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Downtown Hayward Street Party

Submitted by Hayward Chamber of Commerce


Summer will be heating up August 18 when the annual Downtown Hayward Street Party returns to B Street. The three-hour event will include a vintage and hot rod car show, live music, scrumptious food and unique street vendors.


If that’s not enough, there also will be a beer and wine garden for adults, arts and crafts, games for kids and family activities. Everything will be held outdoors under the shade of trees lining B and Main streets and at nearby Newman Park in downtown Hayward.


Music will be provided by The Flow (Jazz, R&B), Patron (Latin Jazz, Mambo), Third Sol (Funk, Latin, R&B) and visitors are encouraged to bring their best dance moves. And the best part? Everyone is invited and admission is free.


The event is a partnership between Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Hayward Improvement Association and the City of Hayward.



Downtown Hayward Street Party

Thursday, Aug 18

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

B and Main Streets

Downtown Hayward

(510) 537-2424


Admission: Free




Hot August Niles Car Show

Submitted by Niles Main Street Association

Photos by Julie Grabowski


We’re getting ready for our upcoming Hot August Car Show on August 14. This is an entertaining day for the entire family and car lovers have an opportunity to show off their shiny new toys.


On the day of the event, food and refreshments will be available for purchase, a live band will perform, and guests can enter a 50/50 raffle (must be present to win). Shops along Niles Main Street will be open.


If you wish to participate in the event, please register online at www.niles.org, or in person at Keith’s Collectibles, My Friends & I, or Niles Flying A. You may pick up your information packet on the day of the show at the registration table. Pre-registration closes midnight on August 12.


Entrance to the car show will be at Niles Boulevard and J Street. Participants must have their vehicles registered by 9 a.m. No early departures are permitted.



Hot August Niles Car Show

Sunday, Aug 14

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Niles Blvd., Fremont

(510) 857-6512


Pre-registration: $30

Day-of registration: $35




Dancing through the pandemic

By Stephanie Gertsch


Since the pandemic began over two years ago, people have been asking “When can we return to normal?” We’re sick of anxiously monitoring new strains and running risk calculus for every event. But no matter how many chafe under masking requirements, nothing can bring yesterday back. Instead, we have to ask ourselves, “How do we live well in a world where sickness and death are ever present?”


Buddhist philosophy tells us that even in a world of suffering, there is still reason to dance. On Saturday, August 13, Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church (SACBC) will hold their first in-person Obon festival since 2019. Usually held mid-August, Obon is a time to remember and celebrate those who have passed away. At SACBC, guests can purchase bento boxes and udon noodles, enjoying singing from Chidori Band, and join the community dancing. (If you don’t know the steps, just watch the person in front of you!) A hybrid Obon service will be held on Sunday morning.


Minister Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji joined SACBC in August of 2020, and this will be his first Obon here. He weighs in on some of the principles of Buddhism: that life contains suffering, and that suffering is caused by attachment. “We have attachments to the idea of the self or wanting to promote the self over others…That’s what causes this friction within ourselves and causes us to prioritize ourselves over other people.”


Some attachments are good. Miyaji expands, “We have attachments to our family and love. And we’re not saying that life doesn’t have these joyous moments. But also, that [they’re] fleeting; they don’t last forever. How do we then take those joyous moments, and the sad or frustrating moments and cope with all of them on the whole journey called life?”


Once, you acknowledge the suffering caused by attachments, the next step is learning how to work through them according to the Eight-Fold Path, knowing we’re all undergoing the same process. “Buddhism hits on this point of ‘We’re all in this together, we’re all in the same boat,’ and that’s where the idea of compassion really comes out in Buddhism.”


Although his parents are both Buddhist ministers, Miyaji was initially skeptical of religion and studied philosophy at Berkeley. However: “I really was dissatisfied with what I was studying in philosophy because I felt like it was just going in circles. It was just a game of people trying to one-up each other.”


Philosophy didn’t quite get to the answers he was looking for. “When my grandparents passed away, that left this mark on me. And I never really got over it through studying philosophy.” Talking with his father about death and Buddhist traditions gave him more comfort and eventually led Miyaji to study Buddhism both in the States and in Japan, and become a minister.


While Buddhists in Japan might only visit the temple monthly, or on the anniversary of a relative’s death, for the Nikkei (people or a person of Japanese heritage) a temple is often a community hub with Sunday services, sports, and cultural events. Of course, community spirit looks different during a pandemic. “It was tough to get to know people because all I was seeing was their faces on Zoom,” Miyaji shares.


However, the temple found some creative outlets for community. “When I got here, they started this outreach program where the younger members went to the older members’ homes and set up their Zooms. As it turned out, we had a lot of older people join our services.” Folks stuck at home shared how meaningful it was to see everybody’s faces, even on a screen.


Community can be expressed through coming to a temple, or Zooming in, to study and chant the teachings of the Buddha. But dancing can do that too! “Obon dancing is the same thing. It’s doing that through our movements. Expressing our joy.”


“More than half the people who show up to these things are doing it for cultural purposes, they just want to do something different, wear the yukata,” Miyaji reflects. “But for me whether they realize it or not is kind of beside the point. We’re all here as a community to express our joy for this life and how we got here through the ‘Infinite Causes and Conditions,’ as we say. Those causes and conditions involve our family members who have passed away. When we dance, we’re remembering them, memorializing them, as well as celebrating this religious tradition that we are part of.”



Obon Festival

Saturday, Aug 13

Food Sales: 5 p.m.

Chidori Band: 6 p.m.

Bon Dance: 7 p.m.

(short service with be held prior to dancing)


Obon Service

Sunday Aug 14

10 a.m.


Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church

32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 471-2581


Lot parking may be limited; street parking also available




Animal foster parents donate $2 million to humane society

Submitted by Michelle Tennant Nicholson


As longtime friends of Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), Shannon Wass and Dan Kelmenson have opened their home to more than 130 foster animals. Now they are expanding their commitment by making a transformative $2 million gift to support HSSV and its lifesaving mission. These funds will allow HSSV to sustain and grow its foster program, which plays a critical role in all of HSSV’s work to help pets and their people.


In honor of Shannon and Dan’s generous gift – a combination five-year pledge and legacy commitment – HSSV will name its foster program the Shannon Wass and Dan Kelmenson Foster Care Program. Each year, HSSV’s foster program finds temporary homes for nearly 3,000 animals that need time and care before they are ready for adoption. These foster animals include pregnant cats and dogs, orphans too young to be adopted, and animals with special needs who might be recovering from illness or injury or stress from the shelter environment.


At any given time, as many as 200 foster families across Silicon Valley are hosting animals. With Shannon and Dan’s support, HSSV’s fostering community will continue to grow. Shannon hopes to extend the program by translating educational materials into multiple languages and recruiting multilingual foster mentors. She is also excited about providing specialized training for fosters, such as fear-free handling for energetic large dogs and in-home protocols to treat ringworm — a critical need each year during the spring/summer “kitten season.”


Shannon adopted a cat from HSSV in 2007, began volunteering a few years later, and since then has become a dedicated supporter, kitten nursery volunteer, foster parent, foster mentor, and HSSV board member.


The couple’s gift is part of $16 million in recent donations to HSSV’s current campaign “Making and Keeping Families Whole.” Over the next three years, HSSV’s goal is to raise $60 million through this campaign to launch new programs and support existing work.


Learn more at: HSSV.org




Bingo returns to Elks Lodge

Submitted by Steve Kay


Fremont Elks Lodge is excited to announce that our bingo program is now back and running after a 27-month hiatus. We have a new group of excited volunteers that have been busy learning the ropes to bring this popular program back and create the fun atmosphere that we have been sorely missing.


The program has been taking baby steps, but we are happy to see familiar and new faces coming out to support our largest function. While we are not at 100% operation, we are extremely close and anticipate in the near future adding food vendors on-site. Bingo is an important part of the Lodge that allows us help the charities we support in our community.


Doors open each Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with early bird games beginning at 6:00 p.m., and regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bingo is open to the public. We encourage you to come on down and see what the excitement is about and help us help our community.


The Elks have been proudly servicing the Tri City area since 1959 and on a national level since 1868. For questions, please reach out to our Bingo Chairperson, Sabrina Limon at sabrinalimon@gmail.com. For information about the Elks, please see our local lodge’s website of www.fremontelks.org or on a National level, elks.org. Elks Care and Elks Share.



Bingo at Fremont Elks Lodge


4:30 p.m. doors open

6 p.m. early bird games

6:30 p.m. regular games

Elks Lodge 2121

38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont

(510) 797-2121





Boys and Girls Clubs of San Leandro to host 75th anniversary

Submitted by Jacquelyn Diaz


The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro (BGCSL) are announcing two events to launch their anniversary year as they celebrate 75 years of service to San Leandro and surrounding communities. This month the Club will launch newly expanded programs for youth and teens that will connect our kids to the future. Friday, August 19 is “Night of Exploration,” an important evening fundraiser for youth and teen programs. Saturday, August 20 is the “Rock the Block” ribbon cutting and grand opening for the community to tour the newly upgraded facility and enjoy food, music, sports, games, activities and more!


Rock the Block is free and will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Come explore the new building, programs, technology, free refreshments, carnival games, music and more. Monarch Bay Golf Course will host a pee wee golf experience, Lawrence Hall of Science will have a STEM activity, and featured performances by Turf, Inc., Oakland Roots Soccer, music, and many more surprises! Both events are a great way to reconnect with friends and family while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the BGCSL!



Rock the Block

Saturday, Aug 20

12 noon – 5 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro

2200 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro

(510) 483-5581





Patelco donation will help Sparkpoint clients build, boost credit

Submitted by Michaela Cruciani


Patelco Credit Union, a Bay Area-based credit union recently teamed up with United Way’s SparkPoint to bring its ScoreUp™ Credit Builder Loan to the center’s clients.


Patelco’s credit builder loan has helped more than 1,000 people establish and improve their credit scores. The ScoreUp™ Credit Builder Loan is a great additional tool for SparkPoint financial coaches to leverage when working with families to help them build their credit, increase their savings and reduce their debt. Patelco’s member development and retail teams also work together to offer financial services and serve as backup financial coaches to SparkPoint families.


“Throughout our year-long partnership, the team has helped SparkPoint financial coaches understand how ScoreUp™ can benefit the families they help,” said Darrin Mink, vice president of virtual delivery and membership development at Patelco Credit Union. “ScoreUp™ is a great tool to help establish and build credit. We want as many members as possible to benefit from the program, and this partnership gives more people access to it.”


At the Fremont Sparkpoint Center on Friday, July 8, the credit union presented SparkPoint with a $5,000 check to help fund the program’s financial coaches and their one-on-one work with clients to recognize behavioral outcomes, set goals, brainstorm strategies and set realistic action plans.


“This program is so beneficial for people like me, working families who live paycheck to paycheck, who cannot get unemployment and still need to provide for their families at the end of each month in the middle of a global pandemic,” said a SparkPoint client. “This program helped with my rent, bills, food and gas expenses. I am very thankful for everyone involved. If I could say something to other fathers or families in our community going through a hard time, it would be that, ‘When you need help, it's best not to stay quiet. Ask for help. There's no shame in that.’”




Mobile Hygiene unit rolling again

Submitted by City of Fremont


For people experiencing homelessness, keeping themselves and their clothing clean can be challenging. It can also impact their ability to get or keep a job or participate in society. To meet this need, the cities of Fremont and Newark, and several community partners have developed the CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Program that provides shower and laundry services to the unhoused population.


CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Unit is operating on a limited-service schedule through August 29. Here are the locations, operating days and hours:


  • Irvington Presbyterian Church, 4181 Irvington Ave., Fremont

Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Ave., Fremont

Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Meanwhile, donations are being accepted by the CleanStart program to help unhoused people in the community. Their summer needs list includes:


Undergarments for adult men and women

  • Boxers/Briefs (M–XXXL)
  • Underwear (S–XXL)
  • Undershirts (M–XXXL)
  • Camisoles (S–XXL)
  • Sports bras (S-XXXL)


Clothing for adult men and women

(Sizes S–XXXL)

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts and capris
  • Tank tops
  • Sweatpants
  • Leggings
  • Light jackets



  • Sleeping bags
  • Bike locks
  • Backpacks
  • Flashlights (w/batteries)


To schedule a drop-off or coordinate shipping of donations, send an email to Paula Manczuk-Hannay at pmanczuk-hannay@fremont.gov. For questions, call (510) 574-2049.




Finding the balance in housing choice

Submitted by Evelyn LaTorre Jane Mueller


Housing is a hot topic these days. Supply simply isn’t meeting demand. Houses are increasingly expensive, particularly in the Bay Area. For many people, where they work is so far from home that they have to leave before sunrise and return after sunset. There’s little opportunity to get acquainted with neighbors. Living among people they don’t know, especially in the COVID era, a family can feel lonely in its own home.


Balancing privacy with a sense of community has been a motivating goal for a group of friends in the Tri-Cities. Known collectively as Mission Peak Village, members have been working diligently to implement a housing concept that they expect to function well for them, a concept recognized in the U.S. and Canada as collaborative housing or “cohousing.” The idea was born in Denmark and introduced to North America in a 1988 book called Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, written by the architect team of Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant. The book grew from the team’s investigation into a better way to combine professional careers with raising a family.


The firm of McCamant and Durrett Architects designed and organized the first cohousing community in the U.S.—Muir Commons in Davis, California—which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021. Since then, cohousing has become a national movement. Fundamentally, cohousing is an intentional community in which members live in their own private homes and stimulate interaction with their neighbors by sharing activities and amenities. The Cohousing Association of the United States estimates that there are now more than 170 active cohousing communities in 40 states.


Mission Peak Village intends to build the first in the Tri-City area. After an exhaustive search, the group has secured a site on High Street in the Irvington District of Fremont and will submit its design to the City in August. The site design itself encourages a sense of community. A community center, called a Common House, includes a large kitchen and dining area for occasional shared meals, a craft area, coffee bar, laundry, media room, library, guest quarters, and quiet space for working or studying. The community will be planned, owned, and managed by the residents, who will share activities such as cooking, dining, childcare, and gardening. Mission Peak Village will be multi-generational, comprising 32 households of families with children as well as seniors.


Although it may seem counterintuitive, cohousing tends to work well for people who identify as introverts. There is a clear definition between private space and community space, and it is easy to move from one type of space to another. Residents have private homes, and share access to common areas where they can interact with familiar neighbors on the spur of the moment. Social obligations are few, while social opportunities abound. Gathering for a sunset drink on the patio or chatting while the children play in the playroom can happen spontaneously.


“I consider myself to be an introvert. About half of us here do,” says Jane McKendry, one of the original members of Muir Commons profiled in the cohousing documentary The Best of Both Worlds. “It works perfectly because you don’t have to get on the phone to plan getting together for coffee.”


Arrangements are underway for Mission Peak Village to unveil its design at a free celebratory presentation on the afternoon of September 17 at Fremont’s Downtown Event Center. As details develop, they will be posted on the website: www.missionpeakcohousing.org.


This article is part of an ongoing series on Cohousing. Next week: Accommodating current lifestyles with design


Mission Peak Village is a group of friends forming Fremont’s first cohousing community. For information, call Kelli at (510) 413-8446. For more information on cohousing, visit www.cohousing.org.




The U.S. Constitution: framework of our republic

A Tri-City Voice staff report


This is the first of a series of articles to inform our readers of basic provisions of the United States Constitution. This document, as amended, is the foundation of our system of government and although the result of ideas promulgated in 1787, has withstood the test of time. What has been called “The Great Experiment” of American democracy has proved durable, yet susceptible to external and internal challenges. In order to meet changing conditions of American society and the world around it, it is imperative that this document and its amendments is understood and appreciated.


Many provisions of the Constitution are open to interpretation and, since written in the 18th century, employ archaic language and syntax. However, the ideas expressed and concept of a government ruled by the people is, and continues to be, the guiding principle. It is not the intention of these articles to examine all provisions or nuances of them, rather to raise awareness, irritate further inquiry and invite examination of this fundamental document and its effect on American life.


Limited quantities of pocket copies of the United States Constitution/Declaration of Independence are available from Tri-City Voice at no cost. If interested, please notify our office for details.




WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.



Article 1; Section 1

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


  • Acknowledging the disparity between states in size, population and commerce and recognizing these differences, each group assumes different responsibilities and adheres to a separate formula of representation.



Article 1: Section 2

House of Representatives


  • Age minimum: 25 years
  • Citizenship:   7 years
  • Term of Office: 2 years
  • Inhabitant of State represented
  • Apportioned by population
  • Origin of revenue bills
  • Initiate impeachment proceedings



Article 1: Section 3



  • Age minimum: 30 years
  • Citizenship: 9 years
  • Term of Office: 6 years (1/3 seats elected each 2-year election cycle)
  • Inhabitant of State represented
  • Two senators from each state regardless of size, population, commerce
  • U.S. Vice President is Senate president with no vote unless senate equally divided.
  • Sole power to try impeachments



Article 1: Section 4



  • The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senator and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislators thereof; but Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations except as to the Places of chusing [sic] Senators.


  • Congress will meet at least once every year on the first Monday in December unless a different day is set by Law. Modified by Amendment XX to 3rd day of January unless a different day is set by Law.



Article 1: Section 5

Rules of Proceedings


  • Each House will be the judge of its members and determine rules and punishments for unruly behavior. A member can be expelled with concurrence of two thirds of its members.
  • Each house will keep a journal of its proceedings.
  • Consent from the other House necessary if adjournment for more than three days while in Session of Congress.



Article 1: Section 6

Compensation and Privilege


\• Senators and Representatives are paid by the U.S. Treasury except in cases of Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace.

  • Privileged from arrest during attendance at their session of their respective House, speech or debate, and going to and returning from it.
  • During time in office, a Senator or Representative cannot hold Civil office under the Authority of United States or the Emoluments, i.e., a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office, of them.



Editor’s Note:

The next installment of this series will continue to review provisions of Article 1 of the United States Constitution concerning the power and authority of Congress.




Back to Broadway

Submitted by Terry Liebowitz


Haven’t been back to Broadway since the Pandemic? Castro Valley Arts Foundation is bringing Broadway to you with tenor David Burnham, Saturday, August 20, at Castro Valley Center for the Arts. Kelly Brandeburg joins Burnham in their show, Back to Broadway, singing songs from your favorite Broadway shows.


David Burnham is a Broadway veteran, award-winning performer, composer, director and choreographer. His first big break was replacing Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a role which earned him a Dramalogue Award. Broadway credits include Wicked (Fiyero) and Light in the Piazza. David played Peter in the National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and starred in the Off-Broadway show The Best Is Yet to Come – The Music of Cy Coleman. Burnham has released two solo albums, his self-titled CD and One Day. He comes to Castro Valley from his most recent role as Shakespeare in Something’s Rotten in San Diego.


Guest star Kelly Brandeburg was featured with the San Francisco Symphony at the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline last month. She played the iconic Miss San Francisco in the world’s longest-running musical revue Beach Blanket Babylon from 2015-2019. Other roles include Nancy in Oliver, Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde and Martha in The Secret Garden. She received the BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Solo Show in the Bay Area for her creation, My Favorite Barbra: A Tribute Barbra Streisand. Kelly’s Broadway-themed album Where Dreams Are Born is available on iTunes, Amazon Music and CD Baby.


See www.cvartsfoundation.org for ticketing information.



Back to Broadway

Saturday, August 20

7:30 p.m.

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961


Tickets: $43-47

Parking: Free




Household debris dump days

Submitted by City of Hayward


A new Disposal Days program providing Hayward residents with additional opportunities to get rid of household debris safely and legally is now available.


Introduced in early August by the Hayward Maintenance Services Department, the free program allows residents to bring up to five cubic yards of household items to the city transfer station, six times a year. Five cubic yards of household items is about the equivalent of one full bed of an average-size pickup truck.


The first disposal day of the new program will be Saturday, August 13. Upcoming disposal days will be the second Saturday of the months of October and December 2022 and February, April and June 2023. The transfer station is at 3455 Enterprise Ave.


The following items are not accepted at the transfer station:

  • Hazardous materials, including paint, motor oil, solvents, cleaners, pesticides and car batteries
  • Objects over 75 pounds (except furniture and appliances)
  • Medical waste
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Rocks
  • Bricks
  • Dirt
  • Concrete


Participation is open only to Hayward residents and preregistration and proof of Hayward residency is required.


For details, and a link to pre-register, visit the City of Hayward website at www.hayward-ca.gov, then enter “Disposal Days-Free Waste Drop-off” into the search field and follow the link.



Hayward Disposal Days

Saturday, Aug 20

7 a.m. – 12 noon

3455 Enterprise Ave, Hayward

(510) 881-7745






‘Night of Exploration’ coming to San Leandro

Submitted by Jacquelyn Diaz


In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Leandro is hosting a fundraising “Night of Exploration” dinner program on Friday, August 19. Celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies will be longtime Bay Area television weather anchor Roberta Gonzales.


The 3-hour event will be held at San Leandro Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Club on San Leandro Boulevard and will include music, food, cocktails and an address by Gonzales. Tickets, at $200, can be purchased by visiting the group’s website at https://bgcsl.org and following the link. Purchase deadline is August 10.


A native of California, Gonzales has won numerous awards for her work, including seven Emmy Awards and the Associated Press Award for “Best Weathercaster” 18 times. Currently she is a part-time meteorologist at KTVU FOX 2.


Gonzales also has received recognition for her work with the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and National Humane Society. She serves on a variety of nonprofit boards and recently received the prestigious CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Award from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.



Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro

Friday, Aug 19

7 – 10 p.m.

Fundraising dinner program

Teen Club, 2200 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro

Ticket deadline: Aug 10

Home Page

(510) 483-5581

Tickets: $200




Grant writing award winner

Submitted by Knuti VanHoven


As President Emeritus of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and current member of Alameda County Arts Commission, Margaret Thornberry is not known for impulsive actions. But when she came to speak to Fremont Area Writers (FAW) about how writers can apply for grants to fund their work, it occurred to her that it might be fun to create a contest where FAW members could write grant proposals and compete for a prize. To keep it simple, she chose a topic to bring out the humor in the light-hearted first foray into grant writing: “Write a request for $200 to fund all or part of your expenses for a writing project. Your topic is Frogs!”


When the deadline for submission of the proposals arrived, Thornberry found that 25% of the FAW members who had attended her Zoom presentation had applied for the Frog Grant! “It was so much fun reading those proposals!” she said. “They ranged from an experiment in kissing frogs to see how many turned into princes, to serious research. I never knew that judging a grant writing contest could be so much fun!”


In the end, the $200 cash prize was awarded to Author/Illustrator Jo Ann Frisch (shown above showing one of the illustrations for her new childrens’ book to Thornberry.) “I'm writing about the frogs I encountered during my East Bay Regional Parks tenure at Sunol Wilderness,” Frisch explained.


“The topic is very current,” she continued. “Frog populations are in danger, but I don’t know if I'd ever have gotten around to writing this book without Margaret's inspiration.”


Check out more events from Fremont Cultural Arts Council at fremontculturalartscouncil.org.




Stage 1 sings and signs its way back into live theater

By Stephanie Gertsch

Photos courtesy of Stage 1 Theatre


On August 12, Stage 1 Theatre will renew their commitment to bringing live community theater to the Bay Area, and also step forward into the future of accessible theatre with their bilingual production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.


This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical reimagines the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. Directed by Patricia Pitpitan, with Dane Lentz as ASL consultant, this production features a cast of Deaf, HOH (Hard of Hearing), CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), ASL fluent, and hearing actors.


Lorraine VanRod, Stage 1 President of the Board, shares, “When Dane joined the board at Stage 1 Theatre in 2020, the first thing he wanted to discuss with me was bridging the Deaf and Theatre communities in the Bay Area. This production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is deeply special to us not only as our first show in two years due to the pandemic, but to bring Dane's mission to fruition is truly icing on the cake.”


Lentz, who is also the voice of Joseph in the production, adds, “The Bay Area is one of very few hot spots around the country with such a high population of Deaf humans. There is so much potential to engage this community in this art form that most of us take for granted.” Born into a family with Deaf and HOH members going back generations, Dane Lentz has been interpreting ASL for over 20 years. He began lending his services to theaters in 2015, and then expanded to using ASL as an actor.


Like with any culture, ASL speakers respond differently to a show in their own language. Lentz says, “As a person who hears and is fluent in American Sign Language, if a show does have ASL included or a featured Deaf actor, I have found myself paying more attention to those who sign more often than those who do not sign.” However, companies should put thought in their inclusion. “Companies need to be aware of how they include ASL in their productions, because it can very easily become a gimmick to try and attract audiences. It really depends on intent: are you aware there is an entire community, with its own history and culture, who has been begging for decades to be honestly represented in a public space, or are you simply throwing it in because it looks cool?”


Noelle Wilder, who plays Joseph, enjoyed the energy Lentz brought to the production. “Aside from him being a CHAMP interpreter, Dane makes every rehearsal better than the last with endless amounts of laughter, fun, and his own Disney-like magic! Some of my favorite memories so far have been when we have both been fixing a song over and over and then finally the signs flow exactly the way we envisioned.”


Staging a bilingual production might seem like a daunting feat, but change starts with an open mind. “The first step any company can take is to ask the right questions,” says Lentz. “Ask a Deaf actor how both sides can function during a rehearsal, ask a qualified ASL interpreter about costs and other details. Start with the questions, and the answers will ultimately come in the form of patrons purchasing tickets to see your show.”


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be playing at Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 28. Tickets can be purchased at Firehousearts.org.



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Friday, Aug 12 – Sunday, Aug 28

Fri: 8 p.m.

Sat: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Sun: 2 p.m.

Sun, Aug 21: 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Firehouse Arts Center

4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton


(925) 931-4848

Tickets: $38-$48




‘Summer Vibes’ Exhibit

Submitted by Winifred Thompson


“Summer Vibes” Art Exhibit presented by A.R.T., Inc. runs Monday, August 15 – Thursday, September 29 at John O’Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall. The public is invited to the opening reception with refreshments Friday, August 19.


A.R.T., Inc.’s mission is to foster camaraderie among artists and art lovers by stimulating interest and participation in the visual arts through education and art programs for all ages. They also seek to raise awareness of the life enhancing quality of art by providing opportunities for community involvement in the visual arts.


Hayward Arts Council (HAC) is sponsoring the exhibit. Visit www.haywardartscouncil.org/ for information about more art exhibits and art education programs.


Visit www.artinc.org for information about A.R.T., Inc. and its activities.



Summer Vibes

Monday, Aug 15 – Thursday, Sept 29

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Artists’ Reception

Friday, August 19

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



John O’Lague Galleria

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward





Learn the History of Centerville in Walking Tour!

Submitted by Washington Township Museum of Local History


Join local historian Timothy Swenson of the Washington Township Museum of Local History as he delves into the history of the Centerville area. The one and a half hour walking tour will take place on Saturday, August 20.


The tour will begin in front of Holy Spirit Church, before heading down Fremont Boulevard to Thornton Avenue, and returning on the other side of Fremont Boulevard. Participants will learn historical information about a number of buildings, (some of which are no longer standing), in the historic downtown/business area of Centerville. Join us to learn the answers to your questions about days gone by!


This event is free with donations gladly accepted, and is open to all interested citizens and visitors of Fremont. Children and students are welcome. Tour booklets with be available on the tour. You can also download one from the museum website at www.museumoflocalhistory.org. Click on Resources > Historical Papers > Centerville Walking Tour.



Centerville Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug 20

11 a.m.

Meet in front of Holy Spirit Church

37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

(510) 623-7907


Free – donations welcome




Need help with water bills?

Submitted by Spectrum Community Services


If you're a California resident, odds are you've become accustomed to the signs and public notices warning of the state's now years-long drought. But even as Californians learn to adapt to drier and hotter temperatures, some side effects of the drought are proving harder to get used to — including higher water bills.


Earlier this spring, Alameda County Water District and other Bay Area water suppliers enacted drought surcharges, and they're not the only ones. In March 2022, Voice of San Diego reported that even though residents of the city have been successful in decreasing their water usage nearly by half, the cost of water continues to rise.


As a result, many Californians — particularly those with low incomes — have found themselves struggling or unable to pay their water bills. For people in that situation, Spectrum Community Services has compiled a guide for finding help with water bills:


  • Call Your Utility Company. The best place to start is by contacting your utility company directly. Make sure you determine that all the charges are valid, and then ask them about financial assistance or bill forgiveness options for people in your situation.


  • Reach Out to Community Aid Organizations. The federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (www.csd.ca.gov/lihwap) was established to help low-income residents manage their water utility costs. The program is administered through community-based local organizations, including Spectrum Community Services.


  • Look for Relief Programs. For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic either catalyzed or exacerbated their financial problems. Several relief programs have been established to provide aid to people whose outstanding bills are the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.cmua.org/billhelp for details.


Hayward-based Spectrum Community Services is committed to improving the quality of life for low-income families, seniors, and individuals in Alameda County. Through financial assistance and other services, its goal is to support community members in building healthy, safe, and independent lives.


For details about services offered and volunteer opportunities available, visit Spectrum Community Services website at spectrumcs.org/.




Up your creativity—join the social write-in

Submitted by Tish Davidson


Why did you move to California? What is your favorite food? A teacher that changed your life.


These are some examples of the writing prompts you might get if you join the Fremont Area Writers free Zoom social write-in August 13. The social write-in allows you to exercise your creative side in a fun, non-judgmental environment.


This event is open to all. Past write-ins have attracted everyone from high schoolers to a 91-year-young senior citizen. This is not a writing critique session. Your writing will not be judged, just enjoyed by your fellow writers. The idea is to explore your creativity and meet some new people in the Tri – City area.


How the Write-In works:

After you sign in, the computer will randomly assign you to a virtual room with three other writers. Once everyone is gathered, you will get a choice of three writing prompts. Choose one and free write for eight minutes. You can write memoir, fiction, or poetry, but the writing prompts have been chosen to encourage you to write about yourself so that participants can get to know each other.


After you write, there is time for everyone in the room to read their response to the prompt and exchange ideas and experiences in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. The computer will then reassign everyone to a different room, the prompts will change, and the process will repeat.


To participate in the Write-In, request the Zoom meeting link from Scott Davidson at scottfrombayside@yahoo.com.



Zoom Social Write-In

Saturday, Aug 13

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Request Zoom link: scottfrombayside@yahoo.com





2022 Ford F-150 Lightning: Get in line for next year

By Michael Coates

Photos courtesy of Ford


If you’ve been thinking it’s time switch to an electric vehicle, but you really don’t want to lose the versatility of your favorite pickup—its ability to work as well as play, tow and haul—your time has come. Well, maybe your time isn’t here quite yet. While it’s not alone on the market, the Ford F-150 Lightning has charged into the mix with prices starting at around $40,000 for a sturdy work-ready truck that can do everything a conventional gas or diesel-powered one could do. But wait, there’s more!


The Lightning could do even more than a conventional pickup. You could run power tools off its exportable power. You could even power your house in a power failure. You could have a tailgate around the expansive front truck (the space where a conventional truck’s engine resides).

The downside of all these superlatives is that Ford was caught a bit off-guard when it launched the Lightning this year and the limited 2022 production sold out quickly. The company is bumping up production for the 2023 Lightning, which will begin in a few months. Reservations are open.


Competition is coming

I believe the Lightning is the best electric choice out there right now, but competition is on the way. The Rivian is available in limited quantities now. It’s pricey, though not as expensive as the GMC Hummer EV, which is also in limited supply. GMC will have lower cost versions of the Hummer EV and an electric Sierra pickup sometime next year. Sister brand Chevrolet will have an electric Silverado next year. Tesla has also promised to deliver its Cybertruck by mid-year, and an electric version of the Ram is also coming.


Choice is coming, but let’s get back to the Lightning. I spent a day putting more than 100 miles on a Lightning at a recent Ford program in Sonoma County. One of the announcements of the program was that the region’s vintners were very impressed with the truck, and many planned to add them to their fleets. The wine companies’ expectation was that even with higher purchase prices (compared to comparably-equipped gas or diesel models), the Lightning would end up being a more cost-effective work truck. The numbers still have to work out in the real world, but early tests bear out the trend.


A real modern truck

Those of you who have driven any Ford pickup truck in the past few years will find the Lightning comfortable and familiar. The magic that Ford is weaving here is to meld its massive truck-making experience with the modern technology of an electric truck. In the cab, other than a large touchscreen and a few new switches, the Lightning is all standard F-150. This is part of where Ford is saving money, since it is able to use so many common components for all of the million-plus trucks it builds each year.


The driving aspects of the Lightning also share a lot with other F-150s. Batteries under the cab floor add weight and some on-road stability. The Lightning’s standard all-wheel drive (AWD) on base model delivers the peppy acceleration common to most EVs, but also translates into solid towing capability. You will sacrifice some range if you tow, but that’s true with conventional pickups as well.


The Lightning variables

Like most pickups, Ford’s Lightning comes in a variety of configurations. The basic $40,000 work truck version has AWD, 230 miles of range, can tow 7,700 pounds and accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in the mid-four-second territory.


The top-of-the-line Platinum trim that I drove had a larger battery that delivers 300 miles of range and could tow 8,600 pounds. Its acceleration was similar to base models. The catch was a starting price of more than $90,000.


In between the two models are the XLT and Lariat models. High-tech advanced safety is found on all models, though higher priced models have a more sophisticated variety, such as the Ford Blue Cruise (hands-free driving) on my Platinum that worked intuitively and flawlessly, although you still have to pay attention to road conditions.




Monarch Butterflies

By Dennis Waespi


Monarch butterflies, those beautiful orange and black insects, have been declared an international endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, although the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has so far not added them to the federal endangered species list.


In the East Bay Regional Park District, Ardenwood Historic Farm has long been an overwintering site for monarch butterflies. However, very few of the insects have shown up there in recent years, which perhaps reflects their dwindling numbers.


Monarchs have a complicated life cycle, which has been described as an intergenerational relay race. They undergo an annual migration for thousands of miles north and south, some populations between Canada and Mexico. Individual butterflies complete only part of the full distance.


At Ardenwood, monarchs have overwintered in eucalyptus groves, settling in the branches for warmth, like overlapping shingles, and occasionally taking flight in orange and black clouds.


According to the Ardenwood naturalists, monarchs that overwinter there are part of a western population that doesn’t migrate to Mexico. They come from all over the northwest United States, west of the Rockies.


Naturalists at both Ardenwood and nearby Coyote Hills Regional Park have conducted many interpretive programs focusing on the monarchs during their time in the parks. Monarchs also have been seen in small numbers overwintering at Point Pinole in Richmond.


In breeding areas monarch larvae feed on milkweed, but you have to be careful. Non-native milkweed can harbor a parasite that is dangerous to monarchs. Near the overwintering sites, it is more helpful to plant winter-blooming flowers that provide nectar to the butterflies.


The drop in monarch population has been attributed to a variety of factors, including loss of habitat and use of pesticides. For more information, you can visit the Xerces Society at xerces.org. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving invertebrates and their habitats.


Of course, park district naturalists are hopeful that the monarchs will return to Ardenwood in greater numbers this coming winter.


Speaking of insects, the park district board at its July 19 meeting approved the establishment of a Districtwide Apiary Permit Program and Fee for beekeepers, with an annual permit fee of $150 per park location.


The park district has had an informal arrangement in place for years, allowing people to keep beehives in some regional parks. The bees’ pollination activities are beneficial to parkland vegetation, and hives have been a part of the district’s nature education programs.


Creating homes for bees is especially important, because the population of bees and other pollinators is declining due to factors including pesticides, habitat loss, poor nutrition, parasites, disease and climate change. It is pollinators that enable us to grow fruits, nuts and vegetables.


In 2021 the district granted one-year beekeeping licenses to five beekeepers at four parks: Ardenwood, Garin/Dry Creek, Quarry Lakes and Coyote Hills.


As approved by the board, the park district’s beekeeping permit program will be in compliance with existing state law. Other public agencies, including the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management, already have formal beekeeping permit programs in place.


Although beekeeping is a commercial activity, since honey is harvested and sold, these agencies don’t consider it to be a consumptive use, because it is beneficial to natural resources.


The permit process will consist of an application, fee payment and staff review of issues such as location, number of hives, safety measures and insurance coverage. For new beekeepers, a one-year permit will be issued. If that works out well, subsequent permits would be issued for up to three years at a time.




News and notes from around the world

Submitted by The Association of Mature American Citizens


A whale of a tale

Plymouth Harbormaster Chad Hunter told WCVB-TV “The boat was in the right place at the wrong time” after a whale breached in the harbor and landed smack, dab on a fishing boat, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the boat suffered minor damage. Hunter said an abundance of fish attracted both the fishing boats and the whale, noting that “This could have been much worse for all involved … An incident like this is pretty rare but very dangerous to boaters.” See video of the whale and boat on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL9geYGtDf0.


Row, row, row your boat

You can bet that Libby Costello, Sophia Denison-Johnston, Brooke Downes and Adrienne Smith were exhausted, achy and very, very tired when they landed their row boat in Honolulu, reports AMAC. They had been rowing nonstop after leaving San Francisco 34 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes earlier in hopes of breaking the record for the 2,400 nautical mile journey. How did they do it? They rowed in 2-hour paired shifts for 24 hours a day, averaging about an hour and a half of sleep per day. That’s apparently faster than another team of rowers have ever achieved and it is likely they’ll make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. See video of the rowing crew on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYP2Y3B9yfI.


A psychedelic road trip

They were supposed to paint the yellow and white traffic lines in a slightly curved pattern in order to slow down traffic, according to Hollister, California Mayor Ignacio Velazquez. But AMAC reports the contractors created a confusing, psychedelic, zigzagging pattern. Velazquez told KSBW-TV “I saw it later in the afternoon on my way home from work, and I thought, ‘Woah, this is the strangest thing I've seen’” Rest assured the contractors will repaint the lanes at no cost to the city. See video of the crazy road lines on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8bieDqTtPw.



The Association of Mature American Citizens is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing membership in Washington, D.C. and in local congressional districts nationwide. More information is available on its website at www.amac.us.





Park It: Movie night at Ardenwood

By Ned MacKay


“Encanto,” an animated movie about a teenage girl from Colombia who has to deal with the frustration of being the only one of her family without magical powers, is the feature attraction of movie night at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The free film will screen from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 on the lawn in front of the Patterson House. No reservations are required.


This is a great way to spend an enjoyable evening outdoors with your family. Come early to get a good seat on the lawn. Bring a flashlight, warm clothes, and a blanket or chair for sitting. No pets, please. Ardenwood is located at 34600 Ardenwood Boulevard in Fremont, just north of Highway 84. For information, call (510) 544-2797.



Night owls might also enjoy the programs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the campground amphitheater in Anthony Chabot Regional Park near Castro Valley, featuring games, songs, photos and stories around the campfire. Topics on Saturday, August 13 include insects, climate change, and “Buy it where you burn it.”


This is a free, drop-in program and you don’t have to be camping at the park to attend. The campground and amphitheater entrance road is at Marciel Gate off Redwood Road between Castro Valley and Oakland. For information, call (510) 544-3187.



Or you can join “Night with a Naturalist” every Saturday from now through Labor Day in the campground at Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. It’s another campfire program with a naturalist relating the park’s natural and cultural history. Programs are from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until August 27. Until September 3, they are from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are not required, and the program is free.


The park is located at the end of Del Valle Road off Mines Road about nine miles south of Livermore. For information, call the Del Valle Visitor Center at (510) 544-3146.



If you are more of a morning person, naturalist Trail Gail Broesder is leading a low tide walk starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline in Richmond. The group will explore the shore in search of lugworms and other mud flat inhabitants. Wear shoes that can get muddy. Meet Gail at the park’s Giant Highway Staging Area, which is on Giant Highway south of Atlas Road. For information, call (510) 544-2233.



Or there’s an early morning “Beat the Heat” walk for ages six and up from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch with naturalist Kevin Dixon.


It’s a three-mile stroll around Contra Loma Reservoir in search of early-rising wildlife. Meet Kevin at the park entrance at the end of Frederickson Lane off Golf Course Road. This is a drop-in program, no registration necessary. For information, call (510) 544-2751.



There’s an old volcano (10 million years) in the Oakland Hills. You can view geologic evidence of it on a naturalist-led four-mile Sunday Stroll from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on August 14 at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Ancient volcanic activity shaped the landscape between Tilden Regional Park and the town of Moraga.


The program is free. Meet at the Sibley entrance on Skyline Boulevard a short distance south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Oakland. For information, call (510) 544-3187.



There are lots of other programs scheduled in coming days in the regional parks. For the full list, visit www.ebparks.organd click on “Things to Do” at the top of the home page.




Busy bees

By Pat Kite


Judy is worried about bee fragility. So are we. But despite planting bee-preferred plants in today’s petite gardens, sometimes there seems little we can accomplish. Each city has massive housing requirements, each with a zillion regulations. Concrete rules. So, permit my retreating to bee tales.


According to a San People legend from South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, we humans began with bees. Initially there were only insects. One day a helpful bee tried to carry a stranded mantis over a deep river. But halfway across the mantis died. The bee left the mantid on a floating flower. Before it did so, it planted a seed in the mantis’ body. This seed took root becoming the first human.


In Egyptian mythology, bees emerged from the tears of the sun god Ra. Going back 120 million years, scientists now infer that bees evolved from ancient predatory wasps. But while wasps are carnivorous, bees switched to feed on flowers. Throughout much of the past and modern world, bees have been a symbol of wisdom, birth, and hard work. Within Christianity, the bee is a symbol of Christ. Forgiveness illustrated by the sweetness of honey, justice through the bee sting, and Christian virtue because of industrious worker bee behavior.


In England, farmers felt the beehive was a good example of an orderly British society. Decorative holly sprigs were draped on beehives. In Europe beekeepers were expected to tell their hive bees what was happening within the family. This gossip kept bees content, producing more honey. And woe betide beehives that were not promptly told of their keeper’s death. If bees had to rely on local gossip, they would just quit work and die. While reporting local info, remember to leave a few bits of a wedding or funeral cake. In addition to being good examples of just about everything, bees were noted as soldiers. In the endless Irish turf battles, 6th century Saint Gobnait sent a full swarm of bees after an enemy army, apparently instructing them to go for the eyes.


There is an Aesop fable about a discontented Queen bee. She meandered up to Mount Olympus, home of the gods, and brought a batch of her delicious honey to resident Zeus. Zeus asked what she wanted in exchange. The Queen bee wanted a sting so powerful that it would kill anybody that tried to steal her honey. Zeus had promised but he added a codicil. Every time a honeybee stung somebody, that bee would remain in the wound and die. It usually does.


Did you know? A bee needs to gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey. Cleopatra used honey as part of her daily beauty treatment. Alexander the Great’s body was preserved in a container of honey (323 BC). Sherlock Holmes was a dedicated beekeeper. “Dumbledore” is an early English word for bee. The Harry Potter author imagined Professor Dumbledore wandering around humming to himself. Sometimes in these covid days, I do this too.




Cal State East Bay Women's Soccer receives academic award

Submitted by CSUEB Athletic Communications


United Soccer Coaches has announced the 2021-22 College Team Academic Awards, as Cal State East Bay, under the direction of head coach Ronin Hart, was one of the recipients.


The Pioneers earned the distinctive team honor for the sixth time in program history, with the first in 2012. The most recent award of its kind for Cal State East Bay was in 2020. A total of 746 soccer teams (220 men, 382 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the College Team Academic Award for the 2021-22 academic year.




Mission Valley Track and Field season wrap up

By April Ramos


On Wednesday, August 3 Mission Valley Track and Field (MVTF) gathered on the James Logan High School (JLHS) track to celebrate the end of their 2022 summer track and field season. Parents, athletes and speakers joined together to honor the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in club.


Coach Lee Webb has led the Fremont based track and field club since its inception in 1983. Over 550 All-American athletes, national record holder and national champions have been a part of the athletic program over the years.


The evening was filled with food, raffle prizes, awards and many notable speakers. Among the recognitions were eleven athletes who qualified for the USA track and field national championship in late July. Pole vaulters Jathiyah and Khaliq Muhammad were recognized for their titles as state champion and state finalist, respectively. Many other accomplishments were given a well-deserved spotlight. Among many, MVTF and JLHS athlete Jacob Watts, is the only high school student to claim a win for a throwing and jumping event, discus and triple jump.


After these recognitions, many incredible athletes and coaches shared a few words with the club and parents. Among the speakers was national hurdle record holder, JLHS alum, Kevin Craddock; and 1972 Olympic gold medalist Eddie Hart also known as the “World’s Fastest Human.” Craddock shared how even through doubt by his own high school teacher he managed to attend and hurdle for his dream college, UCLA.


The World’s Fastest Human described to the young athletes of the club the most heart wrenching moment in his life at the time. After winning his preliminary round in the 100-meter sprint, due to miscommunication, Hart had arrived late to the next round of his event and was immediately disqualified. Hart still managed to get his gold medal later in the Olympic games when he ran anchor leg in the 4×100 meter relay.


Athletes, parents and coaches walked away from the end of the season celebration with not only prizes and awards, but with the words repeated many times by Coach Webb, “Believe to achieve.”




73 Pioneers named CCAA All-Academic Team

Submitted by CSUEB Athletic Communications


The 2021-22 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic Team was announced Tuesday, August 2. Among 935 student-athletes honored among the conference, 73 were from Cal State East Bay. To qualify, a student-athlete must earn a 3.4 grade point average or higher and earn a varsity letter during the academic year and compete in a CCAA sponsored sport.



Austin Alvarez

Ethan Brodsky

Essex Brown, Jr.

Blake Campbell

Derek Flowers

Ryan Gibson

Luke Novitske

AJ Rouco

Tommy Scavone

Matthew Wayne



Jesse Galloway

DJ Sanders

Grace Campbell

Abigail Cooper

Delia Moore


Cross Country/Track

Justin Matties

Dylan Shubert

Aidan Singh

Miles Worthen

Madeline Acosta

Leza Cassidy

Amanda Navarro

Ashley Trout



Xavier Coreno

Tommy Jernigan

Ananjan Kaushik

Quentyn Kowata

Arrianna Custodio

Drishti Karumbaya

Cassandra Puspoki



Trevor Brown

Mateo DiDomenico

Aaron Farnan

Peter Hawken

Jack Hikido

Julian Hodis

Go Ishizaki

Jack Landreth

Daniil Menshikov

Aiden Raftery

Alex Renderos

Alfonso Sandoval

Mason Yelton

Andrea Aborqui

Megan Cardenas

Majae De Leon

Danya Gonzalez

Payton Heaney

Ana Herrera

Maya Lawrence

Kayla Morales

Jill Nelsen

Kylie Newman

Kelsey Pena

Briana Vasquez-Ortiz

Jenna Villanueva



Sara Cano

Kayla Ching

Sarah Duran

Annelise Garcia

Venessa Nguyen

Kyndal Riddell

Gabriela Rivera


Women's Volleyball

Breyan Ashley

Karis Carter

Megan Crecelius

Alexandria Gloria

Kara Green

Peyton Griffin

Mia Jordan

Kelly Markham

Taylor Miche

Reese Rosas





Submitted by CHP Hayward


Saturday, July 30

  • At about 10:14 p.m. officers responded to a report about a possible shooting on northbound I-880 near the Marina Boulevard off-ramp in San Leandro. Upon arrival, officers found a white Dodge Durango and a green Toyota Camry stopped on the right shoulder of the roadway. Two occupants in the Dodge had been struck by gunfire and were taken to a hospital for treatment. The occupants of the Toyota, believed to be involved in the shooting, fled the scene on foot before officers arrived. Initial investigation suggested that the occupants of both vehicles were shooting at each other. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the occupants from the Toyota is asked to call the CHP Investigative Tip Line at (707) 917-4491.




Hayward tests updated ordinance on illegal fireworks

Submitted by City of Hayward


Despite an updated ordinance making fireworks of any kind illegal in Hayward, city officials reported that over the July 4 weekend there were widespread explosions, burning projectiles and other incendiary devices reported all over the city, drawing hundreds of complaints from residents.


Over July 4 and the morning of July 5, Hayward Police Department (HPD) and Code Enforcement Division received 359 fireworks complaints. Together, teams of police and code enforcement officers, along with regular police patrols, documented and tied some of these illegal fireworks activities to 94 separate addresses in the city. In addition, firefighters were called to respond to the scene of 27 separate fire starts.


This activity occurred despite a new noise ordinance approved earlier this year by the City Council to specifically include use of fireworks and to make property owners subject to being fined for fireworks activity determined to be emanating from their property.


Though it remains to be seen if the new ordinance will prove to be an effective deterrent in the long run, HPD and Code Enforcement Division have been working hard to put it into effect. City officials noted that the city’s Code Enforcement Division has so far issued notifications of violation with penalties to owners of 59 different properties. Fines are $1,200, $3,000 and $5,000 for a first, second and third offense.


For information about how to report illegal fireworks and to learn more about enforcement of Hayward’s fireworks ban, visit the City of Hayward website at www.hayward-ca.gov then enter “report illegal fireworks” into the search field and follow the link that appears.




Police: California burglar forgot keys inside crime scene

Associated Press


SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP), July 26 — A Northern California burglar returned to the scene of the crime after he forgot his keys inside a doughnut company's corporate office.


The thief stole some petty cash from Johnny Doughnuts' office in the San Francisco Bay Area the evening of July 23, police said. In another twist, he also grabbed the keys to a bakery vehicle, but didn't steal the vehicle itself.


San Rafael police are seeking the public's help to identify the burglar, who used an unknown tool to “manipulate” the office's doorknob and get inside around 10 p.m., according to Lt. Dan Fink. The crime was reported to police on July 25.


Surveillance video shows the man moving between the office and a back storage area, where he pried open a filing cabinet, Fink said. The lieutenant said the thief took a bank bag with an unknown amount of cash. “Part of the investigating is finding out why this specific business was targeted,” he said.


Craig Blum, founder of Johnny Doughnuts, said his company plans to deliver a few dozen doughnuts to the San Rafael police officers “who came to our aid to ensure that we can continue serving our community hand-crafted doughnuts without interruption.”


“It was an unfortunate incident, but we're glad no doughnuts or team members were harmed,” Blum said. “Sometimes even the thought of a doughnut makes you do crazy things.”




Fremont Police Log

Submitted by Monica Leon, Fremont PD


Tuesday, July 26

  • Officers responded to a domestic violence report at a residence on Kelly Street in central Fremont where a male suspect reportedly battered his spouse. After evacuating the residence, officers contacted and attempted to negotiate with the suspect who barricaded himself inside the garage. Several patrol resources, including multiple K-9s and the Bearcat, responded to assist at the scene. After obtaining a warrant, officers breached the interior garage door and the male adult suspect was arrested.



Wednesday, July 27

  • Officers responded to a report about an assault at a grocery store on Fremont Boulevard. Two store employees were holding a suspect down when officers arrived. The suspect had been previously banned from the store but returned anyway. When confronted by employees, the suspect threw a watermelon at them and tried to punch them. The suspect, described by police as an adult from Fremont, was arrested.


  • Officers responded to a report about a stolen vehicle on Magellan Drive in the Cabrillo area. The victim was asleep in a recreational vehicle and was awakened by the vehicle alarm of a truck parked across the street. The victim exited the recreational vehicle and confronted a person inside the truck, who pointed a rifle at the victim. A second suspect in the driver’s seat inside a Cadillac Escalade next to the truck also pointed a rifle at the victim, who then went back to the recreational vehicle and called police. The suspects drove the truck and Cadillac away. The incident is under investigation.




Newark Police Log

Submitted by Newark PD


Friday, July 22

  • At about 7:47 p.m. officers responded to a report about a fight-in-progress in the area of Wells Avenue and Ash Street. When officers arrived, they didn’t find any victims. Later, at about 10:57 p.m., police learned a 24-year-old Newark man was being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries believed to have been sustained during the earlier incident. The injured man died on Friday, July 29. His identify was not immediately released. Detectives believe the incident was not a random act and are investigating it as a homicide. Anyone with information about the fight or those involved in it are asked to contact Det. Andrew Musantry via email at Andrew.Musantry@newark.org or call (510) 578-4956. Information can also be left anonymously on the Anonymous Tip hotline at (510) 578.4965.




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Fremont police chief shares staffing update

Submitted by Fremont Police Department


On Friday, August 5 Fremont Police Department Chief Sean Washington released a community message to update the public on staffing and recruiting efforts at the department.


Here is his message:


I would like to give an update on the department's current staffing and recruitment efforts as well as the temporary operational and administrative adjustments we’ve put in place to continue providing the highest level of service possible to this great community.


As you may know, the law enforcement profession continues to have difficulty recruiting and retaining staff. In addition to anticipated retirements, the impact of social/political unrest and most recently the impacts of the “Great Resignation” have severely affected the recruitment and retention efforts of police professionals across the nation, including here in Fremont. In fact, an early 2021 survey conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) revealed that the typical hiring rate of police officers nationwide fell by 5% while resignation and retirement rates increased by 18% and 45%, respectively. Exacerbating our staffing situation is the ongoing impact of COVID and non-deployable officers due to job-related injuries.


To date, Fremont PD has 181 authorized sworn positions filled out of 202. In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, we hired 21 police officers, which is believed to be the second highest number of hires in our department’s history. Currently, we have approximately fifteen newly hired officers in training.


Despite these encouraging numbers, it’s been necessary to implement temporary, creative, and alternative staffing models to address the community's top three service demands: violent crime, property crime, and homeless-related concerns. To this end, it is imperative that the Patrol Division has adequate staffing to respond to these calls for service.


By necessity, we recently held several vacant internal investigative specialty assignments. In addition, several weeks ago, we asked four traffic officers to transition to a “hybrid” model. This model allows traffic officers to continue to conduct traffic enforcement and investigations in their discretionary time and support patrol with daily calls for service. To support the hybrid officers, the remaining Traffic Unit personnel, and our ongoing traffic safety objectives, we authorized patrol officers to work overtime and assist with enforcement and investigations.


The department is working on a more ideal, longer-term sustainable staffing solution to address various law enforcement service objectives. We recently developed and are in the process of finalizing a comprehensive mandatory overtime staffing plan requiring sergeants and officers to work an additional shift a month. Despite these temporary staffing challenges, our officers continue to investigate, apprehend, and bring to justice those causing harm to our community.


Recruitment and retention efforts

Our department's Personnel Unit is working exceptionally hard to identify innovative and unique recruitment and retention ideas to keep our Agency competitive in the market. Recently, the Fremont Police Association, consisting of sergeants and officers, negotiated a compensation package (17% increase over three years) that keeps members of FPD very competitive with other regional agencies.


Some additional initiatives include:

  • Re-establishing a $1,500 referral incentive program for police officers and police sergeants.
  • Marketing our fantastic benefits, including the unique patrol schedule (four days on and four days off), a vigorous professional development and training program, a robust wellness program including a consultation with a fitness specialist and Police Chaplain, and access to the best equipment and latest technology available.
  • Committing to the 30 X 30 Initiative, which affirms our decision to support, recruit, and hire women into the law enforcement profession.
  • Identifying funds to purchase a recruitment vehicle used to travel and recruit throughout our state and beyond.
  • Recently, additional funds were approved, increasing the budget earmarked for our department's advertising, messaging, and recruitment efforts.


I am optimistic that our temporary staffing situation will improve over time, and we will continue to do all we can to recruit and hire competent staff to serve this community. If you know someone who might be interested in the law enforcement profession, believe their service would meet or exceed expectations, and are motivated to join one of the finest police agencies in the state, please encourage them to apply today!


Throughout the global pandemic and even with increased staffing challenges in our organization, I remain incredibly proud of the members of our department as they continue to work hard to protect and deliver exceptional service to our community. I look forward to continuing our department’s long-standing history as a leader in policing.



Chief Sean Washington




Suspects sought in armed Rolex robbery

Submitted by San Leandro Police Department


Two suspects are being sought by police after a man was robbed of his Rolex watch on the street in front of his San Leandro home on Tuesday, August 2.


The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. when the victim, described by police as a man in his 50s, arrived at his home in the 15100 block of Crosby St. and parked his car. When exiting the car, he was approached by two men both holding firearms who demanded the man give them his Rolex. After the man complied, the suspects fled in a green, newer model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala.


Police described the suspects as Black male adults wearing dark clothing. They have not been located. “San Leandro Police acknowledge this is a regional crime trend and conduct intelligence sharing with law enforcement in all capacities,” said Lieutenant Matthew Barajas. “Our goal, aside from a safe apprehension, is to bring awareness to this crime trend and work with our community stakeholders and law enforcement partners to end this violence,” Barajas added.


Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Detective Sergeant Cesaretti at (510) 577-3315.




Ohlone College Board of Trustees

July 13, 2022


Approval of Minutes:

  • June 5, 2022 board workshop, approved 4-2; Watters and Taylor abstained
  • June 8, 2022 regular board meeting


Consent Agenda

  • Approval of June 2022 payroll warrants.
  • Approval of personnel actions.
  • Approval of Mandate Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
  • Approval of new or revised job descriptions and memoranda of 2200, understanding – California School Employees Association (CSEA).
  • Approval of the tentative agreement between CSEA Union Local 490 and Ohlone Community College District
  • Approval of the tentative agreement between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 and Ohlone Community College District
  • California Community College Trustees report.
  • New, revised and deactivated credit courses and programs for 2022-2023.
  • Associated Students of Ohlone College 2022-2023 budget.
  • Authorization to modify measure G Bond budget.
  • Approval to set up a Student Representation Fee Trust Fund
  • Review of purchase orders.
  • Measure G Bond List Revision #30.
  • Measure G Project 6108, Parking, Roads and Site Improvements — 6340 Gilbane Building Company
  • Measure G Project 6114, Renovate Building 5-D.L. Falk Construction, Inc.; Unilateral Change Order #7.
  • Measure G Project 6134, Fremont Site Security – Gilbane Building Company
  • Measure G Project 6143, Small Capital Improvements – Gilbane Building 6340 Company
  • Measure G Project 7108, Newark Grounds Portable – Gilbane Building Company
  • Ratification of contracts.
  • 2024-2028 Five Year Capital Outlay Plan and 2025-2026 Initial Project Proposal.
  • Approval of New Bond Measure Oversight committee members.
  • Approval of an Across-the-Board 2022-23 salary increase to be applied to the Unrepresented Employee Salary schedule effective July 1, 2022.



  • Consideration to adopt Employment Agreement – Acting Superintendent/President.
  • First Reading Policies (BP 2100 – Board Elections, BP 6200 – Budget Preparation).
  • Board 2022-2023 Priorities.



Greg Bonaccorsi                     Aye

Suzanne Lee Chan                  Absent

Jan Giovannini-Hill                Aye

Lance Kwan                            Aye

Elisa Martinez                         Absent

Rakesh Sharma                       Aye

Richard Watters                      Aye, 1 Abstain

Ayan Taylor, Student             Aye, 1 Abstain




Abode Services names new officer

Submitted by Chris De Benedetti


Officials from Abode Services recently announced that Dr. Juana Nunley has been promoted to chief property management officer at the Fremont-based non-profit agency that helps provide housing services to homeless people throughout the Bay Area.


Nunley joined Abode in 2016, and over the years has led the organization’s property and asset management efforts by overseeing property operations for Abode and its housing development entities, Allied Housing and Housing for Independent People. Her department at Abode operates dozens of residential properties and commercial/retail properties as supportive and affordable housing options throughout the Bay Area.


Louis Chicoine, Abode Services’ chief executive officer, praised Nunley for ably steering her department, noting that she is well-positioned for her next phase at Abode.


“I look forward to continuing to work with Juana as she utilizes her strong leadership skills and lived experience to expand property management services at Abode Services,” Chicoine said. “Her deep knowledge of property management combined with her commitment to people with special needs is key to the successful implementation of our plans to significantly increase the number of Abode Services' supportive housing communities designed to address the housing and homelessness crises, strengthening the individuals we serve and ensuring that the communities we all live in are made healthier.”


Nunley is an Accredited Resident Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management. She has 15 years of experience as a licensed broker with the State of California Department of Real Estate. She also has 20 years of experience in affordable, supportive, commercial/retail, public, and conventional housing.


“I am thrilled about my new role as it allows me to further combine innovation and creative hard work in pursuit of Abode’s mission,” Nunley said. “I especially look forward to continuing to lead my team and work alongside Abode’s fellow leaders on our shared vision and tireless efforts to end homelessness.”




Honor Roll


University of Maryland Global Campus

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Toney Chaplin of Hayward


Gonzaga University, Washington

Spring 2022 President’s List

  • John Sanguinetti of Fremont




Letter To The Editor






Good News! Gasoline prices are lowering, but groceries are skyrocketing.


An ordinary citizen can see gasoline prices are lowering day by day at the pumps and elsewhere. In fact, it is very good news. But families are experiencing the prices on essential commodities being doubled in each aisle of a supermarket/grocery store.


You be the judge from bread to dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and meat prices are going up 100%, and even drinking water. That's unbelievable.


We realized it's all about pandemics, inflation, wage increases, and now the recession next door on top of the global political situation including the war in Ukraine.


Of course, we can't buy a whole lot with $50 to fill our shopping carts unless paying an extra $50 at the checkout register. We learned from top retailers that people are not buying as much clothing and other merchandise because of high food costs. That is true. Families are spending an average of $341 or more each month to buy the same things.


I demand the president and Congress lower costs from gasoline to groceries.



Zafar Yousufzai





Letter to the Editor




Revitalize Mission San Jose


The city of Fremont restricted street parking at Mission Peak Regional Preserve six years ago, and sought cuts in park hours. They worked (with little success) to redirect visitors away from Stanford Ave towards the Ohlone College entrance. Perversely, the city limited commercial zoning in the Mission business district, and discouraged housing construction around the town center.


Traffic lights near Ohlone College were set to stay red longer, to impede commuters that attempted to bypass congestion on I-680.  City officials viewed the resulting backups as a necessary evil, and welcomed the steep decline in traffic volume on Mission Blvd with open arms.

But all this brought unintended consequences. Commerce in the town center cratered, thanks to the anti-business policies of our city council, planning commission, planning department and historical preservationists. Subway sandwiches and Starbucks closed their doors, and Bank of America and McIvor’s Hardware departed. The Mission Burger restaurant and 7-Eleven are long gone, so commerce has come to a standstill. Empty dirt lots have sprouted up around the town center, a monument to misguided urban planning which overbuilds parking and limits urban density.

The battle to restore public access at Mission Peak is part of a larger effort to restore the commercial and cultural life of Mission San Jose. Building more density housing near the town center would revitalize local shops and restaurants. After the city overhauls its anti-park policies, visitors to Mission Peak can be a cornerstone of economic vitality for Mission San Jose. Restoring park access and revitalizing the commerce in the town center go hand-in-hand with political change on the city council.



  1. yragui

Mission Peak Conservancy




‘Guard cat’ credited with preventing would-be robbery

Associated Press


BELDEN, Miss (AP), Aug. 2 — A Mississippi man said his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home, and he credits the calico with possibly saving his life.


Bandit, a 20-pound cat, lives with her retired owner Fred Everitt in the Tupelo suburb of Belden. When at least two people tried to break into their shared home last week, the cat did everything she could to alert Everitt of the danger, he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “You hear of guard dogs,” said Everitt, 68. “This is a guard cat.”


The attempted robbery occurred sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on July 25, Everitt said. He was first awakened by Bandit's meows in the kitchen. Then, she raced into the bedroom, jumped onto the bed and began pulling the comforter off of him and clawing at his arms. Everitt knew something was wrong. “She had never done that before,” Everitt said. “I went, ‘What in the world is wrong with you?’”


Everitt got up to investigate and saw two young men outside his back door. One had a handgun, and the other was using a crowbar to try and pry the door open, he said. Everitt said by the time he retrieved a handgun and returned to the kitchen; the would-be intruders had already fled. Everitt told the newspaper that he did not call the police.


Everitt said the situation could have been different without Bandit. “It did not turn into a confrontational situation, thank goodness,” he said. “But I think it's only because of the cat.” Everitt adopted Bandit from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society four years ago.




Visitors to world's tallest tree could face $5K fine, jail

By Olga R. Rodriguez

Associated Press


SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Aug. 1 — Tree enthusiasts who make the trek to the world's tallest tree deep in a Northern California forest will face a fine and possible jail time after park officials declared the remote area off-limits because of damage done by trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding forest, a park official said Aug. 1.


The tree, a 380-foot coast redwood, is in a remote area of Redwood National Park and is not accessible by any trail. But that hasn't stopped scores of visitors from hiking to the tree, said Leonel Arguello, the park's manager for natural resources.


Arguello said the tree, known as Hyperion, was “discovered” by two amateur naturalists in 2006. By 2010, visitors started trekking to see the tall, skinny redwood after bloggers, travel writers and others shared its exact location online. In 2019, Guinness World Records declared the tree, estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, the tallest in the world.


Hikers have bushwhacked off-trail into dense vegetation to reach the tree, making many social trails. The tree has also been damaged by visitors who step on its base. The area around the tree no longer has ferns due to trampling, Arguello said.


“The social trails have grown in number, the amount of garbage has increased, there's human waste that has been seen and as more people go up to this tree, they create more social trails and all of that is having damage impacts to the vegetation, to the soils and, and all of the garbage just sits out there,” he said.


The area has no cell phone reception and if someone were to get hurt, it would take a lot of time and resources to rescue that person. That, paired with the trampling of the tree's base and the forest, led officials to declare the area closed — and impose a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail for those who hike there anyway, he said.


Arguello said that Hyperion visitors may be disappointed to realize the tree is not really that much to look at because, from its base, all they can see are branches. “It's tall, but it's not really that impressive to look at from the base because you cannot see the top of the tree. All you can see are the branches of this tall, skinny tree,” he said.


Park officials are encouraging people to visit Tall Trees Grove, where there are plenty of established trails and visitors have access to many imposing redwood trees. “You can walk the grove and then go picnic by the creek and splash and swim in the water. You don't have to scramble and bushwhack up to this tall, skinny tree that isn't that impressive,” Arguello said.









Monday – Friday, July 5 August 11

Climate Change: Endangered Planet

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists reflect on our climate emergency

John O’Lague Galleria

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Monday – Saturday, August 1 – 31

Venice and Other New Works

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paintings by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters

Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park



Tuesday – Saturday, August 1 – 31

Clear the Shelters $

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Adopt a dog or cat for $20

Tri-City Animal Shelter

1950 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont


(510) 790-6640


Tuesday – Saturday, August 1 – 31

Clear the Shelters $

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Adopt a dog or cat for $20

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward


(510) 293-7200



San Lorenzo Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 pm.

1062 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo




Newark Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6430 Thornton Ave., Newark



First Thursdays

Plethos Comedy Lab $

8 p.m.

Ever-changing lineup of Bay Area comics (18+)

Castro Valley Marketplace Lab 200

3295 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley


Tickets: $10


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Patterson House Tours

11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Tour the Patterson House Museum

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Animal Feeding

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check for eggs and feed livestock

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Ride the Rails

10:20 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Travel through the eucalyptus groves

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays – Sundays, August 4 – October 2


1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate beauty of vines, hops, and fermented drinks

Bankhead Theater

2400 First St., Livermore



Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 16 – Aug 14

San Leandro Players Present: Harvey $

Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

8/12: 8 p.m.

San Leandro Museum/Auditorium

320 West Estudillo Ave, San Leandro

(510) 895-2573


Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors & under 12



Fremont Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3500 Capitol Ave., Fremont



First Fridays at Chabot Space $

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hands-on activities, workshops, and performances

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland


$15 adults, $10 seniors/kids, $5 members


Third Saturdays

Investigating Space $

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discuss topics in exploring space with researchers and scientists

(Included with admission)

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland




Laugh Track City

8 p.m.

Improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions

(please show proof of vaccination)

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Ste B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633


Tickets: $15


Saturdays, July 2 – August 27


2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Upbeat pop music and bubble machines

Courtyard near Old Navy

39281 Fremont Hub


Saturdays – Sundays

Discovery on Demand

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hands-on activities, live animal feeding, learn about habitats

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturdays – Sundays

Nectar Garden Exploration

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Discover native pollinators and plants

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220







Wednesday, August 10

Ikebana Workshop R

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Japanese flower arranging, bring hand pruners and frog (flower holder)

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont


Thursday, August 11

Brain Health Talk Series: Nutrition and the Brain R

4 p.m.

Latest research on healthy aging

Family Resource Center – Pacific Room

39115 Liberty St., Fremont



Friday & Sunday, August 12 & 14

Renaissance to Rock Concert $

Friday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Music from Vivaldi to Woodstock

Douglas Morrison Theatre

22311 N Third St., Hayward



Friday, August 12

Family Caregiver Educational Film Series: Alive Inside R

10:30 a.m.

Learn how music can provide healing

3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont


(510) 574-2035


Friday, August 12

Free Document Shredding

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Secure shredding of papers, refreshments, special offers

1st United Credit Union

109 Review Way, Hayward



Saturday, August 13

Fixin’ Feed

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Shell and grind a treat for the sheep, goats, and chickens

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 13

Rabbit Rendezvous

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Learn how rabbits use their long ears to sense danger

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 13

Farm Discovery Table

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore artifacts, use historic tools

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 13

Beginning Embroidery

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Learn basic embroidery stitches

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 13

McConaghy House

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Self- guided tour of historical mansion

18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward



Saturday, August 13

Summer Scavenger Hunt $

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Grab an activity sheet and begin your adventure in the park

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol


Parking $5


Saturday, August 13

Holiday Bowl

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

History and memories of Hayward’s beloved bowling alley

Hayward Historical Society

22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward

Online, register at haywardareahistory.org


Saturday, August 13

Tour Rancho Higuera Historical Park

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the park

47300 Rancho Higuera Rd., Fremont

(510) 623-7907


Saturday, August 13

Ohana Health Fair

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Live music, health screenings, resources, raffles

Newark Community Center

33510 Cedar Blvd., Newark



Saturday, August 13

Larry O Car Show

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Classic and custom cars, live music, family activities

Ruggieri Senior Center

33997 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City

(510) 675-5495


Saturday, August 13

Storefront Storytime

11 a.m.

Book signing for “Free the Curls” by author Marissa McGee

Books on B

1014 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943


Saturday, August 13

Movie Night R

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bring a flashlight, warm blanket and enjoy “Encanto”

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 13

Free Disposal Day

7 a.m. – 12 noon

Hayward residents can bring up to 5 cubic yards of household items


(510) 881-7745


Saturday, August 13

V.I.P. Volunteer in Parks

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Via Toledo Park cleanup of weeds and litter

101 Hacienda, San Lorenzo



Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14

Diesel Train Ride $

10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

1 hr. 20 min. ride through Niles Canyon

Sunol Depot

6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol



Sunday, August 14

Wake Up the Farm

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Prepare a morning snack for the farm animals

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, August 14

Birds of the Farm

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Explore the gardens, forests, and fields for migratory birds

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, August 14

Victorian Fun & Games

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Try out some stilts, play a game of graces

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, August 14

Corn Mosaics

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Turn flint corn into a fun craft

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Sunday, August 14

Snake Talk $

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn role snakes play in the ecosystem

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol


Parking $5


Sunday, August 14

Marsh Adventures

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Discover plants and animals that live in the marsh

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, August 14

Hot August Niles Car Show

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Drool over Whale tails, Gullwing doors, and foldable windshields

Niles District



Sunday, August 14

Fremont – San Jose Toy Anime Comic Con $

11 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cosplay contest at 2:30

Fremont Elks Lodge 2121

38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont

By Ohana Comic Con


Monday, August 15

Free Food Giveaway

1:30 p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Fresh food for families, courtesy of Hayward Promise Neighborhoods

Eden Greenway Park

Corner of Harder Rd. and Cypress Ave.


(510) 635-3663


Wednesday, August 17

Cocktails & Conservation: Rescues at the Zoo

6 p.m.

Learn about Oakland Zoo’s partners in animal rescue

Virtual event via Facebook & YouTube Live





Summer Outdoor Movie Nights & Concerts


Free Outdoor Movies

8 pm.

Bring picnic dinner, low-back chairs or blankets, flashlights


Friday, August 19


Castro Valley Community Park

18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley


Friday, September 10

Addams Family 2

Meek Estate Park

240 Hampton Rd., Hayward





Classic Movies Under the Stars

Reserve tickets at www.milpitas.gov

$5 per person


Some Like It Hot

Friday, August 12

8 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza, Milpitas



Fremont Summer Concert Series

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


August 11 – Aja Vu


Central Park Performance Pavilion

40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

More info: (510) 494-4300 or RegeRec@fremont.gov



Pacific Commons Summer Concert Series

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


August 26 – TinMan (classic rock)

September 23 – Last One Picked (rock, blues, country)


Pacific Commons Shopping Center

Auto Mall Parkway at I-880, Fremont

(510) 770-9798



3 O’Clock Jump

Third Saturdays: August 20, September 17, October 15

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Big Band music in outdoor patio (no cover fee)

World Famous Turf Club

22519, Main St., Hayward

(510) 244-3449




Hayward Oddfellows Summer Concerts

Sundays; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


August 14 – Uncle Rico’s with The Hypnotones, Mike Meagher’s Music Machine, Brown & Lee, Alrighty Then, and Spirit Flute

August 21 – Ozone Pranksters with Gary O, Kenny Meagher, Gravity+4, and Karen Soo

August 28 – Joe Kady, Dee Smith & Friends, and Kari & the SweetSp0ts

September 11 – The La Honda All Stars

September 18 – Giant Garage Spiders, Chris Marquis, and Sycamore 129 Blues Band

September 25 – East Bay Youth Orchestra, East Bay Symphonic Band, and Flute Choir


Hayward Memorial Park Outdoor Amphitheater

24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward




150 Minutes of Music and Light

Thursday, August 11

Food trucks: 5:30 p.m.

Band begins: 6:30 p.m.

Hella Fitzgerald concert, food trucks, light show sponsored by Pinnacle

Bring a lawn chair

Marina Park

14001 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro




The NowhereMen

Saturday, Aug 13

7 p.m.

Jack’s Brewing Company

39176 Argonaut Way, Fremont

(510) 796-2036




Summertime Sounds Music Series at Union Landing


August 13 -Joey T and Friends (Latin &Contemporary Rock & Roll)

August 20 – The Jaques lbula Trio (Mix of Blues, Folk, Soul and Reggae)

August 27–Charlie Barreda and Friends (Latin Jazz mix of Mambo, Cha Cha, Bolero Bossa Nova and Samba)

September 3–Tropic XX (Steel Drum music from Jamaica, Trinidad, Granada, Haiti, and St. Croix)

September 10-Hipster Cocktail Party (Funk and Rhythm &Blues)

September 17–The Donna Spitzer Trio (Jazz, Blues, Jump, Big Babd, and Swing)

September 24–Charlie Barreda and Friends (Motown, Rhythm a& Blues and Salsa)


32115 Union Landing Blvd, Union City

Union Landing Shopping Center