2532 Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: (510) 538-9501
Fax: (510) 538-9487
The façade of the Hayward City Hall makes for an interesting architectural study. This exotic building, with a fountain and a fascinating lawn at its portals, serves as a center for community events and gatherings. The John O’Lague Galleria within the building hosts many a upcoming artist and exhibits for one and all. Promoting the arts among the less privileged and the blind is the Alwine Fenton Sensory Garden where you can touch and smell the goodness of nature. The plaza of the city Hall is home to the popular, ongoing Hayward Certified Farmers' Market, that gives locals and visitors the opportunity to buy fresh flowers and produce direct from local growers (buy farm eggs, corn, strawberries, squash, wildflowers, asparagus, cherries, baked goods, and more). A perfect community haunt.
The Kennedy Park sited in Hayward, California is a historically significant park site. Coming under the purview of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, this park offers plenty of facilities for all like picnic tables, Merry-Go-Round, a ranch, a train ride and so forth.
The Casa Peralta is a beautiful home in San Leandro. It was refurbished to resemble a Spanish-style estate replete with hand-painted ceramic tiles that were shipped from Spain. Take a free guided tour of the house museum and grounds to admire this landmark. The grounds are also available for hire for weddings and social functions.
This 16,224 square foot, 37 room Colonial Revival mansion features ten fireplaces, a Tiffany-style dome ceiling, and inlaid parquet floors. The home allows visitors to see how the wealthy lived a century ago.
The construction of the vintage Peralata Home dates back to 1860s eras and the home structuring finely exemplifies the Spanish Colonial style of architecture. The house was basically built for Ignacio Peralata and the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Oakland Zoo is home to more than 440 exotic and domestic birds, mammals, marsupials, and reptiles. Some of its attractions include a park with picnic facilities, an educational wildlife theater, a children's petting zoo, a carousel, a chair lift ride, and a miniature train. The zoo also offers group tours and a lecture series for adults in the spring.
In the age where commercialism is the order of the day, Ruth Quayle Boone's generosity is unequaled. This lady donated 16-acre (6.5 hectares) of land to the city, so that the city council can build a historic park commemorating the death of her husband, Travis Moore Boone. After Ruth died in 1998, the City also placed a memorial in her name. This farm park is literally divided into to halves; the northern area features Boone House, a barn, storage unit and other structures that belonged to the Boone's. The Glass House Museum occupies its southern part. The Forest Home Farms has a farmers market and weekly tours that take you through the entire site.
San Ramon Golf Club stands out for the exceptional scenic beauty it possess. Technically the course is versatile and challenging. Players of varied skill levels find this an interesting destination to explore. Very well groomed and with an affordable fee-structure this course ranks high in the popularity index of the area. There are also qualified instructors who will help you improvise on your teeing techniques. Weddings and private gatherings are also regularly conducted here.
Ale Industries started out as a small-time craft brewery in Concord, CA, however, it soon grew popular and eventually had to move into a bigger brewing space, on 10th Street in Oakland. Offering refreshing draft beers, that are now brewed on site, the place churns is equipped to produce around 20,000 barrels of beer every year! Covering an area of over 6000 square feet (560 square meters), the Fruitvale establishment also includes a taproom which can host up to 100 visitors. Open for tours between Fridays to Sundays, Ale Industries serves brews created without any use of fossil fuels, definitely worth a decko.
Bring along a picnic on a breezy afternoon and enjoy the myriad wonders at the Coyote Hills Regional Park. Nature comes alive in all her bounty at this scenic park that captures the magical aura of the seasons in its comprehensive lens. Take a walk, go cycling, follow the nature trail, enjoy the beauty of the gardens or explore the Native American legacy. Camp out at one of the scenic picnic areas and spread your fare under the sun as you dig into a comforting meal and watch the day fly by. Avid birdwatchers and nature lovers will feel at home in this natural setting, surrounded with lush, greenlands, listening to the bird calls all day long. Special events are held at the park throughout the year.
This huge park is a trip back into time with its lush green forests, the pastoral farm and the larger-than-life mansion: Patterson House. Take a tour of the house and learn more about its origin and the legendary George Washington Patterson. Explore old relics as you learn more about the architecture of Patterson's times and come face to face with the then mode of living. Avail of the fresh produce served at the onsite café and eatery and walk away with sweet memories of a time gone by. Buy organic farm produce or simply catch nature at its best at the giant farm as you commune with the animals or take a stroll along the garden or the dewy woods. Catch the blacksmith at work and be enthralled by the work of art, attend the entrancing puppet show or gift yourself a train ride through the estate. The farm makes for an ideal venue for hosting private events, weddings and receptions. Special events are organized at the park throughout the year. Check website or call for more details on current and upcoming events at the venue.
Back when Hollywood was mostly a desert, there was a thriving film industry in Northern California. Fremont's Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum chronicles these vibrant art form via posters, books, photographs and screenings in their theater. Visit the website to find out more on upcoming events.