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Disney tour to stop at Hayward park

HAYWARD — Hundreds of kids are expected to take part Monday in a Disney tour starring characters from two television shows.

The tour, “Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good,” is designed to introduce children ages 2 to 7 to the value of doing good.

Princess Sofia from Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First” television show and Pirate Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” will be at the show.

Children will be able to create a storybook at “Jake and Sofia’s Storytelling Maze,” share acts of kindness or service in “Enchancia Castle,” do “Sofia’s Animal Friends” activities, take part in interactive environmental lessons in “Jake’s Beach Treasures” and pledge service at the “Forever Tree.”

The show will end with a musical celebration with Jake and Sofia.

The free show will be about 30 minutes, and it will be repeated several times during the day (think Disneyland shows). Priority entry will be given to those with reservations; otherwise it will be first come, first served. The wait time could be up to an hour.

It’s recommended those taking part arrive 30 minutes before their designated times. A very few tickets are still left at https://disneyjunior.thundertix.com/orders/new?performance_id=1271303.

Kennedy is one of seven stops for the tour, and the only one in Northern California.

The tour will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd.

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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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Blues at the Hayward library

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.

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July 4 celebration in South Hayward

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.

 

 

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Cajun music in San Leandro July 17

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.

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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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Hayward area outdoor summer movie season begins June 13

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 info@haywardrec.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.

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Hayward free concerts in the park begin June 15

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.

 

 

 

 

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San Leandro to host a cappella performance as part of gay pride celebration

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.