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Apples and old-fashioned fun

Nowadays, spending time with nature is no longer a daily occurrence, but rather an unexpected discovery. Those who stop by creeks and lakes to take pictures are surprised when spotting a farm or orchard. Gadgets and devices are making our lives better, but the hands-on experience of getting food directly from nature is no longer a necessity or priority. Instead of picking fruit with family, local grocery stores are a destination, to buy whatever is offered, solely out of convenience.

Countering this trend, residents of the Greater Tri-City area are invited to Haywards Garin Regional Park for its 26th annual Apple Festival on September 6. There will be old-fashioned group games, crafts for children, tours of the antique apple orchard, face painting, and more. East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Kristina Parkinson has been a key organizer of the Apple Festival for many years. I love this event, Parkinson said. [It is] a great way to celebrate the agricultural past of our San Francisco Bay Area and to remind people that we still rely on farms for our food.

The Garin apple orchard was established in 1985 when Emil Linquist donated his diverse collection of potted apple trees to the East Bay Regional Park District. At the time, the Park District had only started to develop plans for an antique apple orchard, but with Linquists initiative, apple trees were planted in front of the Visitor Center barn.


Home Depot welcomes furry friends

Animal lovers, unite! Union Citys Home Depot is hosting its second annual animal adoption event on Saturday, September 6th.

The event started when Home Depot Project Supervisor Madeline Reed and Speciality Assistant Store Manager David Webster noticed a large feral cat population growing amid the stores parking lot shrubberies. We started working with the Feral Cat Foundation to try and get the population under control and one thing led to another, explained Reed. ÒUnion City and the Union City Home Depot are family and pet friendly locations and the pet adoption event was a natural fit, she said.

The pet adoption event takes place during Home Depots Kids Workshop, a free craft activity, held on the first Saturday of every month. Children from five to twelve years old are welcome to build a bird house in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. The Oz theme doesnt stop with the little ones, though. Fido will need some ruby slippers: there will be a Wizard of Oz costume contest for pets brought from home. Dont miss out on the fashion show featuring cats and dogs up for adoption, too. Home Depot is also offering free workshops for adults during the adoption event: how to fix and build your own lamps, fix screens, and how to cut plexiglass.


Foothill Gallery bursting with new art

Yellow eyes gaze intently out from the framed paper; eyes surrounded by wolf hair drawn so finely that every strand in varying colors constructs the overall image of a presence, a watching presence, lurking, biding time, or perhaps just admiring the works of the artists around him. This fine pencil composition, In Waiting, by artist Terry Preston is just one of over 50 works on display at Hayward Arts CouncilÕs Foothill Gallery.

The New Members and Emerging Artists show features 26 artists in a wide variety of styles. Pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, giclŽe, mixed media, digital photography, and beautiful fabric art are all represented in this eclectic presentation. One imaginative imageÑLisette Pomarts Natural OrderÑshows hands playing chess with personality-packed pawns, all in varying tones of brown. The paint involved? Nothing but coffee.

Of particular local interest are Jeanne BertolinaÕs manipulated photos of Hayward landmarks. From Dream to Reality shows HaywardÕs latest City Hall from the drafting stage to finished building. Caspers Hot DogsÓ shows the iconic round-fronted building on C Street. Also shown are Before the Boom, featuring CSU East Bays former Warren Hall, and the classic Ace Hardware sign on B Street. While the buildings are recognizable, the artist has reworked them into a somewhat mystical appearanceÑsurreal and aged.


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