Tribute Concert Honors Jenny Lin This Friday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:34

073114eBy Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

The Jenny Lin Foundation is holding their 20th-annual free summer youth concert tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabot College Auditorium.

More than 300 students, ages 12 to 18, have spent the past six weeks studying at the Jenny Lin Summer Music camp at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley and will perform at the event, which will be hosted by local news anchor Cheryl Jennings.

“It’s always quite a community event and a good concert as well as a way to remember Jenny,” said John Lin, her father.

The music camp students received free tuition from the foundation and they are from San Leandro and all over the East Bay.

Last May marked the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Canyon Middle School student Jenny Lin, and the crime remains unsolved.

Jenny’s father, John Lin, arrived home from work on the evening of May 27, 1994 and found his daughter’s body on the bathroom floor – she had been tied up and stabbed multiple times.

There was no known motive for the crime, nothing had been stolen from the home and the Lins had no enemies.

So the case quickly went cold despite a large amount of public interest in the seemingly random murder.

In 2006, investigators caught a break in the case when a man serving a life sentence in Oregon for another murder began confessing to other killings throughout the West Coast in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

Although police identified that man, Alexander Sebastian Shaw, as a person of interest in Lin’s death, he has not been named as the killer due to lack of evidence.

The Lin family puts on the concert every year because Jenny was an accomplished viola player at Canyon Middle School and as a member of the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra.

073114e2John Lin says she loved to perform and her memory lives on through music.

“It’s been 20 years and she is still always on our minds,” said John Lin. “She loved music, and we look forward to the concert every year as a way to reach out to the community.”

The concert will feature symphonic, orchestral and choral performances.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward.

CAPTION 1: More than 300 musicians performed at the concert last year.

CAPTION 2: Tomorrow, Aug. 1, the Jenny Lin Foundation is putting on their 20th-annual concert in tribute to Jenny Lin who was murdered in her Castro Valley home at age 14. The crime remains unsolved.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN LIN


 
‘Catch Me’ Opens Next Week PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:32

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PHOTO BY KATHY KAHN

Frank Abagnale, Jr., played by Nikita Burshteyn, leads the glamorous life by conning his way as a pilot, and charming stewardesses (from left) Allison Naganuma, Elizabeth Peterson, Ashley Cowl and Harmony Livingston in the dance musical “Catch Me If You Can.”

A high-energy musical version of the popular motion picture “Catch Me If You Can” makes its Bay Area debut under the stars next week at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheatre.

The show is adapted from the 1980 autobiography of Frank Abagnale, Jr. who, as a teenager, ran away from home in search of the glamorous life, successfully posing as several different high-level professionals.

In the movie, Abagnale was portrayed by Leonardo DeCaprio. His FBI pursuer, Carl Hanratty, was played by Tom Hanks.

The stage show, being presented by Producers Associates’ Woodminster Summer Musicals, tells the story in a series of musical flashbacks with a live orchestra.

“We’re really excited to be the first Bay Area company to produce ‘Catch Me If You Can,’” says director Joel Schlader. “This show is just pure fun – it’s a splashy, high-energy trip back to the ’60s. This is a full-on dance show, and we’ve got a cast that’s definitely up to it.”

The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, but the final dress rehearsal “preview” will be open to the public on Aug. 7 with all tickets at $18 at the door, and seating on a first-come, first-choice basis.

For tickets ($28 to $59), call 510-531-9597 or visit www.woodminster.com.

Woodminster Amphitheater is in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, in the Oakland Hills.

 

 
Bestselling Science Writer Sam Kean to Speak at Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:31

073114e4Sam Kean, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, will speak on Wednesday Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Kean will talk about the incredible stories of science featured in his book, and explain science in an approachable way. A question-and-answer session will follow, time permitting.

Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a child, and presently works as a writer based out of Washington, D.C.  His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Science Magazine, and has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab” and “All Things Considered.”

About The Disappearing Spoon, Publisher’s Weekly declared: “With a constant flow of fun facts bubbling to the surface, Kean writes with wit, flair, and authority in a debut that will delight even general readers.”

This program is being presented as part of San Leandro Reads, a city-wide program.

For more information, call the San Leandro Main Library Information Desk at 577-3971.

 

 
Community Calendar • 07-31-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:28

81st Annual Dahlia Show

The San Leandro Dahlia Society is having its 81st Annual Dahlia Show in the Karp Room of the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sunday Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. See hundreds of different types of this amazing flower. The dahlia is the official flower of the City of San Leandro as well as San Francisco. The show is free to the public.

Rummage Sale

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 294 Broadmoor Blvd. in San Leandro, will have its annual rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Large-sized clothing will be included.

Bunny Adoption

The Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court in Hayward will have a bunny adoption on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., showcasing rabbits from rescue groups from all over the Bay Area. Get answers to your rabbit questions. Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him/her a bunny friend. Free nail trims for visiting rabbits. For more information, call 293-7200.

Saturday Matinees at the Museum

Come and celebrate James Baldwin’s 90th birthday. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, a film about the passionate, intellectual and courageous writing of James Baldwin will be screened for free at the San Leandro History Museum, 320 West Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 577-3990.

Reader’s Roundtable

The San Leandro Library Readers Roundtable book club will meet at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday,  August 2, at 2 p.m. to discuss My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, and journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Festival

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, at 2500 Bermuda Ave. in San Leandro,  will hold its 3rd annual church festival on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hosts for this year’s festival will be Fe De Los Reyes and  Christina Medalla and one of the guests will be Ellona Santiago, of “X Factor” fame. There will be plenty of fun and food, entertainment, line dancing, belly dancing and Zumba, vendors booths, raffle tickets, bingo, jumper and games for kids. For more information, call Beth Garcia at 861-1753.

National Night Out

The Alameda County Sheriff’s office will have a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. The Sheriff’s Office will have their static display for the public, fingerprinting will be available for kids, and  a free dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. National Night Out is an annual event encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and law enforcement in support of local anti-crime programs.

“Odyssey” Fabric Creations

“Odyssey” Fabric Creations by Sew ’n’ Sews, a mini-group within the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, is on display at Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward until Aug. 7. A public reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Evening of Indian Music

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will host an evening of Indian music on Thursday, Aug. 7,  from 7 to 8 p.m. A trio of musicians from the Sangati Center will perform, drawing from the traditional music of India. Sangati Center concerts are distinguished by being presented strictly acoustically, with nothing amplified or plugged in, and with humans rather than electricity being solely responsible for the sound. The music recalls an age-old approach where musicianship retains the focus in lieu of elaborate production.For more information, call the Main Library at 577-3971.

Comedy Night at Bayfair

Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th St., will have a Community Comedy Night on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring five local comedians, including headliner Mark Pitta, an Arroyo High grad and host of “Totally Hidden Video.” Restaurants and retailers will also offer free samples and specials that night. Bring the family to a night of laughs, fun and freebees.

Smart Phones and Tablet Workshop

Technology expert Kit Duggan will be at the San Lorenzo Library, 16032 Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with all your gadgets, whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, digital camera or MP3 player. Drop-ins are welcome. All programs at the library are free. There will be a job builder program on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., covering applications, resumes and research. Computer classes are on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pacific High Class of ’79 Reunion

The Pacific High School class of 1979 will hold its reunion at the Oakland Airport Hilton, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, on Saturday, August 9, from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be dinner, DJ dancing and No-Host Bar. Cost for 1 person if paid before July 1 is $85, if paid after July 1, $100. Special rate hotel rooms available on-site. Class of ‘79 Reunion hotline is 351-9345, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to www.PacificHighVikings.com.

Italian Luncheon Fundraiser

The Bishop Burse Fundraiser Italian Luncheon, hosted by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, will be on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Felicitas Parish’s Monsignor McGinty Hall, 1650 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro with entertainment and prizes. Donation of $15 is asked. RSVP by July 31 to Kim by calling 940-5949.

Salads Galore Luncheon

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, presents “Around the World Salads Galore” salad luncheon on Monday, Aug. 18, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. All proceeds benefit scholarships. The club will travel the world by bringing artifacts from different countries. Bring your souvenirs to showcase. For reservations, call 483-1018 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
The Night of the Iguana PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:52

072414eThe San Leandro Players are putting on The Night of the Iguana, a Tennessee Williams classic.

The play focuses on a diverse group of people – including a priest, a widow, a poet and a seductress – who meet up in a shabby hotel in a jungle in Mexico.

The Night of the Iguana
runs weekends through Aug. 17. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, students and TBA members.

The San Leandro Players perform at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. For tickets, call 895-2573 or order online at www.slplayers.org.

CAPTION: Robert Mueller as Shannon, and Martina Lawson as Charlotte.


 
Meet Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:48

Attend “Splashdown 45” aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26, honoring the 45th anniversary of the first time humans walked on the moon.

Greet one of them, astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The daring, safe recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts and their spacecraft was accomplished by the USS Hornet, which is docked at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda. A reception will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.uss-hornet.org

 
Community Calendar • 07-24-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:46

Saturday Matinees at the Museum

Come and celebrate James Baldwin’s 90th birthday. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, a film about the passionate, intellectual and courageous writing of James Baldwin will be screened for free at the San Leandro History Museum, 320 West Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 577-3990.

Reader’s Roundtable

The San Leandro Library Readers Roundtable book club will meet at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday,  August 2, at 2 p.m. to discuss My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, and journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Festival

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, at 2500 Bermuda Ave. in San Leandro,  will hold its 3rd annual church festival on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This fundraiser will help  to raise funds for the structure upgrades to comply with insurance codes and guidelines. The hosts for this year’s festival will be Fe De Los Reyes and  Christina Medalla and one of the guests will be Ellona Santiago, of “X Factor” fame. There will be plenty of fun and food, entertainment, line dancing, belly dancing and Zumba, vendors booths, raffle tickets, bingo, jumper and games for kids. Tantalizing food like barbecue skewers, adobo, lumpia,  pancit as well as well as  chicken, bibingka, turon, halo-halo, cupcakes and other home-baked goods will be available. For more information, call Beth Garcia at 861-1753.

National Night Out

The Alameda County Sheriff’s office will have a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. The Sheriff’s Office will have their static display for the public, fingerprinting will be available for kids, and  a free dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. National Night Out is an annual event encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and law enforcement in support of local anti-crime programs.

An Evening of Indian Music

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will host an evening of Indian music on Thursday, Aug. 7,  from 7 to 8 p.m. A trio of musicians from the Sangati Center will perform, drawing from the traditional music of India. Sangati Center concerts are distinguished by being presented strictly acoustically, with nothing amplified or plugged in, and with humans rather than electricity being solely responsible for the sound. The music recalls an age-old approach where musicianship retains the focus in lieu of elaborate production. For more information, call the Main Library at 577-3971.

“Odyssey” Fabric Creations

“Odyssey” Fabric Creations by Sew ’n’ Sews, a mini-group within the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, is on display at Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward until Aug. 7. A public reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Smart Phones and Tablet Workshop

Technology expert Kit Duggan will be at the San Lorenzo Library, 16032 Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with all your gadgets, whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, digital camera or MP3 player. Drop-ins are welcome. All programs at the library are free. There will be a job builder program on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., covering applications, resumes and research. Computer classes are on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pacific High Class of ’79 Reunion

The Pacific High School class of 1979 will hold its reunion at the Oakland Airport Hilton, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, on Saturday, August 9, from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be dinner, DJ dancing and No-Host Bar. Cost for 1 person if paid before July 1 is $85, if paid after July 1, $100. Special rate hotel rooms available on-site. Class of ‘79 Reunion hotline is 351-9345, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to www.PacificHighVikings.com.

Italian Luncheon Fundraiser

The Bishop Burse Fundraiser Italian Luncheon, hosted by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, will be on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Felicitas Parish’s Monsignor McGinty Hall, 1650 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro with entertainment and prizes. Donation of $15 is asked. RSVP by July 31 to Kim by calling 940-5949.

“Second Saturday Artists”

“Second Saturday Artists” will exhibit and sell their original handcrafted art and artifacts at Absolutely Beautiful by Abeba, 163 Pelton Center Way in San Leandro, on Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Absolutely Beautiful by Abeba is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All-Class Reunion/Bond Measure Update

The San Leandro High and Pacific High All-Class Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 23, will feature campus tours, entertainment, a barbecue and a rivalry football game between former Pirates and Pacific High Vikings. The reunion will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SLHS, 2200 Bancroft Ave. Tours will be given of the Performing Arts Center, the Fred Korematsu 9th Grade Campus, and the remodeled tech shops, fields and pool to show the improvements made by the projects funded by Measure M and Measure B. The day is a reunion but everyone is welcome to attend to see where your tax dollars have gone. The event is a joint effort of both the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation and SLED. To R.S.V.P., call 244-4987 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Afternoons at the S.L. History Museum

The San Leandro History Museum, 320 West Estudillo Avenue, is offering some learning activities for children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. during the months of July and August. Kids can experience an old-fashioned schoolroom center complete with turn-of-the-century games and more. For more information call Mary Beth Barloga at 577-3992.

 

 
Art Fest Opens Saturday at the Casa PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:45

071714eThe San Leandro Art Association’s 55th Annual Festival of Fine Art will be celebrated this weekend at the Casa Peralta, 384 W. Estudillo Ave.

The art show will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The festival annually features judged exhibits of adult and children’s artwork, a large art sale of original works, matted works and cards. Other offerings include crafts, music, refreshments, and children’s art activities, so the show offers something for everyone.

Enjoy artwork in a garden setting at the historic Casa Peralta. This year’s festival showcases close to 200 works in an array of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastels, colored pencil, computer graphics, photography and three-dimensional art.

The music on both Saturday and Sunday will be provided by The James Brothers Band – Lucas and Nick James on guitar.

The judges gave the Best of Show award to “Golden Wetlands” a graphics and mixed media piece by Sarah Schneider. All the entries and award winners will be on display this weekend at the Casa Peralta.


 
Bands Set to Rock and Roll at Hayward Street Party Tonight PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:43

071714e2The next downtown Hayward Summer Street Party will be tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 to 8:30  p.m. with bands on four stages, a classic car show, street entertainers and food.

Tonight’s party includes the Santana style music of Zebop, the reggae and island soul band Native Elements, the classic rockabilly of the Royal Deuces, and perennial street party favorites The Diehards.

Kids entertainment includes face painters, pony rides and games. Adults can enjoy hundred hot rods and classic cars on Main Street and beverages in the beer gardens.

CAPTION: Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces will play again at this month’s downtown Hayward street party, tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 on B Street.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES

 
Play That Examines SL Murderer Returns PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:48

San Leandro native Brian Copeland’s newest play The Scion is beginning another run at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco this weekend.

Delivered with Copeland’s signature style, The Scion skillfully tiptoes the line between comedy and tragedy, adding a dash of humor to this riveting ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter.

Copeland addresses issues of privilege via the story of Stuart Alexander, who murdered three FDA meat inspectors at his small sausage business on Washington Avenue in the year 2000.

The Scion runs  at 5 p.m. Saturdays July 19 through Aug. 23 at the Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco.

Tickets are $30- $35, $60 to $100 reserved. For tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org.

 

 
An Evening of Indian Music at the Main Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:52

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will host an evening of Indian music on Thursday, Aug. 7,  from 7 to 8 p.m.

A trio of musicians from the Sangati Center will perform, drawing from the traditional music of India.

Sangati Center concerts are distinguished by being presented strictly acoustically, with nothing amplified or plugged in, and with humans rather than electricity being solely responsible for the sound.

The music recalls an age-old approach where musicianship retains the focus in lieu of elaborate production. For more information, call the Main Library at 577-3971.

 

 
Technology Expert Says He Can Fix the Thingamajigger PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:53

Technology expert Kit Duggan will be at the San Lorenzo Library, 16032 Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with all your gadgets, whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, digital camera or MP3 player.

Drop-ins are welcome. All programs at the library are free. There will be a job builder program on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., covering applications, resumes and research. Computer classes are on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

 

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