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Annual Niles parade to draw thousands

Niles lights up once again as the annual Niles Festival of Lights Parade returns on Friday, November 27 along Niles Boulevard. This years parade will have 60 entries, including the world famous Tap Dancing Christmas Trees; San Jose SharksÕ mascot, S.J. Sharkie; Oakland Athletics mascot, Stomper; 20 members of the 501st Legion of stormtroopers (Star Wars) and more.

More than 10,000 spectators are expected to watch the parade along Niles Boulevard. Other entries include 10 floats, three marching bands, antique cars, baton twirlers, equestrians, cheerleaders and much more. Participants include the City of Fremont Police and Fire departments, American High School Band, Fremont Flowers, Fremont Education Foundation, Cloverleaf Youth Bowlers and more.

Downtown Hayward will sparkle at Light Up the Season

Downtown Hayward will sparkle for the holiday season again at the annual Light Up the Season celebration on Thursday, December 3. This years event will include holiday bands, choirs, dancers, childrens rides, a skating rink in City Hall Plaza, lighting of a huge tree in the City Hall rotunda, and the opportunity for kids to be photographed with Santa Claus.

The principal events will occur on B Street between Foothill Boulevard and City Hall Plaza. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening. Entertainment in the City Hall rotunda and on the outdoor plaza will include performances by the Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees, the Mt. Eden High School Chorus, and the New Dimensions Chorus.

In addition to the traditional tree-lighting countdown in the rotunda, visitors will enjoy twinkling lights and wreaths on downtown light poles on B Street from Foothill Boulevard to City Hall.

Many Downtown Hayward merchants will celebrate the annual Light Up the Season celebration by staying open a little later and offering a variety of holiday promotions and discounts. Participants who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Kids Drive sponsored by the Hayward Fire Department will receive a ticket to win a family fun basket.

The event is sponsored by the City of Hayward, the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, with additional support from the Hayward Rotary Club and the Bay Area News Group. For more information, call the chamber at (510) 537-2424.

Light Up the Season
Thursday, Dec 3
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Hayward
B Street (between Foothill Blvd & City Hall Plaza), Hayward
(510) 537-2424

Newark Artists Open Studios

Once a year Newark artists open their studios to the community to give local residents a peek at their newest gallery pieces and creative works in progress. This year is the16th annual Newark Artists Open Studios and Holiday Boutique, held Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6.

Tour three artist studios and see the amazing work of four artists ranging from dazzling glass jewelry, stunning tile wall murals, gorgeous oil paintings, masterful watercolors, beautiful glass bowls, platters, and table decor, Japanese inspired mixed-media collages, and whimsical fabric textile art. Chat with the artists to learn the secrets of their creative techniques. See art demos, and possibly find that perfect piece of art for yourself or for someone special. This annual event is free and open to the public so you can get a head-start on holiday gifts as well as purchase original art at studio prices.

It's a Date!
Upcoming Events

November 28
Pumpkin Baking Fun $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

November 25
Wednesday Walk

Lake Chabot

November 25
Veterans Services Meeting

Fremont Main Library

November 27 - November 28
Fixing Feed $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

November 27 - November 28
Return of the Monarchs $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

November 27
Turkey Burn Boot Camp $

Union City Sports Center

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