just 90 days left before Fremont's
much-anticipated birthday party at Central
Park. The group putting it on is still in
need of volunteers.
Fremont, the community-run organization
heading up all of the city's 50th
anniversary events, held a community update
meeting at The Saddle Rack Monday to inform
the public where "Celebrate Fremont @ the
Fremont @ the Park" is expected to be the
group's crowning achievement for celebrating
Fremont's 50th birthday.
news is we're beyond coming up with ideas
and concepts, and we are now in the process
of implementation," event chairperson Anu
Natarajan said Monday night. "We certainly
want to make this event memorable, but we
also want to meet people's expectations. We
don't want to over-promise and
said the birthday bash with be divided into
three sections around Lake Elizabeth at
Central Park: "Yesterday," "Today" and
be nine stages across the entire area, with
more than six of the stages featuring local
bands and entertainers, she said.
visitors visit the "Yesterday" section of
the park, they can watch every sport that
has ever been played in Fremont, and see
local celebrity and former Oakland Athletics
pitcher Dennis Eckersley play.
Additionally, Celebrate Fremont's own
Heritage Team will present oral histories of
the city, show silent films and display
from "Yesterday" to "Today" will feature
several artist booths providing henna
tattoos and face painting.
"Tomorrow" section of the park will feature
Fremont Unified School District's winners of
Celebrate Fremont's writing contest, where
students were asked to write what they
thought Fremont meant to them.
the event will feature tasters choice booths
of several local restaurants, and for the
adult visitors, a beer garden will be
available for refreshments.
which kicks off Sept. 9, will feature an
opening ceremony of all five Fremont high
school marching bands. Saturday will
conclude with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra
performing to a laser light show, along with
will carry over to Sept. 10, which will
conclude with a ceremonial "passing of the
torch" to Fremont's future.
to make sure this event was something that
was planned by the community," Natarajan
said. "We have had several teams of
volunteers that have spent the last 18
months putting this event together, but
there's still lots more to do."
said Celebrate Fremont is still looking for
volunteers to fulfill about 1,000 more hours
that high school students can use the
volunteer hours to fulfill credits.
Chairperson Suzanne Chan made a presentation
assembled by Doug Tinney that reviewed other
celebrations that have occurred since
included the Gala Fundraiser on Jan. 20 as
well as its follow up Going Gold Open House
on Jan. 23 at Central Park.
featured have been Heritage Bus Tours, which
take place every month in Niles and visit a
different district of Fremont, and the
Golden Spike III event in Niles.
still to happen this year include the Fourth
of July Parade and Fremont Day at the A's on
Celebrate Fremont and the Fremont
Freewheelers Bicycle Club are putting on the
Celebrate Fremont Criterium.
Criterium is a 0.8-mile five corner,
L-shaped circuit that will feature
10-bicycle racing events along Liberty
Street, Walnut Avenue, California Street and
Beacon Avenue, beginning at 8 a.m.
all that, there's still the Sept. 9 birthday
party at Central park to think about.
over 18 months that a group of community
leaders brought to our attention that
Fremont was celebrating a milestone," Chan
said. "Through these community meetings
people have come up with some great ideas of
how we're going to celebrate."
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