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November 27, 2012 > Artistic and animated holidays

Artistic and animated holidays

By Gustavo Lomas

Winter - a time that brings cold weather, shorter days and the desire to stay home sitting cozied by the fire sipping on deliciously soothing hot chocolate. Inspiring holiday classics of compassion and caring begin playing on television, and delectable treats and feasts abound. No matter the occasion - Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa - this is the time of year for people to indulge in a little something special, release their inner child. And nothing appeals to a person's inner child like creating an imaginary world and learning how to bring that world to life with their own classic images. This year at the "Holiday Anime Faire and Art Show," people have the opportunity to do just that.

The "Holiday Anime Faire and Art Show" has been running since 2006 and grown to be quite an interesting animated place during the holiday season. This year there will be arts and crafts, the opportunity to visit local artists, a manga drawing room, art on the spot contest, and art lessons throughout the day. Those are just a few features available!

The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, and is open to all ages. If you pre-register, event tickets are $9, but will cost $15 at the door. However, admission is good for two people, so bring a friend or a parent or even an annoying sibling because each admission comes with a "goodie" bag and two activity tickets; each additional ticket costs $1.

Rena Kiehn, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Fremont and the event's supervisor, expressed the desire to encourage youth of all ages to participate. "We need to encourage children and teens to learn early on the power in having numerous skill sets," Kiehn stated. "This is not just about one type of art; it is about art as a whole. We will even have someone there speaking who paints holiday murals on glass windows of buildings. Talking about the direction a person could go if that is what they wanted to do to help satisfy their need for creativity," Kiehn said. The special guest artist is Laura Ramie, a muralist, painter, and artist extraordinaire.

There are even possible volunteer hours for teens looking to knock out a few and help out on Friday and Saturday. A special Japanese cafˇ truck will be on site, Spice It Up, serving perfectly priced exotic food, such as green tea donuts as well as Thai and Japanese style crepes. "The best part about it is, with this food truck, the money is meant to go far!" Kiehn exclaimed. Raffles will be held throughout the day.

Parking for the venue is free and attendees can choose to register early online or in person by going down to the Teen Center at Lake Elizabeth. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will be over at 3 p.m. Time is running out for early registration, so sign up soon and remember to bring a buddy. Registration hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information go or contact Rena Kiehn at or (510) 494-4344. To register online go to; the office is located at 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont, and for any registration questions call (510) 494-4300 extension 1.

Holiday Anime Faire and Art Show
Saturday, Dec 1
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Teen Center, Central Park
39770 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 494-4300 x1
Tickets: $9 in advance, $15 at the door (price good for two)

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