With Ken Martin

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE: These probably the most oft-repeated words in this column. Some great events take place in Castro Valley but a lot people pass them up.

A case in point was the “Country Western Barbeque Smokin’ Express” that took place Westover Winery a couple of Sundays ago on October 3. This was a fundraiser for the Castro Valley Women’s Club and was well worth the admission price. Those that attended got more than their moneysworth.

Ably chaired by Sherry Yarnal, the afternoon featured a delicious barbeque, entertainment by Nashville recording artist Howard “Will’ Williams, dancing (regular stuff plus the Twist, Cotton-eyed Joe, Texas Two Step, and a lot of others), a silent auction for some fantastic items, and various drawings.

“Will” Williams was great at keeping things moving and jumping all afternoon and kept the dance floor packed virtually the whole time.

A near capacity crowd was in attendance but there was room for a few more. And I told you about it in my last column so you should have been there. It was a great afternoon and sizeable funds were raised to support the club’s local philanthropic projects.

SECOND CHANCE: If you missed that one, there is a second chance to attend another fun local event.

Saturday evening, October 23, the Eden Garden Club will hold their annual fundraiser at the Moose Hall at 20835 Rutledge Road. Festivities start at 5:00 PM with no-host cocktails followed by dinner at 6:30.

For $12.50 you get a barbequed (does anybody just “cook” anymore?) chicken dinner followed by music for your dancing pleasure with drawings for some great prizes throughout the evening. Some beautiful craft items made by the members will also be available for sale.

If you missed the last event, you won’t want to miss this one. Like the Women’s Club, Eden Garden Club uses the money raised to support many local school and conservation projects

To get your tickets, call Anita Patterson at (510) 537-3912. I’ll be looking for you there.

COMEUPPANCE: After expounding on Castro Valley redevelopment in my last column I received an e-mail from a reader who didn’t think that I had adequately defined the location of the “West End”. I guess he had a point because a couple of other people also asked me where it was.

The “West End” is roughly the area along Castro Valley Boulevard between Stanton Avenue and Lake Chabot Road.

On the south side is The Dell Café, Pete’s Hardware, Golden Tee Golfland and Castro Valley Lumber.

The north side is occupied in part by Connie’s Tropical Fish store (originally the state chicken hatchery), B.A. Morrisson Contractors (formerly the Nesbitt Feed Store), a row of brick and stucco buildings now housing various businesses, and Tony & Ted’s Liquors (the first Safeway store here).

My first recollections of Castro Valley go back to the late 1930’s. At that time, this was “downtown”, the center of commerce here, hence my statement that the “West End” is our history and needs to be preserved. It was from here that the community grew eastward along the Boulevard into what we have today.

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