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Spreading harmony and joy through color

When winter begins to fade and a season of flowers sets in, the Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated. The word Holi comes from the word hola, meaning to offer prayer to the Almighty as thanks for a good harvest. Holi, also commonly referred to as the festival of color, takes place in March every year, the day after a full moon. However, on the day of the full moon, followers burn a figurine of Holika, a demoness who tried to kill Prahlad, a believer of the Hindu Supreme God Narayana.

A religious festival with roots in India, Holi has evolved into a global, social, and cultural event in which people of all ethnicity, gender, and social status come together to sprinkle colored powder (gulal) on each other. The purpose is to make each person look the same, and thus, shatter prejudicial barriers.

To celebrate Holi and the triumph of good over evil, several organizations of the Tri-City area plan to hold celebrations beginning March 6.

Gemstones, fossils and jewelry wow at annual show

The Mineral and Gem Society of Castro Valley (MGSCV) will be presenting its annual three-day show and sale on March 6, 7 and 8 at Newark Pavilion. Anything and everything that has to do with rocks fossils, gemstones, jewelry and more will be displayed for all to admire and purchase.

Some highlights of the event include ongoing demonstrations of lapidary skills by club members, and over 40 display cases containing everything from carved turquoise to intarsia to petrified wood. GIA gem identification will be available in Halls 1 and 4 and the NoCAL Geologic Society will be on hand for rock identification.

The courtyard will be a busy place, with over 300 pounds of geodes waiting to be split, and the popular childrens spinning wheel in constant action. The NoCA Fluorescent Mineral Society will be showcasing rocks and minerals that glow under ultraviolet light in the special dark room created in Hall 3.

Member artists showcase Fabric Creations

Foothill Gallery presents Fabric Creations by members of the Hayward Arts Council until April 11. Eleven fabric artists are displaying an impressive collection in an array of media including crochet, quilt, mixed media, silk, yarn, and photographs printed in cloth.

Choosing the proper fabric for these creations is one of the many details to take into consideration before designing a fabric piece. Composition and color coordination play a great role in the final product.

Quilting is a fascinating creative outlet, said quilter Bess Chin, 94. When you are preparing a piece, your mind is entranced in the process. That is all you can think about, she added. Chin started quilting in the 1970s and has taught different quilting techniques to many.

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