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September 17, 2013 > Day on the Bay celebrates our diversity

Day on the Bay celebrates our diversity

The annual Day on the Bay Multicultural Festival celebrates our diversity, who we are and why we call Santa Clara County home.

According to Census Data, the county population is nearly 1.8 million people, the sixth largest in the state. We are 35 percent white, 31.7 percent Asian and 26.9 percent Hispanic. Our average age is 36 and our median household income is $86,850.

But statistics don't tell the whole story. That's why each year we present Day on the Bay, a festival that brings us together to connect with each other and embrace the many rich cultures that make living here so rewarding. This year's festival promises to be the best yet. We're expecting at least 8,000.

So please join me at the 2013 Day on the Bay on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso. The event is open to all at no charge.

This year, our Resource Fair is focusing on healthy living and health screening. Registered health professionals will provide flu shots, blood pressure checkups and eye and dental screenings. CPR training, a sign-up for a blood drive and a wealth of information on free or low-cost support services also will be provided. You'll also find healthy recipes and other information to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To help keep you hydrated, we'll provide water bottles.

Many of your favorite Day on the Bay activities and features will be back, too. Continuous entertainment on two stages will show off our diversity with cultural performances, including Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Egyptian dancers, martial arts and gymnastics demonstrations and music from local schools and the South Indian Band.

You'll also be able to take your turn climbing on a rock wall or paddling on a kayak in the scenic Alviso waterway to the Bay. Children 14 and under can visit the pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkin in time for Halloween. Also returning are the popular zucchini races. Children can build a car out of this healthy green vegetable and compete with other racers on a track.

When you get hungry, there will be plenty to eat. First, the Santa Clara County Firefighters will grill hamburgers and give them out to the first 2,000 attendees. You can also purchase food from three Alviso eateries - Maria Elena's Mexican Restaurant, Michigan Avenue Market and Lunch with Tony.

Throughout the day, there will be giveaways to lucky attendees holding winning tickets, including gift cards, sports memorabilia (an autographed football, baseball and hockey pucks), tickets to sports events, hotel stays and much more.

And if that isn't enough, we'll celebrate the Alviso Marina County Park as a designated site on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail. The Coastal Conservancy recently voted to include the marina in this exciting new venue for users of small boats, canoes and kayaks.

For more information, visit our Day on the Bay website or call my office at (408) 299-5030 or email me at dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org.

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