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October 8, 2013 > Art lover alert!

Art lover alert!

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by the quirky beauty of a once-plain electrical box in downtown Hayward? Have you completely forgotten your errand, mouth agape, eyes agog, staring at one of the sensational murals now gracing the walls of Hayward buildings? Have you ever been seduced through the door of HaywardÕs many art galleries, losing your entire afternoon and ripping your Òto doÓ list to bits, gazing enthralled at the wondrous creations of local artists?

If this sounds at all familiar, get out your calendar and circle Friday, October 18. That night, in the beautiful Hayward City Hall Rotunda, you can translate your love of art into support for art. ÒHow?Ó you ask. Simple! Bring that special someone in your life to dinner and entertainment at a grand night celebrating and supporting the Hayward Arts Council, many of whose talented members have helped enhance Hayward into an artistic treasure hunt.

Titled ÒArts in the Heart of the Bay,Ó this evening offers a complimentary happy hour, a variety of music and dance performance, a buffet dinner, and a silent auction, topped off by a live auction led by that non-stop promoter of Hayward, current City Council Member and mayoral candidate, the Honorable Francisco Zermeľo.

Live auction items include a weekÕs stay in a fully furnished North Tahoe vacation home, a Bay Area flyover with veteran pilot Bruce Poulton, and, incredibly, a portfolio of 16 original large cartoon drawings by award-winning Wee Pals artist Morrie TurnerÑa $500 value. For cat lovers, thereÕs even the ultimate litter box and cat condo by local artist Michael Wallace, as well as a personalized portrait of your pet kitty painted by Nina Starr, cat lover and masterful watercolorist.

The cost is $50 at the door, but $40 in advance. Mail a check to the Hayward Arts Council or pay in cash at the HAC office at 22934 Foothill Boulevard in Hayward. Questions? Call HAC at (510) 538-2787 or e-mail

ItÕs not enough just to love art; if you can, you should also support it. And by attending this special night, you not only support local artists and galleries, you have a wonderful night out, too.

Arts in the Heart of the Bay
Friday, Oct 18
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hayward City Hall Rotunda
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 538-2787
Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

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