HAYWARD — Several community members were lauded at an awards ceremony Friday night for their contributions toward keeping history alive in the greater Hayward area.

The Hayward Area Historical Society bestows the awards each year on "community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the area's local history and historic character."

Winners were selected by the history society's board and announced at the 11th annual awards ceremony.

Anthony Varni, a local lawyer, received the Historic Preservation Award for his efforts to maintain the historic character of the former Pioneer Skate Arena at 650 A St. It was built in 1949. Varni adapted the space for use by his law firm.

Fred's Flowers and Gifts, a family business that has been around for more than 50 years, received the Historic Business Award.

The Lone Tree Cemetery, which was established in 1868, was honored with the Historic Organization Award for its longevity and contributions to historic preservation.

Kimberlyn Fischer-Hayes, a fourth-grade teacher at Dayton Elementary School in San Leandro, was named Educator of the Year for her involvement with the society's educational programs and services.

Karen Holzmeister received the Community Service Award for "outstanding dedication and service over the years as a reporter" at the Daily Review.

Maria Ochoa was given the John Sandoval Award for the research and efforts that resulted in her book "Russell City," published last year. A dinner and reception was held Friday night at the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward. Proceeds from the event help fund Hayward Area Historical Society preservation efforts.

Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Contact him at 510-293-2473.