By Ken Martin

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC: If you haven’t already attended a performance of “The Tender Land”, the Trinity Lyric Opera presentation now showing at our Center for the Performing Arts, you still have a chance. There are still two performances left, one at 8 PM this Friday, July 20 (Patty and I will be there), and one at 2 PM this Sunday, July 22. Tickets are available at the Center box office which is open tomorrow and Friday from 3 PM to 5 PM. For information, call the box office at (510) 899-8961.

BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIPS: When I was a junior in high school I joined the Order of DeMolay, a Masonic organization for boys. Belonging to DeMolay was one of the highlights of my high school years. Now, 59 years later, this week, I am hosting an annual reunion of friends that I made from that organization long ago

I mention this because we have an active DeMolay chapter right here in Castro Valley. DeMolay is a fraternal and service organization that teaches young men to be better persons and future leaders. It is open to boys ages 12 to 21 and hosts many activities like civic service projects, dinners, dances, basketball, baseball, ski trips, and much more. Meetings and some activities are held at the CV Masonic Center at Crow Canyon Road and the Boulevard.

It is great organization and its members make life-long friendships, as I have. If you would like more information, drop by the Masonic Center and pick up some pamphlets or e-mail Chapter Mom Yvonne Reynolds at and ask about attending a guest night that will allow you to see DeMolay up close. Also check out the website at

BEAUTIFUL FOOD: One of the more interesting events that takes place in our Valley each year is the annual Restaurant Walk that is put on by the local Breakfast Lions Club as a fundraiser. For $15 you get a coupon book that allows you to get samples at 17 of our local eateries in and around the Village. This all takes place on August 21 between 6 and 8 PM. Tickets can be obtained at Floyd’s Barber Shop, 20404 Lake Chabot Road, or by calling Joe Farias at (510) 581-2897. If you want to participate, don’t delay. This event usually sells out early. All proceeds go to Lions projects for the Blind and Disabled.

Patty and I did this a couple of years ago and not only tasted some outstanding food but had a ball doing it. It’s also a chance to meet some of your fellow Castro Valleyans.

SPEAKING OF RESTAURANTS...: I received an e-mail from “Janine” inquiring about the status of the new diner being built on the old A&W/Capers site. She is only one of many people asking about this project.

I spoke to Frank Gemignani who tells me that there have been delays in obtaining permits and acquiring equipment but, hopefully, all the obstacles should be overcome soon and the diner will be in operation in the near future. Stay tuned.