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Hayward: Gospel choir concert at All Saints

HAYWARD — A gospel choir concert takes place Friday, July 18, at All Saints Catholic Church.

The concert will feature four choirs, four soloists and two instrumentalists.

Tickets are $10 or a donation; proceeds will fund scholarships for students graduating from the church’s parochial school. The concert is 7 to 10 p.m. at the church, 22824 Second St.

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Cherryland public art meetings

CHERRYLAND — This unincorporated area is getting a community center and new fire station, and both projects will include public art.

A series of meetings are being held to let residents view the art proposals and give feedback. The next one is 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at the Cherryland Community Center Design Process meeting.  It will be at the Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St.

The artwork also will be discussed at the Cherryland Community Association meeting Tuesday, July 8. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. and also will be held at Eden United Church of Christ.

Comments can be submitted online through July 9 at http://tinyurl.com/cherrylandart.

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Castro Valley: Aitken senior center to celebrate 25th anniversary

CASTRO VALLEY — The Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center will marks its 25th anniversary with entertainment by Stagebridge Senior Theatre on Friday, June 20.

Stagebridge, an Oakland senior acting group, performs musical revues, improv sessions, radio dramas and music.

The free celebration will be 1 to 3 p.m. June 20 at the center, 17800 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6738.

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Hayward: Douglas Morrisson Theatre announces 2014-15 season

HAYWARD — Douglas Morrisson Theatre’s 2014-15 season focuses on journeys.

The season begins with “Wonder of the World” by David Lindsay-Abaire, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 21. “Candide,” with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, will be Nov. 6-30.

Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” plays Feb. 12-March 8, followed by “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik April 16-26. Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” closes out the season May 21-June 14.

“Every play this season tells the story of a journey, whether it’s to teeter on the brink of Niagara Falls, to find the true meaning of life, to escape a small town, to climb to country music fame and fortune, or even to time-travel through all of human history,” wrote artistic director Susan E. Evans in the theater’s brochure.

The theater’s Alt. Mondays program features Bare Bones staged readings series; Telling Tales, which are storytelling evenings; and a Broadway sing-along night.

Season tickets are available in a variety of packages, with an early-bird discount through June 20. For more information, call 510-881-6777 or go to www.dmtonline.org. The theater is at 22311 N. Third St.

 

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All Saints school to stage play showcasing new theater arts program

HAYWARD — All Saints school will debut its theater arts program with “The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux” on May 9-10.

“This is a very special moment in the history of All Saints Catholic School,” Principal Jennifer Diaz said in a release. “I have always wanted to bring a theater program to All Saints.  I have a background in musical theater and dance and have taught both to students for many years.  I have seen first-hand how the arts influence students in positive ways.”

“The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux” is a comedy drama about a wealthy widow, Lotta Cash, who must keep on the lookout from the evil Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux. He plans to woo and marry Cash for her money and her late husband’s clinic.

The theater arts program for seventh- and eighth-grade students has focused on drama training, singing and dancing. The cast includes all students who attended drama training and auditions; no one was rejected.

All Saints is a private Catholic school for grades kindergarten through eighth.

Tickets are $5-$7, plus a service charge if ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/620251

 

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Silent auction of longtime artist Eva Best’s work March 2

CASTRO VALLEY — The art legacy of Eva Best will be displayed at a silent auction on Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 pm at the Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley.

Best, a San Leandro teacher and artist, died Dec. 26. Over the years, she received many awards for her art, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Alameda County Fair, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, the East Bay Watercolor Society, The Oakland Art Association and the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley.

The exhibit and silent auction is a retrospective exhibit of her paintings, collages and drawings. More than 50 watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings will be on display.

Proceeds from this event will help support art programs, classes and demonstrations at the Adobe Art Center. Best was an avid artist who explored a variety of mediums well into her 90s. She also was a member of A.R.T., Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes the visual arts.

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Hayward Arts Council benefit Oct. 18

HAYWARD — A dinner and dance fundraiser Oct. 18 in the City Hall Rotunda benefits the Hayward Arts Council, which promotes local artists and hosts wonderful free exhibits.

“Arts in the Heart of the Bay” also will feature art, naturally; music; and a chance to mingle with other art supporters. Items to be auctioned include a getaway to a vacation home in Tahoe and a flyover of the Bay Area.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Checks may be sent to or dropped off at the Hayward Arts Council, 22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward 94541.

The fundraiser is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at 777 B St. For details, call 510-538-2787 or email HACmail@haywardarts.org.

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ID theft, free legal advice, author reading at Hayward library

HAYWARD — Identity theft is becoming more common and sophisticated. The latest information and tips on how to protect yourself — and your bank account and credit — will be shared at a two-hour session Saturday, Sept. 21, at the main library.

Speakers will talk about common scams and forms of fraud, give practical advice on how to recognize scams and protect yourself, share referral information and where to get help.

The workshop begins at 2 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

For more information, email or call Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

The library also will be having its monthly Lawyer in the Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Weekes Branch Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Main Library.

Each person gets 15 minutes of free legal advice with a licensed attorney. Onsite registration begins 30 minutes before the first session, and space is limited, with consultation being assigned by lottery.

For more information, call 510-881-7980.

Hayward’s library is a busy place, with lots of free events, including book discussions and signings by authors. The next one will be with artist Salma Arastu, who has illustrated some of 13th-century mystic poet Rumi’s works in “Turning Rumi.” It takes place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Main Library. Arastu will bring some of her artwork and have copies of her books for sale.

For details, please call or email Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

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A book with a powerful message

HAYWARD — In April, 30 volunteers handed out free copies of the book “The Language of Flowers” in Hayward to people who don’t normally read as part of World Book Night. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the book’s author will give a free talk at Hayward City Hall.

“Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about Victoria, 18, who has aged out of the foster care system. She sleeps in a San Francisco park, where she plants a garden. The discovery of her garden leads to discoveries of herself.

In addition to sharing the book, Hayward Library’s Book-to-Action program focused on raising awareness about foster youth. The program connects reading a book with a civic engagement project.

Volunteers let the community know about Bay Area and national organizations that help foster youth, including The Camellia Network (co-founded by Diffenbaugh), Hayward-based Bay Area Youth Centers, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and Adopt a Special Kid, according to a release.
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Representatives of those groups will be at Diffenbaugh’s talk, which begins at 2 p.m. in Hayward Council Chambers, 777 B St.

Those interested in becoming a World Book Night book giver next year can sign up for the WBN mailing list at http://www.worldbooknight.org/ .

The Aug. 17 event is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Library, and the Book Shop on B Street. For more information, call 510-881-7700, email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or visit http://library.hayward-ca.gov

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Hayward High band director steps down

HAYWARD — Bryan Holbrook, who has led the instrumental program at Hayward High School for several years, is stepping down and will instead teach elementary school music

Whoever takes over will have the proverbial big shoes to fill. Holbrook has built up the Hayward High music program and worked hard at community outreach, both within the district and the larger community. He has been tireless, working long hours and many weekends. The Hayward marching band has performed every summer at downtown’s last street fair of the season and at Light Up the Season. Holbrook has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and has also received district honors.

In a Facebook post, Holbrook said he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family.

The Hayward school board restored funding for the elementary school music program earlier this year. For the past two years, Holbrook had run an after-school elementary music program at the high school. The first year, the instructors volunteered their time, but this past year, the district compensated them.