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Fremont Festival, a weekend of fun

From humble beginnings near the Fremont Hub, the Fremont Festival of the Artshas grown into the largest two day street festival west of the Mississippi, attracting nearly 385,000 people annually and hosting over 600 artisans that serve as the heart of the festival. On its 32nd anniversary August 1 and 2, festival goers can enjoy hand crafted art, a gourmet food marketplace, and live music spread across several miles of Downtown Fremonts sunny streets. With plenty of hands on activities, the traditional amusements and rides, and a Kid City stage featuring performances by musicians, magicians and local dance troupes, the festival provides a weekend of endless fun for the kids as well.

Since its inception, hand crafted art has remained the underpinning of the festival, and the artistic integrity paramount to Fremont Chamber of Commerce coordinators. Festival streets will be lined with booths featuring everything from intricate, handmade jewelry to beautifully fashioned house decor created by top quality artisans. Each visitor is bound to find something that catches their eye.

A night out with local police officers

The nationwide National Night Out (NNO) event is now on its 32nd year and continues to unite communities in an effort to take a stand against crime. Community members register for block parties and serve refreshments or host potlucks to promote neighborhood camaraderie. Local law enforcement officers visit these block parties to interact with citizens and engage in conversations on how to make their neighborhood a safer and better place. This year, NNO will be celebrated nationwide on Tuesday, August 4; the City of Milpitas will host NNO on Thursday, August 6.

Tim Jones, Special Assistant for Community Engagement Division in Newark, cites many benefits from participating in NNO. Neighbors talking to each other and getting to know more about each others habits and who should be coming and going in the neighborhood can go a long way to help prevent crime Another benefit is it gives the public a chance to interact with our officers and RAVEN (Ready Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark) volunteers on a more personal level. Both sides walk away with a better understanding of police and citizen interaction.


Olive Hyde hosts Smithsonian traveling exhibition

From the builders of some of Americas earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers and digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. Indian immigrants helped build the nations railroads, worked in lumber mills, toiled on farms and established prosperous trading routes that are still in use today. Through a vibrant collection of photographs, artifacts, art, and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America.

Created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present.

The West Coast premiere exhibition from the Smithsonian will be on view at Fremonts Olive Hyde Art Gallery from August 1 through October 10. A reception, open to the public, on Saturday, August 1 will offer a spectrum of cultural experiences including a classical Indian dance performance, Bharatanatyam, by Pratibha Jagannatha and Vedika Iyer from Sankalpa Dance Foundation; musical performance by Malini Mahes (Violin), Sowbarnika Kannan, (Veena) and Akshay Aravindan (Mrudangam); a brief lecture by the Washington D.C., curator, Masum Momaya, Ed.D; kids crafts; and a local food truck company will have Indian food options available for purchase.

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