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Great Rotary Chili Cook Off and Beerfest

Area 3 Clubs of District 5170 Rotary International will host the 23rd annual Great Rotary Chili Cook Off and Beerfest on Sunday, October 5. This year the event is relocating; the new venue will be the New Park Mall parking lot between Macys and Sears in Newark. It will feature chili tasting, live music by The California Cowboys, and microbreweries who join the event this year as well as arts & crafts, food booths, activities for the kids, and lots of raffle prizes.

The seven Area 3 Rotary Clubs include: Niles (Fremont) Rotary, Fremont Rotary, Mission San Jose Rotary, Fremont Warm Springs Sunrise Rotary, Newark Rotary, Silicon Valley Chinese Club of Fremont, and FUN (Fremont, Union City, and Newark) Sunset Rotary. Created 23 years ago by the Sunrise Rotary Club the event was held as a benefit for the Rotary Tri-City Clinic. Clinics for uninsured residents were held regularly and staffed by volunteer physicians but needed funds for prescription medications and laboratory work. The annual Cook Off continues to raise money to meet that need.

In recent years, the Chili Cook Off has expanded to include Washington on Wheels, a mobile clinic that provides screening, immunizations and health education to underserved areas. The HOPE Project Mobile Clinic, Life Elder Care have also been included as well as support for local clubs who volunteer at the event such as Rotoract, and high school sports teams. Its all about giving back to the community; the goal is to give back to local beneficiaries so they can help those in need our community.

Oktoberfest: ja, bitte!

Summer may be over, but early fall knows how to have a good time, too: Oktoberfest is right around the corner, with events commemorating this German and Bavarian celebration in the Tri-City area.

One of the worlds largest celebrations, Oktoberfests roots lie in romance (and not just love for beer). A little over 200 years ago, Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, was marrying Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810 in Munich, Germany. Munichs residents were invited to celebrate with the royal family. Everyone from townsfolk to the royal family had so much fun that they decided to celebrate again the next year Ð and the next after that. Soon, Oktoberfest became an official celebration, and it was decided to begin festivities earlier, in late September, to take advantage of better weather. Today, Oktoberfest lasts sixteen days, ending on the first Sunday in October.

Munich is the capital of the Bavaria region of Germany, and Oktoberfest grew to reflect and celebrate Bavarian culture. Bavarian and German Oktoberfestbiers, specially brewed lagers, are imbibed alongside traditional foods such as sausages, pretzels, and sauerkraut. In Munich, a parade, largely featuring Bavarians, marches through the main streets during Oktoberfest. Marchers wear traditional attire, such as Oktoberfests iconic dirndl dresses, which have roots in Bavaria.

Enjoy olives at the Old Mission

Mission San Jose (MSJ) Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 13th annual Olive Festival on Saturday, October 4 on the Dominican Grounds behind the Historic Old Mission San Jose Museum. Dont miss the fun at this event that features food, live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, arts and crafts, entertainment, kids games, drawings, prizes and a Porsche car show. Live music will be provided by The Canyon Band, The Squeaks, and The Chops Big Band.

Sample a variety of olive-inspired creations from various vendors, including organic olive oil, olive oil soap, and olive-oil based skin cream among others. Olivas de Oro; Big Paw Olive Oil; Zubrub; Fandango Olive Oil; Nans Gourmet Foods; Trabia Farms; Olivina, LLC, G Service; Sadeg Ranch/Moonshadow Grove; Apollo Olive Oil; DÕOliva Olive Oil; and Zeetoon will be on site offering their products. Whole Foods will conduct cooking demonstrations at the event.

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