Hayward Family Fun Fest Aug. 15

HAYWARD — The city library is celebrating the end of school summer break with a Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Happy Birds performing parrot show will feature birds riding a bike, playing basketball, skateboarding, roller skating, riding a scooter, talking and singing.

The parrots have appeared on “The Ellen Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Animal Planet’s “Pet Star.”

The Singing Lizard will perform lively electro-kindie songs during an interactive children’s concert.

The festival will include a petting zoo and Hayward police and firefighters. There will be a bounce house, and a children’s book sale.

The celebration is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hayward Library Park, 835 C St.


Castro Valley salutes dogs and musical kids Saturday

CASTRO VALLEY — This community is going to get a little goofy Saturday, Aug. 8, with a “Barks and Brass” celebration.

A press release about the dogs/kids mash-up from the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce explains the event:

Downtown Castro Valley will play host to young musicians and their fans, right alongside Castro Valley’s cherished dogs and their owners. Barks and Brass, a new community event, organized by the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Economic Development Department, will have its inaugural run on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Daughtrey Building.

“We wanted to do something downtown that would be just pure fun, and kids and dogs were the first things that came to mind,” said Bill Mulgrew, chamber executive director.

“So many kids spend summers developing musically, we thought it would be a good idea to give them an outlet for appreciation. And, people have been suggesting pet related events to us for a long time, so we’re going to combine them, have a really fun program.”

There will be two stages. At 11 a.m., one of the kids musical acts will perform 20 minutes. That will be followed by a a dog-related contest on the other stage for 20 minutes, then back to the next musical act, and so forth.

Five musical acts will be featured, interspersed with four dog contests: best dressed, best trick, owner look-alike and best looking. The day will conclude with a dog parade.

Local vets, groomers, pet retailers, pet blessings and law enforcement K-9 teams will have exhibits. There will be raffles and giveaways, and food trucks will be on hand.

“We wanted to give the community some reasons to come together and have fun on a Saturday, and thanks to the generosity of Alameda County we get to use the parking lot of the Daughtrey Building before work starts on the building remodel,” Mulgrew said.

Registration for the dog contests starts at 10 a.m., and it is suggested that those interested go early because the number of entries will be limited.

For more information call the chamber at 510-537-5300, email info@castrovalleychamber.com or go to the www.edenareachamber.com/events.

The howling takes place at 3295 Castro Valley Blvd.



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 .

Hayward Area Historical Society to celebrate first year in new digs

HAYWARD — The Hayward Area Historical Society is holding a birthday bash June 27 to celebrate its first year at the Center for History and Culture.

Everyone is invited to the celebration, which will include birthday cake. The museum galleries will be open free of charge, a Wells Fargo stagecoach will stop by and vintage cars will be displayed.

Those taking part can:

  •  Create a wood block print at the Hayward Arts Council booth.
  • Talk to experts at the native plant booth, where plants also will be sold.
  • Make a friendship bracelet and check out artwork by unaccompanied minors from Central America in the Community Gallery exhibit “Journey of Los Sonodores Invencibles.”
  • Get free light bulbs at the Rising Sun Center booth and learn how students can be trained to become paid energy specialists.
  • Painting a puzzle piece to be displayed in the center’s lobby or learn from art teachers how to make collage artwork.
  • Take part in birthday games and make pinatas in the Children’s Gallery.

Food will be available at The Cannery Cafe inside the center, 22380 Foothill Blvd,


Hayward airport open house May 17

HAYWARD — The popular Hayward Executive Airport Open House returns Sunday, May 17.

Children ages 8 to 17 can take free airplane rides provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.  Rides are first come, first served basis.

The Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower will be open for guided tours. Air traffic controllers will continue guiding airplane takeoffs and landings during the tour.

The free show will include dozens of airplanes, from vintage to business jets and helicopters. One of the highlights will be a historic Ford Tri-Motor airliner, one of only 17 in the world still flying. The large, three-engine airplanes were produced by Henry Ford’s companies in the mid-1920s to early 1930s.  Rides in the Tri-Motor are $75 for adults and $50 for children.

Also on display will be a C-130 Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft. The huge plane is one of just a few military aircraft to remain in production for more than 50 years.

A Tuskegee Airman will be at the show. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American aviators in the United States military and flew during World War II.

 The show will have more than aircraft. Hayward firefighters and police will display some of their vehicles and equipment. The Hayward Animal Shelter and Sunshine Rescue will bring animals available for adoption. Other Hayward departments will be represented.

 Two dozen vintage and muscle cars will be on the tarmac. Food will be available for purchase from Famous Dave’s BBQ, The Mexican Restaurant, Round Table Pizza and Heaven in a Cup.

 More than 4,200 people attended last year. The open house is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17; parking is free.

The event is sponsored by Hayward, the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, Tuskegee Airmen, East Bay Aviators and the Federal Aviation Administration.


Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Mexico’s culture and traditions will be celebrated at several Cinco de Mayo festivals throughout the Bay Area.

Hayward and Ashland will hold festivals Saturday, and San Leandro will have a fiesta Tuesday, May 5.

Hayward’s festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at City Hall Plaza, 777 St.  Live entertainment includes dancers, singers, and Mariachi Aguilas de Michoacan. Metro Taquero will provide food, and several agencies and vendors will have booths. Student awards will be presented.

The festival is sponsored by La Alianza de Hayward, the Hayward Public Library and the city of Hayward.

Ashland will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday with free food, local entertainment, and a community health and resource fair. The event is hosted by Alameda County Fire Department, Public Works Agency, Deputy Sheriff’s Activity League and General Services Agency, along with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

It takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ashland Community Center, 1530 167th Ave., San Leandro.

San Leandro will hold its 17th Cinco de Mayo celebration Tuesday, with regional Mexican dances by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno and music by Mariachi Halcones. There will be arts and crafts booths for children, and light refreshments will be served.

The fiesta will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Civic Center Plaza, 835 E. 14th St. For more information, call Lydia Rodriguez at 510-577-3477 or email lrodriguez@sanleandro.org.



Downtown San Leandro to celebrate holidays Dec. 5

SAN LEANDRO — Downtown will hold its annual “It’s a Wonderful Night” holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 5.

Festivities will be downtown between Washington Boulevard and East 14th Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriages will carry passengers through downtown, leaving from Joaquin Plaza. Performers will include Prescott Circus Theater, DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating and kids’ art and crafts. Holiday movies will be shown on an outdoor screen.

People are encouraged to take unwrapped new toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The clippity clop of horse hooves herald the annual “It’s A Wonderful Night” holiday celebration as horse-drawn carriages transport their passengers to another time and back again as they make their rounds through historic downtown San Leandro. Passengers may embark in Joaquin Plaza for the round-trip.

Taking a little time out from holiday preparations to join the festivities, Santa Claus will be sitting to pose for pictures with little ones.

The evening is chock-full of free holiday entertainment including performances by DC Dance, San Leandro Players, Pallen’s Martial Arts, Broadmoor Preschool and Zumba. So you know, dancers, prancers, singers and martial artists.

Hands-on activities will include games, cookie decorating, make-and-take art and crafts for children. Kid-friendly costumed characters will ramble about. Catch an elf selfie! Prescott Circus Theater performers will also join us, enchanting young visitors with their unique skills.

Holiday movie favorites will be showing on an outdoor screen. Bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots collection drive and receive a free bag of popcorn. Sit a bit, relax, have some fun and join us for a wonderful night!


Hayward greets the holidays Dec. 4

HAYWARD — The city’s downtown will mark the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 4, with its traditional Light Up the Season celebration.

The night event along B Street will include bands, choirs, dancers, children’s rides, an “ice”-skating rink in front of City Hall and sessions with Santa Claus leading up to the tree lighting inside City Hall.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment will include the Dancing Christmas Trees, the Hayward High School marching band, the Mount Eden High School choir and orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County and the New Dimension Chorus.

If it rains, many events will be moved inside City Hall.

Merchants will have promotions and discounts. St. Rose Hospital and Walgreens will provide free flu shots.

Children’s rides will include oversized tea cups and a holiday train. Hayward Salvation Army will serve coffee and cocoa at its emergency services food truck.

For more information, call 510-537-2424.



SantaCon returns to Hayward on Dec. 6

HAYWARD — SantaCon returns to the city Saturday, Dec. 6.

Proceeds from the celebration will be donated to the Hayward Animal Shelter.

SantaCons take place throughout the world, with large gatherings of people dressed as Santa Claus stopping at local businesses. Hayward’s is the only SantaCon scheduled in the East Bay.

This year’s SantaCon starts at 6 p.m. at the Turf Club, 22519 Main St. It proceeds to Bijou Restaurant & Bar, 1036 B St., at 7 p.m., then Metro Taquero, 1063 B St., at 8 p.m. and The Bistro, 1001 B St., at 9 p.m.

Forty people took part in Hayward’s first SantaConHayward in 2012 that raised $250 for the Hayward Animal Shelter. Three times as many Santas participated last year.

There will be a Best Santa/Ms. Santa Suit Contest at each stop.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SantaConHaywardCA.


Hayward: Morrisson Theatre Chorus holiday concert Dec. 11-14

HAYWARD — The Morrisson Theatre Chorus will perform its annual holiday concert Dec. 11-14.

“Holiday Concert: Special Songs for a Special Time of the Year” will include classical works, popular holiday songs, Gospel and spiritual pieces and audience sing-along favorites. The chorus is directed by Cesar Cancino

The concerts will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Tickets are $18 adults, $15 senior and $12 junior/student. Douglas Morrisson Theatre is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the senior center and Japanese garden.

The theater’s box office is open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and can be reached at 510-881-6777. Information is also available at www.dmtonline.org.