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The Week Ahead

Today, January 2 to 11: Christmas Tree Disposal

Waste Management will pick up your Christmas tree on your normal garbage collection day this week and next week. Remove decorations and stands and cut trees into maximum 6-foot lengths if necessary. Set out on curbs for single-family households, or in general collection area for apartment-dwellers. For info, call 510-537-5500.


Thursday, January 3: Low Vision Support Group

What to do in case of an emergency. What should you do if you fell in your apartment and you cannot reach a phone? What should you do if you see an accident in the street? What should you do if you are with someone who has a medical emergency? C.A.R.D. (Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters) will be present to answer these questions at the next meeting of the Low Vision Support Group, at 1 p.m. tomorow at Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St. in Castro Valley. The meeting is free and open to all. For information, call Sam Blank at 510-247-0470.


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. this Saturday behind Peet’s Coffee at 204 Redwood Road. Document shredding for $8 per banker box; free recycling of TVs, monitors, laptops, flat screens, cell phones, ink-jet cartridges and wire; $5 to recycle CPUs, phones, printers, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, stereos, video games and small appliances; $15-$30 to recycle Microwaves; $3 per pound for batteries. This will be a one-day event, rain or shine.


Sunday, January 6: Dusty Paws Pet Adoptions

Dusty Paws Rescue will be showing adoptable animals from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday and the first Sunday of each month at Unleashed by Petco, 699 Lewelling Blvd., near Safeway, in San Leandro. Meet animals looking for new homes. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions.


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. this Sunday 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. Monday at the San Leandro Surgi-Center, 15035 E. 14th St., San Leandro. The public is invited to these free meetings.


Tuesday, January 8: Ohlone Audubon Meeting

Member John Bradley will present his birding adventure in New Guinea, covering prime birding sites, tropical rain forests and savanna woodlands, at the next meeting of Ohlone Audubon, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Starr King Church, 22577 Bayview Ave. in Hayward. No admission, refreshments served. For info, visit or call call 925-447-8843.


Tuesday, January 8: Retired Public Employees Association

Vera Broyles will speak on “How to kick-start your genealogy” with a Q&A session to follow at the next Assocition Chapter 53 business meeting at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Denny’s Restaurant, 30163 Industrial Pkway SW in Hayward.

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Thursday, January 10: Free Lecture ‘Decoding Our Genomes’

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, ay 7 p.m. Jan. 10, the latest in the free Castro Valley EducationalFoundation Lecture Series at Castro Valley Center for the Arts.


Saturday, January 12: Join the Marines...for Coffee

All men and women veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps are invited to join with other Marines from all different times and duty stations for coffee and donuts at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 and on the second Saturday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro, sponsored by the Lt. Frank S. Reasoner Detachment No. 919 of the Marine Corps League. For more information, call Bobby Ferreira at 510-460-0093.


Saturday, January 12: Free Shopping Bags

CVSan will be distributing a limited number of free, reusable cloth shopping bags from 9-11 a.m. on Jan. 12 in front of both Safeway supermarkets in Castro Valley. A second distribution will be made from 9-11 a.m. on Jan. 19 in front of CVS Pharmacy and Rite-Aid Pharmacy. For more information, visit

lSaturday, January 12: Hearing Loss Association Meeting

Dr. Gil Magilen, biophysicist and founder of the Walnut Creek Hearing Aid Center, will discuss the challenges of severe hearing loss and a unique sound-engineering approach that results in improved hearing and speech understanding, at the next meeting of the Hearing Loss Association Jan. 12, with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and program from 10-11:30 a.m. Kaiser Hospital Tower, Room 1200C, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. The parking garage on Howe St. (across the street) is free on Saturdays. For more information, call Bruce Harris, 510-473-7905.


Saturday, January 12: Dusty Paws E-Waste Recycling

Dusty Paws Rescue will hold an E-Waste Recycling fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan 12 at Pet Food Express, 3385 Castro Valley Blvd. Get rid of broken or unneeded electronics, including computers and accessories, printers, cell phones, etc. Items that can’t be accepted are light bulbs and tubes, smoke detectors and furniture.


Tuesday, January 15: Teen Driver Safety Class

The California Highway Patrol Castro Valley Area will hold a two-hour “Start Smart” teen-driver safety class at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, at the Castro Valley Library.  The CHP’s goal is to prevent avoidable tragedy by educating teens on safe and legal driving practices. Unfortunately teen drivers contribute to more than 60% of fatal and injury collisions.  To attend this class, RSVP to Officer Daniel Jacowitz at 510-581-9028.


Saturday, January 19: Spelling Bee

The Discovery Homeschool Spelling Bee will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Conference Room C at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue. The winner will advance to the preliminary round of the San Francisco Chronicle Spelling Bee. Spellers must be a homeschooled student, be 14 years old or younger, and in the 8th grade or lower.  There will be a $10 registration fee per speller. To participate, contact Tanya Daly by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 510-593-9336.



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