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San Francisco AIA Home Tour Features Gorgeous Moderns

They may not be Eichlers, but there will be 10 stunning modern homes available to tour September 17 & 18 in the city at this year's American Institute of Architects Home tour.

General admission tickets are $85 (discounts available for AIA members, students, some teachers & bicyclists!) and include a cocktail reception on the 17th.  Tickets & full discount details here:  http://2011aiasfhometours.eventbrite.com/


View the full list of homes and learn more about the program here:  http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Home_Tours/Fall_homes.htm


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Sprinkler System Repair or Replace

I am looking for a competent landscaper to repair or replace if necessary my sprinkler system.  Recommendations from Eichler neighbors would be appreciated.  Contact Suzanne at suzbarba@comcast.net
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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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Loveable cat needs a home

7 yr. old kitty needs a new home.  Her owner is seriously ill and needs to rehome her cat.  She lives in Santa Barbara and my daughter has offered to help find a new home. 


If you would like more information, please contact me via email at rlhermosa@gmail.com.  I'm willing to help transport her to the Bay Area if we find the right home. 



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California Native Plant Sale this Saturday

It's that time of year again...  the annual California Native Plant Sale is this Saturday in Tilden, just in time for Spring (isn't it amazing how they time that?).  Maps & details are at EBRPD's site here, but this is the scoop:


Saturday, April 16, 2011   10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organized by the Volunteers of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is located at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road & South Park Drive
near the Brazil Building in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley (admission is FREE)

California shrubs, trees, perennials. 
Find many plants that are not available in a commercial nursery.
Horticultural advice gladly given! Come and explore the Garden.
Buy some plants to take home. Proceeds directly benefit the Garden.
Please bring boxes to carry home your treasures and an umbrella if it rains. 
Refreshments available.
More information: (510) 544-3169



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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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If you haven't planned your Earth Day activities contribution, why not come out on Saturday, April 23, and help other volunteers clean up such CV locales as Earl Warren Park, Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley Creek, or our choice, the BART parking lot. It's actually a lot of fun, it doesn't take much time and CVSan treats volunteers to a nice lunch at Lake Chabot Regional Park after their efforts. Go here for information: http://www.cvsan.org/content/earth-day-2011 and here for registration: http://www.cvsan.org/content/earth-day-2011-registration
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Hi, All:


Over the past several months I've had the opportunity to participate on an artist selection committee as part of the Castro Valley Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project. Perhaps you had the chance to view various artist's proposals at the library a few months back, or read the article in the Forum more recently.


I've attached a link to a video about the entire process and the selected artist, Miriam Stahl.


The Alameda County Arts Commission sponsored the selection process, and also produced the video.


Here's the link: http://www.acgov.org/arts/html/whats_new.html


I hope you find it to be enjoyable.



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Anyone need a swing-out table?

All,We are starting a kitchen remodel and have an original swing-out table in good condition for the taking. If you, or anyone you know are interested, call me asap at 363-8553 and we can arrange for you to take a look at it.
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Crow Canyon construction delays this Thursday

From the Oakland Tribune: 03/30/2011 Crow Canyon Road can expect delays from late morning to the early afternoon ay. meda County Public Works Agency will be replacing the centerline yellow dots on the road from San Simeon just east of Greenridge Road --to the mile two marker in Castro Valley.During this work, motorists may face 30-minute delays between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists are advised to reduce speed.
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Doris McKim's accident

For those who haven't yet heard, our neighbor Doris McKim, who hosts the annual Christmas party, had a car accident this past week here on Greenridge. The brakes on her car failed and she chose to run into some trees and power pole down near the bottom of the hill instead of hitting one of the houses; this was actually the cause of the power failure we experienced on Wednesday. Doris has suffered some bruising, a laceration that required stitches and a broken rib but is reportedly in good spirits and many neighbors & friends have stepped up to help take care of her home and her dog. She's still at Eden Medical Center if you'd like to reach out to her.

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Carlos Tenorio

Just curious if anyone is familiar with a new neighbor in Greenridge named Carlos Tenorio?  I have lived at 5604 Greenridge Road-19 years and I keep getting mail for him.  This is very frustrating and annoying.  I am getting woodworking magazines, catalogs, etc.
Any suggestions?

Deborah Ann Fredrickson

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Funds made available under the
2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Construction has started at the Castro Valley Library
to make it Alameda County's newest on-site solar
power system. Once the solar array is fully
operational early next year, it is expected to provide
nearly all of the library's electrical needs -- and at
times even export excess electricity to surrounding

"This is a fabulous project," said Carolyn Moskovitz,
the library's manager. "This project (not only) used
stimulus money in a responsible way to reduce
global warming, but also created jobs while making
the county greener."

Alameda County has a long history of implementing
renewable energy systems at its facilities.

Since 2002, the county has installed 10 on-site
solar power systems -- including those at the Santa
Rita Jail in Dublin, the Juvenile Justice Center in San
Leandro and the Fremont Hall of Justice -- equaling
3.2 megawatts of renewable electricity. The county's
goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
county operations 15 percent by 2020.

Matt Muniz, the county's energy program manager,
said when completed, the system annually will
generate more than 400,000 kilowatt-hours of clean
energy and eliminate the library's electrical needs
from Pacific Gas & Electric during afternoon hours.

In fact, during most summer days, the system will
produce more power than needed and will export

excess renewable electricity. The power will be
credited back to the county by spinning its electric
meter backward, and should make up for any energy
used from PG&E during evenings -- when solar
paneling does not produce much energy.

"Our goal is to make the library a net-zero building,"
Muniz said.

The county board of supervisors awarded the
project's $1.7 million contract to Sun Light & Power
of Berkeley in May. The project is being funded by a
1 percent loan from the California Energy
Commission -- funds made available under the
2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In addition, over the next five years the county will
receive $500,000 from PG&E under its California
Solar Initiative Incentive Program. The loan will be
paid back during the next 15 years with savings
from the solar-generated electricity.

Moskovitz said that on most days the construction
work will be done before the library opens so it
doesn't distract patrons. She added that solar
paneling installation work should go smoothly
because it was planned for the library, which
opened late last year.

"We were always hoping to do this, so the building
was designed with that in mind," Moskovitz said.

She said one of the more interesting features of the
project will allow library users to monitor the
energy produced and used by the library.

Sun Light & Power will install a monitoring system to
show the solar array's performance on a flat-screen
monitor in the library's lobby.
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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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