October 2018 President’s Message from Cindy Towles

Hi neighbors!   I was a little slow coming up with October’s message; I am not usually at a loss for something to say, so I might be somewhat random this month.  Since we had the Autumnal Equinox on Saturday, September 22, it is officially Fall, and the frost is on the pumpkin.    Well, not really, being that this is the Bay Area, evening temperatures have only plummeted to below 60 degrees.

Speaking of warm, I was out at the Cherryland Place Book and Children’s Clothing Exchange/Paradise Gardens Lecture event Saturday, sweating and wishing I had brought my hat out of the car.   But it was a lovely day and a wonderful combo event.   It is so great that people like Stuart Rickard (the Principal of BAU Bay Area Urban Development) and Rick Hatcher (among many other things, HARD Board Director) not only have an interest in Cherryland (okay, technically, the sites are just across the creek in Ashland – but their focus is Cherryland; and Rick lives here) but would personally run the events and fraternize with our community members.   While I was there, I popped over to the corner of Hampton and Mission to have a peek at the new Cherryland sign (there is another on Mission, near La Pinata).   You did notice these, didn’t you?

School is back in session, so we will be meeting again at Cherryland Elementary (the old one – I must qualify it, now that the new one is progressing).  Our presenters include Alameda County ECD, with an Eden Area Signage update (in case you wanted to know more about all the signs going up), and HUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne with a Cherryland Elementary (the new one) construction update.   We will be giving away as a door prize, to some lucky student, a new bicycle.   A HUGE “THANK YOU” to the kind-hearted Billy Ray Bradford (pictured left) of Bad Business Model Bikes for assembling the bike, supplying a missing part, and making sure the wheels were true.

Wrapping up the subject of Fall, I had to miss the Chamber Fall Festival because I was having some painful muscle spasms in my back.   But I was treated to an email from CCA VP Cindy Torres containing only a link to a picture of a rooster head.   That was not off-topic, because, although I was puzzled at the time, it was for the Fall Festival.   Our names and emails are very similar, which causes confusion, including to us!  She had meant to send it to herself. 

I will close with these lines from poet James Whitcomb Riley:

They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere

When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—

Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,

And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees;

But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze

Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days

Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock—

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

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