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San Lorenzo

Located on I-880 just north of Hayward, San Lorenzo has easy access to all the Bay Area and its vibrant culture, via the nearby Bayfair BART station in San Leandro. It has excellent public bus transportation, with easy connections to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose International airports.

Entertainment

Check out the Farmers Market on Saturdays 9-1pm, May 7 to October 29, 2011, on Hesperian and Paseo Grande. Play a round of golf at the nearby Skywest Golf Course. Be sure to subscribe to the “Arts are Alive” postings for Cal State East Bay, which is a great resource for art, music, speakers and exciting cultural events. There are also numerous movie theaters and local theater groups to enjoy. The incredible sports, arts and entertainment culture of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose are just a short BART ride away. Hayward is the closest large city and is full of lively shopping malls, featuring dining, movie theaters and diverse retail, the largest of which is the Southland Mall.

Schools

The San Lorenzo Unified School District, which has the distinction of being the oldest in the State of California, established in 1865. Several “small learning communities,” each with a distinctive program, have been created at the district’s three high school campuses to better serve students. There are nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. Another great local resource is the Chabot Community College.

Parks and Recreation

San Lorenzo is literally surrounded by natural wonders for exploration, whether hiking, biking or just wandering. San Lorenzo Community Center Park: located at 1970 Via Buena Vista in San Lorenzo, the San Lorenzo Community Center Park has a snack bar, picnic tables, and BBQ’s, hiking and riding trails, a par course, basketball courts and soccer fields, a dog park, and a duck pond. Del Rey Park, located at Bockman Road and Channel Street in San Lorenzo, has picnic tables, barbecues, a play area, and an open lawn area. Mervin Morris Park, named after the founder of the Mervyn’s department store, is at the corner of Nielson and Grant (across from Arroyo High School) in San Lorenzo. The park hosts a skate park, a play structure with a tube slide, and is home to the San Lorenzo Little League.