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Free Hayward outdoor summer concerts

HAYWARD — The Odd Fellows are once again putting on free outdoor concerts Sunday afternoons.
This is the sixth year of the concerts at Hayward Memorial Park, behind the Hayward Plunge on Mission Boulevard.
The concerts are free, but each one features a local nonprofit group. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the nonprofits.
This Sunday (Aug. 9) will have a blues concert with Chris Marquis and Sycamore 129 Blues Band. The concert is a benefit for the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition, commonly known as FESCO. www.fescofamilyshelter.org
¬†Sezu with Kari & the SweetspOts will perform what is being billed as “original feel-good music” on Aug. 23. Donations will be accepted for South Hayward Parish. www.SouthHaywardParish.org
A jazz concert featuring What’s Up Big Band on Aug. 30 will benefit the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, a summer camp for middle school and high school students in the Santa Cruz Mountains. www.lahondamusiccamp.org
The jazz theme continues Sept. 13, with 3 O’Clock Jump and Mount Eden High School choir members performing to benefit the school’s choir program. Hayward City Councilman Francisco Zermeno will be grilling sausages from Fabrique Delices.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge teams up with the park district to put on the concert series, called “Plunge into Music, Arts and Dance for Summer Sundays in the Park.”

The concerts are in the bandshell at the park. If going, grab a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol). In addition to the music, the concerts will have a chalk art area and picnic tables for chess players. Chess players will be on hand to teach anyone interested.

The concerts generally run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hayward Memorial Park, 24176 Mission Blvd. The park has a tot lot and tennis courts. Indoor swimming is offered at the Hayward Plunge, and a trail at the back of the park follows a creek into the hills.

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 was re-formed in 2010, with a focus on supporting local music and the arts. For more information about the lodge, go to www.haywardlodge.org .

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