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July 18, 2006 > Unite By Joining Hands Around The Lake

Unite By Joining Hands Around The Lake

by Irene Koehler

Celebrate Fremont, the community-based planning organization for Fremont's 50th anniversary celebration, announced that a one-of-a-kind event, Hands Around the Lake, will mark the beginning of Fremont's two-day 50th anniversary celebration, "Celebrate Fremont @ the Park," on September 9 in Fremont's Central Park. Approximately 3,500 participants wearing orange T-shirts will link hands to completely encircle Lake Elizabeth, a circumference of 1.8 miles. Local groups, families, and individuals are invited to register and participate.

"We wanted something that the citizens of Fremont could be a part of," says event organizer Doug Tinney. His inspiration came from two sources, the 1986 Hands Across America, in which people linked hand-in-hand across the United States to join the East Coast with the West Coast, and from the artist Christo's orange gate that wound its way through New York's Central Park in 2005. "This is an historic event that people will be proud to remember," he continues. "It will be a highly visible expression of our unity and pride in our city, and we sincerely thank Fremont Bank for their generous donation to support this event."

Registration is open now and will continue until the maximum number of participants-3,500-is reached. Those who would like to participate should download the registration form from the Celebrate Fremont Web site at and follow the instructions. Those without Internet access may ask a friend or leave a message with the Celebrate Fremont office at (510) 790-9352. The registration fee is $5, which includes the commemorative orange T-shirt. Registration is recommended by July 31, but will close only when full registration is reached. If space is still available on the day of the event the registration fee will be $7.

The event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Lake Elizabeth in Central Park. All participants must arrive and check in by 8 a.m. to allow time to walk to a position on the path. Wheelchair-bound participants or those that cannot walk long distances will receive priority for placement on the near side of lake near check-in area. All participants are requested to wear the orange event t-shirt to form a solid line of color around the lake. Anyone who wishes to participate but must wear a head scarf or clothing associated with their religious belief is asked to wear a shade of orange if possible.

"This event will be a visible representation of our vision to reinforce Fremont's connectedness," observes Anu Natarajan, event chair for the two-day Celebrate Fremont @ the Park. "It will serve as a dramatic start for the anniversary celebration."

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