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Local chefs tuning up for An Elegant Affaire

The League of Volunteers (LOV) is holding the 24th annual An Elegant Affaire on Friday, February 6th at the Doubletree by Hilton when Tri-City hidden chefs will join Doubletrees Executive Chef Karl Peters to present a gourmet dining experience. The affair is held to benefit LOVs popular Arts in Schools Program that presents in-school multi-cultural performing arts assemblies in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Last years glittering event helped bring performances to over 12,000 young people. The need is still great; success of this years An Elegant Affaire will help continue to underwrite this valuable resource.

This years theme is Celebrate Valentines with An Elegant Affaire and the chefs are preparing a four-course meal to please every food lovers palate. The appetizer course is presented by Grill Master Henry Siu of Grillaxin BBQ Service. Chef Peters is preparing the salad and entrŽe courses. To round out the feast, community activist Laurie Gratz will provide a mouth-watering dessert. The gourmet meal will be accompanied by fine wine and a non-alcoholic sparking beverage.

The evening begins with complimentary champagne complete with special hors doeuvres prepared by Briane and Donna Sisk. During the cocktail hour, Flute Fantasia, a quartet of talented local musicians, will entertain. Das Brewery will also be on hand to satisfy those who prefer craft beer.

Making the trek: Pole Hiking in the East Bay

With such rich natural beauty within the East Bay, its no wonder that hiking is one of the more popular outdoor pastimes. While hiking is a great way to exercise and experience natures beauty, many people are hesitant to engage in the activity because of physical demands on the lower body; if you have knee or balance problems, hiking can be inordinately challenging. Popular mobility coach and pole hiking instructor Jayah Faye Paley teaches a series of courses on hiking with poles through the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to eliminate fears and get people moving.

Everyone is covered in terms of their needs, she explained. EBRPD, the largest urban regional park district in America, has a multitude of parks and locations perfect for pole hiking. (There are) 65 parks to choose from! Paley enthused. As part of her arrangement with the Park District, Paley has access to a number of otherwise expensive facilities that allow her to conduct pole hiking classes for a very low price. (We have) access to these amazing parks, with amazing administration supportÉ its pretty amazing! she said.

What are the benefits of pole hiking? Turns out, there are more than you might think. Optimal pole hiking will reduce stress on the lower body while distributing the load bearing to the upper body, improve power and endurance, and reduce the risk of falling. The numbers are impressive Ð a study by Dr. G. Neureuther in 1981 determined that up to 20 percent of the strain on your legs can be absorbed by poles while hiking. The Cooper Institute also estimates that pole hikers can burn anywhere from 20 to 40 percent more calories than regular hikers. (You) see people walking with poles and think theyre crutches, Paley explained, (but) youÕre using more of your upper body Ð you get it all. ThatÕs the beauty of this.

82 Years of Art

Gerry Thompson and Doyle Wegner are lifelong artists. Between them, they total 82 years, dealing with the busywork of life and, in addition, pursuit of their passionÑart. A lifetime of creating and working at art also means a lifetime of finished work. This year they have joined forces to put up a retrospective display of this workÑtheir best, their favoritesÑat the OLague Galleria of the Hayward City Hall.

Wegner describes his work as representational, not abstract, a description befitting ThompsonÕs work as well. However, even though their figures are clearly and realistically drawn, the figures and landscapes they juxtapose create an abstraction of concept behind each painting. Wegners Katrina Blues, for example, shows Tommy Johnson, one of the Souths first premier bluesmen (who died long before Hurricane Katrina) standing, guitar in hand, next to a wide, Mississippi-like river with houses and a church floating toward the sea. Overhead, rampant storm clouds reinforce whats been happening, as if life on the river is a long-standing and constant source of the blues.

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