A VERITABLE San Leandro's Who's Who buzzed into the San Leandro Library's 17th annual Trivia Bee at the Marina Community Center on Oct. 15.
Co-master of ceremonies were John Kaplan and Library Commissioner Denise Bownds Kaplan, three-time winners of the Trivia Bee. Reading questions were Leslie Frates, 16-time "Jeopardy!" winner, and Judge Robert Kurtz, who has missed only one Trivia Bee. Kathy Kurtz was timekeeper.
Making his first appearance on a team was 13-year-old Thomas Horn who just won $31,000 on "Kids Jeopardy!"
You couldn't say no to the raffle committee members, Caryl Ann Symons, Mary Anne Perras, Isabel Polvorosa and Library Commissioner Donna Reed who sold tickets throughout the event. Other library commissioners helping out were Larry Smith, Arlene Lum, Fred Reicker and Carole Rinaldi.
Sporting a library reading bee shirt was Mayor Tony Santos along with council members Michael Gregory with wife, Dale; Jim Prola, Diana Souza, and Joyce Starosciak with her dad and mom, Richard and Norma Rutledge.
Jennifer Low was there with her dad, Ernie Low, who, along with board members Marie Lothrop and Jeni Engler, were representing Friends of San Leandro Library. Also in the Beehive were school board members Pauline Cutter, Mike Katz, Diana Prola, and former school board members Ken Pon, Stephen Cassidy, Linda Perry and Louis Heystek, whose brother, Lamar Heystek, was on a team.
Current City Manager Steve Hollister played for the Rotary Club, former City Manager John Jermanis was rooting for his family's team, and retired Judge Stephen Dombrink played and sponsored the Dewey Decimals team.
Other supporters seen buzzing around were Baiba Strads, Jonathan Schultz, Patty Mallari, Marcus McClarty, Bill Sherwood, Terry Guillory, Martin Vitz, Mike Reynolds, Judy and Nick Verhoek, Ely and Rose Ramos, Hank and Joanne Deadrich, Lenora Chapman, Chris Chapman, Sue Trigg, Robert Dillman, Pastor John Bruce, Ruby Antonio, Pat Free, George and Chris Brown and Virginia Herrera.
The Worker Bees included the Mariscals: Sal, Natalia, Angelica and grandson Sal Escalera; Tina Shaffer, Theresa Mallon, Nancy Fong, Loanne Hill, Penny Peck and Mary and Susan Litvinchuk. Queen Bee of the event, Project Literacy Coordinator Cinda Mariscal proclaimed the 17th Annual Bee a success.
Bee-utiful bee kudos to the Arroyo Interact Club for all the teen worker bee volunteers.
Project Literacy can change a life as testified by student Ray Mullins who said he never made good grades in school and couldn't read directions, but he could "fix anything." Because of Project Literacy, he now can read a book from cover to cover. His tutor Fran Bastos was mighty proud of him.
When all was said and done and all the questions were answered, this year's Trivia Bee winners were the John Jermanis family in first place; the Friends of the Library Gift Shop in second place; and the Chapman King team in third place. Congratulations to the winning teams!
Mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Trivia Bee on Oct. 14, 2011! You can sign up now for next year's bee by calling 510-577-3944. Bee First!
San Leandro's St. Leander Church is having a fall fundraiser, from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13, at Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 W. Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro.
It will be serving an all-you-can-eat ravioli dinner, with salad and garlic bread for $10 per person. There will be a no-host bar. Desserts will be available for $1 a slice.
For ticket information, call the parish office 510-895-5631.
The Hayward Eagles Auxiliary is having the monthly bingo luncheon at noon Monday at the Eagles Hall, 21406 Foothill Blvd.
Hostess Glenda Acosta and her crew will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad and dessert. A hearty meal for $5 and includes a bingo card.
Everyone is always welcome.
The proceeds will benefit the Kidney Fund.
The Hill and Valley Club's Annual Scholarship Bazaar is 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday at the H & V clubhouse, 1808 B St., Hayward. It's a perfect time to pick up some great buys for the holidays and support a worthy cause.
The ladies will have a good supply of baked goods, jewelry, Christmas treasures, collectibles and more. A box lunch will be available for $5. Come, shop and stay for lunch.
For tickets, call Joann Silveira, 510-785-2053. All money raised will go to scholarships for Hayward students.
Contact Carol Thornberry at 510-293-2485, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail c/o The Daily Review, 22533 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541.