News digest: IGNITE! 2.0, Diwali celebration, Dublin school site



The city's second annual IGNITE event showcasing innovative arts and technologies to light up the night will return next Saturday (Oct. 13) from 5-9 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center and surrounding streets.

Event highlights include a Lucid DreamScape presentation by J-Walt, William Cenoté performing on his luminescent grand piano, Firelight Society Professional Fire Performers, UC Berkeley's EGO Traditional Korean Drummers, Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum, and an illuminated attire fashion parade.

Auntie Viv's Shave Ice and Wahlburgers' Palo Alto Food Truck will be onsite too.

For more information or to see a full list of the entertainment and vendors, visit

Diwali celebration

The Hindu festival of lights is coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, as local nonprofit Festival of Globe (FOG) is sponsoring a Diwali celebration to mark the holiday this Saturday.

The event will last from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and include dance, religious rituals, music, food and a fireworks and laser show. The date of the Diwali holiday, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is determined by the lunar cycle and officially falls on Nov. 7 this year.

Tickets are $4 online and $6 at the door, with $10 fairgrounds parking. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact

Dublin school site

Dublin school trustees voted unanimously last week to purchase a site in east Dublin for a second comprehensive high school.

The 23.5-acre Promenade site in east Dublin is owned by Jim Tong. The district action authorizes its negotiators to try and strike a purchase deal, but also approved using eminent domain should the negotiations fail.

The district identified the site formally earlier this year and has been doing the due diligence that was necessary before the formal decision could be made.

The school board's decision moves the process forward on the east side high school. The district already has issued a request for proposals for an architect. It also plans public hearings to gather input from parents and citizens about what to build in the school.

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