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September 27, 2011 > Explore with 'Science in the Park'

Explore with 'Science in the Park'

By Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By Courtesy of Tri-CED Community Recycling

After taking a few years off, "Science in the Park" returns Saturday, October 1 with a new name and more exciting activities than ever. Previously known as the "Science, Earth & Health Festival," the popular event was held in Union City, from 1997 to 2006. According to Richard Valle, Event Chairman and President/CEO of Tri-CED Community Recycling, "Tri-CED created and sponsored the event as a way to bring a healthy community event to families that would de-mystify the world of science for kids. A big part of our non-profit mission is to share our ability to bring people together and provide educational information about a healthy, sustainable planet," said Valle.

For families, kids and the general public, "Science in the Park" is a fun, hands-on opportunity to learn about the fascinating and intersecting worlds of health and science. Best of all, it's free! And, in addition to the expanded format, the event boasts a new location with a bigger venue - the Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, in Hayward.

Sponsorships from businesses and donors cover the cost of putting on such an enormous undertaking; proceeds benefit the New Haven Schools Foundation and Hayward Education Foundation.

Additional organizers include the City of Hayward, City of Union City, Hayward Area Recreation District (H.A.R.D.) as well as Tri-CED Community Recycling, among others. Moreover, countless volunteer hours have gone into making this event a reality for the entire community.

Throughout the day's festivities, which last from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., a myriad of activities and events are scheduled to encourage enjoyment and participation by everyone. Besides the science and health related activities for children of all ages, other highlights include bottle rocket launches, an egg drop contest, environmental exhibits, animal demonstrations, face painting, balloon twisters, jump houses, live music, and much more. Free hot dogs will be available courtesy of the Alameda County Fire Department. Also, various local dignitaries are expected to attend.

Many thanks to the 2011 Sponsors:
Tri-CED Community Recycling, PG&E, Safeway, Hayward Area Recreation District, City of Union City, City of Hayward, Alameda County Fire Department, Union City Police Department, Hayward, Police Department, Pepsi, Kaiser Permanente, St. Rose Hospital, Chabot College, H.E.A.R.T., and Chirosports USA.

Come and "play science" on Saturday, October 1. For more information, visit

Science in the Park
Saturday, October 1
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Alden E. Oliver Sports Park
2580 Eden Park Place, Hayward
For more information, contact Richard Valle (510) 471-3850 or Michael Ritchie (510) 471-4760
Free admission

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