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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 .
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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,

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Hayward: Free student summer lunches begin June 10

From Hayward Unified:

HAYWARD — Hayward Unified School District and its partners will start “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Harder Elementary School, 495 Wyeth Road in Hayward.

“Let’s Do Lunch Hayward…and breakfast too,” in its fifth year, provides free meals to all Hayward students, many of whom depend on the school district’s free or subsidized lunch program to eat during the school year.

Over the past four years, “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” has served more than 650,000 meals to children in Hayward.

Community partners for “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward … and breakfast too” include former Hayward City Councilman Mark Salinas, Hayward Police Department Junior Giants, Chabot College, eight churches, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and Hayward libraries.

This year, Hayward Unified added “Words For Lunch” to promote literacy when school isn’t in session.  During lunch, students will take part in reading activities led by high school and college student volunteers.  Words for Lunch plans to distribute 1,000 free books to Hayward young people to help them start home libraries.

“In Hayward, our obligations to our students don’t end when school lets out for the summer,” said school Superintendent Stan Dobbs.

“We know that more than half of our students depend on us for free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year, and the Let’s Do Lunch program exemplifies our commitment to taking care of our kids all year long,” he said.

Harder Elementary is at 495 Wyeth Road.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.