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Ballet Petits Nutcracker: A magical holiday tradition

Ballet Petits 38th production of The Nutcracker makes it the longest running production in the East Bay. This years shows will take place at Chabot Colleges Reed Buffingtons Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaichovsky. It premiered, unsuccessfully, in the Marlinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892. Yet over the course of a century and several decades, The Nutcracker has evolved into global popularity and is now performed by a multitude of ballet companies during the Christmas season.

Ballet Petits Artistic Director Peggy Peabody reminisced, I danced in a Nutcracker several years before I ever saw another version. When I finally saw another Nutcracker, I remember being surprised at how their version was a slightly different interpretation of the one I knew. I hadnt considered this before. The basic story line was still there, of course, but there were distinctly different parts. I liked some of these, and disliked others. As I grew into my teen years, I remember being really bothered when a professional ballet company used an adult professional to dance the role of Clara, for example. I think this was part of what inspired me to create our version of the Nutcracker at Ballet Petit. It is the perfect ballet that should, and can be, danced well by children.


Olive Hyde Holiday Arts Show & Sale

The Olive Hyde Art Guild is pleased to announce its 34th Holiday for the Arts Show & Sale. This annual cultural gem and local shopping extravaganza opens with a special Gala evening on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Olive Hyde Art Guild Gallery. Guests will enjoy gourmet delicacies, soothing music, wine and beer in the large tent-covered courtyard. With the kind help of numerous volunteers, the courtyard and the gallery are beautifully decorated in the holiday spirit. Festive activities continue on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.

Annually, Olive HydeÕs Holiday for the Arts strives to present an exciting array of high quality, unique pieces to the Fremont community. The Art Gallery & Center will be filled with original one-of-a-kind pieces in ceramics, glass, jewelry, scarves, jackets, hats, art quilts, wood, paintings, sculpture, and holiday items for your viewing and shopping pleasure. A judging process assists in the selection original works of art a variety of pricing levels. There is something for everyone on your shopping list here!

The Gala on Friday night will feature a raffle for an original work of art donated by Robyn Leimer, titled Don Edwards Shack and Fields. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University, Leimer is pursuing her passion, focusing primarily on the spontaneity of plein air painting; being able to absorb all from sight to sound. She enjoys capturing the essence from temperature, atmosphere and feelings evoked around her while finding the truth in nature that is constantly changing. Leimer says, Plein air painting is a pursuit that continues to challenge me and I love it. It is JUST PLEIN FUN!

Concert guides community into harmonious holidays

As multicolored leaves of autumn begin to fall, winter seems to be right around the corner, bringing the holiday season with it. Centerville Presbyterian Church will be hosting its 15th annual holiday concert in celebration of this beloved time of year from December 8 through 11. This years concert, as per annual tradition, will include the Centerian Sanctuary Choir, Fremont Christian School Living Water Ensemble, and the Festival Orchestra. It will also feature new soloists as well as those who have previously performed. The concert will showcase a set of Christmas songs, with pieces such as Joy to the World and Christmastime is Here.

The tradition first began when Darryl Guzman, Director of Traditional Worship and Choral Ministries, returned to Centerville Presbyterian Church. I came back to Centerville Presbyterian in 2002. I was here in the 80s. When I came back, I had this idea that I really wanted to do a big traditional Christmas concert. I gave the idea to the pastor and he was very much for it and we started from there.

The church also began a choral scholarship program to aid students to pay for school. Within my church choir, about eight years ago we started a program where we would have high school and college aged students be a part of the choir for the school year. And after singing with us for the school year, we give them a thousand dollar scholarship to help them with their education.

It's a Date!
Upcoming Events

November 26 - December 3
Stitching Knit and Crochet Club

Newark Branch Library

November 30
Seed Savers Garden Club

Hayward Main Library

November 30
Toddler Time $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

November 30 - January 8
Local Botanical Beauties, Then and Now $

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

November 30
Nutrition for the Holidays

Hayward Weekes Branch Library

December 1 - December 11
It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play $

Douglas Morrison Theatre

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