Tony and Melitta to Celebrate 60th PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:19

072315eTony and Melitta Santos (Schweig) will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Sunday with a family dinner at Speisekammer in Alameda.

Tony was born in Hawaii and Melitta in Ubach, Germany. Melitta’s family later settled in Munich where Melitta and Tony met while Tony was a medic in the United States Air Force, stationed at Fuerstenfeldbruck.

The couple married in Germany on July 21, 1955 and again on July 23, 1955 in a religious ceremony. They came to the United States in 1956 when Melitta was pregnant with their first child.

They moved to San Leandro in 1963 and raised their children, Mike (Cappi) and Karen (Gary), while Tony worked for Safeco Insurance Company and Melitta for Western Electric. Tony also spent many years as a San Leandro city council member and was mayor of the city. They have three grandchildren.


Community Calendar • 07-23-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:15

San Leandro High Garage Sale

The San Leandro High badminton team will have a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1903 Juneau St. in San Leandro. The badminton players invite everyone to come and support the team.

Memories of High School in Hayward

Enjoy a presentation on the history of the Hayward Area’s secondary education system on Saturday, July 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hayward Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. Learn about its inception in the 19th century to its current form today. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free for HAHS members and children 4 and under. For more information, visit  or call 581-0223.

Hayward History Walk

Explore several downtown Hayward intersections through the years on Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hayward Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and sun protection. For more information, visit  or call 581-0223.

Summer Sports Camps

A series of one-week summer sports camps for kids age 7 to 13 will be offered by the City of San Leandro and Recsphere at Washington Manor Park. The first half of the camp day is sports instruction, and the second half is a swim at the San Leandro Aquatic Center at the park. The baseball camp will run the week of July 27 to 31 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tennis and co-ed sports camps will run the week of Aug. 3 to Aug. 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $169 for San Leandro residents, and $194 for non-residents. The tennis camp is $30 more. Extended care from 3 to 6 p.m. is offered for an additional fee. Register online at or at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd. between 11:30 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the Senior Center, 13901 East 14th St. between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A Theatrical Tour of Fashion

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro, presents  Have Bag, Will Travel, 100 years of fashion, on Monday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m. The show is an entertaining and informative theatrical tour of fashion through the ages. A salad bar and luncheon will follow. Tickets are $25 to support the Alta Mira scholarship program. For reservations, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 483-1018.

Douglas Morrisson Theatre

Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, presents a staged reading of Rx by Kate Fodor, a sharp but tender comedy about love, the search for happiness and Big Pharma
on Monday, July 27, at 8 p.m. Mature language and subject matter. For ages 15 and up. This is the fourth DMT Bare Bones series in the 2014-2015 season: edgier pieces by contemporary writers. Tickets are $10, open seating. The box office number is 881-6777 or go to

Recycled Art at Sun Gallery

Come and see how ordinary objects have been transformed into amazing works of art in the Transformations 2: Recycled and Up-cycled Exhibit, at the Sun Gallery, 1015 E St. in Hayward, through August 1. The show has just about everything, mixed media, sculpture, photography, collage, with pieces by artists from other countries along with local artists. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

82nd Annual Dahlia Show

The San Leandro Dahlia Society will hold its 82nd Annual Dahlia Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. See spectacular blooms in many forms and colors. The dahlia is the official flower of San Leandro. Bring your cameras. For more information, call 276-0530.

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.

Story Quilts on Display

An exhibition of unique story quilts based on people who lived in Russell City by master quilt artist Marion Coleman, will be on display until Aug. 2, at the Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward.

Neighborhood Village Meeting

Eden Area Village is developing a non-profit membership based neighborhood “Village” that will help people in the Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and the San Lorenzo areas stay in their homes as they age. Public information meetings are held the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. The next meeting is Friday, Aug. 7.

Bay Area Comic Con and Family Fest

The Bay Area Comic Con and Family Fest will be on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building and grounds, 1105 Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. Fun for all ages, live music, great food, toy show, kids zone, vintage toys, games, collectibles, comic book vendors and “The Avengers.” Autographs and family photos with The Hulk and other invited celebrity guests. Enter to win the best costume contest. Admission is only $5. For more information, contact Jorge Monzon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

San Leandro High 1960 Class Reunion

San Leandro High School Class of June 1960 will hold its 55th reunion at the Faz Restaurant at the Pleasanton Sheridan Hotel on Sept. 12. For more information, call Sandra Mason Paiva at 925-743-9356.

Field Trip to Walt Disney Museum

Tour the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 15,  at 9 a.m. The Walt Disney Family Museum presents an inspirational journey through the life of Walter E. Disney. The trip fee is $20 per person which includes transportation, tour fees, and a copy of the book The Shelf. Space is very limited, so come to the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo, soon to book a seat on the bus. For more information, call 577-3971.


How Barkeeps, Rowdies and Immigrants Saved Baseball PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:44

071615e5By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

Imagine a rule against playing baseball on a Sunday and no beer allowed at the ballpark.

That was baseball back in the 1870s. The rules didn’t loosen up until the 1880s when a German immigrant named Chris Van der Ahe, a shopkeeper and saloon owner, started a baseball team in St. Louis so he could sell more beer.

All Van der Ahe did was save baseball and make what it is today. It’s all in a story published in 2013 by Edward Achorn, the author of Summer of Beer and Whiskey, How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game.

Van der Ahe’s team, the St. Louis Browns, would later become the Cardinals. (Another team named the Browns formed in St. Louis and later moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles.)

In that summer of 1883, Van der Ahe’s team in St. Louis got into a wild pennant race in the American Association with the Philadelphia A’s, the forerunner of today’s Oakland club. The teams were made up of characters, clowns, drunks, playboys, cheats and gamblers. In other words, a great bunch of guys.

Daniel Albion Jones, aka Jumpin’ Jack Jones, a pitcher out of Yale, made a name for himself that summer with his great leaps on the pitcher’s mound as he threw the ball. It left batters so distracted that it made him the league’s premier pitcher.

A lot of the owners of the new league didn’t know much about baseball. But they turned baseball into a popular game and made money at it too. Their American Association took on the haughty National League who snubbed them earlier.

At the time, professional baseball was on the decline after the big gambling scandal of the 1870s. Pro baseball was run by a tyrannical owner of the Chicago White Sox who banned players for life for infractions and forbid alcohol at the ballpark or games on Sunday, and he charged an exorbitant 50 cents to get into the ballpark.

Van der Ahe understood the American working man. He was part of the growing immigrant population of St. Louis and cities like it across the country. Cincinnati was another city of German immigrant brewers and beer drinkers, and the Reds challenged the Browns for the American Associaton title.

Van der Ahe charged 25 cents admission. He served pretzels and peanuts, the same as he sold in his store. The salty snacks made a spectator thirsty for more beer, which came from his saloon.

The next time you hear the story about “pure baseball” back in the good old days, consider that Van der Ahe didn’t just bring baseball to his ballpark on Grand Avenue in St. Louis. He had bowling, handball, cricket and a shooting range for the St. Louis Gun Club. This may be why it became known a Sportsman’s Park.

Van der Ahe created a multi-purpose, mulit-entertainment complex a century before those terms existed. He took a game that was fading out under the ownership of stuffy, old-money, law-and-order types and turned it into the game that Mark Twain called the representation of the dynamic, booming 19th century.

Baseball wasn’t integrated until Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers in 1947. It was the players themselves who wouldn’t allow black players to take the field, likely out of fear that they would lose their job to a more talented player.

Of course, the players in the good old days are all lovable fellows in the “Field of Dreams” stuff Hollywood puts out. But the players back in those days threatened to walk off if black players were admitted, so the owners went along, and baseball stayed segregated for another 70 years.

Cheating was a big part of baseball in the 1880s, as it is in sports to this day. Ball games had just one umpire, behind home plate. If the ump had his eye on a fly ball to the outfield, a base runner sometimes got away with bypassing third base on his way home.

If you could “sell” a tag out at second when the ump’s view was blocked, all the better. A good player got away with as much as he could, a tradition that continues to this day from the ball yard to the halls of Congress.

Carousing didn’t just recently get ball players in trouble. The owners of the league in the 1880s tried everything from curfews to rewards for good behavior to keep players on the road from venturing out of the hotel to do some “sightseeing.”

As the saying goes, if you want to know America you have to know baseball. You could add that if you want to know baseball you need to know the story of a gregarious, immigrant saloon keeper who didn’t know what he was doing, but he just went ahead and did it.

Summer of Beer and Whiskey is available at The Book Shop, 1007 B St. in Hayward and other books stores and libraries.

SL Family Star in Mary Poppins PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:48

071615e1Longtime San Leandro residents Judy, Matt and Jennifer Beall are currently appearing in Woodminster Summer Musical’s production of Mary Poppins at the Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road in the Oakland hills.

The final week of performances will be this Thursday through Sunday, July 16 through July 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $59 with $2 discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 531-9597 or go to or buy tickets at the door.

CAPTION: Judy, Jennifer and Matt Beall are set to perform in a production of Mary Poppins at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland.

Art on Display This Weekend at the Casa PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:21

071615eLocal artists will display their work on the grounds of the beautiful Casa Peralta this weekened at the San Leandro Art Association’s 56th Annual Festival of Fine Art.

The art show will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and run until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

See award winning art by local artists, youth art from San Leandro students, Art-In-Action by art association members,  children’s arts and crafts, plus a raffle and food will be available on the grounds of the historic Casa Peralta.

CAPTION: An oil painting “Chica Bonita” by  Linda Flamm Howard of Oakland won the “Best of Show” award at this year’s Festival of Fine Art.

The Deuces Play in Hayward Tonight PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:58

071615e4Music and classic cars will be on hand for the Third Thursday Street Party in downtown Hayward tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with music, food and over a hundred classic cars.

Third Sol will play on the Bank of the West stage, Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces will play on the Bistro patio stage, and the Zydeco Flames will play on the Buffalo Bill’s stage.

Street performers and rides will be available for the kids, and classic cars and hot rods will be on display along Main Street at B Street, and great beers and sodas will be served.

The street party runs on the third Thursday of the month during the summer.

Next month, the music of Patron is on the bill for the final street party of the summer on Thursday, Aug. 20.

CAPTION: Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces will play at the Third Thursday Street Party in downtown Hayward this evening.


Ceremony to Unveil Street Named for Fallen Officer on 10th Anniversary of his Death PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:56

A ceremony to name a street after fallen police officer Dan Niemi will be held on July 25 at 1 p.m. on the corner of Hays and East 14th Streets.

The official “day of remembrance” as the street signs are unveiled in Niemi’s honor comes on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Dan Niemi Way runs close to San Leandro Creek and Root Park near City Hall. The portion of Hays Street that will be changed currently has no homes or businesses on it, so there won’t be any change of address disruptions.

Niemi, 42, had been with the San Leandro police for three years when he was killed as he checked on a noise complaint at a birthday party on Doolittle Drive.

Niemi was questioning a man named Irving Ramirez, then 23, when Ramirez shot him seven times. Ramirez was in possession of two handguns and narcotics and was on probation for a previous drug charge at the time.

In 2007, Ramirez was convicted and he is on death row.


Dance Teacher Offers Class Before National Dance Day PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:52

071615e2A dance class with Barb Creamer in preparation for National Dance Day will be held Saturday, July 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro.

The fee is $20 for San Leandro residents and $25 for non residents. Students will complete the class with a final performance at a local venue.

For more information or to register for the class contact the Marina Community Center at 577-6080.

The class will prepare the community for National Dance Day on Saturday, July 25.

National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health.

CAPTION: The dance class Saturday will be taught by Barb Creamer.

Free Dog and Cat Vaccinations on Saturday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:58

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) will sponsor free dog and cat vaccinations on Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at K-9 Cottage Pet Grooming, 1191 Manor Blvd., Suite D, in San Leandro.

No appointment is necessary. A licensed veterinarian will be on hand.

For more information, call 415-794-3160.


Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:55

The Mulford Gardens Art & Music Festival will  be on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mulford Gardens Park, 13055 Aurora Drive in San Leandro with live music, art and handmade crafts, food and beer, and circle dancing classes.

Admission is free. The musical acts include The Total Bettys, Unloaded, The Other Pluckers, Black Diamond, and Desert Island Friend.


SL Players Science Fiction Show Opens on Saturday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:51

071615e3The San Leandro Players open a new show this weekend, King of the Monsters vs. Altair, Queen of Outer Space an off-the-wall comedy for the whole family.

Perfromances will be Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from July 18 through Aug. 16 at the San Leandro Museum-Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, one block east of the San Leandro BART station.

Learn the truth about the origins of the alien queen, and witness her epic battle with a gigantic prehistoric monster.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, TBA members, under 12, and students. For more information or reservations, call 895-2573 or online at


Police to Read Stories to Kids at SL Main Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 14:50

Young fans of community heroes are invited to the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Wednesday, July 22, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. where San Leandro police officers will read aloud to children during the Main Library’s Preschool Story Time, which will include books about police officers and police dogs.

No reservations are required, but space is limited, so arrive early to see and hear a local police officer in action. For more information, call the Main Library at 577-3960.




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