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.

 

 
The BikeMobile Offers Free Bicycle Repair at Manor Branch Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:50

The BikeMobile will visit the Manor Branch Library, 1241 Manor Blvd., on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People of all ages can get bikes repaired for free and learn about bike repair. Bikes must have wheels and gears.

Advance registration is required at the Manor Branch Library Information Desk or by calling 577-7971.

Space is limited, so sign up today. The BikeMobile is sponsored by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools.


 
Community Calendar • 07-17-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:47

Start Smart: Teen Driver Program

The California Highway Patrol and the Castro Valley Library present Start Smart: Teen Driver Program at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., on Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. CHP officers will discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage. Testimonies will be provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens and by family members who have lost love ones in traffic collisions.The Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 and their parents or guardians. To register, call the Castro Valley Library at 667-7900 or the California Highway Patrol at 581-9028.

An Evening of Cajun and Creole Music

The Creole Belles band will present an evening of Cajun and Creole music on Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. This California-based band is well known in the Cajun music scene for bringing the raw, driving authenticity of southwest Louisiana dance halls to their shows. No charge for admission.

Warren Avenue Block Sale

Warren Avenue residents are having a block wide garage sale and donation on Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At 4 p.m. St Vincent De Paul is sending a truck to pick up any remaining items. Bags have been distributed to all the residents, but the neighborhood is welcome to bring their donations to the sale and leave them in front of the empty lot.  Come shop and donate your surplus at the same time. on Warren Avenue (which runs between Bancroft Avenue and East 14th Street, just north of McKinley School.

Night of the Iguana

The San Leandro Players present The Night of the Iguana, a Tennessee Williams classic, at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. The play focuses a diverse group of people –  including a priest, a widow, a poet, and a seductress – who meet in a shabby hotel in a jungle in Mexico. The Night of the Iguana runs weekends July 19 through Aug. 17. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, students, and TBA members. For tickets, call 895-2573 or order online at www.slplayers.org.

Les Misérables at Woodminster

Woodminster Summer Musicals presents Les Misérables Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road in Oakland. Tickets are $28 to $59 ($2 discount for children/seniors). Tickets are available by phone, at 531-9597, online at www.woodminster.com, or in person at Woodminster Amphitheater from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or at the box office before any performance.

55th Annual Festival of Fine Art

The 55th Annual Festival of Fine Art presented by the San Leandro Art Association will be on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Peralta, 384 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Art on display will be judged in several categories, including oil and acrylics, water color, photography, and porcelain, pottery and sculpture.

Free Family Movie Nights

The Recreation & Human Services Department of the City of San Leandro will be hosting free family movie nights at Chabot Park (1698 Estudillo Ave.) on Wednesday, July 23; and Washington Manor Park (14900 Zelma St.) on Wednesday, Aug. 6. All shows will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. You can bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movie nights are possible due to a donation by the San Leandro Optimist Club.

Tales and Trails Storytellers

Tales & Trails Storytellers presents “Seekers and Dreamers in Science and Story” on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. This Family Fun Night will feature participatory storytelling and hands-on natural history with performers with Bob Kanegis and Liz Mangual. All ages welcome. For more information, call the Main Library children’s desk at 577-3960.

SLHS Class of 1969 Reunion

San Leandro High School class of 1969 is having its 45th year reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek on Sept. 13. For more information, go to sanleandro69.com.

“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.

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.

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 .

 

 
Woodminster Musicals Presents 'Les Miserables' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:01

071014e1Woodminster Summer Musicals open its 48th season with a production of Les Miserables.

Opening July 11, the popular musical features several actors from San Leandro –Juliet Heller plays Fantine and Jim Despeaux, Nick Quintell, and Sean Cooper are also in the cast.

Set in 19th Century France, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a  peasant who has been released after serving 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child.

In Valjean’s quest for redemption and peace, he decides to break parole, but is relentlessly pursued by a policeman, Javert.

The story of the two men intertwines with several others, culminating in the Paris student uprising of 1832, and a dramatic and romantic climax where justice triumphs.

071014e2Performances are July 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20, all at 8 p.m. Tickers are $28 to $59, with a $2 discount for children and seniors.

The Woodminster Amphitheater is located at 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland,  For tickets, call 531-9597 or order online at www.woodminster.com

CAPTION 1: San Lorenzo resident Zell Steel Morrow (center) plays Gavroche, alongside fellow street urchins Enrica Waugh and Madison Jane Schlader.

CAPTION 2: The Woodminster Summer Musical Les Miserables has a lot of local talent, including San Leandran Juliet Heller, who plays the doomed Fantine.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATHY KHAN


 
San Leandro Players Put on 'The Night of the Iguana" PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:58

071014e3The San Leandro Players are putting on The Night of the Iguana, a Tennessee Williams classic.

The play focuses a diverse group of people – including a  disgraced 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 July 19 through Aug. 17th. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, students, and TBA members.

Performances are at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Avenue. For tickets, call 895-2573 or order online at www.slplayers.org.

CAPTION: The San Leandro Players present The Night of the Iguana, starring Robert Mueller as Shannon and Siobhan O’Brien as Maxine.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRY GUILLORY


 

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