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November 22, 2011 > Hayward lights up the season

Hayward lights up the season

By Kim Huggett

Downtown Hayward will light up for the holiday season with two events that are fast becoming city traditions. The Light Up the Season celebration will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 1 and the Santa Paws Pet Parade from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Light Up The Season, sponsored by the city, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Area, will include holiday music, an ice-skating rink in City Hall Plaza, lighting of a huge tree in the City Hall Rotunda, and the chance meet Santa Claus.

The principal events will occur on B Street between Mission Boulevard and City Hall. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening to accommodate events, kids' rides and gourmet food trucks.

Entertainment will include performances from the Dancing Christmas Trees and a number of Hayward school choirs and bands.

In addition to the traditional tree in the City Hall Rotunda, visitors to the downtown area will enjoy looking at the twinkling lights on more than 30 light poles and railings on B Street, from Mission Boulevard to City Hall, all strung by volunteers from the Hayward Rotary Club and Pacheco Brothers Landscaping.

Pet Parade Supports Animal Shelter

On Dec. 3, B Street will be the scene of the Santa Paws Pet Parade, featuring dogs, cats, and other pets dressed for the holidays and marching from Municipal Parking Lot No. 2 near Foothill Boulevard and B Street to Library Park. The marchers will begin assembling at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m.

At Library Park, awards will be handed out for the best holiday-dressed pet, owner and pet look-alike, group entry, cutest pet and best float. The park will also be the scene for pictures of Santa and your pet, vendors, entertainment, and pets available for adoption.

The pet parade is co-sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter, the Downtown Business Improvement Area, the city of Hayward, and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.

Before Dec. 3, the parade entry fee is $10 per pet, or $15 for two or more. Registration on the day of the parade is $12 per pet or $17 for two or more. The entry fee will go to support the Hayward Animal Shelter.

To enter a pet in the parade, go online to Businesses interested in joining the sponsors for this event should contact Gloria Ortega at 583-4262.

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