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September 10, 2013 > Moon Festival brings community together

Moon Festival brings community together

By Sara Giusti

Celebrate the arrival of mid-autumn and the full moon with Citizens for Better Community's first Moon Festival, "Fly Me to the Moon," co-sponsored by Fremont Rotary.

The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar during a full moon, sometimes in September and, at times in October of the Gregorian calendar. These celebrations of harvest and the moon can be traced to the Shang Dynasty in 16th century BC. Chinese mythology also surrounds the Moon Festival; one story is of Chang'e, Chinese goddess of the moon, who flew to the moon after swallowing an elixir of immortality.

Citizens for Better Community (CBC), a local Chinese-American organization, seeks to represent, bring awareness to, and build community for Chinese-Americans of the Tri-City area. CBC has promoted intrinsic connections between Chinese-American and Tri-City communities since its founding 23 years ago, when Fremont had little Chinese representation. Fremont Rotary, part of a world-wide service organization is committed to serving the community through sponsorships, donations, and community service since 1963.

Traditionally, Moon Festival celebrations are private gatherings; families spend time together sharing stories, eating mooncakes and simply enjoying each other's company. CBC and Fremont Rotary decided to broaden the celebration this year. "We wanted to have a big party for everybody and promote growing friendships," said CBC President Ivy Wu. "People think they know about a certain culture, but you don't really know until you share experiences," explained Wu. "Fly Me to the Moon" promises to put a unique spin on Moon Festival celebrations.

The party will be held in Fremont's Senior Center with plenty of entertainment indoors and outside - under the moon. Don't miss the Mooncake Sampling Contest. These traditional Chinese pastries are tasty delicacies reserved for this special time of year. Mooncakes will be available in a variety of flavors including green tea, red bean, date, and many more. The first person to guess the sample flavors will win a prize; all participants are guaranteed to satisfy their sweet tooth.

"Fly Me to the Moon" will host a Moon Walk Competition, open to personal interpretations that will provide Oohs and Aahs and guffaws. Show your best moon walk moves Michael Jackson-style, ballroom twirls la Frank Sinatra (the party's naming inspiration), or whatever you think a moon dance entails! All ages are welcome to participate. To enter the competition, contact CBC's Lena Zee at

The Dream Achievers, a band of performing artists with special needs, will be performing live music as attendees enjoy a light dinner and refreshments. The Dream Achievers have been performing since 2009 as part of Friends of Children With Special Needs, a non-profit organization in Fremont and San Jose.

"Fly Me to the Moon" promises to be a grand example of the best Fremont has to offer: a fun night full of dancing, good food, and camaraderie.

Tickets are available at: or and must be purchased by Monday, September 16. Send reservation request with check to: CBC, Attn: Ms. Kathy Jang, P.O. Box 1, Fremont, CA 94537. Pick up purchased tickets at the door; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Fly Me to the Moon
Friday, Sept 20
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Fremont Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 790-0740
Tickets: $25 adults, children under 10 free

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