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February 18, 2014 > City of Fremont News Briefs

City of Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Patterson House Docent Program
The Patterson House is looking for energetic volunteers to join our Docent Program. Learn the history of the house as you lead tours in historical costume, participate in special events, and discover the magic of Ardenwood Historic Farm. For more information, contact the CityÕs Christie Dentry at (510) 791-4196 or

Volunteer with the Fire Department
The Fremont Fire Department offers many opportunities for career and personal development, as well as community service in a variety of specialized assignments, including:
* Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
* Explorer Program
* Fire Chaplains
* Medical Reserve Corps
* Rehabilitation Unit
* Smoke Detector Program
General administrative and disaster preparedness support is also needed in a broad range of activities such as clerical work, special projects, hydrant maintenance, logistical support, public education, and other assignments as needed. Whatever your interest or experience level, come be a part of our team! Contact Fremont Fire at (510) 494-4200 for more information.

Teen Volunteers
The Fremont Police Department is currently accepting applications for our teen Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is a fun and safe way for teenagers to learn more about the field of law enforcement and get community service hours. Explorers donate between five to 20 volunteer hours each month by participating in a number of department activities including ride-a-longs, traffic control, building tours, and special events. All new Explorers are required to attend a one-week Explorer Academy in Southern California during their first year. If you are between the age of 14 to 18 and think that you might be interested in learning more about becoming a Police Explorer or having a future career in law enforcement, visit Applications will be accepted through Mar. 3, 2014, or when a sufficient number of applications are received.

Habitat Restoration Volunteer
The City of FremontÕs Environmental Services Division is currently seeking volunteers to participate in several ongoing habitat restoration projects at Sabercat Creek. Volunteers will have the opportunity to:
* Remove non-native plants such as English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberries, and weeds from around the base of the native plants.
* Plant native plants such as Elderberry, native oaks, buckeyes, coffeeberries, toyon, and other plants.
* Spread mulch around the base of the plants.
* Fertilize plants from the creek.
The restoration site can be wet and muddy or dry and hot, so volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions. Also, volunteers under the age of 18 must get the signature of a legal guardian or parent to participate. We are currently registering habitat restoration volunteers for Feb. 27, Mar. 13, and Mar. 27. For complete details, including what to wear and bring, visit For more information about volunteering for habitat restoration in general, contact Environmental Services Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Silva at or (510) 494-4575.

Volunteer Income Tax AssistanceÑ12 Years Helping Fremont Families
The Fremont Family Resource CenterÕs (FRC) VITA program is in full swing with the 2013 tax season, offering free in-person and/or drop-off tax preparation services. The VITA program falls under SparkPoint Fremont, a one-stop financial center whose mission is to help families become financially self-sufficient. FRC VITA is the largest site in Northern California and serves residents living in the Tri-City area. All tax returns are prepared and reviewed by trained IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers. FRC VITA is a partner with the ÒEarn It! Keep It! Save It!Ó (EKS) Campaign, coordinated by the United Way of the Bay Area.

In addition to tax preparation services, the FRC VITA site connects customers to services, such as financial coaching, financial education, asset building, and credit repair, helping individuals and families improve their financial condition. Since 2002, FRC VITA has served over 13,000 taxpayers returning in excess of $21 million in refunds. Qualified families and individuals making $52,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation and e-filing.

If eligible, please visit the Fremont FRC, located at 39155 Liberty St., Building EFGH, to have your income taxes prepared free of charge. Remote sites will be located at Newark Library (6300 Civic Terrace Ave. in Newark), Union City Library (34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. in Union City), Holly Community Center (31600 Alvarado Blvd., in Union City), and Tri City Volunteers (37350 Joseph St. in Fremont) by appointment onlyÑ contact Sara Govea at 793-4583 to schedule.

The FRC VITA is open every Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 14. Please note itÕs closed Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents Day.

For more information, please call the CityÕs Carolyn Robertson at 574-2020, or visit

Join us at the Summer Job Fair
Are you looking for a summer job? Attend our Summer Job Fair and learn more about the 100 summer jobs available! WeÕre looking for Camp Leaders, Waterpark Team Members, and Sport Program Leaders. This is a perfect opportunity for students who are looking for a summer job. Come prepared to complete an application and dress professionally for a possible interview.

The CityÕs Summer Job Fair will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Teen Center, located in Central Park at 39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy. For more information about working with the City of Fremont or the Summer Job Fair, email or call (510) 494-4300. For a list of current Recreation job openings and applications visit us at

Coffee with the Cops
Join Fremont Police Chief Richard Lucero and members of his command staff for coffee in an informal and friendly setting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m. at City Beach, located at 4020 Technology Pl. in Fremont. Staff from the Community Engagement Unit, Street Crimes Team, Day Shift Patrol and Investigations will be on-hand to answer questions, discuss neighborhood concerns, or just get acquainted. No formal presentation is planned, so feel free to drop in any time during the event. For more information, call the Community Engagement Unit at (510) 790-6740.

New Public Safety Mobile Command Unit
The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Fire Department revealed FremontÕs new Public Safety Mobile Command Vehicle on Feb. 12. The $1.3 million dollar state-of-the-art vehicle, delivered to the City in late 2013, reinforces FremontÕs support of advancements in innovation through technology and will serve both the Fremont Fire and Police Departments in their joint partnership during emergencies such as disasters, major fires, tactical situations, hazardous incidents, major crime situations and events requiring an on-site coordination center.

Cooks in the Kitchen
If you or your child are interested in the culinary arts, or you child loves to spend time in the kitchen, have we got some programs for you!

Storybook Cooking for Small Chefs (Ages 4 to 7) focuses on a favorite book from childrenÕs literature. In a small, intimate setting, the stories we read will inspire the recipes the kids learn to cook. Each Small Chef will receive a personal cookbook at the end of the session. Storybook Cooking for Small Chefs is a 5-week course beginning Feb. 26 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In Mommy/Daddy and Me Cupcakes (Ages 5 to 10) youÕll learn that cupcakes arenÕt just for kidsÕ anymore; theyÕre for adults too! In this class both the parent and child get creative learning a new type of cupcake and decoration each week. We will cover everything from traditional basics to unique flavor creations. This is a 4- week series class beginning on Mar. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

And donÕt forget the ever popular Creative Chefs (Ages 7 to11), the hands-on cooking series that offers participants an opportunity to develop skills throughout the school-year. Students will learn about food and cooking safety while developing their cooking skills. Participants learn to write grocery lists, organize inventory, prep for cooking projects, and clean up. They will end the session with the knowledge and confidence to cook for family and friends. Again, all participants in this course receive a recipe book. Creative Chefs is a 5-week series beginning on Feb. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out our Recreation Guide for more cooking classes, including times, fees, and barcodes at You may also register online at For more information, contact Irene Jordahl at or (510) 494-4322.

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