Community Calendar • 06-25-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:49

Read It • See It

The San Leandro History Museum, 320 West Estudillo Ave, will be showing the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version) today at 1:30 p.m. as part of the San Leandro Public Library Summer Reading Program. Rated G, 100 minutes.

Stepping Stones Center Celebration

Stepping Stones Growth Center, 311 Mac Arthur Blvd. in San Leandro, will have its 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 25, from noon to 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground, a barbecue lunch, games and more, free and open to the public. Later that evening, a $100-a-plate fundraising dinner will be served. Cocktails and hors d’oeuves begin at 6 p.m. with fine dining and a live art auction at 7 p.m. To RSVP for the dinner, call Stephenique Allen at 568-3331, ext. 2660 or email her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Stepping Stones Growth Center is a not-for-profit social services agency that was founded in 1975 by concerned parents of children with special needs.

Adult Summer Reading & Movie Night

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will have its first Adult Summer Reading Program and Movie Night on Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The library can’t publicize the title of the movie for some sort of legal reason, but here’s a hint: it’s a 1978 movie in which an alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero. For more information, call the library at 577-3971.

Hayward Historical Society Open House

The Hayward Area Historical Society Center for History & Culture, at 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward, celebrates its first anniversary with a community Open House on Saturday, June 27,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free admission to galleries, along with family art activities, interactive fun, games, and birthday cake. Learn more about  family programs, school tours, events, and community resources. The Cannery Cafe will be serving delicious food all day long. Bring family and friends!

106th Holy Ghost Celebration

I.D.E.S. of Saint John Inc. will start the festivities of its 106th Year of the Holy Ghost Celebration on Saturday, June 27, with a dance with music by Erminio Lemos at 7 p.m. at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 1670 Orchard Ave. in San Leandro. Presentatin of the new queens & officers at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 28, a Mass will be held at the hall at 10 a.m. and at 11:15 a.m. the parade will start. After the parade a meal of sopas e carne will be serve at the hall. A dance will be held at the hall at 4 p.m. featuring music by Erminio Lemos.

Pacific High School Reunion

The Alumni of Pacific High School of San Leandro invite you to the annual All Class Pacific High Reunion Picnic on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Leandro Marina Park, in the Seagull Picnic Area, across from the Monarch Bay Golf Course. Tickets are $15. Payment can be made online through PayPal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Note your first and last name and graduation year for your name tag and include guests, as well. Reservation forms can be found on Facebook. Search: Pacific High School, San Leandro. For more information, contact: Jean (Cookie) Colburn, 208 Owl Ct., Modesto, CA  95351.

Jr. Giants Baseball Program Registration

Jr. giants is a free, non-competitive, co-ed baseball program for youth, ages 6 to 14.  Learn the basics of baseball during the summer, along with self-esteem and respect. For information, please call 544-4315.  Register online by June 26 at www.jrgiants.org.

1st Southern Baptist Church Fundraiser

Huge parking lot fundraiser on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church, 15503 Usher St. in  San Lorenzo, across from WalMart on Hesperian Blvd. Lots of items for sale. For more information, call the church office at 276-3688.

Free Family Science Program

Come to a fun and educational program of hands-on science with scientists from the American Chemical Society on Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. The free activities may include making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, magic color changing experiments, and noisy projects that go bang. Open to all ages, but the activities are best for kids ages 4 and older. No registration needed, just drop by.

Knock Out Diabetes

Knock Out Diabetes, an event addressing the growing rate of type II diabetes in the Filipino community, will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kennel Boxing Gym, 3051 Teagarden St. in San Leandro. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. There will be boxing workshops, healthy Filipino food demonstrations, health screenings and community resources. Registraion for this free event is available at www.altabatessummit.org/KODiabetes. For more information, call 869-8223.

Let’s Go Fishing

Learn basic rigging, equipment, ethics, and ecology while hiking and fishing in San Francisco Bay on Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. All equipment provided. Meet at the Hayward Shoreline trailhead just beyond 3050 West Winton Avenue. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and must have a fishing license. Ages 6 and up may attend. The fee is $12 per person. For more information, call 670-7270 or visit www.haywardrec.org.

4th Sunday Breakfast for Veterans

American Legion Post 117 will host breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon every 4th Sunday of the month at the San Leandro Veterans Memorial Bldg., 1105 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. The menu will be eggs-to-order, bacon/sausage, hash browns, toast and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior and veterans, and $4 for children under 12. Everyone is welcome.

Boys & Girls Club Benefit

Drake’s Brewing Co., 1933 Davis St., building 177 (by WalMart), will have a beer tasting benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro on Friday, July 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. Taste from an array of micro brews in support of the club. A variety of food will be for sale, and live entertainment will be provided by BackBeat, playing the music of The Beatles. A $5 donation to the Boys & Girls Club is requested but not required for admission. Brew tasting is $15 and includes a Drake’s logo mug and three tokens. For more information, call 483-5581.

San Leandro Auditorium

San Leandro Players present King of the Monsters vs. Altair, Queen of Outer Space in a world premiere prequel to the Earth vs. Altair Trilogy. Learn the truth about the origins of the alien queen, what she wants, and witness her epic battle with a gigantic prehistoric monster in this off-the-wall comedy for the whole family. Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. July 18 through Aug. 16 at the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. For more information and reservations, call 895-2573. Tickets are from $20 to $15 and purchased online visit www.slplayers.org.

C. V. Center for the Arts

Lighten Up with Brian
Copeland,
an evening of fun and laughter as stand-up comedian, playwright, author and talk show host Brian Copeland brings a few of his funniest friends to entertain you, on Saturday, July 18,  at 7:30 p.m., at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. Recommended for audiences 14 years and above. Tickets are from $12 to $30. You can purchase tickets at the Center box office or call 889-8961 Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

 
Scholars to Speak On Macau at Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:18

Former Portuguese colony was turned over to China 15 years ago

061815n5By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Two scholars will give a talk on the history and recent developments in Macau at the San Leandro Main Library on Monday, June 22, at 11 a.m.

Macau, a peninsula 40 miles west of Hong Kong, was transferred from Portugal to China 15 years ago. Portugal established Macau as a trading post in 1557 and it became a meeting point between East and West.

The Jesuits established the College of St. Paul in Macau, the first Western college in the Far East, and helped introduce Western science, math and astronomy to the Chinese.

Dr. Roy Eric Xavier, president of the International Macanese Alliance, and Professor Ming K. Chan from Stanford University will speak. Macanese food and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

The talk was organized by Art and Mandy Britto, owners of Mandy’s jewelry shop in downtown San Leandro. Art and Mandy are of Portuguese decent, born in Hong Kong and have an understanding of Portuguese and Chinese culture.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Mandy’s, the shop they opened in downtown Oakland in 1975 and moved to San Leandro in 1991.

CAPTION: Mandy and Art Britto who have Mandy’s Jewelers in downtown San Leandro are hosting a talk about Macau by two experts on the subject.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
Come to the Stepping Stones 40th Anniversary PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:17

Stepping Stones Growth Center, 311 MacArthur Blvd. in San Leandro, will have its 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 25, from noon to 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground, a barbeque lunch, games and more, free and open to the public.

Later that evening, a $100-a-plate fundraising dinner will be served.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuves begin at 6 p.m. with fine dining and a live art auction at 7 p.m.

To RSVP for the dinner, call Stephenique Allen at 568-3331, ext. 2660 or email her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Stepping Stones Growth Center is a not-for-profit social services agency that was founded in 1975 by concerned parents of children with special needs.

 

 
Always Dreaming Team Bocce Ball Tournament PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:16

A team with the unlikely name of Always Dreaming prevailed over twelve other teams, including one from the George Mark House itself, at the June 6 Buon Tempo Club-hosted 6th Annual George Mark Children’s House Benefit Bocce Tournament.

Team members John Anderson, Ed Ciminella, Matt Porter, and Shorty Harrell easily outscored “The Four H’s” team of Ron Haslam, Charles Hayes, Lowell Hickey, and Ron Sarti in the final game to take top prize. Third place went to the “Four Paesanos,” a team of four Italian men, Dick Dianda, Bruce Tobia, Rich de Luca, and Al Bronzini.

The tournament raised over $2,000 for the George Mark Children’s House, a unique facility in San Leandro for the palliative care of terminally ill children and giving respite to their caregivers. It depends mostly on donations to continue operating. It is the only facility of its type in the United States. To date these annual Boun Tempo Club hosted tournaments have raised over $10,000 for the George Mark House.

 

 
Community Calendar • 06-18-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:03

Palma Ceia Baptist Church Festival

The Palma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Ruus Road in Hayward, will host its 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a budget-friendly event for the whole family with food, music, a kid’s play zone and vendors. This year is the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Juneteenth Celebration in Texas on June 19, 1865 when Gen. Gordon Granger entered Galvaston Harbor and announced that the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. For more information, call 786-2866.

14th Summer Sport Collectors Show

The Meridians of St. Leander’s are sponsoring their 14th Annual Summer Sport Collectors Show on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Leander’s Ryan O’Connell Church Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia from the 1880s to 2015 will be on sale. Proceeds from the show will benefit St. Leander’s parish and local charities. Door prizes will be given away. General admission is $4, those 5 and under or adults over 65 is $2. For more information, call 538-6245.

Soroptimist 2nd Annual Garage Sale

The Soroptimist’s 2nd annual garage sale is this Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3841 Somerset Ave. in  Castro Valley (between Redwood Rd. and Santa Maria Ave.) Lots of household items, children’s toys, furniture, clothes and shoes. All at great garage sale prices.  All proceeds given back to the community. For more information, call Lynn Levin at 593-7377.

Mission Bay Men’s and Women’s Club

The Mission Bay Men’s and Women’s Club is having a Hawaiian Dinner on Saturday, June 20, at 5 p.m. at Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro.  Tickets are $6 and must be purchased by 5 p.m. on June 17. No tickets sold at the door. Chicken teriyaki, pulled pork, musubi, macaroni salad, rice, fresh fruit dessert will be served.  Limited seating.  For more information, call Sue at 863-2925.

Memorial Park Concerts

The 40 piece Hayward Municipal Band, under the direction of Kathy Morelli Maier, will open its 59th summer concert series, on Fathers’s Day, Sunday,  June 21, at 2:30 p.m., on the Tony Morelli Band Stand in Memorial Park, 24176 Mission Blvd. in Hayward behind the Hayward Plunge. Bring your family and friends, picnic lunch, lawn chair or blanket and enjoy classical, popular, big band, jazz, musicals, latin and more. The free concerts will continue each Sunday through July 19. For more information, visit www.haywardmunicipalband.com.

History of Macau China at S.L. Library

Dr. Roy Eric Xavier, president of the International Macanese Alliance, and Professor Ming K. Chan from Stanford University will give a talk on the history and recent developments in Macau, China on Monday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Macau was transferred from Portugal to China 15 years ago. Macanese food and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Magic Show at San Leandro Library

See a comedy magic show with Perry Yan on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Perry is a family entertainer, incorporating plenty of comedy to keep you laughing while his sleight of hand magic will leave you in awe. All ages are welcome at this Family Fun Night. Refreshments will be served after the show. For more information, call 577-3960.

Stepping Stones Center Celebration

Stepping Stones Growth Center, 311 Mac Arthur Blvd. in San Leandro, will have its 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 25, from noon to 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground, a barbecue lunch, games and more, free and open to the public. Later that evening, a $100-a-plate fundraising dinner will be served. Cocktails and hors d’oeuves begin at 6 p.m. with fine dining and a live art auction at 7 p.m. To RSVP for the dinner, call Stephenique Allen at 568-3331, ext. 2660 or email her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Stepping Stones Growth Center is a not-for-profit social services agency that was founded in 1975 by concerned parents of children with special needs.

Pacific High School Reunion

The Alumni of Pacific High School of San Leandro invite you to the annual All Class Pacific High Reunion Picnic on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Leandro Marina Park, in the Seagull Picnic Area, across from the Monarch Bay Golf Course. Tickets are $15. Payment can be made online through PayPal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Note your first and last name and graduation year for your name tag and include guests, as well. Reservation forms can be found on Facebook. Search: Pacific High School, San Leandro. For more information, contact: Jean (Cookie) Colburn, 208 Owl Ct., Modesto, CA  95351.

Jr. Giants Baseball Program Registration

Jr. giants is a free, non-competitive, co-ed baseball program for youth, ages 6 to 14.  Learn the basics of baseball during the summer, along with self-esteem and respect. For information, please call 544-4315.  Register online by June 26 at www.jrgiants.org.

1st Southern Baptist Church Fundraiser

Huge parking lot fundraiser on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church, 15503 Usher St. in  San Lorenzo, across from WalMart on Hesperian Blvd. Lots of items for sale. For more information, call the church office at 276-3688.

Free Family Science Program

Come to a fun and educational program of hands-on science with scientists from the American Chemical Society on Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. The free activities may include making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, magic color changing experiments, and noisy projects that go bang. Open to all ages, but the activities are best for kids ages 4 and older. No registration needed, just drop by.

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.

 
Digital Work Added to this Year’s Festival of Fine Art PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:54

The San Leandro Art Association has added a new category of art for this year’s festival – digitial creations: composite photo, digital painting and drawing.

The digital work will be on display at the 56th Annual Festival of Fine Art on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Peralta, 384 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.

Entries for the show can be turned in on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Peralta.

The other art categories are: oil and acrylics, watercolor/watermedia, photography and 3-dimensional art (procelain, pottery and sculpture).

Information about entry forms, fees and prize award amounts can be found at slartassociation.org.

 

 
Free Lunch at SLz Schools PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:53

The San Lorenzo Unified School District announced its “Summer Feeding Program.” Children 18 and younger are eligible for a free lunch throughout the summer from the program.

Lunches will be available at Bay Elementary School, 2001 Bockman Road in San Lorenzo, Monday through Friday from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. from June 18 to July 15.Lunches will be at Edendale Middle School, 16160 Ashland Ave. in San Lorenzo, Monday through Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. from June 18 to July 15.

 

 
Library to Show 'Magic Flute' Film by SF Opera PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:10

A one-hour movie, created by the San Francisco Opera and based on their  production of The Magic Flute for Families, will be shown on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

The movie is a way for children to learn about  opera. This English language version of Mozart’s opera tells the charming story of a prince and a bird catcher’s journey to rescue a beautiful princess.

The performance is recommended for ages 4 and older. The screening will include a live introduction by an artist with the SF Opera. The program is free and open to the public.

Free tickets may be picked up from any SL library branch. For more information, call the Children’s Desk at 577-3960.

 

 
Swalwell to Speak in Castro Valley PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:09

Congressman Eric Swalwell will speak about what Congress is doing about climate change, campaign finance reform and income inequality at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters Eden Area at noon on Saturday, June 13, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave.

 

 
Blues Caravan to Play Hayward Street Party PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:07

Music and classic cars will be on hand for the Third Thursday Street Party in downtown Hayward on Thursday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Bay Area Blues Caravan of All Stars and the Tablues Blues Band will play at the street party on B Street between Foothill Boulevard and City Hall.

Hot rods and classic cars will also be on display, along with arts and crafts, games, a variety of food trucks, and a beer and wine garden.

This is the first of three street parties in Hayward this summer. Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces will play on July 16, and Patron will play on Aug. 20.

 

 
Community Calendar • 06-11-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:59

S. L. Hospital Volunteers Jewelry Sale

The San Leandro Hospital volunteers will host a $5 jewelry sale at San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th St., San Leandro, on the 2nd floor conference room, on Thursday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, June 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This special event includes unique costume jewelry, watches and gift items – all for $5 each.  All proceeds benefit volunteer-sponsored programs of San Leandro Hospital.

League of Women Voters

Congressman Eric Swalwell will speak about what Congress is doing about climate change, campaign finance reform and income inequality at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters Eden Area at noon on Saturday, June 13, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave.

San Leandro Creek Cleanup

Volunteers are needed to help cleanup the San Leandro Creek, individuals, families or service groups, are welcomed on Saturday, June 13, at Root Park in San Leandro from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 577-6069 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hearing Loss Association Meeting

The Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, June 13, at the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fabiola Bldg., 3801 Howe St., on the lower level, conference room G26. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Marissa Musso. There will also be a potluck since June will be the last meeting until September. Please bring finger food to share.  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.

Fargo Senior Center Yard Sale

Find an assortment of original art and craft items as well as household goods at the yearly Fargo Senior Center’s yard sale on Saturday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fargo
Senior Center, 868 Fargo Ave. in San Leandro.

St. Gerard Women’s Club Fashion Show

The St. Gerard Women’s Club of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in San Lorenzo presents “Steppin’ Out In Style” Fashion Show and Salad Bar Luncheon on Saturday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Gym located at 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.  In addition to a lovely salad bar lunch, fashions will be featued from Draper’s & Damon’s department store.  Fabulous door prizes and raffle items are included and the cost is $12. For more information, call Susan at 276-7239 or Carol at 248-9367.

Screening of The Times of Harvey Milk

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will host a screening of the film The Times of Harvey Milk, on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. The film received an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1984 and was deemed culturally and historically significant by the United States Library of Congress. The program is part of LGBT Pride Month.

Daddy Daughter Dinner & Dance

Striving Black Brothers Coalition and Revelation Christian Fellowship will host a Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chabot College Event Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward. Tickets are $25 per couple, $10 for each additional young lady. Purchase tickets by June 14.  For tickets, contact Desiree at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ayanna at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Complimentary photo, dinner, games and prizes.

Palma Ceia Baptist Church Festival

The Palma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Ruus Road in Hayward, will host its 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a budget-friendly event for the whole family with food, music, a kid’s play zone and vendors. This year is the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Juneteenth Celebration in Texas on June 19, 1865 when Gen. Gordon Granger entered Galvaston Harbor and announced that the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. For more information, call 786-2866.

Mission Bay Men’s and Women’s Club

The Mission Bay Men’s and Women’s Club is having a Hawaiian Dinner on Saturday, June 20, at 5 p.m. at Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro.  Tickets are $6 and must be purchased by 5 p.m. on June 17. No tickets sold at door. Chicken teriyaki, pulled pork, musubi, macaroni salad, rice, fresh fruit dessert will be served.  Limited seating.  For more information, call Sue at 863-2925.

Pacific High School Reunion

The Alumni of Pacific High School of San Leandro invite you to the annual All Class Pacific High Reunion Picnic on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Leandro Marina Park, in the Seagull Picnic Area, across from the Monarch Bay Golf Course. Tickets are $15. Payment can be made online through PayPal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Note your first and last name and graduation year for your name tag and include guests, as well. Reservation forms can be found on Facebook. Search: Pacific High School, San Leandro. For more information, contact: Jean (Cookie) Colburn, 208 Owl Ct., Modesto, CA  95351.

160th Holy Ghost Celebration

I.D.E.S. of Saint John Inc. will start the festivities of its 106th Year of the Holy Ghost Celebration on Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 1670 Orchard Ave. in San Leandro. On Sunday, June 28, a Mass will be held at the hall at 10 a.m. and at 11:15 a.m. the parade will start. After the parade a meal of sopas e carne will be serve at the hall. A dance will be held at the hall at 4 p.m. featuring music by Erminio Lemos.

14th Summer Sport Collectors Show

The Meridians of St. Leander’s are sponsoring their 14th Annual Summer Sport Collectors Show on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Leander’s Ryan O’Connell Church Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, across from the San Leandro B.A.R.T. station. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia from the 1880’s to 2015 will be on sale. Proceeds from the show will benefit St.Leander’s parish and local charities. Door prizes will be given away. General admission is $4, those 5 and under or adults over 65 is $2. For more information, call 538-6245.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

The Skin of Our Teeth, Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about the Antrobus Family and the whole human race at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. 3rd St. in Hayward. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. matinees on  June 14. Tickets are $29,  discounts available for seniors, students, TBA, KQED members, and groups of 10 or more.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

4th Annual Playwrights’ Cagematch, will be presented on Monday, June 15, at 8 p.m.  at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. 3rd St. in Hayward. Five playwrights square off and the audience will vote by token to determine the winner. Each entrant has 20 minutes and a cast of no more than four characters. This is a free event. Tokens are $5. For more info, call 510-881-6777 or visit www.dmtonline.org

Spring Members Show

Works by members of the Hayward Arts Council will be on display through July 10 at Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to the public.

Oakland E B Symphony Bach & Brew

Beer, food and music will be on tap for the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s second annual Bach & Brew event on Saturday, June 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Drake’s Brewery, building 177, 1933 Davis St. in San Leandro. A $50 pre-sold Symphony Six-pack package includes three beer tokens, a souvenir pint glass and a Drake’s t-shirt. The event is free and open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Young Peoples’ Concerts. Tickets may be ordered in advance at www.oebs.org/bachandbrew. Purchasers must be 21.  For more information, visit www.oebs.org/bachandbrew.

Photo Central Gallery

The world premier of new photographs from vintage negatives of famed photographer Bill Owens is on display at Photo Central, 1099 E St. in Hayward, through June 13.The exhibition is in both the upper and lower galleries at Photo Central. The upper gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both upper and lower galleries are open Monday from 5 to 10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Leandro Art Association

Paintings by members of the San Leandro Art Association are on display now through the month of August at the San Leandro Community Senior Center, 13909 East 14 Street. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm. For more information call 577-3462 or 635-5129.

 

 
Head East if You Want to Pick Cherries PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 18:08

060415e3By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

The cherry orchards that once thrived in San Leandro are a thing of the past, so if the Cherry Festival has got you in the mood to pick some of this city’s signature fruit, your best option is to travel about an hour east and pick plenty in Brentwood.

There are well over 40 cherry orchards in Brentwood, most so close to each other that you can hit more than one farm on your visit.

Take I-580 east to the Vasco Road exit in Livermore, then head north on Vasco and soon you’ll see signs for the farms. You can’t miss them and maps to the various “you pick” orchards are available at each stand. Head out first thing in the morning (lots of farms are at capacity by noon on busy weekends), pack a picnic lunch, and watch out for the roosters that are known to wander around.

And if you want to pick cherries, now is the time – cherry season is typically May through June, but a lot of the farms are already “sold out” so sooner is better than later.

Most of the farms have the popular Bing cherries people are used to, but if you are feeling adventurous, there are Rainiers, Champagnes, and Brooks cherries too.

And if you miss out on the short cherry season, there are also farms that will let you pick or buy everything from sweet corn to peaches , strawberries, boysenberries, apricots, peas, and more.

At most of the farms the cherries will be about $3.50 a pound. Not much cheaper than the grocery store, but when you pick them yourself, somehow they just end up tasting better.

If you visit, forget about the fog that’s making the past few weeks unseasonably cool near the Bay – it is hot in Brentwood, about 15 degrees warmer than San Leandro and picking fruit is hard work, so dress cool and bring sunscreen.

CAPTION: Sisters Emily, Alexandra, Abigail, and Madeleine Cardenas picked cherries at an orchard in Brentwood. San Leandro used to have cherry orchards, which inspired the Cherry Festival, but nowadays, if you want to pick the fruit yourself you’ll have to head east.


 

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