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.
HAYWARD –Learn all about the blues at a free lecture and concert Wednesday evening at the Main Library.
The lecture is part of Blues Week, hosted by Bay Area Blues Society. The group which will be putting on the 15th annual Russell City Blues Festival next weekend, July 12-13, outside City Hall.
The blues society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues, jazz and gospel music and their interconnection with African-American culture.
After the lecture, Big Cat Tolefree and his Hipnotic Band will perform. Tolefree is a third-generation Russell City blues singer who has opened for the Temptations, BB King and Jimmy McCracklin.
The lecture and performance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 835 C St. For further information call 510-771-7980 or go to www.library.hayward-ca.gov
The Blues Society also will have a festival kickoff party from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. July 11 and 12 at the Bistro, B and Main streets.
HAYWARD — A Fourth of July celebration is planned on Tennyson Road in South Hayward.
The party will celebrate the area’s diversity with games, performances, food and handcrafts. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Tennyson and Leidig Court.
The event is sponsored by South Hayward Parish, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Cal State East Bay Diversity Center, Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno, Councilwoman-elect Sara Lamnin and Liberty Tax Service-South Hayward.
For more information, call 510-470-3377.
SAN LEANDRO — The Creole Belles band will perform Creole and Cajun music at a free concert July 17.
The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.
According to a library press release, the California-based band is know in the Cajun music scene for bringing the raw, driving authenticity of southwest Louisiana dance halls to its shows. The band’s music has been described as “a highly intoxicating brew of Cajun and Creole music played with spirit, reverence and love.”
For more information, contact the library information desk at 510-577-3971.
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.
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.
The local free family-friendly outdoor movie season starts Friday, June 13, with “Frozen” at Adobe Park in Castro Valley.
The free family-friendly movie night is being put on by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Those going are encouraged to take picnic dinners, flashlights and low-back small chairs or blankets.
The movie starts at 8:15 p.m. at the park, 20395 San Miguel Ave. Beginning at 6 p.m., people can listen to music, chat with local vendors, get health and wellness information, and play at the park district’s mobile recreation program.
For more information, call 510-881-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The park district also is showing “Despicable Me 2″ at 8:15 p.m. July 18 at Hayward City Hall Plaza, at the corner of B and Watkins streets. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ also will be screened at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at City Hall Plaza.
The park district holds its final free summer outdoor movie night at 8:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Little League Park, 1062 Grant Ave.”Monsters University” will be the featured film.
In San Leandro, free movies will be shown July 9 at Halcyon Park, 1245 147th Ave.; July 23 at Chabot Park, 1698 Estudillo Ave.; and Aug. 6 at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St. Allo shows start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Customer Service, 510-577-3462.
HAYWARD — Free Sunday concerts in the park start June 15 at the bandstand in Memorial Park.
The Hayward Municipal Band will perform every Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. through July 13 at the park, 24176 Mission Blvd. (next to the Plunge). The band will play big band, classical, pop and John Philip Sousa.
Those attending are encouraged to take blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.
SAN LEANDRO — The choral ensemble Voices: Lesbian A Cappella for Justice is performing Sunday, June 1, at the San Leandro Main Library.
The performance is part of San Leandro’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month.
“I am pleased that San Leandro will be joining a national campaign to honor the LGBT community as part of Pride Month in June,” Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a release. “I encourage San Leandrans to come out to the Library on June 1 to join in these celebrations.”
The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in downtown San Leandro. Admission is free.
The ensemble was founded in 1988. It strives to promote lesbian visibility and musical excellence and reflect diversity, according to the release.
For more information, call 510-577-3971.
HAYWARD — If you like good food, the Downtown Hayward Restaurant Walk on Thursday, Oct., 17, will give you a chance to sample fare from local restaurants.
Restaurants taking part include the Bijou, Buon Appetito, Buffalo Bill’s, Julian’s Barbecue, Shark Shack, Turf Club, Yogurt Hill, the Bistro, Swiss Delices, Los Pericos, Kupe, Something Sweet and Century Theatres.
Proceeds will benefit the Hayward library’s After School Homework Support Center and Leadership Hayward.
The walk is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Hayward Main Library, 835 C St., or the Chamber of Commerce, 22561 Main St.
For more details, call 510-537-2424 or go to www.hayward.org.