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July 15, 2009 > Gather in the Park for music, food, fun and more

Gather in the Park for music, food, fun and more

Submitted By Helen Kennedy

What could be more Californian than a sunny summer Saturday in a park bustling with families enjoying free performances, international foods, a children's carnival, marketplace and health fair?

Around 4,000 people are expected at Charles F. Kennedy Park, 1333 Decoto Rd, Union City, on Saturday, July 18, for "The Gathering in the Park," a 50th Anniversary event that is as diverse as Union City itself.

Entertainment Schedule:

Emceed by popular comedian Mark Pitta, performances will range from hot Latin and cool blues bands to Polynesian and Indian dancers:

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Opening ceremony
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Comedy by Mark Pitta
11:30 a.m. - noon Polynesian dance by Mehrani O'Tehani
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Demonstration by Choi's Martial Arts
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Bhangra and Gidha Indian dance
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Blues by Big Cat Tolefree and the Hipnotics
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Hiyas Philippine folk dance
4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Latin/salsa music by Lava Latin Rhythms

Health fair:

Free medical screenings will be offered at the Health Fair Pavilion, hosted by volunteers and community partners from Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital, Sahaita, Inc., St. Rose Hospital, the American College of Nurses, the Black Nurses Association, and others.

Booths will provide free blood glucose tests, cholesterol tests, blood pressure checks, and coupons for free dental exams. Other health care providers include dental professionals, chiropractors and massage therapists. Presentations on several health topics will be provided throughout the day by Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff. Learn about men's and women's health information and tips on healthy eating and active lifestyles. Languages spoken will include Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi and Hindi.

Kid's Carnival:

The annual summer Kid's Carnival, hosted by Union City Leisure Services, will include a bounce house provided by Kaiser and 30 midway games for children and parents too. Plus, the newest playground in the city, accessible to the disabled, offers opportunities to explore a miniature version of the Golden Gate Bridge and other Northern California landmarks.

Taste of the World:

Enjoy delicious and diverse cuisines from around the globe. Those purchasing $10 "Taste of the World" passports are in for a special treat - sampling chefs' specialties from local restaurants and then voting for their favorite food. Passports can be purchased at the event, but only 500 will be sold so you may want to visit to get yours in advance.

Participating restaurants include All Around Catering (Mexican), Bobby's Bamboo Grill (Filipino), Federico's (Italian), Gerry's Grill (Filipino), Krispy Kreme (dessert), Loving Hut (vegan/Vietnamese), Raja Sweets (Indian), Paddy's Coffee and Tapioca Express (beverages).


Artisans, craftspeople and other merchants will sell their wares at the international marketplace. Community partners, businesses and nonprofits will be on hand, along with Union City police officers and firefighters.

The Gathering in the Park
Saturday, July 18
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Kennedy Park
1333 Decoto Rd., Union City

Bring blankets and low lawn chairs to enjoy live music in the park amphitheater.

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