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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrated!

As summer comes to an end, many different cultures celebrate the fall season all around the world. The Association of China Club celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chabot College’s planetarium on Sept. 8. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture and is celebrated in other Asian cultures. It is a celebration of the fall harvest, sharing food, spending time with family, and lighting lanterns. The holiday is based on the legend of the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e and is held on the 15th to the 8th month on the Chinese calendar with a full moon. 

President of the Association of China Club, Liru Chen, presented and shared information on this important holiday. Many attendees were of Chinese and Asian descent and came to celebrate with the club. 

“As a Chinese American, it was so important for me to reconnect with this part of my culture. The Mid-Autumn Festival often gets overlooked because Lunar New Year is often the holiday most people recognize, but the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival holiday is equally important and special,” said club adviser Michael Lai. 

The Association of China Club is one of the clubs that the MOVEMENT learning community supports. MOVEMENT is the newest learning community for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at Chabot College. 

“I thought it was really cool that the Association of China Club celebrated at Chabot. I celebrated the Mid-Autumn at home with my family,” said Chabot College student Vincent Xiao.

Castro Valley’s 50th Annual Fall Festival


The 50th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival was held on Sept. 10 and 11 on Castro Valley Boulevard. The festival was hosted by the Castro Valley and Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, with an estimated attendance of 32,000 attendees. It stretched into Norbridge Avenue and part of the Castro Valley Library parking lot. 

Many vendors and booths were lined up selling merchandise, drinks, and food and sharing information with the community, like CV Sanitary and Hayward Recreational Parks. Live entertainment was provided, such as the 80s Tribute Band and Castro Valley High School’s choir program. 

The Fall Festival started in 1972 and went on a two-year hiatus due to coronavirus restrictions. Besides heavy traffic and limited parking spaces, many attendees seemed to have enjoyed their time at this year’s festival. 

“It was nice having the festival, I saw lots of businesses getting exposure which is good, and it gave people a reason to get out of the house,” said Chabot College student Dakota Brown. 

“After being out for two years, it was amazing to see our community come together and see so many happy faces,” said Fall Festival co-chair Janella Anguiano. “I loved seeing the 80s Tribute band and seeing folks dancing and enjoying themselves.”

The Castro Valley and Eden Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their next event, the Light Parade in Castro Valley, on Nov. 12. 

Fall Festival Premise

After a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 50th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival will be held on Sept. 10 and 11 in downtown Castro Valley. Hosted by the Castro Valley and Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is 10 a.m to 6 p.m on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are excited to bring back the Fall Festival this year!” Fall Festival co-chair Janella Anguiano. “We were sad to not have it the past two years, but this year there will be lots of local vendors, bands coming out to play, and everyone excited to come out for the festival!”

Castro Valley Boulevard will be closed for two days due to the Fall Festival.

$3 Tickets for National Cinema Day!

With summer coming to a close, movie theaters across the country will sell all movie tickets for $3 on National Cinema Day. This one-day event will occur nationwide on Sept. 3 in more than 3,000 theaters and more than 30,000 screens. 

The event was announced on Aug. 28 by the Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit branch of the National Association of Theater Owners. Movie chains like Regal Cinemas, AMC, CinemaMark, and major film studios are participating in this event. 

“After this summer’s record-breaking return to cinemas, we wanted to do something to celebrate moviegoing,” stated Jackie Brennenman, the Cinema Foundation president. “We’re doing it by offering a ‘thank you’ to the moviegoers that made this summer happen, and by offering an extra enticement for those who haven’t made it back yet.” 

Labor Day weekend is one of the slowest weekends for movie theaters. If National Cinema Day is successful, it could help with pushing moviegoers for them to return in the fall. 

Chabot College students such as Israel Sanchez have seen advertisements for National Cinema Day. 

“I have heard of National Cinema Day. I’ve been getting ads for it for the last few weeks and updates since I have the Cinemark membership pass,” said Chabot College student Israel Sanchez. 

Movie theaters were significantly impacted over the pandemic, such as Cineworld, a British company owning Regal considering plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. National Cinema Day would be a perfect celebration to go to the movie theater for a discounted price. 

“I’m not sure if I’d want to go because of how crowded it might be, considering that everyone wants a discounted price,” said Chabot College student Ashlyn Carillo.