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A great storyÉ how will it end?

What should be done with a parcel of land, infused with historical significance and bearing remnants of that magnificent history? Public, private and nonprofit organizations including the City of Fremont, Math/Science Nucleus, commercial interests and citizen groups such as Local Ecology and Agriculture (LEAF) are determined to find out. A series of workshops and discussions is in progress about the best methods to recognize contributions of ancestors, pioneers and agriculture and horticulture innovators who previously occupied the property. Joyce Blueford of Math/Science Nucleus says the historical and educational impacts are overwhelming.

Twenty prized acres of land are at the heart of this conversation to recognize and reaffirm its place in history. This historic gem, located in the Niles District of Fremont, has a storied past, significant present and tremendous potential for the future. Prized for its historic and park-like ecology, the former California Nursery was known in its heyday for innovative flora and significant contributions to the fields of agriculture and horticulture.

Nursery property has a storied past. The rich land of the surrounding area has attracted settlers for centuries.

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Remembering loved ones on Da de los Muertos

The end of October marks Halloween; kids and adults dress up in the spookiest, most creative way possible. Over the years, Halloween has transformed from seemingly endless groups of kids knocking on doors yelling Trick or Treat to house parties, costume contests and civic gatherings. Another tradition, celebrated at the same time of year, is focused on spirits as well, but instead of those which may be frightful or fanciful, it is dedicated to the remembrance of dearly loved and honored family members that have passed on. Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in many parts of the world: Mexico, Europe, Latin America, Philippines, and the United States.

Ofrendas (altars) are designed in memory of the deceased and may include photographs and symbols of saints and/or the individual being remembered, flowers, food, and candles. Families visit graves and decorate them with flowers and candles. Celebrations can be social gatherings that last for hours as family members share good memories and offer prayers for their loved ones. Some of the Da de los Muertos celebrations in the greater Tri-City area include:
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Juried Photography Exhibit

Photography influences not only the lives of people in society but helps build its structure as well. The much awaited 21st annual Juried Photography Exhibit will open on Saturday, November 1 in Fremont Main Librarys Fukaya Room. Photographs selected by a panel of judges will be on display from November 2 to December 6 in the Librarys reading area behind the main desk on the first floor. Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) is assisted by the Community Services Department of the City of Fremont in this joint venture.

According to Exhibit Chairman Gregory Scott Smith, Pablo Picasso said: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. The arts and culture illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world; life without libraries, museums, theatres and galleries, would be sterile. Experiencing a work of art opens doors to new thoughts, ideas, and ways of looking at our lives and the world. The FCAC annual Juried Photography is an opportunity to experience and be enriched by the work of talented local photographers.

This annual exhibit, open to original photographs by Fremont residents, members of FCAC and the Fremont Photographic Society, has always been a valued community event. FCAC President Margaret Thornberry pointed out, While there were fewer entries this year than in the past, the selection and quality are as impressive as always. We have amazingly talented photographers represented in the show, and nearly 100 glorious photographs will be on display at the reception. I continue to be impressed by the caliber of the work presentedÉ the camera lens combined with the photographers eye present us with images that in one frozen moment tell a story that could fill a volume. Its been said before, but I think its worth mentioning again that the photos are numbered, and that the judges do not know the name of the photographer, but judge only on the technical excellence, artistic format and quality of the work.
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