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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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Downsize your trashbin and save money!

Do you know about the new "Reduce Your Waste" program? If you downsize your trash pickup bin to the new 20 gallon size, you'll get a $50 credit on your next bill PLUS you'll save money on your monthly bill moving forward on the smaller program.  You can also upsize your green bin and/or recycling bin while you're at it - they now have 96-gallon bins!


Details and the number to call are on the CVSan site at:  http://www.cvsan.org/content/reduce-your-waste-size-program.  You'll want to move quickly; the $50 credit incentive will only last until the subsidy money set aside for this program runs out.


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Artists’ Proposals on Display for Community Feedback

Are you curious about the artwork associated with the Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project? Are you interested in giving feedback about the artists' proposals? Read on to learn how you can participate...

In July, a committee including seven Castro Valley residents plus County staff, and regional arts professionals selected six artists through an open, competitive process to submit proposals for thepublic artwork associated with the Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project. The artists learned about the Castro Valley community and met community members at the Roundtable Event in late August, visited the Boulevard, and conducted their own research. They each made a unique proposal for the project. The Alameda County Arts Commission has made arrangements to display the proposals at two locations in Castro Valley in October and November. At these locations, community members can view illustrations of the proposed artworks, material samples, and written project information about the concepts and designs. Community members will be invited to submit written feedback about the proposals. The comments will be reviewed and strongly considered by the artist selection panel when they reconvene in November.

ARTISTS: Anne Marie Karlsen, Masayuki Nagase, Miriam Stahl, Paul Tzanetopoulos, Warner Williams, and Wowhaus.

Please come by one of the locations and share your thoughts!


Tuesday, October 26 - Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bank of the West (3396 Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley)

Open hours: M-Th 9-5, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-1

Monday, November 1 - Sunday, November 14, 2010

Castro Valley Library (3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley)

Open hours: Sun 1-5, M-Tu 12-8, W-Th 10-6, closed Fri, Sat 10-5 (closed Thurs, Nov 11 for Veterans Day)


Visit www.acgov.org/arts


For more information about this event or the Public Art Program contact the Office of the Alameda County ArtsCommission at (510) 208-9646. For more information about the Streetscape Improvement Project contact the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency at 510-670-6107.

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GCAA General Meeting Announcement

Hello neighbors - the 2010 General Meeting of the Greenridge Coldwater Area Association (GCAA) will be taking place at our wonderful Castro Valley Library on Tuesday, October 19 from 7:00-9:00pm. Please join us to hear what's new in our community.

Special guest speakers include:

Christian Jessen of Real Goods Solar Power

Roberta Rivet of the Castro Valley and Eden Area Chamber of Commerce

Hope to see you there!

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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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Sorry for the late notice everyone - haven't had time to post this until now, and it's due tomorrow! The good news is it's quick and easy and you can send your feedback by email. Please fill out this questionnaire to provide your views on Castro Valley life to the 6 artists being considered to design our downtown artwork. The artists' proposals will be displayed for public comment in late October/ early November - details to follow closer to that time.

Here's the request from the Arts Commission:


To All Castro Valley Community Members:

We want your ideas to help shape the future artwork for Castro Valley Boulevard
Send in your ideas by September 7th
Please help spread the word. This is your chance to get involved before the artwork proposals are created!

Over 30 Castro Valley community members attended a Community Roundtable Event on August 24th to express ideas that will help shape the artwork that will be created for Castro Valley Blvd as part of the major Streetscape Improvement Project. The meeting was hosted by the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency. We would like to thank all of you who attended the Event and we want to encourage more people to become involved in this process!

In July, a committee including seven Castro Valley residents plus County staff, and regional arts professionals selected six artists who have been invited to submit proposals for the project. Tuesday’s event was an opportunity for the artists to meet with community members and to learn about the Castro Valley community prior to making a specific proposal for the project. Lots of great thoughts were shared with the artists that night. If you were unable to attend, I’d like to encourage you to complete the questions below. The submitted information will be distributed to the artists. Your responses will help the artists develop their proposals. The proposals will be on display for public comment in late October and November.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the artwork style and concepts. The artists are dedicated to developing proposals that will be well-received by the community but they can’t do it on their own – they need your feedback! Please take a few minutes to provide them with thoughtful ideas; they value your input.

Please respond via email
artscommission@acgov.org or print out the attached questionnaire fax to the Arts Commission Office at (510) 271-5192 OR mail to 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 603, Oakland CA 94612. Questionnaires must be submitted by Tuesday, September 7th.

1) Why did you choose Castro Valley as your home?

2) What ideas and words come to mind when you think of –
The history of Castro Valley’s and the surrounding region?
Today’s Castro Valley (the region and residents)?
The future Castro Valley (the region and residents) in 20-30 years?
Today’s Castro Valley Boulevard and business district?
The future Castro Valley Boulevard and business district in 20-30 years?

3) What is unique about Castro Valley?

4) What type of environment do you want the artwork to help create? And what feelings should the artwork convey?

5) Please list places that you think the artists should visit while conducting research for this project.

6) Other comments or suggestions for the artists or the Arts Commission.


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CV Schools win awards!

We all know this is a big reason we live here :) Some recent news about our fantastic Castro Valley schools:

  • Independent, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, Proctor, Vannoy Elementary schools recognized by the California Business for Excellence in Education (CBEE) Foundation http://bit.ly/dBoGmf
  • Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley has been recognized for the second time as a California & National School to Watch - Taking Center Stage. http://bit.ly/9QjbJB

You can join the SOSCV! group on Facebook here: http://facebook.com/SOSCV
Or beeline directly the website if you prefer: http://www.soscv.org/

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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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Hello folks! You may have heard about a beautification project that is underway for Castro Valley Boulevard. As part of this project, commissioned artwork will be integrated into the seating and gateway markers (you may have seen some similar new fixtures in downtown Dublin recently). A committee has already narrowed down the selection of artists, but YOUR presence is requested to meet and interact with the artists to ensure that the end result best reflects all aspects of our community.

Please see below for the official notice about this roundtable meeting coming up at the CV Library on August 24, and pass the word along to other interested parties. You can also see more about this project here.


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about the Public Art Program associated with the Castro Valley
Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project

To create a safe, comfortable and attractive pedestrian main street for downtown Castro Valley, a series of street improvements are currently being implemented for Castro Valley Boulevard by the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency. As part of the overall project, an artist will be hired to create artwork that will be integrated into the seating and gateway markers along the Boulevard.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: In July, a committee including seven Castro Valley residents plus County staff, and regional arts professionals selected six artists who have been invited to submit proposals for the project. Join the Arts Commission, the Redevelopment Agency, and the artists at a Community Roundtable event at the Castro Valley Library.

This event is an opportunity for the artists to meet with community members and to learn about the Castro Valley community prior to making a specific proposal for the project. Please attend the event and share your thoughts with the artists!

Everyone is invited! Please attend and share your thoughts with the artists.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 6:30-8:00pm

WHERE: Castro Valley Library (3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, 94546)



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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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Just thought I'd share this great retro-modern style video intro for local SF artist Brian Barneclo's latest and most ambitious work, Systems Mural Project being planned down by the Caltrain station in San Francisco. I've written about his work before, which fits perfectly into the whole MCM/ Eichler aesthetic (he sells prints if you're interested). Enjoy!

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Rowell Rodeo Rides Again - May 14-16, 2010

As you may have realized from the posters dotting shop windows down Castro Valley Boulevard, the annual Rowell Rodeo and its ancillary activities are around the corner!

A few of the events not to be missed:

* Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Rotary Club - Friday, May 7 @ 5:30pm

* Parade down CVB - Saturday, May 8 @ 10am

* Tri-Tip BBQ & Dance - Saturday, May 15 @ 5pm

And of course the main rodeo-ic events starting Friday May 14 through the weekend. For complete details including schedule, location and ticket prices, visit their official site.

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Crow Canyon road closures through May 6

In case you hadn't heard, Alameda County Public Works will be closing one lane of Crow Canyon between the Contra Costa County Line in San Ramon up to a little East of Norris Canyon Road for roadwork, which is expected to end May 6. You'll still be able to get through, but they anticipate up to a 30 minute delay during the week. For the next month you can of course take I-580 to I-680 to go around, or simply veer off at Norris Canyon to Bollinger Canyon to get over the hill (which puts you closer to Target & Whole Foods anyway :).
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Photo Contest by East Bay Regional Parks District

Love snapping shots of our local wildlife, flora & gorgeous scenery while tramping around our East Bay Parks? Enter your best photos in the East Bay Regional Parks District 2010 Photo Contest, running now through the end of May, for a chance to have your skills recognized and prizes. See the EBRPD website for details on requirements and how to enter - there's a youth category for nature photographers under 18 as well. Also be sure to view the EBPRD Flickr feed near the bottom of the GreenridgeCV home page for some inspiration and to get a sense of your competition!
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Enjoy a good cocktail? Have you been wanting to try out some new restaurants & bars in the East Bay? Now may very well be the time! Yelp is sponsoring an East Bay drinks week the week of March 15-March 21, with a selection of cocktails at a variety of venues on special, at 50% off. Most of these locations are in Berkeley/Oakland, with one in Hayward and one in Walnut Creek also participating. Below is the complete list, and the link to the event on Yelp. Let us all know your feedback if you take advantage of this offer, or if you have recommendations to share for any of these venues you may already be familiar with.

** East Bay Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 15th - Sunday, March 21st, 2010 **

A few quick notes:
1) Yelp Drinks prices are good all day Monday through all day Sunday while supplies last.
2) Please tip on regular price.
3) Please consume responsibly.

Participating establishments:

Drink week special for each: $4.50
Love On
Ginger Rickey

Pomegranate cocktail - $3.50
Glass of Bordeaux - $4
Glass of Pinot Blanc - $3.50

BETA LOUNGE (Berkeley)
Drink week special for each: $3.50
Cloud 9
Nigori Cosmo
Sex Drive

Cucumber Elixir - $5.50
Midnight Manhattan - $5
Pom Springs - $5

Drink week special for each: $6
Love In Bloom
Just For You
Sweet Leilani

BOCANOVA (Oakland)
Cucumber Gimlet - $5
Caipirinha - $4.50
La Luna Luz - $5

Soave - $4.75
Monastrell - $4
Alaskan Amber Draught - $2.75

ERA (Oakland)
Managua Sour - $5
Grand Cooler - $5
Jaliscan Monk - $5.50

Drink week special for each: $5
Absinthe Gimlet
T's Fizz
Old Fashioned

Fish Punch - $3
Pints of Scrimshaw - $2
Can of Olympia - ONE DOLLAR!

Drink week special for each: $4.50
Lakeside Crush
Ginger Cosmo
Black Diamond

Drink week special for each: $2.50
Sierra Nevada
Lagunitas IPA
Black Butte Porter

Drink week special for each: $6
Pear Sage Margarita
Pineapple Mint Mojito
Pomegranate Cosmo

True Breeze - $5
Red Sangria - $3.50
House wine - $3

Drink week special for each: $4.50
Chameleon - Chamomile infused Lemon Drop. Served up.
Trocken-up - Hendricks gin and a splash of Trockenbeerenauslese.
Gran-naranja - premium tequila, Cointreau, fresh squeezed orange juice, pom and a lime twist, served on the rocks

Pom Royal - $4
Sangria - $2.50
Amaretto Mimosa - $4

The Claremont - $5
House red or white - $3.75
Any house draught - $3

PENELOPE (Oakland)
Penelope (tequila, beets, apples, pears, lime) - $4.50
Oaktown Heat (Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka, ginger, habanero infused vodka) - $5
Appasionatta (Henessey cognac, pears, passion fruit, splash of lemon) - $6

Drink week special for each: $4.50
Basil Gimlet
Ginger Lemonade
Bourbon Peach Sour
Lychee Martini

THE DEN (Oakland)
Belvedere IX - $5
Harlem - $4
Herradura - $4

Drink week special for each: $5
Whiskey Buck with seasonal marmalade
Fresh-squeezed margarita
Gin Cucumber Smash

Drink week special for each: $3.50
The Crush
The Tempest

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