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Creating a legacy for tomorrow by cherishing our past and
connecting with our present

Fremont Birthday Plans Sweeten
Volunteers sought for Thursday meeting that will preview celebration

by Scott Wong, Staff Writer
Fremont Argus
September 14, 2005

FREMONT Nearly eight months ago, dozens of community members gathered at the Main Library, brainstorming hundreds of ideas on toasting the city's 50th anniversary.

They will come together again this week. But organizers say this meeting will focus on how to bring some of those ideas to life.

"We've had extensive exploration of many ideas, and we have a clearer idea of where we want to head," said Fremont business consultant Irene Koehler, one of the lead organizers of the nonprofit group putting on the birthday bash. "But this meeting is all about a call to action."

The group, called Celebrate Fremont, is inviting volunteers to join them from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Center Theater on Fremont Boulevard in Centerville.

"Celebrate Fremont @ The Park" will be a two-day party Sept. 9-10, 2006, in Central Park, which will feature the city's past, present and future. The city turns 50 on Jan. 23.

Organizers on Thursday plan to provide a preview of the celebration. Committees are expected to lay out in greater detail specific plans and projects.

The Education Team, for example, will discuss 50th anniversary-themed art and creative writing projects and contests at local schools. The Creative Team, which is responsible for arts, sports and food, will talk about its efforts to reach out to local restaurants to participate in a gourmet food area at the celebration.

Light refreshments will be served from a host of local restaurants, including Burrito Loco Taqueria, Ho Chow and Minerva's.

The meeting also will include a showing of a short video that features a computer-simulated flyover of the park. The simulation will help organizers decide where to position things such as exhibits and stages.

Koehler said Celebrate Fremont now is looking for a few good volunteers.

"We really believe there is an opportunity to do something special, but we cannot and do not want to do this on our own," she said. "... We should include as many people in the community as want to participate."

Staff writer Scott Wong covers the city of Fremont for The Argus. He can be reached at (510) 353-7002 or swong@angnewspapers.com.


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