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Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:10

The Week Ahead


Thursday, December 20: Annual Christmas Concert

Church of the Transfiguration, at 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., will be performing its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow featuring performances from the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir, soloists and instrumentalists, and a traditional carol “sing-along.”  The awe-inspiring Hallelujah Chorus will wrap up the event. Admission is free, a goodwill offering will be accepted.


Friday, December 21: Winter Season Begins

This year will be the earliest winter since 1896, arriving with the solstice at 3:12 a.m. PST Friday. It will be the shortest day of the year,  the sun reaching its most southern point in the sky. After Friday, days will start getting longer. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same.


Sunday & Monday, Dec. 23-24: Bethlehem in Castro Valley

Experience the Christmas story in worship and by visiting “Little Bethlehem” with shepherds and live sheep at New Life Christian Fellowship, 22360 Redwood Road, Castro Valley at 10 a.m. this Sunday. Afterwards, holiday desserts and gifts for all. All are invited for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the church at 510/582-2261, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website at


Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day Schedules

Open / Closed: Christmas Day is a federal, state, county and  city holiday. Except for emergency services, all government offices will be closed.

Stores, Offices, Restaurants: Some supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies may be open, but most of those will be operating on a shortened schedule, so plan ahead for food and medical needs. Stock exchanges, all banks and nearly all business offices will be closed. Some business offices will be closed – or will close early – on Monday, so check ahead.

Public Transit: BART trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. AC Transit buses will run on a weekend schedule.

Garbage & Sanitary Services: Monday, Dec. 24, will be a normal garbage collection day, but there will be no service on Tuesday. Collection will be one day later (Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, etc.) through Saturday. Waste Management offices will be closed Tuesday. Call 510-537-5500 (residential) or 510-613-8700 (commercial/business) with solid waste services questions. Waste Management’s Hayward Pay Station and Oak Harbor Call Center will close at 1 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday. Castro Valley Sanitary District offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25. Call 510-537-0757 with questions or for sewer emergencies. For information regarding CVSan services and programs, visit



... and Beyond


Saturday, January 5: E-Waste & Shredding Fundraiser

Soroptomist of the East Bay will hold an eWaste and Shredding fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 behind Peet’s Coffee at 204 Redwood Road. Document shredding for $8 per banker box; free recycling of TVs, monitors, laptops, cell phones, ink cartridges; $5 to recycle CPUs, phones, printers, fax machines and small appliances. Rain or shine.


Sunday, January 6: “Relay for Life” Spaghetti Feed

Buon Tempo Club will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball feed to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Castro Valley Moose Hall, 20835 Rutledge Road. $15 per person ($10 children), includes salad, entree and bread. Tickets at the door. All profits go to the Relay for Life. For information, call 510-483-3779.


Monday, January 7: Diabetes Support Group

Brenda Yamashita of the Alameda County Diabetes Program will discuss latest guidelines at the next meeting of the support group at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the San Leandro Surgi-Center, 15035 E. 14th St., San Leandro. The public is invited to these free meetings.


Thursday, January 10: Free Lecture on DNA

Dr. Katherine S. Pollard from The Gladstone Institutes and University of California San Francisco, will discuss what our DNA can tell us about our close relatives and our relationship to chimps and Neanderthals, the latest in the Foundation Lecture Series at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.


Saturday, January 26: Creative Writing Workshop

A workshop covering poetry, fiction and nonfiction for middle and high school students will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan 26 at the Castro Valley Library. Information and registration at at




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