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PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBBIE CABRAL-HALLIDAY

San Leandrans, including the San Leandro High cheerleaders, didn’t let a little drizzle get in the way of their fun in kicking off the holiday season at “It’s a Wonderful Night” Friday, Dec. 5. People came downtown to enjoy carriage rides, hot chocolate, performances by the DC Dancers and carols from the San Leandro Players.


 
Community Calendar • 12-18-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:09

’Tis the Season Boutique

Come to the Tis the Season Boutique at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro, on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a variety of local crafters and vendors. Free gift bags for the first 100 shoppers. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit: www.TheDazzlingEventsDiva.com.

The Christmas Story at 3 Crosses Church

The Christmas Story, a musical by the Church at the 3 Crosses, 20600 John Drive in Castro Valley,  will be presented in a Broadway stage setting on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m.; on Dec. 18, 19, 21 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.For tickets ($5 suggested donation), visit www.3crosses.org or call 510-537-4690 or stop by the Church’s Cafe 4 or Bookstore from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre Open House

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, will host an open house for some good cheer and fun in celebration of the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be in residence all afternoon and children of all ages are invited to stop by and share their wish lists. Enjoy tours of the theatre, warm cider and cookies, carol singing, and seasonal stories. The open house will also feature a naturalist and animal friends from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in the lobby from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Jewelry Box

Brian Copeland will perform his solo show, The Jewelry Box, on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the San Leandro High Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. The
O. Henry-like tale follows Brian as a 6-year-old in the 1970s as he tries to earn $11.97 to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, or $30 for the family special, two adults and two children. The 1-hour show is presented by the San Leandro Historical Society. Meet Brian and enjoy refreshments after the play.

Santa at the Fire House

Visit Santa at fire house No. 9, 450 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take a picture with Santa on an antique fire engine, get the latest holiday safety information, have some milk and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, sing carols, and listen to firefighters read their favorite holiday story, A Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas. A $10 donation per photo is optional. Proceeds go to supporting the Alameda County Firefighters Holiday Toy Drive and a scholarship in the memory of Craig Alaniz. For more information, call Aisha Knowles at 632-3473 ext. 1320 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bethel Presbyterian Services

The Bethel Community Presbyterian Church, 14235 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro, will have  “A Blue Christmas Service” on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. This service is for reflection and remembering. The Christmas Eve service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

Santa Claus at Bayfair Center

Santa Claus will greet children and pose for photos at Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th St. in San Leandro, through Dec. 24.  Several other festivities will also take place in December including Dickens carolers, holiday fairies, festive music, face painting, balloon making and more.

Christmas at Badarikashrama

Badarikashrama (buh-da-reek-ash-rama), a Hindu religious and cultural center at 15602 Maubert Ave. in San Leandro, is inviting everyone to a Christmas celebration on Thursday, Dec. 25, at 3 p.m. Festivities include an international vegetarian dinner, accompanied by Indian classical classical music. The event is free and open to all. It is wheelchair accessible and all voluntary donations will help support rural education for children in India. Founder Swami Omkarananda will conduct prayers for world peace.

4th Sunday Breakfast for Veterans

American Legion Post 117 will be offering 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.

I.D.E.S. of Saint John Crab Feed

The I.D.E.S of Saint John, 1670 Orchard Ave., San Leandro, will have its annual hot and cold crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 3. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., raffle at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call Helder Quadros at 357-5846 or Willie Calvo at 207-6326.

Project Compassion for the Homeless

New Life Church, 890 Fargo Ave. in San Leandro is inviting the homeless to its annual free Christmas dinner on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. They will also be giving away backpacks to the homeless filled with items to help with basic needs.

S.L. Boys & Girls Club Crab Feed

The San Leandro Boys & Girls Club is selling tickets now for its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and French bread. The event is assigned seating only and sells out early, so purchase your now. For tickets or more information, call Bob Glotch at the Boys & Girls Club at 483-5581 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Proceeds support the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club.

Alta Mira Crab Feed

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, is having its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 17. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m with crab (or chicken if ordered), bread, salad, pasta and dessert. Tickets are $45. For more information, call Carol Libbrecht at 305-5393.

 

 
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Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:49

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

A new film festival is about to kick off its inaugural year this Sunday, just a short jump away on Hegenberger Road in Oakland.

The festival’s mission is awarding more minorities and women in filmmaking, both for work on camera and behind the camera.

The first Equality International Film Festival will be held at the Holiday Inn, 77 Hegenberger Road. Films will be shown Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m. the red carpet will be rolled out for the awards ceremony, and the VIP reception will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The judges have reviewed films from around the world over the past 45 days and selected about 30 films to be shown on Sunday, said festival founder Wanyee Leonard.

After the finalists are reviewed, awards will be given that night in several categories: short films, documentary short, feature length film, Asian American and Pacific Islander films, web series, and music video.

Leonard said the festival looks for films that promote equality on social, economic and environmental levels and features women, African Americans, Latinos or Asians in front or behind the camera, as these groups are underrepresented in film.

The films will be judged on story line, depth of characters, cinematography and editing, Leonard said.

San Leandro police officer Kenny Shedd, who is also a filmmaker, will be one of the speakers. Director Johnny Martin, who went to San Leandro High, will also be a part of the program.

Anybody interested in working in film should attend because filmmakers will announce their productions to be filmed in this area for 2015, and it’s a good place to meet people in the movie business, Leonard said.

Tickets for the film festival are $14 and can be purchased at the Brown Paper Tickets website at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/935388.

 

 
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Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:46

121114eBallet Folklorico Costa de Oro presents Fiestas Navidenas, featuring a company of 85 dancers in a colorful, South-of-the-Border celebration of Christmas traditions and Mexican holiday songs at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. Shows are on Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 397-1980 or go to www.bfcostadeoro.com.

 
Community Calendar • 12-11-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:43

Holiday Concert At Morrisson Theatre

The Morrisson Theatre Chorus, under the musical direction of César Cancino, will present a Holiday Concert on Dec.11, 12 and 13, at 8 p.m.,and on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a selection of sacred classical works, popular holiday songs, gospel and spiritual selections, as well as audience sing-a-long pieces. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior and $12 for students. The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at 881-6777. For more information go to www.dmtonline.org.

Heritage Society’s Open House

Join the San Lorenzo Heritage Society’s open house on Friday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, 377 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo. Various items will be for sale from coffee cups to note cards, tote bags and antique box labels. Funds raised will be used to place historical plaques in San Lorenzo.

Holiday Boutique

The Church of Christ, 601 MacArthur Blvd. in San Leandro will have its holiday boutique on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Victorian Holiday Tea

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, is hosting the Lucille Klein Memorial Victorian Holiday Tea on Saturday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 11:30, tea is served at noon. A fun filled afternoon of savories, sweets and tea. $25 per person. For reservations, call Linda Skinner 610-0505. All proceeds benefit the Alta Mira house.

Oakland Youth Chorus

The Oakland Youth Chorus kicks off its 40th anniversary season on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway at 27th St. The 3 p.m. matinee concert brings together OYC’s youngest singers from 11 schools and at 6 p.m. OYC’s Chamber Singers, concert chorus, middle school ensembles and older elementary Miracle Chorus singers from Oakland and other East Bay schools premiere a commissioned work by Marcus Shelby and sing music from around the globe. Advance purchase tickets are $20 adult, $15 Student/Senior, $10 children under 10. Purchases at the door are $25 adults, $20 Student/Senior; $10 Under 10.

Annual Holiday Fundraiser

The annual fundraiser for the George Mark Children’s House will be on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Bethel Community Presbyterian Church, 14235 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. Refreshments start at 5 p.m. with the open potato bar and cookies. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. starting with the Purple Smoke R&B Band, Circle Soul, a jazz and blues band, and B’dazzled Dancers. Santa arrives at 7:30 p.m. and the Christmas bakery opens.

St. Gerard Women’s Club Bake Sale

The St. Gerard Women’s Club is holding its annual Christmas bake sale and raffle fund raiser on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 264 East Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. A continental breakfast will be available on Sunday. Delicious baked goods will be on sale as well as wonderful raffle prizes and the usual trinkets, treasures and jewelry table. For more information, contact Ernestine Moir at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Young at Heart Luncheon

The St. Felicitas Parish Young at Heart Luncheon will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1662 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. The Christmas luncheon will include salad, baked ham pineapple sauce, candied yams, peas and carrots, cornbread, dessert, coffee or apple cider. Tickets may be purchased at the parish office Monday through Thursday between
9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Puppet Show at the Main Library

The San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., will present a puppet show of The Nutcracker, featuring over 40 puppets presented by the Puppet Co., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The Nutcracker is a winter treat for all ages, based on the tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and the music of Tchaikovsky. Don’t miss a special appearance by Santa Claus after the show. Refreshments served after the show. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 577-3960.

’Tis the Season Boutique

Come to the Tis the Season Boutique at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro, on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a variety of local crafters and vendors. Free gift bags for the first 100 shoppers. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit: www.TheDazzlingEventsDiva.com.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre Open House

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, will host an open house for some good cheer and fun in celebration of the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be in residence all afternoon and children of all ages are invited to stop by and share their wish lists. Enjoy tours of the theatre, warm cider and cookies, carol singing, and seasonal stories. The open house will also feature a naturalist and animal friends from Sulphur Creek Nature Center in the lobby from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Bethel Presbyterian Services

The Bethel Community Presbyterian Church, 14235 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro, will have  A Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. This service is for reflection and remembering. The Christms Eve service will be on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

The Jewelry Box

Brian Copeland will perform his solo show, The Jewelry Box, on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the San Leandro High Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. The O’Henry-like tale follows Brian as a 6-year-old in the 1970s as he tries to earn $11.97 to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, or $30 for the family special, two adults and two children. The 1-hour show is presented by the San Leandro Historical Society. Meet Brian and enjoy refreshments after the play.

Santa Claus at Bayfair Center

Santa Claus will greet children and pose for photos at Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th St. in San Leandro, through Dec. 24.  Several other festivities will also take place in December including Dickens carolers, holiday fairies, festive music, face painting, balloon making and more.

 

 

 
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Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:19

S.L. Annual Holiday Festival

The San Leandro Downtown Association presents the annual holiday festival, It’s a Wonderful Night, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy carriage rides, entertainment, photos with Santa Claus and the Prescott Circus Theater, along with outdoor movies and games for the kids in the downtown plaza between East 14 Street and Washington Ave.

Artful Steps Live Art Auction

The Artful Steps Program at Stepping Stones will have its 14th Annual Live Art Auction on Friday, Dec. 5, at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Viewing of 50 original works of art and craft begins at 6 p.m., and live bidding begins at 7 p.m. A $5 fee for admission includes a raffle ticket, hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Christmas Coffee Shop

Crafts, games, coffee, refreshments, and gifts for the whole family.  Saturday, Dec., 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairhaven Bible Chapel, 401 MacArthur Blvd. in San Leandro.

Arts and Crafts Fair

The Castro Valley Lions Breakfast Club will host its arts and crafts fair at the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road in Castro Valley, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Principled Academy Holiday Events

The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Ave. in San Leandro, invites you to an all you can eat pancake breakfast with Santa on, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Holiday crafts and games plus entry to the LEGO 2014 Winter Wonderland Brick Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost for adults 14 and over is $10, children over 3 is $5, children 3 and under are free. The LEGO 2014 Winter Wonderland Brick Show, runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. through January 4, 2015.  See fantastic displays and play with loose LEGOs to create your own designs.  Admission is $2 cash at the door.

Soroptimist Holiday Boutique

The Soroptimists will host a holiday boutique at the Englander Restaurant, 101 Parrott St. in San Leandro on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On sale will be holiday crafts, gift items, purses, jewelry, hats, dog and cat items, and confections. Silent auction and raffle prizes. Come for the holiday fun and stay for lunch or dinner. For more information, call Donna Whitehouse at 924-7622, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lynn Levin, 593-7377 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Corvallis School Holiday Boutique

The annual Holiday Boutique at Corvallis School, 14790 Corvallis St. in San Leandro, will be on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of homemade crafts and goodies will be on sale at reasonable prices. Help needy families by bringing in a toy, canned food item, or clean, used coat. Door prize drawings every half hour. You will receive one free ticket at the door and additional free tickets for every item that you bring in. New vendors are welcome. For more information, call Karen Webb at 461-2290.

San Leandro Readers Roundtable

The San Leandro Readers Roundtable will meet and discuss the book, The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner, at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

A screening of National Geographic documentaries Pearl Harbor: Legacy of the Attack, will be shown at the San Leandro History Museum, 320 W. Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Untold Stories of World War II will screen from 2 to 3 p.m. See one or both. Free admission, no prior registration required. For more information, call 577-3990.

Visit With Santa at Bayfair Center

Bayfair Shopping Center will host an exclusive morning with Santa for families with children that have special needs on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. Bayfair Center and Santa Cares will provide a comforting and accommodating experience for local families with special needs children to meet and greet Santa and pose for photos at the shopping center. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.santacares.com.

Hayward Eagles Auxiliary Luncheon

The Hayward Eagles Auxiliary is having its monthly bingo luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8, at noon, at the Eagles Hall, 21406 Foothill Blvd., near I-580.  Danish meatballs will be served, with mashed potatoes, gravy, red cabbage, salad, rolls and dessert. Cost for lunch and one bingo card is $7. There will also be a raffle, 2 tickets for $1.

Victorian Holiday Tea

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, is hosting the Lucille Klein Memorial Victorian Holiday Tea on Saturday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 11:30, tea is served at noon. A fun filled afternoon of savories, sweets and tea. $25 per person. For reservations, call Linda Skinner 610-0505. All proceeds benefit the Alta Mira house.

Oakland Youth Chorus

The Oakland Youth Chorus kicks off its 40th anniversary season on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway at 27th St. The 3 p.m. matinee concert brings together OYC’s youngest singers from 11 schools and at 6 p.m. OYC’s Chamber Singers, concert chorus, middle school ensembles and older elementary Miracle Chorus singers from Oakland and other East Bay schools premiere a commissioned work by Marcus Shelby and sing music from around the globe. Advance purchase tickets are $20 adult, $15 Student/Senior, $10 children under 10. Purchases at the door are $25 adults, $20 Student/Senior; $10 Under 10.

Annual Holiday Fundraiser

The annual fundraiser for the George Mark Children’s House will be on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Bethel Community Presbyterian Church, 14235 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. Refreshments start at 5 p.m. with the open potato bar and cookies. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. starting with the Purple Smoke R&B Band, Circle Soul, a jazz and blues band, and B’dazzled Dancers. Santa arrives at 7:30 p.m. and the Christmas bakery opens.

Santa Claus at Bayfair Center

Santa Claus will greet children and pose for photos at Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th St. in San Leandro, through Dec. 24.  Several other festivities will also take place in December including Dickens carolers, holiday fairies, festive music, face painting, balloon making and more.

Hawaiian Holiday Celebration

Renowned Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza will perform at the annual Hawaiian holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

Have a delicious Hawaiian meal and then sit back and listen to Landeza’s tranquil music. Landenza was born on “the island of Berkeley” to Hawaiian parents. In 2012, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall as one of eight artists in a “Listen for Life” concert, promoting music as a unifying source of peace in the world.

Holiday Concert at Morrisson Theatre

The Morrisson Theatre Chorus, under the musical direction of César Cancino, will present its Holiday Concert on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., and on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

The concert will feature a selection of sacred classical works, popular holiday songs, gospel and spiritual selections, as well as audience sing-a-long pieces. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior and $12 for students.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward. The Box Office is open Tue. through Fri., 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at 881-6777. Information is also available at www.dmtonline.org.

 

 
Community Calendar • 11-20-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 15:53

The Comfort Zone Single’s Party

The Comfort Zone, which provides a quiet environment for meeting new friends, will hold its first party on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Englander Pub, 101 Parrott St. in San Leandro. A donation of $5 is requested. The meetings are at low-noise sites to provide an oasis of calm and goodwill. Adults of all ages are welcome, including those with hearing disorders. The Comfort Zone is co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization.

Holiday Boutique Fundraiser

Join SOS Meals on Wheels Holiday Boutique Fundraiser at the Hill and Valley Women’s Club, 1808 “B” St., Hayward on Friday, Nov. 21, from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 20 local craft people offer jewelry, paper crafts, decorative clothing, specialty foods and an exciting “pick your prize” raffle and food made by our Meals on Wheels chef. All proceeds benefit local chapters of SOS/Meals on Wheels. For more information, call Gerry Mellen at 483-8156 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Holiday Craft Sale

Residents at the Fargo Senior Center, 868 Fargo Ave. in San Leandro, will have a holiday craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 to 4 p.m.  On sale will be original handmade items and artwork at affordable prices. Refreshments will be available.  For more information, call Molly Dolly at 472-6121.

Sports Collectors Show

The Meridians of St. Leander’s are sponsoring their 30th Annual Sports Collectors Show on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is being held at St. Leander’s Ryan - O’Connell Church Hall 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, directly across from the BART station. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia, from 1880 to 2014, will be for sale. Proceeds  benefit St. Leander’s parish and other local charities. Door prizes will be given away. General admission is $4, those under 5 or over 65 is $2. For more information, call Mark 538-6245.

Eden Garden Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Eden Garden Club will be Monday, Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road in Castro Valley. The speaker will be Jaime Pawelek, a researcher from the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab and owner of Wild Bee Garden Design. She has been studying native bees for over 7 years in urban, agricultural, and wild landscapes in California, Florida and Costa Rica. Meetings are free and guests are always welcome. For more information, call 538-4292.

S.L. Alumni Basketball Fundraiser

Former San Leandro High School basketball players are invited to compete in a fundraiser alumni basketball double-header on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys game starts at 7 p.m. This fundraiser raises money for both teams. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Anyone interested in playing can contact SLHS Athletic Director Jeanette Wood at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 618-4600, ext. 2177.

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. 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 both Community Centers, 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.

The Lenny Williams Benefit Concert

The annual Keep Music Rockin’ Foundation’s Holidays with Lenny Williams Benefit Concert will be presented at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:45 p.m. Celebrating the 11th annual benefit concert will be a special performance from the S.L. High School Jazz Ensemble and Concert Choir with award winning artist Larry Batiste. General admission tickets are now on sale for $15. VIP tickets with admission into a pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m. and reserved seating are $25. Tickets will not be sold at the door, purchase tickets at any San  Leandro public school during normal school hours or order your tickets from www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Nutcracker Piñata

The East Bay Center for the Preservation of Cultural Arts presents Compañia Mexico Danza’s third annual Nutcracker Piñata at the San Leandro Center for the Performing Arts, 2250 Bancroft Avenue, on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.  A one of a kind holiday spectacle of the Nutcracker with a Mexican twist, full of color, culture and tradition. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. To purchase tickets, visit: www.mexicodanza.com.

Bob Grazzini Memorial Crab Feed

The Buon Tempo Club presents the Annual Bob Grazzini Memorial Crab Feed, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Castro Valley Moose Hall, 20835 Rutledge Road in Castro Valley. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m. Cost for members is $40 per person, $45 for guests. Dinner includes salad, pasta and cracked crab. Prepaid reservations only. Your check should be made out to the Boun Tempo Club and mailed to Bob Grazzini Crab Feed, C/O Michael Baldwin, 3185 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA 94546. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 26. All proceeds go for scholarships.

Multicultural Holiday Mixer

Eat, drink, and mingle. The African American Business Alliance are hosting a multicultural holiday mixer at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Monday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission with an unwrapped new toy benefitting te Davis Street Family Resource Center’s annual toy drive.

Breakfast Supporting Local Veterans

The American Legion Post 117, will be offering breakfast every 4th Sunday from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.,  at 1105 Bancroft  Ave., in San Leandro. The menu will be eggs-to-order, bacon/sausage, hash browns or pancakes, toast and coffee. The cost for this delicious breakfast is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors or veterans and $4 for children under 12. Stop by, we look forward to seeing you!

 
A Lively Candide Plays at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:49

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PHOTO BY TERRY SULLIVAN

Candide’s mentor Pangloss (center) pursues the ladies every chance he gets. From left to right are Kelcey Jay Poe, Jennifer Noel Medeiros, Dee Baily, Anna Joham, Marianna Wolff, Geoffrey Colton as Pangloss, Rachel Deatherage and Alexis Lane Jensen.

By Linda Sandsmark • San Leandro Times

A witty version of the operetta  Candide plays at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) through the end of November.

The story follows the life and loves of Candide, an optimistic man who is often in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Though he experiences near-drowning, robbery, war, the Inquisition, flogging, an earthquake, and other disasters, Candide keeps looking for the good in each situation.

Strong vocal performances are provided by Andres Ramirez as Candide, and Angela Jarosz as his love interest Cunegonde.

Recently-added replacement cast member Ben Brady adds humor to the role of Martin, a pessimist who keeps track of human failings. (“It affects me like rabies, when men act like babies,” he sings.)

Directed by Michael Mohammed, with musical director David Möschler, Candide clocks in at over three hours, but the musical talent shines throughout. A live 14-piece orchestra and 20 singing cast members add to the experience.

Both classic and unconventional costumes are used, including Jesuit priests wearing capes made of black trash bags,  and an aristocrat’s “wig” made out of paper coin-rolling tubes. Sets are sparse but inventive, including a sailboat which is constructed in a few seconds right on stage.

Candide was written by Voltaire in 1759, and several plays based on the book have been produced over the years. The DMT version includes music by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim and Lillian Hellman.

Candide plays through Nov. 30. Show times are: Thursday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.;  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.;  Saturday, Nov. 22, at  2  and 8 p.m.;  and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The theatre will host a pre-show talk on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:10 p.m., and a post-play discussion after the matinee on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Tickets are $29. Discounts are available for seniors, students, TBA, KQED members and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.dmtonline.org and by calling 881-6777.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, adjacent to the Senior Center and Japanese Garden.

 

 
Community Calendar • 11-13-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:48

2015 Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

The San Leandro Sports Foundation invites the public to attend the kickoff planning session for its 2015 Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner. Anyone interested in helping with this exciting new event is encouraged to attend the kickoff tonight, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant, 101 Parrott St. in San Leandro.  Seating is limited so RSVP Martin Capron no later than Nov. 11 by calling 895-1980. For more information visit www.slsfi.org.

Lifted Up! At Redwood Chapel

Join Redwood Chapel as they present Lifted Up on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., for an evening of music that will lift your heart and spirit featuring Redwood Chapel’s Choir and Orchestra as well as guests singers from other churches.  Dessert and Coffee will be served.  Cost is $5.  Redwood Chapel is located at 19300 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.  For more information, go to our website www.redwoodchapel.org or call Joan Kady at 886-6300 ext. 232.

School Funding Talk

The League of Women Voters, Eden Area is hosting a talk on school funding on Friday, Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Village Community Hall, 377 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo. The speakers will be San Lorenzo Unified Superintendent Fred Brill, San Leandro Superintendent Mike McLaughlin, Castro Valley Superintendent Jim Negri and Hayward Unified Accountability Officer Mary Ann Valles. Learn more about the new way of funding school districts and how parents and teachers can participate in the planning.

James Madison Fall Festival

James Madison Elementary School, 14751 Juniper St. in San Leandro, is having its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Madison P.T.O. All are welcome to come and enjoy carnival games, food, jump houses, prizes, silent auction, entertainment, and more. It will be an exciting event for kids.

S.L. Girls Basketball Fundraiser

The San Leandro High girls basketball team will have a fundraiser at Porky’s Pizza Palace, 1221 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dine in and Porky’s will donate 20 percent of each order to the Pirates girls basketball team.

S. L. Garden Club Meetings

The San Leandro Garden Club meets every third Tuesday from September through June at the Alta Mira House, 561 Lafayette Avenue in San Leandro.  Business meeting are at 10 a.m. followed by a speaker at 11a.m. The meeting this month is Tuesday, Nov. 18. The speaker will be from Sulpher Creek Nature Center.  She will be speaking on the work they do there. Expect a critter to view. All are welcome.

The Comfort Zone Single’s Party

The Comfort Zone, which provides a quiet environment for meeting new friends, will hold its first party on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Englander Pub, 101 Parrott St. in San Leandro. A donation of $5 is requested. The meetings are at low-noise sites to provide an oasis of calm and goodwill. Adults of all ages are welcome, including those with hearing disorders. The Comfort Zone is co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization.

Holiday Boutique Fundraiser

Join SOS Meals on Wheels Holiday Boutique Fundraiser at the Hill and Valley Women’s Club, 1808 “B” St., Hayward on Friday, Nov. 21, from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More that 20 local craft people offering jewelry, paper crafts, decorative clothing, specialty foods and an exciting “pick your prize” raffle and food made by our Meals on Wheels chef. All proceeds benefit local chapters of SOS/Meals on Wheels. For more information, call Gerry Mellen at 483-8156 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Holiday Craft Sale

Residents at the Fargo Senior Center, 868 Fargo Ave. in San Leandro, will have a holiday craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 to 4 p.m.  On sale will be original handmade items and artwork at affordable prices. Refreshments will be available.  For more information, call Molly Dolly at 472-6121.

Sports Collectors Show

The Meridians, of St. Leanders, are sponsoring their 30th Annual Sports Collectors Show on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is being held at St. Leander’s Ryan - O’Connell Church Hall 575 W Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, directly across from the BART station. A variety of vintage sports memorabilia, from 1880 to 2014, will be for sale. Proceeds  benefit St. Leanders parish and other local charities. Door prizes will be given away. General admission is $4, those under 5 or over 65 is $2. For more information, call Mark 538-6245.

S.L. Alumni Basketball Fundraiser

Former San Leandro High School basketball players are invited to compete in a fundraiser alumni basketball double-header on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys game starts at 7 p.m. This fundraiser raises money for both teams. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Anyone interested in playing can contact SLHS Athletic Director Jeanette Wood at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 618-4600, ext. 2177.

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. 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 both Community Centers, 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.

The Lenny Williams Benefit Concert

The annual Keep Music Rockin’ Foundation’s Holidays with Lenny Williams Benefit Concert will be presented at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:45 p.m. Celebrating the 11th annual benefit concert will be a special performance from the S.L. High School Jazz Ensemble and Concert Choir with award winning artist Larry Batiste. General admission tickets are now on sale for $15. VIP tickets with admission into a pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m. and reserved seating are $25. Tickets will not be sold at the door, purchase tickets at any San  Leandro public school during normal school hours or order your tickets from www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

 
Community Calendar • 11-06-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:46

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, Nov. 7, 8, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available in advance at www.sanleandropac.com or at the door.

Blood Wedding at Moreau High

Moreau Catholic High School Drama Department presents Blood Wedding, a tragedy by Spanish playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca.  Performances are November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Moreau Catholic Teves Theatre, 27170 Mission Blvd.in Hayward.  Recommended for ages 13 and up.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $5 for Moreau students and alumni. For tickets or for more information, call 882-5002.

Alta Mira Club Community Bazaar

The Alta Mira Club on Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, is having its Annual Community
Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with  unique handmade items by many popular vendors and Alta Mira members, white elephant stage tables, an opportunity drawing gift table, and the club will be selling lunches.

Christmas Boutique

Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro, will have a Christmas boutique on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be over 20 tables, and free coffee.

Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast

The Marine Corps League Detachment 919
celebrates the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps with a breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:45 a.m. For advanced tickets of $17.50, call Ron Saunders at 489-4186 or purchace at the door for $20.

Hearing Loss Association

The Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the new Kaiser-Oakland Hospital, 3600 Broadway and MacArthur. Rrefreshments, begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program starts at 10 a.m. The speaker will be retired Alameda County Superior Court judge, James R. Lambden, who  will speak on the topic of, “The Rights of the Hearing Impaired.” Free parking is available at the garage next door at 3510 Broadway. Take elevator to the lower level conference center room. 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.

Mission Bay Christmas Boutique

The Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro, will have a Christmas boutique on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be over 20 tables, and free coffee.

Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

Eden United Church of Christ, 21455 Birch St. in Hayward, is holding its 6th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Craft items on sale will include handmade quilts, crocheted baby blankets, jewelry, artwork, Christmas décor, gift baskets, specialty foods, bake sale and rummage sale. A lasagna luncheon will be offered for $5. Proceeds benefit the church.

Friends of San Leandro Creek

The Friends of San Leandro Creek are hosting an environmental forum on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. A panel of experts will be speaking about climate change and rising sea levels. For more information, call Susan Levenson at 577-6069 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to the website wwwfslc.org.

Hayward Eagles Auxiliary Luncheon

The Hayward Eagles Auxiliary is having their monthly bingo luncheon on Monday, Nov. 10, at noon at the Eagles Hall, 21406 Foothill Blvd. near I-580. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, salad, rolls and dessert will be served.  The price is $7, which includes a free bingo card. There will also be a raffle, two tickets for $1. Proceeds from this luncheon will go to the kidney foundation. For more information, call Jonna Villadsen  785-8174.

2015 Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

The San Leandro Sports Foundation invites the public to attend the kickoff planning session for its 2015 Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner. Anyone interested in helping with this exciting new event is encouraged to attend the kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant, 101 Parrott St. in San Leandro.  Seating is limited so RSVP Martin Capron no later than Nov. 11 by calling 895-1980. For more information visit www.slsfi.org.

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 through Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m.  (no performance on Halloween).  Order tickets at 733-5483 or www.chanticleers.org

San Leandro Players

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., 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.

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. 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 both Community Centers, 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.

 

 
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Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:17

103014eThe San Leandro High School Dramatic Arts Department’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream – one of William Shakespeare’s most popular works – opens Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. It is Halloween night, so come in costume to get in for a “treat” of a price – $3 per ticket.

This well-loved play is about  the adventures of humans who are controlled and manipulated by fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Additional dates and ticket prices are Nov. 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m., adults $10 and students $5. Tickets are available at www.sanleandropac.com or at the door of the performing arts center, 2250 Bancroft Avenue.

CAPTION: San Leandro High actors Sadie Barreto, Abby Curlett, Cecilia Merner, Jessica Reining, Nia Sanchez, Olive Acholonu and (kneeling in front) Chloe Santos and Jessica Sandoval are set to star in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream beginning this Friday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANE DRAGONE


 
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Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:14

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Martina Lawson as Nell, Jocelyn Michael as Granny, Terry Guillory as Lolly, and Dana M. Chohlis as Vera perform in the San Leandro Players melodrama through Nov. 23.

The San Leandro Players present a celebration of old-fashioned melodrama: Curse You, Jack Dalton! and He Ain’t Done Right By Nell by Wilbur Braun and directed by Catherine Heck, Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 23 at the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors, TBA members, under 12 and students.  BART accessible (1 block east of the San Leandro BART Station).  For information or reservations call 895-2573.  Order tickets online at www.slplayers.org.

 

 

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