Library Hosts Big Read Kickoff Event on Saturday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:17

This year’s Big Read will kick off this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., so come to have fun, learn about what’s in store for the 2015 program, and register for a book discussion group.

Everybody will receive a free copy, while supplies last, of this year’s book, Into the Beautiful North, a novel by acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea.

The goal of the Big Read, which is the largest reading program in the U.S, is to bring together partners from across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Urrea has written numerous works in various genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He has been recognized for his writing through an induction into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame and as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his non-fiction book The Devil’s Highway.

Urrea will speak at the library on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In his third novel, Into the Beautiful North, Urrea goes beyond the “us against them” discussion of immigration.

He writes with compassion, complexity, and humor about the people and places caught up in the border wars.

Urrea also invites readers to think of the border as more than a division between nations and reminds readers that it is a place where meaningful conversations come together, and even love, between cultures begins.

Filled with radiant depictions of the Mexican landscape and unforgettable characters, the novel chronicles a young woman’s quest to protect her hometown from bandidos.

 

 
Community Calendar • 02-26-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:14

Mind’s Eye Exhibit at SL Library

The Mind’s Eye, a group art exhibit by Oakland Renaissance Photographers Collective is now on display at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. The show features the work of: Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tasin Sabir, Tumani Onbiyi, Jim Dennis, Malaika H. Kambon and Asual Kwahuumba. The exhibit will be on display until March 31.

Lunar New Year Celebration

James Monroe Elementary School, 3750 Monterey Blvd. in San Leandro, will celebrate the lunar new year on Friday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The celebration of Asian culture will include food, crafts, and performances of lion dancing.

Assumption School Silent Auction

The 26th Annual Assumption School’s “Bubbles & Bling” live and silent auction will be at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Jack London Square in Oakland, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The silent auction starts at 5 p.m., with dinner and live auction taking place at 6 p.m.  Score some amazing finds and enter a raffle to win a pair of diamond earrings. Tickets are $50 per person if you register online at www.assumptionschool-sl.org, click on “Auction” tab on home page.

USCGA Boating Safety Class

A boating safety class led by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors, will be held at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina in Alameda on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the class, which includes book, exam and completion certificate, is $35. Please register in advance. For more information, contact Doug Beckstein, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 295-7430 or Rob Firehock, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 658-7085.

All Saints Church Crab Feed

The Neighborhood Center at All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd. in San Leandro, is having its 43rd Annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 28. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat fresh, cracked crab (or chicken) with appetizers, salad, pasta and dessert. (A vegetarian dinner is available by advance order), plus fun, prizes, musical entertainment and a Western-themed sing-a-long. Seating is limited. For tickets, call the parish office at 569-7020 or at www.saintsalive.net or get tickets in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings.

Alameda Museum Watercolor Exhibit

The San Lorenzo Adult School Watercolor and Art Class students are displaying their artwork for this year at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. in Alameda on Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 27. Shared Perceptions is the 15th Annual Exhibit of Paintings and Drawings by students of San Lorenzo Adult School. Join them for an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, March 7, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Alameda Museum. For more information, call
521-1233.

Parkinson’s Support Group

The San Leandro Parkinson’s Support Group will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m., at the San Lorenzo Community Church, 945 Paseo Grande. An open discussion will follow the meeting. For more information, call Lona White at 276-3119.

Luis Alberto Urrea at SL Main Library

Award-winning author, Luis Alberto Urrea will speak at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of the San Leandro Big Read 2015 program. Urrea is the author of this year’s Big Read book selection, Into the Beautiful North. The event will be held in the Karp-Estudillo Room. RSVP by March 2 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 577-3991.

Kiwanis Club St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

The Kiwanis Club of San Leandro hosts the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St. in San Leandro on Saturday, March 7. Social hour and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m with a corned beef and cabbage dinner. After the social and silent auction a traditional Irish band will play for entertainment. Cost for dinner is $30 per person. Proceeds benefit the club’s charitable projects. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Terri Neuman at 895-4425.

San Leandro Readers Roundtable

The San Leandro Readers Roundtable will meet at the SL Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. on Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Open for discussion will be, The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin. Set against the rugged beauty of Washington state at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots.

Lions Club Crab Feed

The Lions Club of San Leandro cordially invites you to join its 55th annual crab feed fundraising dinner, on Saturday, March 7. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 790 Antonio St. in San Leandro. Tickets are $40. For more information, call president Leroy Smith for tickets or details 258-5070.

Rotary Club of San Leandro Grants

The Rotary Club of San Leandro is now accepting applications for community grants.  The deadline to submit an application is April 1. For more information please read the grant guidelines and application process at sanleandrorotary.org.  The Rotary distributes approximately $15,000 per year with individual grants up to $5,000.

SL Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships

The San Leandro Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary is now accepting applications for its annual health care scholarship program. The deadline to apply is April 3. Students who live in San Leandro or San Lorenzo and have enrolled in healthcare-related studies are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded in June for studies in the fall. Applications are available at the information desk or in the gift ship, in the lobby, at San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th St. Students can also request an application from a career counselor at San Leandro or Arroyo high schools. For more information, call 667-4501 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chaniticleers Theatre

Rupert Holmes comic murder mystery, Thumbs, will be presented through March 8 by Chaniticleers Theatre, 3683 Quail Ave. in Castro Valley. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost from $18 to $16. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 733-5483 or visit chanticleers.org.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new version by playwright/actor Tracy Letts  through  March 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.  Letts’ adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece, a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters. Tickets are $29, or $32 for opening night, and $10 for the preview night. Discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 881-6777 or go to the website www.dmtonline.org

San Leandro Players

The San Leandro Players will present a new adaptation of Moliere’s play The Imaginary Invalid on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 28 through March 29, at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Reset in today’s Silicon Valley, Moliere’s classic comedy of hypochondria, hypocrisy, and the Hippocratic oath has never been timelier or funnier. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors, TBA members, children under 12, and students with ID. For more information or reservations, call 895-2573. You can also order tickets online at www.slplayers.org.

John O’Lague Galleria

82 Years of Art an exhibit of visions, landscapes and characters along the way, featuring the works by artists Doyle Wegner and Gerald Thompson, will be on display at the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall through March 27.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, is having a Spring Concert, The Magic of Movies and Music, on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m., featuring music from many great movies, including “Casablanca,” “Titanic,” “The Mission,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and and a medley of James Bond movie hits. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 senior, $12 junior/student. The box office number is 881-6777 or go to www.dmtonline.org.

 

 
Battle of the Bands PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:06

021915eBands from all over the Bay Area will hit the stage for Battle of the Bands next Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Performing Arts Center at Chabot College in Hayward.

This yearly musical event allows new and undiscovered bands great exposure and a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talents in musical arrangement, song composition, instrumentation and vocals.

Included in this year’s line up is the Bay Area blues band Tablues, who are scheduled to close out the show. The band includes (pictured clockwise) keyboardist David B. Vliet and guitarist Dan Gorrell, lead singer Deb Devany and bassist Steve Schaefer. Drummer Dan de Geus (not pictured) will join them for the Battle of the Bands.

 

 
Library to Host Celebration For the Lunar New Year PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:52

The City of San Leandro’s annual Lunar New Year celebration will welcome the Year of the Sheep on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Admission is free.

The Lunar New Year celebrations will include performances designed to delight guests of all ages, and will showcase performers from the Korean Culture Center, dancers from the China Dance School of San Francisco and the lion dancers of Vovinam Viet-Do-Dao of San Jose.

Free Asian craft-making sessions for children also will be hosted by the Asian Community Cultural Association of San Leandro. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

Before the ceremony at 1 p.m., Mayor Pauline Cutter will be on hand in Conference Room B on the second floor to meet with citizens to discuss any topics concerning city government.

Mayor Cutter encouraged San Leandrans to come to the Lunar New Year celebration, and to join her for a cup of tea and share your thoughts.

 

 
Photo Show on Display at the Main Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:49

A group art exhibit by Oakland Renaissance Photographers Collective is currently on display at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

A reception for the artists will be on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Arts Council of San Leandro in collaboration with library.

The show features the work of: Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tasin Sabir, Tumani Onbiyi, Jim Dennis, Malaika H. Kambon and Asual Kwahuumba.

This show is a continuation of a series of exhibits that document the life experience of people from Africa to the Americas and beyond.

“Our goal is to share our experience with others through photography,” said artist Kamau Amen-Ra.

The Band MASWANA will perform. The group includes Naim Majied and Marissa Tampoya and Swapan Gandhi and Orlando Obligacion.

Dancer Jasmine Vassar will accompany the Band with her traditional African/World style.

The performance is free and the public is welcome.

 

 
Meet Your Representatives In Hayward on Feb. 27 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:48

The League of Women Voters Eden Area will host a “Meet Your Electeds” program on Friday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. in Hayward.

Elected representatives from the Eden Area have been invited to speak on their main goals for 2015.

The representatives invited to speak include Congressional, state senate and assembly districts, county supervisors, school district board members, city council members from Hayward and San Leandro, and representatives from BART, EBMUD, HARD, and the Castro Valley and Oro Loma Sanitary District boards. RSVP to Suzanne by Friday, Feb. 20, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
Community Calendar • 02-19-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:14

Principled Academy

The Principled Academy is hosting a presentation on Character Education and how it’s making a difference in the community on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The presentation will take place at The Bay Area Family Church building, 2305 Washington Ave. in San Leandro. A delicious dessert will also be served. To make your reservation, call 361-6400 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit their website at www.principledacademy.org and on facebook at ThePrincipledAcademy.

Mind’s Eye Exhibit at SL Library

The Mind’s Eye, a group art exhibit by Oakland Renaissance Photographers Collective is now on display at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. A reception with a musical performance by The String Trio, jazz musicians, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. The show features the work of: Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tasin Sabir, Tumani Onbiyi, Jim Dennis, Malaika H. Kambon and Asual Kwahuumba. The exhibit will be on display until March 31.

St. Leander Church

St. Leander Church Lenten Mission, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro will present  Mercy Is Your Name, by Jesse Manibusan, Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. masses and Monday through Friday, Feb. 23 through Feb. 25, presentations at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free will offering is suggested.

SLHS  Black History Celebration

The San Leandro High School Black Student Union invites everyone to the 2015 Black History Celebration on Monday, Feb. 23, at the SLHS Arts Education Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. A light dinner will be served in the lobby at 6 p.m., followed by the show from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets in advance are $12 for adults, or $8 for students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets are available at the San Leandro High School Bank or by calling 697-1206. This is the annual fundraiser for the Black Student Union to support club activities and events.

Lunar New Year Celebration

James Monroe Elementary School, 3750 Monterey Blvd. in San Leandro, will celebrate the lunar new year on Friday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The celebration of Asian culture will include food, crafts, and performances of lion dancing.

Assumption School Silent Auction

The 26th Annual Assumption School’s “Bubbles & Bling” live and silent auction will be at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 2 Broadway, Jack London Square in Oakland, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The silent auction starts at 5 p.m., with dinner and live auction taking place at 6 p.m.  Score some amazing finds and enter a raffle to win a pair of diamond earrings. Tickets are $50 per person if you register online at www.assumptionschool-sl.org, click on “Auction” tab on home page.

USCGA Boating Safety Class

A boating safety class led by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors, will be held at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina in Alameda on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the class, which includes book, exam and completion certificate, is $35. Please register in advance. For more information, contact Doug Beckstein, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 295-7430 or Rob Firehock, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 658-7085.

All Saints Church Crab Feed

The Neighborhood Center at All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd. in San Leandro, is having its 43rd Annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Feb. 28. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. with all-you-can-eat fresh, cracked crab (or chicken) with appetizers, salad, pasta and dessert. (A vegetarian dinner is available by advance order), plus fun, prizes, musical entertainment and a Western-themed sing-a-long. Seating is limited. For tickets, call the parish office at 569-7020 or at www.saintsalive.net or get tickets in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings.

Alameda Museum Watercolor Exhibit

The San Lorenzo Adult School Watercolor and Art Class students are displaying their artwork for this year at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave. in Alameda on Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 27. Shared Perceptions is the 15th Annual Exhibit of Paintings and Drawings by students of San Lorenzo Adult School. Join them for an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, March 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Alameda Museum. For more information, call
521-1233.

Parkinson’s Support Group

The San Leandro Parkinson’s Support Group will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m., at the San Lorenzo Community Church, 945 Paseo Grande. An open discussion will follow the meeting. For more information, call Lona White at 276-3119.

Tax Assistance Available

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s Senior Centers will be offering free assistance with simple Federal and State Income Tax forms for older adults and low income individuals in the community.  The Income limit restriction is $53,000.  Volunteers have been trained by the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board.  For more information or to make an appointment, call the Hayward Area Senior Center at 881-6766 or the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center at 881-6738.

San Leandro Readers Roundtable

San Leandro Readers Roundtable will host a discussion of the book, The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin, at the SL Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.  Set against the rugged beauty of Washington state at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel introduces readers to William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots.

 Lions Club Crab Feed

The Lions Club of San Leandro cordially invites you to join its 55th annual crab feed fundraising dinner, on Saturday, March 7. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 790 Antonio St. in SanLeandro. Tickets are $40. For more information, call president Leroy Smith for tickets or details 258-5070.

Chaniticleers Theatre

Thumbs, Rupert Holmes comic murder mystery, will be presented through March 8 by Chaniticleers Theatre, 3683 Quail Ave. in Castro Valley. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost from $18 to $16. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 733-5483 or visit chanticleers.org

"Three Sisters"

Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new version by playwright/actor Tracy Letts  through March 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, Feb. 12 (preview) and March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.  Letts’ adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece, a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters. Tickets are $29, or $32 for opening night, and $10 for the preview night. Discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 881-6777 or go to the website www.dmtonline.org

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

What’s Your Story? Join the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward as it presents the third in its Telling Tales series at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. Local storytellers share their tales of missed opportunities, The Road Not Taken: If Only I’d... DMT wants to hear your story and welcomes all to participate. For guidelines or tickets ($5 open seating), visit www.dmtonline.org and click on the Alt. Mondays image or call 881-6777.

San Leandro Players

The San Leandro Players will present a new adaptation of Moliere’s play The Imaginary Invalid on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 28 through March 29, at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Reset in today’s Silicon Valley, Moliere’s classic comedy of hypochondria, hypocrisy, and the Hippocratic oath has never been timelier or funnier. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors, TBA members, children under 12, and students with ID. For more information or reservations, call 895-2573. You can also order tickets online at www.slplayers.org.

John O’Lague Galleria

82 Years of Art an exhibit of visions, landscapes and characters along the way, featuring the works by artists Doyle Wegner and Gerald Thompson, will be on display at the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall January 30 through March 27.

 

 
New Version of Checkov’s Three Sisters to Opens Tonight PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:14

021215eDouglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new version by playwright/actor Tracy Letts on Feb. 13 through March 12.

Show times are Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, Feb. 12 (preview) and March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.

Letts’ adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece, a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters.

Tickets are $29, or $32 for opening night, and $10 for the preview night. There are discounts for students and seniors.

For tickets, call the box office at 881-6777 or go to the Douglas Morrisson Theatre’s website at www.dmtonline.org.

CAPTION: Miriam Ani as Irina,  Daria Hepps as Olga and Kate Dunlop Tomatis as Masha in a new version by Tracy Letts of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DOUGLAS MORRISSON THEATRE


 
Ring in the Lunar New Year At Library’s Annual Fete PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:12

Mayor Pauline Cutter will hold a ‘Tea with the Mayor’ session before the festivities begin

The City of San Leandro’s annual Lunar New Year celebration will welcome the Year of the Sheep on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Admission is free.

The Lunar New Year celebrations will include performances designed to delight guests of all ages, and will showcase performers from the Korean Culture Center, dancers from the China Dance School of San Francisco and the lion dancers of Vovinam Viet-Do-Dao of San Jose.

Free Asian craft-making sessions for children also will be hosted by the Asian Community Cultural Association of San Leandro. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

Before the ceremony at 1 p.m., Mayor Pauline Cutter will be on hand in Conference Room B on the second floor to meet with citizens to discuss any topics concerning city government.

Mayor Cutter encouraged San Leandrans to come to the Lunar New Year celebration, and to join her for a cup of tea and share your thoughts and concerns, and she will be glad to answer any questions.

 

 
Community Calendar • 02-12-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:10

Hayward Eagles Valentines Dance

The Hayward Eagles are having a Valentines dance on Friday, Feb. 13., at the Eagles Hall, 21406 Foothill Blvd. near I-580. Cocktails at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m. They will be serving barbecued chicken, baked potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert. The price is $15. Proceeds will go to the Max Baer Heart Fund.  Join them for a delicious dinner and to support a worthy charity. For more information, call Jonna Villadsen at 785-8174.

Arroyo High Jazz’n Spaghetti Dinner

Enjoy hot pasta with all of the trimmings and hot jazz on Friday, Feb. 13, at Arroyo High School, 15701 Lorenzo Ave. in San Lorenzo. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, have your fill of delicious spaghetti and listen to performances by the Arroyo High School Jazz Ensemble and the Oasis Big Band as the instrumental music department presents its 30th Annual Jazz’n Rendezvous Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and high school students, and $8 for children ages 5-12, children under 5 eat for free.  For ticket reservations, call Mr. Miyata at 317-4170.

Annual Crab Feed

The Filarmonica Artista Amadora de San Leandro’s annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 857 Ste. B, Alvarado St. in San Leandro. No host cocktails at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m. Cost for adults is $45 and children 6 through 12 is $20. For more information, call Lorenza Tomaz at 760-9343 or Michele Menezes at 427-2254.

Hearing Loss Association Meeting

The Hearing Loss Association will meet at the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, 3801 Howe St., in Conference Room G26, on Saturday, Feb. 14. Refreshments will be offered at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Ron Lampe, experienced with installing audiovisual equipment. Parking is free on Saturday in the old garage across from Howe St. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Kay at 886-4717.

Alta Mira Club Mystery Tea

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, is having a scholarship mystery tea on Monday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., featuring popular mystery writers Terry Shames, Penny Warner and Simon Wood. Tickets are $15, which includes the program followed by tea and delectables. Proceeds benefit the Alta Mira Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call 483-1018 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Verterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., is offering a free eBenefits, Dept. of Veterans Affairs - VA, enrollment class Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. With an eBenefits account Veterans can apply for benefits online, access VA payment history, apply for a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility, check on compensation and pension status and more. Family members are also welcome. The class is limited to 12 individuals. To reserve your spot, call 577-3991. The Veteran’s Resource Center is now open during regular library hours. Trained  benefit coaches are available on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the Young At Heart St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at St. Felicitas Parish, 1662 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro, on Wednesday, March 18. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon and will include corned beef, red potatoes, cabbage, rye bread and butter, dessert, and coffee or apple cider.  The cost is $6. Tickets may be purchased at the parish office, 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro, Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday before the luncheon.

The Mind’s Eye Exhibit at SL Library

The Mind’s Eye, a group art exhibit by Oakland Renaissance Photographers Collective is now on display at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. A reception with a musical performance by The String Trio, jazz musicians, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. The show features the work of: Kamau Amen-Ra, Edward Miller, Tasin Sabir, Tumani Onbiyi, Jim Dennis, Malaika H. Kambon and Asual Kwahuumba. The exhibit will be on display until March 31.

St. Leander Church

St. Leander Church Lenten Mission, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro will present  Mercy Is Your Name, by Jesse Manibusan, Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. masses and Monday through Friday, Feb. 23 through Feb. 25, presentations at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free will offering suggested.

Cherry City Toastmasters

The Cherry City Toastmasters meet every Tuesday from 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Cherry City Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills, build self-confidence and promote personal growth. Visitors are welcomed to the meetings. For more information about the club, visit www.cherrycitytoastmasters.org.

Join the Marines for Coffee

Don’t be just a former Marine, join other Marines, past and present, once a month on the second Saturday (except in November) at 0900 hours at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro, following the tradition of “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” for coffee, doughnuts and friendship. All are welcome. For more information, call Bobby Ferreira at 460-0636.

Tax Assistance Available

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s Senior Centers will be offering free assistance with simple Federal and State Income Tax forms for older adults and low income individuals in our community.  The Income limit restriction is $53,000.  Volunteers have been trained by the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board.  For more information or to make an appointment, call the Hayward Area Senior Center at 881-6766 or the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center at 881-6738.

Chaniticleers Theatre

Thumbs, Rupert Holmes comic murder mystery, will be presented Friday, Feb. 13 through March 8 by Chaniticleers Theatre, 3683 Quail Ave. in Castro Valley. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost from $18 to $16. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 733-5483 or visit chanticleers.org

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new version by playwright/actor Tracy Letts on Feb. 13 through March 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, Feb. 12 (preview) and March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.  Letts’ adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece, a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters. Tickets are $29, or $32 for opening night, and $10 for the preview night. Discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 881-6777 or go to the website www.dmtonline.org

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

What’s Your Story? Join the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward as it presents the third in its Telling Tales series at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. Local storytellers share their tales of missed opportunities, The Road Not Taken: If Only I’d... DMT wants to hear your story and welcomes all to participate. For guidelines or tickets ($5 open seating), visit www.dmtonline.org and click on the Alt. Mondays image or call 881-6777.

San Leandro Players

The San Leandro Players will present a new adaptation of Moliere’s play The Imaginary Invalid on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 28 through March 29, at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Reset in today’s Silicon Valley, Moliere’s classic comedy of hypochondria, hypocrisy, and the Hippocratic oath has never been timelier or funnier. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors, TBA members, children under 12, and students with ID. For more information or reservations, call 895-2573. You can also order tickets online at www.slplayers.org.

John O’Lague Galleria

82 Years of Art an exhibit of visions, landscapes and characters along the way, featuring the works by artists Doyle Wegner and Gerald Thompson, will be on display at the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall January 30 through March 27.

 

 
Local Author Pens Biography of Chabot College Professor PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:01

020515e1By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

San Leandro author Robert Strom has published books on Peggy Lee and Gypsy Rose Lee, but his latest biography is a little more personal — he’s in the middle of writing about his teacher and mentor Kinmont Hoitsma.

Hoitsma, who died at the age of 79 in 2013, was an Ivy League grad, published author, Olympic fencer, and an all around bon vivant. Strom met Hoitsma as a young man in the late 1980s by taking one of his classes at Chabot College in Hayward.

Hoitsma taught humanities and religious studies at the school, and Strom was immediately taken with his professor’s way of teaching.

“I knew the moment I met him that I liked him, that he was very unique,” said Strom of his mentor. “I thought, ‘This is what college is supposed to be like.’ He was just extremely well-read, well-traveled, and so intelligent.

Strom left the Bay Area for a while after school and then returned and got back in touch with his former teacher, launching a 25-year friendship.

“He led by example and had very high standards, but he never put anybody down,” said Strom of his hero. “He had great energy and great enthusiasm.”

020515e2Hoitsma was gay, a fact that his mother never accepted, which colored his life.

Strom calls Hoitsma “my older, gay mentor” and said that Hoitsma “was there with healing and love” when Strom tested HIV positive in April of 1995.

Strom says that he’s writing the biography because it  is important to note Hoitsma’s contribution to the LGBT community.

“I want to acknowledge his life and point him out as a role model,” Strom said. “You can be anything regardless of your sexuality or age.”

In the 1960s, Hoitsma met and began a relationship with Cecil Beaton, the Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer who was most famous for My Fair Lady.

In Beaton’s official biography, a chapter is devoted to Hoitsma, but he is only referred to as “Kin” because of his desire for privacy in the wake of his family’s disproval.

Through Beaton, Hoitsma hobnobbed with the likes of Truman Capote and Audrey Hepburn. With such an auspicious young adulthood, Hoitsma told Strom that he sometimes felt that the second half of his life teaching community college was a “let down,” but Strom says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Teaching was truly what he was meant to do,” said Strom. “He was absolutely fascinating and a genius in my book. I wish to God everybody could have a  teacher like him.”

Strom is in the middle of conducting interviews and research for his book on Hoitsma. Anyone who would like to contact Strom can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CAPTION 1: Robert Strom

CAPTION 2: Kinmont Hoitsma was an Olympian and author before taking up teaching humanities and religious studies at Chabot College.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT STROM


 
Artists Exhibit Life’s Work PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:58

020515eBy Bruce Roberts • Special to the Times

Gerry Thompson and Doyle Wegner are lifelong artists. Between them, they total 82 years. Besides dealing with the endless busywork of life, they have found time to pursue their passion, their first love, art. A lifetime of creating works of art also means a lifetime of finished work. Now, in 2015, they have joined forces to display a retrospective of their best and favorite works at the O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., in Hayward.

Doyle Wegner describes his work as representational, not abstract — a description befitting Thompson’s work as well. Wegner’s “Katrina Blues,” shows Tommy Johnson, one of the South’s first premier blues men, who died long before Hurricane Katrina, with guitar in hand next to a wide, Mississippi-like river with houses and a church floating toward the sea.

Gerry Thompson’s works range from simple and excellent landscapes (“Madison House” and “Mt. Diablo Study II”) to more complex presentations such as “The Ogallala Aquifer,” “Which Road?” and “San Francisco in the Eye of the Egg 2.”

Wegner has worked as an illustrator, as shown by “The Travels of Tobi and Pawn,” a finely drawn scene from a planned children’s book. But, like “Katrina Blues,” his other works can suggest a higher level of complexity. The eyes of the Native American in “Planet Guardian” give viewers a withering look, as if we, the protectors of the earth, are failing.

Colorful, thought-provoking in pen and ink, watercolors, acrylic, pastels and oils, the works of these two fine artists deserve an audience.

Their retrospective exhibit runs til March 27, 2015. For a chance to meet them and discuss their work, art fans should treat themselves to the Hayward Arts Council reception Friday, Feb. 6,  from  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hayward City Hall.

CAPTION: San Leandro resident Doyle Wegner presents the acrylic painting “Katarina Blues” in the show “82 Years of Art” at the John O’Lague Galleria at Hayward City Hall. Meet the artists, Doyle Wegner and Gerald Thompson, at the artists’ reception this Friday, Feb. 6.


 

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