‘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.


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.


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.


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.


Hayward: Cal State banners win award

Cal State banners

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.



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.


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.


Hayward 70th annual Easter egg hunt, bonnet parade April 4

HAYWARD – The Hayward park district’s 70th annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade takes place Saturday, April 4.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park, with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Bonnets must be homemade; they will be judged on the most colorful, most unusual and prettiest. The parade is limited to children ages 6 and younger.

The Easter egg hunt will take place after the parade. It will be divided into four age groups: 1 to 2 years old; 3 to 4 years old; 5 to 6 years old; and 7 to 9 years old.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free celebration.

For more information, call Hayward Area Recreation and Park District at 510-881-6700. Kennedy Park is at 19501 Hesperian Blvd.


Hayward bunco madness April 25

HAYWARD — The Hill & Valley Women’s Club will hold its annual Bunco Madness Game Day fundraiser on Saturday, April 25.

Tickets are $15, and include a salad bar lunch and door prizes in addition to bunco. Reservations are required; call Joann Silviera at 510-785-2053  Ticket deadline is April 18.

The fundraiser will be 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hill & Valley club house, 1808 B. St.


‘Telling Tales’ March 23 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD –Storytellers will share tales of spring fever Monday, March 23, at Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Using no scripts, the storytellers will tell personal, true stories of spring and new possibilities.

Audience members will be invited to share their stories during open mike at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $5, with open seating. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Douglas Morrisson Theatre,  22311 N. Third St. Details at 510-881-6777.

This is the theater’s fourth “Telling Tales” this season.