Archive for September, 2015

Mindfulness Apps



The app requires Android or iOS

Headspace is meditation made simple. Starting with the free Take10 program.  They’ll teach you the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day.

If you enjoy Take10 and want to learn more, then you can choose to continue and get access to hundreds of hours of original meditations, including guided and unguided, ranging from 2 to 60 minutes.

Insight Timer

The app requires Android or iOS

With beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide meditation community, Insight Timer is the fun, connected way to support your meditation practice.

Now with free guided meditations by your favorite teachers: Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn and many more.

Mindfulness Bell

The app requires Android

The Mindfulness Bell rings periodically during the day, to give you the opportunity to hold on for a moment and consider what you are currently doing, and in what state of mind you are while you are doing it. According to the Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, this is an effective means of developing mindfulness.


The app requires Android 4.0 and up

Menthal provides feedback on your mobile phone usage, and thus allows you to maintain a sustainable digital lifestyle. To this end, it tracks the full range of interaction between you and your phone. Running in the background, it records, for example every time you unlock your phone, every time you start an app, and every time you receive a call. The data is sent to our data vault once a day. There we extract the most interesting indicators, such as the total time you spent with your phone or the number of times you used a particular app. On your phone, you can then browse this aggregated information, and interpret it in the context of your lifestyle.

Read more  Plum Village Meditation Center

Materials on Meditation @ Library


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October pumpkinI hope October will bring us cooler weather than we have been experiencing!  October is just such a wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy the scenery. While the East Coast may have a lock on the most spectacular Fall Foliage, we don’t do too bad here!  Take a walk around your neighborhood or one of the local parks, and you’ll see beautiful golden, and rust color leaves on the trees.  The air feels crisper, with a slight chill, yet no too cold.

Visit one of my favorite places in Fremont, Ardenwood Farm and enjoy the Harvest Festival and the Spooky Railroad during the month.  Here’s a link to their events page: http://www.fremont.gov/2054/2015-Ardenwood-Historic-Farm-Events.  It’s worth the nominal fee to enjoy all that the farm has to offer.

Visit Coyote HIlls Regional Park on October 4, and learn about the Ohlone Tribes that once lived here by attending the “Gathering of the Ohlone People”. On October 30, there will be a “Halloween Twilight Hike”.  Link to Coyote HIlls Events, http://www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills.

You can celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend at Oktoberfest by the Bay, http://www.oktoberfestbythebay.com/, in San Francisco. And for more local Oktoberfest celebrations visit, http://www.funtober.com/oktoberfest/california/,, for a listing of Oktoberfests as far as Sacramento.

Last, but certainly not least, Halloween is coming! Dress up and have your own party or attend one of the many events around the Bay Area  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/brchannel/San-Francisco-San-Jose-Oakland-Bay-Area-Halloween-Events-Guide-228702571.html . And, of special note, is the Candle Lighters Ghost House at the Fremont Hub, which is guaranteed to give you a scare or two! Scaryland, as it is called this year, is the Candle Lighters, sole fundraiser, and all money received goes to the Tri-City Community (Fremont, Newark and Union City)for non-profit groups, and community causes.  So end this wonderful month by scaring yourself a little, and doing a lot for folks in our area.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, the nip in the air, and get outside and have FUN! Happy October everyone!

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DIY Glow Jars – A Craft for Teens

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Sign up for this free program by calling the Info Desk: (510) 745-1401

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It’s a combo of movie under the stars and street eats with lots of food trucks!!

Join City of Fremont’s Recreation Service Division for the Downtown Date Night! This event will be on this coming Friday, September 18 at 4:30 pm located near Capitol Avenue and Liberty Street.

The movie Remember the Titans (PG)starts in the evening after the sun sets, so bring your low beach chairs and a blanket for a fun night! This event is FREE and open to the public. Fremont Street Eats has the Food Truck Mafia featuring delicious food for purchase!

Come join everybody and have a fun night before the autumn creeps in!


  • ROAD CLOSURE due to this event:  Liberty St. (between Capital Ave. and Beacon Ave.) will be closed from Friday, 9/18 at 11 a.m. to Saturday, 9/19 at 2 a.m.
  • Questions?  Contact Alina Kwok, City Manager’s Office, at 510-284-4014 or akwok@fremont.gov.



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Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room A

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mark Jennings is a staffing consultant, resume writer and career coach with more than 20 years’ cartoon-resume-20947448experience in all aspects of recruiting. He has advised HR Executives at Cisco Systems, Google, Yahoo, Kaiser and Microsoft on candidate selection and retention, providing him with a unique perspective on what companies look for when hiring. Come and learn from Mark:

  • How to get your resume into the hands of the decision maker.
  • Which resumes get read and which don’t.
  • Which email and voice mail messages elicit a response.
  • How to use registered letters to announce your availability.
  • How to utilize the reverse resume.
  • How utilizing the 7 P’s will change your job hunt results.
  • The four key (and only) things that companies are interested in.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible. The library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

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Fremont Main Library – Fukaya Meeting Room A

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

What attributes help entrepreneurs succeed? What kind of entity structure makes sense for your ideanew business? Should you form a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, S Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Non-Profit? Come and learn from Alan Olsen recipes for success and leadership for entrepreneurs, business owners and anyone who wants to be a leader in life.

Alan Olsen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Managing Partner of the leading Bay Area accounting firm, GROCO CPAs & Advisors.  Alan and his firm have worked with influential entrepreneurs who have helped build some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley.

Sponsored by the Fremont Main Library, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Alan Olsen’s American Dreams, Tri-City Voice, AM 1220 KDOW and GROCO CPAs & Advisors.

The Fremont Main Library, a branch of the Alameda County Library system, is located at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard and is wheelchair accessible. The library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days’ notice. Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

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It may not be Fall on the calendar, but kids have been back in school for a week now.

We finally took down the music notes and instruments from the bulletin board for Read to the Rhythm summer game. Now it’s time to find the good books that teachers recommend/require students to read, and we start our fall programs! — some familiar favorites and some new programs!

At the library, we offer the story time sessions for preschool and toddlers. We continue to provide story times by staff or community shakersgroups in Mandarin, Spanish, Russian and –newest!–in Hindi. We will also resume Shake Rattle & Read –a music, rhythm and story time for toddlers (and parents:)–on Tuesdays during our Preschool Story Time session (Sept. 22-Oct.27).

For kids from grades 2 through 8, we have our monthly book clubs.  We have a new one for Parents & 4th/5th grade students. All the kids’ book clubs are full. For those of you who missed signing up for September and want to sign up for October, find the meeting date of the club for your grade and call the Children’s Desk a few minutes *after* the end time of the club meeting. That’s when we often have spots for the next month.  Then comeFrankweiler pick up the book to read as soon as possible:)


We continue to offer science opportunities, We have an exploration of electrical circuits, resistance, etc….. today, using SnapCircuits and on October 19. We will have a coding class on October 9 and in November. Stay tuned for other math, scibeaker_SciFYence, coding and maker events this fall — look for Fun Fridays (Coding & Crafts), and other events the library provides…

We also have Science for Youth demonstrations and lectures *by* high school students *for* elementary kids on bubbles, volcanoes, electricity, and other topics on Fridays and Saturdays. See our Event Calendar and the many flyers in our children’s area, for fun and informative things to do this fall!

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