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Green Thumb Works
20409 Santa Maria Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Green Thumb Works is a local company offering plant sales in Castro Valley every Sunday. Green Thumb Works sells aMore variety of California native and drought tolerant plants, and also offers gardening supplies, information and services. It sells wind chimes, perennial color bowls for porch or patio, rainbow wind socks and more. The company also offers sustainable planting design services, garden consultation, and low maintenance and low water lawn conversion among other green living services.
Paseo Gardens Apartments
16929 Meekland Ave, Hayward, CA 94541
The Paseo Gardens Apartments is an apartment complex that was remodeled and given all new appliances in 2010. TheMore picaresque gated community is surrounded by tranquil fountains, green landscaping and two sparkling pools and features one-bedroom apartment homes. It is within walking distance of shopping, schools and recreation and minutes away from highways 880, 238 and 580.
Starbucks Coffee
20663 Rustic Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Located in the popular Castro Village shopping center, this Starbucks gets more foot traffic than many. EvenMore mid-afternoon, a half dozen people can be seen sipping the popular Frappucchinos or lattes under the chain's signature green umbrellas on the patio out front.  While always a reliable place to secure one's caffeination, this Starbucks location is also a great place to peoplewatch, to see and be seen.  It's open late, too.
Taqueria El Mezcal
5 E Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Taqueria El Mezcal offers a wide variety of Mexican favorites every day from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.More Weekday favorites include super burritos and super nachos, but the real draw is the weekend special of menudo, a traditional Mexican stew of beef tripe and red chili. Customers drive in from as far away Oakland to sample El Mezcal's special blend. 

Meals are served with homemade chips, which may be enjoyed with pickled vegetables, fresh radishes and red or green salsas.

Diners should expect the biggest crowds at lunchtime and after school, when students at nearby San Lorenzo High School stop in for a snack. Still, seating is ample inside and out.

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