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Street painters chalk up joy

From gallery walls to outdoor sculptures and painted utility boxes, art is everywhere. And while ones gaze may be trained upward to spot beauty, eyes will be glued to the ground when Pacific Commons hosts their third annual Chalk Festival on Saturday, May 19.

Chalk art, also known as Italian street painting, is believed to have originated in Italy in the 16th century. Itinerant artists would duplicate Renaissance art on the streets, earning the name madonnari as they often reproduced images of the Madonna. In the mid-19th century street painters began appearing in London, where they were called screevers. The art form grew and travelled across countries, Kurt Wenner starting the first street painting festival in America in 1987 in Santa Barbara.





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Union Sanitary District celebrates 100th Anniversary

Union Sanitary District (USD) serves the cities of Union City, Newark, and Fremont. The facility treats water that flows from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs and any other drain before it is released into the San Francisco Bay. Were the last line of defense otherwise the sewage would just be going out to the Bay and that causes all sorts of problems, so we?re treating it, making sure the Bay stays clean, said Paul Eldredge, General Manager of USD.

USD is hosting their centennial celebration on Saturday May 19 with activities, tours, interactive displays, refreshments and food. At a similar open house May 2015, about 1,100 people attended. Treatment plant tours proved to be a popular attraction; Eldredge explained there were people at the open house that didnt get a chance to go on those tours.

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Flowers & art bloom at spring celebration

Theres no better way to welcome the upcoming summer than to spend the day in Fremonts Historic Niles District. And when theres something special to do for people of all ages, it just cant get better! This years Wildflower, Art, Garden, and Quilt Show on Sunday, May 20 offers a large variety of activities, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early and take it all in.

Niles always offers the Gardeners Garden Tour. This is an area rich in horticultural history where plants just love to grow. Luckily, residents are willing to share their diverse gardens with fellow enthusiasts. Visit gardens from traditional to modern, xeriscapes (arranging native drought resistant plants in efficient, water-saving ways), and homes featuring the Alameda County Water Districts Lose your Lawn program.

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