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September 11, 2007 > Fun on the streets

Fun on the streets

Hayward bids adieu to summer with this year's final street party

By Anuja Seith

Streets and lanes in bygone years bustled with chattering people gathering for a community event or going to the park for a picnic or shopping along a main street lined with a variety of shops. As communities grew and streets filled with roaring cars, instead of giggling friends and neighbors, community spirit has suffered. But Hayward's Street Parties where everyone is invited to have fun and meet their neighbors in traffic-free streets renews a strong Hayward identity.

Held throughout the summer on the third Thursday of every month, this month's bash is last party of the summer parties this year. But, it doesn't mark the end of the Hayward spirit. Families are invited to have fun on Thursday evening and continue their patronage of downtown businesses throughout the rest of the year. "The idea basically was to market all businesses and bring more people to shop in downtown stores," says Peggy Collett, Event Coordinator for Hayward Chamber of Commerce.

This eight year tradition includes a medley of activities for all age groups to enjoy. Businesses will showcase their products and services while many booths will feature games like bean bag toss, juggling, spin a wheel and face painting for children. Maggie, the clown will be on hand to evoke laughter while "Alan the Amazing" will transform balloons into a favorite animal, flower or some fairy tale or cartoon character. Also, Star Wars characters will come alive on the streets.

While some kids are lining up for face painting, other visitors who love cars will gather along Main Street to admire a lineup of gleaming hot rods, classic and muscle cars on display. As night falls and stars twinkle, music will fill the air. Coupled with a frosty brew from Buffalo Bill Pub, gourmet delicacies from Cabana Dave, the Bistro and Relly's hot dogs, this party will add a final punch to the summer party season.

Hayward Street Party
Thursday, September 20
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
B Street from Foothill to Mission Blvd. and Main Street from "A" to "C" Street
(510) 537-2424
Free Parking
Free Event

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