With Ken Martin

FUN MONTH: The month of August held a lot of fun things for Castro Valleyans this year. Here are a few:

FUN THING #1: August 14: The Buon Tempo Club, an Italian social club based in Castro Valley, held their annual Picnic and Bocce Ball tournament at Toyon Park in San Leandro.

The club furnished hamburgers and hot dogs but many members brought their own special Italian delicacies and shared them. As usual, it was a great day filled with fine food and merriment. Close to 100 members attended and all enjoyed a great day of food, camaraderie, and bocce.    

Ten teams started out in the single-elimination bocce tournament. A lot of great bocce was played and the eventual winners were a team consisting of Elda Protti, Rich Gorham, Milo Matejcic, and Pete Spinardi. Congratulations to the winners. Molto bene!

FUN THING #2: August 23: As I said we would in my last column, Patty and I embedded ourselves in the Castro Valley Breakfast (no dinners?) Lions Club Restaurant Walk. As we expected, it was a lot of fun. Generally speaking, the sample portions, which ranged from spare ribs and steak to mini hamburgers and pizza to mini ice cream cones, that were handed out were relatively generous and, overall, the quality of the samples was good enough to entice us back for the full treatment

All the food purveyors that we visited were located in or around the Village so the walking was minimal. There were coupons for 15 food establishments and you had to move right along to get to all of them in the two hours allotted for the event. Mrs. M. and I finally topped out at 10 visits.

Again this year, all the tickets were sold out. People were still looking for coupon books when the show was half over. This is an annual event so keep an eye out for it next year. It’s well worth the price. Food fun!

FUN THING #3: August 25: The Women of the Moose threw their annual Pajama Party at the Moose Hall on Rut-ledge Road. Not an overnighter but lots of fun and good food with a lot of people in their nighties.

This year the men were invited. Two of them won the best get-up contest. One of them was yours truly in Patty’s purple nightgown. Silly fun!

FUN THING #4: August 27: Castro Valley’s Bay Area Mustang Association (BAMA) toured out to Altamont Raceway for a sort of unique event. That night was a car club night at the track dedicated to BAMA.

On arrival our cars were driven to the Midway atop the grandstands to be displayed there throughout the racing program. Our drivers were admitted free but passengers had to pay. During intermission, our Mustangs followed the pace car onto the half-mile track for three parade laps.

The weather that evening was beautiful, probably almost 70 degrees at 11 PM when we left, and without the perennial Altamont winds.

I have two recommendations. One is that, if you are looking for a good Saturday evening’s entertainment, go to the races at Altamont Raceway. The other is that local Mustang owners check out BAMA. Their website is It’s a great club with many excellent events for Mustang owners and drivers. Car fun!

What is your club going to do in September? Give me the info and read about it in CV Side Trips. Contact or (510) 727-9296.