From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:
HAYWARD — Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, kids’ activities, a taco-eating contest and an outdoor market celebrating Hispanic food and art will be highlights at the fifth annual Hayward Mariachi Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B St. The free family-friendly event is hosted by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Roundtable and the City of Hayward. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The event highlight is built around music. This year’s featured performers are Mariachi Juvenil de Hayward, Mariachi Halcones de Oakland, Mariachi Dos and Mariachi Mexicanisimo. Activities for kids will include face painting, Dia de los Muertos mask-coloring, paper flower making and a bounce house courtesy of the Relay for Life Team of Tad Miller and Liberty Tax Service.
The event occurs on National Taco Day, and there will be a taco-eating contest sponsored by Jorge Espinosa and his team at El Taquito Restaurant #2. Specialty beverages to be served include margaritas, sangria and Mexican beer.
For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 510-537-2424.
HAYWARD — On Saturday, Garin Regional Park invites everyone to taste fruit from its heritage apple orchard, which boasts heirloom varieties seldom found elsewhere.
The family-friendly Apple Festival will include music, dancing, crafts and old-fashioned games. A cider press and ice cream maker will be put into use, and there will be tastings.
The free festival is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 6 at the park, 1320 Garin Ave. There is a $5 parking fee.
For more information, call 510-544-3220.
HAYWARD — “O Best Beloved” will be staged for free Sept. 7 at East Avenue Park.
The family-friendly production is an ensemble adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories.
The play was named “Best of Fringe” at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival.
According to the ensemble’s website: “Rudyard Kipling wrote these tall tales about the beginnings of the world in the voice of a narrator addressing a youngster that he or she calls ‘Best Beloved.’ Kipling wrote the Just-So Stories for his own best beloveds: his two small daughters, who insisted that he tell the stories the same way every time, or ‘just so.’ They’re full of silliness and wordplay, and are delightful when read aloud.”
The ensemble has been performing at area parks and outdoor venues. The Hayward stop is sponsored by the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. It starts at 2 p.m. at East Avenue Park, 3221 East Ave. Those attending should take blankets or lawn chairs.
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.
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.