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The Great 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thousands of years ago, a solar eclipse was not the amazing astronomical event it is today. It was considered an omen, a punishment from the sun gods. A solar eclipse occurs as the moon orbits the Earth, and sometimes moves between the Earth and sun. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth in a thin direct line through a specific section of the planet.

Imagine waking up to a beautiful sunny day in the country. The birds are happily chirping in the trees, the cows, goats, and chickens are running around enjoying their breakfast, while a refreshing breeze gently blows through the grasslands. All of a sudden, there's a change in the air. Things are getting darker. The birds quiet down, the animals all lie down and go back to sleep, day has turned to night in a matter of minutes. Everything is dark, the stars are shining, the sun is still out, but now it looks like itÕs been swallowed whole; terror ensues.

In ancient China, people would go outside making as much noise as possible. Banging on drums and pipes was believed to scare away the dragon that swallowed the sun and cause it to vomit it back out. It worked every time.

Sister Cities unite

Ever want to leave the East Bay behind and see the world or experience new cultures? Well, let Union City bring the some of the worlds cultures to you! Once again, the city will unite its sister cities for the annual Union City Sister Cities Festival, scheduled to take place Sunday, August 20.

The popular event, staged by the nonprofit group Union City Friends of Sister Cities, enters its 13th year with seven sister cities represented from across the globe: Pasay, Philippines; Santa Rosal’a, Mexico; Chiang Rai, Thailand; Jalandhar, India; Liyang, China; Asadabad, Afghanistan; and Baybay, Leyte, Philippines. Though the location of the event has varied, for the past few years it has found a home at the Mark Green Sports Center, courtesy of Union City.

For just $20, attendees will be treated to delicious foods and performances representing the sister cities. Friends of Sister Cities works with the local community, said Lee Guio, a Friends of Sister Cities board member who has participated in every Union City Sister Cities Festival. Most of the food is donated from local restaurants that serve food from the sister city countries, and many of the entertainers are local residents who perform cultural dances unique to their native country, each act about 20 minutes. This year, were going to show fashions from our sister cities. The event continues to grow... its one of the best events in Union City, Guio said. Close to 400 people attended the festival last year.

Greek Festival focuses on food, fun, and family

One of the years favorite traditions is just around the corner. The Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church of Castro Valley is hosting its 46th annual Greek Festival August 18-20. Guests will experience amazing food, inspiring dance, great music, and fun-loving Hellenistic culture bursting with life. More than a good time, however, the festival is also an opportunity to tour the beautiful church and experience otherworldly iconography characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Church since the days of the Roman Empire.

The origin of the Greek church has its roots in New Testament times when the early Christian church was spreading across Asia Minor, into Greece, and onto the Italian peninsula. As local communities embraced the Church, traditions grew that reflected local cultures. By the eleventh century, Rome and Constantinople were the centers of churches whose beliefs and practices differed enough to raise suspicions and draw accusations of heresy.

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