Archive for March, 2013


Did You  know  about  the  annual  art  contest by  the members of  congress  for  high school students?  Are  you  a  high school artist?   Is  your  high school  student an  artist?

Congressman Mike  Honda  has  made it  easy  to enter this  year  by  leaving a drop box for  entries  at  the Fremont Main  Library.

From  his  website:

“An Artistic Discovery” is the annual art contest conducted by Members of Congress for high school students across the country. This competition provides Members and the public an opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young American high school students.

Our district is home to so many talented young artists. This year’s winner will have the opportunity to display their artwork at the United States Capitol for a yearlong national exhibition and be recognized at a reception to be held on May 29, 2013.

Read   more here and find more drop off places. The guidelines are here and the release form is here.

Deadline for submissions is April 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

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Tax Form

Your mother warned you not to trust strangers, promising big returns. And, such advice is very timely especially where it concerns unlicensed tax preparers. Some fraudulent tax preparers promise big refunds and do deliver by lying on the tax returns they prepare. They get a payout and so does the naive taxpayer because the Internal Revenue Service pays out refunds automatically. However, the bill comes due when the return is audited. Now, the taxpayer is required to repay the IRS. And of course, the fraudulent tax preparer is nowhere to be found. For more details and sad stories, please see the San Jose Mercury News March 20, 2013 article, “Tax-Fraud Scheme Rampant.”

You can find a California licensed and registered tax-return preparer at:
California Board of Accountancy: dca.ca.gov/cba
California Society of Certified Public Accountants: calcpa.org
State Bar of California: calbar.ca.gov
California Society of Enrolled Agents: csea.org
California Tax Education Council: ctec.org
IRS: irs.gov
Source: California Franchise Tax Board, California Tax Education Council

Or, for low-income earners, you could get free tax preparation help at the Fremont Main Library, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, through April 2.

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April will be here soon, and I want to remind everyone that this is a very special month: National Poetry Month.  In our hurry, scurry, rushed world we are lucky if we have time to read something, anything.  Often it is Facebook or Twitter.  Or maybe we even carve out time to read that hot new bestseller everyone is buzzing about.  Often we don’t think about poetry which has a different way of looking at the world.  Poetry has its own pace and rhythm that invites us to take time to ponder, and think about our feelings, our memories, our values.Growing up, poetry was a big part of my life.  My dad loved poetry, and especially a book called “101 Famous Poems”.  He gave me a copy for my 10th birthday, which I still own.  We would read the poems in that book, and often I would memorize them.  I still remember snatches of them some 50 years later.”Daffodils” by William Wordsworth was one of my favorites:

I wander’d lonely as a cloud

that floats on high o’er vale and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils:
That poem not only evokes for me the thought of a beautiful field of daffodils, but also the wonderful times I spent with my dad when we would go on “adventures” all around the Bay Area to local parks.
That little book also contained the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling:
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Those are words that mean a lot to me, and I still have the poem displayed in my cubicle at work. It reminds me that I can be strong when I am facing adversity. Poems had a huge influence on me as I grew up, and as I mentioned, those poems I learned as a child, can transport me back to those simpler days of my life.
Are there poems that influenced you as a child or teen or perhaps now influence you?  Think about them and why they were or are important to you. What feelings or images do they evoke?
And remember, there is a world of poetry at your local library.  Stop by a branch this April and  pick up a poetry book. Many poems are short, and don’t require the time commitment of a novel, yet contain thoughts, images and ideas that may challenge you, thrill you or widen your horizons.   Read poetry for your own enjoyment or share it with someone.  After all, poetry invites us to read it aloud. Discover or re-discover the joys of poetry!

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Today is the anniversary of the Reverend Wilbert V. Awdry’s death (March 21, 1997). Reverence Awdry was the creator of the beloved Railway Series, featuring Thomas the Tank engine and his friends. In his youth, Awdry lived near train tracks and could hear the trains at night, chugging up a steep grade. The first of the Railway Stories was created in 1943 when his son was sick at home. Awdry created the story to entertain his son, and continued writing new stories afterwards (a total of 26 stories, before Awdry stopped writing in 1972). For more information about Awdry, please check out the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbert_Vere_Awdry

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warmsprings_coverWarm Springs, Fremont is the latest offering in Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America  series. Local authors, Philip Holmes and Patricia Wipfli Schaffarczyk, are historians at the Museum of Local History in Fremont. Together they have assembled the best images from the collections to tell the story of the once-tiny village of Warm Springs and nearby Drawbridge. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

Join us at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday April 6th between 10 and 2:00 to learn more about this unique segment of Fremont’s history, meet the authors, and get your signed copy of the book.

The Museum of Local History is also hosting an exhibit of photographs and epherma related to Warm Springs in the Maurice Marks display room on the second floor of the Fremont Main Library. The exhibit is available during the library’s open hours through the middle of April.

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Zinio Digital MagazinesDon’t want to look through the year old magazines in your doctor’s office, but wish you had the latest issue of O?  Didn’t get to finish that article in Consumer Reports?  Wish you could subscribe to the Economist or Forbes but can’t afford the price?

Well then, join us for a hands-on class on how to use Zinio, the library’s magazine database that allows you to read online or download and read offline on your computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android or Kindle Fire.  Library computers will be available for reading online, but feel free to bring in your own device for help downloading magazines for offline reading.

What: Zinio Digital Magazines Class
Where:  Fremont Main Library- van Doorn Room.
When:  Saturday March 23rd
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Call 510-745-1401 to register or email:  emendez@aclibrary.org

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Chinese Medicine Day was first celebrated in 1929 in mainland China in the month of March, and has since become a yearly tradition. The Chinese medical community of Northern California has been celebrating this important day annually for the past thirty-five years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In celebration of the 2013 Chinese Medicine Day, the Fremont Main Library is co-sponsoring a FREE health evaluation event with United California Practitioners of Chinese Medicine (UCPCM) and Citizens For Better Community (CBC) in the Fukaya Room, 1PM to 4 PM, on Saturday, March 30, 2013. In addition to free consultation (no needles), the Chinese medical doctors will offer free massages, time permitting.

There will also be two bilingual health seminars conducted in English and Mandarin:

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Integrative Oncology by Dr. Amy Matecki and Tinrin Chew

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wellness in Spring by Dr. Erlene Chiang

All are welcome to this FREE event!

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