By Ken Martin

IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER: When I last wrote, the “Light the Lights” concert, which is coming up on February 29 at Redwood Chapel, was already a great show with our combined high school and middle school choirs, the CVHS orchestra, and 1971 graduate Alice Lynn, now a performer on Broadway, as the featured attraction. Now we have the addition to the show of another 1970’s CVHS alumna, cellist Kathleen Davis Blair (Kathie Davis to her CVHS classmates).

After being given a cello by her fourth grade music teacher, the instrument became her first love. She attended San Jose State University on a full scholarship where her string quartet won the prestigious Carmel Music Festival. While at SJSU she auditioned for and was awarded a position with the San Jose Symphony, making her one of the youngest string players in the symphony’s history. She played with the San Jose Symphony for 15 seasons while continuing to study cello with the leading teachers in the field.

In 1990 she moved to Santa Rosa and became a member of the Vuillame String Quartet. While at Santa Rosa Junior College, Kathleen studied Graphic Design, obtaining a Certificate in Applied Graphics. She has since moved to Burbank in Southern California with her husband, Steven, and is working in the graphics design field while looking for another string quartet.

Alice and Kathleen have been friends since elementary school and are looking forward to performing together to benefit their Alma Mater, Castro Valley High School.

All this makes for what should be the best entertainment event in Castro Valley this year. Again, the “Light the Lights” concert is on Friday, February 29, at 7:00 PM at the Redwood Chapel, 19300 Redwood Road, CV. Tickets are available on line at or at the Performing Arts Center box office on Thursday and Friday from 3 to 5 PM or at the Castro Valley Adult School office. Hurry, because time is short and this is a “not-to-be-missed” event.

QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO?: I am sure that there are other CV citizens that are wondering. as I am, what’s up with the former Daughtrey’s department store building on the boulevard across from the Village. It seems to me that, in view of the six-figure redevelopment loan to the property owner that was approved, along with preliminary drawings, by the county Redevelopment Agency early last year that we should be seeing some action there by now. I know for sure that there is at least one tenant that is anxious to move in. Most likely there are more, so what is the hold up? This building has the potential to be a beautiful center piece for our “downtown” area. It would be most encouraging to see some kind of action here.