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December 5, 2006 > Irvington celebrates Christmas in a big way

Irvington celebrates Christmas in a big way

by Linda Stone

“This is the biggest event we’ve had so far,” said Greg Green, vice president of the Irvington Business Association about the “2006 Miracle on Bay Street” holiday festival in Fremont. And he’s not exaggerating.

Irvington’s program will feature the likes of ice skating sensation Rudy Galindo, Sharkie from the San Jose Sharks, raffle prizes like a John Madden autographed football, hula dancing, performances by aLIEN cOWBOYS and, of course, the ever-popular Santa Claus arriving by sleigh, reindeer and all. And that’s just the beginning.

This holiday extravaganza includes a 1,200 square-foot Winter Skating Rink; bring your own skates or rent them for $5. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the U.S. Marines, who will be on site collecting for Toys for Tots, and receive a $2 discount on skate rental. And no, Rudy won’t be skating. He is recuperating from his tour. But he will be signing autographs for fans.

At 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, Sharkie will open the skating rink. He will also be available for photos, so don’t forget your camera.

A big surprise awaits attendees when the Fremont Fire Department’s ladder truck moves through the crowd to lift its ladder to see just how high it will go. Can you guess?

Then it will be time to shake your snow boots with Fremont’s very own Grammy-nominated rock band, aLIEN cOWBOYS who will perform two high-powered shows at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Between gigs, you can stop by for a visit with the band and pick up a CD.

Halu Ka Liko Pua O Kalaiakea hula school will perform at 2:00 p.m. showing everyone that you can hula any time of the year.

But what is Christmas without caroling? The Irvington Presbyterian Church choir along with local singers will perform favorite standards, starting at 5:00 p.m., conjuring up images of sleigh bells and mistletoe.

Does your child have talent? My Artist’s Place, a Bay Area talent agency for kids, will offer free auditions to your little shining star. If you like making your own pottery, visit Color me Mine’s booth and decorate a gift for that special someone. Don’t forget to stop by the Vienna Bakery booth to choose your favorite cookie to decorate.

Merrymakers can stroll down Bay Street and visit local businesses like Bay Street Salon who will offer products and demos. Stop in for a warm drink at Bay Street Coffee or visit the very chic Armadillo Bay clothing store. Be sure to watch out for the Golden State Road Warriors Wheelchair basketball team showing off what made “Sports N’ Spoke” magazine take notice.

What about the sports fan in your family? Tennis anyone? How would you like to receive tennis lessons from Arthur Ashe’s former coach Don Johnson? Or, you could win an autographed basketball signed by former Knicks great and former U.S. Senator, Bill Bradley. Other raffle items include: a signed guitar from the aLIEN cOWBOYS, passes to Sharks Ice Fremont, Bike the Big Apple tour, and too many others to list. Whether you buy one raffle ticket for $1 or 12 for $10, you will have a chance to win something special.

At 5:30 p.m., gather around with Santa to watch the tree lighting ceremony. The Irvington Monument tree will be set ablaze like a solar flare with so many colored lights you will wish you brought you sunglasses.

Finally, Santa will visit with the kids who have been waiting for this moment all year long. There will be a nominal fee for a photo with the jolly, rotund fellow.

“The whole purpose of doing an event this large is due to the fact that with Bay Street and the Irvington area undergoing construction projects simultaneously, we want the community to know that we are still open for business,” said Greg.

To help make this a successful event, Fremont Redevelopment Agency has donated $3,000 from the Irvington Communication Fund. “We are looking forward to the many future improvements planed in the upcoming year,” said Greg. “So come down to see what Irvington has to offer and enjoy some holiday merriment.”

2006 Miracle on Bay Street Irvington Holiday Festival
Saturday, Dec.  9
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Irvington Monument
Bay Street in Irvington at Five Corners, Fremont

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