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Reading Partners’ Celebrity Spelling Bee @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reading Partners' Celebrity Spelling Bee, Red Carpet Bay AreaReading Partners’ Annual Bay Area Celebrity Spelling Bee

A unique event that raises funds and awareness for Reading Partners’ one-on-one reading tutoring program that supports 2,700 students in 52 reading centers across the greater Bay Area. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Leaders in Innovation.” Spelling Bee guests enjoy a cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres followed by an onstage spelling competition between five teams—each composed of a leader of innovation and a corporate sponsor. All funds directly support Reading Partners’ one-on-one literacy intervention program in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Silicon Valley.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers low-income elementary students to reach their full potential by ensuring they have the foundational reading skills necessary for academic, professional, and life success. To support this effort, Reading Partners recruits and trains community volunteers to provide individualized instruction to struggling readers in local Title I elementary schools.

Werther Opera by Jules Massenet @ Saratoga Civic Theater
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

werther-flyer-bsloBay Shore Lyric opera will present the French romantic opera “Werther” at the Saratoga Civic Theater.

“Werther” is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous novel, “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” a true story. The first half is based on Goethe himself, and the second half is based on his friend’s life. In the latter 18th century this novel was the most popular book, and 100 years later, Jules Massenet composed the opera.

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet is one of the most important composers of French operas. He is known for creating beautiful music with sweet melodies and harmonies.

The Story

Werther loves Charlotte, but she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would marry Albert. After the marriage, Charlotte suggests that Werther should travel but not forget her.

Charlotte, unhappily married, has fallen in love with Werther through his letters. He returns unexpectedly; Charlotte sends him away. Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte’s arms.


Conductor   Michael di Giacinto
Werther       Gregory Spears
Charlotte     Liliane Cromer
Sophie         Kristin Genis-Lund
Albert          Julio Ferrari