They've been at it for the past 31/2 months,
meeting behind the scenes in small
committees, firming up a date and a site,
mapping out their fund-raising campaign and
setting up their new headquarters for the
city's 50th anniversary celebration.
Celebrate Fremont will give a progress
report on those and other planning efforts
during a community meeting set for 6 p.m.
Monday at the Fremont Main Library.
It marks the
third such public meeting for the group,
which was formed last year to make
celebration plans. Two meetings were held in
"The last time
everyone was together, we were heavy on
enthusiasm but light on plans," said Irene
Koehler, chairwoman of the group's executive
steering committee. "Now, plans are much
celebration's key event will be "Celebrate
Fremont @ The Park," a two-day festival
Sept. 9 and 10, 2006, in Central Park. A
gala fund-raiser to help offset the costs of
the event is planned for next Jan. 20.
attend Monday's meeting will gain a better
overview of the celebration — something that
will help them as they begin to implement
celebration plans, said Koehler, a Fremont
business consultant who also chairs the
city's Human Relations Commission.
with progress, come setbacks. Chuck Smith,
chairman and chief executive officer of
Payment Processing Inc., has donated office
space on Eggers Drive that will serve as
headquarters for the group of more than 200
volunteers during the next year and a half.
A lack of office equipment, however,
continues to hamper planning efforts.
Organizers say they need a generous donor
who can supply them with new computers,
printers, a copier and other standard office
Fremont Education Foundation said it will
award $3,000 for Fremont anniversary
curriculum grants for the next school year.
Projects that could spring from these grants
range from gathering oral histories to a
student essay contest to dramatic arts
"We too are
part of the community, and we too want to
support Fremont's effort to celebrate its
own history," said Fremont attorney Dave
Bonaccorsi, vice president of the
foundation. "It's a way through our teachers
to have students learn about our past."
are due Friday and winners will be announced
in late June, Bonaccorsi said.
information about the curriculum grants or
to download an application, go to
www.fremont-education.org and click