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Adobo Festival sizzles in Union City

Modesty is hardly an ingredient for Filipino-Americans when it comes to the Philippine National Dish; They all say that their own version of Adobo is the best! says Joey Camins, organizer of the Adobo Festival. But now, Filipino-Americans across the Bay Area can prove whose stew is the most masarap (delicious) and unique, August 23 and 24 at Kennedy Park in Union City. This will be the third time the Adobo Festival, now in its ninth year, has been held in this city.

The Adobo Festival has come a long way. It started in a small parking lot in Daly City with just a few booths and grows larger every year. Organizing a festival is not easy, says Camins. You need dedication and hard work to make it successful. It doesnt end on just getting sponsors and vendors; marketing and letting everyone know you exist is the hardest part, he added. I am lucky to have my wife and our team that has been there with us since the beginning. They grow with me; we all grow together with the festival.

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Come on in, the waters fine!

Wouldnt it be nice to go to a party with no wallflowers, where you didnt have to worry about fitting in, being sized up, or judged down? Where you could just jump in and have fun? Well, there is such a party, such a place, and you are invited!

Two years ago, Alanna Powell decided to be bold, and, in essence said, here I am, world, and I have a beautiful, bald head. Powell tossed her wig away, embraced her Alopecia Universalis (an illness causing total hair loss) that shed had since the age of two, then reached out to others who were different. Boldly Me was born.

Together with Aqua Adventure Waterpark, Boldly Me is holding their annual Water Gala on Sunday, August 24. That means food, fun, and relaxing in the sun. Oh, and a bathing suit Ð yikes. Powell, president and founder of Boldly Me, understands the fear that donning a swimsuit strikes into the heart of otherwise stalwart folks. Water play is one of the most vulnerable types of exposure a person can face, comments Powell. Fear of being judged and rejected by others is a reality that many people have when asked to wear a bathing suit. Many are uncomfortable for a variety of reasons including scars, limb loss, baldness, birth marks, skin color, and even acne so they hide under clothing.

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Flight to Freedom

Although owls might seem to be prolific only in fantasy stories such as Harry Potter, barn owls are considered to be the most widespread land bird species in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica, and can be seen in their nests all over the Bay Area. If youÕve never spotted one, you can get an up-close look as a young barn owl is released from Sulphur Creek Nature Center at the Flight to Freedom event on August 23.

Sulphur Creek is a wildlife rehabilitation and education center located in Hayward, whose mission is to instill a sense of responsibility for the welfare of our world by bringing people and animals closer together through wildlife rehabilitation and education. As part of their goal, Sulphur Creek runs educational programs for people of all ages, ranging from the entertaining Toddler Time to informative and interesting adult programs such as Birds of Prey. The center also takes in over 800 native hurt, sick or orphaned animals a year from Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, and Hayward and treats them at their wild animal hospital.
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