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Hayward: Free screening of power of music documentary

HAYWARD — “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, will be screened free Thursday as part of the city library’s Book-to-Action program.

The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen for three years as he takes iPods with personalized playlists into nursing homes, where the music not only awakens memories in unresponsive elderly people, but also triggers the brain so some have lucid conversations with those around them.

The April 30 film showing is the keynote event of the library’s Music and Memory Book-to-Action program to raise awareness and encourage people to share music with seniors.

Cal State East Bay has donated 150 copies of the book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music of the Brain,” to help people learn about the importance of music in sustaining health and wellness. The author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, appears in the documentary.

The free film screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward. There also will be a performance by Cal State East Bay’s Aphasia Tones Chorus. Aphasia, a communication disorder that often occurs after a stroke, affects talking, understanding, reading and writing. Chorus members benefit by singing in a group.

To register and request a copy of the book and learn more about local music-sharing events, go to http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015. For more information, call 510-881-7700 or email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov.

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Hayward park district to honor volunteers

HAYWARD — Hayward Area Recreation and Park District will recognize its volunteers Saturday, April 18.

In 2014, 915 district volunteers donated more than 55,000 hours. They helped out in various programs: aquatics, arts, camps, dance, special needs, theater arts, gymnastics, nature, parks, youth, sports and senior adults.

The volunteers will be honored at a brunch at 10 a.m. at the Hayward Area Senor Center. The volunteer of the year will be announced.

The senior center is at 22325 N. Third St.

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Our Lady of Grace joins South Hayward Parish

HAYWARD — Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has joined South Hayward Parish.

The interfaith parish advocates for social justice and the rights and dignity of all people.

It runs a food pantry that serves more than 75 families daily. Its Family Resource Collective sponsors community health, GED, community gardening and other community services.

The parish’s Community Action Network (CAN) provides services aimed at helping the homeless become self-sufficient.

The Castro Valley church is the parish’s eighth congregational member. Others include New Bridges Presbyterian of Hayward, Starr King Unitarian Universalist of Hayward, South Hayward United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Hayward, St. Clement Catholic of Hayward, Congregation Shir Ami of Castro Valley and United Church of Hayward.

Our Lady of Grace has long supported groups that help the elderly and people in need. It has an active St. Vincent De Paul society and convalescent hospital ministries and supports Family Emergency Shelter Coalition in Hayward and St. Mary’s Center in Oakland.

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‘Hank Williams’ opens April 17 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

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HAYWARD — “Hank Williams: Lost Highway, the Music and Legend of Hank Williams” opens Friday, April 17, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

The fourth show in the theater’s 2014-15 Journeys Season will have 10 performances, including a preview Thursday, April 16.

The musical biography goes from the hills of Alabama to the Grand Ole Opry, following country music singer-songwriter Williams’ swift rise from honky-tonks to his Nashville triumphs and his self-destruction at age 29.

The production includes memorable Williams songs, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.”

Kevin Singer takes on the role of Hank Williams.

Other cast members: Paul Chianese as Shag on pedal steel guitar; Dylan Collins as Jimmy on lead electric guitar; Sarah Coykendall as Audrey; Rebecca Faiola as Mama Lily; Dwight Mahabir as Tee-Tot; Sarah Mitchell as the Waitress; Kyle O’Brien as Leon on fiddle and other instruments; Tom Reardon as Fred “Pap” Rose; and James Touzel as Hoss on upright bass.

The play is directed by Ben Randle; Olive Mitra is music director.

The creative team: Liliana Duque Piñeiro, scenic designer; Allen Willner, lighting designer; and Valera Coble, costume designer.

Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, “Hank Williams” was first produced by the Manhattan Ensemble Theater in New York City, opening in December 2002.

Tickets are $10-$29, and are available through the box office at 510-881-6777 or online at www.dmtonline.org.

The theater is at 22311 N. Third St., next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Hayward library needs literacy volunteers

HAYWARD — The city library is seeking volunteer tutors for its adult literacy program.

Tutor orientation will take place May 5 and 11, with training on May 16.

Volunteers must be 18 or older. For information and an application, call 510-881-7910.

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Hayward blood drive April 12

HAYWARD — A blood drive is planned Sunday at the World Mission Society Church of God.

The church invites everyone to take part. The drive will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 27951 E. 12st St., Hayward.

For more information, call 808-783-3942 or email leekh264@gmail.com.

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California Assembly honors Chabot College women’s basketball team

The Chabot College women’s basketball team, which won the state championship, was recognized on the floor of the California Assembly Monday.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward presented a proclamation honoring the team to its members and coaches.

The team made history in March by winning the Hayward college’s first state championship. The Gladiators defeated Mount San Antonio on March 15 at the state tournament. Mount San Antonio had won six of the previous 10 state championships.

The team also was honored by the Hayward City Council, which presented it a certificate of commendation at its March 24 meeting.

The team had a 31-3 season.

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Hayward: Cal State banners win award

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HAYWARD — Banners placed around Cal State East Bay campuses have won a bronze award.

More than 120 light post banners created by Jesse Cantley, Cal State’s director of creative services, and Cal State graphic designer Garvin Tso were placed around the Hayward and Concord campuses. The banners are part of a branding effort and also highlight the diversity of its students.

The university won a bronze award of excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District VII. This is Cal State’s first award from the council.

Cal State was chosen from about 700 entries for seven awards in the Design: Specialty Pieces category.

 

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Hayward landmarks focus of new exhibit

HAYWARD –A new digital art exhibit highlights Hayward’s natural beauty and distinctive landmarks.

“In My Own Backyard” featuring the works of Jeanne Bertolina opens Wednesday, April 15, at the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Center for History and Culture.

Jeanne says of her work, “My passion is seeing beauty and artistic possibilities everywhere and making interesting (and sometimes surprising) compositions from ordinary subjects,” Bertolina said in a release.

An artist reception will take place at noon Saturday, April 25. Those at the reception can vote for their favorite art piece from the exhibit. A drawing will take place, with the winner being given the artwork after the show concludes.

The exhibit also includes trivia about each subject: Buffalo Bill’s was one of the first brewpubs in California. The Ranch restaurant was built with the wood of a pilfered train trestle from Sacramento, and the Hayward Plunge is on some lists of haunted places in California.

The museum is at 22380 Foothill Blvd. Call 510-581-0223 for more information.

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Hayward: Registration opens for Junior Giants baseball

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD — Registration has opened for the 2015 season of the free Hayward Junior Giants Program.

Boys and girls age 5 to 14 can sign up online at www.jrgiants.org.

Entering its 14th year, the free Junior Giants program has given thousands of Hayward youth the opportunity to learn basic baseball skills, as well as important character building and life skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.

Both boys and girls ages 5 to 14 are given the opportunity to play baseball, while focusing on the four bases of character development: confidence, teamwork, leadership and integrity. Each year, interest in the Hayward program grows.

A record number of families signed up last year and another large turnout is expected for the 2015 season.

There are over 21,000 children who participate in the Junior Giants program, in over 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

Not only does Hayward have one of the largest leagues in the program, it also has one of the best. The Hayward League of the Junior Giants was named as one of the top five “exemplary leagues” in an impact report prepared by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The Hayward Junior Giants are a partnership between the Hayward Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

The Giants Community Fund developed the program to give youth an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime.

Beyond baseball, players interact with school resource officers who coach the teams. The league also encourages healthy eating, violence prevention and the importance of education.

The season will kick off with the First Pitch Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The first day of practices will be June 15. All games and practices take place at Larry Standley Field at Weekes Park.

Those taking part should register online before the First Pitch Meeting. Parent and community volunteers are also welcome.

Youth and Family Services Bureau staff will be available to help with online registration from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Weekes library branch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 9 at the Main Library.

For more information, call 510-293-7048 or go to http://yfsb.haywardpd.net.