human response to the needs of San Leandro’s unsheltered, chronically homeless residents. Members include the City of San Leandro, Interfaith Task Force/April Showers, Building Futures, and Davis Street Family Resource Center.

Last winter when temperatures dipped several times below freezing, seven Bay Area homeless people—including one Hayward man—died on the streets. San Leandro has about 50 homeless people who live outside. Some are senior citizens. Many have long histories of homelessness and a high level of vulnerability.

This winter, April Showers/Interfaith Homeless Network and Building Futures aim to identify and reach out to these people, and provide overnight shelter in a three-month “Warming Center” during rainy or very cold weather.

On nights when the weather is forecast to be 38 degrees or colder or rain is predicted, the Warming Center would be open. The Center would be overseen at all times by the project’s paid Outreach Coordinator, supervising at least two Building Futures’ staff members associated with the project, and by the community volunteers staffing the Warming Center.

All guests will be pre-screened. This is not a drop-in center.

An important meeting will be held at First United Methodist Church (1600 Bancroft Avenue)  on Saturday, November 22 from 10 am to 11:30 am.

The meeting will provide an overview of this critically needed initiative, and outreach to prospective volunteers. Many volunteers are needed to staff the Warming Center, secure the donation of food, bedding, sleeping mats, jackets, scarves, and socks, collect/cook/serve dinner and breakfast to go.

The hope is that the San Leandro faith communities and service groups will enthusiastically embrace this ministry. Interfaith Homeless Network/April Showers has twelve years of service to unsheltered homeless persons here in San Leandro.

The seed that was to become Building Futures was founded by faith volunteers and the community at Saint Leander Catholic Church in 1986. Today Building Futures brings to this project expertise in running three emergency shelters.

Based upon the similar program which has been successfully running in Fremont, we anticipate the Warming Center being open about 50 nights during the three-month pilot period beginning in early December.

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Hayward city offices closed next week

HAYWARD — If you have business with the city, you’d better not delay; City Hall will be shut down next week to celebrate the federal holiday Thanksgiving Day.

Hayward’s planning department has been slammed by business owners for being business unfriendly: slow response, not helping businesses, surprises, not working with the businesses, bureaucratic attitude, etc. Don’t know if the criticisms are justified, but there have been a lot of them.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the planning department presented an update on “development review and building permit/inspection processes and plan for system improvements.” The update told of how the planning department is addressing those concerns.

Sounds good. But the city permit center began closing on Fridays earlier this year. This is in addition to the longstanding practice of Planning Commission and City Council going on recess in August. putting a halt on approval of conditional use permits.

Makes one wonder what kind of message closing an entire week for what is a one-day federal holiday says about perceived city attitude toward assisting businesses.

 

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Supervisor Chan to host holiday party

SAN LORENZO — Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan is inviting community members to join her for a holiday open house Nov. 20.

The celebration will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. at her district office, 15903 Hesperian Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be a door prize of two field-level Oakland A’s tickets.

Those who are planning on attending should contact Steven Jones at 510-278-0367 or Steven.Jones@acgov.org.

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Lighting up downtown Hayward

HAYWARD — Tonight, B Street in downtown took on a festive air as lights on almost 50 trees were flipped on.

City workers wrapped the trees from Foothill Boulevard to Watkins Street with energy-efficient LED lights.

Unlike in the past, the evening lights will be a permanent fixture on B Street even after the holidays, turning off at 1:30 to 2 a.m.

Trees along Foothill, A Street and Mission Boulevard already are illuminated with uplights installed in sidewalks as part of the Route 238 project. Yes, that’s the roadwork that includes the maligned one-way downtown loop, but the sidewalk lights are cool, especially on north Foothill and Mission south of downtown.

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Hayward: Morrisson Theatre Chorus holiday concert Dec. 11-14

HAYWARD — The Morrisson Theatre Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert Dec. 11-14.

“Holiday Concert: Special Songs for a Special Time of the Year” will include classical works, popular holiday songs, Gospel and spiritual pieces and audience sing-along favorites. The chorus is directed by Cesar Cancino

The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Tickets are $18 adults, $15 senior and $12 junior/student. Douglas Morrisson Theatre is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the senior center and Japanese garden.

The theater’s box office is open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and can be reached at 510-881-6777. Information is also available at www.dmtonline.org.