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Fremont Festival fires up summer

A unique piece of jewelry, a stunning photograph? Live music, a cool margarita? One of the highlights of summer is just around the corner, offering more than a few of your favorite things. Over 385,000 attendees stroll the streets of central Fremont each year to revel in the largest two-day street festival west of the Mississippi. Now in its 31st year, the Fremont Festival of the Arts is packed with over 600 artists and crafters, 30 food booths, a fun-filled Kid City, gourmet treats, live musicians, and Business Marketplace with the local community out in full force.

For foodies, the Gourmet Marketplace is always the place to be. Offering a wide variety of specialty food items and unique cooking ingredients, vendors in the Marketplace will help you take your meals to the next level. Look for Skylake Ranch Pomegranate Products, Dominique Honeybees, Lucky Dog Hot Sauce, Souper Dip, Oso Pepper Company, and Black Tie Caramel to kick-start your taste buds.

Lunch and snack options abound at food booths scattered throughout the festival, run by local non-profits such as Stage 1 Theatre. Whether your tastes run to kettle corn, lemonade, Silly Spuds, funnel cakes or linguica sandwiches, these booths have you covered; and you, in turn, help fund their programs. Participating non-profits have raised over $9,000,000 in the history of the festival, enabling the community to enjoy great programs and services. Mayor Bill Harrison will be at work in the Silly Spuds booth on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Hastings Street helping to raise funds for the Fremont Chambers Dollars for Scholars scholarship program. The Food Truck Mafia will also be onsite. BIG Design will be back to aid your beverage needs, pouring a selection of beer, wine, and margaritas.

Kid City on Liberty Street will be filled with hands-on activities, carnival rides, and performances to thrill any youngster. Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy will be present with informative displays for all ages.

Exhibit shares truth, compassion and tolerance

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibit representing the practice of Falun Gong, a peaceful spiritual practice which began in China in the 1990s, will open at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery with a reception on Friday, August 1.

The exhibit includes 25-30 giclee prints of paintings representative of artists living in North America who, although from varied backgrounds, share in the practice of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, which teaches the principles of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. The Chinese Communist Party has persecuted Falun Gong practitioners since 1999 with arrests, imprisonment, and torture.


National Night Out

Mark your calendars and get ready for a night of partying, socializing, and feasting at this years National Night Out (NNO) in cities of the Greater Tri-City area. Block parties will be organized in neighborhoods as part of a nationwide event for the 31st year to promote a spirit of camaraderie and crime prevention awareness. Fremont, Newark, San Leandro, Union City and Hayward will participate on Tuesday, August 5; Milpitas celebrates National Night Out on Thursday, August 7.

National Night Out was first introduced in 1984 as Americas Night Out Against Crime, wherein locals hold traditional outdoor lights campaign and front porch vigils to show their support for crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Participating in these block parties and potlucks is a good way to send a message that neighbors are prepared to look out for each other to fight crime. City officials and police officers will visit registered block parties to interact with residents and answer questions.


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