Aubrie Lee and Lonny Ross Say I Do PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:28

101614eAubrie Renee Lee married Lonny James Ross, Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose, California.

The lovely bride was a long-time resident of San Leandro, working at the San Leandro Manor Branch Library for many years. The happy couple now live in Fremont.

CAPTION: Newlyweds Aubrie Lee and Lonny Ross will make their new home in Fremont.


 
Meet TV Personality Martina Lawson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:34

ABC Tree Farms Presents the 3rd Annual Meet and Greet Event with TV Personality Martina Lawson.

Martina Lawson is a local Scoliosis survivor and advocate and TV show hostess.  After receiving much support from communities throughout the years her show has aired, she requested to produce an event that would thank the communities for their support.

Lawson, who is co-producing this event again this year, will be at the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro on Saturday, Oct. 11, beginning at 2 p.m.

Come out and meet Martina at ABC Tree Farms Pumpkin Patch lot at Bayfair and receive an autographed poster, a photograph with her, and a free pumpkin. Come early, free pumpkins are limited to the first 20 guests who arrive.

Watch the Martina Show weekdays on Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast channel 28.  See the official website for the show for additional details, www.martinashow.com and www.youtube.com/TheMartinaTalkShow.

 

 
Community Calendar • 10-16-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:26

A Celtic Music Performance

The San Leandro Public Library will host an afternoon of traditional and period Celtic music on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Margaret and Kristoph will perform Celtic music from the British Isles as well as Medieval and Renaissance music of Western Europe. Kristoph Klover sings tenor and plays 12-string and 6-string guitar, octave mandolin, and oboe.

Arroyo High Alumni Meet & Greet

Arroyo High School Alumni are holding a meet and greet with a car show on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arroyo High School, 15701 Lorenzo Ave. in San Lorenzo. Displays from graduating classes from the ’50s to the present, food vendors, car show, and a live band. Everyone will get to vote on current Arroyo students writing, art, and photography displays.

Hayward Shoreline

Exploring Eden Landing with a naturalist to see the wildlife that are flourishing and learn about the restoration plans on Saturday, Oct. 18. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve parking lot, at the corners of Arden and Clawiter. Tour ends at 3 p.m. Ages 16 and up. The fee for the tour is $5 per person. For more information, call 670-7270.

Yoga Classes

Ramana Vieira will be teaching yoga classes at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 East 14th Street. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting Oct. 21. Vieira was the first to launch the Yoga program at the SCC two years ago and she has a dedicated core group of students. Ramana assesses everyones fitness level and draws up classes accordingly.  Sign up at the Senior Center or for more information, call 577-3462.

San Leandro Museum Auditorium

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., starting Oct. 25 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.

Volunteer for Annual Beautification Day

Join the San Leandro Education Foundation, parents, students, and community groups and spruce up a school on the annual beautification day on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Just go to any school in the San Leandro Unified School District. No special skills or experience needed to paint and plant, water and weed, and have fun doing things simple enough for the whole family. For more information or to volunteer, call or email SLED at 618-4483 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Halloween Trunk or Treat Party

The Principled Academy, 2305 Washington Avenue in San Leandro,  invites everyone to a safe Halloween experience at their Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. Decorate the trunk of your car, dress in costume and join the contests, enjoy a Not-so Haunted House and a variety of other fun activities.  Dinners vary in price from $5 to $8. Proceeds will go to help support the 7th & 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C. For more information, call 351-6400.

S.L. High Bazaar Fundraiser

The San Leandro High School track and field team will host a fundraising bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outdoors behind the school cafeteria at 2200 Bancroft Ave. Find treasures at different tables and booths, enjoy music and the fare from food trucks. Admission is free. If you would like to set up a table or a tent and sell your goods, the cost is $40. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Artful Steps

A group art exhibit by local artists with developmental disabilities is currently on display until Jan. 9 on the 3rd floor of  the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth Street in Oakland, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station. “On the Move” is a collaboration between the Artful Steps program and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The Artful Steps artists explore the diverse means of transportation found in the Bay Area, from biking to BART, sailing to flying.

Job Skills and Computer Classes

The Alameda County Library Adult Literacy Program, in partnership with the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District, is offering a job skills and computer basics classes for those who are learning English at the Ashland Community Center, 1530 167 Ave. in San Leandro. For more information, call 745-1480.

T.O.P.S.  Meetings

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-commercial, non-profit weight loss support group that meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the clubhouse at the Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro to learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning and exercise. Group support and private weigh-ins help members achieve their goals. Dues are $4 a month, the first visit is free. For more information call Judy at 581-5313 or Sandy by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Spectrum Senior Lunch

County Supervisor Wilma Chan will speak at the Spectrum senior lunch at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 East 14th Street, at noon on Thursday, Oct. 23. Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 17. For reservations, call JoAnn or Dorothy at 825-9793. Spectrum’s senior nutrition program provides nutritious meals for seniors 60 and over at 28 locations in Alameda County. A donation of $3.75 is encouraged for seniors. The meals are also open to people under 60 for $6.

Adoption Event and Bake Sale

Sunshine Rescue Group is holding a Halloween Adoption Event and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bay Fair Petsmart, 15555 E 14th Street in San Leandro, from noon to 5 pm. Cats, kittens and dogs will be available for adoption at a discounted rate.  In addition, there will be lots of goodies at the bake sale.

 

 
Annual Suds Festival Draws Big Crowd for Music and Fun PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:43
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Avance laid down a good beat to dance to at the Sausage & Suds Music Festival on Sunday on Parrott Street. Pictured below, Angel Saldana and Jose Varela try a sausage sandwich and Jena Nawy serves a Drake’s draught beer.

PHOTOS BY JIM KNOWLES

 

 

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Panel of Veterans to Speak at the Main Library on Friday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:04

The San Leandro Library will host a panel discussion on Friday night on the issues facing veterans as they return home from combat to civilian life.

Star Lara from the veteran service organization Swords to Plowshares will moderate the discussion on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

The panel will consist of five veterans who will discuss their diverse experiences as well as provide examples of how they now assist other veterans in their transition to the civilian world.

Lara is the 2014 Woman Veteran of the Year for the State of California. She currently works as Women Veterans Program Manager and Community Educator for the San Francisco-based veteran’s service organization. She understands the impact of combat and the struggle to adapt to life as a civilian, as well as the barriers that many veterans face.

The panel is part of the Library’s California Reads 2014 project, “War Comes Home,” focused on the veteran experience. The aim is to increase understanding for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life.

“The City of San Leandro is very fortunate to have been awarded a state grant that is allowing us to develop a range of programs and events focusing on the veteran experience,” stated Mayor Cassidy.  “I encourage anyone interested in learning more about this important topic to join us for this informative panel discussion.”

For more information, call Mary Beth Barloga at 577-3992.

 

 
Meet a Real Life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:02

100914e6An original “Rosie the Riveter” will speak at the San Leandro Historical Society meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Little Brown Church, behind the Casa Peralta, 384 West Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.

Mary Torres of San Leandro will tell the story of how she left home in Donora, Pennsylvania right after high school in 1942 and took a Greyhound bus to California to work in the shipyards. She became a welder at Moore’s Shipyard in Oakland and today she’s a speaker at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.

Mary enjoys speaking and is happy to answer questions from anybody who wants to meet a real Rosie the Riveter. Admission is free. For more information, call 969-0975 (leave a message and someone will return your call), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.sanleandrohistory.org.

CAPTION: Mary Torres of San Leandro, an original Rosie the Riveter, will speak next Saturday at the San Leandro Historical Society.

SL TIMES FILE PHOTO


 
Teen Honored in Hollywood PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:40

100914n6A San Leandro teen recently received an award in Hollywood from Motown legend Berry Gordy.

The Heroes And Legends (HAL) Scholarship Foundation was created to aid youth and each year honorees are selected from a diverse group of candidates who have earned good grades and who exhibit an extraordinary amount of talent, drive and determination.

This year’s HAL Awards were presented at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller, 16, of San Leandro was honored and awarded with the Berry Gordy Family Foundation Scholarship for his work in the performing arts.

CAPTION: San Leandro resident Christopher Xavier Earl-Rockefeller was honored by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES EARL-ROCKEFELLER


 
Trivia Bee: A Fun Night to Raise Funds for Project Literacy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:39

The San Leandro Library will host the 21st Annual Trivia Bee on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., with dinner and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and the Trivia Bee starting at 7:30 p.m.

This popular annual fundraiser allows great minds to gather to match wits and to raise money for the Project Literacy Program of the San Leandro Public Library.

The public can get involved in a number of ways, including sponsoring a team, becoming a team member, purchasing a dinner ticket, or purchasing a raffle ticket.

Contestants will be challenged with a variety of amazing trivia questions in a slow elimination down to the top teams, who will battle it out for first prize and the title of San Leandro Trivia Bee Champions. A drawing for prizes will also add to the fun.

The Trivia Bee raises funds for Project Literacy, which provides free tutoring, instructional materials, and support services for English-speaking adults age 16 and older who are assessed at 8th grade or below in reading level and want to improve reading, writing, and life skills.

“Teaching an adult to read leads them to an independent lifestyle that benefits our community as a whole, which is why this fundraiser is so vital to our continued service,” said library director Theresa Mallon.

Teams may be formed or sponsored for $350 and will receive three dinner tickets as well as recognition at the Main Library, in the event program and in subsequent communications. Dinner tickets also may be purchased for $25, which includes being a part of the cheering audience. Tickets may be purchased and teams may be registered at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., or the Manor Branch Library, 1241 Manor Blvd.

“Project Literacy changes lives and strengthens our community through helping adults learn to read and write,” stated Mayor Cassidy. “Let’s have fun at the Trivia Bee and support this great program.”

For more information, call Project Literacy Coordinator Cinda Mariscal at 577-3944.

 

 
Demos Club to Host Forum for San Leandro City Council Candidates PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:37

The Hayward Demos Democratic Club will host a Candidates’ Forum for everybody running for the San Leandro City Council and mayor on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

The following week, the Hayward Demos will host a forum for San Leandro school board candidates on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Main Library.

 

 
Blue Angels Make a Trial Run Over San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:34

100914eBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team flew over San Leandro this week, practicing for the Fleet Week air show this weekend in San Francisco.

The Blue Angels symbolize everything great about America, or high-tech glitz that hides the horror of war, depending on your point of view.

The Blue Angels are based at the Oakland Airport’s North Field this week, airport officials said. The approach to the North Field runways are right over San Leandro, so you probably saw the Navy jets coming in to land, or at least heard them.

The Fleet Week air shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 11 and 12) starting at about noon, subject to weather, featuring the Blue Angels and other military and civilian aircraft. The Blue Angels part of the show will start at around 3 p.m.

The public views the military air shows with a range of opinions. Some see it as a great display of the United States’ achievements in aviation and the skills of the pilots. Others see it as glorification of war with cool looking airplanes without showing what their weapons do to people.

Other air show performers will be the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team, the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration, the Horsemen P-51 Flight Team, Super Dave and the MX-1, the Red Star Pilots Formation Team, Michael Wiskus and the Lucas Air Show, the Patriots Jet Team, United Airlines 747 Demonstration, and Sean Tucker’s Team Oracle Pitts Special.

U.S. Navy ships will be open to the public at several piers on the Embarcadero. The minimum age is 8 years old. Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed aboard, small bags may be permitted subject to search. Items not allowed are similar to banned items at an airport security check. Wear flat-bottom shoes and bring as few items as possible.

The airport’s noise hotline is 563-6463.

CAPTION: The Blue Angels fly by the Golden Gate Bridge during the Fleet Week show in 2010.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
Stand Up for Davis Street PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:33

The Davis Street Family Resource Center’s 4th annual comedy night benefit “Stand Up for Davis Street,” will be on Friday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. with a lineup of eight comedians, plus a surprise star.

In previous years the surprise comedian was Dana Carvey and George Lopez. Who will it be this year?

Tickets are $50 for the first 100 general admission, and $60 after that. VIP tickets are $175 and include a post party with the comedians and a hosted  bar.

Tickets are available at the Davis Street Family Resource Center, 3081 Teagarden St. in San Leandro; at the Bal Theatre box office, 14808 East 14th St. in San Leandro; or at www.davisstreet.org.

 
Community Calendar • 10-09-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 14:31

New Members/Emerging Artists Exhibit

San Leandro resident Doyle Wegner’s painting, “Rabbit Country,” is on display at the New Members and Emerging Artists exhibit at the Foothill Gallery, 22394 Foothill Blvd., in downtown Hayward until Oct. 10.  The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Our Lady of Fatima Festa

St. Leanders Church, 474 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, will have an Our Lady of Fatima festa with a Novena on Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., followed by a candle light procession and light refreshments. A Mass will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., followed by a steak and shrimp dinner and dancing to music by Erminio Lemos. Tickets are $12 for adults and $12 for children. And a Mass on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a chicken buffet dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. For tickets, call Urbano Simas at 614-2843 or AnnaConnie Monteiro at 895-1651.

Hawaiian Music & Hula Dancing

Force of Nature a performance of Hula dancing and Hawaiian music will be presented by Halau O Ka Ua Lililehua on Saturday, October 11, at  Cal State University East Bay in Hayward in the University Theatre. Featuring musical groups Waipuna from Honolulu Hawai’i, and Bay Area favorite Island Blend.  The performance starts at 2 p.m., doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call 733-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Star Wars Reads Day at S.L. Library

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be Star Wars-inspired crafts and activities for the whole family. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character, and drop by the library to join the fun at this free family program. For more information, call 577-3960.

Alta Mira Club Pancake Breakfast

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro is having a Pancake Breakfast and Tag Sale on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon. All you can eat and shop till you drop. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for kids 8 and under. For tickets, call Linda Skinner at 610-0505 or purchase tickets at the door.

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, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Absolutely Beautiful by Abeba is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hearing Loss Association Meeting

The Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the new Kaiser-Oakland Hospital, 3510 Broadway in Oakland. Join them for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room. The program starts at 10 a.m. featuring  Transcense, a team of three graduates of UC Berkeley who will talk about their work on bridging the communication between hard of hearing individuals and the hearing world. Free parking is available next-door at 3510 Broadway. Take elevator to lower level. 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.

Girls Inc. 50th Anniversary Gala

Girls Inc. of the Island City will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Faz Restaurant and Bar, 1111 Broadway in Oakland. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased in advance by visiting www.girlsincislandcity.org or by calling 521-1743 ext. 225. Enjoy a formal wine reception with an abundance of hor d’oeuvres catered by Faz Restaurant, and entertainment by Jim Franz and Jan Nichols. Guests will be able to bid on silent and live auction packages, including a seven-night stay in Australia, a weekend stay at Disneyland, gift certificates to local businesses. There will also be a chance to win a 7-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii plus airfare for two. Accommodations for the seven-night stay at the Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas must be used for June 20-27, 2015. You do not need to be present to win.  Raffle tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 521-1743 ext. 225.  For full raffle details, visit www.girlsincislandcity.

iPad Drawing Demonstration

Philip Denst, who has been associated with the Adobe Gallery in Castro Valley for 30 years, will give a demonstration on the use of the iPad for drawing and painting at the next meeting of the San Leandro Art Association on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call 352-9152.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters will conduct a candidate forum with congressional candidates Eric Swalwell and Hugh Bussell on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Village Hall, 377 Paseo Grande, in San Lorenzo. A San Lorenzo school board candidate forum will follow at 7 p.m. with Steven Kirk, Guillermo Nevarez, Ronald Pereira II, Isobel Polvorosa, Helen Randall and Janet Zamudio. Six candidates are vying for two seats.

A Celtic Music Performance

The San Leandro Public Library will host an afternoon of traditional and period Celtic music on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Margaret and Kristoph will perform Celtic music from the British Isles as well as Medieval and Renaissance music of Western Europe. Kristoph Klover sings tenor and plays 12-string and 6-string guitar, octave mandolin, and oboe.

Arroyo High Alumni Meet & Greet

Arroyo High School Alumni are holding a meet and greet with a car show on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo. Displays from graduating classes from the ’50s to the present, food vendors, car show, and a live band. Everyone will get to vote on current Arroyo student’s writing, art, and photography displays.

Group Art Exhibit

A group art exhibit by local artists with developmental disabilities is currently on display until Jan. 9 on the 3rd floor of  the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center, 101 Eighth St. in Oakland, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station. “On the Move” is a collaboration between the Artful Steps program and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The Artful Steps artists explore the diverse means of transportation found in the Bay Area, from biking to BART, sailing to flying.

 

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