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Diwali: Festival of lights

As the days get shorter throughout autumn, cultures around the world begin their fall celebrations. Several religions and cultures have festivals in late fall and early winter that focus on the theme of light: pagan groups celebrate Yule, Christians have Christmas, and Judaism brings us Hanukah. Leading off the season is Diwali, a grand festival of lights observed by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains.
The significance of Diwali varies according to culture and religion, but the overarching theme is good versus evil. Deepavali, the Sanskrit word from which Diwali originates, means “row of lamps. ...
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Harvest Festival

Gather your family and friends for some down home fun and take part in harvest time on the farm! On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, Ardenwood Historical Farm will be hosting its annual Harvest Festival where visitors have an opportunity to help harvest fields of Indian corn and popcorn. Participants are compensated with a portion of their harvest; the rest is contributed as feed for the animals and livestock on the farm.


Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Oct 13 and 14 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544-2797 www.ebparks.org
Tickets: $5 - $8

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Ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks, the time has come once again to tempt fate by venturing into a ghostly lair with a haunting reputation; a place of history and mystery. At this location, delightful desserts can be enjoyed by both mortals disguised as princesses, monsters and skeletons satisfy bone-chilling appetites; vampires and werewolves walk side by side, openly enjoying the moonlit evenings. This eerie spot exists thanks to the combined efforts of numerous women and their families, better known as The Candle Lighters, a local organization dedicated to helping community and non-profit organizations. ...
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BIZ STONE, TWITTER CO-FOUNDER, SEEKS PHOTO INSPIRATION AT “PROJECT IMAGINAT10N” TWEET STATION ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

WHAT: Biz Stone has partnered with Canon for “Project Imaginat10n,” encouraging
consumers to submit photos to inspire a short film he will direct. Under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard, Biz joins four other celebrity directors in this creative endeavor - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem). Biz is now looking for inspiration for his directorial debut and will ask the public that Monday to tweet photos with a hashtag. In the meantime, consumers can submit at imagination.usa.canon.com. ...
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justin Bieber CONCERT RAFFLE

The New Haven Boosters Association, which is assisting the New Haven Schools Foundation with a $100,000 pledge to help save co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the New Haven Unified School District, is inviting the community to a meeting Tuesday, September 11 to discuss fund-raising activities. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd. ...
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WILD THINGS AND MILD THINGS


In homage to Maurice Sendak, Cinema Place Gallery has asked local artists to submit artwork that conveys their imaginings of “Wild Things and Mild Things.” The upcoming show at 1061 B Street presents images that are a little scary, but intriguing to look at and fanciful work that engages the imagination.

This show should be particularly interesting to parents of pre-school and elementary school children (and the children themselves!) as it opens the door to conversations about scary and safe as well as real and imaginary. ...
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HARVEST FESTIVAL


The Pleasanton Harvest Festival® Original Art and Craft Show is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, September 14-16, ready to celebrate its 40th Anniversary Tour in style with new vendors, exciting entertainment, and important community service efforts.

“Forty years ago, we never imagined how much this event would grow,” said Nancy Glenn, Harvest Festival Show Manager. “We started as a small community marketplace in San Francisco where artists could congregate to create and sell their products. Now, we hold eight shows in California, one show in Arizona and one show in Nevada. ...
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Outdoor Paint Out

To promote art in the community, The Fremont Art Association (FAA) will hold a one-day Plein-Aire (outdoor) Paint Out at scenic Lake Elizabeth/Central Park in Fremont. Artists will paint until 2 p.m., followed by a reception. The event is co-sponsored by Olive Hyde Art Guild, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, City of Fremont and Mission Coffee Roasting Company.

Participating artists are not limited to the park; they may choose any location of their choice within the city of Fremont, however paintings from reference photographs are not accepted. Bring all necessary painting supplies, including an easel and chair if needed, a bag lunch and drinking water for the day. ...
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Apple Festival


Garin Regional Park is hosting its annual Apple Festival and kids of all ages are invited to enjoy apples galore along with a host of farm and ranch-style activities.

Garin Farm was a working farm, owned by the Garin family along with the Myers sisters of Alameda who lived in an estate a short distance away. The Apple Festival was inspired when over 80 heritage apple trees were donated to the park in the 1980s. There are now over 150 varieties of apples, grown on 280 trees, on the farm that ripen at different times of the year, from spring through fall.

Garin Regional Park shares a rich history with much of the Bay Area. ...
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Circus is Coming to Town

As an introduction to fall, the circus is coming to town. Circus Vargas is prepared to entertain and amaze spectators with a fantastic and spectacular show for “children of all ages.” Following a successful stop in Milpitas, performances are scheduled in Hayward at the Southland Mall through September 10, followed by the appearance of the “Big Top” at the NewPark Mall in Newark for eight performances of fun-filled family entertainment.
Hand-made in Milan, Italy, the Big Top tent – 90,000 square feet of fabric supported by 500 stakes and over four miles of rope and cable – provides seating for 1,500 people. ...
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