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Stone Age Olympics tests prehistoric skills

Walking leisurely through the rolling hills of golden grass at Coyote Hills Regional Park with the Bays green water quietly resting against the shore, you might wonder if before the rise of pathways, asphalt roads, and smartphones, you could make it out here on your own. The opportunity to discover if you possess the abilities necessary to thrive in the Stone Age is closer than you think. You may eat Paleo but this competition isnÕt CrossFit, its Coyote Hills 5th annual Stone Age Olympics and Knap-In.

At the parks Dairy Glen campground, youll travel back thousands of years to watch and learn the skills early humans perfected in order to survive. The spectrum of activities includes the atlatl, a spear-like weapon found throughout the world and precursor to the bow and arrow. This 5-8 foot tool will test your hunting skills as you cast it toward a mammoth made of hay. You can compete against your own efforts or against friends and loved ones in a variety of activities catered to all ages. Throw the rabbit stick, a curved stick used for hunting in the Americas, but unlike its Australian counterpart, this one does not return like the boomerang. The South American Bola will also be available to throw around a pole, which simulates the legs of an animal you are trying to trip. A traditional Ohlone game, Hoop and Pole, can be played to test hand-eye coordination. Those with more artistic talents can try the familiar cave-style art of silhouette painting.


A real eye opener

Stopping domestic violence is a community effort, and it is in that spirit that Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) will stage its 12th annual Breakfast Eye Opener fundraiser event on Friday, September 26 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Newark.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, said Nina Clymer, SAVEs executive director/CEO. This years theme is Celebrating Community the relationships between different community organizations and supporters that enable a victim and their families to receive the support that they need.

Attendees will be treated to an array of breakfast goodies while they learn about SAVEs programs and what they can do to help. The community can play a role in combating domestic violence by helping to identify it, Clymer said.

This years keynote speech will be delivered by Fremont Police Captain Clarise Lew. We chose Clarise because she is a woman, in law enforcement, and has years of experience with domestic violence, said Tina Fernandez, SAVEs assistant director of community development. She is able to speak about SAVEs collaboration with law enforcement, she added.


Aloha Fun Day

Considered the largest geographical feature on earth, the Pacific Ocean contains an extraordinary human and cultural diversity. In popular imagination, islands of the South Pacific conjure exotic images both serene and mystical. Commonly referred to as Polynesia, thousands of islands form a rough triangle with Hawaii, New Zealand, and Easter Island as boundary points. At the turn of the 21st century, about 70 percent of the total population of Polynesia resided in Hawaii.

Through the efforts and contributions of modern Polynesians eager to experience their past, a distinctive and powerful visual culture in traditional art, ritual performances, and aesthetics has been revived. One of the local pioneers is the Hula Halau O Nalua/ Otea Api School of Polynesian Dance in Fremont. The school was established in 1976 when Ruth Nalua Manaois followed her Uniki or path to teaching after learning from the late Kumu Hula Rose Lokelani Thomas. Students at the school have given numerous performances over the last several years to help spread their culture. Along with Hawaiian dances, a special branch of Tahitian dances has also been added to the school with the name of Otea Api, meaning a new beginning. In 1990, Manaoiss son Anthony Waipa became Director-Choreographer and her daughter, Katrina Hali imaile, Co-Director of Otea Api.

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