By Ken Martin

FALL IS FALLING: And some local organizations are stirring from their self-imposed Summer “hibernation”.

FOR LADIES ONLY: The Castro Valley Women’s Club holds its first meeting since spring tonight at their Redwood Road clubhouse. The theme will be Hawaiian with dancers for entertainment.

Saturday, October 22, will see a fundraiser featuring a vintage fashion show entitled “100 Years of Fashion” presented by the “Good Will Bags”. The $20.00 price will include a great lunch and a raffle. Everyone is welcome but seating is limited, so, if you are interested, get your reservation in quickly. For info, call Marlene Tallo at 886-1248.

The Castro Valley Women’s Club is a social and philanthropic organization that supports many local charitable causes. The fundraiser is an event to raise funds to support their good work. For more information on Women’s Club membership, call Gloria Hannon at 583-0624. Good times!

DIGGING UP THE DIRT: Eden Garden Club will have their Fall kick-off meeting at the CV Moose Lodge on Monday, September 26 at 9:30 AM. Like the Women’s Club, the Garden Club also supports many service activities, among them being Sulphur Creek Nature Center and various school programs. Members are also avid gardeners. Anyone interested in gardening is invited to attend the meeting.

Included in their current plans is a project to landscape the front of the newly-painted Moose Hall. Other activities include an annual picnic, bus tours, social and educational events. For membership information, call June Wallace at 537-0110. Plant fun!

THE BALL IS STILL ROLLING: Or is it? I talked to Larry Lepore, HARD’s Superintendent of Parks (congratulations to him on his promotion to that position recently) last week regarding the status of bocce courts in Community Center Park. He advised me that the courts are still in the plans but need to be funded. I was hoping that they would be included in the 2005-06 budget but no such luck apparently. Maybe we need to hold a bake sale!

Since there seems to be a great amount of interest in bocce in Castro Valley, perhaps mounting an organized campaign would get the job done. D’ya think?

YOU CAN HELP: With all the national and world tragedies filling the news, sometimes smaller ones closer to home get overlooked.

One such is the plight of young Steven Sanchez who was injured in a bicycle accident and, as a result, is now paralyzed from the waist down. Apparently there is a doctor in Bejing, China, that has a procedure that could possibly help him walk again. As is not unusual, money is the problem.

To help raise money to send this young man overseas to get the help he needs (Question: Why is this procedure not available in our own politically-hindered medical system?), there will be a fundraiser all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner sponsored by the SportStrong Foundation and CV-Hayward Moose Lodge No. 1491 on Sunday, October 2, at the Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road, CV. With a no-host bar at 5:00 PM, dinner will be served at 5:30 PM.

In addition to the dinner, live and silent auctions and a raffle will be held. You get all this for a tax-deductible $20.00 per person. For reservations, call Linda Sanchez at (925) 426-7975. Good cause!

Got a good thing going? Contact CV Side Trips @ or (510) 727-9296.