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Haunted Railroad rides for 25th year

The giant pumpkins, silly pirates, Chance Gang cowboys, the Witch of Ardenwood and more will be haunting the woods at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont for the 25th year. The Haunted Railroad takes your family on a fun, roundtrip ride through the haunted forest at Ardenwood. The train ride is spooky, not scary (nothing will jump out or otherwise frighten young children); the ride is designed especially for families with children under 12. You will see live actors playing the characters, with colorful Halloween inflatables and giant pumpkins in between scenes.

This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Railroad Museum at Ardenwood operated by Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR), in association with Ardenwood Historic Farm. We are a volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that preserves, restores, and operates one-of-a-kind, historic railroad cars Ð many built in Newark by Carter Bros. in the 19th


Paranormal pair investigates perennial mysteries

In 1848, sisters Maggie and Kate Fox of upstate New York convinced their mother and a neighbor that a dead man was communicating with them by rapping on their bedroom wall. The event was just the beginning of their long career (with their oldest sister, Leah, a purported medium) demonstrating to believing audiences their ability to communicate with spirits. The Civil War with its immense casualties drove Americans to seek comfort in speaking again to departed loved ones, and by the 1920s spiritualism was at its height as those in mourning once again sought those who perished in the Great War and the Spanish Flu epidemic.

The claims of a reality outside normal channels of perception, the paranormal, did not go unstudied. In 1881 Edmund Dawson Rogers founded the Society for Psychical research in England and an American version was founded just four years later. Those institutions approached extraordinary experience scientifically, but their work was not publicly well known. In the popular media, though, the celebrity status of someone like Harry Houdini, who actively sought the debunking of mediums, contrasted sharply with the opinion of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, that J.B. Rhine, author of an article exposing the renowned Boston medium Mina Crandon, was an ass.

Hootenanny celebrates ranching roots

Celebrate our cowboy and ranching heritage and join us for some good old-fashioned foot stompin, hand clappin music in the grassy meadow at Sunol Regional Wilderness. History comes alive on Saturday, October 21 with old-timey games, activities, and guided walks throughout the day. Enjoy live music from The Polka Cowboys, pony rides and mini petting zoo, demonstrations, craft making, and so much more!

Try your hand at sawing, rope making, and candle making. Stop by Brandanas to brand your own bandana with stamps, or make your own lemonade. There will be a station to make corn husk dolls, and material will be available to purchase to make stick ponies. The Livermore cattlewomens association will be onsite showing attendees how to lasso a stationary steer.

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October 13 - November 4
Day of the Dead Exhibition

Sun Gallery

October 18
Toddler Time $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

October 18 - October 22
American Red Cross Blood Drive - R

Fremont-Newark Blood Center

October 18
iPhone Tutorial Class

Kenneth C. Aitken Center

October 19
East Bay Stompers Band

Bronco Billys Pizza - Irvington

October 19
State of Education Forum

San Leandro Senior Community Ctr

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