News digestThose still looking for a place to go for a New Year's celebration tonight can consider the Ball at the Mall, a charity event at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. The evening comes with The Aphrodesiacs, a 1970-era live band, a DJ, a piano bar, no-host bars, a champagne toast and local celebs to count down to midnight. Tickets are still available at the door for $75.The event runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cypress String Quartet, a young, well-established ensemble, will perform Mozart K.465 'Dissonance', Schulhoff's 'Five Pieces for String Quartet' and the Debussy 'Quartet'. The concert is from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets $20-$30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.
Hip-Hop Crew dancers will have the chance to dance in hip-hop classes taught by Tony Bellissimo, a top-20 finalist in season five of So You Think You Can Dance at Tiffany Dance Academy in Lovermore.
Students as young as 6-years can take classes with Tony beginning January 10th. Tony will be adding his own choreography to all Hip-Hop crew competition pieces, giving each dance its own unique twist.
Classes are free for crew dancer at any East Bay location and $5 per dancers not a member of the TDA Hip-Hop Crew. For more information, call Kristin Bleier of Tiffany Dance Academy at 408-393-4076.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has declined to veto a local hiring ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors earlier this month. The legislation, which requires 20 percent local hiring for city-funded construction projects in the first year, increasing by 5 percentage points each year to 50 percent in the seventh year, will now become law in 60 days. The board approved the measure by a veto-proof majority of 8-3 on Dec. 14.
The measure has drawn ire from contractors and building trade unions in Alameda County as well as from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and other Peninsula officials, including state Assemblyman Jerry Hill, (D-San Mateo).
Newsom said he has concerns about the measure, which he returned to the board unsigned.