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Diwali Festival and Fireworks
Diwali is perhaps the most sacred and joyous festival of all in Hinduism. There are many reasons to celebrate it and the folklore that accompanies it. As a celebration of victory of good over evil, worship of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and an occasion for families to gather and enjoy feasts, buy new assets or enjoy fireworks, Diwali is an exciting occasion for young and old alike. It is also known as Festival of Lights.
Diwali is celebrated every year to commemorate Lord Ramas victory over the demon Ravana. For many Indian businesses, this is also start of a new year. Diwali is traditionally a five-day festival with specific rituals and prayers every day. The main festival is held on a new moon day in October. The holiday is best described as an amalgamation of Christmas and the 4th of July celebrations. Everyone wears new clothes, decorates their houses with lights and invites friends and family over for prayers and feasts. The night is lit with lights and fireworks. Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, is the main deity of Diwali. People pray for continued prosperity, wealth, and health this day.
Federation of Indo Americans of Northern California (FIA) in association with Fremont Hindu Temple is organizing its third Diwali Festival and Fireworks. This years Diwali, Festival of Lights will be held at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton on Saturday, October 25.
Boo at the Zoo
Heres a Halloween event you dont want to miss, especially if you have children Ð BOO! That is, Boo at the Zoo. On October 25 and 26 the Oakland Zoo will be full of not only animals, but goblins and witches, princesses and pirates. Or you can disguise your kids as the proverbial lions, tigers, and bats. Whatever costume your little one chooses, be on time for the costume parades at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the zoos mascot, Roosevelt. Kids ages 2 to 14 dressed in costumes get a free ride ticket.
Parades are not the only happening thing at Boo at the Zoo: let the kids loose in the Spooky Scavenger Hunt area, and then take them to the Wildlife Theater for Animal Encounters. Will you be able to tell which cute animal is yours when you leave?
The Oakland Zoo makes sure you and the kids get a hands-on brains-on experience: Science stations get those little prehensile digits right into the critters zoo food, their ears attuned to monster myths and Zoombie animals. Then youll be ready to join the zooÕs staff to make Halloween treats for the animals.
Breaking gender stereotypes
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are four fields that severely lack female representation. While there has been a lot of work in recent years to encourage women to pursue STEM careers, the gender gap in math and science still persists. Recent diversity reports from Google, Facebook, and other leading technology companies show that the ratio between women and men is 3:7.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was created in 1881 solely to fight this stereotype. In the late 1990s, the Fremont branch came up with a creative program to neutralize the gender gap: a Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day for fifth and sixth grade girls. The one-day camp is an opportunity for young girls and mothers to bond and partake in hands-on activities related to math and science. Some activities offered this year include planetarium shows, engineering for kids, brain teasers, kitchen chemistry, and CSI. (Girls may only participate in five out of the nine activities
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