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in Pittsburg will benefit when the City of
Pittsburg, Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and
Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame
celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Pittsburg’s oldest family-owned business,
Theatre and the Pittsburg Community Band will also
be beneficiaries of the event along with the
Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $55 or
$50 for PEAHOF members for the April 25 dinner at
the Pittsburg Elks Club, 200 Marina Blvd. Tables of
10 are available for $500. Dinner tickets also
include tickets to the upcoming 2015 PEAHOF
opened Lanzafame Furniture on Black Diamond Street
in 1915, later moving to Railroad Avenue before
building a new store in 1947 at its current
location, 711 Railroad Ave. Camillo’s son, Delfo,
later ran the store, which is now operated by his
The Lanzafame family
has long been involved in the arts in Pittsburg.
Camillo played briefly in the Pittsburg Municipal
Band under the direction of PEAHOF inductee Emilio
Civita. Both Delfo and Chris also played in the
Delfo was as widely
known for his musical prowess as his furniture
store. A versatile musician, he played in a number
of local dance bands and was known for his
collaborations on clarinet with accordionist Jim
Riso. In addition, he was a violinist for the
Vallejo Symphony Orchestra.
Chris is a long-time
member of the Pittsburg Community Band and Los
Medanos College Orchestra. He has played for a
number of PCT musicals, several times with sons,
Chris, Jeffrey and Robert. The family was awarded
the coveted PCT Gypsy Coat in 2003 for its
contributions to the musical ‘Deadwood Dick.’ Chris
was the drum major for the University of California
marching band, leading the band on a cross-country
tour prior to its appearance in the U.S.
Bicentennial Parade in Washington DC as the state of
California’s official representative.
In addition to the
City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce,
area businesses are joining in support of the
which is supplying the abalone for the dinner, is
the event’s platinum sponsor. Other dinner sponsors
include Island Pacific, Ramar Foods, Food Source and Save Mart (18th
Street, Antioch). Both the Pittsburg Community Band
and Pittsburg Community Theatre will provide
entertainment, with PCT presenting musical numbers
from its production ‘Into the Woods,’ which runs
Feb. 27-March 8 at the California Theatre in
Tickets for the
dinner are available at the Pittsburg Chamber of
Commerce, Lanzafame Furniture, Railroad Book Depot
and Pittsburg Historical Society Museum. Tickets may
also be purchased online at the PEAHOF website,
Individuals and businesses wishing to
become sponsors or provide raffle prizes can contact
or call (925) 642-7321.
PCT going ‘Into
PCT Photo/Vicki Victoria
(bottom) plays Cinderella in
PCT’s production of ‘Into The Woods.’ Her evil
stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda, are real-life
sisters Betsy Kohler, (left) and Barbara Kennick
(right). Vicki Victoria (top) plays the evil
just movie patrons who are going
‘Into The Woods’ this year.
You can also do so at the California
Theatre (351 Railroad Ave.) with 24 cast members as
well as musicians when Pittsburg Community Theatre
presents the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical
for two weekends (Feb. 27-March 1 and March 6-8).
With the success of ‘South Pacific’
last year, the nonprofit community theatre group
that has brought live theatre to Pittsburg audiences
for 42 years decided to present another “big”
musical, albeit a very complex one not widely known
or familiar to most audiences.
“We thought with the success of
‘South Pacific,’ a mainstream production, we could
introduce more contemporary musicals to Pittsburg,”
said director Dianna Schepers. “We’ll go more
mainstream next year with ‘Once Upon A Matress.’”
Knowing that ‘Into The Woods’ would
be released as a major motion picture also played
into the decision to produce the play.
Band will play for uniforms
The Pittsburg High
School Marching Show Band, ‘The Pride of Pittsburg,’
and the band’s musical ensembles are looking for
The band, which
represented Pittsburg at the 2009 Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and the London
(yes, England) 2014 New Year’s Day Parade, is
working to raise money to purchase new uniforms.
The band grew by 24
percent for the 2014-15 school year, and indications
are it will grow the same amount next year. New
uniforms must be purchased so that all members of
the band can perform in uniform.
What better way to
support the band and enjoy some great music than to
invite the band to your event?
For information or to
schedule the band, contact Tony Martinez at (925)
250-8455. Donations can be made to the PHS Band
Boosters, P.O. Box 1201, Pittsburg, CA 94565.
clubs help PEAHOF
Local service clubs and individuals are
helping the Pittsburg Entertainment &
Arts Hall of Fame bring music to
Pittsburg junior high students through
the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program.
The Pittsburg Rotary Club
and Pittsburg Women’s Community League
have made contributions for the purchase
of instruments for use in the program.
John Guerrero, a founding
PEAHOF Board member and leader of
Natural Blend, one of Pittsburg’s oldest
bands, and Allan Grissette, drummer for
the Devil Mountain Jazz Band, have both
donated instruments for the program.
of the California Watercolor Association
have volunteered to work with students,
providing art mentoring in the
Not all donations are
You may wish to donate
a musical instrument or art supplies for
the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program at
Pittsburg junior high schools. Or you
may wish to share your artistic talent
and time as a mentor. You may also
consider donating a special piece of
artwork to PEAHOF. Contact us at