Morgan Hill Independence Day. The July 4 free event begins at 7:45 a.m. with five-kilometer walk/run at P.A. Walsh School followed by a parade. There will be a car show immediately following the parade. Entertainment and fireworks viewing at Morgan Hill Community Park. Music begins at 6 p.m., fireworks display after sunset. www.mhfreedomfest.com. Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off. Taste an array of red-hot chili delicacies prepared by teams of chefs battling for the chili championship. Live music, dancing, children’s activities, food vendors. Noon-5 p.m. July 4. Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive. http://www.cityofpaloalto.org.
To date, both projects have collected more than 350 books, 100 school supplies, 129 pairs of shoes, and 300 articles of clothing, and more, Acenas was presented the Bay Area Jefferson Award after she was interviewed by CBS 5 KPIX on May 19 at the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club in San Mateo, Chamber President Mitch Bull ballet flats black welcomed nearly 100 guests, including 49 students, to the event sponsored by Recology, “This year, our eight-graders did something different,” Dilmohan S, Chadha, the chamber’s chairman of the board, said in The Luminary, Brisbane’s business and community journal, “They researched the companies first, developed questions about what they wanted to learn, and presented their results using today’s technology, The chamber’s Students and Business program allows these students to tour local companies, exposing them to new ideas and, hopefully, helping them plan for their future..
This is the tale of a Puerto Rican/Italian kid growing up in a family dominated by a violent ex-boxer father. His coming of age story is one in which he makes his way out of chaos and violence through his discovery of dance. This Saint Mary’s performance is being presented by the college and by Executive Producer Lizbeth Hasse. “In My Corner” is supported by grants from the James Irvine Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and is the recipient of an IZZY nomination.
Ragtime: Audiences take a musical tour through history while learning about figures such as Henry Ford, Harry Houdini and Booker T, Washington in this Children’s Musical Theater Marquee production, Through April 26, times vary, Montgomery Theater, 271 S, Market St., San Jose, $24-$30, cmtsj.org, 408-288-5347, ext, 336, The Magic Flute: George Cleve conducts ballet flats black Opera San Jose in this production of Mozart’s opera about a young prince on an adventurous quest who receives guidance from a magic flute, Through May 3, 8 p.m, California Theatre, 345 S, First St., San Jose, $51-$111, operasj.org, 408-437-4450..
Of course the sets and costumes are fabulous. The bus, centerpiece of most of the action, is tacky and terrific. And the costumes, especially the dance number outfits, are as silly and over the top as anything Cher ever dared to don. Also delightful are the ensemble actors, who portray everything from drag performers to rural folk with an affinity for beer. The musical, like “Mamma Mia,” is built on a dizzying collection of old hits rather than new show tunes. There are tons of them, and each is given a fiery ride by the cast and orchestra. Besides such disco anthems as “Go West,” “It’s Raining Men,” “I Love the Night Life,” “Shake Your Groove Thing” and “Boogie Wonderland,” the show cleverly mixes in a few surprises — “A Fine Romance,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “Always on My Mind,” a touching ballad sung when Tick and Benji meet.