All Saints Catholic School is debuting its theater arts program with "The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux" on Friday and Saturday.

"The Dastardly Dr. Devereaux" is a comedy-drama about a wealthy widow, Lotta Cash, who must keep on the lookout for the evil Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux. He plans to woo and marry Cash for her money and her late husband's clinic.

"I have always wanted to bring a theater program to All Saints," said Principal Jennifer Diaz, who has taught musical theater and dance. "I have seen firsthand how the arts influence students in positive ways."

The theater arts program for seventh- and eighth-grade students focuses on acting, singing and dancing. The cast includes all students who attended drama training and auditions; no one was rejected.

All Saints is a private Catholic school in Hayward for grades kindergarten through eighth.

The musical begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $5-$7, plus a service charge if ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/620251.

Hayward school receives federal grant

A Hayward school has been chosen for a prestigious federal Turnaround Grant that will bring art education into the classroom.

Burbank Elementary School's principal will learn more about the grant at a White House presentation May 19. Irma Torres-Fitzsimmons will be joined by Hayward Superintendent Stan Dobbs at the event, which will include a talent show put on by students of other schools that have received the grants.

The Turnaround Grant is designed to improve student achievement and increase student engagement through the arts, according to its website. The $100,000 grant will provide art supplies and musical instruments, plus an artist who will work with students. Teachers will also receive training on how to include the arts in their curriculum.

The Turnaround Grant program was started by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Mt. Eden choirs to sing at spring concert

Mt. Eden High School's choirs will perform Thursday at All Saints Church in Hayward. The Ochoa Middle School Concert Choir also will sing.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance from students or at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at Second and D streets. For details, call 510-723-3180.

Tri-City students receive scholarships

Two graduating seniors in the Tri-City area have received a scholarship from the League of Volunteers, a Newark-based nonprofit group.

Quynh-Vy Cong, who attends James Logan High in Union City, received the $500 Fred Jueneman Music Scholarship. She earned the scholarship for her piano performance of a medley from the Broadway musical "Wicked." Quynh-Vy plans to study biology at UC Santa Cruz.

Ryan Anderson, a Newark Memorial High student, captured the Dan and Marie Archer Art Scholarship for photography.

Ryan plans to study mechanical engineering at San Diego State.

Fundraisers set for Berkeley program

The Berkeley school district's cooking and gardening program, which lost all of its $2 million federal funding last year, is holding two fundraisers to supplement the program's new $400,000 budget, now funded solely by the school district.

The Berkeley Dine Out program is Tuesday. Twenty-six participating restaurants will donate a portion of their sales from that day to the program. Restaurants range from the upscale Gather in downtown to Homemade Cafe on Sacramento Street.

For details, go to www.berkeleydineout.com.

The second fundraiser is June 7 at the International House at UC Berkeley.

Tickets are $105 and include food, music and a silent auction. To buy tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/600800.

The gardening and cooking program has offered gardening and cooking instruction to students from prekindergarten through high school for 12 years. It teaches children the value of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, getting physical activity, and knowing where their food comes from.

Brothers named co-principals

The San Leandro school board at its Tuesday meeting named two brothers, Reginald and Ronald Richardson, co-principals of San Leandro High School. They start work in San Leandro in the new school year.

The Richardson brothers are currently co-principals at Claremont Middle School in Oakland.

Both taught in Oakland before getting master's degrees in education from the UC Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute in 2006.

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