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June 17, 2009 > Fremont Cultural Arts Council honors Larry Milnes

Fremont Cultural Arts Council honors Larry Milnes

Submitted By Margaret Thornberry

Fremont Cultural Arts Council's (FCAC) annual dinner membership meeting will have a special program this year: "This is your life, Larry Milnes", honoring Laurence Wilber "Larry" Milnes for his years of service to the community. Since many would like to attend, FCAC is taking the unusual step of opening the 2009 dinner meeting to the public.

Larry came to Fremont in 1959 when the city was in its infancy to serve as Public Works Director and City Engineer for the City of Fremont. Some say he has impacted the development of Fremont more than any other person. Larry worked on various projects from 1959 to 1989, including the design and construction of the Community Center and Senior Center at Central Park, increasing Central Park acreage to over 400 acres and development of Lake Elizabeth, the Swim Lagoon, Babbling Brook and Bird Island. Larry also served as Project Manager for the Tri-City Animal Shelter and Fremont Main Library, and was instrumental in the completion of many other sizeable projects in Fremont - the General Motors Plant, Ardenwood Historic Farm Park, Quarry Lakes, and the building of new streets and widening of existing ones as the city grew.

Larry was the Founder /President of Pathfinders Toastmasters Club, 1962; Founder/President of South Bay Engineer's Club 1965 and has been a long time member of Niles Rotary Club. "As a rule we have a musical performance, showcasing a local talent at the dinner event, but this year we are having something different - "This is your life Larry Milnes," honoring a man who has done more than any other to make Fremont the great place it is today, and who has been a staunch supporter of the arts in our community for many years," said FCAC President Margaret Thornberry

As a non-profit arts council, FCAC has supported the practice and enjoyment of fine arts in the Fremont community for over 39 years. The annual member's dinner provides an opportunity for members to hear first-hand what their organization has accomplished during the past year and what FCAC plans for the future, as well as brief 'state of the arts' presentation by local groups. Officers and board for the coming year are formally confirmed and installed." Cost is $30 per person. For further information please call Mary Wolfe at (510) 657-0130, or visit Reservation requests must be received by June 19.

FCAC annual dinner meeting honoring Larry Milnes
Monday, June 22
Spin A Yarn restaurant
45915 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
6:30 p.m.
(510) 657-0130

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