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October 15, 2010 > Day on the Bay: a multicultural festival

Day on the Bay: a multicultural festival

By Supervisor Dave Cortese

I am pleased to announce the "Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival" and invite you to attend this fun event on Saturday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Alviso Marina County Park located near Mills Street in Alviso.

What does multicultural mean to you? To me, it means a strong community that values diversity and acceptance. By encouraging the spread of diverse ideas and accepting all people for who they are, the strength of humanity shines forth.

I am privileged to live and work in a county that has these same values. As a result, whenever possible, I organize community events that promote multiculturalism while providing resources to the residents of Santa Clara County.

Held in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, "Day on the Bay" is a celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities rich in diversity and talent and abundant in ethnic expression. More than that, "Day on the Bay" is also an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government and community-based organizations to learn about their services.

The community can enjoy free food and the kids will receive free pumpkins. We shall also have community groups providing ethnic food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Additionally, there will be face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops and much more.

There will be two informational sections; the first focuses on health and wellness. There will be free flu shots, diabetes testing and a fitness clinic for youth and young adults, all intended to help motivate the community to make positives change in health behavior.

Additionally, there will be a section on green living. A variety of organizations will be on hand to teach you how easy it is to reduce your impact on the environment. With the San Francisco Bay as the backdrop, you can hear about native plant and organic home gardens, energy-efficient measures for your home, the importance of water conservation and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. However if you would like to play a more active role and be involved, we have many opportunities available. We have a few booth spaces still available for organizations that would be able to distribute important information to the attendees. We also have opportunities for local groups to provide entertainment during the event. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in any of these capacities, please ask them to contact Steve Blomquist in my office at (408) 299-5030 or

I hope you will be able to join me at this great event. There will truly be something for everyone. If you would like to learn more about "Day on the Bay," please visit my website at or contact me at (408) 299-5030 or

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