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Supermurgitroid! Jazz Festival brings the groove back

The smooth, sultry sounds of the saxophone. The driving beats of the drums. The massive, dominating sounds of trombones and trumpets. All of these blend together in the sophisticated, melodic sounds of jazz. One of Americas oldest musical styles will once again be celebrated as California State University East Bay (CSUEB) sets the stage for the 29th annual CSUEB Jazz Festival grooving the Hayward-based campus on April 18 and 19.

The two-day festival, which brings out the best of the best in jazz as well as the top local talent of the East Bay, kicks off with a special performance by superstar trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at the universitys theater. Gordon will wail alongside the schools jazz ensemble starting at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday will see the festival shift toward an educational focus as almost 200 high school and junior college jazz bands take to the stage and perform in 45-minute interactive sets evaluated by expert adjudicators. Gordon will perform again alongside CSUEB faculty, including Dr. Dorsey Mitch Butler, the schools director of jazz studies and a seasoned trombonist in his own right. Unique interactive clinics, open to the public, provide vital feedback for the visiting young jazz musicians to hone their craft and learn from todays leading jazz musicians.

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Going green together

From San Francisco, Texas, and Ohio to Albania, Kuwait and the Bahamas, millions of people in 190 countries will come together to make our world a better place in celebration of Earth Day. 2014s global theme is Green Cities, focusing on the need to reform our cities with cleaner vehicles, building efficiency, clean energy and other green options to cut down on pollution and waste and create a sustainable future.

Whether in the city or the country, by engaging in a big community effort or a small personal action, Earth Day is an opportunity to help preserve our beautiful land and its resources. Although officially, Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, community groups and organizations will host a variety of educational events and volunteer options over the next two weekends.

Of course, striving to create a better planet and living environment takes daily contributions, and doing your part might be easier than you think. Change regular light bulbs to new compact fluorescent bulbs; recycle paper goods, food scraps, glass and plastic containers; use environmentally-friendly disposable diapers or cloth; hang your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer; take public transportation; plant a tree; take shorter showers; turn off lights when leaving the room; invest in a reusable cup for your daily hot beverage; use matches instead of lighters (choose cardboard instead of wood, which are made from recycled paper); donate unwanted items to charitable organizations or others in need; pay your bills online; and use rechargeable batteries.
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Egg-cellent Easter fun

Easter is almost here, and Tri-City communities have plenty of activities in store to celebrate!

Easter is the pinnacle holiday for those of the Christian faith, as it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Since Easter is a moveable feast Ð not falling on a fixed date Ð its celebration can vary from March to late April, as it lands on the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Easter also ends forty days of Lent, a period of abstinence from vices in order to become closer to God. The last week of Lent, called Holy Week, includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, symbolizing Jesuss entrance into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, and Crucifixion, respectively.

While Easter is a very religious holiday, secular celebrations have arisen in the Western world featuring the Easter Bunny, Easter candy and baskets, dyeing eggs, and egg games. Eggs have been associated with Easter for hundreds of years due to their conveyance of rebirth and resurrection. Even before Christianity developed, eggs were decorated and regarded as symbols of fertility and renewal; 60,000 year old engraved Ostrich eggs have been discovered in Africa. The Christian church officially adopted eggs as a symbol of ChristÕs resurrection in the 17th century.
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