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Avalon Books  (510) 582-3311 
20409 Santa Maria Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Euromex Books  (510) 881-7843 
18850 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Jordans Village Books  (510) 538-2249 
3324 Village Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Crush Comics & Cards  (510) 581-4779 
2869 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 


Art Stores

Euro Art Imports Original Oil Paintings
(510) 538-6541
17785 Vineyard Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546

World Wide Art
(510) 538-8453
20628 Rustic Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Art Galleries

 The Adobe Gallery
(510) 881-9309
20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546

A.R.T., Inc

A.R.T., Inc is open to any  visual artist (or anyone who can pay the dues), meets at the Adobe Art Center, shows as a group about three times a year at the Adobe Gallery, sponsored by HARD.   A.R.T., Inc. address is P.O. Box 20735., Castro Valley 94546-8735.


The Fall Concert will be held at Neighborhood Chapel   20600 John Drive, Castro Valley.   Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for additional information

This community based, volunteer orchestra affords local musicians an opportunity to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary music. Music Director Joshua Cohen said “We strive to be creative in our programming, incorporating into our concerts guest soloists as well as other musical or arts groups”.

The performance is scheduled for Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm at the Neighborhood Chapel, 20600 John Drive, Castro Valley.  Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students 13 and older, 12 and under are free.


The Castro Valley Community Band is a 60-piece, all-volunteer concert band based in Castro Valley, California and conducted by Kathleen (Kathy) Maier.


The Castro Valley Schools music programs seek donated musical instruments, such as tambourines, hand drums, maracas, castanets, triangles, gongs, violins, trumpets, clarinets, flutes and drums. Call Nanette at 582-0829.


The Musc Parents Society of Castro Valley Schools meets the second Wednesday of each month. To become a member, send $20 to Membership Chairperson, Music Parents Society, P.O. Box 2146, Castro Valley, CA 94546. Call 537-3335, Ext. 1926, or e-mail

MPS Silent and Live Dessert Auction    December 2, 2006 
Canyon Middle School  - Cafeteria    Click Here ->  

Monthly MPS News Letter  Click here ->

Our Music Parents' Society meetings are the 2nd Wednesdays of each month September to May (no meeting in June) in the CMS Bandroom G-2 at 7:00 p.m.  Come drop by and meet the music families and friends!  Please support the music department with your annual membership donation to MPS.  Your dollars go towards scholarships & awards, new instruments & repairs, tours & festivals, sheet music & instruction books, hardware & software, staff support and more.  You can do so through your child’s music teacher or send $20 to Membership Chairperson, Music Parents’ Society, P.O. Box 2146, Castro Valley, CA 94546. For more information about MPS, please call our Voice Mail 537-3335 x1926 or e-mail us at or subscribe to;

Tea is nought but this;
First you heat the water,
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know.
Sen Rikyu (1552 - 1591)

I am the Rain

I sit alone staring through this empty window at gray people, emotionless people. “Is that me, too?”

The haze of life makes them all look the same. “Maybe that is me.”

Thank God it is raining! I am this weather. My life is gray sky, turmultuous clouds, piercing rain. 

This is my world. I am home with the rain.

The story says God loved the rain. Then I must be the cursed rain of 40 days and 40 nights.

I am the propheted rain that drowned the earth. I am the acid rain that eats the land. I am the sedimented rain that pollutes rivers and lakes. I am the rain that falls into diseased water and kills. 

You are the sun to me

You are the sun to me...

Where once my obsidian dreams tyranized my heart of coal, your kumquat mornings now juice my soul.

Your rays of  tenderness nourish my solarium of life, blossoming joy with jasmine and jonquil,
Flourishing tranquility with tamarind and thyme.

You are the sun to me...
You persuade my tepid hopes to burst into scintillating heaven, canapied with emerald osiers and violet vespers.

You are the warmth that charms my spirits, like a flautist in the clouds enamors the winds and reembodies to make the breeze.

Yes,  you are the sun to me!
My tangerine talisman strengthening my fortitude like forsynthia vitalize the Spring.

You are the aurora in Stygian darkness, the dazzle in daisies dance. You are the cameo of Keats and the prince in prism prayers.

You are the sunshine that emcompasses my heart as a reminder of our lemonade days,  our Navajo reservation nights, our Bible moments, and our enduring, love-filled friendship blessed by the rainbow.

By Shannon Holmsten





Castro Valley Library-Here

See the new CV Library?-Here

Chanticleers Community Theater - Here

Word of the day-Here

Castro Valley Adults School Chamber Orchestra-Here

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