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August 2, 2011 > Plunge into summer Sundays

Plunge into summer Sundays

Submitted By Julie Machado

Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 is partnering with Hayward Area Parks and Recreation District (HARD) and local non-profits for a series of summer concerts on Sundays from August to October at Hayward Memorial Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a picnic (no alcohol), and enjoy an afternoon in the park with music, art, dance, and chess. Kids of all ages are welcome to come create chalk art, and chess players should bring their best moves or come to learn.

The program runs from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 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 (the Hayward Plunge), tennis courts, and plenty of free parking. This magnificent local park is managed by HARD, the premier agency in the greater Hayward area.

Each event will showcase and feature one of our area's fine 501 c 3 non-profit groups, which do much of the heavy lifting in the community. All donations received go to the featured non-profit of the day and are tax deductible. Musicians, artists, dancers, and chess masters are all donating their time for these events.

The Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge #129 was re-formed in 2010 with a focus on supporting music and arts in the community, as well as doing other good work and providing good fellowship. For more about the lodge or Music and Arts in the Park visit or e-mail

Music and Arts in the Park
Sunday, August 7 - Sunday, October 2
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hayward Memorial Park
24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward

Concert schedule:

Sunday, August 7 - Kari McAllister and the Sweetspots, Sezu, Gary O, and Jim Safer (All original music, fun and introspective, rock to pop stylings)
Non-profit partner: The Lighthouse (

Sunday, August 14 - The Sycamore Lodge Revue and Friends (Beatles, Blues and Classics)
Non-profit partner: Hayward Friends of the Animals

Sunday, August 28 - Shape Shifters with Lonesome Locomotive (Original Rock music)
Non-profit partner: bands4bands

Sunday, September 4 - 3 O'clock Jump with The Herd of Cats and also Moment's Notice (Big Band, Swing and Jazz)
Non-profit partner: Hayward-La Honda Music Camp (

Sunday, September 11 - Celtic Celebration featuring a day of Celtic Music, Dance, and Art--featuring Celtic Crossover and other groups with fantastic fiddling, dancing and singing
Non-profit partner: Hayward Education Foundation (

Sunday, September 18 - The Walker and Lamb Blues Review. Dave Walker Band with Gary Lamb and The Marquis Horns (Blues)
Non-profit partner: FESCO (

Sunday, September 25 - Stay Away Joes and Guests (Rockabilly Revival)
Non-profit partner: Hayward high school band booster club

Sunday, October 2 - Sector 7 with Crooked Monkeys (Original Rock music)
Non-profit partner: still open

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