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February 28, 2006 > Science, Earth and Health Festival

Science, Earth and Health Festival

by Sabrina Mahajan

How would you like to see cool science experiments, participate in fun contests, visit exotic animals, have your cholesterol checked, and win exciting prizes- all for free? Then you don't want to miss the 10th Annual Science, Earth and Health Festival on Saturday, March 4 at Guy Emanuel Pavilion at James Logan High School in Union City.

Sponsored by the city of Union City, New Haven Unified School District, Union City PAL and Tri-Ced Recycling, this annual festival promises to be fun for all ages and offers an opportunity to become acquainted with many activities happening in the community.

This year's theme is "Global Warming." Vice Mayor Richard Valle, who founded the event and is also serving as director, said, "We selected Global Warming as our theme this year due to the controversy about whether or not greenhouse gases are reducing our ozone and thus melting the ice-pack and [creating] the potential for loss of several species of animals that live in the Arctic."

A traditional "egg drop" will test the ingenuity of contestants trying to protect a falling object while rocket launches will test limits in the opposite direction. Soaring paper airplanes will compete as Remote Controlled (RC) Cars swerve through a competitive course. At this exciting fair, visitors can cheer on engineers of tomorrow as they the build amazing toothpick structures, encourage Walk-a-Thon participants and watch RC airplane demonstrations.

In the midst of this thrilling mayhem, the amazing Ryan Adler will add his special brand of magical entertainment that rivals Las Vegas shows. Logan's Science and Physics Departments will be on hand to imitate the famous detective Sherlock Holmes by unlocking scientific facts and phenomenon - "It's elementary, my dear Dr. Watson!" - while the New Haven HEART Nutrition Olympics points the way to good health and Union City's Fire Department and Community Policing Program will provide information about their services.

Can there be room for more? At the Science, Earth and Health Festival, the answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Visit with representatives of NASA, Chabot Space and Science Center and experience a close encounter with animal representatives of Classroom Safari, Wildlife Associates and the Oakland Zoo. The festival is also an easy way to get to know about important health facilities and services in the area including Alameda County Water District, Alameda County Vector Control, Logan Youth Humane Society, Community Policing Program, St. Rose Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Tiburcio Vasquez Medical Clinic and participate in a Stanford Hospital Blood Drive.

Performances by talented musicians from local schools will add to the entertainment and students will keep everyone well fed by selling treats to raise money for projects and classroom supplies. Attendees will be eligible for many giveaways and prizes. Last year, lucky winners walked away with boxes of chocolates, an X-Box, a TV and the grand prize of a state-of-the-art barbeque grill. More than 4,000 people attended last year and this year is expected to draw even more visitors.

"This year marks our 10th year for the Science Festival which has become our community's largest free family event. We are happy that families have embraced our themes of science, good health and preservation of our planet for so long," said Valle.

For more information contact Richard Valle at (510) 471-3850 or send an email to

Science, Earth and Health Festival
Saturday, March 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
James Logan High School
1800 "H" Street, Union City
(510) 471-3850
Plenty of free parking

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