Artists Turn Dead into Lively Subjects at HAHS PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:15

102314eThe Day of the Dead exhibit at the Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward, runs through Nov. 9.

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Thursdays when they stay open until 7 p.m.

Day of the Dead explores the celebration of the holiday through altars prepared by local artists from traditional to contemporary representations of the holiday, all carrying personal themes for their creators.

A variety of artistic expressions of the holiday are featured in the exhibit, from photographs to paintings on canvas and leather skateboards to tattoo-style decorative plates will be on display.

CAPTION: “Dead End Road,” an acrylic on canvas by Angela Villegas, is one of the works on display at the Hayward Area Historical Society.


 
Ramana Vieira & Redwood Tango Duo Share an Evening of Fado & Tango PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:13

102314e2Ramana Vieira and her ensemble will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Vieira is joined by Chilean Guitarist/Percussionist Tomas Salcedo, cellist Gretchen Hopkins, and Alberto Rameriz on bass.

The show will be co-billed with Redwood Tango Duo for an evening of Fado and energetic Tango.

Vieira lives in San Leandro where she grew up. Her singing has been acclaimed as bringing new life and sensibility to traditional Portuguese fado music in reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle to the Boston Globe.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Freight & Salvage box office at 644-2020, or online
www.freightandsalvage.org.

CAPTION: Ramana Vieira and her band will be performing at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


 
Community Calendar • 10-23-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:11

A Thousand Clowns at Chanticleers

See the new laugh filled production of the comedy classic A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner at the Chanticleers Theatre, 3683 Quail Ave. in Castro Valley. Performance dates are October 24 to November 23 at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday (no performance on Halloween).  Order tickets at 733-5483 or www.chanticleers.org

Vendors Needed

Vendors are needed for the annual James Madison School Craft Show to be held on Saturday, Oct.  25,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14759 Juniper St. in San Leandro. For more information, call Nadine Lopes at Madison School 895-7944.

San Leandro Museum Auditorium

Old-Fashioned Melodramas will be celebrated as the San Leandro Players present Curse You, Jack Dalton! and He Ain’t Done Right By Nell Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., starting Oct. 25 through Nov. 23 at the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Step back to the 19th century, when bad was bad and good was better, and the hero always came to the rescue. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, children under 12 and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.slplayers.org or call 895-2573.

Volunteer for Annual Beautification Day

Join the San Leandro Education Foundation, parents, students, and community groups and spruce up a school on the annual beautification day on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Just go to any school in the San Leandro Unified School District. No special skills or experience needed to paint and plant, water and weed, and have fun doing things simple enough for the whole family. For more information or to volunteer, call or email SLED at 618-4483 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Halloween Trunk or Treat Party

The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Avenue in San Leandro,  invites everyone to a safe Halloween experience at their Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Decorate the trunk of your car, dress in costume and join the contests, enjoy a Not-so Haunted House and a variety of other fun activities.  Dinners vary in price from $5 to $8. Proceeds will go to help support the 7th and 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. For more information, call 351-6400.

S.L. High Bazaar Fundraiser

The San Leandro High School track and field team will host a fundraising bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outdoors behind the school cafeteria at 2200 Bancroft Ave. Find treasures at different tables and booths, enjoy music and the fare from food trucks. Admission is free. If you would like to set up a table or a tent and sell your goods, the cost is $40. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cleanup San Leandro Creek

The Friends of San Leandro Creek are having a creek cleanup at Root Park, corner of East 14th and Hays streets, on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to remove litter from the creek. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, and mosquito repellant. Bring gloves if you have them.Volunteers are required to fill out a waiver form. Children under 14 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Artful Steps Work on Display

A group art exhibit by local artists with developmental disabilities is currently on display until Jan. 9 on the 3rd floor of  the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth Street in Oakland, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station. “On the Move” is a collaboration between the Artful Steps program and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The Artful Steps artists explore the diverse means of transportation found in the Bay Area.

Adoption Event and Bake Sale

Sunshine Rescue Group is holding a Halloween Adoption Event and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bay Fair Petsmart, 15555 E 14th Street in San Leandro, from noon to 5 p.m.. Cats, kittens and dogs will be available for adoption at a discounted rate.  In addition, there will be lots of goodies at the bake sale.

Halloween Carnival

The annual Halloween Carnival will take place on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd.  Arrive in costume and join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of games and all-around spooky cheer.  Games and entertainment are geared for children from 4-8 years of age,  and tickets will be available for 25 cents each. For more information, call customer service at 577-3462.

Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon

Registration is now open for San Leandro’s 37th Annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. simultaneously at two locations: the Senior Community Center, 13909 East 14th St.; and the Marina community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd. Reservations can be purchased in person at the Senior Community Center or at the Marina Community Center, or online at www.sanleandrorec.org.  Reservation fees for the Thanksgiving Luncheon are $7 for San Leandro residents and $9 for non-residents. For more information, call 577-3462.

Eden Garden Club Fall Bazaar

The Eden Garden Club will have their Annual Fall Bazaar on Monday, Oct. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge  Rd., Castro Valley.  There will be a large variety of items including plants and baked goods. Cash and checks accepted for purchases. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome. For more information, call 538-4292

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The San Leandro High School drama department presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the San Leandro High Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. and on the following weekend Nov. 7, 8 and 9, at the same times. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available in advance at www.sanleandropac.com or at the door.

Documentary Movie: Service

See the documentary movie Service: When Women Come Marching Home on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Service explores the resilience of a group of young service women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq as they face the inadequate care they receive. The film honors their unbroken spirits. This 55-minute film is not rated. It contains profane language and is not suitable for children.

 

 
Aubrie Lee and Lonny Ross Say I Do PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:28

101614eAubrie Renee Lee married Lonny James Ross, Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose, California.

The lovely bride was a long-time resident of San Leandro, working at the San Leandro Manor Branch Library for many years. The happy couple now live in Fremont.

CAPTION: Newlyweds Aubrie Lee and Lonny Ross will make their new home in Fremont.


 
Meet TV Personality Martina Lawson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:34

ABC Tree Farms Presents the 3rd Annual Meet and Greet Event with TV Personality Martina Lawson.

Martina Lawson is a local Scoliosis survivor and advocate and TV show hostess.  After receiving much support from communities throughout the years her show has aired, she requested to produce an event that would thank the communities for their support.

Lawson, who is co-producing this event again this year, will be at the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro on Saturday, Oct. 11, beginning at 2 p.m.

Come out and meet Martina at ABC Tree Farms Pumpkin Patch lot at Bayfair and receive an autographed poster, a photograph with her, and a free pumpkin. Come early, free pumpkins are limited to the first 20 guests who arrive.

Watch the Martina Show weekdays on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast channel 28.  See the official website for the show for additional details, www.martinashow.com and www.youtube.com/TheMartinaTalkShow.

 

 
Community Calendar • 10-16-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:26

A Celtic Music Performance

The San Leandro Public Library will host an afternoon of traditional and period Celtic music on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Margaret and Kristoph will perform Celtic music from the British Isles as well as Medieval and Renaissance music of Western Europe. Kristoph Klover sings tenor and plays 12-string and 6-string guitar, octave mandolin, and oboe.

Arroyo High Alumni Meet & Greet

Arroyo High School Alumni are holding a meet and greet with a car show on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arroyo High School, 15701 Lorenzo Ave. in San Lorenzo. Displays from graduating classes from the ’50s to the present, food vendors, car show, and a live band. Everyone will get to vote on current Arroyo students writing, art, and photography displays.

Hayward Shoreline

Exploring Eden Landing with a naturalist to see the wildlife that are flourishing and learn about the restoration plans on Saturday, Oct. 18. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve parking lot, at the corners of Arden and Clawiter. Tour ends at 3 p.m. Ages 16 and up. The fee for the tour is $5 per person. For more information, call 670-7270.

Yoga Classes

Ramana Vieira will be teaching yoga classes at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 East 14th Street. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting Oct. 21. Vieira was the first to launch the Yoga program at the SCC two years ago and she has a dedicated core group of students. Ramana assesses everyones fitness level and draws up classes accordingly.  Sign up at the Senior Center or for more information, call 577-3462.

San Leandro Museum Auditorium

Old-Fashioned Melodramas will be celebrated as the San Leandro Players present Curse You, Jack Dalton! and He Ain’t Done Right By Nell Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., starting Oct. 25 through Nov. 23 at the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Step back to the 19th century, when bad was bad and good was better, and the hero always came to the rescue. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, children under 12 and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.slplayers.org or call 895-2573.

Volunteer for Annual Beautification Day

Join the San Leandro Education Foundation, parents, students, and community groups and spruce up a school on the annual beautification day on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Just go to any school in the San Leandro Unified School District. No special skills or experience needed to paint and plant, water and weed, and have fun doing things simple enough for the whole family. For more information or to volunteer, call or email SLED at 618-4483 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Halloween Trunk or Treat Party

The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Avenue in San Leandro,  invites everyone to a safe Halloween experience at their Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Decorate the trunk of your car, dress in costume and join the contests, enjoy a Not-so Haunted House and a variety of other fun activities.  Dinners vary in price from $5 to $8. Proceeds will go to help support the 7th & 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. For more information, call 351-6400.

S.L. High Bazaar Fundraiser

The San Leandro High School track and field team will host a fundraising bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outdoors behind the school cafeteria at 2200 Bancroft Ave. Find treasures at different tables and booths, enjoy music and the fare from food trucks. Admission is free. If you would like to set up a table or a tent and sell your goods, the cost is $40. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Artful Steps

A group art exhibit by local artists with developmental disabilities is currently on display until Jan. 9 on the 3rd floor of  the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth Street in Oakland, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station. “On the Move” is a collaboration between the Artful Steps program and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The Artful Steps artists explore the diverse means of transportation found in the Bay Area, from biking to BART, sailing to flying.

Job Skills and Computer Classes

The Alameda County Library Adult Literacy Program, in partnership with the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District, is offering a job skills and computer basics classes for those who are learning English at the Ashland Community Center, 1530 167 Ave. in San Leandro. For more information, call 745-1480.

T.O.P.S.  Meetings

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-commercial, non-profit weight loss support group that meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the clubhouse at the Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro to learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning and exercise. Group support and private weigh-ins help members achieve their goals. Dues are $4 a month, the first visit is free. For more information call Judy at 581-5313 or Sandy by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

San Leandro Toastmasters

The San Leandro Toastmasters meet every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo
Ave. Toastmasters, a leader in communication and leadership development, is a learn-by-doing workshop where members hone their speaking skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.

Spectrum Senior Lunch

County Supervisor Wilma Chan will speak at the Spectrum senior lunch at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 East 14th Street, at noon on Thursday, Oct. 23. Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 17. For reservations, call JoAnn or Dorothy at 825-9793. Spectrum’s senior nutrition program provides nutritious meals for seniors 60 and over at 28 locations in Alameda County. A donation of $3.75 is encouraged for seniors. The meals are also open to people under 60 for $6.

Adoption Event and Bake Sale

Sunshine Rescue Group is holding a Halloween Adoption Event and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bay Fair Petsmart, 15555 E 14th Street in San Leandro, from noon to 5 pm. Cats, kittens and dogs will be available for adoption at a discounted rate.  In addition, there will be lots of goodies at the bake sale.

 

 
Annual Suds Festival Draws Big Crowd for Music and Fun PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:43
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Avance laid down a good beat to dance to at the Sausage & Suds Music Festival on Sunday on Parrott Street. Pictured below, Angel Saldana and Jose Varela try a sausage sandwich and Jena Nawy serves a Drake’s draught beer.

PHOTOS BY JIM KNOWLES

 

 

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Panel of Veterans to Speak at the Main Library on Friday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:04

The San Leandro Library will host a panel discussion on Friday night on the issues facing veterans as they return home from combat to civilian life.

Star Lara from the veteran service organization Swords to Plowshares will moderate the discussion on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

The panel will consist of five veterans who will discuss their diverse experiences as well as provide examples of how they now assist other veterans in their transition to the civilian world.

Lara is the 2014 Woman Veteran of the Year for the State of California. She currently works as Women Veterans Program Manager and Community Educator for the San Francisco-based veteran’s service organization. She understands the impact of combat and the struggle to adapt to life as a civilian, as well as the barriers that many veterans face.

The panel is part of the Library’s California Reads 2014 project, “War Comes Home,” focused on the veteran experience. The aim is to increase understanding for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life.

“The City of San Leandro is very fortunate to have been awarded a state grant that is allowing us to develop a range of programs and events focusing on the veteran experience,” stated Mayor Cassidy.  “I encourage anyone interested in learning more about this important topic to join us for this informative panel discussion.”

For more information, call Mary Beth Barloga at 577-3992.

 

 
Meet a Real Life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:02

100914e6An original “Rosie the Riveter” will speak at the San Leandro Historical Society meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Little Brown Church, behind the Casa Peralta, 384 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.

Mary Torres of San Leandro will tell the story of how she left home in Donora, Pennsylvania right after high school in 1942 and took a Greyhound bus to California to work in the shipyards. She became a welder at Moore’s Shipyard in Oakland and today she’s a speaker at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.

Mary enjoys speaking and is happy to answer questions from anybody who wants to meet a real Rosie the Riveter. Admission is free. For more information, call 969-0975 (leave a message and someone will return your call), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.sanleandrohistory.org.

CAPTION: Mary Torres of San Leandro, an original Rosie the Riveter, will speak next Saturday at the San Leandro Historical Society.

SL TIMES FILE PHOTO


 
Teen Honored in Hollywood PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:40

100914n6A San Leandro teen recently received an award in Hollywood from Motown legend Berry Gordy.

The Heroes And Legends (HAL) Scholarship Foundation was created to aid youth and each year honorees are selected from a diverse group of candidates who have earned good grades and who exhibit an extraordinary amount of talent, drive and determination.

This year’s HAL Awards were presented at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller, 16, of San Leandro was honored and awarded with the Berry Gordy Family Foundation Scholarship for his work in the performing arts.

CAPTION: San Leandro resident Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller was honored by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES EARL-ROCKEFELLER


 
Trivia Bee: A Fun Night to Raise Funds for Project Literacy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:39

The San Leandro Library will host the 21st Annual Trivia Bee on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., with dinner and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and the Trivia Bee starting at 7:30 p.m.

This popular annual fundraiser allows great minds to gather to match wits and to raise money for the Project Literacy Program of the San Leandro Public Library.

The public can get involved in a number of ways, including sponsoring a team, becoming a team member, purchasing a dinner ticket, or purchasing a raffle ticket.

Contestants will be challenged with a variety of amazing trivia questions in a slow elimination down to the top teams, who will battle it out for first prize and the title of San Leandro Trivia Bee Champions. A drawing for prizes will also add to the fun.

The Trivia Bee raises funds for Project Literacy, which provides free tutoring, instructional materials, and support services for English-speaking adults age 16 and older who are assessed at 8th grade or below in reading level and want to improve reading, writing, and life skills.

“Teaching an adult to read leads them to an independent lifestyle that benefits our community as a whole, which is why this fundraiser is so vital to our continued service,” said library director Theresa Mallon.

Teams may be formed or sponsored for $350 and will receive three dinner tickets as well as recognition at the Main Library, in the event program and in subsequent communications. Dinner tickets also may be purchased for $25, which includes being a part of the cheering audience. Tickets may be purchased and teams may be registered at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., or the Manor Branch Library, 1241 Manor Blvd.

“Project Literacy changes lives and strengthens our community through helping adults learn to read and write,” stated Mayor Cassidy. “Let’s have fun at the Trivia Bee and support this great program.”

For more information, call Project Literacy Coordinator Cinda Mariscal at 577-3944.

 

 
Demos Club to Host Forum for San Leandro City Council Candidates PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:37

The Hayward Demos Democratic Club will host a Candidates’ Forum for everybody running for the San Leandro City Council and mayor on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

The following week, the Hayward Demos will host a forum for San Leandro school board candidates on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Main Library.

 

 

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