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The Week Ahead


Today, January 9: Discussion of Spirituality

Karen Van Zino, M.D. will talk about “Spirituality & the Enneagram – Nine Paths to the Soul,” how our personality can get in the way of realizing our true gifts and how we can reconnect to our soul, at 7 p.m. this evening in the Graydon Room at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, phone 510-582-0818 or visit


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

Dr. Katherine S. Pollard from The Gladstone Institutes and University of California in San Francisco, will discuss what our DNA can tell us about our close relatives and our relationship to chimps and Neanderthals, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, the latest in the free Castro Valley Educational Foundation Lecture Series at Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.


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. this Saturday 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. this Saturday in front of both Safeway supermarkets, at Redwood Road and Castro Valley Blvd., and at the 580 Marketplace 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


Saturday, 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 this Saturday, 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. this Saturday 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.



Sunday, January 13, 2013: Pet Adoptions

Dusty Paws Rescue is holding an adoption event from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday at Petco, 3735 E. Castro Valley Blvd. Stop by and meet and greet the animals up for adoption. Volunteers will answer questions.


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.


Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15: ‘Finding Wellness’ Series

The Castro Valley United Methodist Church will sponsor a free 5-part interactive series, “Finding Wellness,” incorporating exercise, nutrition, alcohol management and other techniques for better living, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5 and 12, in Room 5 at the church, 19806 Wisteria St. Call 510-581-3486 for a reservation.


Tuesday, January 15: How You Can Help Rescue Animals

Dusty Paws Rescue invites you to a general meeting to answer questions about the group and to learn how to become a volunteer or a foster for animals. Join the informal discussion at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at Harry’s Hofbrau, E. 14th St. at Bancroft in San Leandro. Volunteers and foster families are needed so we can rescue more animals from shelters around California.



...and Beyond





Wednesday, January 16: Financial Forecast 2013

Local Business Professor and noted economist Jay Tontz will speak on the “State of the U.S. Economy” and provide a forecast for 2013 at the meeting of the San Leandro Rotary Club at noon on Jan. 16 at the Sequoia Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland. Dr. Tontz was previously the Dean of the Cal State Hayward School of Business and Economics, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Diablo Valley College. The meeting is open to the public. The cost for lunch is $20.  Please RSVP to Ed Niu, 510-592-4351 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, January 19: Hill & Valley Club Flea Market

Hundreds of items will be bargain-priced during the one-day-only Hill & Valley Club’s Annual Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at 1808 B St. in Hayward. Bring your friends – free admission – rain or shine. For info call Lorna 510-278-7617 or Natalie 510-276-2151.


Saturday, January 19: College Practice Test


Teens are invited to take part in a free ACT practice test from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Castro Valley Library, in preparation for what might be one of the most important test of their lives. This 4-hour workshop will offer test-taking tips and strategies to ready them for the real thing. Registration is requested. Sign up by phone (510-667-7900), in person at the Library Information Desk, or online at


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.


Monday, January 21: Drop-in Tech Help

The Castro Valley Library offers one-on-one help in e-mail, cell phones, Internet browsing, eBooks, digital cameras and more. Volunteer instructor Christopher Kyauk is available in the Learning Center every first and third Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Note:  The Library cannot help troubleshoot or fix hardware issues, including such things as improving the speed of your laptop.) No registration necessary. For more information, call 510-667-7900.

lSaturday, January 26: Free Clothing at ‘The Blessings Closet’

A community outreach day titled “New Duds for the New Year” offering new and gently-worn clothing free  to anyone who needs a helping hand, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the Fellowship Hall of Castro Valley United Methodist Church, 19806 Wisteria Street. No income or background checks required. For more information, call Ron Stout at 510-921-4969.


Saturday, January 26: Creative Writing Workshop

The Castro Valley Library will present its 2nd Creative Writing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. The workshop, for middle and high school students, will cover poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and feature a panel discussion and questions about how to get published. Speakers at this event include Amy Franklin-Willis, author of “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” Matt Johanson,  Journalism teacher at CVHS and author of “Game of My Life” and “Yosemite Epics, the Hon. Lise Pearlman (ret.), author of “The Sky’s the limit” and Tina Johansson, English teacher at CVHS. Admission is free. Register at


Saturday, January 26: OLG Crab Feed

Enjoy a dinner of crab or chicken, with salad, pasta and garlic bread at Our Lady of Grace Stack Hall Center at 3433 Somerset Ave. in Castro Valley. Hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails from 6 p.m. until dinner at 7:30. Dancing begins at 9 p.m. $40 per person (adults only). For info, call Zach Marshall at 510-881-8618.


Saturday, February 2: USS Hornet Paranormal Conference

The USS Hornet, docked in Alameda, will host the “Grey Ghost Paracon and Overnight Investigation Conference,” a fundraiser for its museum and educational program, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, featuring some of the most well-respected names in the paranormal field. For tickets, conference schedule and costs, visit the Hornet Website at




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