More than 200 past, present and future band parents and supporters turned out for Saturday's American Bandstand fundraiser for Amador Valley High School music programs.
The event featured performances by vocal and jazz ensembles, a silent and live auction, dancing and interactive games. Jon Grantham, Amador Valley's director of bands, gave a talk about the future of band programs.
Grantham also brought the '70s to life with a short dance performance mimicking John Travolta's dance in "Saturday Night Fever."
The live auction featured cakes baked by band students, and interactive events included "Heads or Tails" in which contestants had to guess the outcome of a coin flip by placing hands on their heads or their behinds.
The Magic of Music evening brought in well over $35,000. The annual event is the major fundraiser for band programs at Amador Valley. Last year, money that was brought in went toward new uniforms for the marching band, new drums and a new floor for the school's winterguard.
The Amador band is the largest student activity at the school and is expected to grow to 250 students in the 2011-12 school year.
Skating to a medal
Sixteen members of the Redwood City Theater on Ice (RCIT) figure skating team including Pleasanton teen Alyssa Rhodes, were crowned the Junior Bronze Medalists at the 2011 National Theatre on Ice competition held in April in Cape Cod, Mass. The team represents the Peninsula Skating Club. Their Bronze medal program titled "Swing" used elements from the song "Zoot Suit Riot," which reenacted the heyday of swing clubs in East Los Angeles during the start of WWII.
"This team worked hard to master a really difficult program that blended advanced skating skills in a theatrical and entertaining way that included the use of props and costumes all designed to tell a story within the six-minute time allotment." said Artistic Director Jodi Porter.
The team will perform May 15 at "Ice Pop," a spring Ice show at their home training facility, Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City. For more information, visit www.redwoodcityicetheatre.org .
National Charity League celebrates service ***SCAN PHOTO***
The 42 mother and daughter graduates of the National Charity League of Pleasanton were joined by family and friends at the Castlewood Country Club recently to celebrate their six years of community service.
The Senior Presents event recognized the NCL class of 2011 Ticktockers, the daughters, who are completing the six-year program and have volunteered more than 5,600 hours to 34 organizations in the Tri-Valley.
Graduate Sarah Williams received the Senior Service Award for having the highest number of cumulative philanthropic service hours. She volunteered more than 650 hours.
"All of the Ticktockers and their moms have volunteered hundreds of hours while helping others, and every single hour that was served made a big difference in the lives of someone else within our community," said Williams. "That is what it is really all about --helping others."
Mothers and daughters join NCL when the girls are in the seventh grade and stay through their senior year in high school. This year's Ticktockers are Rachel Bowers, Sarah Hadley, Aubrey Hahn, Caylee Heller, Alison Hernbroth, Sarah Holmgren, Kersten Jaeger, Jessica Johns, Sarah Jupina, Rachel Kinnard, Erica Moran, Lindsay Olenic, Kristin Pedersen, Alyssa Recupero, Stephanie Ropp, Briana Sorochak, Jenna Sparks, Caroline Tanonis, Kelsey Williams, Sarah Williams and Lauren Woolley.
$10,000 for shelters ***PHOTO***
The dance production "The Way She Moves," produced by Pleasanton resident Priya Shankar in the Amador Theatre on April 17, raised more than $10,000 to benefit Seva Mandir's domestic violence shelter in India and the Bay Area's Tri-Valley Haven. Dances included flamenco and a Rajasthani folk dance the women at the shelter taught Priya during her stay in India.
"I have heard so many compliments and positive feedback about the professionalism of the show and the dancing, but also how moving and worthy the particular cause really is," Shankar said. "I've been lucky to witness how kind and supportive people around the Bay Area can be in opening their hearts to a cause like this."
She told the dancers, "I hope you will always continue to dance, bringing joy to your audiences and giving many women and girls self-esteem, confidence, and happiness by teaching them dance."