Pulitzer Prize Winner Letts Reinterprets Chekhov’s Dark Comedy ‘Three Sisters’ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:37

012915eThe Douglas Morrisson Theatre recently announced the regional premiere of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new version by playwright-actor Tracy Letts. Letts won a Pulitzer Prize for his original play August: Osage County and his adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece — a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters.

Three Sisters will have 15 performances, including one preview, from Thursday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, March 8, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., in Hayward.

Tickets are $10-$29, and are available through the box office, 881-6777, or online at www.dmtonline.org.

DMT’s production of Three Sisters features an impressive ensemble of local performers: Steve Allhoff as Rode, Miriam Ani as Irina, John Baldwin as Chebutykin, Craig Dickerson as Andrey, Kate Dunlop Tomatis as Masha, Daria Hepps as Olga, Tim Holt Jones as Solyony, John Hutchinson as Ferapont, Brian Levi as Vershinin, Nick Louie as Fedotik, Gene Mocsy as Kulygin, Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer as Natasha, Paul Stout as Baron Tusenbach and Marlene Walker as Anfisa.

Trapped in a provincial Russian town after the death of their father, an army general stationed there and three sisters, Olga, Mash and Irina, cling to memories of the bright and bustling Moscow they left behind as children.

Together, with their brother Andrey, they long to return to a place where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled.

During the course of the play, which unfolds over several years, we are introduced to a village of pipe-dreamers — all trying to answer the big questions: Why is there suffering? How will they be viewed by future generations? What is the purpose of life?

Turning melodrama inside out, Three Sisters is a story of ordinary life, where nothing much seems to happen, but everything is revealed.

CAPTION: Miriam Ani as Irina, Daria Hepps as Olga and Kate Dunlop Tomatis as Masha appear in a new version of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” by Tracy Letts.



 
Community Calendar • 01-29-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:34

SL Rotary Endowment Crab Feed

The San Leandro Rotary Endowment is having its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner, catered by Miraglia’s Catering, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling Aisha Knowles at 828-9199. Proceeds from the event support local service projects and non-profit organizations such as the Rotacare Clinic at the Davis Street Family Resource Center, April Showers, Stepping Stones Growth Center and the San Leandro High School Interact Club.

Fitness Classes for Women

A new fitness class designed specifically for women 50 and older offers a perfectly balanced, full-body workout that combines dance, fitness, fun, expression and music. Master teacher Barb Creamer’s ongoing classes start on Monday, Feb. 2, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 E. 14th St. Cost is $5 per class if paid by the month. Register for the class at the Senior Center, call 577-3462 or visit the San Leandro recreation website at www.sanleandrorec.org and click on the “register for programs” link.

San Leandro Parkinson Support Group

The San Leandro Parkinson support group will meet at the San Lorenzo Community Church, 945 Paseo Grande, in San Lorenzo on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. The speaker for the February meeting will be Ariane Chapple from the Parkinson Institute. For more information, call 276-3119.

Sulphur Creek Nature Center

Meet Sulphur Creek’s intelligent and incredibly agile foxes at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St., in Hayward on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn how foxes have adapted to urban development, while some have not, at this special adult nature program. The cost is $18 per person. To register online, visit www.haywardrec.org or to learn how, call 881-6700. For more information, call 881-6747.

San Leandro Got Talent

Tickets are on sale for this year’s “San Leandro’s Got Talent” teen talent show to be held on Friday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 E. 14th St., in San Leandro. Tickets are on sale at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., and the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under.

Roosevelt Elementary White Elephant Sale

The Roosevelt Elementary White Elephant Sale will be held at Roosevelt Elementary School, 951 Dowling St., in San Leandro on Saturday, Feb. 7,  from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be lots of goodies, including sporting goods, toys, bikes, kitchen items, collectibles, art and clothes. A donation drop off will be held in the multipurpose room of Roosevelt Elementary on Friday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 7 p.m.

San Leandro Readers Roundtable

The San Leandro Readers Roundtable will host a discussion of the book, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline, at the SL Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Orphan Train is about a Penobscot Indian, Molly Ayer, who is close to “aging out”  of the foster care system, and Vivian, an elderly woman she has been sent to help.

St. Joachim 5th-Annual Crab Feed

St. Joachim School, 21250 Hesperian Blvd., in Hayward will have its 5th-annual crab feed and auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour and dinner served at 6:30 p.m. There will be tons of live and silent auction items to bid on plus a raffle. This event will be catered by The Fish Market Restaurant from San Mateo. On the menu will be clam chowder, green salad, fresh french bread, dessert and all-you-can-eat fresh cracked crab. Tickets cost $50 per person. This event is for adults 18 and older. For ticket information, call the school at 783-3177 or email Angie Huaman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also order your tickets at this site. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjs-crab-feed-2015-tickets-9078228225.

St. Felicitas Parish Valentines Luncheon

St. Felicitas Parish, 1662 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro will have its Young at Heart Valentines Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon and will include salad, beef stew with veggies, biscuits, apple pie, coffee and apple cider. There will be entertainment and door prices at the luncheon. Tickets cost $6 and may be purchased at the parish office, Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (1662 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro). Tickets must be purchased no later than the Monday, Feb. 11.

Arroyo High Jazz ’n Spaghetti Dinner

Enjoy hot pasta with all of the trimmings and hot jazz on Friday, Feb. 13, at Arroyo High School, 15701 Lorenzo Ave., in San Lorenzo. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, have your fill of delicious spaghetti and listen to performances by the Arroyo High School Jazz Ensemble and the Oasis Big Band as the instrumental music department presents its 30th Annual Jazz ’n Rendezvous Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and high school students, and $8 for children aged 5-12. Children under 5 eat for free. For ticket reservations, call Mr. Miyata at 317-4170.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro.  The no-host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta and bread. Cost per person is $40. Purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10-percent discount. This event is assigned seating. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction. Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the parish office located at 474 W. Estudillo. For more information, call 895-5631.

Alta Mira Club Mystery Tea

The Alta Mira Club, 561 Lafayette Ave., in San Leandro is having a scholarship mystery tea on Monday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., featuring popular mystery writers Terry Shames, Penny Warner and Simon Wood. Tickets are $15, which includes the program followed by tea and delectables. Proceeds benefit the Alta Mira Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call 483-1018 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

San Leandro Diabetes Support Group

The next meeting of the San Leandro Diabetes support group will meet at the San Leandro Surgery Center, 15035 East 14th St., in San Leandro on Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. February is heart month; and, at this meeting, learn more about heart-healthy living. This meeting is free of charge and all patients are welcome. For more information, call Armida Trezza, R.N., MSN, CDE at 351-1193.

Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’

Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., in Hayward presents Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” in a new version by playwright/actor Tracy Letts on Feb. 13 through March 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Thursdays, Feb. 12 (preview) and March 5, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.  Letts’ adaptation brings vivid new life to Chekhov’s 1901 masterpiece — a dark human comedy about the yearnings of three sisters. Tickets are $29, or $32 for opening night, and $10 for the preview night. Discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call the box office at 881-6777 or go to the website www.dmtonline.org.

Art Demonstration

Charles White will give a demonstration of his oil painting technique at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., hosted by the San Leandro Art Association. For more information, call 483-1321.

New Art Association Officers

San Leandro Art Association recently announced the following officers for 2015. They are: President Anna May Tandi, Vice President and acting Corresponding Secretary Ana Marie Rodriguez, Recording Secretary Nancy Starr and Treasurer Philip Ng.  The board members are Rosemarie Ramos, Jane Tsushima, Molly Dolly and Gail Otvos.

 

 
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:17

Hospital Volunteers Needed

Retirees are wanted to join the San Leandro Hospital volunteers. Morning and afternoon 4-hour shifts are available. Stop by and pick up an application at the front desk of the hospital at 13855 East 14th St. in San Leandro.

Sons Of Norway Snorre Lodge Crab Feed

The Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge, 1808 B St. in Hayward, will have its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Cost per person is $40, for children $17 which includes salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, crab and dessert. No outside drinks except wine, wine corkage is $5, no to-go or ziplock bags and no refunds. For more information, call Jeannie Thomson at 656-3549 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

San Leandro Creek Clean Up

Be a part of the special Martin Luther King Day clean up at the San Leandro Creek at Root Park, East 14th St. at Hays St., on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All volunteers are welcomed. It’s recommend that you wear sturdy shoes, long pants, shirts with sleeves, and mosquito repellent. Bring gloves if you have them. Friends of San Leandro Creek will provide latex gloves, trash bags, snacks and drinks. For more information, call Susan Levenson with Friends of San Leandro Creek at 577-6069.

Orienteering at Oyster Bay

The Bay Area Orienteering Club is holding an event at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline in San Leandro on Sunday, Jan. 26. Arrive between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the park entrance at the end of Neptune Drive to register and attend a short beginner’s clinic. Have fun finding your way around the park using map and compass, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Cost ranges from $5 to 10 per person depending on the size of the group, discounts for youth. For more information, visit www.baoc.org or call Vicki Woolworth at 407-1876.

Girl Scout Information Night

Learn more about the Girl Scouts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Join troop leaders and scouts of all ages and learn about field trips, camping, meeting new girls, life skills, management, goal setting, leadership skills and the cookie business. For more information, call Yvonne at 667-0205.

Family Fun Night at the Main Library

Come to the free family fun night at the San Leandro main library, 300 Estudillo Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Enjoy an outrageously good time with storyteller extraordinaire Bob Kann. He’ll use storytelling, juggling, and magic to tickle your funny bone and imagination at this entertainment extravaganza. All ages are welcomed and refreshments will be served after the show. For more information, call 577-3960.

Dan Chan The Magic Man

The San Lorenzo library will present a high octane show, Dan Chan the Magic Man, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. The San Lorenzo Library building is being expanded, their temporary address is 16032 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo. Be instantly engaged and wowed with a barrage of magic, illusions, comedy, rapid costume changes, levitations, juggling, escapes, and unique stunts. For more information, call the Library at 284-0642.

Sun Gallery

Join the Sun Gallery, 1015 E Street in Hayward for the first annual Build a Better Bird House Battle between Mt. Eden and Tennyson High School. This is a silent auction that will take place on Friday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. Bid on bird houses built by Tennyson and Mt. Eden students and help support the arts in these schools. Gallery hours are from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 581-4050 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or visit their website www.sungallery.org.

SL Rotary Endowment Crab Feed

The San Leandro Rotary Endowment is having its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner, catered by Miraglia’s Catering, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling Aisha Knowles at 828-9199. Proceeds from the event support local service projects and non-profit organizations such as the Rotacare Clinic at the Davis Street Family Resource Center, April Showers, Stepping Stones Growth Center and the San Leandro High School Interact Club.

St. Joachim 5th Annual Crab Feed

St. Joachim School, 21250 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward will have its 5th annual crab feed and auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a no host cocktail hour and  dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tons of live and silent auction items to bid on plus a raffle. This event will be catered by The Fish Market Restaurant from San Mateo.  On the menu will be clam chowder, green salad, fresh french bread, dessert and all you can eat fresh cracked crab. Tickets cost $50 per person. This event is for adults 18 and older. For ticket information, call the school at 783-3177 or email Angie Huaman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also order your tickets at this site. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjs-crab-feed-2015-tickets-9078228225.

Arroyo High Jazz’n Spaghetti Dinner

Enjoy hot pasta with all of the trimmings and hot jazz on Friday, Feb. 13, at Arroyo High School, 15701 Lorenzo Ave. in San Lorenzo. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, have your fill of delicious spaghetti and listen to performances by the Arroyo High School Jazz Ensemble and the Oasis Big Band as the instrumental music department presents its 30th Annual Jazz’n Rendezvous Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and highs school students, and $8 for children aged 5-12, children under 5 eat for free.  For ticket reservations, call Mr. Miyata at 317-4170.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  No-host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta, and bread. Cost per person is $40,  purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.  This event is assigned seating. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the Parish Office at 474 W. Estudillo.  For more information, call 895-5631.

 

 
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 15:56

Enjoy An Evening At The Improv

Come to an evening of free improv comedy on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward. The show will feature the acting troupe Made Up Theatre, a cast of improv comics who will use nothing but the audience’s suggestions to create hilarious sketches on the spot. For more information, call 881-6777.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Eden Area will have a meeting to set its education and advocacy priorities for the next two years on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward. The League wants to hear grassroots opinions on what its priorities should be on issues that will affect you and your community. There is no cost, but an RSVP would be appreciated to know the amount of refreshments and materials that are needed.  RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Suzanne at 538-9678.

San Lorenzo Library Anyone Can Sing

Bring your whole family to the San Lorenzo Library, 16032 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo for a chance to sing out on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Local music teacher and singer, Molly Rosen, will help you sing even if you don’t know a single note. This program is free and will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. Everyone, from small children to older adults will have a great time.

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.

S.L. Kiwanis Club Crab Feed

The San Leandro Kiwanis Club’s annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $20 for children 10 and under, which includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Post-dinner dancing to live music provided by “Chico and the Band.” The event is Assigned Seating Only so purchase your tickets early. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Terri Neumann at 895-4425.

California Writers Club

The Berkeley branch of the California Writers Club will meet at the Oakland public library, 125 14th St. in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room, on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Author Sarah Sundin will give the talk on how you can build your novel using the Snowflake Method. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 238-3134 or contact Anne Fox at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or CWC website www.cwc-berkeley.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive

San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th St., is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive Mon., Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the San Leandro Hospital Education Center, which is behind the emergency department. For more information, call Judy Heinemann, clinical nurse educator, at 297-5450 or visit www.sanleandroahs.org.

Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed

Join the Assumption Dads’ Club as they host the Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at  the Assumption School gym, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro.  Cost per person is $45 which includes appetizers, salad, bread, and delicious crab.  A raffle will also be held with many prizes from local merchants.  More information and online registration is available at the Assumption Dads’ Club website: www.assumptiondads.com or by calling Art Galicia at 914-4205. Sponsorships and donations are also requested and appreciated.  All proceeds benefit the Assumption CYO Sports Program and activities at Assumption Catholic School.

St. Felicitas Parish Luncheon

St. Felicitas Parish Young at Heart luncheon will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon.  Tickets cost $6 and may be purchased at the parish office Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  at 1662 Manor Blvd., San Leandro.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday before the luncheon. January 21st Italian Luncheon ~ Salad, Pasta with Red sauce and meatballs, green beans, garlic bread, dessert, coffee/ apple cider. Entertainment and door prices at each luncheon.

St. Joachim 5th Annual Crab Feed

St. Joachim School, 21250 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward will have its 5th annual crab feed and auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a no host cocktail hour and  dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tons of live and silent auction items to bid on plus a raffle. This event will be catered by The Fish Market Restaurant from San Mateo.  On the menu will be clam chowder, green salad, fresh french bread, dessert and all you can eat fresh cracked crab. Tickets cost $50 per person. This event is for adults 18 and older. For ticket information, contact the school at 783-3177 or email Angie Huaman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also order your tickets at this site. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjs-crab-feed-2015-tickets-9078228225.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  No-host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta, and bread. Cost per person is $40,  purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.  This event is assigned seating. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the Parish Office at 474 W. Estudillo.  For more information, call 895-5631.

Sons Of Norway Snorre Lodge Crab Feed

The Sons of Norway Snorre Lodge, 1808 B St. in Hayward, will have its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Cost per person is $40, for children $17 which includes salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, crab and dessert. No outside drinks except wine, wine corkage is $5, no to-go or ziplock bags and no refunds. For more information, call Jeannie Thomson at 656-3549 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mission Bay Writer’s Group

The Mission Bay Writer’s Group  meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Club House of the Mission Bay Mobile Home Park, 15333 Wicks Blvd. in San Leandro. The group writes about everyday experiences, memories, or anything at all and opened to anyone who would like to join. The club welcomes all who want to enjoy writing in a casual, friendly environment. For more information, call Esther at 667-0966.

Girl Scout Information Night

Learn more about the Girl Scouts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Join troop leaders and scouts of all ages and learn about field trips, camping, meeting new girls, life skills, management, goal setting, leadership skills and the cookie business. For more information, call Yvonne at 667-0205.

Hospital Volunteers Needed

Retirees are wanted to join the San Leandro Hospital volunteers. Morning and afternoon 4-hour shifts are available. Stop by and pick up an application at the front desk of the hospital at 13855 East 14th St. in San Leandro.

San Leandro Garden Club

The next meeting of the San Leandro Garden Club will be on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 10 to 11a.m. at the Alta Mira House, 561 Lafayette Ave. in San Leandro. The speaker is Ruby Blume from the Institute of Urban Homesteading speaking on Urban Animal Husbandry.  All are welcome.

 

 
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:27

From small town charms to big resort luxuries, Maui beautifully blends the best of both worlds

010815t1By Greg Benson San Leandro Times

Hawai‘i entices mainlanders from across the Pacific with every tropical breeze. Like six seductive sirens in the sea, the Hawaiian islands call out to vacationers, extolling the virtues of their natural wonders. From rugged volcanic ridges to soothing sandy shores, the sights, sounds and sensations of these islands have attracted travelers for centuries.

In 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook unexpectedly discovered these “Sandwich Isles,” a name he chose in honor of the Earl of Sandwich, and introduced Hawai‘i to the world.

Inhabited hundreds of years earlier by the Polynesians, the islands slowly transformed from a pristine tropical oasis to industrious whaling towns and corporate plantations.

Populations swelled in a social tsunami as the islands experienced incredible exponential growth during this economic boom of the 19th century.

While whalers and plantation owners have long left the shores and valleys of these lands, the tourist industry still stands strong. And, the Hawaiian islands rise up to welcome you with open arms.

Each of the six major islands possess their own unique characteristics: Kaua‘i, “The Garden Isle;” O‘ahu, “The Gathering Place;” Moloka‘i, The Native Isle; Lana‘i, The Secluded Isle; Hawai‘i, “The Big Island;” and then there’s Maui… “The Magic Isle.”

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway sipping mai tais by the pool or an adventurous zipline tour down the slopes of a volcano, you’ll find the best of both worlds on the island of Maui.

Developers first chose to place their luxurious resorts on the west side of the island. Its leeward position allows for gentle surf, mild breezes and gorgeous ocean sunsets.

The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas was our home on this week, as my wife, Dawn, and I accompanied our dear friends, Muriel and Alex Maguire of San Leandro.

You see, Alex and Muriel are timeshare owners at the Westin. They have been visiting the resort four or five times a year for the past seven years. “We love it here,” said Alex. “Muriel and I call this our second home. The people here treat us like family… ‘ohana.”

From the time we arrived at the resort, the warmth of the greetings we received could only be matched by the blissful beachside breeze as it gently swept through the palm fronds above.

These warm embraces in the lobby breezeway melted our worries away and instantly placed us in Maui mode.

The Hawaiian culture is very family oriented, and the resort reflects that in every “Aloha” greeting from each concierge, caretaker and cabana crewmember you pass by.

Maui, Hawai‘i’s second largest island, features a feast of activities to satisfy a host of hungers. First on our minds upon arrival was lunch.

010815t2DINING

Dining choices range from seafood-inspired cultural dishes and Polynesian staples to American comfort foods. The latter can be found on practically every menu on the island in the form of the classic cheeseburger.

Jimmy Buffet would be in heaven with these “Cheeseburgers in Paradise.” The best one I found was at Māla Ocean Tavern on the north end of Front Street in Lāhainā.

The combination of Kobe beef and applewood-smoked bacon with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese sent the tastebud meter to the top.

The Westin also features cheeseburgers at their two outdoor restaurants. I preferred Ocean Pool Bar & Grill’s offering at the south property. The charred flavor of the Angus patty came in second best to Māla.

Other contenders included burgers at Duke’s, a seaside restaurant named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (Hawai‘i’s legendary Olympic swimmer and surf evangelist), and the Four Seasons Resort overlooking Hulopo‘e Bay on Lana‘i — by far, the best view from any restaurant and once named “America’s Best Beach.”

Even the namesake restaurant “Cheeseburger in Paradise” in Lāhainā Town couldn’t contend with the flavorful Māla masterpiece. However, their dizzying array of toppings will delightfully spin your head quicker than a naked fire dancer on Little Beach.

But, seriously, Maui offers plenty of fine dining choices to satisfy any discerning palate. Just walk down Front Street in Lāhainā and find a menu that tickles your taste buds, or ask a local for a good recommendation. You’re sure to find your new, favorite restaurant… eventually.

010815t3SHOPPING

Speaking of Front Street, that’s where the action is!

If shopping is on your vacation to-do list, this is the place to be. You can find everything from hand-carved figurines at sidewalk vendors to swanky silk dresses at designer outlets… and everything in between.

One added benefit of shopping in Hawai‘i is the lower sales tax. That means everything is on sale!

SNORKELING

One of the best and most affordable activities around Maui County is by far snorkeling. The calm waters off the shores of the Westin resort proved to be a paradise of irridescent parrotfish and brightly colored species of all kinds. Just to the south, Black Rock Reef plays host to many sea turtles and manta rays — just beware of cliff divers and rip tides. Shark sightings are rare.

One of the best spots we found to snorkel was on the secluded isle of Lana‘i. The ferry from Lāhainā Harbor runs over every day at multiple times from Maui ($60 roundtrip). Take an early ferry and spend the day at Hulopo‘e Bay — just a 20-minute walk from the ferry dock. Bring one of your rolling suitcases packed with snorkeling gear and beach towels to make the trek a little easier.

In these shallow waters, following along with a school of tropical fish is very easy. It’s like floating atop a giant aquarium. You will be amazed! And, you might even get an up-close visit from a shy sea turtle.

WHALE WATCHING

Keep your eye out on the ferry ride back, you may catch a glimpse of a breaching whale along the horizon. The best lookout spot is top deck, outside.

For a better chance at seeing these magnificent migrating mammals up close, schedule a whale-watching tour with one of the many charter options offered at the harbor. The peak of the whale-watching season runs from January to early April.

GOLFING

Golfing the great courses of Maui is another favorite vacation activity. The breathtaking scenery from each tee to green will make any round a positive play.

Choose from 14 courses around the island designed by famous architects and golfing greats like Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw.

ADVENTURE

For those with a more adventurous spirit, check out Skyline Eco-Adventures. They feature a wide range of zipline tours and bicycle runs down the Haleakalā volcano that are sure to raise the hairs on your neck. However, most cyclers choose a more leisurely pace, coasting along the downhill course.

If a long sight-seeing drive to explore Hawai‘i’s unspoiled past sounds interesting, check out the quiet little town of Hāna on the rugged eastern coastline.

But, beware: The Hāna Highway, which is more of a road, has 620 curves and 59 bridges along its 50-plus miles. The drive can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete, but it features some of the most spectacular views of the island. Along the way, you will see an abundance of lush rainforests, tall waterfalls, reflective pools and dramatic seascapes.

Once there, the rich history of this incredible island unfolds before you.

So, if you’re planning to escape the cold California winter this year, consider the warmth of Maui’s charms… and cheeseburgers.

For more information on the Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, visit www.westinkaanapali.com. For more information on Skyline Eco-Adventures, visit www.zipline.com.

Historical and geographical reference material for this article came from www.gohawaii.com — a valuable resource for anyone interested in researching any of the six Hawaiian islands.

CAPTION 1: Located on the west side of Maui, the Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas is part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts family, and features all the amenities you could wish for in a beautiful seaside setting.

PHOTO BY GREG BENSON

CAPTION 2: The cheeseburger at the Four Seasons Resort on Lana‘i is served overlooking Hulopo‘e Bay.

PHOTO BY GREG BENSON

CAPTION 3: Everyone had a great time at Māla Ocean Tavern — myself, Kapunawai “Puna” Akima, Dawn, Muriel, Alex and Puna’s son, Pōhaku. Puna is the executive assistant to the general manager of the Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas and a very accomplished Polynesian dancer. Her husband, Jeremy (not pictured), is in the National Guard.

PHOTO BY JEREMY AKIMA


 
Enjoy an Evening of Improv at Douglas Morrisson Theatre PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 16:55

A Night of Improv with Made Up Theatre, a free event, will be presented for the first time by the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Voted “Best Comedy Theatre” by Reader’s Choice, Made Up Theatre is the Bay Area’s home for improvised comedy and entertainment, and this show will feature an all-star cast of improvisers who use nothing but audience suggestions to create fresh and hilarious improvised scenes.

Enjoy a night out and experience the magic and fun of improvisational comedy. For more information, visit www.dmtonline.org or call 510- 881-6777.


 
Teens Show San Leandro’s Got Talent PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 16:55

Tickets are on sale for this year’s “San Leandro’s Got Talent” teen talent show to be held on Friday, Feb. 6, from

7 to 10 p.m. at the San Leandro Senior Center, 13909 East 14th St., in San Leandro.

Tickets are on sale at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.; and the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under.

San Leandro’s Got Talent is a collaboration of the San Leandro Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC).  TAG and YAC are joining together to offer this fun event for the community while raising money for teen programs.

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will be used for teen programs at the library as well as YAC’s mini-grant program for youth-serving organizations.

 

 
Community Calendar • 01-08-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 16:53

I.D.E.S. of Alvarado Street Crab Feed

The I.D.E.S is now selling tickets for its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 790 Antonio Street in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes crab, pasta, salad, wine, garlic bread and ice cream. For tickets and more information, call 385-2847 or 635-3580.

Readers Roundtable

The San Leandro Readers Roundtable will host a discussion of the book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Americanah is the story of a young woman from Nigeria who starts a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all as she expected.

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.

Hearing Loss Association

The monthly meeting of the Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, Jan. 10. In 2015, the meetings will be held in the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fabiola Bldg., 3801 Howe St., lower level conference room B26. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m., the program  at 10 a.m. Retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge James R. Lambden will discuss “The Rights of the Hearing Impaired.” There will be time for questions. 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.

Battle of The Bands Auditions

The 52nd Annual Battle of the Bands live auditions for all genre of music will be held all day on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Matt Jimenez Community Center, 28200 Ruus Road in
Hayward. Judges will choose 12 finalists from the live auditions to perform at Chabot College along with last year’s winner. Auditions are required for all potential performers.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Eden Area will have a meeting to set its education and advocacy priorities for the next two years on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward. The League wants to hear grassroots opinions on what its priorities should be on issues that will affect you and your community. There is no cost, but an RSVP would be appreciated to know the amount of refreshments and materials that are needed.  RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Suzanne at 538-9678.

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.

S.L. Kiwanis Club Crab Feed

The San Leandro Kiwanis Club’s annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $20 for children 10 and under, which includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Post-dinner dancing to live music provided by “Chico and the Band”. The event is Assigned Seating Only so purchase your tickets early. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Terri Neumann at 895-4425.

California Writers Club

The Berkeley branch of the California Writers Club will meet at the Oakland public library, 125 14th St. in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room, on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Author Sarah Sundin will give the talk on how you can build your novel using the Snowflake Method. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 238-3134 or contact Anne Fox at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or CWC website www.cwc-berkeley.org.

Blood Drive

San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th St., is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive Mon., Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the San Leandro Hospital Education Center, which is behind the emergency department. For more information, call Judy Heinemann, clinical nurse educator, at 297-5450 or visit www.sanleandroahs.org.

Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed

Join the Assumption Dads Club as they host the Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at  the Assumption School gym, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro.  Cost per person is $45 which includes appetizers, salad, bread, and delicious crab.  A raffle will also be held with many prizes from local merchants.  More information and online registration is available at the Assumption Dads Club website: www.assumptiondads.com or by calling Art Galicia at 914-4205. Sponsorships and donations are also requested and appreciated.  All proceeds benefit the Assumption CYO Sports Program and activities at Assumption Catholic School.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  No host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.  On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta, and bread. Cost per person is $40,  purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.  This event is assigned seating. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the Parish Office at 474 W. Estudillo.  For more information, call 895-5631.

 

 
Community Calendar • 01-01-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 22:43

Eden Area Village Meeting

The Eden Area Village is developing a non-profit membership-based neighborhood “Village” that will help people who live in Castro Valley, Hayward and the San Lorenzo area stay in their homes as they age. This public outreach meeting will be held at the Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, on Friday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.

Frederick Olmsted Film at the Museum

Join the San Leandro History Museum, 320 W. Estudillo Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11:30 a.m and 2 p.m. for a screening of the documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America. Nineteenth-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed some of America’s most well-known green spaces, including Central Park in New York. Locally he is known for his design of the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland and much of the landscaping at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Free admission, no registration required. The film is 60 minutes long. For more information, call 577-3990.

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.

Diabetes Support Group

Karmeen Kulkarni, formerly with the American Diabetes Association, will speak on empowering yourself to live well at the next group meeting on Monday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m. at the San Leandro Surgery Center, 15035 East 14th Street. Free and open to the public.

I.D.E.S. of Alvarado Street Crab Feed

The I.D.E.S is now selling tickets for its annual crab feed on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 790 Antonio Street in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes crab, pasta, salad, wine, garlinc bread and ice cream. For tickets and more information, call 385-2847 or 635-3580.

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.

Blood Drive

San Leandro Hospital, 13855 East 14th St., is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive Mon., Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the San Leandro Hospital Education Center, which is behind the emergency department. For more information, call Judy Heinemann, clinical nurse educator, at 297-5450 or visit www.sanleandroahs.org.

Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed

Join the Assumption Dads Club as they host the Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at  the Assumption School gym, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro.  Cost per person is $45 which includes appetizers, salad, bread, and delicious crab.  A raffle will also be held with many prizes from local merchants.  More information and online registration is available at the Assumption Dads Club website: www.assumptiondads.com or by calling Art Galicia at 914-4205. Sponsorships and donations are also requested and appreciated.  All proceeds benefit the Assumption CYO Sports Program and activities at Assumption Catholic School.

S.L. Kiwanis Club Crab Feed

The San Leandro Kiwanis Club’s annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $20 for children 10 and under, which includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Post-dinner dancing to live music provided by “Chico and the Band”. The event is Assigned Seating Only so purchase your tickets early. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Terri Neumann at 895-4425.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  No host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.  On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta, and bread. Cost per person is $40,  purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10 percent discount.  This event is assigned seating. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the Parish Office at 474 W. Estudillo.  For more information, call 895-5631.

Hearing Loss Association

The monthly meeting of the Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, Jan. 10. In 2015, the meetings will be held in the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fabiola Bldg., 3801 Howe St., lower level conference room B26. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m., the program  at 10 a.m. Retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge James R. Lambden will discuss “The Rights of the Hearing Impaired.” There will be time for questions. 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.

T.O.P.S.  Meetings

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 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. 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 .

 

 
Rabbi Rocks Out at Menorah Lighting at City Hall PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 26 December 2014 14:56

122514eBy Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

You know the menorah lighting ceremony is rolling when Rabbi Yehuda Ferris starts singing “Hanukkah Night is All Right for Lighting,” a takeoff on the Elton John song.

After playing more traditional songs, the rabbi reeled off a couple pop tunes. He said it felt a little odd rockin’ out right on front of the police station. But what the heck, it’s Hanukkah.

The menorah was lit in front of City Hall and the police station on Monday night, the first public menorah lighting on city property. Temple Beth Sholom on Dolores Avenue has displayed a menorah on the roof in past years.

Rabbi Shimon Gruzman from the Chabad of Castro Valley lit the candles with a torch and gave Mayor Stephen Cassidy the honor of lighting a candle too.

Rabbi Gruzman set up the menorah last week and it has electric lights since it’s designed for outdoors. But for the ceremony, he attached the real deal – oil burning lights.

A crowd of about 30 people heard Gruzman give a short talk on the history of Hanukkah. A small band of faithful Jews defeated the Syrian-Greeks, one of the mightiest armies on Earth, who had ruled for 21 centuries. They reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem and went to light the menorah but found they had only one cruse (jar) of oil, one day’s supply – but miraculously the menorah burned for eight days.

In the celebration of Hanukkah, a single flame is lit the first night, two the second night, and so on until all eight candles are lit.

Everybody enjoyed the traditional Hannukah food that was on hand, doughnuts and fried potatoes. There were arts and crafts for the kids, who also had a good time dancing to the music of Rabbi Yehuda Ferris who was accompanied by Mikel Estrin on guitar and mandolin.

Both Rabbi Gruzman and Mayor Cassidy noted that having religious freedom is one of the great things about America.

CAPTION: Rabbi Yehuda Ferris sang at the menorah lighting on Monday night at City Hall.

PHOTO BY JIM KNOWLES


 
Community Calendar • 12-25-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 26 December 2014 14:32

Mother Nature’s Gifts

Welcome our wildlife neighbors into the New Year by making a variety of tasty treats at the View Facility at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St. in Hayward on Monday, Dec. 29,  from 1 to 4 p.m. Children and adults alike will enjoy creating their own edible works of art to string on the trees for the birds and squirrels to feast on. Refreshments will be provided. This is a free drop-in event, so come and go as you please. For more information, 881-6747.

New Year’s Eve on the Hornet

Ring in 2015 onboard the historic World War II aircraft-carrier-USS Hornet on Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dance to live music from a 17-piece swing and jazz band and count down to midnight with a spectacular view of the Bay Area skyline and the waterfront fireworks, plus a silent auction, cash bars and food concessions. Tickets range from $45 to $85 per person and parking is free. The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda. For information or reservations, call 521-8448, ext. 282.

Eden Area Village Meeting

The Eden Area Village is developing a non-profit membership-based neighborhood “Village” that will help people who live in Castro Valley, Hayward and the San Lorenzo area stay in their homes as they age. This public outreach meeting will be held at the Hayward City Hal, 777 B Street, on Friday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m..

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.

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.

Blood Drive

San Leandro Hospital, 13855 E 14th St., is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive Mon., Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to the San Leandro Hospital Education Center, which is behind the emergency department. For more information, call Judy Heinemann, clinical nurse educator at 297-5450 or visit www.sanleandroahs.org.

Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed

Join the Assumption Dads Club as they host the Assumption Annual Men’s Crab Feed on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at  the Assumption School gym, 1851 136th Ave., San Leandro.  Cost per person is $45 which includes appetizers, salad, bread, and delicious crab!  A raffle will also be held with many prizes from local merchants.  More information and online registration is available at the Assumption Dads Club website: www.assumptiondads.com or by calling Art Galicia at 510-914-4205. Sponsorships and donations are also requested and appreciated.  All proceeds benefit the Assumption CYO Sports Program and activities at Assumption Catholic School.

S.L. Kiwanis Club Crab Feed

The San Leandro Kiwanis Club’s annual crab feed will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd. in San Leandro. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $20 for children 10 and under, which includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Post-dinner dancing to live music provided by Chico and the Band. The event is Assigned Seating Only so purchase your tickets early. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Terri Neumann at 895-4425.

John O’Lague Gallery

The Hayward Arts Council will sponsor Art: Believe/Achieve, works by the Diablo/Alameda Chapter of National League of American Pen Women, at the John O’Lague Gallery in the Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., through Jan. 30. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Valentine Crab Feed

The St. Leander Church Valentine Crab Feed will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  No host bar will be open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.  On the menu will be crab, salad, pasta, and bread. Cost per person is $40,  purchase 20 or more tickets at one time and receive a 10% discount.  This event is “assigned seating”. There will be a dessert and a sports memorabilia silent auction.  Last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Feb. 10.  Tickets are available in the Parish Office at 474 W. Estudillo.  For more information, call 895-5631.

Hearing Loss Association

The monthly meeting of the Hearing Loss Association will meet on Saturday, Jan. 10. In 2015, the meetings will be held in the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fabiola Bldg., 3801 Howe St., lower level conference room B26. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m., the program  at 10 a.m. Retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge James R. Lambden will discuss “The Rights of the Hearing Impaired.” There will be time for questions. Park free on Saturday in the old garage across the street. 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.

 

 
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Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:12

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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.


 

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