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August 30, 2011 > Summer concerts continue

Summer concerts continue

Submitted By Julie Machado

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) continue their Summer Plunge Concert Series with an afternoon of Big Band, Swing, and Jazz on Sunday, September 4. Held at Hayward Memorial Park, the community is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a picnic (no alcohol), and enjoy a day in the park with music, art, dance, and chess. Kids of all ages are welcome to come create chalk art. Chess players bring your chess moves or come to learn! Swing with 18-piece big band 3 O'clock Jump, and the jazz group Herd of Cats.

This event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted by Hayward-La Honda Music Camp, which recently had its 50th Camp! The camp is organized to challenge students in a variety of creative pursuits and is devoted to the development of musicianship for students in grades 6-12. This is accomplished through a program of study, concentrated rehearsal, performance, recreation, and general camp life. Visit to learn more.

September 11 will feature a Celtic celebration of music and dance with The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers' fantastic fiddling and bagpipes, Jubilee American Dance Theater clogging performance, and Margaret and Kristoph Celtic Duo (from Avalon Rising). This event is dedicated to the memory of the victims of 9/11.

The concert series is held on most Sundays through October 2 and is free to the public. A tot lot is nearby, as is a lovely hiking trail, indoor pool, tennis courts, and plenty of free parking. The magnificent Hayward Memorial Park is managed by HARD, the premier agency in the greater Hayward area.

Summer Plunge Concert Series
Sundays through October 2
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hayward Memorial Park
24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward

Concert schedule:

September 4 - 3 O'clock Jump with Herd of Cats (Big Band, Swing, and Jazz)
Benefits: Hayward-La Honda Music Camp (

September 11 - Celtic Celebration (Celtic music and dance, with Margaret and Kristoph from Avalon Rising, the Jubilee American Dance Theater, and other groups with fantastic fiddling, dancing and singing)
Benefits: Hayward Education Foundation (

September 18 - The Walker and Lamb Blues Review; Dave Walker Band with Gary Lamb and The Marquis Horns (Blues)
Benefits: FESCO (

September 25 - Stay Away Joes and Guests (Rockabilly Revival)
Benefits: Hayward High School Band Booster Club

October 2 - Sector 7 with Crooked Monkeys (Original Rock Music)
Benefits: TBA

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