Home on 1/3-acre in Castro Valley

This home situated on a 1/3-acre lot that extends toward the creek features a detached pass-through garage and a full basement. With 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 1783 sq ft of living space located on a “road less traveled” quiet court location….

Charlene Way
22499 Charlene Way, Castro Valley

Supporting the Neighborhood High School

group reunion shot 2015Schools are an important part of what makes communities thrive and reputable schools enhance property values. A couple weeks ago in Hayward, the newly formed Mt. Eden High School Alumni Association & Educational Foundation had its first ever all-class reunion!
Represented were the classes of 1973 through 1999, with one from the graduating class of 1974 wearing her cheerleader dress. Let’s just say she was a big hit and everyone loved her! Needless to say, her husband and high school sweetheart from the class of 1973 didn’t get as much attention as she did.
Although the event wasn’t meant to be a fundraiser but rather to foster pride in our alma mater, we ended up raising enough money for as many as TWO scholarships for the Leadership Hayward program! I have the pleasure and privilege of serving as the organization’s President/Founder and look forward to spreading the word about how this alumni association is supporting the students who are currently enrolled at Mt. Eden High School.
Our mission is to enhance the experience of the students’ educational experiences while they are still attending high school.
For more information, visit www.MtEdenAlumni.org.

The Guilt of a Bathroom Remodel

IMG_1709Recently, we remodeled the upstairs bathroom in our home. It wasn’t cheap. We installed heated floors, heated towel bar, heated (and neon-lit) toilet seat and a ceiling heater. I doubt there’ll be any complaints about the temperature come winter-time.
Here’s the rub: I feel guilty about it!
The bathroom was perfectly functional before the remodel. It met all of our needs, even though it wasn’t “sexy”. A part of me wishes we could have used that money to put toward animal rescue efforts. Imagine how many dogs we could have saved had we just put the money toward that effort instead!
Another part of me is thankful for the remodel. There is such a pristine feeling being in the remodeled bathroom now. It feels like I’m in a spa. My husband loves being surrounded by beautiful things, beautiful places, beautiful music and beautiful creatures (i.e. Piglet & Rufus and a few select humans). So, if the husband is happy, I know I will be too. Happiness leads to more productive people who are in turn able to earn more money to do even more amazing things, for charity or otherwise.
So, my advice to you is this: Cherish your surroundings! Make your space pleasant and inviting. Let go of things that serve no purpose in your life to allow space for what offers you enjoyment…

RICKSHAW Express 20-Year Anniversary

photo from 2005
Photo from 2005. It’s been nearly 10 years since we sold it.

Yesterday marked 20 years since we opened the Rickshaw Express on Jackson Street! It’s been nearly 10 years since we sold it but I still have fond memories of the friendships that came out of the experience of owning that restaurant.
On Friday, I stopped by to buy lunch and the food was good. Later that evening, I heard from one of the owners who informed me that her restaurant partner Hon passed away last year. He was a nice man and very supportive of community endeavors.
I had hoped to offer some help with a 20-year anniversary celebration, which is quite a milestone in the restaurant business. Instead, I’ll send out a blurb in my Hayward-Centric e-newsletter recognizing the longevity of the business. Visit here later this week for that e-newsletter: www.365ThingsToDoInHayward.com