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India Day Parade and Fair

Submitted by Ritu Maheshwari


Realizing the American dream, while honoring strong roots and culture from our country of origin – This is the motto of 30th Festival of Globe (FOG) India Day Parade and Fair being held on August 20 and 21. Organized by Federation of Globe and Federation of Indo Americans (FIA) of Northern California, FOG continues the celebrations and tradition that has been part of Fremont culture for the past 29 years.


FOG India Day Parade and Fair coincides with India’s celebrations of their 75th Independence Day this year. Thousands of people are expected to join the event. There will be cultural programs, free Wellness fair, Food Fest, kids’ activities, and grand parade with Bollywood celebrity Abhimanyu Dassani and Kannada actress Meghana Raj. People can visit, eat and shop at over one hundred booths.


The India Day Fair will showcase some of the best presentations in dance and music. This year, there are multiple categories of dance performances. Over 200 local dance groups will compete in Classical, Folk, Bollywood, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and other styles. The fair will feature a variety of cuisines from different regions of India. Snacks will be served by over 20 food booths organized by the best-known restaurants and caterers in the Bay Area.


The Grand Parade boasts of over 60 entries representing a wide cross section of community, ranging from Indian regional cultural communities to Bay Area organizations.


Abhimanyu Dassani and Kannada star Meghana Raj will act as Grand Marshals in the parade. Dassani has acted in many movies including the recent movie Nikamma and Raj’s latest movie is Selfie Mummy Googl Daddy.


Dr. Romesh Japra, Founder and Convener of FOG said, “Over the past 29 years, FOG has made great strides in including all parts of the community and carrying out its mission to help communities better integrate.”


Visit Sulekha.com/FOG, Eventmozo.com, or FOGsv.org for more details.



FOG India Day Mela / Fair

Saturday, Aug 20 – Sunday, Aug 21

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

39439 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

Tickets $4


FOG India Day Parade

Sunday, Aug 21

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Free Health Fair

Sat & Sun, Aug 20 – 21

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Food Fest

Sat & Sun, Aug 20 – 21

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Performances and FOG Awards

Sun, Aug 21

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


FOG Idol Prize Distribution

Sun, Aug 21

2 p.m. onwards


Fashion Walk

Sun, Aug 21

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


(510) 491-4867





Celebrate Afro-Caribbean and Latin American musical heritage

Submitted by Luis R. Mendoza


Montuno Productions is happy to announce the third annual “Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival,” held on Saturday, August 20 at Rowell Ranch, a picturesque, park-like venue operated and maintained by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD).


The celebration will showcase the cultural/musical contributions of Latin Jazz, with an emphasis on Afro-Caribbean and Latin American influences. Festival attendees will be able to enjoy a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry. There will be booth space available for Bay Area merchants, food vendors, artisans and community organizations.


In terms of making a mark on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, the festival hit the ground running in 2019, when Montuno Productions’ (MP) founder and CEO, Luis R. Mendoza, carefully curated the entertainment lineup, focusing on presenting a talented and diverse group of artists, many of whom have won multiple awards and have been members of world-renowned bands.


In 2021, during the second annual festival, MP took the same approach, presenting a top-notch lineup that included Afro-Cuban vocalist, songwriter, and band leader, Bobi Céspedes (as the headliner), and four-time Grammy Award winner, Oscar Hernández and his Latin jazz ensemble, Alma Libre. Hernández is also the band leader of 3-time Grammy winners, Spanish Harlem Orchestra.


For the third annual Festival this year, MP will continue its trajectory by once again regaling audiences with some of the best local talent, including the headlining band, Montuno Productions All-Stars Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, a special ensemble featuring several Grammy Award recipients, including vocalist Carlos Rosario. The 13-piece band, directed by Grammy Award recipient (percussionist), Christian Pepin, will also feature up-and-coming Afro-Cuban jazz vocalist, Jessy Díaz, of Miami. The repertoire will pay homage to Mario Bauzá (April 28, 1911 – July 11, 1993), the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin, and jazz musician, who “was among the first to introduce Cuban music to the United States by bringing Cuban music styles the New York City jazz scene,” according to his biography.


The rest of the lineup for 2022 includes Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava; Edgardo & Candela; VibraSÓN Latin Band; Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band; Bululú; and MC & DJ, long-time Bay Area radio personality, Luis Medina.


“When planning the entertainment lineup, we focus on both presenting some of the favorite Latin jazz bands of Bay Area-based fans, as well as exposing them to new sounds and genres,” said Luis R. Mendoza, founder of the Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival.


As part of its community outreach efforts, Montuno Productions will seek to bring small, independently owned local businesses, community organizations, and music fans together, with the goal of making a positive contribution to the arts, economic and cultural vibrancy, resiliency, and strength of East Bay communities.


For additional information, visit bayarealatinjazzfestival.com.



3rd Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival

Saturday, Aug 20

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Rowell Ranch

9725 Dublin Canyon, Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 586-3215


Tickets: $35 advance, $45 at the door

Parking $5




Celebrating 50 years of Greek culture and Orthodox faith

Submitted by Renee Taylor


Enjoy the authenticity and flavors of Greece as the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church once again transforms itself into mini-Greece for their 50th Anniversary “Castro Valley Greek Festival” from August 19 to 21. Get ready to eat, drink, shop, dance and shout OPA!


Serving the most authentic Greek meals outside of Athens, featuring à la carte entrees include Greek roasted lamb and chicken seasoned to perfection, hearty pastitsio, vegetarian moussaka, Greek salad, rice pilaf, green beans in a savory Greek tomato sauce, freshly baked bread, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. You can also sample your favorite Greek street food: beef or vegetarian gyros, lamb sandwiches, and souvlaki – and for dessert, loukoumades, baklava, and many more Greek pastries.


NEW THIS YEAR: Greek wine and meze parings for tasting! Explore the flavors of six different wines/regions of Greece, paired with an appetizer plate to tease your palate.


Entertainment returns with Greek music by DJ Levendopedo on Friday evening and live music by Kymata on Saturday and Sunday – all the best Greek music for your listening and dancing pleasure.


For more information, visit https://resurrectiongoc.com/greekfestival.



Castro Valley Greek Festival

Friday, Aug 19 – Saturday, Aug 21

Fri: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sat: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center St., Castro Valley

(510) 581-8950





Bus museum to welcome visitors at open house

Staff report

Photos by Rob Klindt


Fans of vintage, unusual and classic buses dating back to the 1930s will have a chance see these magnificent marvels up close when the Pacific Bus Museum opens its gates for its annual open house Sunday, August 21 in Fremont.


The museum, founded in 1991 and operated by volunteers, is dedicated to showcasing the glory and magnificence of buses and how they have endured over the years as important modes of public transportation. Located on Shinn Street near the historic Niles district, the open house is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


During the event, visitors will have a chance to inspect an operational fleet and numerous visiting buses and climb aboard various antique and modern motor coaches, school buses and touring rigs. Also, not to be missed will be a large collection of bus and transit-related memorabilia including vintage neon signs, lights, ticket vouchers, photographs and transit company logos.


The event also will include a flea market featuring various vintage bus-related items for sale. Rounding out the day will be a barbecue lunch featuring hamburgers, chicken, salads, chips and beverages available for a $14 donation, or $6 for children 10 and younger.


For details, visit the Pacific Bus Museum website at www.pacbus.org.



Pacific Bus Museum Open House

Sunday, Aug. 21

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

37974 Shinn St., Fremont


Admission: Free




Hot Pawgust Nights Returns

Submitted by Alyse Lui


After a two-year hiatus, Hayward Animal Shelter’s most popular event, “Hot Pawgust Nights Car Show Fundraiser and Adoption Event” will return with a full schedule of activities.


Hot Pawgust Nights is one of Hayward Animal Shelter’s most anticipated events which brings in between $2,000 – $4,000 for shelter animals through car show registrations and raffle ticket sales. Classic car owners display their cars in the front lot of Hayward Animal Shelter, and the shelter holds free adoptions to over a dozen qualified homes to place adoptable animals into loving forever homes during the event.


Proceeds from car registrations will go towards providing medical care and other essential items to the shelter animal. Classic car owners may register to participate by visiting https://www.haywardanimals.org/upcoming-on-the-calendar or e-mailing Shelter.Volunteers@hayward-ca.gov. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 24. Car registration costs $25 which includes a hot dog or hamburger lunch.


To adopt, guests must have valid photo ID and proof of address. If renting, must have landlord’s approval for pet in rental.


What is a qualified home? A qualified home is one that has done their homework on caring for a pet and can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, medical care, love, toys and enrichment for the animal they want to adopt.


Learn more, view current adoptable animals, and fill out an adoption application online at www.haywardanimals.org/adoptions or call Hayward Animal Shelter at (510) 293-7200. Visit and view adoptable animals in person during public hours at the Hayward Animal Shelter Tuesdays – Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.



Hot Pawgust Nights

Saturday, Aug 27


Free Pet Adoptions: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Car Show: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Live Music: 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Raffle Drawings Intermittently from 12 noon – 4 p.m. (Do not need to be present to win)

Meet and greet with Harlem Globe Trotter Nate Branch: 11:00 a.m.



Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward

(510) 293-7200


Registration: https://www.haywardanimals.org/upcoming-on-the-calendar


Deadline to register: August 24

Vehicle registration: $25




Find new inspiration from The Athena Project!

Photos provided by Sruthi Ginka, Aarthi Raghavan

By Marc Vicente


Looking for a new source of inspiration for your art? Then check out The Athena Project’s website and Instagram page! Formed by Sruthi Ginka and Aarthi Raghavan, a duo of juniors from Fremont’s American High School, The Athena Project is a student-run art initiative where research about art from different parts of the world is shared and celebrated with today’s generation of aspiring artists.


“Sruthi and I started this project mainly because we didn’t see anything like it in our community,” Raghavan says. “There aren’t many professional organizations in Fremont that showcase cultural diversity, and since both of us are incredibly passionate about art, we decided this would be a step in the right direction.”


With the original idea devised in the beginning of 2022, the project officially began in May when the two juniors worked together in building their website, as well as their social media presence via Instagram. Their Instagram account, @athena__proj, is currently structured as a bi-weekly blog that promotes young artists and various aspects of art history, all from different countries. Within each art history post is a brief explanation of a certain style, characteristics that define it and artists from different countries whose artwork best exemplifies it.


Their “Country of the Week” posts are about individual countries and the roles that local and foreign influences had on that country’s art. Currently over 30 young artists from around the globe have been featured in their “Artists of the World” articles, including celebrity-recognized ones, like Haneen (@7aneenarts on Instagram) recognized by American singer Dixie D’Amelio and Aneesha (@aneesha.a on Instagram) by Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Full-length interviews of each artist as well as updates on events can be found on their website, the-athena-project.square.site.


“This project has taught both Sruthi and me to accept all cultures,” Raghavan reminisces. “As Asian Americans growing up in the USA with roots back in India, this project has allowed us to broaden our artistic horizons and learn more about other countries. For instance, when we were making our Country of the Week post for Japan, I learned that a lot of Japanese art and culture is rooted in Chinese culture as well, making our posts for China and Japan both intriguing.”


Ever since Ginka and Raghavan started The Athena Project, they have garnered many supporters within the short time they have been around, including the American and John F. Kennedy High School student body, Stanford Hospitals, as well as over 300 hundred Instagram followers. They also currently have two upcoming mural projects; one in collaboration with non-profit organization Better Block Foundation in Mission San Jose High School, and the other in Washington Hospital and sponsored by Blick Art Materials.


Both founders value their learned experiences with The Athena Project, and aim to pursue more mural projects and interviews with young artists from other countries in the near future. Furthermore, Ginka has stated that she plans to volunteer for Kids & Art, an organization that aims to uplift the spirits of pediatric cancer patients through cards and art kits.


“Art is pervasive, for anyone anywhere, and it’s everywhere,” Ginka states. “We hope that people take the time to view our work and are inspired to breach limits and reach ‘creativity and beyond!’”



For business inquiries and other concerns, email the team at athenaprojectorg@gmail.com or visit their website at the-athena-project.square.site. More information about the mural in collaboration with Better Block Foundation can be found at https://www.betterblock.org/.


Instagram: Athena Project: @athena__proj; Sruthi Ginka @7aneenarts & Aarthi Raghavan @art.by.dagmar




BART gearing up to celebrate its birthday

Submitted by BART


September marks the 50th anniversary of BART service in the Bay Area and the transit agency is offering the public a treasure trove of unique and fun BART-branded merchandise for sale to mark the big event.


Among items available are 50th anniversary and vintage T-shirts, various stickers, posters, toys and hats. Also available – while supplies last – are authentic BART System maps taken directly from stations when they were replaced with updated maps. Visit www.railgoods.com to see the selection of BART goodies available and to make online purchases.


BART also is planning to mark its milestone anniversary with a free public celebration 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at Lake Merritt Station and Plaza in Oakland. The event will include a family fun festival with music, games, prizes and the opening of a time capsule. Numerous food trucks will be there to provide a variety of lunchtime options for purchase.


And, as a thank-you to its loyal riders, BART will offer a 50% discount for the entire month of September. Riders using Clipper will get half off all published BART fares during the month, that includes 50% off already discounted fares for youth, senior, Regional Transportation Connection, Clipper Start, and Gator Pass riders.


Admission to the public celebration is free and open to the public. For more information and a look back at BART’s first 50 years, visit their anniversary webpage at bart.gov/50years.



BART 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Sep 10

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lake Merritt Station

800 Madison St., Oakland






Fremont group designing to reflect current lifestyles

Submitted by Evelyn LaTorre and Jane Mueller


Housing developments all over California continue to be designed today much as they were in the 1960’s: single-family houses created for a nuclear family consisting of two parents and two to four children. However, the way most of us live today doesn’t fit the 1960s pattern, as shown by the 2020 Census.


  • Fewer than half of households consist of a couple and children.
  • Where two-parent households do exist, often both parents work outside the home.
  • Single-parent households account for about one in five families.
  • People living alone or with a non-family member now make up one out of every three households, a proportion that’s likely to grow as Baby Boomers age and as housing prices escalate.


We commute farther in worse traffic, place our kids in school or daycare during the day, and live farther from our families and friends. Commonly, we have little contact with people who live down the street or across the back fence. And when neighbors retire, many sell their real estate in the Bay Area and move out of state or to a senior development.


How can people live together in a neighborhood that not only fits the 21st Century lifestyle, but also preserves the community, mutual support and sense of belonging that characterized earlier eras?


It is a dilemma that a Fremont group of friends organized to confront. The search for that close-knit community feeling led them to a concept called collaborative housing, or “cohousing.” The idea is based on a model developed in Denmark in which families combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of living in community. Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, American architects who introduced the concept to North America in 1988, describe it this way:


“Each household in a cohousing community has a private residence; each one is designed to be self-sufficient and has its own kitchen. But every household also shares extensive common facilities with the neighborhood, such as a large common house that includes a big kitchen and dining room, children’s playrooms, workshops, guest rooms, and laundry facilities. The common facilities, and particularly common dinners, are important aspects of community life for both social and practical reasons.”


The Cohousing Association of the United States estimates that there are more than 190 active cohousing communities in 40 U.S. states, 170 of which are completed and the rest of which are in varying stages of formation. The Fremont group, called Mission Peak Village, hopes to break ground soon. Its members purchased a site in the Irvington district last year and are participating actively in the design for their future cohousing-style home. Gunkel Architecture, an experienced designer of cohousing communities, has drawn up a design for 32 condominiums with about 5,000 square feet of shared amenities. The group has retained cohousing pioneer Kathryn McCamant as development consultant.


Mission Peak Village is still accepting new members. They hope that people will sign up for all of the units by the time the approval process is complete.


To celebrate the submittal of their plans to the City, Mission Peak Village will be inviting the public to a free event on the afternoon of September 17 at the Downtown Event Center. Drawings of their proposed community will be unveiled for viewing at the celebration. As details develop, they will be posted on the group’s website at www.missionpeakcohousing.org.



This article is part of an ongoing series on Cohousing. Next week: Fremont Delegates to Attend National Cohousing Conference.


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




The U.S. Constitution: framework of our republic

A Tri-City Voice staff report


This is the second installment 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 7

Revenue & Bills


  • All Bills for Raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.
  • Every Bill that passes in the Senate and House of Representatives shall be presented to the President of the United States before it becomes a Law. If the President signs it, it becomes Law. Otherwise, it is returned with objections for review and reconsideration. A 2/3 override vote is necessary by both houses to overcome a Presidential rejection. If the President does not return the Bill within 10 days, it will become Law as if it was signed.


Article 1; Section 8

Congressional Powers


  • Lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imports and Excises.
  • Borrow money
  • Regulate commerce
  • Establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization and Bankruptcy.
  • Coin Money and regulate its value; set standards of weights and measurements.
  • Provide punishment for counterfeiting.
  • Establish a Post Office and post roads.
  • Provide exclusive rights for Authors and Inventors for limited times.
  • Devine and punish piracies and felonies on the high seas and offenses against the Law of Nations.
  • Declare War.
  • Raise and support armies but for no longer than two years.
  • Provide and maintain a Navy.
  • Make rules for Government and Regulation of land and naval forces.
  • Call forth the militia to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.
  • Exercise exclusive Legislation over District of Columbia and places purchased by the government with the consent of the Legislature of the State.
  • Make all Laws necessary to carry out the above powers.



Article 1; Section 9

Personal Rights and Responsibilities


  • Migration or Importation of persons by States shall not be prohibited until1808 butt a Tax or Duty may be imposed.
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus [show cause for lawful detention] is upheld unless rebellion, invasion or public safety requires suspension.
  • No Bill of Attainder [punishment without trial] or ex post facto Law [punishment for acts prior to law creation] shall be posted.
  • No Capitation or other direct Tax unless in proportion to the Census.
  • No Tax or Duty on Articles exported from any State.
  • No Preference for any Ports of one State over those of another.
  • Money drawn from the Treasury will be for lawful appropriations.
  • No Title or Nobility shall be granted by the United States nor can an office holder accept without permission of Congress any present, Emolument, Office or Title from King, Prince or Foreign State.



Article 1: Section 10

State Restrictions


  • No State may shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance or Confederation. Powers invested in Congress are reserved for that body.
  • No State without consent of Congress, impose Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports except as necessary for its Inspection Laws.
  • No State without the consent of Congress may impose a Duty on Tonnage, keep Troops or Ships of War in time of Peace, engage in War or enter in agreement with another State or Foreign Power unless actually invaded or in imminent danger.




Editor’s Note:

The next installment of this series will review provisions of Article II of the United States Constitution concerning the power and authority of the President and Executive Branch of government.




Local students named finalists of global Genes in Space competition

By Amy Luo

Photo courtesy of Harsha Rajkumar


Using biotechnology to address challenges in space exploration, three local high school students are pursuing their passions in biology, chemistry and genetics with a unique twist. In May, Xina Wang, Harsha Rajkumar and Rohit Suresh, three rising seniors attending Amador, Fremont Christian and Lynbrook High School, respectively, were named finalists of the global “Genes in Space” youth science competition. “Genes in Space” is a research proposal contest involving DNA experiments that tackle space exploration-related issues.


The students’ research proposal, a novel CRISPR-based system to analyze plant root health in space, was selected as one of the top five projects out of a pool of 602 competitors across the US. From July 25-28, Wang, Rajkumar and Seresh attended the International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development (R&D) Conference in Washington DC to present their project as Genes in Space finalists.


Wang, Rajkumar and Seresh’s interests in science and technology began early in their high school career, when they were first introduced to cellular and molecular biology. “It was astounding to be able to understand the mechanisms that are happening in our bodies and the natural world every single day,” Wang said. “These [biological mechanisms] are amazing tools that we can harness to make our daily lives easier.” Learning about genetics became an avenue through which they could appreciate the world at a microcosm level and view biology through a technological perspective.


The three students met while working together in a research lab and immediately connected through their mutual passions for biology and chemistry. In addition, another interest that they all shared was astronomy, but interdisciplinary connections between astronomy and biological research were uncommon. The Genes in Space competition became a unique opportunity for them to integrate all of their passions into a scientific research endeavor.


Once the competition opened in mid-January, the team first identified an issue with space exploration that could potentially be resolved through biotechnology. After learning that astronauts commonly deal with poor nutrition during space missions due to lack of nutrients in freeze-dried foods, Wang, Rajkumar and Suresh looked into growing fresh food in space, in order to improve astronauts’ health and make space exploration more sustainable in general. However, they discovered that the type of soil commonly used in space was inefficient, because it lacked many of the microorganisms commonly found in Earth soils that promote plant growth in harsh environments by producing a symbiotic or mutualistic relationship with plants.


Thus, the team centered their research on DNA experiments and biotechnology to harness and monitor rhizobia, a symbiotic microbe that lives in plant root modules and reduces plant stresses by increasing hormone production levels. Their final proposal consisted of a system using CRISPR-Cas12a, an enzyme in the CRISPR toolkit that is commonly used in COVID-19 testing, or rapid viral diagnostics, to measure gene expression levels of rhizobacteria in soil and determine plant root health.


Throughout the course of the research process, Wang, Rajkumar and Suresh overcame challenges with approaching the technical aspects of their proposal. Due to the emphasis on experimental planning and methodology within the Genes in Space contest, the team had to be specific and detail-oriented when designing experimental procedures and follow-up testing protocols. The team’s proposed genetic experiments involved the usage of three biotechnology tools, the BioBits® cell-free system, miniPCR, and P51™ molecular fluorescence viewer, each of which were components of the Genes in Space Toolkit. These tools were applied theoretically to their proposed genetic experiments as protein synthesizers, DNA amplification techniques and fluorescence detection devices.


At the ISS R&D Conference, Wang, Rajkumar and Suresh were able to present their research proposal to an array of professionals in the biology and space exploration fields, from space biologists to physicists. While the team ultimately did not win the final competition, “just being able to talk to all these professionals, hear their research, and present our research to them was an amazing experience,” Wang said.




Culinary herb program brings nature indoors

Submitted by Alexandra Schrader


Cogir of Fremont Senior Living has found an innovative way to connect its residents to nature. This week the facility has launched an indoor gardening program – Eldergrow’s D-I-Y Culinary Herb Garden program. Eldergrow, an award-winning Seattle-based company, offers therapeutic gardening programs to seniors in residential and skilled communities. Through this new partnership, residents are now able to nurture a lush and fragrant indoor herb garden.


“In this time, it brings us comfort that our residents can safely interact with nature throughout their days. Eldergrow and our incredible staff now make that possible,” says Joyce Welsh, Executive Director at Cogir of Fremont Senior Living.


Studies show that therapeutic horticulture reduces depression, improves balance, and lowers the risk factors for dementia by 36%. Cogir of Fremont Senior Living will maintain its garden and therapeutic program through Eldergrow’s ‘Herb-of-the-Month’ program. The community will receive fresh herb deliveries and curriculum every month and will conduct ongoing cooking and herb activity demos with residents.


“We are excited to start our new partnership with Cogir of Fremont Senior Living,” says Eldergrow’s CEO & Founder, Orla Concannon, “This is easily a reflection of the innovative wellness that the community provides to their residents because if you have a healthy garden, you know you have a healthy community!”



For more information on the program, visit www.Eldergrow.org




Music at the Mission Meets The Great Gatsby

Submitted by Vickilyn Hussey


Music at the Mission opens the 2022-2023 season of signature “Chamber Music Outside the Box” with high spirits and the return of the popular Mission Masquerade Ball! “We have been working to instill a lifelong love of classical music through classical chamber music concerts, educational programs, and community outreach since 2005,” noted Aileen Chanco, General Director and Founder of Music at the Mission. “And your support has made that possible, even during the pandemic when we offered virtual concerts.”


Those online concerts became unique and emotional experiences, a good example being the exciting solo violin performance of Bach in Mission San Jose Church that swept listeners away … and then transformed into an unexpected spinning psychedelic background of improvisatory violin! And, through a partnership with Steinway Pianos in Walnut Creek, Music at the Mission was able to present a performance of the J.S. Bach Concerto for Four Keyboards at the Steinway Gallery featuring Music at the Mission Chamber Players and guest pianists. “The cost of renting and transporting four grand pianos into Mission San Jose church would have been impossible otherwise.”


“To say that the past two years have been distressing, with the lives of both the performers on stage and our audience members greatly disrupted, is an understatement. But I believe that music is healing! Even during the toughest of times, music imbues the heart, soul and mind with peace and comfort,” Chanco said with a smile.


Yet, with all the video and sound engineering necessary to produce these virtual concerts, there is no comparison to the symbiotic experience of live concerts. Recently, Music at the Mission received a grant from the Niles Rotary to produce one Free Community Outreach Concert this season. The hope is to increase the number of world-class free concerts in the coming years, in order to provide greater access, enrichment, and increase exposure and education to classical music community-wide.


Music at the Mission is hosting the Bootleggers Ball in September with that goal in mind. It is the organization’s primary fundraiser and the first live Mission Masquerade Ball benefit event since 2019! Masquerade Ball 2022 entertainment features the Pat Klobas Trio, a snazzy jazz combo performing favorites from the 20s and 30s. Another highlight of the evening will be a short program by Music at the Mission Chamber Players, including a performance accompanying the short film classic “The Champ” by Charlie Chaplin.


The delectable dinner (menu available online) alone is more than enough to keep the party going. But it doesn’t stop there! You will have an opportunity to peruse “must haves” from the Silent Auction with a Maitre D’Auction on hand to assist you with Silent Auction bidding. Or sip bubbly from the Champagne Tower and try your luck with the Wine Pull where $20 buys a cork that wins you a bottle of wine or (if you’re lucky) a prize-winning wine to share with your table.


“Each year, the Music at the Mission Board of Directors recognize a business or individual who have supported the arts in the Tri-City Community, and also honor a volunteer who has been a great help to Music at the Mission,” said Chanco. “This year the Board will be honoring Larry and Linda Anderson as Champions of the Arts in our community. Current Board President and Ball Committee Co-Chair, Rhonda Bradetich is being honored as Volunteer of the Year. We are delighted to celebrate these three dedicated individuals!”


An endeavor like the Bootleggers Ball could not take place without the exceptional volunteers of the Ball Committee, especially the Co-Chairs John Schinkel and Rhonda Bradetich who have gone to great lengths to bring you a wonderful Gatsbyesque and Bootlegger’s Ball experience! Committee members include Harriet Whitney, Katherine Lee, and Marty Kludjian. David Bonaccorsi will reprise his role as Master of Ceremony.


“We invite everyone in the community to attend in ‘Great Gatsby style’ or your very own style. The important thing is that you continue to be part of Music at the Mission’s success story!”



Music at the Mission Bootleggers Ball

Saturday, September 10

6 p.m.

Fremont Elks Lodge

38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont


Tickets: $135 per person

$1,000 for table of 8




Explore paranormal mysteries at historic mansions

Submitted by Hayward Area Historical Society


Get your flashlights and your walking shoes ready, and while you’re at it, don’t forget your smartphone, too. You don’t want to miss a thing during the upcoming paranormal investigation and walking tour through the historic McConaghy House in Hayward.


Sponsored by Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS), the popular event is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 27 and continues until 1 a.m. the next day at the 19th century Victorian farmhouse on Hesperian Boulevard on the south Hayward/San Lorenzo border. Participants must be 18 or older.


During the event experienced docent investigators will guide visitors through the house and show how they investigate paranormal activity and what tools they use. Visitors are welcome to bring any equipment they have, too, along with an open mind and discerning attitude.


According to HAHS officials, many paranormal research groups have investigated McConaghy House and found it to be an active site. Data collected on previous investigations include electronic voice phenomena, cold spots, touches, apparitions and other surprises.


But wait, there’s more! For paranormal fans who can’t get enough chills and thrills, HAHS will hold two more paranormal investigations at its historic Meek Mansion on September 24 and November 5. Like McConaghy House, investigators have found unexplained phenomena at this 19th century Victorian home located inside Meek Estate Park on Hampton Avenue in the Cherryland area of unincorporated Hayward.


Tickets are $75 for each investigation and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds from ticket sales support the ongoing maintenance and preservation of these historic properties. Because of the popularity of the event, it’s a good idea to buy tickets early. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (510) 581-0223.



McConaghy House

Saturday, Aug 27

7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward


Meek Mansion

Saturdays, Sep 24 and Nov 5

7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

240 Hampton Ave., Hayward


Visitors must be 18 or older

(510) 581-0223


Tickets: $75; must be purchased in advance




‘Velorian Visions’ Meet & Greet Artist Carrie King

Submitted by Winda Shimizu


Hayward public library is now showing “Velourian Visions,” 20 original works of art by Carrie King. She was inspired by Drag Queen, artist, and producer Sasha Velour to create all these artworks. Meet and greet Carrie King in front of her exhibition on the second floor of the downtown library on Saturday, August 20.


The “Velourian Visions” exhibit is co-sponsored by Hayward Arts Council and Hayward Public Library and will be on display at the Downtown Library through October 7, 2022. Visit https://www.haywardartscouncil.org/ for more exhibitions and programs.



‘Velourian Visions’ opening exhibit

Saturday, Aug 20

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Exhibit on display until October 7, 2022

Hayward Public Library, 2nd Floor

888 C St., Hayward






‘Oh What a Relief It Is!’

Submitted by Hayward Arts Council


Peter and Maureen Langenbach have long been a part of the local art scene. Now, in collaboration with Bruce Roberts, they are exhibiting their art at the community-oriented Hayward Public Library Galleries.


Maureen, long known for her wonderful watercolors, has now switched to creative installations. Her “More Than a Carving,” seems an interesting arrangement of an elephant picture, and tusks, but in the center is a target, refocusing the piece on an endangered species in need of saving.


Pete’s “Oak Border Picasso” is a perfect recreation of the famed artist’s colorful yet distorted faces. His “In Perfect Harmony” seems like a Coca-Cola ad, reinforced musically by the title. Singing may break out in the gallery from those who remember the song.


Also displayed is an array of busts, with what seem to be removable rooftops. Lift up each roof and find a poem attached, full of humor and irony, courtesy of Bruce, Hayward’s Poet Laureate.


This collage of talent will be displayed on the second and third floors of the Hayward Public Library until September 17. Show up on Saturday, August 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a reception and meet the artists!


“Oh What a Relief It Is” exhibition is co-sponsored by Hayward Arts Council and Hayward Public Library. Hayward Arts Council stimulates community interest in the arts and encourages the participation of artists in all media.


Bruce Roberts is Hayward Arts Council Board Vice President and Hayward Poet Laureate. Visit https://www.haywardartscouncil.org/ for more exhibitions and programs.



‘Oh What a Relief It Is’ exhibition

Library hours

Until Sep 17


Opening Reception

Saturday, Aug 20

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Hayward Public Library Galleries, 2nd &3rd Floors

888 C St., Hayward

(510) 538-2787





Happiness at work

By Anne Chan, PhD, MFT


One of my long-term readers asked me if work situations have been getting worse. He posed this question because of my recent columns that focused on downers like the Great Resignation, bad bosses, and uncertainty in the workplace. This reader inspired me to come up with the ultimate positive topic for this month: happiness at work. Some of you might immediately scoff at this topic and ask: “Is it even possible for the words ‘happiness’ and ‘work’ to be together?”


Interestingly, we don’t have a commonly used term in America for workplace happiness. But the Danes do. Not coincidentally, in 2022, Denmark was ranked the #2 happiest country in the world. It seems safe to assume that Danes are also happy at work. Indeed, the Danish have a phrase, arbedjsglæde, that translates to “happy at work.”


Americans may not have a phrase for workplace happiness, but some big-name companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Google and SAP have appointed “Chief Happiness Officers” to help keep employees happy, engaged and retained. The number of people claiming to have this job title has sharply increased in the last two years, according to LinkedIn.


If you don’t work at a company with a Chief Happiness Officer, don’t despair. Whether you work in a large conglomerate or a tiny startup, whether you own your small business or have the 24/7 responsibilities of being a stay-at-home parent, you too can find happiness at work and home. The following strategies because they are backed by research evidence and are easily doable:


  • Find something to look forward to at work every day. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. In fact, a small thing like seeing your co-worker’s smile counts. Be conscious about looking for this one thing each day. If you truly can’t think of anything to look forward to, create a ritual, like a cup of your favorite beverage at a specific time of the day.


  • Meditate for five minutes a day. Meditation has been shown to keep negativity, anxiety and depression at bay. Use your five minutes to stay still, watch your breath going in and out of your body, and allow yourself the chance to get centered. If intrusive thoughts happen, gently tell yourself to get back to watching your breath.


  • Do an act of kindness each day at work. Being kind has been shown to elevate one’s mood and increase happiness. Perhaps you can do one small thing to help out a co-worker, or check in with a team-member who seems down.


  • Take a positivity assessment of your workplace – what can you do to make it more positive? You can start by putting up happy quotes and photos in your cubicle. If appropriate, share jokes and inspiring stories to boost the positive atmosphere with your team.


  • Exercise – I know you know this already, but it bears repeating. Even 15 minutes of exercise can elevate one’s happiness. So don’t spend your lunch break hunched over your phone watching TikTok. Go out for a walk and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Better yet, go out for a walk with a friend!


  • Exercise your strengths each workday. If you aren’t sure what your strengths are, take the Via survey which is available free online: viasurvey.org. Just knowing your strengths will help you feel better about yourself and your place in the world.


  • Change your mindset about non-preferred tasks. Every job entails doing things that one would rather not do. You can choose to see these requirements as onerous, or you can choose to see them in a different light. Perhaps you can tell yourself that these are necessary things that help others in their work.


  • Find the meaning and purpose of your job. Postal workers could say that they are “just” delivering the mail. Or they could choose to say that they are delivering joy and happiness to many households. Figuring out the deeper purpose of your job and seeing your job from this standpoint can dramatically shift your attitude.


  • Choose something to be grateful for at work. Every day, write down five things you are grateful for in your job. Try this for a month and see how it affects your mood.


  • Find ways to reward yourself, even if your boss or team members don’t. Some companies are notorious for not rewarding team members for a job well done. Even so, YOU can reward yourself when you have accomplished something at work.


Happiness starts from within – you can be in the happiest of places yet be the most miserable person if you choose to be that person. Take charge of your happiness at work today by using one of the strategies outlined above. You have nothing to lose except your negative feelings!



Anne Chan is a career counselor and licensed psychotherapist in Union City. She specializes in helping people find happiness in their careers and lives. You can reach her at annechantcv@gmail.com © Anne Chan, 2022




One step closer to a crewed moon mission

Kailash Kalidoss, Aerospace Enthusiast


Years in the making, and a successor for Apollo, Artemis is at it again to conquer the moon. It begins with Artemis 1. The Artemis 1 mission will use an Orion spacecraft to pave the way for the 38,000-mile journey. The payload will launch on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). This is one of the most powerful rockets ever and it was designed and delivered by the United Launch Alliance.


SLS will be 32 stories tall and capable of delivering a thrust of 8.8 million pounds (4 million kg), to power through the earth’s atmosphere and continue on its lunar course. The Orion spacecraft is expected to eventually reach within 63 miles of the lunar surface. This uncrewed mission is meant to be the stepping stone for future human excursions to the moon, as well as putting the first humans on Mars. The test bed will make sure both the rocket and the spacecraft are capable and safe to transport the first woman and the person of color to the moon in a future Artemis mission. The primary goal of the mission is to assure a safe crew module entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery. In addition, the secondary science goal for the mission would be to launch ten cube-sats (mini satellites) targeting several Earth-based research missions.


The long-duration mission is expected to last 42 days. The launch is targeted for August 29, 2022, from the iconic Cape Canaveral Launch Pad 39b at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. NASA is targeting launch on a two-hour launch window that opens at 8:33 a.m. EDT, with backup opportunities on Sept. 2 and 5. Splashdown and recovery operations are targeted no later than October 10, 2022.


According to NASA officials, Artemis 1 is the first of the four Artemis missions that are expected to cost approximately $4.1 billion each. But given the nature, scientific goals, and critical nature of the mission, one can justify that every penny of the taxpayer’s money will pay off.



Kailash Kalidoss is a local aerospace enthusiast and educator serving the Bay Area. Kailash first fell in love with aerospace as a teenager when he learned about aviation from his father’s job as a Ground Operations Manager. Kailash has since spent his efforts spreading knowledge about aerospace, astronautics, aviation, science and technology, and of course, the night sky and everything in it. Kailash also represents the Civil Air Patrol as a volunteer and NASA as a volunteer ambassador.




News and notes from around the world

Submitted by The Association of Mature American Citizens


Ah, it’s great to be young and agile

Limbo dancing was quite the fad in the 50s and 60s. If you are not old enough to remember the craze, limbo is a dance where you have to duck lower and lower to get underneath a pole without touching the pole or the ground, says the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). It can be a challenge. Imagine how hard it gets if you’re on roller skates and the pole is just about eight inches above the ground — about the distance between the pavement and the undercarriage of a car. That was the challenge waiting for a 7-year-old girl in India. In fact, she put on her skates, bent over forward [the hard way] and successfully made her way under, not one car, but 20 cars. You guessed it. The stunt earned Deshna Nahar of Pune, India a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. See video of Deshna’s fete on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePuneMirror/status/1552532246460252160.


How’s ‘embarrassing’?

It was an “embarrassing” moment for golf pro Mark Hubbard on the 11th hole of the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club, reports AMAC. Hubbard teed off, let go of his club and covered his eyes sure that he had dubbed it, as they say. But, instead, the ball sailed through the air, landed on the green, bounced a few times and then rolled right into the cup, giving him his ninth hole in one. See video of Hubbard’s amazing tee off on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PGATOUR/status/1552651882895618048?.


Buried treasure

Richard and Suzanne Gilson bought their cottage in Wildwood, New Jersey about four years ago and have been hard at work fixing it up all this time, according to AMAC. Recently, they were turning the ground in their front yard and came across what they thought were weeds. Instead, what they dug up were bundles of cash — $2,000 worth of the paper money. The cash was dated 1934 when $2,000 had the buying power of about $40,000 today. They tracked down the granddaughter of the folks who owned the house back then who explained that her grandfather told her mother to bury the loot as a precaution. The Gilsons have decided not to spend the dough; it has more value today as a memento, they say. See video of the unearthed cash on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wybeFy_XSMQ.



The Association of Mature American Citizens is a conservative 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: Stone Age at Coyote Hills

By Ned MacKay


For thousands of years before the discovery of metallurgy, people fashioned tools and weapons out of stone. This ancient skill will be demonstrated by skilled stone tool makers during a “knap-in” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Knapping is the process of chipping chert, obsidian and other stones into spear points, arrowheads and other tools.


The program will be at the park visitor center. All ages are welcome to watch the demonstrations and learn more about stone tool making from the park’s interpretive staff. The program is free; no registration is required. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call (510) 544-3220.



Beating the heat is the plan for a stroll from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20 at Bay Point Regional Shoreline near Pittsburg, led by supervising naturalist Ashley Adams. Along the way, Ashley will talk about the animals that inhabit the marshland, and relate some nearby military history.


The walk is free and no registration is necessary. Meet Ashley at the Trojan Road staging area. It’s a left turn off McAvoy Road just before the entrance to McAvoy boat harbor. For information, call (510) 544-2751.



Reaching the top of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley is the goal of a hike from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, led by naturalist Trail Gail Broesder. Rewards for the effort include possible wildlife sightings and panoramic views of the Bay Area from the summit.


The hike is free and no reservations are necessary. Meet Gail at the Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For information, call (510) 544-2233.



Or you can try another ascent, this one on Saturday, August 20 at Sunol Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County.


Naturalist Erica Stephens will lead a slow-paced climb from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to the top of Flag Hill, with stops along the way to view oak woodlands and sandstone geology.

The round-trip is only three miles, but it’s strenuous, on a narrow, steep, rocky trail with a 960-foot elevation gain. Wear closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, bring water and snacks.


The hike is free, but registration is required, and space is limited. To register, call (888) 327-2757 and select option 2.



Bugs, both the flying and crawling variety, are the focus of a family-friendly program from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday, August 21 at the campground amphitheater of Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. Naturalist Alex Collins will be chatting about dragonflies, damselflies, beetles and other insects that live at Del Valle. Then the group will go on a bug hunt.


Parking for the program is available at the overflow lot behind the campground store. From there it’s a short downhill walk to the amphitheater. The program is free. Del Valle Regional Park is at the end of Del Valle Road off Mines Road about nine miles south of Livermore. There’s a parking fee of $6 per vehicle. For more information, call (510) 544-3146.



If you don’t see the animal itself, you can still identify it by clues left behind. Naturalist Wyatt Moore will show how during a program from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, August 20 at Big Break Regional Shoreline in Oakley. The group will listen for birdcalls, examine chewed branches, and look for animal tracks. You may even see the animals themselves.


Big Break is at 69 Big Break Road off Oakley’s Main Street. The program is free. For information, call (510) 544-3050.



This is just a sample. For the full list of upcoming programs in the regional parks, visit the website, www.ebparks.org and click on “Things To Do.”






Next-gen Ingenuity helicopters will have robotic arms

By Brianna Wessling


NASA is swapping out its Sample Fetch Rover for two drones, similar to the Ingenuity Helicopter, to serve as backups to the Perseverance Rover in the Mars sample return campaign.


The sample return campaign begins with the Perseverance Rover, which has already been on Mars for over a year and, at press time, had sealed 11 samples to eventually send back to Earth. NASA plans to launch its Earth Return Orbiter in fall 2027 and its Sample Retrieval Lander in summer 2028.


The lander is expected to make it to the surface of Mars in 2030. If all goes well, the samples should return to Earth in 2033.


The lander will carry two Ingenuity-like helicopters — the Mars Ascent Vehicle and the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Sample Transfer Arm. NASA plans for the lander to precisely land on the surface of Mars near Perseverance. The rover will then bring its samples to the lander, which will extract them using its arm.


Originally, NASA planned to send its Sample Fetch Rover as a backup to Perseverance, just in case the rover is unable to travel to the lander. Instead, NASA opted for two helicopters, each of which will be equipped with mobility wheels on its landing legs and one robotic arm. NASA told The Robot Report the image provided is the only image it has at the moment.


If Perseverance is unable to make it to the lander, the helicopters will fly to the rover, use their robotic arms to retrieve a sample, and fly the samples back to the lander. The helicopters will then place the samples on the ground near the lander, where the lander will use its own robotic arm to pick up the samples and store them.


Part of the reason NASA decided to go with the helicopters over the Sample Fetch Rover was because of the size of the rover. According to David Parker, director of human and robotic exploration at ESA, the rover wouldn’t fit on the lander alongside the Mars Ascent Vehicle, meaning NASA would have to organize a second launch just for the rover.


This process could take four to five days per sample tube, with NASA expecting the helicopters to make round-trip flights of around 700 meters. While NASA isn’t ruling out the possibility of using the helicopters for other tasks, like observing the landing area or taking pictures of the ascent vehicle launch, its primary mission is to serve as a backup to Perseverance.


NASA sent its Ingenuity helicopter to Mars with the Perseverance Rover. As the first ever helicopter to be sent to another planet, Ingenuity was sent as a technology demonstration. NASA hoped that the helicopter would complete five flights, and as of July 28 it had completed 29.


Once all of the samples make it back to the lander, the Mars Ascent Vehicle will take off from the surface of Mars. In the two-step launch, the rocket will be tossed into the air before it ignites to ensure the lander doesn’t slip to tilt out of place during takeoff.



Brianna Wessling is an Associate Editor, Robotics, WTWH Media. She can be reached at bwessling@wtwhmedia.com.




Hot weather garden woes

By Melinda Myers


Poor flowering and misshapen or lack of fruit on tomatoes, peppers and squash may be due to the weather, not your gardening skills. Temperature extremes can interfere with flowering and fruit set on these and other vegetables in your garden.


We watch for and can’t wait to taste that first red ripe tomato. It is certainly frustrating when we see flowers drop or the plant fails to form fruit. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions, but temperature extremes can prevent fruiting, cause misshapen fruit, or reduce the size of the harvest.


When daytime temperatures rise above 90°F and night temperatures remain above 70°F, blossom drop and poor fruit development may occur. Combine this with low humidity, and the pollen is not viable. In hot and humid conditions, pollen is too sticky and doesn’t move from the male to the female part of the flower. Without pollination, flowers won’t be fertilized, and fruit will not develop.


Cool weather can result in poor fruiting. Night temperatures below the optimum of 59° to 68°F will reduce the amount and viability of pollen that the plant produces. Less viable pollen means fewer fruits will form. Cooler temperatures below 55°F can result in misshapen fruit and catfacing [fruit deformity]. Fortunately, the malformed fruit is still tasty and safe to eat.


Temperature extremes also impact pepper productivity. When temperatures climb to 95°F or higher, pollen is sterile and flowers may drop. Small fruit may also fall from the plant during such hot spells. Pepper plants also experience poor fruit set when night temperatures drop below 60°F or rise above 75° F.


Tomatoes and peppers aren’t the only vegetables impacted by temperature extremes. Eggplants, a close relative to tomatoes and peppers, do not set fruit until night temperatures are above 55°F. Beans stop flowering or flowers die when temperatures rise above 85° F.


Flowering in squash and cucumber plants is also influenced by temperature and other environmental factors. These plants produce separate male and female flowers. Male flowers usually appear first and it is not until both male and female flowers are present that pollination, fertilization and fruit production can occur.


Research found cool temperatures, bright sunlight, and shorter days encourage female flower production, while male flowers are more prolific during warmer temperatures, less sunlight and close spacing. Flowering on squash and cucumbers is also impacted by nitrogen fertilization. Too much can prevent female flower formation while insufficient amounts can reduce the number of male flowers.


The simplest solution is to wait for optimum temperatures and proper humidity levels to return. Once this happens, plants will begin producing fruit. If poor productivity related to weather is a yearly problem, consider planting more heat tolerant varieties, adjust planting times and look for more suitable growing locations.


When the harvest is delayed, extend the season with the help of row covers. These fabrics allow sunlight, air, and water through while trapping heat around the plants. Just loosely cover plants and anchor the edges with stones, boards, or landscape stapes when frost is in the forecast. You can leave the fabric in place for the remainder of the year. Just lift it to harvest and secure the fabric when done.


If this summer’s weather leaves you disappointed with the harvest, remember there is always next year.



Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including the recently released Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, 2nd Edition and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD instant video series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and her website is www.MelindaMyers.com.




James Logan Alumni Water Polo Game

By Angela Xiong


On Friday, August 12, alumni athletes from James Logan High School’s (Union City) boys and girls water polo team went head-to-head against the current high school Colts in an intense and lively water polo game.


The game kicked off with the Lady Colts' energetic match. The alumni team quickly gained a strong start and competitive edge over the high school Colts, scoring multiple goals in a matter of minutes. The alumni team’s quick passes and seamless defense allowed them to pull ahead 8-1 by mid-game, causing the Colts to call a timeout. Cheers erupted as the Colts made a goal following the timeout, bringing the score to 8-2. Despite the timeout and goal, the alumni team picked up right where they left off, using their momentum to bring the score up again. By the 4th period, the score gap had grown even wider, going 15-5. Despite the widening score gap, the Lady Colts refused to concede. With less than 5 seconds left in the game, the Colts made one final goal, as cheers erupted within the audience. The Lady Alumni team won 17-6.


Following the Lady Colts’ stellar match, the boys water polo and alumni teams were up next. Both alumni and high school players eagerly got into position, excited to begin. The match launched off with an explosive start. The alumni team quickly shot their first goal within minutes of the 1st period, following with two consecutive goals, bringing the score up to 3-0. The high school Colts fought hard and scored one point within the period. The alumni team continued to increase their energy and speed, achieving three more goals within the 2nd period. After a few timeouts and breaks, the high school Colts finally shot their second goal mid-game, eliciting a wave of cheers from the audience. Similar to the Lady Alumni team, the Boys Alumni team continued to carry their momentum through the end, winning 13-2 against the high school Colts.


As the games concluded, players lined up to congratulate one another, share stories, and catch up with old friends. Reflecting on the game, Class of 2005 alumna Jill Lothian said, “The game was a lot of fun; it’s just a family here [at James Logan], and we were happy to support the future generation [of water polo players].”




BART Police Log

Submitted by BART PD


Saturday, August 6

  • At 11:57 a.m. a man identified by police as Darryl Davis, 59 of Newark was stopped at Warm Springs/South Fremont station on suspicion of fare evasion. A record check showed an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail.



Tuesday, August 9

  • At 9:25 p.m. a man identified by police as Johnstone Leafa, 25, of San Francisco was stopped in the bus zone at Bay Fair station in San Leandro. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a concealed and loaded firearm and booked into Sant Rita Jail.


  • At 10:52 p.m. an officer contacted a woman, later identified by police as Vanessa Jimenez, 30, of San Jose at South Hayward Station. A record check showed two outstanding warrants charging receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. She was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail.



Wednesday, August 10

  • At 8:45 a.m. a man identified by police as Stevie Jackson, 54, of San Francisco was arrested at Union City station on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.




Stolen catalytic converter operation busted in Fremont

Submitted by Fremont Police Department


After a year of investigation, detectives from the Fremont Police Department (FPD) moved in on a company they believe has been major buyer of stolen catalytic converters in the Bay Area.


Detectives identified Arrow Recovery, located in the 46000 block of Warm Springs Blvd. as a business that was accepting stolen catalytic converters that were later recovered. Accordingly, detectives began an operation where an undercover officer sold cut catalytic converters to the company marked or etched with “stolen” or other markings suggesting they had been illegally obtained. During the multi-month-operation, Arrow Recovery repeatedly purchased stolen catalytic converters from undercover detectives.


In conjunction with Fremont Fire Department, Silicon Valley Regional Computer Forensics Lab, and the State Toxic and Hazardous Waste Department, FPD Detectives served a search warrant in June at Arrow Recovery. Inside the premises, detectives found multiple 55-gallon drums of refined and semi-refined catalytic converter material, along with about eight pallets containing at least 300 suspected stolen catalytic converters.


Catalytic converters, which are located between the engine and muffler of most cars manufactured after 1974, filter harmful emissions that would otherwise pollute the air. They contain precious metals like palladium, platinum and rhodium which thieves sell for scrap. Hybrid cars, SUVs, and trucks are often the vehicles most preferred by thieves, but almost any vehicle can be a target.


Fremont Detectives will continue to work collaboratively with the agencies and the Alameda County District Attorney's office, to prosecute Arrow Recovery for receiving stolen property. In addition, permitting and environmental impact penalties will be evaluated and levied where appropriate.


Police said the goal of the operation was to shut down a major pathway for criminals to sell stolen catalytic converters, thereby reducing the desire of thieves to victimize community members and businesses. Detectives collected and inventoried a large amount of evidence requiring multiple tow trucks and trips.


Detectives will be looking for any identifying markings or engravings on the collected items and will reach out to people who may have been a victim of a catalytic converter theft. However, due to the condition of the recovered items, it is generally not possible to confirm the origin of many of the recovered items.





Submitted by Hayward CHP


Thursday, August 11

  • At about 1:47 a.m. officers responded to a report about a person down on I-880 northbound on the south Fremont Boulevard onramp in Fremont. Upon arrival, officers found a deceased female who had apparently been struck by a vehicle. Authorities said the vehicle may have been a semi-truck or car hauler and the driver might be unaware of the crash. The identity of the victim was not immediately released. An investigation is continuing and CHP is asking anyone who has information about the incident or may have witnessed it to call the Hayward CHP office at (510) 489-1500.




DUI checkpoint planned in Union City

Submitted by Union City Police Department


Officers from the Union City Police Department (UCPD) will conduct a Driving Under the Influence checkpoint starting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20 and continuing until 2:00 a.m. the next day at an undisclosed location in the city.


DUI checkpoints and patrols are done in locations with a history of DUI-related collisions and arrests. During the checkpoint, officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. The primary purpose of the checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring motorists from driving impaired.


“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sgt. Stan Rodrigues said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”


UCPD officials are reminding the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription or over-the-counter medications may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.


Anyone that is planning on drinking or taking medications that can affect their ability to drive, should follow these precautions to avoid a DUI charge:

  • Always use a designated sober driver — a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation — to get home.
  • Walking while impaired is also dangerous. Have someone sober walk you home or stay with you until a sober driver is available to pick you up.
  • Report drunk drivers by calling 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.


A DUI charge is not cheap. Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




Traffic stop leads to large fentanyl, cash recovery

Submitted by San Leandro Police Department


A routine vehicle stop for a traffic violation recently made by a San Leandro Police Department officer led to the recovery of nearly two pounds of fentanyl, along with marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and a large sum of cash.


The incident occurred Saturday, July 30 when the officer stopped a driver, later identified by police as Marvin Flores, 23, of Oakland on Marina Boulevard and Aurora Drive. During a search of the vehicle the officer found the illegal drugs each bundled in packages apparently for the purpose of selling to others. Flores, who also had $3,000 in cash was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail.


“I want to thank our weekend midnight officers who worked together to make this investigation complete and safe, as a minute amount of fentanyl can be deadly,” said Lieutenant Matthew Barajas. “Our officers carry Narcan, an opioid overdose treatment. Each member is trained in administering the drug. We have used Narcan several times and with successful results.”




Police seek help in Hayward homicide investigation

Submitted by Hayward Police Department


Investigators with the Hayward Police Department (HPD) have released a composite sketch of a person of interest they want to identify in connection with a homicide that occurred on April 8.


The investigation started after officers responded to a report about a “man down” in the area of Jackson Street and Soto Road. When officers arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. Medical responders at the scene pronounced the man dead. He was later identified by police as Ervin Vargas, 46, of Hayward.


As part of its investigation, HPD recently developed a composite sketch of a person of interest they believe may have been at the scene during the time of the homicide. The person has been described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, thin build, approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall, with short dark brown hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information about this person’s identity or about the homicide is asked to contact Detective Kell at (510) 293-7176.




Police Explorers graduate from academy

Submitted by Hayward Police Department


Members from Hayward Police Department (HPD) were on hand to congratulate two of their Police Explorers who recently completed a training program at Alameda County Sheriff’s 5th Law Enforcement Explorer Academy.


Explorers Vincent Chandra and Giovanni Andres Gonzalez completed the intense two-week program earlier this summer and were honored for their achievement at a graduation ceremony July 29. During the program, the two explorers were presented certificates of completion. Chandra also received an Overall Achievement Award certificate.


The Explorer program is chartered by Boy Scouts of America and provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to develop insight about pursuing a career in law enforcement. During the program, explorers are encouraged to develop positive relationships with the police, participate in community service and develop leadership skills. The Explorer Academy also consists of physical fitness, marching drills, tactics and academics in basic law.


HPD is accepting applications for the Fall 2022 Explorer program. For program details and requirements, visit the City of Hayward website at www.hayward-ca.gov, then enter “Police Explorer Program” into the search field and follow the link that appears. For application information, contact Explorer Program Coordinator, Sgt. Angela Irizarry via email at angela.irizarry@hayward-ca.gov or call (510) 293-7054.




San Leandro Police Log

Submitted by San Leandro PD


Friday, August 5

  • At about 11:30 a.m. officers responded to a report about a shooting on the 2200 block of E. 14th St. Police believe the incident occurred inside a business, but are not sure if it was a robbery or a targeted shooting. Police believe two or three shots were fired; a 13-year-old girl was injured, possibly by a bullet fragment hitting her foot. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. The suspects fled the scene. An investigation is continuing; anyone with information is asked to call SLPD at (510) 577-2740.



Wednesday, August 10

  • At about 10:14 p.m. patrol officers spotted a SUV commit a traffic violation in the area of Hesperian Boulevard and Olive Street and attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop. Instead, the driver led officers on a pursuit east on Highway 238 and west on Highway 580 before eventually coming to a stop. The suspect driving the vehicle was arrested. A search of the vehicle uncovered two pounds of marijuana. Officers also found a loaded firearm the suspect discarded on the highway.




Arrests made in Union City shooting

Submitted by Union City Police Department


Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an August 3 shooting that left a 44-year-old man with a leg injury in Union City.


The incident started about 12:36 p.m. when officers responded to a report about a shooting in the area of Eighth and H streets. When they arrived, officers found a 44-year-old man had been shot once in the leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and later released.


Later, three suspects were taken into custody in by authorities in Oakland; Union City Police Department detectives responded and took over the investigation. During the investigation, they learned that the shooting victim was driving in the area when he saw two suspects rob a female of her jewelry. After the robbery, the suspects fled in vehicle which the victim followed hoping to get their license plate number and vehicle description. During the process, the suspects shot the victim.


The suspects arrested were two juveniles (16 and 17 years old) from Hayward, and one adult, identified by police as Ronald Hayes, 29, of Hayward. The 17-year-old was charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon; the 16-year-old was charged with robbery and attempted homicide. Hayes was charged with robbery, evading arrest, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle and assault. He also had an outstanding warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


An investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to send an email to Det. Nicolas Perry at NicolasP@unioncity.org or call (510) 675-5266. Information can also be shared anonymously by calling the UCPD tip line at (510) 675-5207 or sending an email to tips@unioncity.org.




Union City Police Log

Submitted by Union City PD


Friday, August 12

  • At about 12:20 a.m. officers responded to a report about a shooting on the 2500 block of Medallion Dr. Upon arrival they found a 28-year-old woman with a single gunshot wound. Arriving paramedics pronounced the woman dead. UCPD detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide and are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Dominic Ayala via email at DominicA@unioncity.org or call (510) 675-5207. Anonymous tips can be sent via email to tips@unionccity.org.








Ellsworth Street housing project



Glauco Romero’s “A Mission San Jose Village” letter in the 8/2/2022 Tri-City Voice speaks of preserving McIvor’s Hardware store on Ellsworth Street. The Better Block organizers speak of repurposing the 1989 store. The Mission San Jose Commercial study called for a shared parking lot between Mission and Ellsworth financed by the commercial property owners in the area. The old McIvor’s parking between the back of the hardware store and the historic buildings on Mission with access via the city-owned alleyway was exactly that.


The reality is that those three lots have been purchased by WRD Green, Inc who is the developer of the recently approved Mission Paradise project across Ellsworth. They submitted plans for Villa Ellsworth in 2020 that would fill those lots with 14 three-story townhouses of the same architecture as Mission Paradise. They fully plan to demolish the McIvor’s Hardware store.


Mission Paradise was approved over the objections of residents and over the HARB denial that it followed the Mission San Jose Historic Guidelines. The developer claimed that, per the state’s latest housing bills, they followed all of the city’s “Objective Standards” and the city must approve it.


Villa Ellsworth has plans for the same type of housing, the same minimum required commercial space, the minimum commercial parking (no eateries would be allowed), and the developer is sure to again use the state rules to push through this project.


The Mission San Jose area now has over 200 more housing units (about 500 people) than it had in the heydays of the 1980s and ‘90s when restaurants, shops and services had plenty of customers. Commercial rents were sharply raised and one-by-one the shops failed. More housing is not needed. As Better Block is saying, village-style shops as in Niles, with lower rents, would attract businesses along Ellsworth. We need lots of parking for tourists and Fremont residents who live miles away.


We would love for Ellsworth to have small shops and restaurants, but the reality is that WRD Green, Inc’s Mission Paradise and Villa Ellsworth, along with Robson Homes’ Ellsworth Mixed-Use project across Ellsworth from the Post Office, [would] be built and define Ellsworth as an urban residential street and the Mission San Jose Village will be lost forever.


Alice and Chris Cavette







A victory for future generations


Those hoping to preserve a livable world for ourselves, our children and grandchildren can find much to celebrate in the climate provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act recently passed in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The bill, now awaiting the signature of President Biden, contains a huge investment — $369 billion — in low-carbon technologies and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 2005 levels by 2030.


The significance of this legislative victory cannot be overstated. For decades, scientists warned of the dire consequences we face for failing to bring down the heat-trapping emissions that are warming our world. For far too long those warnings were ignored, and hopes that our nation would take action were raised again and again only to be dashed for lack of political will.


Now, at last, the political will is there. Our lawmakers have finally listened and delivered. With these policies in place, the United States will embark on a transformational journey to wean ourselves off the fossil fuels driving climate change, and in the process remove air pollution that sickens millions of Americans and inflicts billions of dollars in damage to our economy.


The Inflation Reduction Act will speed this transition by providing tax credits over the next 10 years to develop and deploy clean energy like wind and solar. Money will also be used to help households become more energy efficient and to replace gas appliances with ones powered by electricity, like heat pumps and induction stoves. Middle-and low-income Americans will also be eligible for tax credits to help them buy electric vehicles, thereby reducing the carbon emissions and unhealthy air pollution from gasoline-powered cars and trucks.


Another important provision in the Inflation Reduction Act addresses the leakage of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. It’s a big contributor to global warming, and to reduce those emissions, this legislation imposes a fee that rises over time. The principle is simple: Discourage bad behavior by making it more expensive. It worked really well to reduce the number of people who smoke cigarettes.


Disadvantaged communities that typically bear the greatest burden from climate change and pollution will also get help. Some $60 billion will be used on environmental justice programs in those communities.


This long-sought breakthrough on climate legislation was made possible by grassroots support that was lacking in previous “inside the Beltway” efforts. Over the past year, for example, Citizens’ Climate Lobby generated more than 200,000 letters and phone calls to members of Congress urging passage of a reconciliation bill that contains strong climate provisions. Members of other advocacy groups urged Congress to tackle climate as well. This victory was won by concerned citizens who made their voices heard by decision makers in Washington.


Meaningful steps to fight climate change come not a moment too soon. Extreme weather-related disasters made worse by rising temperatures, like flooding this summer that killed dozens in Missouri and Kentucky, are becoming more frequent and could soon outpace our ability to adapt and recover. In California, the impact of an altered climate is being felt with unprecedented forest fires.


Throughout the global community, the U.S. has been viewed as a laggard on climate change. This legislation will help restore U.S. climate leadership. Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced in every country around the world, and our example will inspire and motivate other nations to increase their climate ambition.


More will be needed to meet the U.S. pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030, but for now let’s celebrate the passage of this historic legislation, which brings hope that we and future generations can live in a hospitable climate. The best time to do something about climate change was 20 years ago. The next best time is now, and that’s finally happening.


Madeleine Para and Abe Mazliach



Madeleine Para is Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Abe Mazliach is Co-Lead of CCL Silicon Valley Chapter.




Arrest made in Homicide

Submitted by Union City PD


On Friday, August 12th, 2022, at approximately 12:20 AM, Union City Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Medallion Dr. for a just occurred shooting.
Upon arrival, the officers found a female with a single gunshot wound and attempted life saving measures. Alameda County Fire/Paramedics arrived shortly after and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim has been identified as Joan Dolly Delsied, 28-year-old female from Union City, CA.


UCPD Detectives responded and took over this investigation. Later in the evening around 5:00 PM, two males were arrested for their involvement in this case. The gun used in this incident was also recovered.


The arrestees were identified as: Francisco Alvarez (29-year-old male from Union City) – 187 PC – Murder John Collins (60-year-old male from Union City) – 32 PC – Accessory After the Fact. This was an isolated incident and there are no additional known threats to the public. Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. The Union City Police Department is glad to bring closure to the family and the community in a timely manner.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Dominic Ayala at DominicA@unioncity.org or (510) 675-5259. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can leave information on the UCPD tip line at (510) 675-5207 or at tips@unioncity.org




Letter to the Editor






Kaiser response to union strike


The National Union of Healthcare Workers has called for an open-ended strike to begin on Monday, August 15, pulling nearly 2,000 mental health professionals away from their patients across Northern California. Despite the strike, we have plans in place to meet our members’ mental health needs.


Kaiser Permanente has been negotiating with the union for more than a year. There are two key issues we have been bargaining over: one is wage increases and the other is the union’s demand to increase the time therapists spend on tasks other than seeing patients.


The primary role – and essential need – for our therapists is to provide mental health care and treat our patients. The remaining issue being negotiated with NUHW is the amount of time therapists spend on administrative tasks such as documentation, planning and other office activities rather than directly treating patients. In recognition of our therapists’ concerns and priorities, we have proposed an increase in the scheduled time allocated to administrative tasks, but the union is demanding still more administrative time.


As an example, under the current collective bargaining agreement, a 40 hour per week therapist whose only job is to provide patient therapy would spend 34 hours seeing patients with 6 hours reserved for administrative tasks.  We have proposed increasing the time for administrative tasks in this example to 7.2 hours, leaving 32.8 hours to see patients.  The union is demanding 9 hours for administrative work, which would leave only 31 hours to see patients.


The union’s demand flies in the face of a 30 percent increase in demand for mental health care and NUHW’s own commitments to help improve access to mental health care. Our patients cannot afford a proposal that significantly reduces time available to care for our patients and their mental health needs.


For the entirety of its 12 years of existence, NUHW has used the threat of strikes as a bargaining tactic in every contract negotiation. This will be the second time in a year the union has called on mental health providers to walk away from our patients.


We have the deepest appreciation and gratitude for our mental health professionals and the extraordinary care they provide to our members. We recently reached an agreement with the same union in Southern California for 1,900 mental health professionals.


Despite the union’s harmful tactics, we remain committed to bargaining in good faith to reach a fair and equitable agreement that is good for our therapists and our patients.


Meeting the increasing demand for mental health care


Across the country, there are not enough mental health care professionals to meet the increased demand for care. This has created challenges for Kaiser Permanente and mental health care providers everywhere. To meet the shortage of mental health practitioners we have:


  • Hired hundreds of new mental health clinicians, including adding nearly 200 new clinicians since January 2021
  • Improved mental health care access through virtual care
  • Embedded mental health care services into primary care
  • Launched a $500,000 recruiting initiative to recruit new clinicians


Despite all that we are doing we, like others, are challenged to meet the demand and know more must be done. We are focused on continuing to find new ways to our members’ and patients’ mental health needs.


Bargaining with NUHW


While NUHW is publicly advocating for increased patient access, the union is actually exploiting current challenges as a bargaining tactic. The union is well aware that its’ decision to strike is intended to hurt Kaiser Permanente’s ability to meet the needs of our patients: that is the point of the strike. The reality is that strikes, like the union’s proposal to reduce time for direct patient care, will only reduce access to our care, at a time of unprecedented demand. This strike is an unnecessary tactic to increase the union’s leverage at the bargaining table making it harder, not easier, to deliver mental health care.


Kaiser Permanente has made it known we are prepared to meet with the union at any time and will continue bargaining in good faith. Our goal is to reach a fair and equitable agreement and avoid a strike.


Meeting members’ needs during a strike


We are working hard to be ready to meet our patients’ mental health needs during the strike. Beginning this week, our patients will receive care from those mental health clinicians who choose patient needs over the strike, as well as from our psychiatrists, clinical managers, and other licensed professionals.


We have also expanded our network of high-quality community providers and will continue to prioritize urgent and emergency care. Some nonurgent appointments may need to be rescheduled. Any patient whose appointment may be affected will be contacted directly prior to the date of the appointment to ensure they receive the care they need.



Deb Catsavas

Senior vice president of human resources

Kaiser Permanente Northern California




The Greatest Story Never (Vocally) Told: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Hugo Vera

Photos by Gino Lucas


As more of today’s entertainment content strives to be increasingly inclusive and accessible for all, Stage 1 Theatre's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat accomplishes just that and more. Based on the 1968 musical written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stage 1 Theatre's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a whimsical, modern take on the origin story of the biblical character Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Although it’s based on a Judeo-Christian text, director Patricia Pitpitan and choreographer Joshua Ekblom's rendition of Joseph’s story contains universal themes of betrayal, self-discovery and forgiveness that all viewers can enjoy.


When Joseph (played by Noelle Wilder) is born into a well-to-do farming family in ancient Israel, he becomes heavily favored over his brothers, and his parents gift him a “Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a luxurious garment sporting vibrant colors. Jealous of Joseph and his new coat, his brothers sell him into slavery to the Egyptians. While in Egypt, Joseph must survive the antics of the Pharaoh (Charles Anthony), his right-hand man Potiphar (Donald Grushkin) and the unwanted advances made by Potiphar's wife Zuleika (Paige Collazo) as he rises through the ranks of Egyptian society to save his enslavers from famine and find his way home.


What makes this particular production truly memorable is the use of ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation throughout the entirety of the play. The bilingual aspect of this play is something rarely seen in other stage productions, let alone musicals. Though ASL interpretation is often seen as a silent/background activity, cast members such as Ashley Castellon (who serves as the musical’s “Narrator”) and Dane K. Lentz (the voice of Joseph/omnipresent interpreter) sign with their own unique flair that makes their unspoken hand gestures just as powerful and present as the on-stage singing and dancing.


The breakout performance of this production is undoubtedly that of Noelle Wilder as the titular character Joseph. The choice to have a deaf, Black non-male play Joseph perfectly aligns with Pitpitan’s vision of this modern-retelling. Although Wilder has no spoken lines, their facial expressions, mannerisms and powerful movements flawlessly illustrate Joseph’s arc without the need for words. Juxtaposed to Wilder is Charles Anthony’s humorous and refreshing portrayal of Pharaoh. Though his character serves as the story’s antagonist, his Elvis-like solo musical number and persona make the character surprisingly likable.


Complementing on-stage performances is top-notch set design. Audiences who were used to viewing Stage 1 productions at the Newark Memorial High School theater will be impressed by the state-of-the-art Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. The center’s two-level seating allows for the performers’ acoustics to reach everyone while also enabling the live band the necessary space to operate. Hand-painted hieroglyphics and Egyptian-themed tapestries hanging from the rafters establish the musical’s setting in ancient Egypt, but the best production detail is the archway at center-stage with the name “JOSEPH” spelled out in ASL. The clever costume design in this production allows performers to parody eras such as 1950’s America as well as 1960’s France with the use of wigs and berets while also establishing the play’s biblical setting.


Overall, Stage 1 Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a family-friendly musical experience that all can enjoy. While based on biblical lore that contains themes of slavery and famine, the whimsical and slapstick-comedy aspects of the musical appeals to children and adults alike. Those who enjoyed the 1999 film adaptation starring Donny Osmond as well as other Christian-based musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar will enjoy this roughly 90-minute celebration of self-determination and inclusion.



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 Avenue, Pleasanton

(925) 931-4848


Tickets: $48, group pricing available for parties of 10+




Geography Championships photo caption:



“Abhiraam Girish, Manu Cherukumille (of Gomes Elementary in Fremont), and Tejas Karadi brought home the 2022 International Geography Bowl Championships held in Vermont this year in the Elementary division. In the individual category, Manu finished 2nd and Abhiraam finished 4th.”


Photo courtesy of Aparna Girish and Divya Sedimbi




Honor Roll


Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

Spring 2022 graduate

  • Francine Stephanie Villalobos of Union City


Emerson College, Massachusetts

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Aayush Bajpai of Fremont
  • Ananya Dutta of Fremont


Tufts University, Massachusetts

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Andrew Chang of Milpitas
  • Brian Fu of Fremont
  • Fernanda Gonzalez of Hayward
  • Riddhi Joshi of Fremont
  • Ellyn Xu of Fremont




Air traffic controllers say co-pilot ‘jumped' from plane

Associated Press


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP), Aug. 2 — A 911 call from air traffic controllers suggests that a co-pilot may have jumped from a damaged plane before the other pilot made an emergency landing in North Carolina, according to a recording of the call that was released Aug. 2.


It's been unclear exactly how or why Charles Hew Crooks, 23, exited the small cargo plane on the afternoon of July 29 about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He did not have a parachute, and his body was found in a backyard in the town of Fuquay-Varina.


Two unnamed Federal Aviation Administration employees can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher that the plane was heading to the airport. The pilot onboard had apparently told them that his co-pilot had “jumped out of the aircraft,” news outlets reported.


“We have a pilot that was inbound to the field,” a controller told the 911 dispatcher, according to WRAL. “His co-pilot jumped out of the aircraft. He made impact to the ground and here are the coordinates.” The call lasted about 13 minutes, with the controllers stating several times that the co-pilot had jumped. Wake County Emergency Management Chief of Operations Darshan Patel said the initial 911 call prompted the search for Crooks.


The airplane sustained substantial damage to its landing gear and fuselage, according to preliminary information gathered by the National Transportation Safety Board. The investigation is ongoing.




First sea turtle nest found on Mississippi beach since 2018

Associated Press


PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) Aug 07, 2022 — Beach crews have found the first sea turtle nest on the Mississippi mainland in four years.


A Harrison County Sand Beach crew that was cleaning up found what appeared to be turtle tracks just east of the Pass Christian Harbor, officials said.


They protected the area and called the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, which followed the tracks to a nesting site that is now marked off with stakes and tape.


The eggs likely belong to a protected loggerhead sea turtle or an even rarer Kemp's ridley sea turtle, which is the most critically endangered species of sea turtle, said Moby Solangi, president of the marine studies group.


The exact species of turtle won't be known until the eggs hatch in 50 to 60 days. Only about 1 in 10,000 sea turtle eggs reach adulthood. Turtles lay between 60 to 100 eggs in a nest and have multiple nests during a season, Solangi told The Sun Herald in Biloxi.


This is the first sea turtle nest on mainland Mississippi since 2018, although there have been unofficial reports of nests on uninhabited barrier islands, officials said.


The Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico are important sea turtle habitats, but the 2010 oil spill and the 2019 opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway hurt the turtle population, Solangi said.


“After all the environmental disasters we've had, this is a good sign. When (turtle populations) have gone down, it means the ecosystem that supports them is having difficulty. When animals start breeding, it means things have started to get better,” Solangi said.




Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

By Maddie Burakoff

Associated Press Science Writer


NEW YORK (AP), Aug. 8 — It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep?


Daniela Roessler and her colleagues trained cameras on baby jumping spiders at night to find out. The footage showed patterns that looked a lot like sleep cycles: The spiders' legs twitched and parts of their eyes flickered.


The researchers described this pattern as a “REM sleep-like state.” In humans, REM, or rapid eye movement, is an active phase of sleep when parts of the brain light up with activity and is closely linked with dreaming.


Other animals, including some birds and mammals, have been shown to experience REM sleep. But creatures like the jumping spider haven't gotten as much attention so it wasn't known if they got the same kind of sleep, said Roessler, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Their findings were published Aug. 8 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Roessler and her team dug into the sleep question after she discovered the spiders hanging at night from threads of silk in their lab containers. She had recently scooped up some jumping spiders to study, a common species with a furry brown body and four pairs of big eyes. “It was just the most unusual thing I've ever seen,” Roessler said of the suspended spiders.


The research showed the spiders' overnight movements looked a lot like REM in other species, she said — like dogs or cats twitching in their sleep. And they happened in regular cycles, similar to sleep patterns in humans.


Many species similar to spiders actually don't have movable eyes, which makes it hard to compare their sleep cycles, explained study co-author Paul Shamble, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University.


But these jumping spiders are predators that move their retinas around to change their gaze while they hunt, Shamble said. Plus, the young spiders have a see-through outer layer that gives a clear window into their bodies. “Sometimes as a biologist, you just get really, really lucky,” Shamble said.


The researchers still have to figure out if the spiders are technically sleeping while they're in these resting states, Roessler said. That includes testing whether they respond more slowly — or not at all — to triggers that would normally set them off.


Critters like the jumping spider are very far from humans on the evolutionary tree. Jerry Siegel, a sleep researcher who was not involved with the study, said he's doubtful that the spiders can really experience REM sleep. “There may be animals that have activity in quiet states,” said Siegel, of the UCLA Center for Sleep Research. “But are they REM sleep? It's hard to imagine that they could be the same thing.”


But Barrett Klein, an entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse who was also not involved with the study, said it was exciting to find REM-like signs in such a distant relative. Many questions remain about how widespread REM sleep is and what purpose it might serve for species, he said. REM sleep is “still very much a black box,” Klein said.



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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



Monday-Saturday August 20-September 17

Oh What a Relief It Is!

During library hours

Artists’ Reception August 20, 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Exhibition of mixed media

Hayward Public Library

888 C St, Hayward



Monday – Friday, August 15 – September 29

Summer Vibes Exhibit

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists’ Reception, August 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

John O’Lague Galleria

Hayward City Hall

777 B. St., Hayward



Tuesday – Saturday, August 1 – 31

Clear the Shelters $

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Find your new best friend.

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.

Find your new best friend.

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+)

Tickets: $10

Castro Valley Marketplace Lab 200

3295 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley



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 beautiful 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 back in time on the train 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.

Exhibit celebrating beauty of vines, hops, and fermented drinks

Tastings from local area wineries and breweries

Bankhead Theater

2400 First St., Livermore



Fridays-Sundays, August 12-August 28

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat $

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

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

Bilingual production by Stage 1 Theatre

Firehouse Art Center,

4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton





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 from community partners

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

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland



Third Saturdays

Investigating Space $

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discuss big 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







Tuesday, August 16

Town Hall meeting with Eric Swalwell R

6: 30 p.m-8:00 p.m.

Learn what is happening in Washington D. C.

Ruggieri Senior Center

33997 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City



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



Thursday, August 18

Brain Health Talk Series: Importance of Exercise and Social Stimulation R

4 p.m.

Latest research on healthy aging

Family Resource Center – Pacific Room

39115 Liberty St., Fremont



Thursday, August 18

Thursday Story Time

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Children’s picture book story. Ages 2-5

Banter Bookshop

3768 Captitol Ave., Ste. F, Fremont

(510) 565-1004



Thursday, August 18

Hayward Street Party

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Live music, classic car show, food, family fun

B and Main Streets, downtown Hayward

(510) 537-2424


Admission: Free


Thursday, August 18

Exploring the World of Wine

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

History of Santa Cruz mountains wine

Age Well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont,



Friday, August 19

Night of Exploration $

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

75th anniversary fundraising dinner program

Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro

Teen Club, 2200 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro

(510) 483-5581



Friday, August 19

Free Outdoor Movie Night

8 p.m.

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy “Luca”

Castro Valley Community Park

18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley,



Saturday, August 20

Twilight Marsh Walk R

6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.

Stroll along refuge trails

Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge

2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont



Saturday, August 20

Rock the Block

12 noon – 5 p.m.

Grand opening of Boys and Girls Club of San Leandro

Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro

Teen Club, 2200 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro

(510) 483-5581



Saturday, August 20

Back to Broadway $

7:30 p.m.

David Burnham and Kelly Brandeburg perform hits from Broadway

Castro Valley Center for the Arts

19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley

(510) 889-8961



Saturday, August 20

Farmyard Story Time

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join the story circle for some classic barnyard tales

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 20

Pokean: Make A Native American Game

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Use cornhusks and feathers to make your own game

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 20

Victorian Table Top Games

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Play some old-fashioned games

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, August 20

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 20

Centerville Walking Tour

11 a.m.

Meet in front of Holy Spirit Church

37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

(510) 623-7907


Free – donations welcome


Saturday, August 20

Storefront Storytime

11 a.m.

Uncle Gino reads “Down by the Station”

Books on B

1014 B St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943


Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21

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



Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21

Festival of India $

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday parade 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Food, kids corner, health fair

39439 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont



Saturday, August 20

Strenuous Flag Hill Stroll $

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Discover an oak woodland and sandstone secrets

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

Parking $5



Sunday, August 21

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 21

A Night with Bats $

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Discover these whimsical winged mammals

Sunol Regional Wilderness Visitor Center

1895 Geary Rd., Sunol

Parking $5



Sunday, August 21

Knap-In: Stone Tool Making

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stone tool makers demonstrate flintknapping

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, August 21

Berry Picking

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Blackberries are ready for picking

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Tuesday, August 23

Start Smart” Teen Driver Program R

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Driver/parent responsibilities, seatbelt usage

Castro Valley Library

3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley



Tuesday, August 23

In Person Smart Phone Assistance

8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Make calls, take pictures, send text messages

Age well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont,



Tuesday, August 23

MG Bailey

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Covers and original music from one man band rig

The Bistro

1001 B St., Hayward



Wednesday, August 24

Davis Street Golden Gala $R

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Canyon View Event Center

680 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon

(510) 347-4620





Summer Outdoor Movie Nights & Concerts


Movies Under the Stars


Friday, September 30

Bring blankets, low beach chairs, and a picnic dinner

Palms Pavilion Picnic Area

40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

(510) 494-4300




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





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 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




Summertime Sounds Music Series at Union Landing


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