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Sulphur Creek educates community on wildlife

As the world around us becomes more industrial and urban, wild animals are rapidly shrinking in number. Facilities to protect them as well as to re-familiarize todays technologically advanced generation with the wonders of the natural world are growing increasingly important. Sulphur Creek Nature Center, located in Hayward, is one such facility. They offer various educational programs to help encourage the community to learn more about nature and wildlife preservation, and nurse wild animals that are sick, orphaned, or injured. The centers mission is to instill a sense of responsibility for the welfare of our world by bringing people and animals closer together through wildlife rehabilitation and education. They take an interest in orphaned, native wildlife, ranging from raccoons and squirrels to more exotic animals like river otters and Townsend long-eared bats, all of which are part of Californias heritage. Their goal is to heal these animals and settle them back into the wild.

The center was originally established as The Nature Center in 1944 by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and was up the street from its current location. In 1970, it moved to the 10-acre Sulphur Creek property, originally an old ranch. It was converted it into a nature and wildlife education and rehabilitation center and began taking in animals that needed care. Today, the center houses a wildlife rehabilitation hospital, a Discovery Museum, several aviaries, and animal enclosures. It has grown from hosting around 20-30 programs a year to the over 1,300 programs it now provides annually. The center is home to about 70 species of resident animals that are nursed by the 12-person part and full-time staff of Sulphur Creek along with 200 volunteers; they take in between 600 and 700 animals for rehabilitation every year. Some native wildlife currently onsite includes golden eagles, falcons, coyotes, foxes, pond turtles, and the latest addition, skunks. The longest resident animal is a turkey vulture, that came to Sulphur Creek in 1989 as a juvenile with the tip of its left wing missing. Fox, squirrels, opossums, and baby birds are brought in most often for rehabilitation.

Music at the Grove celebrates 31st season

The City of Newark Recreation and Community Services Department is proud to announce the 31st season of free concerts at the beautiful Shirley Sisk Grove, located on NewPark Mall Road across from Macys. Newark was one of the first cities in the Bay Area to offer free community concerts, modeled after the famous Stern Grove concerts held each summer in San Francisco. Our concert series began back in 1987 with a performance by Bay Area party band Big Bang Beat. And the Big Bang Beat has been with us ever since, opening our annual concert series to the delight of their many dedicated fans. We have some great concerts scheduled this summer culminating with a fan appreciation event on August 3. Make sure you mark your calendars now and plan on being part of a great summer of family-fun concerts at the Grove!

All concerts will be held on Friday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Concert goers can arrive early to picnic and relax with family and friends. Bring a blanket or low-back chair as all seating is festival style. The concerts are made available through generous sponsorships including the Newark Betterment Corporation, Tri-City Voice (special media sponsor), The Sign Zone, Homewood Suites, Arteagas Food Center, Cedar Dental Care, Massimos Italian Restaurant, and Cargill. Long-time concert promotor Joel Nelson Productions is our feature sponsor for the July 6 Drifters concert.

Field Day demonstrates science, skill, and service

Members of the South Bay Amateur Radio Club (SBARA) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 at Central Park/Lake Elizabeth near the corner of Sailway Drive and Paseo Padre Parkway. Since 1933, Amateur Radio operators across North America have established temporary radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio ? sometimes called ham radio ? has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radios ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

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