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November 13, 2012 > Thousands attend Day on the Bay

Thousands attend Day on the Bay

By Dave Cortese

I would like to thank everyone who joined me at the Third Annual Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival on Sunday, October 14th making it a huge success. Over 8,000 Santa Clara County residents joined us with their friends and neighbors at the beautiful Alviso Marina County Park. Held in coordination with the Santa Clara County Parks Department, the Day on the Bay featured free food, local entertainment, and over 140 exhibitors passing out information on their services. These included everything from county and city services to nonprofits and local businesses.

There were many activities for families to enjoy. New this year was the rock climbing wall provided by Mobile Climb USA and my favorite, the zucchini car races. There were also arts and crafts, games, jump houses, and interactive displays such as the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter, Weights and Measures as well as Rural/Metro's ambulance, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dive Team and Search and Rescue Team, the CHP and a San Jose fire engine.

Additionally, many families took free kayak rides from the marina and were able to view the variety of wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay. This year, the kayaks were presented by the Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation. If you would like to do more kayaking, you can visit them during the summer at Vasona County Park. Thank you to the Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith for ensuring the safety of the kayakers on the water.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local organizations and volunteers. The Santa Clara County Firefighters donated their time and barbecue grills to provide free hamburgers for attendees. I would like to give a special thank you to the McDonalds Restaurants on White and Tully Road in San Jose for donating the condiments for the BBQ. Over 800 local children were able to pick out their own pumpkin to take home.

We had many booths focused on healthy living and over 100 attendees received free flu shots. The Stanford Blood Center's mobile blood drive unit received twelve donations of blood which will help thirty-six local patients.

Attendees were treated to a day of diverse entertainment including Mexican Folk Dancing, African American folk songs, Vietnamese singers, Indian dancers from the Balaji Temple, and a great show put on by South Bay Kids. The entertainment was made possible through the help and support of Joe Santoro and the South Bay School of Music Arts in Milpitas.

Thank you to all the volunteers that made this event successful including the Fire Science Students from the Central County Occupational Center, Peg Cathcart, Penny Aguilar, Jason Bennert, and many more.

I would like to give a special thank you to our Gold Sponsors for this year: EV-Princess Cosmetic and The Health Trust for providing generous donations, Hi-Tech Dental for providing dental screenings and passing out toothbrushes, and MV Transit for providing the free shuttles for attendees.

I would also like to thank our Silver Sponsors, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Target, Orchard Supply Hardware, Pacific Gas and Electric, Cubic Transportation Systems, Republic Services, Kaiser Permanente, South Bay School of Music Arts, and Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation.

Additional thanks goes to the following Bronze Sponsors, South Bay Islamic Association, KLIV 1590, Barry Swenson Builder, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Santa Clara Family Health Plan, Rural/Metro Ambulance, McDonald's, Sims Metal Management, Raging Waters, The Tech Museum, Phat Tri Sandwiches, Double Tenth Day Celebration Committee, JC Investments, Pin High Golf Center, San Jose Sabercats, San Jose Earthquakes, and San Jose Giants.

The following supporters provided free services for attendees or donations for the door prize drawing: Michigan Avenue Market, Lunch with Tony's, Maria Elena's, Milpitas Golf Land, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Black Angus Steakhouse, PetSmart, Sports Basement Sunnyvale, Nurse Builders Academy, Dave and Busters, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Le Boulanger, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Patxi's Pizza, Applebee's, AMC Theatres, Red Robin, BJ's Restaurant , C&J Accounting, Zanker Road Resource Management, Miceli Financial Partners, American Pacific Mortgage, Amway, Milpitas Community Educational Endowment, TIMptations, Santa Clara Valley Daylight Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons, California Sports Center, The Legal Type, State Farm Insurance, Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, New York Life insurance, Wettenstein Insurance and Financial Solutions, Mobile Climb USA, Panera Bread, Noah's Bagels, and Laser Quest.

This event was a great success, but we are always looking for ways to improve it. If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to be put on our email list to hear about next year's Day on the Bay, please contact me at or 408-299-5030.

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