By Ken Martin

HIGH PERFORMANCE: Patty and I attended the presentation of “Romeo & Juliet” put on by the CVHS drama students at our Center for the Performing Arts a week or so ago. The students did a very nice job with what seems to be a difficult vehicle. And I really didn’t know that Romeo wore blue jeans!

We have a fantastic music program at the middle and high schools. Their high quality performances always amaze me. If you haven’t seen and heard them, December is a month of good fortune for you with five shows, all at the Performing Arts Center, featuring the local choirs and orchestras. Don’t miss them! Here they are:

CVHS Choral Department Pops Concert: “The Song in You – 50 Years of Billboard Hits” – Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 PM and Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 PM. Price: $8 - $15.

Canyon Middle School Orchestra Concert – Tuesday, December 12, at 7:30 PM.

Canyon Middle School & CVHS Orchestras – Wednesday,  December 13, at 7:00 PM.

Creekside Middle School Choral – Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 PM.

Creekside Middle School Concert – Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 PM.

If you want see these students in a different venue, the Canyon Middle School and CVHS Choral will give a “Winter Fantasy” concert at Chabot College on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased through CVHS.

Tickets and info are available at the Center Box Office on Thursday and Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM - (510) 889 8961, or at the CV Adult School office, 4430 Alma Avenue (510) 886-1000.

Great shows! You won’t be disappointed! I never have been.

HOLIDAY TREAT: Castro Valley Chapter of the Order of DeMolay has a real treat in store for those who go to the Crow Canyon Masonic Lodge at Crow Canyon Road and CV Boulevard on Saturday, December 9.

The chapter will be presenting “Winter Wonderland” from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM that day and will feature kids pictures with Santa, an ice cream social (with sundaes, hot chocolate, egg nog and coffee), a bake sale (most likely with lots of scrumptious homemade goodies), and a boutique sale that includes vendors like Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Week-enders, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, and many more. To help those in need, canned food will be collected for the Alameda County Food Bank.

To make shopping life easier for the mommies, child care will be provided while they shop. All in all, it sounds like a great day and may be a chance to get some of your Christmas shopping done. It should be fun to just go and look around. If you’re lucky, you may win one of the many prizes that are to be raffled off.  

SEARCH ME!: The other day I was asked about whatever happened to plans to have summer music concerts at Lake Chabot Park. Beats me! I thought it was a great idea but it apparently died for lack of a second. Is anyone interested in reviving it? It still sounds like a good idea but would require a lot of work. Now that a major issue here has settled down, maybe some of the participants in that contest have some spare time. This would be a great addition to the community.