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Mark Your Calendars!  July 27th is the date for the annual Greenridge neighborhood garage sale featuring over 50 homes.  Keep in mind that a lot of people who live on the hill have been her since the 60’s, so you never know what treasures you might find besides the goodies you didn’t even know you needed.  Sale begins at 9:00 and goes until around 4:00

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Congratulations to our Greenridge neighbors Mark Yin & Sharon Young, who are being honored by the Hayward Area Historical Society for the beautiful, period-appropriate renovations they completed on their Eichler!


They'll be feted at Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward on Friday, April 29 at the 12th Annual History Awards Gala, which is open to the public. To buy tickets or request an invitation, contact Development Director Alison Wenz at 510-581-0223 or email her at alison@haywardareahistory.org.


Thanks to both Sylvia Tedesco & Kristi Bascom (our new HOA Zoning Director!) for bringing this story to our attention - click here to read the full piece in the CV Patch.

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DATE CHANGE: House Concert in a Greenridge Eichler!

We had Adam Levy play in our great room last year in a trio - he's now coming back with another great new singer-songwriter from Nashville! Please join us if you can - details are below; you can preview the music on their websites. Click the button to register on Eventbrite so we can keep track of who's coming, and feel free to forward to others who might be interested in attending:

Register for East Bay House Concert - Adam Levy & Melissa Greener in Castro Valley, CA on Eventbrite

Join us for an intimate evening of acoustic music by two world-class singer-songwriters right here on Greenridge:

Adam Levy & Melissa Greener.

NOTE NEW DATE: Saturday, October 30 - 7pm doors, 8pm downbeat!

*Please* let us know ASAP if you register and then find you can't attend so that we can accommodate others.

Substantial munchies will be provided; please BYOB. Costumes encouraged but not required - it's Halloween weekend!

We ask that you contribute what you can, but suggest a $15-$20 donation. Both artists will also have CDs available to purchase at the concert. 25% of all proceeds will go to the local Hayward Animal Shelter.

About the artists

Adam Levy

A super-versatile musician and songwriter, Adam Levy was the featured guitarist in Norah Jones’ Handsome Band for seven years and wrote “In the Morning” on Feels Like Home. He’s played on stage & in the studio with many other great artists including Amos Lee, Tracy Chapman & Roseanne Cash as well as working on his own myriad projects. He's currently finishing up his latest album in Oregon, produced by Mark Orton, (formerly of local Bay Area favorite Tin Hat Trio).

Adam’s website: http://www.adamlevy.com/

photo (c) 2010 Michael Winetrob

Melissa Greener is a Nashville-based artist who won the 2009 USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk category for her song "Bullets to Bite". Her second album, Dwelling, was released in April 2010 and produced by John Jennings, who has produced Grammy winning records for Mary Chapin Carpenter, and worked with Janis Ian, Iris DeMent, and the Indigo Girls.

Melissa's website: http://melissagreener.com/

Melissa Greener

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Eat Real Fest @ Jack London Square this weekend

So the sun may have (mostly) abandoned us again, but that means it will be more than bearable this weekend at Jack London Square for major foodie grazing at the Eat Real Festival! Starting today and running through Sunday, this is an opportunity to check out some of the best food trucks in the Bay all in one location. Some of my lunchtime favorites from work who will be there include Chairman Bao (a gourmet twist on the traditional chinese stuffed buns with fillings such as duck confit or pork belly with pickled daikon radish) and IZ IT (secret family recipe chinese style fried chicken and "spammers" - a super-tasty take on the traditional Japanese musubi sushi wrap).

In addition to good old grazing - as if we needed more - there will be a handful of seminars & demos throughout the weekend, including butchery contests & workshops, all about eggs, urban homesteading, home brewing & canning and the like, plus music & film.

Worth a BART trip? Aw yeah. Hot tip from friends who have gone to this event in the past is to get there EARLY to beat the crowd. Times & details are here: EatRealFest.com

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Win a sleepover at the Academy of Sciences

Wanted to take your kids to a Penguins & Pajamas sleepover at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park but thought it was too pricey? Have a chance to win a package for a family of four! The Academy is running a sweepstakes through August 31; strangely, they are not taking online entries, but you can either enter on site when you visit the Academy, or mail in your entry. Full details are on their site here: http://calacademy.org/promo/sleepovers/

Good luck!

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Junior Rodeo August 7th & 8th - Free event!

Didn't get enough local rodeo action back in May? Rowell Ranch is back with the 48th Annual Junior Rodeo on August 7th & 8th, and better yet, attendance & parking are FREE! More information on some of the key events is on the website at www.rowellranchjrrodeo.net. Participants range in age from "Pee-Wees" (under 5!!) on Saturday morning, to "Seniors" (one of the few places this term refers to 14-18 yr olds).

Interested in participating? Rules & Entry forms are here - note the deadline to enter is July 26.

Kids & farm animals, and just a few minutes drive - you just can't go wrong! This is a great event for all ages to help wrap up the summer.

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SF Design Center Sample Sale - June 12 & 13

Select showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center will be participating in their Summer Designer Sample Sale which is open to the public. As you may know, unless you are a credited designer, you may browse but not buy at this behemoth showcase of furniture and interior design elements. But June 12 & 13, you, lowly layperson, can bring your wallet and this 10% off coupon good for a single item, already a deal at up to 70% off.


San Francisco Design Center

Galleria & Showplace Buildings

101 and 2 Henry Adams St.

San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, June 12 from 10am - 5pm

Sunday, June 13 from 10am - 4pm

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We know everyone loves a peek into some lovely examples of mid-century modern homes. The first-ever Sacramento MCM home tour will take place on Saturday, June 26 and features over 20 beautiful examples of some of the best that our state capital has to offer. I'm hoping some of those fantastic river-side Strengs are part of the mix. Tickets are now on sale for $20 each - more info and some sneak peeks of houses on the tour are here. The event is being organized by our friends over at Eichlerific, who've sent a few folks our way here at GreenridgeCV!

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The Wright auction house of Chicago, which specializes in modern design, is holding an Eames Auction April 8, featuring not only many of the classic chairs, room dividers and shelving units, but also more esoteric items including photos, items from their offices, fabric, splints used for manufacturing, speakers and radios! Definitely worth a visit to the site (get out the droolrag!), and if you're so inclined, bids can be made remotely via email and phone as well as in person. Or you can pre-order a catalogue for $30 and keep these lovely pictures at the ready.

Main auction page with links to purchase catalogue, view lots, get details, etc.

Or beeline to view all the items. (Pictured below is a Charles Eames/ Eero Saarinen modular storage bench.)

Thanks to our friend Atomic Indy for the heads-up.

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In case you didn't get the flyer, the annual G-CAA holiday party is coming up! Thanks to our new neighbor & "At Large" board member Scott San Filippo for forwarding the info. DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH TIME: 7:00 PM TO 11:00 PM PLACE: DORIS MCKIM’S HOME 5777 GREENRIDGE ROAD Doris McKim has once again generously offered to host the G-CAA Annual Holiday Party at her home. All G-CAA residents are welcome to attend — membership in the association is not required. This is your chance to join your neighbors, see old friends, and make new ones over great food and drinks. Neighbors who know one another make our community safer and more enjoyable. Please bring along an appetizer or dessert to share. The G-CAA will provide drinks (wine, cider, etc.). RSVP 537-7033. Mark your calendars — we hope to see you there!
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G-CAA Annual Meeting this Thursday, November 5

The Greenridge-Coldwater Area Association is holding its annual meeting this Thursday, November 5 from 7pm - 9pm at the new CV library on Norbridge Avenue. Please note that all positions on the Board of Directors are up for election at the meeting including: * President * Vice President * Recorder * Treasurer * Hospitality * Zoning * Newsletter * Website * At Large (4 positions) Nominations may be submitted in advance via email (GreenridgeColdwaterAreaAssoc@gmail.com) and from the floor at the meeting. In addition, there will be some special guests: * Chief Sheldon Gilbert & Fire Marshall Bonnie Terra from the Alameda County Fire Department to speak on fire safety in our community * Bob Swanson from Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's office to speak on what's happening in Castro Valley and how it pertains to our community
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"The Magic Flute" For Families - Free from SF Opera

Introduce your kids to the magic of world-class opera this holiday season - FREE! San Francisco Opera Education presents Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE FOR FAMILIES—The Movie! Sunday, November 29, 2009 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm at the Herbst Theatre Recommended for ages 4-12 Mozart's The Magic Flute tells the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno's journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. Created from San Francisco Opera's The Magic Flute for Families in 2007, this one-hour movie with a live introduction is a perfect way for children to learn about the magic of opera. The Company's Education Department produced the movie version for Bay Area school and community programs. The movie is in English, with English subtitles. ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required for this free event. Doors open 30 minutes before each show time. General Admission seating with confirmation page print out. Please click below to register now, and to watch video clips and get more details on this wonderful sponsored event. REGISTER NOW Herbst Theatre Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister San Francisco Family Resource Materials, including story synopsis, biographies, slideshows of design drawings and production photos, coloring book images and audio and video examples are located at sfopera.com/edmaterials.
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Nearly thirty of the top restaurants throughout the East Bay, as well as wineries & breweries from Napa & Livermore valleys will be featuring premier tastings at Gourmet East Bay. Participating restaurants range from Va de Vi and Lark Creek in Walnut Creek to Bridges in Danville to Miss Pearl's Jam House in Oakland; see the full list here. Vox vodka will be pouring signature cocktails, dance to live music by Livewire, and more! A raffle and silent auction are a highlight of the evening – with prizes ranging in value and grandeur – anything from a $1,000 shopping spree at Broadway Plaza to overnight stays at some of the best hotels in the East Bay. Tickets are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Use promo code EATOPENTABLE to get $5 off. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Project Open Hand. Buy tickets Saturday, November 7 7-10pm old David M. Brian Building next to Califonia Pizza Kitchen corner of South Main St. and Mt. Diablo Blvd. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Visit gourmeteastbay.com for more details.
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October means Bay Area Art madness!

It's October, which means Open Studios & local art galore throughout the Bay Area. Two big FREE events you should be aware of:

San Francisco Open Studios every weekend in October various locations October 10 - 11: Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Portola October 17 - 18: Buena Vista, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Mount Davidson, Pacific Heights, Richmond, Sunset, Ocean Beach, Twin Peaks, West Portal October 24 - 25: Financial District, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SOMA, Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior October 31 - November 1: Hunters Point Shipyard
Annie Galvin - "Careful"
This is one of our favorite events, where we've discovered many local artists as they are building their careers (read: "before they became famous"), and made some wonderful, often very reasonably-priced, purchases for our personal collection. SF Open Studios offers you a peek into artists' workspaces where you have an opportunity to see their body of work where it's created and have the opportunity to speak directly to the artists to learn about their techniques & influences. Each weekend focuses on a different neighborhood/ area of the city; to take best advantage of your time & travel effort, we highly recommend finding a few artists you like who share a large warehouse or building so you can wander from studio to studio without having to get back in the car. Maps are available online at the ArtSpan website, where you can also use their interactive search & filter features (by name, media type, neighborhood, etc.)to browse the participating artist catalogue. Emeryville 23rd Annual Art Exhibition October 3-25 11am - 6pm daily 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville
Sylvain Oristil - "Uno, Dos Tres #2"
Closer to CV, nearly 100 local artists are showcased under one roof at the Emeryville Annual Art Exhibition; to see the list of artists & an online catalogue of sample work, visit the official event site at Emeryarts.org. One thing to look for in Emeryville is its fantastic glass artists; you can find distinctive sculpture as well as artful household items like glasses & vases that are made in the city's many glassworks, who sometimes offer seminars & classes if you're interested in learning more about the process.
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Harvest Festival | Ardenwood Historic Farm | 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun, October 10 & 11 It’s harvest time on the farm! Bring your family and join your friends for some down home country fun. Harvest the Indian corn and popcorn and help fill our corncribs. Take home a share of our colorful corn for your holiday table. Enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and crafts. Visit the blacksmith, ride the train and tour the beautiful Patterson House. You can also visit Ardenwood’s pumpkin patch and purchase your soon-to-be-Jack-O-Lanterns! Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors (62+ yrs.), $5 children (4-17 yrs.), children 3 years and under are free. Parking is free! For more information, call 1-800-EBPARKS or visit their website. Download the complete program flyer here.
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Community Crush: A Neighborhood Winemaking Project

There's an old joke: how do you make a small fortune in the wine business? Start with a large one. Having said that, many folks still dream of making wine, or at least learning more about the process in a hands-on way. Fortunately for us, Crushpad custom crush facility & winery in San Francisco has made it easy and affordable to make your own wine - and in fact has a program called "Community Crush" designed to join you up with your neighbors to make a barrel together, for just $26 a bottle with a mere one-bottle minimum! I'm thrilled to be the group leader of the inaugural East Bay Community Crush group for the 2009 vintage, and would love you to join me in making Pinot Noir from Lone Oak Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey. The grapes from this premium vineyard also go into Lucienne Pinot Noir which retails for $45 a bottle. We tasted some of the 2008 vintage of Lone Oak Pinot made at Crushpad last night at the kickoff party, and it was everyone's favorite of the evening: perfect cherry fruit without being overly jammy, a nice mild-oak finish and smooth drinking already, despite just being bottled a few weeks ago. The East Bay 2009 vintage is anticipated to be fantastic! Joining is easy: 1 - Click here to sign up on Crushnet and join the East Bay Community Crush Group 2 - You'll receive an email confirmation allocating you 12 bottles of wine 3 - Accept your allocation by clicking on the link; you can adjust the number of bottles you wish to purchase (minimum is 1, maximum is 12) and complete your purchase with a credit card online. That's it! You'll be kept abreast of events and progress with the wine automatically. Benefits of Community Crush: * premium wine at just $26 a bottle * invitations to free barrel tastings, bottling parties, and other events during the year * educational opportunities including "CrushCamp" seminars during harvest (Sept/ Oct when the grapes come in), where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the first steps in the wine-making process and get your hands dirty by helping to sort grapes, punchdown fermenting tanks, watch grapes being pressed, and more - it's really a crash course in winemaking and lots of fun! * submit candidates and vote on label & shirt designs * receive periodic updates on the status of your wine via email * watch activites at the winery on the Crushcam * meet other local wine folks and make new friends! Of course, please let me know if you have any questions, and be sure to tell your friends & neighbors! Sign up now! More info about the program. About CrushPad.
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One of the highest-quality craft fairs hits San Francisco for its second year: the Renegade Craft Fair, happening July 18 & 19 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Unlike many similar fairs, admission is FREE, and the overall quality of vendors is much higher (no flea market junk tables here!). A great place to peruse & pick up exquisite handmade artisan goods ranging from clothing to stationery, jewelry, bath products, home decor, toys and more. You can preview some of the over 200 artists coming from all over the country by clicking on the links on this page. In addition to the shopping component, there are also a number of activities including an "Accessorize With Toys" workshop, book signings, a free photobooth and raffles, so you may find some of your own inspiration here! Full details are here.
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Thomas Westfall
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