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Mission San Jose to join in Christmas fun

By Matthew Artz, The Argus.

Thursday, December 4, 2008—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—In one of the city's most historic districts, the annual Christmas tree-lighting this Saturday will pay homage to two women who have played a big role in Mission San Jose's Christmas past and present.

Anna May Campagna and Irma Vargas will light the tree that they planted decades ago at Old School Plaza, on Mission Boulevard across from Ohlone College, said Connie Andrade, who is helping organize the event.

The eighth annual tree-lighting will start with music and a theater performance at 5:30 p.m., followed by the tree-lighting at 6 p.m. The celebration, which will last until about 8 p.m., also includes free cookies, popcorn and cider, as well as balloon twisting and face-painting.

The event, which is funded through proceeds from the Olive Festival, is sponsored by the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce and Robson Homes.

Miracle on Bay Street in Fremont's Irvington district will take place Dec. 13. The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Bay Street between Fremont Boulevard and Trimboli Avenue. Attractions will include an inflatable slide, bouncing castles and live music.

Santa will arrive on an antique fire truck at 2 p.m., and the tree-lighting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Also, tonight, the Warm Springs Business and Community Association is holding its fourth annual tree-lighting event at Mission and Warm Springs boulevards.

The celebration will include music, free pictures with Santa, merchant booths and a stage. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with performances by local school choirs, followed by marching bands and a visit from Santa, who will light this year's tree. The event will wrap up at 8 p.m.

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