On March 12, the League of Women Voters' Eden Area branch honored Karen Holzmeister, a recently retired Daily Review reporter, during a luncheon in the Hayward Siam Palace Restaurant.

Those in attendance were Suzanne Barba, Helene Carr, Stephanie Cartwright, Malca Chall, Gail Lundholm, Doris Marciel, Connie Rusk, Nancy Schluntz, Nancy Van Huffel and Jean West.

Karen shared stories about her 36½-year career with the newspaper and her travels. She has received a Certificate of Commendation from the city of Hayward for her commitment to local government as a reporter and the Unsung Hero Award for her lifetime of dedication to community reporting from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

On April 23, Karen will be a recipient of the Community Service Award at the Hayward Area Historical Society's 11th Annual History Awards dinner.

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Assumption School's 21st annual Live & Silent Auction was an elegant night of dinner and dancing with a "Roaring Twenties" theme.

More than 270 guests, including parents, faculty and staff members, dressed in costume.

The chairwomen for this year's auction were Michelle Hammon and Susan McCue. Emcee for the evening was Stacy Piontek, Assumption's music director, who went through many costume changes during the evening.

Mel Speed of the Music Company was the D.J. for the dancing, and Dennis McCormac was the "going once, going twice, sold" auctioneer.

A few notable attendees included San Leandro City Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak, The Rev. Vince Scott of Assumption Church and Assumption School Principal Pam Lyons, who said it was a "rip-roaring, rollicking auction fundraiser."

A variety of items were auctioned, including delectable desserts, unique classroom projects, spa treatments, night-on-the-town packages and more.

More than $50,000 was raised. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support school enrichment programs.

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On Saturday evening, Patty and Ken Martin opened their Castro Valley home to a group of friends for an Italian feast.

Bagna calda (Italian for hot bath), the savory Italian olive oil-butter-garlic-anchovy dish, was the feature of the meal.

Sitting down to enjoy this unique dish with the Martins were guests Al and Mary Bronzini, Russ Padula, Jim and Aija Ramos, Bob and Gerri Dows, Joanne and Angelo Montesano, Larry and Sharon Rossi, and Max Martin.

The bagna calda was preceded by antipasto, a salad with Ken's special Italian dressing, and followed by zabaglione for dessert. Chianti was featured at the table, and Italian music filled the air throughout the fun-filled evening.

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The Olive Hyde Art Guild has three scholarships available for Fremont seniors taking high school art classes.

First place will be awarded $2,000, and two honorable-mention winners will be awarded at $1,000 each. These awards are to go toward college tuition and supplies at the award-winning student's selected college.

The art teacher who recommends the first-place student will receive $500 for classroom art supplies. Winning students' art will be showcased at an Olive Hyde Art Guild reception in early June.

Deadline to submit art is March 27.

For more details, go to www.olivehydeartguild.org and click on Scholarships, or contact Roberta Moody at 510-656-4809 or dmoody1629@aol.com.

Contact Carol Thornberry at 510-293-2485, carolthornberry@sbcglobal.net, or c/o Daily Review, 22533 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA 94541.