The Irene and Phil McCarthy Re/Max in Motion team won San Leandro Public Library Project Literacy's 11th Annual Trivia Bee held Firday night, October 22, 2004, at the Marina Community Center. Second place went to the Pon-Tificators team and the defending champion Kaplan Family finished third following a sudden-death round as all three teams were tied at the end of three rounds.
The first round of questions was read by Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and professor who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 13 times. Ms. Frates also appeared as a Jeopardy contestant in the movie Goundhog Day. The next rounds and sudden death questions were read by Ray Orrock, a newspaper columnist for ANG Newspapers. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz was the official Trivia Bee judge and Kathy Kurtz was the office time keeper.
Unlike last year, there were few controversial questions or answers and no successful challenges to questions or answers. The questions that required audio, however, were marred by music that didn't play when it was supposed to or failed to include the vocal portion of the song.
The Trivia Bee is Project Literacy's biggest annual fundraiser with income from team entry fees, dinner, and an accompanying raffle that featured prizes supplied by local businesses including a $275 photo session at Anna Kim Photography, a DVD/VCR from Circuit City, a mountain bike from Nick and Judy Verhoek, and $100 of gift certificates from Southwest Airlines.
Members of the San Leandro City Council, including Mayor Sheila Young presented medals to the top three teams.
A Toyota Tercel traveling south on Washington Avenue between Estabrook Street and Marina Boulevard collided with a Toyota 4Runner at about 4pm on Sunday, October 17, 2004. The Tercel lost. The first substantial rainfall of the year may have been a contributing factor.
An Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy riding his motorcycle at about 10:40pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2004, heard what he thought were gunshots and stopped to investigate. He found a shooting victim near the intersection of 164th Avenue and Gordon Way in unicorporated San Leandro and a suspect with a gun nearby. When he tried to apprehend the suspect, the suspect reportedly pointed the gun at the deputy and the deputy shot the suspect. The original shooting victim and the suspect were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Tatseena's Good Vibrations 3rd Annual Belly Dance Fantasy Festival takes place October 16 and 17, 2004, at San Leandro's Marina Community Center. General admission is $10 and $5 for kids 5 to 13.
Seven different belly dancing workshops are also available throughout the festival for $20 each.
The festival runs from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. A detailed schedule and directions to the Marina Community Center at 15301 Wicks Blvd. are available from the festival web site.