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April 1, 2014 > For love of the ukulele

For love of the ukulele

The ÒUkulele Festival of Northern CaliforniaÓ celebrates 20 years of ukulele music and culture at Chabot College on Sunday, April 6. The event is the longest running ukulele festival on the mainland, and has attracted uke enthusiasts from British Columbia to North Carolina to the Islands of Hawai'i, as well as local talent throughout California.

All-day entertainment will be provided from various groups, including the Alvarado Middle School Ukulele Club from Union City. This is the third year that the after-school club has been selected to participate; they are scheduled to perform at 1:45 p.m.

In addition to great music, food and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand offering a slice of island living. Entrance is free and booths will open at 9 a.m. Raffle prizes and the presentation of scholarship awards are also features of the day.

Founded by Hollis Baker and John Ogao, well-known musicians of the San Francisco Bay Area's Hawaiian Community, their legacy lives on through the festivalÕs mission ÒTo promote and perpetuate the playing of ukulele music by bringing all ages and levels together to share ukulele talent. To provide a kani ka pila (play music) environment as an inspiration to our youth with the hope that they will keep the traditions and music of our heritage alive. To provide a venue touched by the Spirit of Aloha for all persons to enjoy."

The box office will open at 9:45 a.m. and theatre doors will open at 10:15 a.m. with the program beginning at 10:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the box office (five years old and over) and provide all day in-and-out privileges. No food, drinks, photography, video, cell phone or audio taping is permitted in the theatre.

Ukulele Festival of Northern California
Sunday, Apr 6
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chabot College
Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
Tickets: $15 at the box office, cash only
Free parking

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